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First European crowns for
Dreezen and Dalè at Kristianstad


There were summer conditions in Sweden on the beautiful circuit at Kristianstad for the conclusion of the CIK-FIA European Championships. Dreezen in KZ and Dalè in KZ2 were rewarded after a weekend full of suspense. The finals were won by De KZ_HAJEK_KSP_5276sweden.jpgConto in KZ and Lundberg in KZ2. Travisanutto won in KF-Junior after fierce races, while Ahmed continues to lead the standings.

In several important respects, the Kristianstad site has attracted all of the community in Sweden. First, the selective track promoted the drivers' work over the engines, renewing the tradition of karting with its many corners. The paddock is comfortable, simple but effective facilities, warm hospitality, passionate and competent team, numerous spectators, all of which completed a very positive picture with the warm weather creating a nice touch. The conclusion of the two European Gearbox Championships has long been uncertain because of the standard of the competitors and the scoring system to decide the final classification.


De Conto finds the way to victory - Dreezen is European KZ Champion

A fast driver but particularly unlucky in mechanical terms since the start of the European KZ season, the Italian Paolo De Conto (Birel-TM-B'stone) took sweet revenge by winning a Final during which he was simply inaccessible. Second in Qualifying, theCT_Photos_KZ_Podium (2)SWEDEN.jpg Belgian Rick Dreezen (Zanardi-Parilla-B'stone) did not try to resist the pole sitter in Qualifying Practice, the Czech Patrik Hajek (Praga-Parilla-B'stone), preferring to gain points that allowed him to win his first CIK-FIA European Championship after consistently being at the forefront.

The Belgian Jonathan Thonon (Praga-Parilla-B'stone) suffered a surprising drop in performance in the Prefinal, but managed to climb into the top 10 of the Final, where he set the fastest lap and took 2nd place in the Championship. The Italian Marco Ardigo (Tony Kart-Vortex-B'stone), delayed by several incidents during the Competition, had to settle for third place in the championship, level on points with the Dutchman Bas Lammers (Formula K-Parilla-B 'stone), who was always convincing. Very fast in Sweden, Britain's Jordon Lennox-Lamb (CRG-Maxter-B'stone) performed well including fastest laps each time before experiencing a decline in pace in the Final.


Lundberg wins at home - Dalè is European KZ2 Champion

Shoulder to shoulder with the German Maik Siebecke (CRG-Modena-B'stone) during the Qualifying Heats in KZ2, the Swedish Driver Douglas Lundberg (Alpha-Parilla-B'stone) achieved a great success at home by winning first the Prefinal and then the Final ahead of the Italian Felice Tiene (CRG-Maxter-B'stone), a formidable opponent and the polesitter in Qualifying Practice. The Italian Fabian Federer (CRG-Maxter-B'stone) made up for his performance at Wackersdorf, finishing third in both races ahead of Dutchman Menno Paauwe (Birel-TM-B'stone). The Lithuanian Simas Juodvrisis (Energy-Maxter-B'stone) lost his chance to compete for the title after he was forced to quit during the Final. The Italian Andrea Dalè finally came back to the top 5, which allowed him to win the 2014 CIK-FIA European KZ2 Championship ahead of Lundberg and Juodvirsis.


Travisanutto victorious and Ahmed still the leader in KF-Junior

The KF-Junior drivers once again were turbulent on the track and many incidents unfortunately marred the Competition at Kristianstad. KFJ_TRAVISANUTTO_KSP_4793.jpgThe American driver Juan Correa (Energy-TM-Vega) clearly dominated the start of the weekend with the fastest time of Qualifying before winning five Qualifying Heats. But the Italian Leonardo Lorandi (Tony Kart-Parilla-Vega) won Prefinal 1 and the Briton Daniel Ticktum (Zanardi-Parilla-Vega) Prefinal 2. Although he was among the favourites, the Swedish Driver Anton Haaga (Kosmic-LKE-Vega) failed to qualify. In the Final another Swede, Christian Lundgaard (Tony Kart-Vortex-Vega) led the dance until the last lap. He then made several errors which gave him a penalty of 10''. The Italian Lorenzo Travisanutto (PCR-TM-Vega) had previously passed him and gained a well deserved victory. The second place went to the Dutchman Bard Verkroost (FA Kart-TM-Vega) against Mick Junior (Tony Kart-Vortex-Vega) who made a fine comeback from 20th place. The American Devlin Defrancesco finished a tough competition with a retirement, while Correa had to pit while in fifth and finished 18th.

The top two in the Final are relatively far back in the provisional CIK-FIA European KF-Junior Championships, so the hierarchy has not really been changed. Enaam Ahmed retains the lead with 53 points ahead of Daniel Ticktum on 48 points, Devlin Defrancesco third with 46 points, and Mick Junior 4th with 43 points.

CAPTIONS: KZ start (credit KSP), KZ podium (credit CT photos), Travisanutto #213 (credit KSP).

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