It was sun and warmth all the way in Zuera for the World Cup for KF2, the “Hopefuls” category. Under those conditions, it was 4_Verstappen-Tiene-Lennox_WC_KF2_Zuera2012_KSP_01.jpgstill necessary to keep a cool head… Perfectly managing the Prefinal, the Italian Felice Tiene (CRG-BMB), the Dutchman Max Verstappen (CRG-TM) and the Briton Jordon Lennox-Lamb (CRG-BMB) held the first three places. Although these three team-mates monopolised the front of the grid for the Final, Nicklas Nielsen (Kosmic-Vortex) was not so happy. Involved in a collision, the Dane had to be content with 17th place on the grid. For the others, the suspense was tangible prior to the Final and no possibility could be discounted…

But for all that the Final was exceptionally clear cut. Whilst Max Verstappen was a little slow of the mark, Felice Tiene maintained the advantage of pole position to sail to a victory which was never in doubt. Behind him, Verstappen made a gradual fight-back, getting the better of Jordon Lennox-Lamb a third of the way through the Race. But he was never able to close the gap on the leader. As for Lennox-Lamb, he fought hard with his compatriot Tom Joyner (LH-BMB) to hold on to third place, thus ensuring a 100% CRG podium.

I’m delighted for myself, but also for the CRG team, who are really my second family,”Felice Tiene explained. “Ever since first Free Practice on Thursday I have felt I could win. I know that’s easy to say, because you still have to cross the line first… this win is the best of my career and can only strengthen my relations with CRG!

A good way back from the top four, Monaco’s Charles Lerclerc (ART GP-Parilla) was the best of the rest, ahead of his team-mate Ben Barnicoat. Another Brit, Sam Snell (Energy-Parilla), finished in 7th place, after only starting from 21st position. The Top 10 was completed by the Italian Alberto Di Folco (Tony Kart-TM), the Dane Nicklas Nielsen, who posted the fastest lap and could only rue his misadventure in the Prefinal, and the Russian Pavel Rudakov (Tony Kart-BMB).Just as he was about to join the Top 5, the Italian Flavio Camponeschi (Tony Kart-Vortex) had to pull over with a technical problem. Other favourites had already been forced to abandon, particularly in the muddle of the early laps, among others the Italian Antonio Fuoco (Kosmic-Vortex) and the Spaniards Carlos Gil (Tony Kart-Vortex) and Pedro Hiltbrand (FA Kart-Vortex). As for Norway’s Dennis Olsen (Energy-TM), he ended the first lap in 27th position and then climbed back up to 12th place, not an entirely satisfactory result for him.

CAPTION: 2012 CIK-FIA World Cup for KF2 podium. From left Verstappen, Tiene and Lennox-Lamb. Credit KSP/CIK-FIA.

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