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New World Champions Crowned in France

The CIK-FIA World KF and KF-Junior Championships at Essay (FRA) will remain a benchmark meeting for the 2014 season with 14-09-19 Essay_manche 2014 wc.jpgthe crowning of two great drivers, Lando Norris in KF and Enaam Ahmed in KF-Junior. But the success of the Competition is also down to the new guidelines from the CIK-FIA and the quality of the French organisation.

 

Kees van de Grint, the Vice-President of the CIK-FIA, was keen to emphasize the important points of the Essay Competition. "We had a great sporting and human event in Normandy. The combination of racing at the highest level with the double World Championship for very different categories, and the Handikart International Super Cup and the Historic International Trophy, has been very beneficial. It has been a festival of karting that we witnessed at Essay. I congratulate Mr. Gripon's team from the host club and the FFSA for their fantastic work here. The presence of many spectators and general media reinforces my idea that we have made the right choice by coming to France."KFJ_101-Ahmed wc 2014.jpg

 

First, the return to the single weekend Competition wanted by the CIK-FIA for the World Championships worked perfectly. With 161 drivers on the track, it has been a long time since we have seen as many participants in a karting World Championship. Measures relating to cost reduction that have been adopted by the international bodies also contributed to the sporting success this weekend. The quality of the Norman venue, the high quality spectacle and the amount of fans at the track throughout the weekend completed the basic requirements for the Essay Competition to be a success.

 

Lando Norris grabbes the World Title. 

There was Lando Norris (FA Kart-Vortex-Dunlop) on the highest step of the podium of KF_Podium 2014 wc.jpgAunay-les-Bois. It was a result which almost surprised the paddock, because Norris was always among the best drivers throughout the weekend, but  never at the top. On the contrary, especially during the initial phase of the event, the best performance was achieved by the Danish Nicklas Nielsen (Kosmic-Vortex-Dunlop). Norris was second after the qualifying heats, and he kept the position also in the Prefinal, this time behind his fellow countryman Tom Joyner (Zanardi-Parilla-Dunlop). The Final, too, seemed favourable to another protagonist: the Indian Jehan Daruvala (FA Kart-Vortex-Dunlop). Thanks to a great start from the third row, Daruvala led the race for a long time, until Norris decided to lay his card on the table and, from the second position he had occupied since the beginning of the race, attacked and overtook Daruvala. Norris outpaced the rest of the pack and didn't leave any possibility to his rivals. The battle continued for the other top positions, with a last surprise which took place on the last lap, when the Russian Nikita Mazepin (Tony Kart-Vortex-Dunlop) grabbed the second place overtaking Daruvala. Superb fourth place for Calum Ilott, who beat in fifth position the Dutch Martijn van Leeuwen (both on Zanardi-Parilla-Dunlop) during the last laps, after an outstanding recovery started form the 16th row of the grid.

 

Enaam Ahmed wins the race to the KFJ crown.

The perfect weekend for Enaam Ahmed (FA Kart-Vortex-Vega): he is the new World Champion after being on top of the KFJ throughout KFJ_Podium 2014 wc.jpgthe weekend, from qualifying until the end. The Londoner had several opponents: the first one was the German Mick Junior (Tony Kart-Vortex-Vega), who was beaten only by Ahmed in the series of heats he took part in. Ahmed, this morning, won Prefinal 1 with a remarkable lead over the Russian Sergey Travnikov (DR-TM-Vega), while in Prefinal 2, characterised by frequent showers, the English Daniel Ticktum (Zanardi-Parilla-Vega) won beating the Belgian Benjamin Lessennes (Kosmic-Parilla-Vega) and becoming the most dangerous rival for Ahmed. Unfortunately, Ticktum did not have a lucky first lap at the start of the Final and dropped back to the last positions. Lessennes grabbed the second position but was obliged to pull over at half race because of an issue with his spark plug. Mick Junior, who had to close the gap after the fourth place achieved in the Prefinal, found himself in second position, even though he didn't stand any chance toKFJ_102-MickJr wc 2014.jpg reach Ahemd. Also the Venezuelan Mauricio Baiz (Kosmic-Parilla-Vega) took advantage of the situation and scored the third position after an outstanding recovery which started from the 14th row and after a rather troublesome weekend. Behind the Indian Kush Maini (Exprit-Vortex-Vega), 4th, and the Swedish Anton Haaga (Kosmic-LKE-Vega), 5th, the sixth place was eventually scored by Ticktum.

 

Jonathan Wing wins the first Handikart International Trophy

Supported by the CIK-FIA, the first international kart meeting for Drivers with disabilities showed that the sport is able to meet the aspirations of everyone. Although the battle for first place was lively on a dry track on Saturday, on the wet track on Sunday it was a personal victory for all of the participants and it rewarded an admirable individual will. History will record that the South African Jonathan Wing (Zanardi-Rotax-Mojo) won the Final against the French Drivers Benoît Thibal (Alpha-Rotax Mojo) and Claude Zéfirini (Tony Kart-Rotax-Mojo).

 

Finally, 34 historic karts took part in the second edition of the CIK-FIA Historic Super Cup, for machines grouped into the four categories of ClasCIK from 1956 at the earliest to 1984 at the latest. As well as several demonstrations on the track, there was an exhibition of these models which form the link between today's karting and it's roots.


CAPTIONS: Turn 1 action. Enaam Ahmed  #101 leads. KFJ podium. Mick Junior #102


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