Verstappen too strong at PFI
The British track PFI did not disappoint lovers of beautiful races. The insolent domination of the Dutch driver Max Verstappen in the first round of the KF World Championship did not give any hope to his opponents, and removed the suspense of the final, but the Dane Nicklas Nielsen, however, had a day that made him one of the protagonists of the competition. The KF Junior International Super Cup went to the young British driver Lando Norris, Notably, both rain and sun were absent for much of the weekend.
A circuit developed by a long tradition of passionate kart racers, PF International has the qualities of a selective track, demanding the development of drivers' skill, with many overtaking opportunities. In short, the event was the place to be, as shown by the spectators arriving in large numbers on Sunday. The British organization should not be left out, probably one of the best of the season. Finally, the stewards were able to exercise their role properly, penalties were assigned from the qualifying heats to the final to ensure good sporting fairness. The return of a global meeting to English soil after more than four decades of absence has been a success.
Max Verstappen (CRG-TM-Vega) was simply unbeatable at PFI. Driving highly efficient equipment, the Dutch driver won everything with great mastery, at the expense of the intensity of the struggle for victory, something that no one can blame him for. Pole man against the clock, leader after the heats, the winner of prefinal 1, then the final with nearly a 3'' lead, logically he is at the top of the championship standings. Nicklas Nielsen (Kosmic-Vortex-Vega) has demonstrated his great performance but he could never worry Verstappen for the win. Second in the championship, he retains his chance to take the title. It was a beautiful race for Ben Hanley (ART-GP-TM): the British driver fought like a demon in the prefinal to return to the lead group and eventually on to the third step of the podium in his home country. Well placed after the heats, Tom Joyner (Zanardi-TM-Vega) suffered more in the finals, finishing the competition in 13th place ahead of his compatriot George Russell (Kosmic-TM-Vega). Then came the Russian Egor Stupenkov (Energy-TM-Vega), only 23rd after the qualifying heats but ultimately took fourth position from the Canadian Lance Stroll (Zanardi-TM-Vega), always present at the front of the field. At the opening of the Championship, there are eight nationalities and seven different chassis in the top 10.
Although the first KF-Junior International Super Cup was not full of competitors, it offered a hard-contested battle between young drivers. The Italian Alessio Lorandi (Tony Kart-Parilla-LeCont) started the competition in first place by winning pole position in qualifying and remained the leader after the heats. He was put into difficulty during the prefinal, won by Jehan Daruvala (FA Kart-Vortex-LeCont) from the Russian Robert Shwartzman (Tony Kart-TM-LeCont). The final fight involved first Jehan Daruvala, Lando Norris (FA Kart-Vortex-LeCont) who had also suffered in the heats, and Mick Betsch (Tony Kart-Vortex-LeCont). Sanctioned in the prefinal, Daniel Ticktum (FA Kart-Vortex-LeCont) made an extensive comeback and took first place from Norris. But he committed a new offense didn't enjoy the victory for long that finally came back to Lando Norris, Jehan Daruvala finishing second ahead of the German Mick Betsch.
Next KF World Championship round in Bahrain, from 19th to 23th november 2013.
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