The winners of the 5th round of the CIK-FIA European Champs in Alaharma (FIN) are Taoufik (FA Kart-Vortex) and Edgar (Exprit-TM), the leaders in OK and OKJ. the Academy race is won by Melo (BR – Exprit-Vortex) but the Trophy goes to Handsaeme.
The winners of the 5th round of the CIK-FIA European Champs
in Alaharma (FIN) are Taoufik (FA Kart-Vortex) and Edgar (Exprit-TM), the
leaders in OK and OKJ. the Academy race is won by Melo (BR – Exprit-Vortex) but
the Trophy goes to Handsaeme. Special TV report next week on Motorsport.TV.
Alaharma (FIN), 23rd July 2017 - No. 25
Great expectation for a heated grand finale on the European
After today’s race in Alaharma (FIN), the finale of the
CIK-FIA European Champs – next weekend in Sweden – is going to be as
spectacular as ever. At the Powerpark Circuit, the Finnish fans got literally
enthralled by an impressive series of thrilling races and by a final standings
which remained uncertain until the very end of the event. The Championship in
both the categories will be decided only in the last round, with new drivers
that, after today’s results, have joined the battle for the final leadership.
In the meantime, the CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy – at its third and final
round in Finland – has been awarded: another topic to be discussed in the
special TV report on Motorsport.TV next week.
Historical victory for Taoufik in OK.
The spectators who followed the race found their man of the
hour in the Moroccan driver Sami Taoufik (FA Kart-Vortex-LeCont). Taoufik
overtook the Spanish Pedro Hiltbrand (Tony Kart-Vortex) at the beginning of the
race and, from that moment onward, Hiltbrand could not keep the pace and lost
some other positions. So, there was room for other protagonists, such as the
Finnish Paavo Tonteri and the Russian Pavel Bulantsev (both on Tony
Kart-Vortex): the latter even managed to pass Taoufik, even though for only one
lap. The driver from Marrakech, in fact, managed to take back the leadership
almost immediately and to win the race. Taoufik (above, on the podium between
Bulantsev and Hiltbrand) is the new leader of the Championship, in the day of
his maiden victory for a driver coming from Morocco in a CIK-FIA race. Behind
him, the runner-up was Bulantsev, while Hiltbrand managed to recover some
positions and to finish third ahead of Tonteri.
Edgar wins the duel in OK Junior.
The Australian Jack Doohan (FA Kart-Vortex-Vega) attacked in
Qualifying but in the Final the English Jonny Edgar (Exprit-TM) was too tough a
rival for him. The two drivers swapped positions at the head of the race many
times, but in the last laps it was Edgar who had the upper hand after a
thrilling duel. The Russian Ilya Morozov (Tony Kart-Vortex) took advantage of
the situation: placing a daring overtaking manoeuvre on the last lap, he
managed to pass Doohan and to place 2nd. For Doohan it was a fatal blow: he was
overtaken also by the English Harry Thompson (FA Kart-Vortex) who grabbed the
3rd place in the last metres of the Final. Edgar (in the photo above, on the
podium between Morozov and Thompson) keeps the head of the Championship, which
is finishing next week in Sweden.
Melo D. Porto the new winner in Academy.
He was the best in Qualifying and he won the Final: the
Brazilian Francisco Melo D. Porto was at his first success in the Academy
Trophy. Second place for the Belgian Xavier Handsaeme, the winner of the
Trophy. Third place, after a recovery from the sixth row, for the Dutch Tijmen
van der Helm (all drivers on Exprit-Vortex-Bridgestone). Above, Melo is
celebrating his victory on the podium, between Handsaeme andvan der Helm.