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Nope, nothing to do with the song contest won by beared ladies; this is what’s hot from the European karting scene this month.

CIK-FIA European KF & KF Junior Championships, Round 1 Portimao (POR)
The first round of the European Championships kicked off in Portimao on the weekend of the 10th of May. There was a huge entry of 110 drivers across the two classes in what is arguably the biggest event in European karting of the year so far!

KF Junior – In the Final Belgian driver Kenny Roosens was too quick for the chasing pack and comfortably took the first victory of the season! From the outside of Row 5 Brazilian driver Caio Collet calved his way through the ongoing battles ahead to take 2nd place. Behind there was a five way battle for third which eventually ended in tears for Teddy Wilson, David Vidales and Presley Mortano after a nasty crash at turn one ultimately caused by Kush Maini who was excluded from the race. This left Lungaard (DEN) in 3rd place with the Brits Clement Novalak and Alex Quinn finishing 8th and 9th respectively.

KF -There were no challenges for Ben Hanley in the Final – he took a lights to flag victory by 2.6 seconds from fellow Brit Tom Joyner with Felice Tiene (ITA) rounding off the podium just holding off fellow CRG drivers Hannes Janker and Martin Van Leeuwen. As for the rest of the Brits Jordan Lennox-Lamb finished 12th with Ben Barnicoat 18th unfortunately Archie Tillett and Oliver Hodgson were eliminated in the Second chance heat.

CIK-FIA European KZ & KZ2 Championships (Round 2) & CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy (Round 1), Zuera (ESP) 116 drivers arrived at Zuera 66 for their 2nd round of their respected championships and for the 50 Academy drivers it was their opening round. The Academy is the unique championship that see’s drivers selected to represent their countries in a completely level playing field championship. As
we discovered in our last issue representing Great Britain is Alfie Brown and Callum Bradshaw, let’s find out how they got on.

KZ – A problem for Jordan Lennox-Lamb in the early stages allowed the two Tony Kart factory drivers Flavio Camponeschi (ITA) and Marco Ardigo (ITA) to escape and battle between themselves with Camponeshci eventually coming out on top. Behind Lennox-Lamb eventually recovered to 3rd however after the race he received a penalty which put him in 4th, replacing him on the podium was fellow brit Ben Hanley.

KZ2 – On home soil Pedro Hiltbrand (ESP) would ofalwaysbeena godbetanddeliveredtaking the victory by 1.3 seconds to Joel Johansson. The Swede however had his work cut out with Frenchman Paolo Besancenez who rounded off the podium. Behind them we had Luca Corberi and Carlos Jorge Pescador.

Academy – There was a brilliant start from lady driver Marta Garcia (ESP) who took the lead early on and never looked back taking what I assume was a very popular victory on home soil. Alfie Brown did not have a good start dropping back to 5th but eventually recovered to 2nd with the Russian Zakhar Slutsiky finishing 3rd. Unfortunately Callum Bradshaw who started 4th spun on the first lap coming out of the last corner forcing him to retire.

Belgian Max Challenge Round 3, Kerpen (GER)
The third round of the BMC saw it’s 75 drivers head to Germany as the championship hit it’s halfway point. With the next round not until September this would be an important round for the drivers to give themselves less to worry about during the long break!

Junior – After three closely contested finals it was DannyKroesswhocontinueshisfantasticseason leaving Kerpen with the overall victory after three 2nd places. In 2nd was Kenzo Aerts who took a 1st and two thirds and in 3rd was British driver Jordan Brown-Nutley after a win and two 4th places. The remaining victory went to David Liwinski who ended up 5th overall.

Senior – The biggest grid of the weekend came from Senior Max with 29 drivers making the trip. Glenn Van Drogenbroeck had an almost perfect weekend standing off the top step of the podium just once after finishing 2nd in Final 1. Rowan Grinwis had a mixed day but his win the first final helped him to 2nd place and in 3rd was Kevin Langers who was also 3rd in all three finals. Unfortunately British driver Shanaka Clay ended his weekend in the first final so ended up in 29th and last place.