Bad weather conditions at the WSK Champions Cup at La Conca were a contributing cause for eight drivers being excluded from the opening weekend of the European KF season. Following the start of Sunday’s KF final, Dane Nicklas Nielsen sprinted away in dry conditions, until a downpour caused a red flag and drivers forced to switch to wet rubber but Nielsen’s engine would not perform at full throttle when racing resumed, and he ignored the blue flag with red cross to pit. At the changing of tyres in parc ferme, officials sighted all four Ricky Flynn Motorsport racers for changing the karts’ set up, and were excluded. KF graduate Richard Verschoor took victory.
“There were over 70 drivers in there when the red flag came out,” team boss Flynn said. “It was chaos. Officials said only the wet tyres could be mounted on to karts. But the regulations state that because the wet tyres are wider than slicks, the rear tracking has to be moved so that the rear wheels do not stick outside of the sidepods. They deemed it legal, but not to alter it is illegal.”
Gamble scores European Winter glory Tom Gamble has targeted this year’s EuroMax Junior Rotax title after winning last month’s Rotax Winter Cup on his international debut. The 13-year-old scored the win at Campillos in Spain after starting on the front row for Sunday’s final, and held off fellow Brits Jack McCarthy and Tom Canning to take the win by only 0.1s. Gamble recently joined the Dan Holland Racing squad after competing in British Junior Rotax with Mick Barrett Racing last term. He will continue to race with DHR this season.
“I was unsure of how I would go on at the Winter Cup, but it was a fantastic result for me,” Gamble said. “I had targeted a podium finish but with lots of other British drivers, it was always going to be tough. But this really has changed my expectations, as I now have the prize of a free season’s racing in EuroMax thanks to my win.” Gamble said he used the weekend’s earlier heats to line up places on the circuit at which to overtake, and used them well when he dropped down to third place in the opening stages of the final.
“I targeted the other drivers’ weak points, but with so many Brits out there, I’d already raced most of the drivers as this is my second year in Junior Max. Although I’ve done a few British races so far with DHR this year, it was my first overseas race with them. The team has lots of European experience, and I felt at home with them.” Gamble, the younger brother of reigning Ginetta GT5 champion George, said he expected mainly British opposition in his efforts to win this year’s European title. “My target will be to win the Euro Challenge,” he added, “but with eight Brits in the top ten in the final, it really shows just how strong the racing is going to be. It’ll be a tough fight.”