Round 4 of 4 – PF International, 28-31 August 2014
The Paul Fletcher International circuit played host to the fourth and final round of the European Championships and welcomed two new British champions in their respective KF and KF Junior classes.
Deposit a lot of heavy rain earlier on in the week, race day basked itself in glorious sunshine and some generously warm temperatures too.The Juniors went first and David Beckmann led Benjamin Lessennes on the front row of the pre-final with championship leader Enaam Ahmed down in seventh. A first corner coming together just a. er the Litchfield Bridge between several of the drivers brought out a red fl ag and at the restart, Ahmed made a great jump up into third before taking second and began hunting down and passing Beckmann for pole position in the final.Despite scoring only four points from qualifying, Ahmed was still the championship leader going into the final race. Beckmann was also in contention in second. Rokkas Baciuska would start in third and Mick Junior fourth. Ahmed had a great start with a gap of sixth tenths to second a. er lap one over Beckmann. Beckmann and Junior were racing close in the fight for second, but, although this was ultimately costing them time, they were still closing down the lead that Ahmed had originally built up. Before long Beckmann put a move on Ahmed, taking the lead and bringing Junior along with him. Ahmed stayed within two tenths of Junior for another three laps before executing a perfectly planned move, braking just enough to roll down the inside of the German at the first hairpin. He pulled off the move so well that there was no time lost to Beckmann ahead and by the very next lap, Ahmed was back in the lead and on his way to the race win and the championship. Junior lost his chance for the podium when he outbraked himself into the second hairpin, making contact with Beckmann and pu. ing himself on to the grass and down to seventh.
Alexander Vartanyan left it late to move past Beckmann for second and Max Fewtrell did the same with two laps left for third. Further back, Logan Sargeant, one of the title favourites before the weekend, had been caught up in the earlier pre-final clash, but had worked his way up from the back to a very respectable tenth place.Callum Ilo. was the only KF driver to win multiple qualifying heats on Saturday which earned him pole for Sunday’s pre-final. Championship leader Nicklas Nielsen started second, but the lead on the first lap was taken by home and local favourite Mark Litchfield. Ilo recovered from dropping to fourth by taking back a position a lap and had the lead by lap four. He finished in the lead and took pole for the final by a comfortable margin of 1.3s over Litchfield, with a further seven tenths over the Dane, Nielsen. Lando Norris came through from 11th to fourth. Litchfield on row one in the final with Nielsen and Norris third and fourth respectively. Nielsen went for it on the first lap, passing Litchfield on the run under the bridge before diving up the inside of Ilo at hairpin one. Paolo Besancenez also followed through, but Ilo repassed him on the main straight.The Zanardi Strakka racer was on a charge, as he re-took Nielsen in a similar fashion and began to build up a lead. Behind, Pedro Hiltbrand had just taken third from Besancenez. Hiltbrand looked like he would catch Nielsen at one point, but ran wide at the final corner and his progress slowed. Ilo kept his lead comfortable and took the title with arms in the air. Nielsen finished second for the second time in two years. Hiltbrand seemed to run into Litchfield on the bridge on the last lap, allowing Alessio Lorandi to take third place.