The sixth and closing round of the championship in Sweden has welcomed all the categories. Paolo De Conto has already been crowned KZ European Champion, but has to make up for some lost time, as he had to skip qualifying due to a last minute issue. Hugo Sasse absolute quickest in OK-Junior, Dennis Hauger second of his session in OK.
Scandinavia is again under the spotlight of the CIK-FIA European Championship 2017 as it is staging the closing weekend of the season in Sweden at the Circuit Asum Ring of Kristianstad, just one week after the round held at Pawerparck of Alahärmä in Finland.
The circuit of Kristianstad has the duty to close the European Championship with all categories on track, namely KZ, KZ2, OK and OK-Junior, after the rounds held in Sarno-ITA (KZ, OK, OK-Junior), Genk-BEL (KZ, KZ2), Oviedo-ESP (KZ, OK, OK-Junior), Le Mans-FRA (KZ2, OK, OK-Junior) and Alahärmä-FIN (OK-OK-Junior).
CRG has already secured the KZ Championship with the dominant run of Paolo De Conto in the first three rounds of Sarno, Genk and Oviedo. For De Conto the race in Sweden is just a formality, but he is all set to showcase the technical value of his CRG-Tm package.
In the past round held in Finland, the other CRG protagonists of OK and OK-Junior have been very quick in qualifying and heats, but were hit by bad luck in the Finals. They will certainly try and bounce back in Sweden. Flavio Camponeschi will still be absent from OK, as he is still has to get some rest due to the muscular pain on the neck that affected him in free practice in Finland.
In qualifying held on Friday in Kristianstad, Paolo De Conto had to skip the KZ session as he was late at the entry gate due to a problem of the last minute. Luckily, not very many drivers are present in this KZ closer in Sweden (11 in total) and Paolo De Conto will certainly be able to recover from this hiccup in the heats. In free practice, the Italian had posted the quickest time in 49.819s, while the pole position went to Kremers in 49.995s. The two Dutch brothers Jorrit and Stan Pex are also present in Sweden with CRG.
Jorrit was fourth in qualifying with a best time of 50.081s, while Stan was seventh in 50.281s.
In KZ2, CRG has fielded Alessandro Giardelli, the Brazilian Gaetano Di Mauro, the Spaniards Enrico Prosperi and Gerard Cebrian Ariza, the Swedes Andreas Johansson and Benjamin Tornqvist, the Dutch of CRG Holland Max Tubben, SRP Racing’s Estonian Kaspar Kallasmaa, CRG TB Racing Team’s German Moritz Horn, CRG Keijzer Racing’s Russian Ivan Nosov and the Finns Petteri Ruotsalainen and Sami Sinervo.
The Norwegian Dennis Hauger, the British Callum Bradshaw, the Spanish Kilian Meyer, the German Hannes Janker, the Swede Alfred Nilsson and the Russian Artem Lobanenko are present with CRG in OK, while CRG Holland has fielded the Russian Artem Lobanenko and CRG Keijzer Racing the Dutch Glenn Van Berlo.
The Brazilian Gabriel Bortoleto, Luca Giardelli, Mathias Torreggiani, the Spanish Francisco Sagrera, the German Donar Munding, the Dutch Kas Haverkort of CRG Keijzer Racing, CRG TB Racing Team’s German Hugo Sasse and SRP Racing Team’s German Davids Trefilovs will be present in OK-Junior.
HUGO SASSE CLAIMING OK-JUNIOR’S POLE POSITION
Hugo Sasse has been very quick on Friday in qualifying as he posted the best time of Session-1 that was also the absolute quickest in 52.371s. Gabriel Bortoleto was eighth in 52.686s, Francisco Sagrera 11th in 52.812s. Davids Trefilovs was 21st in the second session in 53.454s. Kas Haverkort was sixth in Series-3 in 52.897s, Luca Giardelli 12th in 53.037s, Mathias Torreggiani 14th in 53.064s and Donar Munding 16th in 53.086s.
In KZ2, Gaetano Di Mauro was third in Session-1 with a best lap of 50.432s, Benjamin Tornqvist was eighth in 50.570s. Alessandro Giardelli was sixth in Session-2 in 50.416s, Petteri Ruotsalainen was 11th in 50.817s, Andrea Johansson 15th in 50.935s, Enrico Prosperi 16th in 50.960s, Kaspar Kallasmaa 18th in 51.020s. In the third Series, Gerard Cebrian Ariza was seventh in 50.580s, Max Tubben 11th in 50.735s, Moritz Horn 12th in 50.855s, Daniel Lindholm 15th in 51.106s, Ivan Nosov 16th in 51.106s and Sami Sinervo 17th in 51.704s.
In OK, Kilian Meyer was 10th of Session-1 in 51.605s, Artem Lobanenko 17th in 51.914s. Dennis Hauger was very quick in the second session and posted the second time in 51.409s that was 0.086s shy of the first place, while Hannes Janker was fourth in 51.444s. Callum Bradshaw was fourth of the third session in 51.483s, Alfred Nilsson seventh in 51.531s and Glenn Van Berlo eighth in 51.575s.
THE PROGRAMME OF KRISTIANSTAD
CIK-FIA European KZ, KZ2, OK, OKJ Championships, 30.07.2017
Saturday 29 July 2017: Qualifying heats from 10:25.
Sunday 30 July 2017: Heats from 10:30. Drivers presentation at 12:50. Finals: KZ at 13:40; OK-Junior at 14:30; KZ2 at 15:15; OK at 16:05.
All results, Live Timing and Live TV feed are available at www.cikfia.com and www.wskarting.it
28 July 2017
In the pictures: 1) Poster Kristianstad; 2) Dennis Hauger, OK, Ph. Cunaphoto.it