- Info: FIA Karting / Guillaume Alvarez
- Photos: FIA Karting / KSP
The Wackersdorf circuit, which had not hosted an FIA direct-drive kart competition since 2012, has lost none of its sporting and spectator appeal. Some competitors struggled to regain their ease on the German track, while others took advantage of the opportunity to shine. Overtaking was particularly common throughout the weekend and the many spectators in front of their screens around the world enjoyed a first-class show. Fine weather was also on hand with clear skies and warm sunshine for the exciting races full of twists and turns.
Ugo Ugochukwu (KR/IAME) added a fifth victory to his perfect score in his last Qualifying Heat on Sunday morning and was able to approach the Final as leader of the provisional ranking of the FIA Karting European Championship – Junior. Arvid Lindblad (KR/IAME) had however moved closer and shared the front row of the grid with the American. Lindblad soon took the lead, followed by Harley Keeble (Tony Kart/Vortex).
Ugochukwu did not expect to stay in fourth place behind Martinius Stenshorne (KR/IAME) and gradually moved back into second. Lindblad could no longer be beaten and took a great victory, 1.4 seconds ahead of the new European Champion Ugochukwu. Keeble was on the third step of the podium, Sonny Smith (KR/IAME) finished fourth and Karol Pasiewicz (Tony Kart/Vortex/LeCont) fifth with the fastest lap in the race. Finally, 16th in the race, Tuukka Taponen (Tony Kart/Vortex) was forced to give up second place in the Championship to Lindblad.
“I had a fantastic weekend,” said Ugo. “My kart was really good. I was surprised by a slightly slippery part at the beginning of the Final and I fell back to fourth. It didn’t affect the Championship, but I tried to get back on track and second place suits me. I’m very happy to win the European Championship which is very valuable because you have to be consistent and perform well over several races. Having said that, I am of course very motivated for the next World Championship at Portimao.”
Final standings of the FIA Karting European Championship – Junior:
- Ugo Ugochukwu (USA) – 65 points
- Arvid Lindblad (GBR) – 60 points
- Tuukka Taponen (FIN) – 48 points
- Valerio Rinicella (ITA) – 30 points
- Harley Keeble (GBR) – 28 points
The drivers competing in the Junior class will be back in action on November 6th to 8th for the FIA Karting World Championship at Portimao.
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