The French weather offered mixed conditions to the 146 drivers of the European Competition promoted by RGMMC. If the track remained dry for most of the day, heavens opened around 15 pm with torrential rain delaying one of the Junior heats, the time for the participants to put on the appropriate rubber. A change of conditions that didn’t last long as both the sun and blue sky reappeared until the conclusion of today’s qualifying races.
Starting each of his four heats from the front row, Andrea Kimi Antonelli (KR/IAME) took one win and three Top Three-finishes putting him in a provisional lead with one effort to go on Sunday morning.
Polesitter for the first time on Friday, Martinius Stenshorne (FA Kart/Vortex) won two races while also finishing fourth and fifth to stand in provisional second position, two points away from Antonelli. Connor Zilisch (Energy Corse/TM) concluded his day in third with one win and a Top Three-finish as best personal results.
Following in fourth, James Wharton (Parolin/TM) claimed one victory in his last run. Twice amongst the Top Three finishers, Alfio Spina (KR/IAME) was classified fifth overall ahead of Conrad Laursen (FA Kart/Vortex), taking two second places under his name, followed by William Silverholm (Tony Kart/Vortex), Ugo Ugochukwu (FA Kart/Vortex), who recovered well from a early DNF to clinch a second place and two wins, Laurens Van Hoepen (FA Kart/Vortex), and Marcus Amand (Kosmic/IAME) who won his opening heat and finished twice in the Top Three.
Arvid Lindblad (Exprit/TM) had a good day at the office producing two victories and a second place-result to rise to 11th place. Alex Dunne (Tony Kart/Vortex) also entered the winners’ circle (14th) as well as Oleksander Partyshev (Tony Kart/Vortex) who was classified 22nd.
The battle for the European Junior title will resume this Sunday morning from 11:05 with some of the contenders willing to recover from some troubles encountered today like Alex Dunne (Tony Kart/Vortex, 14th), Jamie Day (Exprit/Vortex), Nikita Bedrin (Tony Kart/Vortex, 21st) and Thomas Ten Brinke (FA Kart/Vortex, 31st).
|Sunday||09:00 – 10:40 Warm-up|
11:05 – 13:00 Qualifying Heats
13:55 – 14:40 Lunch Break
14:55 – 15:20 Final
16:35 Press Conference
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Text: Guillaume Alvarez
Photos: Alex Vernardis