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24/06/2015

Birel ART was competitive in the British round of the KF and KFJ Europeans

In the second round of the CIK-FIA European Championships in Brandon (UK), Birel ART demonstrated its competitive edge all weekend long in both categories KFJ and KF.
 
In KFJ, Birel ART and Ulysse De Pauw were among the main contenders for the round victory: in the Final, the Belgian dashed off grid from P3 and immediately took the lead, pulling away to more than a 1” gap over the group. Then bad luck came knocking. First, a mistake on lap 9 forced him to work overtime to recover from sixth place; then, two laps from the end, after a stunning comeback up to second place, a contact compromised his chances. De Pauw finished in sixth place, but then he was assigned a 10” penalty for a pass made under yellow flag and dropped to nineteenth. 
 
Suffering severe rib pain, Lucas Légeret decided to sit out the qualifying sessions. Lucas will be determined to come back and fight hard in the final round in Sweden, having demonstrated also in Brandon his undoubted skills and speed.
 
Timothy Peisselon opened the event as the fifth fastest in his qualifying session and, despite a withdrawal in heat 1, went on to prove his competitive edge in the other sprint runs. Then, unfortunately, in the Second Chance race, several unlucky episodes kept him from qualifying for the finals. All in all, though, Timothy showed great improvement and will certainly be among the top players in the closing round of the European title hunt.
 
At his absolute debut in KFJ and with the Birel ART factory team, USA driver David Malukas unleashed his kart’s full potential, battling for the top 10 more than once. A penalty received in heat three unfortunately forced him to face the Second Chance race, where he engaged in several duels and overtakes and closed tenth. 
 
The PFI round also marked the KF Junior debut of thirteen years old Mario Mills. Racing with a RK chassis, the English driver made the most of every session to gain important experience and immediately showed great pace and dueling skills. 
 
Birel ART also demonstrated its competitive force in the KF class. In the Prefinal, Jordon Lennox-Lamb started from eighth and immediately caught up to the front runners: by lap 4, as he was running sixth, just a few tenths from the leader. Sadly, he was then hit from behind by a rival and had to retire. In the Final, he started from the rear and ran into several contacts that compromised his recovery. 
 
The team also proved its strength with Ben Barnicoat. Twice fifth and consistently in the top 8 throughout the heats, in the Prefinal Ben started from thirteenth and achieved a fantastic rise all the way to seventh. Unfortunately, in the Final he was unable to fight for victory, as technical issues conditioned his kart’s performance and caused him to close fourteenth. The weekend also marked a positive first race with the team for Rory Cuff: at his KF debut, Rory immediately joined the battle for the top 10, placing fourteenth and thirteenth in the first heats, and turning the kilometers covered at PFI in useful experience. 
 
Ulysse De Pauw, #205: “In Qualifying we had a technical problem that conditioned our entire weekend. Despite the mistake, that didn’t permit us to get the results we hoped, I am happy of how fast we were. I hope luck will be on our side for the last act of the championship.”
 
Lucas Légeret, #216: “It’s a shame that my ribs hurt too much run the whole event, because we could have fought for the top spots.”
 
Timothy Peisselon, #251: “I am satisfied with the pace we kept. Too bad that bad luck in the heats kept us from qualifying for the final phase.” 
 
David Malukas, #292: “This was my first weekend with Birel ART and I had a lot of fun. I didn’t do as well as I hoped, but all in all it was a good debut. The Team was fantastic, they are all very professional and helpful. I can’t wait to be back on track!”
 
Mario Mills, #293: “I was very satisfied with my performance and with my RK chassis after free practices, but then a technical glitch in Qualifying made things tough. It’s never easy to start from the rear of the grid. In heats 1 and 3 I was involved in some unfortunate situations, but in the other two I managed to improve. However, because of penalties, I had to face the second chance heat and there I was involved in an accident at the start. I am still happy about how the weekend went, though: I was the youngest driver on track and I learned a lot, especially in terms of driving style, which is very different from what I’m used to. I enjoyed myself and I can’t wait for the next race. I want to thank RK and IAME for their support.”
 
Jordon Lennox-Lamb, #139 : “This was one of my worst weekends, considering luck was constantly against me. Unfortunately, some guys on track have debatable driving standards. We could have battled for the podium, considering our performance in the Prefinal. We need to keep improving, but we’re on the right path.”
 
Ben Barnicoat, #137: “It was a tough weekend for us. We worked hard to make everything work to perfection and I felt very well with the chassis. In the Final, I did a great start and was fighting for the lead, then a technical problem made me drop out of the head group. Then I lost some more ground when I had to steer clear of an accident in front of me. It was stressful because the chassis was good to win.”
 
Rory Cuff, #138: “It was an awesome experience. It was my first time in KF, I had never raced with front brakes before. It’s very different because overtaking is easier, so you have to put up a tougher defense. I am very satisfied: my lap times were just a couple of tenths slower than those posted by my teammates who have experience. I need to improve, but I hope to do more races and continue my karting career. I want to thank Birel ART for their professional support, especially Gianluca Beggio and my mechanic Luca, who worked really hard so I could be fast.”
 
Gianluca Beggio, General Manager: “I am satisfied with the Team’s performance in both KF and KFJ. In the Junior class we came close to taking our first European victory with De Pauw. It’s a shame that the contact on the closing laps didn’t allow us to battle until the end. Unfortunately, we were unlucky in KF as well: up until Lennox’s accident in the Prefinal, we were contending the top spots with both of our drivers. This proves that we are working in the right direction.”
 
Next round: Kristianstad (Sweden), 23-26 July 
 
 
To download the magazine in English click here: Birel ART was competitive in the British round of the KF and KFJ Europeans
 
Per scaricare il magazine in italiano clicca qui: Birel ART competitiva nel round inglese dei Campionati Europei KFJ e KF