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We cap off Round 4 of FIA Karting European Championship OK-OKJ with some good vibes 😎 Thanks to an outstanding 16-… https://t.co/rSFO6WrPX4
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Finals, we're coming for you 😼 William Macintyre finishes an action-packed first Sunday race in P6️⃣ and will take… https://t.co/Kd7iGjNOpO
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A solid start to our Saturday 😎 In the OKJ class, William Macintyre claims P🥉 in his first heat of the day thanks… https://t.co/2LZsogSoK7
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Eyes on the target 👀 Motivated for our second day of racing here in Zuera 😼 Warm ups are under way and our… https://t.co/X55g6o9imJ
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Kicking off the weekend with good speed 😉 In the OK class, Tymoteusz Kucharczyk sets the 2nd fastest lap in his gr… https://t.co/wa9HTkHbD6
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Qualifying sessions are coming up here in Zuera ⚡️ Who's ready? 🖐 📸 LRN Photo 👉 https://t.co/pV4AWUQ2id
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Taking off for Round 4 of FIA Karting European Championship OK-OKJ ✈️ We still have some free practice sessions to… https://t.co/tsf1q8z8mu
13/05/2015

Difficult debut for Birel ART at the CIK-FIA KF & KFJ European Championships

Birel ART had a tough weekend in the opening round of the CIK-FIA KF & KFJ European Championships in Portimão. In KF, the team was facing its first championship race of the season and placed twelfth with Jordon Lennox-Lamb and eighteenth with Ben Barnicoat, while in KFJ Légeret placed twenty-fourth and Ulysse De Pauw was forced to retire.
 
In KF, Jordon Lennox-Lamb started the Prefinal from twelfth on grid and on lap 4 a contact forced him to abandon the quest for the top positions, dropping him to the rear of the field. From here, he managed to recover some ground to close twentieth. In the Final, Jordon charged his way up to eighth and joined the chase after the leaders, but contacts again made him slip down to mid-field and put an end to his big point hopes. 
 
Ben Barnicoat also had a difficult time. In the Prefinal he started seventeenth and made it into the top 12, but an initial contact relegated him to the twenty-sixth spot on grid for the Final. Here, Barnicoat charged hard with nice overtakes and made it to eighteenth. It was definitely a harsh return to karting, but the English driver proved to be as competitive as ever and an excellent team player.
 
The kids in the Junior category also had an unlucky weekend. After tough qualifyings and heats, Lucas Légeret managed to place third in the Second Chance qualification race, conquering a spot on grid for the Prefinal. Here, the Swiss driver started his recovery, rising from thirty-first to twenty-first, but in the Final an accident on lap 10 compromised his effort. Too bad, because Lucas was again proving how competitive he is.
 
Ulysse De Pauw started the weekend on top: third fastest overall of the qualifyings and in the heats’ top 8, third and fifth in the first two and leader of the third one until the penultimate lap. Then bad luck kept him from giving another show of his kart’s potential when it counted most, as a contact in lap 1 of the Final forced him to withdraw.
 
Tom Leuillet and Timothy Peisselon also had a tough time on their European debut: after struggling in the qualifyings, in the heats both French drivers managed  to rise into the main group. Unfortunately, the 10 second penalty that commissioners assigned to Leuillet stripped him of his pass for the final phase, which he had conquered with a nice sixth place finish in the second chance heat. Tenth on the starting grid in the Second Chance Heat, Peisselon managed to fight for the top spots until lap 5, then dropped eleventh due to a contact.
 
Jordon Lennox-Lamb, #139: “Generally speaking, I think it was a good weekend, considering that this was the first KF race of the season for both, Ben and I, and that the the team didn’t have a chance to do a lot of testing in the category. We showed great progress compared to day one and if we keep working hard and make good use of this experience we’ll be able to improve for next round. The tests we’re going to do before going to England will also help us be more competitive.” 
 
Ben Barnicoat, #137: “We were very unlucky. We struggled to find the right speed all weekend long and, despite everyone’s hard work on the Team, we couldn’t find the right solution to battle for victory. I am sure, though, that we’ll be more competitive at the PFI.”
 
Lucas Légeret, #216: “We had the speed we needed to do well as soon as the qualifyings. Sadly, some mistakes and contacts in the heats conditioned my results, so I had to face the repechange race, but there I placed third and in the Prefinal I recovered 10 positions! Then, unfortuntaly in the Final I was victim to a clash between two rivals ahead of me. It’s a shame, because we were going to make the top 10.”
 
Ulysse De Pauw, #205: “Our Portimao weekend started off in the best of possible ways: third best overall in the qualifyings. Unfortunately, in the heats we weren’t very lucky and in the Prefinal I had a tough time recovering. Then in the Final a contact at the start kept me from showing our full potential. In general, though, I am happy about our speed and I think we just have to keep working hard to hone our competitive edge.”
 
Tom Leuillet, #215: “I am disappointed about my European debut, I was hoping to make some points.”
Timothy Peisselon, #251: “We were unlucky to open the CIK-FIA Europeans without qualifying for the finals. I’m sorry because we all worked very hard to prepare for the event, but I’m sure we’ll make the best of this experience to get better results in the next races.” 
 
Gianluca Beggio, General Manager: “This was a particularly tough weekend for the Team, since the Portimão race marked our season debut in a KF championship. Luck was definitely against us, especially in the KFJ, where race contacts and issues with tires (different performance standards from one set to the other) conditioned the results of many drivers, including some of ours. In KF, we suffered from the fact that we did less tests than the other teams, even if we performed well throughout the weekend. At PFI we will surely be more competitive, already starting from Thursday practices.”