Five months after the first round held in Suzuka, Japan, the CIK-FIA Karting World Championship will reach its climax in the Coloane circuit, one of the two main islands that make up Macao. Italian Flavio Camponeschi dreams of turning that special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China into the scene of his world maiden title. Daiki Japanese Sasaki and Tiéné Italian Felice are, however, playing with the same ambition, like the four-time world champion Davide Fore. And with four races still ahead, many scenarios are possible!
It was at the end of May at the Suzuka circuit. When falling 3 of the 4 races of the first round of this World Championship 2012, Flavio Camponeschi (Tony Kart-Vortex) had attacked a great blow. Therefore, as a comfortable leader the Italian will arrive in Macau for the second and final session of the global competition. “After having competed in the European Championship and the World Cup in the KF2 category with tougher tires, I will be able to use again in Macau the special tires put at our disposal by Bridgestone,” explained the Italian. “They are better equipped for my riding style and I hope I can take the road to success again, I really want this title!”
Very motivated, Flavio is also aware that he will have to be cautious with 4 races in two days (the 3 best results of which remain) many opponents can very well reverse the situation. The Japanese Daiki Sasaki (Kosmic-Vortex), impressive in his native land, will surely reach this final world. A week after winning the second division of the Japanese Formula 3 championship, Daiki part, will have to return to find a good pace since few times has been at the wheel of a kart this year. However, he likes Macau, where he got last year’s Asia-Pacific Championship KF1, and dreams of ending his Karting career by putting on the crown supreme. Although it is 15 points below Camponeschi therefore, it does not seem insurmountable.
Likewise Felice Tiéné (CRG-BMB) is on the way. KF2 World Cup Award in Zuera at the end of September, the Italian is 26 points behind and aware that he will not have all the cards. But he is in a very good mood, and his only tactic is therefore attacked!
In opposition to these three young drivers, Davide Foré (CRG-BMB) is determined to take advantage of his experience. Despite the four world titles he already achieved between 1998 and 2006, the 38-year-old and the highest driver in this competition shows an up-and-coming young man tenaciously determined to drive to win. His success in the fourth race at Suzuka has certainly given wings to him, and Davide is not going to make this long trip just for a ride-in part. After all, he is only 2 points below his teammate Has, and he knows very well that anything can always happen …
It is a priori among these four pilots that the world crown will be liquidated. Bad luck in Japan, where he was betrayed by his team, the Polish Karol Basz (Birel-Parilla) will have to wait for a miracle to win, like the Dutchman Verstappen Max (who has changed the CRG team from Suzuka and now has a kart CRG-TM), who regrets having had an accident in the last Japanese race that cost him valuable points. Also in the provisional top 10, British Tom Joyner (LH-BMB), Jordon Lennox-Lamb (CRG-BMB) and Matthew Graham (Zanardi-TM), as well as the Indonesian Filón Paz Patric Armand (Tony Kart-Vortex) will have goal in a glorious feat that allows them to win a few places in the hierarchy. It will also be worth following the British Ben Hanley (ART GP-TM), who will make a comeback to the top category of direct drive karts after having stepped on the podium of the KZ1 World Cup in early September. Finally, we must mention the presence of two Australians (Cian Tothergill and Aguas Mateo, both in Kosmic-Vortex) within 35 entries, and a strong Asian delegation especially with the young Andy Chang Wing Chung (Tony Kart-Vortex), who undoubtedly, the public will be in favor of what will defend Macao’s colors.
Competitors must start work on Saturday morning with the qualifying practice, which will determine the starting grid of the first of the two races on Saturday. On Sunday, the board stole clean up with another official practice session and the two races that promise to be exciting. For the candidates for the title there is still a long way to go before claiming the throne!
Asia and the Pacific KF3 Championship: Varied menu
In addition to the World Championship, Macau will also host the Asia-Pacific KF3 Championship. In this 13-15 year old class there will be Thai, Indian, Japanese, representative