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Kozlinski Crowned 2009 CIK-FIA World Karting Champion

Arnaud Kozlinski of France was crowned 2009 CIK-FIA World Karting Champion after a fantastic battle between some of the best karters in the world. Close behind Kozlinski was Aaro Vainio of Finland, followed by Briton Ben Hanley. Hosted in Asia for the first time in history, the 2009 CIK-FIA World Karting Championship had to be halted five laps early due to rain, but that did nothing to detract from the enormously exciting on-track action.

Asia karters also did well today, and in the supporting Asian Karting Open Championship, Japan’s Koki Hoshino was the top-finisher in the Formula 125 Senior Open, while Hong Kong’s Lam Ho Yin and Tommy Tang Chi Ming won both the Rotax Max Senior and the Rotax Max Veteran classes.

CIK-FIA World Karting Championship

Kozlinski became the first Frenchman to win a world championship in the sport’s highest category, Super KF, and the 28-year old was ecstatic to have been crowned in Macau: “I can’t believe it,” a beaming Kozlinski said. “After the rain started, I knew it was going to be a long and difficult race and that I could not make any mistakes. I was lucky because Aaro was in front of me and he showed me the way and we escaped together, and then I was able to get by him and get in front.”

Kozlinski, who finished second in both the 2003 and 2004 CIK-FIA World Karting Championships, continued: “I love racing in Asia, and I tend to do well here as I have been here three times now and all three times I was on the podium!”

The day began with the remaining four 2009 CIK-FIA World Karting Championship Qualifying Heats and, with only the top 34 of the 42 competitors moving into the Pre-Final and Final, the sessions were intensely competitive. Once the six sessions were complete, it was Kozlinski who had earned pole position for the Pre-Final, with Vaino second and Frenchman Manuel Renaudie third. Renaudie would finish seventh in the Final.

After comfortably winning the 13-lap Pre-Final with a two-second lead over compatriot Brandon Maïsano, Kozlinski started from pole position for the afternoon Final ahead of Maïsano, Vainio, Hanley, Renaudie, and defending world champion Marco Ardigò of Italy.

The Final began with Renaudie charge ahead and grab the lead. The action-packed race saw Ardigò, aiming for a third consecutive championship title, move up to third by the second lap. Ardigò would later finish ninth.

Eventual champion, Kozlinski re-gained the lead on the fourth lap, only to have Ardigò snatch it from him shortly thereafter. Vainio followed suit demoting Kozlinski to third, before the pair made it past the Italian.


Rain began to fall ten laps into the race and though Vainio held on for the majority of the remaining laps, Kozlinski grabbed the lead from the young Finn just in time to win his first CIK-FIA World Karting Championship. Meanwhile, Hanley, who had been fastest in the practice sessions, had fallen back after an early incident. However, the Briton brilliantly worked his way back up through the field to finish third: “I kind of knew the race would be called (stopped) with the rain, so I took a few more risks,” Hanley said. “At the same time, I’ve now finished third twice now, so it would be nice to finish higher!”

As the race had started in dry conditions, the karts were shot with slick tyres and, once it began to rain heavily, it had to be halted after 20 laps when. Rounding out the top five were Jonathan Thonon of Belgium and Italian Flavio Camponeschi.

Despite just missing out on the cut for Final, Macau’s João Afonso said the experience of racing at the 2009 CIK-FIA World Karting Championship had been memorable: “It’s been a great experience and one I won’t forget,” said Afonso, who became the first Macau karter to race at the pinnacle of the sport. “I’ve learned a lot this weekend and it was definitely difficult to race against the some of the best, but I’ve enjoyed myself.”

Racing in just his first year at the top level of the sport, the 16-year old Vainio was ecstatic. “When I heard the World Championship was going to be in Macau, I thought: ‘Super!’. It’s been a great competition here. I’m extremely happy to be second. I was leading, but it started to rain and Arnaud started to catch up to me. I knew he was a bit faster, and so I just had to do my best. Second is not bad at all.”

2009 CIK-FIA World Karting Championship Top-Ten Results:
 

 

Pos.
No.
Name
Entrant
Gap
1
20
Arnaud Kozlinski (FRA)
CRG (ITA)
 
2
11
Aaro Vainio (FIN)
Maranello Kart (ITA)
+1.008
3
38
Ben Hanley (GBR)
Marnello Kart (ITA)
+6.103
4
18
Jonathan Thonon (BEL)
CRG (ITA)
+7.376
5
35
Flavio Camponeschi (ITA)
Tony Kart Racing Team (ITA)
+9.255
6
12
Yannick De Brabander (BEL)
EGP Racing (BEL)
+12.612
7
6
Manuel Renaudie (FRA)
PDB Racing Team (NDL)
+13.832
8
37
Alessandro Bressan (ITA)
Kosmic Racing Dept (ITA)
+15.379
9
1
Marco Ardigò (ITA)
Tony Kart Racing Team (ITA)
+15.841
10
16
Simo Puhakka (FIN)
PCR (ITA)
+16.917

 

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CIK-FIA Asia Pacific KF3 Championship

For the first time, Jordan King raced in the rain today. The Briton, who consistently topped practice and qualifying sessions throughout the weekend, saw his efforts rewarded with a well-deserved victory in the CIK-FIA Asia Pacific KF3 Championship held at Macau’s karting circuit on Coloane.

“I don’t mind rain. I’m quick in the rain but I have never been out racing in the rain,” he said following his win. When asked what was going through his mind before the race, King replied: “I was thinking about what lines to take on the track. Once I was out on the rolling lap, I then tried to find those lines.”

King, driving a Maranello kart, added: “My engine was sputtering as I came out of pit lane. I then had to adjust my carburettor to find which position was near perfect. Then water was beginning to seep into the engine, and towards the end it got worse but I managed to hold on.”

King’s lead was 2.782 seconds by Lap 17. When asked about the prospect of returning to Macau, King said: “I won’t be in F-3 in a month! Maybe in the next 2 to 3 years, we’ll see what happens!”

By the flag, King had opened up a margin of 6.233 seconds from New Zealand karter Arie Hutton. Hutton, driving a Tony Kart, dropped to 3rd place after the first lap but managed to grab 2nd by the flag. Challenging Hutton at every turn was 3rd placed karter Giuliano Niceta, also in a Tony Kart. Niceta, winner of the CIK-FIA KF3 World Cup last month, was looking for a way past Hutton but to no avail.

2009 CIK-FIA Asia Pacific Karting Championship – KF3
Top 10 Results

 

Pos
No.
Name
Entrant
Gap
1
103
Jordan KING (GBR)
Maranello Kart
 
2
102
Arie HUTTON (NZL)
Hutton, Robert
+2.782
3
101
Giuliano Maria NICETA (ITA)
Morsicani Racing
+3.734
4
117
William WHITELOCK(GBR)
Ricky Flynn Racing
+13.889
5
106
Franco Puey REYES (PHI)
Simon Racing Team
+57.746
6
109
Andhika SASABONE (INA)
Andhika Racing Team
+1 Lap
7
110
Matthew SOLOMON (HKG)
Mattsolomon Racing
+1 Lap
8
111
Giada DE ZEN (ITA)
Tony Kart Junior RT
+15 Laps
9
115
Clio TJONNADI (ROI)
Go Serge Motorsport
+17 Laps
10
112
Kevin SUSILO (ITA)
DR Srl
+19 Laps

 

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KF3 Entry List

2009 CIK-FIA WORLD KARTING CHAMPIONSHIP (Macau) KF3 Entry List
 
KART No.
車號
ENTRANT
 
中文姓名
COUNTRY
國籍
TEAM
車隊
101
Giuliano Maria NICETA
拿斯達
ITA / 意大利
Morsicani Racing
102
Arie HUTTON
候頓
NZL / 新西蘭
Robert Hutton
103
Jordan KING
京治
GBR / 英國
Maranello Kart
104
Gustavo MENEZES
文尼沙
SWE / 瑞典
Tony Kart Junior RT
105
Jordi ORIOLA
佐迪
ESP / 西班牙
Genikart-LTP
106
Franco Puey REYES
韋爾
PHI / 菲律賓
Simon Racing Team
107
Philo PAZ PATRIC ARMAND
阿曼
INE / 印尼
Tony Kart Racing Team
109
Andhika SASABONE
沙沙邦
GBR / 英國
Andhika Racing Team
110
Matthew SOLOMON
所羅門
HKG / 香港
Mattsolomon Racing
111
Giada DE ZEN
迪辛
ITA / 意大利
Tony Kart Junior RT
112
Kevin SUSILO
蘇士盧
ITA / 意大利
DR Srl
114
Andrew TANG
鄧安地
SIN / 新加坡
Maddox
115
Clio TJONNADI
杜拿迪
INE / 印尼
Go Serge Motorsport
117
William WHITELOCK
韋洛克
GBR / 英國
Ricky Flynn Motorsport
 

SKF Entry List

2009 CIK-FIA WORLD KARTING CHAMPIONSHIP (Macau) - SKF Entry List
 
 
KART No.車號
ENTRANT
 
中文姓名
COUNTRY
國籍
TEAM
車隊
1
Marco ARDIGÒ
阿迪高
ITA / 意大利
Tony Kart Racing Team
2
Libor TOMAN
杜文
CZE / 捷克
Birel Motorsport
3
Gary CATT
卡特
GBR / 英國
Tony Kart Racing Team
5
Davide FORÈ
科爾
ITA / 意大利
CRG
6
Manuel RENAUDIE
雲奴迪
FRA / 法國
PDB Racing Team
11
Aaro VAINIO
華尼奧
FIN / 芬蘭
Maranello Kart
12
Yannick, DE BRABANDER
迪巴賓達
BEL / 比利時
EGP Racing
14
Jason PARROTT
柏羅特
GBR / 英國
MGM Racing
15
Oliver ROWLAND
路蘭
GBR / 英國
Chiesa Corse
16
Simo PUHAKKA
普哈卡
FIN / 芬蘭
PCR
18
Jonathan THONON
科朗
BEL / 比利時
CRG
19
Sauro CESETTI
施錫堤
ITA / 意大利
Birel Motorsport
20
Arnaud KOZLINSKI
高斯連斯基
FRA / 法國
CRG
21
Robert FOSTER-JONES
科士達-鍾斯
GBR / 英國
Ricky Flynn Motorsport
22
Miika KUNRANTA
官蘭特
FIN / 芬蘭
MGM Racing
23
Richard BRADLEY
巴特利
GBR / 英國
Maddox
24
Luca GIACOMELLO
基亞高美路
ITA / 意大利
Chiesa Corse
27
Sinan VAN DER RAAD
雲達拉特
NED / 荷蘭
PCR
29
Laura TILLETT
泰爾列
GBR / 英國
PDB Racing Team
30
Tin SRITRAI
舒里猜
THI / 泰國
Birel Pacific Motor Sport
31
Kazuya ISHII
石井和也
JPN / 日本
Birel Pacific Motor Sport
32
Davide GAGGIANESI
加基安尼斯
ITA / 意大利
Genikart-LTP
33
Joao  AFONSO
阿方素
MAC / 澳門
Joao  AFONSO
34
Armand CONVERS
康華斯
FRA / 法國
Kosmic Racing Dept
35
Flavio CAMPONESCHI
金普尼斯治
ITA / 意大利
Tony Kart Racing Team
36
David ZHU
朱戴維
CHN / 中國
Tony Kart Racing Team
37
Alessandro BRESSAN
比辛
ITA / 意大利
Kosmic Racing Dept
38
Ben HANLEY
漢利
GBR / 英國
Maranello Kart
39
CAO Hongwei
曹宏煒
CHN / 中國
Tony Kart Racing Team
40
CHONG Chuen Yee, Vica
莊存義
HKG / 香港
Org Sun Racing
41
Zdenek GROMAN
哥魯文
CZE / 捷克
Hagemann Racing
42
Tereza GROMANOVÁ
哥魯文路華
CZE / 捷克
Hagemann Racing
43
Brandon MAISANO
馬爾沙奴
FRA / 法國
CRG
44
Tanart SATHIENTHIRAKUL
沙天迪拿高
THI / 泰國
Maddox
45
WONG Tim Wai
黃添偉
HKG / 香港
Advance Racing
46
Mark LITCHFIELD
列治菲
GBR / 英國
Maranello Kart
47
J. Stefano MARCELO
馬些路
PHI / 菲律賓
Tony Kart Racing Team
48
Aurélien FORGERON
科基朗
FRA / 法國
Chiesa Corse
49
Tom GRICE
格拉斯
GBR / 英國
Birel Motorsport
50
Eddy TININI
田年尼
ITA / 意大利
CRG
51
Andi JAKILE
查基利
INE / 印尼
Shadaff Motorsport
52
Gianni GAZZURELLI
加蘇拉利
FRA / 法國
Gazzurelli, Gianni
 

Final Day Practice

Under a bright afternoon sun, the 42 karters competing in the 2009 CIK-FIA World Karting Championship completed another successful day of practice ahead of tomorrow’s qualifying practices and heats at Macau’s Coloane circuit. The field, which includes defending champion Marco Ardigò and four-time world champion David Forè, both Italian, spent the practice sessions working on the perfect set-up for Sunday’s race to decide the world’s best karter of 2009.

Hosted in Asia for the first time CIK-FIA history, the 2009 CIK-FIA World Karting Championship has attracted a sterling international field to Macau for the competition. Also part of the Macau International Kart Grand Prix is the 2009 CIK-FIA Karting Asia-Pacific KF3 Championship, as well as a host of support races as part of the Asian Karting Open Championship (AKOC).

A few showers Friday morning turned into bright sun by mid-day, and the over 170 competitors from 20 countries and regions were excited to be out on the 1.203-km circuit.

With Macau hosting this year’s competition, competitors throughout Asia who do not have the budgets to compete in Europe have been given the opportunity to compete at the pinnacle of the sport. Mainland China’s David Zhu and Cao Hong Wei become the first Chinese nationals to compete at the CIK-FIA World Karting Championship.

“I really enjoy the sport because the kart is so small and yet it goes so fast,” said Zhu, who started karting at the age of 12. “I find karting very interesting. All of the competitors are extremely fast and I find it quite hard. Today was okay, not bad, but I know I will have to get faster this weekend!”

One of the front-runners for Sunday’s 2009 CIK-FIA Asia-Pacific KF3 Championship, 13-year old Guiliano Niceta of Italy, has been enjoying his first experience racing in Asia. Said the winner of last month’s CIK-FIA KF3 World Cup: “I like the circuit and I will work hard to find the best set-up for my kart.”

Hong Kong’s Matthew Solomon, 13, has been competing in AKOC this year, but has been given the chance to compete in the CIK-FIA Asia-Pacific KF3 Championship this weekend. Solomon elaborated on his strategy for the weekend: “It’s exciting to be here. I am going up against some of the top karters in this class, but I am going to approach this race like any other competition. The standard of racing is much higher, but I will gain as much experience as possible.”

The 2009 CIK-FIA World Karting Championship continues tomorrow with qualifying practices and heats, before Sunday’s championship race.

Qualifying Gets Underway at CIK-FIA World Karting

 With morning qualifying practices determining the starting grid for the qualifying heats of the 2009 CIK-FIA World Karting Championship, the competitors were determined to be at the their best ahead of the afternoon racing.

Of the 42 competitors vying for the 2009 world championship title, Great Britain’s Ben Hanley earned pole position, and was the only driver to record a time under 46 seconds throughout the morning qualifying practice sessions. Hanley was followed by Italy’s Alessandro Bressan, Great Britain’s Gary Catt, the young Frenchman Brandon Maïsano, and Aaaro Vainio of Finland. With the top five drivers coming within two-tenths of a second of each other, some competitive racing awaits before crowning Sunday’s 2009 world champion.

With the competitors then separated into four groups for the six different qualifying heats, Hanley was again classified first in qualifying heat A-D, while Bressan finished first in qualifying heat B-C. The top 34 after the qualifying heats will start Sunday’s championship final.

Many of the world’s best karters have arrived in Macau for the 2009 CIK-FIA World Karting Championship, the first time the championship is being held in Asia. Among the competitors is two-time defending champion Marco Ardigò, as well as Czech karter Libor Toman, who was second in 2008, and Catt, who finished third in last year’s championship. 

After the two 2009 CIK-FIA Karting Asia-Pacific KF3 Championship morning qualifying practices, Briton Jordan King had clocked the fastest time of 49.16 seconds over the 1.203km circuit.  Spanish karter Jordie Oriola was second fastest in the sessions, just 0.076 behind the leader, while Kevin Susilo of Indonesia was the top Asian karter and had the third-fastest time of 49.351. The sessions were highly competitive, with the top six karters coming within 0.4 seconds of each other.

After the morning sessions, the Stewards of the meeting decided to postpone the remaining CIK-FIA World Karting Championship and KF3 qualifying heats for the day due to issues with the track surface.  A revised provisional race programme will be issued for Sunday.

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2009 Macau International Kart Grand Prix
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CIK-FIA World Karting Championship Kicks off in Macau

Macau, October 8, 2009 – The 2009 CIK-FIA World Karting Championship got underway in Macau today, the first time the event is being held in Asia, and where the world’s best karter will be crowned on Sunday.

Over 170 karters from 20 countries and regions are taking part in the competition, which includes the headlining 2009 CIK-FIA World Karting Championship and the 2009 CIK-FIA Karting Asia-Pacific KF3 Championship, as well as numerous support races as part of the 2009 Macau International Kart Grand Prix.

Thursday’s free practice sessions saw the Kartodromo de Coloane light up with a flurry of action as the 43 competitors taking part in the CIK-FIA World Karting Championship took to the circuit for their first practice session. While some karters were racing in Macau for the first time, others, such as two-time defending world champion Marco Ardigò (ITA), were returning to the SAR for what has become an annual visit.

Ardigò first raced in Macau in 2005 as part of the Macau International Kart Grand Prix. He has since returned each year, and was last year’s CIK-FIA Asia-Pacific Champion in Macau.

“Today’s practice has gone well, but there’s still a long way to go until Sunday’s race,” said Ardigò, who hopes to win a third consecutive title. “At this point, I don’t feel stressed about the race, but it’s probably too early for that! The level of this championship is extremely high. When I first came here it wasn’t a world or regional championship, but when I came here in 2005, I did well and I seem to have always had strong results on this circuit. We’ll see what happens this year.”

João Afonso knows all the intricacies of his home circuit, but the first Macau karter to compete at the pinnacle of the sport spent Thursday taking everything in: “This is by far the most powerful kart I have driven,” Afonso said. “It’s been a fantastic experience today and it will be an exciting race, although it’s the toughest competition I will have ever faced.”

All three of last year’s podium finishers are competing in Macau, with Libro Toman (CZE) and Gary Catt (GBR) also hoping to take home the victor’s laurels. Still, there is plenty of other stiff competition.

Said Manuel Renaudie (FRA) of the championship: “I’ve raced here before for the Asia-Pacific championship and placed third here last year, but it’s something special this year, to have the world championship in Macau. I really enjoy racing on the circuit and having achieved some good results this year, I’m confident enough for Sunday’s race.”

The 2009 CIK-FIA World Karting Championship continues tomorrow with official practices, before Saturday’s qualifying practices and heats and Sunday’s race.