|Official timed practice was run with absolutely ideal conditions under the unspoiled Spanish sunshine at the Campillos circuit on Friday, although some of the earlier free practice pace-setters struggled to post their initial laps, therefore finding themselves further down the time sheet.|
In Senior Max, it was Ferenc Kancsár (Intrepid/Intrepid Force Rotax) the world number 3 who set the best time of 1:04.194 on his second lap to take pole position with a gap of almost one-tenth ahead of Sean Babington (Alonso/Dan Holland Racing) in the 44-kart field. Bas de Laat (Gillard/VZ Racing) ranked 3rd quickest ahead of group 1 leader Jiri Forman (MS Kart/MS Kart Racing Team) and Estonia’s Aavo Talvar (Intrepid/Talvar Racing).
The competition looks set to be close in Junior Max, but it was Alexis Araujo (Energy/Energy Premier Motorsport who secured pole position at the Winter Cup, just as he did at the Rotax International Open event last October. The Spaniard just missed out on taking P1 at the 2010 Winter Cup, however, this time he made sure of it when he set a fastest lap of 1:04.802 ahead of the Netherlands’ Dave Blom (Intrepid/VPD Racing) Philip Morin (Kosmic/Paul Carr Racing) less than two-tenths behind. It was then a narrow margin to Francisco Mora (Intrepid/Cabo Mundo) and 0,005 seconds to Alessandro Latif (Gillard/Protrain Racing), who was fifth quickest.
After his impressive performance in the DD2 category at the Open last season at Zuera on his return to racing Rotax, while still competing in the KZ class, Kevin Ludi (Birel/Spirit Racing) was a stand-out in Friday afternoon’s qualifying practice when he was the only competitor to break the 1:03 minute barrier. The Swiss driver’s time of 1:02.866 was too good for Georg Vann (Tonykart/Raha24 Motorsport), who had also been close to the polesitter’s times in the last unofficial practice session. The incredibly tall Lithuanian Simas Juodvirsis (Maranello/RKV Racing) was third fastest, followed by the Belgian duo of Jules Szymkowiak (Zanardi/Schepers Racing Service) and Rotax Open champ Xen de Ruwe (Topkart/Slangen Karting).
Saturday’s program sees all drivers compete in three qualifying heats before Sunday’s finals.
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1. Ferenc Kancsár (AUT) Intrepid/Intrepid Force Rotax 1:04.194
2. Sean Babington (GB) Alonso/Dan Holland Racing 1:04.286
3. Bas de Laat (NED) Gillard/VZ Racing 1:04.347
1. Alexis Araujo (ESP) Energy/ Energy Premier Sport 1:04.802
2. Dave Blom (NED) Intrepid/ VPD Racing 1:04.948
3. Philip Morin (SWE) Kosmic/Paul Carr Racing 1:04.992
1. Igor Mukhin (RUS) Tonykart 1:05.412
2. Mikko Laine (FIN) Parolin/Formula K Belgium 1:05.776
3. Manuel Carrera (ESP) Intrepid 1:06.411
1. Kevin Ludi (SUI) Birel/Spirit Racing 1:02.866
2. Georg Vann (EST) Tonykart/Raha24 Motorsport 1:03.003
3. Simas Juodvirsis [LTU]Maranello/RKV Racing 1:03.178
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