World Karting Championship 2009 - Super KF (Macau)

POSTED ON: October 13, 2009

For the first staging in Asia, at Macau, a Special Administrative Region of the Republic of China, the World Karting Championship didn’t fail to attract attention or to disappoint. The rain had the last word in causing a premature end after 18 of the scheduled 25 laps, resulting in a first world crown for the Frenchman Arnaud Kozlinski.

After having twice failed to take the title finishing on the second step of the World Championship podium (in 2003 and 2004), Arnaud Kozlinski (CRG-Maxter) has found his holy grail at the first Championship staged in Asia, on the circuit at Macau. The Frenchman took victory despite rain which began to fall shortly after the start of the race which was finally halted after 75% of the race distance had been covered.

“I was leading the race until I had motor problems, just as I had one month previously when I was about to be crowned European Champion. Emotionally that was all very difficult ! But I was determined to return even stronger and I dedicate this victory to everybody who has supported me, particularly my parents. When I saw the first spots of rain early in the final, I said to myself the race is going to be long and difficult. There would be no room for error. I was lucky to have Aaro Vainio in front of me. He was very quick and in some respect, he showed me the tricky places. Both of us had an opportunity to pull away from those behind us. Then I had an opportunity to take advantage of what I had learned and pass him. The conditions were by now increasingly difficult and then the Clerk of the Course brought out the red flag. It is true that conditions by now had become even more difficult. But still I did not realised that I really was World Champion.”

Long time leader of the Final, the young Finnish driver Aaro Vainio (Maranello-Maxter) confirmed his standing as the revelation of the year and a real future prospect for motorsport in Finland. And if this title had eluded him, he took it with an enormous smile.

“This is my first season in Super KF. I have become European Champion and I finished second in the World Championship. That is quite a record to achieve. In fact just when I had seen that Arnaud was catching me when the rain came, I had tried to defend but he was just a little bit too quick. It’s only a little disappointment as I am really very happy.”

It is only proper to mention the superb spectacle and a memorable start of the race by Manuel Renaudi (Gillard-Parilla) who had made a strong get away, the defending double World Champion Marco Ardigo (Tony Kart-Vortex) and the Belgian Jonathan Thonon (CRG-Maxter), who were both passed by Ben Hanley (Maranello-Maxter) at the end of a superb race for 3rd place. Progressing well from 16th place on the grid, Flavio Camponeschi (Tony Kart-Vortex) completed the top 5 behind Jonathon Thonon but in front of the other Belgian Yannick de Brabander (Intrepid-TM), the Frenchman Manuel Renaudie (Gillard-Parilla), the Italian Allesandro Bressan (Kosmic-Vortex), who will regret for a long time a non-finish in the Pre-Final which condemned him to start the Final in 34th.

Supporting the World Championship races, Macau also hosted the Asia-Pacific KF3 Championship (for Juniors from 13 to 15 years). British driver Jordan King (Maranello-TM) dominated the weekend and finished the Final in front of New Zealander Arie Hutton (Tony Kart-Vortex) and the Italian Giuliano Maria Niceta (Tony Kart-Vortex), winner one month ago of the KF3 World Cup.

Super KF Podium Macau 09

Arnaud Kozlinski

Macau Race Area

Asian KF3 Podium Macau 2009

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