Three drivers on the podium, a title of champion: VDK Racing showed once again great competitiveness last weekend at the Le Mans International Karting Circuit where Franck Chappard and Sami Meguetounif (OK) and Marcus Amand (OK-Junior) ended up amongst the best with the Belgian team winning its third consecutive French OK title thanks to Chappard, just a few days before the European Championship Final on the same track.
VDK Racing entered eleven drivers last weekend in Le Mans where sunny weather and high temperatures built the scene for the Final Round of the French Karting Championship for the OK category organized with the FFSA Coupe de France for the OK-Junior category.
In OK, Franck Chappard showed talent and consistency all weekend to win his second national title, the third in a row for VDK Racing on French soil! Fifth-fastest in Qualifying, Franck climbed up to third after the heats, then took a similar result in the Prefinal. From the second row of the grid, the French moved to second position at the start where he settled for the duration of the 22 lap-race, knowing it was enough to be crowned champion, ahead of his teammate Sami Meguetounif. After a difficult Qualifying, the young Frenchman made progress in the heats and qualified fourth on the final grid. Despite losing some ground in the opening laps, Sami made good use of his strong pace and finished on Chappard’s tail at the chequered flag. A strong performance that gave him the third place in the class standings!
In the same race, Oliver Goethe climbed from 17th on the grid to a deserving eighth position after what had been an up-and-down weekend. 29th at the start, Tom Uzan also gave the public a splendid recovery race up to 13th position, two places ahead of Thomas Imbourg. Equally, Nicolas Picot had a difficult event concluded with a final 19th position. Still, the Frenchman has classified fourth in the championship standings thanks to his podium in Angerville. Loris Cabirou, 14th on the grid, saw his Final come to an early end while Ries Viverette’s journey to the Sarthe region came to a close just outside the Top 34 after the heats.
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Text Guillaume Alvarez
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