OKJ European Champs, Le Mans: Amand becomes European Junior champion at home

Marcus Amand has crowned as FIA Karting European Championship of OKJ during the final of the last round of the season held at Le Mans (France). The Frenchman had enough with a sixth final place to win the title, as Antonelli won the race and became the runner-up of the championship.

The last day of the season started with the always tricky last qualifying heats. The drivers with no options to get into the final used new tyres set while the front-runners had to use old tyres to approach the last heat.

This led to strange leaders but in this usual “Sunday chaos”, championship contender Thomas Ten Brinke (FA Kart/Vortex/Vega) received a penalty that put him out of the final.

Martinius Stenshorne (FA Kart/Vortex/Vega) was set as the pole sitter for the final alongside Andrea Kimi Antonelli (KR/Iame/Vega).

Antonelli was out of title contention and in the final quickly tried to get into the lead, pulled away from the pack and win, and that is what he did.

Meanwhile the championship battle with Ten Brinke out of the final was between 5 drivers: Marcus Amand (Kosmic/Iame/Vega), Tuuka Taponen (Redspeed/Iame/Vega), Jamie Day (Exprit/Vortex/Vega), Nikita Bedrin (Tony Kart/Vortex/Vega) and Alex Dunne (Tony Kart/Vortex/Vega).

Amand only had to finish in the top9 to win the championship. The VDK racing driver managed to finish sixth, driving carefully and avoiding big battles like the ones that he had with Tony Kart drivers whom crashed in the last lap.

In the last stages of the race, Alfio Spina (KR/Iame/Vega) was closing in the pace with Antonelli who only beat the Italian by 3 tenths. American Ugo Ugochukwu (FA Kart/Vortex/Vega) managed to complete the last step of the podium after getting rid of his teammate in Ricky Flynn Motorsport, Martinius Stenshorne who finished fourth taking his first points of the season.

The championship closes with Marcus Amand as the champion by 7 points over Andrea Kimi Antonelli and Thomas Ten Brinke who completes top3 with 12 points less.

Now all the drivers will have time to relax before approaching the following and most important event of the year, the FIA Karting World Championship that will be held in September at Alaharma, Finland.

Final Results
Champs Results

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