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After Friday’s friendly evening and the challenge of the Wall of Champions for the most daring, the best finals have already won their ticket for the Rotax Max Challenge International Trophy to be held in Le Mans in August. On the track side, the Salbris circuit still offers thrilling races and this first of three events of the NSK 2019 organized on May 3rd, 4th and 5th did not break the rule. The many qualifying rounds brought a dose of spectacle, with the rain that sometimes spiced up the debates on Saturday. The weather was dry on Sunday and the twists did not fail in explosive finals …
Minime : Arthur Dorison escapes the peloton and wins
What a finale! The youngest have regaled the spectators doubling and repeating themselves constantly in the leading group. Carnejac, Martiniello, Dorison, Avril, Billard and Roussel have all seen the podium closely. It was only at the end of the race that Arthur Dorison (KR) managed to escape to victory and break away from the peloton led by Mathis Carnejac (Parolin) and Hugo Martiniello (Parolin). Ranked 9th, Sacha Avril (Kosmic) ended up losing feathers in the fight. Fourth under checkerboard, Lisa Billard (Parolin) was downgraded three places for partial exit of the corridor. She left her place to a brilliant Romeo Roussel (Tony Kart), who preceded Luca Salignon (Formula K), Paul Grisel (Parolin) and Thomas Quincé (Sodi). Of course, the race could have been different if Pacome Weisenburger (KR), author of the pole on Saturday and 4th in the heats, had not disappeared at the start of the race.
Cadet : The misfortunes of Poulain, the happiness of Schultz
At times and in the heats, Arthur Poulain (Birel ART) and Karel Schultz (Parolin) often played cat and mouse. Alas, the expected duel did not take place in the final, since Poulain was the victim of the departure. Alessandro Giusti (KR) jumped in the lead, but Schultz was quick to relay it. Tenth by tenth, he faked company with his opponents and won a clear victory. In the race for the podium, nobody was relaxed, especially not Augustin Bernier (Birel ART) and Jolan Raccamier (Birel ART). These two drivers gained respectively 7 and 4 places to emerge at the 2nd and 3rd positions. Down 13th in the first round when he was on the front row, Paul Alberto (Birel ART) made a good effort to come back 4th ahead of Iliano Couture (Birel ART). The latter won his duel with Corentin Rousseau (Top Kart) while Andy Ratel (Top Kart) was penalized, just like Giusti.
National: A last round favorable to Noam Abramczyk
While the format had four rounds and one final in the other categories, the drivers of the National have had to go through playoffs because of the large number of entries. Chronos, three rounds per pilot, draft and prefinal were on the program. Dylan Leger (Tony Kart) was in pole position, Sacha Maguet (Kosmic) was leading the qualifiers, but it was Esteban Masson (Kosmic) who took power in the pre-final. Masson and Maguet were going to escape in duet during the final, but a collision occurred shortly before the arrival following an attempt by Maguet on his rival. 16th after the heats, Noam Abramczyk (Exprit) stormed the first places. He was first in the pre-final sixth, including doubled Joran Leneutre (Redspeed) and Dylan Leger (Tony Kart), before finding himself in the lead following the incident between the leaders. Leger had a good 2nd place and it was Gaspard Simon (Exprit) who had the satisfaction of completing the podium after starting in 7th place. Leneutre was 4th in front of Florian Rousseau Ricci (Kosmic). Less successful for Mathys Jaubert (KR), 2nd under the checkered but penalized for the spoiler and 6th overall before Enzo Caldaras (Kosmic).
Rotax Max : Treillard wins duel against Fourquemin
The young Guillaume Treillard De Quinemont (Kosmic) has certainly succeeded his passage from the National to the higher echelon. Not happy to have signed the pole position, he quickly put Paul Fourquemin (Sodi) under pressure in the final, which had managed to overtake the cumulative four rounds. A magnificent mano to mano engaged and it is Treillard De Quinemont who came out victorious before Fourquemin. Behind the leading pair, Cesar Gazeau (FA Kart) held his place perfectly, keeping his opponents behind him to climb the 3rd step of the podium. A little further, Marc Cammarata (Sodi) ended up isolating himself in 4th position, while the hunting squad was fighting for places of honor. While several drivers lost places following penalties of 5 seconds for bad position of the spoiler, Jonas Venier (Tony Kart) gained 11 places to reach the 5th position in front of Charles Tesnière (Kosmic), Hugo Bac (Tony Kart), Alexandre Rousseau Ricci (Kosmic) and Guilhem Crespin. 4th party, Antony Billout (Tony Kart) had to give up.
Rotax Max Master : Antoine Antier controls the situation
With two wins each in the heats, Antoine Viano (Sodi) and Clément Morin (Tony Kart) were favorites in the final. But a third thief pulled the chestnuts fire in the person of Antoine Antier, who managed to overtake Viano to spin to victory. Author of a complicated start to the race that saw the Belgian Christophe Adams (Sodi) give up, Clément Morin had to whip to get back behind the leader. Author of the best lap in the race, he finally made the junction to finish in the wake of Antier, before being penalized (position of the fairing) and to be content with 4th place. The faultless Viano earned him the 2nd place ahead of Charly Langlois (Sodi), happy to get on the podium for his return to this level. Fifth ahead of Florian Bourdon (Exprit) and Samuel Piquet (Sodi), Max Nerambourg (Tony Kart) had the opportunity to be noticed during the weekend.
Rotax DD2 : Picot dominates, Champion wins in Master
The category had a magnificent plateau of 21 drivers, demonstrating all the qualities of this discipline with its two-speed Rotax engine. Certainly, the strongman of the event was Nicolas Picot (Tony Kart), wide winner, while it was more indecisive for the 2nd place and for the victory in Master. Thus, the Belgian Xander Przybylak (Tony Kart), Andrew Williamson (Tony Kart) and Lucas Joly (Sodi) did not let go of one sole. Finally, these three drivers finished in this order in front of the best of Masters, Rudy Champion (Sodi), well returned after falling in a race on Saturday, and Brian Ancher (Redspeed). Charly Hipp (Tony Kart), Champion’s main opponent, disappeared early in the race. Long in the wake of Bruno Dos Santos (Sodi), Franck Lavergne (Sodi) managed to find the opening to win the 2nd place in the Master.