Almost 120 drivers travelled to the Thy circuit in Denmark for the Northern Region qualifying round of the 2010 CIK FIA European Championships for KF2 and KF3 with a strong presence of Scandinavian, Belgian and Dutch drivers all looking for 30 transfer spots in KF3 and 26 in KF2. For the Belgian contingent there was added incentive to successfully circumnavigate the qualifying hurdle as the European finals themselves are due to be held in Genk.
Sixty two KF3 entrants would have to be halved before the weekend was out and in qualifying it was Finland's Ville Mantyla who set the pace from local driver Nicolas Beer and Dutchman Peter Hoevenaars with Max Verstappen, son of former F1 driver Jos 'The Boss' Verstappen sixth fastest.
No one driver looked dominant in the heats with only Denmark's Jannick Flygenring winning more than one race. However it was the consistency of Mantyla with one win, two seconds and a third that gave him top spot in the intermediate classification.
The two finals were not as kind to Mantyla however as a fourth place in the first race was followed by a 20th place in the second final, which left him only 12th overall but still safely in the finals.
The two final victories went to another Finn Mikko Pakari and Dutchman Davey Koch with Redstep driver Pakari taking the overall win from Verstappen and Koch. Kevin Rossel was the leading Danish driver home in fourth place overall with Beer sixth and Flygenring seventh.
Sadly only one Belgian driver made the final 30 in the form of Simon Mirguet in 23rd place overall.
Fifty seven drivers entered in KF2 with Swedish duo Adam Skargard and Jesper Rossler heading the timesheets in qualifying from Finland's Jari Huttunen and Belgium's Sebastien Bailly with a quartet of Danish drivers led by Jacob Nortoft next in line.
The heats belonged to Nortoft who won three of his four races and came second in his other heat with his countryman Thomas Krebs winning another two. Rossler managed a second, a third and a pair of fourths to take fifth place in the intermediate classification but Skargard was hit by a DNF in his final heat and was only 17th overall.
Nortoft picked up where he left off in the heats by winning the first final but his weekend unravelled slightly in the second final when he was only 29th, ending any hopes of an overall victory. Nicolaj Moller Madsen emerged victorious in the second final but a pair of runner-up finishes by Sweden's Lars Sorensen was enough to give him overall honours from Moller Madsen, Rossler and Teemu Suninen.
Nortoft still safely qualified for the finals in 13th place overall with Krebs 15th and Bailly one of seven Belgian's to make the cut in 21st.