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European KZ1 title for Lammers

Dutchman Bas Lammers wins the CIK-FIA European KZ1 gearbox kart title after a double win at Varennes in France.
Dutchman Bas Lammers emerged from a titanic inter-team struggle to win the 2010 CIA-FIA European KZ1 Championship in the second and final round of the series at the French circuit of Varennes.

Having shared honours in the two finals held on the opening weekend of the championship at Sarno in Italy Lammers and his Intrepid Driver Programme teammate Jeremy Iglesias arrived at the 1500-metre French circuit locked in a head to head duel for the title.

Others threatened to spoil the party as the weekend progressed but when the business end of the meeting arrived Lammers and his French teammate were unsurpassable.

French born team Sodi Kart driver Anthony Abbasse stole a march on the rest of the 21 strong field in qualifying with a time of 51.799-seconds with Lammers less than a tenth back in second and Iglesias a further tenth back in fourth, the Intrepid pair sandwiching AVG Racing's Manuel Renaudie.

Of the British contingent car-racing refugee Ben Hanley was best placed, half a second off the pace in ninth position aboard his works Maranello kart. Jack Hawksworth and Oliver Rowland, the only two drivers in the field using a Parilla engine as opposed to a TM, were 13th and 19th respectively.

Iglesias flexed his muscle in the three non-points scoring heat races, winning each one from the second row of the grid to assure himself of pole position for the first final. Lammers suffered a ten second penalty in the opening heat, which dropped him from a very close second behind Iglesias to a distant 12th, but then recovered in the remaining heats with a second and a third place effort.

The penalty meant Lammers missed out on a place alongside his teammate on the front row of the grid for the first final, that honour going to Abbasse who inherited second from Lammers in heat one, finished a close third in heat two and an even closer second in the last race after a stirring battle with Iglesias, Lammers and Renaudie in which half a second separated them at the flag.

Thomas Mich made it an all French top three in the intermediate classification with Lammers set to start fourth and Hanley continuing his 'Best of British' run in tenth.

Abbasse got the jump on Iglesias at the start of the first 17-lap final but Iglesias and Lammers both fought back to push the Sodi driver back to third on lap three. Lammers then finally got the better of his teammate on lap seven with an inspired Mich further demoting Iglesias a couple of laps later. As Iglesias and Mich fought Lammers grabbed his opportunity to pull away to take the win by two seconds. Knowing that his title hopes depended on it Iglesias made a last gasp effort to retake second from Mich almost within sight of the flag.

Just a few kart lengths behind the top three Renaudie took fourth with Abbasse fading to fifth.

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