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Lammers wins KZ1 World Cup

Dutchman Bas Lammers was the dominant victor in the KZ1 World Cup at Braga in Portugal, winning the pre-final by fractions and the main final with ease on his factory run Intrepid chassis.
Dutchman Bas Lammers dominated the KZ1 World Cup final at Braga, winning the title by nearly six seconds in Portugal.

Lammers bested the 27-strong field in all bar one of the five races he contested at the 1286-metre Portuguese venue all weekend and was an easy light to flag winner in the marathon 24-lap final, crossing the line 5.7-seconds ahead of his fellow Intrepid Driver Programme teammate, Frenchman Jeremy Iglesias.

After setting third fastest time behind his countryman Jorrit Pex and Frenchman Manuel Renaudie timed qualifying Lammers won two of his three qualifying heats and finished second in the third to easily take pole position for the 16-lap final and while Iglesias was at least able to keep the flying Dutchman honest in that race, nobody had an answer for him in the main final.

Taking the lead away from the start Lammers steadily built a gap over Iglesias who, in turn, was under no immediate threat from behind and never looked like missing a shift in what was a rather processional race at the head of the field. After some 20-minutes of energy sapping racing under typically sultry Southern European skies Lammers took the chequered flag to add another title to his impressive 2010 resume that also includes success in the WSK.

For runner-up Iglesias second place was perhaps the best he could have hoped for after qualifying fifth fastest and never finishing lower than sixth in any of his three heats. The Frenchman maintained second place throughout the final and took the chequered flag half a second ahead of the first real battle in the race, which was eventually won by Finland's Oskari Kurki-Suonio thanks to a late pass on Renaudie who was the only driver other than Lammers to win a race all weekend.

Renaudie triumphed in the third and final heat but his chances of a front row grid slot for the pre-final had already been scuppered by an engine seize in heat one, which meant he started the penultimate race from eighth before battling his way up to third by the end.

However Renaudie couldn't take advantage of his grid position at the start of the final and remained in third, which became fourth six laps from the end when Kurki-Suonio got through. With his kart fading in the closing stages Renaudie eventually finished nearly eight seconds behind Lammers and more than one second behind Kurki-Suonio.

Anthony Abbasse took fifth after a charging drive from 25th on the grid, the Frenchman one of a dozen drivers who failed to finish the pre-final with Czech driver Patrik Hajek, Finland's Simo Puhakka, Englishman Ben Hanley, Italy's Antonio Piccioni and the Czech Republic's Zdenek Groman completing the top ten.

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