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Verstappen seals KF3 win at Milville
5 August 2010
With 29 drivers entered, the KF3 class for Junior drivers was the best-supported class for the second round of the inaugural WSK World Series at the American circuit of Milville.
For much of the weekend Dutchman Max Verstappen, son of former F1driver Jos, and Spaniard Pedro Hiltbrand duelled for top honours but by the end of the day on Sunday it was factory CRG driver Verstappen who was celebrating having taken victory in the pre final and main final to put himself within striking distance of the overall title.
Factory Kosmic driver Hiltbrand struck first with the quickest time in qualifying, just one tenth faster than Verstappen with Sasabone Andhika a surprise third for the Swiss arm of the Italian Morsicani Racing team.
Verstappen fought back against Hiltbrand to win the opening heat by a second with Denmark's Christian Sorensen third and leading American Tristan DeGrand in fourth. Hiltbrand struck back in heat two, edging out Verstappen by just two tenths with Russian driver Egor Orudzhev just a couple of kart lengths further back in third.
The third and final heat was another race long duel between Verstappen and Hiltbrand with the Dutchman eventually winning through by less than two hundredths with the rest of the field, this time led by Jordi Oriola, more than three seconds in arrears.
The turning point of the weekend, and perhaps the championship as a whole came in the pre-final when
Hiltbrand was adjudged to have jumped the start, which resulted in a ten second penalty. Verstappen won on the road regardless by four seconds from Oriola and Orudzhev with Hiltbrand eventually being classified eleventh as opposed to fourth to score just two points to Verstappen's 20.
Hiltbrand's demotion also gave Verstappen free reign in the final although Oriola ran him mighty close to finish just half a second behind. DeGrand completed the podium from Antonio Fuoco and British driver Jake Dennis, who charged up the field from almost dead last on the grid.
Hiltbrand's weekend continued to go downhill as he collided with Alice Brasseur on the opening lap and retired, leaving him with just two points from the weekend compared to Verstappen's 65 point haul.
Verstappen leads the points table by a commanding 47 points over Robert Visoiu with Oriola the only other driver mathematically capable of catching Max in the final round.
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