The track was drying late Friday morning and the official practice session allowed a hierarchy to develop on slick tyres, using MG Tyres for GP1 and LeCont in GP2 and GP-Junior. A few short downpours occurred on Friday afternoon in Qualifying although it finished on a dry track with pole position for Wintec and the fastest GP2 lap for SO 24 KMD within a field of 27 teams.
After long sessions of Free Practice intended primarily to refine the development of the equipment and preparation for the technical teams, it was difficult to get an idea of the forces involved, especially as the grip often varied due to several long and short showers. In GP1, No. 1 Sodikart (Sodi / TM) was the fastest in the official free session with a lap of 53''966, No. 24 Wintec (Sodi / Vortex) followed by 0.286'', and No. 55 Rouen Espace Karting (Sodi / Iame) was 3rd ahead of the No. 73 MSA Racing (Kosmic / Vortex) and the No. 50 K50 Kart Mag. In GP2, No. 72 SO 24 KMD (Sodi / Rotax) finally took the advantage by less than a tenth over No. 21 Val de Loire (Kosmic / Rotax), with No. 76 Circuit of Europe (Sodi / Rotax) finishing 3rd. The only GP Junior, No. 54 GK Kart 53 (Sodi / Rotax) was 16th.
GP1 pole for Wintec
At Le Mans, for the 24 Hours Karting, the Qualifying phases have the peculiarity of taking place over four successive sessions during which the slowest are gradually eliminated. Wintec, K50 Mag Kart and Sodikart respectively clocked fastest times in Q4, Q3 and Q2. But it is No. 24 - Wintec - Sodi / Vortex - William Bertrand (FRA) - Erwann Lettellier (FRA) - Lucas Valkre (FRA) - Evann Mallet (FRA) who finally clinched pole in Q1 with a lap of 53''549. The holder of the FIA Karting Endurance Champion title, No. 1 - Sodikart - Sodi / TM - Anthony Abbasse (FRA) - Bas Lammers (NLD) - Adrien Renaudin (FRA) - Jean Nomblot (FRA), followed in 2nd position by 34 thousandths, while No. 50 - K50 Kart Mag - Tony Kart / Vortex - Kilian Belhaire (FRA) - Tom Uzan (FRA) - Hugo Arnaud (FRA) - Thomas Imbourg (FRA) finished 3rd, ahead of No. 55 - Rouen Espace Karting - Sodi / Iame - Gauthier Becq (FRA) - Maxime Bidard (FRA) - Charles Fiault (FRA) - Kevin Petit (FRA).
SO 24 KMD fastest in GP2
While No. 9 RMC Germany (Sodi / Rotax) finished 2nd overall and the top GP2 in Q4, No. 72 So 24 KMD (Sodi / Rotax) and No. 21 Loire Valley (Kosmic / Rotax) shared the fastest times in Q3 and Q2. SO 24 KMD with Léo Payen (FRA), Marc Cammarata (FRA), Mathys Poulet (FRA), Mickaël Dauphin (FRA) and Emilien Carde (FRA) took pole position in GP2 with 5th place in Q1 with a time of 54''699 against No. 10 Red Racing - SWS (Sodi / Rotax) with Marco Zipoli (ITA), Michele Santolini (ITA), Edgard Kanah (ITA), Guillaume Treillard de Quinemont (FRA) and Bastien Leguay (FRA). The No. 44 Malevaut Sport (Tony Kart / Rotax) with Anthony Billout (FRA), Axel Dapp (FRA), Alexandre Nicogossian (FRA) and Charles Seguin (FRA) followed in 3rd position. The No. 54 GK Kart 53 (Sodi / Rotax) GP-Junior with Lucca Brizzi (FRA), Maxime Marion (FRA), Maximilien Menu (FRA) and Maxence Godinho (FRA), was 15th.
Qualifying is an introduction to a battle of a different scale that starts on Saturday, 28th September at 15:00 for a relentless race during which anything can happen. The morning will be devoted to the 4x24 Minutes for Minime and Cadet, racing from 10:50 to 12:20, then to the historic karts of the "20,000 rpm" for their Grand Final from 12:30. Then the 24 Hours Karting will begin with a detailed presentation of teams for a grid assembling from 14:00. At 15:00 sharp, Felipe Massa, the President of the CIK-FIA, will start the 24 hours at the same time as the 24 Hours Trucks not far away on the Bugatti Circuit.
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