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South European Trophy: New Success on French Soil


Overall, the CIK-FIA South European Trophy - the first of this kind - organised in France by the
FFSA and ASK Varennes, proved to be a highly successful event, both from a sporting and a
show point of view for the many fans who attended it. The top performances of French driver
Enzo Guibbert, who won in KF2, and of Esteban Ocon, second in KF3, added a special touch to the
event and proved the worth of French drivers in the international arena.

The circuit and team of Varennes-
sur-Allier lived up to expectations
again by organising a very high
standard international meeting in
close cooperation with the FFSA.
Everything was perfectly organised
on the Auvergne circuit and not
even a grain of sand disrupted these European KF2 and KF3 qualifications.
As usual, the FFSA/ASK Varennes
lived up to the confidence placed in
it by the CIK-FIA for several years

«The weather was very nice, races
were of a particularly high standard
and French drivers showed some
striking performances. As president
of the Commission Nationale de
Karting, I am very happy with this
success. The young French drivers
are very talented and their success is extremely encouraging for our sport: it is a good omen for the future» Jean-Pierre Deschamps added.

Spanish, Italian, Swiss, and German
drivers contributed to the quality of
this international event, with their
best representatives in the lead
places of the meeting, against a
group of French competitors very
motivated by the high stake of the
event. Race officials did not make
the task of the latter particularly easy by showing an uncompromising severity to ensure sporting fairness, and it is something that honors them. But that did not prevent the French delegation from qualifying 21 of its members for the European
Championship, which will be held
in Zuera (Spain): an extraordinary
result indeed.

Enzo Guibbert had the last word in
KF2 by winning the final at the end
of a relentless recovery against
Spaniards Adrian Del Rio and Gerard Barrabeig and Italian Damiano Fioravanti, who finished second. Victor Sendin, 5th, proved to be one of the men to beat in the group. German Marvin Kirchhöfer, 6th, revealed his more than promising talent just like
French driver Nicolas Gonzalès, who concluded in the top 10.
Esteban Ocon lived up to the hopes
placed in him by standing head and
shoulders above anyone else in
KF3. Although it was Spaniard Alex
Palou who won the final race, Ocon
reacted perfectly after a difficult start by going up to the second step of a podium completed by Benjamin Gérard, one of the revelations of the weekend. Other drivers showed their international worth in Varennes: Paolo Besancenez, Dorian Boccolacci
- 5th after a series of problems - as well as Hubert Petit, Simon Tirman and Florian Latorre in the final top 10.

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