French Cup Superkart à Magny Cours : Superkarts fire the crowds imagination !!
An innovation within the French F1 GP at Magny Cours last weekend, was Superkarts racing as a support class. To the great pleasure of spectators and journalists alike, these amazing vehicles produced a stunning show to the delight of everyone who saw them.The inaugural ‘French Cup’ race launched by the French Federation of Motor Sport with the active assistance of members of a dedicated superkart working group, proved a real success story on it’s birth at the Nevers circuit. No fewer than 41 drivers responded to the invitation of the organisers to rub racing shoulders with the glamorous likes of Ferrari, McLaren, Renault and the other F1 teams. Amongst the nations joining the French drivers were racers from 8 countries including no fewer than 9 from Germany. The Swedes were well to the fore led by Stephan Malm, one of the top drivers in European Superkarts. The Superkart family gathered in their dedicated paddock attired in their helmets, overalls, and racing gear. The main topic of conversation was sharing the Circuit with the F1 cars in the French GP. When they took to the track, more than one observer was heard to cry ‘Wow, baby’ as the superkarts were flagged away. Nobody expected too much from these tiny machines with no roll bars and no suspension. But they were wrong as the superkarts produced amazing speed and performance and outclassed the Porsche SuperCup support class. As for the dices on the track, they were superb with lots of passing and repassing, and the whole programme was well worthy of their place on the weekend programme. Our British friends appeared the masters with Malcolm Crowe, Mark Owens and Gavin Bennett revealing their true colours showing all the rest the way home in race one. Even the best Swedes were denied a podium place coming home 4th and 5th. Race two was similar but this time Stephan Malm made it to the podium but could, not prevent a second Malcolm Crowe victory, and his name goes down in the annals of Superkart sporting history as the double winner of the first ever French Cup. Of the French drivers, Mane Vignjevic was quickest, Morgan Valverde was the best rookie and they with Alexandre Sebastia and Benjamin Mahe deserve a mention for their brilliance and consistency. Once the racing was over, the superkart fraternity retired to their paddock in the middle of the GP Village and were presented with their various trophies. Several including Crowe, Malm, Owens and Mahe signed autographs and posters, and showed an interested, and impressed, public these little machines at close quarters.