In the top 3, but not in the right place!
FFSA French Championship, Saint-Amand Montrond, 29-30 July 2017
A week after his victory in the Kart mag Trophy, Marcus Amand took part in the French Championship, the biggest event of the French season in the Cadet category. 94 drivers were entered for the event at the 1037-metre Saint-Amand Montrond circuit. Everything went off perfectly until the final phase when a few incidents prevented the Franco-Finn from clinching a third national FFSA title. But he never gave up and claimed third place in the championship with panache.
With so many entries, drivers had to be separated into seven qualifying series. As it is the case in karting, a driver must race against each of his rivals once. The 10/15 year olds did battle in a total of 21 heats, six per driver. Marcus who was third-quickest in qualifying won all six! “I’d like to thank my mechanic (Bertrand Péchon) as my kart’s a real little gem” said Marcus to the FFSA Web TV.
Thus, the PB kart driver was the hot favourite before the finals. In the first one he led from the start until the final corner where he left the door open and Craig Tanic slipped through to take victory. For the second final Marcus started second but got forced on the outside in the first left-hander and came round in fourth place at the end of lap 1. He pulled off a stunning overtaking move to go up into third and set the fastest lap in the race. Unfortunately a slight lack of speed in the second part of the race prevented him from catching up with the two leaders.
By now Amand was no longer in charge of his destiny. He had to win and hope that Tanic finished not higher than third. In this case, the two rivals would be equal on points and Marcus would win the championship because of his first place after the heats, unless the two points for fastest lap were to prove decisive.
At the start of the third and last final the Franco-Finn tried to overtake Luis Cavaco for second place in the first left-hander on the circuit by taking advantage of a faster start from his position on the inside. The two drivers came into the corner side by side and suddenly slid over towards the gravel trap. This mistake dropped Marcus to the back of the field, but he managed to fight his way up to eighth setting another fastest lap in the process. It was more than enough to give him third place overall although he missed the runner-up spot by one place and two points.
Marcus is now on holiday and he’s certainly thinking about the National Series Karting title. He has won the first two legs and will try and clinch the title on 16-17 September in Val d’Argenton. The game is really worth the candle as the champion will automatically qualify for the Rotax Grand Final in
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