04. November 2010 - Weather remained dry in Laval throughout the final round of the French Championships/GPO, though the Sodi Racing Team found itself under a rain of titles, victories and podiums during All Saints' weekend. This "one-man show" by Sodi chassis reached its peak with the Constructors' "Champion of Champions" title, the French Constructors' title in KF3 and KZ2 and the triumphs by Anthony Abbasse in KZ2 and Pierre Gasly in KF3, who were crowned French champions in two of the three major categories of international karting. Five of the seven titles at stake: really an exceptional final result!
Was it a ST32 Sodi chassis needed to win in Laval ? This was the question that must have crossed the minds of the many spectators present on the packed stands of the Laval circuit. In all the categories, the French brand took all the opportunities available, both with its official team and with the private structures that support it. In the majority of cases, the finals and the best lap times ended up in the hands of drivers racing on Sodi chassis. On some podiums, you could only see the suits with the colours of the French constructor, an impressive achievement at the end of the season, both on French and international circuits.
In KZ2, Anthony Abbasse became the new French champion of the category. He already had a solid advantage in the general standings after the Ostricourt round, but he also wanted to conclude the season in style. "I really wanted to finish with another victory. And I made it, because I won the final on Saturday, and then also on Sunday", Anthony commented. "I was particularly pleased with Sunday's victory, because I was only 6th on the start grid. My kart was simply perfect and I was able to pass all my rivals". With Pierre Ragues' second place, which secured Sodi double success in the Championship, and Charles Fiault's third place, an extraordinary hat trick of successes came to reward the hard efforts made by all the members of the Sodi team. "I usually race in KZ125 and Endurance and I am very happy I made it to the podium in the GPO series", Fiault added, who also brilliantly conquered a second place on Saturday.
Sodi drivers in the KF2 category also made sparks fly at the conclusion of the French Championship! Highly motivated after his extraordinary victory in Ostricourt, Alexandre Baron showed another outstanding performance and went to conquer the third place in the French championship, then climbed to the second place of the last final of 2010, right behind the winner. On the podium, he found Californian Andrick Zeen, still surprised by all the progress he has made this season thanks to Sodi Racing Team's advice.
In KF3, Sodi chassis have remained almost unbeaten throughout the season with an historic "9 victories in 10 races"! Magnificent on Saturday, Léo Roussel also won one final, while Pierre Gasly and Monegasque Charles Leclerc completed the 100% Sodi podium. After securing the title of 2010 French champion, Gasly fittingly celebrated his success with a victory on Sunday, preceding young team mate Leclerc, who finished 2nd in the Championship, with Roussel taking the final fourth place.
"After all this major successes achieved by Sodi, I would like to congratulate all the people who contributed to them, from the staff working in the factory to the members of the teams who race with our colours. I really wanted to provide private teams with winning chassis and Léo Roussel's victory in KF3 with the Ludo Racing team proves that we have achieved our goal, just like Pierre Ragues' success in KZ2 with the Racing Services team in Ostricourt. Cooperation with our engine tuners - Parilla and Iame in KF and Tec-Sav in KZ - has always been effective and constructive. We have achieved a double success in the French Championship with Gasly and Leclerc in KF3, as well as with Abbasse and Ragues in KZ2, two categories where we also conquered the Constructors' title. We are also very satisfied with the results achieved at the "Minimes-Cadets" French Cups with Jérémy Demarque's victory in Minime and Paolo Besancenez's second place in Cadet with our MC5 Sodi", Sodi Racing Team's happy team manager commented on the spot. Gildas Mérian, CEO of Sodikart, who was also in Laval, added a few remarks.
"The whole Sodi range will adopt that technology for 2011 season. It is a world exclusive. And as you have seen, the first results are already fantastic... I am sure that Sodi "TTT" chassis will be the centre of attention next year and will lead Sodi to victory all over the world. See you back in 2011!"
Quelle: Sodi Racing Team