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Races take place at all levels. At this time of the year, the events follow one another at an unbridled pace throughout Europe, internationally as well as nationally and regionally.

 

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Surprises were not lacking in international competition with the launch of the CIK-FIA European season. The most visible change is the new race format introduced this year. Until now, a driver with very good races could miss out on qualification for the Final with a technical problem or a Prefinal racing incident. Henceforth, there are more heats, to select the 34 finalists directly. It is clear that the heats are more significant and therefore more competitive than before, so a retirement sometimes has serious consequences. It is true that the Prefinal that did not carry any points in CIK-FIA races was no longer really right. In any case, it seems that the perfect solution does not exist in this field.


KZ is the scene of extremely tight battles, sometimes going to excess, as the performances are close between the karting professional. The TM Racing engines have taken the advantage over other engine manufacturers, although the Vortexes of the Kosmic team have little to envy them in terms of performance. Although successful, TM does not seem entirely capable of supplying top engines to all its customers, especially as the Italian factory also supplies engines to a large proportion of the KZ2 field. In terms of chassis, Sodi is joining CRG and Tony Kart as the benchmark in KZ, and also in KZ2, a more diversified category, along with Energy, Maranello and Lenzokart. Birel ART has recently joined the best in both categories.


Vortex and IAME share the bulk of the OK and OK-Junior market in which the OTK chassis sweeps away the successes. CRG and Zanardi remain on the pace in Junior after a small empty period in OK during the first round of the European Championship.


The DKM filled up for its first event at Ampfing with 160 participants. The standard of the national championships seems be as high as ever for a great season when German teams and drivers have the chance to be able to face many international drivers at home. Nothing is as good for strengthening its representatives.


The 2017 NSK, the French series devoted to the Rotax and KZ2 engines, has just started at the Salbris circuit with more than 200 drivers. The young Minime, Cadet and Nationale categories have the wind in their sails and the confrontations have been full of interest. Close competition between the three private series of France is visible, in addition to the federal events that benefit from the FFSA label and official titles. The next French Cup for the OK-Junior, OK and KZ2 categories is expected to be particularly strong at the end of May in Le Mans with a good international presence.
 
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