Kart racing: a field of permanent change ! There's no doubt that it's because nothing is never settled and that everything can change from one race to another that competition karting fascinates so many enthusiasts all over the world. Even though the general framework seems stable, new developments are constantly appearing and the news is always rich in surprises. We cannot repeat enough how karting is a discipline requiring hard work from teams and drivers. The smallest detail counts despite the misleading appearance of the simplicity of the machines.
In France, the French Junior Karting Championship, created by the FFSA, monopolises the attention of beginning of the season well beyond the borders. The concept of promoting young talents launched in 2010 by the CIK-FIA with its Trophée Académie has finally arrived at national level. Germany has also embarked on a similar path with the ADAC Kart Academy. The French formula offers the particularity of a turnkey championship on one-make Exprit / Vortex / Bridgestone equipment in which even the chassis is provided by the federation. Therefore the drivers are trained within the FFSA Academy, while the mechanics also come from this federal structure. Moreover, it is a real upward path which is extended by the French F4 Championship and the FFSA French Teams.
The first race at Le Mans validated the FFSA Academy's choices by offering a tightly contested event full of twists, that bodes well for the continuation of this new championship.
In international competition, the WSK Super Master Series went beyond the half-way point in two very different meetings. With mixed weather at Castelletto, great sun and strong grip at La Conca have caused several changes of leaders in all categories. In OK-Junior, the battle rages between Chiesa Corse and the OTK drivers, that is to say between the Zanardi / Parilla and the Tony Kart / Vortex or FA Kart / Vortex. In the OK category, the OTK chassis outstripped their opponents in the unique La Conca conditions. There is a tight struggle between the seasoned drivers and the young rookies which could turn to the advantage of the latter. Between these two extremes, Clément Novalak appears very strong. Sodi / TM continues to maintain its hold on KZ2, even though Patrik Hajek's Kosmic / Vortex won at Muro Leccese. It is worth remembering that the KZ2 are fighting for hundredths of a second and the show is amazing.
Therefore there is real uncertainty a month before the beginning of the CIK-FIA European Championships on the circuit of Sarno.
Throughout the seasons, since its launch in 2010, the CIK-FIA's one-make introduction to International Competition has continued to meet with success and reveal the future talents of tomorrow's motor sport. For its 8th edition, the CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy is filled with young Drivers from around the world who are determined to enrich their experience and get noticed.
The CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy is a one-of-a-kind competition designed to bring together the world's best hopefuls on equal terms. Young Drivers between the ages of 12 and 14 represent their country at the wheel of identical randomly drawn karts, with Exprit chassis and Vortex engines from the OK-Junior category, equipped with Bridgestone tyres.
The list of entries of the 2017 edition includes 51 Drivers, including six females, from 39 nations on five continents. Chile, Colombia, Kuwait, Morocco and Peru are among the new countries attracted by this Competition where the skill of the participants takes precedence over the financial aspect.
As every year, the FIA ??"Women in Motor Sport" Commission supports the participation of a young female in this Trophy. This year, 12-year-old Colombian Valeria Vargas Garcia was chosen because of her motivation and the promising results of her career in karting which started six years ago.
OTK Kart Group, which won the tender for the chassis and engines for the CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy for the 2016, 2017 and 2018 seasons, is also continuing its efforts in terms of prizes. The winner of the CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy will be invited to participate in the CIK-FIA World Junior Championship held at PF International (GBR) in September 2017 in one of the official teams of the OTK Kart Group. The CIK-FIA will also offer the top five of the general ranking of the 2017 Academy Trophy, free of charge entry to the 2018 CIK-FIA Championship of their choice. This prize can be valued on average at €2000 per Driver.
2017 CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy Schedule
- 14th May 2017, Genk (BEL), 1/3
- 2nd July 2017, Le Mans (FRA), 2/3
- 23rd July, Alahärmä (FIN), 3/3
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Décidément, la WSK Super Master Series 2017 ne cesse de compliquer les débuts de Théo Pourchaire dans la catégorie OK. Après les deux premières épreuves d'Adria et Castelletto perturbées par une météo contrariante, le sort n'a pas toujours été favorable au pilote officiel Kosmic/Vortex à La Conca. Pourtant, à force de persévérance et de combativité le jeune espoir français a réussi à redresser la situation pour atteindre une 5e place inespérée en finale, ce sui lui permet d'effectuer un bond de 20 places et de rentrer dans le top 10 du classement provisoire.
Avec le retour du soleil, de la douceur des températures et du grip sur la piste, Théo se trouvait dans son élément dans l'extrême sud de l'Italie sur le circuit de La Conca. Il concrétisait dès les essais chronométrés en prenant la 2e position à 62 millièmes seulement de la pole. Une casse mécanique en 1re manche, puis une victoire dans la 2e et une 6e place dans la 3e après avoir été ouvertement poussé par Pedro Hiltbrand : Théo se retrouvait seulement 18e samedi soir, bien loin de la position que ses performances laissaient présager.
Jamais découragé, il réalisait une préfinale exceptionnelle et remontait au 2e rang en évitant plusieurs incidents devant lui. Le départ de la finale n'était malheureusement pas favorable à la file extérieure d'où s'élançait Théo qui bouclait le 1er tour en 7e position derrière David Vidales. Il lui fallait une nouvelle fois se battre pour reprendre du terrain, un exercice qu'il maîtrise de mieux en mieux. Les écarts s'étant rapidement creusés, il ne pouvait finalement atteindre que la 5e place avec la satisfaction d'avoir réalisé le meilleur tour en course. Le week-end se soldait donc par un bilan somme toute positif puisque Théo s'est montré plus que convaincant dans le grip et qu'il se replaçait, malgré tous ces contretemps, à la 9e position du championnat.
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The FIA Women in Motorsport Commission and CIK-FIA are delighted to announce the continuation of their seven year partnership which provides a young female kart racer with the opportunity to compete in the CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy. This year, 12-year-old Valeria Vargas from Colombia will receive a funded drive in this low-cost educational formula.
The youngster, from Bogota, started her kart career at the age of six in the Baby Max category and was instantly recognised with an award as a promising racer in 2012. The following season, in her debut in the Micro Max category, she finished fourth overall and successfully went on to race in two national championships during the 2014-2015 season, Easy Kart Colombia and Rotax Max Colombia.
Her career continued on a high during the 2015-2016 season and she was crowned champion of Easy Kart Colombia (Infantil) and Rok Cup Colombia (Mini Rok), and finished runner-up in the Rotax Max Colombia (Mini Max), just one point away from the title. In 2016 Valeria contested a new edition of the South American Rotax Max Challenge, in Peru, where more than 120 international drivers made it one of the most competitive in recent years. Here, Valeria competed in the Mini Max category and finished third, qualifying for the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals later that year. Previously, her efforts have also rewarded her with recognition at the FIA Sports Americas Awards.
The 2017 CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy takes place over three races, kicking off with the opening round in Genk, Belgium, over the weekend of 13/14 May.
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