La dernière épreuve de régularité de la saison 2016 s'est déroulée du 26 au 28 août 2016 lors du traditionnel rassemblement de karts historiques de Laval. 57 machines de 1956 à 1988 ont pris la piste de Beausoleil Louis Paillard, elle-même bien chargée d'histoire et animée par les passionnés de longue date de l'ASK Laval.
After a well-deserved summer break, which began after the end of the European Championships at the last weekend of July on the Belgian circuit of Genk, international karting moves to Sweden, in Kristianstad, from 31st August to 4th September for the World CIK-FIA KZ Championship and the International KZ2 Supercup. Also the junior drivers of the CIK-FIA Academy Trophy will be racing on the 1231 metres of the Asum Ring International Circuit for their third and last round.
Rubens Barrichello brings a bit of F.1.
Among the 173 entrants, among well-known Champions and young talents, there's a name which stirs the fantasy of motorsport fans: the former F1 driver Rubens Barrichello. The Brazilian, who is currently taking part in the Stock Car Brasil Championship, has decided to come back to kart racing. He achieved numerous successes in Brazil back in the 80s and now, after 19 seasons in F1 (six of them spent behind the wheel of a Ferrari), Barrichello has decided to hunt for the KZ title for the Birel ART Racing Team.
The appointment on video from Sweden.
The World event starts in Kristianstad next Friday 2nd September with the free practice and, then, qualifying. On Saturday 3rd September it will time for the qualifying heats and then, on Sunday 4th, the grand finale. Don't miss the live streaming on cikfia.tv and cikfiachampionship.com. The channels will broadcast the final phase on Sunday, starting with the drivers' parade. Then, the usual appointment with Motors TV and its special report about the weekend.
Champions on track.
On top of the list of the 33 entrants in KZ there is the new European Champion, the Italian Marco Ardigò (Tony Kart-Vortex-Vega), together with the Dutch Jorrit Pex (CRG-Vortrex), the reigning World Champion. If we take in account also the Italian Forè (RighettiRidolfi-TM) and Camponeschi (CRG-Parilla) and the French Arnaud Kozlinski (CRG-TM), who comes back on the seat of a kart, there are 5 World Champions on track, for a total amount of 9 World titles. Among the 89 entrants of KZ2 there is the new European Champion, the Italian Fabian Federer (CRG-Modena-Vega) and his fellow countrymen Alessandro Irlando (Energy-TM), Luca Corberi (Tony Kart-Vortex) and Matteo Viganò (TopKart-Parilla), who are all looking for payback after battling for the European title until the last lap. Great chance also for the British Tom Joyner (Zanardi-Parilla), the reigning World Champion in KF and at his debut in KZ2, and for the Spanish Marta Garcia Lopez (EvoKart-Parilla). The frontrunner of the Academy is the British Callum Bradshaw, who leads the standings with a 29-point gap over the Belgian Xavier Handsaeme and 31-point gap over the Danish Mads Hansen (all on Exprit-Vortex-Vega).
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La deuxième compétition du Championnat de France KZ2 Long Circuit s'est déroulée en partie sous la canicule sur le circuit de Croix-en-Ternois (62) lors de ce dernier week-end d'août. Deux pilotes repartent confortés dans leur avance au classement général provisoire, Nelson Bondier en KZ2 et Grégory Guilvert en KZ2 Master, même s'ils n'eurent pas les honneurs du podium de l'épreuve organisée par l'ASK Côte d'Opale. Hubert Petit s'est imposé en KZ2 et Yanick Savard en KZ2 Master.
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The Kingdom of Sweden is proud to host one of the two CIK-FIA World Competitions of the 2016 season at the circuit of Kristianstad. Three categories, 173 Drivers, 45 nations and five continents are the elements of the CIK-FIA World Championship for KZ, the CIK-FIA International Super Cup for KZ2 and CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy to be held together from 1st to 4th September 2016 on the Asum Ring circuit.
After Le Mans (FRA) in 2015 and Sarno (ITA) in 2014, Sweden is soon to organise the CIK-FIA World Competition open to the KZ, KZ2 and Academy categories. The Kristianstad circuit, the organising club and the Swedish ASN, the SBF, have been deservedly rewarded for the efforts made over several years to reach the level of organisation required for such a Competition, 34 years after the last World Karting Championship held on Swedish soil, at Kalmar in 1982. The 1231 m of the Asum Ring track offers a particularly technical framework for sporting confrontation and surprises may well decide the outcome. Italy tops the best represented nations with 29 Drivers entered, ahead of Sweden with 25 Drivers. In total, nearly 50 Scandinavian Drivers are on the lists, proof of the dynamism of the discipline in northern Europe.
Barrichello among the professionals in World KZ
A professional competition for many, the CIK-FIA World Championship for KZ will bring together the elite of the Karting world totaling an impressive international record. The Italian Marco Ardigo (Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega) will arrive in Sweden crowned as the European Champion in late July against the Czech Patrik Hajek (Kosmic / Vortex / Vega) and the Frenchman Jérémy Iglesias (Sodi / TM Racing / Vega). The Italian clan can also count on Paolo De Conto (CRG / TM Racing / Vega), Flavio Camponeschi (CRG / Parilla / Vega), Davide Fore (Righetti Ridolfi / TM Racing / Vega) and Leonardo Lorandi (Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega), a young man moving up from KZ2. This is also the case for the Dutchman Stan Pex (CRG / Vortex / Vega) supporting his brother Jorrit (CRG / Vortex / Vega), the 2015 World Champion. Anthony Abbasse (Sodi / TM Racing / Vega) will again set off in search of a major title for France in the company of Arnaud Kozlinski (CRG / TM Racing / Vega), who will make a comeback for this occasion. We will also watch out for the Swedes Joel Johansson (Righetti Ridolfi / TM Racing / Vega) and Douglas Lundberg (Mach 1 / TM Racing / Vega) who are always formidable at home. The Brazilian former F1 driver Rubens Barrichello, who has regularly competed in karting for several seasons, has decided to take on a worthy challenge by taking part in this Championship driving a BirelART / Parilla / Vega against the specialists in the category.
Eclectic and very tough field in KZ2
The CIK-FIA International Super Cup for KZ2 promises an absorbing spectacle with 89 entries including the top seeds of the recent CIK-FIA European Championship for KZ2. The Champion, the Italian Fabian Federer (CRG / Modena Engines / Vega), will again face most of the European top 10 with his compatriots Matteo Vigano (Top Kart / Parilla / Vega), Alessandro Irlando ( Energy / TM Racing / Vega) and Luca Corberi (Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega). Other specialists in the category will join the confrontation. This is the case for the Frenchman Alexandre Arrue (Righetti Ridolfi / TM Racing / Vega), 3rd in 2013, or for the Spaniard Pedro Hiltbrand (CRG / Maxter / Vega), the Vice-European Champion of 2015. But the 2016 Competition will feature several top drivers more used to direct-drive karts who are ready to try their luck with the gearbox engines. These include the Briton Tom Joyner (Zanardi / Parilla / Vega), the Spaniard Marta Garcia Lopez (Evokart / Parilla / Vega), the Swede Noah Milell (Exprit / Vortex / Vega), the Russian Alexander Smolyar (Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega) and the Dutchmen Martijn Van Leeuwen (BirelART / Parilla / Vega) and Bent Viscaal (CRG / TM Racing / Vega).
Coronation expected for Bradshaw in the Academy
This one-make Competition aimed at revealing young talents from around the world this year uses new equipment provided by OTK Kart Group. 51 drivers from 39 nations are using Exprit chassis and the Vortex OK-Junior engine, but with a specific carburetor, and Vega tyres. The CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy should go to the Briton Callum Bradshaw after the third and final Competition of 2016 with his lead of almost 30 points in the standings and his performance on the track. Only the Belgian Xavier Handsaeme can mathematically deny him the overall victory. The places of honour should be decided between the Dane Mads Eielso Hansen, the Briton Oliver Clarke and the Swede Alfred Nilsson. The final top 10 will no doubt be full of fierce battles between many participants.
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