Horizon 2021, great challenges to take up
Three new World Karting Champions were crowned this autumn despite the presence of an always active virus. Let us congratulate the British drivers Freddie Slater (OKJ) and Callum Bradshaw (OK) who have completed the list of winners started by the Frenchman Jeremy Iglesias in KZ. Many other champions have been rewarded in their country or in their region and 2020 will remain marked by unforgettable satisfaction for them and their teams.
Like motor sport, karting demonstrated this year that it is capable of adapting quickly to a new context by taking its responsibilities seriously. Most of the competitions in the second half of the season were able to take place without putting their participants at additional risk. This is undoubtedly the positive point to bear in mind at the end of the year.
Andrea Kimi Antonelli’s year could be cited as an example. Crowned FIA Karting European Champion in OK at the age of 14, the young Italian hopeful had to retire at the start of the World Championship Final, his leg fractured in an unavoidable accident. He faced this painful event with courage and equanimity and is working to regain his physical condition to compete in OK next year. He is also thinking about his future career in single-seater racing, full of promise and progress step by step. We take this opportunity to convey our sincere wishes for his recovery.
At a time for assessment, perhaps it would be appropriate for once to abstain from it. Everyone is in a position to draw their own conclusions according to their place, their expectations, their difficulties and their successes. Everyone will agree that the 2020 season was extraordinary, in the original meaning of the word, in that it was not ordinary. Everything has been different and complicated, it’s a fact and we can’t do anything about it. The prospects for 2021 are still shrouded in uncertainty about the health situation, but the horizon is not irredeemably bleak.
Yet everyone has a role to play in adversity. It is up to us that next season will be more positive than expected, even if it means showing more adaptation, the primary quality of humanity.
Good luck to all and a very happy holiday season!