Races without spectators, but not without passion
As soon as the COVID-19 pandemic emerged, the FIA worked with the Medical Commission headed by Professor Saillant, on an infection-control protocol to guarantee optimal safety for the organisation of the Competitions. The CIK-FIA then used this procedure for the FIA Karting Championships.
Three main lines of action were put in place concerned access to the circuit, a new spatial and temporal management of the Competition and the measures to be adopted individually. All these points also had to be constantly monitored.
Above all, the CIK-FIA would like to thank all the members of the karting community for their constant efforts, which have greatly contributed to the smooth running of the 2020 season. The extra work done by the organisers and their teams was much appreciated. It is at the price of respecting these guidelines that kart racing has been able to continue.
Access to the circuit was restricted to participants and a limited number of accompanying personnel, as well as officials and the media. The public was not allowed. Initially, individual temperatures were checked at the entrance. As soon as the PCR tests were available, starting in September and at the Genk Competition, proof of a recent negative test was requested from anyone wishing to enter the circuit. The list of those present was kept up to date.
Traffic was carefully planned at each venue to limit contact and groups in all phases of the Competition. It was materialised by signs and markings on the ground. This concerned both the sporting aspects and essential services such as catering. The timing of each Competition was adapted accordingly to improve traffic flow.
Finally, everyone had to wear a face mask, respect distances between people and frequently use disinfectant gel.
Under the aegis of the FIA, Motor Sport in general and karting in particular proved exemplary in these exceptional circumstances. The responsibility of each individual enabled the continuation of collective sporting practice.
The pandemic is still not over at the end of 2020. The health measures taken this year could still be relevant in the future. The safety of everyone and the future of karting continues to depend on the mobilisation of everyone.
2020 FIA Karting Best-of / Photo © KSP