The first of the two world events of the FIA Karting season, the Kristianstad meeting consists of the KZ World Championship, the KZ2 International Super Cup and the last round of the Academy Trophy. Twelve French drivers will be racing in Sweden, which is not a record, but simply a good representation.
In KZ, the proportion of Frenchmen is interesting with five representatives out of the 28 entered, including 10 Italians. Reigning World Champion, Jérémy Iglesias (CRG/TM) is racing this year with the CRG Racing Team. The team’s performances are good, but perhaps not to the point of challenging for victory. However, Jérémy can come close with his ability to manage the set-up of the equipment on a one-shot like he did last year. An Intrepid driver so far this season, Emilien Denner (KR/TM) has been recruited by KR Motorsport. Can Dino Chiesa’s magic work in KZ too? Anthony Abbasse (Sodi/TM) will make a highly awaited return to Sodikart, without underestimating the impact of his absence from competition for the past two years. Adrien Renaudin (Sodi/TM), an official Sodikart driver, will be back at the venue of his first success in KZ2, in the rain in 2017, and we can see him seizing his chance if the equipment is up to scratch. Finally, Craig Tanic (Birel ART/TM) will be taking on quite a challenge when he joins the world’s karting elite.
The CPB Sport team will host all six French KZ2 drivers on its high potential Sodi/TM karts. Hubert Petit showed his great determination recently in Adria. Arthur Carbonnel, too often delayed by external factors, is quite capable of playing a winning game, while Jean Nomblot has recently shown that he can be counted on to achieve great things. The youngest of the group, Thomas Imbourg, has made enormous progress this year. Damien Vallar will be there to satisfy his taste for high level competition, as well as the French KZ2 Master Champion Yoann Sanchez who has legitimate ambitions.
Finally, Augustin Bernier is more than motivated to finish in a good position in an Academy Trophy which has not been very successful for him so far.