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2019: a year of stability for karting? There is no revolution expected for this karting season in international and national competitions. The discipline will be able to count on a certain regulatory and sporting stability to strengthen its base at all levels. In a period marked by the tender age of the drivers, we need to wait until 2020 to see the debut of a Mini category to the international definition.



The first international races of 2019 make it possible to sum up the fixtures. In the face of an increasingly busy racing calendar, there was less of a hurry to participate in the opening WSK Promotion event at Adria, whose KZ2 category was absent for once. In 60 Mini the grid was the biggest with an internationalisation of drivers and the presence of substantial budgets. Under the aegis of RGMMC, the IAME Winter Cup at Valencia was revitalised, except in Super Shifter, and the races were splendid.

Although the Lonato Winter Cup did not break its participation record in its 24th edition, it was not far off, especially as a new regulation pushed back the minimum age in Mini Rok from eight to nine years old. With 98 KZ2 drivers, including many young talents, the competition proved challenging as well as exciting to follow. South Garda Karting has started a particularly busy season with milestone events and is strengthening its status as the unofficial centre of karting.

In addition, the rise of the DKM on the international scene and the return of the WSK Euro Series are not without strategy problems for the top level teams. Some factory teams seem to be taking a little distance and are focusing primarily on the FIA Karting events. On the other hand the choice of tyres in national or private series does not always follow that of the FIA, which affects some teams more than others. When money takes precedence over sport, it's never a good sign.

In this context, the ASNs have a role to play in promoting the international categories and ensuring the continuity of the FIA Karting rules. The FFSA has understood this well by offering a French OK Championship and a French Cup for OK-Junior over two events two weeks before the FIA Karting events competing on the same circuits, in similar conditions.

On the financial side, stability is also essential, which is not very good news, as a reduction in costs is needed. The subject is certainly complex, as well as being crucial for the future.


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International > WSK Master Series



A Lonato si prepara lo spettacolo della WSK Super Master Series.
La stagione 2019 della WSK Super Master Series procede con grande favore di partecipazione dei piloti, come conferma la seconda tappa che sta per avviarsi a Lonato (BS). La lista degli iscritti è vicina alla quota di 350 adesioni, numero che ha spostato ancora più in alto il record delle partecipazioni a un evento WSK. In attesa delle verifiche tecnico-sportive, che domani mattina saranno avviate al South Garda Karting, spicca la particolare affluenza dei piloti più giovani, che in ciascuna delle categorie OK Junior e 60 Mini superano nettamente il numero di 100 iscritti. Ma è interessante anche verificare la copertura mondiale delle partecipazioni, visto che a Lonato sono giunti driver da ognuno dei 5 Continenti, assistiti al circuito bresciano da tutti i costruttori e i team del karting internazionale.

Sale l'attesa per il live streaming di domenica 24 febbraio.
Con queste premesse, diventa di grande spessore la giornata finale di domenica 24 febbraio, il cui programma dedicato alle Prefinali e alle Finali sarà interamente visibile in live streaming, a partire dalle 11:30 dal sito ufficiale La sfida è lanciata ai vincitori della tappa d'apertura di Adria (RO), dove tre settimane fa hanno prevalso il pordenonese Lorenzo Travisanutto (KR-Iame-Bridgestone) in OK, il brasiliano Rafael Camara (BirelArt-TM-Vega) in OK Junior e l'emiratense Rashid Al Dhaheri (Parolin-TM-Vega) in 60 Mini. Gli stessi piloti sono in testa alle rispettive classifiche provvisorie, alle quali si affiancherà a Lonato la graduatoria della KZ2, categoria al suo primo appuntamento WSK del 2019.






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The next generation of ultra-protective helmets, based on the FIA's new top-level helmet standard, have made their debut at F1 pre-season testing.




These new helmets offer a number of safety benefits, including advanced ballistic protection, increased energy absorption and an extended area of protection for drivers.


This follows over a decade of research to create the most stringent standards so far for helmet manufacturers to meet to further increase safety. Throughout this process, FIA researchers worked closely with F1 helmet manufacturers such as Stilo and Bell Racing, who have now produced helmets based on the new standard.


Called FIA 8860-2018, this standard outlines the construction and testing requirements that the helmet manufacturers must achieve to provide equipment for the FIA's top series. Tests that the new helmets must undergo include a 225g metal disc fired at 250km/h, a 10kg weight falling five metres, an air rifle shot directly at the visor and exposure to a 790°C flame.


The standard is mandatory in Formula One this season and will become so for other championships soon.



Changes based on the new standard include:

- Top of visor opening lowered by 10mm to incorporate advanced ballistic protection that achieves unprecedented levels of safety during impact from debris.


- Extended areas of protection on sides to offer compatibility with latest single-seater headrests and closed car seat-side head protection systems, ensuring energy management is exactly where headrests are positioned.


- Helmet shell construction using advanced composite materials to ensure it is not only tough but also resistant to crushing and penetration.


- Test methods include variable crash speeds to account for different accidents and a range of weights to account for different mass headforms.



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Pilote > Théo Pourchaire



Remarqué dès sa première saison en monoplace à l'issue de laquelle il est devenu Champion de France Junior F4, Théo Pourchaire vient d'intégrer le Sauber Junior Team. La prestigieuse équipe suisse créée par Peter Sauber détient le record de participations en Grand Prix de F1 et assume sa proximité avec Ferrari depuis 2011. Actuellement dirigée par Frédéric Vasseur, elle a pris officiellement le nom d'Alfa Romeo Racing en F1. Sauber a décidé de sa propre filière pour former et soutenir les jeunes talents de la F4 à la F2 en association avec Charouz Racing System.


Fondateur d'ART Grand Prix et grand connaisseur des différentes formules monoplaces, Frédéric Vasseur explique que « Sauber a l'habitude d'aider de jeunes pilotes à développer leur potentiel, après avoir travaillé avec Michael Schumacher (en endurance), Sebastian Vettel et la star montante Charles Leclerc. Avec ce projet, Sauber renforce sa stratégie avec un programme complet allant des championnats pour les jeunes au sommet du sport automobile. Nous sommes ravis de nous associer à Charouz Racing System, une équipe très professionnelle qui connaît le succès dans tous les championnats ».




Théo rejoint ainsi un collectif de huit pilotes roulant en F2, F3 et F4. Il va disputer cette année un double programme de F4 ambitieux dans le championnat ADAC en Allemagne et dans le championnat d'Italie ACI Sport. « Intégrer cette filière à 15 ans constitue pour moi une superbe opportunité », se réjouit le pilote de Grasse. « Sauber Motorsport a soutenu l'évolution de nombreux jeunes pilotes. J'espère pouvoir suivre leurs traces. Le challenge qui m'attend s'annonce ardu face à une concurrence féroce. A moi d'apprendre vite pour participer à la course au titre. »



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Team > RFM



The 24th Winter Cup took place at Lonato in very good weather, and the OK and OK-Junior grids brought together many very fast drivers so the great Italian season-opening classic proved to be very selective from start to finish. Despite the disappointment of Ten Brinke's retirement, one of the favourites from the start of the Final, RFM managed to place two of its drivers, Wharton and Laursen, on the OK-Junior podium, while Ho and Van Hoepen made good comebacks. In OK, Thompson's return to the top five of the Final also rewarded the work of the team.


The Winter Cup, considered a difficult race, did not lose its reputation in 2019. The experience of Ricky Flynn Motorsport allowed the British team to provide its drivers with particularly competitive FA Kart / Vortex equipment, and they were highlighted in the leading group or returned to the top positions for those who failed to achieve good times in Qualifying Practice.


Starting 15th in the Junior standings, Thomas Ten Brinke had a very good run in the heats and started from 2nd place on the grid of the Final. Unfortunately an incident ended his hopes on the second lap. James Wharton set the 4th fastest time and won three heats on the track, but a penalty of 10'' relegated him to 7th. He gained five places in the Final and reached the second step of the podium.




Conrad Laursen drove a magnificent Final by gaining no less than 10 positions for a superb 3rd place finish. Christian Ho was very convincing when he returned to the top 10 to finish in 9th position after taking 11 places, after starting in 26th in Qualifying and having to give up in a race. Special mention for Laurens van Hoepen who made up for his disappointing Qualifying (47th) by regaining ground in each race. He took another nine places in the Final to reach 13th place, a total gain of 34 positions throughout the meeting.




Harry Thompson was not happy with his 29th time in OK Qualifying. He had already taken 14 places at the end of the heats and continued his effort in the Final. He thus returned to the top five of the Winter Cup by gaining another 10 places. Kai Askey started with a good 10th time in Qualifying and was 13th in the heats. He crossed the finish line in 11th place before a penalty of 5'' dropped him to 18th position.

The whole RFM team will be back on track at Lonato next weekend for the second round of the WSK Super Master Series.



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