Kartcom News No. 16 out now
Two new World Champions have just been crowned in Italy at La Conca. Karol Basz and Kosmic Kart were finally rewarded for their tenacity, winning the World KF Championship. Like his team, the Polish driver has performed at the highest level for several years, but the vagaries of racing have always denied him a major title. This has now been done and we can no longer say that the Tony Kart Racing Team overshadows Olivier Marechal’s team. Logan Sargeant was successful, with by far his best KF-Junior race at La Conca where he fully deserved his world crown, the first for an American since the great Lake Speed in 1978. Further good news is that the top three drivers in this Junior World Championship announced their intention to continue in karting next year.
It was the last CIK racing appearance for the KF engines, born under an unlucky star in 2007. These complex engines reached maturity too late to be successful, causing disaffection for the advanced classes to the benefit of the one-make events. The next WSK Final Cup at Adria in early November will be the last major international meeting of the KF generation. In 2016 OK engines will start the heavy task of bringing a more substantial entry to the CIK-FIA categories.
IAME, Vortex an Easykart (BirelART) will run their respective International Finals on the same weekend, at Le Mans, Lontao and Preccenicoo. The heavyweights of the one-make competition would not give way in organising their flagship event on the same date, attracting almost as significant entries, with about 350 drivers for the IAME and the Rok Cup.
Staying with large numbers, the FFSA meeting at Varennes broke records with more than 240 participants in only three categories: the French KZ2 and KZ2 Gentleman Championship and the French National Cup. Hence the importance of making a good choice of circuit … As for the future, France is currently considering organising an OK and OK-Junior Championship.