Kartcom News No. 20 out now!
Kartcom has published the 20th edition of Kartcom News, packed with interviews, opinions and race reports from the early season races in both French and English.
Should we be pleased about the growing attraction of categories open to young and very young drivers? Probably, but not totally…
The deletion of Article 2.3.5 of the International Sporting Code of the CIK-FIA now allows national licensees to participate in foreign events, subject to authorisation from their ASN. This measure has given a boost to the categories for 9-12-year-olds who have constituted the largest share of international entries this season, 105 in Mini Rok at the Winter Cup and 73 in 60 Mini at the WSK Super Master Series at Castelletto.
This enthusiasm, which is also found elsewhere in X30 and Rotax, as confirmed by Jordon Lennox-Lamb in the US, will soon promote the growth of Junior fields around the world. It’s a good thing for the organisers and the industry, and so for karting in general. In contrast, we could wonder about the proportion of those who will persevere from the baby driver categories to Senior, OK, or to KZ2, accessible from 15 years like Formula 4, a dreaded siren that is hard to resist …
The start of the international karting season in 2016 nevertheless continues to be exciting, not just in young categories. The spectacle offered by the “veterans” in KZ / KZ2 is breathtaking, light years ahead of most single-seater racing. After a wonderful Winter Cup at sunny Lonato, Castelletto saw the start of the WSK Super Master Series which was marked by terrible weather, but the sporting intensity didn’t suffer. We should welcome the great victory at 7 Laghi for the Moroccan Sami Taoufik in OK-Junior, an important first for his country. The Sodi double in KZ2, with Anthony Abbasse the winner, meant that we heard the Marseillaise in Italy, which is never unpleasant to French ears.