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With the start of the major national championships and the first CIK-FIA European races, the 2016 season is back in the thick of it. The entries are unfortunately quite limited overall, although young drivers have been attracted by the new OK-Junior category that shows very interesting figures. The OK class has not taken off for now in terms of participants, for example with only 34 drivers in the first European in Spain. KZ2 is not as dynamic as part of multi-round championships. We feel that the costs increasingly hinder growth at the highest level. An overhaul of the calendars, geographical choices and the necessary budgets is needed to consider the wishes and opportunities of the drivers.
The extension of the duration of meetings wanted by the CIK-FIA sporting working group, including two days of additional free practice on Wednesday and Thursday, has not yet produced the desired effect in terms of limiting preliminary testing. But the opinion of the paddock is mixed on the subject.
The European KZ Championship has already run its first two races at Essay (FRA) and Zuera (ESP). We saw duels between OTK / Vortex and Sodi / TM with victories for Ardigo (Tony Kart) and Hajek (Kosmic) against Iglesias (Sodi) and the team members Lammers and Abbasse who have had mixed fortunes. The outcome looks very tight at the big meeting at Genk in late July when four European titles will be awarded. It is too early to see a real hierarchy in KZ2, despite the victory from Corberi in France.
The 2016 version of the CIK-FIA Academy Trophy succeeded on its debut in Essay on the monotype Exprit / Vortex OK-Junior equipment provided by the OTK Kart Group. The sporting fairness and the quality of this first meeting were welcomed, while the leaders of the race were of an excellent standard.
At Zuera, not all of the OK and OK-Junior favourites had the opportunity to defend their chances until the end and the provisional rankings do not fully reflect the forces involved. The Championships are scheduled over four events and spectacular revenge is expected soon. Basz gave the Kosmic team their second victory at the same weekend, while Lundgaard and Garcia on the podium was surprising in OK. In the Juniors, Watt is definitely the man to beat, especially as Taoufik couldn’t take part in the Final.