Aussie To Contest 'U18' World Championship

AKA press release

Cairns kart racer Aidan Wright has been confirmed as a starter in the 2011 CIK-FIA Under 18 World Karting Championship by the sport’s governing body, the Commission International de Karting. 

The 16 year-old will compete in the three-round championship, which sees drivers line up in their choice of chassis fitted with identical Parolin engines and LeCont tyres.

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Above: Cairns teenager Aidan Wright will compete in the CIK-FIA Under 18 World Championship.
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Wright will be competing in a Zanardi chassis for the series that kicks off in Ortona, Italy on July 8-10 followed by a round in Essay, France on the final weekend in August (26-28).   The series concludes in Bahrain in the first weekend of November (3-5). 

After last year’s inaugural World Under 18 Championship attracted 70 entries, this year’s series has attracted no less than 83 competitors from 28 countries (up four from 2010).

As is often in karting, the Italian delegation will have the largest number of entries with 13 drivers on the starting grid, against nine for France and seven for the United Kingdom as well as Lithuania. For the first time in the history of the CIK-FIA Karting World Championship, the entry list includes drivers from the Oman Sultanate, Bahrain and Byelorussia.

Above: Wright in action during the opening round of the CIK Stars of Karting Series.
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It will be the first time Australia has had a representative in a CIK-FIA  recognised World Karting Championship in ten years.  Sydneysider Troy Hunt and Ben Horstman (Italian-based Australian) are the last two Australian drivers to have competed at the top level of the sport early last decade.

“I’m really excited to be competing in the championship, I see it as a very big opportunity to get noticed both here in Australia and other parts of the world,” said Wright, who is supported in his campaign by Australian Seafood Distributors.

“It will be the first time that I’ve competed overseas and my goal will be to finish inside the top ten.”

Australia’s CIK delegate Craig Denton is delighted to see a competitor from the CIK Stars of Karting Series presented by Castrol EDGE set to compete on the world stage again.

“When we re-launched the CIK Stars of Karting Series at the start of last year the aim has always been to be able to provide a strong grounding here in Australia so that our drivers can make the next step in overseas competition,” said Denton. 

“I believe the experience Aidan has gained over the past 18 months in the CIK-style of racing here in Australia will ensure he is well prepared for his campaign in the World Under 18s Championship. 

“It is great news to see an Australian competing on the world stage and I look forward to being able to provide the opportunity for more young drivers to compete in the World Karting Championship over the coming years.”

Wright’s next event will be round three of Australia’s elite karting series, the CIK Stars of Karting Series presented by Castrol EDGE, at the Port Melbourne Karting Complex in Melbourne, Victoria on June 18/19. 

Round 1 - July 8-10 - Ortona (Italy)
Round 2 - August 26-28 - Essay (France)
Round 3 - November 3-5 Sakhir (Bahrain) 

Age: 16
Lives: Cairns, Queensland, Australia
School: Year 11, Trinity Anglican School
Racing Debut: 2005
How he started karting: I went to a come and try day after seeing a stand at the Cairns Speedway and six months later Dad got me a kart.  We then raced locally for a while but thought the best way to get better was to travel more and since joining the Tony Kart Australia team I feel as though it has gone up another level. 

CIK Stars of Karting Series Statistics
Debut: Round 1, 2010
Best Race Result: First (Final 1) Round 4, 2010 (Melbourne)
Best Round Results: Second – Round 4, 2010 (Melbourne)
2010 Championship Finish: Fifth – Pro Junior (KF3)
Podium Finishes: 3 (2010 – Melbourne (F1 & F2), 2011 – Adelaide (F2))