|14 January 2017|
More of the "Best of 2016" as published by the CIK-FIA:
The success of the Historic Kart events is confirmed year after year. Around the world, the old machines are restored and updated by enthusiasts as testimonies to the origins of the discipline. The interactions are increasing thanks to the internet, as well as through increasingly numerous events that also attract a large audience of newcomers.
The CIK-FIA has been involved in this process for several years by participating in two important events each season, the Coppa dei Campioni and CIK-FIA Historic Karting Super Cup.
This year, the 5th edition of the Coppa di Campioni Vintage took place in May at the Pista Azzurra in Jesolo (ITA). Through the organisation of the Automotoclub Storico Italiano, many historic karts were on show as part of the Go Kart ASI Show, a popular event that attracts enthusiasts and amateurs from all backgrounds. The running sessions on the famous Jesolo track were a great success.
The CIK-FIA Historic Karting Super Cup was held for the 4th time within the framework of the CIK-FIA World KZ Championship, organised this year in Sweden at the Kristianstad track in early September. This unusual location favoured the arrival of experts from the north and east of Europe and the exhibition of rare machines such as the first Swedish chassis built in 1959, proudly presented by Harm Schurmann. Several Robardie chassis, the brand created by the father of Swedish F1 driver Ronnie Peterson, and amazing Russian productions, caused a sensation in the beautiful awning installed in the heart of the paddock, close to the young talents of the CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy.
Bahrain organised a World Karting Competition for the third time and the quality of welcome and the magic of the night Races in the heart of the desert have once again contributed to the success of this first CIK-FIA World Championship dedicated to OK engines. The Spaniard Pedro Hiltbrand finally triumphed after a breathless sporting confrontation.
Slightly upgraded to provide more safety and fairness, the 1415m Bahrain International Kart Circuit was the setting for a grandiose struggle for the supreme title. As difficult as it is spectacular, the Competition was full of suspense. The unwavering involvement of the Kingdom of Bahrain has undoubtedly played a major role in the success of this exceptional Competition. With close to 50 entrants, the new OK category concludes its first season. Intense battles, drama and sporting achievements have kept fans and enthusiasts from all over the world busy.
Italy's Lorenzo Travisanutto (Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega) scored at the start of the World Championship in OK by placing 1st in Qualifying Practice. The Polish champion Karol Basz (Kosmic / Vortex / Vega) clearly dominated the Qualifying Heats while the other contenders were revealed: Finland's Paavo Tonteri (CRG / Parilla / Vega), the Italian Leonardo Lorandi (Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega), the Swede Noah Milell (Kosmic / Vortex / Vega) or the Russian winner Alexander Smolyar (Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega).
Basz and Hiltbrand were neck and neck in the Final, while the young Dane Christian Lundgaard (Ricciardo Kart / Parilla / Vega) and Tonteri joined in the fight. Basz seemed to have won the game by taking the lead on the 16th of the 22 laps. Hiltbrand, however, replied by passing his rival excitingly. The Spaniard flew to a magnificent victory, Basz managed to regain 2nd place and Felice Tiene (CRG / Parilla / Vega) had a very good 3rd position on the podium after an admirable 17-place climb.
"This season has been really fantastic for me. I successively took the titles and important victories in OK and KZ2 to finish with the World Championship. I am very grateful to all of the CRG team for giving me the means to impose myself at the highest level. Thanks to them, I had the best year of my career in 2016 and I thank them for it."
The 2016 vintage of the CIK-FIA World Junior Championship was particularly intense and full of adventures. The end result however distinguished one of the great revelations of the season, Victor Martins, joined on the podium by two other promising young talents, David Vidales Ajenjo and Theo Pourchaire.
The tone was set in all four Qualifying Practice sessions. The 97 young Junior Drivers aged 13 to 15 used complex and sometimes risky strategies to try to take advantage of the good slipstream. The struggle that had just started was a tough one. The framework of the CIK-FIA World Championship lent itself perfectly to this fierce struggle for the world title. Fast, hilly, technical, the Bahrain International Kart Circuit used its ultra-powerful lighting to make the many Night Races exciting and safe. High-quality organisation and strong involvement from the Bahraini authorities complemented the very positive results of the first CIK-FIA World Championship in the new OK-Junior category.
The Danish Driver Noah Watt (Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega) was lagging behind in Qualifying Practice and the Spaniard David Vidales Ajenjo (Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega) started a course to victory with Pole Position. Not too lucky during the Qualifying Heats, the Frenchman Victor Martins (Kosmic / Parilla / Vega) took 2nd position behind Vidales Ajenjo at the end of these. The Swede Hampus Eriksson (Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega), Australian Oscar Piastri (FA Kart / Vortex) and Brazilian Gianluca De Castro Petecof (CRG / Parilla / Vega) were at the forefront.
Vidales Ajenjo and Martins followed each other after winning their Prefinals, while European Champion Finlay Kenneally (FA Kart / Vortex / Vega) entered the top five. But the final duel was only between Vidales and Martins. De Castro Petecof and Kenneally took advantage of the intense battle to take the lead for a short time. Then Vidales Ajenjo took control until Martins finally settled in the lead at the halfway point. Vidales Ajenjo fought in the chasing pack to regain his 2nd place against Petecof and the Frenchman Théo Pourchaire (Kosmic / Vortex / Vega). Martins won an indisputable victory and the World Junior crown ahead of Vidales Ajenjo and Pourchaire.