Hajek crowned an outstanding World Champion after an exceptional event at Genk

Hájek becomes first Czech driver to win the World Championship.

Kosmic Kart official driver, Patrik Hájek, leads the world's best KZ pilots in Belgium. Photo: KSP Photo Agency

Patrik Hajek (CZE) became FIA Karting World Champion - KZ in Genk (BEL) this weekend. Kobe Pauwels (BEL) won the FIA Karting Academy Trophy Final where the Trophy was won by Jose Maria Navalon Boya (ESP) and Matteo Vigano (ITA) triumphed in the FIA Karting International Super Cup - KZ2. The Genk Competition will be remembered as a remarkable event thanks to the show, the quality of the organisation and the large audience.

More than 4000 spectators had the chance to attend a spectacular sporting event and a high quality show orchestrated by the teams from the circuit of Genk and RGMMC Promotion in the presence of Felipe Massa, President of the CIK-FIA. At an impeccably prepared venue, the staging of the Competition brought spectacular innovations that enhanced the attractiveness of the discipline to the general public as well as partners and VIP guests. In the end, all those present received an extremely positive impression.

The 2018 Historic Super Cup was particularly well received under a large marquee at the entrance of the paddock, welcoming many visitors to see the karts emblematic of the history of karting from 1959 to 1984, along with the original kart with which Lewis Hamilton won the European FA Championship in 2000. Several demonstrations on the track revived these machines to the delight of all.

Hajek finally rewarded

The favourites after the Qualifying Heats, Patrik Hajek (CZE), Matteo Vigano (ITA) and Jose Maria Navalon Boya (ESP) were crowned in their respective categories, even though Kobe Pauwels (BEL) won the Final in Academy. With its sporting and popular success, the 2018 World Championship Belgium will remain an outstanding feature of this decade of international karting.

Patrik Hajek (CZE - Kosmic / Vortex / LeCont) added another victory to his score Sunday morning in the last Qualifying Heats to strengthen his dominance and secure pole position on the starting grid of the World Championship final. FIA Karting - KZ. The Czech drove a perfect Race in the lead throughout the 23 laps. Starting well, he took advantage of incidents that delayed some of his pursuers to gain a small lead on the first lap and then continued to widen the gap consistently. Simo Puhakka (FIN - Tony Kart / Vortex / LeCont) and Marijn Kremers (NLD - Birel ART / TM Racing / LeCont) dropped to the back of the pack after contact, while Anthony Abbasse (FRA - Sodi / TM Racing / LeCont) retired at the same time as Jonathan Thonon (BEL - Birel ART / TM Racing / LeCont). Rick Dreezen (BEL - KR / Parilla / LeCont) recovered after a slip on the first lap and settled solidly in 2nd position ahead of Fabian Federer (ITA - CRG / TM Racing / LeCont). However, Alex Irlando (ITA - Sodi / TM Racing / LeCont) managed to overtake Paolo De Conto (ITA - CRG / TM Racing / LeCont), holder of the fastest lap in the race, for 4th place.

Three years after the Karol Basz won the World title in KF, Patrik Hajek became the second World Champion from the Olivier Maréchal’s Kosmic Racing Department, and the first Czech to win this crown, a great reward for a brave Driver who has been searching for a major success for many seasons.

Pauwels victorious at home, Navalon Boya wins the Academy Trophy

Points leader Jose Maria Navalon Boya (ESP) confirmed his ascendancy in the FIA Karting Academy Trophy with an additional victory in a Heat. Yet his rival Kobe Pauwels (BEL) quickly took control of the Final. The gap varied between the two contenders, but Navalon Boya, holder of the fastest lap, decided not to take any risks, knowing that he was already assured of winning the Trophy and contented himself with the second step of the podium. Joshua Rattican (GBR) was brilliantly 3rd in front of Craig Tanic (FRA), later penalised for a poorly positioned front fairing. Guilherme A. De Figueiredo (BRA) recovered 4th position and Robert De Haan (NLD) finished 5th.

Final ranking of the 2018 FIA Karting Academy Trophy

1- Jose Maria Navalon Boya (ESP) 64 points
2- Kobe Pauwels (BEL) 63 points
3- Guilherme A. De Figueiredo (BRA) 50 points
4- Sami Meguetounif (FRA) 47 points
5- Federico Albanese (ITA) 40 points

Vigano triumphs to the end

Dominant in the International FIA Karting Super Cup - KZ2, Matteo Vigano (ITA - Tony Kart / Vortex / LeCont) only conceded a 3rd place in his last Qualifying Heat against rivals who had already fitted their new tyres. This did not prevent the Italian from starting in pole position for the Final alongside Adrien Renaudin (FRA - Sodi / TM Racing / LeCont). While Vigano took off immediately, Daniel Bray (NZL - GP / Alu Group / TM Racing / LeCont) took a solid 2nd place. Renaudin resisted the pressure from Gaetano Gomes E.S. Di Mauro (BRA - CRG / TM Racing / LeCont) until the penultimate lap. An last-minute attack allowed David Vidales Ajenjo (ESP - Tony Kart / Vortex / LeCont) to take 3rd place ahead of the Brazilian and Renaudin, while Vigano clinched a well-deserved international success.

Genk in the spotlight

World KZ Championship, International KZ2 Super Cup, and Academy Trophy arrive in Belgium.

FIA Karting KZ European Championship Podium drivers
Exciting Finals at the foot of Vesuvius

Multiple twists in the KZ Final steal the show on Sunday.

Academy Trophy drivers on track in Sarno
Fierce battles for qualification in the sun at Sarno

For this second day of the Italian Kart Grand Prix, the heat wave continued on the outskirts of Naples and the temperatures again exceeded 30°.

Sarno aerial
Three new Polemen in the Italian heat

Extreme heat at the decisive KZ & KZ2 round, as well as the second of three competitions of the Academy Trophy.

Aerial of the Circuito Internazionale Napoli of Sarno
FIA Karting European Championship: Two European titles at stake in Sarno

While the young Drivers of the FIA ​​Karting Academy Trophy will be competing in the second of their three competitions, the FIA ​​Karting European Championship - KZ & KZ2 will finish at the foot of Vesuvius.

FIA Karting World Championship participants benefit from additional support

In order to maintain the ever-growing number of international entries, the FIA has agreed to grant a financial contribution to the travel of the entrants competing in the two categories.

Aerial of the Kristianstad karting circuit
The fight for the European titles moves to Sweden

The attractiveness of the FIA ​​Karting European Championship - OK & Junior is confirmed race after race, as well as the rise of Sweden on the international scene.

Podium celebration for OK category
Travisanutto in OK and Amand in Junior, new winners at Genk

The rain spared none of the three days of racing, however the Finals were fortunately able to take place on a dry track.

Exceptional passion in the Heats in Genk

An intense day dedicated to the Qualification Heats of the second competition of the FIA ​​Karting European Championship.

Very tricky Qualifying Practice in Genk

Luigi Coluccio (ITA) finally took Pole Position in OK and Conrad Laursen (DNK) in OK-Junior.