Record already beaten for the World Championship in Sweden

More than 200 competitors in just two categories compete for the World Championship.

Kristianstad Karting Club aerial view
Kristianstad karting circuit. Photo: kristianstadkarting.se

The third season for the new direct drive kart categories confirms the accuracy of their technical formula with a steady increase in entries since their introduction in 2016. This year, the FIA Karting World Championships - OK and Junior exceed the 200 entries for the Competition that will take place in Sweden, at Kristianstad from 20th to 23rd September 2018. This record can also be explained by the attraction of a World Competition decided over a single Race as well as the quality of the organisation and of the Swedish welcome.

At 1221 m long, the layout of the Åsum Ring has been widely appreciated by competitors for several years. The Swedish circuit has always been the scene of exciting Races where the weather has sometimes had an influence. The Kristianstad Kart Klubb’s organisation has always set the standard for International Competitions and the infrastructure has continued to grow in the heart of Skåne, to accommodate more and more spectators.

While the performances and results of the recent FIA Karting European Championships give an idea of the strengths involved, they only give a relative indication for the World Competition which is contested in a different atmosphere during a single meeting. It is indeed likely that several surprises will change the situation in Kristianstad, starting with the increased importance of the Qualifying Phases due to the large number of entries. The lists show a total of nearly 230 Drivers representing 33 nations and five continents. The Swedes have responded in numbers to the appeal of a World Competition run on their soil with 39 participants expected, more than double the number of Finns, Britons, Italians and Danes who are the other countries best represented.

The FIA Karting World Championship - OK can count on the presence of five former Champions with reigning Champion Danny Keirle, Pedro Hiltbrand (ESP), Karol Basz (POL) back after a break, Tom Joyner (GBR) and Dexter Patterson (GBR) who won in Junior last season. The 2018 European Champion Hannes Janker (DEU) is of course one of the favourites with his runner-up Harry Thompson (GBR) and the main protagonists of the European season Zane Maloney (BRB), Juho Valtanen (FIN), David Vidales Ajenjo (ESP), Roman Stanek (CZE), Nicklas Nielsen (DNK), not to mention Lorenzo Travisanutto (ITA) determined to seek vengeance. But the list of possible leaders of the event is not limited to these few names and the Competition is more open than ever. Noah Milell (SWE) could for example create a surprise at his favourite circuit.

The European top five already gives a good indication of the favourites of the FIA Karting World Championship - Junior. Paul Aron (EST), the European Champion, is on an upward trend this year, against rookie Gabriele Mini' (ITA), but also Gabriel Bortoleto (BRA), Victor Bernier (FRA) and Kai Askey (GBR). Other talented Drivers are looking for recognition: Dilano Van T'Hoff (NLD), Kirill Smal (RUS), Luca Griggs (GBR), Dino Beganovic (SWE), with a special mention for Thomas Ten Brinke (NLD) and Zak O'Sullivan (GBR). Many other Drivers are able to play an important role in the Competition as many team and equipment changes can unexpectedly alter the hierarchy.

Lorenzo Travisanutto
FIA Karting World Championship: Bernier and Travisanutto win the titles in Sweden

On Sunday, in bright sunshine, the last Qualifying Heats revealed the list of 34 Finalists in the two categories in the running, before the Finals delivered their verdict in front of a large audience.

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.