Lonato competition to decide the European KZ & KZ2 titles and the second round for the Academy

A lap around South Garda with KZ point leader, Jeremy Iglesias.

The South Garda Karting circuit in Lonato is back on the CIK-FIA Competition calendar after a long absence. A legendary track in the North of Italy, it is the site most visited by the competitors, the teams and the factories of international karting. This is where the outcome of the CIK-FIA European KZ and KZ2 Championships will be decided, while the 2018 edition of the CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy will see the second of its three Competitions.

A true temple of Kart Racing, the Lonato track has had its layout lengthened from 1010m to 1200m at the end of 2015 in parallel with new structural arrangements and bringing up to safety standards. Lonato remains a world benchmark for testing and equipment development by the main factories, while the circuit enjoys one of the most intense racing schedules in the discipline. This is also the place where every year the major classic of the beginning of the season, the famous Winter Cup, takes place, having its 23rd edition this year. The Desenzano region is also used as a base by many international teams.

So on this track well known to all, CIK-FIA European Championship titles in KZ and KZ2 will be awarded following the first Competition held last May at Salbris (FRA). The young people of the CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy will have to wait for the Genk World Competition in early September to know the winners, but it is largely at Lonato that the outcome of the Trophy will be decided. After a single event, the hierarchy is far from being definitively fixed in these three categories and we should expect many twists in this particular field.


While Jorrit Pex (NLD) dominated the start of the Salbris Competition, Pedro Hiltbrand (ESP) led the Final before retiring and Jérémy Iglesias (FRA) won. It is easy to deduce that the race will be hotly contested at Lonato, especially as professionals such as the Italians Marco Ardigo and Paolo De Conto are close enough to compete strongly for the European title.

Provisional classification of the CIK-FIA European KZ Championship before Lonato

  1. Jeremy Iglesias 31 pts
  2. Jorrit Pex 30 pts
  3. Marco Ardigo 24 pts
  4. Paolo de Conto 18 pts
  5. Patrik Hajek 12 pts


Three Frenchmen monopolised the Salbris podium at home, Adrien Renaudin, Pierre Loubère and Hubert Petit. A reaction from the Italian Drivers, who have the Lonato layout at their fingertips, is more than likely. Alessio Piccini and Giacomo Pollini are currently in the best positions to take their revenge, and it would be a mistake to forget Riccardo Longhi who is always very fast at South Garda Karting. The conquest of the title will not be the only issue at this Competition, as a large number of Italian and foreign Drivers will be keen to aim for a prestigious victory for which they have prepared for a long time.

Provisional classification of the CIK-FIA European KZ2 Championship before Lonato

  1. Adrien Renaudin 35 pts
  2. Pierre Loubère 27 pts
  3. Hubert Petit 25 pts
  4. Alessio Piccini 19 pts
  5. Giacomo Pollini 18 pts


The design of the three Competitions, with dropped scores, of the CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy encourages the young Drivers not to let the current leader Jose Maria Navalon Boya (ESP) raise maximum points in Italy. Both experienced, Kobe Pauwels (BEL) and Sami Meguetounif (FRA) are best placed to challenge the supremacy of the Spaniard but it is impossible to predict which will be the fastest on the Lonato circuit, never used by the academicians. With the support of OTK Kart Group for chassis and engines, LeCont for tyres and OMP for clothing, the 51 Drivers from 40 countries competing in the Trophy will compete on equal terms at the wheel of one-make Exprit / Vortex karts.

Provisional classification of the CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy before Lonato

  1. Jose Maria Navalon 34 pts
  2. Kobe Pauwels 30 pts
  3. Sami Meguetounif 24 pts
  4. Rimmo Kadapik 19 pts
  5. Kotaro Shimbara 17 pts

Cover image by KSP Photo Agency

20200802 fia karting antonelli podium ksp
FIA Karting European Championship Zuera: Antonelli and Taponen become the first winners of the season

The fast Zuera circuit was a major contributor to the intensity of the spectacle thanks to its overtaking-friendly layout.

Jorrit Pex, Fabian Federer, Pedro Hiltbrand in a line on track in France
CRG and Jorrit Pex on the podium in KZ at Salbris

The first round of the KZ European Championship in Salbris has had an exciting final, as Jorrit Pex ended his race in second place and Paolo De Conto in fourth. Pedro Hiltbrand forced to the retirement from the lead. Top ten finish in KZ2 for Benjamin Tornqvist.

The green flag start to the OK final in Sarno at the 2020 FIA Karting European Championship Round 2
Barnard and Ugochukwu take two big wins in Sarno

Sunday review from 2020 FIA Karting European Championship Round 2 for OK, OK-J.

Kosmic Kart: Filed the European Championship For OK-OKJ categories

At the French circuit of Essay, seat of the last European Championship for OK-OKJ.

20200812 fia euro sarno poster
Crucial stage in Neapolitan territory

Second round preview of the 2020 FIA Karting European Championship in OK and OK-J.

Jorrit Pex
Three winners, two Champions and a great show!

A Sunday penalty to De Conto decides the European KZ Championship and awards Pex on a season well done.

Taylor Barnard
FIA Karting European Championship Zuera: Spectacular Qualifying Heats

At Zuera in Spain, Arvid Lindblad took the lead of the provisional Junior standings, while Taylor Barnard confirmed his pole position in OK.

FIA/CIK Officials, including new president Felippe Massa
FIA Karting European Champs KZ, KZ2, and Academy: Breathtaking Finals in Salbris

The final Qualifying Heats set the tone on Sunday morning, with the Finals completing the show on a hot and sunny afternoon, under the expert gaze of Felipe Massa, President of the CIK-FIA.

Taylor Barnard
Electric atmosphere in the Heats at Sarno

Saturday review from 2020 FIA Karting European Championship Round 2 for OK, OK-J.

Nikita Bedrin
Tony Kart: The European fight of the Racing Team at the end

Some accidents on the occasion of the last round of the European Championship for the OK-OKJ.

20200805 lecont fia ksp
The quality and efficiency of LeCont tyres confirmed in Spain

At Zuera in Spain, the intensity of the races and the satisfaction of drivers and teams alike once again highlighted the LeCont products.