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Karting World Championship

Karting World Championship
Logo FIA Kart Championship.svg
CategoryKart racing
RegionInternational
Inaugural season1964
ConstructorsCIK
FIA
Official websitewww.cikfia.com

The Karting World Championship is a kart racing competition organised by the CIK-FIA. It is held annually since 1964, and is karting's flagship event. The FIA (International Automobile Federation) created the CIK (International Karting Commission) in 1962.

The first two World Championships in 1964 and 1965 were held over one final round, there after the world's best kart drivers competed for the title over an extended weekend, from Thursday to Saturday, including free and qualifying practice sessions, qualification heats, a pre-final and a final were common. From 2011 the championship has been disputed over five rounds, each of them in a different country.[1] From 2014 the world championships returned to a single event with one venue each year organizing the CIK-FIA OK and OK Junior World Championships in one weekend and another venue in a different weekend holding the CIK-FIA KZ World Championships together with the CIK-FIA KZ2 Super Cup and the third and final round of the CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy.[2] There is a separate CIK-FIA Endurance Championship, normally held each year at Le Mans, France, and there are separate Continental Championships like the CIK-FIA European Championships (OK, OK junior, KZ, KZ2 and Superkart) and the CIK-FIA Asia Pacific Championships. In 1968 CIK-FIA launched the first World Cup for Juniors.

Kart racing 1963 in Berlin

World Championship Karting Categories

In the 80s (from 1981 - 1989) the World Championship was raced with 135 cc Formula K karts. Before and after that period 100 cc direct-drive karts was the prevailing standard. In 2007, a change in regulations introduced the KF1 category carts, 125 cc karts equipped with electric starters, clutch and rpm limiters set at 16,000 rpm, to replace the Formula A karts. The 2010 edition was raced with KF2 karts where the engine rpm is limited at 15,000 rpm.[3]

The FIA Karting categories at the world championships are now divided into three main families: direct-drive karts, gearbox karts and Superkarts. All these karts have the technology in common of the 2-stroke engine. Since 2016 the new generation of Original Karts (OK) machines have taken over from the old KF engines. The top category OK at the World Championships is available for drivers from 14 years old in the year they participate. The OK Junior category is aimed at drivers aged between 12 and 14 years old. The gearbox categories KZ and KZ2 share the same specification except for chassis and brakes which are open in the KZ World Championship. The Superkart category is the most unusual discipline of Karting because it can only express itself fully on long racing tracks. With its complete bodywork and twin-cylinder 250 cc engines, developing nearly 100 hp, these Superkarts are capable of extraordinary performances.

Kart racing nowadays

Karting Promotion

In 2013 for the first time in its history CIK-FIA called a promoter, WSK Promotion, to perfect the organisation of the major international karting competitions. The Swiss RGMMC Group is now the Official Promoter of the FIA Karting European and World Championships for the period of 2018-2020 (with the exception of Superkart and Endurance). They try increasing the audience for Karting Competitions worldwide, attracting new partners and working closely with ASNs (National Federations), these are the priorities of RGMMC Group. They also develop the communication and media coverage of the events by providing live video viewing during the events and by partnering with Motorsport.tv for broadcast around the world.

World Champions (Supreme Category)

Year Driver Chassis Engine Tyre Location Class Stroke
1964 Italy Guido Sala Tecno Parilla TBA Italy Rome Kart 100 cc
1965 Italy Guido Sala Tecno BM TBA Italy Rome Kart 100 cc
1966 Italy Susanna Riganelli Tecno Parilla TBA Denmark Copenhagen Kart 100 cc
1967 Switzerland Edgardo Rossi Birel Parilla TBA 3-venue series

Switzerland Vevey, GermanyDüsseldorf & Monaco Circuit de Monaco

Kart 100 cc
1968 Sweden Tomas Nilsson Robardie BM TBA 3-venue series United Kingdom Rye House Kart 100 cc
1969 Belgium François Goldstein Robardie Parilla TBA 3-venue series

Switzerland Vevey, United Kingdom Hoddesdon & France Villacoublay

Kart 100 cc
1970 Belgium François Goldstein Robardie Parilla G France Thiverval-Grignon Kart 100 cc
1971 Belgium François Goldstein Taifun Parilla G Italy Turin Kart 100 cc
1972 Belgium François Goldstein Taifun Parilla G Sweden Kalmar Kart 100 cc
1973 United Kingdom Terry Fullerton Birel Komet TBA Belgium Nivelles-Baulers Kart 100 cc
1974 Italy Riccardo Patrese Birel Komet TBA Portugal Autódromo do Estoril Kart 100 cc
1975 Belgium François Goldstein BM BM TBA France Paul Ricard Kart 100 cc
1976 Italy Felice Rovelli BM BM 4Stars Germany Hagen Kart 100 cc
1977 Italy Felice Rovelli BM BM 4Stars Italy Parma Kart 100 cc
1978 United States Lake Speed Birel Parilla B France Le Mans Kart 100 cc
1979 Netherlands Peter Koene Dap Dap D Portugal Autódromo do Estoril Kart 100 cc
1980 Netherlands Peter De Bruijn Swiss Hutless Parilla B Belgium Nivelles-Baulers Kart 100 cc
1981 United Kingdom Mike Wilson Birel Komet D Italy Parma Formula K (FK) 135 cc
1982 United Kingdom Mike Wilson Birel Komet D Sweden Kalmar Formula K (FK) 135 cc
1983 United Kingdom Mike Wilson [4] Birel Komet D France Le Mans Formula K (FK) 135 cc
1984 Denmark Jorn Haase Kali Komet D Germany Liedolsheim Formula K (FK) 135 cc
1985 United Kingdom Mike Wilson Birel Komet D Italy Parma Formula K (FK) 135 cc
1986 Brazil Augusto Ribas Birel Komet D United States Jacksonville Formula K (FK) 135 cc
1987 Italy Giampiero Simoni PCR PCR B Italy Jesolo Formula K (FK) 135 cc
1988 United Kingdom Mike Wilson CRG Komet D France Laval Formula K (FK) 135 cc
1989 United Kingdom Mike Wilson CRG Komet D France Valence Formula K (FK) 135 cc
1990 Denmark Jan Magnussen CRG Rotax B Italy Jesolo Formula K (FK) 100 cc
1991 Italy Jarno Trulli Allkart Parilla D France Le Mans Formula K (FK) 100 cc
1992 Italy Danilo Rossi CRG Rotax D Italy Ugento Formula K (FK) 100 cc
1993 Italy Nicola Gianniberti Haase Rotax D France Laval Formula Super A (FSA) 100 cc
1994 Italy Alessandro Manetti CRG Rotax Vega Argentina Córdoba Formula Super A (FSA) 100 cc
1995 Italy Max Orsini Swiss Hutless Italsistem B France Valence Formula Super A (FSA) 100 cc
1996 Sweden Johnny Mislijevic Tony Kart Vortex B Italy Lonato Formula Super A (FSA) 100 cc
1997 Italy Danilo Rossi CRG CRG D France Salbris Formula Super A (FSA) 100 cc
1998 Italy Davide Forè Tony Kart Vortex B Italy Ugento Formula Super A (FSA) 100 cc
1999 Italy Danilo Rossi CRG CRG D Belgium Mariembourg Formula Super A (FSA) 100 cc
2000 Italy Davide Forè Tony Kart Vortex B Portugal Braga Formula Super A (FSA) 100 cc
2001 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi CRG Maxter B 5-venue series Canada Montreal, France Salbris,

Italy Sarno, Belgium Mariembourg & Germany Kerpen[5]

Formula Super A (FSA) 100 cc
2002 Netherlands Giedo van der Garde CRG Maxter B 5-venue series Belgium Mariembourg, Finland Alahärmä,

Portugal Braga, France Salbris & Italy La Conca[6]

Formula Super A (FSA) 100 cc
2003 New Zealand Wade Cunningham CRG Maxter B Italy Sarno Formula A (FA) 100 cc
2004 Italy Davide Forè Tony Kart Vortex B Italy La Conca Formula A (FA) 100 cc
2005 United Kingdom Oliver Oakes Gillard Parilla B Portugal Braga Formula A (FA) 100 cc
2006 Italy Davide Forè Tony Kart Vortex B France Angerville Formula A (FA) 100 cc
2007 Italy Marco Ardigò[7] Tony Kart Vortex B Belgium Mariembourg KF1 125 cc
2008 Italy Marco Ardigò[8] Tony Kart Vortex B Italy La Conca KF1 125 cc
2009 France Arnaud Kozlinski[9] CRG Maxter B Macau Macau Super KF (SKF) 125 cc
2010 Netherlands Nyck de Vries[10] Zanardi Parilla D Spain Zuera KF2 125 cc
2011 Netherlands Nyck de Vries Zanardi Parilla B 5-venue series Germany Wackersdorf, Spain Zuera,

Belgium Genk, Italy Sarno & JapanSuzuka

KF1 125 cc
2012 Italy Flavio Camponeschi Tony Kart Vortex B 2-venue series

JapanSuzuka & MacauMacau

KF1 125 cc
2013 United Kingdom Tom Joyner[11] Zanardi TM Vega 2-venue series United KingdomBrandon & BahrainBahrain KF 125 cc
2014 United Kingdom Lando Norris[12] FA Kart Vortex D France Essay KF 125 cc
2015 Poland Karol Basz Kosmic Vortex Vega Italy La Conca KF 125 cc
2016 Spain Pedro Hiltbrand Aguilar CRG Parilla Vega Bahrain Sakhir OK 125 cc
2017 United Kingdom Danny Keirle Zanardi Parilla LeCont United Kingdom Brandon OK 125 cc
2018 Italy Lorenzo Travisanutto Kart Republic Parilla B Sweden Kristianstad OK 125 cc
2019 Italy Lorenzo Travisanutto Kart Republic Parilla LeCont Finland Alahärmä OK 125 cc
KF1 Kart racing in 2008

Gear Kart World Champions

Year World Champion Chassis Engine Tyre Location Class Stroke
1983 Italy Gianni Mazzola Birel Balen D TBA Formula C (FC) 125 cc
1984 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Kalì Balen D TBA Formula C (FC) 125 cc
1985 Italy Piermario Cantoni Kalì Balen D TBA Formula C (FC) 125 cc
1986 Italy Fabrizio Giovanardi Tony Kart Pavesi B TBA Formula C (FC) 125 cc
1987 Italy Alessandro Piccini DAP Pavesi Vega TBA Formula C (FC) 125 cc
1988 Sweden Peter Rydell All Kart Pavesi D Hungary Kecskemét Formula C (FC) 125 cc
1989 Italy Gianluca Giorgi Kalì Kali DCzech Republic Olomouc Formula C (FC) 125 cc
1990 Italy Alessandro Piccini Birel Pavesi B France Laval Formula C (FC) 125 cc
1991 Italy Alessandro Piccini Birel Pavesi D Italy ParmaFormula C (FC) 125 cc
1992 Italy Danilo Rossi Kalì Pavesi D Italy UgentoFormula C (FC) 125 cc
1993 Italy Alessandro Piccini Kalì Pavesi D Italy Val Vibrata Formula C (FC) 125 cc
1994 Italy Jarno Trulli Tony Kart Pavesi D Poland BydgoszczFormula C (FC) 125 cc
1995 Italy Gianluca Beggio Biesse TM Vega Italy Val Vibrata Formula C (FC) 125 cc
1996 Italy Gianluca Beggio Biesse TM B France Salbris Formula C (FC) 125cc
1997 Italy Gianluca Beggio Birel TM B Italy Ugento Formula C (FC) 125 cc
1998 Italy Gianluca Beggio Birel TM B United States Charlotte, NC Formula C (FC) 125 cc
1999 Italy Francesco Laudato Birel TM D France Circuit Carole Paris Formula C (FC) 125 cc
2000Italy Gianluca BeggioBirel TMB Belgium MariembourgFormula C (FC)125cc
2001 Not held
2002 Not held
2003* Netherlands Robert Dirks Birel TM Vega France Carole Super ICC 125 cc
2004* Italy Ennio Gandolfi Birel TM Vega Belgium Mariembourg Super ICC 125 cc
2005* Italy Francesco Laudato Birel TM Vega Italy Sarno Super ICC 125 cc
2006* Italy Davide Forè Tony Kart Vortex Vega Belgium Mariembourg Super ICC 125 cc
2007* Belgium Jonathan Thonon CRG Maxter D Italy Sarno KZ1 125 cc
2008* Belgium Jonathan Thonon CRG Maxter D France Varennes KZ1 125 cc
2009* Belgium Jonathan Thonon CRG Maxter D Italy Sarno KZ1 125 cc
2010* Netherlands Bas Lammers Intrepid TM D Portugal Braga KZ1 125 cc
2011* Belgium Jonathan Thonon CRG Maxter D Belgium Genk KZ1 125 cc
2012* Netherlands Bas Lammers Praga Parilla B Italy Sarno KZ1 125 cc
2013 Netherlands Max Verstappen CRG TM B France Varennes KZ 125 cc
2014 Italy Marco Ardigo Tony Kart Vortex B Italy Sarno KZ 125 cc
2015 Netherlands Jorrit Pex CRG TM B France Le Mans KZ 125 cc
2016 Italy Paolo de Conto CRG TM Vega Sweden Kristianstad KZ 125 cc
2017 Italy Paolo de Conto CRG TM Vega Germany Wackersdorf KZ 125 cc
2018 Czech Republic Patrik Hajek Kosmic Vortex LeCont Belgium Genk KZ 125 cc
2019 Netherlands Marijn Kremers Birel TM B Italy Lonato KZ 125 cc

(*) indicates the years the World Championships were held as a World Cup

Note: World Championship status from 1983 to 2000, and from 2012 onwards. World Cup status from 2003 onwards till 2012

Junior World Champions & Junior World Cup winners

Year World Champion Chassis Engine Tyre Location Class
2019 Netherlands Thomas ten Brinke FA Kart Vortex LeCont Finland Alahärmä OK-Junior (OKJ) KF3
2018 France Victor Bernier Kosmic Parilla Vega Sweden Kristianstad OK-Junior (OKJ) KF3
2017 United Kingdom Dexter Patterson Exprit TM LeCont United Kingdom Brandon OK-Junior (OKJ) KF3
2016 France Victor Martins Kosmic Parilla Vega Bahrain Sakhir OK-Junior (OKJ) KF3
2015 United States Logan Sargeant FA Kart Vortex LeCont Italy La Conca KF-Junior (KFJ) KF3
2014 United Kingdom Enaam Ahmed FA Kart Vortex Vega France Essay KF-Junior (KFJ) KF3
2013 Italy Alessio Lorandi Tony Kart Parilla LeCont 2-venue series

Italy Sarno, Bahrain Bahrain

KF-Junior (KFJ) KF3
2012 United Kingdom Henry Easthope Sodikart WKE LeCont 3-venue series

Portugal Braga, France Angerville & Bahrain Bahrain

U18 KF3
2012* Italy Luca Corberi Kosmic Vortex Vega Spain Zuera KF3 CIK-FIA World Cup
2011 United Kingdom Matthew Graham Zanardi WKE LeCont multiple-venue series

Italy Ortona, France Essay & Italy Sarno-Napoli

U18 KF3
2011* Monaco Charles Leclerc Intrepid TM Vega Italy Sarno-Napoli KF3 CIK-FIA World Cup
2010 United Kingdom Jake Dennis Top Kart WKE LeCont 3-venue series

Germany Wackersdorf, Spain Alcañiz, France Val d'Argenton

U18 KF3
2010* Thailand Alexander Albon Intrepid TM D Portugal Braga KF3 CIK-FIA World Cup
2009* Italy Giuliano Maria Niceta Top Kart Vortex Vega Italy Sarno-Napoli KF3 CIK-FIA World Cup
1996** Spain Fernando Alonso Mike 1 Parilla B Belgium Genk CIK-FIA Junior World Cup (ICA)
1995** Australia James Courtney Tony Kart Vortex B Portugal Braga CIK-FIA Junior World Cup (ICA)
1994** Italy Giorgio Pantano CRG Rotax CIK-FIA Junior World Cup (ICA)
1993** Italy Ennio Gandolfi Kali Parilla CIK-FIA Junior World Cup (ICA)
1992** Italy Bruno Balocco Mike 1 Parilla Sweden Göteborg CIK-FIA Junior World Cup (ICA)
1991* France Sébastien Philippe Sodikart Dino France Laval CIK-FIA Junior World Cup (ICA)
1990* France Jérémie Dufoure Sodikart Dino France Laval CIK-FIA Junior World Cup (ICA)
1989* Denmark Jan Magnussen Tony Kart Rotax CIK-FIA Junior World Cup (ICA)
1988* Italy Gianluca Malandrucco CRG Parilla Hungary Kecskemét CIK-FIA Junior World Cup (ICA)
1987* Denmark Jan Magnussen Tony Kart Rotax France Laval CIK-FIA Junior World Cup (ICA)
1986* Italy Fabrizio de Simone Birel Parilla Italy Jesolo CIK-FIA Junior World Cup (ICA)
1985* Italy Andrea Gilardi Birel PCR France Le Mans CIK-FIA Junior World Cup (ICA)
1984* Italy Andrea Gilardi Birel PCR France Laval CIK-FIA Junior World Cup (ICA)
1983* Netherlands Frank van Eglem Tecno Kart Parilla Germany Kerpen CIK-FIA Junior World Cup (ICA)
1982* Italy Romeo Deila Birel PCR Italy Parma CIK-FIA Junior World Cup (ICA)
1981* Netherlands Michel Vacirca AllKart PCR Germany Kerpen CIK-FIA Junior World Cup (ICA)
1980 Germany Bernd Schneider Birel Parilla France Le Creusot CIK-FIA Junior World Cup
1979 Switzerland Thomas Glauser Birel Parilla Italy Fano CIK-FIA Junior World Cup
1978 Italy Stefano Modena Birel Parilla Luxembourg Mondercange CIK-FIA Junior World Cup
1977 Italy Paolo Bandinelli Sirio Sirio CIK-FIA Junior World Cup
1976 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Sirio Sirio Switzerland Wohlen CIK-FIA Junior World Cup
1975 Switzerland Adrian Wepfer BM BM Germany Fulda CIK-FIA Junior World Cup
1974 Italy Felice Rovelli Birel Parilla England Rye House, Hoddesdon CIK-FIA Junior World Cup
1973 France Alain Prost Birel Parilla Netherlands Oldenzaal CIK-FIA Junior World Cup
1972 United Kingdom Derek Bliss Zip Komet Denmark Vojens CIK-FIA Junior World Cup
1971 Belgium Marc Wouters Taifun Parilla Germany Horrem CIK-FIA Junior World Cup
1970 United Kingdom Alan Lane Barlotti Komet CIK-FIA Junior World Cup
1969 Sweden D. Carlsson Ilhe Sirio Sweden Kalmar CIK-FIA Junior World Cup
1968 Italy Amedeo Pacitto Tecno BM Carlise Italy Milano Pista Rosa CIK-FIA Junior World Cup

(*) indicates the years the Junior World Championships were (also) held as a Junior World Cup

(**) Note: From 1992 - 1996 the Junior World Championships were held as the CIK-FIA Five Continents Cup Junior A

Secondary Classes World Champions

Formula A World Champions

Year World Champion Chassis Engine Tyre Location Class Stroke
1988 France Emmanuel Collard CRG Rotax France Laval Formula A (Super 100) 100 cc
1989 Denmark Gert Munkholm PCR Atomik France Valence Formula A (Super 100) 100 cc
1990 Italy Danilo Rossi CRG Rotax Italy Jesolo Formula A (Super 100) 100 cc
1991 Italy Alessandro Manetti Tony Kart Rotax B France Le Mans Formula A (Super 100) 100 cc
1992 Italy Nicola Gianniberti Tony Kart Rotax Vega Italy Ugento Formula A (Super 100) 100 cc
1993 France David Terrien Sodi Kart Rotax Vega France Laval Formula A (Super 100) 100 cc
1994 Italy Marco Barindelli HAASE Rotax Vega Argentina Cordoba Formula A (Super 100) 100 cc
1995 Brazil Gastao Fraguas Tony Kart Italsistem B France Valence Formula A (Super 100) 100 cc
1996 France Jean-Christophe Ravier Tony Kart Vortex France Valence Formula A (Super 100) 100 cc
1997 Australia James Courtney Tony Kart Vortex B France Salbris Formula A (Super 100) 100 cc
1998 Brazil Ruben Carrapatoso Tony Kart Vortex Formula A (Super 100) 100 cc
1999 France Franck Perera Tony Kart Vortex Formula A (Super 100) 100 cc
2000 United Kingdom Colin Brown Top Kart Parilla Portugal Braga Formula A (Super 100) 100 cc
SuperKart

Formula E SuperKart World Champions

Year World Champion Chassis Engine Tyre Location Class Stroke
1983 United Kingdom Martin Hines Zip Kart Rotax B 3-venue series

Denmark Jyllandsring, United Kingdom Silverstone & FranceLe Mans-Bugatti

Formula E (SuperKart) 250 cc
1984 Sweden Lennart Bohlin Zip GP Rotax B 4-venue series

South Africa Zwartkop, France Le Mans-Bugatti

Formula E (SuperKart) 250 cc
1985 Denmark Poul V. Petersen PVP Rotax 3-venue series

France Le Mans-Bugatti, Germany Nurburgring, & United Kingdom Silverstone

Formula E (SuperKart) 250 cc
1986 South Africa Wade Nelson Rotax Formula E (SuperKart) 250 cc
1987 France Eric Gassin Rotax 4-venue series

United Kingdom Silverstone, France Le Mans-Bugatti

Formula E (SuperKart) 250 cc
1988 Denmark Poul V. Petersen PVP Rotax France Le Mans Formula E (SuperKart) 250 cc
1989 United Kingdom Tim Parrot Rotax France Le Mans Formula E (SuperKart) 250 cc
1990 United Kingdom Tim Parrot Rotax France Le Mans Formula E (SuperKart) 250 cc
1991 United Kingdom Martin Hines /

Netherlands Perry Grondstra

Zip Kart/ Zip Kart Rotax/ Rotax B/B 3-venue series

Netherlands Assen, Scotland Knockhill & France Le Mans

Formula E (SuperKart) 250 cc
1992 United Kingdom Martin Hines Zip-Eagle Kart Rotax B Formula E (SuperKart) 250 cc
1993 Netherlands Perry Grondstra Rotax B Formula E (SuperKart) 250 cc
1994 Netherlands Perry Grondstra Rotax B Formula E (SuperKart) 250 cc
1995 United Kingdom Trevor Roberts Rotax Formula E (SuperKart) 250 cc

References

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