2019: a year of stability for karting?
There is no revolution expected for this karting season in international and national competitions. The discipline will be able to count on a certain regulatory and sporting stability to strengthen its base at all levels. In a period marked by the tender age of the drivers, we need to wait until 2020 to see the debut of a Mini category to the international definition.
The first international races of 2019 make it possible to sum up the fixtures. In the face of an increasingly busy racing calendar, there was less of a hurry to participate in the opening WSK Promotion event at Adria, whose KZ2 category was absent for once. In 60 Mini the grid was the biggest with an internationalisation of drivers and the presence of substantial budgets. Under the aegis of RGMMC, the IAME Winter Cup at Valencia was revitalised, except in Super Shifter, and the races were splendid.
Although the Lonato Winter Cup did not break its participation record in its 24th edition, it was not far off, especially as a new regulation pushed back the minimum age in Mini Rok from eight to nine years old. With 98 KZ2 drivers, including many young talents, the competition proved challenging as well as exciting to follow. South Garda Karting has started a particularly busy season with milestone events and is strengthening its status as the unofficial centre of karting.
In addition, the rise of the DKM on the international scene and the return of the WSK Euro Series are not without strategy problems for the top level teams. Some factory teams seem to be taking a little distance and are focusing primarily on the FIA Karting events. On the other hand the choice of tyres in national or private series does not always follow that of the FIA, which affects some teams more than others. When money takes precedence over sport, it’s never a good sign.
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