FREE ENGINES AND TYRES IN THE CIK-FIA «U18» WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP!
At its meeting on 11 December 2009 the World Motor Sport Council ratified the calendar of
the new CIK-FIA ‘U18’ Karting World Championship and Karting Academy Trophy. At the same
meeting the World Council decided on the tenders for the sole suppliers to the CIK-FIA Karting
Nicolas Deschaux, who was appointed as the new President of the CIK-FIA in October 2009,
talks here about his first few weeks in the role and comments on the decisions of the World
Council, which will bring in huge cost savings for the sport and its competitors.
Can you describe your start as President of the CIK-FIA?
“At the end of October I came into office, dealt with current affairs and met the members of
the CIK-FIA staff operating in Geneva. I was pleased to find an efficient and competent team.
The first step was to carry through the application of the principles previously adopted by the
CIK-FIA with regard to the direct topics of the forthcoming season and fully in line with this
principle of cost reduction which is of major importance for our sport. I am still in a period of
discovery of the problems involved and of dialogue. I have obviously opened discussions with
the main actors of Karting and shall continue to discuss in particular with the Manufacturers
and Organisers in the coming weeks. Further to these discussions, I shall be in a position to
draw up an inventory of the situation and with the contribution of the Commission we shall
bring out the main lines of conceivable development and top priorities of action.”
In June 2009, the World Council gave the green light to the CIK-FIA to launch a new
World Championship. This has progressed to the next phase with the announcement
of the calendar. How is this programme coming along?
“Most of the 2010 calendar of the CIK-FIA Championships was already voted in October. It
was then a question of granting the so-called traditional Championships, for the Super KF,
KF2, KF3, KZ1 and KZ2 categories, the climax of which will naturally be the World Super KF
Championship, to be held on 19 September at Zuera, in Spain. We still had to propose to the
World Council a calendar for the new “U18” World Championship. A call for candidatures was
issued to the ASNs, and seven circuits declared that they were prepared to host this competi-
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