With its format comprising at each weekend two races where points are allocated, the CIK-FIA Academy Trophy proposes a different schedule from that of the U18 World Championship which shares the bill with it as, officially representing the colours of their countries, these young Drivers between 13 and 15 years old are fighting one another at the wheel of perfectly identical Parolin-FIM units.
With four different winners in the four races already held, the Trophy has totally demonstrated its level of competitivity, and the Sarno final of 4 to 6 November looks very promising.
Both race winners in Essay, Monaco’s Charles Leclerc and the Brit Benjamin Barnicoat seized this opportunity to take their distances in the Championship. These two Drivers will therefore start as favourites, more especially as Charles Leclerc has since landed the World Cup for KF3 (13-15 year-old Juniors) held at… Sarno!
But other competitors are determined to play their cards until the end. Such is the case of the Spaniard Mikel Azcona, of the Greek repeater Fillipos Kalesis (3rd last year), of the two Finns Juho Valtanen and Aatu Moilanen, as well as of the Frenchman Dorian Boccolacci. Had the latter not been excluded from the second race in Essay because he was weighed under the regulatory weight limit, he is the one who would have arrived at Sarno in the lead of the competition. Being 47 points behind whereas 100 are still to be allocated, Dorian knows that his chances are indeed limited. But this young talent who has just had his 13th birthday is adamant that he will fight until the last metre so as to confirm that he is part of Karting’s up-and-coming generation!
At the foot of the Vesuvius, one will also keep an eye on the other Drivers who have already been on the podium this year and in particular Albany’s Aleksander Ndrio, winner of one race at Ortona, and the Russian Vsevolod Gagen. Finally, having been brilliant at the beginning of the Ortona weekend, the French girl Lucile Cypriano (winner of the selection carried out by the FIA “Women in Motor Sport” Commission) also wishes to illustrate herself at the end of this season. There will obviously be high competition at Sarno and the spectacle promises to be total.