Besides the success of the three-day test held at Circuito Internazionale di Siena, with more than 100 drivers testing the entire range of chassis, ART Grand Prix Open Days was the opportunity for the team management headed by Armando Filini to award drivers and team members alike who stood out during the 2013 karting season.
First to be awarded was Ben Hanley, for his role as factory driver and driver coach, then also Charles Leclerc, Tiago Vilacqua, Massimo Mazzali (first in the Italian Championship) and Mirko Torsellini.
Also, ART Grand Prix honoured its various partners, collaborators, dealers and distributors around the world, among them the Russian and Brazilian distributors, the latter particularly deserving for allowing ART Grand Prix to be the only European manufacturer able to homologate in Brazil.
Looking at the factory team for 2014, Ben Hanley and Mirko Torsellini will continue to race for ART Grand Prix in gearbox categories; Sergio Sette Camara and Yifan Xia will move up to KF, while Adam Haikal from Indonesia will take part in KFJ, with more drivers likely to join the team in the direct-drive classes. Also, ART Grand Prix will continue its collaboration with TM Racing in the gearbox categories, and with Czech engine tuner Machac in KF.
ART Grand Prix also announced a brand new team dedicated to Rotax Max series headed by Lorenzo Balzan and its direct technical support with a range of chassis specifically developed for these categories.