This year's CIK-FIA European KZ & KZ2 Karting Championships kick off in France this weekend with young Kiwi karter Marcus Armstrong one of 27 of the world's top kart drivers lining up to contest the premier KZ class title.
The meeting is being held at the Circuit International D'Aunay in Normandy in northern France with Armstrong, at just 15-years-of-age, one of the youngest competitors in the 6-speed gearbox/125cc KZ category.
Heading the entry list in the KZ class is defending title-holder, Italian Flavio Camponeschi (CRG/Parilla/Vega), with last year's KZ2 class title holder Joel Johansson (Righetti-Ridolfi/TM/Vega) from Sweden also expected to feature in his move to the KZ class.
Set to provide competition is a who's who of the European karting world including Armstrong's works Tony Kart teammate, Marco Ardigo (Tony Kart/Vortex/Vega) and fellow three-time former World Karting Champion Davide Fore (Righetti Ridolfi/TM/Vega) from Italy, and 2012 KZ2 World Cup winner Jordan Lennox-Lamb (Birel/Parilla/Vega) from Great Britain.
Practice at the Essay track begins for the KZ and KZ2 classes tomorrow (Friday) with qualifying and heat races on Saturday and Pre-Finals and Finals on Sunday,
This year's CIK-FIA European titles will be contested over three rounds, the second in Spain in May and third in Belgium in July.
The Finals day will be livestreamed from http://www.cikfia.tv/live-tv.html