International Masters' Super Cup - KZ2, what is it?

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After the last World Motor Sport Council, the FIA has made official the inclusion of the Masters' Cup in the schedule of the Le Mans World Championship (1-4 September 2022). Let's find out what it is all about.

For some, the Federation's new venture might seem like something of a "side category", while for others it is a real opportunity to compete or return to competition in the best setting of the sporting season. 

Starting from the basic concept, the brand new "International Masters' Super Cup" will be the category reserved exclusively for drivers aged 35 and over, with various technical precautions, however, to be respected and to get used to. 
The format as it stands could be similar to that of the KZN Over, which has already existed for some time, for example, in the Italian Championship and in many other formats in the various categories and one-make series. A very similar concept with the big difference of the stage, that is Le Mans and the weekend that will award the World Championship titles next September. 

From the first information given by the FIA, the "Master's" will not join the KZ2 classification as first suspected, but will be a separate category with a maximum of 36 entrants (entries open from now). 

Technical features
Unlike normal KZ2, the Master's Cup will have an increase of 5kg on the overall weight, which has been brought to 180kg for the occasion. For the rest, the regulations will remain unchanged. The supply of the tyres chosen will be branded LeCont (SV Prime for slicks and SV1 for wet).

Did International Karting need this?
Certainly a category of this kind opens or reopens the doors to many drivers who continue to follow their passion and go fast on the track, on a demanding "centrifuge" style vehicle like KZ. From the words of the Federation itself, besides wanting to respond to the many requests over time, the will is to appreciate and enhance the characteristics of all drivers, especially in a category open from 15 years onwards, which inevitably lowers the average age and probably also a "competitiveness threshold". It will be interesting to see who will be written in and above all whether the top teams will reserve a place for the new challenge launched by the FIA. Further details will follow. 

S.C.  
Photo: FIA Karting Media KSP

Created by: scorradengo - 22/03/22

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