Record numbers for the Italian ACI Karting 2023 Championship

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Excellent start also for the new OK-N and OK-NJ. Approximately 250 drivers are expected in the opening of the Tricolore at the Cremona Circuit with the federal categories: MINI, OK-N, OK-N Junior, KZ2, KZN Under and Over.

Rome, May 12, 2023. Great start for the 2023 Italian ACI Karting Championship in the first race at the Cremona Circuit from 18-21 May with about 250 participants in the MINI Gr.3, MINI Gr.3 Under 10, OK-N, OK-N Junior, KZ2, KZN Under and KZN Over. In particular, the debut of the two new categories, OK-N and OK-N Junior, is excellent, with around 55 drivers participating and expected to increase in the upcoming events. After many years, the Italian ACI Karting Championship is back in the spotlight, with the exclusive participation of federal categories as part of the new project strongly desired by the ACI Karting Commission.

OK-N and OK-N Junior have a great debut.
The turnout in all categories was very positive, but what characterizes the 2023 season is the introduction of OK-N and OK-N Junior in the Tricolore, which are the two new federal categories established internationally by the FIA and immediately adopted in Italy by ACI Sport. They made a strong debut at the Cremona Circuit with approximately 55 drivers and more entries are expected in the upcoming races, such as the imminent entry of the AKM Antonelli Motorsport team. These two categories will also have an international stage, with the OK and OKJ World Championship event scheduled from 5 to 8 October at Franciacorta in the "Road to OK-N World Cup" event, leading to the prestigious OK-N World Cup in the FIA Karting World Championship in 2024.

Impressive starting grids in MINI, KZ2 and KZN.
The Cremona Circuit will have impressive starting grids in all categories, starting from the MINI Gr.3 and the youngest participants in the Under 10 category. The KZ2 category is also strong, with many top drivers eager to compete in the Italian Championship, including Cristian Bertuca, Alex Maragliano, Alessio Piccini, Ebner Moritz, Daniel Vasile, Alex Irlando, Davide Forè and many other international karting protagonists. The two categories KZN Under and KZN Over, are also well represented, with drivers competing in a championship composed of three events: after Cremona on 21 May, they will race at La Conca on 18 June and at Sarno on 27 August.

The program
Free practice, for all eligible classes, is prohibited from Monday to Wednesday preceding the race and will start on Thursday of race week.
Thursday, May 18th: Free practice. Sporting scrutineering from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
Friday, May 19th: Free practice, Official free practice, Qualifying practice.
Saturday, May 20th: Qualifying heats, Second-chance heats.
Sunday, May 21st: Race 1 and Race 2.

Results, Live Timing, Live Streaming: https://www.acisport.it/it/CIK/

The Italian ACI Karting Championship 2023:
1st round – May 21 – Cremona Circuit, San Martino del Lago (Cremona)

MINI Gr.3, OK-N, OK-N Junior, KZ2, KZN

2nd round – June 18 – La Conca, Muro Leccese (Lecce)
MINI Gr.3, OK-N, OK-N Junior, KZ2, KZN

3rd round – July 16 – Kartodromo Val Vibrata, Sant’Egidio alla Vibrata (Teramo)
MINI Gr.3, OK-N, OK-N Junior, KZ2, Legend

4th rounda – August 27 – Circuito Internazionale Napoli, Sarno (Salerno)
MINI Gr.3, OK-N, OK-N Junior, KZ2, KZN

5th round – September 24 – Franciacorta Karting Track, Castrezzato (Brescia).
MINI Gr.3, OK-N, OK-N Junior, KZ2, OK, OKJ

MONEY PRIZE: EURO 60.000,00
In 2023, money prizes are also established for the top three positions in the final standings of the Italian Championship. The total prize money has been increased by €20,000.00 compared to the previous edition, now totalling €60,000.00, divided as follows:
OK-N Junior: 1st place €7,500.00; 2nd place €4,000.00; 3rd place €2,000.00.
OK-N: 1st place €7,500.00; 2nd place €4,000.00; 3rd place €2,000.00.
KZ2: 1st place €4,000.00; 2nd place €2,000.00; 3rd place €1,000.00.
KZ2 Under 18 (not cumulative with KZ2 prizes): 1st place €3,000.00; 2nd place €2,000.00; 3rd place €1,000.00.
MINI Gr.3: 1st place €3,500.00; 2nd place €2,000.00; 3rd place €1,000.00.
MINI Gr.3 Under 10: 1st place €3,500.00; 2nd place €2,000.00; 3rd place €1,000.00.
KZN Under: 1st place €2,000.00; 2nd place €1,000.00; 3rd place €500.00.
KZN Over: 1st place €2,000.00; 2nd place €1,000.00; 3rd place €500.00.

THE TITLES.
- Italian Karting Drivers Champion KZ2
- Italian Karting Drivers Champion KZ2 U.18
- Italian Karting Drivers Champion MINI Gr.3
- Italian Karting Drivers Champion MINI Gr.3 U10
- Italian Karting Drivers Champion KZN (Under - Over)
- Italian Karting Drivers Champion OK-N Junior
- Italian Karting Drivers Champion OK-N
- Italian Karting Drivers Champion 100 Legend and Over 40
- Italian Karting Drivers Champion 125 Legend and Over 40

LIVE TV - GAZZETTA DELLO SPORT AND CORRIERE DELLO SPORT.
ACI Sport's communication program for the 2023 Italian Championship includes, as usual, live TV coverage on ACI Sport TV (SKY channel 228), live streaming and on-demand coverage on the website www.acisport.it, live coverage on the Facebook page of the Italian ACI Karting Championship.
Television services will be featured in the ACI Sport Magazine on RAI Sport, national broadcasters, web platforms, and regional broadcasters nationwide. Broadcasts will also be available on MS Motor TV, SKY channel 229.
Event reports will be published on the website https://www.acisport.it/it/CIK/home and on the Facebook page of the Italian ACI Karting Championship, along with photo galleries and press releases for each event, which will be sent to the most important national and international industry publications.
An important presence is also planned in the national sports newspapers Gazzetta dello Sport and Corriere dello Sport for all five rounds of the Italian Championship.

INFO: https://www.acisport.it/it/CIK/

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Press Release by: ACI Sport - 16/05/23

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