The second edition of the CIK-FIA “U18” Karting World Championship sees its entry list gain 20% compared to 2010. They will be 83 at the start this year whereas they were only 70 twelve months ago. And this progression is accompanied by a real globalisation of participants as all 5 continents are now represented, as well as a total of 28 countries (compared to 24 in 2010).
While Intrepid is still the make preferred by Drivers, there are as many (11) who will compete at the wheel of a Righetti Ridolfi kart. Sodi is the third brand in terms of entries, and the two new makes at the start, Zanardi and Swiss Hutless, make a convincing entry with respectively 7 and 5 participants. The World Champion make in 2010 thanks to Jake Dennis, Top Kart will also have extra representatives, passing from 3 in 2010 to 7 Drivers this season.
As often in Karting, the Italian delegation will have the largest number of entries with 13 Drivers in the starting-blocks, against 9 for France and 7 for the United Kingdom as well as to Lithuania, which comes as a (pleasant) surprise. And for the first time in the history of the CIK-FIA Karting World Championship, the entry list includes Drivers from the Oman Sultanate, Bahrain and Byelorussia!
The opening of the Championship is scheduled for 8, 9 and 10 July on the new track of Ortona (ITA) but these 15-18 year-old Drivers will be invited to an initial friendly rendez-vous at Jesolo on 3 and 4 June to discover their equipment and impregnate themselves with the special atmosphere of this World Championship of a new kind which was undeniably quite convincing in 2010, so much so that it has appealed to many new competitors!