The Karting World Championship is a kart racing competition organised by the CIK-FIA. It is held annually, and is karting's flagship event. From 2011 the championship has been disputed over five rounds, each of them in a different country.
Kart racing or karting is a variant of motorsport road racing with small, open-wheel, four-wheeled vehicles called karts, go-karts, or gearbox/shifter karts depending on the design. They are usually raced on scaled-down circuits. Karting is commonly perceived as the stepping stone to the higher ranks of motorsports, with former Formula One champions such as Sebastian Vettel, Nico Rosberg, Ayrton Senna, Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher beginning their careers in karting.
The Commission Internationale de Karting is the primary international sanctioning body for kart racing. It was founded in 1962, and is headquartered in Paris, France. In 2000, it joined with the FIA. Its most important event is the Karting World Championship.
The Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile is an association established on 20 June 1904 to represent the interests of motoring organisations and motor car users. To the general public, the FIA is mostly known as the governing body for many auto racing events. The FIA also promotes road safety around the world.
In the late 80s the World Championship was raced with 135 cc Formula K karts. In 2007, a change in regulations introduced the KF1, 125 cc karts equipped with electric starters, clutch and rpm limiters set at 16,000 rpm, to replace the Formula A karts. The 2010 edition was raced with KF2 karts.
KF1 is the top level of karting. It is open to the best drivers aged 15 and up.
KF2, is a kart racing class for top drivers aged 14 and up.
|1988||CRG||Komet||D||Formula K||135 cc|
|1989||CRG||Komet||D||Formula K||135 cc|
|1990||CRG||Rotax||B||Formula K||100 cc|
|1991||Allkart||Parilla||D||Formula K||100 cc|
|2012||Tony Kart||Vortex||B||2-venue series (Suzuka, Macau)||KF|
|2013||Zanardi||TM||Vega||2-venue series (Brandon, Bahrain)||KF|
|2012||Sodikart||WKE||LeCont||3-venue series (Braga, Angerville, Bahrain)||U18|
|2013||Tony Kart||Parilla||LeCont||2-venue series (Sarno, Bahrain)||KF-Junior|
|1986||Tony Kart||Pavesi||Bridgestone||TBA||Formula C|
|1988||All Kart||Pavesi||Dunlop||Formula C||125 cc|
|1989||Kalì||Kali||Dunlop||Formula C||125 cc|
|1990||Birel||Pavesi||Bridgestone||Formula C||125 cc|
|1991||Birel||Pavesi||Dunlop||Formula C||125 cc|
|1994||Tony Kart||Pavesi||Dunlop||TBA||Formula C|
|2006||Tony Kart||Vortex||Vega||Super ICC|
|1988||Formula E (SuperKart)||250 cc|
|1988||Formula A (Super 100)||100 cc|
|1989||Formula E (SuperKart)||250 cc|
|1989||PCR||Atomik||Formula A (Super 100)||100 cc|
|1990||Formula E (SuperKart)||250 cc|
|1990||Formula A (Super 100)||100 cc|
|1991||3-venue series||Formula E (SuperKart)||250 cc|
|1991||Tony Kart||Rotax||Bridgestone||Formula A (Super 100)||100 cc|
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