European KZ Categories and Academy Visit Genk This Weekend
Four Americans enter first events of the 2014 CIK-FIA season with trip to Belgium
New protagonists ready to take part in the European championships of karting. After the first two rounds of the European CIK-FIA KF and KFJ championship, which took place in Italy and Spain, the KZ and KZ2 categories make their debut in the 2014 season, together with the season opener of the Academy Trophy. The appointment is on schedule next weekend, on the 1,350 metres of the Belgian track in Genk. The tight schedule of the event includes also the third round of the European KF Championship, another top event of the weekend. There are 243 entrants to the event starting on next 12th June with free practice. Qualifying and heats are on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th, while the Finals are scheduled on Sunday 15th.
Lots of races on video
The usual media coverage will be deployed in Belgium too. The live streaming of Sunday’s races produced by WSK Promotion will be available on www.cikfiachampionship.com and www.cikfia.tv. The broadcast will start with the drivers’ parade and will continue until the Finals. The usual TV appointments are on 18th June, with the delayed broadcast of the Finals on Rai Sport 2, and on Friday 20th, with the special TV report with the recap of the whole weekend aired by the same channel.
Great duels expected in all the categories
Even though the reigning European and World Champion of the category, Max Verstappen, moved to the European F3, KZ can still boast a long list of talented protagonists. There are many title holder drivers: the Italian Marco Ardigò (Tony Kart-Vortex) and Davide Forè (CRG-TM), the Dutch Bas Lammers (FK-Parilla), the Belgian Jonathan Thonon (Praga-Parilla), the French Arnaud Kozlinski (Intrepid-TM) are only few of the most renowned names of champions taking part in the competition. Also the Norwegian Emil Antonsen (DR-TM), reigning European KZ2 Champion, joined the KZ Championship. In KZ2 great performances are expected from the Swedish Joel Johansonn (Righetti-Parilla), the Italian Marco Zanchetta (Maranello-TM) and the Czech Jan Midrla (Birel-TM). The Turkish Berkay Besler (Parolin-FIM) is going to be one of the protagonists of the Academy Trophy – he placed third in 2013 -. In KF the Danish Nicklas Nielsen (Kosmic-Vortex) is the man to beat. He leads the championship standing together with the British Lando Norris (FA Kart-Vortex).
Americans Set to Represent
Gary Carlton will make his CIK-FIA return as he joins the Italian TBkart operation to contest the KZ2 category, powered by a Modena Engines powerplant. Daniel Formal (CRG-Maxter), a four-time US Rotax Grand Nationals champion, is also returning to the KZ2 European championships, racing under the Costa Rican flag. This time is under the CRG SpA factory team after contesting the opening two rounds of the Rotax Euro Challenge with the operation.
The Academy program will see two Americans this year after a two year stint by Tazio Torregiani. Virginia driver Jarred Cordova and Florida pilot Michael Benyahia will carry the Red, White and Blue this year, each making their first European start.