Engine pooling for 2012 World Kart Champs

Nyck De Vries

Reigning World Champion Nyck De Vries in action recently at Sarno. Pic: CIK/KSP

Next year’s CIK-FIA World Karting Championships will incorporate a new formula for the engines used by the competitors.

Unlike the current situation where drivers compete with engines supplied by their team, next year’s championship will see competitors allocated engines by drawing lots from their chosen engine supplier.

Having been implemented for chassis used in the “U18” World Championship at the start of 2010, engine Manufacturers shall expressly enter the World Championship stating that they are engines suppliers and they will put a defined number of identical and sealed engines at the disposal of the Drivers at each of the five rounds of the 2012 season.

When entering the championship, drivers will indicate their engine brand of choice from amongst entered ones, and two engines of the said brand will be allocated to each driver at each event by means of a lottery.

The World KF1 Championship therefore adopts one of the principles which contribute to the success of the other CIK-FIA World Championship, the one reserved for Drivers under 18 years of age. This measure will ensure better sporting equity in the Championship, limit its costs and restore private Drivers’ confidence as to this day they do not have access to the latest engine evolutions and so abstain from running in KF1.

Like this year, the 2012 CIK-FIA World Karting Championship will comprise five events of four races each on the dates outlined below.

2012 CIK-FIA WORLD KF1 CHAMPIONSHIP
April 26-29 – Varennes s/Allier (FRA)
May 17-20 – Suzuka (JPN)
July 18-22 – PF Int’l, Brandon (GBR)
September 6-9 – Sarno (ITA)
October 18-21 – Macau-Coloane (MAC)

2012 CIK-FIA ‘U18’ KARTING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
July 6-8 – Braga (PRT)
August 24-26 – Angerville (FRA)
TBA – Bahrain (BHR)

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