By Karting1 ~ April 16th, 2012. Filed under: Kart Racing News.
PFi extended their track and Varennes had invested in launching a massive promotional campaign in preperation for hosting the 2012 world Karting Championship. Unfortunately their monumental effort has come to nothing as the CIK confirm they are ditching the European based rounds of the 2012 World Karting Championship, in a bid to save it.
“However, when it came to collecting the written entry applications, many promises flew away.”
Already concerned about low interest for the championship, the CIK were forced to introduce new regulations. Hoping a multi-make engine lottery system would encourage more private entries as well as keep the manufacturers happy, the CIK stated broken promises have forced them into ditching the European rounds. The Vice-President of the CIK-FIA, Kees van de Grint said “This World Championship has been the subject of many consultations over the last months and the CIK-FIA has designed it in accordance with the expectations of most Manufacturers, who were convinced that it was the way to go. In December 2011, four engine Manufacturers stated that they fully intended to enter, and so did several Teams depending directly or not on the Manufacturers. However, when it came to collecting the written entry applications, many promises flew away.
“…they would not participate in the competition if a minimum of 25 starters could not be reached.”
The decision to ditch the European rounds and keep the Asian rounds is because those rounds are allowed wildcard entries which help boost the grid to the required 25 karts.
The CIK said “On the back of receiving 16 entries and of the World Council’s green light to confirm the World Championship despite this small number of participants, the FIA and CIK, only a few days before the date scheduled for the publication of the entry list, had to deplore the announcement by the three main Manufacturers concerned (who represent 12 Drivers) that they would not participate in the competition if a minimum of 25 starters could not be reached.”
“Varennes, for example, had launched a vast promotion campaign at the local and regional levels and succeeded in obtaining the support of several communities and authorities.”
They continued “Without yet cancelling the 2012 CIK-FIA World KF1 Championship, the CIK-FIA is therefore compelled to delete its three European events scheduled for Varennes (France), PF International (Great Britain) and Sarno (Italy). As the sporting regulations of the Championship stipulate that the Asian events of Suzuka and Macau can be reinforced by local participation, these two rounds could be maintained thanks to a large enough field. The CIK and FIA will shortly take a decision regarding the events scheduled for Japan and Macau.”
The President of the CIK-FIA, Shaikh Abdulla, said “This situation is particularly harsh for international Karting and for the Organisers who for months had focussed on the preparation of their meeting, some of them having even made very big investments to host this World Championship. In addition to further improving its infrastructures, Varennes, for example, had launched a vast promotion campaign at the local and regional levels and succeeded in obtaining the support of several communities and authorities. And the PF International circuit owner has gone as far as extending its track by over 300 metres in view of the World Championship. At its next meeting, the CIK Commission will study in detail the elements and responsibilities which have led to this very prejudicial situation for Karting, and a report will be sent to the FIA World Motor Sport Council.”
Critics have questioned why the European rounds couldn’t have had wildcard entries too which may have helped boost grids for the now cancelled rounds.
The KF2 & KF3 European championship rounds are still confirmed to go ahead as planned.