Algoa Kart & Motorcycle Club

Karting Academy Trophy: very attractive changes for the 2016 edition

The CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy begins its 7th season in 2016 with several very
interesting innovations on the programme: a new type of engine, a new chassis and engine
supplier, new tyres and, for the first time, a very significant prize for the winner. More than
ever, the one-make formula of CIK-FIA designed to make access to Karting Competition easier
is very attractive for young talents worldwide. The large number of countries already interested
at the start of the year is proof.

The CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy is a unique Competition of its kind that compares the best hopefuls from around the world on equal terms. Young Drivers aged 13-15 represent their
country at the wheel of one-make karts drawn randomly. With the financial component
relegated to the background, the formula allows the most promising talents of the younger
generation to be revealed.

The 2016 season of the CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy revolves around three Competitions,
integrated into the most prestigious Karting Championships. The Trophy will start in France, in
Aunay les Bois, from April 22nd to 24th, with an additional day of testing on Thursday. It will
then be the turn of Portugal to host the round on June 24th to 26th, the second Competition on
the Portimao circuit, while the conclusion will be held from 2nd to 4th September in Sweden at
Kristianstad during the CIK-FIA World KZ Championship.

The OTK Group won the tender to supply chassis and engines to the CIK-FIA Karting Academy
Trophy Drivers for the next three seasons. From 2016, the engines will comply with the new
OK-Junior regulations, while “Option” type tyres supplied by Vega will be used this year.
For the first time, additional prizes in 2016 make this Competition even more attractive, if it
were needed, affirming the will to encourage the continuation of the international career of the
most promising hopefuls in karting. First, the winner of the CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy will be invited to participate free of charge to CIK-FIA World Junior Championship held in Bahrain in November 2016 with one of the official teams of the OTK group. The CIK-FIA will also offer the top five overall in the Academy Trophy in 2016, free entry to whichever 2017 CIK-FIA Championship they choose. This bonus can be estimated on average as being worth €2,000 per Driver.

Entry to the CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy is through the ASN who will select the Drivers representing their country. In addition to the criteria between 13 and 15 years of age, Drivers should not have been classified among the top 15 of a previous CIK-FIA Junior Championship.

Late last year, when we confirmed with the CIK that we would be taking up our seat, we also asked if there is any possibility of a second seat and while that seems unlikely, at least until close of entries, they did however indicate a separate seat to be available for a young lady driver. So if you are a talented young lady with an achievement record and between the required ages, this could be your chance.  Please bear in mind that the seat/s belong to your ASN, in this case Motor Sport SA and it is therefore the obligation of the ASN to tender their candidate/s.

Should you be interested in participating then, prior to making application we suggest:-

  1. Please ensure that you familiarise yourself with the regulations governing the Academy.
  2. That you are able to meet the financial obligations, which we estimate currently to be around R230,000.00. (Is a guideline only)
  3. That you are able to attend all three of the Academy events.
  4. The candidate must be between the age of 13 and 15.

 

The first event of 2016 will be held in France between the 21-24 of April, slightly earlier than previously, it is therefore important that our candidate/s are advised timeously given that entries close on the 4th of March 2016.

If you would like to participate in the Academy, remember we only have one seat available, you should submit your application to the MSA Karting Commission by no later than Monday the 25th of January 2016. Your application should be motivated as to why you are the ideal candidate and include a CV of sporting achievements, as well as an assurance that if chosen you will be in a position to participate in all three rounds. You applications should be mailed to Allison@motorsport.co.za and copied to Joy@sakra.co.za.

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