Kart World Championship

HISTORY

KART WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

2005/2006/2007

The first editions of the Kart World Championship were held in Phoenix, Arizona, USA, at the F1 Racing Factory track. In 2005, the inaugural edition was won by Austrian Werner Trügler. His fellow countryman Alex Gumpenberger won in 2006, with Brazilian Rodrigo Faulhaber victorious in 2007.

KART WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

2005/2006/2007

The first editions of the Kart World Championship were held in Phoenix, Arizona, USA, at the F1 Racing Factory track. In 2005, the inaugural edition was won by Austrian Werner Trügler. His fellow countryman Alex Gumpenberger won in 2006, with Brazilian Rodrigo Faulhaber victorious in 2007.

 

KART WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

2008

In 2008 we travelled to Europe for the first time, to Worldkarts in Kortrijk, Belgium. The Championship was split into two categories, with Belgian drivers Gregory Laporte and Mathias Grooten, claiming the World Championship titles in the 70kg and 90kg categories respectively. BlueStar Racing team “Hong Kong” won the inaugural Nations Cup Endurance race.

KART WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

2008

In 2008 we travelled to Europe for the first time, to Worldkarts in Kortrijk, Belgium. The Championship was split into two categories, with Belgian drivers Gregory Laporte and Mathias Grooten, claiming the World Championship titles in the 70kg and 90kg categories respectively. BlueStar Racing team “Hong Kong” won the inaugural Nations Cup Endurance race.

KART WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

2009

In 2009, the KWC edition was held in the city of Macaé, in Rio de Janeiro. The race track was specially built by Petrobras, in a convention center within a 30-day period. The 16-year-old Brazilian, Maxwell Jansley, won the title and was also champion with the Larimax team in the Nations Cup.

KART WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

2010

In 2010 the event travelled back to its roots in Phoenix, USA, and young Belgian talent Kenny Geldhof claimed his first World Championship title. BlueStar Racing Team won the Nations Cup again with Geldhof, Borremans, Laporte and De Jong in their line-up.

KART WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

2009

In 2009, the KWC edition was held in the city of Macaé, in Rio de Janeiro. The race track was specially built by Petrobras, in a convention center within a 30-day period. The 16-year-old Brazilian, Maxwell Jansley, won the title and was also champion with the Larimax team in the Nations Cup.

KART WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

2011

In 2011 Belgium hosted the KWC again, with a record 187-driver grid at the kart track of Eupener Karting. Kenny Geldhof extended his World title, and became the first double World Champion. The Belgians of Vantrico beat the favourites to a shock Nations Cup victory.

KART WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

2010

In 2010 the event travelled back to its roots in Phoenix, USA, and young Belgian talent Kenny Geldhof claimed his first World Championship title. BlueStar Racing Team won the Nations Cup again with Geldhof, Borremans, Laporte and De Jong in their line-up.

KART WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

2012

Germany hosted its first Kart World Championship in 2012, at the Daytona Kartbahn facility in Essen. A thrilling battle between local star driver Maximilian Beer and Belgian Robin Borremans went down to the wire, with the Belgian coming out on top for his first big international title. Nations Cup win went to the locals of Daytona Racing Team.

KART WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

2011

In 2011 Belgium hosted the KWC again, with a record 187-driver grid at the kart track of Eupener Karting. Kenny Geldhof extended his World title, and became the first double World Champion. The Belgians of Vantrico beat the favourites to a shock Nations Cup victory.

KART WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

2012

Germany hosted its first Kart World Championship in 2012, at the Daytona Kartbahn facility in Essen. A thrilling battle between local star driver Maximilian Beer and Belgian Robin Borremans went down to the wire, with the Belgian coming out on top for his first big international title. Nations Cup win went to the locals of Daytona Racing Team.

KART WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

2013

The premium indoor karting facility of RaceHall in Aarhus, Denmark was the host for the 2013 event. This year we had the special participation of multi-champion kart racer and former formula 1 driver Giorgio Pantano from Italy. In this edition of the KWC, the indoor drivers competed against many professional drivers outdoors, and they all showed great speed. It was Robin Borremans however, copying Geldhof’s trick by extending his World title, beating Portuguese driver Felipe Vieira. In the Nations Cup, once again, Bluestar Racing Team claimed its 3rd victory.

KART WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

2014

Back in South America in 2014, the KWC was held in Campinas, São Paulo, on the FIA/CIK outdoor track of Nova Odessa . For the first time ever, we chose an outdoor track on which 13hp karts were used. Brazilian Maurício Pereira took the title in the final race.

KART WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

2015

In 2015, the KWC moved to Pgkart indoor, in Camerano, Italy. The track used state-of-the-art KZR Padle gearbox karts tuned with 18HP. The Belgian Mathias Grooten won the title by a comfortable margin, finally becoming a two-time KWC champion after being in the mix for many years. In the Nations Cup, the Hola Lulu team won by passing a Brazilian team 5 laps before the end of the race.

KART WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

2016

In 2016, the event stayed in Italy, but this time in Martinsicuro. Dutch drivers took control of the competition, with 16 year old Rico Haarbosch winning the title in the last race on his birthday. The Dutch Value Team became that year’s Nations Cup champion.

KART WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

2017

In 2017, the KWC was held at Karting Rivas in Madrid, Spain. In this competition, we used 13hp Dino Karts on a two-story outdoor track. The 2017 event had 180 drivers from 23 different countries, where the Dutch world number 1, Ruben Boutens won his well deserved title after finishing on the podium five times between 2009 and 2016. On the podium he was flanked by his BlueStar teammates after a dominant performance.

KART WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

2018

The Silver Hotel Kart Center in Szcezcin Poland, hosted the 2018 KWC. Many strong drivers from the European countries battled for the crown, but is was Ruben Boutens joining the elite club of double World Champions! On the podium he was joined by Klek & Haarbosch.

KART WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

2019

The United States hosted the KWC again in 2019, this time around at Victory Lane karting in Charlotte! The Germans moved to the front, and finally went home with the big trophies! Michael Schöttler was crowned World Champion, flanked by his countrymen Höller and Bräutigam on the podium. The Nations Cup title also went to Germany!

KART WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

2020

Due to the global pandemic of covid-19, there were no KWC’s in 2020 and 2021.

KART WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

2021

Due to the global pandemic of covid-19, there were no KWC’s in 2020 and 2021.

KART WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

2022

The outdoor track of Kartodromo de Viana in Portugal was the center stage for the first KWC since the covid-break. Almost 150 drivers from around the globe raced for glory, but it was a first title for Spain, with Jon Del Valle putting in a fantastic performance! The Nations Cup title went to France, from Selestat Kart Indoor.

KART WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

2013

The premium indoor karting facility of RaceHall in Aarhus, Denmark was the host for the 2013 event. This year we had the special participation of multi-champion kart racer and former formula 1 driver Giorgio Pantano from Italy. In this edition of the KWC, the indoor drivers competed against many professional drivers outdoors, and they all showed great speed. It was Robin Borremans however, copying Geldhof’s trick by extending his World title, beating Portuguese driver Felipe Vieira. In the Nations Cup, once again, Bluestar Racing Team claimed its 3rd victory.

KART WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

2014

Back in South America in 2014, the KWC was held in Campinas, São Paulo, on the FIA/CIK outdoor track of Nova Odessa . For the first time ever, we chose an outdoor track on which 13hp karts were used. Brazilian Maurício Pereira took the title in the final race. In the Nations Cup, team Mota were victorious.

KART WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

2015

In 2015, the KWC moved to Pgkart indoor, in Camerano, Italy. The track used state-of-the-art KZR Padle gearbox karts tuned with 18HP. The Belgian Mathias Grooten won the title by a comfortable margin, finally becoming a two-time KWC champion after being in the mix for many years. In the Nations Cup, the Hola Lulu team won by passing a Brazilian team 5 laps before the end of the race.

KART WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

2016

In 2016, the event stayed in Italy, but this time in Martinsicuro. Dutch drivers took control of the competition, with 16 year old Rico Haarbosch winning the title in the last race on his birthday. The Dutch Value Team became that year’s Nations Cup champion.

KART WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

2017

In 2017, the KWC was held at Karting Rivas in Madrid, Spain. In this competition, we used 13hp Dino Karts on a two-story outdoor track. The 2017 event had 180 drivers from 23 different countries, where the Dutch world number 1, Ruben Boutens won his well deserved title after finishing on the podium five times between 2009 and 2016. On the podium he was flanked by his BlueStar teammates after a dominant performance.

KART WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

2018

The Silver Hotel Kart Center in Szcezcin Poland, hosted the 2018 KWC. Many strong drivers from the European countries battled for the crown, but is was Ruben Boutens joining the elite club of double World Champions! On the podium he was joined by Klek & Haarbosch.

KART WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

2019

The United States hosted the KWC again in 2019, this time around at Victory Lane karting in Charlotte! The Germans moved to the front, and finally went home with the big trophies! Michael Schöttler was crowned World Champion, flanked by his countrymen Höller and Bräutigam on the podium. The Nations Cup title also went to Germany!

KART WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

2020

Due to the global pandemic of covid-19, there were no KWC’s in 2020 and 2021.

KART WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

2021

Due to the global pandemic of covid-19, there were no KWC’s in 2020 and 2021.

KART WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

2022

The outdoor track of Kartodromo de Viana in Portugal was the center stage for the first KWC since the covid-break. Almost 150 drivers from around the globe raced for glory, but it was a first title for Spain, with Jon Del Valle putting in a fantastic performance! The Nations Cup title went to France, from Selestat Kart Indoor.

KART WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

2023

After 15 years kwc goes back to Worldkarts Kortrijk, one of the favorite stages for world famous Bluestar Racing.

It was no surprise to see team Bluestar ned picking the win at nations cup, followed by also dutch team talent factory, and local belgium team hula lulu.

But for the individual, the script didn´t follow predictions. 2022 world champion, spaniard Jon Del Valle was one of the first drivers to arrive for practice sessions. His determination payed off by overcoming dutch and belgium contenders and winning his second title in a row with a one point margin over the extraordinary junior driver and soon to be a world champ Vica Schledz. Ruben Boutens, Rico Haarbosch, and Arnaud Teuwen completed the Overall podium.

In the masters category it was the time for Ian Andersen from Faroe Islands to silently rise the danish crowd. Jonathan Bert founder of karting skin race suits finished second, and Carsten Sparholt completed the podium for the danish.

In women category it was Selina Balneger that reclaimed the throne after the interruption of her straight championships in Portugal by Esmee de Vilder. Special podium with her sister Nadia Balneger in third and Esmee in second.

Vica setled for the juniors title for the second time in a row and placed the junior bar at a very high standard. Victor Poire and Max Op Den Kamp completed the podium. another impressive driver was 12 year old Tomek Bernadowski, that was the youngest driver to win a race in the world championship, and made it to the semifinal.

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