The CIK-FIA started 2013 in dignified fashion by rewarding the 2013 Champions on 19th January in Paris,not far from the FIA headquarters. Opened in the presence of the FIA President, Jean Todt, the ceremony honoured nearly 30 award-winners.
Five British drivers won international championships in 2012:
- George Russell – European KF3 Champion
- Ben Barnicoat – European KF2 Champion
- Henry Easthope – U18 World Champion
- Jordon Lennox-Lamb – KZ2 World Cup
- Lee Harpham – European Superkart Champion
Tom Joyner won four races from the World KF1 Championship and finished 2nd in the points and Super One regular Jehan Daruvala from India won the Asia-Pacific KF3 Championship.
Some 175 guests attended the gala, and they were also called upon to vote for the photograph of the year. A picture taken by Philippe Kalmès, of the KSP agency, was selected.
Two other special prizes were awarded during the ceremony: the Honorific Trophy for the Most Outstanding Contribution to Karting, awarded posthumously to Ernest C. Buser who was President of the CIK from 1978 to 1999, and the Trophy for the Best Event of the 2012 CIK Season, which went to PF International.
Circuit owner, Paul Fletcher, attended the evening and was presented with the trophy by the President of the CIK- FIA, Shaikh Abdulla.
Trent Valley Kart Club’s Chairman, Nigel Edwards also attending the prestigious occasion and commented “An absolute 100% endorsement from the highest level that the PFI facility (and the TVKC organisation) is the best in the World! Paul deserves a massive thank you for his undiminished support of Karting both in drive, enthusiasm and financial support – he has made PFI a ‘World Leader’ in our great sport of Karting – bring on the 2013 CIK-FIA KF World Championships!”
The pairing of PFi and TVKC are set to host the 2013 CIK-FIA KF World Championship on 1st September and will, no doubt, be out to impress once again!