A look back through the archives of Karting magazine
From its beginnings in 1964 right through until 1985 the CIK World Karting Championship was always held in mainland Europe. In 1986 there was an attempt to take it to the United States, the birthplace of karting, but the meeting was a disaster with the European drivers boycotting the event on safety grounds once they saw the circuit. It took another eight years before another attempt was made to host the premier event outside Europe. This time the venue was to be Cordoba in Argentina. Despite pre-event skepticism the event was a huge success and I was lucky enough to be there. All the equipment had to come by air (imagine cabin overhead lockers stuffed with engines) or be shipped out months in advance, and no prior testing had been allowed on the resurfaced track so privateers at least had a chance of challenging the works teams.
In Formula A Marco Barindelli of Italy and Aranaud Sarrazin of France were clear of the field when Barindelli slowed dramatically as he had taken the top off his fuel reservoir tank and had doused himself in petrol! Sarrazin was now set for the win. Inexplicably however he slid off the track on his own with just a few laps remaining allowing Barindelli to take the honours.
Formula Super A was even more dramatic. Britain’s great hope Michael Simpson and Italy’s Alessandro Manetti occupied the front row for the Prefinal but an incident just a few corners in saw them both off. Simpson restarted but Manetti opted to sit the race out and save his tyres for the feature. Starting at the back in that race the Italian was unstoppable and, amazingly, by the last lap was challenging fellow countryman Natale Maggio for the lead! Maggio tried to shut the door, but with Manetti in a better position it was Maggio who lost out most when they collided and Manetti took the title. The entertainment continued at the airport when one of the British mechanics took exception to a local queue-barging and mentioned the Falklands War! He was swiftly frog-marched away and was only allowed to board the flight as the doors were closing, with his tail definitely between his legs…