1. Ferenc Kancsar, Hungary
I don’t think anyone can disagree that Ferenc deserves a place on this list. He was a domestic, European and World Champion in the DD2 class and I think he’d beat anyone in the World in the form he’s in at the moment.
He breezed the BNL Karting Series this year going unbeaten for almost the entire season. He beat CRG Factory Driver Paolo De Conto to the Rotax Euro Challenge title before rounding off his season with World Finals victory in Portimao, where he went unbeaten all weekend! Statistically he’s certainly the best driver in the World at the moment!
2. Flavio Camponeschi, Italy
The Factory Tony Kart Driver came back stronger than ever this year after what was a slightly disappointing 2014. He won perhaps the hardest of them all, the CIK-FIA KZ European Championship beating his teammate Marco Ardigo to the title. Along with that he won the WSK Gold Cup and finished 5th in the WSK Super Master Series.
His success and dominance this year has made him a poster boy of the sport and arguably the best KZ driver in the World on his day. I’m sure there a plenty of factories who would love to poach him, but it’s CRG who have managed to tempt him away from Tony Kart. Will he reign again this year?
3. Richard Verschoor, Netherlands
At the tender age of just 14 years old Richard moved up to the KF class this year with RB Racing. Going up against people a lot older and more experienced than him and with factory team’s no one would have expected him to do as well as he did.
Richard finished 3rd in the CIK-FIA European KF Championship and followed that up with 6th place at the World Championship. People had to keep reminding themselves just how young he was; he is certainly a star of the future!
4. Rinus van Kalmthout, Netherlands
In 2014 Rinus had what you’d call a very average year in Junior Max, his name would mostly be hidden within the mid pack of the results so when he moved into the Senior Class you would expect something pretty similar, if not worse!
But Rinus proved everyone wrong, even himself I imagine and was pound for pound one of the fastest Senior Max drivers in the World this year. He finished 3rd in the BNL Championship and 2nd in the Rotax Euro Challenge, super consistent and very quick!
5. Marta Garcia Lopez, Spain
If there’s going to be a female in F1 any time soon my money’s on Marta Garcia to be that person. She had a fantastic season this year winning the level playing field European Championship, the CIK Academy, taking two out of the three victories.
She finished 4th in the KF Junior CIK-FIA European Championship after a disastrous round one. She also had various top ten finishes in the WSK events and was picked up by Ferrari and invited to the teams factory in Maranello for an experience of a lifetime.
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