The 2017 racing calendar is now ready to take centre stage; IPK brings all the technology of its brands out onto the track, combined with the experience of its teams and the competitiveness of the partners with which it collaborates to achieve the best results.
The 2017 programme of the Praga Karts, Formula K and OK1 teams involves participation in the CIK-FIA competitions. The European Championship for the OK and OKJ classes sees the drivers compete over five rounds: Sarno (ITA), Alonso (ESP), Le Mans (FRA), Alahärmä (FIN) and Kristianstad (SWE).
Four races will decide the European title in the KZ class: Sarno (ITA), Genk (BEL), Alonso (ESP) and Kristianstad (SWE).
Lastly, the KZ2 class will be disputed over three rounds: Genk (BEL), Le Mans (FRA) and Kristianstad (SWE).
Speaking of the shifter classes, the most anticipated race of the season will take place in Germany, at Wackersdorf, where drivers will compete for the title of KZ World Champion and the KZ2 International Super Cup. The world championship for the non-shifter OK and OKJ classes, on the other hand, will take place in England, at the PF International circuit.
There are not only the CIK-FIA races; in fact, the IPK works teams have already taken part in the opening WSK races and will also participate in other competitions such as the Rotax Winter Cup, Rotax Euro Series, X30 Euro Series and the DKM German Championship.
To honour all these commitments to the full, over the last few years IPK has expanded its concept of what constitutes a racing division. The goal: to provide its drivers with full support at all the events scattered around the world, no matter how far away from the company’s headquarters.
In countries like Argentina, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, United States, Brazil, Australia and certain European countries, local teams will be supported by works racing team drivers and engineers. Technical support and coaching work significantly improves results; it meets the needs of customers and drivers; it increases the presence of IPK on the race tracks around the world. This organisation of the racing division also allows a greater quantity of data to be collected directly by IPK’s lead engineers, in order to improve the service provided and “customise” it by location and type of competition.
Cash Van Belle is the worldwide head of the racing organisations of IPKs teams and will personally be involved in the CIK-FIA races and Rotax and X30 events in 4 continents. Under the tents of the racing teams, Van Belle will be supported by Gianluca Beggio, the new technical director. The five-time world champion brings extensive great experience in shifter classes, the best of which has developed into the highest level of karting competitiveness. Besides looking after the drivers out on the track, Beggio will provide useful guidance in the development of the material, interfacing directly with the technical department. This set up will allow the Praga Karts, Formula K and OK1 works racing teams to bring maximum development, realised over a short space of time, out onto the track.
Lastly, the increased presence at races all over the world will help IPKarting in its search for talented youngsters to add to its Driver Program, offering them a real opportunity to gain experience in karting and also find a drive in a single-seater, thanks to the close partnership with Cram Motorsport in the Italian F.4 Championship powered by Abarth.
The works drivers for the 2017 season are:
KZ Jeremy Iglesias
KZ Gary Carlton
KZ2 Petr Ptacek
OKJ Francesco Crescente
MINI Michael Paparo
KZ Jorge Pescador
KZ2 Francesco Celenta
KZ2 Edoardo Salmaso
KZ2 Rafael Villanueva
OKJ Carlos Martines
OKJ Xavier Handsaeme