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Karting's Got Talent

by Ryan Stringfield
Posted April 13, 2010 at 11:39 am Karting

Championship Karting International (CKI) and the Bondurant School of High-Performance Driving have put together a new support program for karters entitled “Karting’s Got Talent”.

The program is designed to help young drivers, who are between the age of 12 and 15, fund their karting/motorsport programs.  Twelve drivers will be selected by a panel of judges to take part in the program.  In order to be eligible drivers must first submit an application online or at a CKI event.  The chosen recipients will receive support from CKI that includes driving gear from Alpine Stars, Vicci apparel, Bridgestone tires, VP race fuel, Motul lubricants and decals from DecalWorks.

The overall winner of the program will receive a fully-funded ride in the 2011 Championship Karting International championship.

Overall, I like the program and it seems like the CKI officials are really pushing to help club level and regional drivers which is a real plus.  The support items –listed above– are all nice but they might have been better off to focus on tires and gasoline (both travel gas and race fuel) as both goods disappear much quicker than say decals and driving gear.  Regardless, they are certainly taking a step in the right direction and it’s nice to see programs like this pop-up in the racing community.

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3 Comments

  1. CRGguy on April 13, 2010 11:48 am

    CKI was doomed from the day they pirated Zalud’s Stars of Karting series. That’s what they did IMO. The KF package is not happening and the US is nowhere near ready for it. This latest marketing attempt is simply an empty stab at getting more entires. FWT, Rotax and the WKA are the primary karting series now.

  2. Speedy on April 14, 2010 4:21 am

    I agree with your thoughts. CKI needs to go away and I am sure it will. Why would I compete in CKI in KF2 (6 entries) when I can go to WKA events and compete against 35 others in the class?

  3. Anthony on April 15, 2010 6:27 pm

    Despite the shortcomings of CKI, it is a very interesting concept and I can only hope that similar programs are started with the other series. Given the “rich man’s” sport this is, any help that can be given to talented drivers who lack the funding just to maintain their karting careers is much needed.

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