FIA Karting European Championship in Slovakia!

Orechová Potôň, June 13, 2024 - The karting track of the Slovakia Ring faces a major challenge: from June 20 to 23, we will welcome the international karting elite during the FIA Karting European Championship. The Slovak racers will also be present.

The FIA Karting European Championship will kick off at the Slovak Karting Center (SKC), which is celebrating its five-year anniversary this year. This event is definitely one of the most significant international events in the history of SLOVAKIA RING. The races take place on a modern 1172-meter track. Notable talents from the history of the championship include names like Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen.

An incredible 252 young competitors from 62 countries will fight for the most valuable points. Four days at the Slovak Karting Center will be dedicated to practice sessions, qualifications, heats, and, of course, final heats await the best.

Racers will be divided into three main categories: OK, OK-Junior, and the FIA Karting Academy Trophy. In the karting world, "OK" stands for "Original Karts" - standard karts homologated by the FIA (since 2016), which are controlled only by gas, brake and steering wheel. The Junior category is for ages 11-14, and OK is for drivers who turn at least 14 that year. More about the "Academy" later...

In OK, there are two Slovak racers: Maroš Hlatký (TM-Kart Racing) and Matej Koník (Croc Promotion). In OK-Junior, our participants are Alex Molota and Lukáš Konôpka (both for Hagemann Racing), Branislav Rentka (Croc Promotion), and Martin Lichner (Birel ART Racing Srl).

Lastly, in the FIA Karting Academy Trophy category, Slovak racer Jakub Gašparovič (Milan Gašparovič team) will shine. After the first race in France, the 13-year-old Jakub leads the standings in this prestigious series. The Karting Academy has famous graduates such as F1 drivers Charles Leclerc, Esteban Ocon and George Russell, as well as World Touring Car Champion Mikel Azcona. The essence of the Academy is to support young talents in an evenly matched field with identical karts. Each country nominates its representatives. At the SLOVAKIA RING, the Academy will feature 50 racers from 50 countries.

You can witness the future stars of F1 and world motorsport for the first time here on June 20-23. Free entry for spectators.