Young drivers exchange skills during kart race

The first race of the 2019 Grand Prix Kart Scholarship Series (GPKS) was held at Kart World in the Shanghai International Circuit on Saturday.
Young drivers exchange skills during kart race
Ma Yue / SHINE

The first race of the 2019 Grand Prix Kart Scholarship Series (GPKS) was held at Kart World in the Shanghai International Circuit on Saturday.

Jointly backed by Federation of Automobile and Motorcycling Sports of China and J&P Event Management, the series features young kart drivers between the ages of seven and 15. Five races have been scheduled for this year.

Thirteen young racers took part in Saturday’s competitions. Sun Xiaoyu won the Junior Finals while Ke Shuncheng dominated the Cadet Finals. Placing second in the Cadet Finals was 14-year-old Leonardo Rufino from Brazil. Seven-year-old Jin Chuanxu from Wuhan, Hubei Province, was the youngest racer on the circuit.

GPKS uses cars provided by Italian kart manufacturer CRG. Technical support, including professional technicians and trainers, are provided to the young participants to help cut costs and create a fair competition platform.

Before Saturday’s race, the young drivers were invited to watch the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia race at Shanghai International Circuit. They also visited F1 teams including Red Bull and Alfa Romeo Sauber.

The other four GPKS races for this year will be held between May and August and involve the cities of Shanghai, Wuhan and Zhengzhou, Henan Province.

Young drivers exchange skills during kart race
Ma Yue / SHINE

Thirteen young racers took part in Saturday’s competitions.

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