• Sources: Karting Genk, South Garda Karting, Karting des Fagnes
  • Photo: FIA Karting / KSP

The international karting circuit of Genk is to partially reopen from Friday, May 8th, as Belgium progressively steps out of confinement. The track will only be at disposal of kart owners for practice. Public-related activities, including leisure karting, are not yet permitted.

“Dear customers, we have received a go from the authorities to open again from Friday 8 May 2020, but only for free training (no rental karts)”, published Karting Genk, host of international competitions in 2020 including the FIA Karting European Championship for KZ and KZ2 along with the Academy Trophy, postponed to September 03-06.

“Currently, this only applies to kart owners. […] Unfortunately, for the rental karts and the bistro, we have not yet received admission for a possible restart. We will communicate this in a later phase.”

Teams, drivers and other kart owners will be given access to the track following these safety measures:

  • Always keep a distance of 1.5 meters and wash your hands regularly with soap
  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue or inside your elbow
  • Do not come to Karting Genk if you or your housemates have a cold or are ill
  • Mudguards are provided where it is needed
  • Showers, changing rooms, and the brasserie will remain closed for the time being. For now, one can only use toilets on the paddock. These are disinfected regularly
  • Everyone is advised to wear a mouth mask

South Garda Karting has also announced it’s partial reopening from Friday, May 8th, to all the drivers in possession of an ACI license in the course of validity.

As a Grade A circuit, Lonato can only give access to a maximum of 25 drivers per half-day, following measures decided by the ACI (Automobile Club of Italy). Karts of 100 and 125cc will be welcomed on track in the morning, followed by Mini chassis in the afternoon.

We also learned that the Karting des Fagnes of Mariembourg was granted permission to reopen its track for practice, which does not apply to leisure activities yet.

Although done under safety precautions, these reopenings are positive news for the karting community. We can only look forward to more of these in the coming days to allow competitors to prepare for the progressive return to racing.

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