The Petron Blaze 100 ROK National Karting Super Series is set to open its 2016 season with races at the Carmona Race Track (CRT) from February 20 to 21.
After capping the successful 2015 season on January 24, the national karting series will once again opens its doors to both young and aspiring, as well as veteran karters.
The opening weekend of the competition will feature races in the following classes: X30 class that will include the juniors, seniors and veteran divisions; Minirok XCS Class; Formula Cadet Novice Ultron; and Formula Cadet Expert Ultron class.
According to race organizer Johnny Tan, the Formula Cadet races, where young and upcoming motor sports stars compete, will still be the much-anticipated class in the series.
“Formula Cadet is the beginner class and the highlight of the event, they are in 7 to 8 years of age,” he told The Manila Times.
He added that events featuring young racers are the focal point of the event as karting serves as the training ground for saloon/car and open-wheel racing.
“Karting is the grassroots or entry level of motor sports, it helps the [young]karters hone their talent in the sport and this is also the training ground. So we were able to field competitive drivers abroad,” Tan said.
He explained that through the Petron Blaze 100 ROK National Karting Super Series, which has been the country’s top karting races, he hopes to promote interest toward the sport of karting to the general public.
“Because of our local or national karting series, we have gathered drivers and we would like to maintain the success of the karting event as well as make it grow to improve the quality of racing in the Philippines and make the public more aware that Filipinos are good racers,” Tan added.
The second round of tournament of the karting series will be held on March 19-20 also at the CRT.
Subsequently, the ROK Shifter Class, ROK Class and the KF3 Class events will kick off on April 30 at the newly-built Palawan International Circuit in Puerto Princesa.