The KartCenter Campillos track, which hosts the world karting championship this weekend. / SUR

Campillos, the epicentre of karting, holds the world championship

The town will host the FIA Karting competition for the first time this weekend

ANDREA JIMÉNEZ CAMPILLOS.

The FIA World Karting Championship will be hosted in Campillos this weekend.

Initially scheduled to be held in Brazil this year, it was abandoned due to the pandemic.

With fifteen years of history, the KartCenter Campillos track will hold this international automotive event for the first time in Andalucia.

Founded in 2004, the circuit is 1,580 metres long.

The facility, which hosts numerous national and international races every year, occupies a total area of 120,000 square metres, of which 15,000 is the paddock.

Martin Reuvers, of Dutch origin, is the current manager of the circuit, after many years in the world of karting as a driver and mechanic.

"We had never hosted an FIA race, only private European championships. It's a great achievement," said the manager.

The competition will bring together 185 drivers from 44 different countries in Campillos.

In total, there have been 112 registrations for drivers from 11 to 14 years old and 76 registrations in the category for people over 14 years old.

Spain is the country that contributes the most drivers, 12% of the total (23 participants).

Four Andalusian representatives will compete thanks to financial support from the FAA (Andalusian Automobile Federation).

Among them are Alberto Hurtado and Aarón García from Malaga, who have already previously competed in Campillos.

This championship will attract numerous world karting fans to the town, according to the circuit manager.

The international championship begins today with the first free practice.

The warm up will begin first thing on Saturday, followed by qualifying. The races will start on Sunday.

The top three will collect their trophies on Sunday afternoon, bringing an end to a historic weekend for Campillos and Andalucía.