Kiwi young gun Marcus Armstrong performed strongly at the CIK-FIA World Karting Championship meeting in France over the weekend, making the KFJ (Junior) class Final and finishing 22nd.armstrongkosmic nassa.jpg


It was an impressive performance from the just-turned 14-year-old from Christchurch, who got the call-up from Italy's Kosmic factory on the strength of heat race wins in the European Rotax Max Challenge series which he has been contesting this year.


Over 88 of the world's top Junior karters entered this year's CIK-FIA World Karting Championship meeting at Essay in north-western France and Armstrong found he had his work cut out after ending up 51st in the pecking order after the timed qualifying sessions on Friday.


An 11th and two 10th place finishes in his three qualifying heats saw him up to 27th and he was 13th quickest in the warm-up for his Pre-Final (there were two group Pre-Finals to trim the field down for the Final) and 17th in the race itself.


That put him on P33 for the Final from where he made up 11 places to greet the flag in 22nd place.


" I was looking to improve after qualifying which I did, and though we had the potential to challenge higher I'm still happy with 22nd," Armstrong, the reigning New Zealand Rotax Junior class sprint champion, said from Essay early this morning (NZ time).


"I'd like to say a big thank you very much to everyone at Kosmic and my family and yes this definitely makes me hungry for more."


Predictably, the Junior event was dominated by young British driver Enaam Ahmed  who won the Final from German Mick Junior. The KF Senior title also went to a British driver, Norris Lando, with young Russian Nikita Mazepin second.



2014 CIK-FIA World Karting Championship KFJ Essay France Thurs-Sun September 18-21 

KFJ Final

1. Enaam Ahmed (FA Kart/Vortex/Vega)

2. Mick Junior (Tony Kart/Vortex/Vega)

3. Mauricio Baiz (Kosmic/Parilla/Vega)

4. Kush Maini (Exprit/Vortex/Vega)

5. Anton Haaga (Kosmic/LKE /Vega)

6. Daniel Ticktum (Zanardi/Parilla/Vega)

7. Casper Roes Andersen (Energy/TM/Vega)           

8. Jannes Fittje (Kosmic/Vortex/Vega)          

9. Juri Vips (Zanardi/TM/Vega)         

10. Ross Martin (Energy/TM/Vega)  


22. Marcus Armstrong (Kosmic/Vortex/Vega)

Full results HERE

CAPTION : Motorsport New Zealand Elite Academy Graduate decal displayed on Armstrong's kart in France.


Prepared by FAST COMPANY on behalf of KartSport New Zealand. To find out more about Marcus Armstrong and the 2014 World Karting Championship meeting contact Ross MacKay on 021 677 919 or via e-mail at

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