| Top 3 drivers of the 2009 CIK-FIA World Karting Championship at the FIA Gala, with Aaro Vainio, Arnaud Kozlinski and Ben Hanley|
The FIA International Karting Commission (CIK-FIA) celebrated the season’s Champion Drivers in a dignified way on Saturday 12 December 2009 in Monaco, the day after the FIA Prize-Giving.
On Friday evening, before the 600 guests gathered for the ceremony organised by the FIA, the kartmen opened the trophy-awarding by carrying out a “running karts” demonstration on the very stage of the Salle des Étoiles in Monte-Carlo! After their ballet of pirouettes on the stage, the 2009 CIK-FIA World Champion, Arnaud Kozlinski, and his two runner-ups Aaro Vainio and Ben Hanley, also accompanied by Olivier Maréchal (manager of the Kosmic team which won the World Cup for Teams), received their prestigious FIA trophies and were the first to make the flashes go off. All the motor sport Champions honoured by the FIA came after, obviously including the three other World Champions of this season, Sébastien Loeb (Rallies), Gabriele Tarquini (WTCC) and Jenson Button (Formula 1).
On the following day, the award winners of the 2009 CIK-FIA Karting season received their trophies from the hands of the CIK-FIA President, Nicolas Deschaux, who, to honour the Champions, was successively joined by several members of the CIK Commission and of the World Motor Sport Council, as well as by the FIA President, Jean Todt.
Every Champion Driver of the 2009 season was rewarded, and very hearty applause in particular greeted the stepping to the stage of the World Champion, France’s Arnaud Kozlinski, but also of his runner-up, the Finn Aaro Vainio, who was the only one to be called to the limelight twice, once for his European Super KF Champion title and once for his Vice-World Champion one.
Also rewarded in Monaco were Giuliano Maria Niceta (World Cup for KF3), Nyck De Vries (European KF3 Champion), Jordan King (Asia-Pacific KF3 Champion), Carlos Sainz Jr (KF3 Monaco Kart Cup), David Da Luz (World Cup for KF2), Felice Tiene (Asia-Pacific KF2 Champion), Jordan Chamberlain (European KF2 Champion), Yannick de Brabander (World Cup for Super KF), Olivier Maréchal (of Kosmic, winner of the World Cup for Teams), Jonathan Thonon (World Cup for KZ1), Bas Lammers (European KZ1 Champion), Angelo Lombardo (European KZ2 Champion), Anthony Abbasse (KZ2 Monaco Kart Cup), Andreas Fasberg (KZ2 Viking Trophy), Gavin Bennett (European Superkart Champion) and Ben Hanley, the third classified Driver in the World Championship.
Finally, further to a vote of the people gathered for this Prize-Giving, the 3rd CIK-FIA International Karting Photo Contest was won by the Belgian-Spanish Grégory Heirman, of Foto Formula K.
The video clips projected during the ceremony can be seen on the website of the CIK-FIA : http://www.cikfia.com/News2009/Prix-CIK/Karting_videos_Dec_2009.html