K1 Speed e-World Championship 2019: Will YOU Qualify?
We’re nearing the finish line of this year’s qualification, so we thought we’d check in and see how our 2019 K1 Speed e-World Championship is shaping up. In this post, we’ll take a look back on our inaugural World Championship held earlier this year, how YOU can be one of the racers competing for the championship this year, and how many have already qualified for this year’s championship.
The First K1 Speed e-World Championship
Our very first K1 Speed e-World Championship finals were held in March of this year. Over 70 racers across the country raced their hearts out in 2018 to qualify for a chance at being our first world champ.
Many qualifiers competed in elimination rounds to determine the champion at a location and state level.
A total of 12 state champions flew into Southern California to compete for the opportunity of representing the United States in the World Championship finals. At the end of the day, Peyton Phillips from our Austin location took top honors, clinching the national championship, and securing his spot in the World Championship final.
The next day, champions from Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico and China competed with Peyton in the inaugural K1 Speed e-World Championship final. The finals saw the international racers compete in races at three different K1 Speed locations. In the end, Peyton swept the competition, becoming the very first K1 Speed e-World Champion!
As a result, Peyton took home the $15,000 cash prize and a large Linear Edge-designed trophy of Irvine’s Track 1. Second place, Antonio Arias from Puerto Rico, received a check for $7,500 a medium Track 1 trophy. And Daniel Demaras from Canada claimed the third spot, netting $3,500 and a small trophy of the track.
How YOU Can Qualify for This Year’s K1 Speed e-World Championship
Our next World Championship final promises to be even bigger with more competition, as France has entered the K1 Speed family. This means seven different nations are expected to compete!
And here’s something exciting for all you United States racers – every racer who qualifies will be invited to California for the all-day United States Championship at Irvine. Unlike last year, we won’t be hosting local heats to determine city/state champions. This means if you qualify, you have an equal shot to become the United States finalist as anyone else in the country. As a result, the competition will be much stiffer than last year – so make sure you’re ready for it. Dates will be announced soon so that qualified racers can start planning their transportation and accommodations.
If you want to qualify for next year’s championship, then you need to be 14 years old have at least 4,000 K1RS points by the end of December 31, 2019. Since adult karts are used in the competition, all drivers must meet the height requirement for those karts (4’10”).
How to Score K1RS Points
Every racer starts at 1200 K1RS points at the beginning of the calendar year. Racers score 2 additional points for each of the following:
Every race entered
Each racer you beat
If You Drove the Fastest Lap and/or the fastest Lap Average in your race
Tips for Collecting More Points
Here’s a tip for collecting more points: race when it’s busier. If you’re the only driver on the track, you’re getting 6 points. On the other hand, if you’re in a race with 11 other drivers, then the maximum points available is 28.
With plenty of days left in the year, there’s tons of opportunities to get those races in and qualify! So hit the track!
How Many Have Qualified So Far?
4,000 Points: The Qualified
There are over 60 different drivers who have already scored the 4,000 points necessary to qualify. These racers compete at 19 of our locations:
3,000 Points: On the Cusp
It’s Not Too Late to Score Points!
If you don’t have at least 3,000 points, don’t worry! There’s still time to catch up and get those points. So hit your local K1 Speed track and rack them up! YOU could be the next world champion and winner of the massive cash prize!