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E-World Championship Update + INCREASE in Purse!

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It’s been six months since we first announced the K1 Speed World Championship, which means we’re halfway into collecting the necessary points required to qualify for the World Championship. We’ll check and see how many have qualified so far, but first, we have important news regarding our prize money.


Win Even More Money!


We’re excited to announce that the prize money awarded at the K1 Speed World Championship event has gone up! The K1 Speed World Champion will now receive $15,000 – that’s an increase of $5,000 over the original amount! Second place will now receive $7,500, an extra $2,500 than previously offered, and third place will earn $3,500 – up from $3,000. This makes the K1 Speed World Championship the largest indoor karting championship in the world with the biggest prize purse! So, let’s see now where you’re all standing.


Current Points Tally at the Halfway Mark


We currently have at least 26 drivers who already possess the minimum of 4,000 K1RS points needed to qualify for the K1NG of Speed event at their center. These drivers are from 13 different locations: San Diego, Santa Clara, Atlanta, Phoenix, Houston, Irvine, Dallas, Anaheim, Denver, Austin, Dublin, Concord, Kapolei, and Sacramento.


Another 30 different drivers are already halfway there with at least 3,000 K1RS points, including drivers from another eight locations: Indianapolis, Carlsbad, Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood, Buffalo Grove, Addison, Arlington, Redmond, and San Francisco – which means about two-thirds of our locations are on track to having a Center Champion on deck.


How to Earn Points


If you have less than 3,000 K1RS points, don’t worry! As you can see, it’s very possible to earn a lot of points in little time:


  • Earn two points for each race you enter
  • Earn two points for each racer you beat
  • Earn two bonus points if you had the fastest lap in your race
  • Earn two bonus points if you had the fastest lap average in your race


For more points, you’ve got to be fast! Come during the week and wait for a race with a fuller grid. If you were in a race group of ten people and you finished first, you’d earn two points for the race, 18 points for beating nine racers, two points for fastest lap, and two points for the fastest average lap, for a total of 24 points!

Collect Those Points!

You’re not going to want to miss out on a chance at earning a spot on the grid at our World Championship event, so now is the time to start visiting your local K1 Speed to collect those K1RS points!


We’ll be sure to post frequent updates in the next half of the year to let you know how things are progressing.

  • Zachary Francavilla

    Why do u have to be 14 or older?

    • Staff Writer

      Hello, Zachary! Glad you asked that question! Since the final rounds will be held on an outdoor track with significantly faster karts, we feel the minimum suitable age due to safety reasons is 14 years of age. We apologize for any disappointment this may cause but you’re still number one in our national rankings, which as you know, comes with its own perks and bragging rights!

    • Joshua Jung

      Around how many races did it take to rack up all those points?

  • Sean Moranchel

    I want to be in this competition

    • Staff Writer

      Great to hear, Sean! You’ll just need to be 14 years of age and acquire 4,000 K1RS points before the end of the year to qualify, so head to your local K1 Speed and start racing to collect points!

  • Juan Daniel Luna

    Hey, Good Morning!

    How can I enter to participate in the championship?


    Juan Luna

    • Staff Writer

      Good morning, Juan (or afternoon as the case may be at the moment)! Just race, collect points and have 4,000 K1RS points by the end of the year to qualify! You’ll also need to be at least 14 years of age. We’ll see you at the track!

  • Kondom Buto

    Hallo greetings,
    What is the maximum age limit? My grandpa thinks he still have his race car driving techniques.

    • Staff Writer

      No age limit! Let’s see what your grandpa’s got!

  • Thomas Lyons

    Will there be only one qualifier from each center? how will the top qualifier be determined? points? bracket racing? or something else?

    • Staff Writer

      Hello, Thomas! Yes, just one qualifier from each center. Each K1 Speed center will determine their “Center Champion” which will be determined by an elimination-style race format to be called, “The K1NG of Speed”. You’ll just need 4,000 K1RS points to qualify for this elimination race to determine the center champ. Hope this answers your question, and we’ll see you at the track!

  • Lora Phi

    Do you know the exact dates when this will take place?

    • Staff Writer

      Lora, thanks for your interest in the K1 Speed World Championship! The dates of our K1NG of Speed competition to determine the center champion, and the dates of our finale will be announced later this year. Keep checking back so you don’t miss it!

  • Michael Beane

    What if your center doesn’t have a person with 4000 points. I just found my location in October and already have 2254 points and think I’m near the top. Not sure in two weeks I can get enough races in.

    • Staff Writer

      Hello Michael – great work getting those points! Unfortunately, we have to be strict about the 4,000 points limit to remain fair to everyone who ensured they got the points before the end of the year. However, we expect that you’ll be a qualifier for our second World Championship! Hope this clears up any confusion. See you at the track!

  • Dylan

    How many points you get per race usually

    • Staff Writer

      Hi Dylan! It really depends on how many people you’re racing with, and that can vary depending on the day of the week and time of day – so it’s hard to say! The average points per race therefore can be a lot higher on the weekend than if you were to come in earlier in the day during the week.

  • TheJeepDiva Blog

    Wow, great to hear the purse is getting increased! This is wonderful news for all the karters out there. Can’t wait to see the competition heat up!

    • Staff Writer

      Thanks, Jeep Diva! While this post was from 2018, the prizes have increased since back then – the adult winner is going for $25,000 this year (2024)!

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