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JUNIOR RACER CHRISTIAN HO BECOMES YOUNGEST EVER FIA KARTING ACADEMY TROPHY WINNER Photo: Christian Ho news

Christian Ho becomes youngest ever FIA Karting Academy Trophy winner

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JUNIOR RACER CHRISTIAN HO BECOMES YOUNGEST EVER FIA KARTING ACADEMY TROPHY WINNER Photo: Christian HoPhoto: Christian Ho

Singaporean junior racer Christian Ho became the youngest ever Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) Karting Academy Trophy champion at 12 years and 10 months old in the last round of the championship in Lonato, Italy. Ho is also the first Asian driver to accomplish this feat in the championship’s history. Ho finished as Vice-Champion in the Academy Trophy Championship where he qualified for pole positions in the first two rounds in Wackserdorf, Germany and Sarno, Italy.

The FIA Karting Academy Trophy is a global championship organized by the International Karting Commission (CIK-FIA) aimed at training and detecting young talents between the ages of 12 and 14. Some 50 drivers representing 47 countries across five continents take part in the championship and compete on identical OK-Junior karts supplied by the CIK-FIA. Drivers are nominated by their national motorsport associations to represent their country in the championship. Notable alumni from the championship include Formula 1 drivers like Charles Leclerc, George Russell and Esteban Ocon. Ho was selected by the Singapore Motorsport Association to represent the Republic in the championship this year.

JUNIOR RACER CHRISTIAN HO BECOMES YOUNGEST EVER FIA KARTING ACADEMY TROPHY WINNER Photo: Christian HoPhoto: Christian Ho

Ho won the third and last round of the FIA Karting Academy Trophy with an inspired performance on the same weekend as the 2019 Formula One Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix. Ho won all three heats comfortably and started from pole position where he maintained his lead to the checkered flag in the final, finishing by more than six seconds ahead of overall champion, Kajus Siksnelis of Lithuania. Ho also clocked the fastest lap in the final with a time of 50.366, 0.137s faster than Siksnelis.

“I’m really proud that I was able to represent Singapore and take home the win on the same weekend of the Singapore Grand Prix. I may not have raced at home but it’s my dream to be able to stand at the top of that podium one day and this weekend’s win was a positive step in the right direction,” said Ho.

“I also want to thank everyone who has supported and believed in me from the beginning. I’m glad that all the hard work and sacrifice has paid off, but I’m looking forward to getting back in the kart to keep improving and hopefully win more races in the future,” added Ho.

JUNIOR RACER CHRISTIAN HO BECOMES YOUNGEST EVER FIA KARTING ACADEMY TROPHY WINNER Photo: Christian HoPhoto: Christian Ho

As the Vice-Champion of the FIA Karting Academy Trophy, Ho has also been selected to represent Singapore at the 2019 FIA Prize Giving Gala in Paris, France at the end of November and will brush shoulders with the best drivers in the world from various disciplines, including Formula 1.

Ho will next race in the last round of the Deutsche Kart Meisterschaft (DKM) Karting Series in Ampfing, Germany from 4 to 6 October. Ho recently won a race in the DKM Karting Series in Genk, Belgium from 2 to 4 August and is currently ranked second in the series.