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2024 KARA Gymkhana Championships Begin: Promoting Diversity, Inclusion and Grassroots Motorsports

2024 KARA Gymkhana Championships Begin: Promoting Diversity, Inclusion and Grassroots Motorsports

The 2024 Korea Automobile Racing Association (KARA) Gymkhana Championship has started successfully and is a significant step in the promotion of motorsports in Korea. The opening round was held on May 26 at a special track in Inje Speedium, followed by the second round at Gimcheon Neotech on June 16. The aim of this championship is to popularize Gymkhana as a grassroots motorsport by encouraging wider participation nationwide.

In an effort to increase inclusivity and participation, this year’s competition has been expanded from two powertrain-based classes to include a women’s class and diversified car classes. This expansion not only broadens the scope of the competition, but also increases its appeal to a more diverse group of participants.

The championship also serves a dual purpose by acting as a selection event for representatives to compete in the FIA ​​Motorsport Games and the Asia Pacific Motorsport Championship. This adds a layer of prestige and international opportunity for the participants.

Mr. Lim, Secretary General of the Korea Automobile Racing Association (KARA), emphasized the goals of the championship: “The KARA Gymkhana Championship aims not only to expand Gymkhana, but also to create opportunities for more people to easily participate in motorsports. The championship serves as a vital platform for the development of Gymkhana participants, providing them with the opportunity to emerge as representatives of Korea. This path is facilitated through Gymkhana schools held in various regions, which nurture talent and develop their skills.”

The 2024 KARA Gymkhana Championship consists of five rounds in total. In addition to the competitive rounds, Gymkhana schools are held in four major areas: Inje Speedium, Taebaek Speedway, Yongin Speedway, and Yeongam Korea International Circuit. These schools play an important role in nurturing new talents and promoting the sport at the grassroots.