PH karting prodigy William John Riley Go sets mark in CIK FIA European championships

After an impressive debut with a second-place finish in his debut in the FIA Karting Academy Trophy last month, Cebuano karter William John Riley Go set another benchmark by becoming the first Filipino karter to earn points in the CIK FIA Karting European Championship.

Go, now driving for Forza Racing, finished the 21-lap race at 13th place out of 35 racers to earn three points, his first points finish in six races of the prestigious category that has 75 of the best young racers of the world.

NEW BENCHMARK. After conquering the Asian karting circuit with three major titles in 2019, William John Riley Go is now making a name for himself in the European karting scene, becoming the first Filipino to earn points in the CIK FIA European Championships a month after finishing second in his debut in the FIA Karting Academy trophy. (PHOTO GRABBED FROM GO’S FB ACCOUNT).

I am humbled and honored to be the first Filipino to gain points in the FIA European Championships. It was definitely challenging, considering that it is one of the most sought after championships worldwide.

William John Riley Go

From 73 racers in Day 1, Go, who won three major titles in Asia in 2019, finished at 11th in the warm-up session, posting posting a best lap time of 52.485 during his third lap. In the final qualification during Day 3, he finished at 15th place out of the 69 racers to earn one of the 36 spots in the grid in the final race. (Check official results here).

In the final race, Go posted his best time of 52.549 in the 13th lap, just 0.3 second behind the race leader Anatholy Khavalkin.

“I am proud of what the team and I accomplished and I will carry on the lessons learned to future championships,” said Go.

After the race in Sweden, Go now has 3 points and is at 26th place. Only 31 of the 75 racers in the CIK FIA European Championships have earned points so far. (Check official standings here).

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