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1981

The CIK-FIA decides to increase the cylinder capacity of the top category of Karting, called Formula K, from 100 to 135cc. That capacity will be maintained in the 80’s, but for lack of a market and of interested Manufacturers, and because they are only used in very few championships, 135cc engines will definitively be abandoned at the end of the decade. The World Championship held at Parma (ITA) is dominated from beginning to end by the Birel Team Drivers Mike Wilson (ITA) and Lars Forsman (SWE). Winner of two out of the three finals, Wilson wins his first world title. 100cc engines are still used in the CIK-FIA continental championships, and Peter de Bruijn (NLD) wins the European and Asian Championships, Toni Zöserl (AUT) carrying off the first CIK-FIA African Championship. At the age of 43, Franco Baroni (ITA) takes the European 125cc Championship at Jönköping (SWE) and stops competing in order to dedicate himself exclusively to the tuning of engines and carburettors.