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At Valence (FRA), Mike Wilson (ITA) establishes a historic record when he takes his sixth world title. He prevails in Formula K ahead of Fabrizio De Simone (ITA) and Marc Goossens (BEL). In Formula Super 100, Gert Munkholm (DNK) wins while two female Drivers, Daniela Galiffa (ITA) and Lotta Hellberg (SWE) work their way up to the first 10. In practice, Giancarlo Fisichella (ITA) had taken pole-position. The other World Champions crowned in 1989 were Gianluca Giorgi (Formula C/125) and the Englishman Tim Parrot (Formula E/250). Jos Verstappen (NLD) manages to take two European titles, in Super 100 and in Intercontinental A. The European Championship of the top category, Formula K, goes to Marc Goosens (BEL). The CIK-FIA allocates two major titles to Juniors: a European Championship, carried off by Gianluca Malandruco (ITA), and a World Cup, won by Jan Magnussen (DNK). In its effort to extend Karting world-wide, the CIK-FIA organises a USSR Grand Prix in Ukraine, at Ltava-Poltava. In order to encourage local participation, the event is only open to 125cc gearbox karts as they are very popular in Eastern European countries. In front of full grandstands, sold out in advance, Magnus Gustavsson (SWE) and Milan Simak (CZE) respectively prevail in Formula C and in ICC. The year 1989 sees the systematic introduction of inlet silencers (air boxes) in several categories and transponders are used for the first time for timekeeping.