Sauber Launches Karting Team

Sauber has launched an official karting team at the opening round of the WSK Euro series at Sarno.

It is an example of yet another Formula One team investing in karting to help capture and develop junior talent for the future.

The Swiss company, which runs Alfa Romeo Racing in Formula 1, announced the Sauber Karting Team in a partnership with Italian manufacturer Kart Republic.

It will field WSK Super Master Champion Dexter Patterson (UK) alongside Joshua Dufek (CH) in the WSK Euro Series, both in the OK category.


The team was officially launched on Friday night at the Sarno circuit with Team Principal Dino Chiesa, Rickard Kaell (Team Manger KR) and drivers Patterson and Dufek. Ian Salvestrin, the WSK commentator, was MC for the launch.

“Launching the Sauber Karting Team in collaboration with Kart Republic is a great step in the expansion of our activities,” Sauber CEO Frederic Vasseur said.

Australian international commentator Ian Salvestrin MC’d the team launch in Italy (pic – Mario Perrucca)

“It is in our company’s DNA to support young talents.

“This new project allows us to contribute to the next generation of drivers by providing them with a platform which will help them to develop their skills in the best possible way.”


Sauber’s OK driver Dexter Patterson with Dino Chiesa and Ian Salvestrin (pic – Mario Perrucca)
L to R – Patterson, Salvestrin and Dufek (pic –