RIP – The superkarting community is mourning the death of former Queensland Superkart Club President and Life Member, Ashley Zahl. Zahl, who was President for 11 years, suffered a heart attack overnight on June 19. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to his partner Olga and the rest of Ashley’s family. Ashley was one of a kind and always happy to offer his assistance and get you on track enjoying his passion that was superkarting” the club posted.
BRP-Rotax has announced new distributors for the North American market. Effective immediately, J3 Competition and RTX USA Group have taken over managing the north and south regions respectively, as per the below state-by-state breakup. The two companies will work in alliance to service and develop the Rotax customer base, plus build the participation of the Rotax MAX Challenge race series throughout the U.S.A. Rotax thanked the Canadian distributor (SRA Karting) for looking after the US market on an interim basis. SRA Karting will still support the upcoming Rotax US Grand Nationals & US Open of New Jersey July 4-8, but both J3 Competition and RTX USA Group team members will be trackside to support their local competitors.
The International Karting Federation has cancelled this years Grand Nationals. The IKF stated it pulled the plug on the 2-Cycle and 4-Cycle Grand Nationals, scheduled for June 27-30 in Denton, Texas, due to a lack of entries to justify a national race. “We are as disheartened about this as the drivers who have already registered and anyone else planning on attending” the IKF stated. “But, facing low racer interest with only 20 drivers registering in 26 different classes, the NTK board of directors unanimously voted to cancel the event. Any fees paid will be refunded in full.”
In Vic? Superkarts at Phillip Island this weekend.
Improvements made this month to facilities at the Karratha Kart Club in WA. “Big thanks to all who helped out, I think all would agree it looks great and we will all reap the rewards. Special thanks to B.B. landscaping (Ben) for giving up his time for guidance to help us lay” the club posted. The club is now looking for a lawn mower…
The recent Australian Kart Masters enjoyed a boost of pre-event publicity in the local area, including this advertising special in The Coffs Coast Advocate (see below, republished with permission):