Karting News Briefs

  4 August 2015

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  • IKD has advised competitors that the approved dates for the Rotax Pro Tour Grand Final at Ipswich are Friday 2nd October through to Sunday 4th October. "This means that there is no practice on Thursday 1st October, and the Finals will finish on Sunday as per the specified dates" IKD stated in a communication. "We apologise immensely for any inconveniences this may cause. A detailed schedule will be released closer to the event."
    ipswich kart track

  • Kiwi IndyCar ace Scott Dixon heads a line-up of professional drivers who have committed to the third Dan Wheldon Memorial Pro-Am Karting Challenge in Indiana. The September 19 event will also see Sebastian Saavedra, driver/owner Ed Carpenter and co-team owner Sarah Fisher line-up in karts in honour of Wheldon who perished in a Las Vegas crash in 2011. More on speedcafe HERE.

  • A big three day test session will be held at the La Conca circuit in Italy prior to the 2015 CIK-FIA World Championships for KF and KFJ. Tyre suppliers Le Cont and Vega will be present for all three days, as well as the fuel supplier Panta. The test runs September 16 to 18 (Wed to Fri) the week prior to the actual event and is open only for KF and KF-J.

  • Looking after the legs of fellow karters - OH&S in the pit area, City of Melbourne Titles.

    pic - Mark Wicks, KartSportNews

  • Former F1 World Champion Emerson Fittipaldi recently gave karting a bit of a back-hander, blaming the idiotic driving in Euro F3 on karting (see motorsport.com HERE). At first I dismissed this. The F3 cars are so safe these days, drivers run each other off the road and, while the accident is no doubt spectacular and dangerous, the driver invariably walks away. If people can crash without consequence, there will simply be more crashes! Then I saw a piece of driving at Todd Rd on the weekend where a junior driver swooped from one side of the race track completely to the white line on the other to prevent an approaching rival from getting a nose up the inside. Then I thought, "Yep, Emmo, you might have a point." With all the plastics on them, karts are designed to make contact. They're not supposed to make contact, but the modern kart is designed to reduce the consequences of contact. And if there is little consequence...

  • Birel ART is taking legal action against the new Mad Croc organisation and it's team manager. The following is from Birel ART: "It has been ascertained that actions and matters which took place prior to and following the resignation of former Chief Executive Officer of Birel ART S.r.l., Mr Armando Filini involved serious violations of the rules of professional integrity and lawful competition. Therefore, Birel ART S.r.l. announces that it has instructed its lawyers to take action in all competent legal courts against Mr Armando Filini and Croc Promotion S.r.l. – a company which he created and managed – in order to establish the responsibility in these matters of those mentioned and pursue compensation for damages suffered by the undersigned company." One should keep in mind the following (as pointed out by Kartlink) - Mr Filini was the driving force behind the former ART karts but left around the time the company merged with Birel, and soon afterwards launched the Mad Croc kart, which has just won the European KF Championnship in the hands of Ben Hanley.

  • The 2015 TaG Super Series points have been updated after round three at Picton on July 27. Click HERE for the PDF. Round 4 of the 5 round series is at Eastern Creek on September 19.

  • Pucka Pro Tour - ENTER TODAY!
    For event details, click HERE
    To enter online click HERE

  • The finals from the Euro MAX Challenge round in Germany are below - including Pierce Lehane's second win of the season. Videos of the other races can be found HERE.

    Above: Rotax Light final (Pierce Lehane winning)

    Above: Junior MAX final

    Above: DD2 final

  • Rotax Pro Tour addendum for round 6 at Pucka, refering to the ROTAX DD2 MAX Homologation documents that the following gear ratios ONLY are permitted for use in this event:
    Drive Gear / Driven Gear
    32 / 65
    33 / 64
    34 / 63
    35 / 62
    36 / 61

  • The Whyalla Kart Club in South Australia will be attending the upcoming Whyalla Country Show. The club will have a display at the show to promote the club and karting. There will also be prizes to win in a raffle. The show takes place at Jubilee Park, Jenkins Avenue, Whyalla on 15 & 16 August.

  • Speedway Karting Association of Australasia has announced the recent passing of Mark Varacalli, a founding member, after a long illness. "Whilst many of you may not recognise the name, if you have ever raced a title event or the All Powers then you have directly benefitted from the work done by this great man" SKAA wrote on social media. "Mark was responsible for many of the provisions written in the title guidelines, and it was Mark who suggested the $1000 prize money for the All Powers. At last years All Powers, Mark thouroughly enjoyed being able to watch his beloved 200Twins take on the Olympic Park complex one more time. Mark was our original (and so far only) safety officer, and spent many race meetings ensuring that we all made it to the party afterwards safely. Our thoughts are with Kerry, Jason and Todd. RIP Mark, we are missing you already."

  • The fourth round of the Austrans Victorian Country Series was carried out in freezing conditions at the Ballarat Kart Club the other week. Overnight temperatures went well into negative numbers, resulting in frozen coolant and a few cracked barrels!

    Above & Below: Frozen coolant in the water-cooled engines! Most TaG engines were a solid block of ice on the Sunday morning so organisers started the air-cooled classes first.
    pics - Paul Feely

  • Just 48 hours after stealing seven karts, thieves returned to Roy's Hill Raceway in New Zealand for another hit on the club's assets. Read about it on the nzherald website HERE.

  • David Sera is almost ready to go racing again. "Good news yesterday with my wrist surgeon given me the all clear to ease my way back into racing" Deadly Dave wrote to his fans on Facebook. "After 10 months out, I'm keen to get back behind the wheel and try win some races! Now just need to work out, when & where to race?!"

  • The Australasian C&D Grade Titles are at Morwell this weekend. Pre-entry has closed, however entries will still be taken up to August 7. The track is open for practice on Friday plus another session Saturday morning prior to qualifying. Supp Regs, contact & entry info HERE.

  • The 'cousin' of the City of Melbourne Titles is the City of Adelaide Titles - and the event is being run at Bolivar at the end of the month! The CoA will have two feature classes that pay $2000 each in prize money ($1000 to the winner, the balance paid to the top 5) - Junior Clubman and a mid-weight Sportsman TaG 125. The Southern Kart Club has extended a challenge to the GKCV, all Victorians and interstaters to go to Adelaide and try and take the prize money! Supp Regs can be found on the Race Calendar page HERE.
    city of adelaide titles poster

  • CRG has appointed a new distributor in the UK. In fact, CRG Great Britain has been set up by the CRG factory and is based near the Whilton Mill kart circuit. Keiran Crawley from MSPORT Karting is the General Manager. Keiran has many years of experience at all levels and worked closely with Lewis Hamilton during his early years of karting. With karts arriving mid-September (both race and rental), the CRG Great Britian showroom opens October 1.

    Above: Keiran Crawley with CRG driver Alex Quinn
    pic - CRG



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