Karting News Briefs

  22 December 2015

happenings in the world of karting during the countdown to Christmas...

  • Construction of the new $3 million KartSport Manukau project, near Auckland International Airport in New Zealand, is on target. "The plan is to make this New Zealand's premier facility, offering international meetings, national and club meetings, hire facilities and corporate events", KartSport Manukau founding president Bob Cunningham told the Manukau Courier. "It will be world-class and it will put New Zealand karting back on the map. That it's next to the airport will make international competition much easier for overseas racers." The track will be of composite polymer/concrete with 22 different configurations, the longest an impressive 1650m. Further information HERE.
    KartSport Manukau project

  • Video of finals day, 1982 Hong Kong Kart Grand Prix:

  • Shamick Racing reveal their look for 2016 at Todd Rd recently:
    shamick racing truck

  • Entry is now open for the first major international karting event of 2016 - the annual Winter Cup at Lonato. This 21st edition will see a number of firsts, from the new layout (extended to around 1200m) to the new OK and OK Junior categories. The Australian Patrizicorse team has indicated they will be there with some exciting news to share "...in a new initiative that will run for multiple years." Mini RoK and KZ2 will also be on the card, using the YLM Bridgestone tyre that is said to be much faster (ie, softer) than the tyre used this year. The meeting takes place on February 19 to 21.
    Winter Cup at Lonato

  • Young West Australian karter Jake Klarich will compete in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia in 2016. The 20-year-old was 2nd in the KZ2 class of this year's Australian Kart Championship. He is also scheduled to race the 2016 Winter Cup at Lonato (Italy - see above) in KZ2.

  • Christmas trading hours for James Sera Karting Centre - the shop will close at 5pm Wednesday 23rd December and we will re open on the 4th of January 2016. "The team at JSKC would like to wish you all a very Merry Xmas and a safe and happy new year."

  • The latest Kartcom News has been published just in time for Christmas. View this international online karting magazine HERE for free (issue #18, PDF format, 81 pages).
    kartcom #18 news

  • Right Karts Ltd (NZ) annual end-of-year sacrifice:

    Bit of a fizzer this year!

    Posted by Right Karts Ltd on Friday, December 18, 2015

  • Advice for parents with a 'newbie' junior driver. The Karting Magazine website has published an article titled "Get the most out of a junior – without messing with their head". Click HERE to have a read.

  • Righetti Ridolfi has developed a driver-controlled 'flow diverter' for liquid cooled engines. Instead of using race tape, shutters or a roller-blind to restrict air-flow to the radiator, this RR device allows the driver to open or close the water circuit to varying degrees to manipulate the engine temperature.
    Righetti Ridolfi
    Above & Below: A switch in the water circuit diverts the flow (pics - Righetti Ridolfi)

    Above: Laser cut levers mean a neat installation between the seat and radiator (pic - racingkart/facebook)

  • SKUSA has listened to their customers and will not implement an engine claiming rule for the Stock Moto class in 2016. "The considerable input that we received presented a very strong case towards shelving the engine claim rule for the Stock Moto categories" the organisation said in a statement. "We are still concerned about the rising costs of the Stock Moto engine program, and we will be looking at additional areas where we can trim costs. The claim rule will continue in force for the Swift and now all X30 classes."

  • The 2015 CIK-FIA Champions were honoured last weekend in Paris. WSK Promotion's Luca De Donno hosted the evening that was attended by Jean Todt (FIA President), Shaikh Abdulla Bin Isa Al-Khalifa (CIK-FIA President) and Kees Van de Grint (CIK-FIA Vice-President).

    The three World Karting Champions of 2015 (Jorrit Pex, Karol Basz and Logan Sargeant) plus the podium placegetters received their trophies. The European Champions, International Super Cup and top three in the CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy were also rewarded.

    The CIK-FIA recognised the Sala family for their uninterrupted involvement in the history of karting since its beginnings. The Birel chassis brand was created by Umberto Sala, whose brother Guido won the first two World Championships in the history of the CIK-FIA. His son Oscar was also a renowned Driver before building his Birel brand on an industrial basis. Ronni currently represents the third generation of the Sala dynasty at the head of the family business, now allied with ART Grand Prix as Birel ART.

    Best event of the year went to the Trent Valley Kart Club in the UK (for its round of the CIK-FIA European KF and KF-Junior Championship at PF International) while the best photo of the year was won by French photographer Frederic Billet, from the KSP agency. A large selection of photographs of the "2013 CIK-FIA Karting Awards" ceremony is available here.

  • Having never stepped out of Florida in the three years it's been running, the ROK Cup USA will expand in 2016. A new series in the Midwest will be run in addition to the Florida series, with regional champions awarded in both. A final race event, the 1st Annual ROK Cup USA National Final, will be run in Orlando, Florida, in September where the 2016 National ROK Cup USA champions will be crowned. These champions will earn a fully paid invitation to the 2016 ROK Cup International Final in Italy, including entry, kart, pit space, hotel, and airfare.

  • TKart has reported that Arnaud Kozlinksi has re-joined CRG, but not as a driver. Previously with Sodi Kart in 2015, the Frenchman will work with the CRG team's junior drivers in a coaching role.

  • Snow kart...

    WINTER CUP!!Karting Emotion and Passion

    Posted by Karting Emotion and Passion on Monday, December 21, 2015


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