JETSET JACE - Fresh from a dominant 9.8 second victory in the KA1 category at the opening round of the Australian Kart Championship, Jace Matthews has jetted off to Italy to contest the 2017 CIK-FIA Winter Cup in the OK Senior category. This is a fully funded entry with the Ricciardo Kart factory team as reward for winning Patrizicorse's Junior Driver Program from last year. "The program was designed to award the best Junior Australian driver in a Ricciardo Kart or Birel ART kart using the KarterRankings website" Patrizicorse advised. "Jace was clearly the top performer with his results at State, National and Race of Stars competition. From everyone at Patrizicorse we wish you the best experience and luck for your first CIK International race meeting."
INTERNATIONAL ENTRIES - Do you want to race the 2017 CIK-FIA World Championship? Entries opened via the CIK-FIA website on Febraury 6. Entry to the CIK-FIA European Superkart Championship will be after March 13. "Wild Card" entries for the CIK-FIA KZ, KZ2, OK and OK-Junior European Championships can be made (ie, one-off events rather than the full series) but there are specific cutoff dates and higher fees for later entry. A table summarising the 2017 closing dates and entry fees is HERE.
VIDEO - Spectacular Superkart footage from the Adelaide Grand Prix meeting, 1991.
BEST OF - More CIK-FIA 'Best Of 2016' articles have been published:
MOIST - Wet weather shield for the front brakes on Jorrit Pex's CRG at the WSK Super Master Series round at a soaking wet Adria Raceway. Pex was third in the KZ final.
pic - CRG Press
RETRO - RKA racing at the Butterfly Farm later this month:
AWARD - Karting South Australia announced recently that Blake Purdie won the 2016 Kevin Jenner Award. "This perpetual trophy is awarded to the South Australian driver that has shown great commitment to the sport, excellent sportsmanship and continual improvement throughout the season" Karting SA published. "Blake is a driver who emulates these attributes and is an extremely worthy receipent of this award."
VALE: CLEM SMITH - Clem Smith, owner/promoter at Mallala Motorsport Park and a staunch supporter of grass roots motor sport such as Superkarting, has passed away. A former Sports Sedan racer himself, the 90-year-old passed away peacefully at his home last Thursday morning, February 9.
pic - MMP
EVENT - Pines Classic:
SCHOLARSHIP WINNER - Cadet karter Ashton Chilton, from Key Largo, Florida, has won Nitro Kart's 2017 scholarship program. The scholarship includes kart, tent, transport, driver coaching, race suit, and mentorship. Ashton will be competing for the Nitro Kart team in the SuperKarts! USA (SKUSA) Pro Tour and the World Karting Association (WKA) Manufacturers Cup. The grade-six student started karting in 2012 and has already won six championships.
EVENTS - Victorian Superkart Club 2017 race schedule:
EVENT - Entries are now open for the 28th edition of the famous Margutti Trophy:
SCHOOL'S IN - The Tony Kart Racing Team supported the Ferrari Driver Academy’s drivers (Antonio Fuoco, Charles Leclerc, Guan Yu Zhou, Giuliano Alesi and Enzo Fittipaldi) during a two day test earlier this month. The FDA drivers ran without breaks, on dry and wet track, at the wheel of Tony Kart-Vortex KZ and OK spec karts. "Together with the FDA drivers there were also our young talents David Vidales and Gianluca Petecof, all carefully observed by Matteo Viganó and Pedro Hiltbrand" Tony Kart published. "The latter ones played, on this occasion, the role of coach."
pic - Tony Kart
NEW - Chiesa Corse has confirmed all the new 2017 Zanardi chassis will now come with silver bodywork as standard. As such, Zanardi Corse Australia's incoming shipment of new karts, arriving in Australia in the coming weeks, will have the silver plastics. Contact Zanardi Corse Australia HERE.
POINTS - After the event was called off mid-way through the finals, the Victorian Country Series has posted a clarification about series points from the round: "For all classes that had their final cancelled (Including Cadet 9), series points for the final will be awarded as the average 401 point score from the two heats. This will prevent any karters being unfairly disadvantaged by missing out on final points when the best 5 rounds count for series points. eg: If you got 1st (401) and 3rd (325) in your heats, you will get 363 points for the final. Please note: This may be very different to what you see in the CMS. The KA CMS is not an accurate measure for scoring series points, there are discrepancies that are collated by stewards and VCS organisers at the end of the series." VCS also confirmed policy not to realease points until the end of the season where the score is then checked manually by two independent sources.
VIDEO - Western Cup round 1, Hurricane Go Kart Club
EVENT - Wagin One Thousand -
PROMO - Below is a video that was taken last year for a special feature for the local television station publicising the Whyalla area's sports/tourism etc. Featured are Cadet 9 and 12 drivers Cooper Jones, Brayden Stewart, Cadence Florentinus, Sebastian Hubner and Ky Hubner. Footage by Mark Tipple, Documentary Photographer.
OUT WITH THE OLD - This Sunday's race meeting at Lithgow is the last one on the old race surface. The club is expecting to spend $200,000 on resurfacing. In addition to Sunday's race meeting - which is the opening round of the club's 2017 Championship and the NSW DD2 Cup - is the fact it's an official come-and-try and OLT weekend. Lithgow City Raceway, Oakey Forest Road, Marrangaroo (Lithgow) NSW.
PROMO - The Mackay Kart was present at the local Sports Sign-On Day at the Mackay Entertainment Centre on Sunday, 12 February. "It was a great opportunity to present our sport to the public and show them what modern karts are like" the club informed KartSportNews. "We still get some people that think they are homemade type contraptions and are often quite surprized at the technology and precision of the modern sprint karts. This Sports Sign on day is a great initiative by our local Council. It gives all sports the opportunity to come together in the one place for people to walk through and talk to the different representatives from over 80 sporting clubs in our local area. We had quite a few interested families that came over to take a closer look and take information with them on what the club and the sport has to offer. We believe that even if the club only gets one new member from a day like this, it’s worthwhile. But we always hope that we get more than that. It would be great to see more promotion like this for our sport across Queensland and maybe even some support from the State and National bodies in future."
pics - MDKC
VIDEO - here's a wrap of the 2017 Rotax Winter Cup in Spain on the weekend:
EVENT - Free set of slicks plus subsidised race entry and wet tyres for the quick-to-enter at each round of the UK Rotax Winter Series:
SPONSORS - The Victorian Superkart Club has announced the sponsors below for the 2017 club series: