Karting News Briefs

  7 March 2017

a bunch of news quickies...

  • RULES - Karting Australia has updated the homologation documents for Rotax MAX concerning the colour of conrods, plus the Torini 4-stoke Endurance engine. Click HERE to access the latest docs on the KA website.

  • SCORES - Here are the Retro Karting Australia F100 Series points after Round 1:
    • F100 Light: Glenn Riddell 150, Mark Vukusic 138, Steven Riddell 129, Mars Gheorghiu 120, Neil McAuley 111, Drew Hamilton 102, Simon Dartell 96, Llewellyn Cameron 90, Leigh Williamson 84.
    • F100 Heavy: Paul Mckinnon 150, Gus Van Velzen 138, Marco Gueli 129, Matt Sydenham 120, Aldo Distefano 111, Patrick Parry 102, Darrin Voskuilen 96.

  • SAFETY - Applications are now open for kart clubs to utilise the funding provided through Karting Australia’s Safety Grants Program for 2017. The program is designed to assist Clubs and State Associations improve or enhance the level of safety infrastructure at KA licensed race tracks. Up to $150,000 will be made available by Karting Australia during two rounds of applications. The maximum amount available to any one Club or State Association is $10,000. More information and the guidelines for the grants (there are conditions that need to be met), can be found on the KA website HERE. First round applications are now open, but will close on 12 April. The second round will open on July 1st and close on 24 August 2017.

  • EVENTS - RKA has clarified some aspects of its 2017 F100 Series. It consists of three rounds: the City of Sydney Cup (already run), the Queensland F100 Grand Prix (see poster, below) and the RKA F100 Nationals at Stony Creek, Victoria. Points are awarded based on finishing positions in the final of all three events. Total points from the three rounds will decide the final result for the series in each of the Light and Heavy classes. Trophies for the top 3 in each will be awarded at the series conclusion at Stony Creek. The winners of the Nationals at Stony Creek in both Light and Heavy will earn the right to wear the green plate for the following year if they choose to do so.

  • GRAND FESTIVAL - Rotax has announced that, for the first time, the Rotax Grand Festival will take place in Austria. German Rotax kart distributor KartodroM chose the 1,160 metre Park Speedworld track in Pachfurth, Austria, to host the event on August 11 to 13, 2017. A maximum of 68 participants per category will be able to participate and winners of the Micro MAX and Mini MAX classes will earn tickets to the Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals in Portimao, Portugal. As the Rotax Grand Festival is a national competition with international participation, the age limit varies to international racing events:
    • Rotax 125 Micro MAX – age of 8 to 12 years
    • Rotax 125 Mini MAX – age of 10 to 14 years
    • Rotax 125 Junior MAX – age of 12 to 16 years

  • DRIVER PR - Russ Occhipinti won round 1 of the V.S.K.C. Victorian series at Winton last weekend. After qualifying on pole in the Rotax Light class he won all four races. Russ also lowered the lap record to a 1m30.9. "Racing was tight all weekend as we had several interstate competitors competing" he said. "Still, it was a clean sweep for the Ace Karts racing team and the Woodgate Evo chassis." Russ would like to thank Ace Karts for sponsoring the team, Woodgate Racing, John Gonzalez, Penrite oil and the Victorian Superkart club.

  • SUPER FULL - Organisers of the UK Super One series have had to re-set the 2017 calendar due to "unprecedented popularity" of this year’s series. The number of participants for the April round at Buckmore Park is expected to exceed the circuit's capacity. As such, the round has been moved to Rowrah on the same date (April 22/23). "We had just over 200 entries last year and it was a superb event" said Buckmore Park's MD Steve Hollman. "Unfortunately, other activities are being held during April by our neighbours - including over 3,000 visitors to the local church - and with the entry uptake nudging 250, we have had to ask the organisers to give us a rain check for 2017. We hope to return to the Super One calendar next year."

  • BUSY BEE - The Great Southern Kart Club at Wagin, WA, sends out a big Thank You to members who stayed back and helped out at the club's recent Tyre Shifting Busy Bee to clear the race track for surface maintenance. "We all love racing and many hands make light work" the club posted on social media. "Stay tuned as we will need more helpers to replace the tyres once our track maintenance has been completed."

    pics - GSKC

  • STICKERS - We still have plenty of KartSportNews stickers in stock. They come in packs of 10, are already contour cut and have a clear gloss laminate to protect them from petrol and cleaners. Get yours HERE!

  • SPEC ENDURO - CRG is the official supplier of karts and technical services for a new rental kart championship - the Endurance Kart Cup. Run over three rounds, karts will be assigned to teams by lot. Technical assistance on track will be provided by CRG technicians. Each round features a 2 hour long Sprint race and an Endurance race of 4 hours. Points will be awarded after qualifying and after both races with increasing scoring. The winning team will be offered the chance to compete in the World Rental Kart Contest by CRG in Italy on October 14th 2017.

  • LOCKED - Just cos it's a great photo! Clay Richards on the anchors, DD2 Pro Tour Melbourne (pic by Coopers Photography)




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