Karting News Briefs

  12 August 2013

some news to start the week...

  • Spanish Nissan International driver Lucas Ordonez is in Australia this week to test the Nissan V8 Supercar. He dropped in to the Todd Road circuit during the City of Melbourne Titles on the weekend to cut some demonstration laps with fellow Nissan driver Taz Douglas - himself no stranger to Todd Road from his karting days.

    Above & Below: Taz Douglas (right) and Lucas Ordonez at Todd Road on Saturday. "It's good to get back to the go kart track - it's a bit more physical than what I remember" Taz said. "My shoulders - I feel like I've just done a Bathurst and I've only done about 10 laps!"

  • The UK Super 1 Series will introduce a 'pooled engine' Rotax class for 2014. The intent is to have a race category with a fixed budget. More on karting1.co.uk HERE.

  • Rotax DD2 Masters front runner Hamish Leighton is set to contest the 2013 SKUSA Supernationals in Las Vegas. Leighton will run with Team Vimme Kart in the TaG Masters class.

  • Another planning to race the Vegas Supernats is Ben Stewart. The 20-year old Gold Coaster currently has the call out to raise funds so he can take a spot in the TaG Senior class. Stewart's budget for the event is around $15,000 of which $7000 is the kart/engine fee from the team he'll run with (Kartsport North America), plus a tyre bill of almost $1000. Further info and a video about Ben and his plans HERE.

  • Mygale race car importer (and former karter) Greg Woodrow has launched Race Academy. Race Academy will consist of a series of one-day seminars around the country that aim to educate drivers moving from karting into circuit racing. "We want to dispel a lot of the rumours that exist around the move into cars... and to make the transition from karts to cars a little easier for those who are serious about making a career from the sport" Woodrow said he said. More HERE.

  • Remo Luciani didn't race at the City of Melbourne Titles on the weekend. Instead, he was mechanic for WA's Kip Foster. The Kart Force Monaco driver won Clubman Heavy after an entertaining 16-lap final.
    remo and kip, todd rd city of melbourne titles 2013
    Above: Thumbs up from Remo & Kip at Todd Rd (pic - Coopers Photography)

  • Go Karting and laser tag come together - that's the plan for two Belgian engineering students who have fitted laser guns to rental karts! Project 'Battle Kart Europe' could somewhat resemble real life Mario Kart. The machines will be fitted with an onboard computer and positioning system allowing you to shoot your opponents as you drive! The karts will respond electronically to attack (go slower, presumably?) and other virtual obstacles that appear on the track. The duo is currently chasing finance to make the project become commercial reality.

  • On-board with Nissan driver Lucas Ordonez at Melbourne International Kartway (the karting stuff starts at 2:40):

  • Grid positions for the TaG Senior class at this years' Rock Island Grand Prix (USA) will be decided in a very different fashion to any other karting event. Pole will go to the driver who donates the most to charity! Drivers competing in the 'Race Against Hunger' must provide a donation of non-perishable food for the local River Bend Foodbank. Starting positions will be based on how much food a driver donates, with the minimum being 20 pounds (9kg).

  • The NSW Speedway Kart Club informs all karters that entries for the 2013 Australian Speedway Kart Titles are now open. Event poster below. Supp Regs are on our Race Calendar page.

  • The September 7-8 weekend also sees the running of the 11th annual 'The Yamaha' at Coffs Harbour. This year the event runs on a fast challenging 830m '34-kart' circuit that has not been used before. "There will be no prior advantage to any competitor as there will be no practice on this track layout till the Thursday practice" the club advised. Again, link to further information is on the Race Calendar page.

    Above: Coffs' track layout 'B' to be used for The Yamaha.

  • Drivers wishing to test on the Circuit of Lion before the IAME International Final takes place will be able to do so on September 21st/22nd. Contact the track for further details - www.actua-kart.com
    iame international final poster



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