Karting News Briefs

  28 August 2013

keeping up to date with karting...

  • Remo Racing has launched a new-look website. The re-vamped look is now live and includes information on the various IAME & Parilla engines, Alonso & Kosmic chassis, plus OTK products. Visit www.remoracing.com.au and take a look around!
    remo raicng website screen grab

  • Wondering why Birel do not have a factory entry in senior KF at the World Championship opener in England this weekend (see news article from yesterday HERE)? The Italian manufacturer confirmed last week they will not be competing in either the UK or Bahrain rounds and their contracted drivers are free to drive elsewhere if they wish. Birel will still field Gabriel Aubry as an official driver in Junior KF. The company stated they are currently busy developing karts for single speed categories (such as Rotax/TaG) and will participate in the KZ1 World Championship and KZ2 Super Cup with their drivers De Conto, Toninelli and Midrla, plus other drivers in various satellite teams such as Solgat Motorsport, MGT France, Paauwer Racing, KSH and AVG. After injuring his ribs in an accident at the start of the season, Arnauld Kozlinski is set to return to the wheel. Birel will end their 2013 International race season at the Vegas Supernationals.

  • 'Johnny G', the 'Chuppa Chupp' racer of Aussie karting - John Grother karting promotional video, based on his KZ racing:

  • There us a huge change on the horizon for junior formula motorsport in Australia with CAMS announcing there will be no Australian Championship for the Formula Ford category in 2014. While this is not karting news, the Formula Ford class is a common step for those who are wanting to move into other areas of motor sport after karting. There will still be the various state level FF championships, and there is talk of an annual one-off Formula Ford Festival to replace the national series. Was this a case of Formula Ford, over time, pricing itself out of the market? The full CAMS announcement is HERE.

  • Episode 1 of new Kiwi motorsport program, Redline, included a performance comparison across several race vehicles, including one of NZ's V8 Touring cars and a KZ2-spec kart, at Pukekohe Park Raceway. The ART GP/Maxter driven by Richard Moore topped the times!

  • Lenzo Kart Australia has announced that Jake Klarich will no longer be driving for the brand. Klarich has been with Lenzo since the Australian team was set up. "We would like to take the time to thank Jake for all his help over the years with the Lenzo Kart Australia team and the many wins he had in the chassis" the team wrote on Facebook. "It has been wonderful working with such a young talented driver and being able to help him achieve what he has today and wish Jake all the best in the future."

  • Kartsport New Zealand has announced Vortex Kiwi Mini Rok as the new engine for the Cadet and Junior Restricted age group classes in New Zealand. The motor is a 60cc air-cooled piston port, with clutch and on-board electric starter. A transition plan over several years has been established to phase out the use of the Raket 85 and Yamaha motors from the two classes. Full detail on the Kartsport NZ site HERE.

  • Also in NZ, the governing body will change the age range for Cadets and Junior Restricted to fall more in line with other countries. As of 1 January 2015, Cadets will be for 6 to under 11 year olds and Junior Restricted will cater for 9 to under 13 years. Further detail on Kartsport NZ HERE.

  • Nominations have closed for the AIDKA Australian and NT Titles. There are 292 entrants across the 14 classes for the NT Titles, while 345 have nominated for the Australian championship, including two classes which will need a triple split! The entry list for each event can be found on the AIDKA website HERE.

  • Two Greek Australian karters will be taking part in the karting race through the streets of Patras, Greece, on September 28-29. Melbourne based Yianni Panagopoulos and Stelios Triantafillidis will compete as a team in the 5th running of the race.

    Above: Yianni Panagopoulos in his regular Rotax Heavy TB Kart

  • Speedcafe.com conducted a motorsport survey a few months back which attracted more than 6,000 respondents to 158 questions. The resulting data is now available in The Motorsport Report. The report is limited to just 250 purchases and will cost $2750 (plus GST). Companies or individuals who invest in the report will also have access to the invite-only Australian Motorsport, Marketing and Business Summit on the Gold Coast in October 2014.

  • Karting NSW is asking for Expressions of Interest from individuals who feel they could undertake the role of State Track Inspector. The position is voluntary (out of pocket expenses are covered) and entails a number of duties, many relating to safety. Applications need to be recieved by the CEO of Karting New South Wales no later than September 13. Further detail HERE.


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