Karting News Briefs

  30 September 2013

let's get the week rolling...

  • The Australian Karting Association has published a great new video on YouTube titled "An Introduction to Karting in Australia". Check it out below!

  • Former top-level junior karter Anton De Pasquale has been chosen as the single Australian motor sport driver to contest the FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy Asia-Pacific Selection Event in Sydney in October. The recently-turned 18-year old Melbournian currently leads the Australian Formula Ford Championship. “I know I will be competing against some of the best drivers in the Asia- Pacific region and I am sure to find out where I am at" he told CAMS Speed Read. "I feel I am up for the challenge and feel I can match it with the talent at the academy in all aspects and hopefully the results reflect that."

  • Also in CAMS' Speed Read was information about the new Luddenham Raceway near Sydney. The track map (below) is different to what was available and published on KartSportNews in March HERE. The undulating circuit has been approved under the CAMS Class C category, which means it will be eligible to host various car club events and races, corporate track days and industry driver training events. Track one is a 600m outdoor hire karting track (featuring a fleet of the latest karts with state of the art timing), while track two is a 1250m outdoor circuit to facilitate driver training and a variety of other motor sport activities. It is set to open in 2014. The October edition of CAMS Speed Read can be found HERE.
    luddenham raceway

  • Expect to see a number of driver/team/equipment changes for the final round of the Junior KF World Championship in Bahrain at the end of November. Due to requests made by several manufacturers, teams and drivers, the CIK-FIA has a now made it possible to change equipment (chassis and/or engines) and to change entrant once during the Championship after the official publication of the entry list. The request for any change must be made to the CIK-FIA by November 4.

  • AKA State Championship Entry Lists - this weekend sees the WA and the NSW State Karting Championships held at the Esperance and Lithgow circuits respectively.
    • view the WA Championship entry list (204 entries across 14 classes) on the AKA site HERE
    • view the NSW Championship entry list (306 entries across 13 classes) on the AKA site HERE

  • Some video highlights of Melbourne karter Ricky Capo competing at the World KZ1 Karting Championship in France recently:

  • The KZ2 International Super Cup final from France, NZ's Daniel Bray leading most of the way before losing the lead to eventual winner Dorian Boccolacci, then getting bumped back to 4th place. Clip includes pre-grid activity, the race and trophy presentation:

  • Aluminos karts will offer three different chassis models for 2014. The 'Sonoma' and 'Rio' options are both 32mm chassis targeted at the shifterkart and TaG categories. The Sonoma uses the same tubing throughout the design, while the Rio utilizes tubing of mixed stiffness to deliver a different ride and unique tuning capabilities. The 30mm 'Estoril' will be suitable for Rotax and TaG competition. Kiwi Daniel Bray has provided Aluminos with their first national level race win in S1 Pro Stock Moto at the 4th annual Superkarts! USA SummerNationals in Grand Junction, Colorado back in July.
    aluminos kart chassis

  • The KZ1 World Championship final, won by Max Verstappen. As per the KZ2 clip, it includes pre-grid activity, the race and trophy presentation, but then there are a number of vintage karts from several eras running around!

  • We stumbled across a link to an old article in the January 2010 edition of the American 'Go-Racing' online karting magazine. It's actually a Vroom article where the Italian publication enlisted the highly successful Vincenzo Sospiri to track test Ayrton Senna's 100cc rotary valve DAP/DAP kart against a current spec DR/Maxter KF2 - and the old100cc screamer went faster! The modern 125cc KF was quicker in a straight line, but the nimble little DAP was superior through the corners. It really does illustrate how we've gone backwards racing these heavy and complex vehicles that are now becoming as complex as a racing car... Anyway, the comparison test is a good read. Check it out via the free online 'virtual flipper' article HERE (starts on page 22).


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