CIK Pre-Season Testing

from StarsofKarting 9 March 2014

A number of CIK Stars of Karting Championship debutants in the KF2 category took to the Ipswich circuit in Queensland across the weekend and came away excited about the year ahead.

Kosmic Racing Australia’s Harry Hayek, ART GP’s Aaron Borg and Harrington Doyle Racing Arrow Karts’ Scott Sorensen were three of the numerous competitors who were in attendance at the venue for testing ahead of the Championship opener on March 28/29.

For Borg, the most experienced of the trio, it was the first time he’s driven a kart powered by the IAME KF engine and fitted with the hand-operated front brakes.

“Driving this thing (KF2 kart) is awesome fun, the engine feels so good and has got more power than anything I’ve driven in other classes of karting,” said Borg.

“The front brakes are certainly a challenge and it’s going to be very technical to ensure I get the most advantage out of them. Overall, it was a great test with a lot of reliability and consistency which gives me a lot of confidence heading into the opening round.”

Like Borg, the weekend was Sorensen’s first taste of the KF engine. He spent two full days at his home circuit alongside his Harrington Doyle Racing Arrow Karts team-mate Jarryd Ebzery.

Sorensen spent the majority of the opening day adapting to the characteristics of his new kart before completing 85 laps throughout Sunday.

Harrington Doyle Racing Arrow Karts driver Scott Sorensen
Above: Harrington Doyle Racing Arrow Karts driver Scott Sorensen

“I’m really looking forward to the year ahead and spending these two days with the team at the track has got me even more excited about being a part of the CIK Stars of Karting Championship,” said Sorensen.

“Driving a KF2 kart is more physical and technically demanding than anything I’ve ever driven before but they’re also a lot more enjoyable as well. Over the past few months I’ve been training hard to ensure that I’m fully prepared for the opening round later this month.”

Five drivers from the Kosmic Racing Australia outfit were in attendance with Hayek joined by reigning Champion Matthew Waters and Josh Smith in the KF2 class. New South Wales youngsters Jett Bennett and Zac Raddatz also had their first taste of a KF3 kart across the weekend.

“I’ve now tested at Eastern Creek, Newcastle and Ipswich over the past few months in a KF2 kart to have something like 300 laps under my belt and I can’t be more enthused about being a part of the Championship,” said Hayek.

“During all of our test days I haven’t had any issues adapting to the extra power. All of us completed around 200 laps at Ipswich with very few issues and among all of us in the team there’s nothing between any of us in terms of engine power.”

The opening round of the 2014 CIK Stars of Karting Championship presented by Castrol EDGE will be hosted by the Ipswich Kart Club on March 28/29.

  • The Supplementary Regulations for Round One, Championship Regulations and Entry Form are available here.

Above: Aaron Borg suiting up at Ipswich



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