News Briefs!

  11 July 2014
  • We hear there is interest in getting some karting action happening again at the Forbes Kart Club, NSW. A meeting is planned for Thursday July 17 in the 'Long Tan Room' at the Forbes RSL at 6pm. Anyone who has an interest in getting things moving should attend, whether they be existing or former karters, or total newbies who just want to try out the sport.

  • It's good to have people like this around. Ian "Snow" Nielsen was the inaugural recipient of Ambulance Tasmania's "Heart of Gold" Award earlier this week. Ian successfully defibrillated and resuscitated karter Warren Smith in Smithton earlier this year, using a public access defibrillator. Warren is president of the North Western Kart Club and had just won the Over 40s Pro final at round one of the State Wide Series. He collapsed just after leaving the scales and suffered cardiac arrest. The local community had recently raised funds to purchase an AED (automated external defibrillator). Prompted by Ambulance Tasmania's 000 call-taker, the life-saving device was located and taken to the scene by Snow who used it to restart Warren's heart. Although it only took a few minutes for the ambulance crew to arrive, Warren was already conscious with a stable cardiac rhythm when they got there. Warren was taken to hospital and has since made a full recovery. - from Stuart Lee, LKC

  • This is the new-for-2015 CIK front bumper, designed to dislodge (but stay on) if the driver shunts the kart ahead too hard. It will be tested in race conditions in the Academy Trophy class at this weekend's round at Wackersdorf. More info and another photo on Kartlink HERE.

    pic - via kartlink/kartcom/KSP

  • KartSport New Zealand has announce it will retain the current Dunlop KT12-SLW2 as the wet tyre for Restricted Tyre Classes for the next contract period. The contract will run from 1 April 2015 to 31 December 2017. The pricing will remain unchanged:
    • Full set (two front and two rear)    NZ$316.00 (approx AUS$297)
    • Front tyre (single)                          NZ$69.25 (approx AUS$65)
    • Rear Tyre (single)                          NZ$87.25 (approx AUS$82)
    • Cadet Set (four front tyres)            NZ$277.00 (approx AUS$260)

  • 'Old School' 100cc Australian CIK Championships from 1998. Some big name stars in this intro clip! Taken from VHS and put on YouTube courtesy of Silhouette Karts.

  • Oh yeah, good one! "Such a rich history of amazing kart drivers! Hard to find any of them on the CIK's site unless they've done F1 though" -

  • Birel's advertising poster for July, 'Birel Evolution', is a great illustration of kart development from rear-engine to side-engine in the 60s, through the introduction of bodywork in the 90s to the complex machines of today. Would love to see this in print!

  • As if we need something else to spend cash on while at a race meeting... SKUSA is offering a live video and audio feed with real-time scoring at the inaugural Modesto Grand Prix in August. It will be a closed-circuit, multi-channel feed directed back to each team's pit. “It’s an exciting thing to offer our teams,” SKUSA CEO Tom Kutscher explained. “You typically see this sort of thing at any top-level race you go to. We figured it would be beneficial for our teams and mechanics to be able to keep working in the tent while keeping in touch with what’s happening on track.” Teams need to opt in (for an as yet unspecified cost) so that broadcast partner Streamline Audio Visual can run coaxial cable directly to the relevant team tents so the team can connect its own screens. There will also be a television rental option.

  • Some photos from the opening round of the 2014 Australian Superkart Championship at Sydney Motor Sport Park (Eastern Creek) this weekend are now on the Superkarts Australia Facebook page HERE. Today's practice was seriously delayed due to a fiery crash in one of the car categories (read about that on speedcafe HERE). Results will be published during the event on Natsoft HERE.

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