Two Of The Best for Race of Stars

press release

5 August 2014

Two of the World’s best kart racers have been confirmed as a part of the line-up for the 2014 Race of Stars powered by the V8 Superfest on the Gold Coast this October.

Former CIK-FIA European KZ2 Champion Simas Juodvirsis and 2013 Rotax Max Challenge Grand Final Winner Juan Manuel Correa will line up at the second annual event to be held at the Xtreme Karting Complex on Saturday October 18.

To be held for the second year as a part of the V8 Superfest, the Race of Stars is an invitational karting event that will see more than 170 drivers converge on the Gold Coast to compete at speeds in excess of 140 km/h.

Simas Juodvirsis
Above: 2012 CIK-FIA European Champion Simas Juodvirsis will be racing on the Gold Coast
Pic: KSP

Having succeeded at the CIK-FIA European Championships and the SKUSA SuperNationals in Las Vegas during 2012, last year Juodvirsis won the DD2 class at the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Final in New Orleans.

He will line up in the KZ2 class with the Energy Corse Australia team at the Race of Stars in his first visit from his native Lithuania to Australia.

“I am really excited about the opportunity to race in Australia. I have known Adam Graham (Australian Energy importer) for a few years now and we have always talked about me coming to Australia to race, now that we have finally managed to put to all together I can’t wait to get out there,” said Juodvirsis.

“We have had some great races in Europe this year and hopefully I can bring some of that form to Australia. I am also really looking forward to spending some time exploring the Gold Coast, you never know I might even get the chance to learn to surf.”

Juan Manuel Correa
Above: Juan Manuel Correa will make his first trip to Australia to compete at the Race of Stars
Pic: KSP

Correa, who’s an Ecuador native who has spent much of his life living in Miami, USA, secured the biggest win of his flourishing career last November at the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals in New Orleans.  The victory provided him with a springboard to compete in Europe, the spiritual home of karting, on a full-time basis throughout 2014.

In April, Correa was announced as a part of the Lotus F1 Junior Team.

Like Juodvirsis, the Race of Stars event on the Gold Coast will be the first time 14 year-old Correa has competed in Australia.

  • Read more about Simas and Juan Manuel HERE


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