Karting News Briefs


TECH – Video by Rotax, Darrell Smith talking spark plug care to avoid misfires:

USA – “Priority Pre-Entry” has now closed for the 21st SuperNationals in Las Vegas. This means public entry is about to be thrown open for all nine categories until they reach track capacity. Public entry will open at 7pm (PDT, USA time) on Sunday, August 27. Being in a new lot location, the circuit layout will be new for everyone. Entry cap for the classes are:

  • KZ – 44 drivers
  • S1 Pro Stock Honda – 44 drivers
  • S2 Semi-Pro Stock Honda – 44 drivers
  • S4 Master Stock Honda – 44 drivers
  • S4 Super Master Stock Honda – 44 drivers
  • X30 Senior – 88 drivers
  • X30 Master – 88 drivers
  • X30 Junior – 88 drivers
  • Mini Swift – 88 drivers
  • Micro Swift – 44 drivers
Las Vegas Convention Center Diamond Lot, location for SuperNationals 21 (pic – SKUSA)

ROTAX WORLDS – Draft time schedule for the Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals in Portugal has been announced – click HERE for the detail. A basic overview:

  • Saturday November 4 – Driver Registration
  • Sunday – Kart raffles, scrutineering
  • Monday & Tuesday – Practice
  • Wednesday – Qualifying & commencement of heat racing
  • Thursday – More heats
  • Friday – Pre-Finals
  • Saturday November 11 – Finals

SNIPER DEAL – SG Karts is offering Free Freight on Snipers. “This universal fitting, Australian designed, invented, created, patented, laser aligner is the number one must have of karting. Available now complete with Case, Alignment Rule, Magnet, Spare batteries and instructions.” Offer ends 31/08/17 Conditions Apply. Click HERE.

TICKETS PLEASE – The Rotax World Finals tickets have arrived at IKD! Who’s gonna get ’em?


BINNED – The CIK-FIA has announced the 2017 Asia-Pacific Championship for OK and KZ classes has been cancelled at the request of the organiser. It was to have taken place on December 8 to 10 at the Kartodromo de Coloane in Macau.

COMMENTARY – CIK-FIA World Championship preview from ‘Straya:

EURO SIGNING – CRG has signed 14-year-old Finnish karter Rasmus Joutsimies to race OK-Junior with the factory team at the upcoming World Championship at PFI, plus the WSK Final Cup at Adria. As with the other works drivers, he will use IAME engines managed by KVS. The contract includes an option for Joutsimies to compete with CRG in OK Senior in 2018. Rasmus’ first kart was a CRG “Puffo” when he was just four. His CV reads 92 wins out of 137 races contested.

Is Rasmus Joutsimies the next Flying Finn? (pic – CRG)

DRIVER PR – Russ Occhipinti won the National Festival of Superkarts for the second year in a row in the Non-Gearbox Light class at Phillip Island last weekend. After qualifying on pole he won 3 out of 4 races. “Racing was tight all weekend as we had several interstate competitors competing” he said. It was a clear victory for the Ace Karts racing team and the Woodgate Evo chassis. Russ would like to thank Ace Karts for sponsoring the team, Woodgate Racing, John Gonzalez, Penrite oil and the Victorian Superkart club.

pic – supplied

EVENTS – Some event information posters for upcoming race meets: