Karting News Briefs

TECH VIDEO – Darrell Smith shows how to change the setting for the electronic exhaust valve timing on the Rotax MAX EVO:

SIT ON IT – Patrizicorse is the new exclusive importer and distributor for NEK racing seats, as used by many world wide.  A full range of seats has landed in Australia. Patrizicorse ship direct to the customer, but dealer inquiries are welcome. “We believe in this product and as of the the Race of Stars, Patrizicorse will use the NEK racing seat” the team stated on Facebook. Contact: info@patrizicorse.com – 07 5530 1583.

Patrizicorse has the full range of NEK seats available (pic – Patrizicorse)

PREVIEW VIDEO – KZ World Championship in Germany this weekend, September 10.

DAN RIC-KARTS – Daniel Ricciardo participated in a Ricciardo Kart PR event at the 7 Laghi Kart circuit in Italy just prior to the Italian Grand Prix. In addition to cutting laps in a race kart, Dan took guests for rides in the 2-seater Ricciardo rental kart. See the full gallery of images on the brand’s Facebook page HERE.

(pic – Ricciardo Kart)

INTERVIEW – Jen Wade interviews Ralf Schumacher at the latest German championship round about the Karting Teams Association (of which he’s President) and other karting topics.

SPEEDWAY SEASON – Yarra Valley Speedway Kart Club draft calendar for the 2017/18 season (subject to change):

ROK IT – For anyone looking to race ROK in America next year, the 2018 ROK Cup USA race calendar has now been revealed:

Florida Winter Tour
January 18-21 – Palm Beach Karting – Jupiter, Florida
February 15-18 – Ocala Gran Prix – Ocala, Florida
March 15-18 – Orlando Kart Center – Orlando, Florida

ROK Festival
NOLA ROK Festival – May 17-20 – NOLA Motorsports Park – Avondale, Louisiana
OVRP ROK Festival – July 19-22 – Oakland Valley Race Park – Cuddebackville, New York

October 30-November 3 – Rio All Suites Hotel & Casino – Las Vegas, Nevada

ROTAX WORLDS – Rotax Grand Finals 2017 video, Intro to Portimao. Who’s going to represent Team Australia?


ROTAX WARRANTY – It’s back again, the 12 month warranty campaign. Buy a new Rotax Max Engine between now & December 31st 2017 and receive 12 months warranty on your engine – this is DOUBLE the standard 6 month warranty that Rotax usually offer! Take advantage today by contacting your local Rotax dealer! 

TEAM/DEALER PR – Woodgate Racing enjoyed a bunch of podium placings at the 2017 National Festival of Superkarts at Phillip Island recently. In the Stock Honda class, Tim Clarke and Kieran Morling took 2nd and 3rd, while Jamie MacDonald was 3rd in the super fast 250 International class. In Rotax Light, Woodgate drivers scored a one-two (Russ Occhipinti 1st, Mark Vickers travelling from NSW for 2nd) while in Heavy Rod Clarke was 3rd and Bobby Jane 4th.

“It was a good meeting, and a big meeting” Peter Woodgate said. “I have to thank all of my customers who have done pretty well so far this year.”

ROK CUP CANCELLED – The ROK Cup USA National Final has been cancelled. With Hurricane Irma threatening danger to Florida, organisers decided to cancel the September 15-17 event. “This is a heartbreaking decision for us…, but we need to take in account the safety of everyone involved” stated Garett Potter, ROK Cup USA Director of Operations.  The event will not be rescheduled. ROK International Final tickets will be awarded to the current championship leaders:
Micro ROK – Jesse Carrasquedo
Mini ROK – Reece Gold
Junior ROK – Tyler Maxson
Senior ROK – Dario Cangialosi
Masters ROK – Pedro Cabrera
Shifter ROK – Rubens Barrichello
Shifter Masters ROK – Farshad Bagheri

F1 KARTERS – Formula One drivers took on Euro footballers at the Monza Grand Prix circuit (well, the front straight) in rental karts in the lead up to the GP:

BIG RIGS – An Ohio transport company is about to offer transportation services to American karters. With some competitors having so much equipment that needs to be hauled from one go kart track to another, Checkered Express Inc (CEI) believe there is a market for such a service. “As a team owner of Checkered Motorsports, we know what it takes to operate a racing team with a hauler/truck and trailer combination,” CEI owner Csaba Bujdoso said. “A team’s major expense is in their travel costs and we are looking to help them reduce time, effort and cost in going from track to track. We take care of the hassle.”

Checkered Express Inc’s prime movers

TITLE RE-RUN – There have been many kart number changes for the re-run of AIDKA’s 2016 Australian Titles. Entrants are urged to check their details on the associations site. “If you are not happy with the number selected, please email so we can negotiate – secretary@aidka.com.au” The re-running takes place at Yorke Pennisula Dirt Kart Club from Friday 29th September to Sunday 1st October 2017. Monday October 2 is the reserved rain day if required.

INFO POSTERS – Which events will you race?

Mount Gambier Kart Club will host the South Australian State Cup (above) on the first weekend of November. This is a ‘black plate’ event located half way between Adelaide and Melbourne. The club’s October 29 race day will be a shakedown meeting. The track will  close at the conclusion of racing on the 29th and reopened on Friday 3rd of November for SA Cup entrants to setup. Pit spaces will be allocated and trailers and tents will not be permitted to be left on the premises in the week leading into the event. Trade Sites are available.