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CAMS Victoria has published an interview with Jordie Ford about his feats overseas last year, winning the European Superkart Championship in the mono-cylinder category. Read it HERE.

Factory Croc Promotion driver Ben Hanley won the KZ2 Winter Cup last month aboard a Drago Corse chassis. But what’s a Drago? Hanley raced under the colours of Drago to lift the profile of the brand, which is built for the distributor for Mad Croc product in the Japanese market. The Drago Corse, like the Lion Kart and Mad Croc, is made by Emme Racing SAS. Hanley will be back on the Croc for future races in 2018.

Ben Hanley and the winning KZ2 Drago chassis at Lonato’s Winter Cup (pic – Drago Corse)

KF Kart has a sale on brand new current model junior chassis for the month of March. Prices: Chassis – $3195, or with IAME KA100 – $5995. Can be picked up from DPE Kart Technology in Melbourne, or pay to have it freighted direct to you. Contact KF’s Kip Foster for more information – 0407 779 138.

A great archive of period photos of 100cc/F100 karting has been put together by Chris Uhlhorn. The photos (and videos) are arranged into albums by chassis/engine brand. “It is my project I run it solo” Uhlhorn told KartSportNews. “It’s only a few months old but constantly sees ex world champion karters on the page commenting and sharing posts. My goal is to be the gold standard for someone trying to find photos from the 90s, as well as photos to build replicas of their karting heroes.” See the archive HERE.

Try out the new Patrizicorse website and take advantage of the Free Delivery for orders over $200 for the month of March. The home of BirelART and Ricciardo Kart in the Oceania region, the new site has all the latest Ricciardo, BirelART, Vrooam and Freeline products – plus more – ready to be added to your shopping cart.

Victorian karters are reminded to check with their club which weekend the March club day races will be contested. Victorian clubs traditionally have a closed club day race meeting on the last Sunday of the month. However for March, that clashes with the Australian Grand Prix. As such, clubs can elect to run club day the weekend prior (March 17/18) instead of March 24/25 if they wish.

The Subaru KX21DU 9.2hp 4-stroke engine will be allowed to run in the new 4SS class in club competition in New South Wales for the remainder of 2018. Karting NSW posted the information on social media. “We would like to thank Karting Australia for their help in making this happen.” The Sportsman – Senior 4SS class rules can be located in the 2018 KNSW State Regulations HERE.

Kartcom issue #39 is now online – click HERE to read.

Victorian karter Samuel Downing will have his head shaved next month as part of a fund raiser for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Having friends and family affected by the disease, Sam has set an ambitious target of $5000. “I want to make a difference to the one in eight women who will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime” he wrote on his gofundme page. “I’m inspired by the work that National Breast Cancer Foundation do and want to help them reach their aspirational goal of zero deaths from breast cancer by 2030”.  Make a donation – visit Sam’s gofundme page HERE.

Those clippers will be switched on next time they get near that head! Sam Downing will have his head shaved on April 14 at the Albury-Wodonga round of the Australian Kart Championship (pic – Downing/Facebook)

Kyle Ensbey is back, racing a 2018 Praga chassis in DD2 at the next Pro Tour round. “Kyle is not the only Ensbey to join the team with his nephew Jordon also jumping on aboard to compete in the hotly contested Mini Max Class” IP Karting Australia posted.

AIDKA has expressed condolences to Jakyb Sharman, his family and friends over the passing of ‘Pop’, a gentleman respected by many, may he Rest in Peace. “My hero, my soldier, my idol, my best friend, my world but the best thing is he is my pop!!” Jakyb posted on Facebook. A service for Geoff will be held at the Yorke Peninsula Dirt Kart Club on Monday, March 19 at 1pm. This will be followed by refreshments at the Rising Sun Hotel, 30 Edwards St, Port Wakefield.


(pic – Sharman/Facebook)

Mackay Kart Club is going ahead with it’s non-KA race meeting this Saturday, March 10. The first of several such events, the club is running this meeting to entice existing non-current drivers (eg, those who did not transition to the new engines) back into competition, and offer new drivers (and those who cannot afford to race a kart under the current KA specification) the chance to enter and enjoy our sport.

The club has indicated there are around 15 entries in both a Yamaha J (National) and Yamaha S (Clubman) class. Of significant interest is the tyre that has been specified for these classes –  Dunlop’s DF2. This is a long-wearing rental kart tyre that’s listed on the Dunlop Kartsport website at $126 per set. It is not approved for KA competition. The DF2 is also a ‘hard tyre option’ that competitors in all the other classes can use if they wish, the club conscious of members’ concerns regarding rubber that will be more economical and easier on the body. For further information (and the Supp Regs), visit the club’s facebook page. The Queensland State Cup is at Mackay on April 6-8.

Will be interesting to see how Dunlop’s DF2 rental kart tyre goes at Mackay this weekend (pic – dk17.com.au)

Reports in America say there are calls to boycott Bell products, as part of a wider boycott of companies owned by ammunition producer Vista Outdoor (a company that is a supporter of the National Rifle Association and parent company of bicycle product brands like Bell, CamelBak and Giro). This has led to Bell Racing USA issuing a public statement on the matter. “Bell Racing USA and Bell Racing Helmets are entirely separate entities from the power sports and bicycle divisions of the Bell brand. We operate independently from Vista Outdoor and Vista Outdoor has no ownership stake in Bell Racing” said Kyle Kietzmann, president and COO of Bell Racing USA.

CRG has produced a 140-page hard-cover year book covering the 2017 season from a sporting, commercial and technical aspect. Several pages are dedicated to Paolo De Conto’s KZ World Championship, but other important international events are also covered. The yearbook includes product analysis on both the Racing and the Rental kart range, plus CIK-FIA homologations. Giancarlo Tinini talks about the season and recalls memories of former drivers the likes of Max Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Hulkenberg in a section dedicated to “CRG Champions”. The most successful CRG chassis have been track tested with telemetry data analysis and driver impressions. The hard copy can be purchased online and delivered worldwide. Cover price is 22 Euros. Contact CRG commercial office – nicole@kartcrg.com

The Alice Springs Kart Club will host two races for KT100 and 125cc karts as part of the Alice Springs Masters Games – one for men, the other for women. “The National Titles will just have finished at the Great Southern Kart Club in Wagin, so why not extend your trip and come to Central Australia and experience all the Centre has to offer and be part of Australia’s original Masters Games” event organisers informed KartSportNews. Registrations are now open and an Early Bird Prize is on offer for participants who have registered prior to the 31st March. Racing will be run at the Arunga Park Speedway complex over two nights under lights. See www.alicespringsmastersgames.com.au/sports/go-karting/

After several delays, Remo Racing has confirmed the 2018 X30 engines and components have finally arrived, and are now in stock. Contact Remo or your local dealer.

Fresh stock: pallets of IAME goodies at the Remo Racing warehouse (pic – Remo Racing/Facebook)

After AKC round 1…

Arrow heads rivals in Manufacturers’ Cup
Taylah tops Ladies Trophy score
Shamick shines in Teams Championship

Due to the weather, round 3 of the Tri Track Series was cancelled and has been rescheduled to the 10th of March. Please note, competitors will need to re-nominate if intending to race on March 1o.

Reminder of the Patrizicorse delivery offer for March:

The Iceman (cool Kimi Raikkonen) goes ice karting against two fans and two aspiring racers:

Limited time 50% off HW27 carburettor and manifold for the X30:

Whyalla Kart Club has its first meeting of the year on Saturday, March 17. This is a day/night meeting. The club advise there is free camping at the track with hot shower if required. “(We’re) quite happy to open up the circuit on Friday if you wish, however there will be plenty of unofficial practice on Saturday before the official practice starts. We can even let you use the track on the Sunday if you desire, free of charge. Whyalla Caravan park always offer discounts for Karter’s, so give them a call.”