DAMN STRAIGHT – St George Kart Centre’s flat bench has travelled the country with the race team. Here it’s being used to straightening a 1990s PCR Jaguar chassis. This effort moved it 1mm.
PB’s 1st WIN – The thrill of victory is contagious. The following was shot by Pace Images – “In the Cadet 9 final at the first round of the Australian Kart Championship at Ipswich, the battle for the lead on the last lap was intense! Was great to capture the excitement of the JC Kart crew as Patrick Buckley fought for his first AKC round win. Thanks to Ronan from RGM Photography for keeping me updated on when the leaders were approaching the checkered flag allowing me to capture both celebrations!”
GYM FIT? Karting champ Kip Foster proves you don’t need a gym membership to do some effective karting-specific fitness and strength training.
MAX WORLD – IKD has published this “Race The World” Rotax brochure about Rotax in Australia and the world – view it HERE (PDF).
TOTAL ACCESS – SKUSA is capturing its ProTour weekends ‘through the eyes of an influential figure’, promising total access, the highs and lows, and (as far as possible without causing offence) unfiltered content. First to feature was Ryan Norberg, contesting the finale of the 2019 SKUSA Winter Series.
OFFICIAL INFO – Looking to follow the CIK-FIA World & European Karting Championships in 2019? Click/tap HERE for the official presentation dossier (40-page PDF) listing events, past champions, venue information and much more.
AKC TEAMS – After round 1 of the 2019 Australian Kart Championship, TWM leads the way in the Teams Championship ahead of the Shayne Piper Race Engines outfit.
AKC MANUFACTURERS – Meanwhile, in the Karting Australia Manufacturers’ Championship, it’s tight at the top with Arrow Karts leading the way over Kosmic, JC and Energy.
TAKE THAT! – A ‘balanced’ kart, or (from Dave Sera) Dad says “get into your opposition’s head”. Either way, ouch!
ONE ALL? – Karting identity Peter Edgar has been handed a suspended six-month jail sentence and placed on a $2000, three-year good behaviour bond after being found guilty of harassing Karting Australia CEO Kelvin O’Reilly (who won the $250k defamation case, see HERE).
In a separate case of harassing KA Board Chairman Mick Doohan, Edgar was found not guilty. However, according to the Gold Coast Bulletin, magistrate Gary Finger warned Edgar his grandson “would be visiting him in jail if he continued to post ‘vindictive rubbish’ which destroyed the integrity of Doohan and O’Reilly”. Edgar’s Federation of Australian Racing Karters Union Facebook page has gone offline.
ENERGY PROMO – Energy Karts by people who race Energy Karts:
LADDERS & TRIANGLES – This is the front end of the Nibor Kart superkart chassis. Lots of billet alloy components make an adjustable double-wishbone-with-uprights front end.
FIA APP – The FIA has launched a new FIA Karting app for mobile devices. The app gives users access to information about the CIK-FIA races, news, video, live timing & live stream, just like the organisation’s website. It’s free and available for iOS in the App Store and for Android on Google Play.
BARBADOS BRONCO – Calem Maloney gets air ahead of Adam Mallalieu at the Bushy Park circuit in Barbados. Between them, the due won 19 of the 24 races that made up the Caribbean Junior Karting Academy Trophy. Mallalieu was crowned Champion.
SKA DATES – Superkarts Australia confirm dates and venues for the 2-round SKA Australian Championship:
TAKE A PUNT – Think you can guess who will form Team Australia for 2019? Click the link, complete the form and the closest team choice will win a Team Australia Merchandise pack. Entries must be in by Thursday 3rd May 2019. Cast your votes HERE.
SLIP & SLIDE – Indoor slick track racing. Very close and looks like fun! (but why,almost every time some one hits the lead, they run wide at the next corner?)
LEASE IT – Want to live the Rotax Pro Tour experience, but don’t own a MAX engine? No problem, as IKD have lease deals… IKD has 5 brand new Senior Max engines that will be available: 1 round only – $600. 2 rounds – $1000 Contact IKD for more details – (02) 4735 1344
FAMILY FUN – Pro Tour is not just about Grand Final tickets… Meet the Micro Max kids or better yet, come and join them. Micro Max is the ideal starting point for the youngest of racers & the Sparco Rotax Pro Tour offers more laps, more events, different racing formats, great prizes and an unbeatable family friendly atmosphere. Come & make mates for life and have fun along the way 🤙🏽
SA RECRUITMENT – Know someone who has a kid interested in having a crack in a proper race kart? A Junior Sprockets day will be held at the Southern Go Kart Club (Bolivar Raceway, Adelaide) on Saturday, April 6. Numbers are limited to 30; go HERE to register.
NEW OFFICIALS – Karting Australia New South Wales has announced two new state officials. Long-time Scrutineer Paul Hull has been appointed the organisation’s State Technical Co-ordinator while Darcy Cox takes up the role of State Officials Co-Ordinator. “To have Officials to the calibre of Paul and Darcy leading Karting Australia New South Wales in their respective areas will ensure we are able to remain focused on moving forward,” said KANSW President David Laughton.
LA CONCA WRAP – Highlights & round summary video, WSK Super Master Series round 2 from La Conca:
KEEP IT REAL – The KartKarft simulator attracted lots of interest at Karting Australia’s display at the AGP. Hopefully those who have a steer are aiming for a run in a real kart, not just online!
CONGRATS! – Long-time Karting volunteer officials Alf and Maureen Capri were announced as the winners of the Speedcafe.com Spirit of Speed Award at the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport / CAMS Hall of Fame Dinner on the weekend. Well done to both!
EASTER NATS – AKRA is offering a bunch of classes at its Easter Nationals event at Orange on April 19-21, from Yamaha J & S to TaG & Twins. AKRA advise all licenses & memberships welcome (AKRA, KA, Retro, Toowoomba, Mackay). Entry fee is $150. Classes, weights & tyres are:
- Senior National ‘J’ – Pro 150kg – Maxxis
- Senior National ‘J’ – Heavy 170kg – Maxxis
- Senior National ‘J’ – Over 40’s 165kg – Maxxis
- Clubman ‘S’ – Pro 155kg – Maxxis
- Clubman ‘S’ – Heavy 175kg – Maxxis
- Clubman ‘S’ – Over 40’s 170kg – Maxxis
- TAG Restricted – Pro 165kg, – Maxxis
- TAG Restricted – Heavy 185kg, – Maxxis
- TAG Restricted – Masters 180kg, – Maxxis
- TAG Open – Pro 165kg, – Maxxis
- TAG Open – Heavy 185kg, – Maxxis
- 4 stroke – Pro – Vega
- F100 Pro – MG Yellow
- Open Performance/Twins – Open
LATE FEE – Registration for the 2019 European Championships for OK and OK Junior have now closed. However, late entries will be accepted up until Wednesday March 20, but will carry a fee of €2600 (approx AUS $4150).
WSK VIDEOS – All the finals footage from WSK Super Master Series round 3 at La Conca: