Karting News Briefs

RECORD – We set a new record last month – 83 individual news posts to the KartSportNews home page! It’s great to have that much news and content flowing through the site, but if you’re not seeing race reports from events you contest, we need to find a contributor in your area. Put the feelers out at your club so we can cover your events too 🙂

INDUSTRY – The latest shipment of Kosmic and FA Karts from the OTK Group in Italy arrived at the DPE Kart Technology warehouse in Melbourne recently. The delivery included the new Kosmic Mercury R and FA Victory R models, plus Kosmic/FA Rookie EV chassis for the Cadet classes. Visit dpekartsuperstore.com today. Orders over $200 are delivered free within Australia.

REDS R IN – Golden Power Series organisers have confirmed the TaG 125 Light and Heavy classes have moved from MG Yellow to MG Red for the next round at Morwell. All other classes remain on the same tyre as round two.

INDUSTRY – JAG Engineering in the UK has been named by BRP-Rotax as its Distributor of the Year for 2018. The annual award recognizes distributors’ efforts regarding sales achievements and operational excellence that lead to strengthen BRP-Rotax’s marketing efforts around the world.

BRP-Rotax handed over the Distributor of the Year award at the first round of the UK karting championship. In the photo (L to R) are Sara Jernic (BRP-Rotax), Tina Alsat (JAG), Jean Sheail (JAG), John Gravett (JAG) and Darrell Smith (BRP-Rotax) (pic – Chris Walker / Kartpix)

PRODUCT – Now available at your nearest Remo Racing dealer:

TECH VIDEO – OTK’s official instructional disassembly video of the Vortex RSZ-RTZ shifter engine (Italian commentary, but you get the idea)

And then re-assembly…

TRACK UPGRADE – The team at The Go Kart Club of SA have been working hard in the past weeks and months preparing the Monarto venue and making improvements ahead this weekend’s round of the SP Tools Australian Kart Championship. Looks good!

OUCH! – A couple of lessons in this lot:

VIDEO – Round 2 highlights of the NSW KZ2 Super Series at Lithgow recently:

FACTORY TOUR – Jenni Wade visited the CRG factory during the opening round of the DKM in Lonato. She walked around the workshops where the Karts are built, had some chats with different people from CRG and summarized the CRG history and future with Giancarlo Tinini.

VALE: GRAHAM CARD – One of Australian karting’s long-standing officials, Graham ‘Silver’ Card, passed away recently. He was 74. Silver was a prominent member of the karting community throughout New South Wales for many years, particularly the Grenfell Kart Club. A farewell memorial was held at the Grenfell circuit last Saturday.

(pic – Karting Australia/Facebook)

VIDEOS – WSK Euro Series, race wrap from Angerville:


PROGRAM – Here’s the official AKC race program for this weekend’s third round in South Australia. Includes full entry list, event schedule and current standings heading in to Monarto.

WET ACES – Some advice and techniques for racing karts in the wet, courtesy of Red Bull – go HERE to read about it.

PRO PUCKA – The official Rotax Pro Tour shakedown meeting for the series’ Pucka round will be the Eastern Lions Kart Club’s club race day on Sunday, May 26.

REV UP – GoRace Promotions, promotors for the NSW KZ2 Super Series and NSW 4SS Thundersport Tour, has announced a partnership for the remainder of 2019 with Revvies Energy Strips – “a brand new and revolutionary way to get a quick boost of energy for athletes and anyone who finds themselves running close to empty during the day.” Revvies Energy gift packs will be randomly won by competitors at future rounds.


PAIN IN THE… – An innocuous kerb strike is believed to have broken a small bone in Eryn Osborne’s throat during the previous AKC round at Newcastle. Her recovery has been going well. 9News reported on her injury and recovery HERE.

Eryn’s x-ray. the small bone that protrudes under her jaw received a fracture believed to be caused by the helmet strap when it lifted after striking a kerb at Newcastle (pic – Eryn Osborne Motorsport/Facebook)

EVENT – The fourth round of the Sparco Rotax Pro Tour heads south to Victoria’s Puckapunyal next month. The “Super 6” event doubles as the Victorian State Title. Entries are now open! If you cannot make it track-side, Pro Tour will be LIVE STREAMING all of Sundays action through the Rotax Pro Tour Facebook Page and YouTube Channel.

INDUSTRY – Right Karts and the OTK Kart Group have announced that Right Karts has been appointed the exclusive New Zealand importer and distributor of the renowned Kosmic range of karts. The organisation is also the New Zealand distributor of Rotax engines and spares.

POST IT – Lismore Kart Club advise the Lismore circuit will be closed from June 25 to June 28. Australia Post we be utilising the facility for a training exercise.

EVO 2 – The Woodgate Racing EVO2 chassis is now a reality. Based on the highly successful EVO, the EVO2 features a 108cm wheebase (EVO is 106), a floating third bearing on the rear axle and mechanical shift. While the original EVO targeted the Rotax road-race classes, EVO2 is designed for the more powerful and faster Open 125cc gearbox class. Go towoodgateracing.com

RACING – Here are the official video highlights from the FIA Karting European Championship KZ / KZ2 / Academy Trophy round 1 at Wackersdorf:

INDUSTRY – The official CRG website has been re-vamped. The new styling offers an intuitive navigation experience for users with easy access to product information, racing team details, rental kart stuff, the CRG Magazine etc. Visit kartcrg.com

EVENT – SA State Cup coming up in July. Black plates to be awarded at Mt Gambier:

EVENT – The four round Riverland Dirt Kart Championship kicks off on June 1st at the Morgan Dirt Kart Club:

VALE: DAVE CAMWELL SNR – The Whyalla Kart Club advises the sad passing of Life Member Dave Camwell Senior. He passed away on Mothers Day, just shy of his 85th birthday. Dave’s funeral will be held tomorrow (Friday, May 16) at the Wood Terrace Funeral Parlour at 11 am with a drink or 2 at the town bowls club afterwards.

AKC LIVE – Live streaming of round 3, 2019 SP Tools Australian Kart Championship, will be online from 8am this Sunday May 19. Various videos (media conference, highlights etc) will be posted late Saturday afternoon. If you can’t make it trackside at Monarto, follow the action on livestream.com HERE.

LIMITED SPARCO – IKD has received the limited edition KB-7 leather Sparco Kart Boot. It’s available in Black, Blue & Red in sizes 39 through to 45. Only available while stock lasts! Order yours today online or by contacting IKD. $180 plus shipping.

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F1 for SAFETY – FIA video “F1 drivers advocate for RoadSafety”. Pay attention out there!

POWER MAC – Peter McDonald of Powermac Racing fame has returned to going fast on water. He raced boats into his late 20s but then, with a young family and a move to Terang, switched across to karting. Over the following decades, family members won multiple National and karting state titles, and the Powermac Products business supplied control mufflers and other karting product for many years. Now, at nearly 74 years of age, McDonald is showing no signs of slowing down and is once again looking to break the 100mph mark on water. Read the full article on the Camperdown Cronicle website HERE.

Peter McDonald (pic – WD Newspapers/Facebook)

ACHIEVEMENT – American karter Daniel Eaton won pole position and placed first in a Tri-C Go-Kart class race last weekend in Fontana, California. ‘So what?’ you might ask. Daniel has hemiplegia (a form of paralysis) and races one handed. “His racing community in Southern California is in total awe with his accomplishments under severe impediments” his dad very proud “papa”, Homer, told KartSportNews.

Friends and rivals congratulate Daniel on his win

KARTING EXPLAINED – If you have any friends or relatives thinking about getting into karting, show them this video made by Tiger Kart Club member Dalvin Nguyen:

REVIVAL – Allan Howard has archived the old Kartbook forums and website and has set up a similar site at a new address – kartbook.net.au. Allan told KartSportNews that the kartbook.net DNS entries now appear to be owned by a Russian organisation. “I thought we would lose some of the historical Kartbook content, so I have established a new website and (to preserve history) taken a static copy of the old content.”

JAILED – Former WA karting photographer Frank Viola has been sentenced to 15 months jail. He was charged in August 2018 with possession of child exploitation material and sentenced last month. The West Australian news website reports Judge Amanda Burrows SC considered “this to be a significant collection of child exploitation material” and “you admitted you had a sexual interest in young girls. I find the interest you had was considerable and long-standing.” He will be eligible for parole in December.

CERTIFIED – BRP-Rotax has announced an all-new Rotax Certification Program. The aim of the program is to further develop the high standards of the worldwide Authorised Rotax Karting Service Network. The UK’s Steve Ogden will be the first Rotax Training Centre offering three courses:


  • Advanced Maintenance Course – limited specifically to the Rotax service network (5 days)
  • Basic Maintenance Course – OTS module (outside the seal) – open to all Rotax customers (3 days)
  • Basic Maintenance Course – ITS module (inside the seal) – open to all Rotax customers (2 days)