Karting News Briefs

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WOW MOMENTS – This is next level from Pace Images at AKC round 3. The series’ official photographer, Ben Roehlen, gives us a behind-the-lens look at what goes on capturing all the moments and memories at the race track.

BLACK DONUTS – A tyre impound area?

Nope. Just the Ballarat Kart Club members upgrading their circuit’s safety barriers.

pics – BKC/Facebook

INDUSTRY – The North American Top Kart distributor, Top Kart USA, is in the final stages of testing and development of their purpose built Top Kart ION model chassis. This is specifically designed for the E-Rev motor program, a new package they’re trying to bring to the kart racing industry. The E-Rev motor has 48 Peak HP and 85 ft-lbs of torque, which is over six times the torque of contemporary 125cc TaG engines. The E-Rev will come with a scalable motor controller that allows a downloadable performance package be installed to the kart based on the different class options that will be offered.

pics – Doc’s Kart Kraft/Facebook

INDYCARKARTSeKartingnews put together a pretty cool graphic prior to this year’s Indianapolis 500 – a karting photo of each one of the 33 drivers in the race. Some photos are from when the driver started racing karts as a kid, while others are more current day, for example, from the Vegas SuperNats. See the “karting 500” grid HERE.

EURO VIDEO – FIA Karting European Championship, OK and Junior Round 2 at Genk highlights. Includes interviews with FIA President Jean Todt, CIK-FIA President Felipe Massa and behind the scenes footage of the event.

THE ROCK – Organisers of the Rock Island Grand Prix have done a deal to offer all Briggs & Stratton and Yamaha class drivers spec Hoosier tyres for US$195 per set. All other classes remain open tyre rule. Registration for the 25th annual running of The Rock, raced through the city streets of Rock Island, Illinois, on August 31 and September 1, is now open. This year will also feature the 20th running of the King of the Streets shifter kart race. ww.rockislandgrandprix.com

THANKS PHIL – In it’s May e-Newsletter, Karting Australia officially thanked retiring Finance Director, Phil Smith.

From KA: Founding AKA Ltd Director Phil Smith retired at this week’s Annual General Meeting after completing the maximum two terms as Finance Director. “On behalf of the entire Karting community and Phil’s fellow Directors and management, I would like to thank Phil for his work as a Director over the past six years,” said Chairman Mick Doohan. “Phil has made a great contribution to our sport in the Boardroom while being a very active participant on the track as well.” Race safe in retirement Phil and thanks for a great contribution to our sport.


Phil Smith (pic – KA)

JT, THE ENFORCER & THE DUDE – JC Kart’s Jon Targett featured on episode 4 of Enforcer & The Dude to talking karting. See the video below (karting content starts at 34m50s):

ENDURO JAYS – The Mackay Enduro will run an updated format for this year. The Senior Yamaha J class is back doing it for 5 hours, racing into the night and finishing under lights for the first time ever. The Cadet Enduro is back (3 hours same as last year for Mini Rok or restricted J engines) and new for ’19 is the Junior Enduro (3 hours using unrestricted Yamaha KT100J engines). We’ve been told there’s talk of a travel subsidy for teams that have a member travel more than 200kms to the event – best to contact the club about that.

TEAM PRPro Karting Australia video wrap from AKC round 3:

True story.

LEWIS & LETTERMAN – A lot of karting talk and old karting footage with Lewis Hamilton and David Letterman:


INDUSTRY/CLUB – The Newcastle Kart Racing Club is seeking expressions of interest from individuals or organisations who wish to occupy on site premises (currently being used as a kart shop and repair workshop) at the club’s Cameron Park circuit. The facility sees daily traffic from club members, plus visitors to the onsite rental kart business that operates 7 days a week. See listing on Gumtree HERE. Inquiries should be directed to the club‘s David Laughton.

CONGRATS COFFS – Well done Coffs Harbour Kart Racing Club, lots of work promoting the event (including advertising it via KartSportNews) paid off with lots of drivers turning up for last weekend’s Australian Kart Masters.

pic – KNSW/Facebook

MORE EURO VIDEO – FIA Karting European Championship OK and OK Junior, Round 3 in Sweden highlights:

KIWIS STICK WITH DUNLOP– KartSport New Zealand has chosen to continue with the Dunlop DFH as the organisation’s dry tyre for tyre-restricted classes across the next three-year contract period, 1/1/20 to 31/12/22. KartSport NZ National President Graeme Moore advised the re-contract has “significantly enhanced our ASN’s support levels and committed to maintaining the current price which will see no increase in tyres costs for what will now total six years since 2017.” The DFH is manufactured in Japan by Sumitomo Rubber Industries. After import to New Zealand and bulk warehoused on both Islands by Goodyear and Dunlop Tyres (NZ), they’re distributed exclusively via Lascom Motorsport.

Brian Waldmeyer, (right) Director Lascom Motorsport and Graeme Moore (left), National President KartSport New Zealand at the contract signing (pic – brickcontent.co.nz)

RACERS – Three of Shamick Racing’s drivers are off to Europe for WSK Promotion rounds in Adria and Lonato. “For James Wharton it is now a familiar feeling” Shamick posted on social media. “Peter Bouzinelos has done it before but now is faced with new tracks. James Lodge is obviously super excited to join Parolin Racing Kart for the very first time. We wish our three drivers the very best as they head over to Europe.”

(pic – Shamick Racing/Facebook)

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