BIG CHINA – We hear the organiser of the Asian Karting Invitational event in Cangnan, China, is dangling a huge carrot to get entries from other countries. The promoter has organised a drivers’ assistance package that includes accommodation and supply of equipment. Additionally, there is significant prize money for the top 5 in each class, the Senior winner taking home ¥30,000 Chinese Yuan ($6,200 AUD) with all the other winners (Cadet, Junior and Masters, plus the winning mechanic in each class) cashing ¥10,000 ($2,000). This event will bring together 120 drivers from China and other southeast Asian countries on November 8 to 10.
RIP Justin Bedggood – The Melbourne Speedway Kart Club has lost one its family members with the passing of Justin Bedggood. “Justin was a member of the MSKC for just over 12 months and had his first full season racing speedway karts with us. After only a couple of race meetings that Justin had competed in, Justin got his brother Jarrod involved in racing speedway karts. After a great first year by both boys and making lots of new racing friends, both boys haven’t stopped talking about this up and coming season. Justin and Jarrod have been planning to have a big 2nd year in the kart as well as Justin going to have a steer in his compact Speedcar that he had only just brought. To Jarrod, Justin’s wife Sally and the family we are thinking of you all in this very hard time for you all. Justin will never be forgotten by the Melbourne Speedway Kart Club” – MSKC.
PATRIZICORSE PARADISE – Patrizicorse has a range of Arrive-and-Drive packages available for the Race of Stars. They are suitable for local and international guests and use the Australian Championship winning combination of Ricciardo Kart and Vortex Engines. “Race with us at Australia’s largest International Karting Event! Call or email us to find out more information and to secure your spot!” https://patrizicorse.com/contact
WHAT HAPPENED – there is another version to this shirt: “You were so fast in practice.”
RIP Trish Maastricht – KA STATEMENT: It is with sadness that Karting Australia acknowledges the passing of one of its long standing Officials, Trish Maastricht. Trish passed away on Tuesday evening after battling illness over the past few years, she was aged 54. Trish was a prominent member of the karting community throughout New South Wales for many years. Karting Australia on behalf of the entire karting community offers its condolences to her husband Victor, their son Kristian and the Maastricht family and Trish’s friends.
GALA AWARDS – Photo album of images from the Jason Richards Gala Dinner for the Rotax Pro Tour awards and Grand Final ticket allocations. View all the photos (over 100 of them) HERE.
KZ RECORD – It was a big entry for the FIA KZ World Championship / KZ2 Super Cup at Lonato last week. A total of 261 drivers competed in the categories KZ, KZ2, Academy Trophy and Historic Super Cup. A new record was set for KZ and KZ2: 174 drivers, 48 in KZ and 126 (capped number) in KZ2. For reference, here are the numbers for these categories from 2011 to 2019:
2011 Genk (B) ………. 111 drivers. 37 in KZ1 and 74 in KZ2;
2012 Sarno (I) ……….. 136 drivers. 38 in KZ1 and 98 in KZ2;
2013 Varennes (F) ….. 130 drivers. 38 in KZ and 92 in KZ2;
2014 Sarno (I) ………. 148 drivers. 43 in KZ1 and 105 in KZ2;
2015 Le Mans (F) …… 137 drivers. 36 in KZ1 and 101 in KZ2;
2016 Kristianstad (S) .. 122 drivers. 33 in KZ1 and 89 in KZ2;
2017 Wackersdorf (D) 162 drivers. 44 in KZ1 and 118 in KZ2;
2018 Genk (B) ………. 136 drivers. 31 in KZ1 and 105 in KZ2;
2019 Lonato (I) ……… 174 drivers. 48 in KZ1 and 126 in KZ2.
MULTIPLIERS – The WA AIDKA State Title, hosted by Jennacubbine Dirt Kart Club, has 32 drivers competing in more than one class! 115 drivers generated 165 nominations. Three drivers are racing four classes (nightmare for the race order), 12 drivers racing three classes (ditto), 17 drivers racing two classes and 83 drivers racing one class.
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FOCUSED – A behind-the-lens look at the final round of AKC for 2019, by Ben Roehlan, Pace Images:
WINNER – Warwick Kart Club’s Jackson Greenhalgh collected this brand new junior kart he won as a prize at the Warwick Junior Top Guns meeting recently. Jackson collected the new Praga chassis from DPE Kart Superstore Qld earlier this month. “The chassis was donated by DPE to the club as a prize. Tony & Adam were there to hand over. Enjoy Jackson!”
VIDEO – The Wagin 1000
PRODUCT PR – Vrooam Lubricants were used by three of the newly crowned Australian Kart Champions in three classes – Cadet 12, X30 and KZ2. Vrooam is distributed in Australia by Patrizicorse.
SURF’S UP – Here’s the design for the winner’s surfboard at this year’s Race of Stars on the Gold Coast.
RETRO – A look at karting in the UK in the 1960s. It’s changed a bit!
SUCCESSFUL SEAT – Jecko 10% off special at DPE
FREE RENTAL – ROK Cup USA is offering Briggs & Stratton racers free use of 45 of their Vortex VLR 100cc engines at the ROK the RIO event. The offer is open to Junior, Senior and Masters Briggs drivers. There will be an option to purchase the engine after the event for $1,100 USD (AUS $1630).
WSK CALENDAR – WSK Promotion has released its 2020 schedule. Commencing in January with the Winter Test, the WSK season concludes in November with the Final Cup. A highlight is expected to the the night race in July where the WSK Euro Series winners will be crowned. Full schedule below:
Here’s some information about upcoming karting events. If your club has an event in the months ahead, send us the detail. See how HERE.
Promo clip for the 4-Hour enduro event at Launceston on 14 December:
THE SPLIT – This should keep the chassis wear even!
The CIK-FIA has for the last few years pushed its 24-hour endurance championship race. Below is a preview clip for the 34th edition at Le Mans this weekend. Timing and results will be available HERE.
COUNTDOWN – Mere weeks to the 20th anniversary Rotax Grand Finals