News snippets from the past few weeks, from here and around the world. Have you got news? Let us know about it!
NO HASSLE – Custom painted helmets. No waiting. Ready to go. NOW! Contact IKD and have it under the tree this Christmas.
MORE MERRY CHEER – A 10-pack of KartSportNews stickers makes a great Christmas present! Just $7 (or a 20-pack for $12), includes postage within Australia. Go HERE to order.
RKA 2020 – Retro Karting Australia has now confirmed the dates and locations for all five rounds of its 2020 series. This is for their Clubman classes, alongside RKA’s flagship F100 category. “Book your holidays and book your accommodation as next year is going to be bigger and better than we have ever had before” RKA posted.
EURO PRO – See inside the teams! Here’s a paddock tour by official commentator Ian Salvestrin, WSK Open Cup round 2 at the 7 Laghi circuit, Italy.
PERMISSION GRANTED – Development approval have been granted for a new motor racing circuit near Pakenham, South East of Melbourne. Cardinia Shire Council approved development application for a 3.6km FIA Grade 2 circuit (same grading as Sydney Motor Sport Park and The Bend) last week. Initial plans for the privately funded facility include a 900m CIK Category A kart track. Construction is likely to commence by the middle of 2020 and is estimated to take two years.
EURO X30 – Anyone looking to do the IAME Euro series? The entry form can be found on www.iameeuroseries.com. The series runs over four rounds, as per the schedule below, using a new homologation MG tyre.
FK 2020 – This is the awesome look for Formula K in 2020. For more detail, or to sort delivery of your own for the new season, contact Formula K Australia / Pro Karting Australia.
LECLERC & LENNOX – Lennox Racing will be the official racing team for Charles Leclerc’s new kart brand. Since the launch of the chassis, Birel ART wanted to align the Charles Leclerc brand with its own racing department. This lead to a collaboration with the Lennox Racing team, led by a 27-year-old Briton, Jordon Lennox Lamb, a former top-level driver and dynamic team manager. Locally, enquiries for the Leclerc Kart should be directed to Patrizicorse (for Australian pricing, see previous article HERE).
ANOTHER BRAND – A new brand, Magik Kart, made its debut at the SKUSA SuperNationals recently. Magik will focus development efforts on the L206 and Shifter categories. More of the Magik on Kart360 HERE.
ANOTHER (OZ) BRAND – And locally (NSW) the McKinnon Competition Kart by Paul McKinnon has become a reality, hand-built built from German chrome-molly tube.
2020 CALENDAR – Another Christmas present idea for the kart racer, a 2020 karting wall calendar. The calendar, filled with great photos by Pace Images, will help raise funds towards the 2020 Tour de Cure Australia Signature Tour that Karting Australia Chief Operating Officer Lee Hanatschek is participating in to raise funds for cancer prevention and awareness. Cost is $15 with free shipping within Australia ($10 for the rest of the world). Visit HERE to place an order.
IAME LOOKALIKES – from Remo Racing: BEWARE OF NON-GENUINE PARTS
“IAME genuine spare parts are manufactured to the highest standard to ensure your engine continues to operate to its peak performance. The use of genuine parts is enforced to maintain consistency and reliability between engines while ensuring an equal playing field for every competitor.
Please be aware there are companies currently selling cheap copies of IAME components, the quality of these parts is unknown and could potentially compromise the performance and reliability of your engine.
Additionally these aftermarket components do not comply with the respective homologation documents of Karting Australia or Karting NSW and as such they are not legal for use within the rules. As a result, if an engine is found to be fitted with non-genuine parts the competitor could face a penalty or disqualification.
IAME genuine parts can be identified by the presence of the logo or part number as shown on the example below, further info and examples can be found in the homologation documents found on the respective associations website.”
RETRO CLUBMAN – RKA will be running a Clubman Yamaha KT100S series in 2020, over five rounds across four states & territories. Light and Heavy classes will be joined by a Clubman Super Heavy category.
RIP VROOM – Vroom magazine, the famous and high quality Italian print publicationthat started in 1989, is about to be put to rest. Vroom will still publish karting content online via vroom.it. The organisation stated “the numbers of the Italian karting movement, especially the amateur one, no longer justify the publication of a magazine like vroom”.
BREAK-KA – Karting Australia’s office hours over the Christmas / New Year break:
INTERNATIONAL TYRE CONTRACTS, Part 1 – The FIA World Motor Sport Council meeting on December 4 took the following decisions regarding karting (note: tyre selections subject to final approval of the tyre homologation period 2020-2022):
- Panta is confirmed as fuel supplier for the 2020 FIA Karting Championships – Europe (except Superkart) and for 2020 and 2021 in the FIA Karting European Championship – Superkart.
- LeCont is selected as tyre supplier for the 2020 FIA Karting World Championship – OK, and FIA Karting European Championships – OK and Junior.
- Vega is selected as tyre supplier for the 2020 FIA Karting World Championship – KZ, FIA Karting European Championship – KZ, the FIA Karting European Championship – KZ2, the FIA Karting International Super Cup – KZ2 and the FIA Karting Academy Trophy.
- MG Tyres is selected as tyre supplier for the 2020 FIA Karting World Championship – Junior.
INTERNATIONAL TYRE CONTRACTS, Part 2 – WSK Promotion has announced its tyre and fuel suppliers for 2020. As per the CIK, Panta will be the sole fuel supplier to WSK events. However, regarding tyres:
- Vega will be used for KZ2, OK Junior and 60 Mini
- OK will use two different brands; Bridgestone in the WSK Super Master Series, Champions Cup, Open Cup and Final Cup. However, the WSK Euro Series will use LeCont rubber.
NEW GEAR – The all new 2020 range of Alpinestars driving gear arrives at patrizicorse.com in January. Pre-order will be available on the full range of gloves, boots and suits as early as next week. Get in quick to be the first in the country to stand out with the latest look!
TEAM PR – DR Racing Kart Australia has made a deal with JTM Racing driver Jenson Marold to compete in the 2020 Rotax Pro Tour national series. Marold will race in the Mini MAX class and will commence testing in January. Additionally, Riley Harrison will compete in Pro Tour in the Micro MAX category using an Anarchy Kartsport tuned engine.
EVENT – West Coast Nationals for Outlaw karts, four days after Christmas at Pinjar Park Speedway near Perth.
GIPPY AWARDS – The Gippsland Go Kart Club conducted it’s 2019 awards night and Christmas breakup over dinner in the club rooms on Saturday night. Troy Alger was awarded the President’s Trophy while his auntie, Wendy Wyhoon, picked up Clubperson Of The Year.
ARRIVEDERCI ARNAUD – CRG has announced that Arnaud Kozlinski will no longer be part of the organisation in 2020. The Frenchman won the Super KF World Championship with CRG in 2009 then, once retired from driving, started a technical collaboration with the CRG Racing Team. “CRG thanks Kozlinski for the valuable collaboration and for his contribution to the company, both as official driver during his career and then as track technician. The CRG President Giancarlo Tinini and all the technical staff wish him to continue achieving sporting and professional successes.”
GRAND FESTIVAL – A new Rotax Grand Festival 2020 will take place on August 22-23 next year at the Circuit de Landsard track in Eindhoven (the Netherlands). The event will allow a maximum of 72 participants in each of the two categories, Rotax Micro MAX and Rotax Mini MAX. The youngsters will drive with their own equipment (but with sealed Rotax engines) and there will be one Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals ticket awarded to the winner in each class.
DD2 BUMPERS – A CIK-FIA approved rear bumper will now be mandatory for any Rotax MAX Challenge (RMC) events listed on the FIA Karting Calendar 2020. RMC events that are not listed on the FIA calendar (eg, Pro Tour) can use either CIK-FIA (homologated) rear bumpers, or the (non-homologated) Rotax Rear Wheel Protection System. Rotax DD2 competitors are advised to refer to the technical regulations of their preferred RMC series. Addtionally, any DD2 chassis used for events registered on the FIA Karting Calendars 2020 must have a valid CIK-FIA homologation.
WSK 2020 – Calendar