Welcome karters to the 2020 race season! Let’s kick off the new race year with some Karting Quickies (and left overs from 2019);
PRODUCT/TECH – demonstrated in the video below is CRG’s Ackerman adjustment bracket:
CLUB NEWS – The Stony Creek Go Kart Club has announced its calendar of race days and tyres for 2020. The club has done a deal with DPE to run the MG red/white tyre as the control rubber for all classes. Tyres cost $190 and are to be bought through the club. Each class has a free set random draw at each meeting. Competitors are still able to use other tyres (see list) but they will not be eligible for the free draw.
All classes: MG red/white, or the tyre listed below –
- Cadet 9/12 – Bridgestone YDS
- KA4 – Bridgestone YDS
- X30 – MG red
- KA3/Yam100s – Dunlop DFM
Wet tyre stays as run in 2019.
- 1/2 Feb – 2 Day meeting
- 21 Mar – Saturday meeting
- 19 Apr – Sunday meeting
- 10 May – Sunday meeting
- 21 Jun – Sunday meeting
- 26 Jul – Sunday meeting
- 23 Aug – Sunday meeting
- 6 Sep – Sunday meeting
- 25 Oct – Sunday meeting
- 14 Nov – Saturday meeting
FIA KARTING – video highlights package of the international karting categorizes in 2019. First up, the KZ2 season:
WA KZ2 – Registrations will soon be open for the 2020 Urban Mews WA KZ2 Kart Series. The seven event (5 round) calendar is:
KA100 RESTRICTOR UPDATE – The KA100 ‘type 2’ restricted manifold is now available and eligible for immediate use in KA competition. The Type 2 is the same dimension as the Type 1, however the internal profile is different (straight taper rather than curved). All new KA100 engines sold from December 2019 are supplied with the Type 2 restrictor as standard. It is also available to purchase separately from IAME dealers.
LEFTY LOOSEY – ‘The Lefty’ chassis by Nitro-Kart won on debut with owner and multi-time national champion Nick Tucker behind the wheel at the Cup Karts North America Grand Nationals 3 recently. The chassis allows 4-stroke engines that are typically inboard drive (when mounted on the right) to mount on the left, thus becoming outboard drive and able to ditch two-part axle sprockets.
EVENTS – The 4-Stroke NSW race calendar for 2020 has been confirmed. Round One will be a ‘gala’ weekend with TEKA and 4SKA on the same program (rest assured this is not a date clash, it’s a combined event that will be a huge season launch for both clubs). Round 2 moves on to the new layout at Canberra! Event formats will be announced shortly.
EVENTS #2 – TEKA’s calendar for 2020.
KA NATIONAL– Karting Australia’s National events for 2020:
2020 SP TOOLS AUSTRALIAN KART CHAMPIONSHIP
Round 1 – February 28 – March 1 – The Bend Motorsport Park, SA
Round 2 – April 17-19 – Seymour, VIC
Round 3 – June 19-21 – Ipswich, QLD
Round 4 – July 31 – August 2 – Newcastle, NSW
Round 5 – September 18-20 – Melbourne, VIC
2020 ROTAX PRO TOUR
Round 1 – March 21 – 22 – Melbourne, VIC
Round 2 – May 16 – 17 – Ipswich, QLD
Round 3 – July 18 – 19 – Eastern Creek, NSW
Round 4 – August 29 – 30 – Albury/Wodonga, VIC
2020 RACE OF STARS
2020 ULTIMATE CLUB RACER
CITY OF MELBOURNE TITLES
August 15/16 – Melbourne, VIC
BUILDING BETTER KART CLUBS CONFERENCE
KA STATE – Karting Australia’s state events for 2020:
- VICTORIAN KART CHAMPIONSHIP
April 3-5 – Oakleigh Go Kart Club, Victoria
- SOUTH AUSTRALIAN KART CHAMPIONSHIP
May 1-3 – Southern Go Kart Club, Bolivar, SA
- QUEENSLAND KART CHAMPIONSHIP
July 3-5 – Emerald Kart Club, Emerald, QLD
- NORTHERN TERRITORY KART CHAMPIONSHIP
July 10-12 – Hidden Valley Motor Sport Complex, Darwin, NT
- NSW KART CHAMPIONSHIP
October 2-4 – Sapphire Coast Kart Club, Bega, NSW
- WESTERN AUSTRALIA KART CHAMPIONSHIP
September 25 – 27 – Mid West Kart Club, Geraldton, WA
- TASMANIAN KART CHAMPIONSHIP
November 27-29 – Launceston Kart Club, TAS
VALE, LAURIE DORAN – It’s with great sadness Wagga and District Kart Racing Club inform members and racers that fellow karter Laurie Doran has lost his long battle with cancer. Laurie’s funeral was held on January 2. The club sends its sincerest condolences to his wife Anne, their son Kieran and daughter Kate.
EVENTS – SKA Nationals will be decided across two rounds in 2020, starting with The Bend in April.
LADIES ONLY – Ladies only racing will return to Lithgow next month. A 4SS class for females will be contested as a special ‘Pink Plate’ category on February 16. The event doubles as the opening round of the Combined Districts club championship.
RETRO – An international superkart event took place at one of the most unsuitable venues conceivable – and it would regularly attract over 20,000 spectators. Here’s a great retro film about the Heysham Head John Player World Cup, produced by karting1.co.uk.
IAME WARS IN THE USA – Some clever, and entertaining, marketing from the people at IAME USA West, “Fact vs Fiction”:
CLUB NEWS – Cairns Kart Racing Club Inc is a step closer to a new track with the submission of a project master plan to Council.
NEW EVO 2 – It might be holiday season, but that hasn’t stopped Woody from working on another 125 EVO 2 Woodgate superkart chassis.
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