PILOT SWAP – Is this the best driver change ever?
Quite possibly the most epic way to do a driver change. #Karting pic.twitter.com/Z8IjBWU84o— Mark (@Mark_Whitelegge) January 26, 2020
TEAM LINEUP – AWC Motorsport Academy and CS Pure Racing have announced the 2020 Academy drivers that will compete at the Australian Kart Championship and Rotax Pro Tour this year. There will be a team of eight drivers in AKC and seven in Pro Tour. “Andrew and Chris wish to welcome each driver and crew to the AWCMA family and are looking forward to a rewarding 2020 karting year”.
EVENT – The 2020 South Australian State Cup will be held at Mt Gambier on March 7 & 8, which is a long weekend in South Australia and Victoria. This is a ‘black plate’ event open to KA licence holders. There is limited camping at the track and Supp Regs are currently being prepared.
HUUUGE GROWTH – RKA is boasting a 600+% growth from 2019 to 2020 in its Yamaha Clubman categories. “It’s only been just under 12 months since we introduced our RKA Clubman classes & the growth has been phenomenal. From 12 karts across 2 classes at round 1 2019, we have now grown to 3 classes with over 90 karts & some incredible drivers from both past & present”.
REDUCE TAXABLE INCOME – Get your business to pay for your racing! Here’s an interesting initiative by the Golden Power Series; become a series sponsor and have your entry fees included in the invoice (any partners that have already paid for round 1 will be reimbursed at entry confirmation).
CALLING NEWBIES – Know any non-karters near Warwick? Get them along to this Come-n-Try Karting day on February 9:
KR MINI – The 2020 BREDA manufactured Kart Republic Mini kart has officially landed in Australia. This kart, plus other Chiesa designed chassis, will be available from a re-launched Kart Republic team and network in Australia.
SPONSOR RENEWS – Australian tool manufacturer Austech Industries has extended its partnership with Karting Australia with their SP Tools and Torini engines brands becoming the Premier Partners of Karting Australia. A new multi-year arrangement sees SP Tools remain as the Title Sponsor for the Australian Kart Championship, Junior Sprockets program and Club Driver Rankings. SP Tools will also become a Platform Sponsor of the Ultimate Club Racer event along with Torini Engines which will be a presenting partner of Karting Australia’s Get Started In Karting and Bring a Mate programs.
KNSW OK at E/CREEK – Karting (New South Wales) Inc (KNSW) has announced it has reached agreement with Sydney Premier Karting Park to hold race meetings and practice at Eastern Creek for 2020 and beyond. KNSW advise more information will follow.
CONGRATS – 30th Anniversary message from OMP to IKD:
POLL RESULT – Mid-January we ran a reader poll asking “For those who drive karts, what type of karting will you do in 2020?” Below are the results of the 633 voters.
EVENT – Race meet at Lismore, Club Championship round 1.
BARCLAY’s BACK – Barclay Holden, who had a successful karting career spanning 15 years with victories at the highest level in Australia, has been appointing the Queensland agent for Kart Republic agent. Additionally, Holden Kart Racing will be passing on technical knowledge on kart set up and analysis to drivers and their pit crew. Holden experienced the KR chassis when undertaking an extensive testing regime with newly signed and factory supported protege, Zane Rinaldi.
MINI MOVES – With the ‘international’ Mini category now requiring the use of homologated equipment (chassis, bodywork, brakes, engines, ignition systems, carburettors and intake silencers) the CIK-FIA has come out to declare there is no intention of giving the Mini category an international sporting framework. There are no international licences for drivers under 12 and “the Mini categories are intended to remain on a national level. The new Mini homologation is purely for technical reason and not lead to international licences for this age group.” However, CIK-FIA President Felipe Massa says he looks forward “to seeing as many ASNs as possible following these new rules. It is important to train the youngest Drivers in a similar way all over the world.”
SPROCKETS PLUS in WA – The Junior Sprockets PLUS Program is tailor made for Cadet and Juniors who have been involved in the sport for less than three years. It’s a perfect way to kick off the year and learn from some of the best in the business. Next month’s Western Australian SP Tools Junior Sprockets events will also incorporate the Junior Sprockets PLUS Program. Places are limited.
CITY TRACK – A huge project involving NF Sports, former F1 driver Rubens Barrichello and a group of investors that was announced at the end of last year is beginning to take shape. Aiming to encompass the legacy of the World Cup of Soccer in 2014 and the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil, NF Sports, Barrichello and the group of entrepreneurs are building a new kart track surrounding the Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador, Brazil. The circuit will meet the latest CIK/FIA regulations. The project includes a shopping mall and the first motor racing museum in the country.
GOLDSTAR PRIZES – Three race-team packages with Patrizicorse are up for grabs in the 2020 WA Goldstar Series. The packages will go to the series winner of Cadet 12, KA3 Junior (option for KA3 Junior to race KA2 with engine included) and TaG 125 Light. The prizes include tent space, use of a rolling chassis (with wet and dry rims), team support (data setup, advice etc) and driver’s flight and Race of Stars entry fee. Further prizes include RaceKraft Simulations race package, Formula Ford Drive School package and random draw tyre prizes. Conditions apply.
TRY IT – The first Come and Try Karting day for the year at Ipswich Kart Club will take place on Saturday, February 8. Unfortunately (though it’s good news!) that day is already full with 40 participants locked in. Consequently another Come and Try Day is scheduled for Saturday, March 7. Registrations are being accepted via email at: email@example.com More days will be scheduled as required. The Ipswich club had almost 150 participants through the program in 2019 and reports a good number of them have taken up the sport, many spending the latter part of 2019 practicing and getting ready for racing in 2020.
SUSPENDED – Karting NSW has temporarily suspended eligibility for the Torini Supermax engine in its SS4 class until further parity testing has been completed.
EURO VIDS – WSK Champions Cup finals from Adria Karting Raceway on the weekend, OK, OKJ and 60Mini. Commentary by Australia’s international commentator, Ian Salvestrin:
EVENT – NSW Superkarts kick off March 1.