News Briefs

Some karting snippets from around the world!

A new Formula 1 style single-lock wheel design has broken cover in France. Vroom reports the design, by Serge Riou, allows much quicker changing of wheels which can be important in endurance racing and at events operating parc ferme with a tight turnaround. Riou will not reveal detail of the design until he has finalised agreements with manufacturers of the patented system. More on Vroom HERE.

Race karts, indoors, no nosecones, on polished concrete – welcome to the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, 1990!

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The Gippsland Go Kart Club posted the full race program from the 1990 AKA Nationals on Facebook recently. Scans of all the pages from the official magazine from Launceston, Tasmania, can be viewed on the club’s Facebook HERE. A bunch of amateur race videos of the finals can be found HERE.

The Rock Island Grand Prix in Illinois will not take place this year. Organisers have canceled the famous through-the-streets event due to uncertainty around numbers, social distancing requirements, and the health and safety of all involved. “After surveying racers across the county (USA), it was found that only about 25 percent of the kart tracks are open and racing. Fifty percent of the racers said they were committed to racing at Rock Island while most others were taking a wait-and-see approach. In the end, we simply felt that there were too many obstacles to hold the races this year,” said Roger Ruthhart, race president. The event is set to return on September 4-5 in 2021.

Canberra Kart Racing club has published its schedule for the remaining rounds of the club’s 2020 Championship that encompasses events in the ACT, Grenfell and Orange:

Karting Australia issued another “COVID-19 update” on Friday, June 26. “Unless something changes dramatically, we expect all states to have their Clubs back racing within the next two weeks” the statement read. “The issue for everyone now is that none of us can afford to become complacent and we all must always
continue to comply with the Rules that have been put in place to prevent and control the spread of the virus.” The 8-page document includes a state-by-state summary. Read the PDF HERE.

Having been a successful event last year, the Ladies Cup returns for 2020 at the rapid Varennes-sur-Allier circuit in France on September 4 to 6. It is run as part of the IAME Series France and will follow classic X30 Senior sporting and technical regulations on Komet K2H tyres. Minimum age is 14 and maximum participants is 36. More on