News Briefs

karting related snippets from here and abroad

Sera Proud of Protégés

James Sera has been involved in karting for a long time, the past 10 years with his own karting business in Melbourne. While he’s been in tight COVID-19 lockdown the past weeks, two of his protege’s are hitting the headlines in professional motor racing – Bryce Fullwood & Cameron Waters in Supercars and Oscar Piastri who recently won the FIA Formula 3 Championship.

“To see the progress of both Oscar and Bryce in their careers – especially over the past month, I’ve been over the moon,” Sera told KA.

“Both boys have really kept me sane over this sh*t time. Oscar has really blown us away. The kid was a gun from day one and I knew he was destined for something special.”

The full article is on the Karting Australia website HERE.

James Sera and his drivers at the 2015 Australian Kart Championship Gala Dinner, including little Oscar Piastri (far right) who, less then 5 years later, would become FIA Formula 3 Champion (pic – Karting Australia)

2021 Florida Winter Tour Takes shape

ROK Cup USA has announced dates and locations for the 2021 Florida Winter Tour. It will maintaining the same weekends and locations as 2020, visiting two temporary circuits and one permanent facility. The rounds are:

  • January 14-17 – Isle Casino, Pompano Beach, Florida
  • February 18-21 – Ocala Gran Prix, Ocala, Florida
  • March 4-7 – Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida

“We have a few loose ends to tie up on our ROK Fest dates and locations but expect to see those very soon along with our 2021 ROK the RIO date” said the organisation’s Garett Potter.

Ambrose Explains The Fundamentals

Former NASCAR driver and two-time Australian Supercars champion Marcos Ambrose ran a racing fundamentals training day for young karters at the Launceston kart rack recently.

The day included sessions with the kids on track, plus with the dads & pitcrew teaching them the fundamentals in understanding driver feedback and developing relationships with their driver.


The day was reported in the local news – see The Examiner website HERE.

“Hopefully, anybody interested in kart racing can see what a great community we have and get energised to join in. Karting in Tasmania is booming and the competition is high” Ambrose told The Examiner.

The next race meeting at Launceston is on the weekend of October 24-25 for the Archerville Classic, a new event with a unique format that promises to see some action-packed racing.

Tyre Rule Tweak

Karting WA has made a temporary tweak to the tyre rules for a number of meetings in October due to a shortage of Dunlop DFH tyres.

Crashtag App

Motorsport Australia recently distributed information about a new motorsport related App developed by the Australian Institute for Motor Sport Safety – Crashtag. The goal of the app is to improve the capture, storage and analysis of motorsport incident data throughout the world from the grass-roots level to the highest level of professional racing.

It is designed to be used by competitors, officials and even spectators and is free to download for Apple or Android devices.

“First on scene responders and witnesses will be able to easily upload information and photos of motorsport incidents and crashes. Crashtag will allow for detailed reporting live on the scene of a motorsport incident, which will have significant benefits to global safety research.” Website:


Have you read Karting Australia’s most recent COVID update? At the time of publication, KA’s update of September 24 is the latest. See it HERE.