news quickies from around the globe – and maybe your club?
Massive Member Increase in Canberra – In August 2019, the Canberra Kart Racing Club membership was a little over 100. Now it has reached 600 and is still growing. “Many factors have contributed to this achievement” CKRCs Membership Liaison Manager, Brett Staples said. “Certainly the attraction of the fantastic new facilities here has been a major contributor, but there have been other factors too.” Staples said value for money was excellent with affordable membership ($100 per year) that allows members to practice pretty much any time whenever the track wasn’t hosting an event. Club President Bob Harnas added “Karting NSW’s hard work in continuing to bring the cost of Karting down also cannot be ignored as a reason for the growth.” Canberra has experienced a steady growth in the Novice and Rookie fields along with newcomers to the senior classes.
Horsepower Harry – Harry Linch has joined a growing list of people with limited motor skills to have taken up karting. Harry isn’t able to use his legs, so the guys at Formula K Go Kart Centre in Mildura helped customise a kart to have hand controls, so now he can burn around the track at Mildura Kart Club!
Official Inquiry Launched – The FIA has confirmed it has launched an official disciplinary inquiry into the incidents that took place at the KZ World Championship at Lonato recently. FIA President Jean Todt initiated the inquiry and, once evidence and witness statements have been gathered, may decide to bring the matter before the FIA International Tribunal.
Electric Latvians – Here’s video of the Blue Shock Race 2.0 7kW kids electric racing karts in Latvian Karting Championship.
Robust Robert – Former Indycar driver Robert Wickens has taken up karting once more. “My brother Trevor at Prime Power Team built me my first hand controlled kart” Wickens posted on social media. He drove the BirelART/Briggs 201 around the Canadian Mini Indy facility.
Early Karting in Melbourne – Here’s an ABC video of the Dandenong (now Oakleigh) Go Kart Club in 1963.
The First 4SS State Titles – Kartsport SA is running what is believed to be the first ever state title for the 4SS-spec class at this weekend’s event at Mt Gambier. The event will feature several hours of practice on Saturday morning followed by five heats of racing across the rest of the weekend. Interstate visitors are welcome and past KA competitors can come out to play for a reasonable entry cost.
Early Bird Discount – Entries are now officially open for the 2020 Tasmanian Kart Championship and entering quickly will save you $25 on the standard entry fee. For more info, see the Supp Regs HERE.
Workshop Tour – Here’s a quick workshop tour of Power Republic on the Gold Coast: