News Briefs

Race calendars, relocations, driver news, club news… and more.

CLUB – A new control tower is now in place at the Top End Dirt Kart Club, overlooking the circuit at Hidden Valley, NT. Decent view!

STATE – Karting Queensland has released its calendar for 2021. The original PDF can be downloaded from the KQ website by clicking HERE.

POLL – Just in case you missed it, here’s the result of the reader poll that ran on Friday and Saturday last week, asking whether the opening round of the Australian Kart Championship should go ahead. On Sunday, Karting Australia announced it would be postponed to a date yet to be determined – see HERE.

STATE – Karting NSW has incorporated an interactive calendar into its website that has buttons to show only events of a particular type. See it HERE.

WORLD – Rotax has sent off the first containers of cargo to Portimao for the 2020 Grand Finals.

CLUB – The official Townsville Kart Club calendar for the 2021 season:

PRODUCT – Pedal box install on an FA Kart for the vertically challenged driver, enabling pedals to come back in the kart (various positions) and keep the seat positioned correctly for weight distribution. Contact Tom Williamson Motorsport.


WORLD – Overview of the main FIA Karting race dates for 2021, the various European and World Championships.

STATE/NATIONAL/ENDURO – TEKA has confirmed its 2021 calendar of endurance races. “If you’ve not already got your team sorted, get on board and come and test yourself against some of the best endurance karters on the country!” TEKA published on social media. More details will be published closer to each round.

DRIVER – Last month, the Italian website Vroom had a chat with Shanghai-born Australian Cadet driver Griffin Peebles about his racing past, present and future. Read the interview on Vroom HERE.

RELOCATION – Due to unforeseen circumstances Melbourne Speedway Kart Club has had to change the venue for its season opener on January 17. This event will now be run at Avalon Raceway. “We understand this is not the ideal situation prior to an upcoming Victorian Title, but as a committee we feel it is important to continue racing” the club posted. “We can’t thank Avalon Raceway enough for allowing us the opportunity to kick start our season. Round 1 nominations will be carried over. If drivers wish to remove their nomination we ask you please contact us immediately.” The Victorian Title event at Laang remains unchanged, with nominations closing January 18.

TEAM – CRG has announced a technical collaboration with the NGM Motorsport team. NGM will use CRG product in all categories and championships in which it takes part. The Venetian team will line up three drivers in KZ2 (Giacomo Pollini, Natalia Balbo and Leonardo Bizzotto) plus several in Mini and X30 at National level. “NGM’s technical staff and drivers have shown that they can compete internationally and this collaboration allows us to further strengthen ourselves in the KZ category” said CRG’s Giancarlo Tinini. NGM Motorsport was founded in 2013 by three friends and former kart drivers; Nico Biasuzzi, Ermanno Feltrin (Geo) and Moreno Fortuni.

DRIVER PR – Mathew Basso Racing.

SUPERKART – Superkarters can participate in a number of practice days at The Bend Motorsport Park before the first round of the SKA Nationals in April:

TEAM / DRIVER – CRG has renewed the contract for the 2021 season with driver Rasmus Joutsimies. The Finnish driver placed 8th at the FIA World Championship. He will continue to race in the OK category which will include another tilt at the World Championship, plus FIA European Championship, Champions of the Future and some WSK events.