TRACK – Go for a ride around the new layout at Oakleigh! Asphalt works are pretty much done and the downhill bit looks like it will be fun. First meting back is Junior Top Guns in January.
OSCAR RISING – Oscar Piastri, now the reserve driver for Alpine F1, speaks about his journey in karting through to his success in Europe.
OSCAR CASH – This is a bit of a bitter reality check for kids (and their parents) who have dreams of racing Formula One. The reality is, even the most talented driver is going to need a sh*t load of money to get through the junior formulas. Luckily for Oscar Piastri, he had access to enough of it to hold the dream long enough to get noticed. To read how much it’s cost so far for the Piastri’s to chase the dream, click HERE (it’s a good read, if somewhat sobering).
EVENTS – Melbourne Speedway Kart Club has published its upcoming season fixture, featuring six rounds across four tracks. “With a large variety of tracks, we are excited to offer members & drivers the opportunity to travel around Victoria doing what they love most, going racing!”
APPOINTMENTS – A new President has been elected for Karting South Australia, which held its AGM last month. Each state club put nominations forward for positions to be voted on, and the result is below:
MUSEUM – A part of Graham Powles awesome kart collection was featured on a local channel 9 news bulletin. See below:
EVENT – The SKAA’s 2021/22 Australian Speedway Kart Title has a naming rights sponsor. PRP Engineering, an Australian Engineering company that has been producing a range of structural steel & steel fabrication products and trailers for the past 25 years, has come on board to support the event which will be held at Mt Gambier’s Borderline Speedway on February 23 to 25.
EVENTS – Karting Victoria has revealed its 2022 race calendar. It commences with Junior Top Guns and a range of Club Day options and concludes with an end-of-season enduro meeting at Todd Rd. In between there is a 6-round Country Series, 5-round Golden Power Series, 3-round Metro Series and range of one-off events. A PDF version can be obtained HERE.
SH*TS & GIGGLES – Flags redefined.
INDUSTRY – Tom Williamson Motorsport will take over the distribution of Kart Republic chassis in 2022. “We’re very excited to be adding Kart Republic to our stable of brands” TWM posted on social media recently. “This is what they look like for 2022 (see below). The 2022 chassis designs are slightly updated from the 2021 models and we can’t wait to get them on the track.” TWM website – tomwilliamsonmotorsport.com.au
INDUSTRY – holiday dates for IKD over Christmas / New Year:
ENTERTAINMENT – Crashes and other things (including an appearance from Skippy!)
CALENDAR – Yorke Peninsula Dirt Kart Club’s 2022 Calendar includes the SA State Dirt Titles on May 6-8.
PRO TOUR – The Australian Rotax Max Challenge Pro Tour dates and venues have been confirmed for 2022. Karting (NSW) Inc and RaceMax have scheduled a five round series that commences in Canberra in March before heading to Victoria, Queensland then two rounds in NSW. “The season concludes with the NSW State Title and crowning of our Rotax National series champions at Coffs Harbour” the promoter posted. “A prize giving dinner will follow this final weekend of on track excellence”.
ROTAX WORLD FINAL – The annual Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals will return to Portugal for 2022. The venue, for the fourth time, is Kartodromo Internacional do Algarve in Portimao, the location that missed its allocated 2020 edition due to a snap covid lockdown in the country. It will be the 22nd running of the Grand Finals.
CALENDAR – Auskart Racing’s 2022 four-stroke event calendar:
TYRE FITTING – Kip Foster fits the 2022-spec Le Cont tyres to rims and gives tips on how to do it (no tyre tools are used).