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VENUE CONFIRMED – AIDKA has announced the 2024 Australian Dirt Kart Title will be hosted by the Lucindale Karting Club. The organisation made the announcement recently at Tatiara. The delay in confirming the venue was due to the postponement of the 2022 Australian Title at Tatira due to weather. “Thanks to Ian Rowlands for coming to Tatiara for the announcement” AIDKA posted. “We look forward to working with Lucindale Kart Club in preparation for the 2024 title.”

Tatiara Kart Club President Andrew Rowett passes the Nationals on to Lucindale Kart Club President Ian Rowlands (pic – Ace Coote Photography)

LARKO SPEAKS – Supercars tv personality/entertainer Mark Larkham was a guest recently on Aaron Noonan’s V8Slueth podcast. The topic of karting pooped up: “What a healthy sport to get into – it’ll preoccupy all your time that you’d be doing bad shit otherwise in. Just a really healthy place to be.” So, get your kids into karting; keep them from doing that bad shit!

CANCELLED – The 2022 Victorian State Cup, schedule to be run at Rochester on December 3 & 4, has been cancelled. While the track is ok, the flooding in northern Victoria has caused all sorts of problems in the area, making it difficult for the region to host the expected numbers. “This decision was made with the consultation of the Rochester Kart Club” Karting Victoria posted. “They will now host the 2023 Victorian State Cup.”

COMING SOON? – Is electric racing coming to Australia? According to Blueshock Race it is! The company announced last month that Australia is one of seven countries that will host major BSR electric kart racing events in 2023. Unfortunately, no further detail has been revealed…

PROMO – What’s a KZ about? Nice promotional video clip explaining the shifter class to non-karters, by Kartsport New Zealand.

TRACK DAMAGE – “100% it’s buckled” says Remo Luciani, talking about the Horsham track surface after the recent flooding (see FB video, below).

NEW LOOK – Ballarat Kart Club has revealed a new logo in the leadup to the final round of the Victorian Country Series (the club’s first VCS round since 2019) and prior to a major track extension. “Our new logo will represent the continued success of the club and opportunities for our members as we embark on an exciting future” club President Bill West said. “The dedication of our hard-working committee and volunteers also continues to provide benefits for our members and community. The recent financial grants awarded to the club for the track upgrade and IT equipment investment are a testament to the success of this hard work and commitment. We are super proud of where we are as a club and look forward to sharing updates of upcoming events and new track works, all under the brand of our new logo.”

FINAL CUP FINALE – The WSK Final Cup concludes with the second round at Lonato, Italy, this weekend. Several Australians are contesting the event – follow their progress via the WSK website HERE (Sunday’s action will be live streamed). After the opening round, William Calleja sits third in the Mini standings.


Friday – Qualifying practice and first of the heat races
Saturday – Remaining qualifying heats
Sunday, November 13 (TV, Live Streaming – times shown are CET)
08:30 – 10:27: Warm-up
10:30 – 13:00: Prefinals
14:00 – 16:00: Finals (14:00 MINI; 14:30 OKJ; 15:00 OK; 15:30 KZ2).

DPE CONTINUES – Great news for the Victorian Country Series and its competitors with the news that DPE Kart Superstore will continue as the series’ Gold Sponsor for 2023. “For the 5th year running, DPE will continue as the VCS naming rights sponsor” the series confirmed. “Thank you to Australia’s largest karting importer for your continued support to the series clubs! It’s businesses like you which help make our series possible and in turn supports our country clubs!”

ANY EASY FIX? – This is not one of the major issues affecting Aussie karting, but it is something that is driving a few race secretaries nuts – competitors not filling in the online Scrutineering Form after entering a Karting Australia event. Granted, if everyone just remembered to fill it in, there would be no problem. However, people DO forget and there’s an easy solution: make scrutineering part of entering – just like it is with Karting NSW.

Or how about this? As online scrutineering has now become a box ticking exercise to meet legal requirements (well, at least that’s what it appears to be), why not just include it as part of getting a licence? The licence application could include a declaration along the lines of “for every event I enter, I will check all these items and ensure the machine is safe and complies with all rules and homologation documents for the duration of the event”. Problem solved, and less work for everyone. 🙂

EXPO RETURNS – Organisers of the International Kart Exhibition in Germany are inviting the karting industry to secure sites at the 29th edition of the show. “Kartmesse 2023” will run on 14 and 15 January next year, but moves to a new location, the exhibition halls of the Westfalenhalle in Dortmund. “With significantly more open exhibition halls, more space, direct parking and good air, train and motorway connections, the trade fair location offers numerous advantages” Kartmesse informed KartSportNews.

XMAS IS COMING – Looking for a cool and inexpensive karting related gift? How about a pack or two of KartSportNews stickers? Available in packs of 10 or 20 and you don’t have to pay postage (Australia only – international orders, postage will be charged at cost). See more on the Merch page HERE (payment by credit card / PayPal).

The stickers are already contour-cut
The stickers are already contour-cut and laminated to protect the ink

XMAS IS COMING II – A new sprocket protection kit by KG is now available to ship from DPE. It’s manufactured from strong lightweight material and features steel bushings for accurate and secure fitment. The flange not only protects the sprocket, but can also save the chain and help keep it on in the event of slight misalignment. All the required hardware for fitment comes supplied in the kit. More info on the DPE site HERE.