News Briefs

MR RESCUE – This YouTuber calls himself Mr Rescue and is known for performing restorations on model cars. This time, Mr Rescue tackled a 2000s-era kart. Like the subject of many of his other videos, the kart appears to have recently been dirtied, rusted-up and artificially aged. The “restoration” took about 30 days.

INDUSTRY – After racing in America for five years, former Australian X30 Champion and Vegas Super Nationals winner Joshua Car has returned to karting in Australia, taking an off-track position with the Velocity Kart Shop in Sydney, specifically the Race Division and its 2023 AKC campaign. “America was great” Car said. “It gave me many life experiences, and I was also able to stay in the karting loop mentoring several young drivers with the team I raced for. Coming back here to join the Macken family and assisting some up and coming drivers that are heading out for their first Australian Kart Championship campaign will be a new challenge.”

“It’s been a while and I’ve missed competing at the national level,” added James Macken. “Velocity Race Division has backed Josh throughout most of his career and to have him not only back in Australia but working in the team is exciting.” The Velocity team will have three senior drivers (Angus Biddle, Cohen Kokotovich and Declan Payne, all in TaG125) and Lucas Loeskow in Cadet 9. All four will use CRG chassis with the full support of Chris Dell from CRG Australia.

Joshua Car (left) with Matt and James Macken

OK-N POSTPONED – WSK Promotion is postponing the debut of the two new categories OK-N and OKN-Junior. These were to have run at the WSK Super Master Series that commenced next month, however, many teams are still busy with testing and obtaining OK-N material. The WSK OK-N debut has now been pushed back to the Euro Series that commences Aug 31-Sep 3 at Franciacorta.

BLYTON BIREL – Fraser Blyton completes BirelART Racing Australia’s X30 lineup for the Australian Kart Championship. “Fraser over the years has shown immense speed at stages, especially the Emerald Rd of AKC last year” the team boss, Michael Patrizi. “As a privateer you’re not always equipped with the tools to be regularly at the front, (but) we are sure Fraser will grow with us and show what he is capable of. I am confident he will be the surprise packet for 2023.”

LOADED Kartbook has loaded the majority of Australia’s 2023 karting events into its system. Events are across Sprint, Endurance, Dirt and Speedway karting and encompass all the different karting bodies with just “some last minute deliberations by some clubs” to be updated.


AUSSIES ABROAD – Pocket Rocket Brothers Oscar and Koda Singh contested the Winter Cup at Lonato last weekend with the crack Babyrace Driver Academy team on Parolin/IAME. Koda equalled his best result of the meeting with 6th in the final. Results Summary:

  • Oscar (MINI) – Q: 62 (of 62). Heats: 20, 15, 21, 20. Ranking: 51. Superheat: 19. Ranking: 49. Final: DNQ
  • Koda (MINI Under 10) – Q: 9 (of 16). Heats: 9, 9, 6, 16. Ranking: 11. Superheat: 7. Ranking: 11. Final: 6th.

Full results HERE.

Koda Singh in Italy – and yes, that’s ice and snow! (pic – Singh/FB)

VINTAGE – The 8th edition of the FIA Karting Historic Super Cup will support the KZ World Championship meeting at Wackersdorf (Germany) on September 9 and 10. 34 karts representing five eras (across 1956 to 1989) will be ‘invited’ to participate. Applications are open until 3rd July 2023 – see HERE for the registration form.

KART TV – WSK Promotion has renewed its partnership with to continue the global broadcasting of WSK Karting events in 2023 The latest agreement includes the streaming of 14 WSK Promotion race meetings through the year.

DAP DIFFERENCES – Kart Republic’s resurrection of the DAP brand kicked off with success at Lonato’s Winter Cup recently, Antoine Venant taking the red machine to victory in the Mini Under 10 class. “We couldn’t hope for a better debut weekend on track for the new DAP chassis” KR posted.

Many have questioned whether the Parrilla brothers were involved with the DAP comeback. Vroom magazine says (based on Google’s translation of an article published in Italian HERE) the transfer of the brand was without any involvement of the Parrilla family. A letter from Achille Parrilla indicates he has “not asked to be returned, but to be remembered.”

Venant wins on DAP (pic – Kart Republic)