Karting news and information from around the country and around the globe…
WORLD RANKING – William Calleja is currently the top placed Australian in the FIA’s new Karting Ranking system, sitting 35th outright. Next Aussie is Koda Singh (105th) then Lewis Francis (125th). Over 470 drivers have so far scored points and WSK series drivers lead the way. The top ten as at 23 Feb 2023 is below. The complete ranking is HERE.
- Antoine Venant / BEL (MINI) 2883 points
- Iskender Zulfikari / TUR (MINI) 2674 points
- Cristian Bertuca / ITA (KZ2) 2599 points
- Vladimir Ivannikov (MINI) 2437 points
- Niklas Schaufler / AUT (OKJ) 2391 points
- Dean Hoogendoorn / NLD (MINI) 2381 points
- Bogdan Cosma Cristofor / ROU (MINI) 2208 points
- Filippo Sala / ITA (OKJ) 2203 points
- Oleksandr Legenkji / UKR (MINI) 2170 points
- Ilia Berezkin (MINI) 1969 points.
OUTLAWS – NSW Outlook Karts dates for 2023 are now locked in; nine race rounds and a come-and-try day.
ROTAX INTERNATIONAL – Outside of the Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals (the Rotax ‘Worlds’), the RMC International Trophy is the largest karting event on the Rotax calendar. Organisers are expecting almost 300 Rotax racers to contest the event at the famous Le Mans circuit across five days, July 25 to 29. The International Trophy has tickets to the Grand Finals to be won, including for Micro and Mini MAX. “The RMC International Trophy is one of the biggest events in our Rotax racing season” said Peter Oelsinger, General Manager BRP-Rotax. “It is the perfect opportunity for our racers to challenge in an international field of drivers. In 2023 it is also the first time that our youngest talents of the Micro and Mini MAX categories will also be awarded with a ticket to the RMC Grand Finals.”
SWAP-N-SELL – The Geelong Kart Club is looking to try out a new initiative, designed to help its members sell some of their karts and unwanted items. “We will set aside some weekend dates where members can sell any karting items they like in a specifically designated area at the track in the pits” the club posted. A 6m x 3m space will be allocated to each person who wants to set up a stall. This will be free for Geelong members, but any non-GKC members will need to pay a $10 entrance fee per person, or $30 to set up a stall. A schedule is yet to be determined, but it could be offered once every few months. “This will also be a great opportunity to perhaps swap items between members as we all have changing karting needs. Let’s see how it goes!”
RECRUIT RADIO – At 13 years of age, Ryan Wyhoon become the youngest person to be invited into the prestigious Erebus Academy, as reported on KartSportNews HERE on January 18. Part of the deal is media commitments and the now 14-year old spoke with Mim Hook on ABC radio about being part of the Erebus Academy. Listen to the interview on the ABC website HERE.
RED PODIUMS – The new Birel ART S15 C28 chassis was on the podium on its debut at Ipswich recently. Cruz Kelly and Cooper Folley placed third in their respective Cadet 9 and Cadet 12 classes at IKC’s “Cadet Titles” meeting. In preparation for the Australian Kart Championship, BirelART-mounted Henry Johnstone won KZ2 and Ryan MacMilland was third in KA2.
OUTLAW KELLY – Rick Kelly raced an Outlaw Kart at Nyora recently, thanks to QRC Karts Australia. “So much fun!!” he posted on social media, with the video below. “I really loved it, a great group of people too. Cool to race something again, these things are awesome.”
NSW KA DATES – Karting Australia NSW has released dates and venues for the major events & plates on offer for 2023.
JOB – RaceMax has a part-time job vacancy at its Emu Plains warehouse, Monday-Thursday, 10am to 2pm. “Would suit a parent with school aged kids or a student able to study remotely. The role involves stocking the warehouse and dispatch of goods to our wholesale network” Racemax posted. Contact via: firstname.lastname@example.org
INDUSTRY – Piquet Sports has been announced as a Sodi Kart team and Sodi dealer in the United States. The deal is the latest confirmed by the newly formed Sodi Racing USA. “We are very happy with the choice made by Nelson Piquet and Carlos Iaconelli to join the great family of Sodi chassis for their Team Piquet Sports,” expressed Thierry Germanovitch of Sodi Racing USA. Piquet Sports is based out of a brand-new kart track at the Piquet Entertainment & Race Park facility, located just outside the West Palm Beach, Florida area.
RULE CHANGES – AIDKA has advised there have been some rule changes implemented into the AIDKA rule book, which are effective immediately. Changes have been made to Rules 13.4, 13.5 and 13.6 (First Aid Requirements) plus Rule 20E (Helmets). The updated Rule Book can now be found on the AIDKA website and App.
MAX ASIA – Rotax has announced a new Championship on its calendar, the Rotax MAX Challenge Asia Trophy (RMCAT). The RMCAT 2023 is the result of the evolution of the RMC Malaysia in combination with the RMC Thailand and is now positioned in the CIK-FIA calendar. The six round series will offer tickets to the Grand Finals from four of the classes – Mini, Junior, Senior and DD2 Masters. Round 1 is at Sepang on May 13-14.