Quick News Briefs

TAMMY TITLES – The Speedway Karting Association of Australia has confirmed the 2024/25 Australian Title will be held at Oakburn Park Raceway, Tamworth, NSW. The event will be held over the Anzac weekend on the 25th, 26th and 27th of April 2025.

HICKEY RETIRES – Kartsport New Zealand has announced the retirement of its Track Inspector (and life member), Lance Hickey. Hickey has held national level roles with theorganisation for over two decades, including leading the Track and Safety rating process in his role as national inspector since 2002. He was instrumental in having the MyLaps transponder system introduced to the country. Lance will continue to be active at his local track at Hawke’s Bay. More on the Kartsport New Zealand website HERE.

RIP PETER EDGAR – Long time karter, mechanic and personality Peter Edgar has passed away. Edgar won many championships as a mechanic and stood up for what he believed. In the later years of his involvement in karting, this saw him go head-to-head with the new management of Karting Australia. He was not afraid to rip into those he disagreed with, but also rang praise for a job well done. Edgar earned quite a following with his Federation of Australian Racing Karters Union (FARKU) Facebook page – which was taken offline by court order. The kart track was always more colourful when he was there spinning spanners.

Peter Edgar (pic – Wicks/KSN)

KART SELECTIONS – CRG will provide the karts in a “Road to Race” talent search in Italy. 1000 participants will be judged across six phases of selection, led by former Formula 1 driver Jarno Trulli and Rally Champion Piero Longhi. The first phase commences in July and will see 600 drivers use a fleet of CRG rental karts to show their skills. Karts will also be used in Phase Three in August, this time high-performance two-stroke race karts to whittle the final 50 drivers down to the final 10. The overall winner will take part in the Italian F2000 Formula Trophy Championship race at Monza on October 5-6. It will be broadcast over six episodes on Discovery Channel.

SEAT TECH / PRODUCT – Tillett CEO and founder Steve Tillett explains kart seats – the history of kart seats and the different rigidities the company produces today.

Plus, commonly asked questions:

And about seat shapes:


24-HOUR CLASSIC – One of the most prestigious endurance karting events returns to Sydney later this year, thanks to the Endurance Racing Club and Eastern Creek Karting. It is expected the winning kart will cover over 1800km. “Participants are in for a truly unforgettable experience” organisers posted. “It’s reputation as one of Australia’s top karting tracks only adds to the allure of the event. It promises to be a test of skill, stamina and determination making it a must-attend for anyone passionate about motorsport.” The Eastern Creek Karting 24 Hour takes place on November 23-24.

INDY KARTeKartingnews.com once again presented a karting version of the Indianapolis 500 grid prior to the 2024 edition of the famous 500 mile race last month. It features a photo of all 33 drivers from their days in karting. View the full line-up on EKN HERE.

Pole-sitter Scott McLaughlin and karting pics from NZ and AUS

INDUSTRY – CRG has announced an expansion of the Kali Kart brand, three new importers being revealed for three countries. Racing Line will distribute and service the brand in Greece, Lemberg Aviation will handle Finland and MB Liguna Montasje will cover Norway.

EURO – Here’s the WSK Open Series round 2 video highlights reel:

INDUSTRY – The grand opening was back in March, but A1 Supa Karts hire kart racing has now confirmed the full-time appointment of Brett Arnett. “After 33 years of service at V/Line it was time for Brett to pursue his love and passion that he has for Karting on a full time basis” the organisation posted. “The dedication he has shown over the years and still shows with guiding others to success within the A1 Engines Motorsport team, it was only fitting to expand on from this and take it to the next level.” A1 Supa Karts utilises the Bendigo Kart Club’s race circuit for rental kart activities. “We are so pleased to have the support of the Bendigo Kart Club and its members for allowing us to provide this adrenaline fun and grow the grass roots of karting to the general public.” Arnett will continue to run his A1 Engines Motorsport business.

CANNABIS ROCK – For the first time since its beginning 30 years ago, the Rock Island Grand Prix will use a changed configuration of race track through the streets of Rock Island, Illinois. An $8 million downtown road replacement project has forced the change. The event caters for a wide range of classes, from 125cc Shifters to Briggs 4-strokes. In what must be a first for karting, the event is sponsored by The Hemp Doctor, a retailer of legal hemp/CBD products. The 2024 edition of the GP takes place on 31 August – 1 September.