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News Briefs From Around The World

Karting news briefs:

  • A winner from the 2012 Rock Island Karting Grand Prix will be selected by a panel of judges to participate in the Skip Barber Karting Scholarship Shootout in October. The Shootout winner will then receive a fully-funded ride in the Skip Barber Winter or Summer Series. Before attending the shootout, the winner will first be required to attend a three-day racing program at a Skip Barber Racing School, which will also be funded by the Skip Barber Racing School.

  • A karting track is set to be part of a new motorsport complex in New Zealand. The Highlands Motorsport Park project has been financed by Queensland pet food tycoon Tony Quinn. The $20million-plus development features a 4.8km circuit, museum, go-kart track and five-star restaurant. Construction is well underway and the surface is set to be sealed in November. More info, including video, on speedcafeNZ HERE.

  • Graham Smith, who contributes race reports to KartSportNews from the UK, has published his third book about karting - "Karting Explained". The 176-page paperback has 160 colour photos and provides a guide to the sport, including choosing a class and club, obtaining a licence, purchase and maintenance of a kart, your first race day, chassis setup, moving up to a National championship etc. It also covers other ways to get involved in the sport (eg, officiating). No news about an Australian distributor, however, the book is available on Amazon.