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Karting News Briefs

  29 January 2013

newsy pieces for today...

  • Jack Doohan has taken victory in the Micro MAX class at the Florida Winter Tour round at Palm Beach International Raceway on the weekend. Driving with the Pserra Racing team, Jack struggled in qualifying and had to start 29th and 30th. But once the whee-to-wheel action started, the Aussie fired up, taking 13th in Saturday's pre-final. The Micro Max field endured pouring rain for their main event and Doohan demonstrated excellent kart control, making his way up to the lead pack and going on to take a well deserved win.
    Jack Doohan takes Micro MAX win in Florida
    Above: Jack takes the win in Florida. (pic - Cody Schindel / INTL-KartingMedia.com)

  • Fujitsu ‘Cool’ Driver applications are now closed. We hear there has been a huge response from the karting sector and the selection committee now has a tough job ahead. Announcements about who will make the program are planned to be made in the week commencing February 18.
  • Lightweight drilled lead ballast???
    Lightweight drilled lead ballast

  • Thoughts are with all those in Queensland and New South Wales who are affected by the floods. Large parts of the Cooloola Coast track at Gympie are underwater. Damage will not be known until the water recedes.
    cooloola coast kart track flooded 2013 gympie
    pics - Cooloola Coast Kart Club / facebook


  • The talk of Michael Schumacher racing karts with Tony Kart this year has gained momentum once again, the German spotted testing a KZ at Lonato on the weekend (video below). There is also talk he's putting together a new world championship-standard karting circuit near Cologne, to replace his local Kerpen track. The new facility has already been designed by Formula 1 track designer, Herman Tilke. Schumacher's local track at Kerpen (he is said to have a two-third stake in the track, the club owning the other share) will be de-commission by 2017 due to an energy company mining the land. One can only hope the circuit will have some character, and not be one of Tilke's flat, constant radius boredomdomes...


  • Great trailer for an upcoming karting film 'Become One'. Dave Sera tags the barrier in Vegas at the 1:56s mark!


  • A 'Can-Am' Rotax MAX Challenge series has been created for karters in the Pacific Northwest. The Canadian-American "Can-Am" name was made famous in motorsports by the sports car series in the 1960s and 70s. The concept for Rotax was formulated by veteran Rotax driver/supporter Mike Rolison, a former United States Grand Nationals champion and Team USA member, who will act as the series administrator. It will run over five rounds at five different venues.

 

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