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  14 November 2016

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  • Here are two great reasons to contest the Southern City Classic at Oakleigh this Sunday - there will be two random prize draws for $500! Every competitor has a chance to win (the prize draws are not class specific) but you must be in attendance to take home the loot, otherwise a re-draw will take place. The club advise the circuit will be open all day Saturday (Nov 19) for practice. Full event details (including Supp Regs) are on the club's website HERE.

  • The AWC Motorsport Academy will once again provide assistance to Tasmanian Karters competing in rounds of the Australian Kart Championship and other selected race meetings on mainland Australia in 2017. "Expressions of interest are sought from those Tasmanian drivers who have the passion, dedication and commitment to compete at the national level in 2017" the team announced in a press release. "If you have a positive attitude and the desire to strive to be the best, this is your chance to compete with the best karters in Australia with a supportive and likeminded team". Email submissions to andrew.walter@awconstructions.com.au or phone Andrew on 0418 121 126.

    Above: Artist impression, 2017 AWC transporter (pic - AWCMA)

  • Here's one from the "It's Not Karting, But..." department: CAMS has fined one of its members for competing in a non-CAMS event. Long-time Formula Forder Paul Zsidy competed in an Australian Auto Sport Alliance (AASA) sanctioned event at Winton. Problem was, he's also a CAMS Victorian State Council Executive and the CAMS constitution does not allow State Council members to do that. CAMS hit Zsidy with a reprimand and suspended $5,000 fine. The AASA statement is HERE. CAMS response to it is HERE.

  • Albury-Wodonga Kart Club has confirmed the planned track extension will be going ahead. Earthworks will commence on November 22. "Regretfully the track will be closed until February 2017, however Numurkah and Pucka will be holding November club days which you are more than welcome to attend" the club posted to its members "Thank you for your patience but, AWKC will be bigger and better in 2017 and beyond."

    Above: Working bee at Albury-Wodonga on the weekend, members removing fences and tyre barriers in preparation for the upcoming earthworks (pic - AWKC/Facebook)

  • The Patrizicorse racing team is expecting a busy year ahead. "Australian Kart Championship, Rotax Pro Tour and the two special edition races at the end of the year are going to make for a challenging year" the team admitted on social media. "Join a team like ours and we wear the hassle - you arrive with your helmet and we do the rest unlike anyone else". Interested parties should email: info@patrizicorse.com

  • Fullerton USA has entered four drivers for the upcoming SKUSA SuperNationals. Danny Kierle and Mike McAndrews (photographed below) will race X30 Senior. Defending Superkarts! USA Pro Tour X30 Master champ Nick Tucker will bring his #1 plate to the Fullerton USA squad in that class, while Hendrick Motorsports' staff member Brian Davies will race S4 Master Stock Honda.The team will use the new Terry Fullerton-penned TF2 chassis.

  • There was a "Throw Back" to 90s-spec 100cc direct-drive karting at Lonato recently. Read about it, with some photos, on Vroom HERE.

  • The Italian Karting Federation has released a 5-round schedule for the 2017 Italian Championship:
    • R1 - 1 May 2017 – South Garda Karting circuit, Lonato del Garda (Brescia)
    • R2 - 18 June 2017 – International Circuit Napoli, Sarno (Salerno)
    • R3 - 25 June 2017 – Circuito del Sele, Battipaglia (Salerno)
    • R4 - 16 July 2017 – Adria Karting Raceway, Adria (Rovigo)
    • R5 - 3 September 2017 – Circuito di Siena, Castelnuovo Berardenga (Siena)   

  • 1993 Oceania Championships at the legendary Raleigh International Raceway - sticky tyres and 'open' 100cc screamers. This is a pretty good video production about karting, over four parts. Some young looking old faces in this lot! (Vids were uploaded to YouTube by Pulse Tuning)

    Above: Part 1 - Intro

    Above: Part 2 - Juniors & Clubman

    Above: Part 3 - Intercontinental A

    Above: Part 4 (final) - Formula A

  • "The kart gave me my life back". These are the words of Wayne Rainey, former three-time Motorcycle World Champion, paralaysed in a 1993 crash. Rainey went shifter kart racing three years after his life-changing accident. "Anybody who has had this kind of change in their life faces one main challenge: You wake up in the morning and you either get out of bed or you don’t. I chose to get out of bed" he was quoted recently on The Wall Street Journal website. Read more HERE.

  • There are some big cash prizes on offer at the 2016 City Of Adelaide Titles at Bolivar Raceway this weekend. "Prize money will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each of the Feature Classes offered. At this stage we can confirm that 1st place will be awarded $1000!" the club publsihed. There is a random tyre draw for all classes that exceed the minimum pre-entry requirement (8 for standard classes, 12 for Feature classes). The Feature Classes offered this year are: TAG Light, TAG Light Restricted, KA4 Junior Light. Pre-entries close at midnight on Tuesday 15th November.

  • The newly-named "Bob Waters Tower" at the Angus Go Kart Club. "On behalf of my family and I, we would all like to thank the Angas Go Kart Club, Trev Michelmore, David Earl, Darren Rowe and David Pinchbeck for their touching addition to the club in memory of Pa" Luke Waters wrote on Facebook. "Your respect to my family during this year of Pa's passing has been honourable and we thank you."

    pic - Waters/Facebook

  • McDonald's Store Manager to take on Vegas SuperNationals - read about it on the goldcoastbulletin website HERE.

  • Final round of the Karting World Championships (for OK and OK-Junior) are in Bahrain this week. The finals will be held under lights on Saturday, November 19, and live streamed via cikfiachampionship.com and cikfia.tv from 15h10 Bahrain time (GMT +3) - 11pm ADET.