Interesting to note the various tyres that the French Karting Federation has chosen to use for the next three years. A long period of stability continues for their junior categories - MiniKart stays on Vega Cadetti (same tyre since 2005) and Cadets remain on the hard-compound Bridgestone YDS (same tyre since 2010). The country's 'National' categories will switch to Bridgestone YNC, replacing Mojo which did not submit a tender. The YNC is a CIK-FIA harder compound "option" tyre homologated for 2017-2019. French KZ2 will use LeCont LO Z, while LeCont's ESS LH03 is the slick for Endurance karting.
Here's Rotax's official highlights clip of the 2016 MAX Challenge Grand Finals. This is one of the most impressive events in modern-day world karting. Australia regularly fields a strong team, this year taking the DD2 Masters win with Lee Mitchener.
Australia also won the Teams Contest for 'best appearance' at the Rotax Grand Finals. Teams collected points via Facebook votes, drivers wearing their team overalls, other team members wearing special team clothing (caps, T-shirts, jackets etc), presenting a unique design, extraordinary ideas for the team picture, and appearance of their paddock space. Congrats Team Australia, top of the 29 Nations!
Above: The Teams Trophy with Aussie reps, ironically, out of team uniform! (pic - Rotax)
Kartcom News #27 is now online, covering the 2016 Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals, RoK Cup and IAME International Finals. Click HERE for the 82-page English version.
IKD advise the Pro Tour Grand Final DVDs are now being posted: "We apologise for the long delay in supplying your DVD Orders from the Rotax Pro Tour Grand Final at Dubbo in October. We have finally received the finished products and will begin posting them out this week to those who placed their orders."
The Tasmanian Junior Sprockets event scheduled for Hobart on November 26 has had to be postponed. A Karting Australia communication stated that "unforeseen circumstances" have forced it into early 2017. "A new date will be released once it has been finalised and all pre-registered Sprocketeers will be emailed with full details" KA posted on Facebook. "Apologies for any inconvenience, the Junior Sprockets team looks forward to heading to Tasmania in 2017."
What's new for the 2017 Rotax Pro Tour? Firstly, there will be 14(!) World Finals tickets available. Watch the video to find out the rest. Registrations open on December 1.