Karting News Briefs
Local and international news to kick off the year...
- Karting Australia Chairman Mick Doohan has moved to France. The dailytelegraph.com.au website reports Doohan has relocated his family to Europe so son Jack can pursue his motorsport dream. The Doohans will rent a house in the south of France for 12 months. While Formula One is the ultimate target, 13-year old Jack will drive with the crack Ricky Flynn Motorsport karting team in 2017. According to the dailytelegraph, Jack is scheduled to be driving a kart on an incredible 105 days of the year! It is unclear if the move will affect Doohan's role with Karting Australia. The five-time World Champion has significant business interests on the Gold Coast and plans to return regularly. The article says "the family would give it a year in France and see how Jack was progressing". Read the full post HERE.
- The Victorian Superkart Club welcomed in the New Year by unveiling a new logo. "Last year was a big one for the club celebrating our 40th year" the club posted on social media. "We look forward to another year of great competition. In line with this we're proud to launch our new club logo".
- Mildura Cadet karter Brock Hand had his trailer, kart and equipment stolen last Friday night, January 6. Thieves took the trailer (rego V22073) from the Baronga area in Mildura. Brock's Tony Kart Rocky (chassis number BM83389) and Mini ROK engine (number 4AU2121) were inside and are also missing. Please keep an eye out for these appearing in classified pages!
Above: Brock Hand with the trailer and kart that are now missing
- Cody Brewczynski has announced a change for 2017. The Sydney-sider will be partnering with Velocity Kart Shop and drive an FA Kart. "This is a great opportunity for me to be associated with a different brand of chassis" he wrote on Facebook. Brewczynski will continue his association with driver trainer Troy Hunt from Top Gun Driver Training, Troy Farley Race Engines, Greyhound Racing Seats and long time sponsor CXC Global.
- An Era 5 vintage class (karts manufactured in the period 1992 to 2000) has been added to the 2017 Australian Vintage Kart Prix. "The 2014 event was a huge success with many International competitors" event organiser Raymond Harrison posted on the AVKP page. "Patron of the event Terry Fullerton is very excited to be part of the event which will see the feature awarded in his name - the Terry Fullerton TT Trophy. This prestigious award will see the fastest karts of the event compete against each other under a TT (time trial) format as a teams competition (2 drivers per kart). The Saturday night Gala Dinner will once again be MC'd by Will Hagon and is set to be a great evening not to be missed with an array of Karting Champions in attendance." The Australian Vintage Kart Prix takes place over three days (Friday August 11 to Sunday the 13th) at Willowbank Raceway, Ipswich.
- Oakleigh's annual Junior Top Guns runs this Friday and Saturday evening. While pre-entry has now closed, the club reminds those drivers with lesser experience they are well catered for with dedicated C&P classes for Cadet 12, KA4 Light & Heavy. The club is putting on a night practice session this Wednesday, Jan 11. There will be BBQ dinner and track sessions will run through to 10pm (from 5pm it will be exclusively for Top Guns entrants). The track is closed Thursday January 12.
- Senior Max, Masters Max and Junior Max drivers in the 10th season of the Challenge Of The Americas series will be competing for tickets to the Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals. Mini Max and Micro Max winners will receive a sponsored spot to the US Rotax Max Challenge Grand Nationals. Shifter Senior and Shifter Masters champions are each set to earn a sponsored spot at the US Open Las Vegas. Up to $500 will go to the victor in the Briggs & Stratton LO206 class at each round, but this category will not compete for a championship. A Junior (11 years and up) LO206 category as been added.
- World class karting team Patrizicorse has a limited number of 'Arrive & Drive' packages available for the all new X30 Southeast Asia Championship. "Patrizicorse is current AKOC Macau X30 champions. Join us if you want to gain the same success" the team posted on social media. If interested, contact the team via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
X30 Southeast Asia Championship (a merger of the existing X30 Challenge Singapore and X30 Challenge Malaysia) runs over six rounds and offers participants the chance to win arrive-and-drive package to the X30 World Finals and Porsche Cup Car testing. It commences at Sepang on March 25/26.
- Speaking of Patrizicorse, the team no longer has vacancies to run drivers in the full 2017 Australian Kart Championship, however the team can still accommodate a few one-off drives at selected rounds. Patrizicorse still has a few spots in the team for the Rotax Pro Tour program. Again, contact via email: email@example.com
- Belgian team VDK Racing will expand to nine drivers in 2017. Victor Martins, the Frenchman who won the 2016 OK-Junior World Championship with the team, will run a double campaign in Senior OK and KZ. Belgian Ulysse De Pauw, Russian Lev Lomko and Indonesian Perdana Minang will also race OK. Perdana Minang will line up alongside Martins in KZ2. OK-Junior drivers are Belgian Antoine Potty, Frenchman Jules Mettetal, the Russian Vlad Lomko and the Moroccan Suleiman Zanfari. The team has a collaboration with IAME for engines and uses Kosmic chassis.
- Fefo Barrichello will race Benik Kart in 2017, commencing with the Florida Winter Tour. Fefo is the son of former Formula One and IndyCar driver Rubens Barrichello. He has tested with the BENIK squad on several occasions in the past few months. “We are extremely happy to welcome Fefo to the team,” explained BENIK Kart Co-Owner Nick Mitchell. “Racing runs in the blood in the Barrichello family and our program is the perfect match for a future star in the world of motorsports." Fefo will see action in the Vortex Mini ROK and Rotax Mini MAX clases. He'll also compete in the 2017 SKUSA Pro Tour as well as select ROK Cup USA and Rotax MAX events throughout the season.