RADICAL CHASSIS - The configuration of most sprint kart chassis these days is essentially the same. However, the Apache model of Jesolo kart is significantly different, and possibly the most radical seen in the last decade. Rather than two side bars, just one tube is used to construct both side rails and main front cross bar. It's also got unique curved tube sections through the centre of the kart. The 'C' sections that take the stub axles are part of a seperate sub-assembly that also secures the bottom of the steering column. There are two models of the Apache, one where this sub assembly is welded to the main outer frame, and the other where it's bolted to the outer frame. This allows it to be changed to a different material to suit different levels of grip, or adjust ride-height. Tkart Magazine has published photos and information about the chassis - see and read a bit more on Tkart HERE (requires subscription for full article).
pic - Jesolo
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SHADE - Queensland Clubs that want to increase the shade structures at their venues are advised the Cancer Council Queensland SunSmart Initiative funding program is now open. Not-for-profit organisations catering for children 0-18 years can apply for up to 50 per cent matched funding to purchase a portable or permanent shade structure. More on cancerqldHERE.
BEST OF - Interview with Claude Jamin, General Manager of RTKF, the race team that won the 2016 LeMans 24-hour kart trace. Read it HERE.
EVENT - Junior Cup at Bundy next month:
DRIVER - Former AFL footballer Jason Akermanis will return to Superkart racing at the opening round of the Victorian Superkart Club's series at Winton on Saturday. Aker will drive with the same team he competed with in 2013/14, Williams Racing, when he ran second in the Australian Championship and took home the AASA Nationals before football coaching commitments stopped his racing.
FACTORY MAG - CRG has launched its own karting magazine. "CRG Magazine" is a free quarterly online PDF publication available through CRG’s official webpage, www.kartcrg.com. While the magazine is free, it requires you to sign up with email address to gain access. The first issue (Jan-Mar 2017, cover image below) features:
• Giancarlo Tinini’s editorial
• Photoshoot: the nicest pictures of 2016
• 2016 Season review
• 2017 Season preview: CRG Racing team’s drivers line up
• The interview: Paolo De Conto
• Balance 2016 and company objectives for 2017
• Product: top selling CRG karts
• Product: lifestyle by CRG
• On track testing: E-drenaline, the electric Kart by CRG
• Stories: Giancarlo Tinini talks about Max Verstappen
AWARDED - Scott Sorenson was presented with The James Courtney Trophy at the CAMS Motor Sport Awards Gala Dinner at Crown Casino recently. Sorensen won the 2016 Australian Kart Championship in the KA1 class.
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AWARDED - Also at the CAMS awards night, Karting Australia Chief Medical Officer Dr Brent May was presented the FIA International Best Doctor of the Season for 2016. In addition to his role with Karting Australia, Dr May is also the Chief Medical Officer for the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix and Motorcycling Australia, along with a variety of other roles for numerous other events and organisations.
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TRACK - The Albury-Wodonga Kart Club's circuit will officially re-open this weekend. The club is inviditing karters to "come and try our new track" on Saturday. The following day is the club's first race meeting of the year and karters are invited to stay and compete on the new configuration. "Our committee and members have worked long and hard to achieve these amazing results and we are proud of what we have created" the club informed KartSportNews. "We welcome people to our club days and invite people to join or rejoin our club to be apart of our exciting future. The official reopening on Saturday 25th of February is a chance for existing, retired and new members to meet and share stories from the past and advise to the future generations of our club. It is also a chance to dust of any old karts and put down a few laps on the NEW Albury Wodonga Kart Club."
WISHES CAN COME TRUE - Jackson Field had his first run on the track at Cockburn International Kartway earlier this month. "This young guy has been going through a very tough time for most of his young life" Frank Viola informed KartSportNews. "Jackson had a wish and it came true recently when Flatout Karts presented him with this gleaming Arrow Kart and engine. The Tiger Kart Club also chipped in with a Gold Membership. Mum and dad are so proud of this young bloke. You reckon you've had it tough?.....go have a chat with Jackson's mum and dad... Thanks to Greg Dicker and Flatout Karts, the Tiger Kart Club and the Make a Wish Foundation for making Jackson's life a much better one".
SHOP - The sign writing has now been completed on the Velocity Kart Shop truck - coming to a track near you!
EVENT - Saturday night AKRA racing at Wollongong:
VINTAGE - The Bolivar Historic Grand Prix is coming up in May:
OFFICIAL - Accreditation session for Karting Tasmania Officials. Existing Officials need to attend and new Officials are welcome.
AWARD - The Dan Wheldon Ambassador Award, presented by Bell Helmets, is set to be awarded at the Rotax weekend of the Florida Winter Tour. It will go to a participant who best represents karting with a highly competitive spirit, a helpful and positive attitude, and a professional image. It will be awarded during the championship celebrations in March. The list of award winners from previous years include Jim Russell Jr., Alan Rudolph, Jorge Arellano, Ben Cooper and Garett Potter.
DATE CHANGE - The CIK-FIA has moved the Karting Academy Trophy round originally scheduled at Wackersdorf (DEU) on September 10 to now take place on July 2nd at Le Mans (FRA). It will be part of the CIK-FIA European Championships for OK, OK-Junior and KZ2. Wackersdorf will still host the KZ World Championship and the KZ2 International Super Cup on September 10th. SCHEDULE OF THE 2017 CIK-FIA KARTING ACADEMY TROPHY:
14th May 2017, Genk (BEL) CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy
2nd July 2017, Le Mans (FRA) CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy
23rd July, Alahärmä (FIN) CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy
HOMOLOGATIONS - The CIK-FIA has announced that all new homologations will be valid for a period of three years, regardless of the parts or products concerned. The new homologation regulations consist of two parts: all technical equipment on the one hand and overalls on the other. The new ruling will not affect the period of validity of homologations currently in force.
BARN FIND - Unboxing a "new, but old" 1998 Yamaha KT100P. According to the Youtube poster, the KT100P was set to replace the popular KT00S, but was never homologated by the American authorities.