Karting News Briefs
a few news quickies to start the week...
- 10th ANNUAL BFM - There's $2000 waiting for the winner of the 10th Anniversary Brian Farley Memorial. A special format Pole Shuffle will be run at the 2017 edition at Eastern Creek on April 8 and 9. "Over the years this race has attracted some of the best drivers in the country fighting for the prestigious trophy. In 2017 we expect no different" KartSportNews was advised. The BFM will this year be for TaG Light, the winner taking home $2000 plus the coveted Brian Farley Memorial trophy. "As an extra element of fun, we have introduced a Pole Shuffle for the top 10, which will pit the 10th and 9th qualifiers against each other on track together, with the winner facing the next fastest qualifier, and so on." Two sets of tyres will be given away for any Junior classes that have over 20 entries. All classes will get 4 heats and a final.
- DRIVER - JC Kart driver Aaron Cameron will race at Bathurst later this year. Cameron, who was 5th in KZ2 at the opening round of the AKC, has been added to the driver lineup of the Declan Kirkham Racing Mazda MX6 at the upcoming Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6-Hour. The 17-year old will share the driving duties around Mt Panorama with the experienced father/son combination for Phil and Declan Kirkham.
- FUND ME - Beck Connell has opened a Go Fund Me page to get her to the IAME X30 World Finals at Le Mans, France, in October. Beck won the NSW State Championship last year and was a Women of Australian Motorsport (WAMS) Junior Development Scholarship recipient for 2016/2017. The 23-year-old from Queanbeyan NSW has been racing karts since she was 10. She's trying to raise $10-12k to get to France. For more info, or to make a donation, click HERE.
- ONE MAKE SERIES - A new one-make series is set for the British summer later this year. Kart venue operator Daytona Motorsport plan to run a 6-round championship (over three events) for a Cadet, Junior and Senior championship. All karts will be equal Tony Kart chassis on Bridgestone tyres with a Vortex engine allocated to drivers by random draw. Pricing for the "GPK Series Championship" ranges from £12.5k + VAT for Cadets (AUS $20,000 + tax) to £14.5k + VAT (AUS $23,300 + tax) for Juniors and Seniors. Daytona is claiming a £200,000 ($321,000) series prize fund that includes entries to the RoK World Final plus race car series. The GPK Series commences at Rowrah on July 28
- DRIVER PR - Russ Occhipinti won round 2 of the V.S.K.C. Victorian series at Winton last week. After qualifying on pole in the Rotax Light class he won all four races. Russ also lowered the lap record to a 1m52.8. Racing was tight all weekend as with Sanuja Perera and the legendary Gary Pegararo. Still it was a clean sweep for the Ace Karts racing team and the Woodgate Evo chassis. Russ would like to thank Ace Karts for sponsoring the team, Woodgate Racing, John Gonzalez, Penrite oil and the Victorian Superkart Club.
- THE ROCK - The Rock Island Grand Prix, one of the world's longest running street races for karts, will this year be sanctioned by USAC. "Licensing is especially important for foreign drivers who wish to compete at Rock Island without risk of having punitive action taken in their home country as a result of competing in a non-sanctioned event" the GP promoter stated in a press release. USAC (United States Auto Club) is one of six major organisations that make up the ACCUS, the FIA's approved governing body for racing in the United States.
- NUMBERS - KA has issued a clarification to officials regarding numbers and number background shape: