Karting News Briefs
karting news, entertainment, retro, updates, etc, etc...
- BORDERLINE INSANITY - IKD has just recently finished building up this Rotax-powered Deadly kart for a customer - but as you can see, its a little different! The customer has added 2 x JetCAT P80 Turbine Engines which ignite when the Rotax reaches top speed! "Fuelled by Kerosene, these turbine engines can each produce 21 pounds of thrust at 123,000rpm" IKD published. "(It's) also fitted with hand operated front brakes and a 1kg onboard fire extinguisher, let's hope it's all smooth sailing for the pilot and the 30/32 Deadly Chassis!"
- VALE: INGRID BAXTER - Victorian Country Series has informed us that Ingrid Baxter has passed away, succumbing to cancer on Monday. "Ingrid was a life member and dedicated worker at South West Kart Club, and greatly assisted in the running of many VCS and other club events" the series posted.
Karting Victoria sends deepest sympathy to Steve, Jay and Zoe on the sad loss of their beautiful wife and mother. Ingrid's funeral will be this Thursday at 2:00pm in the Camperdown Catholic Church.
pic - KV/Facebook
- AiM FOR GEELONG - AiM SportSystems will be attending Round 2 of the Australian Kart Championships in Geelong from Friday 31st March to Sunday 2nd of April. "We will be there to assist our Dealers and Customers with product support, technical advice and any setup information. We can also assist our Dealers and new Customers with setting up and running your MyChron5. If you need any assistance on any day please contact Ron on 0418 424 560 or look out for us around the pit area."
- COUNCIL CASH - The Whyalla Kart club has secured a $5000 cash sponsorship from the local council to help run the annual Whyalla City Titles. Now claiming the naming rights, it is now the “Whyalla City Council Kart Titles". It's two-day event set for May 13 and 14 with practice available on Friday the 12th. The club informed KartSportNews there will be a feature classes with money and trophies, the annual teams event with the perpetual trophy, trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd for all team drivers, plus substantial free give away prizes at the end of racing at presentations. More details will be announced closer to the event which takes place on the newly resurfaced track which has new style kerbing and ripple strips.
pic - whyalla kart club
- AKC RACE PROGRAM - The race program for this weekend's second round of the Australia Kart Championship at Geelong is now available online. Click HERE to see the event preview, entry lists, current points and much more in the 36-page publication.
- AKC TIMETABLE - The timetable for this weekend's AKC round has also been revealed:
- KARTCOM - The latest edition of Kartcom News, issue number 30, is now online. Click HERE to access the free online mag featuring Euro kart and car racing.
- SAYONARA SIMO - CRG has confirmed the end of its collaboration with driver Simo Puhakka. The Finnish driver had been part of CRG's factory KZ lineup since 2015 and he was 5th in last year’s World Championship. The Italian company says the decision to part ways was 'mutual' due to results that were below expactation. "CRG’s management and staff thank Simo Puhakka for his precious collaboration and wish him all the best for his future career".
- AUSSIE OVERSEAS - Australian international commentator Ian Salvestrin returned to the seat and raced in the 6-hours of Cervesina on the weekend. "In actual fact, it was reduced to 3 hours after organisational issues" Salvestrin told KartSportNews. "Anyhow, it was an Endurance race, the first round of the GSK Endurance Series at the Tazio Nuvolari Circuit about an hour south of Milan. It was a car racing circuit about 2kms per lap." Ian, teamed with the Tkart crew of Deigo Nebulani, Matteo Nebulani and Sara Di Lalli, was the driver who started the race, but dropped to last when "old mate tried to win an Endurance Race on the 3rd corner... but we eventually came through to finish 4th for the Tkart Racing Team!"
- Follow Ian around the world's race circuits via his Facebook page HERE.
Above: Ian Salvestrin (left) and the Tkart Racing Team
Above: The 4-stroke powered GSK karts with the bodywork off
- BENIK WINS - Team BENIK claimed another pair of championship titles in the final rounds of the Florida Winter Tour. Brandon Carr was crowned 2017 Vortex Micro ROK Flori,da Winter Tour Champion (second year in a row that BENIK blue has stood atop the Micro ROK championship point standings) with Migual Costa making it a BENIK 1-2. The following weekend
James Egozi piloted his BENIK chassis to the 2017 Rotax Micro MAX Florida Winter Tour Championship.
BENIK is distributed in Australia via Pro Karting.
- THE F1 LOOK - LA Designs and Melbourne Kart Centre will have a display setup trackside at Geelong at this weekend's AKC round featuring examples of custom painted helmets plus these Zylon Style Visor Sheilds, available in wide-weave carbon, or white. "If you are after anything, come and see us at the MKC pit tent" LA's Luke Hibberd told KartSportNews. More HERE.
- HISTORY REPEATS - This is pretty cool. Two legends of the 80s are both back retro racing, and still sharing the front row. The images below, supplied by Paul McKinnon, show he (#17) and Patrick Parry (23) on the front row in Junior International at the 1988 AKA Nationals at Bolivar. "Twenty nine years later, and we're still at it!" McKinnon wrote, referring to the NSW duo at the RKA F100 round at the Butterfly Farm recently (bottom pic). Parry still carries his #23 (but now on CRG instead of Shadow) and McKinnon still has the chassis and motor he used to win the National title in '88.
- THE WINNER - And this is Paul McKinnon's chassis and engine from that event! "The chassis I used was a modified copy of a Demon X6" McKinnon told KartSportNews. "It was made of 4130 Cro-Mo".
- RETRO - And for old times sake, here's the 1988 Bolivar entry list. Interesting fact, Mark Vukusic and Steve Riddell ran F100 Light at the last RKA event.
- NEW RIG - On the eve of AKC round 2, Dunlop Kartsport has revealed its new transporter:
Above & Below: Outside and inside the impressive new machine. See it at Geelong this weekend (pic - DK17/Facebook)
- VINTAGE - Tiger Kart Club is having a display of Vintage and Classic Karts at the Carnival of Karts on April 8-9 at Cockburn.
- COMPKART EURO - Compkart has formed a European team for the remainder of 2017. "The European team, which will work alongside its domestic efforts (J3 Competition, USA) will initially enter two of its most promising drivers, Dante Yu and Nicholas d’Orlando who will both compete abroad in the recently formed OK category" Compkart announced. The duo's first European event will be the final round of the WSK Super Master Series in Sarno, Italy next week, April 7-9. They will run TM engines on Covert 17-R chassis. The team will then contest the European Championships, plus the World Championship at PFI.
- FENCE UP - A 70 metre spectator fence has been erected at Dooen Raceway, Horsham, as part of the Wimmera club's improvement of the facility. The venue hosts round 3 of the Victorian Country Series on May 21.
pic - HKC
- FACELIFT, THEN AUCTION - With the resurfacing now done at Lithgow City Raceway, the Combined Districts Kart Club is now auctioning off the first three hours of track use! The winning bidder (auction can be found on Ebay HERE - ends at 14:26 on April 4) will earn the right to exclusive use of the billiard-table smooth track on Sunday April 9, from 12 midday to 3pm. They can run up to 5 karts and 5 drivers, or elect to use the track just for themself. The scheduled re-open date for normal practice is April 15. The Lithgow Mercury website ran an article about the club's development, with quotes from President Russell Becker, in an article yesterday - read it HERE.
pics - CDKC
- TELL US! - Have there been developments at your track? Email us a pic and some details so we can show them off on KartSportNews!