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2000 News Items

BDKC Winter Series   (30/12)

Beccles and District Kart Club have provisionally booked dates for a winter series at Ellough Park Raceway, near Beccles in Suffolk. These are: Practice: 27th January, 24th February and 10th March, and race dates on 28th January, 25th February and 17th March. The practice dates will definitely go ahead, but the race dates are dependent on getting enough support. So if you wish to race please contact Dawn on 01508 493822 or Richard on 07798 606518 a.s.a.p. All two stroke classes are welcome to this M.S.A. circuit.

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Ellough Park "Grand Official Opening"  (30/12)

Ellough Park Raceway will be holding a "Grand Official Opening" race meeting on 5th May. This will take the form of an 8hr enduro for (hired) Pro-karts with proceeds going to Great Ormond Street Hospital. There should be one or two "names" around plus some special attractions, demonstrations etc. (and TV coverage!). If you are interested in getting involved please call Nick on 01603 486655.

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2001 Prices   (22/12)

Ferrari Racing Services now have prices for new engines and water conversion kits available as well as some sale items including a new PV 100 Super. See them here.

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WLKC Saturday Practice   (21/12)

WLKC and Karting North East have agreed that all WLKC meetings will include Saturday practice from 10.00 am until 5.00 pm. This will be in sessions with no lunch break. The new season starts on the weekend of 20th & 21st January 2001.

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New Facilities   (21/12)

Building starts in January at Karting North East on the new Club House, providing an enlarged cafe, offices, toilets and showers. In addition a separate building is to be built to include an enlarged shop (HRS), circuit workshop and toilet block. The newly tarmac'd pits are now available some of which include electrical hookups for caravans etc.

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Congratulations   (21/12)

Century Race Preparation would like to congratulate all of their club champions. Ben Robinson 3 Sisters snr TKM Champion, Stuart Gough 2nd, Century drivers also finished 1st, 2nd, 3rd at the final meeting of the year in TKM and 2nd and 3rd in Rotax. Daniel Hands, Inter TKM champion at Whilton Mills and Clay Pigeon. Oliver George Snr TKM champion at Whilton Mills. Any body wishing to test the new project One Chassis or talk about engines should contact Century on 01562 632032, you too could be a champion. In addition Century will be offering 125 gearbox and Rotax test days on the British Championship winning Gold Karts.

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MSA British Endurance Championship   (13/12)

Following the conclusion of recent negotiations it has been announced that the MSA British Endurance Kart Championship will be organised and administered by Ted and Sue Poole from the EKC in association with N4SKRA, for a period of three years commencing 2001.

Championship dates and venues for 2001 are:

11th March. Buckmore Park
25th March. Daytona International
8th April. Lydd International Raceway
6th May. Langbaurgh
27th May. Warden Law
24 June. Llandow
22nd July. Sandown Park
12th August. Bayford Meadow
26th August. PF International
23rd September. Ellough Park (To be confirmed)
7th October. Clay Pigeon Raceway

This amalgamation has been agreed in the best interests of the future of National Prokart Endurance Racing and the organisers are confident that these recent developments will be beneficial to all concerned within the Championship. Further information will be available shortly on the website.

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2-Stroke Ban?   (13/12)

Following concerns recently expressed on the Notice Board about the possibility of a switch to 4-stroke engines only by 2004, UK Karting set off to discover if there was any truth in the rumour. The following was received from the MSA, who said;

1. That there is no ban proposed by the CIK for two-stroke Karting.
2. It is intended that four-stroke Karting is as well as two-stroke Karting, not instead of.
3. It is intended that individual countries are free to pursue either or both, depending on National legislation. You may be aware that two-stroke engines are already specifically prohibited in certain countries, but not this one.

All 2-stroker's can now sleep soundly, or can they?

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TKM 4-Stroke Goes On Sale   (08/12)

Tal-Ko will be taking sales orders for its new world-leading TKM 4-stroke kart engine at the Autosport International exhibition from 11 to 14 January 2001 at the NEC, Birmingham.

The 200cc engine was unveiled at the exhibition earlier this year and has since undergone extensive testing and development. Now for the first time Tal-Ko will be taking orders for the engine with a price tag of £1595 plus VAT. Delivery of the first engines is due in early Spring. Says Tal-Ko's Alan Turney: "We have made excellent progress with the engine and have already manufactured large quantities of components. We have a small amount of items we are waiting for and then we can go into mainstream production.

"People have been trying to place orders for the past year but we did not want to proceed down that route until we were close to having the engine ready for release. Now we are getting ready for race launch." Junior and senior versions of the engine will be offered with minor carburation variations to effect the power change making for a quick and easy transfer from junior to senior spec. Engines will be sealed with Tal-Ko themselves carrying out rebuilds and re-sealing. Formal class details will be released at the show, with the expectation of a much more open chassis specification than in the current Formula TKM class - but still with MAXXIS tyres. Tal-Ko will be selling a choice of karts with the engine to provide a complete ready to go option. Adds Alan Turney: "We want to make it very easy for drivers to go down this new route. We'll be providing a full back-up service."

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N.K.R.A.   (08/12)

The National Kart Racing Association's new website is now up and running and contains information from last year's championship, 2001 dates, affiliated clubs, a photo gallery and some links.

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Beggio's Kart   (08/12)

Andy Cox Racing will be exhibiting the 2001 range of Birel Karts at Autosport International 11th - 14th January 2001 (stand 1071) which will include Gianluca Beggio's World Championship winning kart. The company will also be showing Vortex engines, Junior and Senior FR125 Rotax engines and associated kart packages along with new products from Rock Oil, Champion Spark Plugs and Motorquality brake pads. For more information email

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Yonny Weeden   (08/12)

During the coming winter months, Yonny Weeden still only 17, will be back on the kart tracks in the UK. Yonny would like to compete in selected in- and outdoor events across Britain. He will us this period to keep in form and sharp, in preparation of his motor racing season of 2001, in which he will contest the British Formula Ford Zetec Championship, in a works supported team, details which should soon be revealed.

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New 2001 Chassis'   (29/11)

ARC Karts will launch their newly homologated karts at this weekends' International Kart Show, Trentham Gardens. They believe these superb new chassis' are offered at unbeatable 'All Inclusive Prices'. New lower prices are available on the K-Zero 4 (TKM/Yamaha), the K-Zero 4/t (TKM) and the Sprinter (Cadet). See them at the show or call 01582 573335 for prices and further information.

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EcoMoto Sales Hit 50   (29/11)

The 50th K2-250 4-stroke EcoMoto to be sold in the UK will be handed over to its new owner this weekend. 15 year old Amie Gardener from South Wales will be taking possession at the International Kart Show at Trentham Gardens and Amie's father Deri will be fitting it to a Jade chassis in time for her to start competing at Llandow and in the South East in the New Year.

The EcoMoto is Europe's first, fastest, and fully developed purpose built 4-stroke. It is in the 2001 Kart Year book and will be officially allowed to race at 2-stroke meetings as of 1st January 2001. A number of EcoMoto owners are planning on entering the Buckmore Park winter series. Invicta Karting Promotions are offering both sprint and endurance drives on EcoMoto powered SOLO's for 2001. If you would like a test drive, talk to Barry at the show. Invicta will have three different chassis on display at the show.

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Kart Show   (28/11)

The 12th International Kart Show is being held this weekend (2nd & 3rd December) at Trentham Gardens, Stoke on Trent. Open from 10.00 to 17.00 there will again be the popular free forums and this year speakers include George Robinson (Rotax Max), Grahame Butterworth (TKM 4-Stroke) as well as Alan Turney, Martin Capenhurst and Chris Cowels. Entry is £5 for adults and half-price concessions, car parking is free. The Annual General Meeting of the ABkC is being held there from 14.00 on the Saturday.

Exhibitors include ARC Karts, Electro Cases Ltd., Formula 1 Karts, Invicta Karting, John Mills Racing, Mark Wimbleton Racing, Paul Carr,, Tal-Ko and many other top names in the world of karting. The all new Swiss Hutless cadet kart will be displayed on the Swiss Hutless stand and Ferrari Racing Services will be showing three of the 2001 Parilla engines along with many other bargains. Tal-Ko will be launching the new TKM Raider karts and showing their 'star', the world leading 4-stroke engine (Click here for more info...).

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Elf Masters On TV   (28/11)

Eurosport will be screening the 8th Elf Masters Karting live from Bercy, Paris at 21.00 on Saturday 9th December. Most international kart racers are expected along with F1 stars Jenson Button, Johnny Herbert and others. There will be a repeat screening on Eurosport on Wednesday 13th December at 21.00.

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Circuit Upgrade   (22/11)

Deavinsons are well advanced with upgrades to the circuit at Rye House. The new race control is now finished and has been fitted with the latest timing equipment from HS Sports and AMB, bringing lap scoring and timing up to ABKC standards for 2001. Transponders will be available from the shop at around £110 + VAT. More recently Paul Deavin met with Mike Conway of F.M. Conway Ltd to discuss resurfacing and extending the circuit at Rye House. The plan is for this work to be carried out in January 2001 and the end result will be an increase in the Rye House circuit to more than 1000 metres.

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Parilla Leopard   (22/11)

Regulations have been approved for this Class and the application for an N 1 3 is currently being dealt with. Engine information can be found on page 1214 of the December issue of Karting Magazine or contact any of Dream Karts, Torque Racing or Patron Racing. New engines are scheduled to be available in a few days and it is expected that a Junior Leopard class will be announced very soon. Further information can be obtained by e-mail to;

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SA250 4-Stroke   (22/11)

Deavinsons have been appointed sole distributors for the SA250 4-stroke engine from Biland in Switzerland. The engine has 2 cylinders with an overhead cam and is fitted with an electric starter, and weighs in at approximately 15 kilos. Two versions are available with power outputs of 18 and 28 hp. The engine will be on view at the Deavinsons stand (no. 1025) at the NEC Birmingham in January. Price will be around £2000 for the 28hp version and it will come with a six month guarantee. A 6 round championship for 2001 is being organised with MG tyres being used.

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All Change At Kings Cross   (17/11)

The Raceway in York Way, London have announced the arrival of a brand new fleet of Bowman karts for the Johnny Herbert Karting Challenge on the 26th November. They will be the first indoor track to use Honda 270cc engines (producing 9hp) with wet clutches, kevlar belt drive and powered by LPG gas. These karts are a totally new concept for indoor racing and should provide closer than ever competition. The Raceway can be contacted on 020 7833 1000.

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Brentwood Park Expansion   (15/11)

A planning application has been made to extend the track at Brentwood Park to three times its current size. Included in the application is a purpose built building including full facilities for corporate use and owner drivers (noise restrictions will apply). It is proposed that this development will take place in the New Year creating the largest outdoor karting facility in Essex. It is believed that noise restrictions will limit the circuit to 4 strokes only, but watch this space.

There will be a restricted number of debentures available to purchase, enabling the debenture holder free (no charge) practice for a specified period. Further details and a copy of the proposed layout are available via e-mail to;

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Only Here For The Beer   (15/11)

Advance Leisure are taking 25 teams of racers to race at Belgium's finest indoor race circuit, the 900 metre Kojdrik track. The race itself is a 3 hour endurance with 30 minutes timed practice/qualification. The track is overlooked by a licensed bar so after the race either drown your sorrows or celebrate to the max! Travel and accommodation has been organised, leaving on Saturday 2nd December in the morning, and back on Sunday 3rd night time. All those interested in this superb weekend should contact Advance Leisure on 0831 182551 for further information.

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Test Days   (11/11)

Century Race Preparation will be holding open test days for the new Project One Racing chassis, the successor to its double British Championship winning kart. This test day will be of particular interest to cadets moving up who have yet to buy equipment, as the karts will be available for testing complete with engines and tyres. The test days will take place on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th December at Three Sisters. All interested parties should contact Clive on 07710 232813 for details. There will also be an opportunity for serious drivers interested in 125 open or national to test the British Championship winning Gold Karts, and the powerful Pavesi engines. Contact Century for further information. Alternatively see Century at the Kart Show at Trentham Gardens on 2nd & 3rd December.

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JRD Wetbox for TKM   (09/11)

JRD are now selling a brand new wet weather protection box for the TKM market. The Wetbox which has full TKM approval is available for sale priced £30 including p+p. It can also be viewed or tested this weekend at the Clay Pigeon Club Championship round. The Wetbox stops water getting into the air trumpet and even has a device for choking the engine. Anyone wishing to see the new Wetbox can visit the JRD awning in pit space no. 7 behind race control at Clay or contact them on 01225 783088 or email to:

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Rowrah's New Website   (09/11)

It's early days and content is still being added but the official website of Cumbria Kart Racing Club is now up and running and can be found at It appears the webmaster is hoping to benefit from the forthcoming season of goodwill by appealing in the Archive section for a scanner! Any Santas' out there?

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Race Pro hand back MSA Endurance Championship   (06/11)

Race Pro has formally handed back the MSA Championship and they have appointed N4SKRA to oversee the Championship for the future. The members of N4SKRA have made a commitment to improve the Championship and give it the financial support it deserves. With backing from Brands Hatch Leisure, in the form of Daytona, Bill Sisley of Buckmore Park, Ian Ward of Bayford Meadows, Sandown Park and of course Race Pro, all are looking forward to a successful future and with the inclusion of Le Mans in next year's calendar, it can only add prestige to the Championship.

Changes being made include all appointed officials attending each and every round and being totally independent of the promoters and organisers this is intended to add consistency. A race director from each circuit will be appointed to oversee the organisation of each event.

For more information see

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Yamaha Challenge Winter Series   (02/11)

Now in its fourth year the five round Yamaha winter challenge will commence on the 3rd December at PF International. For the last three years the series has been over subscribed with over 28 drivers competing. The challenge gives those drivers, moving into the class the ideal opportunity to get up to speed in a friendly atmosphere before the major championships commence. If you would like a registration form contact Peter Sherwen on Tel: 01928 712194 Fax: 01928 710324. E-mail: or click on this link for a printable version.

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Test The New Cool   (30/10)

The all new 'COOL' Cadet Kart homologated for 2001 will be at PF International this Friday and Saturday, 3rd & 4th November. Anyone interested in a test drive should contact Tommy Motorsport on 01484 859000 or 07798 881100.

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Congratulations   (26/10)

ARC Karts would like to congratulate Philip Keen, Snr Rotax plate 6 and southern Champion NKRA; George Lovell, Jnr TKM Plate 3 Super One and 2nd in Jnr TKM O Plate; Charlie Watts, Jnr TKM Midland and Welsh Champion; Philip English, Jnr Yamaha Round 5Winner and Plate 4 Super One. Well done everyone and best wishes for every success in the future. ARC can be reached on 01582 422522.

Century Race Preparation would like to congratulate all of their drivers for the results over the past 2 weeks. Nathaniel Freke won the 125 meeting at Shenington on his Gold kart / Pavesi outfit. Century supplied Project One Racing chassis in Senior TKM's finished 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, & 6th at 3 Sisters, with 4 of the engines also prepared by Century. In Rotax Max Glenn Critchett won first time out on his Gold Firefox chassis, with 2 other Golds in the top 6. Anybody who would like to test any of the above karts / engines or the new 2001 Project One chassis should contact Century on 01562 632032 or 07710232813.

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TKM Champion Of Buckmore   (18/10)

Some places are still available for this end of year event, which is set to become a regular fixture in the growing TKM only race meetings. Racing is taking place over two days (28th and 29th October) with timed qualifying for the 'Elite' classes and some extra long races to give great value for money. With the results for the Formula TKM Junior 'O' plate title now resolved, prizes from that event will be handed out at Buckmore on Sunday. If you want to enter do so NOW to the club on 01634 201562 extn 210.

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Super One Series   (08/10)

The Super One Series, the UK's premier karting championship, is delighted to confirm that it will be continuing to run the junior and senior MSA British karting championships for the next three years. The Motor Sports Association has confirmed it will be renewing its contract with Super One for the Formula A and Junior Intercontinental British titles - the only two MSA titles within 100cc karting.

Commenting on the decision, Super One boss Neil Hann said: "We are delighted and proud that the MSA wishes us to continue running these two very prestigious championships. Now we will be able to press ahead with our plans." Current championship sponsors Elf/Atol, Hill House Hammond and Tal-Ko had already pledged their continued support to the series whatever its final format. A senior and junior series is again on the agenda.

A number of changes are planned for the series including a revision of classes, fresh look at timed qualifying and a number of promotional upgrades all aimed at further enhancing the series, which has continued to grow over the past 20 years. Added Neil Hann: "We want to keep the same elements which have made the series such a success but at the same time revise some areas to keep moving forwards as the sport itself comes of age and classes develop."

Over its two decades Super One has proved a real star-maker. Top drivers such as David Coulthard, Johnny Herbert, Jenson Button, Dario Franchitti and Jason Plato all came to fame through the series. 2001 dates and classes will be announced shortly.

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Honda Challenge   (07/10)

Tentative dates and venues for next year's Challenge can be found by following the '2001 Provisional Dates' link in the Events Calendar.

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England's Sandown Enduro Teams   (06/10)

After the success of the England Pro Kart Sprint Team in the Internations Challenge, the team have now turned their attention to the endurance arena. They have entered 2 teams for the final round of the Sandown Park Championship on 14th October.

The all star driver line up will include; Peter Stott (No 2 plate), Paul Wilkins (No 3 plate), Adam Willis (No 4 plate), Kelvin Hassall (No 5 plate), Allan Armbrister (No 6 plate), and the England team manager Martin Capenhurst, who is standing in for Neil Dodson who is recovering from an operation. The chassis used will be Anderson and Stratos. The team are fully aware that the regular teams include some of the best in the country, with 7 or 8 of them regularly recording lap times within half a second of each other, and appreciate that it will be a tough challenge, but they are all looking forward to it. This will be a rare opportunity for the endurance drivers to pitch their talents against the nations current top sprint drivers, both in the race and in the practice on the Saturday before the event. England's team manager is hoping that the sprint drivers will not have to pit for a rest every 15 laps!

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TM Engines   (05/10)

TM are preparing new reed and modified rotary engines for the 125 classes. A 100cc rotary is being homologated and they will soon be launching a 4-stroke engine. Congratulations to all TM drivers, having won both championships in the UK.

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Win Free Le Mans Entry   (04/10)

The Challenge is offering a FREE entry into next year’s Le Mans 24-hour kart race for the winners of its indoor winter series. The five-round competition will take place at Eastleigh (11th November), Northampton (9th December), Didcot (20th January), Aldershot (17th February) and Streatham (10th March). Each race will be a three-hour endurance and the entry will be limited to the first twenty teams to apply. There will be a fixed number of driver changes in each event and the best four of the five rounds count toward the final score.

The prize of a FREE entry into the 2001 Le Mans will be awarded to the top scoring team and can be used in either the ‘corporate’ class or owner/driver class depending upon whether the winning team owns a Prokart. For more information contact John Burton on 07802 291902 or e-mail

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New Jade TKM   (03/10)

Shrewley Kart Shop have produced an all new Jade TKM for 2001 with successful testing already completed. A fastest lap was set by Ross Allen during testing at the South West Champs in Dunkeswell recently. Contact Jade Karts on 01295 678188, e-mail: or via their website;

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Silverstone   (02/10)

Silverstone Drive Karting Centre will be hosting endurance races this winter on probably the UK's fastest Pro Kart circuit. Hire Kart - 4-Hour Endurance on Sunday 10th December. Racing commences at 09:00. 4-Hour Race, 1-Hour Practice Qualifying on Twin 200cc JB Karts. Owner Driver - 4-Hour Endurance on Sunday 17th December. Racing commences at 09:00. 4-Hour Race, 1-Hour Practice Qualifying. Call 01327 320425 or email for further information and prices.

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Limited Offer   (02/10)

For a limited time anyone owning a laptop computer can now buy the Lapsmart CD for just £10 including post and packaging. Time up to 6 karts at once with Lapsmart, record all your setups with each laptime, keep track of your engine hours, run your own race times, etc. See and also on the Companies Directory.

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Success for JRP   (01/10)

Jupiter Race Preparation would like to congratulate its drivers on a successful month. Following a 4th place finish at Bayford Meadows in Formula Rotax, the team went on to 2nd and 3rd place finishes at Buckmore Park with fastest laps in 2 heats and the final. The following weekend brought more success with a convincing win in Rotax on the Saturday and another in Prokarts on the Sunday, the team winning by over a lap in the Bayford Meadows 6 hour endurance race. All results were achieved on LRG Karts with ASM prepared motors. For more information about JRP, contact Mark Berryman on (01474) 853685.

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A Free Crate Of Beer!   (26/09)

Get a team of between 4 and 10 drivers to compete in endurance kart race, raise over £100 in sponsorship and not only do you help a worthy cause but you get to have an exhilarating evening and a crate of beer too.

Streatham Kart Raceway is hosting three events that will help raise vital funds for The Cancer Research Campaign. On Saturday evenings, 25th November 2000, 10th February and 10th March 2001 fifteen karts will take to the popular 400 metre south west London track for a 2½ hour endurance race. Cost is £250 per team and if you would like to raise even more money you can obtain sponsorship forms so that friends and colleagues can sponsor you for £1 (or 1p) a lap, - it€s not essential though. Entry forms and further information can be obtained from Harriet Cutts at The Cancer Research Campaign on telephone no. 020 7820 6907.

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TV Coverage   (18/09)

TV coverage for this year's Maxxis Formula TKM Festival at Kimbolton starts tomorrow (Tuesday September 19) within the Sports Unlimited programme on Sky TV. Six different programmes have been prepared from the record breaking event which will cover all the action together with special features. Each programme will be screened several times and will later be transmitted around the world to more than 200m homes. The programmes will also feature action from the new TKM 4-stroke engines - the first time they have been screened on TV.

First screening is due for Skysports 3 at 7pm Tuesday, with the series then running over the next six weeks through to October 24. In each case the repeats are within a few days of the original showing and feature on Sky 2 and 3. A full-length video featuring all the action will be available in November.

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Kart Masters 2000 Video   (14/09)

Lodgemark Press (the publishers of Karting magazine) now have stocks of this year's official video of the P.F. International Kart Masters meeting. The video is two hours long and costs £18 including p&p and VAT. Contact them on tel: 01689 897123, fax: 01689 890998 or email:

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Piston Ring Uncertainty   (13/09)

Formula TKM has moved quickly to decisively clarify and resolve the issue of piston rings following a technical inspection on a number of pistons which were impounded at recent rounds of the Elf Hill House Hammond Super 1 Series.

The inspection could not find any sign of an additional material such as glue. In each case the top piston ring was held in place by a severe build up of combustion 'coke'. However it was noted that the bottom ring was clean and free to move. In the circumstances the technical inspection carried out under MSA procedures found the pistons to be legal. However the issue has raised a grey area in the Formula TKM regulations which state that the engine should be raced as supplied. Today (Monday September 11) Formula TKM has issued an official Technical Bulletin which clarifies that in future both piston rings must at all times remain free to operate and move in the manner in which they were designed. Coked in piston rings are illegal with immediate effect.

Explained Formula TKM co-ordinator Grahame Butterworth: "Quite clearly it has always been the intention that these pistons should have two operating rings. While we are not happy with what has occurred we accept the fact that there was not a clear wording banning it. Our clarification now leaves competitors under no illusions.

"We are firmly committed to maintaining a level playing field for all drivers within Formula TKM and will always move quickly to alleviate grey areas should they occur for the benefit of all the class.

"Let no-one be under any misunderstanding. From this point forward any engine with piston ring or rings not free to move will be illegal."

At the same time Formula TKM has issued an official warning to drivers over the danger of using carburettor settings outside those recommended by Tal-Ko. In particular it points out that the use of a small opening for the high jet (under a quarter turn) can lead to insufficient lubrication at high revs and resultant severe premature engine damage.

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Extra Test Days   (12/09)

With a busy two months in prospect Buckmore Park have added some extra test days at the circuit. Events Calendar...

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MBKC Gold Cup   (07/09)

The MBKC Gold Cup meeting on 24th September 2000 will use the 1500m circuit for gearbox karts and the Valley circuit (as used for Super 1 ) for direct drive classes; both circuits provide the fastest short circuit karting in the UK, at Three Sisters, nr Ashton, Wigan, Lancashire. This is the first time for many years that drivers have had access to these circuits at a club meeting. Both circuits are challenging, and will provide exciting racing for both the driver and spectator. Entries are limited to 250 so get your entry in quickly to the club secretary; Kath Bott, Launswood, Wigan Road, Shevington, WN6 8LY, telephone 01257 253742. There are still a couple of opportunities for traders to sponsor individual classes, if your interested please contact Kath Bott.

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Kartracing Magazine no more   (07/09)

After just 6 issues the magazine 'Kartracing' has ceased publication. Relaunched in March this year as part of the WV Publications stable it's demise is reported to be due to lack of advertising support from all but a few businesses involved in the karting industry. Subscribers are asked to contact WV Publications on 020 7331 1000 concerning refunds.

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Whilton Mill KC Meetings   (06/09)

All ABkC classes are now covered at their 2-stroke meetings which take place on the fourth Sunday monthly, with testing on the Saturday. 4-stroke meetings are every first Sunday monthly (no MSA licence required) with testing on the Saturday for all Honda classes, Thunderkarts, EcoMoto, F6, etc. Wednesdays are test days at 'The Mill' and it's open to all 2-stroke and 4-stroke drivers. Honda 'O' Plate on Sunday 1st October is open to all 4-strokes; testing is on the Saturday. All entries 2 and 4 stroke to Rita Chapman, 23 Foxglove Close, Castle Meadow, Buckingham MK18 1FU Tel 01280 816512 Fax 01280 814007. Just a reminder for members that a General Meeting will be held Wednesday 20th September in the Mill Bar at 8-00pm

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Kestrel Now Re-Charging   (01/09)

The ECL and Kestrel range of precision gauges has now been upgraded to use Nickel Metal Hydride fully rechargeable batteries. Units may be charged at any time, and continuous over-charging is permissible. Car cigarette lighter adaptors come as standard, and mains charging adaptors (Euro and GB) are available as accessories.

This concerns EDT+ tachometers, ELT laptimers and EWT water temperature gauges. All previous models will continue to be supported by the manufacturer. Why not dig out that old Kestrel with a tired battery as in some instance upgrades will be available. Manufacturers Electro Cases Ltd. (ECL) can be reached at: Tel: +44 (0) 1624 621822 or e-mail to or visit their website at

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Going…Going…Go   (31/08)

Due to the expiry of their lease Slipstream Racing at Camberley will be closing their doors on 11th September 2000 and of interest to current or potential kart track operators could be their equipment that includes karts, overalls, helmets, spares and much more. Also available at no cost are tyres and barriers already bolted together to make a circuit.

Slipstream Racing will be carrying on with their single seater Formula Ford Zetec racing and they have drives available for any young karters wishing to move up into single seater racing for Winter Series 2000 and next years' Avon Junior Formula Ford Zetec Championship. All enquiries to Van Kaiser on 01344 883158 or e-mail:

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The Challenge goes 2-stroke  (29/08)

The Challenge and AutoChallenge, Britain’s longest running corporate kart-racing championships, have teamed up with Club 100 for 2001. The aim of the association is to give drivers the chance of driving 2-stroke karts in expertly prepared TKM machines in a series of three and six-hour events. Club 100 will be providing and maintaining an exclusive fleet of karts for The Challenge/AutoChallenge and race preparation will be carried out at their Streatham facility. The series will maintain its exclusivity to corporate entries and continue to operate its unique league system that allows teams of varying levels of skill the opportunity to win races.

Series organiser John Burton said "I’m thrilled at the prospect of working with Club 100. Their preparation is first class and our customers are going to enjoy the experience of racing ‘proper’ karts that will enhance their driving skills. With over fifty teams we have one of the most successful competitions this year, and the response for the 2001 championship is rapidly growing with a number of new teams already committed to the series. We are hoping to increase this number for the coming season and I’m sure that the prospect of longer 2-stroke endurance races will appeal to many drivers"

Club 100 director John Vigor commented "I am looking forward to this new partnership with excitement and foresee a strong and long association between Club100 and Challenge/AutoChallenge. Three and six hour endurance racing on 2-stroke karts is very much a first in this country thereby creating a unique attraction."

The championships will benefit from exclusive use of Club 100’s latest fleet of BIZ-TKM machines and as usual the competitions will be restricted to teams with recognised sponsors or from companies, organisations or registered charities.

For more information contact John Burton on 07802 291902 or visit

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The TKM Champion of Buckmore Races   (25/08)
Saturday 28th / Sunday 29th October

The inaugural end of season bash for all TKM competitors will take place at Buckmore Park and will feature all TKM 2 stroke classes for both Super One (Elite) and Clubman competitors. The Elite driver classes format will be similar to European championship style with timed qualifying, heats, repechage, pre-final and final. There will also be demonstrations of the all-new TKM 4 stroke engine. Entries (maximum 200) are available into the following classes:

Elite Classes
Elite Junior TKM This class is open to drivers who have completed this year's Super One Championship and is also optional for drivers who hold a Kart National A licence.
Elite Junior TKM Intermediate A separate class with the same qualification criteria as the Elite Junior TKM
Elite Senior TKM A separate class with the same qualification criteria as the Elite Junior TKM.

Event format for Elite drivers:
Friday Open practice in sessions (optional - not included in entry fee) Saturday 3 laps carburation practice. 15 mins timed qualifying (all drivers will be on the circuit at the same time). 3 qualification heats. Sunday Repechage (if necessary), pre-final and final.

Note: A new set of tyres must be purchased from the Club (with entry). Heat start positions will be determined by timed qualifying.

Clubman Classes
Junior TKM Clubman Not open to drivers who have raced in the 2000 super one championship. Clubman and novice drivers welcome.
Junior TKM Intermediate Clubman If sufficient entries are received then a separate Junior TKM Intermediate class will be run. Details as above.
Senior TKM Clubman Details as per Junior TKM Clubman above.
Senior Formula TKM Heavy The weight limit for this class is 160kg
Senior Formula TKM Veteran Competitors must be 40 years of age or older. This class may be combined with the above.

Event format for Clubman drivers:
Friday Open practice in sessions (optional - not included in entry fee) Saturday 3 laps untimed practice, 3 heats per driver Sunday Repechage (if necessary), pre-final and final Note: Clubman drivers are restricted to one set of tyres, which do not have to be new.

For full details and an entry pack, please send an A4 size SAE to Sheila Rose, Competition Secretary, Buckmore Park Kart Club Ltd, Buckmore Park Kart Circuit, Maidstone Road, Chatham, Kent ME5 9QG. Enter early as the number of entries is limited to 200.

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EcoMotos Are Coming  (22/08)

The following amendment to the MSA Blue Book was published in the Summer 2000 edition of the MSA publication 'Motorsports Now'. "Other 4 Stroke engines of equivalent performance may be raced with 2 Stroke Karts in the same race subject to MSA authorisation. Applies with immediate effect. Buckmore Park are hoping to have EcoMotos out at their Club meetings in the very near future. Watch this space!

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Daytona Acquires Sandown Park Karting  (21/08)

Brands Hatch Leisure Group is delighted to announce that Daytona, its karting division, has acquired Karting at Sandown. Daytona operates indoor circuits in London (Daytona Raceway) and Manchester (opening October 2000, namely Daytona Manchester), and the UK's brand leading outdoor circuit, Daytona International, in Milton Keynes.

Karting at Sandown Park was established in 1995 and has proved very popular with owner-driver pro-karters and with both private and corporate groups, in the fleet of single-engined karts. Whilst all of the current team at Sandown Park will continue to operate the venue, Daytona will provide a fleet of twin-engined pro-karts for hire, and has an ongoing investment plan in the circuit.

As well as providing the fleet of pro-karts and all the usual Daytona extras (such as Sparco race-suits, AGV helmets, computer timing with on-kart dashboard displays), Daytona also plans to replace the existing clubhouse with a brand new enhanced clubhouse, offering competitors and guests the very highest levels of hospitality.

Commenting on the acquisition Jim Graham, Daytona Chief Executive, said, "Following the success and popularity of our Milton Keynes circuit, we are confident that we can repeat this at Daytona Sandown Park. The circuit and location are just perfect for us and the fact that the venue also boasts golf, dry-slope ski-ing and squash courts makes it very attractive for corporate hospitality and company days out. We are very excited about the future for Daytona Sandown Park."

Daytona Sandown Park is located inside the famous Race Course, in Esher, Surrey. The circuit is approximately two miles from the A3 and 5 miles from the M25 Junction 10.

For further information please contact Alison Jones, Sales Manager, telephone 020 8961 9646

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Obituary - Colin Richardson  (16/08)

Cumbria KRC regrets to announce that one of its greatest friends, Colin Richardson, lost his lengthy battle against cancer on Tuesday 1st August. He was 41.

Colin was best known to many people as the face behind RRS Racewear and latterly First Overall, but his wit, style and refusal to take himself too seriously, made him much more than that. He came into the sport as an extension of his racewear business and supplied many racers up and down the country from their boots upwards. One of the few people around who could make you smile just at the mention of his name, Colin could prick anyone's pomposity with a few well-chosen words but readily accepted his own limitations as a kart mechanic with a smile and a shrug of the shoulders.

When his son, Ben, started racing, Colin became even more involved in the sport and the TV Masters at PFI a couple of years ago provided his proudest moment when Ben took a well-deserved Yamaha win.

The annual Presentation Night was an opportunity for Colin to show his wit to its best effect and no-one was ever spared, although the mickey taking was never done maliciously. He once even set up what was supposed to be a fashion show for his new kartwear range but turned out to be a strippagram arranged for yours truly!!

His battle against cancer was borne with great dignity and humour and he was in fine form right up to the day before his death, typically enquiring about a race entry for Ben.

Although his funeral has already taken place, his family have requested that, in lieu of flowers, a couple of benches are erected in his memory at his two favourite places - one where he used to go fishing, and the other at Rowrah circuit. If anyone wishes to make a donation in Colin's memory, please send it to Cumbria KRC c/o 36, Newlands Lane, Workington, Cumbria.

Colin is survived by his wife, Fiona and their children Kim, Ben and Emily. Our thoughts, prayers and love are with them at this time.

Iain Blair

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Success for Century Race Preparation  (15/08)

Century Race preparation's race team had an exceptionally successful outing at Chasewater on 13th August with Nathan Freke winning by almost a lap on his Gold Kart / Rotax max outfit, Ryan Vann achieving his first victory of the season in a full grid of Senior TKM's on his Project One Racing kart and Century Race Prepared engines and Oliver George finishing 3rd on the same combination. The front row of the Junior TKM was also occupied by a Century Prepared outfit with Adam Jackson on board, unfortunately an exhaust manifold break robbed Adam of a win. Century were also running Charlie Clegg in his first ever outing in Junior TKM, under Century's guidance Charlie won the novice trophy finishing 11th in the A final and lapping the other novice runners. Anybody wanting more information or to test these karts should contact Clive Freke on 0410 232813.

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New Chassis Homologations  (04/08)  

ARC Karts, manufacturers of pace setting chassis' for the TKM and Cadet classes since their inception have announced that they are to homologate (official production) 3 new models for the next period (from January 2001). The 2 models for TKM will be the 'K-Zero 4' (32mm) and the 'K-Zero 4/t' (28mm 'torsion' variant). The company's all new offering for the Cadet classes is to be named the 'Zero 3'. ARC are confident that with the subtle changes to the design of these chassis' they can still move forward from their hugely successful K2000 series. Testing of the final prototypes is now in progress, prior to the production runs being given the green light. Further details available soon.  Contact ARC Karts (at their new warehouse premises), Unit 19, Scott Road, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU3 3BF   Tel: 01582 573335, Fax: 01582 573337 or pay them a visit at the Kimbolton TKM Festival on August 19th & 20th.

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Try a Leopard  (04/08)

The first deliveries of the new Parilla Leopard are expected next week and some could be on the track by the following weekend.  There then follows the Italian holiday period so no further deliveries will be made during the month of August. However, if you would like to try a Leopard before then there will be demonstration units at PF International this weekend. Please telephone Bruno at Ferrari Racing on 020 8427 3301 or e-mail

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Junior Club 100  (03/08)

As an introduction to an exciting new series for Cadets and Juniors, Club 100 have organised two test days this month. Cadets (8-12 years) will run on Honda Cadets and Juniors (13-16 years) will run on governed 100cc karts.  These test days will be run along the same lines as a Club 100 Test Day with each Cadet/Junior receiving four 15 minute sessions. Cost is £75 inclusive.

In 2001 Club 100 are to run a 4-6 Round Championship for Cadets and Juniors using Honda and 100’s as described above. This exciting new series for youngsters is to be launched at the Autosport International Show at the NEC Birmingham in January 2001.

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Winners  (03/08)

Congratulations to Terry Catt from Hampshire and Andrew Carr from East Yorkshire who were the lucky winners in our recent competition to win a copy of the Super 1 Karting game from Midas Interactive Entertainment.
Commiserations to all others that entered.  Despite the answers to all questions being available on this website, over 20% of answers received were incorrect with question number two (how many different circuits are included in the game) catching most people out.

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Maxxis TKM Festival  (01/08)

The MAXXIS Formula TKM Festival looks set for another record entry. Kimbolton competition secretary Julie Wilson has already received more than 300, with late entries still coming in. Topping the list is the senior festival section which has more than 100 entered, underlining the continued success of the event and the class.
A number of former top drivers are expected to come out of retirement for the event including former British Grand Prix winner Stuart Ziemelis in the veterans, double champion turned Formula Ford racer Gary Catt, and fuel supplier Ian Mulliner.

A feature of the event will be the first ever public display by the new world beating TKM 4-stroke engine.

The event will be covered by six programmes on Sky TV and beamed around the world to 200m plus homes. It will again be used as the basis for the Formula Ford/Formula TKM scholarship scheme run in conjunction with Silverstone Driving Centre. Previous nominees have included Jenson Button, Daniel Wheldon and Anthony Davidson. Although the entry closing date has now passed, late entries may be accepted in some classes subject to a small surcharge.

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Daytona Is Coming To Manchester  (28/07)

Daytona Manchester

Brands Hatch Leisure Group is delighted to announce the forthcoming opening of its brand new indoor karting centre in Trafford Park, Manchester, namely Daytona Manchester.  The venue will officially open on the 1st October 2000, bookings can be made now on Freecall 0500 145 155.  Currently under construction the brand new 50,000 square feet building and state-of-the-art circuit will be available to host Corporate Race Events, Open Races, Arrive and Drive Practice and Juniors Karting (for 8-13 year olds).

Daytona Manchester offers: Three track layouts - including the 450 metre GP circuit - 200cc karts - capable of 45 mph - Computer timing with on-kart dashboard displays - Sparco Race Suits and AGV Crash Helmets - Full conference and meeting facilities - Licensed Bar and a full range of catering options - Over 100 free car parking spaces.  The circuit is located approximately two miles south west of Manchester City Centre, on Trafford Way, approximately ¼ mile from Manchester United's Old Trafford Stadium. Junctions 9 and 10 of the M60 Orbital Motorway are within one mile of the centre, and these provide speedy access from the M6 and M56.

Daytona Raceway opened its first indoor circuit in London in 1990, they operate Daytona International, the outdoor Prokarting circuit in Milton Keynes and were acquired by the Brands Hatch Leisure Group in 1999, and this new indoor karting venue for the North-West is the first of a string of new centres that will open over the next few years.  For further information please contact Alison Jones on 0500 145 155.  All press enquiries should be addressed to the Press Office at Brands Hatch Leisure Group on telephone 01474 872331 or by fax 01474 874766.  Website address: 

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