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Get Ready For 2007   (27/12)

Lee Taylor Worldwide Limited, the UK agents for USAG tools now have available the new for 2007 USAG Kart Box.

The 21 piece tool box, includes all the tools required to get the committed mechanic through the season. All the tools come in a tough toolbox, which includes an internal removable shelf.

The USAG Kart Box contains:

USAG Tool Box
10, 13, 17 and 19mm Spanners and a Plug Spanner
Ruler and a Tape Measure
Hammer, Pliers and Cutters
3, 4, 5, 6 and 8mm T-Bars
Flat Head Screwdriver and Philips Head Screwdriver
Wheel Spanner
10 and 13mm T-Bars

The USAG Kart Box is £145.50 plus vat. Delivery is free (United Kingdom only)

The Race Team also still has available some drives for the MSA, Rotax Super 1 championships and Stars of Tomorrow in all classes, using the latest PCR Race equipment.

For more information, please contact us on or Tel: 07904 113 733 or visit the website

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Motors TV 2007   (27/12)

Ben Constanduros has confirmed he will again present the MotorsTV UK Karting Challenge for PSC Productions for the 2007 season. The 21 year old, ex-Super 1 Rotax competitor made his debut for MotorsTV at Round 1 of the MotorsTV Ultimate Karting Challenge in 2006 and went on to cover the Internations for Sky and the 24Hours of Le Mans Karting, live for MotorsTV as well as other live events.

Ben is set for another busy year in the MotorsTV series as the Championship travels round the country visiting Llandow, Glan-y-Gors, Lydd, Rowrah and finishing at the new Hooton Park circuit. Coupled with presenting the show he will also be responsible for keeping the spectators informed over the live tannoy and conducting the spectacular Saturday evening parties.

Ben comments; “Alan at PSC was the first person to put my face in front of over 100,000 MotorsTV viewers Europe-wide and to him I am truly thankful. Like many of the leading drivers, I feel a huge loyalty to the series and can’t wait for it to be a stand alone series in 2007. Roll on February so we can continue producing the best Karting show on TV.”

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Christmas Testing & JM Sale   (22/12)

The PFI Circuit is open for 2 stroke testing this Christmas / New Year on the following dates, Friday 29th December, Saturday 30th December and Tuesday 2nd January. 9am - 4pm. The cost is £35 p/day (members) or a special £50 for any two of the three days. Pro-Kart testing is available on 28th December.

The famous JM Sale will be held on the above dates, and has 10% off everything in-store (excluding BRM Karts / WTP engines) and with suits from £30, boots from £20 and gloves from £5, don’t miss out!  Telephone JM Racing on 01636 626424.

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Formula TKM Regulations   (22/12)

Clcik for larger image...Tal-Ko Racing, controllers of the Formula TKM 2 and 4 stroke kart racing classes have released their 2007 book of regulations and helpful running advice.

The book contains all the 2007 updated regulations, list of newly homologated karts and the full engine fiche for the 2-stroke TKM BT82 unit.

The regulations book is obtainable direct from Tal-Ko at or from Lodgemark Press at at £4.50 plus postage and packing.

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Clueless for Christmas?   (22/12)

Stuck for a present for your Karting loved one this Christmas – or perhaps aren’t sure how to help launch a budding driver’s career?  Look no further: Shenington Kart Club have just the thing! 

Give them a 2007 Shenington Kart Club membership, frozen at the 2006 price of £50!  And then an entry into the annual Winter100 three race series. This costs just £100 total to enter the January, February and March races and gives them chance to win fantastic prizes and specially made trophies, (in 2006 there was a prize fund of over £6000).

Even if they don’t yet race, they don’t need to miss out on the fun! Shenington is open on selected Thursdays throughout the year, as well as Saturdays on race weekends, to non-MSA license holders. In fact Shenington offers new karters a brilliant deal – take your ARKS test at the club, join the club, and get your first race entry free!

To take up these Christmas offers, please ring Mrs. Claus (aka Membership Secretary Sonja Game) on 01869320157, or fax her on 01869 247981. Or visit the Shenington KRC website

Please remember: Shenington membership lasts for a whole year, not just for Christmas!

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2007 Formula TKM Kart Homologations   (22/12)

Inspections of new karts for the Formula TKM Homologations has now taken place with 10 new karts being launched, and one re-homologation.

For the first time ever overseas made karts and components are allowed in the class which has brought out a number of totally new models. Karts from CRG, Parolin, Tonykart and Haase join the traditional UK manufacturers.

All of the new karts are legal to race from 1st January. Manufacturers of karts homologated in the past three year period may still sell their karts as new, but they will only have a useable life of six years as opposed to nine years for the newly homologated models.

The full list is as follows:

Tal-Ko CRG Fiorano TKM00107
Tal-Ko TKM Xtrac TKM00207
Tal-Ko TKM Edge TKM00307
Gillard Gillard 210 TKM00407
ARC Parolin Spyder TKM00507
ARC Elite Evo TKM00607
Paul Carr Tonykart Viper TKM00707
Jade Jade Dominator TKM00807
Modus Motorsport Haase VB7 TKM00907
Head 2 Head Parolin H2H Z-one TKM01007
RM Wilson Tec-Mec Voodoo TKM00704

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ACR At The NEC   (21/12)

ACR is pleased to announce their attendance at the Autosport International Motorsports show at the NEC in Birmingham from 11th to 14th January 2007. The stand (K500) will be combination of our New 2007 Birel Motorsport range and the presentation of the new low cost EasyKart formula.

For 2007 the Birel Motorsport range will consist of two models. The New R31 SV which showed great success in the final round of S1 MSA in prototype form taking 1st, 2nd, 3rd at Rowrah in ICA. The R31 SV is intended for the CIK classes and Junior classes of Rotax Max.

The New RX32 SV is intended for all Max classes and will be unveiled at the NEC having taken the Rotax max titles of club championships at Larkhall, Rye house. Both models have revised bearing hangers saving 1 kg from the weight of the kart as well as a dual position front torsion bar.

The New Birel N35 rental kart will also be shown at the NEC. The N35 brings a new concept to the rental market with a chassis that handles with refinement as well as being strong and durable. The new N35 features a new wrap around protection system, pre formed axle cover and throttle and brake system to avoid clutch damage.

The New EasyKart formula will also be on display. Easykart 125cc entries are already very strong for the 2007 EasyKart UK Championship. The 125cc TAG Easy (16yrs+) will be shown in the form that will race in 2007, also previewing ahead of its launch for the end of 2007 will be the EasyKart Junior 100cc for 13 to 16 yrs and the New EasyKart shifter will also be launched ahead of its expected debut through 2007 in the UK. You can also register for the 2007 125cc EasyKart UK Championship with Kart Racing promotions (Club 100) at the EasyKart desk.

Visitors will have the opportunity meet the owner of Birel Spa Mr Ronni Sala and six times World Champion and technical consultant to Birel Mr Mike Wilson. Both will be in attendance on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of the show to answer any of your questions. New signing and Official driver for Birel Motorsport for 2007 Jamie Croxford will also be on hand for advice and driving tips for aspiring Birel drivers. UK Birel dealers and agents will also be available with representatives from ProSport (Northern England), WGP Motorsport (Ireland) and newly appointed agents Delta Karting (Wales) and RPM Motorsport (easy shifter) available on the stand through the weekend.

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Doherty’s Back To Black Victory   (19/12)

Click for larger image...In old Western films, the good guys wore white Stetsons and the bad guys dressed in black. In the shoot-out for the Buckmore Park Club Mini Max championship, James Doherty was, appropriately, the man in black. Not that he’s a villain in any shape or form - quite the reverse. But with his title-rival, the enormously popular, Tom Ingram bowing out of the sport due to a lack of funds - Doherty was destined to be the anti-hero, and the front row for the final could not have been better scripted, with Ingram on pole and Doherty alongside him. But the much expected gun-fight never happened.

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Doherty leads Ingram

At the start, Ingram understeered wide into the first corner, taking Doherty with him and allowing the pack through. A recovering Doherty began to put on a charge, but a bad tyre and rim choice however put paid to Ingram’s dream farewell. Despite needing only to finish in the top ten - Doherty put in a champion’s drive. Picking his rivals off one by one, lap by lap, he coolly waited until the last corner of the last lap to seize the lead - “The leader made a big mistake. I was two kart lengths behind and there was no need to defend. But he did and I went for it.”  Crossing the line with both his arms in the air, Doherty was already celebrating winning his first ever championship -  beaming with delight he said, “It’s really good - I just can’t believe I did it!”

However, his rivals will believe it. James won 6 of the 8 races. He missed one of the rounds, in order to compete in the British Championships and came a ‘lowly’ 3rd in the other. But in victory he was immediately magnanimous about Ingram, who trailed into Parc Ferme in tears after such a disappointing ending to his career. “I feel sad for him. Tom’s made me improve and turn into the competitor I am now. I wish somebody would sponsor him.”

Next year, Doherty steps up to the hotly contested Junior Rotax category. But after winning the championship in such a cool manner - and taking 5th in this year’s Super 1 Mini Max championship – he’ll be aiming to shoot down the opposition all over again.

Photographs courtesy of Gary Kimber of Treble Blue Photography

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Additional Open Practice Days   (18/12)

Two more open practice days during the Christmas and New Year holidays have been added by Buckmore Park Kart Circuit.

Buckmore Park Kart Circuit have scheduled two additional open practice days for owner/drivers (4 stroke and 2 stroke). The two dates are Wednesday 27th December and Sunday 7th January 2007 between 10am and 4pm. All karts must comply to current MSA regulations as must drivers safety wear. Full marshalling and medical cover provided. Class sessions will be run on the grounds of safety if numbers suffice.

Cost £50 per kart per driver (£45 for BPKC and RMCF6 members). For more details please contact 01634 201562.

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--- Launches   (15/12)

Karting magazine reporter Mary-Ann Horley has launched a new website,, which allows racers to rate and review karts they drive or have tested.

Posting a review is easy - you only need to enter a nickname and email address (which won't be publicly shown) then write a paragraph or so about your kart. Let us know if it's quick, easy to set up, good in different conditions, easy to get parts for and anything else you can think of. Rating is even easier - just click on one of five stars according to how good you think the kart is.

To encourage reviewers, there will be a prize each month for the most useful review as selected by a panel of your fellow racers. The first prize, for reviews posted between now and the end of January, will be a £25 (or equivalent) Amazon voucher. If your kart isn't listed yet email or post a comment on the site and it will be made a priority. Any other suggestions for the site will also be taken into account.

Manufacturers and agents can have their products listed free of charge, just send any information to be included to Additional information on any kart already listed is also welcome.

There are also advertising opportunities available to suit any karting business - banner graphics, becoming the "Featured Kart" and sponsoring the monthly prize. Again, anyone interested should contact Mary-Ann at

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2007 British Superkart Grand Prix   (14/12)

The 2007 MSA British Superkart GP will take place at Cadwell Park on 20/21/22 July.

Grand Prix races will be run for Division 1 & 2 Superkarts, F250 National, F125 Open, F125 ICC and F210 National.  Rounds of the European Superracekart Series will be incorporated into the event with a large contingent of overseas drivers expected to attend.

BSA Series Co-ordinator Ian Rushforth said; "This year’s event was a major success and we hope to build on that success with a much larger entry list in 2007. The Grand Prix will also be incorporated into the British and National Championships for all classes. The Historic Club will also be performing on track demonstrations throughout the weekend".

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2007 Euro Challenge   (14/12)

RGMMC Establishment as the organisers and promoters of the Rotax Mojo Max Euro Challenge would like to announce the venues hosting the 2007 Championship.

2007 Rotax Mojo Max Euro Challenge
21 – 25 March Salbris, France
16 – 20 May Wackersdorf, Germany
25 – 29 July A1 Speedworld, Austria
26 – 30 September Genk, Belgium
*All dates listed include the days allocated for official free practice, qualifying and finals.

Salbris was resurfaced last year with new ripple strips included to help improve the level of the competition and safety of the drivers. It remains one of the most popular circuits on the tour and will again open the championship with the first round in 2007.
is a new addition to the Euro Challenge and is currently expanding their paddock area to accommodate additional drivers and teams. The complex is very impressive with a long, fast circuit while also boasting an enormous indoor karting track and excellent trackside restaurant.
A1 Speedworld
is going to have some major improvements done to the complex this year in order to ensure a better quality of racing and sufficient facilities to meet the needs of the growing number of competitors. It has played host to the event every year.
Karting Genk is now one of the most outstanding karting complexes in Europe after being totally redesigned along with new kart shop and amenities. The circuit was officially opened this year and has hosted the final round of the Euro Challenge for the past two seasons.
*All tracks used for the four rounds of the event are CIK-FIA Homologated circuits.

The 2007 Euro Challenge will again take the racing action to the fans with Data-Live timing, Raceworld TV and live Internet coverage throughout the race weekends. This year 15 places are up for grabs at the 2007 Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals to be held in Al Ein, United Arab Emirates next November. The Euro Challenge champions will receive an invitation to compete for the World Rotax titles in each class - Rotax Max Senior, Junior, Masters and DD2.

Entries open this Friday, 15 December 2006. Entry form is available at and all details plus the entry form can be found by clicking on the “Race 1 - Salbris”.

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Croxford Backs Life-Saving Air Ambulance   (13/12)

Click for larger image...Formula A/KF1 racer, Jamie Croxford is lending his support to the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.

The 20 year old kart star from Wootton Fields in Northamptonshire visited the life-saving service on Tuesday (12 December), pledging to help the charity raise awareness of the vital service that saves lives throughout the heart of England.

Jamie - who recently signed as a works driver for Birel team - said “Being involved in a high speed sport, I recognise just how crucial it is to have a service like WNAA on hand should an accident happen. It costs £1.4m to run each year and every single penny comes from individuals and events. Everyone in karting should support their local air ambulance and, living just outside Northampton, this is mine. I’ve already taken part in one high profile event for the charity and hope to do more.”

Andy Williamson, Director of WNAA, said he was delighted by the money and awareness raised by the Johnny Herbert Karting Challenge this year, which Jamie took part in, and hopes to do more. “It would be fantastic to organise a karting event in Northamptonshire and we’ll be talking about this early in 2007. It’s vital for us to have the support of the motorsport world and as karting is becoming ever more popular, we’re delighted to have a rising star like Jamie on board to support us. Our aim is to find a national sponsor for the helicopter and having high profile support helps us towards this goal.”

The Johnny Herbert Karting Challenge - which took place on 26 November - raised £20,000 for WNAA, which flies between 120 – 150 missions every month.

Photograph courtesy of Peter Rowe Photography

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Stolen - Mari WTP Cadet 2003   (13/12)

Click for larger image...A newly purchased kart intended as a Christmas present was stolen from a locked garage in the Cheylesmore area of Coventry last Sunday evening, 10th December 2006.

The kart was still in its delivery packaging and inside were related documents which the thieves now have. The chassis serial number is believed to be 016762 and the engine number 5256.

It had red plastics and a distinctive Red Bull motif on the front nose cone and the number 42 as can be seen on the photos. The chain guard did not match the plastics as it is blue in colour. Other pieces of equipment stolen when the thieves forced their way into the garage included 2 wets on rims and a child’s small sized Sparco racing suit in blue.

A reward for the recovery of the Kart is being offered and anyone with information as to the whereabouts of this equipment is asked to contact Colin Poulter on 07796 607208 (mobile) or 01308 861200 (office), or by e-mail to Information can also be left anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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A Winner Already   (12/12)

Twelve year old Sarah Worthington from Redditch has won a BKIA voucher towards a kart training day. All the visitors at the London Kart & Motorsport Show who showed an interest in starting kart racing were given a free DVD and Start Karting brochure at the Association of British Kart Clubs’ stand supported by the Association of Racing Kart Schools. The names were put in a hat and Sarah’s was the first valid entry to be drawn. Her father Dave Worthington said: “After seven years of running a team in British Superbikes I’ve decided to support Sarah in her ambition to go kart racing. We normally have to spend a lot of money to win anything so this is great.” Meanwhile Sarah could only exclaim: “Yes, yes, I can do karting now!”

The London Kart & Motorsport Show was held last weekend at ExCel, at Docklands in London.

The family plan to race at Shenington, near Banbury. “My background is trials racing, and we’ve got a history of watching the karting at Shenington in my youth,” said Worthington senior. Sarah, who has only tried a little bit of indoor karting so far, will use the £120 voucher towards a try-out in a kart from a local member or the British Kart Industry Association or ARKS school.

The BKIA have kindly donated another voucher to be won at the Autosport International Racing Car Show at the NEC in January where the ABkC will again have a stand to promote the sport of kart racing.

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World Motor Sport Council Of The FIA   (12/12)

During its meeting on 8 December 2006 in Monaco, the World Motor Sport Council of the FIA took the following decisions regarding Karting:

2007 Calendar: The World Council has ratified the calendar of the 2007 CIK-FIA European Superkart Championship. Three events are scheduled, with Magny-Cours/F as the opening round (06 May 2007), then Assen/NL (12 August 2007) and Sachsenring/D (16 September 2007). The Championship final will be a major novelty because there has never before been Superkarts on the hilly circuit that hosts the German Motorcycle Grand Prix.
The World Council has also approved the date and venue of the 2007 CIK-FIA Panamerican Championship: it will take place at Buenos Aires/RA on 20-22 April 2007.
The World Council has accepted two changes of dates:
- the second round of the 2007 CIK-FIA European Championship of the KF1, KZ1 and KZ2 categories, in Varennes sur Allier/F, is moved up one week as opposed to the date initially announced because of a clash of date with the French Formula One Grand Prix to be held at Magny-Cours. The event will therefore take place on 21-24 June 2007;
 - the 2007 CIK-FIA Viking Trophy of the KF2, KF3 and KZ2 categories scheduled for Rudskogen/N is moved up one week as opposed to the date initially announced because of a clash of date with the Norwegian round of the FIA European Rallycross Championship scheduled for Momarken. The event will therefore take place on 29 June-01 July 2007.

Sporting and Technical Regulations: The World Council has approved the Sporting Regulations of the 2007 CIK-FIA North American KZ2 Championship. Eligible drivers: drivers holding an international grade B licence (except B licences holders competing in KZ1 affiliated to ASNs from out of the American continent), and international grade A licence holders from the American continent.
As regards the Technical Regulations of the future KF1 engines, carburettor manufacturers will be allowed to make a homologation extension during the first year of homologation. For these KF1 carburettors, the fixation method is brought to two options, and the breather is standardised.
There have also been clarifications concerning the Technical Regulations as regards exhausts (sheet metal thickness), overalls, seat fixing and the correlation between the width of the rear track and the rear wheel protection system.

2007 International Karting series approved by the FIA: The World Council has approved the following international Karting series: Rotax Mojo Max Challenge Grand Finals, Rotax Mojo Euro Challenge, Middle East Karting Cup, Rok Cup International Final, WSK International Series (Winning Series Karting) and International Open Masters.

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Chris Hart Memorial Trophy   (11/12)

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Congratulations to Matt Bell on winning the first running of the Chris Hart Memorial Trophy at Clay Pigeon. This new trophy (according to Matt the best he has ever seen!) was competed for in Senior Extreme TKM and the racing was clean and competitive. A total of £467.64 was raised for Cancer Research with several drivers donating their prize money. Many thanks to all the generous sponsors and others who donated on the day. This will become an annual event so look out for the promotion next season, who will be the next holder of THAT trophy?!

The photograph by Tel T Motorsport Photography shows Matt receiving his trophy from the late Chris Hart’s wife Denise.

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BPKC Final Summer Round   (08/12)

The final round of the BPKC Summer Championship is scheduled for Sunday 17th December. Double championship points are on offer for all classes in addition to special festive prizes. Open practice is available on Wednesday 13th and Saturday 16th December between 10am and 4pm.

Overnight parking is available on Friday and Saturday night.  Entry forms from Sheila Rose, Competition Secretary on 01634 661604.

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2006 Maxxis Formula TKM Festival   (08/12)

Click for larger image...A new DVD featuring all the action from this year’s Maxxis Formula TKM Festival at Kimbolton has just gone on sale.

The DVD, which lasts for around one hour, shows the finals from all of the 2 and 4 stroke classes as well as other action and interviews from the heats and pre-finals.

Also included are some breathtaking on-board shots from a number of karts – probably the best ever seen within kart racing – which help make the DVD very exciting viewing.

The DVDs are priced at £19.51p including VAT but excluding post and packing and are available from Tal-Ko Racing on 01767 682020.

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ABkC & Kart Regional Meeting Open Day   (08/12)

Now’s your chance to make your views known to the class regulators. The Association of British Kart Clubs, which is also the MSA Kart Regional Committee, is holding an open meeting immediately after the AGM on Saturday 16th December. The meeting will be held in the Daimler Room at the Holiday Inn Coventry starting at 1.30 pm on Saturday 16th December with tea/coffee available from 1 pm. All are welcome to attend!

After the formal business of the AGM an open meeting will be held with officials of the ABkC / MSA Kart Regional Committee available to answer questions about Karting, the class regulations and ABkC business. Questions may be sent in advance to The Steering Group members want to know your views on how the ABkC can assist clubs and Karting in general. So don’t miss it!

The Holiday Inn is located near Junction 2 of the M6 (M69 interchange), on the Hinckley Road towards the city of Coventry, the post code is CV2 2HP.

More about the ABkC on

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Magura Spreads The Love   (07/12)

Are you one of those karters who’ve watched with envy as other drivers proudly take their place on the podium – thanking the Magura brake system for giving them those precious few tenths they needed to take the trophy?

Do you grit your teeth and curse the fact you drive in TKM 2-stroke – because the Magura system isn’t compatible with your class?

Well, those lovely people at Magura have felt your pain –so much so, they’ve only gone and developed an entirely new type of brake system, just for you…

Now that’s what we call love…

The Magura 908.3 brake system will be unveiled at the London Kart Show (9/10 December). From January 2007 onwards any TKM 2 stroke driver can improve their brake system, (as long as they have 2 brake pads and a maximum of four pistons in the callipers.)

The complete 908.3 system weighs-in at a miniscule 2.2kg – meaning you can brake later, harder and with more control without compromising on weight – which all means you can gain time and those all important places on your opponents.

Also at Excel, Venhill will be demonstrating a range of gear change cables, their amazing Featherlight throttle cable and the new stainless steel brake lines, suitable for all types of kart.

For more information about the Magura system, contact Venhill Engineering Ltd on 01306 885111.

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The London Kart Show   (07/12)

The London Kart Show, which takes place this coming weekend at Excel, London, has confirmed an impressive line-up of speakers for its karting workshops. The line-up includes technical advisers, media experts, chassis designers and successful drivers. The kart workshops run both days on Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th December.

Steve Tillett will be advising on how to ensure you have the correct seat positioning and fitting. Steve has been making seats for karts for over 20 years. A one time active karter and very involved in his children’s racing activities, Steve knows how to get the maximum advantage from the kart through this often overlooked aspect of set up. His advice could have considerable impact on your lap times.

George Robinson is probably the leading expert on the Rotax Max engine in the UK and has extensive knowledge on its characteristics and how to get the best from it. Working very closely with the factory, George has his finger on the pulse with new developments within the class as well as being able to offer solutions to any technical queries. He will finish his workshop with questions from the audience.

MSA technical commissioner Kelvin Nicholls will be talking about the unsealing of the Honda GX160 and its maintenance. For 2007, the Honda GX160 engine will have its seals removed in the cadet class. Kelvin will discuss the implications as well as the pros and cons of this development.

Roger Sheffield, a driving force behind the Formula Six philosophy, will be talking about how people can get started in karting and will focus on affordable owner-driver karting in a friendly club atmosphere. He will be joined by Brian Jones, the enigmatic voice behind Brands Hatch, who will be teaching the audience how to handle the media. Brain will be joined by Formula One pundit Tony Jardine on Saturday and a well known driver on Sunday.

The final workshops will be conducted by Adam Jones from 100cc PR who will be talking about gaining sponsorship while Andrew Crighton will discuss the best ways to make the transition from karts to cars. Andrew designed some of the UK’s best karting circuits before becoming more involved with race cars. He will advise on the various disciplines and the budget required to race in these areas.

Now in its fourth year and a new venue, the London Kart Show is the UK’s only exhibition dedicated to the sport of karting and promises to be bigger and better than ever. Exhibitors including race series organisers, circuits, racing teams, engine and chassis manufacturers will preview their latest developments for the 2007 season, with many launching new racing opportunities and looking for up and coming drivers.

For further information visit Tickets are available in advance by calling the booking line on tel: 01444 246 456. Ticket prices are £8 in advance or £10 on the door for adults and £5 in advance and £7 on the door for concessions.

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Free Ebook Download   (07/12)

If you fancy reading how to 'Prepare the Honda Gx160 for Open Racing' then here is an early Christmas present. Save the normal price of £20 and get the download version absolutely free!

If your rules allow modifications and you have ever wondered what tuning is possible with the little Honda then this could be for you. Alternatively, if you are someone who just likes to know how things work then enjoy this free download!  This is a Christmas special and will disappear soon!

The 30meg ebook, by Brian Pollard, is available for free by dropping a line to and mentioning UK Karting!  This offer is a thank you from all at to UKK staff for great support over the last year.

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Kartingextra   (06/12) is continuing to grow rapidly since its launch last month. If you don't already have a free karting driver profile set up you should head over there now to claim yours before someone else does... you even have a chance of winning a set of tyres for your kart!

In addition to the kart profiles, if you are a karting product / service supplier you can get some free advertising on the site by getting in touch with Dave via the email address

The site includes profiles for a number of well known kart drivers, supporters, mechanics and also has chat, games, and more. Think "myspace" but dedicated to Karting! You don't want to miss out on this hot and exciting new online karting community do you?  No, we didn't think so.

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Special EasyKart Xmas Offer   (06/12)

UK EasyKart importer ACR is offering a special Xmas offer on all new EasyKarts ordered or purchased by 21st December 2006.

Each EasyKart ordered or purchased will include an EasyKart Extra’s pack worth over £60 which will contain:
EasyKart 1Ltr Oil, EasyKart spark plug, Chainlube, EasyKart brake pads and an official EasyKart T-shirt.

For more information or to place your order contact ACR on 01527 889595 or visit

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2007 Karting Calendar   (05/12)

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Hot off the press, the 2007 Karting Calendar is now available from Lodgemark Press. The A3 size spiral-bound calendar features a large colour photo for each month from this year's international events, and has space to write notes and those all-important race dates.

It's an ideal Christmas gift for anyone with an interest in kart racing and can be purchased securely on-line at, or from the Karting magazine stand at the London Kart Show. Make sure you pick up your copy now as demand is expected to be high!

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Disabled Driver Steering Wheel   (04/12)

Clcick for larger image...The big news from Italian kart manufacturer CRG concerns their new steering wheel that offers drivers the possibility of using the brake andClick for larger image... accelerator via the steering wheel, without the need to take either hand off the wheel at any time.

Features include:
* removable aluminium steering wheel with Alcantara covering
* Brembo radial pump (self adjusting system)
* a fast reacting 'motorcycle type' hand throttle
* ability to swap over the controls

The steering wheel is available with or without a data logger system.

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Using A Magura Can Get You Noticed   (04/12)

Click for larger image...Using a Magura can get you noticed by Michael Schumacher!

It might be rainy, wet and cold out on the track sometimes, but you should always give your best performance every time you step into the kart - you never know who might be watching. That’s something Magura sponsored driver James Theodore has discovered – the exciting way.

James has had a great season, thanks to fitting his Magura brake system - topped off with winning the Minimax Motors TV UK Karting Championship on Saturday (25 November), and then going on to win the MBKC Championship on Sunday (26 November), and as we all know, the power of TV is awesome – and a certain F1 superstar has been tuning in and watching the karting action from his home in Switzerland.

Michael Schumacher so impressed with James’ performance that he sent him signed photo, congratulating him on his performance this year, and wishing him luck for the future. Wow!

Perhaps it’s about time you fitted a Magura?!

For more information about the Magura system, contact Venhill Engineering Ltd on 01306 885111.

Photograph courtesy of Paul Longley -

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Chase The Ace On The Track   (01/12)

Motorsport enthusiasts will have the chance to put their driving skills to the test as they ‘chase the ace’ on the indoor kart track at the London Kart Show, held on Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th December at London’s ExCeL. Incorporating the new London Motorsport Show, visitors can take to the track and try to beat the lap time set by former World and British Champions, racing on the Kartex track in Sodi Kart GT270 cc Honda karts. Kartex is a brand new circuit at Finmere airfield, Buckingham which opens in January 2007

To ensure that everyone gets a fair crack at the champions, they range from heavy to cadets and include Martin Pearce, the Chicago 2006 Rock Island Grand Prix winner. Martin has appeared on the rostrum at many high-profile races coming third in both the 2006 European and 2005 World Rotax Championships and British Champion in 2001.

Visitors aged 15 years and over can go on the track. Those under 15 that hold a current racing license will also be allowed to have a go providing they bring their license with them. The cost of a track session will be £10 for ten minutes. Don’t worry if you forget your helmet as there will be some available to borrow for when you are on the track.

Past and present racing champions from all disciplines of motorsport will be on hand to offer racing advice including Formula One pundit Tony Jardine, World Champion Kart driver Martin Hines and Super ICC British Champion Dean Stoneman. Other well known drivers attending include former British kart champion Bob Phair, international motor sports commentator Ken Walker, and world touring car driver Rob Huff.

Now in its fourth year and a new venue, The London Kart Show is the UK’s only exhibition dedicated to the sport of karting and promises to be bigger and better than ever. Exhibitors including race series organisers, circuits, racing teams, engine and chassis manufacturers will preview their latest developments for the 2007 season, with many launching new racing opportunities and looking for up and coming drivers.

Maranello Kart UK, launched at the London Kart Show in 2005, will showcase the new look RS7 and Maranello UK racing team which will be at the MSA Super One and Rotax meetings. Maranello is currently looking for drivers interested in being part of this exciting and vibrant new team. BKC Karting will be displaying the BRM 2007 range of their multi-championship winning karts. These include the JICA/ICA/Rotax, 125cc Gearbox and the new Endurance Prokart. Nigel Moore, JICA Champion Stars of Tomorrow and Champion Malagutti Cup, will be on the stand with Italy’s James Godbehere, JICA Vice Champion Stars of Tomorrow, and JICA 3rd Super One's Dean Stoneman, Super ICC British Champion.

The Historic and Classic Kart Club of Great Britain will showcase an array of karts from the 1960’s including a class one 1963 Buckler Goldstar/Parilla 13 with a twin rail chassis and a four wheel braking system, and a 1969 Barllotti/Hewland Arrow built in 1965 by World Champion Jack Barlow. From class two, a 1960 Trokart with two Clinton A490 engines fitted will be shown. Trokarts were built in their thousands by the Trojan car company and were one of the cheapest karts on the market being easy to assemble and maintain. They will be displayed alongside class four karts such as the 1962 Buckler Ultralite Mk2 with a centrally mounted 197cc Villiers engine and a 1963 Blow Spitfire/Villiers 197cc.

Other karting clubs and companies include manufacturer Dartford Karting, Camberley Kart Club, one of the oldest kart clubs in the country, Dunkeswell Kart Racing Club, KKC Kart Components, Kart Care and Zip Kart. Other exhibitors include JAG Engineering, Sniper, Tenger Tools, Tillett, Alfano and Biland.

There will also be free workshops running each day, offering mechanical advice, racing tips, media awareness and much more from racing professionals and organisations such as the Motor Sports Association and the Association of British Kart Clubs. Speakers include Kelvin Nicholls, MSA Technical Commissioner, Roger Sheffield and commentator Brian Jones.

For further information visit or To book tickets, call the booking line on tel: 01444 246 456.

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Philip Gough Racing   (30/11)

Click for larger image...Philip Gough Racing's Jake Parsons ended his season, and his junior racing in a mixed fashion at Whilton Mill.

After a strong run through the heats including a convincing victory Jake lined up on his Topkart Flash in second on the grid for the final. To make the weekend even better for the team was Ashley White on his Zip Evo starting 4th, in contrast he was in his first junior Max race after moving up from Minimax. Sadly it was not to be with Jake registering his first DNF of the year after running strongly in the front group, Ashley was never far behind and finished in a superb 5th place.
PGR's James Webb had another promising weekend also in juniors with a 6th in the heats and moved through the midfield to 14th in the final with team-mate Alex Magee only a couple of places behind after starting from the tail end of the grid. Jake now moves up into senior Max in 2007.

Philip Gough Racing would like to thank the following for their help in 2006, ZipKart, Ogden Engineering, Soixante Racing, Spellfame and to everyone who has supported us in what has been a great year for the team.

For more information visit the Philip Gough Racing website.  PGR – ZipKart Rotax dealership.

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The Kart Doctor   (30/11)

The Kart Doctor Race Team would like to congratulate Lee Torrie on winning the Whilton Mill 2006 Rotax 177 Club Championship. In what must be one of the most competitive 177 grids in the country Lee showed that he has what it takes to win by wrapping up the championship with races to spare! 2006 has been a great year for Lee - in addition to his Whilton victory he also took a very creditable 2nd at the National O Plate Championship staged at Rowrah.

The Kart Doctor Race Team would like to extend its thanks to Steve Ogden for providing engines of a consistently high quality throughout the year and to Gillard for their superb chassis which are used across The Kart Doctor team.

The Kart Doctor offers high quality training for all levels of driver as well as race support for the Whilton Mill, Rye House and Kimbolton club championships.

For more information on the services offered please take a look at The Kart Doctor website, or visit their awning at any of these circuits for more information on how they can help you to achieve greater successes for 2007.

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Jordon Joins The Young Guns   (29/11)

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After a successful maiden outing on the Zip Evo at Shenington almost ended with a victory, Zip Kart are delighted to announce that Jordon Lennox-Lamb will be racing with the Zip Young Guns for the remainder of the JICA winter series.

Zip Kart are excited about Jordon joining the team and very much look forward to the rest of the JICA winter series with all our drivers.

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Cumbria KRC   (29/11)

Cumbria KRC would like to invite all competitors to a free kids (and adults) Christmas party on 9th December at Rowrah commencing at 7pm.

Nibbles and some bubbly will be provided to help us celebrate becoming MSA Club of the Year, but you'll need to bring a bottle to carry on celebrating.

As well as the usual party games for the grown-ups and our Juniors, we also have a free disco. Beware taking on Marion at Musical Chairs though!

It's a great way to round off the season, so get your entries in now and help us end the year in style. Race entries to Marion Fell quickly please, an entry form can be found here.

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The ACR Winter Grand Prix   (28/11)

On Sunday 10th December, the ACR Winter Grand Prix will take place at Speedkarting, Warrington. The new circuit is now the longest indoor circuit in the UK with a lap time estimated at over 60 seconds.

As in previous years this popular event is being staged in aid of The Down’s Syndrome Society (Bristol area). The event will take the format of a Grand Prix with each driver having practice and then five heats with the top ten drivers going through to the Grand Final.  There will also be awards for fastest lap and worst hard luck story!  Places are limited so don’t delay enter today and help support this worthy cause.

There will be a raffle on the day with some interesting prizes including an Easykart test day, a Club100 test day and many other prizes. If anyone is interested in helping support the raffle with a prize please contact ACR on 01527 889595.

An entry form to the ACR Winter Grand Prix is available here.

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Thinking About Car Racing?   (27/11)

Click for larger image...Want to make that step up to car racing? Then book on to the Speedworks Ginetta Scholarship. Having moved up to the AVO Ginetta Championship, Speedworks Motorsport is offering its biggest prize yet of a free season in the series worth over £30,000.

Uniquely, all evaluation running takes place in genuine Ginetta race cars and all costs for the season covered are by the prize. If you win, you won’t have to pay a penny. We’ll even have BTCC ace Mike Jordan at the first round giving a masterclass in motorsport. Click for larger image...

Come and visit Speedworks at the London Motorsport Show and London Kart Show on 9-10 December, where Team Principal and successful sportscar racer Christian Dick and former scholarship winner Andy Cakebread will be on hand to answer questions.

Places are limited to 200 so book now to avoid disappointment!   For further info visit or call 01606 891762.

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Motors TV Ultimate Karting Challenge   (27/11)

Schumacher congratulates Theodore on Motors TV success!

Motors TV is seen throughout Europe on the satellite channel, including Switzerland, where a certain (former) F1 driver resides, and in an unprecedented turn of events, one driver who has dominated his class all season: leading the championship since round 1, has received a congratulatory note and signed picture by none other than Michael Schumacher. James Theodore was stunned when presented with the photograph by Sam Park in the final programme, which can be seen on Motors TV at 7pm on 11th December. Helen Theodore said "Alan at PSC Productions said he had received a request from someone for our contact details, and thought we would be receiving something in the post in the near future. When I opened the envelope, my chin nearly hit the floor! We decided it would be a nice end to the season for it to be presented in the programme, but it's been really difficult to keep it secret!"

If that's not enough reason to watch, the Cadet race was the closest end to a championship season in living memory: as Danny Sweeney slid off through turn 2 early in the race, Luke Hughes went on to take the championship on the line by 0.001 of a second from Ryan Burns, some 26mm......or thereabouts! The pair tied on points, but Hughes took the Championship by virtue of his earlier wins. Series commentator Alan Taddei of PSC Productions said "You couldn't have written a script that included this scenario and thought it would be anything but fantasy. It was an amazing end to an amazing season. A lot of effort went in to producing the championship from our point of view, but the vision of MBKC's chairman Simon Goodfellow, and the MBKC committee in supporting the championship has to be recognised. In 2007 the championship will move on as a national event, but history will show it all started here." Further information about the 2007 Championship is available at

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Trent Valley Kart Club   (24/11)

Tal-Ko support for TKM GP Plate!

Alan Turney is kindly supporting the meeting with vouchers for each of the four TKM Classes:

£100 voucher for 1st
 £75 voucher for 2nd
 £50 voucher for 3rd

Send your entries in as soon as possible, closing date is midday on Monday!

Hog Roast and music Saturday evening in the Panorama room. Tickets only £3 per person. Let’s start to build this meeting now and for the future!

Official entry form is on the Club website or available from the Competition Secretary; Tel: 01977 515204, Fax: 01977 516839.

Closing date is rapidly approaching, don’t miss out, enter now!

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British Formula Ford Invitation   (23/11)

The British Formula Ford Championship’s return to iconic 1600 power in 2006 with the all new Duratec engine has given the strongest British Formula Ford season in recent memory.

You are invited to Silverstone on Friday 1st December to see what it’s all about.

A UK Formula Ford spokesperson said; “Our 2006 teams have got exclusive use of the Silverstone circuit to introduce new drivers and karters to the world of Duratec Formula Ford. If you’re serious about your driving career and think you’ve got what it takes, why not come along for the day and meet the teams, see the cars, and have a chat about the ‘07 Championship. We will be offering instruction and coaching to any drivers new to cars.”

"Drivers aged 15 or above with an ARDS or kart licence who are considering the 2007 British Championship and want to test a car are encouraged to contact the Championship Manager Barbara Armstrong who will make introductions. Karters who are under 15 will also be very welcome – we’ll get you a ride around Silverstone with one of our instructors in a Focus ST."

As Motorsport News asked this year, ‘Can you really afford to skip Formula Ford?’

For more information, please visit or call Barbara Armstrong on 01908 210077.

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2006 Celtic Championship   (23/11)

Llandow Kart Club will once again be holding the Celtic Championship of Wales on 10th December. The format will be Qualifying, Prefinal and Final and there will be prizes to be announced nearer the meeting.

The circuit has had some corners changed and resurfaced and is acknowledged as one of the most challenging tracks in Wales and the South West, which has convinced TKM Super One, Stars of Tomorrow and the MotorsTV UK Karting Challenge to visit in 2007. The Celtic presents an ideal opportunity to learn the track before the Motors TV round on 17th & 18th February, and the Super One on 3rd & 4th March.

As usual practice is available on 9th December and much of the previous week for £35 per day but for weekdays please call the circuit to check on 01446 795568.

Entry costs £45 for non-members and £40 for members and entry forms are available on the Llandow Kart Club website.  All ABkC classes are accepted, subject to an acceptable minimum number of entries.

For more information call the Secretary, Colin Lipscombe on 01685 874814 between 6:30pm and 9:30pm.

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Karting World Championship   (22/11)

In accordance with Article 179 b of the FIA International Sporting Code, the Stewards who were appointed for the CIK-FIA Karting World Championship (held on 1st October 2006 at Angerville/F) summoned four Competitors to appear before a hearing at the FIA headquarters in Paris on Friday 17 November.

The Stewards took the following decisions:

- to exclude Driver No. 7 (Thonon/B, Entrant CRG/I), No. 15 (Antonucci/I, Entrant Vortex/I), No. 32 (Christodoulou/GB, Entrant Genikart/E) and No. 39 (Bottas/FIN, Entrant PDB/NL), on the basis of new video evidence revealing unauthorised mechanical interventions during the starting procedure of the Karting World Championship final.

- to publish a new classification.

The competitors were reminded of their right of appeal.

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NKRA 2007 Series   (22/11)

National Kart Racing Association Championship dates and venues.

The NKRA Series Regional rounds - for Scotland, the north of England & Wales and the south of England & Wales are now available.

For dates / venues and a registration form, view the NKRA page on

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Heard About   (21/11)

It’s the first generalist web tv, totally free! It has live programs and 7 dedicated channels including sport.

You will need to brush up on your Italian as there’s no English translation on the website yet, but the sport channel has the subject go-kart and with the special technology used, multicast and streaming, it allows for high definition images and good transmission.

On Wednesday 22nd November we are promised the International Final of the Super Rok category from South Garda on, as well as videos on demand on the go-kart channel.

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Farndon’s High-Speed Hat Trick   (21/11)

Click for larger image...An ex-karter looks set to challenge for the 2007 junior British touring car title, after ending his debut season with a hat-trick of podiums.

Fourteen-year old, Jake Farndon, recently completed his debut season of circuit racing in the Saxmax junior touring car championships and - after establishing himself as a regular top-ten points scorer - he scored his maiden podium finish in the final round of the championship at Snetterton, in Norfolk. That result, combined with several top-tens and a 100% finishing record, helped the former Minimax and Junior Gearbox karter to finish fifth in the overall championship.

Farndon then entered the first ever junior car racing festival at the world-famous Brands Hatch circuit, in Kent. After qualifying third for race one, Farndon kept his cool to record a second consecutive podium finish. He then ran fourth in the second event, until - determined to secure his hat-trick - Farndon overtook a rival on the last corner of the last lap, to take another third place finish.

With his confidence boosted and a year of experience under his belt, Farndon is now looking for some additional sponsorship to help him challenge for race wins and the overall Saxmax title in 2007.

Commenting on the season, he said: "We had a tough start to the season, but as the year's gone by I've felt more and more comfortable with the car. You need that confidence in the car to be able to race at the front and I think we'll definitely find it much easier now that I've learnt all of the circuits."

The Saxmax championship is open to 14-17 year olds and features identical race-prepared Citroen Saxo VTRs, capable of 100mph. Held over ten rounds, the championship visited some of Britain's most famous race circuits, including Silverstone, Donington Park and Brands Hatch.

Before moving into cars, Farndon had already established himself as one of the country's best kart racers, after taking back-to-back club championship titles in 2004 and 2005.

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New Unipro Laptimer and Datalogger   (20/11)

Michael Simpson Motor Sport is pleased to announce that the new Unipro 6003 range of Laptimers and Dataloggers are now available along with the fantastic Uniwatch – The ultimate stopwatch.

Many factory teams have been using the top quality Danish Unipro systems in 2006 including Maranello (2006 Junior European Champions), CRG, Zanardi, Birel, Intrepid etc. etc.. The Unipro system offers a wealth of information to the driver and mechanic, including: speed, RPM, 3 temperatures, tyre wear, engine run times, up to 8 split times (on dash), shift lights etc. All of which can be analysed on the dash or on the fantastic PC software.

The Uniwatch, regarded as the Ultimate stopwatch is also available. This allows the user to time laps and splits for up to 4 drivers then measure and store the tyre temperatures for those drivers at the end of the session with the built in infra-red thermometer. Split times and fastest theoretical laps can be reviewed on the watch or afterwards on a PC. Other features include track surface and ambient temperature facility.

All Unipro products can be viewed on the website and ordered direct. See

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Beware Button... Move Over Mowlem… Shove Over Susie   (20/11)  UPDATED

A crack squad of kart racers has been assembled to take on professional racing drivers and celebrities at the charity Johnny Herbert Karting Challenge this Sunday, 26th November 2006 at The Raceway Docklands.

Adam Jones, boss of Southend-based 100cc PR – a PR and marketing agency for kart racers and companies - says, “This is a fantastic event raising money for a brilliant cause – the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance – plus it’s a wonderful showcase for some of my drivers. We were offered a late entry and wanted to make the biggest impression possible - and of course when you fill a room with racing drivers, it’s always going to be competitive, I want to win!”

So who’s in this demon squad? Jones (pictured above left, in action assembling his team) talks us through his line-up…

“First up, I’ve got JICA front-runner Mackenzie Taylor. Super Mack’s just joined Zanardi UK and we’re expecting big things of him in the future. Alongside him, is his team-mate Danny Cruttenden. Danny races in Formula A and has just won the first round of the Winter Series. Plus we’ve managed to secure the skills of former Zanardi factory and now Toyota driver development racer, Martin Plowman.

Newly appointed Birel works driver Jamie Croxford is another 100cc PR client. He’s particularly keen to take part because, being from Northampton, supporting the air ambulance is personally important to him. Watch out for the JC, he’s quick and will drive the wheels off whatever he’s given!

Jamie’s enlisted his mate Gary Catt. Catty’s a works Tony Kart driver, so we’ve got another coup – two British factory kart racers (which is a rare thing in itself) in one team!

I wanted a blend of youth and experience in the team - the Dadson Gentlemen’s Challenge is a fantastic series for karters who’re over 35, which I compete in. If I’m being completely honest, I’m a bit rubbish - and seeing as I want the team to win, who better to ask than the new champion, Dave Wooder. He’s joined by 3-time Dadson champ, Melvyn Francis. They’re mega quick and wily old foxes. I reckon we could cause a major upset!”

So, will established motor racing stars like Jenson Button, Johnny Mowlem and Susie Stoddart, plus a host of celebrities, be humbled by the 100cc PR team? The Johnny Herbert Karting Challenge starts 10am at The Raceway Docklands. Spectators by invitation only!

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Kart Racing Promotions Ltd.   (17/11)

The following statement has been released by the organisers of the Easykart event which took place last Sunday.

“Kart Racing Promotions Ltd in association with Club100 confirm that during an owner/driver Easykart race organised by ourselves and held at Buckmore Park Kart Circuit on Sunday 12th November, a collision occurred between two drivers which resulted in Adam Goatley, a 29 year old from Sidcup suffering serious injuries which resulted in his death at Medway Maritime Hospital later in the day.

Police Officers from West Kent attended the scene of the collision and a full report into the collision is being compiled. Health and Safety officers at Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council were informed, as was the Medway Coroner.

Kart Racing Promotions Ltd in association with Club100 offer their sincere condolences to Adam's family and friends at this tragic time.”

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Taylor Impresses On Zanardi Debut   (14/11)

Click for larger image...Mackenzie Taylor surprised a few people at the first round of the Winter Series last weekend (4th/5th November) – being seen for the first time jumping into his brand new Zanardi kart. Super Mack then drove from 24th to 9th place in the 1st heat - and in an action-packed A final ran as high as 3rd.

Team boss Kieran Crawley expressed his delight at his new driver’s pace, “Mackenzie’s performed extremely well. He’s adapted to the new chassis and team environment very quickly. His approach to everything was spot-on and we couldn’t have asked for much more - apart from luck!” And the teenager certainly seemed to have enjoyed himself, “The chassis’s great and the motors are very good. I overtook 15 people in the first race, so we know we’ve got the pace”.

Mackenzie will be competing in the remaining Winter Series rounds before mounting an assault on next year’s Super 1 and European JICA Championships - “This year was the learning year. Next season, I’m going to go for it - I’m in it to win it”.

Crawley was also forthright, “We have very high expectations for next year. Not just of Mackenzie but also of John (Norris, also in JICA) and of course, Danny (Cruttenden, in Formula A). And with Ollie Millroy now leading Zanardi’s international assault, Mackenzie has joined the team at a very exciting and promising time in its history.

Follow Mackenzie’s fortunes throughout the Winter Series, visit or

Photograph courtesy of Chris Walker –

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Are Cars Your Next Step?   (14/11)

Advent Motorsport, having specialised in introducing young drivers to car racing over the past 7 years, can offer this transition for anybody interested.

As an ARDS approved instructor, Andrew Crighton, can provide quality tuition utilising a race prepared car with techniques on gear changing, braking etc. Tuition can commence for those of 14 years and above who are seeking to enter any of the new junior circuit racing categories. This can be taken forward to single-seater work as well.

For further information contact Andrew Crighton on 01732 887474 or 07736 070002 or e-mail:

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Camberley Kart Club Winter Series   (13/11)

Now is the time to enter the Winter series at Blackbushe. First round 25th November. This technical and physically demanding track has just been resurfaced and is in great shape, benefiting from new kerbs and rumble strips as well. This series is a great place to start your Karting or keep race fit for the National Championships, so whatever your karting experience. Come on down!

Open to all classes and to members of any ABkC club at standard entry fee. This series has points for heats and finals, so for a small registration fee compete in this series over the 4 winter months.

Get full details by contacting CKC Chairman/Competition Secretary Mrs. Elaine Buxton on 01276 512691, or e-mail or visit

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Cumbria Kart Racing Club   (13/11)

Cumbria Kart Racing Club has been voted the top motor club in the UK by the British motor sport’s governing body, the Motor Sports Association.  A delighted spokesperson at the club had the following to say.

“The members and committee of the Club are delighted to have had the hard work over a number of years recognised in this way by our governing body.

This isn't just an award for the club, but for everyone who sets foot through the gate and turns a wheel on track. So many factors have contributed to us winning this award, and we are humbled to be placed in the same company as clubs which have one it before. Winning this in the 50th anniversary year makes it very special indeed and justified recognition for our branch of motorsport for the contribution it makes to the sport as a whole. Karting sometimes unjustifiably gets a bad press, but we remain convinced that it's the best form of the sport and provides some of the best action you'll ever see.

It also marks a Cumbrian double, Wigton Motor club having won it last year.

We are looking forward to going to London and mixing again with some of the stars who started their careers off at Rowrah."

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2007 MSA Championships   (13/11)

Kart competitors are reminded that in order to compete in the above Championships in 2007 the minimum licence requirement is Kart National 'A' + 5 additional signatures.

This means that you must have obtained MSA Stewards' signatures on the reverse of your Competition Licence(s) (or from 1.1.2007 Competition Licence Upgrade Card) confirming that you have competed in a further 5 Kart Events. If you have competed in at least 5 rounds of either Super 1 or Stars of Tomorrow Championship you will be automatically recognised as having the necessary qualification and only production of your 2007 Kart National 'A' Competition Licence will be necessary. For those competitors who have not collected the required additional signatures Official result sheets may be accepted.

Please refer to the Championship website or your Championship Co-Ordinator for further clarification.

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Trent Valley Kart Club - 2nd/3rd Dec   (10/11)

TVKC will be holding this event at PFI Kart circuit. It will be run as part of the 2nd/3rd December meeting. The meeting is open to TKM Extreme, Junior TKM (not Intermediate) and both Junior and Senior 4 stroke classes. The winners of each class will be presented with the ‘GP’ Plate, a noted award, recognised nationally, which they will be able to display on their karts at all subsequent kart meetings throughout the country.

However there is a set minimum number which must be achieved to race each class, so an early and enthusiastic response is needed, there may be a maximum number of entries applied also.

The meeting is open nationally to all valid MSA Licence holders with a National ‘A’ licence or above. There will be one heat on Saturday plus heat and Final(s) on Sunday. The entry fee is £80, which includes practice on Saturday; Friday practice is optional at extra cost.

Official entry form is on the Club website or available from the Competition Secretary; Tel: 01977 515204, Fax: 01977 516839. Closing date for entries is 25th November.

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Millroy Signs For Zanardi Works Team   (10/11)

Click for larger image...Following his very successful season in ICA, newly crowned British champion Ollie Millroy has signed for the Zanardi works team for 2007 and will be run in KF1 (Formula A) by the very experienced Dino Chiesa. His race programme will take him to several parts of the world and include all of the major European races and the World and European Championships.

“I am over the moon to be teaming up with Dino at Zanardi and I am really looking forward to working with him next season. He is vastly experienced and has managed some of the top drivers including of course Alex Zanardi and four current Formula 1 drivers, Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg, Tonio Liuzzi and Robert Kubica.

“Joining Zanardi will mean me spending a lot more time in Italy, which I am looking forward to, but before the start of the season I will be busy testing the new KF1 engines, learning the language and continuing my fitness programme.

“I was very privileged to have had no less than four offers of works drives for next season but it was felt that with Dino’s hands on approach and will to win, his was the best option to enable me to take the next step forward in my career. We intend to be very busy and testing has already started for the start of next season.

“Although I am obviously delighted to be joining Zanardi, I can’t thank enough the people who have helped me during the last two years, including Birel, Andy Cox, Fred at GKS, my mechanic Micky Higham (Moose) and of course Ricky Flynn of RFM who has worked endlessly for the success we have had. I will miss my ‘mates’ in the team and wish them well for the future.

“I would also like to thank my new sponsors Arai and Lucky Design and my existing sponsors Alpinestars, Tapco Homecare Services, JML Associates and MPR Associates for their continued support”.

To follow Ollie’s and Zanardi’s progress visit Ollie’s website on

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BPKC Summer Championship   (09/11)

The BPKC Club Meeting on the 19th November, round 7 of the summer championship is expected to attract a bumper entry with many of Buckmore's local drivers returning after completion of the various national championships.

Open practice is available between 10am and 4pm on Wednesday 15th November and Saturday 18th November.  Overnight parking available on Friday and Saturday.

For more details please contact Sheila Rose, Club Secretary on 01634 661604.

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Dadson Ding-Dong Heads To Finale   (08/11)

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Francis (55), Friend (19)
and Wooder (78)

This coming Sunday 12th November, more than twenty nutters - who’re old enough to know better - are travelling to Lydd for the final round of the Dadson Gentlemen’s Challenge, and the title race is going down to the wire.

Three drivers are capable of winning the championship – Melvyn Francis, Richard Friend and Dave Wooder will not want to lose a single race on Sunday, and let’s not forget a chasing pack of drivers - who will all be fighting for final positions in the points table.

It’s going to be a weekend packed with drama, incident and excitement.  Further information on the Dadson Gentleman's Challenge can be found on their website, or by e-mailing Dannie Pennell at

Photograph courtesy of Dave Baker - DSB Photographic

Lee Wood Memorial Trophy

Click for larger image...This weekend also sees the introduction of the Lee Wood Memorial Trophy, in memory of the Project 1 mechanic who tragically lost his life in a car accident earlier this year.

Series sponsor, Dannie Pennell said “Lee was a popular figure, not just in the Dadson series as Dave Wooder’s mechanic but in karting in general. We wanted to do something in memory of Lee because he absolutely loved racing and a race in his honour just seemed natural.”

Lee’s friend, Dave Wooder, added, “It’s such a shame he’s not here. We were having such a good year. I just hope we can do him proud and put on a great race and of course, me win it!”

Come and cheer on the Dadson Gentlemen as they fight for the championship and the Lee Wood Memorial Trophy. Why not bring the whole family and give yourself and the other half a break from cooking and washing up - the carvery at the Heron clubhouse is excellent!

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Briggs & Stratton Racing   (08/11)

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In 2007, Briggs & Stratton Racing will unveil a brand-new look in competition.

Only a handful of registered logos have been used since Briggs & Stratton’s founding in 1908 and now racing is a part of this history. “This logo is a way for us to celebrate our involvement in the sport of racing. Our passion for racing is now seen in both our products and our look” commented David Klaus - Briggs & Stratton Racing Manager.

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Helmets Go Missing   (07/11)  UPDATED

Click for larger image...After the recent MBKC meeting at Three Sisters (Wigan) on 29th October, two helmets that Dan Baker took to the circuit could not be found, in spite of a meticulous search.

It may have been a misunderstanding between Dan and his father believing that the other had put the helmets safely away, and so it was not until late on that it was realised they were missing. One is a Bell and the other a very distinguishable Arai. The total value of both helmets combined is in the region of £1600 and Dan desperately wants them back.

The picture (above left) shows the Arai GP5-K which has 'D. Baker' 'Century Race Preparation' and 'Aerial View' written on it.

If anyone has found the helmets in the back of their van by mistake the Baker family would appreciate hearing from them, as they would from any persons with any information whatsoever at

UPDATE - Thursday 09/11.  Dan is very pleased to report that his two crash helmets were returned to the Three Sisters circuit yesterday and thanks everyone for their interest and support in securing the speedy recovery of them.

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Chris Hart Memorial Trophy   (06/11)

Click for larger image...This superb trophy is to be raced for in senior TKM at Clay Pigeon this weekend, 12th November.

A prize fund of approximately £1000 will also be divided across the TKM classes (subject to entries.)
£5 from all entries will be donated to Cancer Research and a collection will be made on the day.

Late entries are still being accepted to encourage as large an entry as possible. Entry forms from the Clay website, or call 07767 634064 if any problems.

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24-Hour Kart Race   (06/11)

Le Mans fever has gripped Autosport International 2007, 11th -14th January at the NEC in Birmingham. Not only will the world’s biggest motorsport show host the most significant display of Le Mans cars ever assembled, but a special celebratory 24-Hour Kart Race will also take place on Thursday 11th January.

Operators of the indoor kart circuit, Oxford Karting Limited and Motorsport World, are offering the exclusive opportunity for just 15 teams to enter this unique event, the first 24-hour kart race ever held at Autosport International. The cost of entry per team is £1,250, which must consist of a minimum of eight and a maximum of 16 drivers.

The lights will go green on the 24-Hour Kart Race at 11am on Thursday morning, the exclusive press day at the show, and the winning team will be crowned at 11am on Friday. The top prize up for grabs is an entry in to the 24-hour Le Mans Kart Race, which is held at the end of June 2007, valued at over £3,000. (Equipment to contest this race can be provided if required, although transport and accommodation is not included.)

Nolan O’Connor, Group Marketing Manager for show organisers Haymarket Exhibitions, commented: “After the success of last year’s Red Bull Track Attack launch with Vitantonio Liuzzi and the CLIC Sargent celebrity kart race, we wanted to continue to raise the profile of karting at Autosport International. Oxford Karting and Motorsport World have taken inspiration from the show’s main Le Mans feature and come up with the ultimate karting challenge, the show’s first 24-Hour Kart Race.”

It is clear that the demand for a seat in the 24-Hour Kart Race at Autosport International will exceed availability, as four teams have already secured their places on the starting grid, including Vodafone and Oxford Brookes University. The 24-Hour Kart Race will be heavily promoted through Oxford Karting, Rye House and NKA member circuits.

To secure your team’s place in the 24-Hour Kart Race at Autosport International, contact James Heap at Oxford Karting on 07769 647732 or via e-mail at

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Saxon Super Series Winners   (03/11)

Jack Anderson & Keiran Brookfield share over £7000 of the £10,500 Saxon Super Series prize money for Biland owners. The two most consistent drivers over the season have won over £7000 between them.

The cheques for all prize money winners will be distributed at the London Kart Show on Saturday 9th December.

For more Biland info visit

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Kart Components Manufacturing   (02/11)

Click for larger image...Kart Components Manufacturing Ltd now have a new website where you can look at all their new products such as the 120mm 3 Spoke hub fixing wheel and the twin bolt fixing hub for ProKarts.

Please go to where you can view their full range of Jet Wheels and all new MX Braking Systems.

Kart Components can also supply a full range of equipment for tracks both indoor and outdoor including barrier systems and clothing.

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The Motors TV UK Karting Challenge   (02/11)

PSC Productions have announced a new website that will host details for The Motors TV UK Karting Challenge in 2007. The 2007 Championship will become a standalone event held at five different circuits, with a timed scoring session added to the reverse grid format that has proved so popular with drivers in 2006. Racing will take place on both Saturday and Sunday, making ten scoring rounds in total, with no dropped scores. Each day will feature in its own 90 minute programme, with every class receiving full coverage.

Alan Taddei of PSC Productions said, “Racing within the club meeting at Three Sisters has caused a degree of disruption to non-racing classes, so it made sense to move the Championship into a standalone weekend. In doing that, economies of scale determined that we open up the championship to other classes, and increase the programme length to 90 minutes. Cadet racing particularly has given us a great deal of entertainment value in 2006, so it was natural we would opt for an additional Cadet class. Notwithstanding some of the issues faced by the WTP class in 2006, we see this low cost entry level class, with engines that offer the potential for close racing an ideal choice for us”. Alan continued, “Rotax Max drivers have been very vocal about their absence from the 2006 series, so we are happy to offer them the opportunity to become involved in 2007; it should be one of the classes to watch”.

Although a non MSA event, each event will be run in a similar way to a typical MSA event, with all the usual facilities in place. Malcolm Fell will be the Chief Scrutineer for the Championship, and judicial procedures will include specific regulations regarding contact driving. Alan explained, "In the event of contact causing a driver to lose a place, multiple places, or suffer a resulting DNF, any driver, who in the opinion of the Race Director (or driving standards observers as judges of fact) is at fault, will be subject to a place penalty proportional to the outcome of the contact. For example, if contact from behind by one driver causes another driver to DNF, the driver considered at fault would be considered for a place penalty that would relegate them to a position behind the victim of their actions... and that could mean last place."

"In a less severe scenario, if a driver was to lose, say, four places after contact, and the driver causing the contact does not allow the driver to recover their position, then the offending driver would be subject to a penalty equivalent to the four places at the end of the race, or even a time penalty. The Race Director will not be bound by a "five places or exclusion only" rule: they will have a high degree of latitude to make a contact penalty fit the offence, which in some cases may mean a time penalty, or anything up to a 33 place penalty. The intention is to encourage the highest possible driving standards, and leave drivers in no doubt what contact will mean in the event it causes another driver to lose time or places, and is seen and reported. We will also include the option to use video evidence if we have it. Drivers will have the right of protest and appeal, with all forfeit fees going to Comic Relief at the end of the year."

Further information about the championship is available from PSC Productions, or the website detailed below. Places are strictly limited to a maximum of 34 places for each class and inclusion will be on a first come first served basis.

For further information about the 2007 series, and to download a registration form, visit the new website,, or telephone Alan Taddei on 0871-220-5365. Alan was keen to emphasise he would always be contactable by his Customers both before and during the championship season: "I encourage anyone with any questions about the championship to call me personally on any day, seven days a week, from 5pm to midnight, or e-mail me 24/7. I will always be available to answer questions or listen to concerns, both before and during the season. I can't always guarantee I will give them the answer they want to hear, but I will always give what they have to say my personal attention."

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Winter Comes Early To Rowrah   (30/10)

Okay, it's not the most remarkable statement you're ever going to read, but the November meeting from Cumbria KRC will have some special trophies in all classes (subject to entry requirements).

Known as the Rowrah Winter Cup, it gives the drivers a chance to compete for something a little special before the Club Championship finale and the break for the close season.

This meeting will also feature the normal giveaways of a set of slick tyres, free entry for class winners (subject to a minimum of 4 drivers signed on in the meeting), and a £50 cash prize for driver of the day. Cumbria KRC will also accommodate teams bringing 5 or more drivers with some discount offers.

You've got to be in it to win it, so get your entry in and get along to Rowrah on 12th November.  Further details available from Malcolm Fell at

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Motors TV Series Attracts Sponsors   (30/10)

Raising sponsorship support is the holy grail for most drivers, and the Motors TV Ultimate Karting Challenge has been an integral part of making that happen for a number of its competing drivers this season, directly as a result of the TV exposure the championship has received, and the way in which sponsors' investments have been promoted within the programmes.

However, for one lucky 14 year-old driver, the TV exposure has led to one potential sponsor initiating contact with the production company, asking for contact details. Alan Taddei of PSC Productions explained that it wasn't the first time this had happened this season: "A large company made contact some months ago to ask for contact details of a Cadet driver local to them. After some discussion, the company had some concerns about environmental issues, and have not taken their initial interest any further, although they have not ruled out involvement with the driver in future. A few weeks ago, following the transmission of round 7 on Motors TV in early October, I received another call from Jacksons' Civil Engineering, asking if I had contact details for Joe Boullen (Minimax). Dave Jackson explained that they have an existing interest in racing, running their own cars, and a long history of motorsport sponsorship, including several top names. He went on to say that they were interested in supporting an ambitious young driver from their general area who was interested in a professional career, and Joe looked like someone with the qualities they were looking for."

Alan passed on the details to Joe's father Paul, and following contact with Dave Jackson, the two parties have agreed that Joe will receive substantial logistical and practical equipment support designed to help him make the next step into cars. Paul Boullen explained what had been agreed with his son's new sponsor; "Dave Jackson is keen for Joe to stay in karts for the next few years, whilst at the same time taking Joe to major circuits throughout the UK, gaining valuable seat time with driver training in cars where possible. When Alan first called me to say someone had made contact who wanted to sponsor Joe, I thought he was winding me up! I was pretty stunned when I called to find out it was genuine, and absolutely delighted with what we've agreed since. Alan said before the season started that he was keen to support drivers' efforts to raise sponsorship support, and I guess this is a vindication of the way in which he has used each broadcast to try and make that happen."

Joe had already attracted support at the beginning of the season with Lechler Coatings, who made the investment solely due to the television exposure Joe would receive. Lechler's Dave Lang was keen to point out that they are happy to continue their investment alongside the new support. Mr Lang said "Lechler Coatings are delighted with the return we have seen from our investment in Joe this season. The TV coverage has created a lot of interest for us, and we'll be sitting down with Joe and his team very shortly to consider a long term strategy for Joe. Dave Jackson of JCE was keen to emphasise the fact that Joe's existing financial support was a positive, saying "We're keen to work with other investors to help Joe achieve his ambition."

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Thonon Is 2006 World Champion   (27/10)

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CRG and Jonathan Thonon (B) have won their appeal, made after an astonishing penalty of 10 seconds was inflicted at the end of the race in Marienbourg early last month, where he had already obtained a great victory and was rightfully awarded the podium winners spot in the Super-ICC category.

All our best congratulations Jonathan.

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Prokart Festival This Weekend   (26/10)

The annual Prokart Festival at Whilton Mill takes place once again this weekend, starting with the 3hr endurance and the highly entertaining ‘petit le mans’ race on the Saturday, including the now legendry Saturday night entertainment, with the sprint racing for the heavy, club and pro class’ rounding off the weekend on the Sunday.

With much enthusiasm for the event, entries are looking strong. The Endurance and the ‘Petit Le Mans’ races are extremely popular this year, and with a maximum of around 40 places on the grid for each, entries are near capacity.

A few spaces are left in all the classes, so if you would like to enter, please contact us as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

For more information on this exciting and unique event, please visit the new website at

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Daytona MK Motor Industry Cup   (25/10)

The annual Motor Traders Industry Challenge Cup at Daytona Milton Keynes was won on Monday by Mark Garrett and Tom Bodsworth. Mark Garrett who was also the organiser of the popular Chase The Champ charity event held last year said; "When I arrived at Daytona on Monday I said to my team-mate we don’t stand a chance as the quality of the other drivers was so high, we qualified in 4th out of about 20 teams and my team-mate Tom started the 100 minute event, he did amazingly well gaining 2nd position by the halfway point of the race, it was now my time to race and I came out in about 5th and very quickly worked my way into 1st, I stayed in this position for many laps until I received a black flag for not slowing under yellow flags, I came into the pits and was held not just the flag but for not refuelling the kart too! We were held in the pits for nearly 3 minutes but amazingly were still in the lead due to an incident on the circuit. Tom went out for the final stint and won the race by 2 laps!  So the trophy has now passed over from Jaguar to the current champions named Team Ferrari."

Further information on the event can be found on the Daytona website.

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Mike Comber’s Clean Sweep   (24/10)

Clcik for larger image...This year competing for ARC in the TKM Junior Intermediate class, Mike Comber won Super 1, The Open and the TKM Festival, making it a clean sweep of the major trophies, and last weekend at Whilton Mill saw him win his last race as a Junior exactly 5 years to the day since he raced for the first time and won the novice cup. In 2007 he will compete in ICA thanks to support from Maranello UK.

Victories are hard enough to achieve without good luck and fortune, but it needed the support of a good chassis and dedicated support from Graham andClick for larger image... Ashley from ARC Motorsport, plus Tom Smith of Tom Prep Ltd. who was race engineer, and of course Wayne from Choice engines and David Klaassen for supplying quick engines and reliable carbs.

Finally thanks must go to my family and friends who have provided the finances and support, and a special thanks to Leon Dalby for helping me out in 2005 to prepare for success in 2006.

Catch up with Mike and the latest news on the Michael Comber website.

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Croxford Signs For Birel   (23/10)

Click for larger image...After a sensational debut season in Formula A, Jamie Croxford has joined the works Birel Motorsport team for 2007.

Team Principal and Vice President of Birel, Ronni Sala said, “We have been impressed by the way Jamie has adapted to the quicker karts and applied himself, even when the odds were against him. He is quick, brave and gives the maximum effort. This is in the spirit of Birel.”

The 20-year old from Wootton Fields, Northampton is absolutely delighted to have signed for one of the greatest names in world karting - “It’s fantastic! When I received the phone call, I had to pinch myself. This is what every driver dreams of and to sign for Birel, well, it’s like signing for Ferrari.”

Jamie will now be contesting across the globe - the Italian Open Masters series, the European and World Championships, plus selected races in Britain, America and the Far East. Clcik for larger image...

Despite his obvious excitement about his new role, Jamie is quick to acknowledge the people who have helped and supported him in his career to date. “I can’t thank Paul Fletcher enough. He gave me an opportunity, when I most needed it and it paid off! In many respects, without the help of Paul and the rest of the PFi team, I might not be where I am now. Andy Cox (of Andy Cox Racing, the UK Birel importer) is also due my thanks. He’s supported me and encouraged me for several seasons and was instrumental in helping put this deal together. And of course, I'm grateful to Dean and Terry at Millennium Motorsport for their contribution."

So how will life change for Jamie now? “Well, for the time being I’ll have to commute to the factory in Lissone (near, Milan) but I may need to consider relocating to there. I need to learn Italian, so I can communicate with the team and I’m expected to be an ambassador for Birel at all times. But that’s no hardship and I’m looking forward to all the challenges ahead of me.”

Click for larger image...And what are his, and Birel’s, expectations for 2007? “Win everything!” he laughs “Despite their history and the number of championships Birel have won, everyone wants more success – the drivers, Signor Sala and his father, even the cleaner! I’ve got the best opportunity of my life, to deliver it, not just for them but for me also.”

To follow Jamie and the Birel Motorsport team’s progress in 2006/2007 visit

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2007 TKM Class Regulations   (23/10)

Tal-Ko Racing, controllers of the Formula TKM classes, have confirmed changes to the regulations which will take effect from 1st January 2007 and underlined their long-term support for the classes.

On the 2-stroke classes the most significant change concerns manufacture of karts. Previously these have always had to be made in the UK but for the next homologation period karts may be made in any country or use components made in any country so long as they have a recognised UK agent. To date at least three new European built karts are expected to be homologated in November ready for 2007 alongside the traditional UK manufacturers.

There has also been a simplification of certain rules to make it easier for manufacturers and drivers. Brakes are now free subject to only two pads and one caliper with maximum of four pistons.

New for the 2-stroke classes will be optional use of a new style modern looking induction airbox with far greater durability and easier fitment. This noisebox will be the standard fitment on all new engines next year. A new quieter complete exhaust system is under development and will become an optional fitment when ready.

After discussion with the ABkC, Tal-Ko has for the time being backed away on major changes concerning the Junior/Intermediate class structure, though the company has underlined its aim to continue with the two tier class structure.

In TKM 4-stroke the only changes are minor technical detail including revision of plugs which may be used following revision of specification by one plug manufacturer.

Says Tal-Ko Managing Director Alan Turney: “We had hoped to press ahead with some significant changes to the class structure for the Junior/Inter age range for this next year but we have stepped back from this and will work with clubs to try to rebuild the strength of the class in areas where it has weakened. We are very keen on the continued success of the Intermediate class and will be doing all we can to encourage its growth in 2007 onwards. “We will also be making a major attack on class costs on which we will make a full announcement shortly. TKM will be firmly underlined as the most cost effective, fairest class in kart racing giving the most racing for your money.“

Full details on the regulation changes are contained in the Formula TKM regulations books which will be released by Tal-Ko shortly.

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When Winning Goes Down To The Wire   (20/10)

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Now’s the time when club championships are won and lost. But if yours is going down to the wire – what have you got that will decide it in your favour?

BRM chose the Magura 908.1

For the last round of the Stars of Tomorrow JICA championship, team-mates James Godbehere and Nigel Moore went head to head - and both bolted on the blue brake.

Able to out-brake rivals from two to three kart lengths behind, the BRM pair found the Magura superior to any brake they’d used before. Click for larger image...

Brake harder, later and with more control than your rivals. Then, accelerate faster out of the bend, thanks to its light weight.

Moore and Godbehere finished first and second in the Stars championship.

In 2006 lap records have been smashed, races won and titles decided – ALL by drivers using the Magura.

From JICA to TKM 4-stroke, Rotax to Pro-Karts … If you want to be a winner – you want a Magura.

For more information about the Magura system, contact Venhill Engineering Ltd on 01306 885111.

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New Neck Brace System For Karters   (20/10)

Autosport International is attracting international world-class karting companies to exhibit for the first time in 2007, 11-14 January at the NEC in Birmingham. South African company, the Leatt Corporation, will travel to the NEC in Birmingham to launch a revolutionary neck protection system for karters called the Leatt-Brace™ MOTO GPX.

The Leatt-Brace MOTO GPX is a neck brace system medically designed to help prevent traumatic neck injury in unrestrained vehicles, including karts. With rising awareness of the need for neck protection growing across the sport, the Leatt-Brace MOTO GPX is a fully functioning protection system solution, not just a mere helmet support.  The construction of this system is of high-tech composite materials including carbon fibre and injection moulded GRN. Together with its aerospace hardware and soft touch padding, this essential part of safety equipment is comfortable to wear. The design rationale behind the Leatt-Brace MOTO GPX is to bring the head to a controlled stop. This is accomplished by the use of energy absorbing foam, the flex of the composite and in extreme cases the controlled collapse of the brace. Consequently, the device is the only neck brace system that can help prevent serious head and spinal injuries.  Karl Ebel from the Leatt Corporation commented: “We have chosen the Autosport International show to launch the Leatt-Brace MOTO GPX into the UK as we believe that, after much research, this show is the most effective way to reach the motorsport fraternity in this region. We do believe that a safety product as important as ours should be available to the racing public as soon as possible and Autosport International gives us the best opportunity to do that.”

The Leatt-Brace MOTO GPX is offered in a small size and it is adjustable to fit children from six to 13-years. There are three Leatt-Brace MOTO GPX versions available – Club - GRN construction weighing 1.1kg; Sport – GRN lower and carbon fibre upper construction weighing 900g; Pro – Carbon fibre construction weighing 750g. Visit stand 10420 in Hall 10 for more details.

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Rowland Stars in Monte Carlo   (19/10)

In just his third European event, Zip Young Gun Oliver Rowland showed exactly why many people regard him as one of the brightest stars in British kart racing.

From the moment his Zip Evo hit the track on Saturday morning, Rowland scorched round the sun soaked principality qualifying on pole position. After winning both heats and the pre-final, Oliver's confidence was sky high going into the 22 lap final. Leading from the front with fellow Brit Scott Jenkins in close formation, the two drivers sped away from the field with searing pace. Jenkins passed Oliver on lap 5 and a small mistake in the hairpin cost the Zip Young Gun two seconds and despite halving the gap during the closing stages, it wasn't quite enough to take the win. With Nigel Moore in third, UK drivers locked out the podium and the organisers didn't have enough Union Jacks to decorate the all British podium.

A superb performance from Oliver and congratulations from everyone at Zip Kart.

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Bridgestone Wet Tyres   (18/10)

The Bridgestone YEJ wet tyre will continue to be used in 2007 despite a proposed change to YGR.

After rigorous testing by Bridgestone distributor Zip Kart, the YGR tyre gave superb life, but the grip level was not as high as the YEJ. Therefore it has been decided to stick with the higher grip tyre for the two MSA classes.

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Kart Racing In Dubai In December   (17/10)

Click for larger image...Last chance for Karters aged 13 to 15.  Come kart racing in Dubai in December. Chassis, engine, tyres, fuel and race entry all included for less than 2000 Euros (approximately £1350.)

How about a family holiday in the sun; the children race and then everyone goes tax-free shopping in one of the many malls and souks, - Dubai has the largest mall outside of north America, - and with temperatures averaging mid 20’s centigrade in December isn’t it time to take a break.

For more details call Saxon Motorsport on 01432 350157 or e-mail:

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Formula A For ICA Champion   (11/10)

Click for larger image...Newly crowned 2006 British ICA Champion Ollie Millroy moves up to Formula A this weekend for the first round of the Parma Industrials in Italy, followed by the second round the weekend after.

"I have been testing in Italy with Ricky Flynn Motorsport and we were pleased with our times both in the wet and dry. The move to Formula A is not such a big move up at this time of year but with the quality of drivers and more grip as it gets warmer, the competition will be fantastic."

"The plan for 2007 is to keep my race programme similar to this year with as much time in the kart as possible, testing and racing in all of the major championships. It is important that I continue to progress through the karting ranks, where I know I will gain more experience at this stage of my career, than in any other motorsport."

"I am really looking forward to my first Formula A race and whatever happens regarding the new regulations and engines (KF1) next year, I will give it my best."

News of Ollie's progress can be viewed on his website.

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Croxford Saves Best Brit ‘Til Last   (06/10)

Click for larger image...Jamie Croxford’s debut took the Worlds by storm, at Angerville, near Paris last weekend (31Aug / 01Oct), and there were dramas aplenty along the way.

“My first qualifying session was an absolute disaster and I ended up about 65th overall. We changed the engine and went out again. I was chasing (European champion) Ardigo and (favourite to win) Bianchi and did a time of 48.5 - about 9 hundredths off pole and 7th overall. Relief!”

Jamie started from 4th place on the grid for his qualifying heats - and the 20 year old finished 6th, 10th and 8th respectively, giving him Grid 13 for the Pre-Final. The warm, sunny conditions of Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning gave way to dark clouds and heavy rain. Jamie says “We were on the track (before the start) and I thought it was going to dry out halfway through our race. So we prepared the kart for this. But the track just got wetter and most certainly didn’t dry out! I was just hopeless and found reverse at a great speed!”

Despite giving it his best shot, Croxford finished 24th. This meant that he would start from row 12 for the biggest race of his career - “AfterClick for larger image... something like that it is very hard to motivate yourself again, but you just have to be strong and believe that you can still do it,” and that’s exactly what he did, despite torrential rain causing all sorts of problems - “Some people’s engines stopped (due to their carburettor ingesting water), mine nearly did too but I was able to survive the opening laps and start carving my way up the order.” But as he made his way through the field, Jamie began to sense that things weren’t quite as they should be – “About halfway through the race, the brake pedal started to go further and further down. By the end, I had virtually no brakes at all!” But was he disappointed to be the top British driver, and finish 9th at the chequered flag? “Of course, without my brake problem I would definitely have been 4th or 5th, maybe even challenging for a podium.”

Is it hard re-adjusting to normal life after being involved in 100cc karting’s biggest race? “It is actually. Life seems to slow down when you come home from a race - especially the World Champs. As you’ve been absolutely flat-out since the moment you got there. You’re up really early, going to bed late and racing all day. Then it all stops. Obviously it’s really nice to get home to see your family and girlfriend again.”

So what’s next for the new world number 9? “We’re going to be doing quite a bit of testing, in preparation for the first round of the Winter Series, which starts in a month or so.” Read Jamie’s brilliant new column on to find out more about what happened to him at the World Championships, what he thinks of French food - and his rivals!

Photographs courtesy of Chris Walker –

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The ACR Winter Grand Prix   (05/10)

Click for larger image...On Sunday 10th December 2006, the ACR Winter Grand Prix will take place at Speedkarting, Warrington. The new circuit is now the longest indoor circuit in the UK with a lap time estimated over 60 seconds!

As in previous years this popular event is being staged in aid of The Down’s Syndrome Society (Bristol area). The event will take the format of a Grand Prix with each driver having practice and then five heats with the top ten drivers going through to the Grand Final.

There will be a raffle on the day with some interesting prizes including an Easykart test day, a Club100 test day and many other prizes.
If anyone is interested in supporting the raffle with a prize please contact ACR on 01527 889595.

The ACR Winter Grand Prix entry form can be found here.

Places will be limited so don’t delay enter today. There will also be awards for fastest lap and worst hard luck story!

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2007 EasyKart Dates Announced   (04/10)

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The Easykart UK Championship will kick off at Whilton Mill on 11th March 2007.

The race format will be on a Sunday only and will run with a European style format. 1 x 10min warm up, 2 x 15 min Time Qualifying, pre final of 20 laps and then a Grand final of 25 laps. For more Easykart information visit

Rd 1 - Sunday 11th March - Whilton Mill, Northants.
Rd 2 - Sunday 29th April - Rye House, Herts.
Rd 3 - Saturday 12th May - Buckmore Park, Kent.
Rd 4 - Sunday (TBC) June - Rowrah, Cumbria.
Rd 5 - Sunday 29th July - Rye House, Herts.
Rd 6 - Sunday 12th August - Buckmore Park, Kent.
Rd 7 - Sunday 2nd September - Clay Pigeon, Dorset.
Rd 8 - Sunday 7th October - Bayford Meadows, Kent.

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Chris Hart Memorial Trophy   (04/10)

Click for larger image...Clay Pigeon Kart Club are honoured to be presenting a memorial meeting as a tribute to the late Chris Hart, who had an enormous enthusiasm for motor sport, in particular the TKM Class of karting. Chris will be remembered for his wealth of knowledge, great sense of humour and his ever-willingness to help others. His brothers and son continue to race at Clay.

There will be a generous prize fund of £500 (£300 donated by the Hart family and £200 donated from circuit owners) with a newly commissioned perpetual trophy to be presented to the winner of Senior TKM Extreme. £5 from all TKM entries will be donated to Cancer Research and a collection will be made on the day.

This meeting has been delayed until November to avoid coinciding with other major events, and is also the month of Chris' birthday and sadly the first anniversary of his untimely passing.

Extra kind donations have now been received from Paul Carr, Hobzie Motorsport and J.C. Tuning.
Clay Pigeon are very keen to welcome other TKM classes as support and the prize fund will be allocated accordingly.

We do hope you will make every effort to attend, in memory of an enthusiast and much loved man; and also to support a very worthwhile cause. Please contact Derek Hunt on 07767 634064 or Clay Pigeon direct for entry forms.

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TKM Engines & Equipment Stolen   (04/10)

Yesterday (Tuesday 3rd October) Matt Jones had his three engines stolen from his garage in Solihull, West Midlands. The engines were being used for this year’s Super 1 Championship. They are direct drive complete with all ancillaries, serial nos. 6281, 5871, 4715.

The thieves also took a Teng 6 draw tool box complete with tools, many kart parts and a new 3kVA generator.

If anyone is offered any of this equipment or has any information as to its whereabouts, please contact Stuart Jones on 0777 1994 134, or Solihull police on 0845 113 5000, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Philip Gough Racing’s Number 1 Driver   (03/10)

Click for larger image...Jake Parsons, Philip Gough Racing's number 1 driver has had a superb last couple of weeks. After a tough year in Stars in only his second year of racing Jake took to familiar ground at club level. After the last seeded number in the BRDC series was tantalizingly close, but was not to be, the youngster from Leicester returned to Whilton Mill to lead the team.

Three strong heat performances aboard his 2006 Topkart Flash, including a 2nd place finish, all gave him a start on the third row for the final. Parsons turned this into 4th on the opening laps and set about chasing championship leader Jack Goff who had made an early getaway, unfortunately Jake had to fight with a charging Dom Russell who took 4th from him with only two laps to go. Disappointed to be caught late on Jake could take some comfort in the knowledge that when he moves up to Rotax MAX next year his weight will not be an issue. At almost 6' 2'' the "Parsnip" weighed in 17.5kg over the class weight limit.

On the first of October the PGR driver returned to PFI - a circuit he has normally struggled at with his weight. Philip Gough adds "....we have worked really hard to get Jake’s chassis to pull out of tight corners, not so much his weight but his height being the problem. Doing Stars this year has made him a better driver despite midfield being regarded as a good weekend, on his day he really is very good through traffic especially on the brakes".

At PFI Jake had good heats running mainly between 11th and 15th throughout the day, which was interrupted briefly due to severe wet weather conditions. When the finals came around it was back to slicks and starting grid of 14th, by the end of the opening laps Jake had moved his Ogden powered Topkart up to an amazing 7th place. The first 3 laps were frantic as he battled with some of the fastest drivers in the country, running at one point as high as 5th place. Then the red flags were brought out after an accident, which was lucky for the PGR driver - he had a flat left front tyre. This was changed in time for the restart and he was off again battling at the sharp end with the likes of GP plated Mitchell Bayer-Goldman. Confusion then reigned as the last 2 laps were completed under caution flags where some drivers seemed not to understand the yellow/black quartered flag and kept on racing. Jake came in in 10th place but was moved up to 9th after the stewards amended the results.

Believing he should have been classified higher the team were a little disappointed but young Parsons had proved he could race with the best even with a flat tyre - yes, he managed to damage his left front wheel again, this time after the restart and again battled at the front with a flat until the flag. This time he was only15kg over weight.

The team made some small but significant changes to the TopKart for the final, much to Jakes surprise. "I could actually stay with people in the tight sections! The kart just flew off the corners and the engine was so strong at the end of the straight." Philip Gough Racing would like to thank Ogden Engineering for their help over the past 3 weeks with the engines, and Richard at ZipKart for his advice since moving onto the '06 TopKart Flash.

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World Karting Championship   (03/10)

Click for larger image...Alexander Sims’ confidence was given a massive boost when he took pole position for the CIK-FIA World Karting Championship, held at Angerville in France, in what will be his last kart race before moving onto single-seaters. Watched by millions of Eurosport viewers, the Lincolnshire teenager started eleventh on the grid for the pre-final and said: “There was a bit of a coming-together at the front, some went wide, and I just drove up the inside to take the lead, which was so cool.” Despite late race pressure from Frenchman Jules Bianchi he held the place to the flag which converted into pole position for the most prestigious kart race on the planet.

Sixty-eight drivers at the top of their game, from fourteen different nations, had qualified to enter the race, with the best thirty-four making it into the finals. This is the breeding ground for future Formula 1 champions, all aiming to follow in the footsteps of Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso. But it all went wrong in the final for Alexander after a last minute rain-storm meant a hasty change-over to wet weather treaded tyres on his CRG/Maxter racing kart. “Because of live Eurosport television you are only allowed to change the tyres and the officials would not let me put on the wet box,” the Ocean Spray and Jewel Date Company sponsored driver explained. The wet box shields the air intake from ingress of water and spray. “On the rolling up lap the airbox was filling up with water and although I tried to clear it the engine would not rev properly, so after a couple of laps I pulled over, it was so disastrous. We were definitely on the pace for a podium at minimum,” said the eighteen year old Stamford student. The 2002 Junior British Champion, who was tipped in the Sunday Times projected 2020 ‘Rich-List’ top twenty as the highest rated British sportsman of the future, with projected earnings of £30M, has had a difficult couple of years since badly breaking his elbow in a skiing accident. “I feel I’ve put all that business with my arm behind me now,” added Sims.

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Super One Rotax Competitors At Buckmore   (02/10)

A bumper entry is expected at Buckmore Park's Club Championship meeting on Sunday 15th October. This will be the last chance for Super One Rotax competitors to race at Buckmore before the final round of their Championship which visits Buckmore on the following weekend.

Open practice is also available on Wednesday 11th October and Saturday 14th October between 10am and 4pm.
For further details please contact Sheila Rose, Club Co-ordinator on 01634 661604.

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Briggs & Stratton Racing   (02/10)

Click for larger image...In early September, Briggs and Stratton Racing began bench-building race engines in an all-new, dedicated 10,000 square foot assembly area inClick for larger image... Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA.

“This commitment to our customers and the world of racing will assure an even higher level of quality. Every engine will be built by hand and tested by a dedicated crew of master builders. This approach to manufacturing will also allow us the flexibility to engineer and design our products to better cater to the needs of the racing community” commented David Klaus, Briggs & Stratton Racing Manager, who added, “We are excited for everyone to see where we are now and better yet, where we are headed. This is the new era in Briggs & Stratton Racing.”

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Jack Hawksworth Wins European Championships   (29/06)

Click for larger image...English driver Jack Hawksworth from Cullingworth in Yorkshire won the 2006 Junior Rotax Max European Kart Championship title on Sunday 24th September at the demanding Genk circuit in Belgium. Managed by the Protrain Racing International Kart Team based in Buckingham and driving a Gillard chassis fitted with an Ogden Motorsport maintained engine Jack produced strong drives to second and third in the finals to beat nearest rival Steel Guiliana from Australia and Dutch driver Mats Van den Brand in the championship.

The Rotax Max European Kart Championship is known as one of the most professional and prestigious karting championships in the world. It attracts competitors from five continents (Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia and Australasia) and in the junior category saw more than 90 drivers competing over four rounds in France, Italy, Austria and Belgium. Jack said “I am so pleased to beat so many top drivers from throughout the world and now I want to be the World Champion.”

15 year old Jack dominated the championship finishing first or second in finals at each round with a win in the first final in Italy and seconds in France, Austria and Belgium. It is only Jack’s third season of racing. After moving to the British built Gillard chassis under management from the Protrain team for 2006 it has been an astonishing year with victories in British and European racing. He has shown his ability by not only being able to produce fast laps in timed qualifying but also strong overtaking manoeuvres in the heats and finals. Team Manager and former European Champion Gary Chapman says of Jack, “he is the best young driver I have worked with and this success will be the start of many further successes for Jack in motor sport.” Click for larger image...

It appeared that his championships hopes had disappeared in the second round in Italy after winning the first final he was disgracefully driven over by an Austrian rival on the parade lap destroying his exhaust and chances of winning the championship early. After another great performance at the third round in Austria, Jack entered the last round in Belgium knowing that he just needed a top ten finish in the second final to win the championship. This he duly completed, driving off the front row of the grid he got pushed wide onto the grass and back to fourth at the first corner but battled back to complete the championship victory with a third place.

Jack now has eyes on the World Championships in Portugal in November. As European Champion he will be starting as favourite having already beaten drivers from around the world.

To contact Protrain Racing call Gary Chapman on 01280 814774 or visit their website at

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Matchams Karting   (28/09)

Matchams Karting will be open for practice on Sunday 8th October between 10am and 4pm. The remaining rounds of the race series will be re-scheduled with dates to be advised.

Matchams Leisure Park has been closed for two months, and the kart circuit is reopening after Matchams Karting Ltd secured a long term deal with the land owners. 

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Nigel Moore Does It Again   (28/09)

Click for larger image...Tactics played a major part in Yorkshire kart ace Nigel Moore’s plans to re-take the BRDC Stars of Tomorrow Junior Intercontinental championship title at the last round held at Buckmore Park in Kent. “We worked out that we had to play it cool and not actually score many points, we needed the points given for attending the meeting but wanted to drop the scores from these races and use his wins from earlier in the year, so we pulled Nigel off after a few laps in Saturday’s final,” said his father Simon, from the Tockwith Motorsports Centre.

Competitors are allowed to drop their worst score from the season total, in case they need to miss a round or have some bad luck. Nigel had qualified fastest on the Saturday morning in the time trials on his BRM works kart, which can reach speeds of 75mph. On Sunday he qualified third on a damp track, not quite having the right set-up for the conditions then was second in his first heat. The clutch exploded during the second heat but the title by then was in the bag so the organisers put him out in the final for two parade laps in front of the television cameras before he pulled off again. “I would love to have raced properly at Buckmore Park than play tactics because I like the circuit, but obviously keeping the championship title I first won last year was more important,” said the fourteen year old from Long Marston.

Nigel also starred in a special television promotion to coach TV Presenter Hayley Stevens in how to drive a kart. This will be aired on SkySports in October. Nigel has been invited to Monaco to compete in the Junior Cup on 15th October. The street circuit uses part of the Formula 1 Grand Prix layout and this will be his last race in the junior kart category. When he turns fifteen in January, Nigel will move into the senior Intercontinental KF2 class, staying on as the Italian BRM factory driver, under team manager, five times World Champion, Gianluca Beggio.

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Big Grids Expected At 'Cock of the North'   (27/09)

Why not go along to South Yorkshire Kart Club at Wombwell and take up the challenge to be 'Cock of the North'. The meeting is held over 2 days with practice on Saturday 11.30 - 3.30pm, timed qualifying Saturday 4 - 6pm, and racing on the Sunday.

Saturday evening there will be a BBQ and Fireworks Display "Bigger And Better Than The 'W' Plate". On Sunday there will be a vintage kart display.
Up for grabs are Big Trophies, Prizes, "Cock Up Of The Day Trophy" and more.

All Classes welcome (subject to minimum grid). Special invitation grid to all JICA drivers. Entries accepted up to Wednesday 4th October.

Visit the South Yorkshire KC website or contact Judith Hambleton, The Croft, Redbourne Rd, Hibaldstow, N. Lincs. DN20 9EE. Tel 01652 659740 or 07946 299818.

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Click for larger image...Magura Celebrates Stars Of Tomorrow Success   (26/09)

It was a brave decision to remove the brake they'd used all season and replace it with the Magura, but for James Godbehere and Nigel Moore, it was well worth the gamble.  Even more proof that the Magura brake system can give you the title winning advantage came during the final weekend of Stars of Tomorrow at Buckmore Park (23/24 September).

During testing BKC - BRM’s UK works team - were so impressed with the vital tenths the Magura gave its drivers on each lap, both James Godbehere and Nigel Moore decided to fit the system for the weekend. The pair were battling it out for the JICA title, but needed that little extra something to get the edge on their rivals. They chose the Magura. On Sunday night, Nigel Moore was crowned the Stars of Tomorrow JICA Champion for 2006.

Team-mate James Godbehere gave him a real run for his money – blowing his rivals away by qualifying on pole, winning both heats and the final! “James said “the Magura definitely gave me an advantage in each of the hairpins. The brake does stop you a lot quicker, so you can go into the corners a lot harder. It’s brilliant.”

But what makes the Magura so good? Well, its four pad system makes braking far more stable, which means you can do it much later and harder than the rest of the pack, but still stay in complete control – and on the track. Want to be a winner, like the BRM boys? Then, it’s time you got a Magura.

For more information about the Magura system, contact Venhill Engineering Ltd on 01306 885111.

Photograph of James Godbehere (top left) courtesy of Dave Baker

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Top Driver In His Own Write   (26/09)

Jamie Croxford has been signed by the new German karting website Kart Magazin to be their chief racing columnist. covers international events as well as Germany’s domestic racing scene. Founder Bjorn Niemann says “We were searching for a driver who’ll have fun writing a column but who also has interesting things to say about karting. It will be nice for visitors to the site to read news from an international driver’s point of view. I’m very happy that Jamie will be writing for us and it’s great that he’s starting with the World Championship and World Cup. He’s amongst the best drivers in the world and there will be some excellent German drivers there too. So it’s going to be interesting for our readers to see how he, and they, get on.”

Jamie will also be writing about his Winter Series experiences for Kart Magazin - before going on to describe how he gets on in the 2007 British and European season.

So, can Jamie write as well as he drives? He laughs, “Well, we’ll soon find out! I’m really looking forward to this. At first, I thought, ‘why would the Germans be interested in me?’ but having raced at Ampfing, you can see that Germany’s got a big karting scene and it’s an important market for constructors, like Birel. We all like to hear about drivers from different countries and this is a great opportunity for me to give a new audience a ‘through the visor’ view of top-flight karting.”

Mindful also of his single-seater aspirations, he added, “Let’s face it, Germany’s the home of BMW and Mercedes. If team bosses like Norbert Haug visit the site, you never know…!!”

Jamie’s first column will appear on shortly after the World Championship finals in Angerville on 1st October 2006.

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The Last World Championship   (22/09)

While Karting is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, a historic page is about to be turned on the occasion of the CIK-FIA Karting World Championship taking place on 1st October 2006, as it will be the last World Championship held for direct drive karts powered by 100cc engines. Apart from a 9-year period with 135cc engines in the 80’s, the 100cc capacity has prevailed practically throughout the history of the World Championship, the first official edition of which dates back to 1964. As from 2007, the CIK-FIA will reserve its homologations and its championships for a new generation of so-called “long life” 125cc 2-stroke engines which will in particular be fitted with a rev limiter, a balance shaft, an electric starter and a clutch.

The CIK-FIA Karting World Championship is undoubtedly the highlight of every Karting season. It is a good indication of the will of the FIA to promote at the same time young drivers and Karting, and to bring them to the top of the hierarchy of Motor Sport. With Formula One, Rallying and Touring Cars, Karting is one of the four disciplines with a real World Championship organised by the FIA.

This year, the privilege of hosting the CIK-FIA Karting World Championship falls to the Gabriel Thirouin circuit in Angerville, to the south of Paris (F). The total number of entries is 68, from fourteen different nations, including three from outside of Europe. The 2006 edition of the World Championship promises to be very open, and it will be extremely difficult to forecast the results correctly. Angerville will not only see the 2006 Karting World Champion Driver crowned but also the team winner of the World Cup for Teams. In order for a team to win the Cup, its two appointed drivers must have had the best cumulated results.

The great new item of this World Championship reserved for Formula A karts will lie in the programme of the meeting as it will also include a World Cup for the lower category, ICA. 75 drivers, from 24 different nations, are entered in this Cup. They have obtained the right to take part in it owing to selection criteria based on their results in the CIK-FIA continental championships or on their classification in national championships for the ICA category.

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MSA Congratulates Lewis Hamilton   (21/09)

The Motor Sports Association, the governing body of UK motor sport, congratulates British driver Lewis Hamilton on being crowned the 2006 GP2 Champion and on his subsequent test with the McLaren-Mercedes Formula 1 team yesterday.

Lewis, aged 21, secured the GP2 title at the recent Italian Formula 1 Grand Prix meeting at Monza. In total, he ended the season with 14 podium results from 22 rounds, including five race victories. Yesterday (Wednesday) he commenced the first of two days of testing for the McLaren-Mercedes team on Silverstone’s British F1 GP circuit.

Lewis’s racing career started in the early Nineties when he set out on a hugely successful period racing karts in the UK. In 1996 and 1997 he won four UK karting titles and went on to be ranked number one in the world. It was also in the UK that he started his car racing career, moving into the Formula Renault UK category at the end of 2001. In 2003 he won that title with the Manor Motorsport team, which had previously taken Kimi Raikkonen to the same crown. Lewis then progressed into the Euroseries Formula 3 championship, which he also won in 2005.

Colin Hilton, Chief Executive of the MSA, says: "Everyone in British motor sport should celebrate Lewis’s superb achievements in GP2, particularly considering that this was his first season in the category and he was up against far more experienced drivers, some with F1 backgrounds. Nobody will forget the huge wave of public support that Lewis enjoyed when he did the double in front of his home crowd on British GP weekend at Silverstone in June. His championship success is proof again that the UK continues to produce world class motor sport champions and is also a great inspiration for every young driver racing on these shores. It is extremely fitting that his first full-blown test with the McLaren-Mercedes F1 team, that has supported his career since 1998, should come at Silverstone. Whether he races in F1 in 2007 remains to be seen, but the MSA is right behind him and wishes him the very best for his future career."

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EasyKart Shakedown Test   (20/09)  UPDATED

This Friday, the 22nd September between 9am and 1pm there will be an exclusive shakedown test for new EasyKart owners. The test is designed to give the opportunity for new owners to learn about their new karts with advice from EasyKart Importer ACR both in technical and driving aspects. Race promoter Club100 will also be in attendance to answer any questions on race formats etc.

The first UK EasyKart race is on Sunday 29th October 2006 at Rye House – a grid of 30 Easykarts is already confirmed and the official 2007 Championship dates and venues will be announced by the end of September.

If you are considering or interested in the EasyKart concept you are most welcome to go along and see what EasyKart is all about. For more info visit, or call sole UK importer ACR on 01527 889595.

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Young Motor Sport Journalist & Photographer Of The Year   (19/09)

Renault MSA Young Motor Sport Journalist & Photographer of the Year 2006.

The Motor Sports Association, the governing body of UK motor sport, is inviting submissions for the fifth Renault MSA Young Motor Sport Journalist and Photographer of the Year awards.

Established in 2002 with support from Renault UK Limited, these two awards are designed to recognise and encourage the new generation of motor sport reporters working in UK racing and rallying. The winners not only receive recognition as talents of the future, but also cheques for £1,000.

A panel of recognised experts from the sport and the media will consider the applications. The eventual winners will receive their awards at the MSA's star-studded 'Night of Champions' ceremony. Last year's prizes were presented by Sir Jackie Stewart, the three times Formula One world champion.

Candidates must have been aged 25 or under on 1st January 2006 and be able to demonstrate published work involving UK motor sport. They can come from local, regional, specialist or electronic media and are required to submit a minimum of three published articles or photographs from the UK media this year. Entries must be submitted by 1st December 2006.  Application forms are available from

Colin Hilton, Chief Executive of the MSA, says: "This is a very prestigious prize to win for any young journalist or photographer aiming to further their careers in motor sport. That has been underlined by the increasingly high level of entries we receive each year, not just from the specialist press but also regional media and smaller circulation publications from across the country, some from those as young as 14.

"It is also exciting for us here at the MSA to see the winners receiving their awards at our Night of Champions. We recognise just how important it is to provide promising young talent with the right kind of encouragement, recognition and support and therefore welcome all young journalists and photographers covering all types of motor sport in the UK to enter. It is a fabulous award to win.

Tim Jackson, Press & PR Director, Renault UK, comments: "Renault has been racing in the UK for over 30 years and knows just how important it is for a manufacturer to support and encourage young talent. Our two championships, Formula Renault and Clio Cup, nurture the very best young drivers and engineers, but away from the track there are many special talents that also deserve recognition.  The media is a key area and Renault UK is very proud to support this award. We again look forward to receiving all entries and wish everyone taking part the very best of luck."

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Ginetta Replaces MX-5 Scholarship   (18/09)

Click for larger image...Entries for the 2007 Speedworks Ginetta Scholarship are now open.

The MX-5 Scholarship has become the Speedworks Ginetta Scholarship for 2007, with our winner receiving a completely free first season of motor-racing in the AVO Ginetta Championship worth over £30,000.

The scholarship will place a circuit racing novice in the thriving Ginetta Championship for the well-respected Speedworks Motorsport team, and with just 200 places available for the 2007 scholarship and interest higher than ever before, places are filling up fast. The prize is unique in British motorsport, with the winner receiving a prize package which includes all entry frees, preparation costs, car transportation costs, the use of a Ginetta G20 race cars, racewear, licence fees, testing and even accident damage!

The scholarship is open to anyone aged 16 and above who has never started a long circuit car race. Previous competitors for the Speedworks MX-5 Scholarship remain eligible, provided they have not since raced. Also, those with rallying, rallycross, short oval, hillclimbing, sprint and motorcycle racing can enter, as well as complete novices and track day enthusiasts.  Judges will take into account the relative experience of scholarship competitors to ensure a level playing field for drivers of all ages and experience.

The scholarship will be held over four rounds, with all entrants eligible to contest the first two before they are whittled down for the semi-final. Ten drivers will then be invited back for the scholarship final. Entry for the first two stages will be £175 per round, the semi-final £125 and free for the final. The first stage will be held on 7 February.

The scholarship will also have a new home next year, with Welsh circuit Llandow, near Cardiff, holding all of the rounds. All competitors will be assessed throughout the scholarship under instruction in genuine Ginetta G20 race cars at the venue. Click for larger image...

“To be able to take the scholarship into Ginettas is a dream come true,” says scholarship founder and Speedworks Motorsport Team Principal Christian Dick. “The G20 is a serious race car and it’s such a competitive championship that it’s the ideal place for a newcomer to learn about racing and hopefully progress to higher levels. The aim of the scholarship is to attract new competitors into motorsport, which is why we have kept it open only to novices.”

To enter the scholarship or for more information, visit or call 07914 269226 or 01606 891762.

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Max Karts Stolen   (18/09)

On the evening of 15th September thieves stole three Rotax Max karts, two complete Gillards with engines belonging to Alex Garner and Christian Vann and Rob Jenkinson's British Championship winning Techno chassis.

Each kart is fitted with Alfano data system, Alex's kart has a braising repair to the main chassis rail in front of the seat. Other items included generator, compressor, ancillary bits, rims and tyres.

If anyone is approached with regards to the sale of the items please contact David Garner on 07966119492 or email, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Malvern’s In 7th Heaven… Almost   (15/09)

Click for larger image...Scott Malvern put in one of his trademark, determined gritty drives to seal a fine 7th place in the ICA class of the British Super 1 Kart Championship at Rowrah in Cumbria last weekend (9/10 September). At one point, the Barkingside teenager looked set to really shake things up and steal the race win. However his start to the weekend hadn’t been so positive – “It started badly. In fact, Friday was very bad. We were a long way off the pace. But on Saturday we put new tyres on the kart (to find more grip), made a few changes to the kart’s set-up and suddenly were within 2 tenths of Lee Bell.”

This gave Scott 9th place on the grid for his 2 qualifying races. However, in an effort to ‘save the best ‘til last’ they swapped his best motor for a slightly slower but more reliable one. With the championship going to the wire, Scott also knew that the heats would be particularly fierce. He wasn’t wrong and sensibly drove around the carnage to bring his Gillard home in 10th and 8th in the heats.

8th on the grid for the 1st final, Scott now had his quicker engine back on the kart and it powered him up to 5th but he found himself slipping back as his tyres started to go off. He hung on for 7th at the flag.

Starting from row 7, Scott now knew that many of the karts around him would now be desperately fighting for championship positions – and he was one of them. As the pack rocketed through the 1st corner and toward the chicane, Scott survived the rough stuff and emerged in 5th place. With his trademark nod of his helmet forward, Scott literally got his head down and set about passing the pack, taking Ollie Millroy unawares, for 2nd place. Rattled and with so much at stake, Lee Bell over-cooked his entry into a corner and Scott went for the gap. Desperately trying to hold the place, he pushed Scott wide, allowing 7 karts to pass the Project 1 driver. “Lee made a mistake and got a bit sideways. I got alongside him but he moved me off line. I had to fight my way back up and managed to get 4th. I should’ve won but I’m pleased - I would’ve taken a 7th and a 4th before the weekend!”

Scott’s Rowrah performance and those throughout the season have earned him a coveted ‘single-number plate’ for next year’s championship – a hopefully lucky, number 7.

Scott now starts the onerous task of finding the budget to challenge for the top honours next season. Scott desperately needs help and says, “We’re more than out of money but I’m in no way out of talent and determination. Just think what I could for a team or manufacturer, just given the opportunity…”

If your team or chassis’ not had a brilliant year, Scott Malvern could be the man to turn that around for you.

To contact Scott, visit

Photograph courtesy of Chris Walker -

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Fun Cup Scholarship   (15/09)

Want the passion? Want the fun? Want it for free?  A free full season’s drive for 2007 in the Uniroyal Fun Cup series is the prize offered to the scholarship winner.

Created specifically for the motorsport enthusiast and competitor, the Uniroyal Fun Cup was a concept originally conceived in Belgium based on the success of endurance karting, and in 2002 the race series was launched. The scholarship is a driving competition, open to both male and female from teens to seventies. No track experience is required and the winner will share the excitement and drama of long distance endurance racing in a team with three other drivers, utilising a Beetle replica car powered by an 1800cc, 130bhp VW/Audi engine.

Want to know more?  Then visit the Fun Cup website and click on the link to Scholarship 2006.  Be quick though, the closing date is 30th September.

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The Viagra Of Karting?   (14/09)

What’s small, blue and increases your performance?

No not that.  It's the Magura!

If your season’s gone a bit limp and the opposition’s stiffer than you – then it’s time you took to a Magura.

Promising heavyweight performance from a light weight, the Magura can help you to go harder, faster and for longer. Here are some comments and examples of success from satisfied customers of the little blue marvel.

“It gave excellent feedback and I was able to brake right on the very limit of grip. The brake system takes very little time to warm up. On the rollingClick for larger image... starts braking into the first corner is as good as it is if it were at the end of a race. The brake gives added confidence and feel. Overall the brake has been excellent. It has improved my results” – Ray Thomas, Senior Max racer.
The 908.1 was used by Oliver Bourton and Michael West to seal 2nd and 3rd place in Junior 4-stroke at the recent TKM Festival.
Colin Wright broke the Clay Pigeon 177 Rotax Max lap record in August, using his Magura to help clock in a stunning 34.45.
At Nutts Corner in Northern Ireland, Junior Rotaxer Samantha Thom brought her Magura-fitted kart home in 2nd place, at the prestigious Irish Kart Gran Prix.
Last weekend, Michael West won the Junior TKM 4-stroke ‘O’ plate at GYG, with Andrew Lawrence finishing 3rd overall in the NKF championship, at Wombwell.

So, need something for the weekend?  Try the original blue brake – the Magura 908.1.

For more information about the Magura system, contact Venhill Engineering Ltd on 01306 885111.

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Shenington Testing 28th September   (14/09)

Shenington is putting on a test day on Thursday 28th September, timed to allow TKM Super One entrants for the meeting in early October, to have a good day setting up their karts. As usual the day starts with a drivers briefing at 0945, then practice sessions from 1000 to 1600 with full medical cover. The fee is £30 for club members and £35 for non-members, no extra charge for additional drivers in the same kart and session. Discount club membership is available. More details at

With about forty per cent of the circuit having been re-surfaced, this is an ideal chance for everyone to check out the new surface and make any chassis adjustments. Three Alfano strips have also been put in, so split times can now be seen easily. The club is also able to announce that from December, the SuperSports Tempus lap timing system will be in operation, featuring the popular ERS results with comprehensive data and graphical analysis from events.

Practice is also available to Super One entrants only on Friday 6th October, and to all on Saturday 14th October, Thursday 26th October and Saturday 28th October as there are two club meetings that month.

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Maxxis Formula TKM Festival Goes On TV   (14/09)   UPDATED!

A further delay to screening of TV coverage of the Maxxis Formula TKM Festival at Kimbolton – the UK’s largest single make kart racing event – means that it now begins next week (5 Oct.) on the internationally screened Raceworld programme.

The first of three programmes covering all the action from the event in August runs on the Raceworld series shown on SkySports 2, 3 and Xtra beginning on 5 October and continuing for the following three weeks, showing three different programmes on multi repeats. Each programme is screened several times in the UK and then around the world giving an audience of more than 200million homes.

Action from all of the Formula TKM 2 and 4 stroke classes is covered including interviews with front running drivers and some pre-race tips from the traditional Kimbolton setting for this prestigious event.

Later in the year a special DVD will be available featuring all of the coverage – ideally timed at a Christmas present.

Says Tal-Ko Managing Director Alan Turney: “Once again the Festival produced some thrilling and very close racing which should make for some great TV coverage. There will be great on-board action as well.”

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Historic Karts At Blackbushe   (14/09)

As part of the annual Roy Mortara Memorial meeting of Camberley Kart Club on 23rd September, there will be a display and on-track demonstration of Historic karts. This is an event organised by the Historic & Classic Kart Club of Great Britain and RetroRacer, and will feature on-track demonstrations during the day. Anyone with a suitable kart is welcome to participate. Further details are available on Retro Karting or ring Jeff Gray on 01252 664028.

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Croxford Helps Make History   (13/09)

Click for larger image...PFi star Jamie Croxford had the perfect view of team-mate Mark Litchfield driving into the record books - as he guarded his rear bumper. In the final round of the Super One Championship at Rowrah last weekend (9/10 September), the 20 year old made sure that the Lincolnshire-based team scored 2nd and 3rd on the podium in the main final - with Litchfield making it title number three in as many years.

Croxford’s weekend had started badly, by his standards – “I qualified 10th. We just couldn’t find the set-up” he said, omitting to say that the difference between pole and 21st was barely more than a second. Jamie would fare far worse in the 1st heat though, DNF-ing after being crashed into. His following heat lasted only three laps before another accident forced him to retire.

All this gave him 22nd on the grid for the 1st Final. Rolling out of the dummy grid and closing his visor, Jamie knew that he would have to produce something special to get up to the front. “The heats were crazy, just demolition derbies but with the top 7 positions in the championship to be decided on the day, everything was still to play for.” Click for larger image...

As the lights flicked to green, Croxford proceeded to produce a blistering drive, carving his way through the pack up to 4th place and posting 3rd fastest lap on his way. This gave him a 2nd row grid slot for the Grand Final and the title decider - “The race was just crazy! Brilliant for the spectators. Every move was a bit ‘whoa’. It was on edge throughout with karts, four abreast going for places. Some of the normally quick guys were lacking pace, mine was just grit and determination.”

Once he’d wriggled past Matt Bell for 3rd place, Jamie became Litchfield’s ‘wing man’ by sitting just off his exhaust, ensuring any lunges would need to come from over 2 kart-lengths behind – something practically impossible around Rowrah’s twists and turns. Job done, Jamie assisted his team-mate to become the first man to win 3 championships on the bounce. But did it hurt not going for the win? “As a driver, I suppose you should never be happy with anything less than a win but yes, considering the weekend and the result the team and Mark’s achieved, I’m satisfied.”

His performance in the finals also secured 4th place in the championship, something the Wootton Fields ace was chuffed with, “I’ve had so much bad luck all year, I’m just hoping for some good luck at the World Championships!”

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Century Motorsport   (13/09)

Century Motorsport would like to congratulate Dan Cammish on his 2nd place in the Super 1 100 National Championship. Dan cemented his 2nd place overall with 2 victories at the last 2 rounds at Clay Pigeon and Rowrah.

Dan was run for the season by National Formula Ford Championship leader Nathan Freke on a Century supplied Octane Kart, with Ogden tuned rotary valve engines. Anybody who may want to enjoy the same success in 2007 can contact Nathan on 07947 883103 or

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Taylor Stitched Up, As Harvey Trousers Trophy   (12/09)

Click for larger image...Mackenzie Taylor endured the worst weekend of his racing career in the Super 1 finale at Rowrah last weekend (9th/10th September) – with the Zip Young Gun suffering at the hands of the officials, and his rivals. “I only finished one race!” he said with an almost disbelieving laugh. “Qualifying was a disaster too. We’d tested at Rye House the week before and the kart was ballistic but at Rowrah, no matter what we did, we couldn’t get the kart to grip. So I ended up 18th”.

In the first race, the 13-year old managed to make up 4 places, but struggled to move on from there. 14th at the flag, it was back to the drawing board to find a better set-up. “At the lights, I got a good start and was up to 8th but was black-flagged for being over-aggressive at the start. This was so unfair because no penalty given to the other drivers who were far worse. It’s one rule for one but not the others. When I came into the pits, one of the officials said “We know it’s not just your fault.” This put Mackenzie 16th on the grid for the 1st Final - “I got a good start and again got into 8th place, passing Gary Thompson and Tom Grice. Unfortunately, Gary clipped my wheel and I ran over a kerb, which threw my chain.”

The 2nd Final would also prove to be disastrous. Battling with Ashley Craig and Ryan Cooper, Mackenzie clashed with Craig as he tried to go past and was out on the spot. “Dad’s not happy. He’s never spent so much money in preparation for a race before and to come away with absolutely nothing is gutting. But that’s racing.” Despite his own disappointment, Mackenzie was sportingly full of praise for new champion, Jack Harvey and team-mate Oliver Rowland – “Hats off to Jack, he’s driven well all season and credit to Oliver, he drove well and was unbelievably fast all weekend.”

Mackenzie’s next race is the Stars of Tomorrow finale at Buckmore Park, Chatham on 24th September. Why not go and cheer him onto a podium?

If you can’t make it, visit

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2006 Super 1 At Rowrah   (11/09)

The final rounds of the 2006 Super One Championships took place at Rowrah in Cumbria at the weekend, and spectators witnessed history being made when watching Mark Litchfield take the Formula A title to become the first driver to win it thrice in succession. Jason Parrot finished in second place in the championship, with Chris Rogers in third.

Ollie Millroy was in commanding form and took wins in both finals on his way to securing the Formula ICA championship, Lee Bell finished as championship runner-up, with Matt Truelove in third place.  Ollie will now enjoy a short break before he heads out to Angerville, France to take part in three days of testing on 20-22 September, prior to the FIA/CIK ICA World Cup which takes place on 30 September / 01 October.

Young Jack Harvey still had it all to do to secure the Formula JICA championship after finishing in 7th place in the first of the two points scoring finals, but a second place in the second final was just enough for Jack to be crowned champion, ahead of Oliver Rowland and James Godbehere.

Short race reports on the Renault sponsored championships can be found here.

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Rissington Kart Club Announcement   (11/09)

The next meeting for Rissington Kart Club will be Saturday 30th September practice and Sunday 1st October race, not as previously advertised due to a printing error. The club apologise for any inconvenience caused and look forward to seeing you then.

Rissington KC would also like to thank all the drivers and helpers who made it another successful year at the Midland Championships.

Racing will be as normal for 2007 and dates for which will be announced very soon.

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More Kart Racing, After This Brake…   (08/09)

Click for larger image...You’ve all heard about the Magura brake system – but now there’s a chance to see it in action, in your living room. The Magura 908.1 is a star feature in Motors TV’s Ultimate Karting Challenge, screened on Monday 11 September 2006, from 7pm*.

Watch as sponsored drivers, Andrew Lawrence (Junior Max) and James Theodore (Mini Max) put the Magura through its paces, to find out if the 908.1 really is the podium winner and lap record-breaker people say it is. Hear their verdicts - fresh from the track.

According to official UK Magura supplier, Trevor Howell from Venhill Engineering, it’s not rocket science – “The four pad self-adjusting system’s the clincher. Magura users have more stable braking – which means they can do it so much later and with more control, and everybody knows increased acceleration means faster lap times.”

There’s another advantage too, for those of you who cannot resist a McDonalds on the way home from the track – “Because the Magura’s much lighter than the majority of other brakes – it gives an advantage to those heavier and taller drivers.”

The Motors TV Ultimate Karting Challenge is being broadcast right across Europe into 12 other countries, including Spain, France, Holland and Germany – James Theodore has even been asked for a signed photograph by a kid in France, who follows him on Motors TV!

Very soon all you’ll hear at circuits across Europe will be “Je voudrais acheter un Magura s’il vou plait” or “Quisiera comprar un Magura por favor” and “Ich möchte ein Magura bitte kaufen” or even, “Ik zou een Magura willen alstublieft kopen.”

Magura are also sponsoring the Mini and Junior Max classes with 908.1 systems up for grabs.

Motors TV is on Sky Channel 413, and check out 

* Don’t worry if you miss Monday’s showing, the programme can also be seen throughout the week; Tuesday from 1am, Wednesday at 5am, Thursday at 7am and on Tuesday 19th at 7pm.

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Kart Racing In Dubai – December ‘06   (08/09)

Do you want to go kart racing in Dubai in December?

This event is open to senior drivers with correct MSA licence. (Call for licence details.)  The event runs from 1st to 3rd December 2006.

A Trulli chassis, engine (Biland 28HP), tyres, race entry, fuel, the flight, the hotel, breakfast and lunch all supplied for just 2995 Euros. (Approx. £2030.)  All interested drivers should call Saxon Motorsport 01432 350157 for more information, or email:

The Dubai World Final Kart GP event consists of 5 x 20 minute practice sessions, 2 x 10 minute qualifying sessions, 3 or 4 heats, a pre-final and a Final.

So far this year senior Biland drivers have had the opportunity to race in Bucharest, Romania, Monaco, and now open to all senior kart drivers.... race in Dubai. Further details are available for download at

For more information about Saxon Motorsport please visit

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Rock Island Grand Prix   (08/09)

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England’s Martin Pierce, who has been on the podium at the Rotax World Finals, grabbed everyone’s attention for the Italian Wildkart factory at the Rock Island street race by winning the TAG Senior event sponsored by Easykart America, - a 57 kart field that was narrowed to 30 for the Final.

“It’s very satisfying to come to America and win against the best this country has to offer. Winning here is right up there with all of the other racesClick for larger image... I’ve been to,” said Pierce, who was forced to make adjustments quickly in his first street race. He finished over 2 seconds in front of American karter Brandon Jones, with another American Jamie Ferrell completing the podium.

Stefano Pozza, an owner of the Wildkart factory in Italy, raved about the event. “There’s nothing the size of this race for karting in Europe. Not even close.” He also was impressed by the sportsmanship. “Here you have more friendship. The racing is bold and aggressive, but it’s more fun. Everyone’s happy,” he said. When the racing is over, everyone gets together for one big party, he noted. “That’s a real sport.”

Previous foreign winners include Matt Champagne of Canada in 2003, Jason ‘Skuzzie’ North of Bermuda in 2000 & 2001, and current Champ Car driver Nelson Philippe of France in 2002.

Further information on the event will be added soon to the Rock Island Grand Prix website.

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BPKC Summer Championship   (07/09)

The BPKC Club Meeting on the 17th September will be the last chance for Stars of Tomorrow competitors to practice and race at Buckmore before the final round of their championship at the circuit later in the month. The Club Meeting also incorporates a round of the Dadson's Gentleman's Challenge and the Europa Challenge. The weekend will also allow Super One Rotax competitors to practice and race at Buckmore before their round at the circuit in October.

Open practice is available between 10am and 4pm on Wednesday 13th September and Saturday 16th September. Overnight parking available on Friday and Saturday.

For more details please contact Sheila Rose, Club Secretary on 01634 661604.

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Calling Junior TKM 4-Stroke Drivers   (06/09)

Shenington Kart Racing Club are accepting entries for Junior TKM 4-Stroke drivers at their next club meeting with the intention of running the class if enough entries are received.

The meeting, held on Sunday 17th Sept with practice the day before on Saturday 16th, will be drivers' last opportunity to gain vital testing and race practice before the final Super One round in October. The event also provides an excellent opportunity to show support for the class at Shenington, so please spread the word to other Junior 4-Stroke competitors to ensure the class is well represented.

Time for getting your entry in is limited however, so please contact Sonja Game urgently on Tel: 01869 320157 to enter.

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ABkC Amendment To World Formula   (06/09)

Zip Kart, the Bridgestone importer has informed the ABkC that production of the YEQ slick tyre has ceased, due to certain components in the compounds being banned. It has been replaced by the YJL and since stocks of the YEQ are almost exhausted, the YJL (with or without MSA marking) will be permitted in the World Formula class from 1.9.06 as well as the existing YEQ. From 1.1.07, only YJL slick tyres marked MSA will be permitted.

The YJL is the equivalent modern tyre to the YEQ; this tyre has been in production for some 3-4 years and has succeeded the YEQ in other countries. The characteristics of this tyre are similar to the YEQ; it is felt that the grip is slightly better and the wear rate similar and most importantly the price of the tyre will remain the same at £88.00 per set. The complete regulations for the class, with the amendment, are available on the ABkC website.

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MSA National Court   (04/09)

Having listened to evidence at its hearing on Wednesday 30th August, the National Court took the following action.

On referral, the Court ordered Rotax Max kart driver Martyn Gange to serve a suspension of 30 days – suspended on condition of his good behaviour during the next 12 months.

The Court heard that at the Forest Edge track in Hampshire on 16 July, Gange had pushed away the clerk of the course who was attempting to intervene in a post-race argument between Gange and another driver, with whom he had collided at the final bend. Gange, still wearing his crash helmet, was unaware that it was the clerk he had assaulted. The clerk had approached him from behind, said Gange. When he realised his mistake, he regretted his actions. He had already served a 30-day suspension from competition.

The Court ruled that this assault was "especially serious" as this was committed against an official of the meeting. In addition to his suspended 30-day suspension, Gange was ordered to pay £250 in costs.

Other non-karting cases heard last Wednesday included the appeals of MG Trophy Championship drivers Dean Clements & Paul D.Wallace; the appeal by Formula Renault UK Championship racer Jeremy Metcalfe, and the assault charge of fellow Formula Renault UK competitor Joao Vasconcelos.  All can be viewed online here on the MSA website.

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Europe Trophy 2006   (01/09)

Taking place on 17 September 2006 at the Kombikart Circuit Nieuw Zevenbergen in Holland will be a 4 hour Prokart race for teams of 2 or more drivers. The superb 1300 metre circuit has 50 pit garages and is located in the district of Oss, about a three and a half hour drive from the French side of the Channel Tunnel.

With teams from Germany, Belgium, Holland and the UK taking part, the event will begin with a Le Mans style start. At the end of 4 hours the first three teams from each country are awarded trophies and also go forward to compete in a 30 minute ‘race off’ on equal equipment to find the final Europe Trophy 2006 podium.

Entry is 250 Euros (approx. £170) plus an additional 25 Euros (approx. £17) to cover insurance/licence costs. Practice is available the day before the race from 12:00 to 18:00 hours and a Prokart Party is scheduled from 20:00 until midnight. There’s a restaurant, bar and bistro on site and camping is available free of charge from Friday night until Sunday evening. All entrants receive an event printed T-shirt too!

Head north west after the event and in about an hour you could be in Amsterdam. If all this sounds like your cup of tea, or perhaps you just fancy an event printed T-shirt, then visit the Prokart Europe Trophy website for further information and an online entry form.

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PJS Motorsport Launched   (31/08)

An innovative new driver coaching team has been set up by an enterprising group of up-and-coming drivers.

PJS Motorsport, whose instructors include British Champions, club champions and lap record holders from around the country, aim to offer quality instruction with courses that get the best from drivers of all abilities.

One-to-one driver feedback and friendly tuition, flexible course formats and useful advice and guidance for those starting out are all offered at an affordable price, by instructors who all currently compete successfully in the sport.  PJS Motorsport is also unique in employing audio / visual technology as part of its course delivery.

Guidance on kart setup specifically for TKM, Pro-Karts and Rotax are included in the price, with courses held mainly at Shenington, Little Rissington, Whilton Mill, Kimbolton, Rye House and Milton Keynes, although other circuits may be possible depending on availability.

A special offer to celebrate the launch of the team offers a free, fold-up gazebo (ideal for race weekends) to those who book a full-day course from now until the 31st October.

So what are you waiting for?  To find out more, request a brochure, or book your course, e-mail today.

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Bradley Impresses On Debut   (30/08)

Click for larger image...Richard Bradley finished a sensational 2nd place on his Super Libre debut at the Irish Kart Gran Prix.

In his 1st heat, the 15 year-old from Blackheath started at the back but drove through a quality field to finish 3rd at the flag. He repeated this feat in the 2nd heat – leading for the majority of the race - until a sticking throttle forced him wide into one of the corners and despite keeping his kart on the track, he lost two places. In his 3rd heat there were no such dramas, and Richard powered to victory with a winning margin of nearly 5 seconds.

Lining up 2nd on the grid for the Pre-Final, Bradley had clearly rattled the ‘established order’ but was also about to learn a lesson - as the pack accelerated toward the line, Richard found himself about 10 metres further up the road than poleman, Isaac Lyons.

“It was my inexperience”, he admitted. “You don’t realize the power of an ICA. When I put my foot down, the kart was like a rocket! I was put to the back for massively jumping the start.” Disaster struck at the first corner though, as the teenager was punted out of the race. Able to re-start, Richard made a mature and very important decision, “I did ‘a Bianchi’ – I could see that the track was drying but suspected more rain would fall, so I pitted to save my tyres.” Richard had started the final on wets and withdrew from the race to save them for the main final. Little did he know just how good a call he had made.

Starting from the back for the Grand Final, Richard found himself driving through spray, straight into a crash. Able to recover, this was the inspiration for a blistering drive from the back, to 2nd place at the flag. “I just ran out of laps, to catch Raimie (Eastwood). I was on a dry sprocket and couldn’t get the drive out of the corners in the wet conditions. Still, it’s all very, very promising - I’m very pleased, you can’t win them all…but this was a good start.” But added with a typical teenager’s cheekiness, “Most of these guys know this place like the back of their hands – and I haven’t been here for two years…!”

Bradley is now preparing for the WSK series finale, at Jesolo, Italy. It’s his first ICA race in Europe and his maiden visit to the Italian track – “I’ve never been there before, so it’ll be another good experience – I hope!”

Follow Richard’s fortunes, visit

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Huge Challenge For RG Racing’s Wendy   (29/08)

Click for larger image...Wendy Willshire, the other (better?) half of RG Racing’s Rob Willshire is appealing for sponsors as she and her team prepare to take part in Trek Kilimanjaro 2007 on 07-17 September to raise money for the Alzheimer's Society, and they would really welcome your support. Click for larger image...

Mount Kilimanjaro is located in the north east of Tanzania, just south of the Equator on the border with Kenya and at 19,340 feet (5,895m) is the highest mountain in Africa. Wendy will soon commence training for her climb and be taking unpaid leave from her job with Barchester Healthcare to help ensure that she will be in good shape to tackle the climb and raise money for dementia care and research.  Dementia affects one person in 20 over the age of 65, and one person in 5 over the age of 80.

“Please take a moment to sponsor us” says Wendy, “it's really easy - you can donate online by credit or debit card via the RG Racing site or at the Justgiving website.” 

All donations are secure and sent electronically to Alzheimer's Society. If you are a UK taxpayer, Justgiving will automatically reclaim 28% Gift Aid on your behalf, so your donation is worth even more.  Please join in supporting Alzheimer's Society and a fabulous cause by sponsoring Wendy now.

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GYG Prokart Championship   (25/08)

Click for larger image...Eddie & Tracey Davies congratulate team GDK 66, winners of the prized 2006 Dragon Prokart Masters title and coal trophy (pictured left) at Glan Y Gors Park last month, and look forward to welcoming teams for the next round of the GYG Prokart Championship on Sunday 27th August.

Go down and watch the racing on Sunday at the picturesque Glan-y-Gors Park circuit in north Wales, or telephone 01490 420770 for an information pack on the GYG Prokart Championship rounds. Friendly, competitive racing.

Teams entering a GYG Prokart Championship round a week or more before race day will be entered into a tyre draw to win a set of slicks.  So what are you waiting for?

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Bradley Makes Super Libre Debut   (24/08)

Click for larger image...Richard Bradley is returning to his Irish roots this weekend (26 / 27 August) – and has picked the prestigious Northern Ireland event as the setting for his first race out of JICA, before moving into ICA for 2007.

Despite being new to the Super Libre class, Nutts Corner is a happy hunting ground for the 15 year-old Londoner - “In 2003 I won in Cadets here and then Mini-Max in 2004 … so it’s a lucky circuit for me and it feels great to be back.”

But does Richard fancy his chances of making it third time lucky, even after not racing here last year? He smiles and there’s a twinkle in his eye before he answers - “Well, I’m not here to make up the numbers. I’ll do my best and go for the best result I can.”

But why has Bradley decided to forego the British Super 1 JICA championship and compete in the Irish Kart Gran Prix? - “I’m just too big now, I’m giving away six kilos and that’s a killer in karting. I’m now old enough to race in ICA, so it just makes sense to cut our losses and start preparing for next season at races like this.”

And there’s also a family connection that draws Richard to Ireland, his Mum is from County Donegal – “It’s important to me, to come and race here and I think Irish racing is over-looked in England. But I like the circuit, the standard of the drivers is good, which means the racing’s first-class AND I’ll be on the telly!”

To follow Richard’s progress, visit

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Big Mack’s Belgian Hopes Burgered   (23/08)

Click for larger image...“I’d been waiting all year for this round”, was how Mackenzie Taylor described his anticipation of the ‘Stars of Tomorrow’ championship’s visit to Genk in Belgium.

Whilst Mack’s mind was only on the racing, dad Roddy’s was elsewhere – “We arrived at the hotel quite late, but there were lots of people from the Stars Championship already in the bar - which meant that Dad just made himself at home!” he laughed.

Despite having never seen the track before, the Ashford ace stole pole whilst his team-mates and rivals struggled with their set-ups. But the races weren’t going to be plain-sailing - “In my first heat, I was 3rd after getting caught out at the start. On the last lap, I got overtaken down the main straight and finished 4th.” Worse luck was to follow – “In the second heat, I took up acrobatics, after being hit into someone, I almost did a back-flip whilst in the kart! I couldn't get going again, so had a DNF in that race”. This gave Mackenzie 13th on the grid for the Final, which he converted into a creditable 5th place at the finish. Nevertheless, he felt he could’ve done better, “I was easily quick enough to have won, had I started nearer the front.”

On Sunday, unable to match Saturday’s qualifying performance, Mackenzie could only manage 13th, “…the kart set-up was wrong by a long way!” But Mother Nature was about to play her part too -”Just before my first heat, it rained really hard and hailstones the size of real stones came down so hard, they smashed a window in the café!” Mackenzie went on to finish 6th, on a drying track. “In the second heat, I managed to work my way up to 5th and was catching the leader’s loads every lap, but I eventually ran out of laps to do anything more“, was his simple explanation of race two”.

His heat results gave him 6th place on the grid, for the Final. “I got held up at the start but eventually got into 5th and was catching 4th and 3rd until a back marker blocked me despite the blue flag being given, but again ran out of time to catch the guys in 3rd and 4th.”

5th again at the flag and the top Zip Young Gun, what did Mack think of Belgium? “I’m lovin’ it” he said with that customary, cheeky smile.

For more on Mackenzie Taylor and his latest racing, check out

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Croxford Piston Broke In Germany   (22/08)

Click for larger image...After a sensational qualifying performance at the European Championship, followed by a superb showing in the heats, Jamie Croxford could have been forgiven for being more than a little confident about his chances.

4th overall after the heats, Jamie started the first final from the second row. However, he not only had to overcome starting on the outside, where the plunge into the first corner is extremely hazardous and tricky, but also the weather and engine problems. “It started raining while we were on the grid. The first 3 laps were okay but then the engine started to overheat, quite badly. The head-bolt was loose, so it was all I could do to hang on and finish” - the Wootton Fields star says modestly of his 9th place. Click for larger image...

This put Jamie on row 5, but gave him the much-prized inside line for the first corner. With the head-bolt now tightened, Jamie managed to get a good start and was 8th after the first circuit. A handful of laps later he was 7th and looking good, but had detected a problem just two laps in - “The piston ring had broken and the engine was losing all its compression and power.” Forced again to defend rather than attack, Jamie began to drop back, but in typical fashion and despite his engine gremlins, the PFI star refused to give up. From 19th he began an astonishing fight-back, passing 7 drivers to take the chequered flag in 12th place.

“What was looking like a great weekend turned into a disaster,” he said afterwards. “At least I’ve shown what I can do, so I can take something from that but I just seem to keep getting a lot of bad luck at the moment.”

Jamie resumes his racing duties in the British Kart Championships at Rowrah in Cumbria 9th/10th September, where he currently lies in 5th place. We'll keep you up to speed with his progress.

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Stars Win For Moore   (22/08)

Click for larger image...Karting sensation Nigel Moore was fully back on form for the BRDC Stars of Tomorrow championship’s overseas round at Genk in Belgium, scoring two runaway wins. Although not fastest in timed qualifying the sure-footed fourteen year old from Long Marston shot out of the starting blocks using slick shod tyres on a very damp track for an amazing seven second win on Saturday. His rivals were left to slip and slide round the 1350 metre long twisty circuit in vain chase. “I got a good start and kept it from there, the BRM kart was magic,” said Nigel.

Sunday’s races were even harder, with tricky decisions to be made on tyre choice and pressures every time out as showers swept across the country. Nigel was quickest in qualifying on his 75 mph Junior Intercontinental class kart and won a heat, but had to settle for second in the other, that winner choosing wet weather treaded tyres for the conditions. Yet again the track had not fully dried out for the final, but slick shod tyres were the obvious choice and from pole position Nigel negotiated the difficult first turn to emerge in the lead once more. This time Alice Powell took second place and was the only other driver to even keep Nigel in view, his winning margin was still three seconds. “I got a good start again and just tried to stay off the damp bits. The two wins have given me an even bigger lead in the series, so the title is very near now,” he said.

The last round is at Buckmore Park in Kent later in September but before that Nigel will strive hard to win the CIK-FIA European Junior Kart Championship, to be held at Mariembourg in Belgium on 3rd September. He receives full factory support from the BRM Racing team, who are based in Italy.

Image courtesy of Graham Smith - TSR Productions

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Dyno Service Launched   (21/08)

CDS Connor Dyno Services announce the launch of its new state of art Dyno facility for the karting market. It’s a fully flow benched climate controlled and climate monitored Dyno unit to cater for all classes including Cadets, Comer and Honda, all Rotax Max classes, All TKMs, all Formula Six classes and 100cc and more….

The dyno unit offers ultimate, extremely consistent feedback, giving results down to a hundredth of a horsepower. The engine is fully monitored on performance and temperatures showing the slightest fluctuations in fuelling and electrics. You can benefit from using this service matching all the components on the engine from coils to carbs to exhausts, finding the best for the engine, benefiting you on the circuit and helping you find that extra pace you have struggled with.

Back to back your engines and find out how each one differs on characteristics, allowing you to be sure on how to set your engine up at the circuit and on what engine to put on for each track and conditions. We can even set your carbs to your engine characteristics and change settings to benefit from more power.

Why spend days testing your engines and components at the circuit spending hundreds or even thousands of pounds and come away still slightly unsure on your evaluation, when you can just refer to a graph on your personal data CD, or on paper for unlimited comparisons and conclude yourself on what’s best and what to use.

CDS Connor Dyno Services can run in your engines ready to race saving valuable time at the circuit and befitting from controlled, delicate and precise operating, even getting your engine closer to their best working time periods.

CDS also has a sonic cleaning service which includes a thorough clean and full rebuild to your carburettor, maintaining its reliability and cleanliness and even gaining performance. An engine race prep service is available too in which we clean, check and service all accessible components and maintain them to a reliable standard, then give the engine a power run to assure a good working standard ready to go to the circuit.

A negotiable collect and delivery service is available at your convenience. Dyno run prices start from £25. Half or daily hire is available including operator.
Please call Edward Connor at CDS on 07816 583328 or 01424 845969 for more details, or e-mail Edward at

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Midland Championships   (21/08)

Rissington Kart Club has responded to numerous requests by applying for a National B permit for the prestigious Midland Championships, to be held at the circuit on 2nd/3rd September. This means that National B and Novice licence holders will be able to enjoy the experience of the Midland Championships for the first time.

The permit will apply to all classes except 250 Gearbox short circuit, for which the club is hosting a round of the Super 4 Championship and that requires a National A permit and licence.

Entry forms for the 2 day meeting are on the website at or entry enquiries to 0118 9836070.

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Never Mind The Benelux   (18/08)

Click for larger image...Let’s play that favourite party game – can you name five famous Belgians?

No. Dr. Evil doesn’t count. Nor does Tintin. Or Hercule Poirot.

How about, Mackenzie Taylor? Well okay he’s English, but the young JICA star is aiming to become famous in Belgium.

The penultimate round of this year’s ‘Stars of Tomorrow’ championship promises to be very special indeed, giving many drivers the opportunity to experience the excitement of racing in a different country and on a truly international track, for the very first time.

Despite being no stranger to European competition, Mackenzie has never been to Genk before - however in practice he soon learnt the lines and proceeded to whittle down his lap-times before ending Thursday as the fastest man on the track. “It was wet for the first few sessions but as it started to dry, I just upped another gear and got quicker and quicker with each session. It’s a fantastic track, really fast and flowing!” he grinned, “It’s a long lap, something like 57 seconds, which makes it about 25% longer than most of the British circuits we go to.” Click for larger image...

With this early advantage over his rivals, Mackenzie’s out to improve on his 9th place in the championship table - “I should’ve been 2nd in the table were it not for my exclusion at Larkhall - thanks to dad!  If I can maintain the form I’ve shown in practice, we could be in for a good weekend.”

Will Mack and his Dad be sampling the local cuisine, ‘moules et frites’, and of course, Belgium’s famous beers? - “Mussels and chips?!  We won’t be doing any of that!  I’ll stick with pasta and Dad’ll stick to the beer!”

Keep up to speed with Mackenzie’s progress at or check out

News Update. (Sat.19/11 -PM). Taylor Kicks Rivals Right in the Low Countries.
Mackenzie Taylor delivered his best qualifying performance of the season to put his Top kart top of the time sheets, this morning. This gives the Zip Young Guns driver pole position for each of the two heats today. Where he finishes in these races will decide his starting grid for today’s final. Tomorrow, he’ll re-start the whole process again in the Stars of Tomorrow double-header format. At the time of writing, Mackenzie was battling away with Nigel Moore and James Godbehere, who are currently first and second in the Stars championship. To make Mackenzie’s life more difficult, they’re also team-mates!  Keep checking for the latest news.

Photographs courtesy of (top left) Chris Walker -, and (bottom right) Adam Jones -

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Rowrah Bank Holiday Meeting   (18/08)

The August Bank Holiday weekend of 27th/28th August represents the last opportunity for Super 1 MSA competitors to get some practice in before the upcoming final round at Rowrah on 9th/10th September.

The Cumbria Club will be offering the usual driver of the day award of £50 cash with a free draw for a set of slick tyres. Discounts are also available to teams bringing five or more drivers and we can allocate pit spaces by arrangement. The race meeting will give three heats and a final per day to all competitors and the club is offering Friday practice in addition to the normal Saturday testing. As well as this, the best performances over the two days will take home the Lakeland Challenge Trophies, always something a little special.

For the World Formula runners, there is an engine up for grabs, courtesy of Zoom karts. Honda Senior and Junior will be playing for their privileged numbers plus the O plate, as will the World Formula drivers.

Contact Malcolm Fell on 01229 463748 for further details.  Entry forms are available on the club website

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Can Croxford Conquer Europe?   (17/08)

Click for larger image...Winning a podium place is challenge enough for most drivers – but if PFI Formula A star Jamie Croxford makes it there this weekend, it won’t be thanks to Osama Bin Laden.

No, the most reviled man on the planet hasn’t nicked Jamie’s Birel for a few laps round a Kabul kart track – but the emergency measures brought in across the UK’s airports last week meant that the 20 year old from Northampton couldn’t get out to Ampfing for testing ahead of this weekend’s European championship finale … and it’s a circuit he’s never been to before - “I’ve never even seen a plan of the circuit and with the limited testing you get at the Europeans, it just depends how difficult the track is to learn and how quickly I can get into it.”

But this slight-handicap isn’t going to put Jamie off, “Obviously I'll give it 110% but not knowing the circuit makes it very hard to predict how I'm going to get on. But I will definitely be disappointed if I’m not in the top half of the final”, and if that’s not pressure enough, there’s the small matter of qualifying - “If you’re 2/3 tenths off in qualifying in England, you'll be 5th, 6th or 7th. If you’re 3 tenths off in Europe, you’re 25th!”

Jamie’s not only got to overcome learning the circuit and qualify well, but he’s competing against over 60 Formula A drivers - including his own team-mate and BritishClick for larger image... champion, Mark Litchfield and Italy’s Marco Ardigo, the reigning European champion.

At this level, in every single race, you’ve got to perform – “Nothing against racing in England, it’s equally as difficult to be at the front in a British round, but then you’re racing against 5 or 6 drivers who can potentially win but in Europe, there might be 15 drivers all in with a chance!”

So, will he be bringing home the really big trophy that says ‘Winner’ at the base? - “Well, I'll certainly be giving it my best shot, and hopefully a few things will fall my way - I’m certainly due a bit of luck!”

To follow Jamie’s progress live - from qualifying through to the finals – check out

Photographs courtesy of Chris Walker -

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Custom Canopies   (17/08)

Click for larger image...Looking for an instant shelter?

Custom Canopies currently have a ‘Kart Racer Special’.  They are offering the popular ‘Clubman 10’ at only £129.61 + vat. This special price is for telephone orders only.  The Clubman 10 (pictured left with side walls) will give you 100 square feet of cover and can be set up quickly and easily, it is a 10ft x 10ft (3x3mtrs) full truss design shelter, with cross bracing and centre peak pole and comes with a carrying bag and guying kit included.

A wall kit is available at a special price of £59.96 + vat for 3x250 denier polyester sidewalls, 1x250 denier zipped entry panel, and a carrying bag.

The Clubman range of instant shelters are high quality units at highly affordable prices and utilise the same instant scissor action operation as the Classic and Aluminium ranges also available from Custom Canopies.

To take advantage of these special offers on the Clubman 10, call Custom Canopies on 01786 449519 and quote reference; UKK

Stop Press. In response to many enquirers Custom Canopies have, for a limited period, extended their offer to include the heavy duty steel professional Classic 10 model for an incredibly low price of £195.21 + vat.

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Aixro XR50 Rotary Test Drive Offer   (17/08)

3T Racing, the sole UK dealers of the incredible Aixro XR50 rotary engine, are offering you the chance to drive this fantastic engine.

They will be at PF International on Saturday 19th August with their XR50 engined Birel CRX32. There are only five places available and these are offered on a strictly first-come-first-served basis. To cover the costs of running, they will be charging £30 per person on the day. While an MSA licence is not required, you must have driven at least a Rotax Max beforehand as this is kart seriously quick!

If you are interested, then you can call Tom Batho on 07779 787603 and leave a message if you get no answer.

3T Racing would also like to reiterate that they are the only authorised UK dealer for the Aixro XR50. If you have any doubts as to who is authorised to deal in these engines, you should refer to the manufacturer’s website. Details of all of the authorised dealers around the world can be found here.

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The Pro-Kart Festival Returns   (16/08)

The Pro-Kart Festival returns once again in 2006 to Whilton Mill on 28th & 29th October. The successful format of last year’s event remains unchanged with the 3hr Enduro and highly entertaining 'Petit Le Mans' on Saturday, with the sprint racing on Sunday.

Whilton Mill is now known as the ‘Festival’ venue and is perfectly located to hold the event, set just off of the M1 and right in the centre of the country. There will be a 3hr endurance race on the Saturday as well as the 'Petit Le Mans', which is a 24 minute race and follows the tradition of having a classic run and jump start! The sprints will have 3 classes, Pro, Clubman and Heavy which will take place on the Sunday. The legendry Saturday night entertainment and dinner will also not be one to be missed!

Last year’s festival attracted more than 70 sprint entries, 30 enduro teams and 35 ‘Petit Le Mans’ teams. It was the largest gathering of Pro-Karts in many years with numerous past and present champions from club and national level.

With commemorative gifts for all competitors, glass and crystal trophies, driver of the day and best presented kart awards, spot prizes and more, numbers are expected to increase even further. The Pro-Kart Festival is a great end to the season, boasting a relaxed but competitive atmosphere enjoyed by all.

3hr Endurance, includes 1hour testing & timed qualifying - £85.
‘Petit Le Mans’, 24min race, grids drawn randomly - £20.
Sprint racing, includes 3x15 lap heats, 1x20 lap final - £60.

Posters, entry forms and details are all available now, by e-mailing, phoning Dan Parker on 07817 536706, or Paul Granger on 07725 358709 (after 6pm). Hope to see you there.

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What An Experience Scott   (16/08)

Click for larger image...Young Scott Blythe from Dundee, No 17 JTKM at the TKM Festival, is just 14 years old and has been driving for only one year. Having missed out on Cadets, he wanted to race at Kimbolton to gain experience of big grids.

After a terrible day in the heats on Saturday being knocked off in every one, and missing out on the elite final by one place, he was determined to do better on Sunday for the Festival pre-final and final, and he finished second in the pre-final after a great race with winner Jack Glover.

Starting second in the final, he moved into first place on lap 9 and held the lead until being caught and passed by Jack in the 13th, then from fourth on the last lap, he forced his way through to finish in third place and a place on the podium.

“He travelled down there to gain experience and that race had to be the race of the day. Here's to next year with some more experience,” said Cliff, his proud father. Adding, “He was working with The Connaught Race Team for the first time, and a big thank you to them for their dedication and professionalism.”

“Also a special mention to JKB Motorsport in Scotland who have looked after him in the Scottish events.”

A great result Scott!

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South West Championships   (16/08)

The new Dunkeswell circuit hosts the South West Championships over the weekend of 26th and 27th August, and the event looks set to be restored in the karting diary as one not to be missed.

The season so far has been very eventful for the club, with Nigel Mansell having taken over the circuit at the end of 2005, major layout and resurfacing work was completed over the winter months. Under the new ownership and with the assistance of a reformed and rejuvenated club committee, 40 years of karting heritage at the Devon circuit have seen a return to more healthy race entries in 2006.

The South West Championships will run with timed practice on Saturday, and three heats and finals on Sunday. Saturday evening is to be the official opening of phase one of the track developments by Nigel himself, using a 250 Gearbox kart. This is followed by a mechanics race on the new fleet of corporate karts. After racing on Sunday there will be presentations, a disco and entertainment. It’s all looking like a great family weekend, with the camping field and tarmac paddock open from Friday afternoon until Bank Holiday Monday.

Dunkeswell is also playing host to the National Karting Federation Super 4 250 gearbox championship on the Sunday.

The SW Championship classes being run (subject to final confirmation) are Cadets (run as a Libre grid with top 3 trophies for Comer, Honda, and WTP), Minimax, Junior Rotax, Junior Blue, Formula Blue, Rotax Max, Rotax 177 (including Gentleman’s Challenge runners if numbers are sufficient), Senior TKM (2 stroke and 4 stroke), and 125 and 250 Gearbox.

Entry forms are available to download from the clubs website, but be quick as the deadline for fax or post entries is Saturday 19th.

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Perseverance Pays Off   (15/08)

After a mediocre Friday, and a disastrous Saturday, including being taken off in two heats, as you would expect Nick Smith started to wonder if his luck at the Kimbolton TKM Festival would ever change. After just scraping in to the Junior 2 stroke TKM Elite Final in 30th position, he knew he had to make something out of what was already a disastrous weekend, …. and he did.

Setting off in the pre Final nearly last, the 15 year old from Shenington put in a sterling drive, to finish-up after the 12 lap race in a very respectable 19th position. By using his head at the start, he was able to avoid the inevitable first corner carnage, and in doing so gave himself a good starting position for the final.

The Grand Final got underway, this time with Smith being fired onto the kerb at the 1st corner. Just about able to keep the engine going and with a bent track rod, he set off on an inspired drive up the field – now from 24th place in a race where he could have just as easily pulled off on the first lap believing he could go no further! Using his head, he was able to scythe his way through field with some outstanding moves. After the Black and Yellow quartered flag was deployed on lap eight, Nick used the restart to his advantage, taking yet more positions in the process. A daring last lap out-braking move into the 1st corner gave Nick a well deserved 10th place!

Nick would like to thank Tec-Mec Racing Karts & Engines, Saxon Motorsport and Danny Watts for all of their help and support. Special thanks must also be given to Nick’s personal sponsors Ian Williamson and David Wenham for their continued support. If you would like to help Nick, please e-mail Chris Smith at or feel free to make contact at the his next race, the TKM Super 1 Round at Fulbeck, Lincolnshire on the 25th, 26th & 27th August.

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Le Mans DVD   (11/08)

Karting dad Tony Benson filmed the action at the 16th running of Bob Pope's 24 Hour Prokart event at Le Mans this year and DVD's of the edited highlights are now available from him at only £11, including postage to UK addresses.

For further information and to purchase a DVD please e-mail Tony Benson at

A donation of £2 for each DVD bought will be made to scrutineer Kelvin Nicholl's "Schools in the Philippines" project.  As many will already know, Kelvin helps many underprivileged kids both in the UK and abroad and last year decided to convert a disused outbuilding into a new school facility in the Philippines. They upgraded the building, decorated it and added toilet and washroom facilities, had some tables and bookcases made and freighted out an old computer. The building was an immediateClick for larger image... success and before long they were struggling to get the kids (and the teachers!) out of it at night time!

It was then that the teachers of both the Junior and Senior schools approached Kelvin to ask if two more similar facilities could be constructed, one each in the Junior and Senior schools, and in a moment of madness, he said “yes!”  Friends and business acquaintances have rallied around donating money and computer equipment, and an auction at the Le Mans event raised over £900 and helps Kelvin’s efforts enormously, but there’s lots more to do. Kelvin can be contacted at

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Forest Edge Track Changes   (10/08)

In light of the changes to the track at Forest Edge, the club invites all karters who have not raced there in 2006 a free practice day with every race entry to familiarise new drivers with the track.

This is open to all classes, and the changes are aimed at creating more overtaking, more flowing and less processional for gearbox, with less stress on all karts, and October will see more significant changes aimed at giving drivers an even better experience.

New race weekend is 2nd & 3rd September 2006, more details on

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Teng Tools Join Forces With KKC   (09/08)

KKC have teamed up with Toolstars UK, the UK's exclusive distributor for Teng Tools, LiMiT measuring tools, Momento impact sockets and Race air tools, to bring the karting world a vast range of stylish and affordable products.

Toolstars UK is a part of the European Toolstars group, which is represented in 21 European countries and almost 30 countries Worldwide, offering more than 60,000 quality items.

Situated only a mile from the Toolstars warehouse, KKC will not only be able to provide a quick and efficient service, they will also be working closely with the group to provide specific tool kits and specialist items.

Teng Tools and their associated brands will also be accompanying KKC to the London Motor sport Show in December, emphasising their commitment to our sport.

To find out more information on the exciting Teng Tools range, contact KKC, either by visiting their 10,000sq ft warehouse in Bedfordshire, by telephone on 01525 403737, or via their website

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Teenager Discovers The Joy Of Six   (09/08)

Click for larger image...Zip Young Gun, Mackenzie Taylor has knocked many of his rivals for six, by claiming that very spot at last weekend’s (4th/5th August) Kart Masters. Only finishing outside the top ten once in his five races, Mackenzie showed exactly why he’s now regarded as one of JICA’s major players.

“The kart’s very good and the engines were spot-on” he beamed. With a finishing sequence of 3rd, 7th and 16th in the qualifying heats, Mackenzie landed 5th place on the grid for the Pre-Final. In some exalted company - including European superstar Will Stevens, Italian Open Masters champion Scott Jenkins and works Zanardi driver, Kazeem Manzur - Mackenzie survived the first corner ruckus (including a controversial coming together with Stevens) to snatch 4th place. With a Fastest Lap showing him to be quicker than the Pre-Final winner, Jack Harvey, Mackenzie was brimful of confidence for the Grand Final - “The only downside is being on the outside for the first corner. Everyone on the inside goes bumper to bumper, to force you wide and stop you cutting in.”

As they accelerated across the Start/Finish line and rushed into the first corner like desperate shoppers on the first day of the sales, Mackenzie indeed found himself elbowed out and down the field - but staged a fantastic fight back. Being ‘a winner takes all event,’ Kart Masters produces some aggressive and desperate overtaking manoeuvres. The Young Gun had to fight for every position. Sadly, the red hot pace cooked Mackenzie’s tyres and in the dying laps he clung on for 7th at the flag.Click for larger image... However, Jenkins was excluded for a moment of madness, promoting Mackenzie to a no-less deserved sixth place.

“We’d set the kart to be mega-quick at the beginning and at one point, I think I was as high as 2nd or 3rd which shows we did the right thing. But there’s a pay-off and just when I needed the tyres to stay at their best, they started to go off. Still, I’ve outpaced and out-classed some serious opposition today and got another top ten finish.”

With two races left, the final rounds of the Super 1 and Stars of Tomorrow championships, Mackenzie’s timed his season for a glorious late run-in, to perfection.

See how Mackenzie gets on, visit

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Tal-Ko Release New Radiator   (09/08)

Click for larger image...Tal-Ko Racing has now released its new ‘Enduro’ radiator kit for the TKM 4-stroke engine which will make its debut at this weekend’s Maxxis TKM Festival at Kimbolton.

The new kit has been designed to reduce engine temperatures by around 25-30 degrees C, ideal for use in hot ambient temperatures and for endurance events. The kit includes all the necessary brackets, pipes and clips to mount the new radiator, which is fixed on the left hand, opposite side to the engine allowing a much greater size of radiator and volume of air.

The complete kit retails for £175 plus VAT and is available now from Tal-Ko Racing. The use of the kit as an option was permitted in the 2006 regulations for the class.

Explains Tal-Ko MD Alan Turney: “We have now been able to fully test the system in the extreme hot weather we have been having and it does an excellent job of keeping the engine at optimum temperature. This new system allows a greater comfort zone.”

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Kart Doctor Race Team   (08/08)

The Kart Doctor Race Team had another successful weekend at Rye House and would like to congratulate its drivers:

Michael Game and Graham Knapp took 3rd & 6th positions respectively in Senior Rotax, with Michael Game also gaining the Driver of the Day award.

Andrew Winter recovered well from earlier difficulties to take 4th in Junior Rotax and achieved the fastest lap in the final and Tony Lovell took the Best Novice trophy in Senior Rotax.

For more information about race weekend support at Whilton Mill and Rye House or driver training courses, please contact them on 01865 847889.

Well done to all our guys!  From all at The Kart Doctor.

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Malvern Gives Europe’s Masters A Kart Attack   (08/08)

Click for larger image...Essex kart sensation Scott Malvern has proven he’s the driver to sign if you want your team to do well in 2007 – following an amazing Kart Masters.

The 17 year-old from Barkingside lined up at PFI against major players from the European karting stage – including works drivers Sauro Cesetti, Jonathan Thonon and Gary Catt – in the ultra-competitive, Super Libre class. Practice went well, as did the heats - until being fired off in heat 3, meant a DNF and insufficient points to go straight to the Grand Final.

So Scott lined up on grid 7 for the B Final. For 9 laps he fought tooth and nail to take the win, ahead of seasoned European racers Jamie Croxford and Alexander Sims. Scott says “I just got my head down and kept powering forward. The win really gave me confidence going into the Pre Final – I knew I could do well.”

His prediction came true – despite starting from grid 23, Scott didn’t let the big names put him off. After a blistering start, Scott worked his way through the field, picking off his rivals one by one, to finish 13th at the flag. However, an irregularity with Mark Litchfield’s engine saw him excluded and Scott promoted a place, to 12th. In the Grand Final, Scott ran as high as 6th place before settling for an excellent 8th place - beating British Number 1, Litchfield and European stars, Jason, Parrott and Matt Truelove.

Reflecting on his weekend, Scott said “Money is really short, so I haven’t been able to race anywhere near as much as those guys this season, and I’ve no European experience at all, but I just knew I had the talent to pull off something special. I just hope I’m going to be able to race again next season, but unless we get some funding sorted, it’s not looking good.”

Let’s just hope some of the kart team bosses watching this weekend were impressed enough with Scott’s winning ways to help keep him on track.

Check out Scott’s progress at

Scott is pictured above with his younger brother John - who was spannering for him.  Photograph courtesy of Adam Jones -

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MSA Applauds Jenson Button Success   (07/08)

Colin Hilton, Chief Executive of the Motor Sports Association: "On behalf of the Motor Sports Association and everyone involved with UK motor racing, I would like to congratulate Jenson Button and Honda on their magnificent achievement in winning yesterday's Hungarian Grand Prix.

"No-one who witnessed Jenson's rapid rise through the ranks of UK motor sport in the 1990s will have doubted that he had the potential to become a Grand Prix race winner. We are delighted that his well-deserved success at the highest level of motor racing can be traced through Britain's junior formulae - Karting, Formula Ford and Formula 3. It only serves to confirm the UK's position as the strongest and most competitive proving ground in the world for young drivers.

"Jenson's victory is the perfect way to bring attention to the success of UK motor sport as we head into National Motorsport Week (12-20 August). Hopefully this will act as a spur to open up motor sport to new audiences, whether competitors, spectators or officials. We would urge anyone with an interest in motor racing to go along to their local club events or venues next week and get involved. More details can be found at"

Jenson’s first win in Formula 1 came 17 years after his first kart race win, and just 15 years after winning all 34 races and taking the British Cadet Kart Championship in 1991.

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Stolen Kart   (07/08)

Senior TKM driver, Ashley Yorke, has had his TKM Jade Elite II stolen from the family’s car between 11pm and 6am last Thursday night/Friday morning, while parked on the front of their house in Ingleton Close, Nuneaton. The chassis was in the car as it was due to go to the Jade workshop to have its frame swapped after some accident damage that makes the frame unsafe. “We're worried that if it ends up being sold that the first time it has a slight bump, the brake calliper will shear-off with potentially serious consequences” said Ashley.

He continued, “The Kart has a red frame, with black plastic, and the brake disk that was taken does not fit as we were going to have the calliper changed as well. Other identifying features are a number of holes in the floor pan, a home-made bracket for the transponder, and repair work around the brake calliper mounting. So anyone offered the Kart with the chassis number 11704, please do not be tempted, as it is dangerous.”

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of the Kart should contact Eden Yorke on 07966 098339.

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KKRC MSA Meeting   (04/08)

With no other major club meeting scheduled for 13th August the grid for the forthcoming KKRC meeting at Lydd could be the best of the season. The two new kerbs, one at the first chicane and the second on the right-hander into the horseshoe, have already improved the circuit’s driveability and the location of the new start-line along the back straight has dramatically reduced the usual first corner mêlée. Although places are already filling fast some grid slots still remain and MSA-licensed drivers looking for some high-speed race action should contact Lydd on 01797 321895 to reserve their place.

Open practice for Bank Holiday weekend at Lydd International Raceway. Because of the rescheduling of events over the holiday weekend there will now be an open practice day at Lydd on Sunday 27th August.  The circuit will be open from 10:00h to 17:00h.  Please call 01797 321895 for more details.

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European Superkart Championship   (04/08)

The final round of the 2006 CIK-FIA European Superkart Championship takes place at the Dutch circuit of Assen from 11-13 August.  A Mecca for the motorcycling world, the TT circuit at Assen, in the Netherlands, has always been a track that is very much appreciated by Superkart drivers, and should remain so, despite a major modification to the layout. During last winter the circuit underwent a major redevelopment of its first section: the first right-hand hairpin bend has now been replaced with a sector made up of three long right-hand curves and a very tight left-hand hairpin. This has resulted in a substantial increase in the length of the circuit. Visiting Assen during the popular “Rizla + Racing Days” represents another plus for all the participants, galvanised by a crowd of well over 30,000 spectators on the Sunday!

There are 55 drivers entered in the Dutch event, which will bring the 2006 edition of the CIK-FIA European Superkart Championship to a close. And since it’s the last event, there’s also a title to be awarded. While in theory there are still five candidates in the running for the title, it is virtually certain that the battle will be limited to a duel between the Frenchman Damien Payart and Britain’s Graham Barker, since they have such a clear lead in the provisional classification of the championship. Payart will be arriving at Assen as the leader, with one victory, two second places and a third place to his credit. Barker, for his part, has achieved two victories and a second place during the previous events, at Hockenheim and Most. The Briton is 11 points behind the leader, but given that one result may be discounted at the end of the championship, his chances remain intact. However, following his retirement in Race 1 at Most, he can no longer afford the slightest hiccup, which is not the case for Payart.

The 2005 Championship, Britain’s John Riley, knows that in order to hold on to his title, not only will he have to do better than third place in each of the two races at Assen, but the two favourites will also have to retire.  Among the outsiders, we have the Swede Stefan Malm (who is a team-mate of Damien Payart), Britain’s Gavin Bennett, the German’s Michael Sadurski, Peter Kruse, Olaf Dau and Martin Knauder, as well as Sweden’s Per-Olov Ogeborn, the surprise winner of one of the two races run twelve months ago at Assen.

The Superkarts will have the opportunity to take to the track three times on Friday 11 August, for practice. They will take part in a further practice session on Saturday 12 August, and the result of the championship will be announced on Sunday 13 August, at the finish of the two races, which are scheduled for 10.00 hours and 15.40 hours (local time) respectively.

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Announcing The Magura Technical Support Centre   (03/08)

Magura set to have rivals for brakefast!  The Magura 908.1 brake system delivers the greatest stopping power in karting and now its UK importer, Venhill Engineering is set to deliver the greatest support for Magura users – at Kart Masters.

Throughout this weekend at PFI, drivers and mechanics can get full technical support from Magura’s technicians - from set-up advice to replacement pads and discs, Magura’s team will be on hand to give you the winning advantage.

...and while you’re there, talk to and follow the fortunes of Magura users; Andrew Lawrence (Junior Rotax), Ashley Craig (JICA) and Callum Holland (Super Libre).

If you haven’t already bought one, Venhill will be displaying their Magura brake system, their brake hoses and market-leading range of throttle cables in Garage 6 in the PFI main paddock.

But if you can’t make it to PFI, go to the brand new Magura website, for more information.

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Celebrating At Rowrah   (03/08)

Click for larger image...Sunday 13th August represents an opportunity for Super 1 competitors to get some practice in before the upcoming final round at Rowrah in early September. As the Cumbria Club will be using this meeting to celebrate 50 years of Karting and also National Motorsport Week, there will be some fantastic prizes on offer ranging from a helicopter ride to a free set of slick tyres. The driver of the day will also walk away with £50 cash.

Persons holding new lap records at the end of the day will also get a set of slick tyres for their class. Discounts are also available to teams bringing five or more drivers and we can allocate pit spaces by arrangement. The race meeting will give three heats and a final to all competitors and the club is offering Friday practice in addition to the normal Saturday testing.

Contact Malcolm Fell on 01229 463748 for further details.  Entry forms are available on the club website

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100cc PR Open Press Centre   (03/08)

100cc PR open Press Centre at prestigious PFI meeting.

100cc PR - Britain’s leading PR agency for kart drivers and teams – will be running a Press Centre to help racers and manufacturers publicise their success, throughout the Kart Masters weekend.

Click for larger image...There are easier ways to get yourself noticed....  From the karting press to local press, glossy lifestyle magazines to the internet and beyond, 100cc PR will raise your profile and get your name heard and your face seen by all the right people.

Want a works drive with a top team? 100cc PR will make sure that it’s you that the team managers are talking about.

Need local sponsorship? 100cc PR will make sure you get more than your unfair share of coverage in your local papers and on your local radio.

Fancy being in Formula One in 5 years time?  100cc PR will put you in the media read by all the major players.

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You’ll find 100cc PR in Garage 6 in the PFI main paddock - pop in anytime on Saturday and Sunday for a drink and a chat.   Alternatively, e-mail, telephone 07818 061503 or visit

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Birel Motorsport At TV Masters   (03/08) 

Sole UK Birel importer ACR confirm that Birel Motorsport drivers Sauro Cesetti and Jon Lancaster will be racing in this weekend’s PF TV Masters meeting. “This is becoming a yearly tradition for us, this race is important and gives the opportunity for UK drivers to see international drivers in action commented ACR boss Andy Cox. This weekend will be special as we will have 6 times World Champion Mike Wilson in attendance who was recently been appointed to Birel management. Birel President Mr Ronni Sala will also be in attendance to oversee Birel drivers.”

All drivers are welcome to visit the Birel/ACR tent over the weekend to meet team personnel and also take the opportunity to see new Birel products and the new Birel EasyKart. For more information call ACR on 01527 889595.

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Rotax Mojo Max Euro Challenge   (03/08)


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Junior Max podium

Europe’s heatwave offered no relief to the 152 competitors, their teams and supporters who converged on the A1 Speedworld complex at Bruck an der Leitha near the city of Vienna from 26 - 30 July for round 3 of the Rotax Mojo Max Euro Challenge. It was a repeat of last year’s event as temperatures soared once again for what were extreme conditions for racing and some of the hottest competition yet.

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Max Masters podium

Wesleigh Orr (Belgium/RSA) once again showed his exceptional talents when winning both the Senior Max and DD2 classes. There were excellent results for British drivers David Sutton and Jack Hawksworth, finishing 1st and 2nd respectively in Junior Max. Colin Davis also managed a podium place, finishing 3rd place in the Max Masters class.

All results and points for the championship can be found at along with the official live timing from the event in Austria.

Karting Genk, Belgium hosts the final round of the 2006 Rotax Mojo Max Euro Challenge from 20 – 24 September. This exciting event will determine the winners of the international championship and those who will represent their country at the Rotax Grand Finals in Portugal next November.

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Rissington Kart Club   (02/08)

Rissington Kart Club would like to run a long circuit gearbox class at the Midland Championships on 2nd & 3rd September. Running to long circuit regs, 6" tyres and long circuit bodywork. Entry for this class will be £70 instead of £80.

Further information and entry forms are available from, or Julie Dredge, Competition Secretary, 4 Goodwood Close, Burghfield Common, Reading, RG7 3EZ. Tel: 0118 9836070.

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Affordable Chassis Set Up & Driver Coaching By S1 Star   (02/08)

Click for larger image...After many years of Karting, at the highest levels in the UK and Europe, Danny has set up his own driver coaching, and chassis set-up courses. They are aimed at both the new karter and also the karter that has been in the sport a while and needs the expertise to take him or her to the next level.

The tuition ranges from a one day one-to-one course, to actually running the driver at club meetings or even a full season’s championship. All tuition is on a one-to-one basis, you will not be part of a large group. The courses will teach you top level driving techniques and also advice and secrets on chassis set up. Danny said; "Lots of drivers will spend huge sums of money on a new chassis, new engine, special carb, new tyres, etc. to find more speed, but many overlook the benefits of professional driver training and chassis set up, a driver can easily find 3-4/10s on a better driving technique and/or better chassis set up, even after a one day course. My courses will also show you how to set up your chassis properly, I have driven for many top European and UK teams and have gained a wealth of knowledge about chassis set up, in any conditions. Why waste your valuable time and money, picking up the odd tip here and there, and through the pit lane grapevine. Book a course with me and I’ll show you how it’s done properly."

Danny has won major races on a variety of chassis, including, Tony Kart, Birel, Intrepid, and Top Kart, so is in an ideal position to get the best from you and your chassis, no matter what make of chassis you race.

Danny has just signed a deal to be the works Driver for Zanardi Kart. Test days are available, with Danny, on the latest Zanardi Chassis, for Jica, ICA and Rotax. Special Jica engines also available for hire from Danny.

All classes are catered for Cadet, MiniMax, Junior Max, Senior Max, Junior TKM, Extreme TKM, JICA, and ICA. Any circuit is covered in the UK or Europe. Go to Danny Cruttenden Motorsport or call 07855 791739 for more details.

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Conor Stephenson Returns   (01/08)

Click for larger image...After struggling to find a budget to contest most of the 2006 season, Junior Rotax racer, Conor Stephenson, is set to return to racing thanks to the support of a Bulgarian real estate agent.

Stephenson has only been able to contest a handful of races since the turn of the year, but thanks to some welcome financial backing from Homefinders Bulgaria, a UK-based company with over 1000 properties for sale - he will make his comeback at next weekend’s televised Kartmasters GP at PF International.

Despite his lack of time in the seat, Stephenson - a regular front-runner in last year’s Stars of Tomorrow championships and the reigning Minimax club champion at the circuit, is confident of a successful return. “I know it’s going to be hard next weekend, but I’ve had plenty of wins at PFI and, although I’ve only had a few races this year, we’ve finished in the top ten every time,” commented the 13-year old.

“It’s important to be on it straight away at Kartmasters,” he continued, “so we’re going to make sure I’m not too rusty by getting in a couple of test days before the weekend. I really want to do well for Homefinders Bulgaria, because if it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be racing at all.”

Although Stephenson’s early season absence has squandered any chances of challenging for the Super One or SOT titles, he is planning to contest selected national events for the remainder of the season.

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2006 Super 1 At Clay Pigeon   (01/08)

In gloriously sunny weather, the Clay Pigeon circuit in the county of Dorset played host to competitors in Round 5 of the MSA Super 1 Series last weekend, and what a great weekend it was for spectators, and some kart racers too.

It was all change at the top with Jason Parrott swapping places with Mark Litchfield in the race for the Formula A Championship, and up into 3rd place overall is Chris Rogers after an amazing win in the second points-scoring final, coming from 13th on the grid in an incident packed race.

Lee Bell moved to within ten points of the Championship lead in Formula ICA after taking maximum points, he capitalised on a frustrating weekend for current championship leader Ollie Millroy whose best finish was 10th in the first final, and 13th place and fastest lap in the second final. Matt Truelove moved into 3rd championship spot overall after two podium finishes.

Formula JICA saw some exciting racing and superb drives from young Scott Jenkins gave him both final wins. Oliver Rowland’s best finish came in the first final, coming in just over half a second down on Jenkins, and with Rowland finishing just ahead of current championship leader Jack Harvey in the second final he was able to reduce his deficit by five points in the race for the JICA Championship. Two podium finishes for James Godbehere moved him up to 9th in the championship.

Short race reports on the Renault sponsored championships can be found here.

The final rounds of the 2006 MSA Super 1 Championships take place at Rowrah in Cumbria on 9th & 10th September.

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IKP Girls All Set For TV Debut   (31/07)

Click for larger image...IKP Girls Katie, Sarah and Vicki are all set for their TV debut when they are to work along side the production crew at the filming of the UK 24hr Pro Kart Endurance event in August.

This year’s event is once again being held at the Whilton Mill circuit in Northamptonshire on the weekend of the 19/20 August, with 39 of the 40 available places already taken. The filming will result in a one hour programme to be aired on one of the major Sky sports channels at prime time and will include on-kart and aerial footage together with team interviews.
Further details on the event can be found at

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Maxxis Formula TKM Festival   (31/07)

With two weeks to go before the Maxxis Formula TKM Festival at Kimbolton, already entries are well passed the 200 mark and looking set for another bumper event.

TKM 2 and 4 stroke drivers from the UK and Europe will be taking part in this special event which has become firmly fixed as the largest single make kart race meeting in the UK – and probably Europe.

The unique format of the event gives every driver from novice right through to top national championship contender the ability to race wheel to wheel, and with a timed heat and three other heats as well as a pre-final and final it gives outstanding value for money.

Although the closing date for entries is now here the Hunts Kart Racing Club will take late entries subject to a small surcharge. Entry forms and regulations can be downloaded from the website or obtained from Daphne Freeman on 01353 720390.

The event takes place over the weekend of 11-13 August with testing on the Friday and racing Saturday and Sunday.

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Cadets Flock To Forest   (31/07)

With grid sizes dropping off around the country, Forest Edge Kart Club is seeing their Cadet grid go from strength to strength. With several S1 cadets in regular attendance, numbers are usually in the mid 20’s and occasionally stretch to a B final. Many drivers and families comment on the friendly atmosphere, and situated less than 500 metres from the A303 and A34 dual carriageways, getting there couldn’t be easier.  Visit for more details.

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Entries Open For TKM 0 Plate   (28/07)

The ABkC National Open Championship for TKM classes is to be held at Glan-y-Gors Park in Wales on 10 September 2006. Drivers can enter for TKM Extreme, TKM 4-stroke, Junior TKM, Junior TKM 4-stroke or Junior TKM Intermediate. Winners of each class will be awarded by the ABkC the prestigious 0 plate for the coming year.

Entry fee is £90 which includes Saturday practice, further practice is available on the Friday organised by the circuit. Control fuel and tyres will be used, order forms for these along with the entry form and supplementary regulations are available in the entry pack.  Alternatively for an entry pack send a stamped addressed envelope, marked ‘TKM 0 plate entry pack’ to MBKC, Launswood, Wigan Road, Shevington, WN6 8PY.

Camping is available at the circuit. If you’re looking for accommodation then as well as local accommodation, Betws-y-Coed has a wide range of hotels 20 minutes from the circuit.

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LTW Joins USAG Tools   (27/07)

Lee Taylor Worldwide Limited has joined forces with Italian tool company USAG to distribute their products in the United Kingdom.

The Italian company has partnerships with the Ducati, Aprilia and Husqvarna two wheeled racing teams and now USAG products will be available to Kart racing teams throughout the United Kingdom through the Lee Taylor Worldwide company.

Coming soon will be a specialist Karting tool kit incorporating all the tools required to compete for professionals and amateurs in one box. All of USAG’s products will be available to customers, the products can be viewed at USAG’s website which provides all the information required including promotional offers and free downloads.

The Lee Taylor Worldwide Company is proud to be associated with such a prestigious brand and look forward to developing a strong relationship to provide customers with a fast and effective service. Team owner Lee Taylor commented "After sealing partnerships with the PCR and Unipro brands we have now added another brand to our company and to be associated with a prestigious brand such as USAG can only help make us progress further. Their experience with Motorsport tools will be invaluable to our team to make us perform to an even higher level."

An online store will be open soon. For more information on USAG products please contact for your free product brochure.

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Rotax Mojo Max Euro Challenge   (26/07)

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Martin Pierce

For the third year running the Rotax Mojo Max Euro Challenge will return to Austria for round 3 of the championship this week from 26 – 30 July. Since the widely international series began in 2004, the European summer has turned on some brilliant holiday weather for the event at the A1 Speedworld complex at Bruck/Leitha just outside of Vienna.

Last year the temperatures rose above 40°C at the third round of the Euro Challenge so it’s a good thing the Austrian track also offers a swimming pool and twin jet-ski lakes for its visitors to cool down. They also have ATV hire and model car circuits for some extra fun in between time. Setting a new record in the event’s history this round sees approximately 160 drivers entered to contest the four Rotax classes. What is impressive is the fact that they travel from nearly 30 different countries around the world to race in the championship.

For A1 Speedworld, hosting such a renowned event for the third time now brings with it some recognition that they are part of a fantastic concept in karting. Manager Harald Egger explains “We’re happy to welcome back the Euro Challenge because it is a prestige event that’s not only great for karting but good for tourism in our city.

Many people look forward to taking holidays when they come to Austria to enjoy the whole experience of what we have to offer. Over the last three years the championship has become more professional and grown to be bigger than ever.”

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Mats van den Brand

Mr Egger was also confident that some of the local drivers would be definite podium hopes for this week’s meeting and added that A1 Speedworld is going to continue to provide what the Euro Challenge is famous for, bringing some of the best Rotax Max drivers in the world together and making the event a great atmosphere for everyone.

So far as the points go for the series, it’s still anyone’s championship which means that the competition should be close, with vital points up for grabs at the Bruck circuit. British driver Martin Pierce (Tony) is holding onto the lead in the Senior Max but is being hunted by some eager Dutchman; Mike Joossens (Kombi) & Ricardo Romkema (Energy) and also World RM1 champ Wesleigh Orr (CRG). In Junior Max it is Holland’s Nik Vos (Energy) in first position but the next three drivers down the table (Korjus (Zanardi), Van den Brand (Energy) and Audze (Gillard) are sitting on equal points close behind him.

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Wesleigh Orr

The Masters class is a head-to-head battle between Jerome Bourquard (Sodi) of France and Britain’s Colin Davis (Tony) with nothing separating them and in the sights of some of the other top drivers. South African ROTAX wizz-kid Wesleigh Orr has been the only driver to take 1st on the podium at the previous rounds in Salbris and Lonato to secure a strong lead in the DD2 gear box category. Last year’s Junior Euro winner and fellow countryman Arnold Neveling (PCR) is eager to steal his thunder before it ends though.

In 2005, the Austrian round of the Euro Challenge failed to see any of the actual series winners on the top step of the podium. However, two class champions were decided by the results. Wes Orr’s chances in Senior Max were blown away when he had been the fastest in qualifying and won all three heats but failed to finish both finals for points. Tristram Oman was handed the title. Cristiano Morgado in the RM1 had a deflating tyre with just laps remaining and local driver Bernd Herndlhofer became the only driver to beat the South African for the win in the entire series.

Following the overwhelming success of the RaceWorld TV broadcast at the first round in France, the Euro Challenge organisers and promoters RGMMC Establishment continued the coverage for the rest of the season. Highlights and interviews from the Austrian event will be shown across Europe the following week on Astra Digital and up to 55 countries around the world in the weeks following. All the finals from every Euro Challenge round can also be viewed online at

To start the weekend’s activities off, there will also be a huge barbeque for all the competitors and their supporters to get together on the Friday night. RGMMC and A1 Speedworld have joined together to provide some good food and live music that gives everyone a chance to relax before the racing gets underway the next morning. Bringing more of the excitement of true international motor sport to the event, RGMMC will also have grid girls displaying every driver’s name in all finals on Sunday.

The 10 day driving ban concludes Wednesday, July 26 as official free practice gets underway for the Euro Challenge. Heat racing will give the spectators some added viewing value all day Saturday with 18 races as Senior and Junior Max plus the Rotax DD2 classes have their highest number of entries to date. Sunday is forecast to be a scorcher for the finals and the A1 Speedworld looks set to live up to its reputation.

Don’t miss any of the race action from the Rotax Mojo Max Euro Challenge in Austria… just go to for “Live Timing” and complete results over the weekend. To check Raceworld TV programming details see

Photographs courtesy of Jenni Wade

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British Superkart Grand Prix   (25/07)

The first British Superkart Grand Prix for four years took place last weekend at MotorSport Vision’s Cadwell Park circuit, located near Louth in the scenic Lincolnshire countryside, thanks to some sterling work by the British Superkart Association. It was Cadwell’s first British Superkart Grand Prix since winning an FIA International Kart Licence, and after a well organised weekend it’s hoped that it will prove to be the first of many.

Many of the old favourites fared well and a few newcomers caught the eye too during the two days of racing. Crowds were treated to some excellent kart racing with the main event being the Division One Superkarts that are capable of speeds up to 160mph (255kph). The well supported meeting also saw Division Two Superkarts, 250 National, 125 Open & ICC and 210 National classes, and demonstration laps from karts of yesteryear organised by the Historic and Classic Kart Club of Great Britain.

Brief race reports can be found here.

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PITBAY.COM Launched   (24/07)

The world's dedicated motorsport online auction site is go!  An evolutionary auction website was launched last week specifically for the motorsport industry (from Karting through to Moto GP).

PITBAY.COM will bring the world's motorsport market together like never before, offering competitors, suppliers, merchandisers and fans a truly global shop window in which to auction anything and everything related to motorsport on 2, 3 and 4 wheels. With listing fees starting at 25 pence (UK) and sales commissions as low as 2%, PITBAY.COM may well be an evolutionary website, but it will revolutionise the way in which people around the world buy drives, competition cars, components, memorabilia, etc..

For the first time, the motorsport industry, and the individuals associated with it, will be able to auction anything to do with the sport (from a set of overalls to a private jet!) via a truly targeted website, and such an opportunity is set to make winners around the world.
An old set of springs collecting dust in your workshop may not have any value in the UK, but they may be exactly what are needed by the clubman in South Africa… The overstock of tyres you're hoarding from your karting campaign in Spain may be getting in your way, but the rising Russian star is ruing not having fresh rubber... The spare chains from your 125cc season may well be a financial weight around your neck, but there's a guy in Brazil who's desperate for them... Whatever it is, PITBAY.COM is the shop window to the world, and being specifically about motorsport, you can be confident that you will find what you're looking for without trawling through pages and pages of unrelated items.

With categories for accessories, drives/rides available, grass track, historic racing, karting, memorabilia, motorcycles, rallying, single-seaters, sprint, touring cars and transporters and more, PITBAY.COM is the new way to get value out of motorsport, both as a buyer and a seller. In addition to the PITBAY.COM basic categories, there is also a 'Wanted' section costing just GBP £2.50 to post an advertisement describing what you would like to find.

Visit and sign up free now!

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Woodthorpe Kart Club (Strubby)   (24/07)

Strubby Kart club have changed their race meeting for the month of July. The meeting will be held on the last weekend of the month, Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th July 2006.

This is now an ideal time for you to come and have a look at and race at a well run non MSA meeting as it is the fifth Sunday of the month when there will not be any other meetings on.  All MSA and non MSA drivers are welcome.
Classes are: Cadets (Honda WTP and Comer), Mini Max, Junior Max, Senior Max Light (162kg). Senior Max Heavy (177kg), 100 Clubman (Air cooled engines), 100 Standard, ProKarts, 125 Gearbox, 250 Gearbox, C70, Honda GX160.

Two trade vans and catering van available throughout the weekend.

The circuit is located 2 miles north of Alford in Lincolnshire, just off the B1373, next door to Woodthorpe Garden Centre. If you need any assistance for directions upon arriving in the area, ask for the garden centre and the track is next door in the same gate as the Aquatic Centre. Gates are open 9.30 on Saturday and practice starts at 2.00pm.
Overnight parking is available, small charge applicable. The full track address is Woodthorpe Kart Club, Woodthorpe, Alford, Lincolnshire, LN13 0DD.

The dates of the remaining meetings for 2006 are: 19th & 20th August, 23rd & 24th September, 21st & 22nd October and 11th & 12th November.

If any further detail or information is required, please e-mail:

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European Junior Kart Championship   (18/07)

Click for larger image...Nigel Moore has qualified for the CIK European Kart Championship Finals after finishing 15th overall at Braga in Portugal despite non-finishing the second final.

Out of seventy-seven hopefuls from the Western European countries, he took eleventh place in the time trials on his factory BRM race kart which sets his grid positions for the heats. With a best of third place in the heats he was never out of the top eight, which gave him a starting position of ninth in the first final. The Long Marston fourteen year old converted that to a good seventh place, his starting position for the second final. “Nearly everyone had to take to the grass at the start of the second final to avoid an accident and I dropped to thirteenth but the new kart was going really well so I picked them off and reached third,” he said. But those behind him slipstreamed past, demoting him back to sixth then another driver crashed into him, ending his race. “It was a gamble trying the different BRM kart but as the tyre rubber went down on the track it worked better and better,” he added. With three simultaneous qualifying rounds for the different European regions only the very cream of these budding Formula 1 drivers can get to the final, twenty-four from each event, so Nigel was very pleased with his weekend’s work.

The European Championship final is to be held at the Mariembourg circuit in Belgium on 3rd September. Nigel is also the points leader in the UK’s BRDC Stars of Tomorrow Championship.

Photograph courtesy of Chris Walker -

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Dragon Pro-Kart Masters   (18/07)

Sunday 30th July sees the annual Dragon Pro-Kart Master Challenge at the picturesque Glan-y-Gors Park circuit in north Wales.

Two 3 hour races will take place on the challenging 1100 metre circuit, and full event details can be found in the information pack that is available by phoning 01490 420770.
There's also a free prize draw to win a set of slicks for all entries received within the next week.

Could you be the next Dragon Master?  Call now and enter and in under 2 weeks time you just might be.

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Irish Kart Grand Prix   (17/07)

Half price entry for Irish Kart GP. The Ulster Karting Club is offering half price entry and free club membership to all entries received from racers outside Ireland.

The event will take place at the Nutts Corner circuit on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th August, with practice taking place all day on Thursday 24th.

SR's and entry forms for the event can be found on the club’s website at Further details can be obtained from Peter Rutherdale on 07960141232.

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Funeral Arrangements   (13/07)

The funerals of Bryan Hornby and Alan Wones, who were tragically involved in a road traffic accident at the beginning of this month, will take place in Heaton, Newcastle Upon Tyne and Woodton, near Bungay respectively.

Bryan's funeral will take place on Wednesday 19th July at 2pm at St. Gabriel Heaton, St. Gabriel’s Avenue, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE6 5QN.
Then on to Heaton Cemetery at 3pm. The ceremony will later be followed by a Wake.
All will be welcome to celebrate Bryan’s life.

Alan’s funeral will be on Tuesday 18th July 2pm at All Saints Church, Church Road, Woodton, nr. Bungay, NR35 2NB.
A celebration of Alan's life will follow at the Caistor Hall Hotel, Caistor St. Edmond, nr. Norwich, NR14 8QN

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Formula TKM – A New Era Begins   (13/07)

Foreign manufacturers are being given their first ever chance to homologate karts for the UK’s most successful kart racing series, Formula TKM, as part of a new look to the class for 2007 onwards.

Tal-Ko Racing, the owners of the Formula TKM class, have made the decision to open up the barriers to allow greater flexibility for the current UK manufacturers and to allow in new blood from overseas. But while they have removed the UK only restriction, they have not made any significant changes to the detail technical regulations thus ensuring that older karts still remain just as competitive.

Announcing the decision, Tal-Ko Racing Managing Director Alan Turney said:” We have had long discussions and it was felt that lifting the UK-only basis of the class would make life easier and more cost effective for everyone but not do any harm to the class. It means now that if a UK manufacturer can buy certain components abroad at a better price then they are free to do so. It should help maintain Formula TKM as being the best value class there is.”

While overseas manufacturers may make karts for the class, they must have a UK-based agent who is actually handling the kart sales and that agent must be a member of the British Kart Industry Association.

With the class now 16 years old, it has been a mainstay of both Junior and Senior karting categories for many years. It also helped produce today’s top car motor racing names such as Jenson Button, Anthony Davidson, Gary Paffett and Robbie Kerr.

Official documentation for the 2007 homologation period has now been released for all those companies wishing to make new karts for the class and these are available from Tal-Ko Racing at or phone 01767 691622. Closing date for applications is 31 August, 2006 with inspections taking place in November.

Clarification of 2007 Homologation Rules.  Please note that where a UK based homologating company is also an importer for overseas built karts it is permitted for the UK company to homologate two of their own brand kart chassis types as well as homologating a maximum of two imported karts under other brand names for which that company is an agent.

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Taylor Heads For Portugal   (12/07) Click for larger image...

At 6.49pm on Saturday 1 July hearts sank across the UK as, yet again, England were penalty-kicked out of the World Cup, and yet again, it was Portugal who sent us for an early plane home, with tears all the way.

Less than 48 hours later, our sole Wimbledon hopeful, Andy Murray was knocked out of the tournament by Marcos Baghdatis.

Click for larger image...But in Ashford, Middlesex, one 13 year-old kart racer put down his glass of blackcurrant squash and vowed – “next week it’s down to me to snatch back some pride in English sports men and women”. Kart ace Mackenzie Taylor is flying out to Braga in Portugal (13 -16 July) to compete in the European Junior Intercontinental Championship qualifier – “I’m hoping I can bring back a trophy to show the rest of Europe that England can be winners at some sports!”

It’s Mackenzie’s first foray into the tough world of European competition – but if his motor sport career so far is anything to go by, the Sunbury Manor school pupil’s got a great chance of evening-up the score with the Portuguese. In 2005 Mackenzie won the ultra competitive Formula Cadet championship - theClick for larger image... competition where Jenson Button started out.

Plus, Mackenzie’s got a secret weapon on his side - the support of Midland F1 star Tiago Monteiro – who’s Portuguese!  Mackenzie was invited to meet him at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, where Tiago gave him some tips for following in his footsteps and getting to the top.

To find out how Mackenzie does in Portugal, check out

Photographs courtesy of Chris Walker - and Adam Jones - 100cc PR

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Huyton Remains Upbeat   (12/07)

Click for larger image...Leading ABKC Junior Gearbox driver Sean Huyton remains upbeat despite last weekend's Rowrah retirement.

The first round of this year’s ABKC Junior Gearbox Championship, at Whilton Mill, saw Sean Huyton dominate the meeting with 3 heat wins and 1st place in the final with the fastest lap in each race.

With the second meeting last weekend in Rowrah Sean yet again set an impressive target for the other drivers steering his Energy kart to 3 heat wins with the fastest lap in each. With pole for the final the assumption was it would be another victory and further stretch his championship lead. Starting well, Sean said "I got a good start but had a little less rear end grip initially, for the drying track I had asked my mechanics to lower the tyre pressures to make the tyres last for the 14 laps, so with the lower pressures I was unable to create my usual immediate cushion at the front. Just as I felt the tyres starting to work, which would have given me a good lead, I was coming out of the hairpin and I lost all gears and as a result was forced to retire. I think it is fair to say I was gutted, I have won every race I have entered in all competitions this year so far. I have dropped some points with the DNF but still scored plenty throughout the weekend so hopefully it should not prove too costly.

The ABKC British Championship moves on to Rissington 5th/6th Aug for the third round and, having found and eliminated the problem, Sean is looking forward to carrying on the Championship at the circuit where he smashed the lap record in last year’s meeting.

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Top Driver Coach   (11/07)

Click for larger image...Probably the most qualified driver coach in the country combines his knowledge of winning major championships, 15 years experience at the highest level and top coaching qualifications to enable drivers to get the best out of themselves and their equipment;

Multiple British Kart Champion Mark Fell is a head sports coaching Lecturer and has a degree in sports coaching, he is also a certified specialist in coaching children. He has already enjoyed success in developing some of the most exciting driving talent in the UK.

Mark’s experience at the highest level of karting in the UK and abroad make him the perfect choice for both new starters to karting and the elite drivers looking for that extra edge. Having already coached many top performers Mark’s unique approach ensures progress and improvement. Mark covers all aspects of the driver coaching spectrum, from chassis set-up, driving techniques and racecraft to psychology and sports nutrition.

Many driver coaches in the UK are unqualified, using only their own experience to offer advice, ensure you are coached by a professional, using correct, proven coaching techniques to improve performance.

Based in Preston, Lancashire, Mark is available at all of the UK’s major kart venues, with specialist days at the Rowrah circuit in Cumbria. Tailor-made packages to meet individual’s needs can also be arranged.

For more information, and to discuss your personal needs contact Mark by e-mail to, or telephone 07736 037607.

Photograph courtesy of Chris Walker.

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Join The Winning Team   (11/07)

KS race team would like to congratulate their drivers on a winning weekend at Kimbolton. The senior TKM final was won by Will Reed (KS race team), followed by Mickey Higham aka ‘Moose’ (KS race team), and fourth spot went to Jordan Kendal (KS race team).

In the juniors Tom Fitzpatrick showed great pace in the heats but drove off the track in final through no fault of his own.

KS race team have two spaces left at the TKM Festival for awning space.  Please call for details 01354 652718.

KS Race Support, one of the UK leading kart traders, will be attending the Festival with great deals on all your spares, and for even bigger savings on tyres pre-book them by ringing 01354 652718 now.

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World Motor Sport Council Of The FIA   (10/07)

During its meeting on Wednesday 5th July 2006 in Paris, the World Motor Sport Council of the FIA took the following decisions regarding Karting:

New denominations of Karting categories
The CIK-FIA will take advantage of the introduction on 1st January 2007 of the new generation of so-called “long life” 125 cc engines to rename its Karting categories, in order for the public at large to have better understanding of their hierarchy. The future 125 cc direct drive kart categories will be known as KF1, KF2, KF3 and KF4. KF1 will be the top category, KF2 will replace the current ICA (Intercontinental A), KF3 will replace the current ICA-Junior, and KF4 will be the so-called “basic” category. Super-ICC and ICC (Intercontinental C), which are the 125 cc gearbox categories, the technical regulations of which will undergo no major modifications, will be respectively renamed KZ1 and KZ2, the “Z” having been chosen because it is the international technical identification of gearing and sprockets. The names Superkart (250cc karts used on long circuits), ICC-Sudam (125cc direct drive karts used in South America) and World Formula (4-stroke karts) have been maintained.

Sporting Regulations
With a view to controlling costs, it has been decided that for any 2007 CIK-FIA Championship, Cup or Trophy held on short circuits the limitation of equipment per driver and per event will be the following: 1 single chassis (non-qualifying practice included), 2 engines (non-qualifying practice included) and 12 tyres (with 4 tyres for non-qualifying practice, 4 tyres for qualifying practice and heats, and 4 tyres for the final phase).

Technical Regulations
The World Council has approved the latest clarifications regarding the technical and homologation regulations of the future 125cc “long life” engines, and their homologation period has been increased to 9 years (compared to 6 years for 100cc engines homologated in 2004). Among other clarifications, it must be noted that a rule will be introduced regarding the volume of the combustion chamber of three out of the four categories (9cc in KF2 and KF4, 12cc in KF3), and that the design of the exhaust and of the ports shape will be free in KF1. For safety reasons, the engines shall comprise a protection housing over the clutch, and only dry batteries will be authorised. The full description of the single-type exhaust to be used in KF3 (Junior) has also been ratified.
The homologation regulations have been finalised and will henceforth include a precise description of the method of calculation of the balancing for the design of the balancing shaft which shall be fitted to all future “long life” engines. In order for the development and optimisation of the future 125cc direct drive engines to be facilitated, manufacturers will exceptionally be allowed to apply for one homologation extension from the first year of homologation of the engines instead of the second year only as applied regarding all other CIK homologations.

2007 and 2008 CIK-FIA Championships calendars
The World Council has adopted the CIK-FIA Championships, Cups and Trophies calendars for the 2007 and 2008 seasons. The World Championship will be held in Mariembourg (Belgium) in 2007 and in La Conca-Muro Leccese (Italy) in 2008.

There is a new Championship on the CIK-FIA calendar: as a supplement to the KF1 World Cup and KF2 Asia-Pacific Championship which will still be organised in Suzuka (Japan), KF1, KF2 and KZ2 Asia-Pacific Championships are created and will be held in Macau. The dates and venues of the 2007 European Superkart Championship will be announced at a later date.

The detail of the changed rules and of the new regulations will shortly be available on and in the periodical Bulletin of the CIK-FIA.

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Super 1 Series Leader Swims The Channel   (10/07)

Junior TKM S1 Series leader Lindsay Butcher was a member of a relay squad to set a new record time on 4th July for an U16's team Channel Crossing.

15 years old Lindsay, who is a pupil at Warwick School in Myton Road, Warwick, was part of the 6 'man' team (all aged between 13 and 15) who have been in training since last October. Training has involved 3 early morning sessions per week in the school pool, 2 evenings per week at a recognised 'cold water'/long distance training lake and several trips to swim in Dover Harbour. The team were swimming to raise money for The British Heart Foundation.

Coincidentally, Little Britain star David Walliams swam on the same day; the actor, writer and comedian commenced his swim about half an hour after the under 16’s team. Walliams biggest sponsor was singer George Michael, so if you are reading this George….. all donations gratefully received!

Lindsay and his five team mates started from Shakespeare Beach, Dover at 04.59 BST Tuesday 4th July and landed at Cape Griz Nez on the French coast at 14.58 BST. The crossing of around 21 miles was completed in 9 hours and 59 minutes which set a new British Schools Junior Record. The school are hoping to raise in excess of £10,000 for charity.

Next Super 1 action for Lindsay will be at Fulbeck kart circuit in Lincolnshire on 26th & 27th August.

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New Website For Griffin Racing   (06/07)

North West Intrepid dealer Griffin Racing have launched their new website detailing information about the team, tracks covered, team results and also latest news on any awning space or deals available on Intrepid chassis's.

Want to try an Intrepid kart?  Call or e-mail Griffin Racing to arrange a test day.

The website can be found at

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Buckmore 43rd Anniversary Meeting   (06/07)

Buckmore Park's 43rd Anniversary meeting takes place on Sunday 16th July. Superb trophies and garlands are on offer for each class which are sponsored by the following companies:-
JAG, The Kart Shop at Buckmore, Project One Racing, RPM, TKM and Zip.

Sodikart are providing special trophies to the driver that sets the fastest lap in each class and Gary Kimber Photography are donating a colour photographic print to each class winner. The meeting also features a round of the Europa Challenge.

Open Practice is available on Wednesday 12th July between 9am and 1pm and on Saturday 15th July between 10am and 4pm. Overnight parking is available on Friday and Saturday night.

As Buckmore has no August 2 stroke event, this meeting will be the ideal time for Stars of Tomorrow and Super One competitors to practice and race at Buckmore before their rounds at the Circuit in September and October.

Entries close on Monday 10th July.  For entry forms please see the Buckmore Park website, or contact Sheila Rose, Club Secretary on 01634 661604.

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Monaco Kart Race   (05/07)

13th to 15th October on the streets of Monaco!  Race a 28HP, 250cc Biland through the Principality of Monaco.

For more details contact Saxon Motorsport on 01432 350157.

Pre-event test drives available to MSA licence holders.

Race prepared karts available for hire or Biland owners can use their own kart and Saxon will transport it to the event.


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Thanks From Lee Wood’s Family   (05/07)

Steve, Angie, Ben, Sarah and Richard would like to thank everyone who has shown so much support for us and respect for Lee, with tributes, cards and flowers.

As you have all mentioned in your own personal words, yes Lee was a wonderful and kind person who was always happy and nothing ever bothered him. Sometimes as a parent you are never quite aware of friends and people your children meet and come across, but in Lee’s karting world he became confident, came out of himself and met so many good friends.

Thank you so much for all your tributes.

Steve, Angie, Ben, Sarah and Richard.

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Paul Bowler Takes Back Seat   (05/07)

On Wednesday 28th June, Paul and Sue Bowler, signed an agreement to relinquish control of the UK Prokart Endurance Championship (Fleet Kart Club Ltd), and Ted Poole, Sue and Paul signed a similar agreement for the 24-Hour Endurance Race (International Kart Promotions Ltd). Without doubt, both the Championship and the 24-Hour event have enjoyed considerable success over recent years. However, it has become obvious, with increasing commitments from their other business interests, that it will not be possible for them to devote the necessary time to ensure that both events continue to go from strength to strength. The agreement is with Tim Jordan, who some may know from his racing days in 2001 and 2002 with Tube Technics, and also in his own team, Thunder Cats, prior to the sad death of one of his team colleagues.

Paul and Sue will continue to run the championship and the 24-Hour race (with Ted) for the 2006 season, and Tim and his team will take over from 2007. Commenting upon the change, Paul said in a letter to the teams, “we fully expect that the events will continue to run in 2007, as well as they have in previous years, the only thing that you may notice is that Sue and I (and Ted, for the 24-Hour race) will not be there. I am confident that Tim and his team will maintain all of the good work, ensuring that the UK Prokart Endurance Championship and the 24-Hour Event, continue to thrive.”

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Tributes Pour In   (04/07)

Tributes from the karting fraternity nationwide continue to come in concerning the untimely deaths of Brian Hornby and Alan Wones following a road traffic accident they were involved in after leaving the PFI circuit last Saturday evening; including the following from Simon Frost of Passion Racing.

“We would all like to take an opportunity to send our complete sorrow and utter disbelief as to the death of Brian Hornby and Alan Wones. We send our thoughts to both Brian’s and Alan’s families.

Brian was a top lad, the best in fact. Over the past five years we all had the pleasure of knowing Brian whilst racing against Team HRS. Brian was an important part of any race paddock whether being in the Super 1 or at club level.  He was fab!  We will always remember 'cheeky boy'.  God’s speed you will be missed.

On behalf of Passion Racing and all that work alongside the team. Simon Frost, Martin Pierce, Jeremy Gumbley, Tim Swadkin, Ivan Mitchell and Stephen James.”

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MSA Stewards   (04/07)

The Motor Sports Association has written to all MSA Stewards to assist them in the implementation of the existing regulations when insufficient levels of officials or marshals are available at events.

Following signing-on, the Stewards of the Meeting (chaired by the MSA Steward) should review the number of event officials including marshals, in relation to the MSA General Regulations and the venue track licence if applicable.

If manning levels are considered to be insufficient to run the event safely, notice will be given to the organising club to prevent the event from running if the manning situation cannot be resolved. The MSA Steward will advise the MSA of the decision of the Stewards and suspend the permit if manning levels cannot be improved to their satisfaction.

"An MSA Steward is the MSA's designated representative at a permitted event," explains Colin Hilton, Chief Executive of the Motor Sports Association. "The existing regulations are clear that the Event Stewards are empowered to make these decisions, but these guidelines are intended to remind Stewards of their duties and responsibilities and to assure them of the MSA's support in dealing with a potentially difficult situation.

"The declining number of volunteer officials has been a serious issue for some time. The new Volunteers in Motorsport initiative has made excellent progress, attracting more than 300 active marshals in its first year, but the levels of cover on some events is still a very real concern, especially for the Stewards who have to make that judgement call. What we are saying to them is that, should they feel it necessary to withdraw an event permit due to inadequate level of officials cover, the MSA will back them 100%.

"The MSA would like to encourage clubs to consult the event fixture list on the MSA website when planning events to avoid, as far as possible, potential clashes with other meetings in the area over the same weekend."

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Auction Of Off-Road Go Karts   (03/07)

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Following the resounding success of their last auction, W&H Peacock have another consignment of 27 Off-Road Go Karts getting ready to go under the hammer at their auction rooms in Newnham Street, Bedford, MK40 3JR.
This time they have a wider range of the ak models and a total of 27 off-road karts.

• 9 x ak40 - adult kart reaching upto 70mph, GX670 Honda engine.
• 5 x ak30s2 - 2 seater kart suitable for all ages, GX240 Honda engine and full suspension.
• 5 x ak30sx - 12 years to adult kart, speeds of upto 50mph, Honda GX390 engine.
• 6 x ak30s - 12 years to adult, this kart is an advanced version of the ak30 and has a GX240 Honda engine.
• 1 x ak20 - 8-12 years, perfect for children and for use on any terrain, complete with Honda GX160 engine.
• 1 x ak10 - 4-7 years, a solid off road kart, designed with safety in mind it's a perfect way to learn about driving.

For a full brochure please contact Caz on 01234 266 366.

Please note: The auction of Go Karts will attract buyers premium at 12.5% (plus VAT) and VAT at 17.5% in addition to the hammer price.
For more information call W&H Peacock on 01234 266 366 or e-mail:

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Mike Wilson Returns To Birel   (03/07)

Birel SpA announced today that six time world karting champion, Mike Wilson, will join the Birel Management team with primary responsibilities of business and technical support for Birel Importers & Distributors.

Wilson has been residing in Italy for many years after concluding his racing career. Three of Wilson’s six world titles have been aboard a Birel. Up to now, he had his own karting line bearing his own name, “MW”, as well as third party production for other brands such as Fittipaldi kart.

“Mike is a karting legend and we are honoured to have him as a part of our company,” said Birel Vice President, Ronni Sala. “Thanks to his vast experience he will be a valuable asset to our clients involved in several national and international championships.”

Over the past five years of business, Wilson had concentrated his activities towards national championships with particular attention to the American market rather than focusing on the international racing scene. Wilson had also developed a strong relationship with current Formula 1 world champion, Fernardo Alonso, who had raced and won aboard Mike Wilson designed karts.

Unfortunately due to rising manufacturing costs combined with the continued world economic downturn, Wilson has decided to focus in a new direction and join Birel management in their head office in Lissone, Italy. Wilson will have the opportunity to share his experience and to return to a more active role in the world of racing.

“I believe the market will be dominated by the better organized larger manufactures in the future, leaving smaller manufactures aside,” said Wilson. “For this reason it is important to have the ability for technological innovation and investment in research. From a business perspective, this strategy will always require more organization and analysis of specific products. This ensures a greater commitment to the servicing of our clients. After evaluating these factors, to join Birel, was a natural choice for me. Objectively speaking, birel is one of the most organized companies where I am able to express the best of my experience and I hope to bring a useful contribution on all sides of the business.”

In the eyes of Birel, the utmost importance has always been placed in giving consumers the best before and after sales service. Wilson will be given the difficult task to develop new markets while also assisting to improve existing ones. His vast experience should provide great support to the Birel Importers / Distributors and on down the line to the customer.

“Mike’s business experience will be useful for Birel to intensify our presence at a world level by promoting our vast product line as well as specific solutions,” continued Ronni Sala. “Our company has always taken pride in our client service and we feel mike will insure a solid and influential support.”

Further, Wilson will be present at several national and international racing events to provide assistance to teams connected with Birel as well as individual drivers.

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Bryan Hornby & Alan Wones   (03/07)

It is with great regret that we must communicate the tragic death of Bryan Hornby (HRS) and Alan Wones (father of Nicholas Wones number 71 junior Rotax Max.)  After leaving the PFI circuit on Saturday evening Bryan along with Alan Wones were involved in a road traffic accident, both died at the scene.

Many thanks to all those people already aware, for their kind messages of support. I'm sure those of you who new Bryan and Alan will be thinking of there families and friends at this difficult time.

We will put up a further communication and information (funeral arrangements) up in due course.  Tristram & Nigel - HRS Motorsport.

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Summer Fever Hits The Kart Doctor   (03/07)

It’s not just World Cup fever that has hit England in recent weeks – we’ve also been getting excited about karting in the sunshine now that the summer has truly started! To celebrate, The Kart Doctor has put some great prices on its most popular items across the whole range, from sprocket carriers to bodywork.

Check out the prices at and hurry because stock is selling fast!

Best wishes for all of your summer karting from all at The Kart Doctor!

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Tinker Taylor Soldiers On   (30/06)

The Stars of Tomorrow round at Silverstone last weekend (25th June) saw Mackenzie Taylor called in front of the stewards - twice!

Quick in Friday testing, Taylor was optimistic for a successful two days of racing - and in timed-qualifying on Saturday, his hopes seemed to be justified. The Zip Young Gun put his kart 6th overall, and then finished 4th and 5th in his heats, giving him 6th place on the grid for the final. However, his good fortunes were about to get a bashing. Argy-bargy at the start saw the Ashford driver initially drop to 8th before getting back on terms and fighting his way up to 3rd. With James Godbehere just ahead, Mackenzie was confident that he could wrestle 2nd place from the Zanardi team driver. However, Alice Powell had similar ideas and with just 3 laps to go, she launched her move. Sadly the gap closed and Mackenzie was forced off the circuit and into 5th. Fired up and with his first podium of 2006 in sight, Mack attacked again. He was successful and once again found himself in 3rd spot. In the last lap and it was Craig Stirling who was asking all the questions. As the trio barrelled into the fast chicane, Stirling lunged up Taylor’s inside, forcing him wide. To avoid crashing into the barriers, Mackenzie made a snap-decision to miss out the chicane but he also knew he’d be penalised and so sportingly ceded two places to Stirling and Powell. However, the stewards didn’t see it like that and handed Mackenzie a 10 second penalty - further demoting him to 11th place. Having gained no unfair advantage in the first place and then relinquishing two places, Taylor appealed the decision. Common sense prevailed and he was allowed to keep his 5th place.

So, having survived a day of drama on and off the track, what would Sunday hold? Well, after finishing 3rd and 5th, Mackenzie placed his Top Kart down on grid 4 for the final. Starting on the outside, Mackenzie was unable to cut to the inside line as the pack barrelled into the first corner. As they emerged, he’s lost the advantage and lay 8th. Barely had the race settled into a rhythm when Jordan Lennox-Lamb misjudged a manoeuvre resulting in Taylor being knocked off the circuit. Some excellent kart-control kept his engine running and Mackenzie was able to rejoin the race, stone last. Tigering his way back into the race, Mackenzie’s pace was ballistic. So quick in fact, he surprised 25 who simply didn’t see Mackenzie on his inside and turned in. The inevitable collision saw Mackenzie spinning like a top down the circuit and as he collected himself in a straight line, he missed the chicane out again!

This time there were no excuses and despite circumstances being beyond his control, Taylor took his 10 second penalty with good grace. Finishing 11th overall though, Mackenzie had ironically profited from other drivers’ misfortunes. So with more points in the bag and now equal 4th overall, Mackenzie’s still in the hunt for a good showing in the Stars of Tomorrow championship.  Follow his fortunes on

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Easykart UK   (30/06)

Click for larger image...Easykart UK race promoters Club 100 have released race formats and prices for the Easykart 2006/7 race Championships. The format presented shows the possibility of nearly 90 laps running for a competitor during an Easykart event. To make a comparison, most UK kart club races consist of around 38 laps, so once again it’s clear that Easykart will be great value for money and great track time.

Membership and race entry prices can be found via the Club 100 link from the Easykart site or at Club 100 Easykart prices.

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Hoddesdon Kart Club   (30/06)

Hoddesdon Kart Club have launched a brand new website.

The site contains lots of information on Hoddesdon Kart Club including Club News, Race Results, Championship Tables, Membership Forms, SR’s and Race Entry Forms.

For further information go to

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ARC Strike Gold   (29/06)

Click for larger image...“We’ve answered our critics. It was hot and sticky all weekend – and some people have been saying the ARC chassis doesn’t work in the heat, well that’s clearly not the case. We’re taking the Gold Cup home.” (ARC team boss Graham Orchard).

The crack ARC TKM team fought on two fronts last weekend (24/25 June) – proving they’ve got the equipment and the drivers to come out on top in meetings at Three Sisters and Whilton Mill.

At the combined Motors TV Challenge and Gold Cup meeting in Wigan, the ARC drivers had a busy weekend. Racing on Saturday, in the televised ‘Ultimate Karting’ series, Luke Caudle claimed 5th at the flag behind team-mate Martyn Lyell, who brought his kart home in 2nd.  This gave the team the confidence and the data they needed to really go for it on Sunday, and go for it they did. Martyn Lyell went one better, to win the prestigious Gold Cup in Senior TKM. Graham Orchard was ecstatic, “It’s brilliant. This is a big race and for Martyn to win it on an ARC chassis and ARC-prepared motor, well, you can’t get better than that!”

Meantime, Luke Caudle had driven down from Wigan to Northamptonshire to fight for the honours at Whilton Mill. With him on Sunday were ARC team-mates; Ed Brand, Lewis Scothern, Michael Comber and Will Waterman. With a heat win under his belt, Luke Caudle was further inspired when he got a phone call about what was happening at Three Sisters. He responded by winning the Senior TKM final. Not to be out-done, Scothern made sure that it was an ARC dominated podium by finishing 2nd. In TKM Intermediates, Mike Comber came through the pack to take a well judged win, and in 177 Rotax Ollie Blake took his 3rd podium in a row, scooping 2nd place.

Back to Graham Orchard, “I’m delighted with the lads’ performances. They all gave it their best and I have to say we’ve proved the ARC chassis works well in all weathers.”

For more information about ARC’s range of karts and their chassis and engine-preparation services, call ARC on 01327 855444 or visit

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LTW Stolen Equipment   (27/06)

In the early hours of Sunday 25th June 2006 the UK PCR agents, Lee Taylor Worldwide Racing Team’s race van was stolen from the team’s Cheshire premises with all race equipment on board. The team were due to take part in the Gold Cup meeting at Three Sisters the same day.

The van was a medium wheelbased Volkswagen LT35, white with PCR logos on both sides and rear, registration number: T719 TRP. Equipment stolen includes the following: PCR MINIK4 Cadet chassis; PCR Advance chassis; 2 x Comer W60 engines (serial numbers 1106 & 1072); 2 x Ogden Senior Rotax engines (serial number 777871); 1 x Clarke air compressor; 1 x HSS hire petrol generator; 2 x Unipro dataloggers; 4 x Baroni JICA carbs (anodised silver and blue); 1 x Baroni BF24 Type 5; 1 x Teng Tools roller cabinet with full Beta tool set. Various PCR spares, sprockets, tyre/wheel sets, also two lots of Driver Racewear including helmets, suits etc..
All missing engines have been logged with their respective UK importers.

Anyone with information should contact Lee Taylor on 07904 113 733 or or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Nigel Moore Wins And Loses   (27/06)

Clcik for larger image...Only a rare mechanical failure spoilt international kart racer Nigel Moore’s perfect weekend at Silverstone. Competing in the fifth and sixth rounds of the BRDC Stars of Tomorrow championship at the famous Silverstone circuit, he qualified fastest on each day. The heat wins eluded him on Saturday but on his BRM Junior Intercontinental A kart he was soon into the lead in the final, extending it to over three seconds. “The BRM chassis is very very good round here, and I was just cruising to save the tyres for the Sunday races,” said the fourteen year old from Long Marston in Yorkshire.

On Sunday he again topped the times for qualifying and went onto win both heats earning pole for the final. Fellow BRM driver James Godbehere made the better start, but Nigel was soon through and into the lead on the opening lap, pulling out a couple of seconds. But his right hand sidepod bodywork had fallen off and the officials showed him the mechanical flag to come in. “The sidepod steel bar snapped and that’s the first mechanical failure we have had this year,” he said after a quick pit-stop and a borrowed sidepod got him back into the race to earn a finish, albeit in twelfth place. “The setup on the kart was mega and we have gone away with another bagful of points, I should still be about 100 points in the lead of the championship,” the defending champion added before returning to Italy for further testing duties for his BRM factory team.

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The Kart Shop At Buckmore   (26/06)

The Kart Shop at Buckmore would like to congratulate their team drivers for their fantastic results at Bayford Meadows yesterday. Jesse Bannister, Jack Aitken, Daniel Shilling and Lee Jenner won Honda Cadet Rookie, Honda Cadet, Mini Max and Senior Rotax respectively. This was backed up by Luke Hooper on Kart Shop supplied equipment winning Junior Rotax. This also gave Tony Kart a clean sweep of the Rotax classes.

Anyone interested in testing the latest Tonykart Racer EVS chassis can contact the shop on 01634 672256 to organise a test.

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Motor Sports Council Report   (26/06)

At the recent meeting of the Motor Sports Council (Wednesday 14 June), a number of initiatives were approved for implementation.

The definitions of careless, reckless and dangerous driving will be removed from the regulations from 01 January 2007. In their place will come a new clause 'Driving in a manner incompatible with general safety, or departing from the standard of a reasonably competent driver.' This will remove the current confusion and potentially overlapping offences, while allowing stewards to vary the penalty according to the severity of the infringement.

With immediate effect the Off Road Committee will be renamed the Cross-Country Committee, bringing it in line with current FIA terminology. This is in preparation for the UK's first ever Baja GB, being held on 10-20 August.

The classification of timekeepers as National A and National B will cease at the end of this year. Henceforth all timekeepers will be classified as National and categorised according to their discipline - Speed, Race, Kart and Rally.

Also presented to Council were Recommended Guidelines for the operation of Local Authority/Charitable Touring Assemblies, often referred to as Static Cruises.

An editor has now been appointed to begin the process of rewriting the Blue Book. The first stage of this will come online in 2007, with a view to a full revision being completed for the 2008 season.

The full and official wordings from all regulation changes will be published in Motorsports Now! and the 2007 Blue Book.

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Lee Wood:  14.06.’83 – 10.06.’06   (26/06)

It’s his ready smile that Lee Wood will be remembered for.

But his quiet and easygoing demeanour hid a genuine passion for kart racing. Despite being a highly regarded mechanic with the Project One team, Lee’s first foray into the sport had been at a local indoor kart circuit. Instantly hooked, Lee soon progressed to racing Prokarts in Endurance events at Bayford Meadow.

It’s the image of Lee racing at Bayford that provides his father, Steve with some of his happiest memories, “It was his life. Lee was so enthusiastic. He was so quiet, he wouldn’t say ‘boo’ to a goose but when he raced, that’s when he expressed himself.”

Project One team owner, Gerrard Cox echoed, “Karting’s all he ever wanted to do. He was always happy and one of the hardest-working mechanics. A good, conscientious guy.”

A familiar face at club meetings, Lee had in the past two years become a popular character in the Dadson Gentlemen’s Challenge and 177 Rotax Super 1 paddock, spannering for his great friend Dave Wooder. Though their friendship had started out on a purely professional basis, the sheer amount of time spent racing, testing and travelling together had produced a deep friendship. Dave says, “He was a proper geezer. Just a nice person. He was brilliant round a kart.” He chuckles, adding “When I drove badly, he was angrier than me. Mind you, being so quiet he showed that by not talking to me. Last year at Rowrah, I came 3rd and we drove all the way home in silence!”

There are karting memories all around Lee’s family home but it’s that big smile that his family will remember most. As will all who knew him.

Condolences go to Lee’s family and friends, Dave Wooder and all at Project One.

The funeral will take place at 11am, 28th June at St. Mary Magdalene Church, Billericay, Essex.  All are welcome.

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Rissington Kart Club   (23/06)

Rissi are looking for a dozen or so TKM 4-strokers!

Rissington Kart Club would like to run a TKM 4-stroke class at their September meeting, including the Midland Championships, on 2nd & 3rd September, if they can get 10+ entries. (An A licence must be held for Midland Champs).

For more information please call Debbie on 01684 299292, or visit

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Club 125 Racing   (22/06)

Club 125 Racing are pleased to release their 2006/07 Winter and 2007 Summer Events.

Challenge Championship. Following on from the very successful 2006 Club 125 Racing MSA Challenge Championship, Club 125 are again promoting the Challenge Championship in both Winter 2006 / 07 and Summer 2007. The Winter Championship will be 4 rounds at three circuits and the summer will be 8 rounds at three circuits. Lydd Buckmore Park and Bayford Meadows will once again host these events. The popular 2006 format will remain the same.

Winter Sprint Events. 4 Winter Sprint events have been organised by Club 125 Racing for Senior Rotax and all other 125 cc 2 stroke TaG engines, including a 177 heavy’s class. This will be known as the ‘Kent Triple Circuit Championship’, going to Bayford 12/11/06, Lydd 07/01/07, Bayford 04/02/07 and Buckmore 04/03/07. Each event will see a practice, timed qualifying, 2 heats and a final. All above classes will race as one grid, race day awards per class. All four rounds count towards end of season championship trophies.

Open Endurance Summer Championship for 2007. Club 125 Racing have put together a 6 Round, 6 Circuit Championship for 2007, which will consist of two, 3 hour races for two independent mixed grids made up of; Class 1, being Senior Rotax & other TaG’s, Bilands, Eco’s and any other type engine up to 28 bhp, and Class 2, being all engines or twin-engined karts 18bhp and below; so you can either take part in or watch fantastic endurance racing all day. These will be non MSA events so licenses are not required. There are two winter rounds scheduled for Jan & Feb 07, which shall run to the same format, although due to daylight hours restrictions, races will be limited to 2.5 hours each.

For further information on any of the above, please contact Sue Hart at Club 125 c/o The Kart Store at Bayford Meadows circuit on 01795 473 300, or look at or e-mail enquiries to

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Taylor Winds Up The Wick   (21/06)

Clcik for larger image...Mackenzie Taylor’s season is just continuing to get better and better. After finishing a creditable 9th at a rain-lashed Larkhall in Scotland – the 13 year old is really beginning to pile the pressure on the Super 1 championship leaders. The Ashford teenager demonstrated his pace in Friday testing, and put his pace to good effect in qualifying - clocking in a 37.99 seconds, just 3/10ths shy of pole position. This meant Mackenzie would start from 13th place in each of his heats - unlucky for some, not for Mackenzie, who races better than he qualifies. He finished in 5th place in his 1st heat.

The rain fell in time for his 2nd race, but Mackenzie demonstrated his wet weather skills by motoring through the pack to finish 7th. Starting from row 3 for the main final, the Zip Young Gun was confident he could pull off a good result. Fulfilling this, he ran as high as 4th before a drying track began to reveal problems with his set-up. Mackenzie began to struggle with too much front-end grip which in turn forced the rear of his kart to step-out in the corners. Effectively, Mackenzie’s kart was like a pendulum in the corners. Hanging on tenaciously, the Top Kart driver clinched 9th place – another top ten finish. He said, “It’s another good, solid performance and puts me 7th in the championship - but 5th if you take into account dropped rounds!”

Mackenzie returns to Silverstone next week for the Stars of Tomorrow championship. This time though, he’ll be in the hot-seat rather than hanging out with Midland F1’s Tiago Monteiro, which he did at the British Grand Prix.

For more on Mackenzie Taylor and his latest racing, check out his website.

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Malvern Muscles Into Contention   (21/06)

Click for larger image...At the rain-soaked 3rd round of the British Super 1 championship at Larkhall in Scotland last weekend (17/18 June) - Scott Malvern was the man asking all the questions of the fancied front-runners.

With a fine 7th in the 1st final - where he beat current championship leader Ollie Millroy - Scott brought his Gillard kart home for a valuable points finish inside the Top 10. This gave him a 4th row start for the 2nd final. Scott and his Project One team opted to make a few changes to his kart’s set-up in order to make the most of this lofty starting position, and it worked a treat. As the lights flicked to green, Scott got a flyer. Within a handful of laps, the boy from Barkingside was running 3rd - and at one point could have made a daring lunge down the inside of the two leaders to snatch the lead. However, in a series where the points really do make prizes, Scott sensibly chose to hold station. Perhaps a little too cautious though, Scott was re-passed by Matt Truelove and Lee Bell but held on to finish a fine 5th.

Click for larger image...Overall, this was an exceptional weekend for Scott. Lacking the funds to test on Friday, he travelled to Scotland that evening, arriving in time for just a few hours sleep before jumping into the kart on Saturday morning. What’s more Scott has again proved what he lacks in cash, he makes up for in talent - putting himself right amongst the works and mega-budget drivers. Just think what he could do, with some more sponsorship!

If you would like to join Scott’s journey through karts into cars, please call Dominic Malvern on 07970 510 750. You can check out Scott’s website at

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2006 Super 1 At Larkhall   (20/06)

Round 4 of the MSA Super 1 Series took place at the South Lanarkshire circuit of Larkhall in Scotland last weekend, with the series again producing some excellent racing in unsettled conditions.

Formula A saw Riki Christodoulou take the chequered flag in the first final ahead of a hard charging Chris Rogers. The latter led from start to finish of the second final and finished ahead of Jason Parrott, Riki Christodoulou and Mark Litchfield, but was later penalised for jumping the start and the 10 second penalty received relegated him to fourth place.

It was a superb weekend for Shaun Carter in Formula ICA, scoring maximum points in both finals at one of his favourite circuits. He finished ahead of Raymie Eastwood and Lee Bell in the first final, and Jason Edgar and Matt Truelove in the second final and the wins elevate him to sixth place in the ICA Championship still headed by Ollie Millroy.

It was mission accomplished for 13 year Jack Harvey after winning both JICA finals and he came away from Larkhall very pleased with his weekend's work. It followed his maximum points haul in the previous round at PF International and he now leads the Formula JICA championship by 17 points from Oliver Rowland with Jordan Chamberlain currently occupying third place.

Short race reports on the Renault sponsored championships can be found here.

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The Kart Shop At Buckmore Star   (19/06)

The Kart Shop at Buckmore would like to congratulate Lee Jenner who at the Buckmore Park Club Meeting on Sunday 18th June achieved the unprecedented feat of winning all three heats and the final in Rotax Max. Lee who drives for The Kart Shop Team was driving a new TonyKart Racer EVS and now leads the Club Summer Championship by a considerable margin.

Anyone interested in buying a new TonyKart, or more information, should contact the shop on 01634 672256 for details.

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Ultimate Motorsport Clocks   (19/06)

Ultimate Motorsport Clocks take the brake disks from famous racecars and make them into clocks entirely by hand, and they proudly announce the release of the latest in their fantastic range of exclusive clocks - fresh from a 2005 Formula One car!

These carbon ceramic disks look stunning with real carbon fibre weave centres and gold metal hands and plaques. What is more, they are limited to a run of just 10!

Check these, and many more exclusive designs out at

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Passion Racing Summer Specials   (16/06)

Over the summer period Passion Racing has special discounts for spare parts. The structure is as follows:

Redspeed/Tonykart = 10% discount
CRG = 10% discount
Rotax = 10% discount
Dellorto = 30% discount

Call Simon on 01273 493299 with your order or for more information.  Offers end 31/09/06 and apply to in-stock items only.

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Teams - Circuits - Drivers   (15/06)

To be successful and to progress in motorsport is as much about marketing, PR and business, as it is about natural talent. Creating the right image is paramount. To generate sponsorship you need to create an interest in your activities. The greater interest you raise in your activities, the greater the potential for gaining sponsorship backing. The more substantial your financial backing, the more opportunities you will have for progression both as a driver and as a team owner. Sounds simple and obvious, but many don’t know where to start.  Look no further.

The team at Impact specialise in creative marketing. With a strong portfolio and being based in ‘motorsport valley’, Northamptonshire, they are perfectly positioned to serve all clients in the UK, as well as an impressive list on the International stage.

James Draper of Impact said; “We are offering complete and part packages for teams, circuits, and drivers. Our quality of product speaks for itself. See some of our striking videos.”  Examples such as Porsche, Royal Westmoreland, Club Infiniti and Prince Naseem.

Impact offer complete marketing solutions for circuits, teams and drivers, with services including: Video production; PR training; Press releases; Driver coaching; Printed driver marketing packages to assist Sponsorship Managers.

So, get in touch for a free consultation with the marketing team to see what they can do for you. Call James Draper at Impact on 01604 825500, or e-mail him on

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Had A Good Weekend?   (13/06)

Click for larger image...“We have used the Magura brakes at two different events and have had two people want to order them. I'm sure it's just a matter of time before good racers see the benefit of the brakes, (in the USA). I hate to give away our advantage but I guess you can't keep a great product a secret for too long in racing!”

That was Sam Wood - an American kart racer who bolted his Magura on for a race at a circuit in Maryland he’d never even seen before. He won every heat and the final.

Still not convinced that the Magura will give you the advantage here in the UK?  Here are some results from last weekend…

Glan Y Gors: Junior Max. Using the Magura for the very first time, Tom Wrigley wins the final and breaks the lap record - 3 times!
Rowrah: TKM Super 1. Oliver Bourton takes 2nd spot on the podium in Junior 4-Stroke.
Clay Pigeon: Senior Rotax. Charles Le Boutillier pulverizes the opposition to win by 3 seconds - and sets the fastest lap. He was using the Magura brake for the first time.
177 Rotax: Colin Wright takes 2nd place, sets the fastest lap and beats his personal best round a Dorset track - all with his Magura.
Senior TKM 4-Stroke: Rob Malcolm misses out on a podium by finishing 4th - but is rewarded with yet another fastest lap for a chassis fitted with a Magura. Click for larger image...

If you want later braking into and faster acceleration out of bends, you want a Magura!

Back to Sam Wood - “We choose Magura brakes because most people don't experiment much with braking, they’re only concerned with engine horsepower. Since most motors are very close, we wanted to gain an advantage in an area most are not concerned with.”

If you race in a class with control tyres and sealed engines, if you could buy yourself several tenths – legally – you’d do it, wouldn’t you?

Want a successful weekend like these guys? Better buy a Magura!

For more information about the Magura system, contact Venhill Engineering Ltd. Tel: 01306 885111, or ARC Motorsports Ltd. Tel: 01327 855444.

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Button’s Hawthorn Memorial Trophy   (12/06)

Click for larger image...British Formula 1 star Jenson Button was today presented with the coveted Hawthorn Memorial Trophy. The Honda Racing F1 Team driver received the trophy from the Rt Hon Peter Hain MP - Secretary of State for Wales and Northern Ireland - in advance of the Foster's British Grand Prix at Silverstone yesterday.

The Hawthorn Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the most successful British or Commonwealth driver in the FIA Formula One World Championship. It was first presented by the Hawthorn family in memory of Mike Hawthorn, who became Britain's first Formula One World Champion in 1958 but tragically died a year later.

Jenson won the award for the first time in 2004, ending a four year period of dominance by David Coulthard. In 2005, however, Button had to work harder to secure the award, narrowly beating Australian Mark Webber at the final race of the season. The outright record is held by Nigel Mansell; whose name appears seven times on the stunning piece of silverware.

"I am delighted that Jenson continues to lead the way for British drivers in Formula 1," commented Colin Hilton, Chief Executive of the Motor Sports Association. "His career is a great example to any young driver hoping to rise through the ranks of national motorsport to the pinnacle of international competition. The MSA remains committed to securing increased British representation at the highest level and we hope to make some interesting announcements to this effect before the end of the year."

Previous winners of the Hawthorn Memorial Trophy: 1959 - Jack Brabham (AUS) *, 1960 - Jack Brabham (AUS) *, 1961 - Stirling Moss (GB), 1962 - Graham Hill (GB) *, 1963 - Jim Clark (GB) *, 1964 - John Surtees (GB) *, 1965 - Jim Clark (GB) *, 1966 - Jack Brabham (AUS) *, 1967 - Denny Hulme (NZ) *, 1968 - Graham Hill (GB) *, 1969 - Jackie Stewart (GB) *,1970 - Denny Hulme (NZ), 1971 - Jackie Stewart (GB) *, 1972 - Jackie Stewart (GB), 1973 - Jackie Stewart (GB) *, 1974 - Denny Hulme (NZ), 1975 - James Hunt (GB), 1976 - James Hunt (GB) *, 1977 - James Hunt (GB), 1978 - John Watson (GB), 1979 - Alan Jones (AUS), 1980 - Alan Jones (AUS) *, 1981 - Alan Jones (AUS), 1982 - John Watson (GB), 1983 - John Watson (GB), 1984 - Derek Warwick (GB), 1985 - Nigel Mansell (GB), 1986 - Nigel Mansell (GB), 1987 - Nigel Mansell (GB), 1988 - Derek Warwick (GB), 1989 - Nigel Mansell (GB), 1990 - Nigel Mansell (GB), 1991 - Nigel Mansell (GB), 1992 - Nigel Mansell (GB) *, 1993 - Damon Hill (GB), 1994 - Damon Hill (GB), 1995 - Damon Hill (GB), 1996 - Damon Hill (GB) *, 1997 - Jacques Villeneuve (CAN) *, 1998 - David Coulthard (GB), 1999 - Eddie Irvine (GB), 2000 - David Coulthard (GB), 2001 - David Coulthard (GB), 2002 - David Coulthard (GB), 2003 - David Coulthard (GB), 2004 - Jenson Button (GB), 2005 - Jenson Button (GB).
* World Champion

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Come And Join In At Rowrah   (09/06)

Get along to Rowrah for their meeting celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Karting, (incorporating Club Championship and WTP Challenge) on Sunday 13th August, and just look what’s on offer.

Three heats and a final for all competitors * Free showers, toilets and overnight parking * Full canteen facilities, serving evening meals from 5 – 8pm on Saturday * Disco on Saturday evening from 8 – 11pm * Free ticket into draw for 15 minute helicopter ride (courtesy of Mr. Gill) * Free ticket into draw for day’s tuition by multiple British Champion (courtesy of Mark Fell) * Free ticket into draw for full day track hire – maximum 2 drivers * Driver of the Day award - £50 cash * Free draw for set of slick tyres * Free draw for free practice day sessions to end of the year – pre-race day practice only * Anyone holding a new lap record at the end of the day will receive a set of slick tyres * All class winners will receive free entry into next Club meeting (subject to minimum entry numbers) * Discount for teams of 5 or more drivers.
Practice all day Saturday 10 – 5pm – entry forms available on website –

Join Rowrah for their club meetings and get the following benefits for your drivers:
Discount for teams of 5 or more drivers – 10% off race entry fees * No charge for team awnings * Reserved team pit space by arrangement with club at no extra cost * Three heats and a final for all competitors * Free showers, toilets and overnight parking * Full canteen facilities, serving evening meals from 5 – 8pm on Saturday, subject to booking * Driver of the Day award - £50 cash * Free draw for set of slick tyres * All class winners will receive free entry into next Club meeting (subject to minimum entry numbers.)
Practice all day Saturday 10 – 5pm (subject to available light in winter) – entry forms available on website –

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Easykart UK   (08/06)

Sole UK Importer for Easykart - ACR has launched its new website for EasyKart.

The site contains all info on EasyKart including how to test one, engine and chassis information and how EasyKart races will be run.  For further details go to or call ACR on 01527 889595.

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Calling All Kart Racers   (07/06)

Have you entered the Karting magazine competition to win a full race event in a Biland?  A full race meeting driving a Biland kart including practice and technical support is waiting to be won.

You need only to e-mail your answer to a simple question to be in with a chance of winning this super prize.  See page 9 of the current edition (June) of Karting magazine for further details, or visit and get your entries in now.

Competition closes at noon on Wednesday 14th June. Be quick!

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TKM’s Return To Dunkeswell   (06/06)

Dunkeswell KC are keen to attract TKM racing back to the newly extended Devon circuit, and the club are running a special promotion for Senior TKM at their 24/25 June meeting. A Saturday practice and Sunday raceday package for £70 is on offer - non club members are also welcome.
Tal-Ko are supporting the event, and are providing prize vouchers down to third place.

The track is situated in the Blackdown Hills, Devon - classified as an area of outstanding natural beauty.  Free overnight camping is available on Saturday evening.

If you wish to enter, download an entry form at  and enclose £70 with the your completed form. Please state that you're entered in the TKM promotion when signing on for Saturday practice.  Any queries call 07795 257270.

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Stars Of Tomorrow JICA Championship   (05/06)

Clcik for larger image...International kart racer Nigel Moore has extended his lead in the British BRDC Stars of Tomorrow series with a fourth and a win at the Oxfordshire circuit at Shenington. The manufacturer supported BRM driver races in the Junior Intercontinental class, reaching speeds of 75 mph on the long straights at the Shenington circuit, defending the title he won in 2005. With two completely separate rounds on each day of the weekend, he took second fastest in timed qualifying on Saturday, and fastest on Sunday after a rival was eliminated for a procedural mistake. A heat win and third gave him pole for Saturday’s final, but despite leading the first half of the race he was shuffled down the tightly formed pack to fourth, the only blip in an otherwise successful weekend. A heat win and second on Sunday gave the 14 year old from Long Marston in Yorkshire pole position for the final again. Nigel pulled out a few lengths on the first lap but was reeled in by the pack after a scrap for second was resolved. Two drivers managed to get past with the new leader pulling away but this driver was later found to have an engine not complying to the strict rules of the class, giving him more power. He was excluded from the results, as was the second place driver for a mistake on his paperwork. This elevated Nigel back into first place with full points. “We experimented with the rear brake disc and it has paid off, but I was worried when I didn’t have the power to match the race leader,” said Nigel, who is based at the Tockwith Motorsports Centre. His biggest test of the year will come at the Braga track in Portugal for the mid-July European championship qualifiers but he has more British and French championship events to come before that.

Photograph courtesy of Chris Walker -

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MSA backs National Motorsport Week   (02/06)

The Motor Sports Association, governing body of UK motorsport, is delighted to announce its support for the inaugural National Motorsport Week, an initiative developed with the Motorsport Industry Association (MIA), to be held across the country from 12-20 August 2006.

Further details of National Motorsport Week will be announced in due course, but a series of initiatives will be held during the week aimed at introducing a wider audience to the excitement of motorsport, not just at the high-profile end of the sport but also at the grass roots.

The MSA will utilise its network of 700 member clubs, 34,000 licence holders and more than 10,000 volunteer officials to open the doors of motorsport at all levels. All affiliated clubs will receive an information pack providing guidance on how to publicise their involvement in National Motorsport Week and how to encourage the public and local media to get behind their activities.

Colin Hilton, MSA Chief Executive said: "Motorsport is one of the UK's greatest success stories. We can boast champions in almost every discipline and our reputation on the world stage is second to none. But domestically we face constant challenges in the development of the sport. We need to recruit fresh blood in terms of volunteers, spectators and participants. National Motorsport Week will give the whole sport a perfect opportunity to attract new people to activities the length and breadth of the UK. The MSA will encourage its clubs, venues and events to run initiatives that maximise the benefit of the week. We really hope that everyone will get involved for the greater collective benefit of UK motorsport."

Chris Aylett, MIA Chief Executive said: "We are delighted that the National Motorsport Week is now being jointly supported by both the sport and industry. Everyone can look forward to a full week of motorsport activity and fun right across the country. The concept is a simple one - 'take a mate to motorsport'. Introduce a friend who may be interested but who has never participated and let them enjoy the sport we all love. Whether it's one friend, two or ten, all we ask is that all those who enjoy motorsport should get involved. Increased participation is simply good news for the sport and the industry."

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Red Bull Track Attack   (02/06)

Formula 1 stars Vitantonio Liuzzi, Christian Klien and Robert Doornbos take on the regional qualifiers and celebrities such as Vicky Butler-Henderson, Myleene Klass, Ben Richards and Shane Lynch around the streets of Cardiff.

When Red Bull put on a show, they really put on a show so don't miss the carnage in Cardiff!  See it on ITV1 at 12:40pm on Saturday 3rd June.

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European Superkart Championship   (02/06)

After the first round held at Hockenheim, Germany in April with 60 drivers, the 2006 CIK-FIA European Superkart Championship will be in Most, Czech Republic on 9, 10 & 11 June 2006. The 4,220 metre circuit is located 60 miles (95km) north-west of the capital Prague, and the Czech event will be divided in two, with 48 competitors in the top category, Division 1, and 23 drivers in Division 2, the category of Superkarts powered by single-cylinder engines. Whereas Division 1 will have the second of its three rounds scheduled for 2006 (the final will be held at Assen in the Netherlands on 13 August), Most will be the only European event for Division 2.

In Division 1, Graham Barker and Damien Payart will continue the duel they began in Hockenheim, which they both left with a win and a second place apiece. They are therefore arriving at Most as joint first with 45 points each. The title holder, John Riley, is determined to make a recovery after the spin and the engine troubles he suffered at the first round. He had nonetheless managed to limit the damage in Germany but will try everything in Most to finish ahead of Payart and Barker in order to keep his chances alive in the chase for the European title. For the first time since the European Championship was revived in 2002, there will be a driver from another continent, a competitor who will even bring a triple touch of exoticism in the event because the driver concerned – J.R. Osborne – is American, his chassis – a Stockman – is from New-Zealand and his engine – a BRC – is Canadian! Osborne, who is used to playing leading parts in American Superkart races, could very well be a spoilsport for the best European drivers. The highest ranking outsiders are also Britain’s Malcolm Crowe and Steve Edwards, Sweden’s Thomas Johansson, Stefan Malm and Per-Olov Ogeborn, or Germany’s Martin Knauder and Michael Sadurski.

In Division 2, the German Guido Kleinemeyer and the Briton Gavin Bennett are tipped favourites, and in Most the latter will even take a gamble on racing in both Divisions! Other conspicuous drivers in Division 2 will be the former World Champion Perry Grondstra, the Dutchman Marcel Maasmann, the Czech Michal Bartak, the Norwegian Erik Martin Gjertsen and the German Wolfgang Fritz.

The results of the event will be published live on the CIK-FIA website. Friday will be dedicated to free practice and the first qualifying practice. The final qualifying practice and Races 1 of Divisions 1 and 2 are scheduled for Saturday. And on Sunday morning each Division will have its second race.

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Club Races At Lydd   (01/06)

The next club race scheduled to take place at Lydd on Sunday 11th June will be the first to use the newly located start position. Following discussions with the MSA the circuit has received approval to move the start line to a position along the back straight. This is being carried out to alleviate the difficulties that competitors have experienced through the first chicane after the current start line.

Thanks to the generosity of the on circuit traders, Wavertree Motor Sport, each competitor that signs on for an event will have his name entered into a free prize draw that will give the winner the chance to walk away with a set of slick tyres.

An additional attraction for competitors in 2006 is a scheme whereby everyone taking part in the remaining rounds of the Kent Kart Racing Club’s 2006 Championship will receive a free entry for the final round in December.

Entries for the next event close on Wednesday 7th June; for more information please contact Lydd Raceway on 01797 321895 (daytime) or 01797 362474 (evenings), or e-mail:

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Drivers Wanted   (31/05)

Due to unforeseen circumstances, The Zip Young Guns team has capacity for one or two drivers wishing to compete in the JICA Euro Qualifiers in Braga, Portugal alongside Oliver Rowland. The team can offer awning space or full arrive and drive packages depending on your budget. The closing date for entries is 7th June so hurry and book your place in the legendary team right now!  Drivers must have an International C Junior licence minimum.

E-mail or phone Richard Brunning or Martin Hines on 01992 463371.

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Philip Gough Racing   (30/05)

Click for larger image...Jake Parsons took 2nd place at Whilton Mill for Philip Gough Racing in May on his first visit to the circuit in 2006. His superb driving over the weekend saw him fastest in the wet on Saturday and then post 2 fastest laps during a very hot Sunday including in the Final where he was nearly 2 tenths faster than anyone else, proving that the TopKart Evo is the kart to have in all conditions.
This followed on from the success of team mate James Webb, who in April again took 2nd at Whilton, again on a TopKart Evo this time on a damp drying track, again proving the versatility of the chassis.
So who will take the first win between Jake and James? Or will it be PGR's Ashley White in Minimax or Alex Magee the teams third junior Max driver? They have both shown improving pace on their TopKart Evo's, in fact all 4 drivers have led races this year and it is only a matter of time before they visit the top step of the podium.

Philip Gough Racing are delighted with the progress of James, Alex and Ashley who are in their first 6 months of racing, "They are all highly talented drivers, the icing on the cake for us is Jake, now in his second year with us he is really showing what he can do since we changed to Zipkart. He is an unbelievable 10Kg over the weight limit and 6'1'' the kart is one of the lightest around and the progress he has made with us is fantastic, at Whilton in May he was simply awesome" says Philip Gough. " If you're good, you're good - things like weight don't matter. Some of the best drivers I raced against were over the weight limit." he adds.

For further information on the 2006 ZipKart Evo or TopKart Flash e-mail Philip Gough at - as an Official ZipKart Dealership they specialise in the Rotax classes running a team of junior drivers all using the TopKart Evo chassis, our drivers range from under 5' to over 6' and the kart works for them all.

Contact them now with your Rotax requirements and maybe you could get that win.....

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Calling All TKM Drivers – 18th June   (26/05)

Buckmore Park Kart Club in association with TKM are offering superb trophies and TKM vouchers (if sufficient class entries) for all TKM drivers in both junior and senior classes (2 stroke or 4 stroke) as part of the third round of the BPKC Club Championship on Sunday 18th June.

Chris Pullman, BPKC Club Director says "The TKMs used to be our strongest classes and we really want to try and attract full grids for this meeting. I am very grateful for TKM's support and I am sure we will attract a really strong entry".

Open practice will be available on Saturday 17th June between 10am and 4pm as well as between 9am and 12 noon on Wednesday 14th June. For further details please contact Sheila Rose, Club Secretary on 01634 661604.

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WTP Little Green Man Championship   (26/05)

The biggest Cadet only championship now kicks off in June, with all the unnecessary earlier problems with the new WTP engine now fully sorted. Due to the late start, there are still remaining places in this year’s series.

Round 1 will be at Wombwell on Sunday 11th June, followed by Shenington in July, Rowrah and Warden Law in August, PF International and Whilton Mill in September, with the final round at Kimboilton in October. A full list of the Little Green Man Championship race dates for WTP Cadets can be found here.

It’s a low cost championship, numbers awarded, one set of tyres, big prizes and above all great fun to do!

For more details on the championship, WTP engine sales or hire, contact JM Engineering on 01636 626424 or check for more details.

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Mature? A Little Overweight?   (26/05)

‘Heavy’ and ‘Veteran’ Senior TKM Extremes at the TKM Festival. These classes have not been promoted over the last few years and so the few drivers who decided to still race in either of these categories have found themselves mixed in with the grids of regular Senior TKMs.

This year the progressive new committee at Hunts Kart Racing Club have agreed (subject to number of entries) to split the grids and give the Veterans/Heavies grids split away from the lightweights. The classes will run to normal TKM Extreme rules with the following exceptions:

1. To qualify for the Veteran class a driver must be aged 40 years old or over on 12th August 2006.
2. To qualify for the Heavy class the driver must weigh a minimum of 80Kg (including all race gear) and the total weight of the kart and driver at the end of each race must be a minimum of 163Kg.

If you qualify please express your interest now!

Anyone who might consider entering the TKM Festival (12th/13th August at Kimbolton) in either of these specialist classes should drop a short e-mail to the coordinator Mr. Peter Rankin at There is no commitment at this time, but it would help judge the interest level and so give entrants time to dust off the old chassis and scrape the rust from the axle!

For anyone who has never been to the Festival, it’s an exciting and fun event with all drivers taking part in practice, a ‘qualifying’ session which gives heat points towards final grids, three normal heats and then a Pre-Final and Grand Final.

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Promomoto Extreme Graphics   (25/05)

Click for larger image...The guys at Promomoto were fed up of seeing sticker kits done badly, manufacturer kits being copied and other companies charging an extortionate amount of money for something that really could be done better, and so they have launched promomoto extreme graphics.

The Promomoto XTR1 is the first in a long line of cutting edge designs to appear this season. Initially available for Unico styles of bodywork in red, blue and green the XTR1 design not only looks good, but is also easy to fit and extremely durable, benefiting from their unique reverse printing process.

At a special introductory price of £65 +VAT (rrp: £75) the XTR1 should be seen as an essential part of your preparation for the next race.

Manufacturers and teams can also benefit from their custom design service, creating a design that is unique to your team or product at a cost to suit your budget.

Further information can be found at or by contacting us on: 01928 712194 or

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The World Cup At Suzuka   (25/05)

This weekend sees the main CIK-FIA event held in Japan getting back the World Cup status it enjoyed from 1991 to 2000; the event was replaced by the Asia-Pacific Championship for the last five years.  The international motor sport Mecca and venue of many Formula One Grands Prix, Suzuka also includes a 1264 metre Karting track on which drivers such as Jarno Trulli, Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button and Giancarlo Fisichella were all past winners.

With the revival of this World Cup, the event finds again all its past prestige, the best indication being the entry list, with 41 drivers in Formula A and the presence of most of the major works teams involved in Karting.

Winner of the Asia-Pacific Championship held last year on the same Suzuka circuit, the Frenchman Jules Bianchi will bear the number 1. In order to win again – after the very tactical victory he achieved in 2005 – he knows that he will have to come to terms with adversaries led by the Italian Marco Ardigo and the Frenchman Armand Convers, who recently shared the wins in the first round of the 2006 European Championship. Among the other candidates for victory, there are also the Italian ‘veterans’ Davide Fore and Sauro Cesetti, France’s Arnaud Kozlinski, Belgium’s Jonathan Thonon, as well as the young Briton’s Jon Lancaster and Riki Christodoulou. Obviously, Japanese drivers cannot be discarded from the forecast because when they compete in the Suzuka event they always have a ten-fold motivation at the thought of facing some of the current world references of Karting on their home ground. Indeed, in the past, Japanese competitors managed to get the better of the top European drivers, like in 1997 with Sano (Formula Super A) and in 1998 with Matsuya (Formula Super A) and Matsuura (Formula A).

The schedule of the event also comprises the single round of the Asia-Pacific Championship for the ICA category, as well as a series of events in connection with the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Karting.

Entry Lists.

CIK-FIA World Cup for Formula A

1. Jules Bianchi (F) Maranello-Parilla-B; 2. Jon Lancaster (GB) Birel-TM-B; 3. Sauro Cesetti (I) Birel-TM-B; 4. Riki Christodoulou (GB) FA Kart-Vortex-B; 5. Davide Fore (I) Tony Kart-Vortex-B; 7. Armand Convers (F) PCR-PCR-B; 8. Marco Ardigo (I) Tony Kart-Vortex-B; 9. Nicholas Risitano (I) Birel-TM-B; 10. Mitchell Cunningham (NZ) CRG-Maxter-B; 11. Alexander Sims (GB) CRG-Maxter-B; 12. Jonathan Thonon (B) CRG-Maxter-B; 14. Armando Parente (P) CRG-Maxter-D; 15. Helmut Sanden (D) CRG-Maxter-D; 16. Samuel Curridor (L) Birel-TM-B; 17. Mathys Harkema (NL) Birel-TM-B; 18. Hiroyuki Inoue (J) Intrepid-TM-B; 19. Arnaud Kozlinski (F) Intrepid-TM-B; 20. Juan Nieves (E) Intrepid-TM-B; 22. Hironobu Yasuda (J) Intrepid-TM-D; 23. Simo Puhakka (FIN) PCR-PCR-B; 24. Gary Catt (GB) Tony Kart-Vortex-B; 25. James Calado (GB) Kosmic-Vortex-D; 26. Hiroshi Umegaki (J) Birel-TM-B; 27. Aaron Lim Say Joon (MAL) Birel-TM-B; 28. Kazuya Ishii (J) Birel-TM-B; 29. Kazuumi Kobayashi (J) Tony Kart-TM-B; 30. Toshikazu Harada (J) FA Kart-Vortex-B; 31. Yuuki Suzuki (J) Swiss H.-Vortex-B; 32. Kento Umehara (J) Birel-TM-B; 33. Koudai Masuda (J) Birel-TM-D; 34. Tomoki Nojiri (J) Tony Kart-Vortex-B; 35. Tatsuya Hattori (J) Birel-TM-B; 36. Kasumi Sano (J) Zanardi-TM-B; 37. Koji Tsuda (J) Tony Kart-Vortex-B; 38. Kota Lee (J) Top Kart-TM-B; 39. Koji Wada (J) Maranello-Maxter-B; 40. Ryuji Yamamoto (J) CRG-Maxter-D; 41. Keita Kawaguchi (J) Zanardi-TM-B; 42. Naokatsu Nomura (J) Birel-TM-B; 43. Masaki Mori (J) Tony Kart-Vortex-B; 44. Keizo Miyoshi (J) Vanspeed-TM-B.

CIK-FIA Asia-Pacific ICA Championship

101. Matt Truelove (GB) Birel-TM-D; 102. Marco Wittmann (D) Birel-TM-D; 103. Adrien Tambay (F) Zanardi-Parilla-D; 104. Renan Batista (CH) CRG-Maxter-D; 105. Mun Sung-Hak (CH) CRG-Maxter-D; 106. Glenn Powles (AUS) MBA-TM-D; 107. Kristaps Méters (CZ) Maranello-Parilla-D; 108. Mark Bumgarner (RP) PCR-Vortex-D; 109. Michele Bumgarner (RP) Birel-Vortex-D; 110. Oliver Millroy (GB) Birel-TM-D; 111. Marco Zipoli (I) Tony Kart-Vortex-D; 112. Albert Costa (E) FA Kart-Vortex-D; 113. Hiroshi Murata (J) Zanardi-Parilla-D; 114. Kuniaki Noda (J) Tony Kart-Vortex-D; 115. Tenki Hiraki (J) Birel-TM-D; 116. Aiko Miyazaki (J) PCR-PCR-D; 117. Kenzo Yamagiwa (J) PCR-PCR-D; 118. Kan Imaeda (J) PCR-PCR-D; 119. Akari Iwai (J) Birel-TM-D; 120. Shohei Shiromoto (J) Vanspeed-TM-D; 121. Takeharu Nakamori (J) Sterlin-Parilla-D; 122. Fumiya Nakayama (J) Tony Kart-Vortex-B; 123. Yasutaka Tanaka (J) Maranello-Maxter-D; 124. Atsushi Sugihara (J) Maranello-Maxter-D; 125. Taiki Yanagisawa (J) Tony Kart-Vortex-D; 126. Takashi Katsuda (J) Kosmic-TM-D; 127. Ryo Fujii (J) Tony Kart-TM-D; 128. Naoya Gamo (J) Birel-TM-D; 129. Kentaro Matsuo (J) Zanardi-TM-D; 130. Motoi Nakajima (J) Swiss H.-Vortex-D; 131. Kouzuke Hattori (J) Birel-TM-D; 132. Toshiyuki Akizawa (J) Birel-TM-D; 133. Syusaku Yamamoto (J) CRG-Maxter-D; 134. Kazuya Kitada (J) CRG-Maxter-D; 135. Tsubasa Mekaru (J) Tony Kart-TM-D; 136. Mitsutoshi Hosaka (J) Kosmic-TM-D; 137. Yuji Kunimoto (J) Top Kart-TM-D; 138. Tin Sritrai (T) Birel-Parilla-D.

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Rotax Mojo Max Euro Challenge   (24/05)

It was a weekend of mixed results for some of the frontrunners at the South Garda Karting circuit last weekend where the Rotax Mojo Max Euro Challenge reached the halfway stage.

Martin Pierce did best of the Brits, finishing behind Damien Vuillaume of France but ahead of Wesleigh Orr of Belgium in Senior Max.
In Junior Max it was the 2005 German Junior Max Champion Toni Greif that took the top step of the podium after an eventful final, ahead of Jeffrey van Bergeijk (Netherlands) and Alexander Bessac (France). There was a good showing from David Sutton (GB) and polesitter Jack Hawksworth (GB), but Hawksworth was the biggest loser at the weekend after suffering a damaged exhaust at the restart of the final when Daniel Schellnegger (Austria) ran into the back of him.
After an excellent first round at the Salbris circuit in France, Colin Davis fought hard for a place on the podium in the Masters class but finished outside of the top three behind Jerome Bourquard (France), Claudio Piazza Musso (South Africa) and Christophe Adams (Belgium).
The DD2 class saw another masterful display from Wesleigh Orr (Belgium) who finished the final almost 10 seconds ahead of his nearest challenger Wesley Vyt (Belgium) with Arnold Neveling (South Africa) taking third place.

Race reports can be found here.

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2006 Super 1 At PFI   (23/05)

Round 3 of the MSA Super 1 Series suffered appalling weather conditions at the PF International circuit last weekend, resulting in the cancellation of the second of the two finals in all Formulas and an early close to the weekend’s proceedings. Double points from each of the three finals that were run were awarded to drivers as per regulations, but it was not popular with everyone and some stand to gain a lot more than others.

In Formula A, reigning champion Mark Litchfield was able to extend his championship lead after a fine win in the first final. Following him home were Jason Parrott and Jamie Croxford.
Riki Christodoulou dropped out of the top 6 in the championship standings after suffering a mechanical failure and leaving the meeting without scoring.

Ollie Millroy took the win in Formula ICA after starting 7th on the grid and with points doubled he extended his championship lead in Formula ICA. Jonathan Walker and Tristram Oman filled the other two podium places.
Adam Batch was understandably disappointed after leading for most of the first final, but finished way down the field after a small error sent him off track and there was no chance of making amends later in the day.

An exciting Formula ICA final saw polesitter Jack Harvey have a terrific early battle with Oliver Rowland for the lead but then found himself relegated to third place after being passed by Tom Patterson. His head didn’t drop though and he mounted a charge that saw him take the lead and the chequered flag on the final lap, in front of Tom Patterson and Oliver Rowland.

Short race reports on the Renault sponsored championships can be found here.

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Karting Legend Zooms Back   (22/05)

Click for larger image...One of Karting’s best known characters, Jonathan Bishop (pictured left), has been appointed as Managing Director of Zoom Kart Mart Ltd., the company he ran previously until it was sold to Nottinghamshire businessmen and Karting enthusiasts, David and Julian Smith, last year.

Parts specialist Zoom, which has been enjoying a new lease of life since the changeover, will benefit from Bishop’s tremendous experience in every area of the sport, from racing, running a very successful team to setting up Zoom 11 years ago and taking it into the top three in the market.

After the appointment was confirmed, Julian Smith explained: “It is a sign of the success of the venture since we took over last year that we have appointed a Managing Director of Jonathan’s stature so early on. We have been delighted with the direction the company has taken and wanted to make sure that we had a dedicated person at the helm who could deliver an even better service to our customers.

“While enjoying running Zoom, I have other business interests and could not give it the time it deserves to take our many new ideas forward. We therefore felt that Zoom needed a dedicated MD, with experience in the market and who really understands the karting world. As one of the original Zoom team, Jonathan fitted that description perfectly and we know that we were very lucky to get him.”

Bishop himself is looking forward to a whole new challenge with the company that he helped start up. “It’s good to be back! I think that it will be very exciting to put my ideas together with those already in action by the current Zoom team. They are a really good bunch and I’m sure that we will work well together,” he said.  “We have some great plans that will really please our customers, so the future is definitely rosy!”

Contact Zoom Kartmart on 01623 512463 or e-mail:

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Lee Taylor Worldwide   (22/05)

Lee Taylor Worldwide Ltd., UK agents for PCR race karts and equipment have joined forces with renowned Rugby brand Canterbury to supply and develop the new range of Armourfit T-shirts for Kart Racing drivers and Teams.

Launched last year by world’s leading rugby brand Canterbury of New Zealand, Armourfit has proved to be the revolutionary sporting success product of the past 12 months, optimising an athlete’s performance, whatever their sporting arena.

Armourfit is skin-tight yet flexible, reducing energy sapping muscle oscillation whilst allowing full freedom of movement. These ‘compression’ properties support and promote muscle alignment, which significantly prevents muscle fatigue from lactic acid build-up during maximum intensity training, helping quick recovery. Armourfit also features Canterbury of New Zealand’s innovative moisture transport system, which ‘wicks’ sweat away from the body. Armourfit is available in two product lines: cold garments, which insulate athletes in the coldest of climates; and hot garments, which keep athletes cool in the hottest temperatures.

Armourfit is worn by the world’s leading rugby internationals (union and league) including the Springboks and Wallabies, was worn by members of England’s victorious Ashes winning team last summer, and is the official base-layer to the England men’s and women’s hockey teams, England lacrosse team, as well as leading soccer, squash, tennis and marathon running athletes.

Armourfit is available in adults and kids sizes and men’s and women’s styles. Any interested drivers, teams or stockists please visit the Lee Taylor website or email

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Kartline Tyres   (19/05)

Kartline are delighted to announce that their "SR" compound tyre has been selected for the British 24 hour race being held at Teeside Autodrome.

Organiser Bob Pope said; "We have chosen Kartlines as they have given us good service in the Le Mans event over the past few years, give excellent performance and are extremely consistent.”  The event takes place on the weekend of 19/20th August and entry forms are available from Teesside Karting.

Anglia Karting of North Pickenham is another venue that has recently make the switch to Kartline tyres for their Endurance Pro Kart race series. Other series are lining up for the change, joining the Open Endurance Kart Championship, the Subarukart series, RetroRacer Historic series and the 24 hours of Le Mans (rental kart class) events.

"A European manufactured tyre of this quality available for £49.90 + vat per set has caused quite a stir within the sport at a time when reducing costs is paramount and seems to have hit the target with many series organisers" spokesman Martin Gilbert said. "Additionally we are prepared to sponsor any series that makes the switch to Kartline tyres in the form of prize tyre sets, by way of putting something back in return."

Kartline can be contacted by phone on 01525 370752 or by e-mail to

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ABkC O Plate for Prokarts and W/F   (17/05)

Llandow Kart Club are pleased to announce that the 2006 ABkC O Plate for Junior Honda, Senior Honda and Senior World Formula (not Cadet or TKM) will take place at Llandow on the weekend of 24th/25th June alongside the regular club meeting.

This is a fantastic opportunity for drivers to sample Llandow’s extended 1100 metre circuit and the club’s friendly atmosphere as well as get experience of the track ahead of the Welsh Championships (15-16 July), the ABkC Internations (01-03 September), the NKF (17 September), the Biland O Plate (29 October) and the Celtic Championship (10 December), all of which take place at Llandow this year.

Entry fees are £80 per driver, including a full day of practice on Saturday and £65 for a second family member with big grids guaranteed in both Honda classes.

Honda engines must comply with the Ratpro Honda technical regulations dated February 2005 Issue 2 as published on the Ratpro website. Please note this is not as per the MSA Gold Book.

Entry forms can be downloaded from the club website with drivers asked to place ‘O PLATE’ on the regular entry form.

Entry forms to be POSTED (not faxed) to the LKC Competition Secretary Julie Lipscomb, 37 Monk Street, Aberdare, Mid Glamorgan, CF44 7RF. Phone 01685 874814 (6:30-9pm only). Entries must be received (including all paperwork) by Wednesday 21st June.

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The Rotax Euro Challenge   (17/05)

Click for larger image...The famous South Garda Karting Circuit at Lonato will play host to the second round of the Rotax Mojo Max Euro Challenge this weekend, as the championship again draws almost 150 competitors from around the world.

Back in 2004, the first ever Euro challenge race meeting of this series was held at another well-known Italian circuit at Pomposa. Lonato welcomes the event back to the country that is known by many as the home of karting in Europe. Located south of the magnificent Garda Lake in northern Italy, the Lonato complex is a popular tourist area between Milan just 100km away and Venice about 250km. The original circuit was built in 1989 by Mr Angelo Corberi and has undergone several changes in this time. Today it is renowned for being the local test track for many of Italy’s kart chassis and engine manufacturers.

South Garda boasts a long list of famous motor racing drivers who have competed there, with many Formula 1 pilots including Trulli, Schumacher, Fisichella, Zanardi, Liuzzi and Rosberg Jnr to name just a few. It is not unusual to see some of the past champions mixing it on the track at Lonato with the World’s best like Forè, Piccini, Beggio, Rossi and many of the drivers who are in the elite level of karting in 2006. Probably the most prestigious event of all most people are familiar with is the annual Winter Cup, which starts the season off in Europe in late February. Now in its 11th year, the Cup has continued to attract drivers and teams worldwide to race for the coveted trophy. In 1996, South Garda also played host to the CIK World Championships and over the years, many other European series events.

According to Mr Marco Corberi from South Garda Karting, the decision was made to bring the Rotax Euro Challenge to their circuit after meeting with event organiserClcick for larger image... Roland Geidel form RGMMC Establishment. “Since our track is very well known around the world in karting, we took this opportunity to be part of this championship. We also have a commitment this week to demonstrate the infamous Italian hospitality to all the competitors and supporters who will visit Lonato for the event, to make it a memorable one.”

Red Bull will also join in the fun and are throwing a huge BBQ for all the drivers and their teams to get together at the complex Friday evening to relax and enjoy some great food, live music and entertainment. Following the “Night of Speed” party, they have extended the invitation for those who want to party-on at a local dance club in Lonato. The friendly atmosphere is one thing that the Euro Challenge is renowned for and the locals are making no exception in Italy.

All the action of the racing will again be captured be RaceWorld TV at this round of the series, so all the fans who are unable to make it to the meeting can still see some of the best Rotax Max racing in the World. Following the Salbris event last March in France, around 2 million people tuned in around the globe in 55 nations to see the telecast and more than 40,000 visited the channel’s website to watch the finals. RaceWorld TV founder Bert Davies has recently announced that the footage from the Euro Challenge will stay online over the season so fans can watch it on-demand. The first broadcast of the Lonato event by RaceWorld TV on Astra Digital will go to air Wednesday 24th May, at 21.00 and the following day Thursday, 25th May at 18.00. Check RaceWorld TV from Tuesday, 23rd May for highlights and further programming details.

Official practice for the ROTAX MOJO Max Challenge will begin for the Senior and Junior Max, Rotax DD2 and Masters classes on Wednesday, 17th May and continues through to Friday afternoon qualifying. Saturday is jam-packed with heaps of qualifying heats to keep the spectators on their toes, while Sunday is finals day. To see the championship results so far and live timing over the weekend, make sure you go to

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A Winning Weekend   (16/05)

It’s been another podium packed weekend for the racers in the ARC awning – this time at the B4 Super One Series round at Whilton Mill. Click here for larger image...

Nobody was ever going to stop Michael Comber winning the Formula Junior Intermediate TKM.

The 15 year-old Thrussington driver dominated the field of 11 right through the heats – to the top step of the podium.

The final saw him annihilate the opposition right from the off, and lead all the way to the chequered flag, seconds ahead of the next driver.

The most hotly contested race of the day was definitely TKM Extreme. This saw a terrifying amount of drivers – 43 in the total – battling it out, literally and often painfully, for the top spot.

Click for larger image...But ARC ace Luke Caudle came through his heats well, lining up on the front row for the final. At the start, Caudle got the jump on Ryan Cole and the rest of the pack, but his lead proved to be short-lived. At this level, just the slightest mistake can cost you big-time and Luke discovered this as he ran wide in a corner. The shoulders relaxed but his head didn’t go down, and he set about carving his way back. Team boss, Graham Orchard – “He went for the maximum points he could achieve in a very difficult field. He fell to 5th and did well to come back, so 2nd is a good result all things considered.”

Despite giving their all and driving extremely well, team-mates Luke Herbert, Lewis Scothern, Luke Woodland, Wayne Macaulay and Martyn Lyell faired less well, but Herbert can be happy with being in the championship Top Ten.

In Junior TKM, Ed Brand claimed 4th after a fine display. Despite being comparatively new to this level of racing, Ed’s already performing like a seasoned campaigner. Graham Orchard again – “He’s absolutely dynamic, an exceptional driver. Ed’s a future champion, definitely one to watch.”

So, how does he sum up the weekend…?

“Positives: Ed Brand’s 4th, Luke Caudle’s 2nd and of course Mike Comber’s 3 heat wins and the final.

Negatives: Will Waterman’s exclusion for a minor infringement – the punishment didn’t fit the crime.”

Photographs courtesy of Chris Walker -

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Vega News   (15/05)

From Vega Italy: Some drivers have been experiencing pin holes appearing in the tread of SL8 tyres and are concerned that this may affect the tyres performance. We have inspected the tyres at the factory and can say that the holes are caused by tiny pockets of air being trapped in the compound during the extrusion process. This does not affect the tyre performance and we confirm that the tyre compound and construction comply with their product specification. We have also tested the tyres under race conditions and can again confirm that the holes do not affect the tyre performance in any way.

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EKC – 2006 Endurance Champs   (15/05)

EKC will be running its next two rounds of the 2006 championship at Barton Stacey, near Andover in Hampshire. On Sunday 21st May the event is 2 x 3 hour races with the first race starting at 11am.

To date the EKC series has been well supported with 25 teams attending each of the other two rounds and everyone involved looks forward to many other teams joining this growing Championship. You can register online now at or e-mail:

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Lydd International Raceway   (12/05)

The Lydd International Raceway will be open all this weekend for open practice for owner/drivers. The day will start as usual at 10:00 and run through until 16:00 on both days and track fees are the usual £40 for non-members and £35 for members.

This will be an ideal opportunity to get in some valuable testing time, and with what looks like good weather forecast for the weekend, a unique chance to get in some dry laps at Lydd!

Booking are now being taken on 01797 321895.

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Irish Tyre Special   (12/05)

Get 2 sets of Bridgestone YGK slick tyres for just £150 + VAT (where applicable) and carriage.

Stocks are limited so don't delay!  Call 01992 463371 or visit

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BPKC Summer Championship   (11/05)

The second round of the BPKC Summer Championship for MSA and ABKC classes takes place on Sunday 21st May. Open practice is available between 10am and 4pm on Saturday 20th May. The meeting features a round of the Biland Challenge. Overnight parking is available on Friday 19th and Saturday 20th. Additional open practice is available on Wednesday 17th May between 9am and 12 Noon.

For further details please contact Sheila Rose, Club Secretary on 01634 661604.

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Two Victories For Nigel Moore   (08/05)

Click for larger image...14 year old Yorkshire kart racer Nigel Moore took two stunning victories in the BRDC Stars of Tomorrow series at the Rowrah circuit in Cumbria. A new format for 2006 sees complete sets of heats and races on both Saturday and Sunday.

It was a typical Rowrah with changeable conditions and the team were right on top of it with the right set-up all the way through, he explained. In the first final he had a tough battle to come out on top, but in the second a great start led to a two second victory. He had earlier gambled on using slick tyres in the timed qualifying session when almost everyone else chose treaded wet weather tyres. That was a big gamble but it paid off with fastest time, he said. That led to a win and a second in the heats, giving him pole position for the final. The first race was very tough, there were a lot of drivers very close but Rowrah is one of my favourite circuits. I like the way it goes up and down hill, said the factory supported BRM driver.

Nigel returns to the Italian Open Masters Series this weekend, to the third round. He was lying second in that series but had a disappointing second round, dropping him to fifth place overall. We have full factory support from BRM, who are based in Italy, and I am confident we will be right on top this weekend again, he predicted.

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Sims Back On Track   (08/05)

International kart racer Alexander Sims put in a stunning performance on his return to the European Championships after a year’s absence. In the first round of the CIK/FIA Formula A rounds at La Conca in Italy he qualified fourth and chalked up a first, second and third in his heats, putting him on grid three for the first long final. Alexander has been absent from the scene recovering from a bad skiing accident in early 2005.

The Pinchbeck eighteen year old converted the third to a disappointing sixth in the first final. “There was so much tyre rubber sticking to the track, it was rubbing on the bottom of my seat and slowing the kart down,” he explained. After raising the seat for the second final, it rained and everyone had to fit treaded rain tyres. Alexander immediately snatched second place but later in the lap he was knocked off the track by one of his rivals. “It was a great weekend other than the second final, and it’s good to be back on the pace, although the final results don’t quite reflect my speed this weekend. However we have got a handful of points to take away,” said the Ocean Spray sponsored driver.

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CIK-FIA European Karting Championship   (05/05)

You can follow 'live' the results of the first round of the 2006 CIK-FIA European FA, ICC and Super-ICC Championships, which takes place this weekend in La Conca (I).

This link to the CIK-FIA webpage of the event also includes a 30 second video presentation prepared by Eurosport, with some comments on karting by Michael Schumacher.

Eurosport will broadcast live the Races 2 of the Formula A and ICC classes on Sunday 7th May, on its Eurosport 2 channel, from 5 to 6pm local time. For those who would not have Eurosport 2, the same images will also be broadcast live on the CIK-FIA website.

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Cumbria Kart Racing Club   (05/05)

Cumbria Kart Racing Club have recently upgraded their facility to now provide drivers with three Alfano strips. The strips are set at roughly third distances and give useful information on split times, etc. They will be available for use for the first time at the Stars meeting, and all subsequent kart meetings.

Investigations are also taking place into installing a permanent Pi beacon to assist with people using that system.

Whilst on the subject of improvements, the club has also recently signed an agreement with SuperSports Timing for a new timing and results system incorporating an automated lap counter. Club Spokesman Iain Blair said "We are using this to improve the information available to our drivers and were very impressed with the flexibility and ease of use of the SuperSports system, which we paralleled with our own system at the recent April club meeting. We should hopefully have it in place for the May meeting, but will definitely have it in for June, together with a new start lights gantry."

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The Magura Brake System   (05/05)

Do you want to be a winner this weekend?
Do you want to drive quicker laps, and blast past your rivals under braking?
Do you want to take the chequered flag in a position where you get to mount the podium and hear the crowd’s applause?

Click for larger image...Yes. People applauding your driving?  How good would that feel?  Fantastic!

Then why haven’t you got a Magura Brake System yet?

The evidence from the circuits this season shows that with a Magura, you can’t help winning. Fitting a Magura is a race changing experience.

Here’s the science bit …

JICA racer Richard Bradley bought and fitted his Magura system in time for the Wigan clubbie on 25th/26th February. He won it. The following weekend at PFI, he won again. A month later back at the Lincolnshire circuit the 14-year old won all three heats and the final. He says “I find the kart a lot better and easier to drive since fitting the Magura. I’ve found a lot of speed compared with a normal brake, and it is so much lighter which is great for me as I am 6 foot tall and a few kilos over the weight.” Click for larger image...

Llandow Kart Club. TKM Junior 4 Stroke.
In 1st place Oliver Boughton, in 2nd place Carly Latcham. Both drivers using Magura 908.1 brake system.

A Magura sponsored driver in Junior Rotax is Andrew Lawrence. After the 2nd round of the MotorsTV karting challenge, he’s in 6th place out of 25 drivers.

But why is the Magura so good?  Thanks to the 908.1’s four pad self-adjusting system, drivers now have more stable braking, meaning they can do it much later and with more control - leading to increased acceleration and a better overall performance, and because it’s much lighter than the majority of other brakes – it gives an advantage to heavier and taller drivers.

Isn’t it about time you got a Magura?

For more information about the Magura system, contact Venhill Engineering Ltd on 01306 885111, or ARC Motorsports Ltd on 01327 855444.

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Kart Teams Raise Cash For Sick Kids   (05/05)

Click for larger image...Teams taking part at the Super 1 meeting at Lydd International Raceway over the last Bank Holiday weekend have helped sick kids whose poor health prevents them from going karting. £1,250 for Great Ormond Street Hospital was raised during the meeting.

Dannie Pennell of Dadson Motorsport co-ordinated the donation – asking all the competing teams, and his Dadson Gentlemen’s Challenge competitors, to put their hands in their pockets. “I think it is really important that we, and the kids competing, remember those who are less fortunate and cannot enjoy themselves by coming kart racing. Just a small amount – the cost of one tyre perhaps – can make a real difference to Great Ormond Street.”

Dannie’s got plans to take this initiative to other events and other circuits throughout the year. The picture shows Dannie on the left with Super 1 Series organiser Neil Hann.

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More Equipment Stolen   (04/05)

£500 reward for information leading to the recovery of karts and equipment stolen from White Notley, Essex on Saturday, 29th April 2006 at 4.45pm.

Items taken include a 10' lg GRP box trailer with double rear doors, single caravan type offside door, plastic nose cone. Trailer has new floor and galvanised steel panels to both sides approx 16" high, bench is fitted in near side front corner.
A Rotax Max No 536812 on TRT chassis, blue frame and black bodywork, and a Birel Bambino kart used only once, red in colour with 50cc Comer engine.
Two race suits one blue and white with Eclipse Motorsport on rear, one green and white with Seimens on front. Two crash helmets one white OMP, one junior motocross type blue, and various tools and spares including two sets of wet wheels and tyres.

Anybody with any information please e-mail: or ring David on 01268 778326 (work), or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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ARC Reflex Max Kart Stolen   (03/05)

Click for larger image...Thieves broke into the garage of a Whilton Mill Kart Club Director’s Northampton home overnight last night (2nd/3rd May) and took away a virtually brand new kart.

Less than a month after taking possession of a new blue ARC Reflex chassis number 5016, the kart has been stolen. It is fitted with the brand new four pot, four pad fully floating disk Magura braking system, which is blue in colour. The engine is a FR125 Max number 767075, and has a seal attached.  It bore the race number 29, has pearlescent white bodywork, with the new ARC decals. Under the engine mounting and on the floor pan there are adhesive, abrasive sections that were added. Also the nose has a large black tyre mark on the front left side. The wheels are black with a milled aluminium strip about 5mm wide just inside the rim, these are not usually fitted to the ARC.

Anyone with any information should contact Peter Wilkins on 07789 690129, or telephone Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. There is a reward for its return!

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2006 Super 1 At Shenington   (02/05)

An eventful meeting last Sunday saw twice Formula A karting champion Mark Litchfield do enough with a win and a 4th place finish to take the overall Championship lead in Formula A.

Going into the Shenington round Ollie Millroy was joint Championship leader in ICA, but after second places in both finals he left the Oxfordshire circuit delighted and as the outright Formula ICA leader.

What a perfect weekend for 13 year old Jordan Chamberlain, after winning all his heats he went on to take the win in both finals and the lead in the Formula JICA Championship.

Short race reports on the Renault sponsored championships can be found here.

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Karting Ace Back For Second Term   (01/05)

Click for larger image...British championship frontrunner, Will Waterman, has received the continued backing of education sector specialists, Education Direct, as he targets this year's national karting title.

2006 marks the second year of the association between the Rochester based firm and Waterman, who finished fifth overall in last year's Junior British Karting championships. Racing powerful 100cc karts - with a 0-60mph acceleration of under four seconds and a top speed of 70mph - the 15-year old started as one of the pre-season favourites to take this year's title.

Education Direct - which provides suppliers of education materials with software solutions and targeted direct mail services - is set to back Waterman in the six-round championship and a number of other major televised events.

Director, Jason Gould, commented: "Will is a very promising young racing driver and we're keen to see that his talents don't go to waste simply because of a lack of funding. He had a tremendous season last year and is getting better all the time, so I see no reason why you won’t be hearing a lot more of his name in years to come."

Waterman bounced back from a disappointing opening round of the championship, to storm from 26th to 9th place in round two of this year's British Karting Championships at the Kimbolton raceway, near Cambridge. Having sorted out some performance issues with his new race kart, Waterman is targeting a podium finish at the next event, which is being held at his home circuit of Whilton Mill, near Daventry, on 14th May.

As the UK's leading direct marketing agency for the education sector, Education Direct offers clients an unrivalled suite of specialist services, including list rental, marketing software and call centre, as well as a comprehensive mailing service.

You can follow the progress of Will Waterman in this year's British Championships by visiting his website at

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Kart Art - Unique Paintings   (28/04)

Click for larger image...Passion Racing has created Kart Art in a partnership with Katherine Berry.

Katherine is a trendy artist hailing from London who has the ability to take a photo and produce a painted canvas from the image.

A larger size canvas can be around 1meter x 1meter, with a price tag of between £150 and £350, depending on complexity of the photo. The painting featured on the left here is of Martin Pierce, 3rd place in the world finals. (£250 + vat).

Click here for the Passion Racing website and further examples.

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Credit Card Style Licences Coming   (28/04)

The Motor Sports Association, the governing body of UK motor sport, has announced plans to fast-track the introduction of credit card licences, possibly for launch as early as next year.

The MSA issues more than 34,000 licences every year, across a variety of disciplines. Traditionally the licence has been in a paper format, but with the increase in technology new options have presented themselves. Since 2005, licences have been equipped with barcodes to facilitate more efficient processing of applications and this has enabled competitors to track the progress of their licence applications on-line through the MSA website.

“The introduction of bar coding has had a huge impact on our service levels,” says Colin Hilton, Chief Executive of the Motor Sports Association. “We now turn round licences in days rather than weeks and because people are able to follow the progression of their licence, calls to the licensing department have dropped by about 80%, leaving the staff free to process them ever more quickly.”

The next stage in modernising the process involves the switch to plastic licences so that every competitor will receive a credit-card sized document, containing most of the information currently accommodated on the paper licence. However, what might initially seem a straight-forward and obvious policy decision, is not without its challenges.

“There are a number of factors that mean that this is not as simple as it sounds,” explains Hilton. “Driving endorsements and upgrading signatures are currently marked on licences by hand and this is even stipulated in the Blue Book, so not only do we have to create an electronic system of logging and monitoring amendments, but we also have to rewrite the regulations accordingly.”

“Coupled with this is the significant cost implication. If we were to propose an increase in licence fees to pay for the new card licence, I am certain that many people would say 'I'll stick with the paper version thanks,' so we have to also accommodate the costs of the new system. However, it is definitely the right way to go and is another significant step forward in the modernisation of the MSA.”

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MSA Announce Complete Review Of Blue Book   (27/04)

The Motor Sports Association, the governing body of UK motor sport, has announced a 'root and branch' review and rewrite of the Blue Book - the Competitors' Yearbook that details the regulations that govern every discipline of four-wheeled motorsport in the UK.

The independent review will examine all elements of the Blue Book, including readability, cross-referencing and relevance. It will be the most comprehensive review of the regulations ever undertaken by the MSA. Once completed, the regulations could then be re-formatted and split into separate booklets to ensure that competitors only receive the regulations that are relevant to their particular discipline.

The project has been initiated by new MSA Chairman Alan Gow.  “The Blue Book currently comprises 30 sections, 330 pages and over 150,000 words,” says Gow. “It is, at best, difficult - at worst, impossible to make sense of the contents. It's not surprising that many competitors have not fully read the rules - for the most part they are over-complicated and confusing. We should simplify, condense them and then issue people with just those rules that reflect their participation; they will then be able to read and understand them better.”

“The current regulations are the inevitable result of many rewrites, clarifications and amendments through the years; so it's going to take a long time to decipher the current rules and strip them back to their fundamental meaning. We will not be able to deliver this in time for next year as it's a huge and expensive undertaking, but we are also looking to make some interim changes to the layout of the current Blue Book that at least helps the user until we have fully completed the project.”

“This is a very important project,” explains Colin Hilton, Chief Executive of the Motor Sports Association. “We are constantly trying to reduce the barriers to participation across the board to make it as easy as possible for people to compete. One of the critical elements in that process is ensuring that people are able to understand the rules. Like everything else there are downsides, notably the financial implications of the revised print specification, but this is another vital step in the modernisation of UK motor sport.”

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Sonic Carb Cleaning   (27/04)

Click for larger image...Passion Racing has launched its sonic carburettor cleaning service, specifically aimed at the Max market. The Dellorto carb is stripped down and every component checked for damage, wear and tear, legal parts and sonic cleaned, the carburettor is then rebuilt using the Dellorto gasket set.

The cost is £27 plus vat and includes the labour, gasket kit and delivery from Passion Racing to the customer. (Not included are extra parts that need to be replaced, but you will be advised of any problems before assembly.)

Contact Simon on 01273 493299 for further information on sonic carb cleaning and for other services offered by Passion Racing.

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Karters Get Chance To Make Their Mark   (26/04)

This weekend drivers in the Renault-backed championships within the ELF B4 Group Super One Karting Series have the opportunity to enhance their reputations in front of prospective single-seater car racing teams, including Formula Renault UK, during round two of the season at Shenington Kart Racing circuit. Every Formula Renault UK and Formula Renault BARC team manager has been invited to attend the two-day meeting at the Oxfordshire circuit giving the stars of Renault Formula A, Renault Formula ICA and Renault Formula JICA the chance to impress.

Leading the Formula Renault UK presence will be two teams making their debut in the Championship in 2006. Taunton-based Coles Racing has a 15-year pedigree at the top level of karting with six Super One titles to its name and Team Manager Adrian Coles is now targeting similar success in Formula Renault UK. Rochester-based Jamun Racing Services will also attend with former Renault Formula ICA and Renault Formula A contender Duncan Tappy (West Ewell, Surrey) who graduated to Formula Renault UK this season.

Both teams will have FR2.0 cars on display with drivers and team members on hand to offer advice to current karting stars on the best way to further their career. Tappy battled for the Renault Formula A title as recently as 2003, scoring four podium finishes on his way to third in the Championship. Adrian Coles combined winning the 1999 Super One Formula TKM Championship with being a successful Team Manager, adding three more Super One titles in the space of three years from 2002-2004 as Team Manager. Explaining the purpose of presenting the team’s Formula Renault UK car at Shenington, Coles said: “The opportunity for karters to see a Formula Renault UK car at close quarters and speak to the engineers and drivers who work in the series is tremendous for them. Asking questions of the drivers will be particularly beneficial especially in terms of career options. There are a lot of options for young drivers to consider and to speak to other drivers who have faced the same choices will be very helpful. Formula Renault UK is recognised as the top single-seater series and with Formula Renault BARC making great strides this year that is another choice. We always get asked what step to take and within two sentences questions are raised about the budgets. I’ll be glad to have the team on hand to answer some of those questions.”

Coles Racing’s boasts a long list of kart drivers who have progressed to compete in single-seater series including Dean Smith and Sam Bird, who both race in the Formula Renault UK Championship, and current Formula Renault BARC Championship leader Richard Singleton. Coles believes both the team and drivers benefit from its two-pronged attack, saying: “To young drivers who are coming through the ranks of karting now, Coles Racing is a familiar name to them and they will be quicker to come forward and ask questions of us about car racing. The two categories are like chalk and cheese but I made sure we had experienced engineers who know how to get the best from Formula Renault UK cars and that is expertise they are happy to pass on to our drivers.”

This second ELF B4 Group Super One Karting Series meeting of the 2006 season will be held on 29th/30th April at Shenington Kart Club near Banbury in Oxfordshire. The Renault Race Centre, which travels to British Touring Car Championship events in support of the Formula Renault UK with Michelin and ELF Renault Clio Cup Championships will also attend, providing hospitality throughout the weekend. Colin Hilton, Chief Executive of the MSA, will also attend the meeting.

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Matchams Back On Track   (26/04)

Click for larger image...The Matchams Kart Track near Ringwood on the edge of the New Forest is looking for participants for a new 'low cost' owner driver kart series. It will start this summer and hopes to attract good numbers of competitors due to the lack of cost involved coupled with a track that has lots of character.

Bradley Philpot says, “Competitors will not require an MSA licence, which will cut the cost dramatically for new karters. Secondly, the membership and entrance fees will be significantly lower than at other clubs.”

Bradley added, “The track has a great deal of character, set between the trees of the New Forest and with plenty of spectator access. Good changing and toilet facilities, shop, snack area, plus paint-balling, quad biking, a car boot sale, banger racing and a fun kart track for the younger enthusiast all on site - all surrounded by Europe's largest off-road racing venue (for Moto-X bikes) makes Matchams a perfect site for an owner driver kart series. All we need are the competitors.”

For more information e-mail: or call Brad on 07812 932 904.

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Chassis Set Up And Driver Coaching By Super One Leader   (25/04)

Click for larger image...After many years of Karting, at the highest levels in the UK and Europe, Danny has set up his own driver coaching, and chassis set-up courses. They are aimed at both the new karter and also the karter that has been in the sport a while and needs the expertise to take him or her to the next level.

The tuition ranges from a one day one-to-one course, to actually running the driver at club meetings or even a full season’s championship. All tuition is on a one-to-one basis, you will not be part of a large group. The courses will teach you top level driving techniques and also advice and secrets on chassis set up. Danny said; "Lots of drivers will spend huge sums of money on a new chassis, new engine, special carb, new tyres, etc. to find more speed, but many overlook the benefits of professional driver training and chassis set up, a driver can easily find 3-4/10s on a better driving technique and/or better chassis set up, even after a one day course. My courses will also show you how to set up your chassis properly, I have driven for many top European and UK teams and have gained a wealth of knowledge about chassis set up, in any conditions. Why waste your valuable time and money, picking up the odd tip here and there, and through the pit lane grapevine. Book a course with me and I’ll show you how it’s done properly."

Danny has won major races on a variety of chassis, including, Tony Kart, Birel, Intrepid, and Top Kart, so is in an ideal position to get the best from you and your chassis, no matter what make of chassis you race. Danny also competed in his first Rotax Max Super 1 meeting at Lydd last weekend and had pole in his qualifying group, pole in the "A" final, and is points leader in the Super One Series. If you struggled to get on the pace at Lydd contact Danny and make sure your on the pace for the next round.

All classes are catered for Cadet, MiniMax, Junior Max, Senior Max, Junior TKM, Extreme TKM, JICA, and ICA. Any circuit is covered in the UK or Europe. Go to Danny Cruttenden Motorsport or call 07855 791739 for more details.

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'W'onderful Meeting At Wombwell   (24/04)

Click for larger image...Have you heard that Wombwell is definitely the place to be on 13th & 14th May 2006.

It is their annual 'W' Plate meeting which is held in memory of the late Brian Wilson who worked tirelessly to put Wombwell on the map, also the father of six times World Karting Champion Mike Wilson who will be attending the weekend in honour of his father and to present the trophies, prizes and the all important 'W' Plates.

Drivers beware as Mike will be watching the racing closely throughout the meeting to pick out our 'driver of the day' so try to keep your eyes on the track and not on the grid, you'll have your chance to see the Brolly Dollies if you get to the grid early.

The club are hoping to hold a BBQ on Saturday evening (weather permitting) so bring your booze and a chair as it is always a great chance to get together and have a laugh.

Everyone is welcome at Wombwell, so get your entries in early and we hope to see you soon, say the South Yorkshire Kart Club.

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Vega UK Visit   (19/04)

As a follow up to Karting magazine's recent visit and subsequent article about Vega tyres, Paolo Mantese, the technical director of Vega S.p.A, Italy, will be visiting the UK in May. He and Vega UK importer Paul Deavin of Deavinsons will be attending the Rotax Max round of the Super One at Warden Law on the 27/28th May.

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Easter Kart Theft   (18/04)

Click for larger image...RPM Motorsport have informed us they suffered a break-in to their shop premises at Ware, Hertfordshire during the early hours of Easter Sunday morning.

Amongst the goods stolen was a brand new 125 Europa Kart, it had No 1 plates and is the actual kart shown in their 2006 brochure and displayed at the Kart Show last December. It had most of the optional extras fitted including the yellow/blue/silver graphics and the latest ‘Paddle Shift’ gearchange, as shown in the picture.
Serial No’s: Chassis No: 123881. Motor No: 2118.

As most of you know these Europa Karts are quite exclusive and rare so it would be appreciated if you could pass the word around to any appropriate colleagues who may possibly see it and confidentially let Russell or Lee know if it is seen trying to test at a kart circuit or offered for sale, either by e-mail to: or telephone 01920 460800.

Also stolen were 5 sets of LeCont wet tyres plus 1 set built up on Freeline black wheels.

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2006 European Superkart Championship   (18/04)

The Superkart Drivers’ craze for the CIK-FIA European Championship is not failing as years go by. As has been the case several times since 2002 – the year in which the European Championship was revived – the first round of the 2006 tour will bring together the maximum number of participants authorised by the regulations, i.e. 60 Drivers!

In 2006, the CIK-FIA European Superkart Championship will comprise three events with two races each. The first event will be held on the German F1 Grand Prix circuit, at Hockenheim, on 21 and 22 April. The second round is scheduled for 11-13 June at Most, in the Czech Republic. The third and last event will be take place from 11 to 13 August in the Netherlands, on the Assen circuit, the course of which has just been modified.

If the results of the first national and international races already held this season are anything to go by, the 2006 Championship promises to be more open than ever. Considered as a dress rehearsal prior to the European Championship, the maiden event of the German international Superkart series which was held on 2 April 2006 on the same Hockenheim circuit saw 4 different engine makes share the top 4 places in both races, and to these Rotax, FPE, Yamaha & BRC engines, the new PVP twin-cylinder engine must also be added; this recently registered engine has been designed by Poul Petersen, well known for his two personal World Champion titles as a Driver and for his status of Manufacturer of the PVP chassis.

In spite of an increasing competition, the two most recent European Champions, John Riley (2005) and Damien Payart (2003 & 2004), are still mostly tipped to win, more especially as the reliability of their equipment is rarely at fault. They however know that they will have to reckon with counter-attacks from Drivers such as Graham Barker, Malcolm Crowe, Michael Sadurski, Martin Knauder, Gavin Bennett, not forgetting a strong contingent of Swedish Drivers led by Thomas Johansson, Per-Olov Ogeborn, Stefan Malm, the veteran (63 years old!) Bobo Westman and the only woman of the line-up, Monica Strath. The current holder of the track record in Superkart (at an average of over 160 kph!), Britain’s Steve Edwards, must also be ranked among the most serious contenders for the podium.

The results of this first round of the CIK-FIA European Superkart Championship, to be held at Hockenheim, will be published during the event on the CIK-FIA website: Friday 21 April will be devoted to free and qualifying practice. As for the two races, they are scheduled for Saturday 22 April, at 08:45 and 13:40 local time.

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Chasewater Kart Racing Club   (18/04)

Chasewater Kart Racing Club have a new website where you can read of their continuing efforts to create a new circuit, that when completed will be 80% longer than the old track. At you will find the latest news regarding the Club’s endeavours together with details on the Club’s history.

It was in May 2001, forty years after the club commenced, that the circuit at Brownhills in Staffordshire had to close due to construction of the Birmingham Northern Relief Road (M6 Toll).

Help Chasewater KRC get the show on the road by applying for club membership now.

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CK Motorsport   (13/04)

CK Motorsport, the sole UK importer for Vanspeed Chassis is now an Authorised Service Centre for Rotax Engines.

For further information: Tel. 01474 567509.

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Eurosport Wins Commercial Rights   (13/04)

Pan-European broadcaster Eurosport has won the tender for the media and marketing rights to the 2006 CIK-FIA World and European Karting Championships.

As part of the agreement Eurosport will broadcast live coverage of at least five Karting events, including the single round of the Karting World Championship in Angerville, France, on 1 October 2006.  The contract was finalised in a deal between Eurosport subsidiary SRW Events and the FIA, which regulates karting through the CIK, its International Karting Commission. It brings to a successful conclusion the tendering process for the commercial rights to the championships, which was launched in 2005 in close cooperation with the organisers of the various events.

FIA President Max Mosley said: "The conclusion of this contract demonstrates the growing appeal and interest in international Karting. It has been a very successful tendering process."
SRW Events President Jacques Béhar said: "Karting is an indispensable step on the ladder of international Motor Sport and we are proud to collaborate with and support the FIA and the CIK in promoting these championships."
Luigi Macaluso, President of the CIK-FIA International Karting Commission, added: “I am delighted that international Karting, with its high level of excitement and competition, is getting the quality media coverage it deserves.”

The first televised event is likely to be the later stages of Formula A, Super-ICC and ICC races from La Conca, Italy on 7th May.

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BRDC Stars Of Tomorrow Opening TKM Races   (13/04)

With a week to go before official closure of entries for the first 2006 BRDC Stars of Tomorrow Formula TKM round, a few places are still left available on the grid for the event at Rowrah on 5th/6th/7th May.

This is the first of a unique new series of races combining the TKM Juniors and Inters heading towards a final invitation only shoot-out at Buckmore in September. Each race weekend consists of testing on Friday followed by a double header race weekend with a round on Saturday and Sunday. Each round is being televised providing great exposure for the drivers.

At the end of the year the top runners from each round will be invited to take part in the year-end shoot-out for the title TKM SuperStar.

A number of local clubs have been holding races from which the top finisher will qualify through for a free entry into the Stars races at a local circuit. A minimum of National A race licence is required.

Entry forms and full details are available from Stars of Tomorrow at 01280 706906, fax 01327 850940 or mobile 07973 553179 or entry forms can be downloaded at

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St. George’s Day Fun Race   (11/04)

Boys, Girls, Mums, Dads, Friends, Romans and Countrymen.  DJ Motorsport are holding another of their popular fun races at the Buckmore Park circuit on Sunday morning 23rd April.

The fun race is a 60 minute event for teams of 2 drivers, with driver changes every 15 minutes. All equipment is supplied including the hire of a 390cc Pro Thunder Kart, suitable for drivers of 5’ and above. Call 01634 719791 for more information or to reserve your place on the grid, or visit the DJ Motorsport website

If you can’t wait for 23rd April, or maybe you want to get a bit of practice for the St. George’s Day race, then DJ Motorsport have a round of their Enduro Series coming up on Wednesday evening 19th April. A one hour endurance race for teams of 2 drivers with all equipment supplied.

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Junior Gearbox Racer Gets A Roof Over His Head   (10/04)

Following last week's announcement that dwindling numbers have forced organisers of the Stars of Tomorrow championship to drop the Junior Gearbox category, Jake Farndon has become the latest driver to sign up for this year's inaugural Saxmax Championship. Double Rissington club champion, Farndon, commented: "I'd been thinking about doing something like Saxmax for a while, but I knew it would be a big step up and I was really enjoying racing in Junior Gearbox. But when Stars said they were dropping the class, it made the decision a lot easier and now I can’t wait for my first car race."

Run by the 750 Motor Club, the Saxmax Championship is open to 14-17 year olds and features identical race-prepared Citroen Saxo VTR's, capable of 100mph.
Held over ten rounds, the championship kicks off at Donington Park on 14th May, with subsequent visits to Silverstone, Brands Hatch, Snetterton, Pembrey and Oulton Park.

Alongside his father Mark, Farndon - an aspiring engineer - will prepare and run his own race car. The thirteen year-old hasn't ruled fitting in some Junior Gearbox races around his Saxmax commitments, if another championship can attract a solid grid for the class.

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PFI Chooses SuperSport Timing – Twice!   (10/04)

The Paul Fletcher International (PFI) circuit is known across the country for its outstanding facilities for competitors and spectators alike.

Operating at the circuit are two organisations, the Trent Valley Kart Club (which runs all MSA racing at PFI) and JM Kartsport (which runs all of the Corporate and Arrive & Drive events).

SuperSport Timing is proud to announce today that it has finalised the supply of all the Timing, Scoring and Circuit Management computer systems to both organisations.

TVKC have also appointed Mr Ian Rogers as their new Chief Timekeeper for the balance of 2006 and 2007. Ian is probably best known for his work at prestigious large events such as the TKM Festival and Rotax Max World Finals.

Nigel Edwards of TVKC said: “After lengthy consideration TVKC are delighted to announce the change to the SuperSport Timing system at PFI. The 'user friendly' system and additional competitor information should take us a step forward in terms of offering a premier timing system from the UK's Premier Club. Additionally we will be looking to expand the front end of the system to cover additional functions for memberships and race entries for 2007. Our thanks go to everyone at SuperSport and Ian Rogers for their great efforts in assisting with this change out.”
David Hutchinson of SuperSport said: “We are pleased to welcome Trent Valley Kart Club and JM Kartsport to the continually growing family of SuperSport customers. The facilities at PFI are outstanding and we are sure that our systems will compliment and enhance the experience for all drivers at this fantastic circuit”.

As TVKC have now switched to using the SuperSport “Tempus” Software they will join the growing band of clubs able to show the highly graphical and detailed ERS+ Results on the UK Karting website which can be live on the web within minutes of the race meeting finishing. They will also be issuing the very detailed “Individual Driver Reports” showing a drivers progress through a race as well as every lap time completed.

SuperSport are also looking forward to upgrading several other high-profile club systems in the near future. SuperSport can be contacted on 01432 860685 or at and TVKC at

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MSA Awards British Titles   (07/04)

The Motor Sports Association, the governing body of UK motor sport, is delighted to announce that it has awarded two well-respected promoters with the rights to stage prestigious MSA British Kart Grands Prix for the next three years.

The Trent Valley Kart Club will host the ‘short circuit' MSA British Kart Grand Prix for both Junior and Senior classes at its impressive £5m purpose-built PFI facility in Lincolnshire. The rights to the ‘long circuit' MSA British Kart Grand Prix for gearbox superkarts have been awarded to the British Superkart Racing Club. After a two-year break, the latter event will be re-established at the challenging Cadwell Park circuit following substantial investment from new owner MotorSport Vision.

Announcing the new agreements Bruce Goddard, Business Development Director at the MSA, said: "We are confident that Trent Valley Kart Club and British Superkart Racing Club have the wealth of experience not only to organise such prestigious events but also to ensure both MSA British Kart Grands Prix become major highlights on the annual UK motor sport calendar. It's great news for the competitors, too, as the coveted ‘GP' plates, awarded to the victors of both events for the following 12 months, are all set to become far more prominent and therefore even more revered in karting circles."

"Naturally we are thrilled to have been granted the rights to host the short circuit MSA British Kart Grand Prix at PFI for next three years," said TVKC director Nigel Edwards. "We already benefit from a head start having run successful Grands Prix in the past but the MSA's welcome decision to award us directly with the official rights will allow us now to invest even more energy and enthusiasm into the event. We have some great ideas in the pipeline for the future."

For 2006 the Grand Prix will dovetail into the ever-successful Kartmasters event being held at PFI on 4-6 August.

The long circuit MSA British Kart Grand Prix ­- last run at Pembrey in 2004 - makes a welcome return at Cadwell Park on 22-23 July after the cancellation of recent events. The new rights holder is already the prominent force in UK long circuit karting and the British Superkart Racing Club is in no doubt that its new package will restore the Grand Prix to its past status as a premier attraction for both competitors and fans.

"Cadwell Park is a real favourite with the drivers and, crucially, it's now been upgraded to meet the stringent demands required for an FIA International Superkart Licence," explained Ian Rushforth, Competition Manager of the British Superkart Racing Club. "Having been granted this licence, two of the six Grands Prix classes will be run as rounds of the important European Superracekart Series guaranteeing that many of the top overseas competitors will be racing for MSA British Grand Prix honours. We are making a fresh start and the inclusion of these two prominent international classes alongside the cream of UK gearbox categories, means we're already off to a flying start."

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IKP Ltd Strike Sponsorship & TV Deal   (07/04)

Following months of negotiation between the IKP Ltd and potential sponsors, The UK Prokart 24-hour endurance race at Whilton Mill in August, will now be co-sponsored by Tecnico and Box Technologies. This has opened the door to media interest and subsequently a meeting was held yesterday, Thursday 6th April between the IKP, the co-sponsors and Sky TV’s production company Tilling Productions Ltd, who have been previously involved in the production of The BTCC Championship, F3 and F3000 for Grandstand.

It has now been contractually agreed that a full 1-hour programme of the 24-hour race will be produced for prime-time viewing on Sky's SportNation series. This will be broadcast on the main sports channels with a number of repeat showings later in the year. A full production crew will be at the event and will include both on board and aerial footage as well as team interviews and specialist night photography.

Since this became public knowledge, 4 more teams have booked in leaving just a few places available.  Details are on the IKP’s website.

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It’s A Race Changing Experience   (06/04)

We keep telling you how good the Magura brake system is – but the proof is always going to be in what it does for you on the track, and with his Magura JICA racer Richard Bradley set his sights on one thing only… top step of the podium.

The 14-year old from London bought and fitted his Magura system in time for the Wigan clubbie on 25/26 February and promptly won it.
The following weekend (4/5 March), at PFI he won again.
A month later (1/2 April), it was back to the superb Lincolnshire circuit and guess what?  Yes, he did it again!  In fact, Richard won all three heats and the final.

Nick from S.W.R.D - “Since fitting the brake to Richard’s chassis to reduce weight and gain a performance advantage, he hasn’t needed to do anything with it – at all!  The pads have had over ten hours of use with no signs of wear.”
Richard says “I’ve found the kart a lot easier to drive since fitting the Magura. I’ve found a lot of speed as it is so much lighter, which is great, as I’m 6 foot tall and a few kilos over the weight” - and that’s the key - other brakes are just so much heavier. For Richard, being taller and heavier than most other kids in his class, the Magura represents a significant weight saving allied with a performance advantage.

This is also why Matt Tipping who is also tall for his age, sees the Magura as an essential weapon in his karting armoury, - and it is a weapon. You can brake harder, faster, deeper than virtually every other brake on the market and because of the Magura's light, four pad self-adjusting system, you can accelerate quicker.

So, isn’t it time you got one?

For more information about the Magura system, contact Venhill Engineering Ltd on telephone number 01306 885111, or ARC Motorsports Ltd on 01327 855444.

Photograph courtesy of Chris Walker -

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BPKC Summer Championship   (06/04)

The first round of the BPKC Summer Championship for MSA and ABKC classes takes place on Sunday 16th April. Open practice is available between 10am and 4pm on Wednesday 12th and Saturday 15th April (school holiday week). Overnight parking is available on Friday 14th and Saturday 15th. The first round includes a visit from the Europa Challenge competitors.

For further details please contact Sheila Rose, Club Secretary on 01634 661604.

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Saxon Super Series 1st Round   (05/04)

Click for larger image...The first round of the £10,500 Saxon Super Series took place at the Buckmore Park F6 event last weekend.

Jack Anderson, who is a new driver to the Biland class this year, dominated the meeting. He won two heats and was second in the other. He then took the final to win the £1000 first prize. Kieran Brookfield, last year’s F6 Biland class winner took £500 for second place and Simon Baylis collected £250 for third place. Rob Gilford finished 4th and won a set of Continental tyres.

Could you beat these Biland drivers and win the next £1000?  There is still time to register for the series.  Don’t delay, call today!

Engine & Kart rental are available from Saxon Motorsport.  Next race in the Saxon Super Series is 28th May.

Call Saxon Motorsport on 01432 350157 or email; or for more details or Saxon Motorsport information visit

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2006 Superkart GP   (05/04)

The MSA British Superkart GP at Cadwell Park on 21st/22nd/23rd July received a massive boost with the news that Division 1 & 2 Superkart classes will be run to full International status thus allowing the European Superracekart Series to participate in the event. Other overseas drivers besides those involved in the prestigious German based series are expected to compete making it a truly International affair.

British GP’s will also be run for F250 National, F125 Open, F125 ICC and F210 National. These classes will run to National A permits.

Ian Rushforth the British Superkart Racing Club’s Competition Manager was thrilled with the news. He said; "The news is a big boost for the event and our efforts to re-establish it as the premier event in the calendar for gearbox karts after a three year layoff. Turning the event into an International event depended on the Cadwell Park circuit getting an FIA circuit grading. This was achieved last week and we are most grateful to Jonathan Palmer of MSV for his support and encouragement and to John Symes of the MSA for his help and advice along the way. All we need now is the support of the gearbox karting fraternity in July and I think we can promise the drivers of all classes a very good event indeed".

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Covkartsport   (31/03)

Click for larger image...Covkartsport is celebrating 10 years of successful racing!  It enables its members to start kart racing and learn the skills at a fraction of the cost of owner-driver competition.  Covkartsport can then help to guide them into a class of MSA motorsport which is suitable for them.

Click for larger image...Covkartsport say; “We are unique in that we are the only outdoor, all-weather, multi-circuit, sprint-race, 4-stroke, hire-kart Championship in the UK. No MSA Licence is required. 80 drivers take part in competitive Junior and Senior Classes at Lightweight and Heavyweight over a 7-round 21-race Championship. We provide the karts, suits, helmets and gloves - all you do is turn up and race!”

Their first race of the 2006 season will be at the Red Lodge kart circuit near Newmarket on Sunday 9th April. Want to find out more? Click this link to the Covkartsport website.

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Karting Online   (30/03)

Karting Online is celebrating its recent expansion by reducing its commission for all circuits to a flat rate of 10%. There has never been a better time for Circuit owners and website developers to start selling karting on the Internet, with no set-up fees and no complicated software. Karting Online is the UK's first national booking system for karting, allowing customers to compare events and prices at circuits across the UK, and then book instantly by secure credit/debit card payment. Circuit owners can read more and download an application form from:

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Rotax Mojo Max Euro Challenge   (30/03)

Mixed weather conditions greeted competitors for the first rounds of the 2006 ROTAX MOJO Max Euro Challenge.  The recently resurfaced Sologne Karting Circuit located near Salbris, approximately 115 miles south of the capital Paris, hosted the event.

Dutch drivers took first place in both the junior and senior Max classes, Britain’s Colin Davis took the honours in the new Masters class, and 2005 RM1 gearbox champion Wesleigh Orr (now driving for Belgium) took the win in the new Rotax DD2 class.

There were good showings from a number of British drivers including Martin Pierce in the senior category, and Phillip Haworth and Jack Hawksworth in the juniors.

A report from Salbris can be found here.

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Senior Max start   Junior Max podium   Masters Champ Davies   Senior Max heat

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Dadson Bigger Than Formula 1   (29/03)

“Never mind Super 1, we're bigger than Formula 1!”  That's the claim of Dadson Gentlemen’s Challenge title sponsor, Dannie Pennell, after yet more drivers signed up for this year's championship.  Already, there are more than double the competitors there were for the 2005 series - and the number of registrations just keeps on rising. It currently stands at 31 drivers. This coming weekend sees Round 2 of the championship, a visit to the superb PF International circuit in Lincolnshire.

After the first race, regular Dadson competitors are still ruling the roost - but the speed of many of the newcomers will encourage many of the old hands to take extra time off work to go testing before Saturday and Sunday. With that level of commitment, it promises to be a cracker.

So, if you want to compete in a race series with more drivers, more overtaking and more drama than Formula 1, without needing a multi-million dollar budget - Do the Dadson.  For more information, contact Dannie Pennell at Dadson Motorsport on 07762 675 430, or visit

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Off-Road Karts Auction   (29/03)

Click for larger image...A selection of off-road karts for all ages is to be sold without reserve at W&H Peacock’s Auction Sale of Off-Road Go Karts being held on Saturday 15th April 2006 at 11am at the Bedford Auction Centre in Bedford. Under Instructions from Mr G Wolloff of Elwell, Watchorn & Saxton LLP, the liquidator of Amis Kennedy Engineering Ltd.

From the ak40 for adults, reaching 70mph, full suspension and suitable for all terrains. There are 14 of these karts, 12 brand new karts and 2 ex-demonstrator models signed by Jay Kay from Jamiroquai who is a fan of the ak40.
The ak30 suitable for 12 year olds to adult. Complete with Honda engine and front suspension. The auctioneers have 12 of these karts, 11 brand new models and 1 ex-demonstrator.
Through to the ak10, recommended for 4-7 year olds, built to safety standards this is a fun way to learn about driving. There are 7 brand new ak10 karts for sale.

Sale to be held at Bedford Auction Centre, 26 Newnham Street, Bedford, MK40 3JR.
Technical information available from Mr Richard Shiells on 01536 373 644 or 07947 540 463.

Commission bids welcome.  More information from the auctioneers 01234 266 366 or visit

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Rotax 0 Plate – 16 April   (28/03)

The following statement has been issued by Cumbria Kart Racing Club.

"There has been some unfounded speculation over the Rowrah O Plate for ABkC Rotax classes following a post about an O Plate cancellation.

That applies only to the event at Larkhall and does not affect the Rowrah event. Entries are already sufficient to stage the event and more are coming in daily. We have attractive event sponsorship from JAG and quite a nice prize fund for competitors. There is no impact from the Larkhall cancellation on the Rowrah meeting and we are looking forward to welcoming Rotax competitors to the English Lakes at Easter.

There will also be a charity prize raffle over the Easter weekend with the first prize being a huge Belgian chocolate egg. At 4.5kg and about 2ft 6in tall, it should keep the little monsters occupied for an hour or two. Tickets will be £1 and can be obtained from Sharon on dummy grid or at signing-on. All proceeds will go to local charity. Tickets go on sale at the Rowrah clubbie the week before Easter."

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O Plate Cancelled At Larkhall   (27/03)

The Association of British Kart Clubs has sadly announced that the West of Scotland Kart Club has cancelled the ABkC O Plate meeting for Formula A, ICA, JICA and 100 National, due to be held on 8th/9th April.  WSKC Competition Secretary Ina Nelson said: “With only about 44 entries in total, plus only three in 100 National, it is just not viable for the club to hold it and we are very disappointed.”  All entrants will have their entry fee returned.

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Red Bull Track Attack Street Race   (27/03)

Click for larger image...Formula 1 heroes are coming to Cardiff this summer to thrill huge crowds with a display of racing skills, on a specially built track on the streets of the Welsh city.

Cardiff will host the Red Bull Track Attack Final – a nationwide kart racing challenge - and the Red Bull Racing team will be in town to take part in kart racing on a track built on the roads around the Oval Basin and the spectacular Millennium Centre. The event takes places on Monday 1st May, - the May Day Bank Holiday.

Since the start of the year budding boy and girl racers have been setting lap-times at kart tracks up and down the UK, hoping to be fast enough to qualify for the ultimate prize – a race against a Formula 1 driver. The fastest have won through to four regional heats which take place in April. There they will compete against hundreds of other drivers for one of 14 places in the Cardiff final. Thousands are expected to line the streets to cheer on the ‘ordinary’ boys and girls as they race against the Red Bull Racing drivers. Details of the format for the Red Bull Track Attack Final, including information on a special ‘celebrity’ kart race will be released soon.

Most Formula 1 drivers started their careers in kart racing and fully appreciate the skill involved. Luizzi said: “Kart racing is a real buzz and it’s a true test of driver skills. I’m sure we’ll see some really competitive racing. I know the Red Bull drivers will feel the pressure come the Red Bull Track Attack final!”

David Coulthard, Red Bull Racing’s senior driver and another former karting champ added: “Red Bull Track Attack is a fantastic opportunity for anyone who has ever wondered how good they really are at racing on four wheels. Like most Formula One drivers my skills and love of racing came from karting as a youngster.”

Log on to for information about the regional heats.

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Italian Open Masters Series   (27/03)

Click for larger image...Nigel Moore lies second in the Italian Open Masters Championship after two first round podium places at the La Conca circuit. Full of confidence after lifting Italy’s Margutti Trophy two weeks earlier, the fourteen year old Yorkshire lad continued his run of good form despite a setback in one heat. After three good heats, achieving a win, seventh and second, a big pile-up put paid to a front of grid place in the first final. “We had to put the new set of tyres on for the first final instead of keeping them for the second one and that got us onto the front row,” he said after storming up from fifteenth on the grid to second. With the older tyres he dropped a place to third in the second final, the race being won by fellow Brit Scott Jenkins. “I’m very happy with second in the championship and the BRM team are just over the moon with my results this year,” Nigel enthused. The 1250 metre long racing track at the southern end of Italy was very slippy during Saturday, after threatening rain-showers, but Moore managed all of the heats on the slick racing tyres. Sunday was hot and sunny for the finals. Nigel Moore is guided by BRM team manager Gianluca Beggio, the five times World Champion, and between them and British importer Rob Dodds they have developed the kart to be one of the best on the market today.

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FIA World Motor Sport Council   (27/03)

During its meeting on 22 March 2006 in Paris, the World Motor Sport Council of the FIA took the following decisions regarding Karting:

Sporting Regulations: For the 2006 CIK-FIA European ICA and Junior Championships, 72 drivers maximum will be eligible to participate in the Finals, respectively scheduled for Ampfing/D (17-20 August) and Mariembourg/B (31 August-3 September). Prior to these Finals, three regional qualifying events will be organised (in Thy-Hanstholm/DK, Sarno/I and Braga/P on 13-16 July). Unlike previous years, the number of qualified drivers per region will not be set at 24 but will be calculated in proportion to the number of entries per region. The list of drivers eligible to enter the new CIK-FIA World Cup for ICA, which is part of the programme of the CIK-FIA Karting World Championship scheduled for Angerville/F (28 September-1 October), has been extended to drivers classified in the top 34 of the 2005 European ICA and Panamerican Sudam Championships, and to drivers who have scored at least one point in the 2005 European ICC Championship. These eligible drivers are to be added to those who will be classified in the top 34 of the 2006 European ICA, 2005 and 2006 Asia-Pacific ICA and 2006 Panamerican Sudam Championships, in the top 15 of the 2006 ICA Viking Trophy, in the top 5 of the 2006 European ICA Championship regional qualifying events or in the top 3 of a national or zone ICA Championship.

Technical Regulations: The World Council has approved the precisions regarding the technical and homologation regulations governing the future 125cc “long life” engines, the introduction of which is scheduled for 2007. It is decided in particular that only steel casting cylinder liners are allowed, that the minimum external diameter of the clutch is reduced from 100 to 80 mm and that the minimum weight of the clutch is reduced from 1,000 to 800 grams. It is also ruled that Junior engine revs are limited to 14,000 rpm, and all Junior engines, of any make, shall be fitted with a single type exhaust defined by the CIK-FIA. In order to be homologated, engines must be produced at 150 examples minimum, ignition systems at 100 examples minimum and carburettors at 150 or 50 examples minimum according to the category in which they are used.

Tenders: Within the framework of the invitation to tender issued by the FIA for the supply of fuel in the 2006 CIK-FIA European Superkart Championship, the World Council has decided to designate Total as exclusive supplier, with whom a contract will be finalised in accordance with the tender procedure. The Total fuel, the type of which will be SK35, will be supplied at the price of 4.50 € (inclusive of tax) per litre on the location of each of the three CIK-FIA European Superkart Championship rounds (Hockenheim/D on 21-22 April, Most/CZ on 9-11 June and Assen/NL on 11-13 August).

International Karting Series approved by the FIA: The World Council has approved the following international Karting series: European Superracekart Series (8 events) and Kart-GP (1 event).

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Cadet Kart Regulations   (24/03)

The MSA have issued the following clarification to the Cadet kart regulations dated 24th March 2006.

N Rear bumper (Cadet).  Please note that for all cadet class karts the upper rail and uppermost extension element must be between 20cm and 30cm above the ground in dry configuration and not 16cm and 20cm as incorrectly published in the 2006 MSA Competitors Yearbook.

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Lydd International Raceway   (24/03)

MSA Events - The Kent Kart Racing Club fixture, held at Lydd and for MSA licence holders, is a regular race meeting, preceded by open practice on Saturday, on the second weekend of each month. Open to all classes this is one of the key events at the circuit and produces some great racing. Due to the high level of entries anticipated for the 9th April club races at Lydd, particularly from Super One Rotax competitors taking the opportunity to practice before their round at the venue 2 weeks later, the Kent Kart Racing Club have decided that only the Vega SL6 dry tyre may be used in the Rotax powered classes for this round. SL7 tyres will still be eligible for use at the May and June club races. Further details on this and the regular Thursday open practice sessions can be obtained by calling the circuit.

Non-MSA Events - The season kicks off at Lydd this weekend with the first race in their Summer Sprint Series. Open to non-MSA licensed Pro-Karts and Rotax Max drivers, the championship has been very successful in previous years with Pro-Karters and the new Rotax class will prove to be a winner. At just £50 per driver for:
1-hour’s open practice
Pre-race scrutineering
1-hour of qualifying
Three 12-lap heats
15-lap final
Post race scrutineering
Presentation of trophies
The competition is also extremely good value as the healthy grids have proven. More karts in both classes are always welcome, whether you are a championship hopeful or simply looking for an opportunity to get in some serious practice laps! Non-licensed drivers should contact Lydd International Raceway for full competition details.

LIR can be contacted by telephoning 01797 321895 or e-mail:

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Historics Are Go   (24/03)

The historic karting season kicks off next weekend 2nd April at East Kirkby, Lincolnshire, and features grids of both 100cc and gearbox period Karts.

Administered by RetroRacer, their spokesman Martin Gilbert says, “The formula of affordable karts, readily available for a few hundred pounds that can outperform Rotax Maxes, combined with free tyres plucked from the scrap bins discarded after any MSA clubbie, the lack of need for transponders (at East Kirkby), £25 entry fee, no need to go through the ARKS test, licence or medical hassle and our mission statement to put the fun back into karting without the big awnings and big egos getting in the way (no professionally run drivers allowed), really seems to have caught the imagination. Subsequently we have competitors furiously preparing karts for the 1st round.”

"From the interest shown so far at exhibitions, demos etc., 2006 is going to see historic racing really take off" Martin added. See the RetroKarting website for more details.

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Something Eggstra Special   (23/03)

After recent track improvements including new dummy grid, resurfaced track and brand new toilet block with showers, SYKC has seen an increase in the number of drivers racing. Have you raced there yet? If you haven’t, why not go along to the Easter meeting on 8th & 9th April and be prepared to race at their annual W Plate meeting to be held on the 13th & 14th May, where the South Yorkshire Kart Club are pleased to announce that six times world Karting champion Mike Wilson will be presenting the trophies and prizes.

SYKC run all cadet classes;  Juniors can run in TKM, Rotax, Blue and Mini Max;  Seniors can run TKM, Rotax & Blue, and they also have a Senior Rotax Heavy grid.

If you would like any information please look on the SYKC website, or email:

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CFKart Celebrates CFWeek   (23/03)

Click for larger image...CFWeek takes place between 18th and 26th March, a week filled with fund raising and exposure for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, the UK's only National Charity dedicated to understanding, treating and carrying out research in to the incurable disease from birth.

16 year old James Canham celebrated the week in the Cystic Fibrosis Trust supported kart by racing at Wildtracks in the Senior Rotax category and stuck the kart on the front row of the grid after setting promising fast times in morning practice. Throughout the day he scored a 4th place, despite still recovering from a motorcycle accident at the end of December in which he broke his knee. James returning to racing a month earlier than planned just to make the race which fits in with the CFWeek.

On Monday and Tuesday evening the CFKart was also on display outside Sainsbury's in Attleborough, Norfolk for three hours. Raising a total of £246 making the total amount raised by CFKart since its launch at the end of 2005 a creditable £713.89 with all funds raised going to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

Young James is very passionate about the work the CF Trust carries out due to one of his closest friends living with the genetically inherited disease. For more information on James' fundraising the website can be visited at, and more information on the Cystic Fibrosis Trust can be found at

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Home Made Victory At Shenington   (22/03)

Driving a Tec-Mec Voodoo chassis made by the family company and powered by a self-prepared engine, TKM Extreme driver Sam Wilson clinched the Shenington Winter100 Championship and the Fastest Lap Trophy for the series at the weekend. Despite suffering a puncture early in the first heat, and a first lap off in the final, Sam’s wins in the first two rounds of the Championship ensured overall victory.

In Juniors, Nick Smith, using the same chassis managed third place in the championship against stiff opposition from fellow S1 competitors.

For details of test drives and engine hire contact R M Wilson Engineering on 0116 286 3832.

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Beware The Vampire   (21/03)

Suter Racing Technology, a Swiss engineering company involved in the design and development of engine, chassis and racing components, (including the latest Kawasaki Moto GP bike), are looking for companies to help them market their recently released Vampire kart engine.  Weighing in at 17.6 kilos (a little under 39lbs) this lightweight 250cc 4-stroke engine produces 36hp and has a simple four bolt connection to the chassis.  Suter Racing are now working towards having the engine homologated.

Companies interested in widening their range of products and taking part in the marketing and retailing of the Vampire kart engine can contact Suter for more information by e-mail to:

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MSA British Championships – Rounds 1 & 2   (20/03)

The Three Sisters circuit near Wigan in Lancashire once again hosted the first rounds of the 2006 British Karting Championships last weekend. These Renault sponsored short circuit championships produced some exciting racing and brief race reports can be found here.

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Race Of The Americas   (20/03)

Continuing his run of success in the United States, Alexander Sims showed the way home to some seventy ICA class karts at the Mini Cooper Race of the Americas in Norman, Oklahoma on a cold rainy weekend.

Qualifying seventh in the time trials he won the pre-final and final at the 2006 kick-off round of 'Snap-On Stars of Karting presented by the IRL.'  “It’s been a hard weekend but this win is very important to my backers Stemilt Growers, Ocean Spray and Jewel Date Company," the eighteen year old said. Starting on grid two for the final, he took the lead at the first corner and maintained a four second gap to the chequered flag. Racing on the seven-tenths mile kart circuit, Alexander was reaching speeds of eighty mph on his Italian CRG machine. “The kart was great, thanks to Rob Gough (Gough Motorsport), Lee Burford, my mechanic, and Don Parker of Nodtune who did the engines.”

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Shenington Kart Club   (17/03)

Shenington Kart Club is this weekend distributing over £5000 in prizes (cash/vouchers/goods) to the class winners of the 2006 Shenington Winter100 Series (members-only race series for the first 3 race meetings of 2006).  Prizes include free entry to the Shenington round of Stars of Tomorrow for the Junior TKM winner and tyres for all Rotax class winners, in addition to Fastest Lap trophies for each class over the 3 race series.

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Factory Support For Parrott   (16/03)

Click for larger image...Peterborough kart racer Jason Parrott enters his third year at the top level of karting in 2006, but this year he will have full factory support for the first time. Eighteen-year-old Jason has switched to the Maranello team after spending several years with their arch-rival Tonykart/Kosmic team. The switch took place during the winter after Jason's long-time mechanic Fraser Sheader landed a deal along with Henley Heritage TVR to import the karts into the UK. Jason has already been out to test the kart in Italy several times and has taken part in two season-opening races out there as well.

At the first, the Winter Cup at Garda, Jason was fast all weekend only to be struck by mechanical gremlins at the start of the semi-final. Last weekend, at the Margutti Trophy in Parma, he was in the top five all day but was hit from behind at the start, putting him a lap down and out of contention. Despite these disappointments Jason is upbeat about the coming season: "None of these setbacks were under my control, so I've proved to myself and the team that I can do it. All I need to do now is put some actual results down."

Jason's career trajectory has shown an inexorable rise since he first started to take the sport seriously aged twelve. Over the last six years he has taken national championships as well as a prestigious scholarship award, but perhaps most importantly for a young racer he has built up a strong relationship with his sponsor, the Gerald White Group. Unlike the more glamorous forms of racing, most karters are self-funding and it's rare to land a sponsor who isn't mum or dad. GWG as a major commercial vehicle dealer recognise the value that sponsoring karting can bring (MD Peter Morling even races himself) and have been satisfied enough with the results to maintain the relationship into 2006.

Jason will again compete in the British, Italian and European Championships, with the season culminating in the World Championships in France at the end of September. Before that, he will take in races in Japan, Germany, Portugal and Italy, as well as the slightly less exotic but nonetheless very competitive British Championship. Last year the series went down to the wire, with Jason one of the five drivers still fighting for the title at the last race. Jason was one of the unlucky four but with his new deal he should be able to push his rivals that bit further this year.

The first British race will take place this weekend at Three Sisters near Wigan, then it's over to Italy for the first round of their series on 26th March. See for news updates.

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Dunkeswell KRC   (16/03)

Dunkeswell’s first race meeting on its new and improved circuit will be taking place on 25th / 26th March.  Go along and have a try, entries close on 18th March.  Entry forms are available on

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Super One Karting   (15/03)

Young racers hoping to climb the motor sport ladder to Formula One are out to prove their worth against more experienced rivals in the UK’s top kart racing championships this weekend.  The Elf B4 Group Super One Karting Series – Formula A, ICA and JICA – get under way at Three Sisters race circuit near Wigan with testing on Saturday and racing on Sunday (18th and 19th March). The circuit, at Ashton-in-Makerfield, is one of the fastest and widest kart tracks in the UK.

The Renault-sponsored top three Super One series have once again attracted a high level of entries. At least 30 karters are expected on each grid guaranteeing action packed racing. Many of the brightest names in national karting have registered for the Renault-backed championships ensuring a high level of competition at the foundation level of motor sport.

Formula A promises to fulfil its reputation as the most important UK karting series this year. Established racers like 2004 and 2005 champion Mark Litchfield (Heage, Derbyshire), and 2003 champ Gary Catt (Sheffield) will have to contend with talented racers from last year’s ICA championship as well as each other.

2005 ICA champion Matthew Bell (Morpeth, Northumberland) and championship runners up Danny Cruttenden (Wilmington, Kent) and Daniel Rowbottom (Kidderminster, Worcs) move to the leading category this year. They’ll join Riki Christodoulou (Four Oaks, W Midlands) and Jason Parrott (Peterborough), both of whom will want to improve on their runners-up position from last year. The 2004 season ended with three drivers tied for points, with second place decided using a dropped score formula. This year could be just as close.

Tiffany Chittenden (Chiselhurst, Kent) who was ninth in last year’s Formula A championship returns to the class in 2006 and will have a female rival in the form of Linda Playfair (Longniddry, East Lothian).

With the top three karters stepping up to Formula A, expect to see some new names making the news in Formula ICA in 2006. Ollie Millroy (Claygate, Surrey), a leading light in JICA in 2005, comes to Three Sisters having already won the ICA class at the Winter Cup held in South Garda, Italy, in February.

Scott Malvern (Ilford, London) who won the Super Libre class at Renault Champion of Champions, is planning to accelerate his career by competing in both karts and cars this year. He has registered for both the Super One ICA class and BARC Formula Renault single-seaters. Stefan Di Resta (Bathgate, West Lothian), whose brother Paul progressed from karts through Formula Renault to Formula 3 Euroseries, will be among the ICA championship hopefuls.

In the Formula JICA championship for karters aged between 13 and 16, 2005 championship contenders Oliver Rowland (Penistone, South Yorkshire) and Scott Jenkins (Winterbourne Down, S Gloucestershire) also return to repeat the battle that went to the wire last year.

There’s an added incentive for karters in the three Renault-backed Super One classes to get an early advantage on their rivals at Three Sisters. The championship leaders in Formula A, ICA and JICA will all get a behind the scenes look at the world of Formula One as guests of Renault F1 Team during a test day at Silverstone in April.

Making a mark at this level of racing is as challenging as anywhere, with the most successful karters progressing from Formula A or ICA into single-seater or saloon car circuit racing. The six-round series takes in circuits across England and Scotland.

To see fledgling motor sport stars in action at Three Sisters follow the signs from Junction 25 of the M6. For the latest news on the races and championships, visit  The 2006 Elf B4 Group Super One Series calendar can be found here.

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TKM Stars Of Tomorrow   (14/03)

The BRDC Stars of Tomorrow race series has announced full details of the TKM SuperStar races to be held throughout the country this year for Formula TKM Juniors and Intermediates.

One grid of TKMs will race at six rounds of the series – each one of which has full TV coverage. Each round will have Friday testing and then a double header race format with a races on Saturday and Sunday.

The final round at Buckmore in September will be invitation only for the top finishers from each of the earlier races. The winner will be crowned the TKM SuperStar.

A number of local clubs have been holding races from which the top finisher will qualify through for a free entry into the Stars races at a local circuit. A minimum of National A race licence is required.

The race dates are:
6th/7th May - Rowrah
3rd/4th June - Shenington
24th/25th June - Silverstone
22nd/23rd July - Larkhall
19th/20th August - Genk (Belgium)
23rd/24th September - Buckmore

Further details from Stars at 01280 706906, Fax: 01327 850940 or Mobile: 07973 553179, or entry forms can be downloaded at

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Moore’s Margutti Trophy   (13/03)

Click for larger image...Nigel Moore took the biggest win of his career yesterday at Italy’s Margutti Trophy, beyond his wildest dreams for such early success on the relatively undeveloped BRM kart. He had gambled the season on a works drive with the Italian team, managed by five times world champion Gianluca Beggio and helped out by Rob Dodds of the British BKC importer.

Although qualifying 19th out of 79 Junior Intercontinental class entries, Nigel worked his way through with a tenth and third in his heats on Saturday then third in his group semi-final. “The weather was bright and sunny until Sunday and we hardly paid any attention to a wet weather set-up,” the fourteen year old explained after a flurry of snow briefly covered the track. From sixth on the grid, he then won the final in style with a scant half second over the Italian Flavio Camponeschi, who pressured him over the last few laps. “We gambled on higher tyre pressures and it paid off, as although the track had drying patches, it started to spit with rain during the race,” said the young Yorkshireman, who is based at the Tockwith Motorsports Centre. He will miss the first round of the British Championships to contest the French Open Round 1 at Angerville this weekend.

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Comet Cadet Kart Theft   (13/03)

Young Alex Thomas was devastated after his Comer Cadet kart was stolen from his trailer in Smarden, Kent.

Details of the equipment stolen are as follows: A Zip Blade chassis number 041 charcoal grey, yellow floor pan, black pods. A Comer W60 engine serial number UK0666. An Alfano lap timer and transponder number 0067869.

If you have any information that may lead to the recovery of the kart, Alex’s father Gary Thomas is offering a reward and can be contacted anytime on 07950 764733, or e-mail:

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MSA National Court   (10/03)

Having listened to evidence at its hearing on Tuesday 7th March, the Motor Sports Association's National Court has taken the following action:

The Court has chosen to suspend the remainder of a three-month suspension being served by Rotax Mini Max kart driver Kalvin Quinn.

The court heard that Kalvin Quinn, from Cumbria, had already served one month of a three-month suspension having accumulated the maximum 12 penalty points on his competition licence. This followed two driving offences at a race meeting at the PF International circuit on 5 February 2006.

Subsequently, the Court suspended the remaining two months of Kalvin Quinn's suspension for two months. It stressed, however, that if Kalvin Quinn committed an offence in the next two months then he would immediately be bound to serve the remaining two months of his suspension.

The appeal fee was forfeit.

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Buckmore Park Winter Championship   (10/03)

The third round of the BPKC Winter Championship takes place on Sunday 19th March. Open practice is available between 10am and 4pm on Wednesday 15th and Saturday 18th March between 10am and 4pm. Overnight parking is available on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th.

For further details please contact Sheila Rose, Club Secretary on 01634 661604.

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Magura Takes Top Spot   (09/03)

We keep hearing about how good the Magura brake system is – but the proof is always in the winning, and JICA racer Richard Bradley from London can tell you all about that.

The 14-year old from London bought and fitted his Magura in time for the Wigan clubbie on 25/26 February, which he promptly won, and last weekend (4/5 March) the venue was PFI, in Lincolnshire. Bradley lost about five places at the first bend, but came back to win the final ahead of the two Jordans, - Chamberlain and Lennox-Lamb.

The teenager told us about his race - “It just felt a lot better. I found the kart a lot better and easier to drive since fitting the Magura. I’ve found a lot of speed compared with a normal brake, and it is so much lighter, which is great for me, as I’m 6 foot tall and a few kilos over the weight. I’ll definitely be using the Magura again, in JICA Super 1.”

Click for larger image...It’s yet more evidence to back up the claim that the Magura makes you go faster. Check out the video proof on to see Junior Max Super 1 driver Matty Tipping in the hot seat.

The Magura brake has already been used to win the German Rotax Max Championship. Following successful testing, the Swiss Hutless Race Team aim to be using the Magura system in the 2006 European Championships.

But why is it so good? Thanks to the Magura 908.1’s light, four pad self-adjusting system, drivers now have more stable braking, meaning they can do it much later and with more control - leading to increased acceleration and a better overall performance.

Isn’t it about time you got one?  For more information about the Magura system, contact Venhill Engineering Ltd. Tel: 01306 885111, E-mail:, or ARC Motorsports Ltd. Tel: 01327 855444.

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Rock Island Grand Prix   (08/03)

The Rock Island Grand Prix, the world’s largest karting street race, has announced its 2006 race line-up. This year’s event will feature 15 races through the downtown streets of Rock Island Arts & Entertainment District in the US State of Illinois on 2nd & 3rd September, as well as a full line-up of auxiliary events that help add to the festival atmosphere. SBC and CJC Investments are Presenting Sponsors. Kart Expo International and Jumers Casino Rock Island are major sponsors.

The race will again feature King of the Streets, one of the premier kart races in the world, this year mixing 125cc moto and ICC power under Pro Kart Challenge rules. “The Rock” will also be one of the few U.S. races on the FIA/CIK International Calendar, again hosting the North American Street Championships for Intercontinental A and Intercontinental C classes under CIK rules. Two races for TAG (touch-and-go) motors – TAG Senior and TAG Masters – will again be direct qualifiers to the TAG World Finals in October.

New this year will be the Tom Argy Junior Sportsman class for junior drivers, ages 12-15, utilizing the 3-hole (YBX) exhaust. Junior drivers must also submit a driving résumé along with their entry form to be accepted for this class. This replaces the Junior Animal class run in the past. Exhaust will be provided by RLV Tuned Exhaust. The 125cc moto (open, not stock or spec) and 125cc Masters classes will run under 2005 SKUSA rules, but with no minimum combustion chamber volume.

The full race line-up and tentative weight limits for 2006 follows:
  1. King of the Streets (moto and ICC) - 395/385 lbs.
  2. 4-cycle Heavy (B&S flathead) - 375 lbs.
  3. TAG Senior - 360-390 lbs.
  4. 125cc Masters (moto and ICC) - 405/415 lbs.
  5. 2-cycle Super Sportsman Heavy (4 hole) - 365 lbs.
  6. Intercontinental C (CIK rules) - 375 lbs.
  7. Yamaha Heavy - 360 lbs.
  8. 4-cycle Sr. Animal Heavy - 375 lbs.
  9. TAG Masters - 390-420 lbs.
10. Intercontinental A (CIK rules) - 330 lbs.
11. Tom Argy Junior Sportsman (3 hole can) - 315 lbs.
12. 2-cycle Super Sportsman Medium (4 hole) - 340 lbs.
13. 125cc Moto (open, not stock) - 385 lbs.
14. Rumble at The Rock (Sr. Animal Med.) - 350 lbs.
15. Yamaha Medium - 335 lbs.

Entry Packets will be mailed and online entry will begin in late April. For additional information, visit or call +1.309.292.8133

Briggs & Stratton Support Cuts Driver Entry Fees In Half

In an effort to directly help control the costs of racing for competitors, Briggs & Stratton Motorsports and the Rock Island Grand Prix have announced plans for 2006 that will cut the cost of race entries in half at Rock Island.

The Rock Island Grand Prix, has three classes featuring Briggs & Stratton powered karts, including the Rumble at The Rock featuring the overhead value Animal engine. This year, Briggs & Stratton has put together a package that is just too good to pass up. Briggs & Stratton will pay half of the $75 entry fee in the 4-cycle Senior Animal Heavy and the Rumble at The Rock (Sr. Animal Medium) classes. That leaves drivers with an entry fee of only $37.50!

“In developing this support program, it allowed us a unique opportunity to give back to as many customers as possible. The Rock Island Grand Prix is the premier street race in the country and we are excited to be a highlight of this great event. We look forward to some great racing and best of all, a fun weekend,” said Dave Klaus, Motorsports marketing coordinator for Briggs & Stratton.

The 4-cycle Heavy class for Raptor motors is not included in the program. The discounted entry fees will cover only the first 30 entries in each Animal class. Drivers wishing to compete are urged to contact the Rock Island Grand Prix by email at, or by calling the Grand Prix office at +1.309.292.8133 to be put on the mailing list for Entry Packets. For additional information on Briggs & Stratton racing, visit

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Red Bull Race   (06/03)

Red Bull’s nationwide race to discover the UK’s unsung stars of speed, Red Bull Track Attack, is roaring ahead with more than 70 UK Kart tracks hosting qualifying sessions throughout March. Hundreds of ‘ordinary joes’ who want to take on other budding drivers across the country to prove they are the best, have already set times at the tracks. The competition is fierce!

The tracks taking part are listed on the Red Bull Track Attack website. The qualifying period runs throughout March so hurry down to your local kart track to set a time for Red Bull Track Attack and discover how you could one day be racing against a Formula 1 driver!

The best of the best will qualify for one of four regional finals. The victorious drivers there then go head to head with some of Red Bull Racing’s Formula 1 drivers, at a Grand Final in May. The final, which will attract thousands of spectators, will be held in a major city centre on a specially designed road track. Details on the venue and format of the Grand Final will be released soon.

Most Formula 1 Drivers started their careers in kart racing and fully appreciate the skill involved. David Coulthard, Red Bull Racing’s senior driver and another former karting champ added: “Red Bull Track Attack is a fantastic opportunity for anyone who has ever wondered how good they really are at racing on four wheels. Like most Formula 1 drivers my skills and love of racing came from karting as a youngster.”

Tonio Luizzi, driver for Formula 1’s Scuderio Torro Rosso said: “Kart racing is a real buzz and it’s a true test of driver skills. Red Bull Track Attack will really bring that to life. I’m sure we’ll see some really competitive racing. It will be a real challenge for me and I know the other Red Bull drivers will feel the pressure come the finals day as well!”

The competition is open to anyone over the age of 16, except professional karters and MSA licence holders. You don’t even need your own kart, just the drive to defeat the competition. Please log on to for all information about where qualifiers will be held.

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Success For Sims At Florida Winter Tour   (06/03)

British international kart racer Alexander Sims dominated the fifth and sixth rounds of the U.S.A.’s Florida Winter Tour, now fully internationally approved for the CIK calendar. He was fastest in qualifying on his CRG/Maxter kart at Ocala and won both pre-finals and finals. Alexander said: “Although we won the fifth round on Saturday I felt I should have been faster. My race engineer Rob Gough found a small problem with the kart on Saturday afternoon which we solved and I was a lot faster on Sunday! It is a great result for my racing in the USA with the support of Ocean Spray Cranberries and California Medjool Dates. I also need to thank my engineers Rob and Lee for all their help this weekend." Alexander won the first two rounds in the Florida Winter Tour, but had to sit out the third and fourth rounds whilst the promoters waited for CIK approval. He will return to the USA for the Oklahoma CIK ‘Race of Americas’ promoted by Snap-on Stars of Karting supported by the IRL on 17/19th March, just after Alexander’s eighteenth birthday.

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Cadet Formula WTP   (03/03)

Following further tests with the new WTP B5 engine the introduction due for the 1st March 2006 will be deferred until further notice. Further restrictions are required to ensure the new engine is no faster than the current Comer W60 engine to ensure compatibility and to maintain a safe performance level for the Cadet category. John Mills Racing was informed of the criteria of the performance levels required at the ABkC meeting held in September 2005.

The WTP B5 engines have been given permission to race at the Trent Valley Kart Club meeting to be held at PFI this weekend (4th-5th March 2006) with further performance restrictions applied under the supervision of a senior MSA and ABkC official. It is hoped that further to more extensive tests this weekend the specification of the engine restrictions can be finalised and details will follow.

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Meyer Motorsport   (03/03)

Click for larger image...New Karting team Meyer Motorsport kicked off their 2006 schedule last weekend (25th & 26th February 2006) at Bayford Meadows in Sittingbourne. Three of the four drivers David Heravi, Robbie Maffei and Martin Meyer completed in the Junior Rotax Max class, and all three drivers made great progress throughout the weekend. The team’s fourth member James Oppenhiemer is under going a series of test days before competing in his first race meeting in March. Team owner Dean Meyer is pleased with progress of all four drivers and is looking forward to their next meeting.

For more information or to join Meyer Motorsport contact Dean Meyer on 07976 574 267.

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F1 Season Starting Soon   (02/03)

Fantasy Formula One. Pick 3 F1 teams and 5 F1 drivers to do well in both qualifying and the actual race, add a driver that you believe has all the potential of performing poorly, plus a guess at the number of race retirements and you are well on your way to creating your own fantasy F1 team. Don't worry if you can't make up your mind on a definitive line-up as up to three entries per person are allowed.  It's free to enter and it helps make F1 (even more) interesting!  You can also create your own mini league.  Loser buys the beers, or sweets?

The first race of the 2006 season is on the island of Bahrain in the Persian Gulf on Sunday 12th March. Cut-off time for entries is 5pm on Friday 10th March, so get your entries in soon. Click here to start.

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Max 177 For Super One   (02/03)

Super One is offering a Rotax Max 177 National ABkC Championship for 2006, but you will have to be quick if you want to compete for the highly valued Number One Plate. Registrations close on 10th March, and cost £100.

Super One promoter Neil Hann said: “We are offering this due to the demand from competitors, but I couldn’t put anything out until the MSA had given authorisation for the extra class, which has just come through. But we can only run it if we get enough registrations.” Registrations will close two weeks before the first Super One Rotax round at Clay Pigeon, so competitors must get their entries in before that closing date.

Rotax Max 177 operates to the same regulations as the senior Max class, except that all competitors must weigh a minimum of 85kg suited and booted, and have a white strip underneath their number-plate to avoid confusion with their lighter brethren. So come on all the bigger Rotax drivers, find the S1 registration form on and send it in. ABkC Clubs will honour the seeded numbers from the series. This is the second expansion in 2006 for Europe’s most popular national championship series with Honda Cadet also being run for the first time at this level.

Further information from Neil Hann:

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MSA Kart Regulations   (02/03)

The Motor Sports Association has issued Kart regulations corrections and amendments effective 1st March. Click here to view (PDF file.)

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Saxon Website Operational   (01/03)

Saxon Motorsports website is now operational. Whether you want parts for karts, tyres, accessories or ancillary items go to and have a browse. Now you can order from Saxon Motorsport in the middle of the night!

Saxon Motorsport is more than just the UK Biland 28HP engine importer. Check out the site and see for yourselves. In addition to the ‘shopping’ area there are details of the Saxon Team, a news page and information regarding the 2006 Saxon Biland Championship with over £10,000 prize money.  Race a Biland and win a Grand!  Check the site for race dates.

Technical info etc., just leave your email address and Saxon will keep you updated of any offers, competitions, technical information etc.. For the tecnophobes amongst you, Saxon Motorsport have a paper catalogue they can post. Call 01432 350157 and leave your full postal address or email them via the website.

Finally are you thinking about buying a Biland? Save £650 on 28HP of raw power! The special offer of Biland engines at £1600 excl VAT instead of £2250 excl VAT ends soon. Call Saxon-Motorsport on 01432 350157 now for information.

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Formula TKM 4-Stroke   (01/03)

Reference Formula TKM 4-Stroke Regulation Book 2006.  Page 20 - Rule 50: Spark Plugs.  Rule clarification is effective immediately.

The updated rules for 2006 make it clear that only listed spark plugs may be used within the engine. We clarify that these spark plugs must be in unmodified form and must be used with original sealing washer.

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One-To-One Driver Coaching   (28/02)

Click for larger image...After many years of Karting, at the highest levels in the UK and Europe, Danny has set up his own driver coaching, and chassis set-up courses. They are aimed at both the new karter and also the karter that has been in the sport a while and needs the expertise to take him or her to the next level.

The tuition ranges from a one day one-to-one course, to actually running the driver at club meetings or even a full season’s championship. All tuition is on a one-to-one basis, you will not be part of a large group. The courses will teach you top level driving techniques and also advice and secrets on chassis set up. Danny said; "Lots of drivers will spend huge sums of money on a new chassis, new engine, special carb, new tyres, etc. to find more speed, but many overlook the benefits of professional driver training and chassis set up, a driver can easily find 3-4/10s on a better driving technique and/or better chassis set up, even after a one day course. My courses will also show you how to set up your chassis properly, I have driven for many top European and UK teams and have gained a wealth of knowledge about chassis set up, in any conditions. Why waste your valuable time and money, picking up the odd tip here and there, and through the pit lane grape vine. Book a course with me and I’ll show you how it’s done properly."

Danny has won major races on a variety of chassis, including, Tony Kart, Birel, Intrepid, and Top Kart, so is in an ideal position to get the best from you and your chassis, no matter what make of chassis you race.  Danny also competed in his first Rotax Max race at PFI, the January winter series meeting, and had an impressive win against all the current top Rotax Max drivers.

All classes are catered for Cadet, MiniMax, Junior Max, Senior Max, Junior TKM, Extreme TKM, JICA, and ICA.  Any circuit is covered in the UK or Europe. Go to Danny Cruttenden Motorsport or call 07855 791739 for more details.

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The 2006 UK Pro Kart Endurance Championship   (27/02)

Round 1 of the Championship is at Sandown Park on 5th March and this round is fully subscribed with a full grid of 40 teams already confirmed. However, Round 2 at GYG on 26th March has still got 6 places available.

Any teams interested in these last few places, should contact Paul Bowler Promotions Ltd on 01252 615728 (office) or 07979 24166 (mobile), or e-mail them at:

Full details of the championship can be found on

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Florida Winter Tour   (27/02)

The CIK has just issued approval for the ICA class at rounds 5 & 6 of the Florida Winter Tour to be listed as an official CIK event on the World Calendar. CIK Event calendar listing allows participation by FIA/CIK licensed drivers.

Formula Kart's Bill Wright said: “This announcement has allowed European ICA Karting standout, CRG factory driver and UK citizen Alexander Sims to return to the Florida Winter Tour. After his dominating performance at the Homestead rounds, Sims was forced to sit out the Moroso rounds waiting on CIK approval for the Tour. I'd like to thank Chris Sims, WKA's Randy Kugler and CIK's Vincent Caro for helping make this happen." Wright went on to say that he anticipates CIK listings for all rounds of the 2007 Formula Kart Racing FWT. "We have already organized a big marketing push into western Europe. We anticipate a much higher level of participation from the European community in 2007," says Wright. He has made a start by inviting Garda Winter Cup ICA winner Ollie Millroy to join the 2007 Tour.

For more information about the 2006 Formula Kart Racing Florida Winter Tour, log on to

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RealTime Motorsport   (24/02)

Racers, it’s only a week to the start of the RealTime Motorsport 2006 315GP Championship sponsored by Speedwell Race Boots at Bayford Meadows, and time to get your entries in as there are just a few places for round 1 remaining.

The ‘315’ GP is a Super Sprint event for individual drivers, each driver has a 5 minute free practice session followed by 3x 15 minute heats. Points are awarded per heat with trophies awarded to the top 3 cumulative point’s scorers. Season champion receives a trophy and a cash prize fund of £250 + a pair of Speedwell race boots.

Exclusive to this series is RealTime’s Success ballast rule set, for more details or to book your place visit

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Motors TV Ultimate Karting Challenge   (23/02)

The Motors TV Ultimate Karting Challenge will be underway on 25th March, with sponsorship and prizes now in place for the series and each individual class.  The series sponsor is Pi Research, who will be giving a new Pi system to each of the class winners, to go with the prizes offered by individual class sponsors.

In Cadets, the class sponsors are KKC, who are giving away a 6.5mx3m awning, 4.5m x 3m awning, and a 3x3m awning, along with a Driv-up Kart trolley, full MyChron 4 system, Hogan Handy, set of wheels, pit table, 3 wheel Kart trolley and a four-driver stopwatch. The prizes will be divided between the top three drivers in the Championship.

In Minimax, Dartford Karting have backed up their supported class with a fantastic package including a Wild Kart Rolling Chassis, a Junior Rotax engine (the winner can select between the two main prizes), and 6 sets of tyres for third place. The DK package alone is worth in the region of £4,000, plus the value of the Pi system to the winner.

In Junior Rotax, Zip North will be giving away a £750 voucher to first place, £500 to second, and £250 to third, with the winner receiving a full year's awning space, race support and advice at Three Sisters with H2H Motorsport in 2007, itself worth an estimated £2,000. H2H will also be giving away a viewer competition prize.

Due to a lack of support for the Junior TKM class, TKM Extreme drivers have now been offered the opportunity to replace the juniors in the series, and receive some welcome television exposure alongside the Cadets, Minimax and Junior Rotax classes. In order to further encourage the support of its senior drivers, Tal-Ko have increased their support and prize fund to now include a full TKM Storm rolling chassis, including tyres, complete with a full bodywork decal kit and a TKM Extreme engine to the winner! A full ready to race package worth in excess of £2,600. Other prizes include a £250 voucher to 2nd, £150 voucher to 3rd, £100 voucher to 4th and £50 voucher to 5th. The total package to support the participation of TKM Extreme in the series is worth well in excess of £3000.

Each class winner will receive a full, personalised bodywork decal set from Autosign graphics, with the Motors TV logo and "2006 Motors TV Ultimate Karting Challenge Champion", detailed within the design.

Alan Taddei of PSC Productions, who are filming the series for Motors TV commented, "Whilst the television exposure will undoubtedly be the main factor influencing participation in the series, the package of prizes from our sponsors offers the top drivers in each class at the end of the season a very nice bonus, and we appreciate the support they have shown with a significant contribution of prizes". Alan went on, "I am still waiting to hear from Motors TV about some prizes they are trying to organise as part of their support for the series, which would add even more value".

Motors TV are already running an advertising campaign for the unique Karting series, with 30 second ads promoting it to potential viewers. For more information about the series, see the MBKC website at You can download a registration form online. Drivers are advised that the MSA have designated the series for National A licence holders only, and the MBKC website details the process for upgrading from a National B licence if you need to do this, which any non-novice driver can do quite easily.

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Winning Chassis Taken   (23/02)

British F6 O plate winning LRG Prokart chassis belonging to David Bright has been stolen from his garage in Farnborough, Hampshire. The Kart is a 2000 model, just been rebuilt after being re-sprayed metallic blue by Dartford Karting. Kart has a quarter covered seat, yellow plastics, centre tank, number 44 on front and a bright red Wright brake system. “The unusual feature is the bright red Wright brake system, as usually LRGs had Kelgate brakes and I made my own brackets to get the Wright system to fit” said David. The nassau panel was from a Rotax Max, so has holes for all the start buttons etc., DBR, McGee, LRG and Wright stickers were fitted, but they have probably been removed by now.

Please telephone 07947 804820 if you see anything fitting the description above, a reward is being offered. Or if you prefer to leave information anonymously then telephone Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Stolen From Outside Of Home   (22/02)

A Mercedes Sprinter, Redspeed Max and associated equipment has been stolen from the drive outside the South Croydon home of Chris Bristow early last Saturday morning. The complete outfit was in the van, with all tools, wets on rims, spares and fuel container.
Spec: 2005 Redspeed R1, Chassis Number A947380 Senior Max engine number 8225531. Bright red plastics, with lots of black tyre marks, and a red chassis. Kart fitted with used HG1's. WT4 wets on rims (fronts are gold coloured and are fitted extended hubs, the rears old ali's). A bright red tool box, lots of karting related stickers, jam-packed with Max type tools! Loads of spares to run a Max in endurance racing. Number 51 is fitted to front and rear of the Kart, also on the plastic 10 litre fuel container.
Sprinter Registration No.: P432 0VW - medium wheelbase, high top in white, dent in o/side rear panel at head-height - very noticeable! Magnetic stickers (probably now removed). Custom made windows.

Any information gratefully received. Please telephone 020 8657 8259 (Home) or the Police Information Desk (ask for Croydon) 020 8649 1212 and quote Crime Number 3805222/06, or telephone Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where any information anyone may have can be left anonymously.

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Lee Taylor Worldwide Website Launched   (21/02)

Lee Taylor Worldwide Limited the UK agents for PCR and Unipro Laptimers have now launched their website at

The website showcases PCR Products, Unipro Laptimers and also information on their European race team and the newly launched Karting experience days. The site will be continually updated with latest news and new products from PCR and Unipro.  LTW are now taking orders for the new UniWatch from Unipro which is available from March.

LTW are also looking for suitable agents in the South and Scotland for the PCR Kart range. For more information contact Lee Taylor on 07904 113 733 or e-mail:

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The UK Cup at Kirkistown   (20/02)

CClcik for larger image...The UK Cup, Superkart Racing’s ‘0’ Plate meeting will take place at the Kirkistown circuit in Northern Ireland on 30th June/1st July, and it promises to be a superb event. With six races for each class across the two days that will feature National Championships rounds and the 2006 UK Cup races it will be a really full weekend’s racing. The legendary Irish hospitality will complete an excellent weekend.

There will be classes for Division 1 & 2 Superkarts, F250 National, F125 Open and F125 ICC.  A day’s testing is available on 29th June.

The circuit is around an hour’s drive from the Belfast and Larne ferry terminals and special ferry deals are available from Stenaline who are backing the event. Details from Geoff McBride at

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Winter Cup Joy For Ollie   (20/02)

Claygate kart ace Ollie Millroy kicked off his hectic 2006 schedule by clinching the prestigious Winter Cup at the superb Lonato kart circuit in Italy yesterday.

Starting second on the grid for the 28-lap final the 15 year old recorded a resounding victory, his third of the weekend. His victory, beating the cream of ICA and Formula A karters has set Ollie up well for the rest of his busy 2006 season, which will see him take part in more than 120 race and test days. At the finish, Ollie was understandably delighted with his own performance and that of the whole team.

“Absolutely awesome!” said the teenager after the final. “To be honest it hasn’t really sunk in yet, I’m over the moon. The whole weekend went well so I am delighted with the overall results. This has really set me up well for the whole season and now I am feeling confident for my next race, the Margutti Trophy at Parma in three weeks time. The Ricky Flynn team did a great job once again, and I’d like to say a big thank you to them for all their hard work.”

Ollie will return to Italy later this week for more testing in preparation for the next event, the Margutti Trophy, which takes place at Parma, Italy over the weekend of 11th/12th March.

To find out what it is like to travel around the Lonato circuit just one inch off the ground, check out Ollie’s site at

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EKC Endurance Championship   (17/02)

EKC Prokarters, it’s only one month to the start of the EKC 2006 Endurance Championship and time to get your entries in.

With a mix of 6 hour and 3 hour race meetings running at two venues, these being the Barton Stacey and Thruxton kart circuits, endurance Prokarters are looking forward to some great racing with healthy grids.

The first meeting on Sunday 19th March is a 6 hour event at Barton Stacey, a circuit that offers lots of fast flowing corners. Thruxton hosts the second round in April, and with plenty of tight corners will reward more precise driving lines. Race entry is now open, so to register to race online or for more information visit;

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Rotax ‘0’ Plate   (15/02)

Regulations for the ABkC ‘0’ Plate meeting at Rowrah on 15th & 16th April are now available on the Cumbria KRC website.

Also available online is an entry form for the ‘0’ Plate, along with fuel and tyre order forms. Entry fee including Saturday practice is £85.

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Wildtracks – February Meeting   (15/02)

Wildtracks, Nr Newmarket in Suffolk, are holding their 2006 Championship Round 2 this coming weekend the 18th & 19th February. Other 2006 race dates can be found here.

The club will be catering for Cadets, Junior TKM, Minimax, Junior Rotax, TKM Extreme, 100cc, Prokart & Senior Rotax classes. Although a non MSA circuit the club will run in accordance to the 2006 blue book. Race entry forms can now be downloaded from the new club website, or you can contact the circuit on 01638 750496. The circuit is still open for owner drivers and corporate bookings on most days of the week. The Wildtracks entry can now be found under the UK Karting Tracks Directory section.

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--- Karting   (14/02)

Click for larger image...The newly branded “ Karting Team” won their first race of 2006 at the challenging Glan-y-Gors circuit in North Wales with 18 year old driver James Bean. After never having seen the circuit before, Lincolnshire based Bean won both heats and final in wet conditions with ease in the Senior Rotax Max category, driving one of the team's Italian PCR Karts.

Bean said: “I am pleased to have won after being out of a kart for a while and especially in the very slippery conditions. I had a good clean start which gave me a clear view so I just got my head down and reeled off the laps early on to build up a lead, and I could consolidate my gap near the end. The kart was easy to drive and the engine was very strong out of the corners which made my life a lot easier!”

The teams other drivers James Cole from Southport and Alex Classick from Manchester both had a good run in the final with Cole fighting his way through from 18th on the grid to finish 10th, and Classick finishing 21st after qualifying through from the ‘B’ Final.

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New Season For NatSKA   (13/02)

The National Schools Karting Association wishes all its drivers the very best for the forthcoming season. All are welcome to come and watch the racing in some of the largest grids currently seen in Britain. Kids, in karts, having fun and racing well.

If you have children between 10 and 18 years of age and need more information then visit

A list of NatSKA venues and race dates can be found here.

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Everybody’s Talking About Magura   (10/02)

Click for larger image...The talk in the awnings and paddocks across Britain is “Have you heard about this Magura brake system? Apparently, it makes you go 1.5 seconds a lap faster…”

Well, following’s test of this claim (check out their website to see the video evidence with Junior Max Super 1 driver, Matty Tipping in the hot seat) it seems everybody is sitting up and listening.

The Magura brake has already been used to win the German Rotax Max Championship, and following successful testing, the Swiss Hutless Race Team aim to be using the Magura system in the 2006 European Championships. decided to take matters in to their own hands and find out what’s Germany’s favourite braking system is. As on the track the Magura system won - topping the on-line poll with 33.24% of the vote.

But what makes it so special? Thanks to the Magura 908.1’s light, four pad self-adjusting system, drivers now have more stable braking, meaning they can do it much later and with more control - leading to increased acceleration and a better overall performance, and because the lovely people at Venhill Engineering want you to get the very best out of your Magura, they’ve got a special offer during February. For the next 10 Magura brake systems purchased – they’ll fit it for you free of charge! Can you afford not to have a Magura brake system on your kart?

For more information about the Magura system, contact…
Venhill Engineering Ltd on 01306 885111, or visit the Venhill website or e-mail:
ARC Motorsports Ltd. on 01327 855444 or visit the ARC website.

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Kosmos Karts (UK)   (09/02)

Click for larger image...Kosmos Karts (UK) are proud to announce their new website is up and running at, where you can view both their race winning ‘Winner’ chassis which had such good results in 2005, claiming pole position and race wins in the Champions of Champions meeting at Buckmore Park and the TKM 4 stroke O Plate held at Clay Pigeon, along with many other meetings.

Also on the website is the all new 2006 ‘Evolution’ chassis from Kosmos which is made in their new purpose built workshop based only 500 metres from the world famous Garda Kart track in Italy, you can also find a little bit of history on Kosmos Karts along with Driver profiles and recent race results.

Kosmos Karts UK is run by Simon Davidson and Symon Cockill, who between them have over 35 years experience in Karting. They will be attending all major meetings this year including all rounds of Rotax Super 1, and can offer budgets to suit most pockets.

They are also looking for dealers to sell this exciting new Kart. For further details and to book test drive please contact Simon Davidson on 07768717149 or Symon Cockill 07841402526.

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Buckmore Park Winter Championship   (09/02)

The second round of the BPKC Winter Championship takes place on Sunday 19th February. Open practice is available between 10am and 4pm on Wednesday 15th (half term week) and Saturday 18th February between 10am and 4pm. Overnight parking is available on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th.

This will be the last chance for Super One, TKM and Honda Cadet competitors to practice and race at Buckmore before the Series visits in early March. For further details please contact Sheila Rose, Club Secretary on 01634 661604.

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NKF Registration Forms   (08/02)

NKF registration forms for Junior and Senior classes and for the S4 ABkC gearbox championship are now available on the CKRC website.

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Joshua Blackmun - TKM Inter S1   (07/02)

Joshua Blackmun is delighted to announce 2 sponsorship deals finalised yesterday 06 February 2006. Both agreements are linked to the British Championship Super One Series and are for the full 6 events.

New sponsor Room Systems Limited have become involved with backing that will help with all aspects of the season, entries, tyres, fuel, testing and of course travel. Darren Lee Managing Director of Room Systems Limited comments 'We are delighted to be working with an up and coming British talent in the UK Karting arena.” Room Systems Limited are involved in all types of wall partitions and storage walls, products can be viewed at

For the second year, agreement is in place with Krishandave Limited the specialist joinery company to supply the practice tyres for all Super One events, Managing Director, Charley Patel comments “I am more than happy to help, the involvement at this end of motor sport is fantastic and hope we can all work together to put Joshua onto the podium on a regular basis.”

Room Systems Limited can be contacted on 020 7324 6292 and Krishandave Limited can be contacted on 007830 152835. Further information is also available on

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Technicality Robs BRM Works Driver   (06/02)

Click for larger image...Nigel Moore was fastest on his BRM BB1 kart at Sunday’s final round of the national Winter Series for the Junior Intercontinental A class, but failed to win on a technicality. The start of the race meeting at Shenington near Banbury was delayed by fog and the organisers decided to hold two longer heats and no final, the trophies would be given on the combined heat results. The fourteen year old BRM factory driver stormed into the lead in the first heat winning by four seconds and setting fastest lap. With the track still damp from the fog, everyone used wet weather treaded tyres. For the second heat, with everyone now using slick shod tyres, the Tockwith Motorsports supported driver had a tussle with championship winner Oliver Rowland before again winning by a considerable margin at top speeds of 75mph. “I just looked after the kart and the tyres, and I am so glad now that I changed karts for this year, I am getting more and more used to the BRM,” said Nigel. Oliver gave credit and added: “Nigel was the fastest today, but my championship was in the bag.” But in the post race technical checks Nigel’s rear wheel overall track width was found to exceed the limit. Nigel’s father Simon explained: “The scrutineers are saying that each rear wheel is sticking out 2mm more than the regulations allow, but it measured alright on my tape measure. It’s not worth appealing because Nigel missed a round of the series already, and could not have won.” Nigel is continuing his preparations for Italy’s Winter Cup season opener, to be held near Lake Garda on 18/19th February.

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Busy 2006 For Ollie Millroy   (06/02)

Ollie Millroy will contest his busiest season yet, with around 125 race and test days scheduled, on his Ricky Flynn run, Birel kart. The 15 year-old Claygate star has just returned from a successful five-day test in Lonato, Italy, in preparation for the race there in less than two weeks time (18-19th February).

The youngster, who moved up into the ICA class this season will be competing in the British Championship (Super 1) the Italian Open Masters, European Championship, Asian Championship and World Championship. In addition to these, the Tapco Homecare Services-backed driver will also be competing in the Winter Cup, Margutti Trophy, TV Kartmasters and the Champions Cup.

Following a successful 2005 in JICA, Ollie ended his year with a superb performance in the Champions Cup at El Vendrell, near Barcelona and on only his third ever-senior race, was a front-runner, taking top five finishes in the heats and starting on the third row for the final. Now, the teenager, who attends Reeds School in Cobham, is determined to start the year with strong finishes and with his superb performance in testing this week, is confident of a good result in the Winter Cup.

“Testing went really well,” said Ollie. “The team and I are more than happy with our progress so far and hopefully we can start the season with a good result. This year I have moved up into the senior level of international karting and will be racing in the very competitive ICA (Intercontinental A) class. There are many very quick international drivers out there and the competition will be good. I intend to push myself very hard this year and although the European and World Championship will be my top priorities, I will give every race 100%.

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Super One Registrations   (03/02)

For the third year running, championship registrations in the national Super One Series have exceeded 520. Only the numbers in 100 National, Junior TKM Intermediate and the new class of Honda Cadet are slightly disappointing. “I would like to emphasise that we will be running all the classes, including Honda Cadet, and will keep that, 100 National and Intermediate open for a short time in the hope some more drivers will join in,” said promoter Neil Hann. Awards and prizes to the value of over £70,000 are on offer in the series. Full details and registration forms can be found on

The series hosts the MSA British Championships for seniors (Formula A) and juniors (JICA) alongside the ABkC national championships for the other direct drive classes.

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MSA National Court   (02/02)

Having listened to evidence at its hearing on Tuesday 31 January, the Motor Sports Association's National Court has taken the following action:

The Court has suspended the competition licence of Junior Rotax kart racing driver Adam Christodoulou until September 2006. This means Adam Christodoulou will not be permitted to compete in the UK or overseas during this period.

However, the Court has decided not to take any action against three other drivers: Lewis Reeves, Jack Harvey and Jordan Chamberlain.

Separately, the Court has ordered Adam Christodoulou’s father, Peter Christodoulou, to pay £13,000 in costs.

The above decisions were taken on the third and final day of a hearing that opened in December 2005.

In December, the court found that the four drivers named had competed in a meeting at Rowrah on 5 June 2005 using illegally-modified engines. These had been modified by Peter Christodoulou whose actions resulted in a fine of £30,000. The latest order to pay £13,000 in costs is in addition to this fine.

At Tuesday’s hearing, the Court did not accept Adam Christodoulou’s claim that he did not know that his engine at Rowrah had been illegally modified.

However, the Court did accept that the three other drivers – Lewis Reeves, Jack Harvey and Jordan Chamberlain – did not know that the engines they were using were illegal. In effect, said the Court, these drivers had "been fooled."

Previously, the Court had heard unchallenged evidence from Michael Garton, one of the MSA’s most experienced technical commissioners, who said the modifications made to the engines by Mr Christodoulou had been "very deliberate, very sophisticated and very expensive."

Mr Garton also said that this was "the most serious case of cheating" he had ever witnessed during his many years of investigating ineligibility in Karting.

In a statement, the Court said: "We accept that Adam (Christodoulou) has considerable ability and we do not wish to prevent him from participating in the sport for more than one season. We also accept that this matter has been hanging over his head for a considerable amount of time, not due wholly to his own fault. We are accordingly suspending his licence until 30 September 2006; and we make an order pursuant to rule 161 of the FIA rules to give that suspension international application."

The Court also heard that the four drivers, since the meeting at Rowrah, had been "victimised" by a number of clubs. In its statement, the Court added: "We have been made aware of the fact that some clubs have already taken matters into their own hands so as, in effect, to mete out what might be regarded as kangaroo justice. We wholly understand why people feel very strongly about this kind of cheating. Indeed, we agree with them."

"We, however, have heard and tested the actual evidence to the best of our abilities and it is we who have the job of deciding where the truth lies. We have done so and we very much hope that our decision and rulings draw a firm line under this matter. We would be very concerned indeed if further reports of any kind of kangaroo justice were to come to our attention again."

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Red Bull Track Attack   (01/02)

Click for larger image...Are you a bit of a speed freak? The qualifying stage of Red Bull Track Attack begins today and will run in karting tracks across the country until 31st March 2006. So if you think you've got the skills and stamina to get behind the wheel of a kart and battle it out against hundreds of other drivers, get down to your local participating track before the end of March. Set one of the top 5 fastest times for that circuit and we'll take it from there.

Go to now to find out where your nearest track is. The best of the best will then go up against Formula One drivers and other motorsport personalities in a grand final in May. The final will take place on a specially designed road track in a major city centre. Red Bull Track Attack could be right up your street... Literally!

Red Bull Track Attack is open to anyone over 16, except holders of an MSA licence.

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Biz Karts Ltd   (01/02)

The UK’s largest manufacturer of race and rental karts has launched its new website, featuring Retail, Off-Road and Trade sections.

Retails customers can view the Biz range of successful race karts online and see details on the current special offers available on the Biz JK1R. Information on their off-road karts from the Biz JK5 garden fun kart to the Biz JK7 Thunder Hawk rally kart, and the soon to be released 2-seater version, is now also available. Trade customers will find details on the large range of rental karts including the new Biz Evo 2, and there’s a link to request a copy of the latest Trade Spares Catalogue too.

Operating from their impressive north London manufacturing facility that utilises the latest in manufacturing technology, Biz Karts can supply almost everything many a kart racer or commercial circuit operator might need from a non-standard item to a complete outfit.

For further information visit or telephone +44 (0)20 8443 3300.

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Buckmore Park Practice   (31/01)

Buckmore Park is organising an open practice day for 4 stroke karts only on Saturday 4th February between 10am and 4pm. All 4 strokes are welcome including Biland, 4-Stroke TKM, ProKarts, Thunderkarts and Honda Cadets and Junior. The practice session incorporates the Rochester Motor Club Formula 6 warm up day. A charge of £40 per kart applies. Marshals and medical cover included. For more details contact Buckmore Park on 01634 201562.

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Silverstone Sponsors TKM At Clay   (31/01)

Clay Pigeon Kart Club are delighted to announce that this season’s TKM Club Championship is to be generously sponsored by Silverstone Racing Drivers School. All entrants will be entitled to a 10% discount on the Academy Courses and the Senior Champion will receive a 1 day intensive race driving course at Silverstone (valued at £500). Also, a pair of gate entry tickets will be awarded as prizes during the season. Details on

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The Brazilian Cup Is Back   (31/01)

Click for larger image...It’s on 29th & 30th April 2006 at Whilton Mill and it's special. Anyone can race for 5 or 6 minutes in a sprint, but how do you think you would get on in an 18 minute race plus a lap? The Brazilian Cup has timed practice and two 18 minute plus 1 lap finals. The timed practice sets the first Final with finishing positions setting the second Final grid. Trophies being presented for the second Final results. All the usual classes are catered for including TKM 2-stroke and 4-stroke.

A great weekend is ahead and not only is the intention to have fun racing but it's also to help a deserving charity, that of “Children in Hunger”, a charity that helps less fortunate young children in Brazil. The big question is; can the £3,000 donation from the event last year be beaten?

For more information visit and for an entry form and contact details go to the Whilton Mill Kart Club website.

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Genuine Honda Spares   (30/01) has now received their latest batch of GX140 Valve Springs. They have 2000 of these in stock so shouldn’t run out this time. The website has been updated, with genuine Honda spare parts for the GX160, GX200, GX270 and GX390 engines added. The secure online credit card payment makes ordering easy and all orders over £75 are shipped for free via Royal Mail First Class post to anywhere in the UK including the Isle of Man.

In addition the company have announced that they will be sponsoring the first Prokart endurance race in Northern Ireland on 1st May (Bank Holiday Monday). For more information on this and to order your Honda Parts visit

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Cadet Formula WTP   (30/01)

Please note that the 'Cadet Formula WTP' regulations as published in the 2006 MSA Kart Race Yearbook, and previously notified to be deferred, will now come into effect from the 1st March 2006 including the mandatory addition of a 15.5mm inlet restrictor for the WTP B5 engine. Only the official restrictor as supplied by John Mills Engineering Ltd can be used. A homologation fiche for the WTP B5 engine will be available for purchase from the MSA Sales Department.

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SuperSport Tempus CompSec   (30/01)

Click for larger image...SuperSport Timing, the most prolific supplier of Timing, Scoring and Circuit Management systems across the globe are pleased to officially launch their latest product, “Tempus CompSec”, part of the “Tempus” range of products for owner-driver kart clubs.

With the incredible success of “Tempus Club” which, upon its launch, immediately became the most talked about Timing Software for Kart Clubs and is taking the UK Clubs by storm, it was sensible for SuperSport to attack the other problem area for clubs; pre and post event administration.

Perhaps the most overlooked job at any competition kart track is that of the Competition Secretary. Administering Club Memberships, dealing with Race Entries, producing Race Programmes and Race Grids and then, after the meeting, generating Championship Tables are just some of the jobs which a Competition Secretary labours over.

SuperSport has unashamedly targeted “CompSec” at this area of the meeting.  CompSec can, with a couple of mouse-clicks, put a driver in a race meeting, print a Photo-ID Membership Card, send a confirmation email to the driver (without the need of an email client like Outlook™), print the Race Programme and Grids for the meeting, record and track the money received for memberships and race entries, send reminder emails to regular drivers who have not entered the race meeting and automatically produce championship tables. Like the entire SuperSport range, it has been designed with functionality and ease of use in mind. With all this information in one place it becomes much easier for a Competition Secretary to work with.

Developed with the assistance of one the UK’s largest and most popular Kart Clubs (Hunts Kart Race Club at Kimbolton) “Tempus CompSec” will be getting its official worldwide launch at the Kart Expo show in Chicago, Illinois, USA on February 25th and 26th.

SuperSport will also be showing “Tempus Club” the timing and scoring program for the first time in the USA and, of course, their extensive, established and popular range of Corporate, Rental and FEC Track Timing, Scoring and Circuit Management Solutions.

SuperSport are still the only company involved in Timing, Scoring and Circuit Management to have Sales and Support offices in the United Kingdom and the United States.  For further details contact SuperSport Timing at or on: UK: 01432 860685, or USA: (773) 598-8908.

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Suspected Arson Attack   (30/01)

Young Minimax racer Jordan Willson aged 11 was devastated to find his motorhome on fire on the garage driveway of his home at 21:30 last Wednesday, 25th January 2006, - it is a total write-off.

The result is that he has lost all of his racing equipment, helmets, boots, gloves etc., as well as the family’s personal items. The triple garage it was parked in front of is also to be part demolished and this contained Jordan’s spares, etc..

The Police are treating it as arson and Jordan’s father John Willson said; “We were all very lucky because there have been times when the children have slept in the motorhome on the driveway with us like all kids like to - it could have been fatal. I am offering a financial reward for any relevant information that leads to a conviction of the sick minded people who did this.”

This suspected arson attack could have had horrendous consequences, and if you have any information at all please phone John Willson on 01474 708804 (work) or 07860 100295 (mobile), or you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Kart Racers To Get One Shot At Limelight   (27/01)

Drivers in the Renault-sponsored classes of the British Karting Championship go into the 2006 season knowing they have one chance to win a place at a Formula One test by the World Champion Renault F1 Team at Silverstone on Thursday, April 27th.

The opening round of the Formula A, ICA and JICA championships will be held at Three Sisters circuit in Wigan on March 18th/19th with drivers knowing the championship leaders at the end of the weekend will win one of eight places at the exclusive test. They will be joined by the leader and Graduate Cup leader of the Formula Renault UK with Michelin championship, the leader of the Renault Clio Cup championship and the FR2000 and ‘Club’ class leaders of the Formula Renault BARC championship.

The test is scheduled earlier than in previous years, which means only one round of each championship will have been completed. This will ensure added pressure on drivers during the opening weekend of championships that promise to be more competitive than ever.

The leading drivers will attend the test at the home of British motorsport and will be treated to a behind the scenes tour of a Formula One team in action. World Champion Fernando Alonso and his team mate Giancarlo Fisichella are scheduled to take part in the test programme, in preparation for the British Grand Prix on Sunday, June 11th.

During the day, prize-winners will receive a tour of the paddock including a visit to the pit garages to get a close-up look at the R26 and a chance to view the telemetry readings, which will be explained by Renault Formula One technicians. They will then watch the R26 being put through its paces from an optimum vantage point at the circuit.

Tim Jackson, Renault UK Motorsport Manager, commented: “Once again we are delighted to offer our leading drivers the chance to experience such an exclusive event as a Formula One test. The start of any championship season is exciting but this year will be extra special given the prize on offer after the first round of each series.”

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British Universities Karting Championship   (27/01)

University students from across the country will soon be racing in the British Universities Karting Championship. The championship, which is organised by 3T Racing and celebrates its 10th year in 2006, has grown from a small one day event contested by a handful of teams to an 8- round championship racing on Club100's fleet of 2-stroke TKM-engined karts attracting hundreds of students from all over the UK.

Championship favourites Oxford Brookes will be looking to win the title for 3rd time in a row, while Warwick will attempt to build on the back of their summer 0-plate success. Other front-runners, such as Loughborough, Leeds and Hertfordshire, will all be hoping to smash the momentum that Brookes have built up over the past 2 years.

With the championship kicking off at Whilton Mill in early February and finishing at Clay Pigeon at the end of March, it won't be long before we know who will be crowned the British Universities Karting Champions of 2006.

For more information please visit the championship website

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Truelove Joins ACR   (26/01)

Matt Truelove has signed with UK Birel Importer Andy Cox Racing. Truelove will compete in ICA in the S1 series and the Italian Open Championship. “Matt’s first race with us was last week at PFI in Super Libre. With three laps to go he was leading only to be outfoxed by PFI drivers' Croxford and Litchfield on the closing lap – that’s just experience for you! The encouraging thing for Matt is that we are racing ICA not FA so being in a position like that was fantastic” commented team boss Andy Cox. Truelove’s first International duties will start at the Winter Cup in Garda followed by the Margutti Trophy in Parma in March. The Italian races are expected to be good preparation for Matt for the European Qualifier in Portugal later this summer.

For more information on the ACR Team visit the Andy Cox Racing website or call 01527 889595.

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Pipeline Card   (26/01)

Cheaper fuel campaigner (and past Notice Board contributor) Ben Scammell is hoping to launch a discounted fuel scheme aimed at private car drivers in late Spring/early summer, and if it gets off the ground it could offer Pipeline members a saving of up to 10p per litre.

After little more than two months Ben’s scheme has already received a lot of support from the media, and with new members signing up at the rate of 10,000 a week membership is heading towards the six figure mark. It is basically a bulk buying scheme similar to those operated by many of Britain’s large companies and could save its members considerable amounts of money dependant upon their mileage. Ben says; “All the big companies have fuel cards so why not the consumer?”

With nothing to pay to enrol or for the card itself when launched it makes sense to register. For further information visit:

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South Of France Street Race   (25/01)

There is to be a race for Biland & Oral 4-stroke karts around the streets of the highly fashionable beach resort St. Tropez in the south of France over the weekend of 11th/12th March 2006.

The schedule will be: Scrutineering and paperwork on Friday, 10th March.
Three x 20 minute practice sessions on Saturday morning 11th March followed by a 10 minute qualifying session after lunch.
On Sunday 12th March a 15 minute warm up is followed by three x 20 minute heats and a 30 minute final in the afternoon.

Saxon Motorsport can assist by taking Biland owners’ chassis and equipment over and providing awning space or alternatively can hire non-Biland owners the entire package.

Prices will be verified in the next few days but are expected to be approximately £800 for owner drivers and £1250 for others. Further details from Saxon Motorsport on 01432 350157 or e-mail

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Christo Joins Genikart Team for 2006   (25/01)

Britain’s brightest Karting prospect, Riki Christodoulou, has agreed to race for the Spanish-based Genikart team in the 2006 World, European, British and Italian Open competitions. ‘Christo’ inked the deal with the Tony Kart-supported crew last week after visiting the team’s base in Catalonia. He will be Genikart’s sole representative in the premier Formula A category, which is the highest level of the sport. ‘Christo’, from Sutton Coldfield, is the only British driver in the line-up that will run machinery (the FA Kart) named after current Formula One World Champion Fernando Alonso, while also adopting the Spaniard’s colours. Technician Marc Genis will head the team. Alonso was Spanish and World Karting Champion in 1996 under the Catalan’s hand and has now commissioned revered Italian firm Tony Kart to produce the ‘FA Kart’.

It is a positive move for Christo, the 2003 Junior British Champion and 2005 Formula A British runner-up at his first attempt, in what is widely expected to be his last year in Karting before moving to single-seater racing. Spain is currently F1’s hottest fan base after the success of Alonso’s 2005 campaign and the team has already generated a decent amount of publicity within the Iberian Peninsula.

“I had some interest after the World Championship this year because my speed was good and I won a lot of heats. We had some engine problems that meant we weren’t finally able to take a good result but we had caught the eye of the factory teams,” commented the 17 year old yesterday. “We spoke with Mr Robazzi at Tony Kart and they wanted to find a team for me so the chance to drive with Genikart came about. We spent a while thinking about it because we had done a lot of work with the Birel last season but in the end, with the Alonso association and the team’s impressive set-up, it was not a difficult decision.”  “We start testing almost right away and I am really looking forward to it. I just want to win as many races as I can this season,” he added.

Genikart is expected to keep close relations with Alonso throughout the season and it marks the second time that Christo will have hooked up with the F1 star having been introduced as a guest of Renault at Silverstone while leading the British Championship in 2003.

Riki will now head out to Italy for testing and to prepare for his first races in Genikart’s blue livery at the Italian Winter Cup towards the end of February.  Photos of the new FA Kart can be seen on Riki’s website this afternoon

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Driver Coaching   (24/01)

Click for larger image...After many years of Karting, at the highest levels in the UK and Europe, Danny has set up his own driver coaching courses. They are aimed at both the new karter and also the karter that has been in the sport a while and needs the expertise to take him or her to the next level.

The tuition ranges from a one day one-to-one course, to actually running the driver at club meetings or even a full season’s championship. All tuition is on a one-to-one basis, you will not be part of a large group. The courses will teach you top level driving techniques and also advice on chassis set up. Danny said; "Lots of drivers will spend huge sums of money on a new chassis, new engine, special carb, new tyres, etc. to find more speed, but many overlook the benefits of professional driver training, a driver can easily find 3-4/10s on a better driving technique, even after a one day course. My courses will also show you how to set up your chassis properly, in any conditions"

Danny has won major races on a variety of chassis, including, Tony Kart, Birel, Intrepid, and Top Kart, so is in an ideal position to get the best from you and your chassis, no matter what make of chassis you race.

Danny competed in his first Rotax Max race at PFI on Sunday and had an impressive win against all the current top Rotax Max drivers.

All classes are catered for from cadet to Formula A and any circuit is covered in the UK or Europe. Go to Danny Cruttenden Motorsport or call 07855 791739 for more details.

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Alexander Sims Wins In Florida   (24/01)

After having sixteen screws removed from his arm in October, International kart racer Alexander Sims travelled to the warmer climes of Florida’s Homestead circuit for a clean sweep against the Americans. "It’s great to be racing again and good to win. No doubt there are bigger challenges ahead," he said. A serious skiing accident a year ago curtailed the Pinchbeck teenager’s racing during 2005 to only a few outings, so the Homestead race was mainly to see how the arm coped after the operation to remove the screws. Supported by his North American sponsors Ocean Spray Cranberries and California Medjool Dates, 17 year old Alexander intends to complete the next two rounds of the Florida Winter Tour series racing with CRG Canadian team

The format for the weekend was for timed qualifying then two races on both Saturday and Sunday, and Alexander was quickest then went onto win both races each day. But he nearly had a setback on Sunday morning: “The plug-cap came off the engine after my first qualifying lap, but I soon realised what was wrong, put it back and push-started the kart to get fastest time again,” he explained. His 100cc CRG kart touches 80mph on the sweeping bends of the eight tenths of a mile long Homestead circuit and the meeting attracted 260 competitors, 26 of them in his ICA class. After the Florida tour, Alexander and his Italian CRG team will make a decision on him rejoining the European International Championship. More details can be found on his website

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BRM Works Junior Driver Impresses   (24/01)

Click for larger image...Nigel Moore made an impressive showing first time out on his new BRM BB1 kart at Sunday’s PF International round of the national Winter Series for the Junior Intercontinental A class, finishing a close third. Fourteen year old Moore, from York, has signed to join as the official junior driver for the Italian BRM kart manufacturer. “It is a bit of a gamble, but what swung it for us is that five times World Champion Gianluca Beggio has joined as team manager, and I will get personal tuition,” said Moore. Delays with the couriers over Christmas meant the first chance to drive the kart was last Friday and after some experimentation Moore stated he was very pleased: “I expected to find the brake not as good as my kart last year, but after trying some different brake discs it is now mega, and the kart is responding well to adjustments.”

Moore, who is based at the Tockwith Motorsports Centre in Yorkshire, had a fourth and a win in the heats at the PF International kart circuit, earning a front row grid position for the final. After dropping to fifth, he moved up to second place in the race, and briefly snatched the lead from eventual winner Richard Bradley, but had to settle for a fighting third with a couple of laps to go. The top three crossed the finish line spanning only three tenths of a second. “The release out of the corners and the handling was brilliant, I think we’ve shown a few people what we will be capable of this season,” Moore added. He will defend his BRDC Stars of Tomorrow title and contest four rounds of the British Junior MSA Championship in the UK, but will concentrate on the Italian and French Open Championships and the European Junior Championship for his factory team. In 2005 he finished third overall, first rookie, and top British driver in the French Open Series. His first race abroad for 2006 will be the Garda Winter Cup in Italy on 18th/19th February.

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BPKC Winter Championship   (20/01)

The first round of the BPKC Winter Championship takes place on Sunday 29th January. Open practice is available between 10am and 4pm on Wednesday 25th January and Saturday 28th January between 10am and 4pm. Overnight parking is available on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th. Round 2 of the championship is scheduled for 19th February with round 3 on 19th March.

As testing at Buckmore is limited, the winter series offers Super One, TKM and Honda Cadet competitors a chance to practice and race at the circuit before the Series visits the venue for its first round in early March. For further details please contact Sheila Rose, Club Secretary on 01634 661604.

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Super One Series   (20/01)

The Super One Series is offering a class for the Honda Cadet category this year. MSA approval has now been granted for the ABkC Honda Cadet National Championship, but it will only run if enough registrations are received. The category will be run within the TKM series, the dates can be found on and registration forms on which should be sent in as soon as possible.

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RetroKarting Goes Dutch   (20/01)

RetroKarting, promoters of the 2006 ‘RetroRacer’ series for historic karts have organised a trip to the Belgian circuit of Genk during the weekend of 26th & 27th August 2006 as guests of established Dutch Historic Club 'Histokart'. All historic karts (100's and gearbox) are welcome, but induction silencers are mandatory. More information will follow on RetroKarting's website.

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A Double “D” Works Wonders   (19/01)

Dadson Motorsport is to become an agent for Dartford Karting. It will give DK customers back-up with the Wild Kart range and consumables at various circuits around the UK.

“I’m really looking forward to this, said Dannie Pennell of Dadson Motorsport. To work with the DK team taking their success to the circuits and helping put the DK name back to a strong position at the tracks, just like in retail. Now, you can buy a kart from DK, all the spares you want and have race support too. We won’t take delivery of our new race truck for a couple of months yet, but sorting out the livery and other features has been a pleasant change and good winter project.”

The support vehicle will hold a comprehensive range of spares at competitive prices. Also, drivers new or established, can take advantage of the new track support service.

Newcomers to the sport may like the relaxed atmosphere of the Dadson awning along with the camaraderie of the Gentlemen’s Challenge. Super 1 support including awning space is now an option, contact Dadson for details.

If you would like to know where Dadson are in 2006 or for prices, call or e-mail for our prospectus pack, we will post you one free of charge.

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ACR Announces 2006 Driver Line-Up   (17/01)

Sole UK Birel Importer ACR is pleased to announce that Jordan Lennox Lamb has re signed for the S1 MSA JICA 2006 season. Team owner Andy Cox commented “2005 was a learning year for Jordan, he has shown his JICA capabilities impressively and I expect him to be a title contender for 2006. It is my intention to see Jordan in the JICA qualifier in Europe this year to gain valuable European experience”.

Lennox Lamb will be partnered in 2006 by JICA rookie Alex Lynn. Having only started karting 12 months ago Lynn is to move up from Mini Max and has already shown good pace in testing and at the first JICA Winter series races. “Depending on Alex’s progress early on will decide whether he is entered for the European Qualifier, we will have to wait and see, either way Alex is an exciting prospect” commented Cox.

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Vega Rookie Cup   (16/01)

The Vega Rookie cup is for any driver entering any S1 category that is run on Vega tyres. A rookie is someone that is entering the S1 for the first time.

The prizes for each category will be;
1st Place. Gold Medal and Racewear, plus a 3 day trip to Milan with a visit to the Vega factory and presentation of the “Vega Cup” and lunch. The trip is for 2 people and includes flights, 2 nights’ hotel and transfer to Vega.
2nd Place. Siver Medal and Racewear.
3rd Place. Bronze Medal and Racewear.
The Medals and Racewear will be presented at the S1 prize giving.

A Category will not qualify for the Vega Rookie Cup if less than 3 rookies are entered in that category. Results will be calculated on the same basis as S1. Rookies are required to register with S1. Registration is free.

Send your name, postal address, e-mail address and your class/category to: Sonja Game, 16 Graham Road, Bicester, Oxon. OX26 2HP

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Qualified Volunteers In Motorsports   (16/01)

Click for larger image...An agreement has been reached between the Motor Sports Association (MSA) and the Open College of the North West (OCNW) which will offer the thousands of volunteers involved in the sport the opportunity to achieve nationally-recognised qualifications over the next few years.

The MSA is the governing body of motor sport in United Kingdom, responsible for the administration and development of the sport, as well as the co-ordination of some 13,000 volunteer officials throughout the country.

OCNW is a leading National Awarding Body, approved by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, which offers a wide portfolio of qualifications to colleges, training organisations and schools throughout the UK.

MSA and OCNW have already worked together to design a Level 2 Certificate in Motorsports Incident Marshalling and the first group of students will achieve their qualifications by Easter. Two more qualifications – a Level 3 Certificate for Motorsports Incident Officers and Level 2 Certificate for Motorsports Time Keepers – will be available very soon. Plans are already being drawn up for further additions to the portfolio, including full time programmes for young people aiming to develop careers in the motorsports professions.

OCNW Chief Executive Phil Wilkinson says “This collaboration with the MSA will eventually establish a comprehensive framework of optional qualifications for everyone who is involved in motorsports.”

Colin Hilton, MSA Chief Executive, says: "The Motor Sports Association's army of volunteer marshals and officials is critical to the future development of the sport and the MSA is committed to increasing their number through a combination of recruitment and retention programmes. Introducing the option of nationally-recognised qualifications will provide additional benefit for those already involved and will also encourage students to expand their studies to incorporate volunteer motorsports activities as part of their course."

Picture shows Colin Hilton (left) and Phil Wilkinson during the formal signing of the Memorandum of Agreement between MSA and OCNW which took place on Friday 13 January at the Autosport International 2006 show at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham.

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MTTC Project   (13/01)

Click for larger image...Buckmore Park Kart Circuit has unveiled the latest drawings on the proposed Motorsport Training and Technology Centre (MTTC) project, which includes the construction of a dedicated technology building, a 500m circuit extension (incorporating a training loop for students), a pedestrian bridge, a two-storey glass fronted kart shop, a viewing grandstand and a new circuit reception area.

As part of a two year feasibility study and after a lengthy consultation process with local colleges, schools and statutory bodies, the centre design has evolved into an integrated complex, featuring a core technology building which will nestle unobtrusively in picturesque Kentish woodland. The building, which will be linked to the existing clubhouse will feature a large Student's workshop, an engineering demonstration area, various tutorial rooms, an IT room/library and a virtual workshop. Buckmore boss, Bill Sisley says “Over the last two years, we have been running pilot schemes with local schools and colleges. Seventy local students aged between 14 and 18 have undertaken structured accredited vocational training at Buckmore Park using our existing facilities and this training has been a great success and has helped all parties understand the practicalities and effectiveness of motor based training based at the circuit. It has also assisted us in determining the most cost effective building design".

The integrated project includes the construction of a two-storey glass fronted kart shop as well as a new circuit reception area, which will be linked to the MTTC core building. A pedestrian bridge will connect the whole complex to the existing paddock and main car park. Additional car parking spaces will be created as well as a strategically situated viewing grandstand.  To cater for student driver training, a 500 metre training loop/circuit extension will be constructed which will follow the natural contours of Buckmore's woodland valleys. The loop, when connected to the existing circuit will create an extended venue, which will then meet the criteria for a CIK international track licence enabling the circuit to apply for international kart events.

Click for larger image...Bill Sisley says, "I am very excited about the whole project and the circuit extension should be sensational especially as Buckmore will effectively have two long straights as well as the existing technical twists and turns. The venue will be ideal for the Formula A and Super ICC classes as we will be able to run the circuit in various configurations.  I believe that circuits should flow and co-circuit owner John Surtees and myself, after consultation with the MSA Circuit Inspector, John Symes, have designed a circuit that will be exhilarating to drive and not only offer a real challenge to experienced competitors but also ideal for novice driver training. The extension, which features a 20 metre change in elevation, leaves the existing circuit at turn 1 disappearing into woodland with an initial 200 metre uphill section which incorporates a right/left dip leading into a fast 90 degree steeply banked right hand turn. The circuit then flows into an exhilarating downhill/uphill section followed by a hairpin and a sudden dramatic downhill left hand cambered corner. After a 150 metre level section which kinks right the circuit suddenly plunges downhill into a dramatic S bend complex before rejoining the existing circuit at turn 2 (Conways)”.

John Surtees believes that the next phase of development at Buckmore Park is essential for the future of grass roots motorsport in the UK. John says, “the MTTC project will provide training to cover things like: how a basic vehicle works; how to use tools; kart dismantling; assembly and preparation; driving skills; the use of telemetry in relation to both kart and driver; progressing it is hoped to design studies. Not only will we be training Britain's future Formula One drivers and engineers but we will at the same time be training young technicians for local car dealerships as well as better and safer road drivers. Of course, the motorsport world engages many allied trades including media, logistics and catering and we intend to offer youngsters of all backgrounds a whole range of nationally accredited courses. The whole project will raise the profile of British karting and will also create much needed employment. Although we have had assistance from the DTI backed Motorsport Development UK Board in preparing the feasibility study, there are still many hurdles to cross and we need partnerships and funding in order to realise the dream. Britain needs a world class kart circuit - all roads lead from karting and the British Motorsport Industry is the envy of the world – let’s keep it that way”.

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Biland Series   (13/01)

The Saxon Biland Championship has been granted permission to become the Saxon Biland British Championship for 2006. This means that the winner will become the recognised British Champion alongside the other top kart categories. This news, coupled with the ‘Super Series’ with its £10,500 prize fund, is certain to attract more top drivers into the class for 2006.

More information can be obtained from Martin Capenhurst on 0116 288 3506 or 07974 766529.

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Loughborough Students Kart Racing Team   (13/01)

LSUKRC have announced their championship team for the 2006 British University Karting Championship. This year boasts their best ever driver line up led by team captain Scott Mittell and includes Nik Goodfellow (European ICA), Benjy Russell (ex Super 1 Champion) and Andy J Wilson (Double MBKC Champion).

For more information or to follow the team's progress you can visit the official website at

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Renault MSA Award Winners   (13/01)

Glenn Freeman and Gavin Ireland have won the most sought-after prizes for up-and-coming media in UK motor sport – the Renault Motor Sports Association’s Young Journalist & Photographer of the Year Awards. Glenn, aged 19 from Witham, Essex, and Gavin, aged 23 from Lancaster, will receive trophies and cheques for £1,000 at UK motor sport governing body the MSA’s prestigious Night of Champions awards ceremony at the Royal Automobile Club, Pall Mall, London on 20 January. At the event, they will share the stage with the winners of all the MSA British championships in 2005.

These special awards, launched in 2002 and designed to help young motor sport journalists and photographers further their careers, this year attracted submissions from a wide range of ages, from 15 to 25 years old, covering events from karting, rallying and historic racing through to sports cars, touring cars and single-seaters. Glenn earned his Young Journalist Award with coverage in specialist magazine Motorsport News of British Formula 3, junior single-seater racing and the inaugural A1GP event at Brands Hatch. Gavin, meanwhile, submitted images from Racecar Engineering, the Le Mans 24 Hours race and a new retro motor sport book Autodrome to win the Young Photographer Award.

Colin Hilton, Chief Executive of the MSA, comments: "Many congratulations to Glenn and Gavin, particularly in a year when the overall entry level was arguably the highest we’ve ever seen. The quality and range of work was excellent and this reflects the talent that is out there. Certainly, the judges took considerable time to reach a decision. We sincerely look forward to greeting Glenn and Gavin at our Night of Champions and we look forward to another exciting competition in 2006."

Glenn, who started work with MN in 2005 after achieving National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) qualifications at Harlow College, says: "I’m very proud and honoured. It’s an amazing feat to achieve the Award and I’m very grateful to MN for taking me on and guiding me as a journalist. I’ve always wanted to be a motor sport journalist and this is a massive boost for my confidence and career."

Gavin, who only started photographing motor sport in the UK two years ago, adds: "I’m staggered. This is my first photography award and what a way to start! It means so much, particularly as I’m self-taught and I know this will count for a lot in the future."

Tim Jackson, Director, Press & PR, Renault UK says: "Glenn and Gavin richly deserve their awards – their work was of a very high standard and I’ll be delighted to present them with their trophies and cheques for £1,000. Renault prides itself on encouraging new talent and we were delighted by the response to this year’s competition… everyone who entered has the potential for a great career ahead of them. We look forward to the next 12 months and the search for the next recipients of this very prestigious award."

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Red Bull Track Attack Launched   (12/01)

Click for larger image...Smoking rubber from the wheels of an F1 driver filled the air at the Autosport International Show this afternoon as Red Bull Racing’s Tonio Luizzi launched the thrilling Red Bull Track Attack with a virtuoso display of Kart Racing skills.

The Red Bull Track Attack is a nationwide event to uncover the best non-professional kart racer. Luizzi, a former kart racing champion himself, burned his way around the Show’s kart track in a number of races against members of the media to demonstrate the thrill of kart racing. Red Bull Track Attack will bring those thrills directly to the British public.

Red Bull Track Attack is for any speed freaks who think they’ve got the skills and stamina to get behind the wheel of a kart and battle it out against hundreds of other budding drivers across the country. Red Bull Track Attack could be right up their street because between February and March qualifiers will be held at tracks all around the country.

The best of the best will then go head to head with some of the top names in Formula 1 at a grand finale in May. The final, which is expected to attract thousands of spectators, will be held in a major city centre on a specially designed road track.

For the rest of the Autosport International Show it is the public’s turn to take on a superstar racer. Ten lucky people, picked randomly from a draw held at the Show, will be able to pit their wits against one of Red Bull’s F1 drivers in a ‘just for fun’ karting contest on Saturday and Sunday afternoon (14th & 15th January.)

For anyone who fancies their chances in the Red Bull Track Attack, there will be an opportunity to sign up early for the qualifiers at the Autosport Show.

Most Formula 1 drivers started their careers in kart racing and fully appreciate the skill involved. Luizzi said: “Kart racing is a real buzz and it’s a true test of driver skills. Red Bull Track Attack will really bring that to life. I’m sure we’ll see some really competitive racing. It has been a real challenge for me today and I know the Red Bull drivers will feel the pressure come the finals day as well!”

David Coulthard, Red Bull Racing’s senior driver and another former karting champ added: “Red Bull Track Attack is a fantastic opportunity for anyone who has ever wondered how good they really are at racing on four wheels. Like most F1 drivers my skills and love of racing came from karting as a youngster.”

The competition is open to anyone over the age of 16, except professional karters. You don’t even need your own kart, just the drive to beat off the competition. Please log on to for all information about where qualifiers will be held.

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Motors TV Ultimate Karting Challenge   (12/01)

The forthcoming Motors TV Ultimate Karting Challenge is proving popular with drivers and their supporters. The nine round series, which starts in March, features W.60 Cadet, Minimax, Junior TKM and Junior Rotax, with a maximum of 34 places in each class. With 11 weeks still to go until the first round, registrations for three of the four classes are nearly full, with Cadets (30), Jnr Rotax (30) and Minimax (26) showing very strong support.

MBKC Chairman, Simon Goodfellow said "MBKC is very excited by the response of drivers to the series but, a little disappointed with the initial response from Junior TKM drivers, we will be working hard this month to attract JTKM drivers." Alan Taddei from PSC Productions commented "It is vital to everyone that the series promotes kart racing to viewers in the best possible way, and 24 entries must be the minimum number of entries to ensure the class provides the best possible entertainment. So far JTKM is half way there, but we need to be certain we can attract sufficient entries for what will be prime time television exposure."

Simon Goodfellow continued, "Some Junior TKM drivers have used the Motors TV series to fund their kart racing in 2006 via sponsorship, if your working on doing exactly that before registering please phone (07815 289323) or email me so we know your registration is coming in."

Motors TV races taking place on Saturdays, starting at 2pm and only one round clashes with Super1 for TKM in 2006. Racing on Saturday means drivers are free to race on Sunday at MBKC, another club, or even at Super1.

Registration forms and further information can be found on the MBKC website. Registrations received for any class after it has reached capacity will be returned.

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Karting Ace Secures Top FF Drive   (12/01)

Click for larger image...Kidderminster racing driver Nathan Freke has secured the top drive in the new National Formula Ford Duratec series for 2006. Negotiations for Nathan to drive for Jamun Racing, the 2005 British Champions, were successfully concluded last week. He will replace Charlie Donnelly (2005 Champion), and Duncan Tappy (2005 festival Winner, and Autosport/McLaren/BRDC young driver of the year nominee), in the Jamun Racing Team who will be running 3 or 4 drivers and are looking to Nathan to carry on their winning ways whilst the other drivers gain experience at this level. Tony Munday, team principal, commented, "we have watched Nathan over the 2005 season competing in various FF1600 races in one of our cars, and we see him as the natural successor to our departing drivers. He is an excellent racer who should adapt well to the new formula."

Nathan will contest the newly launched Formula Ford National series in a 2006 Mygale Chassis, fitted with the new Ford Duratec race engine. Ford has introduced the engine as a replacement for the ageing Zetec power plant which has been in use since 1996. The series has over £1 million in publicity and backing from Ford, including full TV coverage, initially on Sky with possible repeats on terrestrial channels.

The series is still seen as the natural path towards higher formulas such as F3 and F1, despite the attempts to push the Renault and BMW series over the last few years. Nathan comments “I see this as a major opportunity to further my racing career, and am looking forward to putting the new outfit through its paces in late January. If I can repeat the successes of 2005 then I will have the best opportunity to achieve my goal of becoming a fully professional racing driver at the absolute top level. My 2005 sponsors Newnet have provided the majority of the required funding and together with other partners we are looking forward to a successful year.”

Nathan will still race karts when time permits and will be running drivers under the Century Motorsport banner at Super 1 and in the Superkart Series in 2006.

The race winning Century Motorsport Jamun T25 can be seen on the Comma Oils stand at the Autosport Show at the NEC this weekend after a last minute call to display the car.

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KS Race Team   (11/01)

The KS Race Team congratulates all their drivers on their current form at Kimbolton last weekend. This adds to the podiums of the last few meetings at Kimbolton.

For 2006 KS Race Team are at all TKM Super 1 rounds and many club races (Kimbolton, Fulbeck, Whilton Mill) and are now taking on drivers for the year, all budgets catered for and all classes. So if you want to get ahead for this season talk to us now say KS, who trade at Super 1 and many club meetings (Kimbolton, Fulbeck) with their race support vehicle which holds a comprehensive range of spares at very competitive prices. Mail order available and an on-line shop coming soon so watch this space.

Since leaving Wildtracks at the end of August, KS are now based in March, Cambridgeshire with a fully floodlit outdoor circuit for all your corporate entertainment and mini-moto test days.

For spares, information or just advice please call 01354 652718, or visit KS Karting at Creek Fen, March, Cambridgeshire, PE15 0BU.

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Buckmore’s MTTC & Circuit Extension Plans   (10/01)

Buckmore Park is to reveal its latest Motorsport Training and Technology Complex (MTTC) and circuit extension plans at Autosport International, NEC, Birmingham from 12 to 15 January 2006.

Buckmore will be unveiling the latest plans on its MTTC project and circuit extension at the Autosport Show this week. Buckmore's Chris Pullman will be on hand throughout the four days of the Show on Buckmore's stand number 6792, to answer any questions regarding the project, which is due to commence at the end of this year.

Buckmore boss Bill Sisley says "the new 500m circuit extension will be sensational and will feature two long straights and continuous changes of camber and elevation. Once completed the MTTC complex and circuit extension will enable the circuit to meet the criteria for a CIK A grade track licence and we will certainly be applying to run CIK international events in the future. The extension will also be used as a driver training loop for the MTTC students".

More details and drawings will be released on Thursday at the show.

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Formula TKM Kart Homologations   (09/01)

Though 2006 has only just begun, already Tal-Ko is busy planning the year 2007 and onwards for the Formula TKM 2-stroke classes, and they have an important change in mind. The following statement has been issued by Tal-Ko Racing Ltd.

Since the original conception of the class well over a decade ago, the criteria has always been to use UK built kart chassis to a restricted design formula and price. This has made for karts which are easy to use and suit ideally the Maxxis tyres we use and the ambient temperatures and conditions in the UK.

However with the ever falling number of UK kart manufacturers we reach a point where we feel we are holding the class back by restricting it to the use of UK made karts.

Therefore what we propose for 2007 onwards is that karts for the Formula TKM 2-stroke class must still retain key design elements which keep down costs and make life easy and must still be homologated, but they can come from any country and any manufacturer providing they can be sold within the Formula TKM price limitation.

The main design elements to consider would be 30mm rear axle supported in 2 bearings and no front caster/camber adjustment. We would allow rear ride height adjustment and the use of bolt in front and rear torsion bars.

By doing this we feel we give more freedom to a wider number of manufacturers while at the same time not damaging the competitiveness of existing kart owners since all of the above can be readily added to existing karts.

We do have some minor changes to the engine in development but these will not make any significant change to kart requirement and will be announced in due course.

These plans are not cast in stone and before we finalise all the details needed to put these kart homologations in place we welcome comments in particular from the trade, and from Formula TKM kart racers. E-mail Tal-Ko at

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2006 MX5 Scholarship   (09/01)

Click for larger image...Last chance to win a year’s free racing with the Mx5 Scholarship. This is the chance of a lifetime for one novice driver to monster a Mazda in 2006!

Run by Shearspeed Motorsport, one of club racing’s most respected and successful teams, the winner is guaranteed to make that step-up to circuit racing and a potential career in the sport will surely await. Last year’s winner came 4th in the overall Max5 Championship and is hoping to join Shearspeed for the 2006 season.

The first round of the scholarship is Monday 30th January at Teesside Autodrome, so book now to ensure your place! For any enquiries contact Amy on 07914 269226 or, or visit the website at

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Appointments At The MSA   (09/01)

The Motor Sports Association is delighted to confirm the promotion of Cheryl Lynch as Race, Kart and Speed Executive and the arrival of Steve Redhead as Licensing Manager with effect from 1 February 2006.

Cheryl Lynch has been one of the key points of contact for competitors and officials within Motor Sports House in recent years. Cheryl joined the MSA in the late eighties and since 1998 has been at the forefront of dealing with club officials, licence enquiries and senior officials. Her new role as Race, Kart and Speed Executive will see her become more involved with the approval of race championships, the MSA’s committees and the Motor Sports Council.

Cheryl's current position as Licensing Manager will be filled by new recruit Steve Redhead who joins the MSA with a strong track record in customer services. He will continue the programme of technological developments that has transformed the licensing department in recent years and will oversee an even greater emphasis on providing the MSA's customers with the best possible service.

“I’ve really enjoyed working as Licensing Manager,” says Cheryl. "We've made some major changes in recent years, particularly in terms of technology which has provided the new tracking process for licence holders. That has had a major impact, not only on the MSA staff, but also on the licence holders themselves. I'm really looking forward to this new challenge and can't wait to get started."

Steve comments: “My background is in a customer service role and I’ve had a long interest in motor sport so this is an ideal position for me. I’ve been at the MSA a few weeks preparing to take over from Cheryl and I've been very impressed with what I've seen so far, particularly at what is the busiest time of the year."

The MSA’s Licensing Department can continue to be contacted on 01753 765000.

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Wildtracks – 2006   (06/01)

Wildtracks, near Newmarket in Suffolk, have now confirmed their 12 practise and race weekends for 2006 with the first race weekend being the 14th & 15th January. The club will be catering for Cadets, Junior TKM, Minimax, Junior Rotax, TKM Extreme, 100cc, Prokart & Senior Rotax classes. Although a non-MSA circuit the club will run in accordance to the 2006 blue book. Race entry forms can now be downloaded from the new club website, or you can contact the circuit on 01638 750496.

The circuit is still open for owner drivers and corporate bookings on most days of the week, so you have no excuse for letting your driving skills get rusty over the winter period. Wildtracks can now be found under the UK Karting Tracks Directory section.

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Racing At Clay Pigeon   (05/01)

After a very successful season in 2005 with plenty of close exciting racing there are now more reasons to become a member and race at Clay in 2006.

1. Club membership has now been reduced to only £25.
2. No more camping fees! Most of the area around the circuit will now be free (except where electric hook-ups are available.)
3. Heats extended in length, juniors and seniors to 9 laps and cadets to 8 laps.
4. Reduced entry for novices - all novices can enter at a reduced rate of only £25 for a maximum of 6 meetings.
5. With only a minimum increase in race entry for members, the increase in laps actually decreases cost per racing lap.

Again for 2006 more club TKM entries will be very welcome, both beginners and experienced drivers.

The website is currently being updated ready for the new season and membership forms and a contact point will be available at

Clay Pigeon look forward to seeing you in 2006!

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The Kart Shop at Buckmore   (04/01)

The Kart Shop at Buckmore is offering 10% off all racewear in stock on the open practice day next Saturday 7th January. They have large stocks of suits boots and gloves from Sparco and Shift in stock as well as helmets, rib protectors and kitbags.

They will be open as usual all day for any spares required including the new SL6 tyres for senior Max.

The Kart Shop at Buckmore can be contacted on 01634 672256.

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2006 London Kart Show   (04/01)

This year's London Kart Show will take place at ExCeL London, the spectacular, state-of-the-art international exhibition centre in Docklands, on Saturday and Sunday 9-10 December 2006. The exhibition later this year will also include the newly-launched London Motorsport Show, allowing companies from every discipline of motorsport to exhibit in the nation's capital.

Said organiser Philip Bunn: "There is a clear need for a major winter motorsport exhibition in London and the home counties, serving a very affluent target audience which includes a large proportion of the UK population. ExCeL London's location right next to an international airport also makes it easily accessible from continental Europe, which will allow businesses in France, Germany and the Low Countries to show their products to the UK motorsport market, which is of course one of the largest in the world."

This news follows the successful staging of the 3rd London Kart Show at Sandown Park, where well over 4,000 committed competitors visited companies selling everything from racing karts and safety equipment to performance parts and accessories. Attendance was up 10 per cent on the previous year, despite the Sunday morning traffic chaos caused by the fuel fire at Hemel Hempstead.

Among the exhibitors at the London Kart Show were many promoters of 'next step' formulae - aimed at ambitious kart racers who aspire to move into cars - organisations like Caterham Motorsport, Formula Ford, T-Cars and the John Cooper Challenge.

"These companies have shown us the way to go," says show organiser Philip Bunn. "Kart racing is where most competitors begin their motor sport careers, not least because you can begin as young as age 8, and many karters eventually move on to race cars, or go rallying or hillclimbing or even to ride motorcycles. The overall theme will be affordable motorsport.

"The London Kart Show will continue in its own right, but ExCeL London offers us the space and the facilities to promote the whole spectrum of British motorsport, which is why the new London Motorsport Show will run in parallel. We have had three excellent years at Sandown Park, which is a super venue, but we have simply outgrown the available exhibition hall."

The new London Motorsport Show will retain and expand all the features which have made the London Kart Show so popular, including free workshops on such diverse topics as advanced driving techniques and media skills.

For further information please contact Philip Bunn; Tel: +44 (0) 1444 246446 or Email:, or visit their website.

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Attention Junior Drivers   (03/01)

Advent Motorsport in conjunction with Anglesey Performance Driving Centre, are launching a new driver tuition programme in advance of the 2006 race season. This course will be of particular interest to existing kart and short oval racers who are looking to make a move to circuit racing.

This course, in the format of a race school programme, will concentrate on driving technique and the appreciation of circuit lines and will be run by ARDS licensed instructors. Anglesey circuit is a very technical and challenging circuit which combines many elements found at circuits elsewhere in the UK.

With a decade of experience in karting and car racing at junior level Advent Motorsport have the expertise to help you move onward to car racing. Coupled with the excellent teaching methods of Richard Peacock of Anglesey Performance Driving Centre this is a course tailor made to juniors.

Please contact Andrew Crighton at Advent Motorsport on 01732-887474 or mobile 07736-070002, or for further information on the 3 different packages of tuition that can be offered, please send an e-mail to for availability and pricing.

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Buckmore Open Practice   (03/01)

Due to the recent heavy snow, Buckmore Park were unable to run the special open practice sessions scheduled for last week. However, there is one more opportunity as the circuit have put an extra date into the diary. Saturday 7th January from 10am to 4pm. There are special discounts for BPKC or Formula 6 club members, so take your membership cards.

Following this additional day there will be the two regular January dates, Wednesday 25th and Saturday 28th which precede the regular Club Race meeting on the 29th.

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