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Keep up-to-date with what's happening in the sport in our news section.  Full articles are shown below, for a summary of the news be sure to start at the main index page of UK Karting.  General news and press releases can be emailed to us at newsdesk@karting.co.uk, although please note that a charge is made for the publication of press releases and promotional news items. Please note that the following are the views of the contributors and not necessarily those of UK Karting. All information is published in good faith.


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Easykart UK And IAME   (25/07)

Easykart UK are delighted to announce a new multi-year deal with Italian engine manufacturer IAME for the continued supply of Easykart engines and spare parts for the Easykart UK market.

IAME have been the Easykart UK engine supplier since 2007 when Easykart was first started in the UK. The project is managed by Andy Cox and his company ACR.

Andy Cox of ACR said "I'm delighted to have reached this new agreement with IAME. It's important for Easykart UK's stability in these economically challenging times. With a guaranteed continuity with IAME as our engine partner I am confident Easykart UK will continue to grow in the UK market."

Andrea Bossaglia of IAME said "We recognize the efforts done by ACR to keep Easykart UK successful, and the numbers always confirm the very good results of Andy's management.  From our side we are interested in assuring stability and continuity to the Classes where we are single engine suppliers, giving quality and consistency. We are really looking forward to a constructive cooperation."
 
For more information please visit www.easykart.co.uk or call ACR on 01527 889595.

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Whilton Mill Awning Space   (22/07)

Milestone Motorsport are offering awning space, with full awning facilities including driver coaching, set up advice, and as much help as you need for £50 per day.

Race motor hire and mechanics etc are also available at extra cost.

Please call one of the team to book your place on 07770 921479, 07974 009577 or 07854 102700.
 
You can also visit our website at www.milestone-motorsport.co.uk.

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Charity Endurance Race   (22/07)

Just a few places on the grid remain for this weekend's charity endurance race at Glan Y Gors Park circuit, in aid of Brain Tumour Research.

This 3 hour endurance race promises to be an exciting event with a mix of public and professional race drivers.  Where else would you get the opportunity to race against Nathan Freke (Former Formula Ford and Ginetta G50 champion and Century Motorsport Owner), Jon Barnes (2008 British GT Champion), Aron Head (Caterham R300 driver), Freddie Hetherington (Ginetta Super Cup and British GT driver), Zoe Wenham (British GT driver) and Tom Oliphant (Ginetta Supercup and British GT driver)?

Ex-kart racer Mark McCawley, who will be organising this event along with GYG, commented "Brain Tumour Research receives less than 1% of the national spend on Cancer Research. As the biggest killer of all cancers for people under the age of 40 this is not enough. I am appealing to the motorsport trade and beyond to take part is this race and to try and make a difference."

 
Click for larger image...There are some great prizes on offer with VIP passes to the Aston Martin GT4 Challenge which supports the British GT Championship, a tour for six around the world famous Prodrive, plus Aston Martin Merchandise packs and signed memorabilia from Lewis Hamilton, Nico Hulkenburg and Sergio Perez, with many more to be added soon!
 
Team entry (4-6 drivers per team) is £450.00 or you can enter as an individual driver for £75.00 and you will be allocated to a team.
 
A deposit is required of £150.00 for team entry or £30.00 for individual driver entry with full payment then due on race day (driver and team deposits are non refundable).
 
To book your entry or for more information contact Gemma on 01490 420770 or email edavies@gygkarting.co.uk.

Come along and support what promises to be a great race event for a very worthy cause!

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LCR Motorsport   (18/07)

LCR Motorsport have awning space available for the TKM Festival from the 8th-10th August.
 
Packages can be built to your own specific requirements and prices start from just £70 per day. This includes use of all team facilities and on hand advice from our experienced team.
 
Kart hire and awning spaces are also available at Kimbolton, Whilton Mill and Shenington race meetings.
 
Please contact us for more details and to discuss specific requirements.
 
Telephone Luke on 07858 715834 or email LCR_Motorsport@outlook.com.

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Tooley Motorsport Triumphs   (18/07)

As the team prepare for their second half of the season the team now have more spaces available in either the Junior Max category or Mini Max.

After great success throughout the winter we knew that we could achieve some great results this year, and so far we have cemented some solid finishes.
 
In the last few months the team have had numerous wins and podiums in both classes, and with many years' experience of running a team, 4 British champions, 2 Kartmasters Grand Prix champions and a British Open championship to our name, we are now expanding the team.
 
We have limited spaces left so don't miss your chance for a free quote, we can guarantee great rates and supply as little as awning space to a full arrive and drive package.

For further information please visit www.TooleyMotorsport.com or give Andrew a ring on 07851 228619 or Dave on 07900 255585.

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Praga On A Roll   (17/07)

Click for larger image...Click for larger image...European victory for Praga and Jonathan Thonon at the second round of the CIK FIA KZ European championship, which was held at the renowned German circuit Wakerdorf. Jonathan Thonon is now in 3rd place in the championship, aiming for the win with 1 round to go.
 
This also follows on from the success for Praga in the UK at the Paul Fletcher International circuit with Stephen Letts only jumping in the Praga/Iame X30 package late on Saturday afternoon after suffering a back problem preventing him from testing early morning. This didn't seem to faze Stephen as he was setting the pace from his 1st session out to the final on Sunday, taking 2 heat wins, 2 fastest laps and a win in the final.
 
Gordie Mutch also made an appearance at the PFI circuit all the way from Scotland for the first time in Mini Max, also showing great pace all weekend with some good heat results.
 
Click for larger image...Praga was also dominant in the South of the country at the Cancer Research charity meeting at Clay Pigeon.  With Praga drivers Tyler Weedon and Taylor Adams taking 1st and 2nd in the finals on both race days, plus pole and 2nd in timed qualifying and in the heats. Well done to all at factory racing for your continued support.
 
Well done to Luke Lattimer winning the last two rounds of the NKRA Junior Blue championship on his Praga Dragon. Luke is currently leading the points championship with one round to go at Buckmore Park this coming weekend. We wish you all the best for the weekend.Click for larger image...
 
Congratulations to Connor Hall returning to the OK1 and winning the final in Junior Max at Forest Edge.
 
For more information and to arrange a test drive please contact Randal on 07957879413 or info@randallynnkarting.co.uk.
 
Great karts, terrific prices, now is the time to make the change!

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Kartmasters Prize Fund   (17/07)

With Kartmasters 2014 just around the corner, the excitement starts to build!
 
We are pleased to announce that the top 3 drivers in each class will receive the following prizes...
 
1st Place:
LG 42" Smart 3D TV        

2nd Place:
iPad Mini + £50 iTunes Voucher
 
3rd Place:
Dr Dre Beats Pill Speaker

Entries for the MSA Kartmasters British Kart Grand Prix and the X30 Kartmasters Trophy will be closing on Saturday 19th July.  If you haven't already entered, entries can be made online here.
 
In addition to this, we have also had many prizes that have been kindly donated.
 
Full details of these will be available on our dedicated website www.tvkc.co.uk/kartmasters shortly!

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Griffin Racing   (17/07)

For Kartmasters 2014 Griffin Racing would like to offer to private entrants or a group with only 2 or 3 drivers the opportunity to be in the main paddock on row C1 - 3.
 
You will have access to full awning services inc of awning table/electricity/air line/Sky HD television and floor mat.  Also light refreshments inc of tea/coffee/water and snacks.

The cost is just £50 per day, or book in the next 7 days and get 4 days for the price of 3, so that's £150 for the 4 days of Kartmasters!
 
We can also provide you with extra services such as;
Data logging/analysis (MyChron 4 required) - £25
Driver coaching - £50
Mechanic - £75 per day + expenses i.e fuel/food
 
The above is for any make of chassis but we specialise in Kosmic, OTK & Intrepid.
 
For any enquiries please phone 07834 708991 (Peter Griffin), or 0755 4446800 (Gaynor Griffin). Bookings will be taken up to Monday 28th July (but enquiries after this date are still welcomed).

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Albert Carter At LGM Round 6   (16/07)

Click for larger image...Fantastic performance by Lucas Oil driver Albert Carter over the weekend at the 6th round of  the LGM National Championships at Kimbolton in Cambridgeshire. This round saw 58 Drivers turn up including drivers from Scotland, Ireland, Netherlands and Canada.

The last round - round 5 Buckmore Park - saw Albert involved in a crash on the first lap and the tough young racer had to work his way right from the back to try and salvage some points, so he was determined to get back where he belongs at this next round.

Carter was focused and worked hard on Saturday giving good feedback to his Dad Andy Carter and Jamie Allen of Zip, and with great mechanicing by Josh Fry by the 4th session he was on the pace. It was full grids in all heats just the way Carter likes it and he was itching and fired up to get out there.

Heat 1: A good drive and Albert finished 4th but a trip to the Clerks office saw him get a 5 place penalty for aggressive driving, Albert came out and said they have made me more dertermined.
Heat 2: And he really showed his drive and hunger making up 21 places to finish a fantastic 3rd putting in quicker lap times than the winner even though coming through traffic.
Heat 3: Another great drive, keeping out of trouble in a rough heat and makeing up 16 places, to finish a solid 6th.

Click for larger image...The MSA points were tallied and Carter was on P7 for the final, a good place to start. After a fantastic 5 miniute briefing from GT Racer Luke Hines, Carter got settled into his Kart nice and early.

In the Final (15 mins plus 1 lap) it was a scrappy first 3 laps for Albert, unusually putting the Kart in the wrong place and losing a few places but then settling and as usual starting to go forward with some great overtaking moves.  This saw him get back to 9th but just hanging on there as it looked like he had slight understeer on the fast corners. With 2 laps to go Wood started defending, the pace slowed a bit and it became a 9 kart battle for the win. On the last lap it was still anybody's race, but Wilson was leading and 3 kart lengths clear of the next 8 that were all together. Going into the last corner Albert made a fantastic move and went up the inside of 3 to put himself 4th, and he followed Lewis Thompson across the line to finish a well-deserved fourth place.

Well done to Teddy Wilson, Tom Wood and Lewis Thompson.

Another nail in the coffin to all the Carter haters out there! The tougher it is the more we love it!

Well done to all the people that run LGM and Kimbolton for another fantastic race meeting.

Thank you to Lucas Oil US and Lucas Oil UK and the following associate sponsors for making all this possible;

Hol tAj
Yuasa - www.yuasa,com        
Rainbow Conference Sets  
CAAR -  www.caarparts.co.uk    
VEIDEC - www.veidecracing.com                    
Teng Tools  - www.iqsupplies.com     
Kaz Aston.com  -  www.kazaston.com   
NGK Spark Plugs  -  www.ngkntk.co.uk  
Pioneer Central  -  www.pioneerprint.co.uk  
Ogden Motorsport  -  www.ogdenracing.com                   
Ultimate Air Brush -  www.ultimate-airbrush.co.uk                            
3tc graphic and web design  -  www.3tcreative.com
Cottingham Engineering  -  www.cottinghamengineering.co.uk

Thanks and mentions must also go to everyone at Zip Kart, Gran Prix Racewear, Josh Fry, Roger and Wilco at RPM and Chris Walker of www.kartpix.net and all the people that are giving Albert support, help and advice, it is appreciated.

You can keep up to speed with Albert's progress at his 3tc designed Facebook page www.facebook.com/CarterMotorsport#!/albertcarter2003.

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2014 London Cup Is Go   (16/07)

Click for larger image...This year's London Cup will be held on Sunday 7th of September. Run by HKC at Rye House, which according to a certain Scottish driver is the "Silverstone for karts". Race entries are now open for Iame, Honda, and Honda Clubman Cadets, Mini Max, Junior Rotax, Senior Rotax and the Rotax 177s.
 
The event promises close technical driving with possibly the tightest corner in the country along with some of the biggest trophies in karting too. As with previous years the event will be televised and last year featured on Sky Sports, Motors TV and the F1 channels.
 
The standard of the facilities at Rye House have always been high and over the last few months the circuit owners have continued to raise these, both in the main building and out in the owner driver area.
 
Entries are being accepted from those wishing to enter both the Honda Cadet and Clubman classes. For the sake of accommodating all the classes and the smooth running of the event there will be no split girds as in previous years so entries per class are limited to only twenty eight drivers.
 
All the information you need for a great day's racing can be found here at www.londoncupkarting.com including forms (plus those for the TV commentary), the circuit guide and class footage from last year. 
 
See you all soon!

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Multi-Sector Timing   (15/07)

Two of Alpha Timing's clients - Clay Pigeon Kart Club and West of Scotland Kart Club - have both gone live with multiple sector times in the last few months offering their members the same kind of information that Super 1 drivers benefit from.
 
Click for larger image...However the move to multiple sector times has been done without the need to replace their existing MyLaps transponders or decoders saving the club and their members tens of thousands of pounds.
 
Alpha Timing recently teamed up with MyLaps to offer a two-for-one deal on additional MyLaps decoders necessary for the providing multiple sector times and the committees at both Clay Pigeon and Larkhall took up the offer immediately.

Rod Taylor, treasurer at West of Scotland Kart Club commented: "Before committing to the Alpha system I thoroughly researched the market for a new timing system. There was great pressure to move in the direction of the system being adopted by a couple of clubs and championships, but the cost is huge and it certainly didn't have, at the time I researched, a front end "comp sec" or "back end" championship module.

"The Alpha system seemed to offer just what we wanted and at a sensible price. I can't say how pleased my club are that we made this choice. Alpha have been totally supportive during the installation and training period. Our Race Control team took to it extremely quickly and found it easy to use. Reassuring help is only a phone call away at any time.

"Alpha respond very rapidly to our requests for an extra function or two and have continued to develop this fantastic system with ideas we hadn't even thought of. Our drivers now have on-line access to live timing and our club house has 3 x 40 inch screens showing the Last Race result, the Current Race in progress and the Grid for the next race. Drivers can also enter meetings on line with simple point and click procedures. As treasurer I get full financial reports which makes my job so much easier.

"This is not just a Timing System, but a total package for karting. I have seen other systems being installed and they seem very complicated and full of problems. I can highly recommend the Alpha system and would be happy to be contacted for further information."

For more information or to arrange a demonstration for your club visit www.alphatiming.co.uk, or contact Will Tew on 01793 979 973 or willtew@alphatiming.co.uk.

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Vroom UK Magazine   (15/07)

Click for larger image...Vroom UK magazine issue 7 is now available to read online and download for your iPad - don't miss it!

Inside you will find...

Your TKM Guide
Rotax Max Beginners Tips
ABkC Steering Group
Big Brother - 2014 TKM S1 Scholarship
Interviews to Paul di Resta and John Vigor
2014 Rotax Grand Final circuit preview
SuperOne MSA Series Rnd.3 
Shenington SuperPrix & Revival Meeting
Rotax Euro Challenge Rnd.2
CIK Euro KF Champs Rnd.3 and KFJ Champs Rnd.2
Club 100, LGM Series, Bayford Meadows, Buckmore Park, Trent Valley Club Championships
Track Test - At Castelletto di Branduzzo with PDB Team
SOS Kart - Brakes Maintenance P.2
August Racing Calendar

...and much more!

So get your hard copy at Dartford Karting, read the digital version now for free on issuu, or download it from pocketmags.com or from the iTunes newsstand at £1.99.

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BPKC Summer Series   (14/07)

Round 4 of the BPKC Summer Championship takes place on Sunday 20th July. Practice is available on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th July 2014 between 10am and 4pm.

The race meeting incorporates a round of the NKRA Southern Series.

For further details please contact chris@buckmore.co.uk or ring him on 01634 661604.

For more information on Buckmore Park visit our website at www.buckmore.co.uk.

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IKR South Wales Race   (11/07)

Following on from the success of the inaugural IKR South Wales Race the second IKR South Wales meeting will be taking place on the 27th July at South Wales Karting Centre, Llandow.
 
No licence is required and practice on Sunday morning will be included in the £40 entry fee. We envisage classes for Rotax, TKM and Prokart although we will endeavour to fit any kart type/engine into an appropriate class.
 
Further details can be obtained from www.southwalesikr.co.uk or the South Wales Karting Centre office on 01446 795568.
 
Llandow circuit is Wales premier kart circuit location only 20 miles west of Cardiff, off junction 35 of the M4.

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Ellough Park Double Header   (11/07)

Click for larger image...With Ellough's EPKC championship growing each month and with record numbers of entries since the 70's, why not come and race?

We have had the "night race" so now it's the "double header". With classes filling up fast, why not come to sunny Suffolk and East Anglia's British championship circuit for a well run, high level race meeting. All classes are run with practice sessions in the morning, timed qualifying, 2 heats and a final from £45.00 race entry - now that is value for money.

 
And what a special weekend it will be with 3 generations of Nick Smith's family racing and a fourth generation watching!
 
The cafe will be open all day and in the evening there will be music, chilli and rice, with the bar open after the racing under the new dummy grid viewing area, there may even be some flashing lights and smoke.
 
Click for larger image...For any new XE30 seniors racing there will be a draw for a free race entry into a remaining round of the season.
 
To book go online to www.elloughparkraceway.co.uk or call 01502 717718.
 
Yet again there is more investment into Ellough Park in 2014, with six new garages and a 12m x 9m viewing area above them on the side of Ellough Park's diner for complete viewing of the circuit. New toilet facilities are in place and we are half way through the transformation of the corporate dummy grid area into an enclosed covered area with circuit viewing above. In this area will be additional  race monitors to our reception screens, plus tables with a food and bar area.
 
We have also upgraded all the booking in system to the latest touch screen technology as well as adding the latest technology in circuit/driver information with the digi - flag located on the start finish line.

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Race For Intrepid UK   (11/07)

Click for larger image...With Intrepid UK going from strength to strength there has never been a better time to try an Intrepid. For Kartmasters we have some great offers and packages available for all classes for the full weekend, and these can also be tailored to suit your every need!

Packages available are;

Package 1: Full Arrive and Drive
- Fully equipped race awning.
- 4 days kart hire  + Any parts required to set the kart up
- 4 days engine hire + Use of a spare if needed
- Light refreshments
- Data logging and driver tuition
- Cost £2500 + VAT

Package 2: Kart Rental and Awning Space
- Fully equipped race awning
- 4 days kart hire + Any parts required to set the kart up
- Light refreshments
- Data logging and driver tuition (if required)
- Cost £1800 + VAT

Package 3: Awning Space (for Intrepid Karts Only)
- Fully equipped race awning
- Team fee

- Light refreshments
- Data logging and driver tuition (if required)
- Cost £1000 + VAT

All packages exclude race entry, track fees, race fuel and tyres.

For more information on any of the above please contact us either by email to IntrepidkartUK@gmail.com or call us on 07535 645730 or 07999 979812.

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SSM Super One Rotax Series   (10/07)

Round 3 of the SSM Super One Rotax Series took place at Larkhall on 5/6th July 2014.

For the halfway stage of the ABkC National Championships the Super One visited showery Scotland, the Summerlee circuit easily accessible from the motorway between Carlisle and Glasgow. It's a challenging circuit, needing bravery for overtaking.  At the top of the hill on the back straight, or into one of the hairpins is a favourite, whilst a last gasp move into the last corner can come unstuck.

 
Click for larger image...MiniMax
A sudden heavy shower just before the first final forced a quick move to wets for the protagonists. The Scotsman Dean MacDonald held pole position over Alex Quinn, Tyler Chesterton and Jonathan Hoggard. But Quinn snatched the lead at the start and thereafter was never headed, MacDonald failing to find a safe passage past. Whilst Hoggard held station in third, Ed Hack bypassed the opening lap incidents to finish fourth, pipping Adam Smalley and Jack Young. An unlucky Chesterton only completed two laps.  For the second final MacDonald swept past Quinn on the second lap and retrieved the lead twice, firstly from Hoggard and secondly from Young, who fell to seventh after receiving a five place penalty. That promoted Smalley, Hoggard and Thomas Turner.  Quinn was the unfortunate driver on the receiving end of the contact and fell to sixth.
 
Honda Cadet
With Kiern Jewiss on pole from Zak Rogers for the first final the former had to fight hard for the win against strong challenges from Harry Thompson and Myles Apps. Rogers faded to ninth whilst Jenson Butterfield was placed last after a penalty.  He stormed up to an impressive fifth in the second final where Mark Kimber took the honours. Thompson skipped past Jewiss to claim second with Apps on their tail.
 
Click for larger image...Junior Max
A Welshman in Harrison Thomas and a Scotsman in Sandy Mitchell shared the front row for the first final, with Thomas in the driving seat for the first 14 laps. But then he was spun by Lucas Vaus who was given the black flag, leaving Will Shaw leading to the finish.  Stefanos Charambolous and Sandy Mitchell fought over second and third, finishing in that order. Jonathan Paylor followed Charambolous from their grid 15 and 16 start, and he reached fourth. Mitchell surged into the lead for the second final, never headed until the chequer. Josh Skelton kept him honest throughout whilst the American driver Darren Keane leapfrogged leapfrogged several drivers, finally relieving Shaw of third.
 
Senior Max
Jack Bartholomew and local driver Kyle Fowlie battled very hard but finished in that same order in both finals. The following drivers in both finals were Gary Donnelly and Josh Price, but in the second final they came together with Price beached and Donnelly out of touch with the leaders.  Previous round winner Joe Reilly had a heat exclusion and had to battle through the repechage to reach tenth in the first final, and fifth in the second with John Stewart leaping up the points order with a fifth and fourth place.
 
Results:
MiniMax

Final 1: 1 Alex Quinn (Tonykart); 2 Dean MacDonald (Tonykart); 3 Jonathan Hoggard (Tonykart); 4 Ed Hack (Gillard); 5 Adam Smalley (Tonykart); 6 Jack Young (Tonykart).
Final 2: 1 MacDonald; 2 Smalley; 3 Hoggard; 4 Thomas Turner (Alonso); 5 Oliver York (Tonykart); 6  Quinn
Championship points: Dean MacDonald 461; Alex Quinn 445; Jonathan Hoggard 400; Adam Smalley 397; Luke Wooder 371; Samuel Pooley 363
 
Click for larger image...Honda Cadet
Final 1: 1 Kiern Jewiss (Tonykart); 2 Myles Apps (Zip); 3 Harry Thompson (Zip); 4 Mark Kimber (BRK); 5 Tom Canning (BRK).
Final 2: 1 Kimber; 2 Thompson; 3 Jewiss; 4 Apps; 5 Jenson Butterfield (Project One).
Championship points: Harry Thompson 447; Kiern Jewiss 445; Myles Apps 445; Mark Kimber 422; Tom Canning 399
 
Junior Max
Final 1: 1 Will Shaw (Tonykart); 2 Stefano Charambolous (Tonykart); 3 Sandy Mitchell (Tonykart); 4 Jonathan Paylor (Tonykart); 5 Inemisit Coker (Tonykart).
Final 2: 1 Mitchell; 2 Skelton; 3 Darren Keane (Tonykart); 4 Shaw; 5 Cameron Roberts (Tonykart).
Championship points: Sandy Mitchell 453; Josh Skelton 389; Hugo Bentley Ellis 381; Tom Gamble 379; Zak Fulk 375.
 
Click for larger image...Senior Max
Final 1: 1 Jack Bartholomew (Tonykart); 2 Kyle Fowlie (Tonykart); 3 Gary Donnelly (Tonykart); 4 Josh Price (Tonykart); 5 John Stewart (Gillard).
Final 2: 1 Bartholomew; 2 Fowlie; 3 Donnelly; 4 Stewart; 5 Joseph Reilly (Tonykart).
Championship Points: Jack Bartholomew 436; Joseph Reilly 420; Pierce Lehane 382; John Stewart 372; Adam Glear 388.

For more information on the series visit http://superoneseries.com.

Photographs courtesy of Chris Walker/Kartpix.net.

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Kartmasters 2014   (09/07)

As preparations for the 2014 MSA Kartmasters British Kart Grand Prix are in full swing, time is running out to enter this great event!

With a prize fund in excess of £15,000 up for grabs (which includes 42" 3D TVs and iPad minis), some exciting daytime & evening entertainment planned (live music, giant scalextric, dance machine, horse racing, charity balloon race etc) and some excellent racing on the cards, the 2014 Kartmasters weekend will be epic and not one you want to miss!

So get your entries in now - entries will close on 19th July 2014.

Enter online here (please remember to also sumbit your Tyre Order Form).

Alternativley, download an Entry Form here. X30 Kartmasters Trophy Entry Forms are avilable here.

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RL On Top Again   (08/07)

Wins in both Junior Max Finals at S1 Round 4 at Larkhall - 2 different drivers.
 
RL Racing Department took P1 and P2 in group qualifying in Junior Max, with wins in the heats with Max Bird and Sandy Mitchell and then Victory in final 1 with William Shaw, Mitchell 3rd and then the win in final 2 with Mitchell, Shaw in P4 at the flag.

Mitchell now extends his championship lead to 74 points whilst Will Shaw shoots up to P12 overall and Bird 15th.
 
In Mini Max Rory Hudson had a renewed turn of pace with a lot of hard work going in over the past few weeks and showed this, always being top 6 on pace. A DNF in Final 1 put paid to a fruitful start so Rory had to start P31 for the main final but delivered a storming drive through to P8... top job Rory!
 
The team now travel to GYG in North Wales to contest the Dragon Masters in preparation for Super One round 4 in August.

For details or a quote on the remaining 2 drives with RL contact Steve Armstrong on 07843586416 or accounts.rlracingdept@live.co.uk.

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Get To Lydd This Weekend   (08/07)

Click for larger image...Round 4 this weekend sees the return of the growing Subaru grid, for their 2nd round and for the great Lydd IKR summer championship atmosphere.
 
As usual all classes welcome. Entry is still only £45 for non-members, £40 for members.
 
What can be better in the British summer than a day or two karting near the sea?  Just get the chauffeur to drop you off at Dengemarsh Road and while you enjoy the fierce but friendly competition and the camaraderie that Lydd has become known for, your chauffeur continues along the road and two minutes later they're on the beach.  Everyone wins!
 
Call 01797 321747 or 01797 321895 to reserve your place on the grid. Entries can be made right up to 09:30 on race morning with no late entry fee.  Practice is of course available for all drivers on Saturday.
 
Further information is available on the Lydd website at www.lyddkartcircuit.com.

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Chasewater Kart Racing Club   (08/07)

Click for larger image...Chasewater Kart Racing Club has now submitted a very detailed planning application to South Staffordshire Council for the site we have been working on located off Warstone Road, Shareshill, Wolverhampton, WV10 7LX.
 
The track layout looks pretty good and if we get consent the Club is confident that the development will enable it to make a worthwhile contribution to the facilities available in the area and re-start the work it had previously undertaken in providing karting activities and driver training for children and adults alike.
 
You can view all of the plans and reports we have submitted to the Council as part of the application on South Staffordshire Council's website at www.sstaffs.gov.uk and going to the 'Planning Document Viewer' and searching Planning Application number 14/00526/FUL.
 
You can also make comments to the Council as part of the public consultation.  You will need to complete their registration process and this will then give you access to the consultation.
 
We realise this is something of a long winded process but we hope you think it is worthwhile. The Club will welcome your support for its development. We have been dormant for so long let's hope we can get things moving again.  This is your opportunity to make it happen.  
 
If you would like further information you can give Mike Stackhouse a call on 0121 358 5588 (evenings only please). 

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Milestone Motorsport   (07/07)

Milestone Motorsport will be present at the forthcoming PFI GP.
 
We have limited space available for the GP event from the 30th July to the 3rd August with a range of services on offer.  Prices start at just £65 per day for awning space and drver coaching.  Mechanics, engine hire, etc are also available at extra cost and we would be happy to provide further information and a quote.

Please contact us with your requirements by telephone on 07770 921479 or 07974 009577.

You can also visit our website at www.Milestone-Motorsport.co.uk.

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Karting On TV Tonight   (07/07)

The Shenington SuperPrix took place last month and tonight's the night to see footage from that event on Motors TV.
 
Motors TV is now also available on Freeview HD's streaming service via channel 240, and the action starts tonight at 6:55pm.

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Pitwall Motorsport   (04/07)

Introducing a new IAME Cadet kart team - Pitwall Motorsport.
 
Winning on our debut race meeting at HKRC, although Pitwall Motorsport may be a relatively new team, we have maintained top-level results in every race meeting we have competed in. Taking home seven trophies in as many meetings is a fantastic opening record, and one that we will strive to maintain.
 
All standard facilities are available, but also include:
- Full dyno facility at workshop
- Mobile jig for both workshop and trackside maintenance
- Cadet kart fully actuated simulator with all major UK tracks
- Detailed analysis of both camera and kart data each weekend
 
Click for larger image...Competing at HKRC, SKRC, WMKC and major PFI events, we welcome drivers who wish to only compete in club championships, as well as those preparing for national events in 2015. Please do get in touch to discuss your individual requirements.
 
Visit any one of our pages for more information...
 
Website: www.pitwallmotorsport.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pitwallkarting
Twitter: www.twitter.com/pitwall_ltd
 
Or speak to Alex at alex@pitwallmotorsport.com or 07766 224636 to arrange a visit to our factory workshop.

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Rotax Rebuilds Offer   (04/07)

Grice Racing Engines continue to run our new and improved special offer to celebrate passing our recent J.A.G. inspection with flying colours.  We're offering a full Rotax rebuild for just £295 plug VAT - currently the best value in the business!

This includes piston, small end cage and pin, main and balance shaft bearings, all gaskets and O rings where applicable, but not conrod, balance shaft, reed petals and water pump shaft.
 
The trackside support available means Grice offer a level of service that just isn't available anywhere else and engines are individually prepared with the maximum attention to detail.
 
So you can be sure that every last unit of horsepower has been wrung out of your engine, Grice have a state-of-the-art Rotronics dyno with fully-automated software in an air-conditioned, temperature-controlled room.  We are are also one of the only kart engine tuners to have installed a Sports Devices rolling road to complement the dyno, using transient and eddy current technology to assess the engine ancillaries and optimise the package as a whole.
 
Tom Grice finished 2nd in Euromax at Castelletto at the weekend and although he was unlucky to be hit with a penalty, the potential of the kit is clear.
 
So if you want the best in engine preparation without worrying whether you're at the back of the queue behind the big teams, Grice Racing Engines are the choice for you.
 
For further details please call 01268 727847 or email ricky.grice@virgin.net. You can also visit our website at Griceracingengines.com.

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IPK Praga Summer Sale   (03/07)

Lincolnshire based Randal Lynn Karting announce their summer sale of Praga karts.
 
2014 Praga Dragon XS3 RBS rolling chassis complete with Douglas magnesium wheels, Imaf silver line seat, £1650.00 + VAT.
2014 Praga Dragon XS3 RBS complete with any Rotax/Iame X30 engine package, £2995.00 + VAT.
2014 Praga Pegasus Cadet rolling chassis complete with alloy wheels, Imaf silver line seat, £1499.00 + VAT.
2014 Praga Pegasus Cadet complete with Iame Gazelle, £2250.00 + VAT.
 
Why pay more?  Test days available.
 
For more information e-mail info@randallynnkarting.co.uk or call Randal on 07957 879413, but be quick as these special prices finish at the end of this month!

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Henry Surtees Foundation   (02/07)

Click for larger image...The third annual 'Henry Surtees Foundation Brooklands Team Challenge' charity kart event at Mercedes-Benz World yesterday (01/07) raised an estimated £60,000 for the Henry Surtees Foundation and the Brooklands Museum (before direct costs to contractors).
 
The prestigious event received incredible support from the worlds of business, motorsport and media to provide 140 karters in a 35-team strong grid at the iconic surroundings of Brooklands - home to the world's first purpose-built motor racing circuit.  
 
In a milestone year for John Surtees OBE, who celebrates not only the 50th anniversary of his Formula 1 Championship win with Ferrari but also his 80th birthday, amateurs mixed with race drivers and karters from far and wide including Lucas di Grassi, Sam Brabham, Alexander Sims, Marc Hynes, Rob Austin, Rob Collard, Dan Welsh, Tom Ingram, Charlie Eastwood, Paul Rees, Jody Fannin, Rick Parfitt Jnr, Ross Wylie to name but a few.
 
The event's overall winning team was 'LNT' Ginetta - a formidable set of young male and female racing talent comprising Charlie Robertson, James Kellett, Jamie Chadwick and Esmee Hawkey.
 
In second place were the inaugural event winners, and Daytona regulars, Titan Motorsport with Andy O'Neill, Jack O'Neill, Ross Sheppard and Owen Jenman. Third position was awarded to Racing Steps Foundation/SKYF1 team of Ben Barnicoat, Oliver Rowland and Jake Dennis with presenter Simon Lazenby. FIA World Endurance Championship driver and 2013 GP2 Series vice champions Sam Bird of the Mercedes AMG Petronas karting team won the Fastest Lap Award.
 
Professional dancer and star of BBC's 'Strictly Come Dancing' Brendon Cole also took part in the karting action driving alongside American Le Mans Series and Le Mans 24 Hours ace, British driver Oliver Gavin in the Phoenix Consulting team, whilst Boyzone member Shane Lynch joined the company's sister outfit.
 
Click for larger image...The Kartforce UK boys once again joined the action, whilst the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust, one of the beneficiaries of the HSF, entered in to the event for the first time.
 
Click for larger image...The exciting and competitive endurance race, which saw its fair share of black flags over the two-hour session, also saw team's entered from TW STEEL, the Met Police Motor Club, Toshiba Europe, Vauxhall, Goodwood, Keltbray, Land securities, Quantel Bifold Racing, Envestors, Blick Rothenberg, EFG, Motor Sport magazine, Carlin Racing, Dunlop BTCC, Palmer Sport, Source Holdings, RTG, Maris Interiors and Lloyds.
 
Prior to the race was a track demonstration of iconic Surtees cars; the Ferrari 158 - John's F1 World Championship winning car, driven by John himself; TS7 - the first Formula One car John ever made and drove at Brands Hatch at the Grand Prix in 1970 - driven by Alexander Sims; the TS14 of Mike Hailwood from 1973 driven by Max Chilton (youngest and latest F1 driver, Marussia F1); the newly restored TS19 Durex sponsored car driven by Sam Bird and the TS15 - the Carlos Pace Interlagos winning Formula 2 car driven by Jake Dennis.
 
The Prize Giving ceremony took place in the first floor Exhibition Hall in Mercedes-Benz World which featured a stunning display of historic cars, including John's championship winning 500cc MV Augusta motorcycle and Ferrari 158 Formula 1 car. Steve Rider and Henry Hope-Frost hosted the event with five-time Le Mans winner Derek Bell kindly presenting the Henry 'H' Trophies to the recipients after waving the chequered flag out on track earlier in the proceedings.
 
The winner of the inaugural "Let's Race" competition was also announced during the star-studded evening, with 16 year-old Piers Prior picking up a stunning trophy and an F3 test with the Carlin Racing team (info at www.letsrace.co.uk).
 
The auction of items donated to the Foundation especially for the event was executed by Malcolm Barber of Bonhams. The auction alone raised approximately £27,000 and was one of the highlights of the day.
 
A series of cheques were also presented during the proceedings. Mr Rupert Swallow from 'Let's Race' presented John Surtees with a cheque for £2,500 for the Henry Surtees Foundation.  The Henry Surtees Foundation presented Adrian Bell of the KSS Air Ambulance Trust with a cheque for a staggering £75,000 to purchase High Fidelity Simulation equipment.  Mercedes-Benz World also presented the KSS Air Ambulance Trust with a further cheque for £1,000.
 
John Surtees OBE said "Putting on these events is always of some concern, but we looked out of the window this morning and we were blessed with some beautiful weather and a superb day all round once again. From the atmosphere, and what I have been hearing, everyone appeared to be enjoying themselves and although we are here to primarily raise money for the Foundation, it is so important that people enjoy actually doing it! The fantastic opportunity we have here is that the Brooklands Team Challenge is about the cross section of people - we don't just have racing drivers here, you go along the pits and look at the podium and we have a great range of karting abilities and different professions represented, which augers well for the future and developing the event even further, using the wonderful facilities at Mercedes-Benz World."

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British Kart Championships   (30/06)

Round 4 of the MSA British Kart and British Cadet Kart Championships took place at Larkhall on 27th & 28th June 2014.

In the British Kart Championship former Under 18 World Champion Henry Easthope took a major stride towards becoming the 2014 champion despite a double win for Scott Allen in KZ1 at Larkhall.

With just one round remaining, Easthope is all but uncatchable thanks to a second and third place finish in the two finals around the fast and furious Scottish venue.

Allen's success was the first for the IAME engine in the KZ1 class with his win in final two coming thanks to an extremely brave move on Sam Webster going into the 80mph turn five area.

Results - Final 1:
1 Scott Allen (Jade Karts) 15m 42.180s
2 Henry Easthope (Taylor International Motorsport) +0.36s
3 Sam Webster (Zipkart)

Results - Final 2:
1 Allen 15m 46.100s
2 Webster +0.10s
3 Easthope

In the British Cadet Kart Championship Kiern Jewiss extended his slender points lead a little further at a sunny Larkhall circuit in Scotland, with a second place in final one and a win in the second race.

Jewiss' nearest rivals Teddy Wilson and Jonny Edgar also scored well, with Wilson taking the honours in final one from Jewiss and Dexter Patterson.

Seven days after his dramatic O Plate win at the same venue, Edgar almost achieved a second last-gasp win in as many weekends at Larkhall as he tried to undercut Jewiss out of the final corner in final two. However Jewiss was able to keep his nose in front this time. Wilson completed the podium, the top three crossing the line three-abreast.

Results - Final 1:
1 Teddy Wilson (Fusion Motorsport) 15m 56.720s
2 Kiern Jewiss (AIM Motorsport) +0.210s
3 Dexter Patterson (AIM Motorsport)

Results - Final 2:
1 Jewiss 15m 55.780s
2 Jonny Edgar (Fusion Motorsport) +0.070s
3 Wilson

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Dragon Masters 2014   (20/06)

The 2014 Dragon Masters event at Glan Y Gors Park with Dragon Kart Club (DKC) will take place on Sunday 13th July.

This will also be your last change to race and test before the Super One meeting at GYG, and with our new extended corners for a faster lap testing is recommended!

 
The Dragon Master winner will receive a unique handmade dragon trophy made from Welsh coal and the title of Dragon Master 2014.

Please download the entry form and forward to DKC, Glan Y Gors Park, Cerrigydrudion, Corwen, Conwy LL21 0RU or email to edavies@gygkarting.co.uk.
 
Classes: Cadet Honda, Cadet IAME, Junior TKM, MiniMax, Junior Max, TKM Extreme, Senior Rotax Max, Senior Masters.
 
Closing date for entries is 7th July 2014 so enter now to secure your place as late entries will be accepted subject to £10.00 surcharge.

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Strawberry Racing   (20/06)

We have become aware of various rumours regarding Strawberry team drivers using 'special' karts. We would like to set the record straight once and for all. All our team drivers use exactly the same karts as we sell to the public. There are NO modifications made to team karts and they do not differ in any way to any Tonykart that we sell.
 
In the interest of fair play, we offer to sell ANY team kart, straight off the track after any race for £2850.00 plus vat (dealer discount does not apply). Please see Warwick straight after the meeting if you wish to purchase one of our team karts.
 
Strawberry Racing team believe in transparency and fairness in competition and endeavour to make better chassis for ALL Tonykart drivers not just the ones within our team.

Fore more information on Strawberry Racing visit www.strawberryracing.co.uk.

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GYG Charity Endurance Race   (19/06)

On 27th July, Glan Y Gors Park kart circuit will be hosting a charity endurance race for Brain Tumour Research.
 
A 3 hour endurance race with a mix of public and professional race drivers it promising to be a fun and competitive event. Drivers such as Nathan Freke, Tom Oliphant, Freddie Hetherington and other Formula Ford, GT and ex-British Kart champions will be taking part.
 
Ex-kart racer Mark McCawley, who will be organising this event along with GYG, commented "Brain Tumour Research receives less than 1% of the national spend on Cancer Research. As the biggest killer of all cancers for people under the age of 40 this is not enough. I am appealing to the motorsport trade and beyond to take part is this race and to try and make a difference."
 
Click for larger image...There are some great prizes on offer with VIP passes to the Aston Martin GT4 Challenge which supports the British GT Championship, a tour for six around the world famous Prodrive, plus Aston Martin Merchandise packs and signed memorabilia from Lewis Hamilton, Nico Hulkenburg and Sergio Perez, with many more to be added soon!
 
16 team places are available with 4-6 drivers per team.
 
Team entry is £450.00 or you can enter as an individual driver for £75.00 and you will be allocated to a team.
 
A deposit is required of £150.00 for team entry or £30.00 for individual driver entry with full payment then due on race day (driver and team deposits are non refundable).
 
To book your entry or for more information contact Gemma on 01490 420770 or email edavies@gygkarting.co.uk.

Come along and support what promises to be a great race event for a very worthy cause!

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CKS Move Onto Enegry   Click for larger image...(18/06)

Over the past 8 weeks CKS have been developing the all new Energy Iame Cadet kart alongside Energy UK. The team have visited several circuits over the 2 month period and the kart has proven to be quick out of the box. The team's cadet drivers have all tested the kart and are all extremely pleased with the karts performance and its ease to drive. Subsequently the team have now taken the decision to move onto Energy for the remainder of the 2014 season.
 
Team driver Myles Barthorpe is currently leading the NKF championship and running 2nd in the PFI club championship on the kart which shows its capability on the circuit.
 
The team will be present at GYG on the 27th PFI on the 28th and Hooton on the 29th of this month and will have a demo kart available to test free of charge. The kart will be available for either morning or afternoon sessions. Drivers are to bring their own wheels/tyres/engine/seat/fuel etc. Alternatively a complete kart can be provided with team engines etc for a cost of £50 for the half day.
 
The kart will retail at £1950 + VAT and will come complete with seat, rims, chain guard and Energy sticker kit.
 
CKS will be present at all remaining rounds of PFI, Wigan and NKF along with Kartmasters and can offer competitive support packages for the remainder of the year in Iame cadet.
 
Interested parties are invited to contact team owner Ryan Carney on 07718 234038 or email ryan-cksuk@live.co.uk to arrange a test.

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Formula TKM Clarifications   (12/06)

Grahame Butterworth, TKM Co-ordinator, advises...
 
Most of you will be aware that there have been some issues over a one-off rear bumper which caused a headache at a recent S1 round when it was excluded.
 
As a result we issued a quick update to make it clear what steps can be taken to prevent the bumper falling off in case of breakage and these have been widely distributed and fully welcomed.
 
In addition we now have the result of a technical appeal on this odd bumper which means we have to issue a clarification of the regulations to ensure no further odd bumpers appear. This clarification takes effect immediately and that means for the TKM O plate this weekend.
 
The good news is it should have no effect on any of you because it is what we have always had!
 
The clarification is on our website available as a download and the relevant text is also detailed below:
 
We clarify TKM rule C3.3.15 concerning bumpers as follows:
- The bumper must not incorporate adjustable torsion and/or stiffness by its design and construction.
- The one piece main horizontal steel tube element of the rear bumper must be attached to its two bumper mounting points by welding only.
- The two upright supports must also be welded to their bumper mounting points but can either be welded to or attached with bushes that can freely move on the one piece main horizontal steel tube element. No bolted or clamp-like joints permitted.
 
In addition we have had a query raised on measurement of maximum engine cylinder bore size. Also attached is a note which sets out where it can be measured. In simple terms if it is oversize anywhere it is illegal.

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East Anglian Champions   (11/06)

Click for larger image...Zip Kart took an impressive 1-2-3 in the Honda Cadet final at the East Anglian Cup meeting at Kimboulton last weekend (6th-9th June).

Myles Apps (Hopfield) also took the overall Championship with 2 final wins over the weekend, also taking heat wins and fastest laps on his way to the title! Ben Kasperczak (Global) took the win on Sunday after an impressive battle with Apps in the closing stages of the race, just beating Myles by 0.05 to take the win. Apps took 2nd place on the podium ahead of Jenson Butterfield (Hopfield) who took an excellent 3rd to top off another Zip podium lock out.
 
1st - Ben Kasperczak (Zip/RPM/Global Karting)
2nd - Myles Apps (Zip/RPM/Hopfield Racing)
3rd - Jenson Butterfield (Zip/RPM/Hopfield Racing)
 
East Anglian Cup 2014 Champion: Myles Apps (Zip/RPM/Hopfield Racing)
 
In IAME Cadet Zip Allstars' Caden Mcqueen took 2 final wins and 2 heat wins on Sunday, but just lost out on the overall title to Reggie Duhy. Zip Kart also took all 3 steps of the podium in the Iame class with Thomas Smith taking 3rd place in Sunday's final.

Matthew Hopcraft made his debut in X30 on his ART kart taking a win in Saturday's dinal and showing really good race pace against drivers with more experience in the class. Matthew is looking forward to racing in the IAME X30 tour at LGM later this year. 
 
1st - Caden Mcqueen (Zip/Force/Zip All Stars)
2nd - Reggie Duhu (Zip/RDR)
3rd - Thomas Smith (Zip/Pitwall Racing)
 
To find out more about Zip Kart in either the Honda or IAME class, or ART in the X30 class, please contact us on 01327 855310, or email info@zipkart.com.

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Grice Racing Engines   (11/06)

As of this week Grice Racing Engines will be able to seal Rotax engines following an inspection by J.A.G. which was passed with flying colours.
 
To celebrate, Grice have a new and improved special offer on a full rebuild for just £295 plus VAT - currently the best value in the business!
 
This includes piston, small end cage and pin, main and balance shaft bearings, all gaskets and O rings where applicable, but not conrod, balance shaft, reed petals and water pump shaft.
 
The trackside support available means Grice offer a level of service that just isn't available anywhere else and engines are individually prepared with the maximum attention to detail.
 
So you can be sure that every last unit of horsepower has been wrung out of your engine, Grice have a state-of-the-art Rotronics dyno with fully-automated software in an air-conditioned, temperature-controlled room.  We are are also one of the only kart engine tuners to have installed a Sports Devices rolling road to complement the dyno, using transient and eddy current technology to assess the engine ancillaries and optimise the package as a whole.
 
Tom Grice finished 2nd in Euromax at Castelletto at the weekend and although he was unlucky to be hit with a penalty, the potential of the kit is clear.
 
So if you want the best in engine preparation without worrying whether you're at the back of the queue behind the big teams, Grice Racing Engines are the choice for you.
 
For further details please call 01268 727847 or email ricky.grice@virgin.net. You can also visit our website at Griceracingengines.com.

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Zip / ART Karts   (10/06)

Click for larger image...Zip /ART take a 1-2 in X30 Junior and take another 1-2-3 in LGM Cadet Championship.
 
ART karts grabbed an impressive 1-2 at last weekend LGM X30 tour race at Rowrah last weekend (June 8th). The ART kart has produced great results in the new X30 class with Elliot Harvey having already taken a win at Larkhall and having finished on the podium at every X30 tour race so far in 2014. At Rowrah it was Zip karts RSF driver Josh Smith taking the win at his home track in Cumbria, with Harvey completing the ART 1-2 in the final. With ART karts winning all the heats between Smith and Harvey.
 
1st Josh Smith ART
2nd Elliot Harvey ART
3rd Alfie Brown Tonykart
 
Click for larger image...In the main LGM cadet final it was another AIM/Zip lock out at the front with Dexter Patterson taking the win from Tom Wood with Albert Carter running with the Zip team taking a great 3rd place on the last lap, for his first ever podium at National level. The results now mean that Aim's Tom Wood is now leading the LGM championship going into the next round at Buckmore Park this weekend.
 
Sunday's results:
Patterson - Zip/Force/AIM
Wood - Zip/Force/AIM
Carter - Zip/Ogden/Zip Team
 
For more information any Zip products including ART Karts then please contact them on 01327 855310 or e-mail: info@zipkart.com.

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New 2014 CIK-FIA Initiative   (10/06)

The CIK-FIA have introduced a new initiative for their 2014 European Championship rounds... wild card drivers!
 
This allows a driver to enter a single round rather than the full Championships and is applicable to both the KF and KFJ categories.
 
Entry fees start from €520 for entries received by 23 July 2014 (the fee increases to €780 for entries received between 24-30 July 2014).
 
If you want to take advantage of this great opportunity to take part in a CIK-FIA sanctioned event on home turf at PF International - then enter online at www.cikfia.com.

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Clay Pigeon Kart Club   (10/06)

It is again time for our popular 2-day Cancer Research Challenge which, over the years, has raised nearly £40,000 for Cancer Research UK. This event was set up in memory of Chris Hart, one of our Senior TKM members and our Junior member Robert Bailey, who both succumbed to cancer.
 
Once again this year the Saturday event will be European style racing, being a qualifying session, heat, pre-final and final.  The Sunday will be our normal club meeting.  Each day will have trophies.  There will also be overall challenge trophies based on points gained from both meetings.  Trophies and prizes will be given at the discretion of the organisers.
 
On the Saturday evening there will be a barbecue, hog roast and other interesting challenges.
 
See www.claypigeonkartclub.com for details and entry form.

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British SuperKart Champs   (09/06)

Rounds 3 and 4 of the MSA British Superkart Championship took place on 7th-8th June.

Dan Clark took the championship lead with a win and a second place at the Motors TV live event at Silverstone.

Reigning champion Paul Platt led race one for five laps until his rear tyres went off. That gave Clark the opportunity to pass, despite being down on power along the Hangar Straight as the motor was running rich. Once ahead Clark was able to pull away and win by five seconds.

In race two Platt again took the lead at the start but on the third lap he over-revved the engine and retired. Clark took over at the front but Gavin Bennett was closing in, and after trading the lead multiple times he came out on top by less than a second at the chequered flag.

Results - Race One
1 Dan Clark (Anderson Honda)
2 Paul Platt (PVP Gas Gas)
3 Louis Wall (Anderson Honda)

Results - Race Two
1 Gavin Bennett (Anderson DEA)
2 Dan Clark (Anderson Honda)
3 Sam Moss (Anderson Honda)

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Racing Perfection Are Hiring   (06/06)

Click for larger image...Racing Perfection specialise in a range of team services and driver development programs across the South of England. Due to continuing expansion Racing Perfection are looking for several additional mechanics to join the team along with several instructors for the RP Academy program.
 
The appointed mechanics will assist at Forest Edge and/or Buckmore Park meetings and elements of the team's testing program. Experience with either Honda Cadet or Junior, Mini or Senior Rotax Max is required.
 
The appointed instructors will assist at either the Brighton or Southampton Academy events, which are run once a month on a Sunday morning. Minimum of National racing experience is required.
 
Applications are to be sent to Steve Bell of Racing Perfection at steve.bell@racingperfection.co.uk.

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Formula TKM 'O' Plates   (05/06)

The TKM 'O' Plate meeting at Shenington is only just over a week away. If you have not already put in your entry form then don't miss this opportunity to race at a major race meeting in front of the TV cameras with the chance to win a special plate.

Tal-Ko are sponsoring the TV coverage of the TKM 'O' plates which runs over the weekend of June 13-15. The event is part of their SuperPrix which includes displays of historic karts from the 50s to the 80s.

The event features optional Friday testing followed by two days of racing. TKM club racing will also be taking place and those taking part in the 'O' plates will be able to race in those events for club points as well if they bring an extra set of wheels and tyres.

Entry closing date is Saturday June 7, though late entries may be accepted if space available. The coverage of the finals will feature on Motors TV on July 7.

Entry forms etc are available at http://www.sheningtonkrc.co.uk/form-hidden.

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Henry Surtees Team Challenge   (05/06)

With a full grid of 35 karts and reserve teams already entered, this year's 'Henry Surtees Brooklands Team Challenge' charity kart event is well on its way to becoming one of the 'don't miss' highlights of a very special year - one which celebrates not only the 80th birthday of HSF founder John Surtees OBE, but also the 50th anniversary of his F1 World Championship title.

The fund raising spectacle, now in its third successful year at Mercedes-Benz World, Surrey, continues to go from strength to strength and has garnered fantastic support from a host of star names from the worlds of motorsport, business and entertainment again this year.

Among those who have pledged their support and will be taking part in the event include legendary actor Sir Patrick Stewart OBE, BBC One's 'Strictly Come Dancing' professional Brendan Cole and star of chart-topping band Boyzone, Shane Lynch.

Also competing from the world of motorsport will be Sam Bird, Alexander Sims, Lucas di Grassi, Marc Hynes, Darren Turner, Tom Ingram, Oliver Rowland, Jake Dennis, Ben Barnicoat and Rick Parfitt Jnr to name but a few to date.

Teams who have entered the 2014 challenge include Mercedes AMG F1, EFG, Toshiba, Land Securities, Blick Rothenberg, Carlin Motorsport, Ginetta, Dunlop BTCC, Motorsport Vision, Quantel Bifold Racing, Goodwood, Vauxhall, Kartforce, Racing Steps Foundation, Motorsport Magazine, TW Steel, Maris Interiors, Metropolitan Police, the Worshipful Company of Carmen, Phoenix Consulting, KSS Air Ambulance and previous event winners, Titan Motorsport.

During the racing programme interval John Surtees OBE will be reunited with his 1964 F1 World Championship winning Ferrari 158, to lead an exciting on-track display of iconic Team Surtees' cars driven by Max Chilton, the latest and youngest British racing driver in F1, driving for Marussia; Sam Bird and Alexander Sims.

Following the 2-hour endurance kart race there will be a Champagne and Canapé reception hosted by Steve Rider and Henry Hope-Frost, when G.H Mumm Champagne will be poured by generous arrangement with the House and Bernie Ecclestone.

The prize giving ceremony of the prestigious 'H' trophies to the 2014 HSF Team Karting Challenge champions will take place during the reception. In addition to staged interviews with some of the attending drivers and personalities, an auction of some very special items donated to the Foundation for this event will be carried out by Malcolm Barber of Bonhams.  Full details of items will be on www.bonhams.com from Monday 9 June.

To purchase tickets for the Champagne reception please contact: Sharon Bowness at sharon@henrysurteesfoundation.com or telephone 01732 865496.

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KR-Sport Success   (04/06)

World Championship winning team KR-Sport have already secured one major title early on in the 2014 season, winning the British Open Championship in the Senior Rotax category.

And the Milton Keynes outfit's powerful group of young drivers are gearing up for more success as the race season really kicks into life.

Team manager Ashley Orchard has brought some fresh talents to the team for 2014 and is delighted with their impact already. Scott Symons joins 2013's top rookie Adam Smalley in Mini Max while Rory Smith and the returning Harrison Thomas form an exciting line up with William Tregurtha in Junior Max.

British number 8 seed Jack Saffery combines with junior graduate Jack Bartholomew to lead the Senior Max title challenge.

That group will be supplemented by the proven race-winning experience of Tom Harvey and Oliver Hodgson, who will be attending one-off major events.

In addition KR-Sport have also upgraded their trackside support for the start of the major UK Championships with a new state-of-the-art truck and awning offering their drivers extra space and living room along with office area and workshop.

KR-Sport have limited space available for drivers wishing to join our success story. Drivers will benefit from equipment packages already in place, detailed guidance, tuition and data analysis that has helped our drivers achieve at the highest level and become World champions. These packages are also available for Euro Max rounds.

Interested parties should contact team principle Ashley Orchard on +44 (0)7921 225 680 or email ash@kr-sport.com. All enquiries will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.

Further information can be found by visiting our website at www.kr-sport.com.

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Lydd Kart Circuit   (02/06)

Click for larger image...The second Sunday of the month is fast approaching and it's time to get your entry in for the 3rd round of Lydd's summer championships.

Open practice will be held on the Saturday as usual, so join us for practice on the 7th and race day on the 8th. Call 01797 321747 or 01797 321895, or enter online now.
 
All our meetings are non-MSA and cater for Bambino, Cadet Clubman, Honda Cadets, 2-stroke Cadets, Junior/Minimax, Senior Rotax 162 and 177 and ProKarts, but we also welcome karts from other classes and will always find a grid for you to race with.
 
The Subarus were a great success at our last meeting, they loved it and can't wait to come back, and we can't wait to welcome them back on the 13th July for the second of their three rounds at Lydd, the biggest and the fastest kart circuit in the South East.

Come along and find out for yourself why grids numbers continue to rise and enjoy some friendly but competitive racing.

 
You can also keep up to date with what's happening at Lydd by visiting the website at www.lyddkartcircuit.com.

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Poole Bay Racing   (30/05)

Click for larger image...Poole Bay Racing are pleased to announce we are now able to offer the TB Kart range.

All models are available and tests can be arranged.
 
Poole Bay Racing are at every Clay Pigeon Kart Club round and can offer kart & engine hire, awning space with race support, engine servicing and rebuilds, kart storage, prep and much more.
 
For more information call Poole Bay Racing on 07804 224616 or email us at enquiries@poolebayracing.com.

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International Events At TVKC   (29/05)

Trent Valley Kart Club will be hosting two major International events this Summer...

MSA Kartmasters British Kart Grand Prix
Supported by  X30 Kartmasters Trophy
Dates: 1st-3rd August 2014
Website: www.tvkc.co.uk/kartmasters Click for larger image...

CIK-FIA European KF & KFJ Championships
Round 4 - Final Round
Dates: 28th -31st August 2014
Website: www.tvkc.co.uk/cik
 
Click for larger image...For the benefit of competitors and spectators alike, TVKC have launched two dedicated mini sites which will support these two events by creating a point of reference.

The sites contain all the necessary information about each respective race meeting and will be kept updated with the latest news as the weeks go by. So why not take a look for yourself?!

The sites can be access directly using the links above, or through our main website at www.tvkc.co.uk, clicking on the relevant icon featured on the left hand side of the screen.

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Zip Dominate Cadets At S1   Click for larger image...(23/05)

Zip Kart dominated the 2nd round of the ABkC Honda Cadet Super One Championship at Buckmore Park in Kent. In the near perfect sunny and warm conditions the Zip drivers came home with a perfect 1-2-3 in the main final, finishing comfortably clear of the chasing pack.
 
Zip has always been associated with success in the IAME and Comer classes, however with the huge growth in the Honda class in the last few years, Zip Kart began to develop and manufacture a kart specifically designed for the Honda class. The karts are easy to set up and have all the features of the hugely successful Zip 2 stroke karts.
 
Zip Kart arrived on the podium at Buckmore following numerous wins at club meetings across the UK and also having won the O Plate in 2013 Zip have shown their desire to win in this class.
 
Click for larger image...We would like to congratulate the drivers and teams below on their fantastic results at Buckmore...
 
Myles Apps (Fusion) Zip/RPM
Jenson Butterfiled (Next Gen)Zip/RPM
Keaton Samra (Fusion)Zip/RPM
 
For more information on Zip Kart or to arrange a test please call us on 01327 855310 or email info@zipkart.com.

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Spellfame Shenington SuperPrix   (23/05)

This year's Spellfame Shenington SuperPrix and Historic Revival on 14/15th June will be televised on MotorsTV, airing on 7th July at 6:55PM. The club has taken the big decision to commit to the large costs of hiring the Super One TV Production company and has been rewarded by many sponsors coming on board to assist.
 
Provisionally the one hour programme will be split into four segments covering the following classes...
 
Segment 1 - The club history supported by historic and classic kart on-track demonstrations.  View how the historic movement started at Shenington's 40th anniversary in 2000, see the static displays in the marquees. Sponsored by the club, the British Historic Kart Club and the Legends.
 
Segment 2 - TKM - Highlights of the finals for TKM Extreme O Plate, Junior TKM O Plate and TKM Clubman club race. Sponsored by Tal-Ko for the O Plates and Grand Prix Models for the Clubman class.  Grand Prix Models are also awarding Spellfame vouchers for the top three in the Clubman class and sponsoring the perpetual trophy.
 
Segment 3- Gearbox highlights of the Super 4 250 National and the KZ UK Club race. Sponsors Jade Karts for 250 National, and for KZ UK - MK Racing and AF Racing.
 
Segment 4 - Rotax - highlights of the biggest two Rotax races. Sponsored by JAG, the Rotax distributors.
 
DVD's will also be available to purchase.

Competitors should visit www.sheningtonkrc.co.uk to download the entry forms and regulations for the event.  Optional Friday practice is available, the entry fee covers Saturday practice.  There will be a heat on Saturday afternoon followed by the remainder of heats and the finals on Sunday. The club classes count towards the club championship.

Historic kart demonstrations will take place twice a day, there will be a bar on Friday and Saturday evening, and a pig roast and salad on Saturday evening along with a music disco.  All competitors will receive a ticket for the barbeque and club class winners will be loaned the special Superprix perpetual trophies for a year. The two O Plate winners will be loaned the ABkC Trophies and have use of the exclusive O Plate for their number until the 2015 championship meeting.  The Rotax classes to be televised will most likely be chosen on the basis of the two largest classes, so don't delay, this is a rare chance for a televised club race.
 
Shenington Kart Racing Club would like to thank the many sponsors who are assisting and Spellfame Karting for their support.

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New Front Fairing Attachment   (23/05)

The CIK-FIA recently announced that it would work to make racing fairer by fighting against bad behaviour on the track. One of the ways chosen for this will be in use in 2015, a new system for fixing the front fairing to limit contact between karts.
 
Since the introduction of kart bodywork, especially the rear bumper, the behaviour of some drivers who are accustomed to pushing other competitors has become unacceptable. Karting too often looks like stock car racing. Frustrated by the lack of action by the various parties involved, the CIK put together a small group of experts to find a solution. The CIK then asked the company KG to translate the ideas into reality. It soon became clear that no viable solution could be found using the rear bumper, so research was directed towards the front of the kart. KG submitted a proposal to create a special "front fairing mounting kit".
 
After several more and more successful attempts on the track, a satisfactory solution has been found. With this new fixing, if a driver pushes the driver directly in front of him with a force considered greater than what can be tolerated, a difference of more than 5 km/h, the front fairing will come out of its initial position and will be shifted to the ground while remaining secured to the chassis. The offending driver will then go through the Repair Area to reposition the front fairing properly. The operation is quick and simple, but very detrimental to the driver's classification, prompting reflection and eventually causing a real change in behaviour on the track.
 
The World Motor Sport Council has already approved the new direction of the CIK-FIA. The technical regulation and the procedure for the approval of bodywork is ready to implement the new fixing from 1st January 2015 in the CIK-FIA competitions. The ASNs can also apply this new rule.
 
A sufficiently stringent approval process will ensure perfect similarity between all models, which will respond to impact in the same way. The tests this year in collaboration with several manufacturers have left no room for doubt on this point, as several models have already met these strict criteria.

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New Circuit Cameras   (21/05)

Click for larger image...It was several years ago when Trent Valley Kart Club decided to have circuit cameras on the start line and at the 'old' first turn hairpin. When the track was extended these had to be removed.

Upon the arrival of the RGMMC Euromax event in 2013 with its sophisticated camera system and race control, we decided the time was right for us look again at this method of race monitoring.

Many of the cameras, hardware and software were purchased from RGMMC late last year, so with some additional new cameras, some hard wiring and a fully functional control room TVKC are ready to launch the upgraded system.

The system will be used officially from the June meeting with the 10 current cameras and it is planned for a further 3 cameras by the time we get to the MSA Kartmasters British Kart Grand Prix event in August.

The 'Race Control' is based in the TAG Heuer Timekeeping building and will be used to assist the Clerks decision making.

The system will also be used as the basis for our 'live' race meeting transmissions on TVKC's IPTV! Trials of the live streaming will begin next month with a full broadcast planned for Kartmasters.

Visit our website at www.tvkc.co.uk.

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RL & Mitchell Clean Sweep   (20/05)

RL and Sandy Mitchell take a clean sweep at round 2 of the British Championship.
 
Mitchell took a P2 start in each of his heats from an impressive P4 overall TQ session, winning both of his heats and then going on to win both finals taking a maximum score and taking him to the top of the championship table.
 
Team mate Max Bird had mixed results as did William Shaw, Their team mate in Mini Max, Rory Hudson had strong heats with an 11th and 4th but was wrongly excluded without notice from heat 1 for reasons we still don't know thus giving him a lowly p27 grid start for final 1, he ended final 2 in P7 at the flag, a great drive through and he is back on track.
 
Lucy Fulton and the team's latest recruit Sam Baker struggled to convert their pace from testing and with 2 DNF for Lucy in the heats they both started in the repercharge of which neither qualified out of.
 
Mitchell's victory marks 3 wins in 3 weeks for RL Racing Department Ltd, the team now travel to Castelletto in Italy for Round 2 of the RGMMC Rotax Euro Challenge with Seniors Luke Knott and Jac Constable and also PFI for round 2 of the Club Championship of which they lead the points in junior.
 
There are still 2 drives left for all UK and Euro competitions, for info or a quote please call Steve Armstrong on 07843 586416 or email accounts.rlracingdept@live.co.uk.

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SSM Super One Rotax Series   (20/05)

From the north of England to the south of England and sunny Kent for the second round of the Rotax/Honda ABkC National Championships.  It was exceptionally hot, hitting 25 degrees C with lots of excellent racing.  First tried at Rowrah, the standing starts continued, completely ruling out first corner accidents and all the attendant crash damage to the karts.  Certainly one or two failed to get off the grid, but so much less than the number who would not have finished lap one otherwise. We saw double winners for MiniMax and Junior Max in Alex Quinn and Sandy Mitchell respectively whilst Harry Thompson and the local driver Myles Apps shared the Honda Cadet win.  And in Senior Max John Stewart took advantage of a mistake in front of him for the first final win, comeback kid Kyle Fowlie taking the second. 143 drivers signed on for the meeting, Cadet Thomas Pegram having to withdraw with a broken thumb after TQ - get well soon!
 
Click for larger image...MiniMax
Alex Quinn was quickly up for a frantic exchange of the lead several times with Dean MacDonald until he fell to third leving MacDonald to continue the fight with Luke Wooder.  MacDonald fell back as Quinn came back to attack Wooder, and despite the latter getting a small cushion Quinn sliced up the inside at turn three and made the move stick.  Adam Smalley did the same to MacDonald but he took second back in time for the flag, Smalley recovering third from Jordan Cane and MacDonald. "Luke made a mistake and from then on I had a gap," explained Quinn.  Jack Young was excluded for a driving offence then crashed out on the opening lap of the second final along with several others.  For the second final Cane took up the early running whilst Smalley leapfrogged Quinn to challenge him. That put Quinn behind Wooder, but he quickly recovered third and closed on the leaders, taking both in one stupendous move.  Wooder was soon to follow with Smalley strung out behind but Cane had fallen back and along with Axel Charpentier would be excluded for driving offences. MacDonald held off Samuel Pooley for fourth.

Final 1: 1 Alex Quinn (Tonykart)' 2 Luke Wooder (Alonso); 3 Adam Smalley (Tonykart); 4 Jordan Cane (Tonykart); 5 Dean MacDonald (Tonykart); 6 Axel Charpentier (Tonykart).
Final 2: 1 Quinn; 2 Wooder; 3 Smalley; 4 MacDonald; 5 Samuel Pooley (Tonykart); 6 Thomas Turner (Tonykart).
Championship points: Dean MacDonald 303; Alex Quinn 295; Samuel Pooley 266; Luke Wooder 263; Adam Smalley 260; Jonathan Hoggard 255.
 
Click for larger image...Honda Cadet
Click for larger image...The first start was soon red-flagged to attend to a driver who had crashed and on the restart Tom Canning forged ahead, only later to be given a five place jump start penalty. He was soon gobbled up as Myles Apps took first.  A massive fight ensued behind between Canning, Keaton Samra, Harry Thompson and Zak Rogers but the latter came off in the closing stages.  Thompson took Apps and held on for several laps to the end with Kiern Jewiss making a late charge through the field for second.  He had been taken off in a heat. Canning got stuck on the outside letting Samra through then Lulham and the rest would move up after the penalty.  Apps stormed back up to the front in Final 2, and after a quick look behind to check no-one was going to slip inside, he picked off Thompson for the lead. With Jenson Butterfield and Samra in tow, they pulled clear of the fourth place battle and Apps defended the last few laps to take the win. "We changed engines after the first final," he said.  Lots of shuffling behind eventually had Canning ahead of Jewiss and Mark Kimber with Thompson put back to seventh.

Final 1: 1 Harry Thompson (Zip); 2 Kiern Jewiss (Tonykart); 3 Keaton Samra (Zip); 4 Chris Lulham (Project One); 5 Myles Apps (Zip).
Final 2: 1 Apps; 2 Jenson Butterfield (Project One); 3 Samra; 4 Tom Canning (BRK); 5 Jewiss; 6 Mark Kimber (BRK).
Championship points: Myles Apps 302; 2 Harry Thompson 297; Kiern Jewiss 289; Mark Kimber 277; Tom Canning 261

Click for larger image...Junior Max
Unfortunately Dave Wooder was left stranded with a broken starter and Will Shaw stalled, causing slight mayhem. That broke up the pack somewhat with Sandy Mitchell drawing away from Omar Ismail and Tom Gamble leapfrogging Hugo Bentley Ellis.  After much trying Zak Fulk pipped Ellis for fourth. Mitchell was nearly three seconds ahead, quipping: "I've been fast all weekend, another win will put me in a good position." To begin with for the second final it looked in doubt as Ismail had grabbed the initiative at the start with Mitchell some way back. Finlay Hutchison stormed to second but Mitchell soon put him back in his place and set about closing the gap to Ismail.  A dart on the inside of turn four did the job and Mitchell achieved his desired second win.  Gamble and Darren Keane were strung out behind Ismail whilst Wooder made it up to eighth from theback. Will Shaw and the Estonian Juri Vips were excluded, the former for not obeying an official.

Final 1: 1 Sandy Mitchell (Tonykart); 2 Omar Ismail (Tonykart); 3 Tom Gamble (Tonykart); 4 Zak Fulk (Tonykart); 5 Hugo Bentley Ellis (Tonykart); 6 Darren Keane (Tonykart).
Final 2: 1 Mitchell; 2 Ismail; 3 Gamble; 4 Keane; 5 Fulk; 6 Jack McCarthy (Tonykart).
Championship points: Sandy Mitchell 300; Hugo Bentley Ellis 280; Jack McCarthy 258; Dave Wooder 252; Tom Gamble 251; Connor Hall 250.
 
Click for larger image...Senior Max
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Poleman Joseph Reilly - now back in karting again - faltered at the start allowing the Australian Pierce Lehane to take the hole shot.  But he was put back to fifth after a collision together with Jack Bartholomew, later given a five place penalty.  That allowed John Stewart to inherit the lead, Kyle Fowlie chasing.  The Scotsman had earlier vowed to have a year off, but clearly has changed his mind.  Jack Saffrey was storming through the pack, and from further back so was Reilly. Saffrey relieved Bartholomew of third until Reilly made that his final position and Lehane inherited fifth. "It came on well towards the end," observed Stewart. Fowlie made no mistakes in his getaway for the second final, with Lehane shuffled back to fourth on the opening lap by Stewart and Reilly.  As the latter closed ominously on Fowlie it looked like a matter of time but Fowlie rose to the occasion and held him at a couple of kart lengths bay with Stewart close.  Lehane also joined in the lead battle at the end, Fowlie saying: "I'm really chuffed, a fantastic start to my season."

Final 1: 1 John Stewart (Gillard); 2 Kyle Fowlie (Tonykart); 3 Joseph Reilly (Tonykart); 4 Jack Saffery (Tonykart); 5 Pierce Lehane (Alonso); 6 Lars Lomborelli (Tonykart).
Final 2: 1 Fowlie; 2 Reilly; 3 Stewart; 4 Lehane; 5 Jack Bartholomew (Tonykart); 6 Adam Glear (Kosmic).
Championship Points: Joseph Reilly 313; Pierce Lehane 284; Jack Bartholomew 276; Adam Glear 264; Jack Saffery 250; Sam Marsh  248

For more information on the series visit http://superoneseries.com.


Photographs courtesy of Chris Walker/Kartpix.net.

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RL Racing Dept At Buckmore   (14/05)

Another Week, another track, another driver - another win!
 
RL Racing Department took another dominant victory in the Junior Max class following up to their similar performance the week before at PFI.
 
Sandy Mitchell took overall pole in timed qualifying and then won his pre-final and the main final taking fastest lap to boot ahead of the main contenders for the 2014 British Championship in the Junior Max class to add to William Shaw's massive victory at PFI last week.
 
Mitchell's team mate Max Bird TQ'd well, inside the top 4 in his group but had contact in his heat whilst in the lead group and struggled to convert his raw pace into a result. Lucy Fulton had a similar incident in her heat and similarly struggled at the tight circuit difficult to drive back through.
 
Rory Hudson had a strong heat and pre final but also struggled once in the mid pack to push forward, he will strive to prove his worth as will the whole team including race weekend absentee, William Shaw, this coming weekend at the Super One round at Buckmore Park.
 
There are still drives available in each of the Rotax Max classes for all UK and Euro Challenge races/testing. For details please contact Steve Armstrong on 07843 586416  or accounts.rlracingdept@live.co.uk

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British Gearbox Kart GP   (13/05)

Not long now until the 2014 MSA British Gearbox (Short Circuit) Kart Grand Prix, so get your entry in now!

This event will be organised by TVKC but will be held at Fulbeck Kart Circuit on 21st & 22nd June 2014.

Entries are now open, so download your entry form and SRs for the event now.

The 2014 MSA British Gearbox (Short Circuit) Kart Grand Prix is open to the following classes: 125 Open, KZ, 210 & 250 National (minimum of 15 entries per class).

The Entry Fee is £115 for the this two day event. Entries will close on Saturday 14th June 2014. Drivers entering this event must have a minimum of a National A License.

The format will comprise Timed Qualifying + Heat 1 on Saturday 21st June, followed by Heat 2 + Final on Sunday 22nd June.

There will also be an optional Practice Day on Friday 20th June, organised by LKRC for a cost of £35 per driver.

Evening entertainment will take place on Saturday 21st June so why not stick around!

More details will be released in the coming weeks but if you require any further assistance or have any queries, please contact Danielle Short by emailing compsec@tvkc.co.uk.

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Lydd IKR   (12/05)

"What a fantastic weekend's racing," said Lydd Kart Circuit owner James Clarke.
 
"A huge thank you to all drivers attending and my thanks to all the staff who worked so hard."
 
"It was great to see the Subaru class, who raced so well and all the other classes."
 
James added, "No red flags and all ran very smoothly again, my thanks to all of you and look forward to seeing you again next month, 7th & 8th June."

For more information on the championship visit www.lyddkartcircuit.com.

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York MotorSports Village   (12/05)

York MotorSports Village seals pole position at the prestigious 2014 VisitYork Tourism awards Winning in the category Best Visitor Attraction (under 50,000 visitors).
 
York MotorSports Village (YMSV) is delighted to have won this prestigious award, which recognises not only the quality of the facility and what is on offer, but also the people who work there and their attention to customer service.
 
Having been established in York for 17 years, the recent upgrade and changes have made YMSV the most complete and focused indoor motor sports centre in the UK, catering for all ages and with a unique offering for corporate clients.
 
In recognition of winning the award YMSV is looking to reward its loyal, local and new customers with a series of eye catching offers over the coming weeks. Details will be on the web pages www.ymsv.co.uk and follow the links to Facebook and Twitter.
 
The first of these is a downloadable 50% discount voucher on any GPX or karting session from the price list during weekdays in May and June - a great way to celebrate with us! The voucher will only be available to download for a short time, so visit the website early.

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New 'Extreme' Cadet Class   (09/05)

After talking to some of the cadet families at last month's meeting, we have decided to start a new cadet class for the meeting this month on the 18th.  This will be using the new 200cc 'Extreme' engines built by Roger at RPM.  These engines are built to be as similar in power to each other as possible and are sealed to prevent any tampering. We will also be introducing rules in the future for engines to be swapped around to ensure that no driver has an unfair advantage due to a slightly quicker engine.
 
For this month we will supply the engines for free! For the rest of the year they will be able to be hired from us for £50 per meeting or purchased from Roger at RPM for, we believe, £400.
 
To keep this class as fair as possible there will be a fixed gearing of 20/68 and a minimum weight of 105kg. This will be reviewed after this meeting and may be adjusted in the future.
 
The hire of the engines must be pre-booked and engines will be randomly allocated to drivers at the start of the meeting.  All you need to then do is fit your clutch to the engine and mount it on your kart.  Engine mounts are exactly the same as the GX160.
 
To reserve an engine or for more information please call David Wilson at Teesside Karting on 07918 193764, or email admin@teessidekarting.co.uk.

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Karting Engineer Required   (09/05)

Paul Carr Racing - British, European & World Champions and long-established and successful kart racing business, are hiring.
 
We have a vacancy for a competent, energetic and enthusiastic person to join our team on a full-time basis. There will also be opportunities for additional weekend work both in the u.k. and abroad. The work involves preparation of karts and engines both in the workshop and at racing circuits, using a range of basic engineering skills. A motorsport engineering course would be the ideal background; experience of kart racing is useful but not essential as specialist training will be provided.
 
To find out more, please contact paul carr on 01608 663239 (office hours) or 07831 333763 (evening), or email info@paulcarrracingltd.co.uk.

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RL Racing Department At PFI   (08/05)

Junior Max: 1st - William Shaw
Senior Max: 1st - Luke Knott & 3rd - Jordan Richards
Mini Max: 2nd - Rory Hudson
 
These were the excellent results from the RL Racing Department drivers at PF International.

Will Shaw also took fastest lap in heat 2 to boot, with Luke Knott fastest in heat 1 and team mate Jac Constable taking fastest lap and 2nd place in heat 2. Knott again took the fastest lap in heat 3 in Senior, before winning the final by 6 seconds. In Mini Max Hudson did a fantastic job following a DNF in heat 3 and came straight through from a P9 start in the final, catching the lead group but didn't have quite enough pace to finish off the RL clean sweep. Also well done to our honouree Honda driver whilst Fusion Motorsport were at S1 - Ben Thomson - who hauled himself up to 10th at the flag.

 
Well done to all the team for their hard work and dedication, without you all these great results wouldn't be possible and a big welcome to the new drivers to RL, Jac Constable and Jordan Richards.
 
There are still drives available for all UK and Euro Challenge races, contact Steve Armstrong for details on 07843586416 or email accounts.rlracingdept@live.co.uk.

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Msport Karting   (08/05)

Click for larger image...Click for larger image...UK based Msport Karting have had the best year so far racing in the Middle East, winning the Senior Rotax National Championship with Oman driver Abdullah Al Rawahi and finishing 2nd in Junior Rotax with British driver Taymour Kermanshahchi.
 
Team owner-Keiran Crawley commented "We are over the moon with both Abdullah and the teams results this year, bearing in mind Abdullah had a mountain to climb as he missed two rounds whilst racing with the team in Europe. He showed maturity beyond his years to finally win the championship on the last race of the last round".
 
Msport Karting has an enviable reputation around the world, winning the CIK Asia Pacific title in 2010, followed by the CIK U18 World championship with UK driver, Matthew Graham. We have long specialised in the Rotax classes showing particularly well in the Grand finals qualifying in Pole Position 2011 (Egypt) With UAE driver Ed Jones (now in FIA F3-still managed by Msport). In 2014 along with our European campaign, Msport Karting is also visiting UK club circuits; Forest Edge, Kimbolton, Shenington and our home track Whilton Mill concentrating on coaching drivers in all Rotax classes.
 
Msport Karting is based at our purpose-built factory at Whilton Mill Kart circuit, were we can offer a turnkey operation to fulfil any drivers needs. Services offered are: Kart preparation and storage, Carb cleaning/Set up using ultrasonic cleaning. Team services including tent space, driver coaching, full technical assistance.
 
We can offer driver coaching and Kart set up days with full video back up from as little as £125 per day, so feel free to contact us to discuss your requirements. Email msportkart@hotmail.co.uk or telephone 01327 842 778 or 07968 987883.

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2014 Welsh Championships   (08/05)

Only 10 days to go to the karting event of the Welsh calendar for 2014. During the weekend of May 17th /18th Llandow Kart Club will host the 2014 Welsh Championships for the nationally recognized "C" plate for all ABkC classes.

There are still places to be had but filling up very fast. Visit our website at www.llandowkartclub.co.uk and go to our entry forms and you can enter and pay online. Two minutes effort will bring you a weekend's pleasure - racing at one of the UK's best circuits at an event run by one of the UK's friendliest clubs and all for only £90 for the weekend. You can even pay for Friday practice on line and save time!

There will be grids for all ABkC classes (subject to numbers) and prizes in all classes.

If you need any further info email llandowcompsec@hotmail.co.uk or call 07817 449617 - we hope to see you there!

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Forsdyke Takes Maximum Points   (07/05)

Click for larger image...Joe Forsdyke proved the master of Rowrah in round 2 of the Super One TKM National Championships, his Tal-Ko Veloce kart proving a winner in both wet and dry conditions.
 
Forsdyke, the current O plate holder in Extreme, had a perfect weekend topping timed qualifying and then winning both heats and the two finals. He now heads the points table after two rounds.
 
In contrast Simon Vercoe, also on a Veloce and winner of round one, had a disastrous weekend. Having been second fastest in qualifying, a broken chain, accident and engine problem dropped him down to 5th in the series.
 
In Junior TKM Alex Forward was dominant with wins in both finals leaving him at the top of the points table with first round winner Anderson Chilcott in second place.

For more information on the Veloce kart visit www.tal-ko.com.

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Lydd Summer Championships   (06/05)

Click for larger image...It's the second round of the Lydd summer championships this Sunday 11th May with all the usual classes catered for, but for the first time Lydd will also welcome Subaru drivers to the grid for the first of three rounds.

A good grid is expected so get your entry in now by calling 01797 321747 or 01797 321895 to reserve your place.
 
All our non-MSA meetings cater for Bambino, Cadet Clubman, Honda Cadets, 2-stroke Cadets, Junior/Minimax, Senior Rotax 162 and 177 and ProKarts, but we welcome karts from other classes and will always find a grid for you to race with.
 
Due to the growing success of Rotax, the 162's and 177's will each have their own separate grid commencing with our 11th May meeting, this split will enable us to accommodate more drivers and if you haven't yet reserved your place do it now by calling the circuit or enter online.
 
If you are not able to enter immediately don't think you've missed out completely this month as entries can be made right up to race morning, prior to 09.30am please, with no late entry fee.  Practice is available for all drivers on Saturday.
 
You can also keep up to date with what's happening at Lydd by visiting the website at www.lyddkartcircuit.com.

Come and see for yourself why the Lydd grids continue to grow and kart racers keep returning month after month.

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MSA British Kart Champs   (06/05)

Round of the MSA British Kart Championship and British Junior Kart Championship took place at Rowrah on the 3rd-4th May.

In the senior championship, Henry Easthope dominated both finals at Rowrah amid wet conditions after the weather failed to co-operate.

Easthope simply drove away from his rivals in the first final, the former CIK-FIA Under 18 World Champion revelling in the slippery conditions and leaving the rest of the 17-strong field to provide the excitement.

It was the same story in final two, despite Easthope briefly losing the lead to a fast starting Will Van Es on the opening lap. Once he had reasserted himself in first place, Easthope got his head down and pulled out an impressive eight-second margin over Van Es, who had a similar advantage over the rest of the field.

Results - Final 1:
1 Henry Easthope (Taylor International Motorsport) 16m 34.110s
2 Will Van Es (Snakebite Racing) +7.12s
3 Jonny Buchanan (N&J Aluminium Lining)

Results - Final 2:
1 Easthope 16m 16.110s
2 Van Es +8.56s
3 Simone Brenna (R&S Motorsport)

For the juniors, Tom Wood picked up where he left off at Shenington by winning the first final at Rowrah, before Kiern Jewiss won the second encounter.

Wood edged out his new AIM Motorsport team-mate Jewiss in a tense last-lap battle for victory in final one. Fin Kenneally, who was fastest in timed qualifying, produced his best showing to date with a strong run to third.

Wood and Jewiss resumed their battle in the second final; Jewiss nosed ahead on the final lap but as Wood went for a move at McRae's hairpin he half spun in the slippery conditions, allowing Jewiss to escape and letting Kenneally through into second.

Results - Final 1:
1 Tom Wood (AIM Motorsport) 16m 15.440s
2 Kiern Jewiss (AIM Motorsport) +0.160s
3 Fin Kenneally (AIM Motorsport)

Results - Final 2:
1 Jewiss 17m 05.580s
2 Kenneally +0.310s
3 Wood

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Vice European Champions   Click for larger image...(02/05)

Click for larger image...Vital Motorsport, a wing of KKC Kart Components, are extremely pleased to announce that they have become the 2014 X30 Vice European Champions. Congratulations go to senior driver Chris Trott on his fine performance at the recent European Championships race at the world renowned Mariembourg kart circuit over the weekend of the 15th-20th April.

After showing strong pace during the week, this was reiterated in the timed qualifying run where pole position was firmly stamped upon with a time unable to be beaten. Heat result finishes of a 1st, 2nd & 3rd placed Chris on grid position 2 for the first of 2 finals.

With an emphatic win in the 1st of the 2 finals and knowing all was to play for in final 2, due to all points counting from timed qualifying through to the finals, Chris knew what was required of him in this, his first major European X30 race. With this in mind Chris finished the 2nd final securing enough points to become the 2014 Vice European Champion.Click for larger image...

Vital Motorsport look forward to continuing to work with Chris in further planned races across the UK and Europe.

No matter what the class, our recent team success this goes to show that Vital Motorsport can realise your potential! If you too are wanting to obtain success and strong results then please do not hesitate to contact Gary Rolfe on 01327 844320 / 07725 367043. or via the website at www.vital-motorsport.co.uk or www.kkckartshop.co.uk.

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BPKC Summer Series   (02/05)

Round 2 of the BPKC Summer Championship takes place on Sunday 11th May. Practice is available on Friday 9th and Saturday 10th May 2014 between 10am and 4pm.

The race meeting and the practice days are also ideal for Rotax and Honda Cadet Super One drivers as their round visits Buckmore a week later.  In addition the LGM series visits Buckmore in June and this weekend will be the last chance to practice and race at the circuit for these drivers.

For further details please contact chris@buckmore.co.uk or ring him on 01634 661604.

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All The Grip You Need   (01/05)

Through MSA racing to non-MSA racing or for use on track days - Vega tyres have a compound to suit all your needs.
 
The new XM is the successor of the legendary "Vega White", the Vega medium compound slick that has dominated the market and competitions all over the world over the last 10 years. Thanks to the improvements in the processes and the introduction of innovative prime materials, the new XM "Prime" has been able to improve the overall performances and guarantee a minimum life of 150 km. The obtained result is a formidable compromise between grip, whose levels have been maintained, and wear resistance that has been increased for all track conditions, thanks to the highest quality of compounds. The tyre performances, now more than ever, is consistent the entire life of the tyre. XM will be as usual recognised by drivers as synonymous with both quality construction and ultimate performance.
 
The New XH "Vega Green" is the new Vega tyre of CIK-FIA homologated hard compound Slick. XH was designed to challenge national and international competitions, where homologated hard tyres are required. It represents the highest quality construction, single lap speed performances consistency. The carcass and the compounds form a perfect combination, in order to assure the best possible level of grip, for the kilometric distances of a CIK "Option" tyre - 250km in any track conditions.
 
We also have in stock the legendary and probably the best wet tyre in the World the Vega W5 - a wet tyre that gives unreal grip in the rain whilst maintaining durability and wear.
 
Vega XM (White) - £132.00 per set
Vega XH (Green) - £127.95 per set
Vega W5 (Rain) - £139.95 per set
 
To order yours call Vega Sole UK Importer ACR Ltd on 01527 889595, or contact one of our Vega UK stockists near you... Zip North West - 0161 7945511, Modus Motorsport - 0151 3557513, Kart Parts UK - 01775 712633, KKC Supplies - 01327 844320, Dartford Karting - 01322 222645. Jade Karts - 01295 678188, or JM Engineering - 01636 626424.
 
All prices quoted are for a set of 4 tyres and are subject to VAT and UK delivery only.

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£15,000 Equipment Theft   (01/05)

On returning home from work on Monday, Nick Isaac was shocked to find the family's recently purchased large caravan missing from his driveway in Irthlingborough, Northamptonshire, along with his son Finlay Isaac's Zip Lightning Cadet kart and equipment.
 
The theft has been reported in the Northamptonshire Telegraph and the family are appealing for information.
 
If you can help in recovering the equipment and get Finlay racing again please call Northamptonshire police on 101, or if preferred you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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The EKL & EPEC   (29/04)

Click for larger image...The team at Teesside Autodrome were delighted that at the second round of EKL and EPEC the winning formula continued!

The EKL is now in its 3rd year and its reputation is spreading which is causing the grid to grow.  34 teams contested the Teesside round, and with the size of the grid preventing those placed at the back coming all the way through, building up points became paramount.

Coventry Phoenix took the Sprint section while the Dash for Cash was won by Titan Tornadoes with Northampton Knights and Newmarket Buzzin' Hornets in second and third. The Ladies prize was won by Northampton Maidens from Angels. The Endurance section was won by Northampton Knights, then Teesside Tigers and Titan Tornadoes. The full set of results in PDF format can be found here.

This means that the championship leaders - Titan Tornadoes - have seen the gap to second-placed Northampton Knights reduced to 141 points with Worcestor Raptors another 12 points behind.
 
It was a similar story for the 25th year of Endurance and the 5th year of EPEC. The GX200 Extreme engine has certainly excited the imagination of the masses as 39 entries competed in the 2nd round at Teesside.

In qualification the first 19 entries were within the same second! With the first 6 within a quarter of a second and a few hundredths of a second can mean changes in place, driving consistency becomes all important. Speed through traffic, pitstops and teamwork need to be first class to do well. Following Baron's win at round 1, MS SoCo were the winners at round 2. MS SoCo are trying hard to continue their championship winning streak but Baron, Alpha, Stretton and others are determined to end it and start their own streak. The GX160's are not forgotten as they are run as a separate class. Meanwhile everyone wins in this fair, open and transparent championship.

Information and results are on the websites for EKL and EPEC, whilst Facebook is full of comments and photos and video (see Facebook and YouTube) have been published as drivers and spectators wish to share their experiences.

For more information contact Bob Pope and the team at Teesside Autodrome on 01642 231 117.

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RL Racing Department   Click for larger image...(29/04)

Click for larger image...The PFI based RL Racing Department's strong driver line up showed great strength and tenacity at the season opener at Rowrah this past weekend.
 
The TQ and heats showed the depth and strength of the squad with Will Shaw, Sandy Mitchell and Max Bird all qualifying inside the top 9 of the 50 drivers overall and all 3 running in the top 3 of the heats at various points. The team's local driver Lucy Fulton showed very well in official testing but a huge shunt in the final test session on Friday not only put paid to her chassis but also damaged her wrist quite badly, she continued on a spare chassis in pain with a sprained wrist and neck and was unable to make it from the repercharge into the main finals.
 
Click for larger image...In final 1 Mitchell spent the race pushing the leader around building a gap and then a move for the lead with 2 minutes to go was thwarted in the dying seconds of the race but took a great P2 at the flag, Shaw had a difficult race but fought his way home 10th only to be docked places for a questionable decision from the officials. Bird also had a shunt and with a very bent chassis retired.
 
Click for larger image...Final 2 saw a difficult start for Mitchell from the front row and lost place after place over the first half of the race with marbles on his tyres, in the end though taking P9, fastest lap and a massive points haul. Shaw and Bird were caught in first corner melays and managed to climb to 22nd and 25th respectively.
 
The Junior squad go to round 2 at Buckmore in 5th, 11th, 25th & 38th in the standings, Mitchell only 5 points from 2nd in the championship.
 
Click for larger image...The team's Mini Max representee Rory Hudson had a solid if not difficult weekend in a very close knit affair where he did a great job in securing a good points haul and improved throughout the weekend, lapping the final within 1 tenth of the eventual winner. Rory will already be inside the top 12 in the standings, with the team's stronger tracks still to come.
 
RL have 3 team slots still remaining for the remainder of 2014, anyone wishing to enquire regarding these spaces should contact Steve Armstrong on 07843 586416 or accounts.rlracingdept@live.co.uk.

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2014 Welsh Championships   (29/04)

There is just over two weeks until Llandow Kart Club once again hosts the annual Welsh Championships.
 
This is a two day event for the prestigious nationally recognized "C" plate which can be raced at any ABkC kart event in the UK for 12 months from winning. The event is open to all recognized ABkC classes and we are hoping that this year we can host a grid of TKM Extremes as well as all our other classes. With prizes in all classes from local and national sponsors this is the premier kart event in Wales and one not to be missed.
 
You can enter on line at www.llandowkartclub.co.uk and follow the links to our entry forms. The fee for both days is only £90 and if you wish you can book a day's practice on Friday 16th for an inclusive cost of only £130 - that's three days karting for only £130 - Great value! South Wales Karting Centre will also be open for practice on Thursday 15th May. For any further details please email llandowcompsec@hotmail.co.uk or call Colin on 07817 449617.
 
Why not come to South Wales where the sun always shines and the racing is hot!

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Clay Pigeon Non-MSA Racing   (28/04)

Clay Pigeon Raceway have taken the decision to allow non-MSA two stroke sprint meetings to be organised at the circuit.
 
This season the Endurance Prokart Series has been successfully resurrected and, after many approaches from karters practising at the circuit, an informal committee was formed to organise a series of races on the following dates:-
 
Saturday, 19th July 2014
Saturday, 23rd August 2014
Saturday, 27th September 2014
 
Ian Rennison, Managing Director of the circuit, stated "We have become increasingly frustrated at seeing the large numbers of kart owners practising but not racing, and when asked why they do not race being told:- Too expensive to start racing... My equipment is too old and not MSA legal... Cannot afford a new set of tyres every race meeting... etc."
 
"I, over the years, have been insistent that any two stroke racing must be organised under an MSA Permit and Regulations.  I feel the MSA and the ABkC have over regulated the sport and also allowed too much commercial influence in the classes being raced and, therefore, pricing the average wage earner out of the sport."
 
The organisers Clay Pigeon IKR will ensure that safety will not be compromised and medical cover will be in place.  Safety scrutineering will take place before the event, and driver competence will be assessed.
 
Classes will be limited in number and a set of tyres to be used in the libre classes at all three rounds will be supplied with your championship registration fee of around £70 (to be confirmed).
 
Judicial procedures will be simple - Race Directors decision followed by, in the interest of natural justice, a panel of Stewards made up of an Organisers representative and two competitors will listen to an appeal and any judgment will then be final.
 
As the MSA and ABkC seem unable to satisfy the needs of the grass root racers it has been left to the Independent Kart Racing Groups to organise their own events.
 
We believe that most of the competitors will be our older leisure karters and will not affect our very good Cadet and Junior grids at our MSA race meetings.
 
Further information and regulations will be available within the next couple of weeks.

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DHR Win Rotax O Plates   (23/04)

Click for larger image...DHR fielded a strong team of drivers at last weekend's ABKC British O plate event and they didn't disappoint. Luke Wooder took a great victory in the Mini Max class having timed his move to perfection towards the race end. Despite being pushed wide on the final bend from the lead the offending driver was correctly penalised handing the victory back to Luke.
 
In Junior Max his elder brother didn't want to be outdone and having chased down the leader made his move mid race and drove an impressive string of consistent laps to pull clear for a special victory.

As expected the Wooder family were duly delighted and with this impressive double. DHR just missed out on claiming an amazing clean sweep of the classes with Pierce Lehane, long time Senior Max race leader, just falling short in the closing laps taking a fine 2nd place only beaten by the Rotax World champion Oliver Hodgson.

Sam Marsh had started the Senior Max final front row but a 1st corner incident took him out of contention. In Junior Max, Max Timmermans also had a spectacular crash on the 1st corner start of his final but thankfully he was ok yet couldn't continue due to the damaged kart. New signing Omar Ismail had been strong but unfortunately was caught up in incidents in both finals.

The team head back to Rowrah this weekend for the first round of the Rotax Super 1 series and hope their drivers can repeat last weekend's successes.

DHR still have one space available in the team for a Mini Max competitor so for more information on Dan Holland Racing, UK distributors for the Alonso chassis please visit www.danhollandracing.co.uk or email dan@danhollandracing.co.uk or call direct on 07960 047810.

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Awning Space And Facilities   (22/04)

Click for larger image...Tired of turning up to a kart track on a Saturday morning freezing cold, wet and frustrated?
 
Look no further, here at Spirit Racing we offer an excellent package suitable for all drivers of all levels of experience and we are now at Kimbolton and Whilton Mill club meetings!
 
The team is rapidly expanding from normally competing at PFI and Shenington so don't miss out. For just £40 a day we will comfort you with full set-up advice, coaching from a multiple British championship race winner, electricity, compressor, heated awning and not forgetting a great atmosphere.
 
By far the cheapest team on the karting market to this day so put your pop up awning away - which we're sure has rolled around the paddock numerous amounts of times - and save yourself the stress.

Contact Sam on 07976 408605 for any queries and we will be happy to help.

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New 4-Stroke Race Series   (16/04)

There is exciting news for kart racing in 2014 as MKC, the affordable, friendly, competitive, four stroke kart racing club is evolving.  More tracks... cost effective... and for 2014 introducing our new 'Masters Series' for older drivers.

The new FP4K race series still delivers its legendary low cost non-MSA racing, but this year we will be racing at three of the South's premier circuits - Thruxton, Camberley and Clay Pigeon.

Competitiveness and cost effectiveness are achieved by using control tyres and un-modified engines.

Racing is very close, but fair. The 2013 season was a classic, after all nine rounds were completed the top four finished the season separated by just two points, and the championship winner remained undecided until the final eace on the final race day of the season!

The calendar for 2014's series is...
Race 1 - Feb 16th - Thruxton (Sunday)
Race 2 - March 16th - Thruxton (Sunday)
Race 3 - April 13th - Thruxton (Sunday)
Race 4 - May 24th - Camberley (Saturday)
Race 5 - June 28th - Camberley (Saturday)
Race 6 - July 26th - Camberley (Saturday)
Race 7 - August 10th - Clay Pigeon (Sunday)
Race 8 - Sept 14th - Clay Pigeon (Sunday)
Race 9 - October 12th - Clay Pigeon (Sunday)
Race 10 - November 23rd - Thruxton (Sunday)

Race entries are just £40 and membership is £25 (+ £40 deposit which allows you to race in the final round for free).  An MSA clubman licence is £36 for the year, with no medical is required.  Plus free overnight camping at Thruxton and Clay Pigeon race tracks is available.

For more information please go to www.fp4karting.co.uk.

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Double Victories In Belgium   (15/04)

Click for larger image...The opening round of the 2014 Euro Max Challenge at Genk (5/6 April) saw Strawberry Racing's Guan Yu Zhou and Joseph Reilly share the spoils in Senior Max, whilst Dean MacDonald starred on his international debut in the Junior category.  
 
It was to be a bitter-sweet weekend for the reigning Euro and Winter Cup champions in Junior Max. An entry of 70 competitors was always going to make tough going for Strawberry's youngsters, which several of the team found to be true.
 
In contrast, Dean MacDonald took to the European style of racing with aplomb. Having taken a brace of 2nd-places finishes in his heats, he qualified for the pre-final in 4th place and duly crossed the finishing line in P2 again. In the main final, MacDonald stayed out of trouble to hold onto his starting position - but didn't quite have the pace to match the winner.
 
Click for larger image..."It was a great performance," said Strawberry Racing Team Manager, Warwick Ringham. "Considering that it was his first race abroad he did really well. The other boys showed good speed throughout the weekend, but for one reason or another, couldn't translate their pace into better results. Still, they're young and fairly inexperienced so I view the Junior team as a work in progress."  
 
Overturning a difficult time in qualifying with a series of excellent performances in the heats, Joseph Reilly, Max Aitken and 2013 Junior Euro Champion Guan Yu Zhou had put themselves back into contention for glory in the finals.
 
Guan Yu stormed to victory from pole, chased home by Joseph, who had stolen a march on his rivals right from the start. Brett Ward also put in an excellent shift at the wheel of his Tony Kart EVK with Cream-prepared motor, going from 22nd to 7th.
 
Click for larger image...Zhou led the main final for much of its 16 laps, but was eventually muscled aside by Reilly and former Strawberry driver, Ed Brand. A terrific scrap developed as the chequered flag was readied and it was Joseph who received it first, followed by Guan Yu who had wriggled past Ed on the last lap. Jessica Backman had chipped away throughout the two finals and was rewarded with a laudable 12th place, having been 40th after timed qualifying.
 
Click for larger image..."Joseph and Guan Yu were outstanding," affirmed Ringham. "Brett's chain snapped on the formation lap of the main final but, up to that point, he had been really good. Jessica was a little race-rusty but showed her pace and ability to pass when she found her groove. Max's hard work was undone with crashes in each of the finals; otherwise he would have been among the front-runners."
 
Much was expected of new signing Sean Babington, especially after he emphasized his star billing with the fastest lap in qualifying. However, he would find himself mid-grid for Sunday's first final, two places behind his Swedish team-mate, Andreas Backman. 
 
The pair carved up the order to claim 3rd and 7th at the close of the pre-final but disaster followed for Sean in the feature race. Smashed off the start, he was eventually classified in a lowly 29th place with Andreas faring better and holding on to his 7th spot all the way to the flag in a star-studded field.
 
"DD2 is so competitive now," Warwick observed. "The manufacturers are bringing in experienced drivers, some of whom are world champions. Andreas has the speed to go toe-toe with them but needs to be more forceful in their company. Sean was simply the victim of a racing incident - he'll bounce back."

Photographs courtesy of Bas Kaligis.

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BPKC Summer Champs   (11/04)

Round 1 of the BPKC Summer Championship takes place on Sunday 20th April and incorporates Round 2 of the Kent Kart Championship.

Practice is available on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th April 2014 between 10am and 4pm. The race meeting and the practice days are also ideal for Super 1 and LGM drivers to test and race at Buckmore before their respective rounds in May and June.

For further details please contact chris@buckmore.co.uk or ring him on 01634 661604.

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Henry Surtees Foundation   (10/04)

Team Karting Challenge and G.H. Mumm Champagne Reception, 1st July 2014.
 
Join John Surtees and friends on 1 July 2014 at Mercedes-Benz World, on the historic Brooklands site in Weybridge, Surrey, for a memorable experience, both on and off-track!

2014 marks 50 years since John Surtees OBE secured his Formula One World Championship at the age of 30 driving a Ferrari, so come and help John celebrate his double anniversary year, and support HSF by entering a team of 4 to compete in the HSF Team Karting Challenge, alongside fellow corporates and stars of motorsport, past and present.

Those not competing are very welcome to join John and his friends for the G.H. Mumm Champagne, post-race evening reception, prize giving and auction.

In the first twelve months of the new HSF-supported service, Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance have performed 69 emergency blood transfusions.

Please help HSF to save more lives, improve quality of life for people with injuries and inspire young people to fulfil their potential.

"It will be a super event, I would be thrilled if you could join us" said John Surtees.
  
What is the HSF Team Karting Challenge and Champagne Reception?
Now in its 3rd year, this special event is established as a firm favourite on both the corporate and motorsport calendar, bringing together many motorsport celebrities in British Grand Prix week. The karting itself is a challenging 2 hour endurance race - you will be driving Daytona high performance DMax karts. Some karting experience would be useful, but not essential as the detailed brief and practice on the day will teach you all you need to know. The Barber Museum and race track in Birmingham, Alabama, USA is home to a collection of cars and motorcycles associated with John's life, including his title-winning Ferrari 158. The owner, George Barber, has made this special car available to John for the season, with the challenge to raise £50,000 for HSF and he will match it.

In celebration of John's remarkable career, the Ferrari 158 will lead a spectacular on-track display of cars, during the racing programme. As the sun sets over the track, you will step out of your race suit and in to the superb, state-of-the-art venue, where you will be able to explore fascinating exhibitions, get up close to legendary Mercedes-Benz vehicles, and enjoy a Champagne and canapé reception. Steve Rider and Henry Hope-Frost will host the evening, interview John's special guests and the day's track stars, award the prestigious 'H' trophies and present a glittering auction, hosted by Bonhams. G.H. Mumm Champagne will, once again, be poured by generous arrangement with the House and Bernie Ecclestone.
  
How can I be part of John Surtees' Special Anniversary celebrations?
- Enter a team or teams to compete in the 2014 HSF Team Karting Challenge.
- For non-competitors, purchase individual tickets for the evening G.H. Mumm Champagne and canapé reception.
- Share this invitation with your family, friends and business contacts.
 
Entries are now open. Tickets are now available.
To enter a team of 4 costs £1,000 (including 4 tickets to the G.H. Mumm Champagne and canapé reception). In addition, you will be asked to confirm that your team will secure a minimum of £500 in sponsorship or make a minimum donation of £500. For non-karters, to attend the evening G.H Mumm Champagne and canapé reception costs £65 per person.
 
Please email info@henrysurteesfoundation.com to secure your place on the grid, and to reserve individual tickets for non-karters, to attend the evening G.H. Mumm Champagne and canapé reception. Numbers are strictly limited, and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Aim Motorsport   (10/04)

Aim Motorsport is growing again. Come and be a part of a successful UK based professional kart race team.

An exciting opportunity has arisen within our Team, we are looking for a 'Team Manager' for our Senior Kosmic team.
 
The position of Team Manager will require the right person to Drive the race truck, awning building, and, help oversee at the circuits, compile race reports plus all the other bits here and there. Working at our workshop is not part of the role.
 
Our Senior race team is out 2-3 weekends a month attending regular club meetings and big races, in addition we will compete in Super 1, Euromax and BNL. The selected candidate will be trained to meet our exacting standards in all areas necessary, on an ongoing basis, areas such as karts, data, and, all aspects of managing the team in a way that we find works for us will be explained. Skills needed are honesty, professionalism, confidentiality, flexibility and attention to detail.  We respect our clients and our kit. HGV2 clean and valid licence essential, can be obtained if not held.
 
The pay will reflect the responsibilities and trust required of such a position.  Additionally, a bonus scheme will be available to recognise efforts and achievements above and beyond the basic duties. Please send a CV and reasons why you are the right person for the position to the below email address, all contact will remain private to protect both parties until such time a candidate is successful. Email info@aimmotorsport.com.

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RL Racing Dept   (09/04)

Click for larger image...Click for larger image...RL squad build in stature leading up to S1 opener.
 
RL Racing Department's new look line-up have been putting the hours in prior to the all-important season opener at Rowrah in Cumbria later this month. Each and every one of the team realise the importance of what lays ahead, drivers, team mechanics and team principle - Steve Armstrong, alike. "It's been a period of transition for the guys who've seen a few of the drivers come and go until we've found the right group to move forward with" quoted Team Boss Steve Armstrong.
 
This came to fruition at PFI last weekend with Junior Max representee's William Shaw and Max Bird taking heat wins, fastest laps, Pole Position for the final and eventually P2 ,P4 and fastest lap in the final. Their team mate Rory Hudson took to the circuit after a 3 week break and chipped away at the bumper grid of Mini Max and took P6 at the flag also with fastest lap to boot. Rory fell ill late on Saturday and had to forego the last session losing valuable track time but pulled it together from an outside start for the A Final dropping to 14th at the start and hauling himself back to P6 running out of time to do any damage at the front but signalling a statement of intent that the newly McLaren affiliated driver will be one to be reckoned with during this year's Super One Series.
 
Click for larger image...During the same weekend, the team had been in Belgium contesting the first of the coveted Euro Max Challenge rounds at Genk, team drivers Sandy Mitchell and Luke Knott had driven in Junior and Senior Max respectively and shown strongly but with difficult TQ sessions had to start further down the order than expected. Mitchell did a great job in securing a P15 start for the final after starting every one of his 3 heat 21st. He eventually rose to P4 in the main final before contact meant he'd slip to P10 at the flag. 2 x fastest laps in the heats showed his pace and he'll be one to watch this year.
 
Knott struggled to convert his p7 starts in his heats with a 7th, 9th but then a crash in heat 3 and an exclusion saw him in the repechage and he ran out of time to make the top 6 qualifying slot. Taking the fastest lap only added to the pain for the Bishop Stortford youngster.
 
Next up is Rowrah for the April club Championship round, the O Plate and finally the Super One opener all this month in a row. Watch this space.
 
There are still a limited amount of drives available with RL Racing Department, for info or a quote please contact Steve Armstrong on 07843 586416 or on accounts.rlracingdept@live.co.uk.

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Energy Karts Victorious   Click for larger image...(09/04)

Sam Pollitt Racing take back to back victories with the Energy kart, first at the Three Sisters circuit where they had an impressive 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th in Snr Max with Ben Hingeley, Matthew Lewis, Max Bladon and Zak Morgan who has recently come of his novice plates. Callum Howard had to come from the back of the pack finished an impressive 4th.
 
At PFI we saw the same where Ben Hingeley quickly showed how fast the kart was by being quickest all through testing, and race day was no different starting 28th in the first heat and managing to come through to 3rd with a bent steering column, the second heat saw him start 5th and quickly take the lead and won by some 3.5 seconds. The third heat starting from the back again showed another impressive drive to 3rd which then placed him on pole for the final. Ben led the final from the lights to finish.
 
Click for larger image...Also the team had a driver out in Mini Max, Jnr Max and Honda. Jamie Sharp having his first race at the circuit showed great pace and managed to get himself comfortably into the A final. Again in the final he showed great pace but lack of experience at the track let us down but he still managed a very good 19th. However a huge improvement showing great promise.Click for larger image...
 
In Jnr Max with Lewis Brown we were plagued with engine problems so had to start from last in the A final but he had a great drive to 15th and was only 3 tenths off the pace.
 
Harley Haughton who is still only 8 years old showed great pace in testing but struggled in the racing with the larger grids and more experienced drivers. However a huge improvement for such a young driver.
 
If you're interested in testing an Energy kart or any of the Energy kart range please contact Sam Pollitt on tel: 07545 322272 or email: energykartsuk@btinterent.com.

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KartForce Appeal   Click for larger image...(09/04)

A pair of racing karts modified specially for use by injured troops have been stolen from a locked garage in the Sidcup, Kent area.  These karts had been race prepared for this weekend's European Prokart Endurance Championship round.
 
The team were racing this weekend in the European Prokart Endurance Championship in Middlesbrough - a 6hr race on Sunday - so this has been a real low blow.
 
The Prokarts have hand controls so they can be operated by amputee veterans and were meant to be racing this weekend. The last 4 digits of engine numbers are - 8032 - 8028 - 3776 & 3784.
 
One of the karts was painted in bright yellow with corresponding stickers and the other was orange again with corresponding stickers.
 
Click for larger image...Also stolen from the garage were hand and power tools along with some race kit consisting of an Arai SK5 with Red Bull and Australian flag stickers.
 
Bob Pope, ex-serviceman and owner of Teesside Karting has stepped in and very generously loaned 2 karts for Sunday's race, so the lads will still be racing.
 
The stolen karts need to be replaced before the first race of the 2014 Inter Services Karting Championships on Saturday 26th April and the first 24hr team endurance race of the year, the Isle of Man 24hr on Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th May.
 
Join the community in helping to support our lads and please, if you can, consider making a gift, however small at https://www.justgiving.com/KartForce-Appeal.

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British Gearbox Kart GP   (08/04)

Trent Valley Kart Club proudly announces the arrival of the 2014 MSA British Gearbox (Short Circuit) Kart Grand Prix!

This event will be organised by TVKC but will be held at FULBECK Kart Circuit on 21st & 22nd June 2014.

Entries are now open, so download your entry form and SRs for the event now.

The 2014 MSA British Gearbox (Short Circuit) Kart Grand Prix is open to the following classes: 125 Open, KZ, 210 & 250 National (minimum of 15 entries per class).

The Entry Fee is £115 for the this two day event. Entries will close on Saturday 14th June 2014. Drivers entering this event must have a minimum of a National A License

The format will comprise Timed Qualifying + Heat 1 on Saturday 21st June, followed by Heat 2 + Final on Sunday 22nd June.

There will also be an optional Practice Day on Friday 20th June, organised by LKRC for a cost of £35 per driver.

Evening entertainment will take place on Saturday 21st June so why not stick around!

More details will be released in the coming weeks but if you require any further assistance or have any queries, please contact Danielle Short by emailing compsec@tvkc.co.uk.

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Lydd Summer Championship   (07/04)

Click for larger image...The time has finally come - the Lydd Summer Championship starts this weekend!  The Rotax Masters is starting too, so all you over 30's with karts weighed up to 177kg (including driver) - come and take up the challenge.

Next month (Round 2) will see the start of Subaru mini Championship and all welcome to come along this weekend to practice and race.

Entries are taken up to and including race day, with all normal classes catered for.

Come and join us, one of the best atmospheres in karting, at the biggest & fastest kart circuit in the South East.

To enter call us on 01797 321747 or 01797 321895, or visit our website for more information at www.lyddkartcircuit.com.

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Vroom UK Magazine   (04/04)

Click for larger image...Vroom UK magazine issue 4 is now available to read online and download for your iPad - don't miss it!

Inside you will find...

Your TKM Guide

Rotax Max Beginners Tips
ABkC Steering Group
Big Brother - 2014 Tkm S1 Scholarship
Close Up - Dakton, The new Data Acquisition by OTK
Focus - Cumbria Kart Club
19th Lonato Winter Cup, Italy
5th Rotax Winter Cup, Spain
TVKC Winter Series Rd.3
Shenington Club Meeting
Bayford Meadows Winter Series Rd.3
Track Test - Tyre Pressure With Dr
SOS Kart - Simple Maintenance
Vintage - Race Retro Show 2014
April/May Racing Calendar

...and much more!

So get your hard copy at Dartford Karting, read the digital version now for free on issuu, or download it from pocketmags.com or from the iTunes newsstand at £1.99.

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Wizz Wizz Wizz   (02/04)

The original Zoom Karts team have reformed and are back trading from their premises in Hull as Wizz Karts Ltd., bigger better and faster than before!
 
The company originally re-established as UK Kart Parts in February 2013 but after many months found there was some limited confusion with another company with a very similar name and therefore decided the best way forward was to rename and as such Wizz Karts became live in January 2014.
 
The company has always been at the forefront of quality, service and price and their motto is - fast friendly and reliable for all your kart parts & accessories.
 
Wizz supply all the major brands used in Karting and have a comprehensive web site at www.wizzkarts.com and a national mail-order hotline on 0845 838 2916.
 
Our long standing customers from many years back have welcomed us back because they feel our fast, honest and serious approach to parts supply has been missing in the industry.
 
Please remember our price promise guarantee:- If the exact same product is readily available elsewhere and has been at that price for a minimum of 28 days we will endeavour to at least match it but in most cases beat it.

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Veloce And TAG On Top   (02/04)

Click for larger image...The combination of Tal-Ko's latest Veloce chassis and the TAG TKM engine teamed with driver Simon Vercoe proved dominant at the first round of the Super One national karting championships.

Vercoe set fastest time in qualifying, got a first and second in the heats and then took wins in both finals to head the points table after the first round of Extreme at Shenington. Tom Owen finished second in the finals and on points.

Click for larger image...Meanwhile James Ogden using a TAG engine ended the first round points table in third place, with Joe Forsdyke also on a Veloce kart in fourth place.

So close was the racing that in the second final the first six karts all finished within a second of each other. Said Tal-Ko's Alan Turney "Superb close racing and some great driving. Recent results prove conclusively that the latest spec TAG engine can compete equally and win against the traditional direct drive unit."

In the Junior category again the racing was incredibly close with Kyle Hornby taking both final wins and ending top of the table. Matthew Round-Garrido ended second on points with Arran Mills third.

For more information on the Veloce chassis and TAG TKM engine visit www.tal-ko.com.

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SSM Super One Series   (01/04)

Click for larger image...The eagerly awaited first round of the 2014 British and National kart championships kicked off at the north Oxfordshire circuit of Shenington.  Sadly the Junior series for KF3 was missing, reflecting the general worldwide decline in KF participation.  KZ1 is proving to be a successful and challenging replacement for the senior MSA British Championship, short-circuit's most prestigious title. With a new title sponsor in Stevenage Sheet Metal and other partners banners in evidence the paddock was a colourful place.  The weather gods were kind, warm and sunny the predominant factor.
 
MSA British Cadet Kart Championship for IAME
Two sessions of timed qualifying were required with Zak Robertson and Owen Byatt topping their respective groups, the former faster but not faring so well in the heats.  These were won by Teddy Wilson and twice for Jonny Edgar. After a close fight for the repechage win Joseph Taylor prevailed over Harry Platten with Cadet McQueen and Harry Thompson joining them at the back of the main first final.  But Owen Johnson was excluded for a slipping clutch.   Kiern Jewiss punched ahead of polesitter Jonny Edgar at the start of the first final, the two putting space on their rivals for a few laps.  Unfortunately several drivers crashed at the start, Zak Robertson unable to restart.  Lewis Thompson set about towing his third place battling group up to the leaders, thence shuffling Jewiss back to third.  Jewiss recovered to second then on the last lap sliced underneath Thompson whilst Edgar was elbowed wide at the first hairpin, dropping to fifth as Joe Turney and Alex McDade took advantage of Thompson running wide.  Jewiss was initially blamed but after an appeal to the stewards was re-instated to the win.Click for larger image...
 
A red flag stopped the second final on the first lap to attend to Harry Thompson who crashed at the second turn.  He was ok but not allowed to restart where Jewiss and Edgar traded the lead until Tom Wood stormed up from tenth to displace both.  Turney and McDade followed but on the last lap a re-shuffle at the first hairpin saw Edgar back to second with Wood hanging on for the win despite lots of pressure. They pulled clear of Turney, McDade and Dexter Patterson with Robertson making good his recovery drive. Jewiss was the big loser on the last lap and had to settle for a disappointing ninth. "We had a bit of power trouble in the first one, so I knew I had to try my best in the second," said Wood.

Final 1: 1 Kiern Jewiss (Next Generation/Zip) 19 laps in 16m 14.54s, 2 Joe Turney (Next Generation/Zip) +0.11s, 3 Alex McDade (Zip) +0.23s, 4 Lewis Thompson (Zip) +0.46s, 5 Jonny Edgar (Fusion Motorsport/Synergy) +0.57
Final 2: 1 Tom Wood (AIM Motorsport/Zip) 19 laps in 16m 14.35s, 2 Jonny Edgar (Fusion Motorsport/Synergy) +0.05s, 3 Joe Turney (Next Generation/Zip) +1.56s, 4 Alex McDade (Zip) +1.66s, 5 Dexter Pastterson (AIM Motorsport/Zip) +1.70s
 
Click for larger image...MSA British Kart Championship
Scott Allen was rewarded with a fastest timed qualifying lap and a dominant meeting after all his hard work developing and manufacturing a new Jade chassis for the series. Richard Palmer was on his tail throughout, sometimes ahead as happened in the second heat.  Jamie Garvie was excluded from that heat for having a spark plug not to the regulations. An excellent start for Allen had him fending off Palmer throughout the race.  The 2012 Under 18 World Champion Henry Easthope was hanging on for much of the way, dropping back a little at the end, whilst Ryan Sharp leapfrogged Dan Kelly for fourth. The multi-talented former GP2, WTCC and FIA GT racer Scotsman Ryan Sharp and now a director of Hitech is back in karts.  "The kart was easier to drive in the final after I made some adjustments, but the race seemed to go on forever," said Allen.  Palmer added: "I'd just got onto Scott's bumper when I made a mistake and lost two kart lengths." Unfortunately the KGP convert Denis Gorman's kart was found to be underweight. Palmer had the jump on Allen at the start of the second final, and it took a few laps before Allen found a gap.  Braking from 90mph into the first hairpin, Palmer locked up his brakes just slightly which was all Allen needed to arrow into the lead.  When Jamie Garvie put pressure on Palmer, Allen could cruise home with Easthope in fourth.

Final 1: 1 Scott Allen (Jade/Vortex) 21 laps in 16m 7.56s, 2 Richard Palmer (MK Racing Tonykart/Vortex) +0.37s, 3 Henry Easthope (Taylor Motorsport Sodi/TM) +2.14s, 4 Ryan Sharp (Tonykart/TM) +6.67s, 5 Dan Kelly (AFM Energy/TM) +7.07s
Final 2: 1 Scott Allen 21 laps in 16m 8.15s, 2 Richard Palmer +0.38s, 3 Jamie Garvie (Taylor Motorsport Sodi/TM) +0.65s, 4 Henry Easthope +1.19s, 5 Dan Kelly +5.16s
 
ABkC National Championship for Junior TKM
Click for larger image...Despite only making sixth place in timed qualifying Kyle Hornby dialled in his kart for a dominant performance in the finals.  It was Arran Mills taking heat pole from Dino Lee and Cameron Fisher, Hornby and Lee sharing the heat wins. Alex Forward was tapped going into turn two putting him wide and gifting Matthew Round-Garrido a bit of a gap.  Dino Lee was quickly on his bumper to nip past at the chicane, then shuffled back in favour of Hornby leading over Mills.  As Mills fell to fourth, then hammered back to lead, Hornby displaced him once more.  A gap appeared between Hornby and the huge second place battle, led alternately by Matthew Graham and finally Mills. Round- Garrido defended strongly over the last couple of laps forming a massive queue, Fisher and Graham unable to see an opening. "Aaran was catching me on the last lap but I didn't have too much trouble," opined Hornby. In the second final Hornby was elbowed aside at the first hairpin and he fell to fourth as first Mills then Round-Garrido went ahead. Fisher also lost places as the top trio of Round-Garrido, Hornby and Mills traded the lead. Mills started defending early, allowing the next group to catch up and eventually Hornby found a gap with Round-Garrido second, Anderson Chilcott up to third and Mills fourth.

Final 1: 1 Kyle Hornby (DSG Motorsport) 21 laps in 15m 47.01s, 2 Arran Mills (Lichfield Motorsport Tonykart) +0.14s, 3 Matthew Round-Garrido (Tonykart) +3.01s, 4 Cameron Fisher (Lichfield Motorsport Tonykart) +3.16s, 5 Matthew Graham (Jade) +3.27s
Final 2: 1 Kyle Hornby 21 laps in 15m 49.70s, 2 Matthew Round-Garrido +0.07s, 3 Anderson Chilcott (Jade) +0.22s, 4 Arran Mills +0.43s, 5 Cameron Fisher
 
Click for larger image...ABKC National Championship for TKM Extreme
The newly revamped TAG version of the TKM engine proved to be the dominant motor of choice in the hands of Simon Vercoe, as he was fastest in qualifying over Tom Owen. James Ogden, also on a TAG version, won the second heat otherwise the day was all about Vercoe's wins. TKM Scholarship driver Matt England was excluded from the second heat for driving standards.  Although Vercoe had led the pack away in the first final, Owen put him down to third and traded the lead with Ogden. Gradually Vercoe narrowed the gap, as Ogden re-took the lead and Vercoe took Owen. As Vercoe eventually prevailed over Ogden, Owen recovered to second and Ogden was left defending his third place over Joe Forsdyke. "I thought I had screwed up at the start with an engines problem that messed me up for a few laps, then it took ages to get back to the front," explained Vercoe.  Yet again Vercoe fell from his initial first in the second final, but quickly recovered past Owen for second only to fall back once more as an attempt on Ogden was rebuffed. Forsdyke's lead was short lived, usurped by Paul Monks but Vercoe was clawing back the lost time. Monks had forged into the lead, Vercoe leapfrogged Forsdyke then took the lead at the chicane.  Defending for the last two laps he earned a warning but survived for his second win over Owen, Monks and Forsdyke.

Final 1: 1 Simon Vercoe (Tal-Ko Racing) 22 laps in 16m 29.74s, 2 Tom Owen (Jade) _0.07s, 3 James Ogden (Klaassen Motorsport Tonykart) +1.08s, 4 Joe Forsdyke (Tal-Ko Racing) +1.12s, 5 Josh Waring (ARC) +3.86s
Final 2: 1 Simon Vercoe 22 laps in 16m 31.47s, 2 Tom Owen +0.06s, 3 Paul Monks (Tonykart) +0.37s, 4 Joe Forsdyke +0.43s, 5 James Ogden +0.64s
 
Formula KGP National Championship
Click for larger image...A highly talented but disappointingly smaller grid than last year had the new PF International star and Rotax Grand Finals champion Oliver Hodgson on the heat pole after timed qualifying, over his team mate Mark Litchfield. And that was how they finished both heats.  For the first final as Hodgson opened a massive lead the opportunist Bobby Game sliced down inside Litchfield at the last hairpin for second.  It was short-lived as Litchfield took the place back which let Daniel Baybutt follow.  Game struck back, Baybutt falling to sixth eventually clawing back to fourth.  "It's all about how much tyre life we have left for the second final, we'll just have to see," said Hodgson.  An untroubled lights to chequer race was Hodgson's answer, this time Game pipped Litchfield at the start, but only until the end of the second lap. Baybutt was unlucky to have a blown engine when running fifth.  Re-grouping, Game attacked again, re-taking second until the last lap when Litchfield again found a small gap at the last hairpin for what would turn out to be the winning move. Hodgson's engine port heights were found to be out of tolerance so he was excluded from the meeting. That elevated Dan Stocks and Matt Davies to third and fourth.

Final 1: 1 Mark Litchfield (PFI Kosmic) 23 laps in 16m 2.4s, 2 Bobby Game (Team O'Neil Alonso) +1.43s, 3 Daniel Baybutt (Jade Karts) +2.7s, 4 Matt Davies (Tonykart) +3.55s, 5 Stephen Letts (SL Racing Tonykart) +6.65s
Final 2: 1 Mark Litchfield 23 laps in 16m 4.5s, 2 Bobby Game +0.13s, 3 Dan Stocks (Litchfield Motorsport Tonykart) +7.66s, 4 Matt Davies +7.85s, 5 Matt Gilliland (Alonso) +11.16s

The first round of the Rotax Series is at Rowrah on 26/27 April, and the next MSA/TKM Series round is also at Rowrah on 3/4 May.  For more information visit http://superoneseries.com.


Photographs courtesy of Chris Walker/Kartpix.net.

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MSA Championships Update   (31/03)

Round 1 of the MSA British Kart Championship and British Cadet Kart Championship took place at Shenington on 30th March.

Scott Allen dominated the season-opener to storm into the championship lead with a pair of victories.

Topping timed qualifying and winning a heat put Allen on pole position for the first final, in which he fended off Richard Palmer throughout the 21 laps. "The kart was easier to drive in the final after I made some adjustments, but the race seemed to go on forever," said Allen.

Palmer jumped past Allen at the start of the second final and it took a few laps before the latter found a gap to re-pass. Braking from 90mph into the first hairpin, Palmer locked up his brakes just slightly, which was all Allen needed to arrow into the lead. When Jamie Garvie put pressure on Palmer, Allen could cruise home with Easthope in fourth.

Results - Final 1
1 Scott Allen (Jade/Vortex) 21 laps in 16m7.56s
2 Richard Palmer (MK Racing Tonykart/Vortex) +0.37s
3 Henry Easthope (Taylor Motorsport Sodi/TM) +2.14s

Results - Final 2
1 Scott Allen 21 laps in 16m8.15s
2 Richard Palmer +0.38s
3 Jamie Garvie (Taylor Motorsport Sodi/TM) +0.65s

In the Cadet Kart Championship, Kiern Jewiss and Tom Wood shared the victories in the opening round at Shenington, but Jonny Edgar left with the championship lead.

Jewiss punched ahead of polesitter Edgar at the start of the first final but was soon shuffled back to third. He recovered to second, then on the last lap sliced underneath leader Lewis Thompson to win.

In an exciting second final Jewiss and Edgar traded the lead until Wood stormed up from tenth. Wood hung on despite pressure from Edgar, while Jewiss had to settle for a disappointing ninth. "We had a bit of power trouble in the first one, so I knew I had to try my best in the second," said Wood.

Results - Final 1
1 Kiern Jewiss (Next Generation/Zip) 19 laps in 16m14.54s
2 Joe Turney (Next Generation/Zip) +0.11s
3 Alex McDade (Zip) +0.23s

Results - Final 2
1 Tom Wood (AIM Motorsport/Zip) 19 laps in 16m14.35s
2 Jonny Edgar (Fusion Motorsport/Synergy) +0.05s
3 Joe Turney (Next Generation/Zip) +1.56s

Photographs courtesy of Chris Walker/Kartpix.net.

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Milestone Motorsport   (28/03)

Click for larger image...After a great start to the 2014 season, Milestone Motorsport are now looking for drivers to fill limited spaces available in Honda Cadet and all Rotax classes.

The team will be contesting all Super One rounds and warm up rounds, as well as the club meetings at PFI, Whilton Mill and Shenington.

For more information on joining the team call 07770 921479, 07974 009577 (Ryan) or 07854 102700 (Matt).
 
You can also visit our website at www.milestone-motorsport.co.uk or email milestonemotorsport@yahoo.co.uk.

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KFJ And Comer Cadet Champs   (27/03)

Super One regrets to announce the cancellation of this year's KFJ and Comer Cadet MSA Championships.
 
It is with great regret that the Super One Series promoters have announced that there have not been sufficient entries in this year's KFJ MSA Junior British Kart Championship for it to proceed as planned. The promoters, in conjunction with the MSA, have done their utmost to reduce the costs of racing by offering a pooled engine supply for a level playing field, yet this has not resulted in enough entries.
 
Promoter John Hoyle said: "We realise that this will be a great disappointment to the competitors who have supported the class, and apologise for the late announcement. We waited until the very last moment to make a decision in the hope the class could be sustained. Of course any payments made to the Super One will be refunded to those competitors, or alternatively we will facilitate a transfer to another class."
 
Rob Jones, MSA Chief Executive, said: "Unfortunately this reflects a general worldwide decline in participation within the KF Classes. The MSA is in dialogue with the CIK regarding the future of CIK homologated engines with new proposals due to be homologated for 2016. Once the MSA has further details we will ensure to keep everyone informed."
 
Owing to the number of competitors transferring from the Comer Cadet Class to alternate Cadet Classes, such as MSA IAME Cadet, there will not be an MSA National Comer Cadet Kart Championship in 2014.
 
The MSA British Kart Championship commences this weekend at Shenington near Banbury, with a healthy entry for the 90mph KZ gearbox karts alongside the MSA British Cadet Championship for 9 to 13 year olds.  Spectator entry is £5 per car, racing commences on Saturday afternoon and then all day Sunday.

For more information on the Super One Series, visit http://superoneseries.com.

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Martin And York Nominated   (25/03)

The Motor Sports Association (MSA) has selected top British karters Ross Martin and Oliver York to be the UK's representatives in the prestigious three-round 2014 CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy.

Each year, the CIK-FIA invites nominations from national governing bodies for drivers to contest the Academy Trophy, a world championship for 13- to 15-year-olds, staged over three events: Genk, Belgium (15 June); Wackersdorf, Germany (13 July); and Sarno, Italy (12 October).

The MSA pays all entry and registration fees and the organisers provide identical equipment to all competitors, ensuring a level playing field for all drivers.

Martin, aged 14 from Dunbartonshire in Scotland, finished fourth overall in the 2013 MSA British Junior Kart Championship. He previously enjoyed success in the cadet class, finishing sixth overall and top independent runner in the 2012 MSA British Cadet Kart Championship.

Martin said: "I feel very honoured and proud to have been nominated by the MSA and I really appreciate being given this opportunity. As a family we have worked hard over the last four years competing against, and sometimes finishing ahead of, drivers with bigger budgets, so to be recognised for this is amazing! Last year I stepped up from cadets to KFJ and I had some good results, twice getting on the podium and causing a few upsets. I feel confident I can do the same in Europe and prove to the MSA they have made the right choice."

York, aged 12 from Woking in Surrey, is the reigning MSA British Cadet Kart Champion and MSA National Comer Cadet Kart Champion. This year is his first season in full-sized karts and he has already contested the Junior Max Winter Cup in Spain, finishing eighth out of 52 international entries.

York said: "I am really proud to have been nominated by the MSA to represent the UK in the CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy. To find out that I had been put forward for the selection process was amazing, so to actually be chosen to race for my country is a real privilege. I am looking forward to the first round and will be training very hard in preparation."

As part of its commitment to helping young karting talent, the MSA takes the CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy very seriously. The MSA's support includes the payment of all entry fees and registration costs on behalf of the two drivers and extends to a pre-championship preparation session with recognised coaches and former Academy Trophy competitors.

Rob Jones, MSA Chief Executive, said: "The CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy offers a great opportunity for promising young British karters to showcase their talent on the international stage. We are delighted to have nominated Ross and Oliver, who have both demonstrated outstanding commitment and ability on the UK karting circuit. The MSA recognises the importance of these initiatives and is pleased to support our nominees, both financially and through the MSA Academy coaches who will work with the drivers in preparation for the championship."

The CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy first ran in 2010. In 2011 the MSA's UK nomination, Ben Barnicoat, finished second overall. Meanwhile the UK's 2012 representative, George Russell, won the championship's opening race in Portugal from pole position.

Photographs courtesy of Chris Walker/Kartpix.net.

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It Could Be You...   (24/03)

The hunt for the UK's hottest undiscovered racing talent has begun, with wannabe racing drivers embarking on want2race; a competition backed by Ginetta Cars and run in partnership with Karting and Track Driver Magazines.
 
With a £6,000 Ginetta prize package on offer, the competition offers one of the most exciting prizes in motorsport, which includes the loan of a Ginetta GT5 Challenge car for a race weekend weekend, entry into the Donington Park round of the Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge, as well as your own helmet, race suit, boots, insurance, fuel, testing, race tyres and full support and driver coaching.
 
Click for larger image...Lawrence Tomlinson, Ginetta Chairman said; "Last year's want2race competition was a huge success, and we're delighted to be involved once again. want2race is the perfect platform for adult drivers up and down the country to compete for a chance to race within a high-profile championship. Not only that, but it is a great way to experience a Ginetta race car on a circuit at an affordable cost."
 
The challenge begins with a qualifying round at drivers' local go-karting tracks, check out your local indoor or outdoor circuit to find out if they are a part of the scheme, which include some of the most prestigious circuits in the UK, such as Buckmore Park, Daytona Motorsports, PPiK and Karting North East.
 
Jim Graham, Daytona Motorsport's Marketing Director said; "Daytona Motorsport are delighted to be hosting qualifying rounds of the Want2Race Competition. The chance to win a Ginetta Race Package is a great opportunity for aspiring racing drivers. We look forward to welcoming those drivers to our circuits for their qualifying sessions and wish all entrants the best of luck."
 
There are 16 want2race qualifying kart circuits available for entrants to select, with drivers being put into categories and assessed at the circuit. Marcia Child, Buckmore Park Sales Director said: "For decades Buckmore Park Karting has been producing world beating champions. We are therefore delighted to be associated with Want2Race and the superb opportunity they are offering to kart drivers to make the move to car racing."
 
Ginetta GT5 Challenge race cars await the top qualifying drivers from each kart circuit, with those who make the grade - with age, experience, weight & weather conditions all accounted for - invited to join the team on track for a test day with one-to-one tuition in the car alongside Ginetta and BTCC racing drivers.
 
The top 30 drivers will be invited to return for the want2race final, an event that is free of charge and pushes candidates further as they get nearer to the drive package of their dreams. A previous competitor, Munir Choudhury, comments on his experience; "Want2race was the highlight of my year with generous seat time in the thoroughbred G40 race car and invaluable tuition from multiple British racing champions. There really aren't any other experiences in the UK quite like it. I'm very grateful to all involved and I've already signed up for 2014!"
 
Want2race organiser, Ben Hyland explains; "Our aim is for all drivers to experience something totally unique, learn new techniques and driving skills, but above all to have lots of fun! Last year we saw huge potential in many drivers from all kinds of backgrounds and experience levels. Of course winning that amazing Ginetta prize package is fantastic, but getting there and being part of it makes the whole want2race experience so special."
 
Want2race has now transformed three novice drivers into bonafide racing car drivers, all competing in at least one MSA competitive event, and all finishing in the top 10 on their very first competitive race weekend.
 
Drivers wishing to find out more or register for this year's competition can do so by visiting www.want2race.co.uk.

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Running At Full Throttle   (21/03)

EPEC:
Outstanding success!  37 starters for the 1st round at Whilton Mill on the 2nd March.  27 of these being the new Honda 200cc Extremes.  EPEC are pleased to announce we are now taking bookings for our European round at Eindhoven on July 5th and 6th, with drivers joining us from Belgium, Holland, Isle of Man this should prove to be a wonderful multi National event.  Owner drivers are £1500 and hire karts, special offer, £1750 including all technical services, fuel and race entry.  Please visit our website www.teessidekarting.co.uk for more details.
 
EKL:
34 teams competing in round 1 at Whilton Mill on the 1st March from across the country representing their town, cities and kart circuits launched this year's league in great style with no less than 8 teams sharing 1st place throughout the day.  But with last year's champions still on form victory went to Titan yet again.  Round 2 takes place at Teesside Karting on 12th April.  With this year's league now running at full capacity a 2nd division will be launched for 2015 along with our Junior league.  We are currently looking for new partners to join us in the Junior League which will be run on a regional basis with six circuits being selected to host this league.  If you have any interest in joining us for this exciting opportunity please email Bob Pope at admin@teessidekarting.co.uk.
 
Womans League:
The womens league is go! Launched at Whilton Mill on the 1st March.  Six teams of women competed alongside their male counterparts. They held their own in this competitive sport. We are looking forward to welcoming more women's teams in the future. If you are interested in joining us please give Kat a call on 07523082977

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Strawberry's Big Name Signings   (20/03)

Click for larger image...Strawberry Racing will field 18 drivers in British and European competitions this season, with five Rotax champions amongst them.  
 
Renowned for its ability to both discover and develop exciting young talents, the Sheffield-based outfit has added title-winning experience to its already impressive roster with the capture of Sean Babington and Oliver York's signatures.
 
Former Euro Max and double Super One champion Babington joins Swedish star Andreas Backman to spearhead the works Tony Kart team's Rotax DD2 ambitions. After a successful opening race in Campillos, where the pair finished 1st and 3rd, Sean, Andreas and their team are hoping for more success at the opening Euro Max round in Genk next month (2-6 April). Click for larger image...
 
"It's long been an open secret that Paul (Spencer, owner of Strawberry Racing) and I are huge fans of Sean's. He's been the man to beat in the last few years, but Andreas has also shown that he has latent speed. We hope the pair will quickly form a strong partnership and that working together can help them both", says Strawberry Team Manager Warwick Ringham.
 
Click for larger image...After his Rotax Winter Cup victory, former British and vice-European champion Joe Reilly has been persuaded to return to full-time karting. He is joined in Senior by the exciting talent of China's Guan Yu Zhou, who steps up from the Junior ranks after winning the Super One and Euro Max titles last year.
 
Jai Niijar and Jessica Backman also return to build on their solid performances throughout 2013 and in the opening phases of the 2014 campaign. They are joined for the new season by the promising Brett Ward, plus Ireland's Gary Donnelly and Jack Constable.
 
Six drivers will vie for supremacy in Junior. Fresh from taking 1st and 3rd in February's Winter Cup at Campillos, Juri Vips and Darren Keane will have their tails up ahead of the start of the season proper. Omar Ismail, Jack Martin and Finlay Hutchison have also run well in pre-season testing and club events, so will be well worth keeping an eye on as the year unfolds.
 
Click for larger image...After concluding his hugely successful Cadet career, the highly-rated Oliver York arrives in Mini Max for the first time and will be one of the fancied runners for the UK Super One title. Similarly, Dean MacDonald has also brought a big reputation with him for his first season with the reigning British and European champions. The duo will also tackle the Junior Euro Max Challenge.
 
Click for larger image...Axel Charpentier will add Gallic flair to Britain's tracks in his maiden S1 season, whilst Jack Young begins his sophomore year in Mini looking to benefit from his new team's legacy of success.
 
"This is one of the largest teams we've ever fielded," says Ringham. "Like a top-flight Premier or Champion's League football club we've brought in proven race winners and champions to support the younger, less-experienced guys. It's going to be exciting to see how they all perform, especially as Rotax is so, so competitive now. However, the Tony Kart EVK chassis is fantastic and works extremely well with our Cream-prepared engines, so we have high hopes for 2014."

For more information on Strawberry Racing visit www.strawberryracing.co.uk.

Photographs courtesy of Bas Kaligis.

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Next Race Meeting   (19/03)

SYKC will host the second round of the TKM Northern Championship at their next race meeting on Sunday 13th April.

During 2014 we would like to see the Honda's and TKM's return for the season and after an excellent meeting with the Bambinos last month we will definitely be running Bambinos throughout the year, prizes will be given at the annual presentation for Bambinos that join the club and accumulate points according to their times.

Thank you to everyone that supports SYKC, we appreciate your help.

KartParts continue to support the club at every meeting, donating prizes for the Cadet Prize draw. On entering the meeting Cadets are included in the draw.

Strawberry Racing provide tyres for the members prize draw that race in Mini, Junior, Senior Rotax as well as vouchers for the annual prize draw to the value of £4500.

The Championship winner in the X30 will receive a paid entry into the World Finals, courtesy of James Mills, JM Engineering.

All information and documents can be downloaded from www.southyorkshirekartclub.co.uk or email dbaines20@hotmail.co.uk.

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RL's New Look Squad   (18/03)

Click for larger image...RL's new look squad show speed and strength leading up to Super One opener.
 
RL Racing Department have gone through a period of transition over the past month with new drivers joining and a re structure of their 2014 line up is in process.
 
The PFI based team's junior line up looks set to be one of the strongest in the paddock with the likes of Sandy Mitchell, Will Shaw, Lucy Fulton & new signing Max Bird all showing great pace over the recent outings in February and March. Rory Hudson, for now, is the squad's sole Mini Max representee and has been showing great progress not so much in raw results but on the areas he needs to improve to make a serious attack on this year's Super 1 Series.
 
Click for larger image...Preparation for the upcoming Super One Series opener is key for the team and they've been using the weekends wisely for this purpose, a lot of mid-week engine/ ancillary preparation has been a priority, so when they arrive at Rowrah in April for the O Plate and then S1 round 1 team principle Steve Armstrong feels confident in the team to deliver.
 
There are openings for Mini Max primarily (2 spaces), Junior Max (1 space) and Senior Max (2 spaces). These will be dealt with on a first come first served basis. Packages from simply awning space all the way through to complete arrive and drive are available and can be tailored to suit. Contact us for a quote, you might be surprised!
 
Contact Steve Armstrong by email to accounts.rlracingdept@live.co.uk or mobile - +44 7843 586416.

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Eclipse Motorsport   (18/03)

Eclipse Motorsport set a great pace at Shenington in last weekend's meeting ahead of the Super One MSA Series with their new and returning drivers.
 
Alex McDade finishing 2nd in the main final after a last lap battle for the lead, also smashing the lap record. While team mate, and Birel factory driver Ethan Hawkey finished a credible 6th after starting from the back of the grid due to a mechanical issue in the first heat.
 
Eclipse still have limited space available, on various support packages for the Super One and Little Green Man Series.
 
For more information about Eclipse Motorsport or to test the Birel C28 Cadet Chassis please contact Ollie Hrycak on 07969 387099 or email ollie@eclipsemotorsport.co.uk.

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Rotax Academy   (17/03)

Yes, this fabulous initiative from the Super One organisation and JAG, the Rotax distributors, kicks off at Shenington in less than two weeks!

There has been a common misunderstanding that the Academy is in fact part of the Rotax/Honda Series that begins at the end of April, and for this reason many people have been understandably slow to put in their entries.

The Academy is a great concept that really helps to make the entry into National level racing affordable for those looking to stretch their abilities to race at a higher level. The engines are all identically prepared new units that have been dyno tested for equality, as have the carburettors and exhaust systems.

It is still possible to place an entry as a Guest or indeed to sign up for the series - entries are still open!

The first race for this concept was held at the PFI round of the MSA series last year and was very well received, all competitors were very complimentary about the similarity of the engines performance and typically, there were no reliability issues.

All competitors need to do is arrive with their kart, wheels and trolley. The engine with all its accessories, tyres, fuel oil and entry are covered by the one fee.

To enter visit http://superoneseries.com/.

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IKR South Wales Race   (14/03)

South Wales Karting Centre are pleased to announce the inaugural IKR (non-MSA) South Wales Race at Llandow on the 23rd March.
 
We are intending the meeting to be a departure from the more serious MSA style of racing and are aiming to put the long lost 'fun' element back into karting.
 
Classes will be available for almost all karts and motors providing they meet the spirit of the basic class regulations. At present we envisage classes for Cadet, Prokart, Junior Direct Drive, Junior 125 Open, Senior Direct Drive and Senior 125 open.
 
Entry fee will be £40 per driver and practice will be available from 1pm - 6pm on Saturday 22nd March for the special rate of £20/kart.
 
Llandow circuit is Wales premier kart circuit location only 20 miles west of Cardiff, off junction 35 of the M4.
 
The meeting will run subject to minimum class sizes and a minimum total entry of 50. For further information please email ikrsouthwales@gmail.com for a copy of the regulations or telephone the office on 01446 795568.

For more information please visit www.southwalesikr.co.uk.

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Super One Guest Drives   (13/03)

With the first round of the British and National Championships coming up in a couple of weeks at Shenington there are some great opportunities for guest drives available.

British Championship IAME Cadet or KZ1, KGP PRO, TKM Extreme, Junior TKM or Junior Max Rotax Academy - just take your pick. Guests do not need to pay the registration fee unless they participate in a further round, and then their guest points will be added into their total.  All that is needed is to complete the entry form, tyre and fuel order form and send them off.  For the Junior Max Rotax Academy there is a single fee covering all of the above plus the use of a fully checked out engine, including full support on such as gearing and jetting from JAG's George Robinson for only one payment of £850. All you need to do is supply a kart, engine mount and wheels.
 
The first round of the MSA/TKM Super One Series is at Shenington near Banbury, Oxfordshire on 29/30 March with optional practice on 28 March at a cost of just £45. Just go to the Super One website http://superoneseries.com then to Contact/Forms and Downloads for all the necessary information, regulations, entry and order forms. Why not give it a go by racing with the best drivers, or with the Academy on a completely level playing field for once.

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Josh O'Malley Memorial Cup   (13/03)

Click for larger image...The next round of the HKC championship on April 6th at Rye House will be run as the Josh O'Malley Memorial Cup, for the third year, as a celebration of a young charismatic driver whose time was cut short at the age of just twenty eight.
 
Josh had been diagnosed with neuroblastoma at the age of four and given only six months to live, and it is a tribute to his spirit that he fought through the setbacks and considerable pain to go on to win the National Kart Racing Champion at the age of twenty one.
 
He was involved in many aspects of Rye House and his memorial at the track is kept alive by Kevin and Gill, his parents, and the event will be run under his motto of "Live life to the full".
 
Special trophies have been donated by Tony Jupp, whose son Connor raced frequently at the circuit, and additional prizes will be awarded to the winners in his memory.

The event is open to all MSA licence holders and you are invited to join many of his grid mates, juniors and cadets who continue his traditions and we look forward to seeing you all in April.

Entry forms can be found here.

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Zip South West   (12/03)

Zip Kart are pleased to announce that they will be working together in 2014 with Jon Moir, formally of Edge motorsport, in a move that will see the Zip South West name return to the circuits in that area.

The team will be in attendance at Dunkeswell, Clay Pigeon and Rissington's monthly club meetings, offering advice and technical support to drivers in the new Bambino class, Honda, and IAME Cadet classes, and also offer drivers the chance to move into Rotax or IAME X30 with ART Karts.

Zip South West will offer a direct link to the Zip Kart factory at Silverstone and also many of the top cadet teams using Zip products, with access to the latest updates and advice for customers. Zip South West have a new race vehicle and team awning that will carry spares for Zip and ART  karts and offer awning space at club meetings for the circuits above.

Zip South West's Jon Moir commented "Having raced Zip Karts in a number of classes over the years its great to be back, we have already had a lot of interest from drivers especially in the Honda and IAME cadet class in which we know the Zip is very competitive so I cant wait to start!"

Zip Kart's Commercial Manager Dan Parker added "We are delighted to have the Zip South west name back . We are looking forward to working with Jon and the Zip South West team again. The new venture will enable customers in the south west access to Zip Kart products and also a first class support package for drivers and teams in this area.We are seeing a huge interest in many of our products and we were looking for a partner in this geographical area to grow the Zip brand, and because of the history between Zip Kart and Jon it was a natural choice."

For more information on on Zip South West or to arrange a test on any Zip product then please contact Jon on 07967 671740 or email jnthn8@aol.com.

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Online Entry Now Open   (11/03)

Online entry is now open for Round 2 at Clay Pigeon Kart Club in Dorset on April 13th.

Jo Martin, Competition Secretary at CPKC said "We will be hosting the Formula Blue 'O' Plate race during this meeting so it will be a busy one again. Let's hope the weather behaves and gives us a treat like the recent Round 1 weekend. We have even had several reports of sunburn... unheard of at Clay in March!
 
Everyone should now able to enter and pay online in advance, even the visiting Blues. If not, please send a cheque to JO Martin with a written entry form or drop cash into the office at the circuit if you're practicing anytime. It would be a huge favour as there was hardly any time for Jo to watch the racing on Sunday!
 
Also, please make sure you observe the Novice box by answering yes or no. Not only does it affect your entry price but also the grids, as a few of you discovered on Sunday. Only you know when you're due to come off novice plates. Work is in hand to try and alter your places gained/lost results as the computer has classed a few of you as starting in the mix rather than at the back as a novice.
 
We would like to say a huge thank-you to everyone that has sent in messages of support for all of us working at Clay, we really appreciate being appreciated! It's great to have the feedback (whether good or bad) and your smiling faces are a bonus to us all.
 
A walkie-talkie was issued fpr the first time and lots of chatter was heard about the cadet and junior classes starting off rather exuberantly - not the words the marshals used!. Please pay attention at drivers' briefing and adhere to the flags and hand signals. Being the first one to hit the tyre wall isn't the aim of the game, and it's definitely not banger racing! Ok, lecture over from Big Momma, you won't get one from me very often, that's a promise.
 
We have just had an enquiry from a Taunton radio station wanting to do an interview about Clay. Hopefully we can arrange to have them down on race day to catch as many of you chatterboxes as possible. The aim is to encourage more children/families into local sporting events. You will also be able to leave your contact details for the possibility of a future live interview on the radio. If you want bigger grids we need you to help us spread the word. More details on this to follow. See you all again soon, Jo."

Contact details and further information on the club can be found at www.claypigeonkartclub.com.

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DKRC Choose Alpha Timing   (10/03)

Click for larger image...Dunkeswell Kart Club are the latest in a series of kart clubs to recently choose Alpha Timing as their official timing supplier.
 
Citing numerous advantages over the competition such as the fully integrated online registration system, ease of use, beautiful live timing and most importantly the lack of a requirement to needlessly change transponder, Jim Bee from Dunkeswell Kart Club reported that they are delighted with their decision:
 
"It was obvious to us as a club that our current timing system was life expired and after looking at the options available, it was the Alpha Timing solution that offered the club and, more importantly, our members the best value for money. The functionality that the system offers, as well as the ease of use were key factors in our decision to go with Alpha Timing.
 
Click for larger image...One of the things that has impressed us the most is the positive attitude of the Alpha Timing team who have been superb throughout the transition to the new system. Their rapid response to questions and "can do" attitude has been outstanding and the trackside support whilst our teams get up to speed has confirmed that we made the right decision to go with them"
 
Njal Lovell, circuit manager at Mansell Raceway where Dunkeswell Kart Club is based, has also been impressed with the Alpha Timing software and is looking forward to using the new timing system with their corporate customers.
 
"It was a no brainer for us to choose Alpha Timing. The software is robust, easy to use, has all the features we want and is expertly supported. We are very much looking forward to providing our customers with an improved level of information over our old system. We have also seen some of the developments that Alpha are bringing along and are very excited about the future."
 
For more information about Alpha Timing head to www.alphatiming.co.uk, call 01793 979 973 or email info@alphatiming.co.uk.

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Calling IAME & Minimax Drivers   (10/03)

If you are an IAME Cadet or Minimax driver and you haven't raced at Dunkeswell this year then you could benefit from a half price race entry for Round 2 on the 30th March.

Enter online, pay the full race fee and you will be refunded half your race entry after the meeting.

So for £30 you could experience some of the closest and most competitive racing the South West has to offer!

For more details or to enter online visit www.dunkeswellkartclub.co.uk.

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The Yorkshire Racing Academy   (07/03)

The Yorkshire Racing Academy has been formed with the ever increasing difficulty of finding sponsorship to race and the ever increasing costs of the sport.  The Academy will be for male and female competitors aged 15 years or above and that reside in Yorkshire. 
 
The Academy will be run and organised by ex-British Formula Ford team 23 Racing, the Academy will take two of its drivers in to the Northern Karting Federation Championship.
 
The Academy can be found on its official Facebook page www.facebook.com/yorkshireracingacademy2014 where all the details, entry forms can be found or download the flyer for information.  Contact details can be found on the Facebook page, our contact number is 0844 8129690. 
 
The Academy will run over three rounds and you will be judged on all aspects that a modern day racing driver needs such as interview skills/techniques, fitness and driving ability.
 
The Northern Karting Federation is a very popular Championship that races at some of the UK's top karting tracks. Subject to terms and conditions one of the Academy drivers will get the opportunity to test and race the teams Formula Ford later in the year.

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MSA Award IAME Scholarships   (07/03)

The Motor Sports Association (MSA) has selected the four kart clubs that will receive a brand new IAME-engined 'scholarship' cadet kart in 2014.
 
In December, kart clubs were requested to submit proposals detailing how they would use the karts and the MSA received a total of eight applications from across the country. After careful consideration of each of the submissions, the panel selected Clay Pigeon Kart Club, Dunkeswell Kart Racing Club, Manchester and Buxton Kart Club and North of Ireland Karting Association to receive the karts.
 
The karts form part of the promotional package negotiated by the MSA with engine supplier IAME during the tender process to supply engines for the MSA British Cadet Kart championship. The IAME engine made a stunning impact on cadet karting in 2013, creating close-fought racing and significantly reducing the disparity between engines.
 
The karts will now create a fantastic opportunity for novice karters within the four clubs and the MSA will conduct a similar selection process later this year to identify a further four clubs to join the scholarship programme.
 
Rob Jones, MSA Chief Executive said: "This exciting award is about more than just putting a scholarship kart in the hands of four deserving youngsters for the forthcoming season. It is a great demonstration of the MSA's support of club karting and our determination to provide initiatives that encourage the clubs and the sport to bring more people to the fun and excitement of karting. I would like to thank IAME for making possible this programme that has the potential to become a significant long-term opportunity for young karters. We look forward to following the progress of the first recipients of these karts, both this year and in the future." 

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ABkC Rotax O Plate   (06/03)

The ABkC O Plate for Rotax classes (incl DD2) and KFJ with support races for NKF KZ UK, Honda Cadet and Junior TKM will take place at Rowrah on 19/20 April. This is a great time to get in some serious racing ahead of the Super One there on the following weekend. Optional practice is available on the Friday as well.

The regulations, tyre and fuel order forms and the Entry Form are all available on the Super One Website by going to Contacts/Forms and then Downloads.  It's a great chance to start the season with a new much sought after number plate, and for those not doing the Super One to pit oneself against the best in the country at a modest cost.

Go to superoneseries.com.

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Get Along To Lydd   (03/03)

Click for larger image...It's the final round of Lydd's Winter Championships and another good turnout is expected, so come along an experience the friendly competitive racing that has made Lydd a popular choice for karters in the south.
 
Our non-MSA meetings cater for Bambino, Cadet Clubman, Honda Cadets, 2-stroke Cadets, Junior/Minimax, Senior Rotax 162 and 177 and ProKarts, but we welcome karts from other classes and will always find a grid for you to race with, and don't forget that Lydd will have Rotax Masters as part of the forthcoming Summer Championships.
 
Whether you have your eye on a Sunday podium place, are challenging for one of the Championships, or just looking to get a bit of practice in before the Summer Championships commence, get yourself on the grid this coming weekend by calling  01797 321747 or 01797 321895 to reserve your place. Entries can be made right up to race morning, prior to 09.30am please, with no late entry fee.  Practice is of course available for all drivers on Saturday.
 
Further information is available on the Lydd website at www.lyddkartcircuit.com.

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New Technology At Whilton  (27/02)

Click for larger image...Northamptonshire motorsport circuit, Whilton Mill is addressing two major problem areas for kart racing circuits by using the new functionality of the all-in-one track display solution, DiGi-Flag.

The new track display development from Sports Timing Systems has solved the issue of relaying information and warnings when there are two drivers on circuit with the same race number.

By using different background colours respective to the actual number plates, DiGi-Flag is able to communicate individual driver instructions during split grids.

DiGi-Flag is also reducing the problem of racers going outside of the circuit limits.

Contravention of circuit limits was highlighted in the changes to the MSA regulations for 2014 and is an on-going issue with marshals being unable to communicate warnings of this to drivers effectively. DiGi-Flag is able to clearly communicate to individual drivers when they are straying outside of the circuit limits, allowing competitors to take corrective action.

Click for larger image...The track display, which launched at the Autosport International Show in January, featured at the Stars at Whilton Mill Club Championship Round 2 on February 23 and is now a permanent installation at the circuit.

Whilton Mill circuit manager, Graeme Smith said: "The team have worked tirelessly to improve the circuit and facilities for both drivers and spectators. With the addition of DiGi-Flag to the circuit, Whilton Mill now offers one of the best karting experiences in the UK for both professional drivers and recreational activities. Investing in new solutions to address old problems is important to the growth of our events and we were rewarded with a successful second club championship round and some very positive feedback about our new display."

DiGi-Flag allows officials to digitally display visual indications of circuit conditions, driver warnings and instructions instantly whilst the system continuously logs all interactions for post-race analysis.

The track display's LED screen is operated by an official from race control and provides superior visibility over traditional flags and manual boards.

Sports Timing Systems, in Staffordshire, is a sports timing solutions company and exclusive UK agents for TAG Heuer Professional Timing. For more information about DiGi-Flag and TAG Heuer Professional Timing Solutions, contact Sports Timing Systems on 01782 561734 or email info@sportstimingsystems.co.uk. You can also visit our website at www.sportstimingsystems.co.uk.

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Clay Pigeon Kart Club   (26/02)

The Clay Pigeon Kart Club commence their 2014 Club Championship on Sunday 9th March. At our Shakedown Event in February we were able to give competitors 8 minutes + 1 lap heats and a 12 minute + 1 lap final.  Providing we maintain a maximum of 28 races (which is 7 classes or amalgated grids) we can continue this format throughout the year.
 
We had about 20 cadets racing in a Libre Class and 24 TKM Extreme and Masters. We now want to invite all the Rotax Class competitors to compete in these elongated and tiring races - it's the best 'value for money', fast, safe and exciting racing in the South.
 
We are using the new Alpha Timing System with live timing and by next meeting should have full sector and live timing using the AMB mylaps transponders. The start and finish line are now in the same position and the lap countdown clock showing exactly how much time you have in your race - even more improvements for next month!
 
Hope to see you at the weekend - http://claypigeonkartclub.com for an on-line entry.

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The Max Series   (24/02)

JAG Engineering, the UK authorised distributor for Rotax Kart products, have offered their support to The Max Series for the inaugural running of the series that is due to kick off in earnest at Kimbolton on the 12th & 13th April.
 
Backing from one of the UK's most prolific suppliers to the karting industry has endorsed the plans of the organisers, and shows how committed we are to providing fantastic, cost effective inter-club racing now and well into the future.
 
The aim of The Max Series is to give competitors a challenge within club racing, with events at different circuits, for an affordable budget. Ultimately, we aim to boost Karting at its grass roots level, and see a great opportunity to bring exciting, challenging, and cost effective racing to centrally based circuits.
 
Categories catered for and entry will be per the following: Minimax, Junior Max, Senior Max, Rotax 177 and Rotax 177 Masters.
 
Registration for the series costs £99, and there will be a restriction of 34 entries per category, to ensure that all competitors gain from enough track time at each event. Please note that once we receive 34 entries for each category they will close, and no more entries will be taken for the series.
 
2014 Calendar:
Round 1 - Kimbolton - 12th & 13th April 2014
Round 2 - Rissington - 3rd & 4th May 2014
Round 3 - Forest Edge - 5th & 6th July 2014
Round 4 - Whilton Mill - 23rd & 24th August 2014
Round 5 - Forest Edge - 6th & 7th September
Round 6 - Kimbolton - 11th & 12th October
 
Prize Fund: The organisers are currently working on a great prize fund, but the series will be run as a not for profit organisation, and there will be top class trophies for the top 6 drivers in each category at every event
 
Get entered: You can enter online now at www.themaxseries.com for just £99, so don't miss out on the opportunity to be part of the most affordable and exciting mixed venue Rotax racing in the UK in 2014!
 
For more information visit our website or call us on 01582 471 438.

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Winter Cup Dismay   (24/02)

TVKC and Super One promoters apologise to the competitors who have entered the Winter Cup, which was to be held at PF International on 8/9 March, but insufficient overall support was shown and the meeting has had to be cancelled.

This in no way impinges on the anticipation building up before the first rounds of the Super One Series, the MSA/TKM on 28-30 March at Shenington, and the Rotax on 25-27 April at Rowrah.  Healthy entries have been received in almost all classes but there is still time to register.  The best way is to do it on line via the
http://superoneseries.com website as it costs less that way. All the documents needed are on the Contact/Forms then Downloads section.  Registration forms, entry forms, regulations, tyre and fuel order forms and individual meeting supplementary regulations are all available as well as pit bay booking forms for teams.

 
Within the Super One are the only MSA recognised short circuit British and National championships, these are the classes where the Super One is authorised by the MSA to issue the much sought after universally recognised numbers 1 - 10.

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Come And Join Us   (19/02)

SYKC will hold the first round of the 2014 Championship, Sunday 9th March.  (Must be a SYKC member to accumulate points or be entered into prize draws).
 
We are pleased to announce that the Championship winner in the X30 will receive a paid entry into the World Finals, courtesy of James Mills, JM Engineering.
 
Also, Strawberry Racing is sponsoring the Championship again too!  Competitors in Mini, Junior and Senior Rotax will be entered into a tyre draw at every round of the Championship. They will also donate vouchers for the top three drivers in the Championship - 1st £750, 2nd £500, 3rd £250.
 
KartParts continue to support the club at every meeting, donating prizes for the Cadet Prize draw. On entering the meeting Cadets are included in the draw.
 
During 2014 we would like to encourage Honda and TKM drivers to attend the circuit, with the club offering cash prizes/vouchers for the top three championship winners (there must be more than 10 competitors that enter every round from March to December).
 
We will also be running Bambinos throughout the year, prizes will be given at the annual presentation for Bambinos that join the club and accumulate points according to their times. We are looking forward to hosting the first round of the BKC in March.
 
Thank you to everyone that supports SYKC, we appreciate your help. All information and documents can be downloaded from www.southyorkshirekartclub.co.uk or contact dbaines20@hotmail.co.uk.

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Tal-Ko Issue Clarification   (19/02)

Tal-Ko Racing, controllers of the Formula TKM classes, have issued a clarification to regulations concerning two items which takes effect immediately:
 
TAG engines - the clarification makes it clear that at all times a fully operational starter system must be in use and if required must be demonstrated to officials as operating both before and after being on track. Use of an outboard starter is also permitted as a back-up but not as a replacement.
 
Exhausts - for all engines it is underlined that while the exhaust may be rubbed down externally to clean, excessive removal of material will be classed as a breach of regulations which expressly forbid the removal of material.
 
Both of these clarifications take effect immediately and are available for full view on the www.tal-ko.com website.

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Mid Winter Review   (18/02)

Click here for larger image...The winter period has been very hectic but is also proving to bear huge developments from the all but brand new driver line up at the PFI-based squad.
 
The Lincolnshire outfit have massively bolstered their Junior line up for 2014 which has been something that has frustrated Team Principle Steve Armstrong since the 2011/2012 seasons with the likes of Sam Marsh, Nick Arthur, Josh White and the Norris Brothers Oliver and Lando regularly making their podium presence felt. 2014 it would seem will be RL's best chance of UK and European success to date with the dangerous quad of Sandy Mitchell, Hugo Ellis, William Shaw and Lucy Fulton all desperate to prove their ability.
 
Mitchell and Ellis had their fair share of success in 2013 with RL Racing at Mini Max level and have come straight in at the front of the Junior field in the winter preliminaries over the past 2 months, Will Shaw made the move to RL in November 2013 to bolster his chances of glory in 2014 and is already proving himself a force to be reckoned with. Lucy Fulton has been thrown in at the deep end with a small amount of karting experience under her belt over the past 18 months, her progress angle at present is as shooting up as steep as the job in hand for her, watch this space.
 
The team's regular success over the past 3 years has come from Mini Max and this year is looking no different with the fast trio of Jack Martin, Herbie Grout and Rory Hudson. Martin has been with RL since January 2013 and had 6 months Cadet experience to hand on signing, now he regularly runs in the top 10 in Mini Max, but signs are for much higher than top ten if the past few outings are anything to go by. Grout came from Iame Cadet and joined in November 2013, his progress has been immense and as the youngest team member at 11, his progress is sure to keep going with podiums in sight. Hudson also joined in November 2013 off the back of taking the vice British Champion status and Kart Masters GP plate. Hudson has quickly settled in as a top 5 regular in Mini Max so be sure to see him taking some serious silverware in 2014.
 
The team are also making an assault on the 2014 Euromax Challenge with Hugo Ellis, Jack Martin, Sandy Mitchell all in Junior and Luke Knott the team's sole Senior representative.
 
The results have been coming through over the past 2/3 months with Hugo Ellis taking a huge 5 second victory at the last race of 2013 at PFI and his last Mini Max race, team mates Martin and Hudson being beaten about but coming back through to 9th and 13th lapping within hundredths of their team mate Ellis.
 
Click here for larger image...The season opener saw Hudson stretch his ability to a superb 3rd at the flag at PFI in a bumper entry and Ellis having a frustrating first Junior race finishing 8th.
 
The February PFI race saw a massive 250 driver entry thus being the hardest race of 2014 so far. RL's Junior line up duly performed, starting P2, P4, P6 & P28 with Mitchell heading the quad having come through to 2nd in the pre final and taking 2nd fastest lap with team mate Ellis pipping him to fastest lap, Will Shaw having a battling race to come through to P6 and Lucy having an incident thus the lowly start grid. The start didn't go to plan, all starting from the outside and as they all dropped greatly at the start they all got into gear and drove through with Shaw doing a sterling job to take the remaining podium place in 3rd, Mitchell 5th with fastest lap, Ellis battling back from 20th after the start to 9th and 2nd fastest lap and Fulton in 24th.
 
The Mini squad had an equally hard race day with Hudson initially catching the leaders in the main final and then a stub axle default cost him chunks of time per lap and so clung onto 5th at the flag, with Martin and Grout leaving the track at the start but coming back to 14th and 15th.

The Rowrah February club race saw a reduced squad from RL with Ellis and Knott travelling to Campillos in Spain for the Winter Cup by RGMMC. At the death Shaw and Fulton took 2nd and 3rd in Junior, a great start to what will be a lot of preparation going towards the first Super One round at Rowrah for RL. Hudson had no such luck in Mini after taking the pole to start the final his spark plug broke and took no further part, Jack Martin however had a great end to a return to Rowrah since last year's S1 round and took 4th.
 
The next outing was Buckmore Park last weekend, again as an opener to start preparation for S1 round 2. Will Shaw hadn't seen the circuit before and was 2nd in the pre-Final and would have challenged for the win in the main final but after confusion on a battenburg flag in the pre was excluded and had to drive from the back and came in 10th, Hudson however was on form again and with a few laps to go was on the leaders bumper but a lapse in concentration saw it fizzle out and ended up 5th.
 
The teams latest outing was in Spain for the Rotax Max Winter Cup, Hugo Ellis and Luke Knott battled with the conditions all week and pace was very good, Knott having a disastrous set of finals with a crash at the start of both and Ellis similar in the pre-Final but drove from P30 to 12th in the main final.
 
The team now travel to Rowrah and PFI for mid-week testing and then to PFI for the March club race next week.
 
There is 1 team space left for the UK races for Mini or Junior Max and there are 3 spaces for Junior or Senior for the Euro Max challenge races. Please contact Steve Armstrong on 07843586416 or email to accounts.rlracingdept@live.co.uk for a quote (Just ask, you might be surprised!)

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New Competitors' Grandstand   Click here for larger image...(18/02)

Buckmore Park are delighted to announce that despite the best efforts of the great British weather to scupper us, the promised new competitors' grandstand opened ahead of schedule at the weekend for round 2 of the BPKC winter series.
 
Located high on the bank, a short distance from the entrance to parc-ferme, the grandstand allows unrestricted views of the whole circuit for the first time.
 
As can be seen from the picture, this new facility proved very popular indeed at the weekend's race meeting.
 
Click here for larger image...The grandstand is the first of several circuit improvements currently underway. A new pit lane entrance layout is currently in the latter stages of construction with completion scheduled for the end of February in time for the final round of the BPKC winter series on Sunday 16th March which will offer Super 1 and Easykart drivers a chance to practice and race at Buckmore before their rounds visit the circuit in late March and early May.  A sizeable area in the paddock is due to be re-surfaced this month and at the same time various areas of the circuit are being re-surfaced for the busy season ahead.
 
These brand new features mark the start of an exciting time for Buckmore Park as many more improvements are already in the pipeline. Watch this space...

For more details see http://www.buckmoreparkkartclub.co.uk/content.php/69020?new_ref=213.

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Come And Race With Us   (17/02)

All are welcome to come and race on what is considered to be one of the most challenging circuits in the UK with very fast straights and tight technical corners to negotiate.

It's all about a consistent driving line and smoothness. It's 1200 metres long and, unlike many circuits, there are plenty of overtaking opportunities. Full power all around the back straight before hard on the brakes to dive up the inside to overtake. Careful not to scrub too much speed off or you'll be retaken on the exit. Get the horseshoe right to get on the power a fraction earlier than your opponent as you turn onto the main straight to carry your momentum past others. Find out for yourself just how exciting and demanding it is.

Our monthly championship race meeting take place on the first Sunday of every month with the next round being Sunday 2nd March. At Warden Law we run the following championship classes;

Bambinos, Cadets (Honda, Comer, Iame), Junior Rotax Max, Mini Rotax Max, Junior TKM, Senior Rotax Max, Prokart (GX160) and Prokart Extreme (GX200).

For more information and to book please visit www.kartingnortheast.com/tyneandwearkartclub.

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NJL Racing Kart Team   (13/02)

Racing who already race in the British Super One Series and in Club Championships around the UK have available space in their Team for any experienced or non-experienced drivers interested in racing at Shenington this weekend or Whilton for the following weekend in Rotax, TKM, X30, or Cadets should contact the Team.
 
Awning space available or full team support is available.
 
Click for larger image...The team also have opportunities for drivers at both Club level competitions and drivers looking to join a new team in preparation for Super One Series in 2014. With team services available at PFI, Kimbolton, Shenington, Whilton Mill, GYG and Rissington Club meetings, plus all Classes in the British Super One Series for 2014. NJL Racing can help drivers looking to progress under the guidance of their top flight team, to drivers looking to fine tune, find extra performance and consistency with benefits of driver coaching and access to data analysis.
 
NJL Racing Team services offer:
Professional Team support
Kart storage and transportation facility
Full Kart preparation
Kart hire  Click for larger image...
Driver management/coaching/analysis
Driver PR & Sponsorship services
Awning space
 
For more information contact: nick@njlracing.com or telephone 07774 891435 to discuss your requirements.

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Tooley Motorsport   (11/02)

Click for larger image...After having a promising start to the winter, the team carried on testing throughout January trying to better themselves. As the saying goes "Keep pushing", we went into February to compete in the 3rd round of the winter series at PF and the Rowrah club meeting.
 
PF proved again that our junior drivers and senior driver were a force to be reckoned with, after doing the double whammy in junior and senior at the previous meeting. Aston once again dominated, winning the pre-final and the final by a massive 8 seconds with the fastest lap by more than 2 tenths. Skelton, being fastest in testing went into Sunday aiming for another win, but suffering a few problems he managed to get 4th after battling throughout for 3rd, still a great result. Barr again had a storming drive through after being took out of the pre-final on the first lap, getting another promising top 15 finish. In mini max all 3 drivers showed great improvement, Armstrong claiming 5th in the pre-final with great pace even with a collapsed stub bearing! Gerrard had to set off from 20th due to a bad pre-final, but came storming through to 8th proving he can mix it at the front if all goes well, Macpherson battle throughout to get another top 25 out of yet another 40 plus grid.
 
Click for larger image...Rowrah yet again was very wet and windy, but somehow dried up come Sunday afternoon ready for the 3rd heat and the final. Skelton winning both heats in the wet, but the luck did not seem on his side come the final. After coming off at the start he pulled back a massive 3 seconds and was behind the leader with one minute to go, clearly the fastest by a few tenths the win looked promising, then the chain snapped, so the win wasn't secured but the team are still very positive about his pace and he will soon be back on the top step.Click for larger image...
 
The team welcomed Thomas Turner to the mini max line up, he is a very promising youngster with hopefully a good year ahead. Armstrong tested on the Saturday and was joint fastest come the end of the day, again progressing massively. Turner, Gerrard and Macpherson hoped to bring the goods home on Sunday, and it was looking very likely, Turner leading the final and Gerrard pushing him all the way with a 3 second gap to 3rd, Samuel took his chance on the last few laps and took the win from turner, getting a nice little 1-2 for the team in mini max. Macpherson battled throughout for 3rd but ended up 6th, having good pace in the dry but the wet needing improved.
 
For more information on the team visit www.TooleyMotorsport.com

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Race This Weekend At Llandow   (11/02)

This coming weekend (15th/16th February) is the first round of the Llandow kart Club 2014 Championship. Why not take the opportunity to come and race at Wales's premier kart circuit, only 20 miles west of Cardiff off junction 35 of the M4.
 
Practice is available on Saturday from 10:00am with MSA racing for all ABKC classes subject to minimum numbers on Sunday.
 
All karts and drivers are welcome for Saturday practice and with both practice and race entry fees capped at 2013 prices it will be hard to find better value for money anywhere else this weekend!
 
For further details please see www.llandowkartclub.co.uk. Entries will be accepted online until Thursday 13th, late entries can be made up until the weekend by contacting Colin on 07817 449617.

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Grice Racing Engines   (07/02)

27 years of kart engine preparation experience gives Grice a huge advantage in terms of adapting to new engines and the latest techniques. Each engine gets individual attention without relying on production line procedures, so you can be sure that you'll be lining up on the grid with the best you can get.
 
We don't run drivers or have any chassis or team preference nor do we sponsor any individuals so every driver, whatever the class or team, gets the same individual treatment!
 
Already in the new X30 class, Grice are at the front with MLC Motorsport and Jack Dex of SWB Racing after the TVKCclub meeting, and to get hold of the same speed you can either buy, hire or get your existing engine rebuilt.
 
Meanwhile in Rotax, Grice engines were 1st and 3rd in Junior Max (Inem Coker and Stef Charalambous) and 2nd in Minimax (Tyler Sullivan) at the most recent Buckmore meeting, where many Super One competitors were competing in preparation for the round in a few months time.
 
Rebuilds for the new season for Rotax or X30 cost £355 plus VAT, including labour and all parts except conrod, balance shaft and reed petals.
 
So you can be sure that every last unit of horsepower has been wrung out of your engine, Grice have a state-of-the-art Rotronics dyno with fully-automated software in an air-conditioned and temperature-controlled room, and are one of the only kart engine tuners to have installed a Sports Devices rolling road to complement the dyno, using transient and eddy current technology to access the engine ancillaries and optimise the package as a whole. Time on these costs £450 for the day, £250 for a half day and £100 per hour.

For further details please contact Ricky Grice on 01268 727847,  07768 047254 or email Ricky.grice@virgin.net.

You can also visit our website at www.griceracingengines.com.

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Super One Winter Cup   (07/02)

There is a great opportunity coming your way on the 8/9th March at PF International open to all non-novice licence holders.  The Super One Winter Cup is open to all Super One classes (except KZ1) including the chance to try out a hire of the Rotax MiniMax or Junior Max engines for the Academy classes, or to hire a KF Junior pair of engines to have a go in the Junior British Championship class.  Practice is available on Friday 7th March as well.

This is a perfect opportunity for the Super One entrants to check out their settings and any new equipment before the series starts on 29/30 March at Shenington for the MSA/TKM series, and at Rowrah on 26/27 April for the Rotax Series.  The Winter Cup offers those who have not tried Super One before and are still making up their minds to test themselves against the regulars. Go on, have a go!
 
Entry packs are available on the Super One website by going to Contact/Forms then Downloads. Or enter online on the Trent Valley Kart Club website at http://tvkc.co.uk/beta/blog/2014/01/07/2014-super-one-winter-cup/.

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Calling All Cadet Novices   (07/02)

To kick off the Rissington 2014 season we are looking for all Cadet Novices for a very special Trophy, our March meeting will host the 2nd running of the Klaassen Cup Trophy. Within 12 months we lost two very special people from Rissington kart club and the karting world, Marge and Piet Klaassen.

In their memory we want as many Cadet Novices as possible to take part, we have perpetual trophies and every driver will also receive a trophy for taking part, so get on line and book your slot
www.rissykartclub.com
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All Novice Cadets are eligible, whether already members or not. All current engine types will compete together (Cadet Libre).

So, please spread the word around and let's get as many Novice Cadets along as we can.

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RS Racing   (06/02)

Click for larger image...RS Racing are the UK importer for WildKart, UK distributor for Lotus and an authorised Rotax dealer.  We now have all these parts listed on our new online store www.RSRacing.org and for the people who are in the area we have fitted out our new showroom with a wide range of products on display from complete new rolling chassis and engines to tyre and tools. Open Monday to Friday 08.00 - 17.30.
 
In 2014 RS Racing will be attending the BNL Series and The Max Series as our main championships for the year. We will also be attending the Forest Edge Kart Club championship as our home track and various other circuits throughout the year. RS Racing isn't just an online kart store. As a race team we can offer you a unique race package to suit your every need from simple awning space through to Full Arrive & Drive facilities. Talk to us about your requirements and become part of the RS Racing Team for success in 2014!

Ideal gift for any motorsport enthusiast either as a fun day or an introduction in Rotax Max Karting, we are offering Track Day gift vouchers which are valid for 6 months. Driving a Rotax Max Senior 125cc, with top speeds of 75 mph and only weighing in at 80kg, these 28hp karts give an impressive power to weight ratio. All of our karts and engines are supplied in a racing specification and not the normal corporate hire kart spec. We can provide all race wear, including suits and helmets as required.Click for larger image...
 
Our dedicated and experienced staff can tailor track days to your requirements. We are able to offer various tracks and dates. We accept group bookings for up to 10 people at a time.
 
For more details and information please contact the office on 01256 760633 daytime or mobile 07795 486957, or email sales@rsracing.org.

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BPKC Winter Championship   (06/02)

Round 2 (of 3) of the BPKC Winter Championship takes place on Sunday 16th February.

ABkC non gearbox classes are welcome including Bambino and Subaru (subject to minimum entry levels).  Practice is available on Friday 14th and Saturday 15th February 2014 between 10am to 4pm.

This race meeting and the practice days beforehand are ideal for Easykart and Super 1 competitors that wish to practise and race at the venue before their rounds visit Buckmore in the spring.

For further details please contact chris@buckmore.co.uk or ring him on 01634 661604.

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Buckmore Pro Kart Enduro   (06/02)

Technical regulations are now available for Buckmore Park's Pro Kart owner driver Team Enduro race on Friday evening, 14th March.

The 3 hour race is the first of a planned series of Friday evening events throughout the spring and summer of 2014.

Chris Pullman, Buckmore's COO, says "For many years we ran a highly successful owner driver Pro Kart series on a Friday night attracting up to 45 teams and over the last few months we've been gauging the level of interest in resurrecting the series this year.  So far we've had over 25 teams that say they want to race."

There will be classes for Pro and Clubman and by running the race on a Friday night teams will be able to practise during the day at Buckmore as the race coincides with our normal open practice day before our race weekend.  If this first race is a success entry level wise, then we will run a series, so it's really up to the teams to enter.  I'm sure there are a lot of Pro Karts that haven't been used for a few years and this will be an ideal time to re-launch owner driver Enduro racing in the south east."

For more details contact Chris Pullman on chris@buckmore.co.uk.

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Young Star Albert Carter   (05/02)

Click for larger image...Fast-rising star Albert Carter will concentrate on the MSA British IAME Championship and the LGM IAME Championship during 2014, and will run as a Dad and Lad team with help at selected events from experienced Cadet mechanics Josh Fry and Chris Barnes.
 
10 year old Carter, who is the current TVKC IAME Champion and currently lies 5th in the Winter Championship, said "It was always my goal to win a top level club Championship first, now that is done I can focus 100% on the MSA British and LGM Championships. I would like to say thanks to everyone at TVKC for the support, advice and encouragement that I have received while racing at that great club, I'm sure this is going to help me going forward with my next goals."
 
We can now confirm Albert's support for 2014...
 
Primary sponsorship will again come from major USA oil company Lucas Oil Products who can be found at www.lucasoil.com or www.lucasoil.co.uk.
 
Les Downey, MD of Lucas Oil Europe, commented "Lucas Oil Products are proud to go into our 4th year of association with Albert. We wish him success and good luck in what will be a tough season ahead, one thing we are all sure of here at Lucas Oil is Alberts desire to win and his 100%  commitment!"
 
Click for larger image...Associate sponsorship will come from the following great companies;
Hol tAj
Yuasa - www.yuasa.com
Rainbow Conference Sets  
Kartpix -  www.kartpix.net 
CAAR -  www.caarparts.co.uk    
VEIDEC - www.veidecracing.com                     
Teng Tools  - www.iqsupplies.com     
Kaz Aston.com  -  www.kazaston.com   
NGK Spark Plugs  -  www.ngkntk.co.uk  
Pioneer Central  -  www.pioneerprint.co.uk   
Ogden Motorsport  -  www.ogdenracing.com                    
Ultimate Air Brush -  www.ultimate-airbrush.co.uk                            
3tc graphic and web design  -  www.3tcreative.com
Cottingham Engineering  -  www.cottinghamengineering.co.uk
 
Thanks and mentions must also go to all the people that are giving Albert help and advice, it is appreciated.
 
You can keep up to speed with Albert's progress at his 3tc designed website - www.albertcarter.com - or his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CarterMotorsport#!/albertcarter2003.

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Zip Karts New Eagle Cadet   (05/02)

Click for larger image...Zip karts new Eagle cadet collected its first win of 2014 at the 2nd round of the PFI winter series last weekend. A huge grid of 58 cadets saw all of the major teams and drivers participating in the meeting. Tom Wood, racing for the AIM cadet team took the win after some terrific driving in the final. AIM's cadet team manager Dan Hart was thrilled with the win - "Tom drove a fantastic final definitely the hardest cadet race I have seen for many years."
 
Dan commented "We had changed to the new Eagle which Tom had preferred in testing and after only one session on it on Saturday he chose to race it."

AIM's other cadet drivers also on the new Eagle cadet kart had another encouraging weekend improving all the time.

 
Dan summed up the other drivers weekend: "Brandon Martland has made some great progress this weekend from the back of the field to a consistent mid-front end after changing to the new Eagle kart also commenting on the kart being easier to drive". "Fin and Joseph have also switched to the new karts and had an impressive race in the front pack of 10 karts just a little lack of race craft and experience at the front stopping a top 6 result". All the drivers commented on the new karts ease of use and improved drivability.
 
The Zip Eagle cadet is an evolution of the ultra-successful Zip Lightning and has already proved that it is a race winning kart .The new Zip Eagle has lightweight component options, new steering component configuration options and comes ready to win! The Eagle cadet kart is suitable for all 2 stroke classes and there is also a new Eagle specifically for the Honda class which narrowly missed out on a podium on its debut at the PFI meeting with Matthew Hopcraft.
 
For more information on the new Zip Eagle or arrange a test please contact Zip Kart on 01327 855310 or e mail info@zipkart.com.

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Matchams Kart Club Is Go   (04/02)

With initial interest good regarding the reforming of the non-MSA championship at Matchams Karting near Bournemouth, organisers are happy to announce that the series will go ahead!
 
The club aims to introduce an inexpensive way in which to race Karts. With a grass roots feel the club is aimed at anyone from 7 years and over.
 
Key features include no Saturday testing (to keep costs lower), free membership, and Cadets can race from 7 years old subject to an ability evaluation.
 
Based on interest entries are open to the following classes - Cadets Libra, Mini Max, Jnr Max, Snr Max, 177's & Masters, Snr 4 stroke to inc Pro Karts and WF and Senior TKM. Online entries and payments are now open for Round 1.
 
Visit www.matchamskartclub.co.uk for information or call 01425 480828.

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Race This Weekend   (03/02)

Race this weekend, 9th February, in the 5th and penultimate round of the Lydd Winter Championships and if you've not been before, you will discover the friendly atmosphere and camaraderie that contributed to a record breaking year and made this Kent circuit a popular choice for kart racers in 2013.
 
Click for larger image...Bambino, Cadet Clubman, Honda Cadets, 2-stroke Cadets, Junior/Minimax, Senior Rotax 162 and 177 and ProKarts will all be running at our independent meeting, but we welcome karts from other classes and will always try to find a grid for you to race with.
 
Why not come and join us this weekend, call 01797 321747 or 01797 321895 to reserve your place on the grid. Entries can be made right up to race morning, prior to 09.30am please, with no late entry fee.  Practice is available for all drivers on Saturday.
 
You can also keep up to date with what's happening at Lydd by visiting the website at www.lyddkartcircuit.com or call the circuit on either of the above telephone numbers.

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2014 BRK Race Team   (31/01)

Click for larger image...The 2014 season is looking very promising for the BRK race team.
 
With extensive testing and further development of BRK cadet since September, they took the decision not to homologate a new chassis for 2014 but to improve their existing chassis within the original homologated regulations and it seems it's paid off.

Whilst other manufacturers seem to be struggling to convince their customers and drivers that their new chassis is better than last years or indeed even as good as, BRK are sure they have made significant improvements with their chassis.

Joining Mark Kimber for the 2014 season at BRK are Tom Canning finishing a credible 7th in the 2013 Super One season and Tom Pegrum who with only one test and one race on the BRK chassis has looked impressive and has posted very fast lap times in all conditions.
 
Tom Canning and Mark Kimber qualifying pole and second pole respectively at the first race out at PF international 2014 and their pace continued onto Buckmore Park, Mark had never seen the circuit before and Canning had only ever raced there once before.
 
Click for larger image...Canning won the race convincingly and Mark Kimber could have possibly had second if it wasn't for a racing incident which left him with a 5 place penalty.

We then went to Wilton Mill where Kimber and Canning were again setting a very fierce pace but it was Tom Pegrum who was untouchable throughout, setting fastest laps during all the heats along with Mark Kimber, Pegrum took pole with Canning alongside him on the grid for the final with Mark Kimber further down the grid due to an unfortunate incident in one of the heats earlier in the day.
 
Tom Pegrum took the lead as expected with no chance of anyone challenging him, but due to a mechanical problem his pace dropped by over one second per lap leaving him to struggle home in 3rd place. Tom Canning took 2nd and Mark Kimber coming through to 5th.
 
Click for larger image...BRK race team had drivers in Junior Max and Mini Max all showing race winning pace, Rory Smith in Junior Max would have been one of the favourites to win, but because of a heat exclusion started well down the grid for the final, with blistering pace Rory came through to a very credible 3rd, setting the fastest lap along the way.

Morgan Porter and Charlie Lamb were on fire in Mini Max, Morgan setting fastest lap in every heat but Charlie's race craft earning him pole position with Morgan alongside him for the final. Charlie led the race from lights to flag winning the final with ease and Morgan Porter coming in 3rd.
 
Harry Platten in Iame Cadet had a difficult Saturday struggling with engine problems, but turned it round on Sunday, qualifying 5th for the final and bringing it home an impressive 2nd, well done H!
 
Chris Hawes director of BRK said "we are once again delighted with the whole team's performance, I would like to thank Mark Kimber and his mechanic (Dad) for a great job done during winter testing and development of their 2014 cadet chassis, we are now sure we have the best product."

Team manager Ben Platten commented "I am really impressed with Morgan and Charlie's performance in Mini Max; I'm slightly disappointed we didn't get 1st, 2nd and 3rd in Honda based on the drivers' pace during the day."
 
BRK have only a couple of places left in the Team for the Super One series, all enquiries contact Ben Platten on: 07887 538590 or email brkuk@msn.com.

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Kart Parts UK   (31/01)

Kart Parts UK are pleased to continue with their trackside support at the SYKC meetings.  For all new members who join the club from today until the 28th February we are contributing £5.00 towards the membership fee.  Therefore the cost to you will be £35.00 instead of the £40.00 showing on the membership form.
 
Great prizes are on offer for the 2014 Rotax class champions donated by Strawberry Racing in the form of a voucher to be spent at Strawberry Racing.
 
Prizes for classes Mini Max, Junior Max and Senior Max will receive a First prize of £750.00, Second prize £500.00 and Third Prize £250.00.
 
Also during the summer series Strawberry Racing are donating a set of slicks one per class of Minimax, Junior Max and Senior Max, these will be won via a prize draw at the end of the meeting.  To be eligible to enter the prize draw you must be signed on for the days racing and you must be at the presentation at the end of the meeting.
 
Come and join the SYKC who race on the second Sunday each month (no August meeting) and have a chance of winning some great prizes.  More information is available at www.southyorkshirekartclub.co.uk.
 
Kart Parts UK are in attendance to assist with your trackside needs or visit our website to order your parts 24 hours a day, which can be dispatched on the next day service from a huge range of items that are carried in stock.

Visit www.kartpartsuk.com or if you prefer to contact us via the telephone please call on 01775 712633.

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Racing 4 Buttons   (27/01)

Racing 4 Buttons is a kart scheme originally set up by Dave Bewley 15 years ago at Rowrah to encourage youngsters into the world of karting in the hope of finding the next 'Jenson Button'.
 
Due to the recent closure of Racing 4 Buttons at PF International Circuit Lincolnshire, Bambino Kart Club owner Darren Beavers has been working closely with Whilton Mill and former R4B instructor Gary Walker to bring the scheme to the fantastic 1120m international Northamptonshire circuit.
 
Darren says "I used to take my son to Racing 4 Buttons at PFI and was deeply saddened to learn that it had stopped running, I immediately contacted Gary Walker and got the ball rolling to keep the scheme running and bring it to Whilton Mill."
 
Racing 4 Buttons has an outstanding fleet of 2 and 4-stroke Bambino and Cadet racing karts and offers arrive & drive taster sessions to young budding racing drivers from just £10.
 
Driver training programmes and owner driver testing is also offered to all Bambino and Cadet drivers on a weekly basis.
 
For more information regarding Racing 4 Buttons checkout the website www.bambinokartclub.com or email Darren at info@bambinokartclub.com.

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NJL Racing   (23/01)

Click for larger image...NJL Racing who already race in The British Super One Series and in Club Championships around the UK are to expand and compete also in the Whilton Mill Club Championship from this month. Any experienced or non-experienced drivers interested in racing at Whilton this weekend in Rotax, TKM, X30, or Cadets should contact the Team.
 
Full team support or just awning space available.
 
The team also still have opportunities for Drivers at both Club level competitions and Drivers looking to join a new team in preparation for Super One Series in 2014. With team services available at Kimbolton, Whilton Mill, Shenington, Rissington and PFI Club meetings, plus all Classes in the British Super One series for 2014. We can help drivers looking to progress under the guidance of a top flight team, to drivers looking to fine tune, find extra performance and consistency with benefits of driver coaching and access to data analysis.
 
Click for larger image...NJL Racing Team Services offer:
Professional Team support
Kart storage and transportation facility
Full Kart Preparation 
Driver management/coaching/analysis
Driver PR & Sponsorship services
Awning space
 
For more information contact nick@njlracing.com or telephone 07774 891435 to discuss your requirements.

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DHR Are Recruiting   (23/01)

British Rotax and European Champions Dan Holland Racing are looking for mechanics to work with their talented team of drivers during race weekends starting immediately. The team are looking for flexible and professional individuals who can work weekends both in the UK and in Europe throughout the year. Potential candidates ideally need previous experience working with Rotax or equivalent karts. With the possibility of future full time positions within DHR's workshop facility also available for those interested.
 
So if you're interested in working for a leading UK and European race team then here at DHR we have many weekend dates and options available as we have several customers who require support. Mechanics are provided with full team wear and will enjoy a very attractive rate of pay in line with top level kart mechanics.

Interested parties are invited to contact Dan for more information on 07960 047810 or email dan@danhollandracing.co.uk.

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Elite Karting League   (22/01)

Now in its 3rd season, the Elite Karting League will be visiting Whilton, Teesside, Clay Pigeon and Rowrah with 20 teams confirmed & 5 ladies teams we are looking forward to a busy season but we still have more space on the grid for team owners.  If you would like to be involved in running a team and making some money in doing so please contact katpope@rocketmail.com.
 
The latest news from the workshop is that the new engines will be delivered the first week of February where they will be dynoed and matched and fitted to our chassis's which have all been overhauled during the winter months.
 
2014 Dates:
1st March - Whilton Mill
12th April - Teesside
24th May - Clay Pigeon
14th June - Rowrah
13th September - Whilton Mill
18th October - Clay Pigeon
8th November - Teesside
 
Individual driver championship to be announced.
 
Look forward to seeing you all soon. Want to know more? Email katpope@rocketmail.com or visit www.teessidekarting.co.uk.

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New ZIP Kart Agent   (22/01)

ZIP Kart are very pleased to announce the appointment of Silver Fox Karting as a Zip Kart agent in Wales and for South West of England. With the huge interest in the new MSA Bambino class and the success of Zip kart in the Honda Cadet market, ZIP are keen to ensure that customers can have access to parts and advice in these new growth areas.
 
Silver Fox Karting, which has been in existence for over 3 years, has proved to be a growing force in karting for young people in Wales and the South West and we look forward to a bright future working together with Zip Kart. ZIP karts experience in the Bambino and cadet market will make us a one stop shop for new drivers in the sport.
 
Zip kart have had a long association with  Colin Lipscomb, owner of Silver Fox Karting and are very happy that they can now provide customers with parts and first class customer service at events in 2014.
 
Silver Fox Karting can be contacted by email at silverfoxkarting@aol.com or through their website www.silverfoxkarting.co.uk. If you have any specific queries don't hesitate to contact Colin on his mobile 0781744967.

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European Pro-Kart Championships   (22/01)

EPEC are proud to announce the 6th season of their Pro-Kart championship.  The 2014 calendar is...
 
2nd March - Whilton Mill
13th april - Teesside
2nd, 3rd & 4th May - IOM 24hr
25th May - Clay Pigeon *
15th June - Rowrah
5th & 6th July - Eindhoven 24hr
16th & 17th August - Teesside 24hr
14th September - Whilton Mill
19th October - Clay Pigeon *
9th November - Teesside
 
*- We will be joined by the Clay series at both of these events and we look forward to meeting the Clay regulars who will be racing for their club championship and overall in EPEC.
 
We are also happy to announce the Extreme Class running in conjunction with our Pro-Class offering teams the opportunity to race against the top endurance karters in the Country on what we believe to be the best value engine in pro-karting.  We have introduced the Extreme Class with a provisional weight of 185 kilos with the opportunity to increase this to 187.5 kilos to ensure compatibility with the 160 SP's if required.  We are also acquiring a number of control engines to exchange with teams when we feel it necessary to ensure a level playing field for all competitors, it is in fact a requirement of this year's regulations for teams to comply.
 
Eindhoven: It is with regret that we have to announce after 24 years of the Le Mans story, French regulations (sporting) have been introduced that prohibits hire karts and owner drivers competing in the same event.  The French authorities have also introduced a new requirement for hire karts that would mean we would have to purchase a complete new fleet to compete at Le Mans.  But the good news is that we have secured Eindhoven Circuit de Landsard where we successfully held 6 x 24 hour events back in the 90's.  This will mean we will carry on the tradition of our hire karts racing alongside the owners which has always made these event so exciting.
 
Isle of Man (IOM): The IOM 24hr has been added as a championship round to our calendar and we can only recommend you come and join us.  The circuit operators offer you a fantastic welcome and the discounted entry of only £650 for the 24hr is fantastic.  The circuit operators have also negotiated a excellent discount with the Steam Packet Company for ferry crossings and the value for money B&B's which cater for the 1000's of enthusiast visiting for the TT, just make this a must do event.
 
Looking forward to seeing you all for the 2014 season. Further information is available by calling 01642 231117, email admin@teessidekarting.co.uk or visit www.teessidekarting.co.uk.

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Inaugural Max Series Challenge   (21/01)

The organisers of The Max Series challenge are excited to announce that entries are now open for the inaugural 2014 challenge. The Max Series is THE new Rotax challenge in the UK, incorporating the top midlands circuits into a low cost, high action series launching in April 2014.

The concept behind The Max Series is to provide a cost effective, not for profit central England based challenge for the prominent UK Rotax classes, where the clubs and competitors are put first. The inaugural running of the challenge will be run as an inter-club series, similar to that of the TKM Inter-club championship, and the emphasis will be on fair, cost effective competition, enabling club drivers to aim for success in both their local club championship and The Max Series.

The aim of The Max Series is to give competitors a challenge within club racing, with events at different circuits, for an affordable budget. Ultimately, we aim to boost Karting at its grass roots level, and see a great opportunity to bring exciting, challenging, and cost effective racing to centrally based circuits.

Categories catered for and entry will be per the following: Minimax, Junior Max, Senior Max, Rotax 177 andRotax 177 Masters.

Registration for the series costs £99, and there will be a restriction of 34 entries per category, to ensure that all competitors gain from enough track time at each event. Please note that once we receive 34 entries for each category they will close, and no more entries will be taken for the series.
 
2014 Calendar:
Round 1 - Kimbolton - 12th & 13th April 2014
Round 2 - Rissington - 3rd & 4th May 2014
Round 3 - Forest Edge - 5th & 6th July 2014
Round 4 - Whilton Mill - 23rd & 24th August 2014
Round 5 - Forest Edge - 6th & 7th September
Round 6 - Kimbolton - 11th & 12th October
 
Prize Fund: The organisers are currently working on a great prize fund, but the series will be run as a not for profit organisation, and there will be top class trophies for the top 6 drivers in each category at every event
 
Get Entered: You can enter online now at www.themaxseries.com for just £99, so don't miss out on the opportunity to be part of the most affordable and exciting mixed venue Rotax racing in the UK in 2014!

For more information visit our website or call us on 01582 471 438.

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Young Driver Development   (21/01)

British Cadet Champions Fusion Motorsport have formed a link with Ambition Motorsport to create a Young Driver Development programme.

Starting with Bambinos and continuing right through to Rotax Max the programme will support drivers from age 5 to 16.
 
Following the re-launch of the Fusion Junior Team, for which spaces were filled in a matter of weeks, the link with Ambition now gives young drivers the opportunity to progress from Bambinos, through to either Honda or IAME LGM in their first season of competition. Drivers can then progress to Fusion Motorsport's multiple Championship winning IAME Cadet team, and eventually to RL Racing Department in Mini and Junior Rotax, continuing Fusion's link with the highly successful Rotax team.
 
Scholarships offering a discount on team fees will be available for drivers showing significant potential and meeting targets set out by the respective team managers, which will help under-funded drivers to compete under the guidance of the UK's top teams.
 
Speaking about the program, Fusion Motorsport Director, Dan Hazlewood commented "The link with Ambition completes the ladder of progression for drivers from a younger age.  We have been looking at having an involvement in Bambinos for some time, but with our commitments it has been difficult, now we are working closely with the top team in this category we can help young drivers progress with the right tuition and guidance."
 
Headline sponsors of the Initiative are expected to be announced soon, with some prestigious companies having expressed an interest. 
 
For more information and contact information please visit www.ambitionmotorsport.co.uk, www.fusionmotorsport.co.uk and www.rlracingdepartmentltd.com.

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All Day Practice/Testing   (17/06)

Practice all day for only £25 on Sunday 26th January.
 
In preparation for the new 2014 season Llandow Kart Club - South Wales Karting Centre will be holding a pre-season test day on Sunday 26th January.
 
For one day only a full day's practice will be available for all drivers at the discount rate of only £25.
 
Why not take this opportunity to come and drive what is regarded by many as one of the best drivers circuits in the country!
 
All classes will be catered for with plenty of track time guaranteed. Practice will commence at 10am and run until darkness. Llandow circuit is situated just 20 miles west of Cardiff off junction 35 of the M4. For any further details please contact the office on 01446 795568 or alternatively visit www.llandowkartclub.co.uk.

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Connor Hall S1 Champion   (17/06)

Click for larger image...Connor was at the Autosport International show last weekend to receive his British Championship winning trophies and awards. He not only won the fantastic trophy but was awarded a limited edition F1 TAG Heuer watch, a carbon fibre race helmet supplied by Mark Collins and a new Rotax engine supplied by J.A.G. (series sponsors).
 
The trophies and awards were presented to Connor by ex F1 driver and 4 times Le Mans 24hr winner Allan McNish. Connor also attended the evening meal and presentation for top 3 in each class. A great evening had by all.
 
Connor would like to thank his family for their support, Paul Spencer, Warwick Ringham and Tim Ezzard at Strawberry Racing as without their massive help this year this would not have been possible. And finally last but certainly not least the Mechanic of the Year 2013 "Harry Cockill" for all of his hard work and help with Connor.
 
Connor and his family are now in the middle of talks with investors and sponsors and will be deciding whether to stay in karting for another year or jump straight into Formula 4. Connor has passed his car ARDS test in November and has tested an F4 car at Brands Hatch. Watch this space... 

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Owner/Driver Testing   (16/01)

Click for larger image...Lydd Kart Circuit have owner/driver testing available Saturday and Sunday this weekend, 18th and 19th January.
 
Bambino hour is available both days between 9am and 10am, while other owner/drivers get sessioned testing between 10am and 4pm. There will be a couple of short breaks to accommodate Hire Kart bookings on either day, but you will get plenty of track time - all classes welcome.
 
Normal rates apply, with club members saving £5 per day - if you haven't joined yet, it really is worthwhile as you save £5 each time you test or race at the Circuit.
 
Please contact the circuit for further details on 01797 321747 or 01797 321895.
 
Lydd would also like to say Thank You to All who turned up for the 4th round of our Winter Championships last Sunday. We had another excellent meeting, with a bumper entry and some great racing while the friendly family atmosphere we strive for was once again evident around the paddock. It is also nice to see so many new faces appearing - if you haven't tried one of our meetings yet, why not come along for the next round which takes place on Sunday 9th February (with practice available on Saturday 8th).
 
Congratulations to all the winners last weekend and to Harry Pears, whose performance on his first outing in the IAME Cadet class earned him the Driver of the Day accolade. The GMS race team enjoyed three class wins - Cameron Clarke claiming another Senior Rotax victory, while Jamie McGeoghan topped the Rotax 177 class again and Michael Kemsley took Junior honours.
 
Our ever popular Bambino class saw another fine entry and resulted in a win for Tristan Thorpe, while Ethan Barford and Oliver Denny both secured their best results so far in taking 2nd and 3rd.
 
Connor Clifford emerged with the win in another very well subscribed Cadet Clubman class, while Luke Whitehead returned to the Circuit after several months away chasing national honours and dominated the Honda Cadet races. Tom Manning was again the class of the Minimax field, with Marcus Shephard claiming another ProKart win.

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GMS Kart Team   (16/01)

Click for larger image...Cameron Clarke made the step up from Junior TKM into Senior Rotax at the first round of Lydd's Winter Championships, running with the locally based GMS Kart Team having driven for them in a few Junior Rotax outings at the end of the Summer - winning 2 Finals out of 3.
 
It was a partnership that gelled straight away, with Cameron enjoying a dream debut by qualifying fastest and going on to win both heats and the Final. He was immediately 'at home' with the increase in power and has been particularly impressed with the handling of his GMS X30 chassis.
 
Click for larger image...That fine form has continued through November, December and January - with Cameron winning all the races, except one heat, during that time. Cameron also made a return to Bayford after an absence of four years, setting fastest lap in the first round of their Winter Championships and currently lies 2nd in that series. David Griffiths from GMS commented "We are looking forward to Cameron continuing his success with GMS during 2014 on the latest X30 chassis."
 
The distinctive blue of GMS has become an increasingly familiar sight at Lydd in these recent months, with several other competitors moving over to using GMS chassis. One such has been Jamie McGeoghan, who has won the 177 class at the last four meetings at Lydd - his December win coming after a fine tussle with fellow GMS driver Richard Renshaw. In Juniors, Michael Kemsley has also switched to the GMS X30 chassis and has immediately been competitive in the class.
 
GMS have also expanded, in conjunction with Clarke Karts, into the world of Honda Cadets - with the very attractive GMS X20. These karts have drawn much favourable comment and already seen a couple of drivers switch to the new chassis.
 
The X20 can be viewed, tested and purchased via Clarke Karts at Lydd Kart Circuit in Kent - phone 01797 321895 or call GMS directly on 01732 850858.
 
For 2014, GMS will continue to race at Lydd to complete the Winter series and to compete in the Summer Championships which start in April, while also racing at Bayford and Buckmore. They are also going to be travelling abroad to contest the Benelux series with Cameron and would be interested in talking to other drivers who may be keen to compete in this series on 01732 850858. GMS X30 chassis are also widely used in the OEKC Endurance Championships, having secured a clean sweep of the top 3 places in last years' series.

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TKM Club Championships   (16/01)

Formula TKM has confirmed it will go ahead with two club championships in 2014 and will also include a class for Clubman drivers in the Midlands series in addition to the usual Junior and Senior classes.

The existing TKM Midlands Club Championship will run again at Kimbolton, Shenington, Rissington and Whilton Mill with a second series to be known as the TKM Northern Club Championship running at Hooton Park, Wombwell, 3 Sisters and Rowrah.

Draft regulations have now been submitted to the MSA for approval, and confirm the dates announced late last year together with confirmation of the Clubman class operating in the Midlands area. With no dates clashing, drivers may take part in both series if they wish.

A delighted TKM boss Alan Turney said: "This is great news for drivers and clubs alike because it encourages club level racing combined with the challenge of running at other circuits which are not too far away."

"We have had a lot of interest from Clubman drivers in the Midlands so we have gone ahead with a category for them subject to some special regulations to make it fair for all."

Adds TKM Co-ordinator Grahame Butterworth: "These events are the perfect way for drivers to take the next step up from club level racing giving them fresh venues and new drivers to race against with very little extra cost."

"We have already had plenty of interest from drivers in the south west type area and we are hopeful of adding a third club championship for that area for next year."

Championship dates and draft regulations together with registration forms are being posted to the www.tal-ko.com website. Drivers in the North must register by Feb 28th and in the Midlands by March 14th.

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Digital Flag Is A Success   (15/01)

The UK's largest kart racing club has seen significant improvements to their track communications and driver safety after upgrading to a new digital flag system from Sports Timing Systems.

Trent Valley Kart Club has been using Digi-Flag since the start of November for their racing events which are attended by over 800 racing members.

Digi-Flag allows officials to digitally display visual indications of circuit conditions, driver warnings and instructions instantly whilst the system continuously logs all interactions for post-race analysis.

Trent Valley Kart Club's Chairman and Clerk of the Course, Nigel Edwards said: "Since installing the Digi-Flag system we have seen a dramatic improvement to the speed and efficiency with which Race Control can communicate information to those on the track."

Click for larger image...Digi-Flag's LED display can be operated by the start line official or remotely from race control and provides superior visibility over traditional flags and manual boards.

"Clear communication is a vital part of safety on and around the track. Digi-Flag allows us to hold races in difficult weather and visibility conditions with the added confidence that the drivers will definitely see the information displayed," he said.

"As every flag and warning displayed is logged, we can now produce and archive entire race incident reports with a simple mouse click. We use Digi-Flag as an all-in-one solution that is streamlining the way we run and analyse events and have no hesitation in recommending this to any other circuit."

Sports Timing Systems, in Staffordshire, are a sports timing solutions company and the UK agent for TAG Heuer.

The Lincolnshire based karting club is the first to use Digi-Flag, building on TVKC's successful switch earlier this year to a new TAG Heuer transponder time-keeping solution which the club was also first to install.

Director of Sports Timing Systems, David Jones said: "We are very happy with the feedback that Digi-Flag has received and excited by the prospect of introducing the system to more race tracks.

"Motorsport has a long history of improvement through innovation and we are delighted to be a part of that."

For more information about Digi-Flag from Sports Timing Systems, please call 01782 561734 or email. info@sportstimingsystems.co.uk. Visit our website at www.sportstimingsystems.co.uk.

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Tooley Motorsport   (14/01)

Preparation for the 2014 season has begun at Tooley Motorsport, both recruiting new team members and working with the existing ones. Team Principal Andrew says "I am really excited about this year's line up, with some very promising new members. We are also extending our expertise into Senior Max, this also is something we look forward to".
 
The new members are William Pettitt, Jack Armstrong and Samuel Gerrard in Mini Max. William has come from Cadets where he was on top form proving his talent towards the end of the season. Jack is also a promising youngster and will no doubt be one to watch, along with Samuel who has shown his promise already in Mini Max having a top 5 finish at a Super 1.

The team also welcome Reece Barr to their Junior Max line-up, who is currently the Irish champion in Mini Max, Reece will use the winter to get used to English racing and then will hopefully show his true colours come S1.
 
So far the line-up has been brilliant, competing in Rowrah club meetings, Shenington and PF. The team has recorded 9 wins since November over 5 races, getting wins in Mini Max, Junior Max and Senior Max. Josh Skelton taking 1 win in Mini and 2 in Junior, Cameron Roberts recording 2 wins in Junior Max and Nathan Aston also recording 3 wins in Senior.
 
Very impressive drives by the other team members also, with little bits to improve on to get that extra bit to finally get the wins like their team mates, which is what the winter testing is all about. Michael is now starting to progress and is getting used to the bigger grids. Paylor is also improving with every outing. The Team are also leading the PF winter series in both Junior Max and Senior Max with Cameron Roberts and Nathan Aston.
 
To follow the teams progress please visit www.tooleymotorsport.com.

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BPKC Winter Championship   (13/01)

Round 1 (of 3) of the BPKC Winter Championship takes place on Sunday 19th January.

All ABkC non gear box glasses are welcome including Bambino and Subaru.

Practice is available on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th January 2014 between 10am and 4pm.

For further details please contact chris@buckmore.co.uk or contact Chris Pullman on 01634 661604.

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One To Look Out For   (10/01)

Cameron Clark has proved himself to be an extremely well-focused and competent driver during his Junior TKM career but has more recently made the jump into Rotax.
 
One of Cameron's many talents is his ability to arrive at a (previously unknown to him) track on a Friday morning and utilise his racing experience to get the best of results.
 
Cameron has already had some fantastic wins in Rotax and really hopes to make his mark in 2014.
 
Dad, James Clark, is so pleased with Cameron's progress that he plans to take him into Europe next year.
 
Iztech Kart Seats wish Cameron every success and will be continuing to offer support in the way of their race-winning lightweight and flexible seats, floor trays and chainguards.

For more information on Iztech's range of products visit www.iztechkartseats.com.

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Next-Gen Motorsport   (09/01)

Next-Gen Motorsport kicked off 2014 in style with a dominant performance at the second round of the PFI winter championship, pole position in IAME qualifying for Kiern Jewiss, taking pole with a perfect lap in the wet conditions, a lights to flag victory in Pre-final A followed. Joe Turney finished a strong second in Pre-final B with Lewis Thompson 4th.

Click for larger image...Kiern lined up on pole for the final, Joe 3rd and Lewis 8th, Kiern led comfortably for 8 of the 10 laps before being passed and a small mistake made in the difficult track conditions slipping back to 3rd at the line. Lewis capitalised on this to snatch a brilliant 2nd after storming through the grid after an unlucky first lap, also missing fastest lap by a whisker, great job Lewis! For the second month running Joe really didn't get the final result his driving had deserved, he will bounce back stronger and a massive result is right round the corner! These results leave Kiern and Lewis 2nd and 3rd in the PFI winter championship after being on the podium at both rounds.
 
In Honda Jenson Butterfield put on another strong performance running in the lead group and eventually finished 4th, this keeps Jenson at the head of the PFI winter championship after winning the last round. Klaas Kooiker and Keaton Samra had some testing times with their new karts but with a lot of hard work by the whole team Keaton ended up 3rd fastest in the final.
 
Next-Gen would also like to announce the confirmed arrival of Lewis Thompson, after a few successful few races with the team being on the podium twice out of three races he is confirmed alongside Kiern Jewiss and Joe Turney forming a very fast line-up for 2014, they will all be competing in both S1 and LGM in IAME. One final space remains in the team for IAME.
 
We would also like to announce the arrival of Paul Wilkins to Next-Gen, Paul's extensive knowledge of motors carbs and all things horse power should complement the teams successful driver coaching to form a combination to rival any team.
 
For all enquiries please contact David Bellchambers on 07446 173293 or email dbc_11@msn.com.

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Get Off To A Flyer   Click for larger image...(08/01)

Get your 2014 season off to a flying start with specialised driver training from AlphaSport Psychology.

From a one off test day to an ongoing program, we can show you how to raise your game.
 
Visit www.alphasportpsychology.co.uk/kart-training to find out more.

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Start 2014 At Lydd   (08/01)

Click for larger image...Race this weekend 12th January in the 4th round of the Lydd Winter Championships and if you've not been before, you will discover the friendly atmosphere and camaraderie that contributed to a record breaking year and made this Kent circuit a popular choice for kart racers in 2013.
 
Bambino, Cadet Clubman, Honda Cadets, 2-stroke Cadets, Junior/Minimax, Senior Rotax 162 and 177 and ProKarts will all be running at our non-MSA meeting, but we welcome karts from other classes and will always find a grid for you to race with.
 
Why not come and join us this weekend, call 01797 321747 or 01797 321895 to reserve your place on the grid. Entries can be made right up to race morning, prior to 09.30am please, with no late entry fee.  Practice is available for all drivers on Saturday.
 
You can also keep up to date with what's happening at Lydd by visiting the website at www.lyddkartcircuit.com or call the circuit on either of the above telephone numbers.
 
Coming soon to Lydd - Rotax Masters as part of the Summer Championships, so watch this space for further news.

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McNish To Present S1 Prizes   (06/01)

Allan McNish will present the prizes to the top ten in each Super One kart racing series at the Autosport International Racing Car Show on Saturday 11th January.  The reigning World Sportscar Champion has recently announced his retirement from top line racing, he is also a triple Le Mans 24 Hour winner and a former Formula 1 driver.

Click for larger image...Well known for his lively anecdotes, McNish will present the prizes for the ABkC National Rotax classes and Honda Cadet Championships and the MSA Comer Cadet National series at 1p.m. on the Super One Series stand number 6410.  And at 3 p.m. he will return to present the prizes along with a representative from the MSA for the MSA British Kart Championships for IAME Cadet, KF Junior and KZ1 Senior gearbox along with the ABkC National Championships for TKM Classes and the KGP National Championship.

All of the champions will also receive a TAG-Heuer timepiece,  a carbon fibre Koden helmet and a Vroom UK Magazine.  The total prize fund for the 2013 Edgar's Hyundai sponsored series in cash and goods exceeds £60,000 due in part to the generosity of its partners.  The inaugural IAME Cadet British Champion Oliver York will receive an all expenses trip to the X30 Junior Grand Finals courtesy of IAME and John Mills Engineering, whilst many of the top Rotax drivers have already had success with their free entries to the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals held in New Orleans in November, as did KGP drivers in their Grand Finals in Italy. Rotax is supported by the importer JAG Engineering with prizes of a new engine for all champions and the top Rookies.  The TKM classes are supported by Tal-Ko Racing and KF Junior by Tillotson carburettors. Rotax rookie winners receive an invitation to Mercedes GP factory for a VIP tour at their Brackley facility.  Through the Association of British Kart Club's partnership with its nominated tyre partners, cash prizes are awarded from Dunlop / Anderson Racing, Bridgestone / Zip Kart, Mojo / JAG Engineering,  Maxxis / Tal-Ko Racing and Vega / Andy Cox Racing for the KGP class.

For a full list of partners please visit the
http://superoneseries.com website, all are thanked for their support of Britain's premier karting series.

 
The Series promoters will be taking registrations for the 2014 series, this can also be completed on line through the website. There are six rounds in each of the two series (five for the MSA British Kart Championship for KZ1 gearbox class) and in 2013 well over 400 drivers raced in the series.  With Super One drivers enjoying much success on the international stage more and more overseas drivers are choosing the Super One for their national racing.
 
The Super One Series announces a new headline partner in SSM Metals for 2014 and a new media partnership with Vroom UK magazine who will also be present on the stand.

Photograph courtesy of Chris Walker/Kartpix.net.

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2014 Max Challenge   (02/01)

Click for larger image...JAG Engineering and the Super One Series are pleased to be able to confirm that eight Max Challenge Grand Final places are being made available for drivers in the 2014 Super One Series, including from a new for 2014 DD2 championship.  The places are as follows:
 
- 2 from Junior Max
- 2 from Senior Max
- 2 from DD2
- 2 DD2 Masters
 
These will be chosen from the Junior and Senior Rotax Max ABkC National Championships promoted by the Super One Series plus a new for 2014 series for DD2, also to be held by the Super One.  The MSA has given outline approval for the Super One to hold a DD2 qualifying series for the Max Challenge Grand Finals.  Registrations for the series should be made via the http://superoneseries.com website, noting there is a discount for on line registration.  The Super One Series will also be at the Autosport International Racing Car Show at the NEC, Birmingham, during 9 -12 January where registrations can be made.  Register early to confirm the competition number of your choice (11 - 99 unless a 2013 seeded number is held).Click for larger image...
 
British drivers have enjoyed huge success at the Grand Finals for the Rotax classes.  In 2013 at the Nola Motorsports Park in New Orleans, Oliver Hodgson won the senior Max title, following on from Charlie Eastwood's success the year before.  In Junior Max Brett Ward and Guan Yu Zhou achieved podium places and in DD2 Thomas Arme made a splendid fifth place.  The location for the 2014 Grand Finals, to be held in November or December, has yet to be revealed.
 
With massive support from the UK distributor JAG Engineering these places at the Grand Finals are highly coveted and the chance is not one to be missed.  So please confirm your entry without delay.

Photographs courtesy of TSR Productions.

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SYKC January Meeting   (02/01)

SYKC will hold their first race meeting for 2014 on Sunday 12th January.

We welcome the new IAME X30 and licensed Bambino drivers to enter the event.

During 2014 we would like to encourage TKM drivers to attend the circuit, with the club offering cash prizes for the top 3 championship winners (there must be more than 10 competitors enter every round from March to December).

We will confirm sponsorship for other classes soon. All information and documents can be downloaded from www.southyorkshirekartclub.co.uk or contact dbaines20@hotmail.co.uk.

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