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James's Aim Realised   (19/04)

Click for larger image...Kart racer James Canham, of Bury St Edmunds made a personal triumph over the Easter weekend, winning Round 4 of the EPKC Rotax 177 Championship, at Ellough Park Race Circuit, near Beccles.
 
James launched a fundraising and awareness campaign in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust in March of this year with his sights set on reaching £1,000 in donations to the charity by the end of the season.
 
James was made aware of the incurable genetic condition at the age of 15 when discovering one of his closest friends was living with the condition, which is caused by a faulty gene from birth.
 
Cystic Fibrosis at the time had an average life expectancy of just 31 years, and many were not living to see that age.
 
Click for larger image...In the years of 2006/2007 he ran a similar campaign alongside his karting to help his friend and those in the same position raising money for the Trust, but never achieved his goal of winning a race carrying the important message.
 
Since returning to the sport after some years away he has joined the Flash Racing team under the watchful eye of experienced multiple karting champion and team owner Gordon Chenery.
 
Since launching his 2017 fundraising campaign in March James has helped raise over £440 for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust through trackside and online donations, and on Saturday took a long awaited race victory sporting the charity livery.
 
James would like to thank everyone who has donated to the cause so far, and also to the help and support of Flash Racing in achieving his goals.
 
More information on his fundraising can be found at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/cysticfibrosiskart.

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Tuto Super One Series   (11/04)

The TKMs took part in their second round and the Rotax 177s and Honda Cadets their first at Rissington with summer temperatures warming the panoramic Cotswolds track.
 
Koden helmets is supporting Super One with a carbon fibre helmet for the winners and an extra prize for the most podiums, as well as the Koden Academy which awards drivers wearing Koden helmets £100, £75 or £50 for podium positions, with Abbi Pulling in Junior TKM being the biggest beneficiary so far.
 
MSA Junior TKM National Championship

Abbi Pulling took two strong wins at Rissington, five and six seconds ahead respectively.
 
Charlie Mann took pole on Saturday morning 11 hundredths ahead of Pulling then Mann went on to win both heats although with Pulling running him very close.
 
Click for larger image...In Final 1, Archie Strong, who started 3rd, leapfrogged both Mann and Pulling at the start and led for four laps while Pulling worked her way back from 4th to the lead. Strong, Mann and Welham had turns in 2nd before James Pashley secured it but Welham received a driving exclusion after finishing 7th. Mann completed the podium.
 
Click for larger image...In Final 2 Pulling led all the way while a battle raged for 2nd between Strong, Mann, Archie Albone, Kurt Roberts and Theo Hesketh, with Roberts taking the runner-up spot and Hesketh gaining 11 places to take 3rd, which was settled on the last lap.
 
Pulling now leads the Championship by five points from Ross Deal with Pashley 10 points behind that.

Results Final 1 (18 laps): 1 Abbi Pulling (Tal-Ko), 2 James Pashley (Jade), 3 Charlie Mann (Tal-Ko), 4 Archie Strong (Jade), 5 Ross Deal (Tal-Ko), 6 Kurt Roberts (Jade)
Results Final 2 (18 laps): 1 Pulling, 2 Roberts, 3 Theo Hesketh (Tonykart), 4 Archie Albone (Tonykart), 5 Deal, 6 Alexander Page (Tonykart)
Provisional Championship Points Standings: 1 Abbi Pulling 360, 2 Ross Deal 255, 3 James Pashley 344, 4 Kurt Roberts 339, 5 Theo Hesketh 334, 6 Archie Strong 312

MSA Senior TKM National Championship

Click for larger image...Adam Sparrow and Matthew Allnutt were 1st and 2nd in the first Final then swapped places in Final 2 at the front of the 43-kart field.
 
Sparrow headed Timed Qualifying 5 hundredths ahead of Peter Newman with Allnutt in 4th, then Sparrow won his two heats with Stephen Letts winning the other, but Max Goldsmith's 2nd and 4th gave him 2nd on the Final 1 grid ahead of Letts. Allnutt was down in 11th after problems in his 2nd heat.
 
Click for larger image...There were four different leaders and five changes of lead during the 18 laps of Final 1 - Sparrow, Letts, Sam Fowler and James Mills all up front before Sparrow managed to hold on to it for the last five laps. Allnutt gained three places to take 2nd on the last lap and Mills did likewise for 3rd.
 
In Final 2 Sparrow led for four laps before Allnutt took over, with Simon Vercoe then Fowler running 2nd before Sparrow passed Fowler in the closing laps.

Results Final 1 (18 laps): 1 Adam Sparrow (Tal-Ko), 2 Matthew Allnutt (Tonykart), 3 James Mills (Tonykart), 4 Simon Vercoe (Tal-Ko), 5 Matthew Taylor (Tonykart), 6 Harry Moore (Jade)
Results Final 2 (18 laps): 1 Allnutt, 2 Sparrow, 3 Sam Fowler (Jade), 4 Stephen Letts (Tonykart), 5 Mills, 6 Taylor

ABkC Honda Cadet National Championship

Click for larger image...Joshua McLean took both Final wins at Rissington for the first round of the year for Honda Cadet, where there were 42 entries requiring a Repechage.
 
Archie Brown qualified on pole from Alfie Rigby and rookie Oliver Stewart while the heat wins went to Harvey Charter, Oliver Bearman and James Walker, with Charter taking pole for Final 1 by virtue of his 2nd place in his other heat.
 
Click for larger image...Charter ended up 11th after the start of Final 1 where Walker took the lead initially before Brown led for much of the race, with McLean glued to his bumper, making his move to win on the last lap.
 
McLean led the whole of Final 2 but only got away from the pack during the lkast lap jostling for position. Oliver Greenall had been 2nd for most of the race with Coskun Irfan taking 3rd. The result remains provisional due to an appeal to the Motor Sports Council over one of the black flags during the race.

Results Final 1 (16 laps): 1 Joshua McLean (Zip), 2 Archie Brown (Synergy), 3 James Walker (Synergy), 4 Oliver Greenall (Project One), 5 Coskun Irfan (Synergy), 6 Lucas Ellingham (Zip)
Results Final 2 (16 laps): 1 McLean, 2 Greenall, 3 Irfan, 4 Ellingham, 5 Walker, 6 Brown.

ABkC Formula Rotax Max 177 National Championship

Click for larger image...The 177 class is back in Super One for a three-round Championship, with the other rounds being at Whilton Mill and Shenington where the winner will receive a ticket to the Grand Final at Portimao in Portugal in November, or a new Rotax Evo engine, supported by J.A.G.
 
The O Plate Chris Thomas won everything, including both Finals, with James Beacroft and Tony Dickinson vying for 2nd place. Dickinson was a solid 2nd in Final 1, but in Final 2 he came off at the start leaving 2nd to Beacroft, with Buster Mepham taking 3rd from Marcus Bazley early on.
 
Click for larger image...Thompson is now eight points ahead of Beacroft in the Championship, followed by Mepham and Dickinson.

Results Final 1 (18 laps): 1 Chris Thomas (Tonykart), 2 Tony Dickinson (Gillard), 3 James Beacroft (Kosmic), 4 Buster Mepham, 5 Marcus Bazley, 6 Lee Hodge (Kosmic)
Results Final 2 (18 laps): 1 Thomas, 2 Beacroft, 3 Mepham, 4 Darren Rich (Tonykart), 5 Bazley, 6 Alexander Luck
Provisional Championship Points Standings: 1 Chris Thomas 196, 2 James Beacroft 188, 3 Buster Mepham 178, 4 Tony Dickinson 175, 5 Alexander Luck 172, 6 Marcus Bazley 170

Full results are available from http://www.tagheuer-timing.co.uk/?page_id=630 and Championship information is at http://www.superoneseries.com/.

Report by Mary-Ann Horley. Photographs courtesy of Christ Walker/Kartpix.net.

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IKR Opening Round Summer Season   (03/04)

Round 1 - IKR (Independent Kart Racing) Owner Driver Race Meeting
Usual classes catered for are Bambino, Honda Cadet Clubman, Honda Cadet, IAME Cadet, Junior Subaru, Junior Max, Mini Max ProKart 175, ProKart 200, Senior Rotax 162 and Rotax Max 177. http://www.lyddkartcircuit.com/owner-driver s/club-championship-regulations/.
 
Meetings for this championship (6 rounds) are every 2nd Sunday of the month with optional race practice (sessions) the Saturday before (8th April).

Competitors best 5 results count towards their final championship position. Many drivers do have a licence, however these meetings are non-msa, do contact us with any questions or clarification. A driver can do a one off meeting.  
 
Summer Format
Practice of at least 3 minutes per class, followed by timed qualifying of at least 8 mins per class, then one heat (8 Laps), Pre-Final (8 Laps) and a Grand Final (15 Laps) for each class. Bambino have a practice/qualify session of at least 3 laps, followed by 3 timed runs (10 mins each). Tyre for Bambino is Le Cont MSA04 and a 80 tooth rear sprocket.
 
All Rotax classes and Junior Subaru use the Maxxis HG1 slick tyre (1 set for all 6 rounds). Please be reminded to purchase & use barcoded tyres only. Barcodes must match the numbers recorded on scrutineer cards.

The permitted Wet tyre for Junior Subaru, ProKart 175 & 200 is Maxxis SL'W'. Dry tyre for Cadet is Dunlop LS2/MSA.

F4S Race Series are joining us with their own grid on Sunday 9th April for round 2 of their championship. For more information visit http://www.f4sraceseries.co.uk/.
 
Saturday practice running order & Sunday race day time table is posted to Facebook prior to event.
 
Click for larger image...Entry Options
Post or email completed race entry form & payment to the circuit, or confirm entry & card payment over the phone. 
Trakentries online https://www.trakentries.co.uk/clubclone/club.asp?C=26 the deadline for this being Wednesday 5th April.
In person at the weekend, entries are taken up to and including race morning sign-on.
 
Clarkekarts shop, café and clubhouse are open both days, spectators welcome.
 
Kart storage is £5 per kart/per week and weekend garage space hire is £25 per kart/per day, transponder hire is £10 per day.
 
Notices
2016/2017 Winter Championship Awards will be presented 9th April in the Clubhouse after race day trophies for Summer R1 have been given out.

'Owner Driver Evenings' have started now, 4pm to 7pm.  Bambino class on Tuesday's, Cadets on Wednesdays & Juniors on Thursdays.
 
Contact Sue Hart (Club Secretary) or circuit staff on 01797 321747 or 321895, email lyddcircuit@yahoo.co.uk, visit our website at www.lyddkartcircuit.com, find us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/lydd.kartcircuit/ or download our app at https://lyddkartcircuit.appsme.com

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Compkart UK Collaboration   (03/04)

KKC, The Compkart UK & Ireland Importers are proud to confirm, with immediate effect, the collaboration between themselves and Mark Litchfield of MLR Racing Team.
 
After winning the Junior X30 World Championship in 2015 with their partner team - BN Racing, Vital Motorsport & their parent company KKC Kart Components introduced the iconic Compkart brand to the UK market in January 2016.
 
Compkart has been incredibly successful, winning races across the UK and Ireland. Along with being positioned Vice European Junior X30 Champions. 2016 would also see The Vital Motorsport Race Team successfully achieve the ultimate goal of winning the Senior X30 World Championship title.
 
As of immediate effect, we are now proud to announce a collaboration with Mark Litchfield of MLR (Mark Litchfield Racing) who have been positioned as Compkart's new UK factory race team. This provides a great opportunity for current and prospective drivers to be taught, trained & ultimately run by one of the UK's most successful drivers, having won multiple British & European Championships. 
 
Vital Motorsport would like to thank all their drivers, parents & Supporters for their continued support, not only supporting the team but also the Compkart Brand. KKC and Vital Motorsport, now look forward to their future collaboration with Mark Litchfield and are confident that this partnership will form and bolster fantastic results for not only the drivers but also the Compkart Brand.
 
We are confident that this new collaboration will ensure the future to be very bright - #choosethefluo
 
To arrange a test drive on a Compkart Chassis please contact Gary Rolfe at KKC Kart Components on 01327 844320 or for team enquiries please contact Mark Litchfield on 07850 026321. 

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Awning Space Available   (30/03)

KMS have awning space available for Cadet and X30 for Super One, LGM and club events.

Following a very successful 2016 season, we showed a very high potential to beat the big teams.

Our 2016 results for Iame Cadet include...

Super 1 round maximum points @ Rissington
Super 1 round winning @ Buckmore Park
LGM round win @ GYG
Welsh Champions
Numerous podiums @ S1 and LGM
3rd in Super One
4th in LGM

...and X30 Jnr...

Wombwell Club champions
Cock of the North champions

Plus many more championships in previous years.

If you're interested in joining us or for further information
please don't hesitate to contact us - email KatoMotorsport@yahoo.com or telephone 07791 645019.

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MSA Relaunches Kart Championships   (29/03)

The Motor Sports Association (MSA) has relaunched this year's MSA British Junior and Senior Kart Championships with a revised calendar and a stunning new prize package.

Promoted by Super One Series, the six-round championship will take place over three events, beginning on 3-4 June at Clay Pigeon and ending on 8-10 September at PFI. In between is a meeting on 26-27 August at Shenington. Competitors are able to hire Vortex engines from Strawberry Racing, or alternatively purchase them at a special discount price.

The two title winners will each receive an OTK-sponsored, full factory supported prize drive in the CIK-FIA World Championships at PFI on 22-24 September (if the MSA British Junior Champion is eligible for the OK class, he or she will be permitted to enter that class). If either champion is unable to accept this great prize, it will be offered to the vice-champion. Vega will also supply a tyre voucher for the Junior class, to be redeemed at any CIK-FIA event.

A further six free entries (three per class) to the world title event at PFI will be drawn randomly at regular intervals up to the end of round two at Shenington. These will include either a Tonykart or a Birel ART chassis, supplied by Strawberry Racing and Andy Cox Racing respectively, along with awning space. Vortex will supply engines, while Vega will again supply tyre vouchers to the Junior class. Vega/ACR is offering a further 24 sets of prize tyres over the six rounds.

Additional prizes include factory tours at the Mercedes AMG Petonas Formula One Team, M-Sport and Bentley GT. There is also a TAG Heuer watch for the winner in each class, along with a Koden helmet. The MSA is providing prize tickets to rounds of the FIA World Rallycross Championship and MSA British Hill Climb Championship, plus World Rally Passes for Wales Rally GB.

Rob Jones, MSA Chief Executive, said: "The MSA British Kart Championships are renowned worldwide for producing future world champions across our sport, including F1. Consequently we must always ensure that they set the highest standards in order to produce the best talent.

"This year we have undertaken, together with a significant cross-section of karting, a significant review of the MSA British Championships following the false start at Rowrah. We are extremely grateful to all those key players in the sport who have contributed to what we believe will be the most exciting, challenging and indeed for several competitors, the most rewarding, launch pad for their racing careers."

Super One's John Hoyle added: "We are delighted with the new format of the MSA British Kart Championships and the fantastic prize packages on offer. We urge competitors to register and enter for the first rounds as soon as possible."

Eligibility for prizes is contingent on participation at all three events. There is also a fundamental requirement for at least 15 competitors to be registered and entered for the first round in each championship by the closing date of 30 April 2017. Those already paid to register with Super One in other classes will not be subject to an additional registration fee.For full details of the championship regulations and prizes, please visit www.superoneseries.com.

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Rotax Max 177 Super One   (24/03)

The Motor Sports Association have recently sanctioned a three round Championship for Rotax Max 177.

The Super One events at the following circuits - Little Rissington, Whilton Mill and Shenington - will host the Rotax 177 Class for a National Championship for which the star prize is a sponsored drive in the Rotax Max World Finals to be held at Portimao, Portugal in November.

The first round at Little Rissington is only a couple of weeks away so it is vital that you guys get your entries in now to ensure a place on the grid.

Contact sonja@superoneseries.com.

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Zylon Helmet Visor Strips   Click for larger image...(23/03)

Click for larger image...Ever wanteded an F1-style Zylon Helmet Visor Strip but thought they were too expensive?

Well GMR Plastics have an alternative - made here in the UK!

We have two versions available, one in ABS Carbon Look as per photos and one in plain white, ideal for painting although both can be painted.

Take a look at our Facebook page gmrplastics for all the details.

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JAG Support For 177 Championship   (22/03)

JAG are to offer support for Super One 177 championship!

Rotax Grand Final ticket for the winner of the of the Super One 177 Championship or a new Rotax Evo Engine.

Plus a free set of tyres for everyone that enters the championship!

What is included in the price:
3 x Entries Saturday and Sunday. 
3 x Set of race slicks.
1 x Set of wets tyres.
2 x Super One tyre holders.
2 x tyres bags One slicks one wets.
3 x transponder hire.
NO new test tyres allowed so what you pay no add on extras. 
TV coverage.
Top three awards ticket for 2 people.
Free Autosport tickets for 2 for the 10 top ten seeded drivers.

Enter today at http://www.race-entries.co.uk/product/rotax-177-three-race-series/#event-one-rissington

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The TVKC Easter Raffle   (22/03)

As some of you may already be aware, our Chairman and Clerk of the Course, Nigel Edwards, lost his eldest son, Marc, a few weeks ago.  This was absolutely devastating news and as members of Trent Valley Kart Club we're sure you will wish to pass on your condolences to Nigel and his family at this very difficult time.

We at Trent Valley Kart Club wanted to show our support by organising a charity event to help raise money for the Anthony Nolan Trust, a cause very close to the Edwards' family heart.

At the opening round of the 2017 Club Championship (1st & 2nd April), we will be holding an Easter Raffle.  The tickets are now on sale and are £1 each, available from Race Control.  All proceeds will go to the Anthony Nolan Trust and the lucky ticket winner will receive a Cadbury's Luxury Easter Chocolate Hamper.

Please help us to support this wonderful charity, all contributions will be greatly received.

For more information visit www.tvkc.co.uk.

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Lydd Kart Circuit Makes History   (21/03)

Last weekend Lydd Kart Circuit ran the first ever IKR / MSA race event on the largest scale in history.
 
Over one hundred and sixty karts took place with a great atmosphere and competitive racing.
 
The F100 & Modified Prokarts represented the IKR & Duncan Masters with the RAF & Armed Forces represented the MSA.
 
Simon Blunt of the MSA and James Clarke representing IKR had a very positive and frank meeting on the Saturday.
 
Click for larger image...Hopefully this can be a good starting point to get karting back to raw roots and make it more successful, cheaper, fairer and consistent.
 
The meeting was a huge success from Lydd's point of view and many thanks to all that supported and helped.  It was also great to have help from Kelvin Nicholls & Richard Lock from Ellough Park Kart Circuit.
 
The success of such an event hopefully shows it can help to see karting grow once again.

Again, massive thank you to all the drivers, families and staff that made this happen.
 
For more information call 01797 321747 or 321895, email lyddcircuit@yahoo.co.uk, visit our website at www.lyddkartcircuit.com, find us on Facebook www.facebook.com/lydd.kartcircuit/ or download our app at https://lyddkartcircuit.appsme.com.

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Tuto Super One Series Round 1   (20/03)

The first round of the 2017 series for IAME Cadets, TKM, X30 and Rotax classes didn't see a single period of dry running, and with no action until midday on Sunday due to the torrential rain the organisers at Rowrah did incredibly well to get through the entire programme.

Click for larger image...MSA British Cadet Kart Championship
Taylor Barnard qualified on pole 0.15s ahead of Coskun Irfan then Barnard, Freddie Slater and Alexander Dunne took a heat apiece, with Barnard and Slater ending up equal on points and Barnard taking pole for Final 1 by virtue of his higher qualifying position. In Final 1 Slater got the best start before Barnard took back the lead, with Slater staying on Barnard's tail throughout. Slater briefly took the lead on lap 7, before tucking back into position, then in the traditional last lap tussle he ended up 4th and Matthew Rees took 2nd ahead of Arvid Lindblad. Barnard dominated the second Final, over a second ahead throughout, with Maxwell Dodds gradually pulling away from Oliver Denny and the pack behind him too. The highest climber was Josh Rowledge who came through the Repechage to 14th in Final 1 then 8th in Final 2.

Final 1 (11 laps): 1 Taylor Barnard (Synergy); 2 Matthew Rees (Zip); 3 Arvid Lindblad (Zip); 4 Freddie Slater (Synergy); 5 Maxwell Dodds (Tony); 6 Oliver Denny (Synergy)
Final 2 (11 laps): 1 Barnard; 2 Dodds; 3 Denny; 4 Alexander Dunne (Synergy); 5 Rees; 6 Luke Watts (Zip)
Provisional Championship Points Standings: 1 Barnard 195, 2 Slater 180, 3 Lindblad 177, 4 Rees 176, 5 Dodds 174, 6 Denny 173

Click for larger image...MSA TKM Junior National Championship
Kurt Roberts took pole out of the 30 Junior TKMs half a second ahead of James Pashley with Ross Deal a tenth behind that. However, Roberts came off at the start of the first heat, dropping to the back but persevering to finish in 20th. Theo Hesketh won the second heat with Roberts 2nd, and Hesketh had pole from Pashley and Deal. The first Final soon settled down to Hesketh, Pashley and Deal, but Final 2 was a great race with Robert Welham taking the lead on lap 3 and Roberts coming back up to 2nd before Abbi Pulling reeled him to take 2nd on the last lap while Hesketh eventually finished 8th.

Final 1 (11 laps): 1 Theo Hesketh (Tony); 2 James Pashley (Jade); 3 Ross Deal (Tal-Ko); 4 Robert Welham (Tony); 5 Kurt Roberts (Jade); 6 Abbi Pulling (Tal-Ko)
Final 2 (12 laps): 1 Welham; 2 Pulling; 3 Roberts; 4 Deal; 5 Pashley; 6 Ian Sisson (Tony)
Provisional Championship Points Standings: 1= Hesketh 184, 1= Pashley 184, 3 Deal 183, 4 Welham 178, 5 Pulling 166, 6 Roberts 164

MSA TKM Senior National Championship
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John Hogan qualified just a hundredth ahead of Stephen Letts, but Letts won both of his heats with the other heat win going to Kyle Sproat whose first heat hadn't gone well. Hogan had a 2nd and an exclusion so was well down the order. Letts led all the way in Final 1 with Ryan Edwards 2nd but dropping back and Vercoe 3rd. It was the same order in Final 2 but Letts took a bit longer to get going and Edwards led briefly with Vercoe also passing Letts, but Letts was soon back in the lead to go on to win by 1.18s. Hogan meanwhile won the Repechage and came through to 13th in Final 1 and 9th in Final 2.

Final 1 (12 laps): 1 Stephen Letts (Tony); 2 Ryan Edwards (Tony); 3 Simon Vercoe (Tal-Ko); 4 Matthew Taylor (Tony); 5 Harry Moore (Jade); 6 James Ogden (Jade)
Final 2 (12 laps): 1 Letts; 2 Edwards; 3 Vercoe; 4 Taylor; 5 Ogden; 6 Moore
Provisional Championship Points Standings: 1 Letts 196, 2 Edwards 187, 3 Vercoe 184, 4 Taylor 176, 5 Moore 171, 6 Ogden 168

Click for larger image...MSA X30 Junior National Championship
Jonny Wilkinson headed Timed Qualifying from Max Jeanne and Sean Butcher, with Louie Westover down in 11th. Wilkinson took two heat wins with the others going to Dragan Pinsent and Jeanne, but Jeanne had an exclusion in another heat so had to go through the Repechage where he didn't qualify. Wilkinson was on pole from Samuel White then Butcher, with Westover now up to 4th. White and Westover leapfrogged ahead of Wilkinson at the start of Final 1 then Westover took the lead on lap 3 and went on to win. Wilkinson lost 3rd to Butcher then got it back, but along with no less than 13 others received a bumper penalty which dropped him to 7th and gave Butcher 3rd. Westover also won Final 2, pulling further and further away from White initially 2nd and then Butcher who overtook him. But Butcher was demoted from 2nd with a bumper penalty and as Reggie Duhy and Morgan Porter had passed White they completed the podium.

Final 1 (12 laps): 1 Louie Westover (Kosmic; 2 Samuel White (Mach 1); 3 Sean Butcher (Tony); 4 Dragan Pinsent (Exprit); 5 Joe Fowler (Fullerton); 6 Brandon Abraham (Tony)
Final 2 (12 laps): 1 Westover; 2 Reggie Duhy (Compkart); 3 Morgan Porter (Tony); 4 White; 5 Jonny Wilkinson (Tony); 6 Henry Laws (Kosmic)
Provisional Championship Points Standings: 1 Westover 193, 2 White 186, 3 Wilkinson 180, 4 Butcher 177, 5= Duhy 167, 5= Fowler 167

MSA X30 Senior National Championship
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Elliot Harvey was the fastest of the 61-kart field in Timed Qualifying followed by Josh Skelton, James Johnson and Danny Keirle who were within a tenth. Skelton (twice), Harvey and Keirle shared the heat wins with Skelton on pole, while Charlie Lamb won the Repechage which contained some highly reputed drivers. Skelton led Final 1 until half-distance when Keirle made his move with Harvey following him through. Oliver Hodgson hadn't finished the first Final due to mechanical woes but gained 18 places in the second Final to finish 14th.

Final 1 (12 laps): 1 Danny Keirle (Fullerton; 2 Elliot Harvey (Tony); 3 Josh Skelton (Tony); 4 James Johnson (Alonso); 5 Thomas Turner (Tony); 6 William Pettitt (Tony)
Final 2 (12 laps): 1 Keirle; 2 Skelton; 3 Turner; 4 Johnson; 5 Philip Rawson (Compkart); 6 Pettitt
Provisional Championship Points Standings: 1 Keirle 195, 2 Skelton 190, 3 Johnson 181, 4 Turner 179, 5 Harvey 178, 6 Pettitt 172

Click for larger image...ABkC Mini Max National Championship
Newly-crowned O Plate winner Alex Lloyd took pole, going on to win both heats with Kai Hunter 2nd in both heats and Sam Heading 3rd. Lloyd won both Finals by several seconds, both followed by Hunter, with Heading 3rd in the first Final and Dominic Bush 3rd in the second Final but penalised for his bumper, giving the remaining podium place to Lewis Gilbert.

Final 1 (12 laps): 1 Alex Lloyd (Alonso); 2 Kai Hunter (Kosmic); 3 Sam Heading (Tony); 4 Dominic Bush (Tony); 5 Lewis Gilbert (Tony); 6 Owen Johnson (Tony)
Final 2 (12 laps): 1 Lloyd; 2 Hunter; 3 Gilbert; 4 Alex Eades (Tony); 5 Johnson; 6 Van Knapton (Alonso)
Provisional Championship Points Standings: 1 Lloyd 196, 2 Hunter 190, 3 Heading 175, 4= Eades 172, 4= Johnson 172, 6 Bush 169

Click for larger image...ABkC Junior Max National Championship
Bradley Barrett took pole in Timed Qualifying followed by Tommy Foster 2nd and Jason Lockwood 3rd, with the times very close considering the conditions. Foster and Barrett took a heat each with Barrett taking pole for Final 1 due to his better qualifying performance. Barrett crossed the line first in the first Final by quite a distance but was demoted to 4th with a bumper penalty, giving the win to Tyler Chesterton from Clayton Ravenscroft and Rhys Hunter. In Final 2 Chesterton kept the lead at the start but Ravenscroft came off on the first lap and Barrett was soon up to 2nd although he didn't manage to close the gap to Chesterton. Hunter took 3rd but again couldn't close up to Barrett.

Final 1 (12 laps): 1 Tyler Chesterton (Tony); 2 Clayton Ravenscroft (Kosmic); 3 Rhys Hunter (Kosmic); 4 Bradley Barrett (Tony); 5 Finlay Bunce (Tony); 6 Lewis Gilbert (Tony)
Final 2 (12 laps): 1 Chesterton; 2 Barrett, 3 Hunter; 4 Bunce; 5 Oakley Pryor (Tony); 6 Jason Lockwood (Tony)
Provisional Championship Points Standings: 1 Chesterton 192, 2 Barrett 187, 3 Hunter 182, 4 Bunce 169, 5 James Lowther (Tony) 164, 6 Gilbert 163

For more information on Super One Series visit www.superoneseries.com.

Report by Mary-Ann Horley. Photographs courtesy of Christ Walker/Kartpix.net.

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Daytona Motorsport GPK Series   (16/03)

Click for larger image...Daytona Motorsport are launching an all-new Cadet, Junior and Senior Kart Championship starting Summer 2017, having teamed up with TonyKart, Bridgestone and Vortex to create the ultimate racer.

The UK's premier kart venue operator, Daytona Motorsport, is delighted to announce today (16 March 2017) its all-new Cadet, Junior and Senior GPK Series Championship, which will start this summer.
 
With over twenty years' at the pinnacle of Arrive&Drive kart racing, Daytona has listened to the needs of ambitious young drivers and devised the GPK Series, a technically-advanced, single-spec championship, priced at a fraction of owner/driver competition.

The new GPK Series, which is aimed at drivers aged eight to sixteen years, provides each competitor with an identical TonyKart chassis for the series. This feat of design engineering has won an impressive seven World Championships and many more international titles. Daytona has chosen the race-proven Vortex DVS engine for each driver in the Junior and Senior GPK categories, which is undoubtedly the very latest in kart racing technology. This push-start 125cc engine offers unbelievable performance and the thrill of direct drive racing. GPK Series Cadet drivers will race with the Vortex Mini MR3 Engine. Engines will be drawn at random for each race weekend. After extensive research and testing, all classes will use Bridgestone ROK tyres - guaranteeing longevity and performance.

The new GPK Series, which makes its debut on July 28 at Rowrah Circuit, Cumbria, will run as a double-header, three-day meeting, including testing on a Friday. The entire six-rounds are priced at £12.5k (+ VAT) for Cadets through to £14.5k (+ VAT) for Juniors and Seniors, representing superb value for money compared to owner/driver competition.
 
Click for larger image...Susie Wolff, founder of  UK motorsport initiative, Dare To Be Different and former Williams F1 test driver, says "Daytona is a key partner in our Dare to Be Different campaign and are true professionals within the kart racing world. I believe they can make the GPK Series a big success."

2016 Le Mans Endurance Series Champion, Alex Brundle, says, "Daytona Motorsport has shown it has the experience and ability to run a series that negates financial performance advantage and to create a level playing field. I believe this puts Daytona in the unique position to be able to provide a high-performance springboard for the youngest drivers to begin and enhance their journey to professional motorsport."

FIA World Touring Car and MSA British Touring Car ace, Tom Chilton, further endorses Daytona's new series, "I think Daytona Motorsport has come up with great intiative by creating the GPK Series Championship, which could hold the next generation of Formula One drivers. GPK Series offers amazing value. It's fair, its fast. Why wouldn't you?"

GPK Series is designed to be a significant springboard for youngsters heading towards professional racing careers - and to reflect this, Daytona has chosen superb winners' prizes for these talented and ambitious drivers:
 
Click for larger image...The 2017 GPK Senior Champion will win entry into the Bridgestone ROK World Finals in Garda, Italy as well as a fully funded drive in the 2018 Formula Academy Championship.

The 2017 GPK Junior Champion will win entry into the Bridgestone ROK World Finals in Garda, Italy as well as a fuly funded drive in the Ginetta Junior Winter Series.

The 2017 GPK Cadet Champion will win entry into the Bridgestone ROK World Finals in Garda, Italy as well as free entry to the 2018 GPK Series Cadet (or Junior) Championship. 
 
GPK Championship calendar 2017:
Rounds 1-2 - Rowah Circuit - 28-30 July 2017
Rounds 3-4 - Glan Y Gors - 1-3 September 2017
Round 5-6 - Buckmore Park - 21-23 October 2017
 
Carefully scheduled during the school holidays, the GPK Series will not interupt term time whilst still allowing for testing on a Friday.
 
For more information about The GPK Series, driver should visit www.gpkseries.co.uk or call 033 033 27875.

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Cadet Front Fairing Regulation   (15/03)

Following the recent introduction of the MSA's Cadet front fairing regulation for British & National Championships (mandatory at Club level from 2018), Trent Valley Kart Club have decided to apply the same regulation to their 2017 Club Championship which gets under way on the 1st & 2nd April.

Full details of the regulation (U)17.5.5 can be found at https://www.msauk.org/assets/365-389specificregulationsforkartingu.pdf.
 
To help our Cadet members embrace this initiative, TVKC will be supplying - free of charge - one set of mounting brackets to drivers entered for the opening round of the 2017 Club Championship (1st & 2nd April).  In almost all cases, these should fit directly onto your current front nose cones, meaning no additional costs to yourself.  These will be available for collection from Race Control at the April meeting.

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FIA World Motor Sport Council   (13/03)

At its meeting on 9th March 2017 in Geneva, the FIA World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) took the following decisions based on the proposals of the International Karting Commission.

The WMSC has validated the amendment of the Technical Regulations for an update of the engine regulations, with a view to clarifying and simplifying them. The application is immediate.

OMP has won the tender for the supply of overalls for the Drivers participating in the CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy in 2017 and 2018 as well as for the supply of the clothing for their mechanics.

The WMSC has validated the calendar of the CIK-FIA European Superkart Championship.

4th June 2017, Donington (GBR) - CIK-FIA European Superkart Championship 1/3
6th August 2017, Assen (NLD) - CIK-FIA European Superkart Championship 2/3
29th October, 2017, circuit Bugatti, Le Mans (FRA) - CIK-FIA European Superkart Championship 3/3

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Shenington's Winter Series   (09/03)

All ABkC classes are invited to join in for the last round of Shenington's Winter Series where super 'steering wheel' trophies are on offer for the class winners (subject to numbers).  This is also the third round of the main club championship.  Please get your entries in on time, by Monday 13th.  Practice is open to all on Saturday 18th, not just those racing on Sunday.  Entries can easily be made on line at www.sheningtonkrc.co.uk.
 
Great deals are still available for the OK and OK Junior classes.
 
From Strawberry Racing the offers for the Vortex engines is that the first ten Juniors to enter that have not taken part in an OKJ race yet will get free engine hire for each weekend.  Anyone else will pay only £100 plus vat for the two day hire for their Junior or Senior engine.  Contact Strawberry on Telephone: 0114 269 6215/0114 288 9933 or email: info@strawberryracing.co.uk.
 
From Andy Cox Racing for each of the two races they offer one set of race slicks to the first 15 entries of OK and OKJ at 20% discount.  The tyres must be pre-ordered and paid to their office on 01527 889595.  They will let you know if they can deliver to the event otherwise they will have to have them sent out before the race.
 
Here is a reminder of the ages eligible for the classes:
For Juniors: Year of 12th birthday for those that with an International C licence and proof to the MSA of entering a CIK-Junior international event, or 12th birthday for those that can show they have an International C licence and have had a National A licence for at least 12 months, and for those in the year of their 13th birthday, a National A Licence.  Maximum age is year of 17th birthday.  Minimum driver weight is 40kg.
For Seniors: Drivers who have not reached their 16th birthday must hold a minimum of National A licence.  If they have reached their 15th birthday, they must hold a minimum International A or B licence or show they have held a National A licence for 12 months minimum.  If they are in the year of their 15th birthday they must in addition hold an International C-restricted minimum licence.  If they are in the year of their 14th birthday and can show they have an accepted entry to a CIK-OK senior international event they can compete.  Minimum weight for under 16's is 52kg.  Novices can compete if over 16.

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Rotax Max Senior ABkC 'O' Plate   (09/03)

The ABkC has chosen Clay Pigeon's Rotax Festival on 19th / 20th August as the venue for the re-arranged senior Rotax Max ABkC 'O' Plate championship, following the cancellation of the planned event at Cumbria Kart Club this coming weekend. The Mini and Junior Max along with the OK J and KZ UK are all well subscribed and we wish CKC every success with the 2017 running of their ABKC 'O' Plate event.
 
The decision was based on the order of the voting from the original bids received last September, where Clay Pigeon Kart Club were runners up.
 
Ian Rennison from the club welcomed the announcement and said: "Clay Pigeon Kart Club are pleased to take on the ABkC Senior Rotax O plate for 2017 and look forward to incorporate it within the new Rotax Festival on 19th and 20th August and hope that we can make the race meeting as much of a success as the Formula TKM Festival. More details will be announced in the near future via www.claypigeonkartclub.com social media and karting websites."
 
Acting chairman of the ABkC Nigel Edwards said: "The steering group wholeheartedly support the transfer of the championship to Clay Pigeon and we commiserate with Cumbria Kart Club.  Clay Pigeon's original bid  was very attractive for the sport and the Rotax class in particular,  we look forward to a very fruitful event in August."
 
As a reminder the O Plate meetings are as follows:
11/12 March at Rowrah for KZ UK, OK Junior, MiniMax and Junior Max
29/30 April at Buckmore Park for IAME and Honda Cadet
6 August at Forest Edge for Max 177
12/13 August at Kimbolton for Junior TKM and TKM Extreme
19/20 August at Clay Pigeon for senior Rotax Max
26/27 August at Fulbeck for 250 National
1 October at PF International for X30 Junior and Senior
 
And the E Plate championships for all classes except X30 are at Fulbeck on 17/18 June. The X30 senior and junior E Plate championships are at Shenington on 17 September.

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Seconds Out, Round 6   (06/03)

The last Winter Championship race meeting is on 12th March 2017.
 
Round 6
Usual classes catered for are Bambino, Honda Cadet Clubman, Honda Cadet, IAME Cadet, Junior Subaru, Junior Max, Mini Max ProKart 175, ProKart 200, Senior Rotax 162 and Rotax Max 177.  For the reguations visit www.lyddkartcircuit.com/owner-drivers/winter-championship-regulations/.
 
Meetings for this championship (6 rounds) are every 2nd Sunday of the month with optional race practice (sessions) the Saturday before. Competitors' best 5 results count towards their final championship position. Many drivers do have a licence, however these meetings are non-MSA, please do contact us with any questions or clarification.  A driver can race in a one-off meeting.
 
Winter Format
The winter format consists of practice of at least 3 minutes per class, followed by timed qualifying of at least 5 mins per class, then 2 heats (usually 8 laps each) and a final (usually 10 laps). Bambino drivers have practice/qualify followed by 3 timed runs.
 
All Rotax classes and Junior Subaru use the Maxxis HG1 tyre (1 set for all 6 rounds). Please remember to purchase and use barcoded tyres only. Barcodes must match the numbers recorded on scrutineer cards.
 
Click for larger image...The Saturday practice running order and Sunday race day time table is posted to Facebook prior to the event.
 
Entry Options
You can post or email completed race entry form & payment to the circuit, or confirm entry & card payment over the phone. Trakentries online entry is available at www.trakentries.co.uk/clubclone/club.asp?C=26, the deadline for this being Wednesday 8th March. You can also enter in person at the weekend - entries are taken up to and including race morning sign-on.
 
Clarkekarts shop, café and clubhouse are open both days, and spectators are welcome.
 
Kart storage is £5 per kart/per week and garage space hire is £25 per kart/per day, transponder hire is £10 per day.
 
Notices
The 2016/2017 Winter Championship Awards will be presented 9th April in the Clubhouse after race day trophies for Summer R1 have been given out. Summer Regulations for our owner driver meetings, the firsr round being on 09/04/2017, will be available on the website before the end of March.
 
Contact Sue Hart (Club Secretary) or circuit staff on 01797 321747 or 321895, email lyddcircuit@yahoo.co.uk, visit our website at www.lyddkartcircuit.com, find us on Facebook www.facebook.com/lydd.kartcircuit/ or download our app at https://lyddkartcircuit.appsme.com.

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From Buckmore To Rowrah   (06/03)

Super One Series & Buckmore Park Kart Club Announcement:
 
The Super One Series 2017 Calendar is having to be reset due to the unprecedented popularity of this year's series.  The very high numbers of entrants expected at the Buckmore Park round on 22/23 April exceeds the circuit capacity and therefore the scheduled round for Buckmore Park is being moved to Rowrah on the same dates.
 
Managing Director Steve Hollman of Buckmore Park Karting Ltd explained "We had just over 200 entries last year and it was a superb event - we were all looking forward to running it again.  Unfortunately, other activities are being held during April by our neighbours - including over 3,000 visitors to the local church - and with the entry uptake nudging 250, we have had to ask the organisers to give us a rain check for 2017. We hope to return to the Super One calendar next year."
 
John Hoyle of Super One said "We have been very pleased with the huge numbers of registrations in this year's series, so much so that we have started reserve lists in some classes.  But this has had the side effect of overwhelming the capacity at Buckmore Park.  We sympathise with their dilemma and have taken urgent steps to move the round to Rowrah.  We are very grateful to Cumbria Kart Club for stepping in at short notice.  We hope the change in venue does not significantly impact on our customers and apologise for any inconvenience."

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Are You A Kart Mechanic?   (28/02)

After months of hard work, Premium Karting are delighted to announce the launch of their new website. Their goal is to provide an easy solution to finding or sharing services that are offered to karters.
 
If you are a mechanic who is on the lookout for more work, you can easily sign up to create a profile, list the skills and experience that you have and display your available dates on your calendar.
 
If you are a team or driver who is searching for a new mechanic, you can enter the dates and location for where you need them. You can then view the profiles of the available mechanics and filter the results to meet your requirements.
 
All profiles and searches are free to set up and use. Visit www.premiumkarting.com to have a look at the site.

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Rowrah O Plate Meeting   (16/02)

Cumbria Kart Racing Club will be hosting the ABkC O Plate championship for Mini Max, Junior Max, Rotax Max and KZ UK at Rowrah on the weekend of 11/12th March 2017.

At the same meeting the O Plate will also be awarded for OK Junior and OK Senior, and it is also the first round of the Super One championship for these two classes.

We will also have support races for Iame Cadet and X30 Junior and X30 Senior so this is an event not to be missed.

Make sure you get your entry in soon. Full details including regulations and entry forms can be found on our website at www.cumbriakrc.co.uk.

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BirelART UK Series Are Hiring   (15/02)

BirelART UK Series are looking for two people to join their team...

Official Time Keeper Required 
 
BirelART UK Series are looking for an experienced Alpha time-keeper to join their exclusive team for the 2017 season of our BirelART UK Series.
 
If you have no experience of time-keeping but are interested in getting involved, full training will be provided.
 
You will receive payment of £125.00 per day Saturday and Sunday per round (8 rounds in the Series = £2000 in total) plus if required accommodation for the Saturday evening including subsistence allowance. Mileage is paid at 0.25p per mile door to door.
 
Applicants should have their own transport. 
 
Basic PC skills would be required as well as a good level of IT competence.
 
We are looking for a serious person to become an integral part of the BirelART UK Series team for the future.

Office Race Director / Clerk Of Course
 
BirelART UK Series are looking for an experienced Race Director / Cleerk of Course to join their exclusive team for the 2017 season of our BirelART UK Series.
 
We have been let down by a prominent Clerk Of Course with only weeks to go until the first round of our Series.
 
You will receive payment of £175.00 per day Saturday and Sunday per round (8 rounds in the Series= £2800.00 in total) plus if required accommodation for the Saturday evening including subsistence allowance. Mileage is paid at 0.25p per mile door to door with a maximum mileage limit capped.
 
Applicants should have their own transport. 
 
We are looking for a serious person to become an integral part of the Birelart UK Series team for the future.
 
To Apply

Interested applicants for either position should send their CV and covering letter FAO:
 
Jayne Moore, ACR Ltd Lissone House, Harris Business Park, Stoke Prior, Bromsgrove B60 4DJ or you can email your covering letter and CV FAO: Jayne Moore at acraccounts@btconnect.com
 
Closing date for interested applicants: Friday 24th February 2017.

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Shenington's OK/OKJ Winter Series   (10/02)

Great deals are now available for Shenington's OK and OK Junior Winter Series on 17-19 February and 18-19 March. 
 
From Strawberry Racing the offers for the Vortex engines is that the first ten Juniors to enter that have not taken part in an OKJ race yet will get free engine hire for each weekend. Anyone else will pay only £100 plus vat for the two day hire for their Junior or Senior engine. If needed for the Friday 17 February test day, an engine hire will be £100 plus vat. Contact Strawberry on Telephone: 0114 269 6215/0114 288 9933 or Email: info@strawberryracing.co.uk
 
From Andy Cox Racing for each of the two races they offer one set of race slicks to the first 15 entries of OK and OKJ at 20% discount. The tyres must be pre-ordered and paid to their office on 01527 889595. They will let you know if they can deliver to the event otherwise they will have to have them sent out before the race.
 
This is a great chance to test and race prior to the first round of the Super One at Rowrah on 10-12 March which is also the O Plate for the classes. So will we see the first showing of the OK/OKJ O Plate at Shenington in March?
 
Entries open for February now, go to www.sheningtonkrc.co.uk and click on the Forms/Entries tab.
 
Here is a reminder of the ages eligible for the classes:

For Juniors: Year of 12th birthday for those that with an International C licence and proof to the MSA of entering a CIK-Junior international event, or 12th birthday for those that can show they have an International C licence and have had a National A licence for at least 12 months, and for those in the year of their 13th birthday, a National A Licence. Maximum age is year of 17th birthday.  Minimum driver weight is 40kg.

For Seniors: Drivers who have not reached their 16th birthday must hold a minimum of National A licence.  If they have reached their 15th birthday, they must hold a minimum International A or B licence or show they have held a National A licence for 12 months minimum.  If they are in the year of their 15th birthday they must in addition hold an International C-restricted minimum licence. If they are in the year of their 14th birthday and can show they have an accepted entry to a CIK-OK senior international event they can compete.  Minimum weight for under 16's is 52kg.  Novices can compete if over 16.

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FK Karts By IPK   (09/02)

JPM Motorsport are pleased to announce they are the Sole UK importer for the great range of FK karts made by IPK.
 
FK are the current WSK mini kart champions.
 
Test karts are available to test at PFI, Kimbolton and Whilton Mill.
 
JPM are also very interested to hear from any teams to become agents for this great range of karts, especially for KZ where the FK brand has been very successful.
 
Please contact Peter on 07935 060301 or Richard on 07870 163064 at JPM for more details 

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NJL Racing Discounted Rate Offer   (08/02)

NJL Racing has a limited number of team drives, trackside services and awning space available for Kimbolton, PFI and Whilton Mill rounds offering a professional service with no overcrowded awning! 
 
Special reduced price for February, March and April meetings. Test days and race weekends also available at other circuits in UK and Europe.

Successful and professional team NJL Racing have a wealth of experience with expertise from former British Touring Car and GT/Porsche Cup racer and British S1/European kart racer offering the perfect combination of their driver skills and knowledge. Top flight engineers/mechanics are available to keep your kart set up creating the best performance in all conditions with knowledge of specific set up characteristics/data at each track.

NJL Racing cater for Cadet and Bambino, Minis, Juniors and Seniors in Iame, Rotax and X30 at most UK and European circuits.

NJL Racing Team Services offer: 
Professional Team support
Kart storage/transportation facility
Full Kart preparation
Driver coaching/management/analysis
Driver PR/Sponsorship services
Awning space 

For more information on our range of services or to enquire about Team Drives please contact us email nick@njlracing.com or telephone 07774 891435.

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Next Lydd Race Meeting   (07/02)

Round 5 of the Lydd Winter Championship, the penultimate round of the series, takes place on 12th February.

Usual classes catered for are Honda Cadet Clubman, Honda Cadet, IAME Cadet, Junior Subaru, Junior Max, Mini Max ProKart 175, ProKart 200, Senior Rotax 162 and Rotax Max 177. For the regulations visit http://www.lyddkartcircuit.com/owner-drivers/winter-championship-regulations/.
 
Meetings for this championship (6 rounds) are every 2nd Sunday of the month with optional race practice (sessions) the Saturday before.

Competitors best 5 results count towards their final championship position. Many drivers do have a licence, however these meetings are non-msa, do contact us with any questions or clarification. A driver can do a one off meeting.
 
The Winter format consists of practice of at least 3 minutes per class, followed by timed qualifying of at least 5 mins per class, then 2 heats (usually 8 laps each) and a final (usually 10 laps). Bambino drivers have practice/qualify followed by 3 timed runs.
 
All Rotax classes and Junior Subaru use the Maxxis HG1 tyre (1 set for all 6 rounds). Please be reminded to purchase & use barcoded tyres only. Barcodes must match the numbers recorded on scrutineer cards.
 
Saturday practice running order & Sunday race day time table is posted to Facebook prior to event.
 
Click for larger image...Entry Options:
Post or email completed race entry form & payment to the circuit, or confirm entry & card payment over the phone.

Trakentries online https://www.trakentries.co.uk/clubclone/club.asp?C=26 the deadline for this being Wednesday 8th February.

In person at the weekend, entries are taken up to and including race morning sign-on.
 
Clarkekarts shop, café and clubhouse are open both days, spectators welcome.
 
Kart storage is £5 per kart/per week and garage space hire is £25 per kart/per day, transponder hire is £10 per day.
 
Contact Sue Hart (Club Secretary) or circuit staff on 01797 321747 or 321895, email lyddcircuit@yahoo.co.uk., visit our website at www.lyddkartcircuit.com, find us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/lydd.kartcircuit/ or download our app at https://lyddkartcircuit.appsme.com.

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Shenington Free Race Entry   (07/02)

Shenington is offering a free entry voucher to the X30 Senior winner at the February round, to be used at any club meeting in 2017 except in July.

Entries for 19th February can be made online now, just vist www.sheningtonkrc.co.uk and click on the Forms/Entries tab.

Please note that there is open practice for all on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th February, on track at 09:30.

OK and OKJ Winter Series is over February and March meetings at Shenington, contact Strawberry Racing for the offers.

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Fiesta Junior 2017   (06/02)

Click for larger image...Following on from a highly successful 2016 season, Race Car Consultants (RCC) have one final place remaining in their 2017 Fiesta Junior race team.
 
The Fiesta Junior race series is a fantastic training ground for touring car and sports car stars of the future.

Suitable for 14 to 17 year olds, who get to drive a race prepared 2.0L Ford Fiesta ST, the series is close, competitive and exhilarating.

 
RCC specialise in helping junior drivers progress from Karting into cars. With in-house Grade A ARDS instructors, race car hire, sales, team support, race licence testing (ARDS test) and track time for drivers as young as 12.
 
For full details of the final place available or to discuss future plans please contact David Ellesley on 07768 051698.

You can also visit
our website at www.racecarconsultants.com
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British Motorsport Champions   (31/01)

FIA President Jean Todt and FIA Deputy President (Sport) Graham Stoker crowned the 2016 MSA British Champions during the MSA Night of Champions ceremony in London on Saturday (28 January).

MSA Chairman, Alan Gow, hosted the winners of UK motorsport's most prestigious titles for the annual awards evening at the Royal Automobile Club. They were joined by a series of special award winners, each recognised for outstanding achievement. Steve Rider returned as Master of Ceremonies and was once again joined by colleague Louise Goodman.

Alan Gow said: "We were delighted to honour the MSA British Champions - those who have excelled in their chosen discipline to win our premier UK titles. Their achievements should be viewed in the context of one of the world's strongest domestic scenes; it takes an unrivalled level of skill, determination and dedication to accomplish such a great triumph in the UK.

"We also recognised other high achievers, along with a number of unsung heroes, for their outstanding contributions to UK motor sport. On behalf of the MSA I wish to congratulate them all on their success, and I also thank both the FIA President and FIA Deputy President (Sport) for joining us on this great occasion, which showcased the very best of UK motorsport."

The Karting Champions honoured on the night were:
MSA British Cadet Kart Championship: Harry Thompson
MSA British Junior Kart Championship: Jonathan Hoggard
MSA British Short Circuit Kart Championship: Oliver Hodgson
MSA British Short Citcuit Gearbox Kart Championship: Scott Allen
MSA British Long Circuit Kart Championship: Jack Layton 

For a complete list of award winners please click here (PDF).

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McCarthy Moves On   (30/01)

Click for larger image...Click for larger image...Following a stellar karting career, Bromley teenager Jack McCarthy has announced he is now stepping up to the Renault UK Clio Cup.

For many 17-year olds, passing your driving test is one of life's rites of passage. But for Jack McCarthy, he can't hang around that long.

The 16-year old still can't drive a car on the roads, but he can enjoy life in the fast lane, competing in one of Britain's most successful and popular motor racing series.

At the recent Autosport International Racing Car Show (14/15 January), held at Birmingham's NEC, McCarthy used the backdrop of Europe's biggest annual indoor gathering for petrol heads to announce his switch from karts to cars.

"The past two years have just been incredible. In 2015 I won the European and British titles in the Junior Max class and then stepped-up to Seniors last year. It was a tough season, with really tough opposition, but I managed to win the Senior Max Super One and British Open championships at my first attempt," Jack explained.

Click for larger image..."My plan was to move to cars in 2017 and focus on racing in the MSA British Formula 4 single-seater series but then I had a test in a Clio and loved it!"

Click for larger image...Although he had been invited to take part in the 2015 Ferrari Driver Academy - after winning the Euro Max Challenge and Super One titles - and further tests in slicks and wings machinery had proved promising, McCarthy has chosen a different route to the norm.

"I wanted to buck the trend of coming out of karting, going into MSA F4, then BRDC F3 and then European F3... I fancied the challenge of going down the tin top route."

He added: "By entering the Clio Cup, I can learn all the top British circuits, perform in front of the huge British Touring Car Championship Crowds, be seen on TV and gain experience about working with a world-famous car manufacturer. That will stand me in great stead for the future."

McCarthy expects to make an official announcement about which team he will choose for his rookie season shortly. In the meanwhile you can learn more about Jack and his career by visiting
www.jack-mccarthy.co.uk, liking his Facebook page Jack McCarthy and following him on Instagram jack81mccarthy.

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ACR Are Looking For Staff   (27/01)

With the continued expansion of the Birelart UK Series in 2017, ACR are recruiting for a new member of staff to join their existing workforce:

Official BirelART UK Factory & Trackside Technician
To work at our HQ in Bromsgrove Worcestershire B60 4DJ and also trackside at the Birelart UK Series events and also some overseas events. Applicants will be responsible of the service and preparation of new and used fleets of the Birelart product. A genuine passion for karting and motorsport is essential as well as your own transport. Applicants must have legitimate karting industry experience and a good level of personal initiative is essential. Basic PC skills are also required as well as a good level of competence for completing service job cards and records. Applicants should have the confidence and ability to complete service schedules within a time frame governed by the Birelart UK Series calendar. Salary £15k - £18k depending on experience.

Interested applicants for this position should send their CV and covering letter FAO: Mrs Jayne Moore, ACR Ltd (Easykart UK) Harris Business Park, Stoke Prior, Bromsgrove, B60 4DJ or email:acraccounts@btconnect.com.

Closing date for interested applicants Friday 10th February 2017.

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Rotax EVO News   (25/01)

Since the announced introduction of the New Rotax EVO for 2017 demand continues to outstrip supply. Fortunately lead times are not likely to affect the serious Championship racing that begins in earnest in March.
 
Both Junior & Senior versions of EVO upgrade kits have sold in large numbers added to which, demand for new engines is greater than it has been for the past SEVEN years!
Once again it seems that the Rotax Max has hit the spot that so many Kart racers have enjoyed for the past 18 years. Good performance, unrivalled reliability and a warranty that cannot be matched by any other manufacturer.
 
Installation of the latest EVO is simple, whether you buy an upgrade for your existing unit or an engine complete with all its New EVO Accessories.

The Engine unit itself is fundamentally the same. While the green gasket behind the ignition pick up is not mandatory, it is advised that it should be fitted to ensure clean ignition through the rev range . The only other component change is the Starter Cable is now two core, the red lead as always carries the live power to the Starter while the adjacent black lead is now the main Ignition Earth to the engine. There is no longer a need for the Earth strap on the ignition coil.
 
Th new Carburettor is unique to the Rotax Max EVO, VHSB34XS. This carb uses considerably smaller main jets to the previous type. The carb comes with a 130 main jet fitted. Early reports have proved that a range of Jets from 122 to 128 inclusive will cover both Junior & Senior versions of the engine. It is possible, but believed to be unlikely that smaller jets may be needed in very hot summer conditions.
 
A new Exhaust socket is supplied with EVO engines. This has a fibre sealing ring between the socket & the exhaust system, although this sealing ring may crack on installation, this is no cause for concern, as soon as the engine runs, heat will fuse the sealing ring, creating a very efficient seal. A spare sealing ring may be a wise precaution in your stock but not essential.
 
The air filter is now a "Twin Air" product, this has a two-layer gauze of different density, there seems to be little if any difference between the two types in terms of performance. One interesting fact is that the colour of the new type definitely changes when contaminated with fuel. For this reason, the fiche regulation states "colour may vary".
 
Early reports suggest that the new EVO exhaust has slightly better performance than the majority of old pipes, however it is your choice which one you choose to use. One thing is for sure the exhaust mounting system is superior to the old type, the pipe is far less likely to fracture in this area. The exhaust remains significantly quieter than other brands on the market.
 
The battery box now houses the ECU which coupled with the new switch assembly and wiring loom proved to be completely reliable when launched at the 2016 Rotax World finals. On the senior version, there is an additional earth wire that can be connected to the body of the battery box in order to vary the point at which the electronic exhaust valve is triggered, many engine builders are saying that the engine performs better on their dyno tests in the wire connected position. It will be interesting to see whether this translates to a go to situation when a serious amount of track time has taken place. There is also a long earth wire near the coil end of the loom, this is the ignition break cable for the DD2 gearshift, this should remain insulated and be tied off in order not to compromise the integrity of the loom, if in doubt ask your friendly service centre or talk to JAG Engineering at info@jag-rotax.co.uk.
 
More EVO info as it comes in please feel free to contact JAG as above or George Robinson at george@robinsonsport.co.uk.
 
For more information on Rotax classes visit www.jagrotax.co.uk.

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100UK And Formula A Winter Cup   (23/01)

Click for larger image...RetroRacer's new class for 2017, 100UK, are having their Winter Cup 18th February at the iconic Clay Pigeon circuit and are being joined by the Formula A category.

100UK is based on Formula TKM of the 90's, 100cc direct drive engine, 90's or earlier chassis and 90's style tyres. Full class regulations for these and all of RetroRacer's classes can be found on www.retroracer-hks.com.
 
Entry fee is £45 and for that you get 2 practice sessions, 3 heats and a final.

Macey Fixings have sponsored the event with the winner in each category (100UK, FA Pre-2k and Pre-95) get a £50 Dartford Karting voucher, with £25 for second place and all podium places in 100UK also get a care package from Rock Oil UK who official support the 100UK series for 2017.

Further information can be found on the 100UK and Formula A Facebook pages or by calling 100UK Drivers Rep Matthew Scott on 07894 082376.

100UK - https://www.facebook.com/100UKRCC/
Formula A - https://www.facebook.com/FormulaAKarting/


RetroRacer's full National championship kicks off on the 8th April at Fulbeck running classes for Class 1 karts from the 60's up to 2000 and Class 4 up to 1986.

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A Passion For Engineering?   (19/01)

Click for larger image...Interested in engines? Can you build something out of nothing?
 
Jonny Francis, the casting producer at Maverick TV says; "We are currently casting for a new engineering show at Maverick (www.mavericktv.co.uk) for Channel 4 and hoped that this would be of interest to anyone in the karting community.
 
We are looking for anyone who is interested in engines to take part in the show, especially those who can build something out of nothing. Our "A Team" will be dropped in to  remote locations around the world and they will have to create an escape vehicle out of the debris of a fictional crash site. The series is not just about survival - it is about escaping.
 
We are looking for exceptional individuals who have a passion for engineering who are willing to take on the ultimate challenge. Engineering and mechanics could be their job or hobby- but adventure, creativity and problem solving is also in their DNA. The karting community have some great characters and enormous talent and we are especially eager to hear from women as well."
 
Filming will take place over the summer of 2017 and participants would be required for approximately 7-9 days.
 
An exciting and a once in a lifetime opportunity - interested?  Anyone can enquire by email to casting@mavericktv.co.uk.

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Kart Marshal Training Day   (17/01)

Trent Valley Kart Club, in association with the MSA, will be hosting a Kart flag marshal training day at PF International kart circuit on Saturday 18th February 2017.

This is a free training day and open to all abilities. The day will cover such areas as personal safety, first on the scene, extraction and flags/lights and will be delivered through a mixture of practical and classroom-style based training.  A buffet lunch is included, along with refreshments throughout the day.  The day is finished off with a Pro Kart team Challenge, allowing you to experience first -hand what it is like for the drivers around the PFi kart circuit! 

Sound interesting? All you need to do is contact Clare Mills at clare@tvkc.co.uk to register your place.

Further details can be found at http://tvkc.co.uk/beta/2017-kart-marshal-training-day/.

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British Kart Championships Tyres   (16/01)

The Motor Sports Association (MSA) is pleased to confirm that Vega will continue to supply tyres to the MSA British Junior and Senior Kart Championships in 2017.

The Junior Championship (OKJ Vortex) will run Vega's XH (option) tyre and the Senior Championship (OK Vortex) will use the XP tyre - both models are newly CIK-homologated. The wet tyre for both championships will continue to be the CIK-homologated Vega W5.

Vega has not changed the retail prices of these tyres but the cost to UK competitors has been affected by currency fluctuations, which the UK importer is obliged to continue monitoring. The 2017 prices are as follows:
Vega Slick set XH for OKJ : £137.00 + VAT.
Vega Slick set XP for OK: £142.00 + VAT.
Vega W5 rain set for OKJ / OK : £149.95 + VAT.

Rob Jones, MSA Chief Executive, said: "The MSA is delighted to continue its association with Vega and ACR Limited for the 2017 MSA British Junior and Senior Kart Championships. Sporting initiatives such as the OK Vega Trophy Race at Shenington and subsidised tyre prices for the TVKC Winter Series were well received. Similar initiatives are in the pipeline for 2017."

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Need Awning Space Or More?   (11/01)

Click for larger image...Kart-Tek is a professional team and has opportunities available as our operations expand. Places are vacant to join the team now, with a full set of services available from simple awning space to full Arrive and Drive support.
 
2016 was another successful year for the team with 2 more championship titles to add to the list and now is a good time to plan for the 2017 team.
 
Click for larger image...We consistently prove our ability to run at the front in multiple classes at circuits all over the UK, taking championships and wins and setting fastest laps.
 
With Kart-Tek's knowledge of kart set up the best performance will be achieved in all weathers and conditions and with 40 years of experience in motorsport we can offer the best package suitable for you.
 
Kart-Tek have won British championships, Open championships, Midland championships, Easy Kart British championships, WTP open champions, and have Whilton, Rissington, Kimbolton and Shenington club champions in our extensive list of achievements.
 
Professional team support for all classes including Bambino.
 
Click for larger image...Kart storage & transport facilities.
Awning space.
Full kart preparation from £60.
Driver coaching from £75.
Engine hire and support, all team Cadet engines are A number engines.
Also X30 engine with full support off fully kitted race van.
 
For more information or discuss your requirements or arrange a test with team email kart-tekracing@live.co.uk or call Darren on 07792 990592.

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TVKC Install Paddock WiFi   (11/01)

Many of you will be pleased to learn that Trent Valley Kart Club have installed WiFi into the Paddock at PF International!  A facility that most us now take for granted and have become to depend upon for so many different aspects of our lifestyles!

Due to PFi's rural location and distance from the nearest exchange, TVKC has for the last few years been using satellite broadband.  Although adequate to run internal systems and timing from this, there was always doubt about the capacity to open this up to the Paddock. However, due mainly to the continued delays in BT installing their promised fibre optic to the area and reliability issues with our then current service provider, TVKC decided to switch satellite broadband service provider and extend the network and hardware to include coverage within the Paddock areas.
 
Installed at the end of November, the system was successfully trialled at the December meeting and was greeted with positive feedback and welcomed as a valuable new edition to the list of facilities available at PFi.
 
The Paddock WiFi will be available to everyone free of charge and the password will be available from Race Control.
 
Always wanting to provide its members with the best facilities possible, TVKC are thrilled to introduce this new service to PFi.  The Club's Chairman, Nigel Edwards, comments; "At last we can provide a wifi service to the paddock to enable 'live timing' to be accessed - we have improved satellite facilities and anticipate this will carry us through the coming years prior to digital land based connections - enjoy the facility and remember it will be good for live timing and basic downloads."
 
It is the Club's intention to continue with the satellite broadband until such times as fibre optic is up and running in the area.  We would kindly remind everyone that although this is a huge step up and a much needed addition, the new system does have limitations, especially given the expected demand during a busy TVKC race meeting.

For more information on the club visit www.tvkc.co.uk.

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NJL Racing 2017   (09/01)

NJL Racing has available professional team services from awning space to full team support.

Be prepared for the 2017 season. Successful and professional team NJL Racing are a GB racing team with a wealth of experience with expertise from former British Touring Car/GT racer and British S1 kart racer offering the perfect combination of their driver skills and knowledge. Including top flight engineers/mechanics available to keep your kart set up creating the best performance in all weather conditions with the knowledge of specific set up characteristics and data of each track.

NJL Racing can offer the perfect package for you.

Also winter testing packages available: includes driver coaching and kart set up. Each test personalised to the driver to achieve ultimate pace/knowledge and skills, find extra performance and consistency.

NJL Racing cater for X30, Rotax, Cadet and Bambino at most UK and European circuits
 
NJL Racing Team Services offer:
Professional Team support

Kart storage and transportation facility
Full Kart preparation
Driver coaching / management / analysis
Driver PR & Sponsorship services
Awning space 
 
For more information on our range of services or to enquire about team drives please contact us  email nick@njlracing.com or telephone 07774 891435.
 

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DHR Winter Updates   (06/01)

Alonso (FA) kart distributor DHR has now in stock the new OTK 2017 FA Victory chassis, available in Rotax, X30 and OK spec.

As a special new year promotion DHR are offering a free one to one driver training day with the team with every purchase of a new 2017 kart.

With a workshop based at Whilton Mill Kart circuit you can be sure to get the very best support and advice on the day.

Not only that for any karts ordered before Jan 31st DHR will also include a free chassis protector set. So call now.

The DHR team will be again competing in all the major races including the Rotax Winter Tour events, the X30 and Rotax Super 1 championships along with the Euro X30 and Euro Rotax Rgmmc series.

The team have driver spaces available in both Rotax and X30 classes for UK and Europe.


The X30 and Rotax Euro Rgmmc Winter Cup's in Valencia are fast approaching and entries close soon.

So if you haven't decided on your plans yet why not give DHR a call for a friendly chat. Our packages we can offer might just surprise you.


In exciting news for the team DHR have taken delivery of their stunning new artic race transporter.

Click for larger image...With the team adding finishing touches and awaiting the new awning fitting the new truck will give the team and drivers a fantastic facility to operate from at the track.


For more info on racing with DHR or regards the new 2017 Alonso kart please contact Dan on 07960 047810 or email dan@danhollandracing.co.uk.
 


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IKR Winter Championship 2016/17   (03/01)

Meetings for the IKR Winter 2016/2017 Championship (comprising 6 rounds in total) are every 2nd Sunday of the month with optional race practice (sessions) the Saturday before.

A competitor's best 5 results count towards their final championship position, plus a driver can do a one-off meeting also and be in contention for race day points. Many drivers do have a licence, however these meetings are non-MSA. 

Winter Format:
Practice of at least 3 minutes per class, followed by timed qualifying of at least 5 mins per class, then 2 heats (usually 8 laps each) and a final (usually 10 laps). Bambino drivers have practice/qualify followed by 3 timed runs.

Usual classes catered for are Honda Cadet Clubman, Honda Cadet, IAME Cadet, Junior Subaru, Junior Max, Mini Max ProKart 175, ProKart 200, Senior Rotax 162 and Rotax Max 177. Regulations are available at
http://www.lyddkartcircuit.com/owner-drivers/winter-championship-regulations/.

 
Click for larger image...All Rotax classes and Junior Subaru use the Maxxis HG1 tyre (1 set for all 6 rounds). Please be reminded to purchase & use barcoded tyres only. Barcodes must match the numbers recorded on scrutineer cards.
 
Saturday practice running order and Sunday race day time table is posted to Facebook prior to the event.
 
Entry Options:
Post or email completed race entry form and payment to the circuit, or confirm entry and card payment over the phone.
Trakentries online at https://www.trakentries.co.uk/clubclone/club.asp?C=26, the deadline for this being Wednesday 4th January.
In person at the weekend, entries are taken up to and including race morning sign-on.
 
Clarkekarts shop is open both Saturday 7th January testing/race practice & Sunday 8th January race day. Café and Clubhouse are open both days and spectators are welcome.
 
Kart storage is £5 per kart/per week and garage space hire is £25 per kart/per day, transponder hire is £10 per day.
 
Contact Sue Hart (Club Secretary) or circuit staff on 01797 321747/321895, email lyddcircuit@yahoo.co.uk, visit our website at www.lyddkartcircuit.com, find us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/lydd.kartcircuit/ or download our app at https://lyddkartcircuit.appsme.com.

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