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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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MLC Motorsport   Click for larger image...(25/11)

MLC Motorsport have been at the forefront of the IAME X30 class since day one. Extensive testing throughout 2013 has been converted into multiple wins and podiums in 2014. From the LGM series, at every club that the team regularly visits, along with toping the time sheets in sessions at the world finals in Le Mans; MLC's experience in X30 has paid dividends for the team's numerous drivers.

Over the next couple of months the team will be finalising its team for 2015 both for the X30 LGM and X30 Super 1, along with club level races at all of the top UK tracks. With only limited space available for the LGM series now is the time to get in touch to ensure your place.

The team have grown over the last year to offer large scale trackside support including set-up advice and data analysis using the internet connected computers inside the team-truck. While professional and competitive, the team has retained that fun friendly atmosphere so often lost in many teams, all at a cost that won't break the bank.

Click for larger image...Click for larger image...Club level race support from only £55 per day.
Full arrive and drive packages from only £235 per day.

With a huge resource of X30 equipment and over a years worth of data, can you really afford not to give us a try?

Test available at most tracks on pretty much any day, get in touch with any questions or to arrange a test.

For more information visit our website at www.mlcmotorsport.co.uk, email info@mlcmotorsport.co.uk or telephone 07701 065325.

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Lincolnshire KRC   (25/11)

LKRC is pleased to announce that after much consultation with drivers, mechanics and teams, they will be reverting back to the old start position for direct drive karts (between the first Chicane) for 2015.

Also over the winter period work will be carried out on the entry to the second chicane. Other improvements include a new toilet, shower and medical block which will be in place for the start of the
Summer Championship.

The club as also invested in a new count-down clock to give the option of timed or lap races.

We are also pleased to confirm that after a very successful initial trial period this year the non-MSA Fulbeck Sprint Series promoted in conjunction with CA Karting will be run on the 3rd weekend with 11 rounds in 2015.

Also all prices held for a 3rd year running.

We are also exhibiting at Karmania on 29th & 30th November so be sure visit us at the show, or check out our new website at www.lkrc.net.

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Project One Racing   (25/11)

Project One Racing will unveil the new "AIR" kart this weekend at Kartmania.

This lightweight version of our kart benefits from some amazing engineering performed by J & A Precision Eng as well as the latest state-of-the-art seat and floortray from Tillett Racing.

All this for the same retail price as our standard kart!


Also at Kartmania this weekend, available for purchase on the stand will be the new P1 Tillett rib protector.

For any of our customers coming to Kartmania and needing parts these can be purchased at the show - we look forward to seeing you there.

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Junior Max Academy Tour   (24/11)

The Super One Series is delighted to announce their innovative Junior Max Academy tour in 2015, with seven weekends for just £6000 including vat.  This splendid offer will suit anyone wishing for an absolutely level playing field at an affordable cost.  It's open to all National B and above licence holders who are in the year of their 13th birthday up to age 17.  All you need is an engine mount, a trolley and of course you, the driver!  The £6,000 includes an all new Rotax engine, race prepared and dyno tested for equality.  The season long fee includes Rotax technical staff on hand to help.  It includes all Race entry fees, Race tyres, Race test tyres, Race wet tyres, Fuel, Race oil, a new CRG kart and Junior Max engine on hire for practice and race.  You won't find a more affordable complete package anywhere else!
 
By joining the Academy you will mix with the karting stars at the British and National Kart Championships, where better to learn how to improve your driving. You won't need a van or trailer because the kart and engine will be supplied to you on Friday each weekend.  Maybe a popup tent would be useful for your pit space and do bring along a few tools.  Don't worry about needing a top mechanic, experts will be on hand to help with gearing, tyre pressures, jetting etc.  Dad or Mum will soon learn the ropes.
 
So don't delay, book now through the Super One website or download the registration form from the same website and choose your competition number for the season.

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Celtic Challenge 2014   (24/11)

On Sunday December 7th Llandow Kart Club will be holding their annual Celtic Challenge.

This is a fun event, still run under MSA regulations, for all ABkC recognized classes. There will be timed qualifying, heat, pre-final and final for all classes (subject to grid size).  Trophies for all classes.

A full weekends racing for only £80 for LKC members and £90 for non members - that is for all that racing and a full day's practice on Saturday. Come and join us at one of the UK's best tracks - enjoy!

Visit www.llandowkartclub.co.uk for further details, email llandowcompsec@hotmail.co.uk or call Colin on 07817 449617.

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iZone And Goodman Media   (24/11)

Looking ahead to the 2015 season, we are very pleased to announce an exciting partnership for all potential and existing Super One drivers, in order to help drivers 'be the best they can be'! Super One has partnered with the UK's leading Driver Development Centre, iZone Driver Performance, and Goodman Media, the leading motorsport media training company run by Louise Goodman.
 
Upon signing up for the Super One Championship, you will be offered a complimentary session with iZone. Encompassing every aspect of driver performance, iZone focus on more than just driving ability. Instead their training incorporates physical, tactical and mental strategies, to help you get a winning edge. Your taster session will enable you to experience everything iZone has to offer, and get to grips with this way of training.
 
Goodman Media is able to ensure you're 'Lights, Camera, Action!' ready for your post-race close up! The media training session enables drivers to gain a better understanding of how the press work, whilst learning how to establish and maintain control from the start of an interview, to creating a lasting impression.
 
iZone will be open this weekend 29/30 November during Kartmania but it is recommended to pre-book in advance for the trial sessions.  Visit iZone Driver Performance Centre, 2255 Silverstone Technology Park, Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, NN12 8GX.

To find out more or book this weekend 29/30 November email info@izoneperformance.com.

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New Gold Kart Agent   (21/11)

Gold Kart UK importer Magnum Motorsports are pleased to announce the appointment of Jade Manufacturing Ltd as the Midland area dealer for sales of all the CIK range of Gold Kart products.

Jade Manufacturing Ltd. have carried out extensive testing of the Gold Kart chassis's and other leading brands of CIK karts this year with a view to finding a quality product that can complement their own Jade brand of karts which do not have CIK homologation so are unable to compete in some UK classes.

Jade Manufacturing Ltd. will be targeting the Gold Kart brand at the X30 and KZ 125cc classes, where already they have achieved excellent results with Scott Allen securing the Vice Champion's title in the MSA British KZ1 Championship, plus the prestigious "O" plate this year.

For more information or to arrange a test drive contact Scott Allen at Jade Manufacturing Ltd by telephone 01295 678188, or come along to Kartmainia and see the 2015 Gold Karts on display at the Jade stand.

Trade enquiries are welcome - contact Magnum Motorsports on telephone 01257 474419.

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Silverstone Gets Revved Up   (20/11)

The UK and European Karting elite are readying themselves for our 8th and biggest show yet - Kartmania 2014!

The "Wing" at Silverstone racing circuit just outside Towcester, Northamptonshire - the traditional home of British Motorsport since 1948 - will play host for the 3rd year running to Kartmania on the weekend of the 29th and 30th November.

The shows organisers have packed a full weekend of activities, presentations and exhibitors. Highlights include:

- Over 70 exhibitors and sponsors expected for 2014.
- Information Centre in association with MSA, ABkC and BKIA.
- See the karts and meet the race teams.
- KartBoot - a chance to grab a bargain or two.
- New exciting layout for 2014 at this great venue.
- Trophy and awards presentations for the major UK Championships.
- See the latest karts and kit from all the major European suppliers.
- FREE parking.
- Food and refreshment area.

Kartmania 2014 is a great family day out and is a brilliant opportunity for those experienced karting guys and girls as well anyone with an interest in motorsport. Find out all you need to know about Karting and follow in the footsteps of some of motorsports true heroes.

Kartmania 2014, sponsored by Rotax and Karting Magazine, is set to showcase every aspect of the sport from how to get involved right through to championship level and is the only event of its kind in the UK.

To find out more information or to book advance tickets for the show visit www.kartmania.co.uk or email info@kartmania.co.uk.

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Junior Saloon Car Racing   (19/11)

Click for larger image...Calling all Junior's aged 14 to 17... fancy a change from karting?
 
TeamDynomite have an arrive and drive package available in their junior saloon car team.
 
Race a fully prepared junior saloon car for on the UK's premier circuits for a comparable national karting budget!
 
To arrange a test or for further information please call Alistair on 0800 6126977 or email info@sportdevices.co.uk.
 
TeamDynomite has its own in-house Sportdevices rolling road and shock absorber dyno this coupled with 3 years of testing data means your junior saloon car will be set up ready for you to challenge for a championship win, 2014 had 17 cars registered and 2015 is going to be a bigger!

The championship takes place at major UK motor racing circuits and in 2015 will visit Brands Hatch, Silverstone, Rockingham, Snetterton, Thruxton, Croft and Oulton Park and is run with other BARC there will be 13 rounds over 7 weekends in 2015.

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Another Successful Year   (17/11)

The final round of this year's Elite Karting League took place at Teesside on the 8th November with the league champions - Titan Motorsport - claiming their third championship in a row.  This championship has gone from strength to strength with over 480 different drivers representing 43 teams and is looking forward to 2015 with confidence, an order for 45 new Biz Karts has been placed to be delivered for the first round in April next year.
 
Undoubtedly the best value racing in the UK, you too can join us as an individual team member or team owner.  Represent your town, city or county as a one0off or competing for the championship over the seven rounds.  Events run to our successful format of one hour practice, 12 heats, the Race Of Champions and the 2 hour endurance.

In 2015 we will be visiting PF International on 7th March, Whilton Mill on 11th April, Teesside Karting on 2nd May, Ellough Park on 13th June, Rowrah on 25th July, Clay Pigeon on 5th September, Llyd Circuit on 3rd October and Teesside again on the 7th November.  With great prizes, this year's Drivers Champion - Ed White - will be flying to Sweden to participate in an Ice Driving event with www.icedriver.com.
 
If you would like to know more please visit www.thekartingleague.co.uk or phone Bob Pope on 01642 231117.

You can also see us at the Autosport International show in Birmingham where we will be running the karting arena and hosting the Formula Stars competition run-off and the Dan Wheldon charity race.

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X30 Packages Available   (17/11)

Click for larger image...As 2014 comes to a close Global Karting are gearing up for the relatively new class X30. We have run several drivers in the class in 2014 and have been impressed by its growth and usability. The class has seen all makes of chassis succeed with this package making for some interesting racing. We have purchased several engines and have seen no significant differences in power, which really makes the class down to set-up and driver.
 
We at Global Karting are able to offer test and race packages for Full arrive and drive or simply awning space.
 
Arrive and drive packages within the team for a race weekend start from as little as £499.00 + VAT. Why not try before you buy and rent a complete kart for this very reasonable amount.
 
For more information please call Rob Hanscomb on 07957 463109 or email Robhanscomb@me.com.

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EPEC Champions Crowned   (17/11)

The final round of this years European Prokart Endurance Championship was surrounded with drama and controversy.  After visiting the UK's leading circuits, racing at the famous Eindhoven circuit in Holland, the British 24hr, the Isle of Man 24hr and with over 7000 competitive laps raced, only 1 point seperated the Championship contenders MS Lucas and Alpha!

The controversy was that after racing drama free for 9 rounds, an unexpected underweight penalty pushed MS Lucas back into the jaws of Alpha but MS Lucas prevailed with a one point advantage.
 
Overall Champions - MS Lucas
6 Hour Champions - Alpha
24 Hour Champions - MS Lucas
Clubmans Champions - Off Line
 
Over 90 different teams raced this year from as far as Quatar, UAE, Australia, Poland, Holland, Ireland and the Isle of Man.  Why not join us in 2015 either as an owner driver or race one of our great value "Race Hire" karts or participate in the 4 round hire kart championship?

The 2015 calender comprises a 6 hour at PF International on 8th March, 6 hour at Whilton Mill 12th April, 6 hour at Teesside Karting 3rd May, 24 hour somewhere in Europe 23rd May, 6 hour at Ellough Park 14th June, 6 hour Rowrah 26th July, 24 hour Teesside Karting 15th August, 6 hour Clay Pigeon 6th September and 6 hour Teesside Karting 8th November.

For more information or to register your interest call us on 01642 231117 or email admin@teessidekarting.co.uk.

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Custom Engine Boxes   (14/11)

Click for larger image...Pitwall Motorsport now manufacture kart engine boxes for all types of engines, with customer-specified dimensions also available on request.
 
Made from lightweight yet durable five-bar aluminium, these boxes fit perfectly on a standard rack or shelf, keeping your engine safe from damage during transit or at the circuit.
 
Click for larger image...The boxes pictured are specific to a cadet motor (H: 330, W: 250, D: 290) with or without a carb - but contact us for any similar boxes with individually specified dimensions.
 
Standard boxes cost just £25 each and lip-lined, lidded boxes just £35.
 
Grab a bargain today, or treat a loved one this Christmas.
 
Delivery is available, or collection from our unit in Maulden, or remaining HKRC and WMKC events.
 
Email alex@pitwallmotorsport.com to place an order, or for any further details.

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Alzheimer's Society Charity Race   (14/11)

For the third year running a charity kart race will be held at the NEC on Saturday 10th January as part of the Autosport International show.  The event, in aid of the Alzheimer's Society sees competitors challenge for the Dan Wheldon memorial trophy.

This fantastic event will take place in the karting arena at the Autosport show and you can be part of the action. If you would like to enter a team of between 2 and 6 drivers for this 3 hour endurance race, the race entry is just £300 which also includes 6 tickets to the Autosport show (a value of approximately £180).  This event is exceptional value for money and will be supported by top drivers from across the country.
 
To be part of the action simply call us on 01642 231117 or email admin@teessidekarting.co.uk.  The format for the race is signing on at 4:30pm, half hour practice at 6pm and the race starts at 7pm.  All teams will be supplied with sponsorship forms and we hope that teams will enter into the spirit of the event and raise as much money as possible to support the Alzheimer's Association.

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Illegal TKM Engine Tuning   (13/11)

Tal-Ko Racing, controllers of the Formula TKM classes, have completed their investigations into illegal modifications discovered being carried out on some TKM BT82 engines used within the class.

The results conclude that the work carried out to cylinder barrels and some pistons was carried out by Paul Scothern who operates from Little Tennis Street, Nottingham under the business name MRM Performance Engineering.

Mr Scothern has openly admitted to TKM chiefs Alan Turney and Grahame Butterworth that he carried out the illicit work, clearly not permitted under Formula TKM regulations.

Mr Scothern claims that all customers knew of the 'procedure' being carried out, however a number of those using illegally modified engines have categorically denied being told anything done was not permitted.

Mr Scothern was offered the chance to close the matter honourably by signing an agreement but he has taken the decision not to do so. So to bring the situation to a close Tal-Ko are carrying out the following:

- Placing a lifetime ban on him from being served with any products from Tal-Ko.
- Asking the Association of British Kart Clubs to make all members aware of the situation and look at banning him from circuits.
- Asking the organisers of the Super One race series to not allow him any passes to allow admittance to their events.
- Seeking the assurance of the British Kart Industry Association that they will not allow his membership.
- Asking the Motor Sports Association to take note and take action.

Explained TKM Co-ordinator Grahame Butterworth: "Thanks to some swift work all round by ourselves and scrutineers we are confident this has been stopped in its tracks and illegal engines identified. In 20 years of the TKM class this is the first time such action has been detected and action taken. We want everyone to see that we absolutely stand by our promise of providing fair and even racing.

"We are concerned that Mr Scothern saw nothing wrong in deliberate cheating and even promoted such on his business cards together with the promise of confidentiality. We promised to name the guilty party and we have done so."

Tal-Ko are still offering free checks on any engine taken to the factory for inspection. And if illegally modified will provide replacement items at 40% off up until the end of January 2015.

For more information on Formula TKM visit www.tal-ko.com.

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Champion Kart Services   (12/11)

CKS have made the decision over the last few weeks to switch their cadet drivers onto the new Tonykart Cadet. The team's drivers have all tested the kart and are all extremely pleased with the kart's performance and how easy it is to drive.

Team manager Ryan Carney had this to say "Initial tests of the kart have proven extremely successful and we look forward to working closely with Strawberry Racing over the winter months and throughout next year to get the most out of what is a fantastic well-built product."

Warwick Ringham of Strawberry racing added "We are proud to partner CKS on becoming the UK Tonykart cadet team. We look forward to working with them for the remainder of the year and cementing the karts place at the sharp end of the grid throughout 2015."

The team will have karts available to test from the 14th November and tests will be available at PFI, Whilton and Hooton Park.  The test will be free of charge providing drivers bring their own wheels/tyres, seat, engines and fuel. Alternatively the team can provide a ready to drive kart for £50 per half day. CKS are becoming renowned for their power in the paddock with wins this year at S1, LGM and narrowly missing out on the GP plate with their motors, so come and arrange a test!

For the remainder of 2014 and throughout the whole of 2015 CKS have employed multiple British, European and vice-World Champion karter Jordan Chamberlain. All team drivers will benefit from Jordan's wealth of knowledge and expert driver coaching/data analysis and will be sure to help your driver find those last few tenths and improve their race craft.

CKS will be looking to field a team at S1 and LGM as well as a Junior team that will be present at PFI, Clay Pigeon, Hooton Park and Whilton Mill club championships. Classes catered for will be Iame Cadet, Honda Cadet, Jnr X30 and Rotax (club only).

If you are interested in joining what will be a truly formidable team for the remainder of 2014 and throughout 2015 please contact Ryan Carney on 07718234038 or ryan-cksuk@live.co.uk to arrange a test/discuss package options.

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BPKC 2015 Race Dates   (12/11)

The BPKC has announced a bumper race calendar for 2015.

The Kentish venue has been awarded a round of the Super 1 series for Mini Max, Junior Max, Senior Max, Junior TKM, TKM Extreme and IAME Cadet, which is scheduled over the weekend of 13th and 14th June.  Also, the ever expanding Little Green Man tour visits the venue on the 18th and 19th July with classes for IAME Cadet and Junior and Senior X30.

Further national championships visiting the venue include the NKRA Southern Championship on 21st June and last but not least, the new MSA Bambino Championship will visit the venue at some time during the year.

The Kent Kart Championship is set to continue for a further year with Buckmore hosting rounds 2 (19th April), 4 (21st June) and 6 (20th September) and of course the BPKC will promote its winter and summer club championships on the third weekend of every month (excluding August).  Chris Pullman, Club Director says "2015 will be our busiest year ever." 

 
Some very exciting plans that will be announced early in the new year.  Watch this space!
 
For further details, please contact Chris Pullman on 01634 661604.
 
Don't forget, round  7 of the BPKC summer championship takes place this coming Sunday, 16th November. Practice is available on Friday 14th and Saturday 15th November.

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The BUKC Is Back   (11/11)

Click for larger image...After what seems like an age (the summer holidays), the BUKC season 2015 kicked off in October and November with pre-season testing.
 
140 teams from universities all over the country took part in three test days at Whilton Mill, Rye House and Buckmore Park, giving team captains the opportunity to try out new drivers, shake off the rust from the season break, and prepare their squad for the 2015 championship.
 
A challenge for all the drivers this year are the new Vega tyres that Club100 now use on their fleet of karts, offering significantly more grip and faster lap times.
 
Click for larger image...With the revolving door of university life seeing a great number of top drivers graduating this year, it was the perfect opportunity for a new crop of freshers to see what they could do on the fastest arrive-and-drive kart fleet in Europe.
 
Click for larger image...Swansea University set the fastest lap time of the first test day of the new season in the changeable conditions, with a 45.051 at Whilton Mill. At Rye House it was the University of the West of England (UWE) that came out on top with a 43.068. UWE also topped the timing sheets at the final test at Buckmore Park with a 46.771, half a second clear of the next university.
 
Full results from the day's tests can be found here: http://results.alphatiming.co.uk/bukc.
 
Qualifiers for the 2015 season are over the weekend of the 15th-16th November, with 90 teams taking part over the two day event. Make sure to tune in by following the action on Facebook, Twitter and live timing (supplied by Alpha Timing) of the entire event available here: http://live.alphatiming.co.uk/bukc.

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NJL Join FKS Championship   (10/11)

NJL Racing are talking to potential drivers interested in competing in the 2015 Formula Kart Stars Championship in all classes and have a number of spaces in their Team for 2015 for both Junior and Cadet drivers.
 
The team have opportunities for drivers experienced and non-experienced interested in racing and looking to join a professional team in preparation for Formula Kart Stars..

NJL Racing Provide:
 
- Over 25 years experience of motor racing
- Complete race management and driver coaching to Maximise drivers full potential
- Professional and knowledgeable Race Engineers
- Storage/Preparation/Transportation of your equipment
- State of the art Race Team facilities and Hospitality
- Data Logging and analysis
- NJL Racing Team race wear and kart graphics

NJL Racing are very specific in their approach in a full driver race programme and can help new 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 data analysis.

Interested competitors should contact NJL Racing on 07774 891435 or email nick@njlracing.com to discuss their requirements and options for 2015.  For information on FKS visit www.formulakartstars.com.

New design team website launching soon!

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4 Wheel Chrome Trolley   (07/11)

Wizz Karts are absolutely delighted with the take up of their new OTK X-Line pattern 4 wheel chrome plated trolley with castor brake.

Managing Director Jonathan Bishop said "I have been selling the 3 wheel trolley for more years than I can remember and customers had come back and asked me to consider a sensibly priced 4 wheel trolley."

Wizz Karts has appointed 2 trade companies to look after the majority of the trade enquiries and is pleased to advise that Zip North and Demon Tweeks has taken the trolley into their stock and will be further retail outlets alongside Wizz Karts.
 
For more information or to order contact...

Wizz Karts - 0845 838 2916 - www.wizzkarts.com.
Demon Tweeks - 0844 375 2596 - www.demon-tweeks.co.uk
Zip North - 0161 794 5511 - www.zipnorth.com

Trade enquiries should be addressed to Aim Motorsport (01538 266195 - info@aimmotorsport.com) or Hobzie Motorsport (jhobzie@aol.com).

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More Success For Grice   (07/11)

Grice Racing Engines are cementing their reputation for preparing the engines to beat in all Rotax classes, with many successes over the latter part of the season.
 
Recognising that the engine needs to be optimised , Grice 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. This is in addition to the industry-standard Rotronics dyno with fully-automated software in an air-conditioned and temperature-controlled room.
 
This means Grice Rotax engines are chosen by some the most successful teams in the sport and have been for as long as the class has been in existence. The experience gained winning many championships goes directly into the preparation of each individual engine and successful drivers like Oliver York, Tyler Sullivan, Jordan Cane, Jordan Brown-Nutley, Inem Coker, Alex Quinn, Ayrton Simmons, Tom Grice and Jay Rudd are all feeling the benefit.

Hot news is that both Alex Quinn and Josh White came 2nd at Zuera Winter Rotax cup with Coles Racing using Grice prepared motors.
 
Engines can be hired for £200 plus VAT per weekend, or we can rebuild your own engine for £355 plus VAT. In addition Grice offer the unique option of paying yearly for engine hire and saving money - Minimax costs £3500, Junior is £3750 and Senior is £4000, all excluding VAT.
 
Engines of this calibre are also for sale if you prefer to own one.
 
Grice are also offering a part exchange against your existing Rotax package for a new prepared Rotax engine complete.
 
If any of the above interest you please contact us for more details on 01268 727847 or 07768 047253, email Ricky.grice@virgin.net or visit our website at www.griceracingengines.com.

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Time To Enrol For 2015...   (07/11)

Registrations are open for the 2015 Super One Series - the only officially sanctioned British and National short circuit championship series in the UK.  IAME Cadets and KZ1 shifters have the huge honour of competing for the highest accolade - an MSA British Championship.  Just look at the previous Super One Cadet winners - Jenson Button, Daniel Wheldon and Lewis Hamilton.  And from 125cc gearbox the UK has produced the likes of Frank Wrathall, Dean Stoneman and Jack Hawksworth who has just signed for a top IndyCar team after a successful rookie year in the series.
 
The Honda Cadet, MiniMax, Junior Max, Rotax Max, KGP and TKM classes are the official national championships for the UK.  Only this series is permitted to issue the coveted seeded numbers 1 to 10 which are recognised by every MSA club.  And, subject to MSA approval, for the first time the Super One offers a chance to compete for free entries in the X30 Junior and Senior International event with four qualifying rounds incorporated. The Junior Max Academy is also on offer for 2015 with everything included including kart and engine, a truly great way to assure a level playing field.
 
After a massively exciting 2014 season with 323 unique competitors and a quarter of a million Youtube views of the MotorsTV series, yet to be concluded with the Awards Ceremonies at the Autosport International Racing Car Show, 2015 will commence with some format changes. There will be ten weekends with seven rounds for each class (six for KZ1) and four qualifiers for X30.  All classes except KZ1 will come together for what promises to be an exciting four day showdown at PF International in September. Following the success of our alumni - Enaam Ahmed, Callum Illott, Lando Norris - in the CIK-FIA European and World Championships more and more foreign drivers are attracted to the Series to find out why Britain is the hotspot for karting talent. Similarly in the EuroMax, British drivers like the 2014 champions Harry Webb, Ben Cooper and Martin Pierce who are all current or former S1 champions.  Find the 2015 dates on the Super One Series Calendar tab.
 
So now is your chance to compete in the biggest and best championship by going on-line to http://superoneseries.com/registration/  and registering for 2015, or download the forms, or enrol at Kartmania.  But remember there is a £5 discount down to £150 for on-line registrations on the Super One website so that is the best and easiest way to register.  Don't wait if you want to reserve your favourite number as registrations are flowing in already.  Entries, tyre and fuel orders can all be placed and paid on line as well.  Whilst registering drivers should ensure that their nationality and team are given, so they can be added on the timing screens with appropriate flags. All the event dates are also shown on the Super One website and there is optional practice on the Friday each weekend (Thursday at the last round). It need not be expensive, see a breakdown of the costs on the Super One website, click on the Series tab and 'What does it cost' http://superoneseries.com/what_does_it_cost_superone_series/
 
The series congratulates its 2014 champions - the two British Champions - Henry Easthope and Teddy Wilson; the ABkC National Champions Joseph Reilly, Sandy Mitchell, Dean MacDonald, Joe Forsdyke, Arran Mills, Tom Canning and the KGP National champion Mark Litchfield.
 
The series also thanks its many partners including Stevenage Sheet Metal, TAG-Heuer Timing Systems, JAG Engineering with Rotax and Mojo, Tal-Ko, Dunlop with Anderson CSK, Bridgestone with Zipkart, Maxxis with TKM, ACR - Birel with F.KGP and Vega, JKH, Tillett Seats, Vroom Magazine, MotorsTV, WP Motorsport, the Autosport Racing Car Show, Tillotson carburettors, ABC Design, AST Signs and Koden helmets.  The Series welcomes iZone for 2015.
 
Extensive TV coverage is to continue on Motors TV in the UK and abroad, franchised to millions of additional viewers across the world.  The prize fund is in excess of £60,000 and the series counts as the qualifier for the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals where the British have had such great success.

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Vroom UK Magazine   (06/11)

Click for larger image...Vroom UK magazine issue 11 is now available.

Inside this month's issue you'll find...

News:
Mondokart - News & Previews
Your TKM Guide - 2015 Regs: What's New?
Rotax Max Beginners Tips - More Driving Guidelines
ABkC Steering Group - September Meeting

Insight:
Celebrity Of The Month - Allan Mcnish
Focus - MSA Bambino Kart Championship
Close Up - Strawberry Racing
Talking To - Lucy Barnicoat
Vintage - Zip Kart 50th Anniversary
 
Races:
Super One Rotax Championship Rd.6
ABkC O Plate For Cadet
CIK-FIA KZ World Championship
FIK-FIA KZ2 International Super Cup
IAME International Final
TKM Club Championships
Easykart UK Championship Rd.8
LGM Series Rd.8
Buckmore Park KC Championship Rd.6
Shenington KRC Championship Rd.10
Trent Valley KC Championship Rd.6
Bayford Meadows KRC Championship Rd.7

So get your hard copy from Dartford Kartingcheck out the preview on issuu, or download it from pocketmags.com or from the iTunes newsstand at £1.99 or a 12 issue subscription for just £12.99.

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Eclipse Winter Sun   (05/11)

Click for larger image...Click for larger image...Eclipse Motorsport will be taking advantage of the brand new world class circuit near Valencia in Spain between 17th-20th of December.

Just weeks after the circuit hosts the Rotax World Finals, we will be on-track on the freshly rubbered-in surface, with average temperatures of 20 degrees+ allowing for some much needed warm weather winter testing.

With the forecast of a harsh British Winter ahead, take advantage of our available packages from full arrive and drive to simple transportation of your equipment.

Get in touch for more info and costs - please contact David Bellchambers on 07446 173293 / dbc_11@msn.com, or Ollie Hrycak on 07969 387099 / ollie@eclipsemotorsport.co.uk.

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BPKC Summer Series   (05/11)

Round 7 of the BPKC Summer Championship takes place on Sunday 16th November.

This meeting features the Henry Surtees 'H' trophies for the first three in the Honda Cadet class and the meeting itself is supporting the Henry Surtees' Foundation.

Practice is available on Friday 14th and Saturday 15th November 2014 between 10am and 4pm. All ABkC non gearbox classes are welcome including Bambino and Junior Subaru.

The BPKC has been awarded a Super One round in June 2015 and also the LGM tour will be visiting the circuit next year (provisionally) along with the southern NKRA.


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

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Fusion To Field FKS Team   (04/11)

Click for larger image...British Cadet Champions Fusion Motorsport will be running a team in the 2015 Formula Kart Stars Championship, focusing on the Super Cadet category.
 
Drivers to already sign up to the series and compete with the team are; Fusion IAME driver, 8 year old Maxwell Dodds and Honda front runner Harry Thompson.  There are currently two more spaces available in the team's FKS line up.
 
Speaking about the news, Fusion Team Principal, Dan Hazlewood commented, "The format and structure make FKS an exciting Championship to be involved in. I think many people are going to sit on the fence, but hopefully our involvement will encourage other teams and individuals to commit.  I am sure there will be a competitive field, especially as there are some great prizes on offer."
 
Series co-ordinator, Carolynn Hoy added, "I am delighted to welcome Dan Hazelwood and Fusion Motorsport once again to Formula Kart Stars. The level of professionalism that Dan brings is very much in keeping with what Formula Kart Stars represents - that of the Formula 1 of Karting. I look forward to welcoming them to the grid in 2015."
 
For more information on the drives available with Fusion Motorsport please contact Dan Hazlewood on 07733 011221.
 
For more information Fusion Motorsport visit www.fusionmotorsport.co.uk, and for details on the Formula Kart Stars race series visit www.formulakartstars.com.

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TKM Special Offer   (04/11)

Tal-Ko Racing have issued the following special offer announcement...

"Dear TKM Driver
 
We are changing at Tal-Ko to better meet your TKM and other needs. We hope you'll approve.
 
We have taken the decision this year not to do the Kartmania show at Silverstone or the Autosport Show at Birmingham. We believe less and less of you go to these shows each year and certainly these days it is not an event where you go to buy new spares. Instead:
 
- We will be holding more test days like the one just completed at Whilton Mill where you get the chance to try equipment and talk to us.
 
- We are developing a new website which will be up and running in the New Year which will give you the ability to buy on-line at the click of a button. And it will give you lots more info.
 
- We will be getting more involved in the TKM Inter club championships which have proved so popular across the country. Watch out for news on dates.
 
- And best of all for your pocket… We are offering a special discount deal normally tied to the kart shows. So from today until mid-December we will be offering a special 10% discount off the price of any new TKM engine, Tal-Ko Veloce kart or a complete Veloce kart and engine package you buy from us.
 
All you have to do is place your order with a 10% deposit and make final payment by December 12th, 2014.
 
- On a TAG TKM BT82 engine save £165 inc VAT
 
- On a Tal-Ko Veloce Kart save up to £258 inc VAT
 
- On a complete package kart with engine and tyres ready to race save up to £435 inc VAT
 
This special limited offer is available direct from Tal-Ko and TKM Dealers
 
If you'd like an exact quote then give us a call or send an email now to info@tal-ko.com for an exact quote on what you want.
 
I look forward to hearing from you
 
Alan"

For more informtion on Formula TKM visit www.tal-ko.com.

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Race In The Florida Pro Series   (03/11)

Click for larger image...With the winter and little racing of value hitting Europe, an alternative to go competitive racing in decent weather with a huge prize find across many classes are available.
 
The Florida Pro Series kicks off in Palm Beach in early January and Palm Beach will also host round two in February before the series heads just up the road to Jacksonville in March. The all Florida based series will boast full grids and an ever growing $75,000 + Purse.
 
Whether you're a Micro, Jnr, Snr or a Masters, one team can look after your full program, including a full arrive and drive pro program.
 
Team P1 Karting, based in New Jersey and Miami are offering all drivers the opportunity to take part with a full professional team package.
 
However programs are limited to a first come basis due to the huge entries and prize fund, demands for entries will go fast. And with all the big teams heading to Florida from all over the world. Team P1 welcome early enquiries.
 
Team P1 will have for its drivers; Chassis and engine packages, team awning, chassis tuner, engine support, data and drivers briefing area, hospitality area for guests, driver coaching, full factory support and spares back up.
 
What a place to start your 2015 program, a top team with top support in one of the most amazing places to go racing in the world. Also against the toughest drivers around. If drivers think they can come and do it, just do it, the prize fund is just going crazy. Each week it's growing and so is the interest!
 
Click for larger image...Both tracks are close to some of the most amazing places in the USA, Miami being a great place to hotel and relax in the evening after racing. A lifetime opportunity and experience, that will probably become the norm for many drivers in Europe.
 
Drivers wishing to add extra testing prior to the events can also package that into a program.
 
To take part in an one-off event or the whole Florida Pro Series contact Gale now by emailing team@team-p1.com.
 
Dates:
January 9th-11th - Palm Beach Kart Centre, Florida
February 13th-15th - Palm Beach Kart Centre, Florida
March 13th-15th - Jacksonville, Florida
 
For more information on Team-P1 visit www.team-p1.com and for series info visit http://ekartingnews.com/2014/09/25/florida-pro-kart-series-reconfirms-winter-plans.

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Lydd IKR   (03/11)

Click for larger image...This weekend sees Round 2 of the Winter Championship following another record entry for the first round.
 
It's also the first round of the Subaru Inter Championship with Bayford. As normal all other classes are catered for.
 
Saturday practice £45 non-members (£40 members) and same for race day.  Entries excepted up to 9AM on race day morning so no excuse, come and have a great weekend's karting.
 
Further information is available on the Lydd website at www.lyddkartcircuit.com or Call 01797 321747 or 01797 321895.

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2015 With Pitwall Motorsport   (31/10)

With 2015 fast approaching, Pitwall Motorsport now looks towards winter testing packages. Tests are available for the remainder of HKRC and WMKC events this year, as well as individual days at WMKC and TVKC.
 
Additionally, we are also offering X30 test days for current cadet drivers wishing to test the next class up. This can work as both testing prior to a class change next year, or as a training service whilst still competing in cadets.
 
Please get in touch for any further details, however as a winter season concession, we are also currently offering the following services to any third parties at discounted rates:
 
Awning Space - As winter draws in and the weather gets colder, come and take advantage of a spacious, dry awning with electricity and air without any of the hassle of setting up yourself. £50 per kart. Contact below for further information including availability at Kimbolton next weekend.
 
Dyno Work - Come and use our dyno facility to evaluate your engines and ancillaries - try different carb, exhaust combinations to maximise your equipment. Full computer printout provided with each test. £25 per engine, £15 per ancillary. Comer and IAME only.

Chassis Straightening - Put your chassis on our jig to check overall trueness and make any necessary tweaks. With highly accurate digital vernier gauges, our jig works on all chassis with 25mm or 50mm axles. £25 per chassis.
 
Kart Preparation - Full strip and clean of your chassis with all components thoroughly cleaned in our purpose parts cleaner. £50 per chassis (plus parts).
 
We are happy to transport your equipment for any of the above services to and from the circuit - we currently compete in every HKRC and WMKC club round, as well as other selected events.
 
For more information email alex@pitwallmotorsport.com or call 07766 224636.

Pitwall Motorsport. Blackmoor Business Park, New Road,  Maulden, Bedfordshire, MK45 2BG.

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Persistence Motorsport   (30/10)

In our introductory year Persistence Motorsport have taken two of the NKF Championships with Jay Taylor dominating Senior Max title, Jack Brailsford winning the Junior Max championship & nearly taking the clean sweep in the three Rotax classes with Matthew Easton finishing 2nd in Minimax. Our Iame cadet driver Harry Riches also took 3rd in the Championship narrowly missing out on the win.
 
With on-circuit facilities to rival any of the big names in the paddock, we can accommodate all of our drivers needs at any level.

Take advantage of a full data acquisition package, up to date chassis straightening facilities, mobile dyno facility, kart storage, transportation & second to none kart preparation.

 
The team now looks towards winter testing in preparation for the 2015 season where we will compete at the PF Club Championship and also look to defend our NKF championships.
 
To find out what Persistence Motorsport can do for you or for use of our mobile dyno facility please contact Darren Brown on 07850 977818 or email info.persistence@gmail.com.

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Josh Smith World Champ   (29/10)

Click for larger image...Click for larger image...Ogden Motorsport would like to congratulate Josh Smith and his team on winning the World X30 Junior Championship at Le Mans in France. After excelling in the heats, he was dominating the final when the crossed yellow flags came out and the grid was compressed, while an accident was cleared. The second half of the final was fraught, but Josh came through to take a well deserved win.

This is the first year the Ogden stable has contested the X30 World Championships and are obviously delighted with Josh's result.
 
Steve Ogden said "This result does not mean in any way we are changing direction in our business, only diversifying into other areas to show we are not a one make service centre. This result indicates we can set our hand to service and prepare any make of single speed engine and this  result consolidates our win in the IAME Cadet MSA British Championships with Olly York in 2013. Can I also take this opportunity to thank Andy Smith, James Bean and all at ART, for making it a true team effort. This result shows our consistency throughout the years, with multiple wins in every year since 2004 at the Super One, British, European and now World Championship level".
 
Whilst Steve has been involved in kart racing since 1971, 2015 will be the 25th anniversary of Ogden Motorsport. In our fully equipped workshop, we cater for most types of single gear engine rebuilds, so if you wish to have your engine serviced by a reputable, successful and well established company, please give Ogden Motorsport a call on +44 (0)1423 324 738 or email steve@steveogden.co.uk.
 
As the season is coming to a close, we also have a number of Senior and DD2 hire engines to clear at realistic prices. They can be fully rebuilt with warranty, or sold "as is" at a reduced figure, complete or short motors available. We can also quote for yearly or meeting engine hire packages. Please contact us for your individual requirements.

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Elite Expands Into Ginetta Junior   (28/10)

Click for larger image...The Ginetta Junior Winter Series is set to be bolstered by the addition of a new team for 2015, as, fresh from success in Sports Specials, Elite Motorsport has announced a two car line-up.

Team boss Eddie Ives will make his first foray into the KICK Start Energy Ginetta Junior Championship by competing in the Winter Series at Snetterton on November 8/9 before they embark on a full-season next year.

Eddie Ives of Elite Motorsport said; "Having had a great year proving our team and engineering, it is now time to progress into a higher profile championship. With reasonable racing costs and being on the BTCC Support package, Ginetta Juniors offers the best package in the UK for young drivers. We are now offering a cost price package to attract a driver in the seat for the winter series. We plan to have three Ginetta Junior cars racing by 2016 and we are prepared to offer generous incentives to secure the best drivers"

Since it's formation in late 2011, Elite Motorsport have built and are sucessfully racing the Elite Pulse within the 750MC Sports Specials Championship. Of the seven tracks visited, the Elite Pulse took six lap records and the championship honours.

With part-sponsorship secured for the 2015 season, Elite Motorsport is now testing drivers interested in the KICK Start Energy Ginetta Junior Championship, offering subsidised deals to successful drivers.

Ashley Gallagher, Ginetta Championships Manager; "It's great to see new teams investing in equipment and commiting to the KICK Start Energy Ginetta Junior Championship so far in advance of the 2015 season. Elite Motorsport's announcement is testament to the growing nature of the series."

A long-time support race to the British Touring Car Championship, the Ginetta Junior Championship is the only championship of it's kind within the UK, offering drivers as young a 14 the chance to take their first step up the motor racing ladder.

For more information on the team visit www.elitemotorsport.co.uk or email eddie@elitemotorsport.co.uk.

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Race IKR At Llandow   (27/10)

The final South Wales IKR race meeting of 2014 takes place this Sunday, 2nd November at South Wales Karting Centre, Llandow.

No licence is required and with close, clean racing, 20 lap finals and that all important friendly atmosphere we are continuing to put the fun back into karting.

We will be running classes for Snr/Jnr Rotax, Snr/Jnr TKM and Snr/Jnr Prokart but will endeavour to fit any kart into an appropriate class or run a separate class if numbers are sufficient.

What's more we will be launching the dates for our 2015 South Wales Karting Centre IKR Championship on the day so why not come along for a sneak preview of 2015.

Further details can be obtained from www.southwalesikr.co.uk or the South Wales Karting Centre Office on 01446 795568.

South Wales Karting Centre is Wales premier kart circuit located only 20 miles west of Cardiff, off junction 35 of the M4.

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2015 With NJL Racing   (27/10)

NJL Racing are now talking to potential drivers interested in competing in the 2015 Formula Kart Stars Championship in all classes and for various Club Meetings and S1 Championships including Iame Cadets, all classes of Rotax and have a limited number of spaces in their X30 Team for 2015 for both Junior and Senior X30 drivers.

NJL Racing Provide:

- Over 25 years experience of motor racing
- Complete race management and driver coaching to Maximise drivers full potential
- Professional and knowledgeable Race Engineers
- Storage/Preparation/Transportation of your equipment
- State of the art Full Race Team Awning facilities and Hospitality
- Data Logging and analysis
- NJL Racing Team race wear and kart graphics

The team have opportunities for drivers experienced and non-experienced interested in racing at both Club level competitions and drivers looking to join a new team in preparation for Formula Kart Stars and Super One Series. With team services available at all Club meetings, plus all Classes and venues in the British Super One Series and Formula Kart Stars.
 
New website launching soon!

Interested competitors should contact NJL Racing on 07774 891435, or email nick@njlracing.com to discuss their requirements and options for 2015.

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Super One 2015 Calendar   (27/10)

Super One Series are pleased to announce the provisional dates for the 2015 season...

April 25/26 Rowrah - MiniMax, Junior Max, Senior Max, Honda & IAME Cadet, KGP
May 9/10 Shenington - MiniMax, Junior Max, Senior Max, KZ1, KGP
May 23/24 Llandow - Junior TKM, TKM Extreme, KZ1, Honda & IAME Cadet, (TBC Junior & Senior X30 Qualifier)
June 13/14 Buckmore - MiniMax, Junior Max, Senior Max, Junior TKM, TKM Extreme, IAME Cadet
June 27/28 Glan y Gors - MiniMax, Junior Max, Senior Max, KGP, Junior TKM, TKM Extreme, KZ1, IAME Cadet
July 11/12 Larkhall - Junior TKM, TKM Extreme, KZ1, Honda & IAME Cadet, (TBC Junior & Senior X30 Qualifier)
August 8/9 Rissington - MiniMax, Junior Max, Senior Max, KZ1, Honda Cadet, KGP.
August 29/30 Whilton Mill - MiniMax, Junior Max, Senior Max, Junior TKM, TKM Extreme, Honda Cadet, KGP
September 12/13 Shenington - Junior TKM, TKM Extreme, KZ1, Honda & IAME Cadet, (TBC Junior & Senior X30 Qualifier)
September 26/27 PF International - MiniMax, Junior Max,Senior Max, Junior TKM, TKM Extreme, Honda & IAME Cadet, KGP, (TBC Junior & Senior X30 Qualifier).

Dates may be amended if there are clashes with yet to be announced calendars. Registrations will open on 1st November.

The O Plate for Rotax and Cadet will be at Rowrah on April 18/19 plus X30 shakedown
The O Plate for Junior TKM and TKM Extreme will be at Kimbolton on August 8/9
The E Plate for all ABkC classes will be at Shenington on June 20/21

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

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Looking At 2015   (24/10)

With a successful year behind us, Vision Motorsport is planning to make 2015 an even bigger year. We will be running drivers in both Iame Cadet and Junior X30 at the sharp end of both the Super 1 and LGM championship, we currently have spaces in both of these classes for any drivers wanting to go faster and move up the grid.
 
With Lee Kellett responsible as team manager dealing with kart and engine setup, running his own race winning "Kellett Carb's". James Kellett (current Ginetta Junior Winter Champion) is responsible for driver coaching and pastoral care of the drivers. The team is truly a family affair but sets high professional standards both on and off the track to ensure the current success continues into next year.
 
If you really want to go faster next year and achieve your goals, then for a professional and discrete conversation give Lee a call on 07860 852392, or call into the awning at PFI November club race. We have a full winter programme of testing in preparation for 2015 for you to come and see why you should be part of Vision Motorsport.
 
We are also currently looking for a mechanic for one of our Iame Cadet drivers, to initially work with him at the PFI November club race and then to support him during 2015 at the Super 1 and LGM championships. Give Lee a call on 07860 852392.

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X30 Junior World Crown   (23/10)

Click for larger image...Zip Kart/RSF driver Josh Smith took the World Junior X30 crown in Le Mans France last weekend.

15 year old Smith, driving the ART Grand prix TS-01 chassis, dominated the event. After qualifying 3rd for his heats this would be Josh's lowest finishing position of the 4 day event! He finished his heats with 2 wins and one 2nd place and won both the pre-final and the main final to take the World Title.

 
Click for larger image...The win completes a near perfect year for the Zip/ART team in the X30 class. Having been on the podium at every race in the LGM tour in 2014 and also taking wins in 5 out of the 7 the rounds.

ART Karts are also currently leading 3 ABkC club championships as we head into the final races of 2014.

 
Zip Kart would like to congratulate all of the UK ART drivers in 2014 on their results.

For more information on Zip/ART Team please contact Zip Kart on 01327 855310 or email
info@zipkart.com.

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Double OO Heaven   (23/10)

Click for larger image...Myles Apps won the ABkC Honda O plate at Buckmore park at the weekend for the 2nd year in a row.

In one of the most thrilling Honda races held at the Kent track, Apps drove the perfect race to take the win having been in 3rd going into the last lap of the race!

 
Click for larger image...The win puts Myles in a very elite group of drivers to win 2 O plates in the same class. It was also his last race in cadet before he moves up a class in 2015.

Zip Kart would like to congratulate Myles on his great win. The Zip Honda Cadet continues to impress in with 6 Zip Karts in the top 12 positions at the O Plate meeting.


To arrange a test or for more information about Zip Kart please contact us on 01327 855310 or email info@zipkart.com.

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Lightweight Chain Guard   (22/10)

Iztech Kart Seats are offering you the chance to buy one of our extremely lightweight and very durable chain guards for the growing Honda Cadet market.
 
We are offering you a massive 20% off the cost of our Carbon & Aramid chain guard. This means that the chain guard now only costs £56.00!  This is cheaper than a fibreglass one yet weighs a mere 120 grams - a win-win for you.

This offer is for the first 20 customers only, so make sure you don't miss out on this stunning deal!
 
While you are doing that, why not browse our shop to see if you there is anything else that you may be interested in.
 
If we can help you with any of our high quality products please don't hesitate to contact us.
 
Visit our website at www.iztechkartseats.com. You can also find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/iztech.seats, email  kevin@iztechkartseats.com or call us on 01908 511000 or 0796 7757096.

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Next Gen & Eclipse Merge   (22/10)

The ultra-competitive world of Cadet karting has a new major force to be reckoned against with the merger of Next Gen Motorsport and Team Eclipse creating an all new super team.
 
Already two of the most successful Cadet teams in the paddock, Team Eclipse and Next Gen bring an unrivalled combination of experience and facilities to the grid and can offer a range of packages from one to one driver coaching to a complete arrive and drive service.
 
The results of the new venture are already speaking for themselves, Alex McDade swept to a comprehensive double victory in the final round of the MSA British Super One Championship at PF International last month, Team Eclipse Motorsport also showed their versatility with a dominant victory for Lucas Vaus in the Junior X30 support race class at the same meeting.
 
Utilising the combined skills that helped guide Kiern Jewiss to the 2013 Super One Cadet Honda title and Connor Jupp and Jamie Caroline to runner up places in the MSA British Cadet Championship in 2010 and 2011 respectively, more title are certain to follow.
 
With on-circuit facilities that are second to none, the new Team Eclipse Motorsport is gearing up for the end of the 2014 season with a packed calendar of testing and racing designed exclusively to help its customers succeed in whichever championship they are targeting in 2015.
 
Combining the second to none driver coaching skills of Bellchambers' Next Gen team and the unrivalled engine and carb set-up of Hyrack's Eclipse outfit, which also includes an on-site dyno facility and flatbed Team Eclipse drivers are guaranteed to be in pole position whenever the lights go green.
 
The team have the set-up and expertise to run Cadet IAME, Cadet Honda and Junior X30 with that both club and national championship level with a number of packages available to suit all budgets.
 
To discover what Team Eclipse Motorsport can do for you please contact David Bellchambers on 07446173293 or Ollie Hrycak on 07969387099, alternatively email dbc_11@msn.com or ollie@eclipsemotorsport.co.uk.

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Kartcart Become Frixa Agents   (21/10)

Kartcart.co.uk have been appointed an official agent for Frixa bakes in Scotland and online.

Initially we will be concentrating on the pads and rotors for the CRG VEN05 system. We have been using these with our team drivers for some time now and can report good performance in all conditions - see what Frixa have to say - http://www.frixa.org/technical.
 
To help customers try out these great pads we are offering them for £27.50 inc vat/delivery per pair - to take advantage of this offer please contact us on 01786 449519 or visit http://www.kartcart.co.uk/frixa-ven05-standard-brake-pads-446-p.asp.
Tony Kart pads will be following soon.
  
We also have some special offers and clearance deals available on current stock...
 
Sniper V2 lasers - RRP £240.00 - Deal price £185.00 inc vat/delivery. http://www.kartcart.co.uk/sniper-v2-kart-front-laser-alignment-286-p.asp
AMV Kart Parts. All items are new and unused unless stated. http://www.kartcart.co.uk/amv-parts-11-c.asp

1. AMV Aluminium 17mm x 95mm front hubs PAIR (Gold, Blue, Black) - RRP £45.57 - Deal Price £20.00
2 AMV Aluminium 17mm x 75mm front hubs PAIR (Gold, Blue, Black) - RRP £45.57 - Deal Price £20.00
3 AMV Aluminium 25mm x 95mm front hubs PAIR (Gold, Black) - RRP £45.57 - Deal Price £25.00
4 AMV Aluminium 25mm x 75mm front hubs PAIR (Gold, Black, Red) - RRP £45.57 - Deal Price £25.00
5 AMV Universal Steering Column - RRP £29.99 - Deal Price £10.00
6 AMV Aluminium 50mm x 95mm rear hubs PAIR (Gold, Red, Blue) - RRP £45.57 - Deal Price £25.00
7 AMV Universal 50mm Brake Disc Carrier (Silver, Gold, Blue) - RRP £29.99 - Deal Price £12.50
8 AMV 50mm x 90mm Bearing Carriers 3 pcs (Blue, Gold) - RRP £71.94 - Deal Price £30.00
9 AMV Magnesium Drilled Engine Mount 30 & 32mm - RRP £36.00 - Deal Price £15.00
10 AMV Aluminium Undrilled Engine Mount 30mm - RRP £29.99 - Deal Price £15.00
11 AMV Interchangeable Stub Axles (see description) - RRP 262.00 - Deal Price £50.00
The AMV stub system suits karts with a 9 degree stub angle. They use unique interchangeable stub arms so you can change between soft A, Medium B and Hard C stubs.
Item 11 will be supplied as a pair - 1x left & 1x right and 6 stub arms.
12 AMV Aluminium Tiger Wheels 130/180 set Black - Ex Demo - RRP £180.00 - Deal Price £70.00
13 AMV Aluminium Tiger Wheels 130/210 set Black - Ex Demo - RRP £180.00 - Deal Price £70.00

To take advantage of any of these offer please call us on 01786 449519.

AMV Prices include vat but exclude postage which will be based on what you are buying!

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Hill Wins In X30 With Grice   (21/10)

Click for larger image...Graham Hill has won the X30 International Final in the Masters class at Le Mans using a Grice prepared engine.

Hill won in a dead heat with the Australian Kip Foster, using a very similar X30 engine to one you could hire or buy for your next race meeting. The Tecno driver was at the sharp end all weekend and won after a race-long battle in the final with Foster. 

Since 1976 Ricky Grice and his technical staff have supplied engines in JICA, Rotax, KF3 and KF2, and have built up a long list of international podiums in all classes. Much of this has been with IAME engines, which as you will see from the results from the Finals at Le Mans and throughout the 2014 season, is directly transferable to today's IAME X30 engines.Click for larger image...

If you want the best in engine preparation without worrying whether you're at the back of the queue behind team drivers or chassis customers, Grice Racing Engines are the only choice in the UK.

Hiring one of these race-winning engines costs just £100 per day, or you can have some proven preparation done on your own engine for £200 and a dyno power test for added confidence for £90 (all prices plus VAT).Click for larger image... 

You can also part exchange your old engine for one of our new race prepared motors!

Please call for details on 01268 727847 or 07768 047253, or email Ricky.grice@virgin.net.

Visit our website at www.griceracingengines.com.

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Pitwall Motorsport Offers   (20/10)

Midlands-based Pitwall Motorsport are currently offering the following services to any third parties at discounted rates:
 
Awning Space - As winter draws in and the weather gets colder, come and take advantage of a spacious, dry awning with electricity and air without any of the hassle of setting up yourself. Contact below for further information including availability for Whilton Mill this weekend.
 
Dyno Work - Come and use our dyno facility to evaluate your engines and ancillaries - try different carb, exhaust combinations to maximise your equipment. Full computer printout provided with each test. £25 per engine, £15 per ancillary. Comer and IAME only.
 
Chassis Straightening - Put your chassis on our jig to check overall trueness and make any necessary tweaks. With highly accurate digital vernier gauges, our jig works on all chassis with 25mm or 50mm axles. £25 per chassis.
 
Kart Preparation - Full strip and clean of your chassis with all components thoroughly cleaned in our purpose parts cleaner. £50 per chassis (plus parts).
 
We are happy to transport your equipment for any of the above services to and from the circuit - we currently compete in every HKRC and WMKC club round, as well as other selected events.
 
Please contact us for any further details by emailing alex@pitwallmotorsport.com.

Pitwall Motorsport. Blackmoor Business Park, New Road, Maulden, Bedfordshire, MK45 2BG.

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TKM O Plates   (17/10)

The ABkC O plates for the Formula TKM classes are returning to the Maxxis TKM Festival at Kimbolton in August heralding what is expected to be a surge in interest for the plates.

"It's a great move" says TKM boss Alan Turney. "The Festival is recognised as the top event in TKM karting and so having this plate for the winner in Juniors and Seniors will be the icing on the cake."

Some years ago the O plates were held at the Festival and became the most hard fought and highly publicised O plates under the ABkC banner. But since being taken elsewhere they have lost status and size.

By moving the plates to the Festival it will actually save drivers money because within one meeting they will have the chance to race for the titles while also taking part in the Festival - seen as the main event of the year for the TKM classes, going into its 18th year in 2015.

Martin Chesterman, Chairman of the Hunts Kart Club who run Kimbolton: "We are very pleased the ABkC have moved the plates back to the Festival for next year. We already run to the high standards required and will be able to give the O plate drivers great racing, major TV coverage and plenty of promotion as well as an event with a very special atmosphere which has not been equalled anywhere."

Adds Colin Wright, Chairman of the Association of British Kart Clubs (ABkC):"We recognise that the Kimbolton Festival is the prime event for the class and by moving the O plate back there it will significantly increase the numbers taking part and add to the prestige while reducing driver costs, so a win win situation."

The format of the Festival will be changed slightly to split the grids into those racing for the O plates and those taking part in the Festival section - just as it used to be. The event takes place on August 7-9 next year. Full regulations will be released early next year.

For more information on Formula TKM visit www.tal-ko.com.

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ABkC Newsletter   (16/10)

The late September steering group meeting was one of the largest ever, with guests from JAG and Tal-Ko now included plus John Pike who has offered to set up a linked Drivers Association.  Also present as a one off guest was Dan Parker from Zip to discuss the Bambino class.  Unfortunately Colin Wright had to attend to an urgent business matter so Nigel Edwards chaired the meeting. Simon Blunt, the new MSA General Secretary, and Cheryl Lynch represented the MSA on this occasion.
 
Circuit round-up
Starting with a round up from the circuits the numbers seem to be holding up well and indeed the MSA reported an increase in race entries and permits from last year.  High points include having an extra 60 NKF competitors at Wombwell boosting their last entry to 110, having 23 KZ UK entries for ABkC Super 4 at Kimbolton and a big entry of Honda Cadets at Bayford forming half the total entry there. Paul Klaassen and his team have received congratulations from the CIK for finding the cheat engine in KF.  Rowrah have completed their £60k Lets Go Karting training building, a massive investment for Cumbria Kart Club.  There was concern expressed that some circuits are allowing 6 year olds to practice in Cadets when they should only be allowed out in Bambino karts and not mixed.  The ABkC congratulates all the new British and National champions and the seeded drivers for 2015.  The lists will be put up on the new website when it goes active.  Meanwhile congratulations too to those winning entries from the Super One, courtesy of JAG, for the Rotax Grand Finals at Valencia, who are: Dave Wooder and Sandy Mitchell for Juniors, Joseph Reilly and Jack Bartholomew for Seniors and Adam Glear for DD2.
 
There have been far too many incidents involving abuse this year, either between competitors or their parents, or between competitors and officials.  There are on going cases, some awaiting completion of police investigations.  The MSA representatives said that they have  zero tolerance, and that they would fully support any official who has received abuse.  Anyone has the ability to call the Police if they wish.  Landowners have the ability to ban anyone from their circuit.  There was some concern that if a PG licence is suspended, another parent can take another out.  There is a move afoot to ensure teams have entrants licences and use them.   The 2015 seminars will have a section on judicial matters including interpersonal skills.  There was also a discussion on IKR, and it was noted that one circuit has moved to having a control tyre to cut down the costs of open formulae. All agreed that we must make MSA racing more attractive and reduce costs and the MSA said they are investigating having stronger links with the National Karting Association.
 
Drivers Association
John Pike, who is a KZ driver, was thanked for offering his services to set up a Drivers Association.  He will develop a website and Facebook page and Richard DeHavillande has offered to help with advice.  Strong links will be established to the ABkC and MSA websites to ensure drivers are informed of upcoming regulation changes etc.  John will continue to be invited to the steering group meetings, and consideration given to including a drivers rep in the constitution for the 2015 AGM.  Cheryl took the opportunity to remind everyone of the MSA Social Media Guidelines http://www.msauk.org/uploadedfiles/press/MSA_Social_Media_Guidelines.pdf .
 
Recordings
A proposal to ban competitors or team members from recording comments by officials, or during a judicial inquiry, was requested. It was agreed to propose an amendment to the Gold Book Appendix 4 so that it covered all clubs, rather than having each club having to amend SRs. 
 
MSA Matters
Simon Blunt informed the group that there had been an over 3% increase in participation this year from last which is really good news.  He also announced a reduction of the cost of the ARKS Pack to £60, still including the licence fees, so in fact that reduces the effective pack price to only £6 for an under 18 driver.  This move was welcomed by the group and they further urged the MSA to consider using on line methods in future to reduce cost and complexity of getting started. ARKS Schools have also offered to reduce the test price to £50 for 2015 on a trial basis and ARKS are consulting with the clubs that have ARKS Examiners to see if they want to stick with £95 or follow the Schools and reduce to £50.  Start karting packs are available to clubs and schools on a sale or return basis at £55.    There were some differing views whether the licence fee should be in with the cost of the pack or whether the pack should be a loss leader kart taster.  Simon also announced that the National B and below licence fees, per capita and insurance fees would be frozen for 2015, and that certain championship permit fees would be lowered.  Discussions on the need for medicals for kart drivers are still under discussion. There are still on going discussions on adopting the CIK Historic kart regulations with some modifications, and following the re-launch of Tyro as Clubman, a list of compatible engines for drivers who would be able to take out a licence without a medical or ARKS Test.  It was agreed to set up a working party meeting to review the actions required for class homologations for 2017.  The MSA was also requested to find a way to publicise regulations that have been amended through consultation and agreed at Council, without waiting for the next quarterly magazine insert.  The review of Child Protection guidelines (now called DBS instead of CRB) is still on-going.  The licences to early September were 3734 and packs sold were 463 (compared with totals for 2013 of 3986 and 852).
 
Cheryl Lynch announced that the MSA would be proposing to sanction a new MSA Bambino Championship in 2015, the promoter would be Zipkart with Dan Parker as the co-ordinator and the lead club taking out the permit being the ABkC.  A request was put in to favour the smaller clubs with the rounds of the series.  It would not be for racing of course, the time trial system would continue.  It was announced that 41 warning letters have been issued to competitors having too many penalties at meetings, and three licence suspensions enforced. The MSA is now able to give the real statistics on the number racing in each class and perhaps these will be publicised in due course. Currently Honda Cadet is the biggest class followed by senior Rotax Max, and Shenington the track with the most entries, followed by Whilton Mill. Regrettably 97 returns have not been made by certain clubs, and those clubs that are not sending their class data back are urged to do so otherwise a false idea of the size of some of the smaller classes may be made.   With more good news from the MSA they said that officials attending the seminars next year will have their mileage expenses paid, and their lunch. A letter to clubs clarifying the track limit rules is still to go out.  Jess Fack is collating both the MSA surveys and the ABkC club survey results and it was noted that the Lets Go Karting brand will be re-launched.
 
ABkC Website, 2015 O & E Plates, Grants to clubs
The ABkC has commissioned a new website which should be on line soon.  ABkC and ARKS will be at Kartmania along with representatives from the MSA and are looking to have joint 'First Steps in Karting' leaflet available.  It was considered that no enough of the big importers are supporting these shows, and every encouragement should be given to get them along.  All MSA clubs get a free 3mx2m shell stand at Kartmania, all they need is public liability insurance, which the organisers can do at £25 if they do not have enough cover, and £95 if they need power for a TV/DVD etc.  Sheningon's bid to have the new E Plate for all the classes to be awarded at their 2015 SuperPrix on U Everyone who put in bids are thanked.  It was agreed that the O Plates no longer need to have control fuel, although it was recommended that an alternative such as specifying a local pump should be used, and / or with appropriate random fuel tests.
 
Club Development bids were agreed for North of Scotland Kart Club for £315 towards their new marshal flags, for £500 for Lincs KC for a lap timer display, and for £500 towards the new shower block at Shenington. There are still funds available and a new tranche coming for 2015, so clubs should request an application form from the Secretary.  We are very sorry to hear that Golspie has been inundated by the sea again and hope the track can be back in use as soon as possible.
 
Technical
A summary of the proposed amendments to the 2015 class regulations were circulated. All the senior classes will permit experienced drivers with a National A licence to race from the age of 15 if they meet a minimum weight which will be in class regulations. It will be mandatory to have circlips on the end of a Cadet axle (this used to be the case but got dropped out of the class regs somehow.) Also for IAME Cadet there will be a new regulation: "Any device mounted on the kart to aid in the cooling of the engine is strictly prohibited, unless stated on the MSA homologation fiche." TKM will permit internal inserts on axles in the critical areas, the regulations are tightened up on rear bumpers and engine modifications following various issues this year.  They are also introducing a new intermediate weight level in TKM Extreme. The regs will permit Tal-Ko to mark any component which has found to be ineligible.  There are only minor changes in Rotax, and for KZ1 the new CIK homologated marked axle will not be mandatory. Standing starts pros and cons are still being discussed but it was noted that a majority of Rotax and Honda drivers still voted in favour at the recent Super One meeting.  There is great concern about the deliberate abuse of the clutches.  Grahame Butterworth explained what had happened about the rogue engine tuner supply cheat engines in TKM, and that they have now issued a press release offering discounts on swapped parts.  There was a request to increase slightly the class weight in Honda Cadet so weight surveys were carried out at Super One and at Bayford Meadow.  Although the major teams and some parents supported a weight increase the evidence from the circuits did not support the need and it was turned down for now with the intention to carry out further analysis.  In any case the MSA view was that if it was increased a minimum driver weight would have to be put in. On gearbox it was noted that three 450cc engine registrations are expected.  A proposal to modify the 250 National engine registration document to allow smaller (e.g. 175cc) engines with six gears for the next registration period starting 2016 was supported.
 
A main discussion point was regarding the new detachable or 'droop nose' front fairing as per 2015 CIK regulations.  The MSA Kart Technical Sub-Committee had a demonstration of the new front fairing and attachment.  It drops to the ground with contact of about 5mph, and then the driver should come into a repair area to put it back in the normal position, or if he can't will have a time penalty applied.  Only bodywork to the new CA20 homologation will be manufactured in 2015.  The front fairings will have an 8 screw mounting plate, which can take either the detachable 'ramps' or the conventional current fixing to the front bumper bars.  The cost of these parts will be less than £10.  So the MSA is proposing to Kart Committee that the new type detachable front fairings will not be mandatory until 2016, and subject to class or championship regulations, but there could be a trial during 2015 in the British and National Championships. There were several points of concern, including whether it would drop down if scraped on the ground for a TKM push start, and how it would interact with MSA steel bumpers both in the normal and dropped condition.  The MSA undertook to have real trials during this year.  A point of contention is whether the plastic parts and the mounting bars from different homologations can be interchanged even although they may be identical in appearance and on the fiche drawings.  This is not currently allowed, if a new sidepod or front fairing is purchased and has a different or newer number then the bars must also be changed for the same number so the crash test integrity is maintained. However a proposal to allow interchange has been put forward, although it is unlikely this could be approved for 2015.
 
The KTG also had an update on the proposed KF engine for 2016 where it has now been decided to use a diaphragm carburettor rather than a float chamber type.  A power valve would be retained but by losing the electric starter, clutch and battery at least 5kg is saved.  Final decisions will be made in due course.
 
The minimum driver weights for 2015 are as follows, most of the junior ones in the main classes are unchanged, the senior weights shown are for those under 16 and over-ride any other minimum class weight.
 
Junior Weights kg...
Mini - 39
Jun TKM - 38
Jun Blue - 38
Jun Max - 42.5
X30 - 41
Honda Jnr - 43
TKM 4S - 38
KFJ - 40.5

Senior Weights for under 16's kg...
TKM 132 - 46
TKM 146 - 50
TKM 152 - 60
Rotax - 52
Blue Lo - 46
KGP - 56
X30 - 54
KF2 - 50
TKM 4S - 54
World Formula - 56
 
Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting will be held at Donington Park Farmhouse Hotel on Tuesday 9th December starting at 11 am and will include a sandwich lunch.  Clubs are invited to put either formal proposals for discussion which must be seconded by another member club, or informal discussion points to the Secretary within 2 week prior to the meeting.  Nominations for the 2015 Steering Group ae also required to the secretary from the nominated club official, again within 2 weeks prior. All interested parties are invited to the AGM.

For more information on the ABkC visit the association's website at www.abkc.org.uk.

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MSA Revises Kart Fees   (10/10)

The Motor Sports Association (MSA) has confirmed a number of karting developments, including a temporarily reduced price for starter packs, a freeze in competition licence and event permit fees, and a rise in events and competitor entries.

Go Karting starter packs discounted while current stocks last:
The price of the MSA Go Karting starter packs (also known as the ARKS pack) will be discounted from £75 to £60 while current stocks last. Since the pack includes the competitor's first competition licence (£36 if purchased separately) the effective cost of the discounted packs is just £24. If an Entrant Kart PG licence is also applied for, the effective cost of the packs reduces further to just £6.

There is a concessionary rate of £55 per pack for ARKS schools and MSA-recognised clubs, which cannot sell the packs to competitors for more than the MSA price at any given time. The MSA is also pleased to offer each ARKS school or MSA-registered club up to 10 packs each on a 'sale or return' basis.

2015 fees frozen at 2014 prices:
As previously announced, the MSA has frozen the cost of 2015 National B - and below - competition licences at 2014 prices across all disciplines, including karting. Event permit fees for 2015 are also frozen at 2014 prices.

Karting events and entries rise year-on-year:
Short circuit kart (including NatSKA, Endurance, Tyro and Bambino) event and entry numbers between January and August show an increase relative to the same period in 2013. By the end of August 2014 there were 308 events, up 42 on the same period last year. Meanwhile competitor entries rose by 1,018 to 21,119.

Rob Jones, MSA Chief Executive, said "The MSA is committed to developing UK karting. By discounting starter packs, and freezing licence and permit fees, we are taking action both to encourage new competitors into the sport and to make life that little bit easier and more cost-effective for those already competing or running events."

"There is genuine room for optimism in MSA karting, with a significant year-on-year increase in both events and grids, plus of course our new junior and senior World and European Champions."

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TKM Whilton Mill Test Day   (10/10)

Formula TKM and Tal-Ko have teamed up with Whilton Mill to host a special test day at the Northamptonshire circuit catering for drivers of TKM 2-stroke class karts and those looking to move up into the class from Cadets or from other classes.
 
The event will take place on Friday, October 31st 2014 - the last day of the half term school holidays for most children.
 
The idea is to allow prospective new drivers the chance to have a very low cost chance to sample a TKM championship winning Tal-Ko Veloce kart and talk with some existing TKM drivers. The same opportunity was organised last year and brought a strong response.
 
It will include support from Tal-Ko, organisers of the TKM classes.
 
No MSA licence is required though drivers must be able to show kart race experience. The day will provide a unique opportunity for drivers to hone their skills, test equipment, and for potential newcomers, to try a TKM kart for the first time.
 
TKM boss Alan Turney explains: "We have so many new drivers looking at coming into the class that we felt a special day like this would benefit everyone and provide great value testing."
 
The day will run from 9am to 4pm on the Whilton Mill International circuit with an hour for lunch at 1pm. The circuit will run an open pit lane all through the day making for maximum track time.
 
Drivers with their own TKM karts will be able to test for just £35. Newcomers, drivers from other classes or drivers wanting to just test the Tal-Ko Veloce chassis will pay only £10 and have several opportunities to sample the track and the power and handling of a championship winning Formula TKM kart.
 
Aside from allowing existing TKM drivers test time, special efforts are being made to help potential new drivers to the TKM classes whether currently in Cadets or any other class. Says Alan Turney: "This is the perfect chance for new drivers to try out TKM karting. So long as they have full safety equipment and at least some karting experience we will get them out in a kart."
 
Tal-Ko will be providing karts suitable for Junior and Senior drivers and are expected to be fitted with the latest specification TAG engines. Any driver aged 10 upwards is permitted. Drivers must bring their own race safety equipment such as helmet, race suit, boots  and gloves. If none available this can be hired from Whilton Mill subject to a deposit and £20 charge.
 
In order to take part drivers should apply to testday@tkmdriversclub.com and ask for a registration form which should be completed. Size information is important to ensure everyone can be accommodated.

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Bambino Kart Championship   (09/10)

The Motor Sports Association (MSA) is delighted to announce that a new MSA Bambino Kart Championship will run from 2015, promoted by Zip Kart.

Bambino is open to competitors aged six to eight and runs to a time trial format. The new championship will be structured to help develop competitors and give them the best possible start to their karting careers.

Rob Jones, MSA Chief Executive, said: "The announcement of a new MSA Bambino Kart Championship provides a more structured introduction to competitive karting for our youngest drivers taking their first steps into this great sport. This move has been made in direct response to calls from those currently involved in Bambino time trials, and the MSA looks forward to working closely with Zip to develop the new championship."

Zip Kart's Dan Parker added: "We are delighted to be the promoter for the new MSA Bambino Kart Championship. Zip Kart's founder, the late Martin Hines, was one of the innovators of new junior classes in the UK, so the chance to showcase the Bambino class for six- to eight-year-olds in a full MSA Championship is a fantastic opportunity to engage with our next generation of kart drivers. We are very much looking forward to working closely with the MSA to promote the Bambino class in its own MSA Championship all over the UK in 2015."

Interested parties seeking further information should contact Dan Parker at Zip Kart via dan@zipkart.com or 01327 855310.

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More Zip/ART Success   Click for larger image...(08/10)

Another win for ART/Zip in X30 at the final LGM tour race at PFI last weekend as Zip/ART karts took positions 1, 2 & 3 on the grid for the final that saw 36 drivers vying for victory in this ultra-competitive new class.

Elliot Harvey suffered an early technical problem that put pay to his challenge for the win having shared the front row for the final. Tom Douglas had shown great pace all weekend, and held 3rd place for the majority of the final and was very unlucky not to get on the podium. Josh Smith took the win in the final with a great overtake on the final lap.

 
The win means that Zip/ART drivers have won 5 out of the 7 X30 LGM rounds and Zip/ART drivers have been on the podium at every LGM in 2014.Click for larger image...

Zip Kart have a limited number of spaces in their team for 2015 for both Junior and Senior X30 drivers. Interested competitors should contact Zip Kart on 01327 855310 or e-mail
info@zipkart.com to discuss their requirements.

 
The Zip team will now head to the X30 World Finals in Le Mans France with drivers Josh Smith and Oliver York both hoping to take the world title.

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Endurance Fun Night   (08/10)

Click for larger image...The Philippines Schools Project will be holding its famous endurance fun night at Buckmore Park on Friday evening, 17th October. Many drivers say it is the most fun of all the events they enter through the year, and there's sure to be plenty of high jinks on the night.
 
There are still a few spaces left so if you fancy an hour and a half with your friends on Buckmore's hire karts, this is the place to be!
 
You don't have to be a top pro, there are plenty of once-a-year drivers who come along purely for the fun and the great atmosphere.
 
Great auction lots including Formula 1 memorabilia and lots of tasty raffle prizes.
 
At the end of it all, you are helping to raise a little cash for a very worthwhile cause, the charity run by scrutineer Kelvin Nicholls and his wife Jo. For further info on the event, contact Chris Pullman at Buckmore Park (01634 661620) or find out more about the charity at www.philippines-schools-project.org.

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BPKC Summer Series   (07/10)

Round 6 of the BPKC Summer Championship takes place on Sunday 19th October.

Practice is available on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th October 2014 between 10am and 4pm. All ABkC non gear box classes welcome including Bambino and Junior Subaru.

The meeting incorporates the ABkC O'plate for Honda Cadet which has attracted the largest ever entry at 54 drivers and is sold out.

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

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Pitwall Motorsport   (07/10)

Midlands-based Pitwall Motorsport are currently offering the following services to any third parties at discounted rates...

Dyno Work
- Come and use our dyno facility to evaluate your engines and ancillaries - try different carb, exhaust combinations to maximise your equipment. Full computer printout provided with each test. £25 per engine, £15 per ancillary. Comer and IAME only

Chassis Straightening
- Put your chassis on our jig to check overall trueness and make any necessary tweaks. With highly accurate digital vernier gauges, our jig works on all chassis with 25mm or 50mm axles. £25 per chassis.

Kart Preparation
- Full strip and clean of your chassis with all components thoroughly cleaned in our purpose parts cleaner. £50 per chassis (plus parts).

We are happy to transport your equipment for any of the above services to and from the circuit - we currently compete in every HKRC and WMKC club round, as well as other selected events.

Please contact us for any further details by emailing alex@pitwallmotorsport.com.

Pitwall Motorsport: Blackmoor Business Park, New Road, Maulden, Bedfordshire, MK45 2BG.

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Lydd IKR   (06/10)

Click for larger image...This weekend Lydd holds the first round of its popular 6 months Winter Championship.
 
Cost saving Rotax and Subaru classes to have tyres barcoded so slicks do two meetings.
 
Subaru's also have an 9 Round Inter championship with Bayford Meadows which starts on 9th November at Lydd.
 
Four stoke Bambinos start their first timed championship.
 
Summer Championship Trophies to be awarded, Gary Kimber will be available for photos.
 
Last month saw a record breaker meeting for this year which shows how popular the meetings are getting, with the Winter Championship looking really good.
 
All classes catered for and entries up to 9 o'clock Sunday morning so come and enjoy proper kart racing at an affordable price and great atmosphere.
 
Further information is available on the Lydd website at www.lyddkartcircuit.com or call 01797 321747 or 01797 321895.

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Drivers With Modified Engines   (02/10)

Tal-Ko Racing, responsible for the popular Formula TKM classes, have issued the following...

"Over the past couple of months we have discovered and identified an engine builder who has been carrying out grossly non-compliant illegal modifications to TKM BT82 cylinder barrels and pistons.
 
In order to help any current owner/driver who unfortunately finds that they have an illegally modified TKM BT82 engine from this builder and to ensure rapid rectification back to conformity, we are making the following offer with immediate effect:
 
- We will free of charge carry out a simple inspection on any engine brought or sent to us to check for the compliance of the barrel and piston to regulations.
 
- If the engine is found to be non-compliant we will provide a new barrel and piston as required to put the engine back to legal condition. These parts will be supplied at a special 40% discount off retail price plus VAT on the condition that the non-compliant parts are left with us for destruction.
 
- If an owner wishes to retain the old illegal components then these will be clearly marked as illegal and the discount will be reduced to 20%.
 
- In either case the owner has the option of having us rebuild the engine as required or can take the engine and parts away for rebuild.
 
We point out that several customers/drivers have told us that when we have rebuilt their engine with the conforming correct parts, they have actually found them to be faster than before.
 
This offer will run until the end of January 2015 and we fully expect this to get rid of any engines that may be lurking un-checked.
 
The engine builder concerned has admitted carrying out the work to Grahame Butterworth (TKM Coordinator) and I, and certain matters are now progressing on this which we will notify in due course when complete.
 
Regards
 
Alan Turney"

Contact information for Tal-Ko as well as information on Formula TKM can be found at www.tal-ko.com.

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RL Racing Department   (01/10)

Click for larger image...PFI-based RL Racing Department put the Junior Max title beyond doubt at the final round of the coveted Super One Series with Sandy Mitchell, claiming the title of British Championship 2014!
 
"A fantastic end to a fantastic year with a fantastic group of individuals." That was the only way Team Principle Steve Armstrong could describe 2014 within RL Racing Department. After initially finding his feet in Round 1 at the Rowrah circuit, Mitchell all but dominated the Junior class with outright wins at Buckmore Park for Round 2 - where he won all four races - Larkhall where he won the Main Final after team-mate Will Shaw won Final 1.  Overall pole at Shenington and then finishing P4 behind team mates Max Bird and Stuart Middleton at PFI signalled what was coming for the Scottish lad and indeed the team.
 
This title is Armstrong's first S1 title since making the RL brand his own, he did however win the S1 title twice and the Euro Max title as well as Vice World championship status and Vice S1 champion under Richard Lock's original RL Race Team. The team have also made huge progress with the likes of Max Bird who has shown probably some of the fastest laps in the team and some great maturity at various rounds with heat wins, and front qualifying as well as at PFI with P2 overall but for a technical glitch pushing him to the back of the grid for each heat, ultimately hammering his way through to 6th in the main final after having to qualify via the B final. Lucy Fulton has come on in leaps and bounds from her almost novice state in January having not driven in Junior spec until 3 days training in Lanzarote to help her gain valuable dry laps before the season began. She has grown in stature all year culminating at Shenington for Round 5 of S1 with a P6 start for the pre final and overall P11 finish. Stuart Middleton joined the squad mid-season and immediately moved forward with heat wins at his first race with RL at Shenington then also at the coveted Kart Masters GP at PFI, Stuart is now a constant threat to the podium.
 
In Mini Max Rory Hudson started the year as part of a trio of RL Mini's but by the first round he was alone in his quest for glory and it has been a hard year for the former Honda no. 2 seed. Slowly but surely though he has risen up the order and Shenington's TQ session saw him P3 with P6 for final 1 and also a P3 start at PFI and racing in the front group before a crash after leading the race signalled his arrival, he'll surely be a front runner in 2015.
 
The RL Senior Max assault only really took flight half way through the year with the duo of Jac Constable & Luke Knott showing strongly at every race they go to, Knott qualifying in the top 3 at GYG, Shenington and PFI then going on to P2 at GYG in final 1 and P2 overall at PFI with Constable P8 overall at Shenington and some heat wins between them. Constable's progress has been momentarily halted with gremlins for the last weekend or 2 at PFI but he will be a front runner for 2015.
 
The team now look to the winter with a full schedule of club races and testing as well as the World Finals where Mitchell will be going after the ultimate title in kart racing, to be World Champion. The team have recruited the talented young Bryony King into Junior Max with the possibility of some X30 racing also and are currently talking to a handful of drivers to fill the available spaces within RL for Mini Max (2 spaces), Junior Max (1 space), Senior Max (1 space) & X30.
 
RL will field a team primarily at the Super One Series for Rotax Max, all relevant club races and testing for this as well as the BNL series and selected X30 races including S1 and LGM.

For information on how to join RL Racing Department, info on one-off test days or a complete quote please contact Steve Armstrong on 07843 586416 or email accounts.rlracingdept@live.co.uk.

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SSM Super One Rotax/Honda   Click for larger image...(01/10)

The 6th and final round of the SSM Super One Rotax/Honda championship took place at PF International on 27-28 September 2014.

Balmy weather embraced the longest circuit of the series but the action on that track was fast and furious with several appeals to the Stewards, points being so vital. With nip and tuck in a couple of the classes nerves were jangling, so congratulations to the new champions Dean MacDonald (MiniMax), Tom Canning (Honda Cadet), Sandy Mitchell (Junior Max) and Joseph Reilly (Senior Max).
 
MiniMax
Championship leader Dean MacDonald started as he meant to continue with fastest qualifying time, beating Adam Smalley and Connor McCarthy whilst Alex Quinn was only 24th and Jordan Collard even further back.  MacDonald won both his heats whilst Quinn did well enough for fourth on the grid for the pre-final with Collard 14th, whilst Oliver York shared the front row. Although MacDonald set off in the lead, many trades were to take place before the finish.  Rory Hudson was first to depose MacDonald, then York, Hudson again with a brief tenure before MacDonald came storming back at him. Click for larger image...A bit of a gap was soon eliminated as Thomas Turner now gained the front, he was dumped in favour of Jonathan Hoggard.  But he crashed with Samuel Pooley so MacDonald went ahead once more before the fast rising Collard took over.  As the others fought behind, MacDonald took second from Turner on the bridge and defended to the flag letting Collard escape. On the last throes of the race Quinn, Smalley and Tyler Chesterton all deposed Turner with York in seventh.  Collard was then given a five place penalty for blocking but won his win back on appeal.  Collard and Smalley broke away in the second final with MacDonald hung out to dry over the bridge and Turner falling back in the complex. The pack had caught up with the lead duo, Quinn moving ahead then momentarily falling to third but soon back in the lead.  York drafted up to Quinn and soon MacDonald was in close attendance as York grabbed the lead at the first hairpin, and hence the win. "I didn't need to win, the others were crashing but I managed to stay out of trouble," said MacDonald.  York was pleased with his resurgence, saying: "It's sweet, all came good, I changed teams and changed everything."

Final 1 (16 laps): 1 Jordan Collard 20 (Tonykart) 16m 36.49s; 2 Dean MacDonald 11 (Tonykart) +1.03s; 3 Alex Quinn 12 (Tonykart); 4 Adam Smalley 54 (Tonykart); 5 Tyler Chesterton 25 (tba); 6 Thomas Turner 24 (Tonykart).
Final 2 (16 laps): 1 Oliver York 27 (Tonykart) 16m 33.85s; 2  Quinn +0.53s; 3 Macdonald; 4 MacDonald; 5 Smalley; 6 Rory Hudson 44 (Tonykart).
Final provisional championship standings: 1 Dean MacDonald 761; 2 Alex Quinn 751; 3 Jonathan Hoggard 657; 4 Adam Smalley 634; 5 Samuel Pooley 631; 6 Thomas Turner 611; 7 Axel Charpentier 610; 8 Oliver York 586; 9 Jordan Collard 586; 10 Jordan Cane 580
 
Honda Cadet
Click for larger image...After the timed qualifying sessions were combined it was Ollie Hall on the heat poles from Samra Keaton and Myles Apps.  The two title protagonists Tom Canning and Kiern Jewiss were 6th and 7th.  Mark Kimber, Canning and Apps took the heat wins.  In the first final Canning tried to slice past Apps at the chicane but Apps stayed ahead but briefly as Harry Thompson then Jewiss took command. Thompson established himself as the pace setter and managed to stay in front until the chequer despite pressure from Jewiss after he had taken Alex Lloyd.  Canning had fallen to seventh then was hit with a five place penalty.  Although he appealed, meaning the second final was shifted to the last race of the day, the penalty stuck putting him back behind Jewiss in the title race.  Running second behind Thompson, Jewiss was hung out to dry at the first hairpin putting him down in sixth.  Although he leapfrogged Kimber, Canning was storming up and overtook Jewiss as the latter went on a grassy trip out of the hairpins.  That reversed the title positions, Jewiss only recovering to eighth when the race was stopped early to deal with a fire on an overturned kart.  Kimber had won, but a second placed Canning had the title over a disappointed Jewiss, who said he had been hit off at the second hairpin. "I couldn't have done it without Mark (Kimber)'s help," exclaimed Canning.  And Kimber, who had taken third in the series, added that it would be his last race in the class.

Final 1 (15 laps): 1 Harry Thompson (Project One) 17m 13.95s; 2 Kiern Jewiss 1 (Tonykart) +0.03s; 3 Alex Lloyd 48 (Zip); 4 Myles Apps 0 (Zip); 5 Thomas Pegram 31 (BRK); 6 Keaton Samra 10 (Zip).
Final 2 (11 laps): 1 Mark Kimber GP (BRK) 12m 38.22s; 2 Tom Canning 7 (BRK) +0.07s; 3 Apps; 4 Ben Kasperczak 35 (CRG); 5 Dragan Pinsent 98 (Project One); 6 Pegram.
Final provisional championship standings: 1 Tom Canning 734; 2 Kiern Jewiss 728; 3 Mark Kimber 727; 4 Myles Apps 711; 5 Harry Thompson 696; 6 Keaton Samra 645; 7 Thomas Pegram 640; 8 Dragan Pinsent 627; 9 Alex Lloyd 623; 10 Zak Rogers 606
 
Junior Max
Click for larger image...Qualifying was good for Dave Wooder, with Stuart Middleton nearest on times then Sandy Mitchell who had the upper hand in the title race.  Jack McCarthy, Mitchell and Richard Vershoor were the heat winners putting Mitchell on pole beside Vershoor for the first final.  Tom Gamble took Vershoor at the first hairpin for the first final lead but then ran wide onto the grass off the bridge, losing many places.  A five place penalty put him even further down.  Vershoor next lost the lead to Mitchell who led many laps until Wooder, who had lost places at the start, came back up.  Wooder swept into the lead up to the bridge, and held off McCarthy to the flag, whilst Mitchell dropped to third defending against Zak Fulk and Lucas Vaus.  William Tregurtha would have been next save for his five place penalty.  A half decent finish was all that stood between Mitchell and the ABkC National title.  Wooder was elbowed back from the lead to around eighth early in the second final, then Mitchell leapfrogged Stefano Charalambous and Vaus in quick succession to lead.  A bit of horse trading later had Mitchell down in seventh as Vaus took up the running.  Meanwhile Wooder was storming back through to the front, an interchange with Vershoor  and then Gamble delaying him slightly.  McCarthy was now in the lead, then briefly Gamble before Wooder forged to the front at the second hairpin.  Gamble and MacCarthy joined him on the podium whilst Vershoor took a five place penalty for gaining an unfair advantage but Mitchell had beaten Wooder to the title.  "It was just down to consistent results and being up the front," said a modest Mitchell.  "Everyone was battling and it allowed me to catch up, the kart was a bit slow to start with, but thanks to DHR," said Wooder.  And Max Bird and Darren Keane reached sixth and seventh having both come from the repechage.

Final 1 (16 laps): 1 Dave Wooder GP (Alonso) 16m 1.74s; 2 Jack McCarthy 81 (Tonykart) +0.06s; 3 Sandy Mitchell 19 (Tonykart); 4 Zak Fulk 34 (Tonykart); 5 Lucas Vaus 15 (Tonykart); 6 Stefanos Charalambous 66 (Tonykart).
Final 2 (16 laps): 1 Wooder 16m 54.850s; 2 Tom Gamble 23 (Tonykart) +0.99s; 3 McCarthy; 4 Vaus; 5 Charalambous; 6 Max Bird 12 (Tonykart)
Final provisional championship standings: 1 Sandy Mitchell 734; 2 Dave Wooder 718; 3 Tom Gamble 709; 4 Jack McCarthy 673; 5 Zak Fulk 671; 6 Josh Skelton 653; 7 William Tregurtha 614; 8 Sam McKenzie 610; 9 Lucas Vaus 587; 10 Stefanos Charalambous 580
 
Senior Max
Click for larger image...Adam Glear and Jack Bartholomew had equal times in the TQ sessions, whilst Joseph Reilly could only manage 14th place.  However a win and a second in the heats restored Reilly to the first final pole over Luke Knott, the other heat winners being Bartholomew and John Stewart.  Reilly soon threw off his pursuers for a lights to flag victory and although Bartholomew twice reached second he failed to hold it. Kyle Fowlie was first to battle past, Bartholomew dropping behind Jake Dalton before having a fight with John Stewart.  Dalton lost his chain, then Bartholomew had a big fight with Josh Price, eventually ending in disaster when Price and Bartholomew speared off at the chicane.  Bartholomew fell to ninth, as Fowlie finished a lonely second.  Matthew Hirst had just got the better of Stewart for third.  Reilly again enjoyed a lights to flag victory, easily sealing the title, but Knott kept him honest through much of the second final after Stewart fell back from his initial second.  Hirst had lost his initial second place, then fell out of fourth with a visit to the weeds.  He managed to recover to sixth.  Bartholomew struggled up to fifth behind Glear and Stewart but the title had been lost in the first final, they all deposed Josh Collings on the last lap. Bartholomew said: "I've been fast all year but its difficult up against all the Strawberry drivers."  A delighted Reilly exclaimed: "I had a bad round at Larkhall and it's been really hard after four years out of a kart seat.  I won't be driving next year, I will be helping Strawberry develop their drivers."

Final 1 (17 laps): 1 Reilly (Tonykart) 16m 34.7s; 2 Kyle Fowlie 3 (Tonykart) +1.95s; 3 Matthew Hirst 96 (Tonykart); 4 John Stewart 5 (Gillard); 5 Jack Saffery 8 (Tonykart); 6 Adam Glear 37 (Kosmic).
Final 2 (17 laps): 1 Reilly 16m 35.94s; 2 Luke Knott 44 (Tonykart) +0.17s; 3 Glear; 4 Stewart; 5 Jack Bartholomew GP (Tonykart); 6 Hirst.
Final provisional championship standings: 1 Joseph Reilly 747; 2 Jack Bartholomew 732; 3 Adam Glear 673; 4 John Stewart 658; 5 Sam Marsh 650; 6 Josh Price 613; 7 Josh Collings 612; 8 Pierce Lehane 609; 9 Scott Mackrell 602; 10 Jack Saffery 596.

For more information on the championship visit
http://superoneseries.com
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Photographs courtesy of Chris Walker/Kartpix.net.

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TVKC Awards Evening   (30/09)

Trent Valley Kart Club are pleased to announce that their 2014 Club Championship Awards Evening will take place on Saturday 15th November at the Clumber Park Hotel & Spa (near Worksop).

The top 3 drivers from each class will receive trophies plus a complimentary ticket for the evening.  Additional tickets can be purchased for £30 per adult and £15 for children 12yrs and under.

Additional awards will also be presented to the Novice Driver of the Year, Rookie Driver of the Year, the David Mansell Trophy (most points scored) aswell as the TVKC Special Award.

The dress code for the evening is Smart (with black tie being optional) and with a delicious 3 course meal planned, followed by the award presentations and then a disco until 1am, it promises to be a great evening and everyone is welcome!Tickets are now on sale! 

Please click here for more information.  Deadline for ticket sales is 3rd November.

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ST Racing 2015   (23/09)

For 2015 ST Racing will be extending their services.

The north east based outfit will be joining the LGM series for Iame Cadet and X30 Junior and Senior classes and of course carrying on with our current commitments at NKF, PF club championship and Rotax Super One, the team has also taken the decision to run as an open chassis outfit.


As always we will have strong support including, driver tuition and advice, chassis straightening facilities and good knowledge of data, we also have a test kart available for anyone wanting a one-off test day.

For any information please contact John on 07500 958789 or email at stracing@hotmail.co.uk.

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2014 London Cup Results   (23/09)

Click for larger image...Hoddesdon Kart Club would like to thank Rye House along with the sponsors, competitors, marshalls and officials of the 2014 London Cup.

With 177 drivers the event ran was exceptionally well attended and set a new record for entrants into the London Cup.

The class winners were as follows and a full break down of the top five from each class can be found here.

- Honda Cadet : Wesley Mason
- Honda Clubman : Kahli Atkins
- IAME Cadet : Ben Wooldridge
- Mini Max : Taylor Bellini
- Junior Rotax : Inem Coker
- Senior Rotax : Andrew Winter
- Rotax 177 : Dominic Russell

The event will be televised and details on dates will follow shortly. In the meantime extended coverage DVDs are still available by contacting the Comp Sec at compsec@hoddesdonkartclub.co.uk.

Online entries are open for the next club round on the 5th of October here.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

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World Championship Success   (22/09)

A stunning weekend for UK motor sport yielded a pair of new world champions, with Lando Norris and Enaam Ahmed winning the CIK-FIA Karting KF and KF-Junior World Championship titles respectively at Essay in France.

In total there were 161 karters in action. Norris, aged 14 from Somerset, beat Russian Nikita Mazepin and Indian Jehan Daruvala to the KF crown. In KF-Junior, Ahmed, aged 14 from London, was joined on the podium by German Mick Junior and Venezuelan Mauricio Baiz. Ahmed also won the category's European title at Lincolnshire's PF International last month.

There was further UK success in single-seater car racing, with MSA Academy and Racing Steps Foundation driver Ben Barnicoat, aged 17 from Derbyshire, succeeding MSA Team UK's Matt Parry as the Formula Renault 2.0 NEC champion following the season finale at Germany's Nürburgring. His fellow MSA Academy member Seb Morris finished third overall in the standings.

Capping the weekend was Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team driver Lewis Hamilton, who took the F1 world championship lead with victory in the Singapore Grand Prix - his second win in a row and seventh so far this season.

Rob Jones, MSA Chief Executive, said: "With headline success right across the international motor racing spectrum, from karting right up to F1 via junior single-seater racing, this was a very special weekend for UK motor sport. On behalf of the entire UK motor sport community, I would like to congratulate Lando, Enaam, Ben, Lewis and all the other British drivers who represented their country so brilliantly at these prestigious events.

"Britain has been at the forefront of the sport for decades, and these results give us great confidence that our long-standing run of success is set to continue well into the future. Such success is vitally important because it creates role models who inspire people to get involved in the many branches of our sport at grassroots level. That's why we, as the governing body, will do all we can through programmes such as the MSA Academy to help our most promising talent shine on the international and world stages for years to come."

British CIK-FIA Karting Champions, 2012-14:
KF World Champion, 2014: Lando Norris
KF-Junior World Champion, 2014: Enaam Ahmed
KF European Champion, 2014: Callum Ilott
KF-Junior European Champion, 2014: Enaam Ahmed
KF World Champion, 2013: Tom Joyner
U18 World Champion, 2012: Henry Easthope
KF2 European Champion, 2012: Ben Barnicoat
KF3 European Champion, 2012: George Russell.

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X30 Packages At Grice   (19/09)

As the season draws to a climax, all those drivers looking to 2015 will be considering their options and the earlier preparation starts for the new season the better. At Grice, we are able to offer the following prices on X30...
 
New engine - £1650
Prep/fiche - £200
Dyno - £90
All excluding vat.
 
Super competitive prices aren't the only thing on offer - if you're still not convinced by the results from Andy Rees-Reynolds, Ronan Graves, Josh Hatton and Lewis Kent, we're offering free tests to enable you to try out the X30 package or a Grice-prepared 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 invested in a Sports Devices rolling road to complement the dyno, using transient and eddy current technology to access the engine ancillaries.
 
Engines prepared by Grice benefit from an individual rather than mass-market approach, which enables precise tolerances, and this approach continues with the dedicated trackside support, where any engine can be rebuilt at the track.
 
If you're planning to upgrade, please call us about our part exchange deals on new engines.
 
Telephone 01268 747847 or 07768 047253, email ricky.grice@virgin.net or visit our website at www.griceracingengines.com.

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Club 100 'E' Class   (18/09)

The "Pioneer's of arrive and drive 2 stroke kart racing" - Club100 and the Easykart UK Championship are excited to announce a new concept of 'arrive and drive' racing for 2015.

Club100 'E' Class will be a "concept of fusion" between Club100 karts and Easykart resulting in an 'arrive and drive' racing category that will exclusively run within the 2015 Easykart UK Championship.

The new formula will use a Club100 Birel N35 kart and will be powered by an Easykart IAME TAG racing engine as used in the Easykart UK Championship.

The Club100 'E' class has been designed as a stepping stone for drivers aged 16 years + between the existing Club100 racing series and the Easykart UK Championship.

Club100 'E' class will be restricted to a grid of 20 places on a first come first served basis. It will be run as a UK Championship over 8 rounds as part of the Easykart UK Championship. Practice will be on Saturday afternoons, qualifying will be on new Vega tyres and racing on the Sunday as per the Easykart racing format.

The Club100 'E' Class Championship winner will win a brand new Easykart 125cc racing kart worth £2800!

Club100 'E' Class is around 1.5 seconds faster than karts in the Club100 Championships and will be TAG - touch and go - push button start! However the Club100 'E' Class performance will only be around 3 - 4 seconds per lap shy on performance compared to an Easykart Senior Kart.

Easykart Importer Andy Cox on the new class - "It's something we have been thinking about for a while, it's designed for drivers that are contemplating purchasing an Easykart and becoming an owner driver for the first time. Club100 'E' Class will give them an opportunity to experience the format and atmosphere of an Easykart race meeting in a more powerful kart but will still be an 'arrive and drive' concept. Drivers in Club100 'E' Class will gain confidence and experience before maybe deciding to move up to Easykart the following season."

Club100 boss John Vigor on Club100 'E' Class - "This is definitely something very new and unique. A great opportunity for drivers to be involved in an 'owner driver' environment but without the initial added pressure of transporting and maintaining your own Kart. As well as the current Club100 membership, this could also attract drivers back into the sport of Kart Racing".

For more information and a general chat about the new class, talk to John Vigor direct on 01795 422455.

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Vroom UK Magazine   (18/09)

Click for larger image...Vroom UK magazine issue 9 is now available to read online and download for your iPad - don't miss it!

Inside you will find...
 
News:
Your TKM Guide
Rotax Max Beginners Tips
Big Brother - 2014 TKM S1 Scholarship
Focus - Koden Helmets
Close Up - Synergy Kart
Talking To - Ben Hanley

Races:
Super One MSA Championship Rd. 5
Super One Rotax Championship Rd. 4
TVKC Kartmasters Grand Prix
Maxxis TKM Festival
Club 100 Sprint Championship Rd. 6
Easykart UK Championship Rd. 6
Shenington KRC Championship Rd. 8

Technical Side:
Garage - Camber Set-Up
SOS Kart - Changing Tyres

...and much more!

So get your hard copy at Dartford Karting, check out the preview on issuu, or download it from pocketmags.com or from the iTunes newsstand at £1.99.

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Honda Cadet 'O' Plate   (17/09)

The BPKC has released the prizes available for the ABkC Honda Cadet 'O' Plate meeting on the 18th/19th October at Buckmore Park.

There are some superb prizes on offer - please visit http://www.buckmoreparkkartclub.co.uk/content.php/69020?new_ref=235 for details.

Practice is available on Friday 17th October and Saturday 18th October. Entries close on Monday 6th October.

For more information please contact Chris Pullman on 01634 661620.

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Synergy Takes British Title   (16/09)

Click for larger image...Synergy takes British Cadet title with Wilson & Fusion.
 
New Cadet manufacturer Synergy Racing Developments have won the 2014 MSA British Cadet Championship with factory supported driver Teddy Wilson; becoming the first newly homologated chassis to win the title in the past two decades.
 
Developed exclusively by multiple British and National Cadet Champions, Fusion Motorsport, the Synergy Chrome also claimed 3rd in the British Championships and the British Open title with 10 year old Jonny Edgar and has won more 2014 LGM rounds (to date) than any other make; with Zac Robertson, Wilson and Edgar all winning Finals. 
 
Synergy Racing Developments would like to thank Fusion Motorsport and all the drivers for a fantastic debut season. For a full report on the dramatic conclusion to the British Championship visit www.fusionmotorsport.co.uk
 
Click for larger image...To arrange a test drive on the British Championship winning chassis please contact:
 
Dan Hazlewood (Fusion Motorsport) 07733 011221
Rob Dodds (BKC) - Southern agent 07889 793035
Mark Baines (MBM) - Northern agent 07710 614099
 
For more information please visit www.synergykart.com

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Super One MSA/TKM   (16/09)

Round 6 (of 6) of the Super One MSA/TKM Series took place at PF International on 13-14th September.  It was a very tense weekend with three of the titles hanging in the balance.  At the end of Sunday Teddy Wilson took the MSA crown for IAME Cadet, Arran Mills the ABkC National Junior TKM title and Joe Forsdyke the senior TKM Extreme.  Mark Litchfield raced well but had already done enough for the Formula KGP title at the previous round. Augmenting the entry were three support races, for Club IAME Cadet won by Bray Kenneally, Junior X30 won by Lucas Vaus and Senior X30 won by Mark Litchfield. Many congratulations to all the new champions and everyone for their support of the series.
 
IAME Cadet - MSA British Cadet Championship
Click for larger image...An important milestone was Teddy Wilson's appeal against a one lap penalty from the previous round, the appeal was heard at PF International and upheld by the new Stewards putting him back in the points lead. Robertson, Jonny Edgar and Tom Wood had the best timed qualifying speed with the other main protagonist Kiern Jewiss in sixth and Wilson eighth.  It would be Robertson and Wood who took the heat wins whilst Wilson and Jewiss shared the second row for the first final. From the standing start Wood, Jewiss and Lewis Thompson broke away with Robertson about to leapfrog Alex McDade and tow him up to the lead trio. Wilson dropped to tenth, from where he would start a superb fight back.  Robertson leapfrogged Jewiss then relieved Wood of the lead, but only briefly as Jewiss jumped to the front, Robertson having a quick spin on the grass.  Click for larger image...Wilson had now joined the tail of the six kart train contesting the lead, and Jewiss was next to visit the grass, elbowed out coming off the bridge.  Lewis Thompson had taken first but had to give way to McDade, who briefly lost it to Wilson before everyone defended into the first hairpin.  Jewiss barrelled into Wilson, sending Wilson into a half spin and himself off the track.  So McDade won over Edgar, Wood and Wilson strung out behind.  Jewiss was initially given a 5s penalty for 'gaining an unfair advantage' but won his appeal to finish tenth but with a greater points deficit. For the second final McDade, Edgar and Robertson broke clear whilst Wilson had another horrible first lap. Wood found the pace to break clear of Dexter Patterson and Jewiss but couldn't close to the lead trio.  Up there a frantic trading of the podium positions was in train, Robertson in the lead for a few corners before McDade got it back and eased clear.  Robertson slipstreamed past Edgar at Turn one on the last lap but Edgar had held his third place in the series, McDade to fifth behind Wood with his two wins. Wood was a lonely fourth and Wilson took rival Jewiss on the last lap too. "Kiern wasn't defending and I was faster," he explained, adding: "It's been a good year, now the appeal is over."

Final 1 (15 laps): 1 Alex McDade (Zip) 16m 56.190s; 2 Jonny Edgar (Synergy) +0.040s; 3 Tom Wood (Zip); 4 Teddy Wilson (Synergy); 5 Lewis Thompson (Zip); 6 Zachary Robertson (Synergy).
Final 2 (15 laps): 1 McDade 16m 55.480s; 2 Robertson +0.030s; 3 Edgar; 4 Wood; 5 Wilson; 6 Kiern Jewiss (Zip).
Final Provisional Standings: 1 Teddy Wilson 749; 2 Kiern Jewiss 737; 3 Jonny Edgar 725; 4 Tom Wood 717; 5 Alex McDade 680; 6 Lewis Thompson 678; 7 Dexter Patterson 641; 8 Zachary Robertson 618; 9 Fin Kenneally 603; 10 Joe Turney 597.
 
ABkC Junior TKM National Championship
Click for larger image...Arran Mills and Matthew Round-Garrido were the initial pace setters, topping the TQ and winning a heat each. Shea Pearce and Matthew Graham would line up on the second row of the first final grid but the other main contender of the several who could take the title was Alex Forward who would only make the sixth row. From the lead Round-Garrido ran wide off the bridge, losing the lead to Pearce and Mills and although he fought back to the front he was elbowed onto the grass out of the first hairpin.  That left Mills in the lead, and as those behind squabbled he stretched a one second lead. Kyle Hornby had joined this group, in which Graham vaulted into second.  Forward as well had closed on them but he was helped off the track by Pearce for which the latter took an exclusion, ruining his chance of glory and possibly Forward's as well. That left Hornby in a comfortable third well ahead of a recovering Round-Garrido.  Mills had a great start in the second final but Round-Garrido was storming into second, deposing Hornby who lost three places.  Forward was frantically trying to push through the pack, but if Mills won he would take the title. Round-Garrido put that win in doubt with a move at the second hairpin but next time round Mills returned the favour at the same place and as Graham challenged for second, Mills could ease clear.  Round-Garrido wrestled the position back, but by less than a tenth on the line and they were well clear of James Clarke. Forward was just in front of Hornby in sixth, the latter excluded for driving standards.

Final 1 (16 laps): 1 Arran Mills (Tonykart)16m 15.560s; 2 Matthew Graham (Jade Karts) +0.990s; 3 Kyle Hornby (Tonykart); 4 Matthew Round-Garrido (Jade Karts); 5 Anderson Chilcott (Jade Karts); 6 James Clarke (Tonykart).
Final 2 (16 laps): 1 Mills 16m 18.610s; 2 Round-Garrido +02.570s; 3 Graham; 4 Clarke; 5 Cameron Fisher (Tonykart); 6 Alex Forward (Tonykart).
Final Provisional Standings: 1 Arran Mills 692; 2 Alex Forward 691; 3 Matthew Graham 686; 4 Matthew Round-Garrido 679; 5 Anderson Chilcott 667; 6 Shea Pearce 663; 7 Dino Lee 615; 8 Cameron Fisher 605; 9 Kyle Hornby 550; 10 George Sutton 546.
 
Click for larger image...ABkC TKM Extreme National Championship
In the timed qualifying session Joe Porter was quickest over John Hogan, championship leader James Ogden and Ryan Stronach.  Porter and Stronach wwer guesting in the series. Hogan won both heats to put him on pole alongside Ogden with main rival Joe Forsdyke and Matthew Allnutt behind them. Hogan held the lead through to the last lap whilst behind Ogden traded second with Forsdyke then fell behind Porter.  A very unhappy Ogden was tipped into a half spin at the second hairpin and was hit by Stronach, breaking the chain and putting him out although Stronach continued.  Porter had reached second but dropped back to fifth as Forsdyke took the place. Kyle Sproat sliced into second at the first hairpin and everyone went into a defensive mode, Hogan had lost his big lead and endured a grassy trip out of the second hairpin, falling to fourth with Sproat winning over Forsdyke, England and Hogan.  In the seond final Sproat was quickly demoted from the lead to fifth as Porter went ahead albeit with Forsdyke fast approaching. The title fight was on a knife edge when Forsdyke took the lead at the first hairpin, he and Ogden now tied on points.  Ogden was making good progress from the back, now fifth as Andrew Lawrence had a spin out of the second hairpin. Forsdyke was demoted again by Porter  but in a big reshuffle over the bridge Forsdyke emerged first with a big cushion and Porter losing several places.  Hogan was second until Matt England, Ogden and Stronach all overcame him amongst much scuffling round the second hairpin.  England broke clear to close on Forsdyke over the finish line, Stronach passed Ogden for third.  Porter was later excluded for leaving parc ferme without having his engine checked. With a tie on points Forsdyke had the higher score on his dropped round, so taking the title and saying:  "It's a tough track to race round and to break the tow, but thanks to Alan Turney, Tal-Ko and my Dad."

Final 1 (16 laps): 1 Kyle Sproat (Tonykart) 16m 13.090s; 2 Joe Forsdyke (Tal-Ko) +0.680s; 3 Matt England (Tal-Ko); 4 John Hogan (Tonykart); 5 Joe Porter (Tonykart); 6 Paul Monks (Tonykart).
Final 2 (16 laps): 1 Forsdyke 16m 19.850s; 2 England +0.060s; 3 Ryan Stronach (Tonykart); 4 James Ogden (Tonykart); 5 Hogan; 6 Sproat.
Final Provisional Standings: 1 Joe Forsdyke 730; 2 James Ogden 730; 3 Tom Owen 710; 4 Paul Monks 689; 5 Simon Vercoe 676; 6 Kyle Sproat 675; 7 Matthew Allnutt 653; 8 Andrew Lawrence 640; 9 John Hogan 638; 10 Matt England 622
 
Click for larger image...Formula KGP
Mark Litchfield forgot to put on his transponder for timed qualifying in the rush with two karts, he was doing X30 as well, so Matt Davies topped that session over Jamie Flynn and Jack New but there were only eight entries. Nevertheless Litchfield won the first heat from the back with Davies taking the second after Litchfield failed to finish. With two immediate retirements a mere six karts raced in the first final, with Litchfield soon leapfrogging Davies to win comfortably despite being late to the start, Davies falling back to second last. Bobby Game seemed to struggle, a late push taking him to third behind Flynn.  The second final was more exciting as Game dived in on Litchfield's lead at the first hairpin, and led a lap until Litchfield re-took the place over the bridge.  Game had no trouble staying second for the vice champion position once more, whilst Davies and Jack New had a good fight, Davies ahead of Flynn and New at the flag.
 
Final 1 (17 laps): 1 Mark Litchfield (Kosmic) 16m 14.440s; 2 Jamie Flynn (Alonso) +2.530s; 3 Bobby Game (Alonso); 4 Jack New (Tonykart); 5 Matt Davies (Tonykart); 6 Daniel Baybutt (Jade).
Final 2 (17 laps): 1 Litchfield 16m 11.620s; 2 Game +02.450s; 3 Davies; 4 Flynn; 5 New; 6 Baybutt
Final Provisional Standings: 1 Mark Litchfield 772; 2 Bobby Game 736; 3 Matt Davies 701; 4 Jamie Flynn 683; 5 Daniel Baybutt 680

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

Photographs courtesy of Chris Walker/Kartpix.net.

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Lydd IKR   (15/09)

It was a record breaker at Lydd Kart Circuit with over 100 karts racing last weekend. A big thank you to everyone attending and the staff running an ultra smooth meeting. 
 
there was a great atmosphere and close racing in all classes. Now looking forward to the winter with barcoded read tyres for slicks in Mini & Junior Rotax. The Subaru Inter Championship with Bayford and the new exciting four stroke Bambinos all to play for.  Again a big thank you to all that attended and look forward to seeing you all on 11th & 12th October with Summer Championship trophies to be awarded.
 
Further information is available on the Lydd website at www.lyddkartcircuit.com or call 01797 321747 and 01797 321895.

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KR-Sport  (12/09)

A series of outstanding results have catapulted KR-Sport drivers into prime positions before the final round of Super One at the PF International Circuit later this month.
 
The team's recent outing at the PFI Club round further emphasised the team's success with wins in both the Junior and Senior Rotax classes with Harrison Thomas and Jack Saffery, teammates William Tregurtha and Senior Matthew Hirst also enjoyed fastest laps across the meeting. The Mini Max duo of Scott Symons and Adam Smalley also impressed with Symon taking a front row starting slot for the final, finishing 5th and Smalley driving from P13 up to 3rd before his race ended early with a collision. New team member Josh Bodley also made massive improvements as he settles in to the new environment.
 
The team head to the final round leading the Senior Championship with Jack Bartholomew, as they look to add to the British O Plate and GP Plate titles already secured in 2014. The KR team will have six drivers spread across the three Rotax Categories fighting for their seeded places at the final round and with the dominance recently demonstrated you wouldn't bet against any of them.
 
Team boss Ashley Orchard commented "Our results over the season across the three categories has been a real achievement and a pleasure to see as our drivers develop under the teams guidance, each year we achieve greater things and this year has been no exception we travel to the final round with a group of talented drivers and are ready to fight for the result."
 
Click for larger image...A season of hard work and investment in top quality equipment behind the scenes at the Milton Keynes-based outfit has paid off in brilliant style with success in depth, top-class preparation, equipment and team personnel have laid the basis for that consistent achievement.
 
The team will focus on the final round and after this will start a winter of development for our drivers in their new categories, we hope to announce new signings in the Mini and junior categories for 2015 and the team will also field drivers at the Euromax International Open in Zuera in October, KR-Sport will remain solely focused on the Rotax categories for 2015 to ensure full support and success for their drivers.
 
All enquiries for team places, test days or International events should be directed to Ashley Orchard on 07921 225 680 or ash@kr-sport.com.

Further information is available at
www.kr-sport.com.

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Calling All NKF Drivers   (12/09)

L.K.R.C is offering all NKF drivers reduced entry for their September race meeting.  The two-day MSA meeting takes place on 27th & 28th September with a special price of just £75.00 for both days for NKF drivers.

We're also expecting a bumper entry for our Fulbeck Events day on Saturday 20th September.  The entry free for this non-MSA meeting, at £50.00 (plus £5.00 membership) for both days or £35.00 for Sunday, is fantastic value!

For more details on either event please contact Julie on 0844 800622.

You can also visit our website at www.lkrc.uk.com.

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Rotax Rebuild Savings   (10/09)

Since being re-approved as an official Rotax Max Service Centre, Grice have had success across the whole range of classes, most recently a gritty comeback drive for Tom Grice to 6th in Euromax at Salbris after a chassis write-off on Saturday, and Alex Quinn 2nd place in Salbris pre-final.
 
In-keeping with our philosophy of transparency, we're offering free engine tests in Mini, Junior and Senior Max. Contact us to arrange a mutually convenient location and prepare to be impressed!
 
Our latest special offer is a rebuild for £355 including piston, all bearings, gaskets and seals. Any extras you might need are also reasonably priced as follows...

Balance shafts - £37
Conrod - £165
Reed petals - £14
Carb strip/prep - £60
Dyno power test - £90

All prices are exclusive of VAT.
 
Grice use 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.
 
If it's a new engine you're looking for, we can also do you a part exchange deal on your existing kit.
 
For full details on any of the above please contact our workshop on 01268 727847, or email Ricky.grice@virgin.net.

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

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BPKC Summer Champs   (10/09)

The fifth round of the BPKC Summer Championship takes place at Buckmore Park on Sunday 21st September.

A bumper entry is expected as the meeting conincides with the 25th Anniversary of the Kart Club and also the meeting hosts the final round of the highly competitive Kent Kart Championship. In addition the Phil Whorlow memorial shield will be presented to the winner of the senior Max class. The meeting will also be the last chance for Honda Cadet drivers to practice and race at Buckmore before the ABKC 'O' Plate meeting in October.

Practice is available on Friday 19th and Saturday 20th September.

All non gearbox ABKC classes welcome, including Bambinos. Competitors who intend to race in the 'O' Plate event in October must lodge their entries before the 6th October.

For further information please contact Chris Pullman on 01634 661620.

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

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RL Racing Department   (09/09)

Click for larger image...Exciting times at RL Racing Department with progression and opportunities for 2015 with the PFI based outfit.
 
Current Super One Series leaders RL Racing Dept. and its team members have a lot to be excited about, with the final round of the coveted S1 series coming up in 3 weeks and new drivers joining to prepare for the 2015 season, added to their inclusion into the X30 classes the team is a great place to be at the moment with a great atmosphere.
 
The latest round of the PFI club championship saw RL drivers on the podium in every Rotax class, having held a 1 - 2 for the bulk of the Junior final after the team started P2, 3, 4 & 5 and ending up 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th at the flag, taking a fine P3 and fastest lap in Mini Max and fighting for the win in Senior topping up 3rd and 4th the squad showed the hard work and effort from every single team member over the last few months.
 
Team principle Steve Armstrong said "We take great pride in our work ethic at RL and never take our foot off the gas, even when we've won a big race we keep pushing to keep the progression and development moving. All of the drivers now know what's required of them to compete and win at this level and I'm very proud of each and every one of them, it's been a great year so far and we hope to continue our successes into 2015".
 
Once the S1 is finished at the end of this month the team will begin the development process all over again with some current RL drivers moving into new classes and bedding the incoming drivers into their new surroundings. The team have taken delivery of some X30 equipment and have already turned many laps in preparation for their inclusion into this category, "It's no different really to the old KF3 and JICA/ICA carburation/ exhaust arrangement we used in 2004- 2010 when competing in the European CIK events with Max Chilton all the way through to Harrison Scott taking to the podium at the KF3 European Championships at Genk in 2010, so were no strangers to this type of class - it will add a new dimension to what we can offer people who are looking for an alternative to the already established Rotax classes" said Armstrong.
 
After the final round of S1 for Rotax the team will focus on a programme of club races in the UK with mid-week testing available also as well as the possibility of some foreign testing on selected dates during December/January for those who have the time available. Key championships for 2015 will be the S1 for Rotax Max and X30 and all relevant club races and testing for these rounds and then also the X30 European and World championships.
 
For information on how to join RL Racing Department, info on one off test days or a quote please contact Steve Armstrong on 07843 586416 or email to accounts.rlracingdept@live.co.uk.

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Wild About Wildkart   (09/09)

RS Racing are delighted to congratulate Mini-Max driver and GP plate holder Sam Pooley on winning the Final at Forest Edge Kart Club this weekend on the Wildkart chassis.
 
Having never driven the chassis before Sam & his father Neil quickly established a setting during Saturdays testing which carried over to the racing on Sunday.
 
"Neil Pooley commented on how straight forward the Kart was to set up and once the Kart was balanced for the conditions very few adjustments were required"
 
A thank you also goes to George at Robinson Motorsport for the support with engines for this.
 
Sam drove as a guest driver in Mini-Max for RS Racing at the weekend confirming the chassis versatility for all classes, with Jonathan Drabble and Mark Redding taking second in the 177/Masters Finals respectively.
 
If you would like to arrange a test drive on the Wildkart chassis please call Peter at RS Racing on 07551 157391.

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Racing At Lydd This Weekend   (09/09)

Click for larger image...Lydd IKR, it's the final round (R6) of the Summer Owner Driver Championship this Sunday 14th September with practice on Saturday 13th, all usual classes catered for.
 
Look out for the new tyres rules for the Winter Owner Driver Championship, designed to help with costs.  Our bar-code reader will register the tyres of the Minimax and Junior Max classes, further details on our Facebook page and website shortly.
 
There will be lots of opportunities to race your Subaru during the winter season. Lydd and Bayford are combining championship points for trophy awards for the Junior Subaru class, provisional Subaru Winter Calendar available on our website soon.
 
Exciting news also for the Bambino 4 stroke Class. Ambition have signed up 3 drivers already, current rules and regulations apply, the idea behind this move is to reduce costs and make for a more enjoyable first time experience with karting.
 
Race entries taken up to and including Sunday morning with no late entry fee!
 
Lydd Kart Circuit warmly welcomes you all, racing with a great atmosphere.
 
Further information is available on the Lydd website at www.lyddkartcircuit.com or call 01797 321747 / 01797 321895.

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Race IKR At Llandow   (08/09)

Race IKR at Llandow this coming weekend - 14th September 2014.

With IKR racing at Llandow going from strength to strength the next IKR South Wales race meeting takes place this coming Sunday, 14th September.

No licence is required and with a great atmosphere, clean racing and 20 lap finals, we are continuing to put the FUN back into karting!

We envisage classes for Rotax, TKM and Prokart although we will endeavour to fit any kart type/engine into an appropriate class. Practice will be available on Saturday from 12-4pm at the price of £20/kart.

Further details can be obtained from www.southwalesikr.co.uk or the South Wales Karting Centre office on 01446 795568.

South Wales Karting Centre is Wales premier kart circuit location only 20 miles west of Cardiff, off junction 35 of the M4.

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Got The Kart?   Click for larger image...(02/09)

Click for larger image...Are you looking for a new kart suit, or maybe you're thinking of buying one as a birthday or Christmas present, then you need look no further than Racewear Direct as we have superb CIK Level 2 approved kart suits at fantastic prices; or to put it another way, at Racewear Direct we have fantastic CIK Level 2 approved kart suits at superb prices.
 
You can choose from current F1 world champions Red Bull, to world champions in-waiting Mercedes, or any other one from our range of 2014 race suits. If you have an idea of your own we can make a custom suit personalised to your own design too.
 
Race gloves are also available for sale on our website.
 
Click for larger image...View our current range now at www.raceweardirect.com.
 
Click for larger image...Not sure which size to buy, then check out our size chart on the website. Next day delivery is available on selected items. Any questions? Just email us on info@raceweardirect.com or call 07805 550185.
 
Coming soon are Sparco race boots, Bell helmets and Vega tyres, so watch this space.
 
We accept PayPal, Visa and MasterCard and can ship worldwide.  So what are you waiting for, visit www.raceweardirect.com now - Christmas is just around the corner.

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Many Fantastic Prizes   (02/09)

The Henry Surtees Challenge seeks ambitious young drivers to compete for career enhancing prizes.
 
Preparation is well underway for the fast approaching 'Henry Surtees Challenge', to be held on Wednesday 8th October 2014, at Buckmore Park in Kent.
 
The Challenge, now in its fourth year, has become an essential fixture on the racing calendar for motorsport talent aged 15 or over. The Henry Surtees Foundation invites kart and car racers going up the motorsport ladder, to compete for a spectacular range of prizes that will accelerate their careers and aid them in their race programme preparation for 2015.
 
This special annual event, organised by former F1 World Champion, John Surtees OBE, who set up the Foundation in memory of his son, will award the top three drivers with a prestigious Henry 'H' trophy. Drivers will battle it out, using the superb Club100 Birel karts, for the chance to win the best prizes ever offered at a kart meeting! Prizes for fastest lap, the most unlucky driver and a heavyweight prize for 80kg or above will also be awarded.
 
2014 prizes confirmed to date include:
 
Test and Race Opportunities
* Test day in the Ginetta G40 GRDC to one driver aged 16 or over, donated by Ginetta.
* FIA Formula 4 Ford test: half day seat fitting and acclimatisation test in the UK, followed by one full day, with Falcon Motorsport, at their Spanish test, with the new composite-chassis car that will be on display at the event, donated by Falcon Motorsport.
* BRDC Formula 4 test, donated by Hillspeed.
* Formula Renault 2.0 two day test with Manor Competition at a Spanish circuit, donated by Renault UK and Manor Competition.
* Tour of Carlin racing facility, seat fitting, simulator testing session with race engineer, Formula 3 Dallara Volkswagen test, donated by Carlin Motorsport.
 
Race Support Equipment and Services
* A full kit of Puma race clothing - one suit, three pairs of gloves, two pairs of racing boots, one pair of running shoes and one pair of lifestyle shoes for the winner (in addition to their chosen prize), donated by Puma SE.
* Two sets of gloves and underwear, one pair of racing shoes, one pair of running shoes and one pair lifestyle shoes for second place (in addition to their chosen prize), donated by Puma SE.
* One set of gloves and underwear, one pair of racing shoes, one pair of running shoes and one pair of lifestyle shoes for third place (in addition to their chosen prize), donated by Puma SE.
* Tour of the Red Bull Racing facility, simulator session and evaluation by a race engineer, donated by Christian Horner.
* An Arai GP-6S helmet in white finish, donated by Arai.
* Full website package and online branding, plus a three month social media package, donated by 5G Creative.
* A pair of custom-fit driver communication earpieces suitable for all racing formulas up to F1, supplied with a year's support to ensure the wearer is fully equipped to hear vital communications for a full season of racing. A pair of custom-fit filtered noise plugs - to protect hearing. A complete hearing health check consisting of an ear examination using a video otoscope (see inside your own ears) and a comprehensive hearing test. Advice and information on protecting your hearing to assist with a motorsport career, donated by specialist in Formula 1 equipment, Hearing Electronics Limited.
* A two hour training session at iZone Driver Performance, donated by Andy Priaulx.
* A supply of Teng Tools to the value of £1,000, donated by Teng Tools.
Coverage of the 2014 Henry Surtees Challenge in Motor Sport magazine will include a profile of the winning driver.
Some prizes will be on offer to MSA licence holders only, and will be allocated at the discretion of the event organisers.
 
Entries are strictly limited, so enter now to avoid disappointment. Entry costs £500 and is open to drivers in their 15th year or above, typically competing in single-seater formulas, touring, sportscar classes, karting and motorcycling, who hold an MSA National B licence or above, or are a member of Club 100 Premier and Clubman Spirit members, or a Buckmore Park Elite driver.
 
Fuel will be supplied courtesy of Shell. The Arai UK service vehicle will be on-site; offering a free helmet cleaning and service to all drivers with Arai helmets.
 
John Surtees OBE comments: "The motorsport community has again provided us with these superb prizes, I'm only too well aware of the difficulties facing young drivers in putting their programmes together for the following season, at this time of year. The value and quality of the prizes that we have on offer are unique for a motor sport event. Look forward to seeing you on the 8th October."
 
Drivers wishing to take part in the event should contact the Henry Surtees Foundation at info@henrysurteesfoundation.com or 01732 865496.

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European Kart Titles   (01/09)

UK motor sport is celebrating a new pair of international champions, with Callum Ilott and Enaam Ahmed claiming the CIK-FIA KF and KF-Junior Kart titles respectively at Lincolnshire's PF International circuit on Sunday (31 August).

Ilott, aged 15 from Hertfordshire, won the first KF round in Italy and took second next time out in Belgium. In the final round at PFI he took control in the Qualifying Heats before winning the Prefinal and ultimately the Final - ahead of title rival Nicklas Nielsen from Denmark - to be crowned champion.

In KF-Junior Ahmed, aged 14 from London, was a pre-event favourite, and delivered on that promise by winning the Prefinal and Final with speed to spare. Russian Alexander Vartanyan took second ahead of another Brit, Max Fewtrell, who completed the podium.

Witnessing Ilott and Ahmend's triumphs were MSA Chief Executive Rob Jones, MSA Kart Executive Cheryl Lynch and MSA Technical Executive John Ryan. Former karter, F1 driver and sportscar great Allan McNish was also at PFI to watch the action and present trophies.

Rob Jones, MSA Chief Executive, said: "After a fantastic weekend's motor sport at PFI I would like to congratulate Callum and Enaam, who continue Britain's long run of success in international karting with the KF and KF-Junior European titles.

"I would also like to pay tribute to all the other British karters who took part, and to thank Trent Valley Kart Club for organising such a superb meeting in conjunction with the CIK-FIA. With great racing at a fantastic venue and a pair of British winners, this was truly an occasion of which UK motor sport can be proud."

Photographs courtesy of Chris Walker/Kartpix.net.

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And The Winner Is...   Click for larger image...(27/08)

Oliver Gray aged 9 years from Sevenoaks has won this year's "Win an Easykart Cadet competition" organised and run by Easykart UK.
 
Eighteen finalists aged between 8 and 10 years old were evaluated after qualifying for the final through karting leagues run at Brentwood Karting, Buckmore Park circuit, Xtreme Karting in Scotland, Herefordshire Raceway and Mr Karting in Leamington Spa.
 
The final evaluation day was held at the Whilton Mill International circuit using Easykart Cadet Karts.
 
Click for larger image...For some of the drivers it was the first time for them on a large outdoor track and also the first time driving a racing kart. Drivers were evaluated on racing lines, kart control and speed over two separate test sessions, each driver was also interviewed!
 
Click for larger image...This year's standard of driving was very high and all the drivers were very impressive but after the testing and interviews there could only be one winner - Oliver Gray, who is yet another protégé of Brentwood Karting!
 
Oliver impressed from his very first session and looked completely at home in the Easykart Cadet. Oliver does indeed look to be an exciting addition to the Easy cadet grid for 2015.
 
Oliver's prize is a brand new Easykart Cadet worth £2500 plus free race entries to every round of the 2015 Easykart UK Championship run and promoted by Club100.
 
Click for larger image...Easykart UK would like to thank all the drivers and parents for supporting this year's competition as well as our supporting karting schools.
 
Easykart UK runs Easy Cadet for ages 8 - 13 , Easy Junior for ages 12 -16 and Easy Senior from 16+.
 
For more information on the Easykart UK Championship visit www.easykart.co.uk or find us on Facebook.

Photographs courtesy of E. Meyer.

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Ambitious Agents Required   (27/08)

RS Racing, sole UK importer of the Wildkart and Lotus chassis & associated karting products, are keen to hear from any kart team or track shops in the Midlands/Northern area who would be interested in becoming an agent and stocking the karts and product range. Testing of the karts prior to commitment is, of course, available.  As part of the agreement, agents will be required to purchase initial stock.
 
This is a fantastic opportunity to be in at the start with a great product that is doing well in the Southern region.
 
All enquiries will be dealt with in the strictest confidence and should be directed to Peter Thomas on 07551 157391, or email peter@rsracing.org.

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The 2014 London Cup   (27/08)

There aren't many days to go until the 2014 London Cup on the 7th of September and even fewer until race entry closes on the 1st of September (4th of September if you don't mind the £30 late fee!) and so there is still time to claim the last few places on the grids.
 
The race entry forms can be found here at  www.londoncupkarting.com along with everything else that you need for the event.
 
The prizes for the 2014 London Cup are:
 
Iame Cadet: 1st: £125. 2nd: £75. 3rd: £50. Courtesy of Zip and Butcher Consulting.
Honda Cadet Clubman: 1st: £100. 2nd: £75. 3rd: £50. Courtesy of Project One Racing.
Honda Cadet: 1st: £100. 2nd: £75. 3rd: £50. Courtesy of Project One Racing.
Minimax: Winner: Entry into the Ginetta Junior Scholarship. Courtesy of Fox Motorsport.
Junior Rotax: Winner: Entry into the Ginetta Junior Scholarship: Courtesy of Fox Motorsport.
Senior Rotax: Winner: Test drive in Ginetta G40 GT5. Courtesy of Fox Motorsport.
Rotax 177: 1st: Racesuit and personalisation. 2nd & 3rd: Race gloves: Courtesy of Formula Stars.
 
There are lots more to go round including an additional personalised race suit from the fine folk at Formula Stars as part of the draw for the post driver's briefing raffle.
 
See you all soon!

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RL Racing Department   (26/08)

RL Racing Department, the PFI-based European and British championship-winning outfit, will be fielding a team in the new X30 Junior and Senior classes. Starting in the coming weeks and continuing into 2015 the team will be concentrating on the Super One, LGM and European X30 series.

This is in addition to keeping their well-established place in the Rotax field in Super One, where they lead the Junior Rotax Super One standings with just 1 round to go at PFI in September.
 
RL will continue to use the Tonykart brand and have a demo chassis built and ready for pre-arranged test days from the start of September onwards.
 
For a test day with RL in either Junior or Senior X30, or in any of the 3 Rotax classes, please contact Steve Armstrong on 07843586416 or email accounts.rlracingdept@live.co.uk for a quote.

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Kart Shop Clearance Sale   (26/08)

The Kart Shop at Warden Law are holding a cost price clearance sale.

Items on offer include...
Alpinestars - Race Suits from £64, Boots from £37, Gloves £16, Leisure Wear.
Honda, Rotax, TKM parts, ring for details - we probably have it!
Jet & Futura wheels

For more details call us on 0191 5214050 or email shop@kartingnortheast.com.

Warden Law Motorsports Centre, Hangmans Lane, Sunderland, SR3 2PR.

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Super One Rotax/Honda   (26/08)

It's getting very tense amongst the drivers and teams at the top of the points standings with only one round after this. Every point possible is needed to count in these ABkC National Championships and a couple of appeals were heard against penalties, often for alleged blocking during the finals.  Luckily the weather was good and dry, albeit rather cold for August.  Standing starts continue to be the norm in Super One but this time the Rotax karts were left stopped on the grid for a couple of minutes to let any clutches cool down.
 
Click for larger image...MiniMax
The GP plated Samuel Pooley had a great run from topping timed qualifying to sharing heat wins with Dean MacDonald and taking pole for the first final.  MacDonald had clambered up from ninth in TQ. And it was GP who led them off only for him to be shuffled back and forwards to fourth as Jordan Cane led, then briefly MacDonald before it settled into Alex Quinn and Pooley drawing clear.  This was aided by MacDonald defending third from half distance which earned him a five place penalty and elevated Luke Wooder and Axel Charpentier. With a minute to go Pooley made his successful bid for the win at Café Corner, Quinn trying very hard in vain to retrieve the place.  Jordan Collard was another to receive a five place penalty, taking him to tenth.  For the second final Quinn was swift to pass Pooley as a few places behind MacDonald and Cane rubbed sidepods in the chicane splitting the pack.  However Wooder in fifth was quickly reeled in by MacDonald as he stormed into the lead group.  Another bit of rubbing had Charpentier and MacDonald delayed, leaving Quinn out ahead but again MacDonald's pace brought him back to second after a trade with Pooley and rapidly eating into Quinn's lead but not finding an opening. "I led most of it then I was thinking of the championship but with two laps to go I had to defend.  It's been a good weekend," observed Quinn.  There was some disquiet from MacDonald's Strawberry camp about the defence but in fairness Quinn had not received any warning flags whereas MacDonald had received at least one.

Mini Max, Final 1 (22 laps) 1 Samuel Pooley GP (Tonykart) 16m 29.650s; 2 Alex Quinn 12 (Tonykart) +0.04s; 3 Luke Wooder 0 (Alonso); 4 Axel Charpentier 88 (Tonykart); 5 Sean Butcher 57 (Tonykart); 6 Rory Hudson (RL Racing Department).
Mini Max, Final 2 (22 laps) 1 Quinn 16m 29.260s; 2 Dean Macdonald 11 (Tonykart) +0.11s; 3 Thomas Turner 24 (Tonykart); 4 Pooley; 5 Charpentier; 6 Wooder.
 
Click for larger image...Honda Cadet
There were enough entries for a repechage and two timed qualifying sessions, the first somewhat faster with Jenson Butterfield quickest over Mark Kimber and Tom Canning. Kimber won both his heats, Canning the other.  Kimber led all of the first final until the last lap when Canning sneaked past and held on for the win.  The winner had leapfrogged Butterfield mid race to help push Kimber clear.  Behind them Dragan Pinsent had taken Butterfield at the last hairpin but positions were reversed on the last lap, and further back Keaton Samra had an incident with Zak Rogers and Oliver Bearman. As Canning led Butterfield away in the second final Myles Apps was involved in a three kart incident at the first hairpin bringing out the quarter flags whilst he was checked out, but Apps managed to get back into his kart albeit a lap down. Kiern Jewiss vaulted into second after the restart with two swift moves on Kimber and Butterfield, the latter falling back.  Jewiss was then hung out to dry, falling to fifth as Kimber and Canning forged ahead.  A huge battle was taking place for third place, Jewiss, Butterfield and Thomas Pegram all involved with Alex Lloyd in the mix. Then in the chicane Pinsent clattered over the kerbs, maybe pushed, and took off Butterfield on his return to the track.  Butterfield had a one lap penalty, Pegram and Zak Rogers had five place penalties.  Kimber was in the driving seat and resisted all attempts by Canning to pass, saying: "I had to defend on the last lap, we both used our heads until then."  Pegram was third until his penalty which put up Keaton Samra, Lloyd and Jewiss.

Honda Cadet, Final 1 (19 laps) 1 Tom Canning 7 (BRK) 16m 12.460s; 2 Mark Kimber GP (BRK) +0.030s; 3 Jenson Butterfield (BRK); 4 Dragan Pinsent 98 (Project One); 5 Kiern Jewiss (Tonykart); 6 Alex Lloyd 48 (Zip).
Honda Cadet, Final 2 (18 laps) 1 Kimber 16m 22.530s; 2 Canning +0.090s; 3 Keaton Samra 10 (Zip); 4 Lloyd; 5 Jewiss; 6 Ben Kasperczak 35 (CRG).
 
Click for larger image...Junior Max
In the biggest class Sandy Mitchell was just quicker than a tying Dave Wooder and William Tregurtha and whilst Wooder won both his heats Harrison Thomas came up to win the other.  Delays in sorting the penalties in the repechage delayed the next races, and after two of the top four were given penalties it was found those elevated had already taken their slicks out of parc ferme.  Conon McPolin and Paul Stewart would not start (they could have used their wets) but will still get points for being on the grid, the repechage winner being Finlay Hutchison over Adam Durant.  Missing altogether was Hugo Bentley Ellis who has apparently decided to give up on karting.  Wooder was almost immediately shuffled back from the lead of the first final in favour of Tom Gamble, who then succumbed to Lucas Vaus.  Wooder stormed back to the lead and this time he held on until the chequer, defending hard for the last two or three laps and receiving two warnings. It made it difficult for Gamble to try for a win, and when he did Jack MacCarthy slipped into second.  Tregurtha closed on the lead trio at the end and Thomas came out on top of his fight with Vaus.  Wooder was docked five places but won an appeal to be reinstated at the front of the second final.  He initially looked to be having the pace to pull clear of the second place battle but once Fulk got to the front of that he towed them all up.  Vaus was the big loser in that battle, falling to tenth. Fulk took Wooder at the first hairpin, then McCarthy sprung into the lead only to be hung out as Gamble took the lead in a three abreast manoeuvre round the hairpin.  Wooder also lost out, falling to fifth.  He snatched third from Josh Skelton at the last corner.  Gamble defended the last two laps over Fulk for his first Super One win, saying: "I didn't make the best of starts but got back through to the lead and just tried to keep Zak behind."

Junior Rotax, Final 1 (22 laps) 1 Dave Wooder 0 (Alonso) 15m 57.470s; 2 Jack McCarthy 81 (Tonykart) +0.15s; 3 Tom Gamble 23 (Tonykart); 4 William Tregurtha 71 (Tonykart); 5 Harrison Thomas 26 (Tonykart); 6 Lucas Vaus 15 (Tonykart).
Junior Rotax, Final 2 (22 laps) 1 Gamble 15m 54.850s; 2 Zak Fulk +0.07s; 3 Wooder; 4 Josh Skelton 43 (Tonykart); 5 Sam McKenzie 55 (Kosmic); 6 Tregurtha
 
Click for larger image...Senior Max
Jack Bartholomew set the quickest timed run over Sam Marsh in the first group, and Pierce Lehane over Joseph Reilly in the other slower session.  There were two wins for Marsh in the heats, and one for Bartholomew. As Bartholomew shot away leaving the others far behind, Jack Saffery was off and out at the first hairpin. Josh Colling, Lehane and Nathan Aston were all in the mix for second until Sam Marsh, Josh Price and Joe Reilly came to the fore.  Lehane and Aston started a long slide down the order as Marsh and Price closed down on Bartholomew, forcing him to defend strongly.  For that he received a five place penalty, unfortunate since he had led so well and so that elevated Marsh.  Once the others had caught up Reilly took advantage to leap into third, which became second, over Price, Collings and Adam Glear. Sam Ward was excluded from the meeting for not obeying an instruction of an official.  As Price started to edge away in the second final Reilly had made a terrible start and fell to thirteenth. Once Glear had cleared Collings he hauled in and passed Price only for Marsh to storm through.  With Price riding shotgun, Marsh held on for the win, saying: "It wasn't really that hard as I saw Joe Reilly on Josh so I knew I would be alright."  In fact Reilly just pipped Price on the last lap and came within a whisker of the win, with Glear, Gary Donnelly and Collings ahead of Bartholomew who never really recovered from his forced sixth place start.
 
Senior Rotax, Final 1 (23 laps) 1 Sam Marsh 19 (Alonso) 16m 19.460s; 2 Joseph Reilly 23 (Tonykart) +0.12s; 3 Josh Price 27 (Tonykart); 4 Josh Collings 10 (CRG); 5 Adam Glear 37 (Kosmic); 6 Jack Bartholomew GP (Tonykart).
Senior Rotax, Final 2 (23 laps) 1 Marsh 16m 13.850s; 2 Reilly +0.09s; 3 Price; 4 Glear; 5 Gary Donnelly 29 (Tonykart); 6 Collings

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

Photographs courtesy of Chris Walker/Kartpix.net.

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SSM Super One Championship   (21/08)

Super One returned to the classic Cotswold venue of Little Rissington on 16th & 17th August for Round 5 of the MSA championship.  This was the first visit since 2003 and the championship enjoyed a superb weekend of racing at the flat but beautiful airbase that was once the home of the world famous Red Arrows display team.  This was the final round for KZ1, the penultimate round for the other classes.
 
Click for larger image...MSA Cadet British Championship
The results of the second final will remain provisional until the start of the final round at PF International following the conclusion of Teddy Wilson's appeal against his exclusion to the Super One Stewards.
 
A day before the controversy began, O Plate champion Jonny Edgar claimed pole position for the heats, outpacing Wilson, Zachary Robertson, Tom Wood and Brandon Martland in qualifying whilst Keiran Jewiss was languishing well down the order. Wilson won heat one by two tenths of a second from Edgar but Edgar struck back in heat two, edging out Robertson by a wheel-length with Wilson some way back in third.
 
Wilson and Edgar broke away from the rest in Sunday's first final with Edgar pushing his teammate all the way. Wood tried to break away from a furious multi kart scrap for third but couldn't quite catch the leaders and as the race reached its conclusion Wilson was able to pull out a small gap on Edgar to take the victory.
 
Wilson led away again in the second final as Robertson snatched second from Edgar. Finlay Bunce was one of the karts in a tangle at the start. As Edgar dropped back into the pack Robertson stormed up from seventh on the grid and he and Wilson powered away at the front. Wilson continued to lead until the start of the final lap when Robertson dived to the inside going into turn one. Wilson fought back at Top Bend but as the pair headed on to the back straight side by side there was contact. Robertson spun while Wilson sailed through the air but managed to stay pointing in the right direction to take the chequered flag in first but was given a one lap penalty. However he is appealing the decision. Should Wilson's appeal be unsuccessful Wood will be classified as the winner from Alex McDade and Owen Byatt.  Jewiss was out of the top ten in both finals with a score he will hope to drop for the final standings, falling from first to third in the provisional standings.
 
MSA Cadet, final 1 (20 laps): 1 Teddy Wilson (Synergy) 16m 24.000s; 2 Jonny Edgar (Synergy) +1.520s; 3 Tom Wood (Zip); 4 Alex McDade (Zip); 5 Owen Byatt (Synergy); 6 Owen Marlow (Zip).
MSA Cadet, final 2 (20 laps) Provisional: 1 Wood 16m 25.380s; 2 McDade +0.010s; 3 Byatt; 4 Edgar; 5 Fin Kenneally (Zip); 6 Dexter Patterson (Zip).
 
Click for larger image...Junior TKM ABkC National Championship
Fresh from his TKM Festival victory Dino Lee swept to pole position by two hundredths of a second over points leader Alex Forward and after a great five kart scrap Lee also took the win in Saturday's opening heat.
 
But there were major problems just behind Lee as Kyle Hornby, the driver in control of the championship standings was excluded from the entire meeting when it was discovered he had a modified piston after he finished a close second to Lee. Hornby's disqualification handed Matthew Graham and Matthew Round-Garrido second and third with Ethan Pitt a  strong fourth and Forward only sixth.
 
Graham took the honours in a similarly close second heat with Round-Garrido and Forward both within half a second of the winner when the flag fell.
 
Sunday's first final got better and better the longer the race went on as Graham and Round-Garrido traded the lead numerous times.  This all let a number of other drivers closer and closer to the lead duo until, with a handful of laps remaining, nearly a dozen karts looked to be in contention.
 
Graham eventually got muscled back into the thick of the pack as Round-Garrido held off a late challenge from Lee to take the win with Pitt, Forward and an inspired Susanne Gutzold rounding out the top five.
 
Pitt pulled off one of the best passing moves of the entire season to take his first Super One victory in the second final, calmly sweeping around the outside of the last corner to beat the points leader to the line by two hundredths of a second. Behind the overjoyed Pitt there were several issues in deciding the third place finisher. Lee initially took the spot but was excluded for overtaking under yellow flags which then promoted Round-Garrido. However Round-Garrido was also penalised five places which then elevated Joseph Reeves-Smith to a  delighted third.  This all means any one of five drivers could take the title at PF International on 13/14th September.
 
Junior TKM, final 1 (24 laps): 1 Matthew Round-Garrido (Jade) 15m 57.100s; 2 Dino Lee (Tonykart) +0.06s; 3 Ethan Pitt (Jade); 4 Alex Forward (Tonykart); 5 Susanne Gutzold (Tonykart); 6 Anderson Chilcott (Jade).
Junior TKM, final 2 (22 laps): 1 Pitt 15m 55.500s; 2 Forward +0.02s; 3 Joseph Reeves-Smith (Jade); 4 Gutzold; 5 Matthew Graham (Jade); 6 Chilcott.
 
Click for larger image...Formula KGP Super One Championship
Only a slender victory in Saturday's opening heat race for Mark Litchfield prevented a total weekend clean sweep for Oliver Hodgson although Litchfield did take another step towards securing his second title in succession with a consistent weekend.
 
Hodgson's dominance began in timed qualifying and although Litchfield took the chequered flag first in heat one Hodgson was only inches behind. Litchfield's only remaining title rival Bobby Game clawed his way into second spot at Litchfield's expense in Saturday's last heat with Hodgson more than one second up the road.
 
Hodsgon had a new threat in Sunday's first final in the form of Matt Davies, who pushed Hodsgon every step of the way as Litchfield and Game scrapped over third. Sadly Davies failed the post race weight check and was excluded, handing second to Litchfield.
 
Hodgson and Litchfield broke away from the rest in the second final but Litchfield couldn't find a way past his teammate, who led every lap to complete the weekend double. Although the defending champion could close up on the slow corners, no passing opportunities were offered. More than five seconds behind the two leaders Davies staged a fantastic fight back from the back of the grid to pass Game for third.
 
Formula KGP, final 1 (24 laps): 1 Oliver Hodgson (Kosmic) 16m 17.220s; 2 Mark Litchfield (Kosmic) +2.04s; 3 Bobby Game (Alonso); 4 Dan Stocks (Tonykart); 5 Daniel Baybutt (Jade); 6 Jack New (Tonykart).
Formula KGP, final 2 (24 laps): 1 Hodgson 16m 16.760s; 2 Litchfield +0.27s; 3 Matt Davies (Tonykart); 4 Game; 5 Stocks; 6 Jamie Flynn (Alonso)
 
Click for larger image...TKM Extreme ABkC National Championship
Matthew Allnutt enjoyed a breakout weekend at Little Rissington but it was James Ogden who left the circuit on Sunday evening feeling happiest of all as he extended his championship advantage.
 
Allnutt went fastest of all in qualifying with Ogden and Tom Owen next fastest and those three finished heat one in the same order with Paul Monks and Scott Jeffs completing the top five.
 
Heat two was extremely close once again as Allnutt battled with Ogden but in the final laps it was Owen who was Allnutt's closest rival with Monks and Joe Forsdyke third and fourth as Ogden faded to sixth.
 
Final one on Sunday saw Allnutt take his maiden win although he was pushed all the way by Ogden and an inspired Jeffs but as the action got even more frenetic it was Owen to snatched third and Forsdyke fourth with Jeffs a still highly creditable fifth.
 
Controversy surrounded the last lap of final two as Owen and Allnutt collided in the Dog-leg half a lap from home whilst battling in the midst of a furious gaggle. Owen had already recovered from an earlier clash as was Jeffs to fall to the back. Ogden led into the final corner but Forsdyke tried an audacious outside pass that resulted in Monks nipping through to snatch second behind the victorious Ogden. Simon Vercoe took fourth with Matt England fifth.
 
TKM Extreme, final 1 (22 laps): 1 Matthew Allnutt (Tonykart) 15m 50.140s; 2 James Ogden (Tonykart) +1.14s; 3 Tom Owen (Jade); 4 Joe Forsdyke (Tal-Ko); 5 Scott Jeffs (Jade); 6 Paul Monks (Tonykat).
TKM Extreme, final 2 (22 laps): 1 Ogden 15m 57.330s; 2 Monks +0.08s; 3 Forsdyke; 4 Simon Vercoe (Tal Ko); 5 Matt England (Tal-Ko); 6 John Hogan (Tonykart).
 
Click for larger image...KZ1 MSA British Kart Championship
Henry Easthope was crowned the 2014 MSA British Senior Short Circuit Karting Champion as the KZ1 class concluded their season.
 
Easthope had all but secured the title following the most recent round of the championship at Larkhall but had to race under the new Super One regulations: "To qualify for a top three position in the championship a driver must have competed fully in all rounds, unless written permission is given for absence by the series co-ordinator which would only be given in exceptional extenuating circumstances."
 
Sam Webster and Scott Allen shared the two victories with Webster doing a sterling job of holding Allen off in final one with Denis Gorman completing the podium. Although Allen was within a kart's length all through he just didn't have the pace to pass.
 
However Webster's dreams of taking third place in the final standings turned sour when his chain broke on the rolling lap as he tried a dummy start, leaving pole position empty and Webster's day over. This gave Easthope's teammate Jamie Garvie an invitation to snatch the lead from the second row of the grid with Allen a close second. Soon after Allen had taken the lead, the mechanical attrition wasn't over as Garvie's kart faltered on lap four when his engine came loose. Garvie spent two laps fixing the problem before continuing, by which time Allen, Gorman and Easthope were comfortably ahead.
 
Click for larger image...The drama continued as with second place virtually in the bag Gorman coasted to a halt when his fuel pump fell off, leaving Allen clear to take his fifth win of the year and handing Easthope second place on a silver platter.  John Pike completed the podium with Will van Es fourth. Webster's retirement meant he finished the season just seven points behind van Es in fourth place overall in the championship.  "It was a very hard race as the pack were on my bumper for the first 13 minutes, then I started to edge away after Denis stopped and held up Henry slightly," said a happy Allen, who has clinched the vice-champion spot.
 
KZ1, final 1 (27 laps): 1 Sam Webster (ART) 15m 59.500s; 2 Scott Allen (Jade) +0.53s; 3 Denis Gorman (Maranello); 4 Jamie Garvie (Sodi) 5 Henry Easthope (Sodi); 6 John Pike (TB Kart).
KZ1, final 2 (27 laps): 1 Allen 16m 02.810s; 2 Easthope +1.44s; 3 Pike; 4 Will van Es (Tonykart); 5 Jonny Buchanan (Energy); 6 Ryan Sharp (Tonykart).

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

Photographs courtesy of Chris Walker/Kartpix.net.

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Super One Support Races   (19/08)

Super One Series in conjunction with Trent Valley Kart Club are pleased to announce that there will be support races for X30 Junior, X30 Senior and IAME Cadet at the final round of the MSA Super One Series at PF International on 13 - 14th September.
 
The X30 Diamond Cup will be contested over these two days and offers a great opportunity to showcase these two new categories to a wider audience.

The support races are open to drivers with any licence grade giving competitors who perhaps have not experienced a Super One round the chance to do so.

The entry fees for the X30 Classes is £140 and the first 20 competitors to enter will receive a free set of wet tyres worth £119 plus vat. The IAME Cadet entry fee is £120. Optional practice at additional cost is available on 12th September.

Tyre order forms and all other information is here: http://tvkc.co.uk/beta/blog/2014/08/13/x30-iame-cadet-support-races-at-msa-super-one/.

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Grice Powering Success   (14/08)

Following the official recognition of Grice Racing Engines as an approved Rotax Service Centre, drivers have been making an impression on the Rotax Max Euro Challenge, better known as Euromax.

A Senior Max driver at Coles Racing, Tom Grice had an excellent showing at the Castelletto Euromax round, finishing 2nd on the track. At the most recent round at Zuera he would have been on course for a podium if he hadn't had a mechanical problem in a heat, dropping him down the grid for the Finals, although he still managed to finish 9th overall.

In Juniors Alex Quinn and Jordan Brown-Nutley, also of Coles Racing, are showing excellent potential and some great results in Europe.

To get some of this for yourself, you can hire motors for £250 per race including a carb, a price that has stayed the same since 2000!

Teams such as MLC, Global, Coles, Evolution, CRM, Cooper, Campfield, RL and many others are now renting or have customers getting their motors built with our special offer of £295 plus VAT. 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.

For more information contact Ricky Grice on 01268 727847 or email ricky.grice@virgin.net. You can also visit our website at Griceracingengines.com.

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BT82 Port Irregularities   (14/08)

During the course of checks at the TKM Festival we have become aware of a small number of barrels in use which have had modifications made to the ports in the cylinder liner. This is strictly illegal.
 
As far as we can see all of these illegal barrels have been through the hands of one particular engine builder and investigations are continuing to confirm the source of this illegal work. It could result in legal action.
 
In the meantime we encourage all competitors to check the legality of their engines to ensure they have not been tampered with in this way.
 
The modification is to the exhaust port height where the top of the port is angled and raised which takes it to the maximum permitted size or over. No engines have ever been made with exhaust ports to this maximum permitted size or angled. 
 
It is also clear that in some cases the liner has been removed from the barrel to achieve this. The rules specifically say there must be no modifying of the barrel & liner and that the liner must not be removed. We can tell if it has been removed.
 
Special checks will be made at this weekend's Super One round at Rissington and aside from that any owner who is concerned about their engine is welcome to take it to Tal-Ko for a confidential check.
 
Said Alan Turney of Tal-Ko: "We have found no more illegally modified pistons but in the course of careful checking we did identify this second illegal modification. In both cases the name of the same engine builder keeps cropping up.
 
"We will do everything we can to stamp this out immediately and are working closely with all scrutineer's both at championship and club level.
 
We have a zero tolerance to cheating for the benefit of everyone in the TKM classes and the sport."

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Protrain Rookie Hoggard   (13/08)

Click for larger image...Johnathan Hoggard, in his first year of the prestigious Super One Series narrowly missed victory in Rotax mini max in the fourth round of the championships at the picturesque Glan Y Gors circuit in North Wales.  Scoring the highest points of the round, the Shop 4 All Electrical sponsored Protrain driver consolidated his amazing third position in the ABkC Super One National Championships on his Ogden powered kart.
 
Johnathan was the driver to beat from the start of the meeting, always in the top three in timed practice with each lap, he secured pole position with two laps to go without the need for a tow.  His two heats saw battles with Championship rival Quinn, finishing second in both for a front row start for the first final.  Fortunately the rain from hurricane Bertha only speckled the track and after leading half the race and setting fastest lap Johnathan finished a brilliant third.  The second final saw Johnathan hounding Championship leader MacDonald narrowly missing victory despite halving the gap.  Second follows on from his superb third position at Larkhall, Scotland and shows the development the Protrain Rookie is making constantly finishing on the podium and looking for victory.

Click for larger image...Protrain Team manager Gary Chapman was beaming with a smile when he said "I am so pleased for Johnathan and his parents, after all the hard work Johnathan is now getting the recognition and success that his talent deserves and is knocking on the door for a victory, I am really looking forward to the next round".
 
The other Protrain drivers had good meetings too, Charlie Turner falling foul of changing weather conditions and a plug problem in senior max he still moved forwards over ten places  His team mate Hiroaki Tsujinoue from Japan unusually snapped an axle whilst looking for his best championship result.  Back from his successful Spanish adventures Andrew Wong was Protrain's Junior Max representative.
 
The team now moves onto Shenington looking for more great results.

For more information on Protrain visit www.protrainracing.co.uk.

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Buckmore Park Open Practice   (13/08)

Buckmore Park Kart Circuit is organising an open practice day for all ABKC non gearbox classes on Thursday 21st August, between 10am - 4pm.

This will be the only practice day at Buckmore before the September race meeting.
 
For further details contact Chris Pullman on 01634 661620, or for more information on the circuit visit www.buckmore.co.uk.

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SSM Super One Series   (12/08)

After a month's break the SSM Super One Rotax Series visited north Wales for the picturesque circuit of Glan y Gors on 9th-10th August.

Following a dry day on Saturday for the heats, Sunday was punctuated by showers courtesy of the remnants of Hurricane Bertha.  Dean MacDonald took the second MiniMax final after the first winner Alex Quinn fell back and took a penalty.  Tom Canning took the first of the Honda Cadet wins as Kiern Jewiss went off, he stormed back to win the second.  In Junior and Senior Max Dave Wooder and Jack Bartholomew enjoyed double victories.
 
Click for larger image...MiniMax:
Jonathan Hoggard was quickest in timed qualifying and although Alex Quinn won both the heat, Hoggard lined up alongside for the first final.  Dean MacDonald sprung into the lead of that, battling with Adam Smalley and Quinn, losing out to the latter by a whisker on the last lap. MacDonald took command of the second final, Quinn falling back to 12th after a penalty for an incident. That left Jonathan Hoggard as runner-up following a battle with Samuel Pooley, the latter pipped by Axel Charpentier.Click for larger image... 
 
Honda Cadet:
Kiern Jewiss once again showed his never give up attitude after being spun to the back in the first final, yet winning the second.  Although Dragan Pinsent topped timed qualifying his heats were not completely to plan with Tom Canning winning his two, and Jenson Butterfield the other.  So the first final grid line up was Canning, Butterfield, Keaton Samra, Jewiss and Pinsent.  The latter leapfrogged to second behind Canning whilst Jewiss recovered to only 18th.  But Jewiss was on a charge, reaching 8th on the first lap of the second final and soon mixing it with the leading group.  Jenson Butterfield lost the lead running wide and falling to 22nd leaving Jewiss to scrap hard with Pinsent, then Myles Apps and Tom Canning when Pinsent fell back.  Jewiss had a break at the end as Canning defended against Zak Rogers, Nicholas Reeves and Harry Thompson.
 
Click for larger image...Junior Max:
William Tregurtha, tenth in the points, was having a great run through the heats for the first final pole, although Jack McCarthy had been fastest in the time trials. Unfortunately after Dave Wooder had grabbed the first final lead, Tregurtha had an off dropping him way back, to finish 11th.  Wooder pulled 3.7s on Stuart Middleton, with Tom Gamble a further 9s in arrears for third. Wooder had to battle a lot harder in the second final, having to overcome initial leader Sandy Mitchell then Jonathan Paylor and briefly Josh Skelton. Coming from the repechage last chance race Hugo Ellis reached 3rd but had to settle for 6th behind Paylor, Zak Fulk and Jack McCarthy after Tom Gamble established himself as nearest challenger to Wooder.
 
Click for larger image...Senior Max:
Another on a winning streak just now is Jack Bartholomew, although not doing so well in the heats, lining up fourth on the first final grid behind Josh Price with Luke Knott and Josh Collings on the front row.  Price had been fastest in timed qualifying and won both his heats, with Luke Knott taking the other.  Bartholomew vaulted to the front, past Collings and Knott, with Joseph Reilly and Price fourth and fifth. In the second final, Bartholomew gradually eased away from Collings as other contenders such as Price and Knott fell by the wayside.  Scott Mackrell stormed up to third to beat Reilly and Adam Glear.
 
Results:
Minimax, Final 2 (22 laps) 1 Dean MacDonald (Tonykart) 16m26.7s; 2 Jonathan Hoggard (Tonykart) +0.??s; 3 Axel Charpentier (Tonykart); 4 Samuel Pooley (Tonykart); 5 Thomas Turner (Alonso); 6 William Pettitt (Tonykart). 
Championship Standings: MacDonald 606; Quinn 591; Hoggard 552; Adam Smalley 520
 
Honda Cadet, Final 2 (19 laps) 1 Kiern Jewiss (Tonykart) 16m 13.29s; 2 Tom Canning (BRK) +01m42s; 3 Zak Rogers (Project One); 4 Nicholas Reeve (Project One); 5 Harry Thompson (Zip); 6 Thomas Pegram (BRK). 
Championship Standings: Jewiss532; Thompson 529; Apps 522; Canning 509
 
Junior Rotax, Final 2 (19 laps) 1 Dave Wooder (Alonso) 16m 42.84s; 2 Tom Gamble (Tonykart) +01.75s; 3 Jonathan Paylor (Tonykart); 4 Zak Fulk (Tonykart); 5 Jack McCarthy (Tonykart); 6 Hugo Ellis (Tonykart).
Championship Standings: Mitchell 591; Gamble 524; Skelton 516; Fulk 512
 
Senior Rotax, Final 2 (20 laps) 1 Jack Bartholomew (Tonykart) 16m04.37s; 2 Josh Collings (CRG) +2.66s; 3 Scott Mackrell (Kosmic); 4 Joseph Reilly (Tonykart); 5 Adam Glear (Kosmic); 6 Sam Marsh (Tonykart). 
Championship Standings: Bartholomew 589; Reilly 549; Stewart 504; Glear 503

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

Photographs courtesy of Chris Walker/Kartpix.net.

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BRK Factory Team   (08/08)

Click for larger image...British Racing Karts would like to congratulate the race team for all their successes over the last few months. With Oliver Clarke becoming the latest driver to join BRK factory race team, alongside Tom Canning, Mark Kimber and Thomas Pegram. Oliver's debut race was the Superprix at Shenington. Oliver never having seen Shenington before didn't take long to find the pace, he qualified in pole position for the final and led from lights to flag giving him his first win on the BRK chassis, following closely in second place was Alex Eades also running on the BRK chassis, they also posted fastest laps in the final and of the day.Click for larger image...
 
A week later Kimber and Canning took first and second respectively at Whilton Mill. On the same weekend Tom Pegram, enjoying his newly found pace making him a real contender at every race he enters, was in Scotland for the 'O' plate support race. Pegram being fastest on track all weekend took a quality win against a very good field "well done Tom!"
 
The race team then travelled back to Scotland with all four drivers for round 3 of the SuperOne. BRK once again set the pace all weekend, qualifying 1 and 2 on the grid with Mark Kimber and Oliver Clarke. With all four drivers now working together it looked like a win was on the cards, the question was which driver. The final was a hard fought race but Mark Kimber having a brilliant drive got the victory he deserved. Tom Pegram also deserves a mention as he was looking very strong until he had a mechanical problem which put him out of the race. Tom Canning also scoring good points keeping him at the top end of the SuperOne leader board.
 
Click for larger image...Back to Shenington two weeks later and the team were on fire taking all 3 places on the podium setting fastest laps along the way.
 
Click for larger image...Next up it was the Kartmasters, the team looked very relaxed and together they were again setting the pace, qualifying pole and second pole on Saturday, and Sunday again qualifying pole.

Tom Canning would have easily qualified pole position for the main finals if it hadn't been for a mechanical problem; it was Canning that looked racy all weekend but anyone one of the BRK drivers could have got the job done. The final was led by Tom Canning but we all knew the last 2 lap finale was yet to come and it was once again Mark Kimber who took the victory with Tom Canning coming in second on track.
 
Chris Hawes MD of British Racing Karts said "I think the best is yet to come particularly from Tom Canning, the drivers need to keep working hard and listening to the people around them! And a big thank you to Ben Platten (team manager) for all his hard work".
 
Anyone interested in joining BRK please contact Ben Platten on 07887 538590 or contact us by email on brkuk@msn.com.

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ART Grand Prix   (08/08)

Click for larger image...ART Grand Prix grab a win and narrowly miss out on 2 podiums in the new IAME X30 class at the MSA British Kart Grand Prix.
 
ART Grand Prix's UK team run by ZIP Kart had a successful weekend at the Kartmasters event at PFI international last weekend. The team fielded a strong 5 driver line up in both Junior X30 and Senior X30 including RSF driver Josh smith, Thomas Issa from Jamaica driving an X30 for the first time, and UK CIK academy driver and double British Cadet Champion Oliver York.
 
In qualifying ART karts occupied the front row in Junior with Josh Smith taking pole and Tom Douglas taking second with Elliot Harvey grabbing 4th, making it 3 ART karts in the top 5 positions. During the heats ART dominated with 8 podiums between team drivers Josh Smith, Elliot Harvey, Tom Douglas, Oliver York and Thomas Issa. Another one-two in the Junior pre-final saw Smith win with York 2nd. In Senior X30 Thomas Issa was the best placed ART with a well deserved 5th place finish in a very strong field of over 30 drivers.Click for larger image...
 
For the Grand Prix final in Juniors Josh Smith dominated, never losing the lead and taking the flag over 3 seconds ahead of 2nd place. Oliver York was in 3rd place going into the final lap but had to settle for 5th place after a great battle for the final podium position.
 
In the Senior race Thomas Issa snatched 3rd at the start and set about trying to catch the leaders, Issa kept pushing but as the race drew to an end he was caught and passed, but finished a very impressive 4th place on his X30 debut. Overall a great weekend for the ART/ZIP team, with x 2 poles, 5 podiums and 3 wins over the meeting the ART kart looks to be the kart to beat in this exciting new class in the UK.
 
The ART/ZIP team will be attending the X30 World finals in Le Mans in October and also the remaining LGM tour rounds, any interested drivers should contact ZIP Kart on tel. no. 01327 855310 or e-mail info@zipkart.com to discuss packages available.

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Vroom UK Magazine   (08/08)

Click for larger image...Vroom UK magazine issue 8 is now available to read online and download for your iPad - don't miss it!

Inside you will find...
 
Latest from the MSA
Your TKM Guide
Rotax Max Beginners Tips
Big Brother - 2014 TKM S1 Scholarship
Interviews with Roland Geidel & Callum Ilott
Vintage - BM K Model
Super One Rotax Series Rd 3
Rotax Euro Challenge Rd 3
CIK European KZ-KZ2 Champs. Rd 2
Clubs Championships
Focus - New front bumpers tested in Germany
2016 CIK Engines - Third test in Lonato
Garage - How to deal with heat
SOS Kart - The tools you need at the track

...and much more!

So get your hard copy at Dartford Karting, check out the preview on issuu, or download it from pocketmags.com or from the iTunes newsstand at £1.99.

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Lydd Kart Circuit   (05/08)

Click for larger image...Lydd IKR, it's that time of the month again guys and girls.
 
Looking forward to the penultimate round of the summer series this coming Sunday 10th August.
 
Come and race at the fastest circuit in the south, with a great atmosphere.
 
Usual classes catered for with a great chance for MiniMax & Junior grids to grow with new tyre rules for winter, to help costs.
 
Entries taken up to and including Sunday morning with no late entry fee. Call 01797 321747 or 01797 321895 to reserve your place on the grid.  Practice available for all drivers on Saturday.
 
So come and enjoy!
 
Further information is available on the Lydd website at www.lyddkartcircuit.com.

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2014 Kartmasters Winners   (05/08)

Trent Valley Kart Club would like to congratulate the following drivers for their achievements at the 2014 MSA Kartmasters British Kart Grand Prix...

IAME 'GP' Winner: Kiern Jewiss. Kiern wins the GP plates, a 42" LG Smart 3D TV, £150 IAME UK Voucher (courtesy of JM Engineering).
IAME 2nd: Harry Thompson (wins iPad Mini, £50 iTunes Voucher, £100 IAME UK Voucher - courtesy of JM Engineering).
IAME 3rd: Zac Robertson (wins Dr Dre Beats Pill Speaker, £50 IAME UK Voucher - courtesy of JM Engineering).

Honda 'GP' Winner: Mark Kimber. Mark wins the GP plates, a 42" LG Smart 3D TV, an Arai Helmet (courtesy of Project One Racing).
Honda 2nd: Kiern Jewiss (wins iPad Mini, £50 iTunes Voucher, £100 Project One Racing Voucher - courtesy of Project One Racing).
Honda 3rd: Myles Apps (wins Dr Dre Beats Pill Speaker, Replica Miniature Lotus F1 Helmet - courtesy of Lotus F1).

Mini Max 'GP' Winner: Samuel Pooley. Samuel wins the GP plates, a 42" LG Smart 3D TV, a Mclaren Membership (courtesy of Mclaren Racing).
Mini Max 2nd: Alex Quinn (wins iPad Mini, £50 iTunes Voucher, Mclaren Rucksack - courtesy of Mclaren Racing).
Mini Max 3rd: Jonathan Hoggard (wins Dr Dre Beats Pill Speaker).

Junior Max 'GP' Winner: Dave Wooder. Dave wins the GP plates, a 42" LG Smart 3D TV, a Mclaren Membership (courtesy of Mclaren Racing).
Junior Max 2nd: Harrison Thomas  (wins iPad Mini, £50 iTunes Voucher, Mclaren Rucksack - courtesy of Mclaren Racing).
Junior Max 3rd: Jack McCarthy  (wins Dr Dre Beats Pill Speaker, Arai Clear Helmet Spoiler - courtesy of KKC).

Senior Max 'GP' Winner: Jack Bartholomew. Jack wins the GP plates, a 42" LG Smart 3D TV, a Mclaren Membership (courtesy of Mclaren Racing).
Senior Max 2nd: John Stewart  (wins iPad Mini, £50 iTunes Voucher, Mclaren Rucksack - courtesy of Mclaren Racing).
Senior Max 3rd: Charlie Turner  (wins Dr Dre Beats Pill Speaker, Arai White Helmet Spoiler - courtesy of KKC).

In addition to these amazing prizes these, the above competitors also all took home Kartcare Products courtesy of Kartcare, and a Vroom Magazine & T-Shirt courtesy of Vroom too!

The event was also supported by the X30 Kartmasters Trophy and the winners were...

X30 Junior: Josh Smith. Josh wins a 42" LG Smart 3D TV, £1000 IAME Voucher (courtesy of IAME). Josh was also awarded with the Tillotson Perpetual Trophy.
X30 Junior 2nd: Daniel McAuley  (wins iPad Mini, £50 iTunes Voucher, £500 IAME Voucher - courtesy of IAME).
X30 Junior 3rd: Alfie Brown  (wins Dr Dre Beats Pill Speaker, £250 IAME Voucher - courtesy of IAME).

X30 Senior: Mark Litchfield. Mark wins a 42" LG Smart 3D TV, £1000 IAME Voucher (courtesy of IAME).  Mark was also awarded with the Tillotson Perpetual Trophy.
X30 Senior 2nd: Oliver Hodgson  (wins iPad Mini, £50 iTunes Voucher, £500 IAME Voucher - courtesy of IAME).
X30 Senior 3rd: Danny Keirle  (wins Dr Dre Beats Pill Speaker, £250 IAME Voucher - courtesy of IAME).

The top 3 X30 Junior & Senior competitors also received free entry to the IAME International Final and a set of K1H Tyres courtesy of IAME, and a Vroom Magazine & T-Shirt courtesy of Vroom.

For a complete set of results from the weekend, please click here.

There were also some special awards that were presented to the following drivers...

Driver of the Day: Kiern Jewiss (IAME), chosen by Clerk of the Course - Nigel Edwards. Kiern wins a £100 Dartford Karting Voucher (courtesy of Dartford Karting), a Replica Miniature Lotus F1 Helmet (courtesy of Lotus F1) and some Kartcare Products (courtesy of Kartcare).
Bruno Ferrari Trophy: Kiern Jewiss  (IAME), chosen by the Ferrari Family. Kiern wins a cheque for £100 (courtesy of the Ferrari family) and a Mclaren 50yrs of Racing Limited Edition Book (courtesy of Mclaren Racing).
Tony Hanley Trophy: Andrew Vizzard  (Senior Max), chosen by the Circuit Owner & Club President - Paul Fletcher. Andrew wins a Platinum Tyre Gauge (courtesy of KKC) and some Kartcare Products (courtesy of Kartcare).
Nicholas Lowis Trophy: Max Bird  (Junior Max). Awarded to the Junior Max driver with the fastest lap in the Grand Prix. Max wins a Formula Ford Test Day (Courtesy of Richardson Racing) and some Kartcare Products (courtesy of Kartcare).
Spirit of Kartmasters: Chris Lawrence  (Senior Max), chosen by the Secretary of the Meeting - Danielle Short. Chris wins a £100 Project One Racing Voucher (courtesy of Project One Racing) and some Kartcare Products (courtesy of Kartcare).

The 2014 Kartmasters also witnessed the return of the free prize draw for each class.  Drivers attending the drivers parade were given a raffle ticket and the lucky drivers listed below won the prizes on offer...

IAME: Set of Dunlop Tyres (courtesy of Andersons) - Joe Turney.
Honda: Set of Dunlop Tyres (courtesy of Andersons) - Tom Canning.
Mini Max: Set of Mojo Tyres (courtesy of JAG Engineering) - Luke Wooder.
Jnr Max: Set of Mojo Tyres (courtesy of JAG Engineering) - Manuel Maldonardo.
Snr Max: Set of Mojo Tyres (courtesy of JAG Engineering) - Sam Marsh.
X30 Junior: Free Helmet Design (courtesy of MDM Designs) - Anderson Chilcott.
X30 Senior: PlatinumTyre Pressure Gauge (Courtesy of KKC) - Max Clarke.

On behalf of Trent Valley Kart Club, well done and thank you to all of the drivers who took part in the 2014 MSA Kartmasters British Kart Grand Prix!

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Enhanced X30 Performance   (04/08)

With X30 taking the country by storm, Grice Racing Engines were one of the first engine builders to see the potential of the package and now have plenty of drivers at the front in the class, including Lewis Kent and Ronan Graves in Juniors and Josh Hatton, Andrew Rees-Reynolds and Jack Dex in Seniors. Most are now busy after Kartmasters and hopefully progressing to the X30 International Final in France in the Autumn.

None of them are sponsored as Grice has a policy of giving all drivers the same high quality service, so they've all made their own decision about who will give them the best chance of success.

Since 1976 Ricky Grice and his technical staff have supplied engines for British and National champions along with German Championships in KF2 and KF3 and have built up a long list of international podiums in all classes. Much of this has been with IAME engines, which as you will see from the results over the 2014 season, is directly transferable to today's IAME X30 engines.

Combining this pedigree with the trackside support available means Grice offer a level of service that just isn't available anywhere else.  New to the huge range of workshop equipment is the hot wash parts degreaser, joining the conventional and rolling road dynos.

New engines are available for £1650, preparation is £200 and a dyno power test for added confidence is £87.50 (all prices plus VAT).

For more information contact Ricky Grice on 01268 727847 or email ricky.grice@virgin.net. You can also visit our website at Griceracingengines.com.

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The 2014 London Cup   (01/08)

This year's London Cup will be held on Sunday 7th of September. TV coverage and the Bardahl Grid Girls are confirmed and the prizes are coming in with goodies on offer from Bardahl and Project One to name but a few, along with Ginetta drives provided by Fox Motorsport.
 
You can see the full coverage of the 2013 event that was on Motors, Sky Sports and Sky F1 channels here, and if you've already entered remember to complete your TV commentary forms here too (you don't want the commentator not knowing about you when you do well).
 
Grids are filling up fast so to find out more about Rye House - the "Silverstone for karts" (according to David Coulthard) and how to enter the event visit www.londoncupkarting.com.
 
See you all soon!

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Be A Part Of The S1 Buzz   (01/08)

Be part of the Super One atmosphere at Rissington.
 
During the Super One meeting on 16/17 August at Rissington, the Club has been given permission to run an Invitation Support Race for Cadet Libre (IAME, Honda and Comer) drivers.
 
This is a unique opportunity to experience the atmosphere and excitement of a Super One National Championship weekend. Whilst not racing in the S1 competition your race weekend follows the same format: Saturday morning practice, Timed Qualifying, 2 Heats and 2 Finals, as well as all the experience of participating alongside some of the best drivers in the country!
 
The grid is limited to 30 karts - so first come, first served! Entries can be done online from the homepage of Rissington Kart Club www.rissykartclub.com also see the 'News' section for further information.
 
Friday practice is available to those who've entered, at the usual Club rates.

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Podiums At Whilton For Vision   (31/07)

Click for larger image...Click for larger image...Following the teams strong showing at last month's June meeting at Whilton Mill which saw Junior Max driver Pete Griffin take a comfortable win from pole position. The teams Mini Max drivers Brandon Patrick, Riley Phillips and Harry Gooding also performed well by all taking a top 12 finish in a strong field  of 34.
 
The team returned for the July meeting eager to get a repeat performance. In Junior Max Pete showed a repeat of his sheer pace by taking the event record for the meeting and fastest lap of the year. Unfortunately it wasn't a completely smooth day for Pete after what started as if it was to going be a good day, taking the win in heat 1 from p9. Various incidents in the remaining 2 heats meant Pete was left with it all to do in the final from p10. After the first lap it was clear Pete's kart was having some handling issues related from an incident in his last heat, but Pete pushed on a worked his way up to 2nd.  Fighting with the kart Pete couldn't quite hold on to 2nd place on the last lap and crossed the line with a solid 3rd place.

In Mini Max Harry Gooding, Riley Phillips and Brandon Patrick were feeling positive with qualifying 5th, 11th & 12th for the final. All 3 pushed hard in the final and all made places bringing home a great team result of a 3rd , 5th & 9th.
 
Click for larger image...Another circuit another result, the July meeting at Forest Edge again saw championship leader Harry Gooding in Mini Max setting the pace. With fastest lap in heat 1 by 3 tenths of a second Harry had strong race pace all day to put him on the front row of the grid for the final. After a great battle in the final Harry had to settle for a solid second with fastest lap. In Junior Max last year's British Mini Max champion Connor Hall made his first showing at the circuit. After a difficult Saturday test with limited track time and changeable weather Connor knew it wouldn't be plain sailing for him on race day. Putting his faith in the hands of the team Connor drove faultlessly in his first 2 heats with a 1st and a 3rd with fastest lap. Missing out on heat 3 due to a mechanical failure on the grid put him on grid 4 for the final. With a good start Connor got his head down and took the win with fastest lap.
 
The Cancer Research event at Clay Pigeon again saw the team take home two good results in the two day event. Brandon Patrick took the win on the Saturday in Juniors and a 4th on the Sunday after fighting some issues. In Mini Max Harry Gooding took a 2nd on both days making a hat trick of second places in the space of a week.
 
We would like to thank all our team members and associates for their continued help and support, Robinson Sport, Dartford Karting, IPK Karting, Factory Racing, Coles Racing.
 
There are now spaces within the Vision Motorsport team and we are looking to speak with potential new drivers.
 
For more information on what we can do for you please call Daryl Burgess on 07792 749566.

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Easykart UK Championships 2015   (31/07)

Easykart UK is deeply concerned about the recent uncertainty for the current structure of MSA kart racing in the UK from now and possibly beyond the year 2017.
 
For this reason and after much deliberation Easykart UK have made the difficult decision to move away from MSA sanctioned kart racing for 2015.
 
Club 100 and John Vigor will continue to be the promoters of the Easykart UK Championship.
 
ACR Ltd and Andy Cox will continue to be the Sole UK Importers of Easykarts and the technical management of Easykart UK.
 
IAME will also continue to be the official engine partner and supplier of Easykart UK.
 
Easykart UK is dedicated to bringing new drivers into the sport of kart racing. Our ethos has always been based on a safe racing environment and fair play. A level playing field is achieved on performance with realistic racing costs for kart drivers with a one make Birel chassis and one make IAME Easykart engine.
 
We are a commercial company but unlike other commercial karting categories we have always hired kart circuits exclusively even though we were still organising and running a MSA event. Easykart has never impacted nor have we asked to be accommodated in any kart clubs monthly race events. We understand that track time and value for money is important for kart club members.
 
Easykart UK has run independently since 2007 even though drivers have been required to have an MSA licence in order to race with us. The difficult current economic climate is affecting all types of karting at different levels and indeed karting clubs and the circuits themselves.
 
Within the current structure of MSA karting to run a commercially efficient Championship is difficult and indeed costly for the organiser. In our opinion for a new driver to enter the sport of Karting with their own kart is far too complicated and expensive. Licensing procedures, ARK's test and general administration often deters people from racing karts.
 
We realise the importance and need of a strong relationship between corporate 'Arrive & Drive' Karting and 'Owner Driver' Karting.
 
For 2015, Easykart UK will be implementing new procedures dedicated to new customers, with the emphasis on education and safety therefore ensuring that they are ready to make the step up to owner driver competition racing.
 
Easykart is an entry level formula and low cost. It's designed to be simplistic and is aimed to give customer value and care at the highest level. For us we have identified that it is now even more important to extend this customer care on the sporting and technical levels by way of de-regulation, which we feel our customers will understand and at the same time will find them easier to comply with.
 
Our drivers can and do move on after their Easykart experience into other aspects of MSA kart racing or indeed MSA car racing - this has already been well documented and has been one of our goals since 2007.
 
We would like to take this opportunity to thank The Motor Sports Association for their full support, both in the introduction of Easykart into the UK market and our 8 years of association.
 
We will continue to monitor the steps being taken by the MSA for the future of karting in the UK in the hope that some common ground can be discovered in the future.
 
Easykart UK - Andy Cox and John Vigor

Visit the Easykart UK website at www.easykart.co.uk.

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IPK Praga & OK1 Karts   (30/07)

Click for larger image...Leon Hilleard narrowly misses out on back-to-back victories in his last two outings. Showing great pace all day at the last Shenington Kart Club meeting with a 1st and 4th in the heats, he went on to take victory in the final at the Oxfordshire circuit.  The following weekend the OK1 Senior Max driver then narrowly missed out on the top podium step at Dunkeswell by just a kart length.
 
At the Dunkeswell Kart Club's July meeting last weekend Leon made great progress starting from 11th on the grid for the final after two bad heat results and a win. Leon secured the fastest lap by three tenths to the next man but narrowly missed out on another win.  Great drive Leon, and keep up the good work!  Two more good drives from Tyler Weedon and Taylor Adams who finished 4th and 6th respectively in the final, both on the Praga Dragon chassis.
 
For more information on the OK1 & Praga kart please contact Randal on 07957 879413.
 
If you want to discover the success of OK1 and Praga, test drives are available at various circuits including PFI, Kimbolton, Shenington and Whilton Mill, call Randal on 07957 879413.
 
Great discounts to be had on rolling and complete kart packages, from Cadet to KZ karts.

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Join The Kart-Tek Family   (30/07)

Kart-Tek is a family run team formed by Darren and Ken Masters in 2001, located just 5 minutes from the Whilton Mill circuit in Northamptonshire.
 
We currently have awning space available at Whilton Mill, Shenington, Risington, and Kimbolton for Iame, Comer and Rotax.
 
We also offer kart hire and engine hire as well as running test days and offering one-to-one driver tuition.
 
To discuss your requirement call Darren Masters on 07792 990592 or email kart-tekracing@live.co.uk.
 
Visit our website at www.karttekracing.co.uk.

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TKM BT82 Technical Advice   (29/07)

Tal-Ko have issued the following TKM BT82 technical advice...

Within the past few days we have become aware of one or two engine builders making illegal modifications to the TKM BT82 engine used in the Formula TKM classes.
 
These illegal practices involve modifications to the piston crown and the piston skirt length to gain advantage on inlet and exhaust port openings. We have in our possession pistons which have been deliberately modified even to the extent of the piston size being re-stamped on the crown.
 
We stress this is very isolated but naturally we are making moves to stamp it out immediately and will not hesitate to take appropriate action against any person and business found to be responsible. We will also publicly name and shame those involved.
 
The class regulations and fiche make it very clear that the piston must be neither modified or machined. There is no grey area here and no excuse for doing anything to a piston other than removing carbon without damaging or modifying the surface. What has been done to these pistons is simply cheating.
 
With immediate effect we are issuing a new drawing (available to download at the URL below) which set out very clearly the way to identify the cheat pistons. And we will be asking Scrutineer's at all TKM events throughout the country to carry out careful checks on pistons so we can ensure a rapid closure to the potential problem.
 
Aside from the drawings there are simple checks you can perform, listed at http://www.tal-ko.com/News20140729-BT82CustomerTechnicalAdvice.html.  By carrying out these simple tests you can quickly identify an illegal piston. All of the checks should be carried out and any one failure means the piston is illegal. To carry out a full dimension check the new drawings are attached.
 
We remind competitors (and their parents) that technically they are responsible for the equipment they are racing and we don't want anyone to get caught with an engine they did not realise had been illegally modified.
 
So with that in mind after carrying out the simple tests above, if you are in any doubt then we at Tal-Ko will give you our verdict. We see thousands of pistons. They all look the same. We can clearly spot an illegal one very quickly.
 
We can offer this inspection at our factory or will do so at the Maxxis TKM Festival at Kimbolton where we will have further equipment on hand to carry out tests. The same at the next round of S1 at Rissington.
 
Says TKM boss Alan Turney: "We are determined to nip this one in the bud and we know of only a very few offenders. We have a zero tolerance attitude to cheating for the good of everyone in the sport and the TKM classes."

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South West Championships   (28/07)

The 2014 South West Championships are open for entries now!

Two days of karting at the superb Mansell Raceway will be held on 23rd & 24th August.

Saturday will comprise free practice and timed practice sessions and during the day there will be a bouncy Castle/Slide for the kids as well as the VIP Marquee PS3 Race Rig Challenge.  The evening will then be given over to some top quality food and entertainment, kicking off with the traditional Hog Roast before Daz Alway entertains the masses with his world famous Disco & Karaoke. and Nigel Fordham hosts the inaugural "Dummy Grid" quiz! Sunday will see the championships contested and prestigious SW plates awarded to the winners. Tracey's Snacks will be open throughout both days providing for all your food and drink needs. All drivers will receive a commemorative T-shirt and festival style wristband!

This is a non championship event and SR's are available for viewing on the website.  Minimum grid numbers apply for the awarding of plates.

Online entry only and the cost for all this a mere £80! Don't delay - get your entry in to secure your place in the race meeting of the year!

Visit our website at www.dunkeswellkartclub.co.uk or go direct to online entries at https://dkrc.k1manager.co.uk/register.

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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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