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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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