Page 1

ProKart ProKart Magazine


ProKart ProKart Magazine

2

Issue 9: February 2010


ProKart ProKart Magazine

TORQUE IT UP: FROM THE EDITOR Well season 2010 is well underway with Round 1 of both the Queensland and New South Wales championship series completed in February. With the new year we’ve also taken the opportunity to further refine the e-magazine’s format as we continually try to improve the content and appearance of ProKart’s monthly publication. In NSW the Jets continued their dominant form although a number of contenders continued their surge towards the front, with SPR, Bell Pipes and KAOS looking strong yet again in 2010. In QLD it was Team5150R that dominated proceedings in the opening round, winning by 6 laps and leading throughout to complete a 1-2 formation finish. With a number of teams continuing to improve across both championships, this year’s National Series is shaping up to be the best in years in terms of quality and quantity. If the current indication on entries holds true, over 30 teams will face the starter in Round 1 in two weeks time. Reaction to last month’s news regarding potential developments in the ProKart series were received quite positively throughout the ProKart community. Given how quickly some of these developments are progressing the future looks very bright indeed. Mason Walker’s RacerTV has broadcast all qualifying and race sessions in both QLD and NSW this year and will continue to do so for the remainder of the season. RacerTV’s coverage is continuing to develop and there’s some very exciting developments on their way… you can read about them in the next issue of the ProKart Magazine. Good luck to everyone at Eastern Creek!

3


ProKart ProKart Magazine

Issue 9: February 2010

TORQUE’N TOUGH •

Prokart officials will be keeping a close eye on tail lights this season. Tail lights are an important piece of safety equipment and must be used in times of reduced visibility such as poor weather or night racing. Prokart will indicate to the field when the light must be activated. Any karts running without a functioning rear light will risk being black flagged. Prokart will have a limited number of rear lights for sale at each meeting for emergency use should competitors suffer a failure. Read more about available light options on page 17.

You don’t want to go underweight this year in any ‘official’ session, as any infringement where a kart and driver weigh under the minimum weight of 185kg will be served a 5 minute penalty for every kilogram they’re underweight. Significantly, the penalty will have to be served at the commencement of the race, and ProKart have made it clear that checks will be made not only in qualifying and the race as in previous years, but also in practice.

It seems the resurfacing work at Willowbank Kart Raceway near Ipswich has been successful for the most part, although reports from members of Team5150R who tested there recently indicate there are still some bumps in the in-field complex.

4

Resisales.com and Commerical Real Estate have continued After an initial foray into the ProKart series in 2009,their support for Wallis racing in 2010. RESISALES.COM.AU have continued their support of the TF RESISALES.COM.AU team Team principal Phil Wallis . and increased their on-track presence with the Wallis Racing team sporting a new look, including a full compliment of team uniforms for 2010.

Competing in their proven #27 MS Kart, Phil Wallis (seated) is now joined for the full season by (from L to R) James Stevenson, Scott Pearce and Greg Robertson. Phil Wallis is particularly enthused to have a regular and proven driver lineup after several seasons of a rotating roster of drivers at each round.


ProKart ProKart Magazine

TORQUE ABOUT IT:

PROKART NEWS At the invitation of team sponsor Honda MPE, two of Team5150R’s drivers participated in the first round of a ‘sponsors’ series at Brisbane’s Kingston Park Raceway in the lead-up to the Cooloola race weekend. Steve Prokop (far left in photo) and Ian McMah (3rd from left) enjoyed the evening immensely. Ultimately it ended up as something of a pre-event ‘hitout’ as Jason Appleton from KnK Scuderia was also participating with another team on the night. As you’d expect, there was a bit of “rubbin’s racin’” from the ProKart competitors yet all 3 of them were the podium finishers in the final, with Ian McMah winning all 3 races from Jason Appleton and Steve Prokop and “Team Honda” winning the overall event that night. All three ProKart drivers also set the 3 quickest laps of the event.

5


ProKart ProKart Magazine

Issue 9: February 2010

RUMOURS, HUMOUR & PSUEDOFACTS: STOP TORQUING Recently overheard paddock discussion centred around different sounding mufflers from a particular kart at a National Round last year; and how a similar sound was achieved through blow-torching the baffles out with an oxy torch… surely not?

A member of the ProKart series heads to Europe shortly for what is reportedly “business”… Last time ProKart checked, driving laps at Estoril in Portugal is most definitely not a regular day in the office

Azzurro have reportedly elected to no longer continue building their very successful Enduro chassis… quite why is uncertain, particularly when you consider their chassis have qualified on pole and/or lead most races (Qld and National) since June 2009

6

The RacerTV broadcast system will be operating in Full HD at Eastern Creek. Limited previously by bandwidth, a possible satellite broadcast system may be available in time for Round 1 of the National Series.

One championship winning team of recent times is unlikely to contest many rounds of the series this year, with several of their ‘regular’ team drivers privately pursuing drivers with other teams for the season’s marquee 24-hour event

Hollow or solid axles? If reports are to be believed all is not as it may appear to be with some leading karts running hollow axles, capped and sealed to appear solid.

Seems one of the hostesses at the recent Bruce McLaren Memorial became quite enamored with one of the Team5150R crew during their recent trip to Hampton Downs… she was last heard muttering excitedly about ’lamb chops’...

Quite why you’d bother though is uncertain...

Got a rumour or a bit of scuttlebutt? We want to hear it. Email imcmah05@gmail.com or message me on the forum..

We’re out of rubbish rumours this edition, which is probably a good thing. ..Or are we? Is that in itself a rumour and are we holding out on you for next issue? Who knows? Perhaps more appropriately, does anyone care?


ProKart ProKart Magazine

Next event...

go to www.prokart.com.au for details... 7


ProKart ProKart Magazine

8

Issue 9: February 2010


ProKart ProKart Magazine Team KnK Scuderia (L to R): Jason Appleton, Adam Clark, Mitch Ennis, Aaron Keane

Photo by Ian McMah

PROFILE: KnK Scuderia 9


ProKart ProKart Magazine

Issue 9: February 2010

Who are KnK ? KnK or Karts’n’ Kitcars are kart chassis manufacturers based in Belgaum, India. The chassis technology and tubing is sourced from Germany (widely considered the best source of steel alloys in the world) and fabrication takes place in the newly opened high tech KnK workshop in Belgaum. Indrajeet Singh and his engineer son Ishaan are the force behind KnK and have been in the kart manufacturing business since the early 90’s, beginning originally with Hire Karts and then deciding to develop the business into competition karts. Karts’n” Kitcars Asia Pacific have been supplying and racing KnK karts throughout the Asia Pacific region over the last three years with some outstanding National and International race results. All categories of karting are covered in the KnK range from the Bambino class kart (the KnK Prodigy), to the Midget/Rookie (KnK Juvenile) and then into Junior and Senior classes. In addition KnK supply Prokart karts and dirt track karts. All KnK karts can be fitted with either a 2 stroke or 4 stroke (inboard drive) engines without any modification to the chassis. This is due to the “unique” design that has been used in the KnK Chassis. All hardware such as brakes, rims rear, hubs etc were originally supplied by Righetti Ridolfi –one of the leading kart hardware manufacturers based in Italy, however they now supply Australian-made hardware such as Edwards’s rims, Edwards’s rear hubs and brake and sprocket carriers. Soon KnK karts will be available with either Brembo or Dent (Australian) 2 spot or 4 spot brakes. They continue to source and use as much Australian manufactured product as possible. KnK Asia Pacific is heavily involved in developing the 4 stroke karting market with a competitively priced user friendly chassis that can be at home with Mum and Dad or the kids. With many years of racing experience behind them( 30 yrs +) KnK Asia Pacific realised that karting costs were making “family Karting” almost prohibitive and decided to look for a way of solving this problem.

Photo by Ian McMah

10


ProKart ProKart Magazine Photo by Katy McMah

The first challenge was to find a suitable chassis that was not only competitively priced but also competitive on the race track against the big name brands of karts. After searching Europe and USA the decision was made to work with the German designed KnK chassis as testing results had proven extremely positive. Each of four test drivers used by KnK Asia Pacific gave the same report of karts that were easy to drive and extremely forgiving. Whether they were using a high powered Formula 100 two stroke engine (36 hp) or a Briggs World Formula four stroke (15 hp) the results were the same. The chassis proved to be very light in the steering and gave good positive feed back to the drivers allowing extremely good corner exit speed- so important to reach a fast terminal speed before the next corner. Consequently, the decision was made to import a range of KnK karts and employ contract race drivers to actually put the KnK karts into full race conditions against the best of the best. Results from their initial events were outstanding with KnK drivers upstaging the big brand name karts and drivers time and time again at various race tracks around the country. That success continued with the achievement of many pole positions and other on-track success. In Malaysia last year the team used their KnK Dominator Evo twin-Honda-powered chassis at Langkawai race circuit with local drivers to evaluate the performance of the Dominator Evo. After a solid 24 hours of full on racing and winning the 24 hr race by a huge margin, all the KnK Team drivers applauded the designers and owners of KnK karts for producing a chassis that was “Simply the Best”. Since then we have continued on our winning ways in Singapore, India and Canada and now are set to launch into the Australian Enduro scene with our KnK Dominator Evo chassis. We are extremely confident with Adam and his KnK Race Team that podium results will be achieved with some hard work and good race strategy. From the great results Adam and Team produced during the 2009 year we are confident that from race one the KnK Team will be ‘on the money”.

11


ProKart ProKart Magazine

Issue 9: February 2010

Who are KnK Scuderia? Formed from what was the IPR (Ideal Place Racing) Scuderia team that competed in last year’s Queensland ProKart series, KnK Scuderia was named in recognition of the support provided by Guy Tingey and the team at KnK Asia Pacific. Formed from what was the IPR (Ideal Place Racing) Scuderia team that competed in last year’s Queensland ProKart series, KnK Scuderia was named in recognition of the support provided by Guy Tingey and the team at KnK Asia Pacific. Team founder Adam Clark heralds from a Clubman Sprint Kart background. The idea to join the ProKart series was raised in passing during a conversation one night and 3 weeks later, a 2nd hand chassis was on the way up from Sydney and by the next month they were a full team competing in the QLD Championship. Adam says, "It kind of snowballed, but the decision to join the ProKart Series is one I haven't regretted for one minute." Originally the team went through a few teething issues during the first part of the 2009 as many new teams do; "being 2.5 sec off the pace was very demoralising at first, and it really made us respect the top guys at what they do in regards to set up" Adam said.

Photo by Ian McMah

12


ProKart ProKart Magazine Photo by Ian McMah

By mid year, the Scuderia really started to pick up pace, and by the 24 hour race they impressed by finishing 7th Overall and 3rd in Division B on a very conservative strategy and despite pitting 4 times more than the minimum requirement. The rest of 2009 saw the IPR Scuderia Team never out of the top 10 and winning Division B at Toowoomba was definately the highlight of the year. "After that Toowoomba race, we all had decided that was it really. We had finished with ProKart and none of us knew what we were doing next. It wasn't until Christmas time we all were able to get together for a catch up, we all felt a hole was left, and after a chat we had decided to contest the 2010 and 2011 seasons, but this time, to do it properly. Immediately we started scouting potential chassis types, but once we met Guy from KnK we knew we were on a winner.” “Guy was keen to get the KnK brand into ProKart Australia, so a deal was soon struck! The weeks following were rather hectic, getting the chassis together, setting up a testing program and preparing for Race 1 in Gympie. Our first outing in the KnK we were immediately 1 sec quicker than our old chassis, and with plenty more tuning to go, we are confident to be nudging the top 5 by mid season" a confident Adam said. 2010 is purely a development year for KnK Scuderia, learning the new chassis, setups and strategies. They plan to contest the entire QLD Series and 3 of the 4 National rounds and in 2011 their plan is to contest all of the National rounds. As a team, KnK Scuderia are committed to expand ProKart’s QLD profile and raise awareness of the KnK Kart brand in Australia. FOR MORE INFORMATION on KnK KARTS contact Guy Tingey on 0405 477 717.

13


ProKart ProKart Magazine

Issue 9: February 2010

MITCH ENNIS Mitch Ennis is Adam's cousin. Aside from Managing the family business (Quality Home Furnishes), he is also a qualified commercial pilot and has even flown the team to a few of the races in his Piper! His attention to detail is 2nd to none he is rapidly developing into a quick and consistent driver. Job within the team: Engine and drive line maintenance, driver.

AARON KEANE Aaron Keane is an original driver from day 1! Very passionate about small details and great with feedback, he is a great test and development driver. He owns an ever expanding plumbing company (NEXUS Plumbing) on Brisbane's South Side. He too owns a dedicated track car, a Mazda RX7 which he uses for track days, hill climbs and sprints. Job within the team: Chassis tuning, testing, setup and documenting, driver.

14


ProKart ProKart Magazine

JASON APPLETON Jason Appleton, very fast, committed and never bends or scratches the kart! Perhaps a reflection of his years of tarmac rallies during 2005 - 2007 in which he companied an R34 GTR in such rallies as East Coast, Buller hill climb and the famous Targa Tasmania. He owns a popular import car yard in South Brisbane and he too has an RX7 track car. His works a lot with Aaron in chassis tuning. Job within the team: Chassis tuning, testing, setup and documenting, driver.

ADAM CLARK Adam is a founding member of the team who owns and operates a Real Estate business in Redcliffe, Queensland (Ideal Place Property Agents). Aside from ProKarts, Adam is passionate about all forms of motorsport and currently also owns and drives a Toyota Trueno that he uses for circuit sprints and track days. Loves getting behind a microphone or hyping the team up. Works a lot in building the teams profile. Job within the team: Manager, PR, Race Strategies, Pit stop director, driver.

15


ProKart ProKart Magazine

Issue 9: February 2010

Call CURT BOND...

16


ProKart ProKart Magazine

TECH TORQue!: REAR TAIL LIGHTS Simple to Build Kart Light - or Buy it Ready To Go In response to some concerns raised recently about the durability of bicycle lights as kart tail lights and the possibility of being black flagged for a faulty light, Prokarts Brian Jamieson has developed a simple and reliable light suitable for use on karts. It has no moving parts and a battery life proven to be in excess of a week and likely to be much much longer. It consists of a strip of LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) and a battery. It can be easily enclosed in a hobby box. The LED strips Brian has used can generate red, blue or green light. By combining all three you also get a white light. All components were bought from Jaycar. The photos show how simple the device is. To build your own simply solder the battery leads to the LED strip and plug in a battery. You can then either attach it to your kart as is (series debutant team SCR did the that on their way to 6th place at the opening round of the NSW series) or put it in the enclosure of your choice. It is that simple. If you don't want to build your own, Brian will have ready built lights for sale at race meetings throughout the year, including the first round of the Qld championship in Gympie. Cost will be $20 for the a light with an enclosure, $16 for the bare light and battery cap. A battery is included will all lights. 9 lights are currently on order for various karts and Brian will be experimenting with other applications for them on his TwoDogs kart. Maybe even brake lights??? Although they run successfully on any voltage from 9 volts to 32 volts, they are listed as 12 volt items. This means that if you run a 12 volt battery on your kart (for radios etc) you can provide power to the light directly from that battery. Brian will happily work with you to build a unit specifically for your needs. Watch future newsletters to see when the test light - currently running 24 hours a day 7 days a week - eventually manages to flatten the battery. Brian reckons early May.

Photo by Brian Jamieson

17


ProKart ProKart Magazine

RACE REPORT: COOLOOLA 7 Hour

18

Issue 9: February 2010


ProKart ProKart Magazine

Round 1 of the Powered by Honda ProKart Queensland Championship series was dominated by Team5150R, as they finished first in their practice sessions, qualified 1-2 and went on to win by 6 laps, capping off their weekend with fastest lap and a formation finish...

Photography: Ian McMah 19


ProKart ProKart Magazine

Issue 9: February 2010

REPORT: COOLOOLA 7 Hour Last weekend saw the Cooloola Coast Kart Club host Round 1 of the 2010 powered by Honda ProKart Australia Queensland Endurance Kart Championship at their magnificent Gympie Gold Raceway. A number of new teams joined the Queensland series for Round 1 of the 2010 series, including Team J.A.D and the Forty Fours, some of whom flew in from Adelaide just to drive in the event. As the team’s arrived at the Cooloola Coast Kart Club and commenced preparations for their first practice session it was clear that quite a number of teams had regrouped over the Christmas break and were approaching the 2010 season with a renewed sense of determination. KnK Scuderia are the 2010 iteration of last year’s Ideal Place Racing (IPR) Scuderia team and they showed their commitment to this season arriving with an all-new chassis and full team uniforms for all personnel; deservedly earning ProKart’s “Best Presented” award although with strong presentation from Team Faith (TF) ResiSales.com.au; the team from Frog Racing 101 and Team5150R among others, the standard of presentation was exceptionally high. In an ominous sign for their competition, both Team5150R karts completed only one of the two timed practice session, electing to sit out the second timed session and wait for qualifying before showing their ultimate pace. Closest to them in initial practice was the TF Resisales.com.au team of Phil Wallis, Scott Pearce, Greg Robinson and James Stevenson and qualifying looked like it could be a close contest with a half a dozen teams all posting competitive lap times in practice. Qualifying took place in a single 20 minute session and all teams took to the track immediately to post a time, as there was heavy cloud cover initially and a strong likelihood of rain.

Ultimately the weather held off and the #50 Team5150R kart qualified by Ian McMah won pole position with a 44.838, the fastest lap of the weekend until that point.

20


ProKart ProKart Magazine

Locking out the front row for Team5150R was Troy Corones, driving the team’s #51 chassis and posting a 45.266 to secure the outside front row and second on the grid. The second row was filled by the #27 MS Kart of TF Resisales.com.au, driven in this session by Phil Wallis, and the #661 Phoenix kart of PDS Grand Prix in 4th position. In 5th were BF Racing in their Azzurro, the Phantom team were 6th in their MS kart followed by KnK Scuderia in 7th, Frog Racing in 8th, J.A.D Racing in 9th and the Forty Fours team rounded out the Top Ten being unable to post a time due to a brake retaining bolt failure in the second practice session. With a damaged brake calliper, irreparable hydraulic brake hoses and no spare parts, it seemed very unlikely the team from Forty Fours would make the grid on Sunday morning… Sunday morning dawned and the weather looked more favourable than it had on Saturday, with only a mild cloud cover. Inclement weather can never be discounted at Cooloola however and the series has experienced rain at some point over the weekend at 3 of the last 4 meetings held at the venue. Consequently most teams prepared wet-weather tyres to ensure they were ready for any rain that may occur during the race. Remarkably, as karts rolled out for the race warmup, the number 44 kart of the Forty Four’s team was among them, circulating strongly despite their disastrous brake failure the day before. Trevor Smallacombe of the Forty Fours expressed his appreciation at the support shown by ProKart competitors as many teams offered parts, technical advice and moral support as they worked to repair their kart well into Saturday night. This season’s ProKart Endurance Championship features live streaming of all qualifying and race events and the Gympie 7 Hour at Gympie Gold Raceway was no exception. As the teams took to the starting grid the live National webcast began and the 2010 ProKart Queensland Championships were underway. Viewers who witnessed the start at the track or online at www.prokart.racertv.com.au saw Ian McMah in the #50 Team5150R kart draw away from the field to lead convincingly at the end of the first hour.

21


ProKart ProKart Magazine

Issue 9: February 2010

A strong battle ensued throughout the first hour as the #27 TF Resisales.com.au kart driven by Phil Wallis battled with the #661 entry of PDS Grand Prix, Carl Brown of PDS Grand Prix strongly contesting second place, the crowd entertained as the karts swapped positions a number of times with each driver jostling to secure position. After initially moving into 2nd at the start, the #51 kart driven by Troy Corones of Team5150R settled into 4th position, posting competitive lap times and waiting for the opportunity to capitalise on any mistakes from the karts ahead. Disaster struck the KnK Scuderia Team as one of their engines stalled on the grid, forcing team driver Jason Appleton to coax the #42 KnK Kart back to pitlane where the team immediately restarted the engine; which then rang strongly all through the event. At the completion of the ‘Gympie 7 Hour’ it was the #50 kart of Team5150R driven by Josh Townsend, Ian McMah and Luke Delaurence that dominated the event, leading every lap and finishing some 6 laps ahead of the field. To cap off what was a dominant display, team driver Luke Delaurence also set the fastest race lap with a 44.790. The # 51 Team 5150R, who had qualified second behind their team-mates, lost some ground on the leaders when they were hit with a stop/go penalty during the race for failing to stop at the pit lane exit, however ultimately they secured second place and the team of Steve Prokop, Troy Corones and Glenn Firth capped off a remarkable weekend for Team5150R with a formation 1-2 finish and maximum points as both Team5150R karts chase the Queensland Championship trophy. Recording a strong result in third place were Mark Johnson, Mark Maczek, Joel and Carl Brown in the #661 PDS Grand Prix Phoenix, finishing 2 laps behind second place having completed 524 laps over the 7-hour race distance and running competitively and reliably throughout; a hallmark of the PDS Grand Prix team. For the # 661 PDS Grand Prix team their third place finish was a great start to the year and the former ‘Gold Coast 12 Hour’ winners are hoping that this result is the start of what will be a strong 2010.

22


ProKart ProKart Magazine The # 2 Azzurro of BF Racing finished just off the podium in 4th place after completing 521 laps, with the #27 MSKart of TF ResiSales Racing rounding out the Top 5 finishers, after starting the race in 3rd position. It was a weekend of ‘what ifs’ for the Resisales outfit as they incurred two stop/go penalties for pit lane infringements during the ‘Gympie 7 Hour’, effectively losing a lap for each infringement. In 6th was the team from Phantom Racing in their #152 MS Kart from the #42 KnK Scuderia team who never quite recovered from losing an engine on the grid and then replacing brake pads mid-race due to excessive wear of their soft-compound pad material. They won’t repeat this mistake and with the KnK Scuderia team already finding over a second in improved performance this weekend it won’t be long before they’re contesting at the front of the field. Rounding out the finishers were the #101 Frog Racing BRM, the relatively new team travelling all the way from just north of Tamworth to compete in the Queensland series and having a very reliable and competitive run, consistently improving their lap times throughout the weekend to record a fastest lap time of 46.661, less than 2 seconds of the fastest lap of the weekend. In 8th were ProKart debutants J.A.D Racing in their #72 BRM, the team of Daniel Pownell, Anthony Hannam and John O'Hagan finishing just ahead of the #44 Forty Four Racing team who overcame all odds to finish the race circulating strongly despite their almost insurmountable challenges from the day before. The next round of the Queensland Championship is sure to be a titanic battle between a number of teams, many of whom will regroup after Round 1 and look to come back stronger, faster and even more determined to win. IAN MCMAH

23


ProKart ProKart Magazine

24

Issue 9: February 2010


ProKart ProKart Magazine

Photography: Katy McMah 25


ProKart ProKart Magazine

26

Issue 9: February 2010


ProKart ProKart Magazine

Photo by Ian McMah

27


ProKart ProKart Magazine

28

Issue 9: February 2010


ProKart ProKart Magazine

Photo by Ian McMah

29


ProKart ProKart Magazine

30

Issue 9: February 2010


ProKart ProKart Magazine

31


ProKart ProKart Magazine

32

Issue 9: February 2010


ProKart ProKart Magazine

Team5150R visit: THE BRUCE MCLAREN FESTIVAL

Photo: Hampton Downs (Google Earth)

33


ProKart ProKart Magazine

Issue 9: February 2010

Team5150R visit: THE BRUCE MCLAREN FESTIVAL Josh Townsend of Team5150R took the time to detail events as the crew from Team5150R (well most of them!) visited the magnificent Hampton Downs circuit in New Zealand for the inaugural Bruce McLaren Festival in late January, 2010... 21/01/2010 – 12:20pm The time has finally arrived, bags have been packed, reservations confirmed, we are finally ready to roll. Rizz (Troy Corones) and I have stocked up on our quota of sun and food for the day and are now at the airport, killing time before we jet out to Auckland. Armed with iPod, camera, Vintage Motorsport magazine and my moleskin pad, the flight shouldn’t be a complete bore. This proves to be T-roy’s first OS trip – he’s double checking everything is in order, a combination of nervousness and pure excitement of what the weekend is about to bring. Our excitement is only fuelled by the front cover of the current Vintage Motorsport magazine which sports the stunning Penske McLaren M6A. Sunoco sponsored, the beast is gorgeous and provides a taste of the 800hp – unmuffled beasts we are flying to see. The airport is largely empty but of course some young kids are looking to cause a ruckus right next to where we sit. T-roy makes a run for the newsagent for respite, while I decide to put the moleskin down and read about the Foyt vs. Andretti rivalry through the 60s and 70s. 22/01/2010 – 12:20am Coolangatta to Sydney to Auckland and after clearing customs Rizz and I proceed through the fanfare of people awaiting our flight. We spot my mum and dad and pile into the renta car. I spring the question to dad: ‘So what’s the city like?’ ‘F*^ked’ Oh – this is interesting, ‘So you won’t be coming back?’ ‘Oh no, NZ is lovely, but this city – well, I don’t know where it belongs.’ Clearly Dad’s had enough. 22/01/2010 – 9:00am We make our way from the hotel to Hampton Downs – the weather is likely to be patchy all day, that doesn’t worry us as long as it doesn’t worry the cars. I take my first real glances of NZ as we spot the track from the highway and head in. Walking through the front gate we are greeted by a mock Austin Powers and a bevy of similarly attired women. I’m a little disappointed that we’re not dressed in theme – however that’s been saved for Saturday and Sunday. Quickly however I shift my attention from the crumpet to the track. The main straight isn’t straight; it’s curved to the right, ala Brands Hatch or a mirrored Sao Paulo. I look further to find a number of undulating corners and well placed spectator areas – mmm…. this place is correct. My vision darts to the right as a Mach 1 Mustang addresses the front stretch and all of the Boss 302 is unleashed, thundering past the pit lane – which is now chokers with Formula 5000’s, mmmm…. this place is very correct. The next hour is an orgasmic experience for the eyes and ears. The small block V8 powered F5000’s roar around the track, coupled with a sprinkling of ex McLaren F1 cars. We venture to the exit of the Turn 5 hairpin – the view encapsulates the braking zone of turn 5, where the road undulates and falls away as the corner radius increasingly tightens to the left. From here you’re standing about 5 metres higher than the cars as they squeeze the power down out of the 2nd gear turn, 3rd, 4th – nearly 5th, then jump back on the brakes, back to 2nd for a long right hander onto the straight. You lose sight of the cars for a moment but then regain vision as they rip through the gears and negotiate some almost strategically placed bumps and humps in the track. At this point the cars are at head height, providing dolby surround sound – unmuffled V8 noise – it’s awesome. Kenny Smith is having a real go and is making most look silly – my camera comes out and tries to capture the excitement. This is Day 1 – how on earth can I survive the next 2 days as well!!

34


ProKart ProKart Magazine

Photo: Josh Townsend

35


ProKart ProKart Magazine

Issue 9: February 2010

1pm The program enjoys a lunch break so Rizz and I hit the pit area and sideshow alley. The public is free to navigate all of the pit area and even wander down pit lane. We paw our way through the Formula 5000 cars first, admiring their basic but brutal style. Several of the cars are receiving mechanical attention post practice 1, I take the opportunity to grab some snaps whilst inlet trumpets are off. After moving through the 37 different F5000 cars we meander past the McLaren M23 of Denny Hulme and M26 of James Hunt – the refinement of the F1 cars provide a fantastic contrast, yet complimentary aspect against the F5000’s. I must admit I’m a sucker for the extra few numbers on the tacho and can’t help but feel like a kid in a candy store. The final area of the pit lane provides space for the Can-Am cars. Aside from the F5000s, the Can-Am is the events’ main drawcard and features numerous McLaren M1’s, M6’s, an M12 and a March 717, amongst others. The March 717 is by far the biggest Can-Am car in the field – the thing is of ’74 vintage and is enormous – but that’s not really a problem when you have 8.8litres of big block chevy powering you. The matt-black trumpets contrast the light blue exterior that’s draped over the chassis and monstrous tyres. The signature of Takuma Sato adorns the driver’s door - fresh from his drive at Goodwood 2009. We leave the pit lane and loop through the rest of the paddock. We ‘ooohh’ and ‘ahhh’ at cars such as the Moffat Capri, a 275 GB Ferrari, T-Birds, an AMX and various Jags. Finally we enter the ‘Bruce McLaren Trust’ tent. The tent contains numerous tributes to Bruce and memorabilia of his career. 2 cars are spotted at the back of the tent and a ‘B-Line’ is made. Our thoughts are confirmed as we’re now standing immediately in front of Denny Hulmes’ McLaren M8A and the McLaren F1 road car. Both are absolute car pornography, with dollar values to match. We drool over the McLaren orange, subtly placed decals of sponsors Goodyear and Gulf, the trademark blue #5 on a white background and the running writing font of the drivers’ name, and of course – the 8 monster trumpets designed to feed copious amounts of air into the 7 litre V8 behind the drivers head. I stagger over to the F1 to appreciate its elegance and seemingly timeless lines. It is an extremely impressive car and even moreso when considering its age, but I am drawn back to the M8A – simply stunning. Overcome with excitement, we visit the merch stand and purchase goods as though they’re going to sell out in 5mins – model cars, umbrella’s, books – they’re lapped up void of conscious thought but rather only limited by how quickly we can get our wallets out. Ahh, I’m exhausted, like a kid at Easter, everything has been consumed far too quickly, but I just can’t help it – this is what it’s all about.

Photo: Josh Townsend

36


ProKart ProKart Magazine

Photo: Josh Townsend

37


ProKart ProKart Magazine

Issue 9: February 2010

3pm Mum asks Dad: ‘Did you wanna go back to the hotel?’ ‘No’ ‘Oh….. I thought you’d be getting tired?’ ‘Josh, get your mum a coffee!’ Gold – Dad clearly not ready for home time. 4:40pm The day’s action wraps up and we head back to the hotel. Dad makes a mockery of the Saker parked in the car park – not a fan. 23/01/2010 7:30am We walk into the coffee shop across from the hotel and find our fly-in compadres – Steve, Luke and Glenn. Handshakes allround before comments are offered regarding our attire, as today Rizz and I are dressed in theme – 1960’s fashion at it’s finest. I’ve opted for a navy blazer, pink patterned tie, blue-grey trousers and snake skin shoes Rizz is looking like he’s ready for the local discothèque with a big collared shirt and stylish tan patterned trousers. The boys leave us to don their apparel – Steve a sky blue safari suit and Glenn a greyish safari suit – killer. The old man offers a raised eyebrow with regards to our fashion as we jump in the renta’s and head out. 9:00am In the gates and Austin is waiting for us with his ladies, Marylyn Munroe and a roller waitress. All of them are stoked to see we’ve gone with the theme, in fact Firthy is struggling to get in the gate with Marylyn clearly taking a liking to the Team 5150R new comer. We watch the Formula 3, Formula Junior’s and Invited Sports Cars before heading into the Bruce McLaren Trust tent. My old man heads straight to the merch stand to buy a commemorative piece of tub from the McLaren M8B, whilst Steve also has his eye on a collectors item of sorts – a $50 brick! We drag Steve out in time to watch the 1960 – 1970 Saloon Car race as we workshop idea’s on what number brick Steve should buy. To be fair to Steve, I’ll add some context to the brick – there are only 100 of these bricks and they’re all from the McLaren family garage in Auckland – originally operated by Bruce’s dad. Numbers 4 & 5 were gone (race numbers of Bruce and Denny respectively) as was #1 (Dan Gurney whilst steering for McLaren in the Can-Am) – I can’t exactly remember why, but number 10 was deemed correct, and the $50 brick purchased. In a stroke of luck, Bruce’s sister, Jan, was virtually standing next to us in tent, so the brick was autographed. A job well done. 2:00pm We find ourselves a vantage point for the F5000’s and grin like Cheshire cats as the capacity field roars around the circuit. Ken Smith takes a convincing win after Chris Hyde in the McRae succumbs to mechanical dramas. Somewhat exhausted we sit on the grassed hill that follows turn 5 and 6 and watch more of the support categories. Steve can’t help but get down to the fence to see the Capri and ‘Sidchrome Imp’ in action – their respective drivers are working hard behind the wheel – 1 at the front, the other at the rear of the field. The historic Formula Fords close the days racing and we head home. 7:00pm We rendezvous for dinner. Steve informs us his adventure through souvenir shops for business socks has proven unfruitful as we wander down to the Harbor. A few bottles of wine and beer later we all shamelessly admit to the dominance motorsport has on our lives – whether it be drifting the shopping trolley at Coles, downchanging and apexing the halls and corridors of work and home, or just generally having no time for any other serious hobbies – it seems we’re all obscenely obsessed. T-roy is calling for more wine, so we leave the restaurant. The night before I had spotted a bar titled ‘Fox’ – a nickname bestowed to Firthy upon his arrival at Team 5150R. We head in only to find a balding homosexual dressed in some form of golden outfit which did not embrace the concept of a shirt. He may have been on a bucks, or part of some weird Bruno promotion – but we weren’t giving him the chance, and left posthaste – grilling Firthy on the goings-on of his establishment.

38


ProKart ProKart Magazine Photo: Josh Townsend

39


ProKart ProKart Magazine

Photo: Josh Townsend

40

Issue 9: February 2010


ProKart ProKart Magazine We arrive at another bar – ‘Wine Rizz?’ ‘No thanks mate’ ‘Beer?’ ‘No, I’m right’ – someone has hit the off button on rizz and he has gone from wanting bottles of wine, to nothing at all. We wax on who will win championships in 2010 – Whincup, Tander and Winterbottom are 3 consistent names in the V8’s, beating out the ‘heart’ options of Lowndes and Courtney. WRC is Loeb, Indycar produces great debate, ‘Helio’, ‘nah, Brisco will do it this year’, ‘Nope, Franchitti for 2 in a row’, ‘Power’. Nascar is again Jimme Johnson, but with Jeff Gordon and Smoke to keep him honest – Ambrose to be on the cusp of the Chase. We stop short on Moto GP and F1 as we change venues – however the conversation and night drops off as ice-cream and final beers are consumed. 24/01/2010 7:30am Again we’re up early, muesli and coffee for breaky, and then we’re off to the track. Mum and Dad drop Rizz and I off and continue to Hamilton for the day. Once again Rizz and I are decked out in clothes of the era, and again as we we enter, plenty of admiring smiles and nods are received. The timetable is much the same as yesterday so we settle into our routine: Formula 5000’s at the exit of turn 5, 1960-1970 Touring Cars at turn 3 to watch the escort lift it’s inside front wheel and Can-Am from the Bruce McLaren VIP area – well, that’s the plan for me, but Rizz, Steve and Glen have spotted a book signing with Jan McLaren, Phil Kerr and others. They forgo some of the racing action to grab signatures, photo’s and share stories. It looks a little-like a sheppard and his sheep as Phil Kerr walks around, at about 6”4, bright yellow Yardley McLaren jacket on, with Steve, Rizz and Glen in-tow. 12:00pm Lunch break and we wander through the paddock a final time as some aerial acrobatics amuse the crowd. Steve somehow seems to know half the paddock by now. We gravitate to the Repco Brabham of the great Sir Jack. A chap stands in front of the car armed with a felt tip pen and a moleskin and is sketching the car fantastically. Steve cheekishly leans in and tells him he’s missed a spot before complimenting him on his work. 2:00pm Showtime – the 15 lap final for the Formula 5000’s. For something different we opt to stand in the grandstand @ turn 4. From here you can see the cars turn into turn 2, run through 3, accelerate sharply before back to the picks, downchange to either 1st or 2nd for the hairpin right of 4, then plant the horsepower down on the run to 5. We nickname the corner ‘Siberia 2’ as it’s as windy and cold as buggery. Rizz graciously phones his old man as the F5000’s have their roll up laps – he desperately wanted his old man to come to NZ and couldn’t – so he did his best to share the ‘big noise’ via telephone. The race gets underway and Ken Smith chips away at getting a lead. The guys at the front are running hard, whilst after the top 10 you can see many just battling for survival, a long weekend is starting to take its toll. The race is largely uneventful as Kenny walks away and leaves 2nd – 5th to squabble amongst themselves, but it’s fantastic all the same. Glen, Steve and Luke bid us farewell for some sightseeing while Rizz and I head down to turn 2 for the touring cars. 3:30pm Rizz and I take a seat in the main straight grandstand for the final demo laps, it’s the 1 vantage spot we haven’t tried and with our lift arriving in 30min, now was our last chance. Again, the BRM V12 howled, the Yardley and Marlboro McLaren’s screamed the refined note of F1 and for the first and only time of the weekend, the Peter Revson McLaren indycar roared into life. A fitting sign off to a fantastic weekend.

41


ProKart ProKart Magazine

42

Issue 9: February 2010


ProKart ProKart Magazine L to R: Glenn Firth, Random, Troy Corones, Steve Prokop, Josh Townsend, randon

43


ProKart ProKart Magazine

Photo: Josh Townsend

44

Issue 9: February 2010


ProKart ProKart Magazine

45


ProKart ProKart Magazine

46

Issue 9: February 2010


ProKart ProKart Magazine

Photo: Josh Townsend

47


ProKart ProKart Magazine

Issue 9: February 2010

Driver Profile: Adam Briggs Team: Age: Lives: Career: First racing memory:

First Race attended: First race competed in: First car: Racing Idol: Favourite tracks (that you’ve visited):

48

Adrenalin Rush Karting (ARK) #86 20 Lismore NSW Automotive parts sales 1991 Bathurst. parents were amazed at how good it keep me quite...only one problem i expected the same entertainment the very next. i was reported to have been quite upset when the race didn’t appear on TV the next day. 1997 young guns at Lismore. which was also a round of the driver to Europe series. I think Adam Graham won? i had a go kart 3 months later at the age of 7 1998 Lismore January club day; a night meeting... which doesn’t happen at Lismore anymore. 1975 Toyota corolla Michael Schumacher

Favourite music? Listen to:

Ipswich pre make over. Gympie (Cooloola). The old Gold Coast street track in the Broadwater car park. Grafton (I really really want to race a Prokart race there ** hint hint **) [Ed: we could if they’d let us use the track] Coldplay, and bunch of various random bits Aside from music... Tom Armstrong. Alan on occasions.

My Favourite things... Drink: Colour: Number: Food: Ice Cream: Movie: Race Car:

Pasito, Coke Black. if you haven’t already noticed 72 Pasta Chocolate The matrix Trilogy or Star wars...yep; I’m a nerd Toyota LM GT1 2000


ProKart ProKart Magazine

Photo: Chris van Rensburg

49


ProKart ProKart Magazine

Photo: Ian McMah

50

Issue 9: February 2010


ProKart ProKart Magazine

RACE REPORT: WOLLONGONG 1000 51


ProKart ProKart Magazine

Issue 9: February 2010

REPORT: WOLLONGONG 1000 THE JETS DO IT AGAIN Defending NSW Champions, # 1 Jets Motorsport, signalled their intentions in 2010 by winning the Wollongong 1000 last Sunday at Wollongong City Raceway in what was the opening round of the Powered by Honda ProKart Australia NSW Endurance Kart Championship. Formerly known as the Wollongong City Raceway Jets, the # 1 Jets Motorsport team handled the wet and dry track conditions with pure class and at the fall of the chequered flag the current National Champions were the only ones to complete the 1000 lap distance. In what was a gallant fight back former National and NSW Champions # 6 Team Kaos picked up a second place finish after they had completed a total of 995 laps of the 570 metre Wollongong City Raceway circuit. Earlier in the race Team Kaos took a gamble with the weather when they switched to wet weather tyres prematurely and it in the end robbed them of a better chance of taking the winners spoils. # 82 Team SPR showed great speed throughout the Wollongong 1000 to finish third (994 laps) on the podium and were unlucky to be crippled in the latter stages of the race by a mechanical issue that denied them the chance of a higher finish.

Photo: file image (Ian McMah)

52


ProKart ProKart Magazine

Photo: file image (Ian McMah)

In what is their second year in ProKart Australia competition Team SPR are certainly going to be a serious threat this year to the leading contenders. Just outside the podium finishers in fourth place (991 laps) was # 23 Bells Pipes Racing and they remained consistent during both the wet and dry track conditions and were rewarded with a solid result. After what was without a doubt their strongest ever performance in ProKart Australia competition; # 88 All Birt Racing had crossed the finish line in the Wollongong 1000 originally in fourth place with 996 completed laps, but weighed in 0.4kgs under and were docked 10 laps. This heartbreakingly dropped them from fourth place down to sixth. This moved #14 Two

Dogs Racing using an F1 chassis into the Top 5, coming close to equalling their best ever result of fourth. The remainder of the Top 10 finishes of the Wollongong 1000 were full of tales of dramas and included # 2 SCR (981 laps), # 88 All Birt Racing (981 laps), # 71 KBC Racing (980 laps), # 21 Walkos Racing (978 laps) and in 10th was # 777 Horsepower Racing (975 laps). Both # 21 Walkos Racing and # 777 Horsepower Racing were considered genuine contenders heading into the Wollongong 1000 event but they were hampered by a few dramas that spoiled their chances of a better result. # 86 Adrenalin Rush Karting team qualified for the Wollongong 1000 in a solid second place behind # 6 Team Kaos, but when the race came around they couldn’t take a trick and finished well out of contention down in 17th place with 925 completed laps. The second round of the NSW Championship is to be held in conjunction with the opening round of the National Championship on Saturday, March 20 was Eastern Creek International Karting Raceway (Blacktown, NSW). The distance is going to be a 6 Hour event.

53


ProKart ProKart Magazine

54

Issue 9: February 2010


ProKart ProKart Magazine

PROFILE: Kbc Racing 55


ProKart ProKart Magazine

Issue 9: February 2010

KBC RACING Base: Team Principal: Sponsor: Drivers:

Race Manager: Chassis: Debut: Number of Events: Race Wins: Best Position: Podiums: Pole Positions: Fastest Laps: Team Philosophy: Target for 2010:

56

Kiama NSW Kevin ( Killer ) Mikilewicz KBC Contracting Kevin Mikilewicz Gary ( Emu ) Emr Laurance Tonitto Ian ( spanner man ) Caldwell-Smith David Delaney 06 Benson Canberra 2007 Qual 20, Finish 6th 10 0 2nd place 3 0 0 To do the absolute best we can do with what we have. A race win.


ProKart ProKart Magazine

Wollongong 1000 7th February 2010 The Killer Report: When you wake up on race morning and it’s been raining for 24 hours and it’s still raining, you know that you have an adventurous day in front of you. Ours turned out to be more adventurous than planned. Prokart did a very good job of getting the track into a race ready condition. When I saw the track on Friday afternoon there was 150mm of water over some areas and more rain to come. Drizzle persisted into practice and everyone rolled the karts out on wets. Some did a lot of laps, we did 3 or 4 laps with each driver, where happy with the balance and chose to save the best of the wets for the race. Late in practice the track was drying slightly and the official call came over regarding tyres for qualifying. We were to start the race on the same tyre that you qualified on. We chose slicks, most chose wets. There were a couple of different plays, the most notable was ARK’s. As I understand it, they started qualifying on wets, posted their best time and then changed to slicks before the end of the session and subsequently finished qualifying on slicks. A clever play perhaps but the officials didn’t like it and a rear of grid start was the result. We qualified 10th but by the time penalties were dished out and some teams volunteering to start from the back and change the rubber we started in P6. Race start and with a track drying before your eyes we were feeling good about our tyre choice. A mixed tyre field and a still wet track created a very interesting opening 10 laps with karts going in all direction. The track was drying though and the dry tyre was clearly the faster option. Those that chose wets were feeling some pain. Prior to the race meeting we had only a short shakedown session for the kart and with all the rain in the lead up were unable to get a proper test in. Given that we have been out of the game for 12 months my expectation was that we would be off the pace. Not the case, the kart was very balanced, easy to drive, and quick. Not race winning quick, but only a couple of tenths away and if the spacers between the engines and the steering wheel did their job we were a solid chance for a podium. Looks good so far doesn’t it?? Lap 320 odd, engine starts free revving and it sound like a dropped chain but turned out to be a lost clutch retaining bolt and keyway. Simple failure, but very costly, dropping us some 15 laps. The rest of the race was catch up mode with some rain periods to spice things up. We chose to stay out on slicks for all of these and I think this was the best play on the day. The kart was otherwise reliable and stayed very consistent throughout the race but with a longish brake peddle in the last hour. We closed back to finish 8th which turned into 7th when one of the karts ahead was underweight. Can you please amend my report to show that we finished 8th and not 7th as stated. As it turns out the penalty to Kart 88 for being underweight did not bump them below us despite earlier claculations saying that it did. None of us have raced for 12 months ,the whole team was a little rusty and we made a few beginner mistakes as a result. Those mistakes and the mechanical failure are the things that we can improve on. The positives for us are the speed and balance of the kart. Is it enough to challenge the Jets?? Maybe, but we would need all of our ducks in a row and maybe one of their ducks to be a little wobbly. We have all year to find out. Thank you to all of our team members for their efforts, commitment and never say die attitude.

Killer 57


ProKart ProKart Magazine

Issue 9: February 2010

(L to R): Gary (Emu, fast, hungry and not afraid of fences); Jan Kate ( Kev/Killer’s daughter, future race driver, curre David (Team manager and radio man, always lookin Note : Not in the picture is Gary's son Corey who is a becom inclusion in our line up.

58


ProKart ProKart Magazine

nette (Killer’s wife, chief of finance and controller of all things); Kev (Killer) searcher of all things good and fast. ently in charge of all things fashion); Ian (Two Dads, spanner man and rock solid drive man); ng for more); Laurance (Long standing competitor turned team mate, the fastest cake man on the south coast) ming an integral member of the team. He has started racing J's and once his race craft is more proven he will be a very welcome

59


ProKart ProKart Magazine

Issue 9: February 2010

The FUTURE OF PROKART

60


ProKart ProKart Magazine 2010 will continue to bring ongoing development across many aspects of our series, all designed to take ProKart Endurance karting to a level never seen before in Australia and potentially surpassing any karting series in the country for promotion, participation, value, exposure and enjoyment. We already have all race and qualifying sessions broadcast live via the internet and shortly this will be available in FULL HD via a satellite link, enabling full resolution images to be streamed via the internet. We also continue to evaluate and develop; • • • • •

New Bodywork Lighting packages for karts Television packages to increase series exposure and promotion New mufflers to increase performance and durability whilst improving sound quality More durable and cost effective clutches, chains and sprockets

Given the series will have what essentially amounts to a TV broadcast package online (details of which will be announced shortly), in the mid-term it is likely we will adopt fullbodywork to ensure the karts are readily visible (and your sponsors are gaining appropriate exposure) from each camera angle during the broadcast. One of the exciting opportunities presented by full bodywork is the addition of headlights and tail lights, to enhance the broadcast experience—particularly in low light or at night when traditional bodywork is difficult to see. When this bodywork is introduced it will likely be introduced as an “Elite” class. Rest assured all ProKart competitors will receive advance notice with plenty of lead time should a change be implemented. ProKart are currently investigating and testing a package of measures including new chains and sprockets to compliment a more durable and affordable clutch, different mufflers which are no more expensive than the ones currently in use but are more durable, offer increased performance (reportedly already around 0.5s per lap at Wollongong) and sound dramatically better. As exciting as these developments are; most importantly ProKart are aware that changes cannot be introduced in an ad-hoc or poorly timed manner and will keep competitors regularly updated as developments continue. ProKart has never had a brighter or more exciting future!

61


ProKart ProKart Magazine

62

Issue 9: February 2010


ProKart ProKart Magazine

63


ProKart ProKart Magazine

Issue 9: February 2010

WHO ARE DYNAMITE RACING? Find out next issue...

64


ProKart ProKart Magazine

65


ProKart ProKart Magazine

66

Issue 9: February 2010


ProKart ProKart Magazine

Did you know… Did you know Tourette Syndrome (TS) affects 1 in 100 boys and 1 in 300 girls? TS is now recognised to be relatively common but under recognised, and a major cause of hidden disability. TS is a Neurological disorder characterised by rapid, repetitive and involuntary muscle movements and vocalisations called “tics”, and often involves behavioural difficulties. Tics tend to come in bursts or "bouts". These periods are called waxing and waning cycles. In essence the brain is over stimulated with an excess of neurotransmitters that bypass the filters in the brain which would normally be used to control one’s movement, thoughts, emotions and actions. TS is NOT degenerative, and people with TS can expect to live a normal life span. It most often begins between the ages of 2 and 21, and lasts throughout life in varying degrees of severity. TS is considered incurable, but treatable. TS symptoms may range from mere aggravation to severe debilitation. The aim of the TSAA is to spread knowledge of what Tourettes is, as well as ask for understanding and acceptance in the community and to undo the social stigma created by misinformation. Recent studies have found that Tourettes affects 1% of the population, where it was once thought to be a rare condition. This is not due to any increase of TS but to the fact more people are being recognised and diagnosed as having TS. Many medical professionals still know very little about TS. Correct diagnosis is important to children with TS so they can access the right management strategies to help them reach their full potential in life. TSAA offers telephone and email support, as well as resource materials to assist families, doctors and educators. Educators do not need to be experts, but a certain level of familiarity with the most common difficulties is essential, so as part of our Education Awareness Program we are offering every school in Australia a FREE DVD called ’What is Tourette Syndrome?.’ Contact TSAA and one will be sent FREE! We have a wealth of materials available as well as personal experience with TS. 67


ProKart ProKart Magazine

KEEPING THE FAITH

68

Issue 9: February 2010


ProKart ProKart Magazine

TEAM PROFILE: TF RESISALES.com.au WALLIS RACING

69


ProKart ProKart Magazine

Issue 9: February 2010

After an initial foray into the ProKart series in 2008, Phil Wallis’ RESISALES.COM.AU team took to the track last year, competing in the Queensland Championships and finishing a well-deserved 3rd. Competing in an MS Kart, Phil Wallis remained the mainstay of the team as it searched for codrivers, often sourcing talent from the most unlikely of places. Phil’s advocacy of sourcing drivers from online internet simulation races is fast becoming ProKart folklore. Phil was fortunate enough to receive support from the team at RESISALES.COM.AU, a new real estate agency in Port Macquarie who are working to develop a new standard for real estate sales via the internet. With low costs to purchasers and sellers alike, RESISALES.COM.AU provide a superior online real estate experience.

In addition to their business interests, the team at RESISALES.COM.AU are dedicated to supporting local talent. It is with this philosophy that they extended support to the team from Wallis Racing. In addition to RESISALES, further support is being provided by their sister company, COMMERCIALREALESTATE.COM.AU. Aside from supporting Wallis Racing in the Australian ProKart Endurance Series, COMMERCIALREALESTATE.COM.AU also support the likes of George Miedecke who is currently heading to the United States to race with the same team Marcos Ambrose currently competes with.

SCOTT PEARCE Scott Pearce has been with resisales from day one, he manages motor revo a motorcycle shop in Ipswich. Scott has raced karts since he was 16 and aside from prokart races speedway karts and a 125 leopard knk kart, he scored a second at the 09 Qld state tittles. Due to a busy work/racing schedule Scott in the past has only been able to do a handfull of prokart events, but hopes this will change this year, in the resisales team Scott likes to joke around with the other drivers that his only job is to drive, but loves to lend a hand, to not only his team but others as well. When he’s not around bikes or karts he enjoys spending time with his beautiful daughter Zara.

JAMES STEVENSON

70


ProKart ProKart Magazine

Resi Sales was established in order to provide an alternative and cost-effective means of selling residential real estate. By contrast with websites maintained by other real estate agents, Resi Sales offers a unique and innovative means of selling residential real estate. The Resi Sales system relies entirely on web & print media to promote sales and marketing of the various properties listed and cuts out the usual agents costs of maintaining a high street office, display window and front office staff - traditionally passed on to the buyer and seller through agent's commission. This means a huge reduction in the level of commission charged on the sale of residential real estate thereby enabling both buyer and seller to benefit from those savings. The web based marketing and advertising facility offered by this website not only enables purchasers within a particular area to view all potential properties for sale within a given residential area but also to take advantage of the electronic format to view location maps and have far greater access to different images of, and details about, the various properties listed for sale. We believe that Resi Sales is the start of a quiet revolution in selling houses in the 21st century. We welcome you to be a part of that revolution. The Commercial Real Estate Australia website was established by a group of Commercial property owners for the purpose of providing a straightforward and alternative means of advertising commercial property for lease and for sale. any thing else I could say mate

PHIL WALLIS

GREG ROBERTSON Greg robertson is a new addition to Team ResiSales for season 2010. Hailing from the Gold Coast, this is Greg's first foray into competitive karting and is absolutely thrilled to be a part of Team ResiSales and the Prokart Endurance series. Greg's a steel installer / rigger by day working all for Metal Matrix over South East Qld, as well as an accomplished musician for the past 15 years. 2010 has seen Greg semi retire from the music world to chase a lifelong dream of particiapting in motor racing and is ready to give 100% to his team and the series as a whole.

71


ProKart ProKart Magazine

72

Issue 9: February 2010


ProKart ProKart Magazine Left to right: James Stevenson, Scott Pearce, Greg Robertson and team principal Phil Wallis (seated)

73


ProKart ProKart Magazine

Issue 9: February 2010

Proudly supporting PDS Grand Prix

Contact Us: PDS Strategic PO Box 716 Spring Hill, Qld 4004 Ph: +61 07 3139 1695 Mobile: 0404 460 453 74


ProKart ProKart Magazine

In our next issue... •

Features: RacerTV

Race Reviews: Nationals FROM Eastern Creek

Driver Profile: Troy Corones

All the latest ProKart news and much more…

All submissions welcomed imcmah05@gmail.com 75

ProKart e-Magazine: Issue 2, 2010  

February edition of the ProKart Australian Endurance Championships e-Mag

Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you