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THE CIK FIA EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP IS CONFIRMING TO BE ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING IN THE HISTORY OF KARTING. After Hajek’s win (Kosmic/Vortex) in Zuera

the KZ final is expected to be breathtaking thanks to Ardigò, Hajek and Iglesias being very close. Also the European championship of the new born OK class is more surprising than ever. In Zuera, the final won by Karol Basz (Kosmic/Vortex) has lived memorable moments. The potential on the track at the moment is really fantastic. We’re going to see some incredible things are in store! CLOSE UP

MARTA GARCIA / BREANNA MORRIS

TRACK TEST TELEMETRY 60 MINI

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from the editor For about ten years now, KZ has been the queen class of karting, the only class that has covered the role of representing the most captivating aspect of this sport discipline, and therefore it is the most credible and exciting in a context of karting competition also thanks to the preference of drivers who have made the history of karting backed by an engine, which is wellperforming and the most reliable too. Also on the French track in Essay, the scene of the first round of the Cik Fia European Championship, KZ is the most exciting class and Ardigò is the best on the scene. This truth has been in some way undermined by another engine, the OK, which is just as good; it' s the most powerful direct drive engine around that debuted just after in Spain (where this class was racing the MARTA GARCIA / BREANNA MORRIS first round of the European Championship together with the OKJ and KZ). We were aware that this engine was fast, but so much as to pay only 6 tenths to KZ is an amazing result. However, it' s not just a question of speed: the direct drive ± t he karting school teaches us ± i s a vehicle, which is the most appropriate for forming pilots because you have to pay more attention and have the sensitivity to be able to go fast from the first to the last lap. We all know that the KZ, in case of distractions, allows you to make up better. This situation leads to believe that there' s a better future ahead as far as international karting is concerned. We now have the requirements for promoting and choosing tomorrow' s champions. From promotional policies to brand Trophies that help to improve the approach to kart racing, and on to the more important and formative requested by the Cik Fia, powered by the new OK engine that has confirmed the production chain that culminates to have, once again, very competitive gear class karts. A production line that will form lots of young drivers in a matter of few years, drivers who will be ready to reward the spectators with exciting driving on any occasion, the sort we have seen during the OK final in Zuera. Then maybe we won' t be so surprised when someone like Max Verstappen wins the F1 at the age of 18. We now have the requirements to be able to decide on whom to bet and set up a good breeding ground for drivers. Marta Garcia, up from the Academy, has made her debut in OK this year and she took podium after duelling with world champions Karol Basz and 2014 title winner, Tom Joyner. These are important and significant signals, not just a chance wins. So, at last there will be the long awaited generational change, and it won' t be just KZ who is going to benefit from it, but also the single seater who can enter young drivers ready to fight for important goals in their championship.

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THE CIK FIA EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP IS CONFIRMING TO BE ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING IN THE HISTORY OF KARTING. After Hajek’s win (Kosmic/Vortex) in Zuera

the KZ final is expected to be breathtaking thanks to Ardigò, Hajek and Iglesias being very close. Also the European championship of the new born OK class is more surprising than ever. In Zuera, the final won by Karol Basz (Kosmic/Vortex) has lived memorable moments. The potential on the track at the moment is really fantastic. We’re going to see some incredible things are in store! CLOSE UP

KARTING

TRACK TEST TELEMETRY 60 MINI

TELEME... TRICKS

DRIVER PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS PT.2

TECHNICAL SIDE OFF THE CUFF

VINTAGE LEON RIPPY

LEGENDARY KARTS MASSIMILIANO ORSINI’S 1995 SWISS HUTLESS

EVOLUTION OF SPECIES

Giuliano Ciucci Giuliani

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CONTENTS JUNE 2016 14

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EDITORIAL SPECIAL MAD MAX VROOMBOX LEGENDARY KARTS MASSIMILIANO ORSINI’S 1995 SWISS HUTLESS 92 VINTAGE LEON RIPPY 97 #VROOMMAG 98 2016 INTERNATIONAL RACING CALENDAR

NEWS 6 MONDOKART CLOSE UP 20 KARTING VS FORMULA 26 ROK STAR 28 BEAUTIFUL TROUBLE

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RACE REPORTS 30 CIK-FIA EUROPEAN KZ, OK & OK JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS – ZUERA (ESP) 42 WSK SUPER MASTER SERIES – ADRIA (ITA) 46 ROTAX MAX EUROCHALLENGE – CASTELLETTO (ITA) 52 X30 EURO SERIES – CASTELLETTO (ITA) 54 DKM – WACKERSDORF (GER) 58 ROTAX MAX ASIA CHALLENGE – SELANGOR (MAL) 62 BNL KARTING SERIES – GENK (BEL)

TECHNICAL SIDE 70 TRACK TEST TELEMETRY 60 MINI 78 TELEMETRICKS DRIVER PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS – PT.2 82 TECHNICAL SIDE OFF THE CUFF

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SWS World Final 2016

TERRIFIC ALLOCATIONS FOR A MEMORABLE EVENT Flagship event of the Sodi World Series will once again take place at Racing Kart de Cormeilles circuit near Paris, on 7th- 9th July 2016. Two hindered and eighty drivers from all five continents will compete in the 7th edition of the SWS World Finals. Intense competition on programme along with exclusive entertainment and unique prizes. In 2015, the Sodi World Series enabled 35,000 drivers to compete in over 3,000 races all over the world with 220 partner circuits; launched in 2009 by Sodikart, this concept has continued to grow on every continent. The secret of such success is based on the quality of Sodi Rental karts as well as impeccable joint organisation at all the SWS certified circuits. With driving pleasure as the main aim in a unique sporting and festive atmosphere, plus an essential dose of fair play, the 2016 SWS World Final is preparing to host the 280 qualified drivers from the Sodi World Series season from more than 30 countries. Besides traditionally represented like France, Italy, Belgium, Canada and the United Arab Emirates this time there are several newcomers like China, Costa Rica, Slovakia Lebanon and Morocco. With the know-how of 3MK Events and RKC, the sporting schedule of the event will allow everyone to give free rein to their passion for karting simultaneously on the two tracks at Cormeilles, the 1200m track and 1000m. Sprint races will be using the renowned Sodi RX 250, while Juniors will compete at the wheel of the Sodi LR5. The 40 qualified teams in Endurance will benefit from practice sessions before starting off for the Endurance Cup, a great 12-hour racing night!

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There’s a novelty too, this year the 2016 Junior Cup winner will receive full equipment including an Alpinestars race suit, like the one worn by official Sodi Racing Team drivers, as well as boots, gloves and a Bell helmet. The winning team in the Endurance Cup will form a competition team to participate in the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans Karting, the most legendary endurance race in the world, which will take place on 17th- 18th September. The winner of the Sprint Cup will be invited to spend two days in formal training with the Sodi Racing Team, a unique immersion in the world of high-level competition. The Sodikart factory will open its doors for a personalised discovery of its infrastructure and expertise. The 2016 SWS International champion will then participate as a driver in a day’s testing alongside Sodi Factory drivers, Anthony Abbasse and Bas Lammers. All the competitors of the SWS World Final will be invited to an extraordinary closing evening, on Saturday, July 9th, in the heart of Paris. The meeting starts at Racing Kart de Cormeilles at 14 pm from Thursday July 7th. The presence of the teams and all of the drivers is mandatory for administrative control and briefing. Friday and Saturday will be devoted to races of the Sprint Cup and the Junior Cup, which will be completed on Saturday afternoon. The Endurance Cup team will have more than two hours of running in free and timed practice before starting their 12 hours’ racing on Friday night. To enter for the 2016 SWS World Final, drivers must be qualified, a list is available on the Sodi website: www. sodiwseries.com. For the lucky qualifiers, registration is done online without delay from the driver’s account.


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SUCCESSFUL COME BACK… FANTASTIC TEST FOR COLIN BROWN, 2000 FORMULA A WORLD CHAMPION, IN CASTELLETTO WITH TOPKART TEAM ON 29TH-30TH APRIL ON HIS RETURN TO KARTING.

Fast enough to put the Topkart Twister set up for X30 on pole for the X30 European challenge at Castelletto the month before. This is how Colin Brown makes his return to karting. What made this even more exciting was the fact that Colin had never been to the circuit before, and he has only very recently got back in a kart after being away for several years. Colin said: “The Topkart Twister feels very well balanced and I’m really looking forward to racing it as soon as possible. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Michele Mattioli, Topkart president for his help and support.” Colin Brown is coming back to Italy for more tests with the Topkart Factory team early June and he’s testing in the UK on the Topkart Twister in preparation for his return to racing. It was amazing to see Colin Brown excited and fully motivated to be back on a Topkart ready to race at the highest level. What made the test even more special was Colin’s brother, James Brown, he had a replica of Colin’s world championship winning Topkart made by Neil Mckernan; this amazing replica was out on track alongside the new Topkart Twister. It took Colin no time at all to feel completely at home on his world championship winning replica Topkart. Absolutely amazing and exciting to watch! Although not yet confirmed, Colin’s first race will probably be the X30 European Open Championship at PFI in June.

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REVIVAL OF THE ROTAX GRAND FESTIVAL

The Rotax Grand Festival is the solution thought by Rotax karting to let youngest racers to get the opportunity to battle themselves in a high level competition. “Due to the tough time schedule during the 7-day-event at the RMCGF we are not able to have more additional drivers on track than the 72 youngsters. To meet our customers request, we have developed a concept out of the initial Rotax Grand Festival that much more of our youngest Rotax kart racers will get the opportunity to battle themselves in a high level environment and challenging competition” said Helmut Voglsam, head of Rotax karting. 
 RULES TO ORGANIZE THE ROTAX GRAND FESTIVAL 
Annually there will take place only one Rotax Grand Festival per continent.
Rotax distributors who would like to organize a Rotax Grand Festival will have to choose a country in its respective area and will have to submit an application to BRP-Rotax to use the title “Rotax Grand Festival”. It will be BRP’s decision to nominate the country and organizer. 
Rotax 125 Micro and Mini MAX drivers from all over the world are allowed to participate in the Rotax Grand Festival due to the changed CIK rules which allow drivers who hold a national licence to participate in national competitions outside their home countries, provided they have permission from their ASN. The first Rotax Grand Festival will take place in Spain and will be organized by the Rotax distributor Korridas e Kompanhia in September 2016. NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS AT THE ROTAX GRAND FESTIVAL The maximum number of racers will be 144; that means 72 in the Rotax 125 Micro MAX and 72 in the Rotax 125 Mini MAX class. The young racers will have to use their own chassis but will receive a sealed Rotax engine which will be raffled. To qualify for the Rotax Grand Festival, the participants of these two categories will have to race in the national Rotax MAX Challenge (RMC). For more information about the Rotax MAX Challenge, please visit www.rotax-kart.com


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BOSH MOTORSPORT GOES GREEN

BOSCH TOGETHER WITH FIA AND GERMAN MOTORSPORT ASSOCIATION DEVELOP ELECTRIC POWERTRAIN FOR MOTORSPORT KART PROTOTYPE It goes from 0 to 100 kph in less than five seconds and top speed is over 130 kph, with peak torque available even at low revs, it can make tyres squeal with just a tap of the pedal. What' s missing is the roar of engine the and the smell of gasoline. This is the motorsport experience that FIA Electric, New Energy Commission, and the German Motorsport Association (DMSB) presented on 21st May 2016 in Berlin. Within the greater context of FIA Formula E, they are showcasing the ª e-kartº , which is basically a prototype of an electric racing kart. Bosh developed the system together with FIA, DMSB, and with Mach 1 Kart, which is Germany' s largest kart manufacturer. ª With the e-kart, the FIA, DMSB, and Bosch are laying the foundations for ` electrifying' kart racing excitement. Just as it has on the roads, electric karts will bring about more excitement, driving pleasure, and greater efficiency to race tracks,º says Dr. Markus Heyn, member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH. DMSB General Secretary Christian Schacht is also enthusiastic about the electric racing kart: ª We' re happy to support the forward-looking and exciting FIA electric kart project. As an advanced technology nation, Germany has a special obligation to support electromobility in motorsports. We do that with Formula E, and also by supporting junior kart racing drivers.º

POWERTRAIN TECHNOLOGY FROM THE STREET TO THE RACE TRACK The idea was to create an electric motorsport discipline that makes no compromises in power or performance. Bosch motorsport engineers came up with a solution in the form of the new BRS boost recuperation system, the first generation will go into production, at the factory, as from 2017. The BRC electric components support the internal-combustion motor in compact vehicles with up to 10 kW of additional power, which reduces fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by up to 15% on the street. It also provides the internal-combustion engine with an additional 150 Newton meters of torque during acceleration. ª We have modified the system for use in professional karting, and we are using it to power the e-kart prototype electrically,º says Bosch Motorsport vice president Dr. Klaus Böttcher. ª We offer a complete system combining Bosch automotive largescale production technology with specially developed components and powertrain control software from a single source.º Two starter-generators that deliver 20 kW and form the basis of the new powertrain, which sends a sporting 300 Nm torque to rear axle. Energy is stored in the system using a 48-volt lithium battery. In addition, the starter-generators can recover energy during recuperation and then use it for acceleration. The nerve centre of the powertrain is a custom ECU that controls energy flows throughout the kart. A set of sensors and a wiring harness complete the overall system. The new electric powertrain turns the Mach 1 Kart chassis into a clean, fast, and agile performer on the race track. ª Even during its initial run, the electric kart reached 100 kph in less than five seconds and reached top speed of over 130 kph. Over the coming weeks, and months, we will continue testing to further explore the capabilities of the new e-kart,º says Böttcher.

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ROK CUP USA NEVER STOPS IMPROVING As the ROK CUP USA enters one of its last rounds of the Florida Championship, some changes have been made for the remainder of the racing season to help all drivers experience a better experience. Since the round at Homestead, Florida from May 20th to 22nd the following new rules will apply.

GETTING RAIN RACE READY: NEW RAIN TIRE PROTOCOL As the rain season is coming to Florida, all drivers need to prepare their rain tires and expect some wet racing. Bridgestone YLR are the official rain tires for the whole series and all drivers must declare rain tires by Saturday before qualifying. However, this year the series will not sell rain tires during the race weekend, so drivers can purchase them from the major ROK CUP USA dealers that will be present at the event.

PARC FERME BETTER THAN BEFORE After receiving positive feedback from teams and drivers for our unique parc ferme setup, ROK CUP USA will continue with the new format for future championship races. Starting Round 3, in all events there will be staff to help all mechanics during Parc Ferme time. Also, Fuel will be also provided by the respective track. Each kart’s fuel tank will be inspected before entering parc ferme, later the filling will be done at the entrance of the grid were the driver will receive the desire amount of VP 98 racing fuel with either Motul or Petronas oil.

WELCOME TO THE NEW RACING ERA As done at Round 2 Saturday qualifying heats will be done progressively, which means that the 12 VROOM INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINE

finishing order in the first heat will determine the starting order for the next heat and the sum of all heats will make the grid for Sundays Pre-final. Another addition to the series this year will be the new qualifying method. To avoid drafting between drivers. Qualifying position will be based on lap time from morning warm ups on Saturday. Pole sitter must choose whether to start first, or to start last. At this point qualify will run either by fastest times or invert-ed. Pole sitter must choose at least five minutes before the scheduled qualify time. The first seven drivers will be released with a five second gap between each driver. Drivers will receive 2 laps to go, white flag, and a checkered flag. Drivers must then immediately exit the track; the next group of five drivers will then be released. If a kart in front is caught up, the driver must move over or a penalty will be given.

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HISTORICAL EVENT FOR VERSTAPPEN: TWO AND A HALF YEARS FROM HIS KZ WORLD TITLE, HE SUCCEEDS AGAIN IN BARCELONA ON RED BULL; HIS NAME GOES DOWN IN HISTORY AS THE YOUNGEST DRIVER TO WIN F1 REPORT: M. VOLTINI

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hen you read this report, things will have already calmed down, but this doesn’t mean that Max Verstappen’s performance won’t go down in history: finning the GP in Spain last year in Barcelona, in fact, the Dutch driver has got the record for being the youngest driver to have won Formula One. His success comes at the age of 18 years, 7 months and fifteen days. Not only: it has also come not very far from his last wins in karting, especially the KZ World Championship in 2013, a season where he took home nearly all there was to win. The moment of glory has also come due to a series of circumstances; from taking over from Daniil Kvyat at Red Bull on a good track to the latter to Mercedes being eliminated on lap one. However, it would be biased to limit everything just to these sort of issues, without contemporarily putting on the same skill his driving skill and strength in resisting the pressure he had to bear on this occasion, holding back an

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expert like Kimi Raikkonen for over thirty laps. Well, it’s true that several factors have helped to achieve this success, but when everything converges in favour of success, it can’t be a matter of just chance. A chat on this issue with the person who “discovered” him, Giancarlo Tinini also “leader” of CRG the team with which Verstappen has built up his career in karts has helped us to see how this very skilled driver has managed to reach such success. And it’s Tinini who tells us what are Verstappen’s real characteristics and especially how wrong and confused the ideas of those who think they can AFTER JUST TWO AND carry out the same quick ascent, maybe jumping A HALF YEARS SINCE some basic necessary steps. HE LEFT KARTING, MAX Also because, among other PUTS HIS NAME DOWN IN things, it will no longer be HISTORY TAKING HOME possible to do the same thing seeing that in the meanwhile A F1 WIN AT THE AGE the FIA has set an age limit OF 18 for driving in F1.

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GIANCARLO TININI TALKS ABOUT MAX VERSTAPPEN

A talent from the word go When we start talking to Giancarlo Tinini to try and find out more about how the pilot Max Verstappen was born and grew in such a way to surprise all the F! world after a racing

that I have been getting calls. Mainly from TVs. But I haven’t answered them». Well, how come? «Because in the end, they all asked about one thing, that is, on how badly Jos treated his kid. Instead I can vouch that it wasn’t at all like that. Unfortunately, over all these years I have seen fathers who were really irascible and used their hands, but not Jos. Jos and Max had a very close relationship and sometimes it was stressing, obviously, but also based on trust». We certainly can’t say that Tinini doesn’t know Max Verstappen’s family well: his father and his mother Sophie Kumpen had raced in CRG colours in karts. It was almost natural for Max to step into this world, a world that came all too soon. «Max’ first kart was our model the Puffetto – said Tinini – when he was still 3 yearsold. He started racing slowly and then he gradually built up. Whenever he could, at weekends, Jos used to take his son to the track either to drive or watch others racing, that’s how I got to know him. Then for a while I lost touch with him only to find him again when he was about 12, during the WSK collective tests at Muro Leccese».

VERY FAST IN COLLECTIVE TESTS

career built up in karting with CRG, he seems almost relieved to hear what we were trying to get to. «Look you aren’t the first to ask me about Max – he says – Since Sunday night, after his win in Barcelona,

Giancarlo remembers that occasion well and tells us how it was sort of “love at first sight”. «I was there with De Vries, but I see this lad who lapped very fast on a CRG then I noticed someone lifting the kart to put it on a trolley at the pit, it was Jos. He had grown up a lot since the last time I saw him. Not only: he’s a lad who can’t compete in the race because he isn’t old enough, until then he had raced in the Netherlands with Rotax and with one of their KF Junior with reduced power and he came to Muro Leccese for the first time and he stopped best time… So, I said to Jos: “As soon as

«I WAS AT MURO LECCESE FOR THE WSK PRACTICE AND I SEE THIS YOUNG LAD GOING VERY FAST INDEED – SAYS TININI – THEN I SAW THAT HIS FATHER, JOS, WAS WORKING ON THE KART. JOS AND MAX’ MOTHER SOPHIE KUMPEN HAD RACED WITH ME YEAS BEFORE, SO I WENT AND SAID: “I WANT HIM IN MY TEAM”, BUT MAX WASN’T OLD ENOUGH THEN» VROOM INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINE 17


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Max Verstappen (Crg/Tm) wins the World KZ Championship at 15 and heads to Bahrain for a shot at the World title also in KF. Will he make the history of the sport? PHOTO: FM PRESS

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Perchè per vincere servono i preparatori

possible I want him in my team”. There on the spot he was hesitant, then after a while he calls me and asks: “Are you still interested?” and that’s how I got him». The rest s history, with an impressive series of wins in karting, with any sort of kart. In fact, if there’s anything that makes Max Verstappen different from lots of other lads who get into a single seater as soon as they can, immediately after he raced the 60 and in Junior classes, it’s the fact that he raced (and won) also in the KF and especially in KZ, the gear class where there were all the top kart drivers. But racing in the gear class wasn’t just chance, but a choice. «Already at the end of the KFJ period the issue came up of getting to KZ as soon as possible – Tinini continues – because Jos thought it was more similar to cars and so it would help more than the direct drive, it was better for forming a driver. And I totally agreed with him, this was the best strategy. Many gave me dirty looks, when I said that the 125 KZ was better because it was more similar to a car. Think about it: not just acceleration, but also braking dropping gears, and don’t forget still start, these are all things that give you experience which is useful for motor sport».

REMARKABLE CONTROL

Then Tinini talks to us about how Max has had some great opportunities and how he has made the most of them, how during the first tests with Formula Renault and consequently (he was very fast) other tests with Formula 3, enough to enable him to start immediately with that championship. «His parents were a bit wary, but I told them not to think about it twice, also because the COME VINCERE NEL KART AMATORIALE 1-LE TRAIETTORIE F3 are more similar to karts as far as performance is concerned. Furthermore the great thing about Max is his incredible control when his hands are on the steering wheel: he does two laps and he’s in full control. He doesn’t need a simulator, like other drivers do. » Well, from these words you can see how “deep down” there is substance and it’s not true that if Max has forged ahead it’s due to his money, or because his father knows the right people. Also because, knowing somebody doesn’t necessarily mean getting on with them… But in the end, Max’ skill comes through, with 13 wins and a third final place at his first season in the European F3. In fact, Mercedes got in touch with us half way through the season. When Helmut Marko stepped forward for Red Bull, the only way he could “raise” was to say: «if you race with us, we’ll take you straight to F1 next year, with red Bull», and that is exactly what happened… Now, many in karting see Max a san example to follow, but strangely enough, who knows why, they see it only in part thinking they can jump the gun and pass A YEAR WHEN MAX TAKES immediately on to the single seater. HOME NEARLY ALL THERE WAS «They only see what they want to see, TO WIN: EUROPEAN KF AND KZ because if truth be told, Jos and Max have had the intelligence of using the AND IN PARTICULAR THE KZ right preparation strategy and growth. WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Remaining in karting the time required to get the right experience. And then Max was extraordinary already in a kart. From one class to another, it made no difference to him. The only driver I can compare him with is Lewis Hamilton at the height of his career, when he only raced to win. Well, not everyone must or can believe they are like Verstappen», concludes Tinini. In KZ come in KF, Max Verstappen approfitta di ogni opportunità per vincere e dimostrarsi in grado di ripercorrere la carriera di papà Jos (ex F1) che gli fa anche da preparatore, offrendo spunto per un’inchiesta sul ruolo odierno dei tecnici motoristi, con una serie di interviste che si affiancano a quella di un organizzatore, Sergio Di Dato, che ha sfidato la crisi, vincendola

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MAX’ ACHIEVEMENTS LIKE HIS PARENTS

MAX HAS RACED AND WON FOR THE CRG TEAM LIKE HIS FATHER JOS VERSTAPPEN AND HIS MOTHER SOPHIE KUMPEN DID.

NEW KARTING AMBASSADOR

Already with his previous results in the single seater, and even more today after his F1 win in Barcelona, Max Verstappen has drawn all attention on the world of karting which he left just two years ago, as European and present World Champion. But it doesn’t end here: if you want to take a closer look, there’s another aspect for which all the karting world maybe has to even take a deep breath. We’re talking about a question of representitiveness. That is: to say that “it launches champions”, karting should at least show that who has won some Cik titles has been able to go on finning in the automobile classes too, right? The thing is if we look back at the Golden Age of the international karting championships, we can see that there is a long period of “emptiness”. To be precise, after getting the European Formula A in 2000 on behalf of Lewis Hamilton and the 100 Junior European Championship by in 2001 by Sebastian Vettel (we’re talking about 15 years ago!) there are no other names at that level (or at least comparable to them) in the list of winners of the most important Cik Championships. Per completeness we will mention the fact that the Formula Super Vitantonio Liuzzi won a world championship and in 2002 Giedo van der Garde won it, and also Will Stevens made the EuroKF2 his in 2007, but (unfortunately) we certainly can’t say that these drivers have left an indelible mark in Formula One. Other important names are Sebastien Buemi (100 cc European Junior title in 2002) and James Calado (European 100 ICA 2005), all drivers who have been doing very well indeed, but in the Endurance. Awaiting to see if and how Charles Leclerc (KF3 World Cup 2011) will bloom we have been waiting at lest ten years “hardly propositive”, before 2013 the year when Max Verstappen won both the European KF, and both the European and the World Championships in the gear class KZ. And in a certain way we must thank him because otherwise it would have been very hard to confute what many people say (in the motor sport world) that yes karting is a step towards the motor racing world , but to tell the truth it didn’t prove anything. We all know that this isn’t the case and you can’t measure everything (and only) according to the results, however we really should give some credit to the number of titles to be won, right? And without a shadow of a doubt Verstappen has managed to do so.

If you think you can follow Max Verstappen’s footsteps for his escalation to Formula 1 by simply moving up to Formula 3 or similar single seater, first take a look at his success and achievement in karting events (and later in car) bearing in mind that we have not included the Winter Cup and similar events, and that he didn’t compete for half a season in 2011 because he was too tall and too heavy for the KF3. Do you think you can really compare yourself with him?

STATISTICS

(after Barcelona 2016) Single seater events: 70 (24 in F1) Wins in single seater: 14 (1 in F1) Podium in single seater: 23 Pole position in single seater: 11 Fastest laps in single seater: 12 2006

1st Rotax Minimax Championship, Belgium 2007

1st Rotax Minimax Championship, Belgium and Holland 2008

1st Rotax Minimax Championship, Belgium and Benelux 1st Cadet Championship Belgium 2009

1st Rotax Championship Benelux and VAS 1st KF5 Belgium Championship 2010

2nd KF3 World Cup 1st KF3 WSK nations Cup, WSK World Series, WSK Euro Series 1st KF3 Bridgestone Cup Europa 2011

1st KF3 WSK Master Series 2012

2nd KF2 World Cup 1st KF2 WSK Master Series 2013

1st KZ World Championship 1st KZ European Championship 1st KF European Champioship 3rd KF World Championship 1st KZ1 WSK Euro Series and KZ2 WSK Master Series 2014

3rd Formula 3 European Championship 1st Zandvoort Masters Formula 3 2015

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IN THE LAST ISSUE WE LOOKED AT F4 ENVIRONMENT AND ANALYZED BOTH THE TECHNICAL AND SPORTS ASPECTS. ENVIRONMENT SEE F4? IS IT A THREAT FOR PROFESSIONAL KARTING OR IS IT AN OPPORTUNITY? REPORT: A. ROCA 20 VROOM INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINE


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erstappen’s effect hits the karting environment: Dutch driver in force with the Red Bull Racing team, passes from karting to winning the Spanish GP in F.1 in just over two seasons, and now, more than ever, everybody wants to imitate him. Even if it is a great publicity for karting proving once again its important role, it also seems to have some disadvantages for the karting movement. We have the highest point of the baby boom era, but what is creating this effect? One think is sure, single seaters, and cars in general are easier to drive now than before, so they can be driven by young lads with hardly any experience. What is more important is the economical aspect: everyone wants to be the newcomer under the spotlights to maximise (from an economical point of view) this effect, so they look to debuting in car racing as soon as possible. F.4 seems to be the perfect championship to debut in car racing: a long track time during each weekend’s racing, reliable and performing cars, attention to media exposure and relatively low costs all go into making it the karters’ favourite choice. Looking at drivers and their previous experiences, the percentage of karters racing in twelwe F.4 championships around the World is ninetyfive percent. Let’s look and see a typical career path for a driver: he starts from karting as a child, at about the age of 7/8, if not younger. When he’s 15, minimum age to race in F.4, his experience in karting is good, and he also usually has an international experience on his CV. So he is exactly what karting manufacturers need: experienced and fast, drivers who can develop their product and also act as testimonials for them. So we could think that F.4 “steals” drivers from the karting scene seeing that they can go on to car racing. But is this what team managers and factory owners really think? And moreover, what do the drivers think about that? We have asked them directly to see what the opinion of karting environment actually is.

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GIANCARLO TININI / CRG “Max Verstappen completed his career in karting in a very impressive way, with right steps from one category to another one. We should bear in mind that we are talking about an incredibly talented driver, who has incredible control with every kind of kart or racing car. Emulating Max could be the aim of most of drivers, but I personally suggest that they should consider all the things that have enabled Max to get where he is today. Every driver wants to compete in formula racing that is for sure. The point is not where they want to compete, but the path to pursue to achieve that level. Obviously it’s important to dream, but I strongly recommend a right program to follow. More than focusing our attention on the damage that baby boom is creating to the karting environment as a whole, I would focus my attention on the parents’ integrity allowing their sons to race at over 200 km/h on racetracks with other cars alongside.”


DINO CHIESA / CRG “In my opinion CIK FIA has a responsibility towards the karting environment. Let’s look at the OK European Championship entry list: there are 35 entries. Now, let’s look at the Italian and German F.4 championships entry lists: there are more than 40 drivers for each championship. Of course some of them are competing in both championships, but there

ROBERTO ROBAZZI / OTK KART GROUP

“CIK FIA has no responsibility for this situation, the FIA has, it is allowing 15 years-old drivers with little or no experience in karting to race in single seaters. We are used to working with young drivers, and karting is essential for them until they are more mature. Personally I’d promote in formula those drivers who have proved that they are capable of racing in karts.”

won’t be less than 60 drivers. A good percentage of those drivers should be racing in OK category. This is the actual scenario and, starting from this, why does not CIK FIA do something about it? If they can race in open wheeler wfrom the age of 15, they should be able to compete in the OK class one or two years earlier! This way drivers would have improved their skill to move on and the karting environment would be more balanced: less OK Junior and more OK. This seems to be a good solution to me.” VROOM INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINE 23


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JUAN MANUEL CORREA – F.4 DRIVER (PREMA POWERTEAM) This is the first season in F.4 for Juan Manuel Correa: the double commitment with the Italian team Prema Powerteam in the Italian championship and in the German championship is his first step into car racing. But what are the feelings and impressions of karters when racing in an open wheeler championship?

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You had great success in karting and this is your first year in car racing, how do you feel? Which are the most critical aspects for a kart driver when he passes to cars? “I am very excited for what this year holds, it is obviously my first season in a single seater, and so far I am really enjoying the new experience. When moving up to a Formula 4 car from karting, it is very important to have confidence with the car so as to always be in control when driving. It is also challenging at first, you have to get used to the way you need to brake, and it’s important to improve your feeling with the car gradually.”

KARTING CAREER 2015 CIK FIA KF European Championship – 5th 2014 CIK FIA KF Junior European Championship – 14th SKUSA SuperNationals XVIII TaG Junior – 6th 2013 Rotax Junior World Champion Rotax Junior USA National Champion Florida Winter Tour – MDD Formula TaG Junior – 2nd Florida Winter Tour Rotax Junior – 5th 2012 Florida Winter Tour Rotax Junior – 7th AM Engined Formula TaG Junior – 3rd Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals Junior 2011 South Florida RMAX Challenge – Rotax Mini Max – 8th 2008 Ecuador Cadet National Champion Florida Winter Tour Rotax Micro Max – 2nd

Manufacturers and teams bring up young drivers and when they are experienced enough, they often leave karting for car racing. Do you think that F.4, and in general open wheeler entry championships can damage karting environment? “I have noticed that there are many drivers that have moved up to Formula 4 directly from KF3/KFJ which now is the new OK Junior class, I think that this is harmful for karting. However, I feel that doing one year in KF before Formula 4 was definitely the right move, but I guess that this comes down to personal opinion.” Is there anything that you’d change in the F.4 environment? “There isn't really much I can say about the category other than that I believe it is a very good starting point in single seaters. The only thing that disappointed me was the lack of organization from ACI at the first round of the Italian Championship in Misano.” Your impressions after these first races in F.4? “It is a completely different experience than that of karting races, but so far I am enjoying it. I am pleased by how the races went, and for now I'm just focusing on learning as much as possible.”

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12 YEAR-OLD BREANNA MORRIS, 2016 NEW ZEALAND NATIONAL SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP WINNER GETS A TICKET FOR ROK CUP INTERNATIONAL FINAL IN OCTOBER. WE ASKED HER FEW QUESTIONS TO GET TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THIS TALENTED YOUNG DRIVER. REPORT: A. ROCA

FIRST OF ALL: WHY RACING? WHERE DOES YOUR PASSION FOR THIS SPORT COME FROM? up in a family that loves motorsport.

DURING THAT EVENT YOU WEREN’T THE ONLY GIRL ON GRID, MADELINE STEWART WAS THERE TOO. HOW DO YOU FEEL SUCH EVENTS WHERE COMPETITORS ARE MAINLY MALES?

My Uncle Matt used to race Midget

“Competing in a male dominated

cars at Western Springs Speedway

sport doesn’t bother me. I like racing

and then my Dad started building

so whether it’s against boys or

engines for some of the competitors.

girls it makes no difference to me.

I have been going to speedway since

I’ve always found boys to be more

I was 6 weeks old with my parents.

competitive than girls and because

When I turned 9 I decided that I was

I’m like that this sport suits me.”

tired of watching on the sidelines

WHICH ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE 2016 SEASON?

“I chose to race karts because I grew

and wanted to have a go. The best option was to have a go at kart racing. I started racing almost three years ago and I love it. My passion for racing comes from my childhood. I like competing and winning! If I lose it drives me to do better next time. I like all sorts of sports. When I’m playing sport I always strive to do my very best. I like any sport

“My plans for 2016 is to finish well in the Rok Cup in Italy. This race is going to be very challenging because I’m unfamiliar with the track and there will be a lot of very experienced and fast karters competing. I’m very excited and very nervous at the same time.“

that is fast like ski

WHICH IS YOUR BIGGEST DREAM?

racing, water skiing,

“My biggest dream is to be a

touch rugby and

successful race car driver and get

netball.”

more girls interested in this sport.”

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BEAUTIFUL

NO FEMALE DRIVER HAS WON A CIK FIA TITLE SINCE 1966, WHEN SUSANNA RAGANELLI ON TECNO-PARILLA GRABBED THE WORLD TITLE IN THE DIRECT DRIVE CLASS. SINCE THEN MARTA GARCIA LOPEZ WON THE 2015 CIK-FIA ACADEMY TROPHY AND SHE DEBUTED IN THE OK CLASS WHERE SHE TAKES PODIUM IN ZUERA, SPAIN, AT THE FIRST ROUND OF THE CIK FIA EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP. LET’S TAKE A CLOSER LOOK. REPORT: A.ROCA PICS: WAFEPROJECT – R. PICCININI

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Last year she won the CIK-FIA Academy Trophy and was chosen to represent women in motorsport by the FIA Women In Motorsport commission chaired by Michèle Mouton. This is her first year in the OK class, the maximum expression of direct drive karting, and she became beautiful trouble for her rivals: third place in Zuera during the CIK-FIA European OK Championship and a second place in Adria at the last WSK Super Master Series meeting Marta is no longer an outsider, she has what it takes to become a champion.


L TROUBLE How do you feel after these important international results in your first year in OK class? “I feel really happy about it, because the first round of the Europeans was my first time racing with the new OK engine and my first race with the new team Evokart this year. I also want to thanks my tem EVOKART for the great job so far and I’m sure we will bring more good results.”

What do you think about new OK karts? Do you like the new technical regulation? “I liked them because they are faster than last year , one of the things that you have to be careful is if the kart stops because you need to start it by yourself but I think this is not a problem.”

Which are your aims for 2016? “My aims for this year are to win the European and World championship.”

When are you planning to leave karting to race with formulas? “I’m planning to finish another karting year with good results and then move to single-seaters in 2017 if I get the sponsors…”

Let’s talk about something more personal: what is a typical day for Marta… “Well a typical day about me is

going to school until 5pm and then when I finish school I go to the gym 2/3 hours , If it’s weekends I normally go training with the kart all day. I also go some weeks one day per week to the simulator of Campos racing here in Valencia.”

How is your training plan structured? “I train every day from Monday to Friday in the afternoon after school 2/3 hours Preparing myself to can drive a Formula 3, And some Sundays I go run in the mountain. If we talk about karting training I train almost every weekend Saturday and Sunday.”

How do you manage to fit in school? How can you match your commitment in racing with your private life? “Well is not easy to combine school exams and karting, because sometimes you’re out 2 weeks and you don’t know what they’ve done in school. But it’s okay, I can do both things. I don’t have much time to go out with friends and that kind of stuff but when I’m not racing and have some free time I just meet my friends and have some fun.”

If not in F.1, in which category would you like to race? “I would like to race in some category like NASCAR or DTM.”

PALMARES 2015

WINNER TROFEO DELLE INDUSTRIE 13th in the CIK FIA WORLD KFJ Championship WINNER CIK FIA ACADEMY TROPHY 4th in the CIK FIA European Championship 3rd in the CIK FIA European Championship at Kristianstad SWEDEN 3rd in the WSK Super Master Series at La Conca 10th in the WSK Master

2014

2nd place in the Spanish championship KFJ 2nd place Champions Cup Rotax Junior 21st in the WSK Champions Cup KFJ 23rd in the WSK Final Cup 14th in the CIK FIA Academy Trophy 40th in the CIK FIA European CIK FIA KFJ Championship 2nd place in the European Rotax Junior Zuera 10th in the Open International Rotax Junior

2013

2nd place in the 2013 Spanish championship in the KF3 category, been the first girl ever to accomplish this title. 3rd in the ROTAX series hosted at El Vendrell, Spain 9th in the KF JUNIOR SUPER CUP This first year in KF3 class taken part in the CIK FIA EUROPEAN KF JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS, WSK MASTER SERIES KF JUNIOR, WSK FINAL CUP KF JUNIOR, ROTAX JUNIOR MOJO CUP

2012

4th in the WSK Final Cup in the 60 mini category 10th in the Spanish Championship Cadet Category 2nd in the Rotax Series Minimax Category 7th in the Valencian Community Championship Cadet Category 8th in the Catalonian Community Championship Cadet Category

2011

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CIK-FIA KZ EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP ZUERA (E), 15th MAY 2016, ROUND 2

We could take it as the Cheyenne warrior’s cry, a war cry, or just a challenge as you fight against your rivals, but it’s also a cry of victory. However you may take it Patrick Hayek, Kosmic/Vortex standard bearer, puts in a fantastic performance dominating the second European round of the KZ championship throwing a challenge for the continental title. There was no match for him in Zuera. REPORT: W. GUCCI - PICS: WAFEPROJECT

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Hayek!!! On a completely different track to the one in France, the track in Aragon is better suited for the potential of the KZ class with its long straights and big wide turns. 1,700 metres for testing engine power and kart setup isn’t easy. Patrik Hajek on Kosmic/Vortex is the fastest in practice. De Conto (Crg/Maxter) also puts up a good fight. Lammers (Sodi/Tm), Stan Pex (Crg/ Vortex) and Marco Ardigò (Tony Kart/ Vortex) follow behind leading on Iglesias (Sodi/Tm). Camponeschi (Crg/Iame) can do no better than tenth. In the heats the duel between Hajek and Lammers builds up, they end up with one win each gaining front row prefinal grid. Behind them on row two we see Stan Pex; and in third there’s the Crg duo De Conto–Camponeschi. Ardigò is on row four only because after a brilliant third place gained in heat one, he was involved in a crash with Camplese on heat two.

The prefinal is the only real test for confirming the value of those on front grids and at the same time to see who would make the most of the race to climb up to the front of the race. Unfortunately during the hectic start Lammers and Stan Pex touch and this compromises there Spanish transfer. Without his strongest rival, Patrik Hajek dominates without difficulty managing to pull away from Iglesias, while De Conto holds on to his third place throughout the race. Even if in the end Ardigò (fourth over the line) almost catches up with him. Camponeschi is the only protagonist, from the first round held in Essey, who doesn’t manage to climb up to the front. Lammers stops best lap time (59”379) and finishes 16th. Shame for the Dutchman in force with Sodi, he had what it takes to duel for win against Hajek and a shame for spectators too because they weren’t able to watch a predictable


exciting duel between them. Final – Patrik Hayek aware of his kart’s excellent setup is good right from the start in not giving any high hopes to those following behind. There’s nothing for any of them. Kosmix/Vortex standard bearer put in a perfect show with brilliant regular constant driving lap after lap. Also because behind him Iglesias and immediately behind Ardigò were ready to attack. Half way through the race he had left them standing.

Paolo De Conto (19) second row final start is unable to keep up with leaders and finishes 11th. Below, Bas Lammers (10) 3rd best time in practice leads the pack during second heat to grab 1st. Dutch SodiTM driver seemed one of the few to put pressure on Patrik Hajek. A crash at prefinal start with Stan Pex puts a stop to his dream.

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KZ European Championship, even if it has the best karting drivers, shows some important absence in the lead of the race. In Zuera, for example, Flavio Camponeschi (1) was missing: we were expecting a confirm from the Italian driver racing with CRG-Parilla kart after the important podium in Essay. But the Spanish round is one to be forgotten‌and quickly. It was a missed opportunity, and now the chanche to defend the continental title are lowered to minimum. Another driver who is not in perfect shape this year is Anthony Abbasse (8). Sodi Kart standard bearer fights against his teammate Bas Lammers thanks to the unlucky events that happened to Dutch driver. In the end he is able to finish the race immediately under the podium: not an exciting results compared to his expectation, but surely encouraging and useful to shake the rest of the season. Let’s see how it goes

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KZ FINAL RD. 2 - ZUERA P N Driver 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20

5 4 2 8 10 9 7 11 23 96 19 1 12 3 18 17 6 25 14 22

Hajek, Patrik Iglesias, Jérémy Ardigo, Marco Abbasse, Anthony Lammers, Bas Puhakka, Simo Lennox-Lamb, Jordon Lundberg, Douglas Camplese, Lorenzo Pex, Stan De Conto, Paolo Camponeschi, Flavio Dalè, Andrea Johansson, Joel Carlton, Gary Dreezen, Rick Pex, Jorrit Pescador, Jorge C. Fore, Davide Armstrong, Marcus

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Nat. Equipements

Gap

CZE FRA ITA FRA NLD FIN GBR SWE ITA NLD ITA ITA ITA SWE USA BEL NLD ESP ITA NZL

18 Laps 0.619 1.002 4.720 5.255 5.504 5.708 6.740 6.994 7.206 7.770 10.329 12.331 19.232 42.745 1 Lap 8 Laps 11 Laps 13 Laps 18 Laps

Kosmic / Vortex / Vega Sodi / TM Racing / Vega Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega Sodi / TM Racing / Vega Sodi / TM Racing / Vega CRG / Maxter / Vega Birel Art / Parilla / Vega Mach 1 / TM Racing / Vega Parolin / TM Racing / Vega CRG / Vortex / Vega CRG / Maxter / Vega CRG / Parilla / Vega CRG / TM Racing / Vega Righetti R. / TM Racing / Vega Formula K / Parilla / Vega Ricciardo Kart / Parilla / Vega CRG / Vortex / Vega Praga / Parilla / Vega Righetti R. / TM Racing / Vega Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega

KZ CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS AFTER ZUERA (ESP) P N Driver Fra qh Fra pf Fra pf Esp qh Esp pf Esp f 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

2 4 5 19 1 25 8 7 9 10 11 17 6 14 3 22 18 23 15 12 16 21 24

Ardigo, Marco Iglesias, Jérémy Hajek, Patrik De Conto, Paolo Camponeschi, Flavio Pescador, Jorge Carlos Abbasse, Anthony Lennox-Lamb, Jordon Puhakka, Simo Lammers, Bas Lundberg, Douglas Dreezen, Rick Pex, Jorrit Fore, Davide Johansson, Joel Armstrong, Marcus Carlton, Gary Camplese, Lorenzo Thonon, Jonathan Dalè, Andrea Backman, Andreas Habulin, Kristijan Chang Wing Chung, A.

7 8 4 9 0 10 6 3 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0

17 14 11 15 13 12 1 8 5 2 0 16 6 4 9 7 3 0 10 0 0 0 0

25 16 13 8 20 9 6 11 7 4 1 0 10 3 0 5 0 2 0 0 0 0 0

5 8 10 7 6 0 4 0 0 9 2 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 -

14 16 17 15 10 13 11 7 8 2 12 0 4 9 6 3 5 1 0 -

16 20 25 6 5 0 13 9 10 11 8 1 0 0 3 0 2 7 4 -

Pt 84 82 80 60 54 44 41 38 30 28 23 22 20 19 18 16 11 10 10 4 2 0 0


Patrik Hajek (5) leads the final with some close fighting with Iglesias and Ardigò. Kosmic Kart standard bearer drives steadily keeping the two rivals back and cuts through leading by six tenth. Left, KZ podium with Hajek holding the trophy between Iglesias and Ardigò. The same who will be racing for the continental title in Genk (B). Right, Olivier Marechal Belgian team manager satisfied with his double win in KZ and OK. A positive trend that brings up Kosmic from last season standard to win a double KF title

Hajek leads with no rivals. Also when Iglesias draws up closer pulling Ardigò up behind him. Five laps to the flag, Hajek stops 59”676, which is the fastest lap of the final, 2/10 ahead of the duo tailing him. An unequivocal signal. Victory is the right reward for the Czech driver who has

been away from the lime light for quite a while. Now thanks to a fourth place in the first round he catches up with Ardigò and Iglesias leading the scoreboard, so you mustn’t miss the next meeting in Belgium at the end of July, lots of excitement in store.

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CIK FIA OK EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP ZUERA (E) 15th MAY 2016, ROUND 1

OK, what a show! Basz, Joyner and... Marta As already mentioned in the opening paragraph of this column, the first continental round of the new OK engines have been much appreciated by a great number of people besides the drivers. At last, we have a class that also underlines the drivers’ skill. And having no front brakes has helped to make the show more exciting. REPORT: W. GUCCI - PICS: WAFEPROJECT

Two number 1 drivers matching skills. Last year’s world champion Karol Basz on Kosmic/Vortex and Tom Joyner on Zanardi/Parilla. And with these two great champion drivers there is a newcomer making her debut, Marta Garcia Lopez (Evokart/Parilla). The Spanish girl who has come through the Trofeo Academy promoted by the Cik, surprises everyone with her confidence and skill managing to compete with the strongest drivers in the world and pushing herself under the lime light of this first round of the European OK championship. Final podium is the right reward for this promising young lady who has been able to dominate this new powerful engine the first time. Will she be able to manage

pressure over the future meetings and defend her second place in the championship? A championship that promises lots of excitement and sparks thanks to the number of drivers who have made it clear already in Zuera that they have what it takes to be number one. The Italian drivers didn’t have the success they hoped for. Above all Lorenzo Travisanutto (Tony Kart/ Vortex). The driver from Friuli assisted by Ward from Sweden could have showed his worth; instead he had to duel with several misadventures. And let’s hope that he has paid for all that has happened to him and as from the next round he will be able to benefit by the right reward for having proved his potential. The same applies to a great Felice Tiene particularly unhappy on this occasion like the whole Crg team, caught up in a best forgotten transfer. Only 35 drivers on grid, but they are enough to build up a strong competition. Tom Joyner is the man to beat in the OK class. His leadership is under debate. The British driver is the fastest in practice; he’s good after the heats too. Next to him is the outsider, Marta Garcia (third in practice). Second is Viscaal (Tony Kart/Vortex), up from grid nine, and Hiltbrand, another Spaniard who on his home track manages to make up and comes up from 14th in practice. On row three start is world champion Karol Basz (Kosmic/Vortex). Prefinal – Prefinal confirms expectations

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Reigning KF World Champion Karol Basz (101) wins the first round of the OK European Championship. A win he worked hard to get after duelling with Tom Joyner, another great direct drive pilot. Below, finalists on grid for the prefinal formation lap. Left, Karol Basz on podium together with the two outsiders who surprised by keeping up with the leader: Lundgaard and Marta Garcia.

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continuously even on lap five when Basz is in the lead. Travisanutto, sixth, laps at the same pace as the leading duo. Marta Garcia is very fast too. She dropped places at the lights and is fourth behind Viscaal. Places seem consolidated, but all eyes are on the leading duo until two laps from the end of the race Joyner overtakes Basz and the Brit is first to the chequered flag. Basz is on grid next to him with Viscaal and Marta Garcia on second row start, with the Spanish girl having stopped best race time (1’00”234). Travisanutto and Val Leeuwen, Lundgaard and Sargeant lined up behind. Smolyar from Russia only manages 20th. Final – the final is one of the most exciting out, and not just out of this season. The duel between Basz and Joyner starts building up from the start with the Polish Kosmic driver overtaking Joyner, while Hiltbrand is the fastest on the track stopping 1’00”6. In the meanwhile Travisanutto and Tiene leave the scene. Strong duels are fought behind Basz and Joyner between Lundgaard, Sargeant, Marta Garcia and Hiltbrand out on lap six betrayed by his engine. Half way through the race Basz leads a few metres ahead of Joyner. Lundgaard and Marta Garcia draw closet to Joyner. The race draws to an end and up front there’s some close racing. Basz and Joyner are again very close and at the second overtaking Marta and Lundgaard take advantage and slip through to overtake Joyner. One lap from the end and after that evolution Basz has pulled a few meter long gap. Joyner won’t have it, and in the end there is contact with Marta Garcia who drops back from Lundgaard, while Joyner goes into a spin. Basz grabs a fantastic final win leading on a shocked Lundgaard, very good at making the most of the situation. Surprising third place goes to Marta Garcia. All that we have to do now is waiting for the next meeting in Adria: the show must go on.

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OK FINAL P N Driver 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34

101 110 111 116 105 114 123 113 106 112 115 118 119 125 132 121 109 117 198 199 124 122 104 126 133 130 107 127 120 135 108 103 129 128

Basz, Karol Lundgaard, Christian Garcia Lopez, Marta Sargeant, Logan Janker, Hannes Viscaal, Bent Smolyar, Alexander Novalak, Clément Van Leeuwen, Martijn Gadois, Alexandre Yueyang, Sun Pits, Andriy Tonteri, Paavo Brinkmann, David Milell, Noah Gheno, Jacopo Lessennes, Benjamin Lappalainen, Konsta Russo Iglesias, G. Varrone, Nicolas M. Arnold, Felix Ohlin, Simon Joyner, Tom Lippkau, Luca Gonzalez, Javier Sario, Robin Hiltbrand, Pedro Kermanshahchi, T. Gangi Jr, Anthony Becamel, François Travisanutto, Lorenzo Tiene, Felice Bale, Thomas Michael Legeret, Lucas

Nat. Equipements

Gap

POL DNK ESP USA DEU NLD RUS GBR NLD FRA CHN PRT FIN DEU SWE ITA BEL FIN ESP ARG DEU SWE GBR DEU MEX FIN ESP ARE USA FRA ITA ITA ARE CHE

18 Laps 2.427 3.150 3.190 3.439 3.651 3.778 9.410 9.834 10.709 11.402 12.434 13.851 14.881 15.332 15.440 17.156 19.639 19.958 21.702 21.814 24.443 42.331 1 Lap 4 Laps 10 Laps 12 Laps 12 Laps 13 Laps 15 Laps 16 Laps 16 Laps 18 Laps 18 Laps

Kosmic / Vortex / Vega Ricciardo Kart / Parilla / Vega Evokart / Parilla / Vega FA Kart / Vortex / Vega CRG / Parilla / Vega Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega Birel Art / Parilla / Vega Kosmic / Parilla / Vega FA Kart / Vortex / Vega CRG / Parilla / Vega CRG / Parilla / Vega Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega Kosmic / Vortex / Vega Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega Kosmic / Parilla / Vega Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega Croc Promotions / TM Racing Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega Zanardi / Parilla / Vega Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega Ricciardo Kart / Parilla / Vega Exprit / Vortex / Vega CRG / Parilla / Vega Birel Art / Parilla / Vega Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega Kosmic / Parilla / Vega Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega CRG / Parilla / Vega Exprit / Vortex / Vega Birel Art / Parilla / Vega

OK CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS AFTER ZUERA (ESP) P N Driver Esp ch. Esp pf Esp f Pt 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32

101 111 114 110 104 116 105 106 113 108 123 119 129 115 125 107 112 118 132 103 117 126 121 109 124 122 133 130 127 120 135 128

Basz, Karol Garcia Lopez, Marta Viscaal, Bent Lundgaard, Christian Joyner, Tom Sargeant, Logan Janker, Hannes Van Leeuwen, Martijn Novalak, Clément Travisanutto, Lorenzo Smolyar, Alexander Tonteri, Paavo Bale, Thomas Michael Yueyang, Sun Brinkmann, David Hiltbrand, Pedro Gadois, Alexandre Pits, Andriy Milell, Noah Tiene, Felice Lappalainen, Konsta Lippkau, Luca Gheno, Jacopo Lessennes, Benjamin Arnold, Felix Ohlin, Simon Gonzalez, Javier Sario, Robin Kermanshahchi, T. Gangi Jr, Anthony Becamel, François Legeret, Lucas

6 9 8 0 10 1 5 4 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

16 14 15 11 17 10 8 12 6 13 0 7 9 2 5 0 0 0 3 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

25 16 10 20 0 13 11 7 8 0 9 3 0 5 2 0 6 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

47 39 33 31 27 24 24 23 14 13 12 10 9 7 7 7 6 4 4 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0


Pt

7 9 3 1 7 4 4 3 4 3 2 0 9 7 7 7 6 4 4 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

At the hight of the race the four leaders Joyner, Basz, Lundgaard and Garcia Lopez are protagonists of a breathtaking final.

Hennes Janker (105) is the best placed in the championship standing between CRG drivers, and, looking at Zuera, he seems to be the most concrete. Right, Pedro Hiltbrand is another Spanish who has all it takes to show his talent. A mechanical failure stops him during the sixth lap.

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CIK FIA EUROPEAN OK JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP ZUERA (E) 15th MAY 2016, ROUND 1

Watt, super!

Seventy six entries for this first round of the European Cadet Championship with the new engines. Denmark’s Noah Watt seems to have one up on his rivals especially in critical moments of the competition. After having come through the heats, in the prefinal he kept some tricks up his sleeve. REPORT: W. GUCCI - PICS: WAFEPROJECT

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He was one of the possible winners but what we see in the final was awesome. He immediately attacked while his strongest and more determined rivals complicated their lives duelling with each other trying to find the right strategy. We await the next round in Adria to see if Watt will be able to hold on to the championship lead as he has been able to do during the final in Zuera leading on Brazilian driver Collet, Sweden’s Blomqvist and Britain’s Kenneally. Italian drivers are in this case not present, we hope the will be able to do better at the next meeting.

Qualifying time promotes Sami Taoufik (FA Kart-Vortex) taking him to the top of the scoreboard even if he’s just 22/1000 ahead of Hampus Eriksson (Tony KartVortex), then comes Isaq Blomqvist (Tony Kart-Vortex) and Noah Watt (Tony Kart-Vortex). Looking at the scoreboard we see 54 drivers all within 1 second from each other. Once again the heats are very selective. Each driver has to race four heats. In the end, Watt and Taoufik are on front grid start for the start of both prefinals with Blomqvist and Kenneally next to them. Only Eriksson, who stopped second best time in timed practice, drops back from the leaders due to an early retirement from a race. On the other hand, Australian Piastri deserves a mention, from 25th in practice he comes up fast in heats to grab ninth. Prefinal 1 – Watt leads the pack and at

the end of lap one he’s got 6/10 lead on the trio that follows. Blomqvist


OK JUNIOR FINAL P N Driver 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33

205 201 212 253 223 203 211 243 241 251 272 214 254 202 233 227 250 235 209 261 249 268 217 213 260 257 258 220 207 238 219 274 242

Watt, Noah Collet, Caio Jotta Blomqvist, Isac Kenneally, Finlay Peisselon, Timothy Shvetsov, Ivan Milesi, Charles Simonov, Mikhail Muth, Esteban Hauger, Dennis Jewiss, Kiern De Pauw, Ulysse Kruetten, Niklas Lahoz Lopez, Alejandro Henrion, Gillian Bogdanov, Dmitrii Chovet, Pierre-Louis Giardelli, Alessandro Wilson, Teddy Moggia, Guido Dante Nord, Gabriel Pourchaire, Théo Jonusis, Justas Petelet, Milane Marseglia, Leonardo Sommerlund, Lucas Fusco, Giuseppe Ptacek, Petr De Wilde, Ugo Mizzuddin Musyaffa, Bin Alatalo, William Martins, Victor Rozenfeld, David

Left, Noah Watt waiting for the start which he wins after a determined attacking strategy right from the start. No one is able to keep up. Above, cadet finalists formation before the start.

manages to pull away from the group and starts chasing the leader (1’02”3). The Swede puts in one good lap after another following the leader’s path and on lap four he attacks and robs the lead. Watt sticks close behind making the most of his rival’s path-line which is very important on the Spanish track. The group that follows is 2” behind with Shvetsov leading on Milesi, Bulantsev, Hauger and Minang. Before the race ends, we see Watt taking Blomqvist

Nat. Equipements

Gap

DNK BRA SWE GBR FRA RUS FRA RUS DEU NOR GBR BEL DEU ESP FRA RUS FRA ITA GBR ARG SWE FRA LTU FRA ITA DNK ITA CZE BEL MYS FIN FRA RUS

15 Laps 3.797 6.868 7.090 7.626 8.479 8.485 8.916 10.497 11.720 12.406 15.549 15.659 15.739 15.918 17.858 17.948 20.935 21.076 21.191 21.270 21.350 21.524 21.725 22.657 24.010 33.772 36.066 7 Laps 8 Laps 10 Laps 12 Laps 12 Laps

Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega Birel Art / Parilla / Vega Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega FA Kart / Vortex / Vega FA Kart / Vortex / Vega Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega CRG / Parilla / Vega CRG / Parilla / Vega Ricciardo Kart / Parilla / Vega Birel Art / Parilla / Vega FA Kart / Vortex / Vega FA Kart / TM Racing / Vega Kosmic / Vortex / Vega FA Kart / Vortex / Vega CRG / Parilla / Vega Tony Kart / TM Racing / Vega CRG / Parilla / Vega Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega Kosmic / Vortex / Vega DR / TM Racing / Vega Praga / Parilla / Vega Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega Energy Corse / TM Racing / Lenzokart / LKE / Vega Formula K / Parilla / Vega Kosmic / Parilla / Vega GDRa /f aTMr Racing / Vega Exprit / TM Racing / Vega Kosmic / Parilla / Vega Exprit / Vortex / Vega

again. However they finish in that order. Shvetsov is third ahead of Milesi, who is brilliant in holding back Bulantsev and Mizzuddin. Prefinal 2 – Sami Taoufik sees his dream that has seen him as top protagonist for this weekend vanish on lap one, when he has to retire due to mechanical failure . The race continues with a leading quartet; Collet, Kenneally, Peisselon and Muth in this same order. There’s lots of place swapping and Kenneally is at the right place at the right time. So up front lapping at 1’02”3 he gains ground on his rivals, the continuous battle going on behind him is in his favour too. The final seems obvious with Kenneally cutting through to grab first after a brilliant race. Second comes his team mate Peisselon, Collet and then Muth. A worthy note goes to a very fast

OK JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS AFTER ESSAY (FRA) P N Driver Esp ch. Esp pf1 Esp pf2 Esp f Pt 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34

205 201 212 253 223 203 211 243 241 251 272 247 214 238 254 209 207 227 274 255 219 233 235 260 242 208 250 258 202 249 257 268 217 261

Watt, Noah Collet, Caio Jotta Blomqvist, Isac Kenneally, Finlay Peisselon, Timothy Shvetsov, Ivan Milesi, Charles Simonov, Mikhail Muth, Esteban Hauger, Dennis Jewiss, Kiern Bulantsev, Pavel De Pauw, Ulysse Mizzuddin Musyaffa, Bin Kruetten, Niklas Wilson, Teddy De Wilde, Ugo Bogdanov, Dmitrii Martins, Victor Taoufik, Sami Alatalo, William Henrion, Gillian Giardelli, Alessandro Marseglia, Leonardo Rozenfeld, David Vidales Arenjo, David Chovet, Pierre-Louis Fusco, Giuseppe Lahoz Lopez, Alejandro Nord, Gabriel Sommerlund, Lucas Pourchaire, Théo Jonusis, Justas Moggia, Guido Dante

10 5 8 7 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 9 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

17 16 15 14 11 13 9 12 10 8 7 6 0 5 4 3 2

15 17 16 13 14 12 8 11 10 9 0 6 7 5 2 4 3 -

25 20 16 13 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 0 4 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0

52 40 40 37 30 25 23 21 21 17 17 17 13 12 11 11 11 10 9 9 8 7 7 7 6 6 5 5 4 4 4 3 3 2

Giuseppe Fusco who gains sixteen places! Final – Watt and Kenneally are on row one start, Blomqvist and Peisselon on second row start. A determined quartet powered by the same engine (Vortex). At the lights Watt keeps the lead and immediately tries to pull away (1’02”5). Behind him the fight is on and this helps him. On lap 6 he leads by 2-5” seconds. Watt uses his head; he presses hard stopping 1’02”060 on the following lap. The first to come through the pack is Brazil’s Collet who grabs second. However, Watt has bagged the win and proves to be the fastest on the field with 1’01”951 and 1’01”874. So, the Dane dominates the race coming home first nearly 4” better than Collet. Blomqvist grabs podium place after duelling hard against Kenneally and Peisselon.

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WSK SUPER MASTER SERIES ADRIA INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY, ROVIGO (ITA) MAY 22nd 2016 – 4th ROUND

LONG LIVE

THE KING During the fourth round of WSK Super Master Series held at Adria International Raceway, Marco Ardigò is unreachable and takes home another KZ title. Leonardo Lorandi wins the Cadet Shifter, Lorenzo Travisanutto triumphs in OK and Sami Taoufik takes home the OK Junior crown. Michael Paparo wins in the 60 Mini class. REPORT: A. ROCA / PICS: WAFEPROJECT

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The Italian puts in a fantastic performance in the 2016 WSK Super Master Series and wins 4 out of 5 titles: Ardigò, Lorandi, Travisanutto and Paparo write their names on the hall of fame. Sami Taoufik is the only non-Italian driver to step on top podium place; he’s the first driver from Morroco to win a WSK title. KZ – KZ2 Pole position in qualifiers, pole position after qualifying heats, first in both prefinal and final. Who can stop Marco Ardigò (Tony Kart-Vortex)? Apparently nobody because the Tony

Kart ace dominates flag to flag the fourth event of the WSK Super Master Series. Davide Forè (Righetti RidolfiTM) is the only one who can challenge the driver from Brescia, winning a heat and prefinal B. The Gold driver starts alongside the leader and tries to put pressure on him tailing him in the early phase of the final, but Ardigò is simply unstoppable and bags the race and 2016 title. Jeremy Iglesias (Sodi Kart-TM) is on grid four start and after a few laps he forces Patrik Hajek (Kosmic Kart-Vortex) to widen out while the Czech driver tries to resist his


Pole position, prefinal and final. Marco Ardigò sweeps the fourth round of the WSK Super Master Series. Above, Lorenzo Travisanutto takes home the first title of the season beating Karol Basz and Pedro Hiltbrand.

attacks. The Kosmic driver is unable to overtake the Sodi Kart #19 who finishes third. In KZ2 the race winner is Leonardo Lorandi (Tony Kart-Vortex), who wins over the wild card Francesco Celenta (Formula K-TM) and Alessio Piccini (Tony Kart-Vortex). Thanks to this victory Lorandi is the new KZ2 champion. OK Karol Basz (Kosmic Kart-Vortex) is

back on top after a spectacular win in Zuera in the CIK-FIA OK European Championship he repeats himself in Adria: He leads the pack from qualifiers. Behind him are the same faces: 2013 KF World Champion Tom Joyner (Zanardi-Parilla) and the beautiful Marta Garcia Lopez (Evokart-Parilla). Lorenzo Travisanutto (Torny Kart-Vortex) duels hard in heats and takes third in the prefinal coming up from grid four final start.

OK FINAL P N Driver

Nat. Chassis

Gap

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27

POL ESP ITA RUS ITA GBR FIN DNK GBR SWE ROU ITA NLD ESP USA FRA USA CHE DEU DEU RUS ITA ARE CHN GBR ITA FIN

20 Laps 0.870 4.368 4.971 7.112 7.276 7.936 8.862 10.382 11.898 14.067 14.553 14.653 14.782 17.996 18.698 21.564 22.134 22.567 23.254 24.556 25.820 29.913 49.230 10 Laps 10 Laps 15 Laps

201 239 214 213 207 219 209 220 204 202 223 218 215 206 227 205 212 216 233 244 238 234 237 226 208 222 211

Basz Karol Garcia Lopez Marta Travisanutto Lorenzo Smolyar Alexander Tiene Felice Hanley Benjamin Tonteri Paavo Lundgaard Christian Novalak Clement Milell Noah Vasile Daniel Lombardo Davide Van Leeuwen Martijn Hiltbrand Pedro Sargeant Logan Simmenauer Jean B. Gangi Jr Anthony Legeret Lucas Brinkmann David Arnold Felix Smorodinov Aleksei Gheno Jacopo Kermanshahchi T. Sun Yue Yang Joyner Tom Maestranzi Marco Lappalainen Konsta

Kosmic / Vortex / Vega Evokart / Parilla / Vega Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega Crg / Parilla / Vega Crocpromotion / Tm / Vega Crg / Parilla / Vega Ricciardo K. / Parilla / Vega Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega Kosmic / Vortex / Vega Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega Exprit / Tm / Vega Birel Art / Parilla / Vega Crg / Parilla / Vega Fa Kart / Vortex / Vega Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega Birel Art / Parilla / Vega Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega Tony Kart / Tm / Vega Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega Birel Art / Parilla / Vega Fa Kart / Vortex / Vega Zanardi / Parilla / Vega Evokart / Parilla / Vega Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega

OKJ FINAL P N Driver

Nat. Chassis

Gap

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32

BRA NOR MAR DNK GBR RUS BEL GBR ESP FRA AUS FRA RUS FRA SWE ESP GBR FIN ARG CZE FRA FRA FRA BRA ITA CZE ITA ITA ITA RUS FRA BEL

16 Laps 0.205 0.508 1.599 4.654 4.844 5.036 8.296 8.451 8.764 8.842 8.992 11.596 13.276 13.862 14.188 14.233 15.936 16.365 17.522 17.760 18.669 18.969 19.909 20.518 20.777 20.875 21.280 21.481 23.539 23.788 14 Laps

307 350 326 330 324 306 308 349 366 333 325 363 305 339 310 387 309 359 341 344 336 348 335 369 311 362 365 340 303 329 382 337

Collet Caio Hauger Dennis Taoufik Sami Watt Noah Kenneally Fin Morozov Ilya De Pauw Ulysse Wilson Teddy Lahoz Lopez Alejandro Henrion Gillian Piastri Oscar Martins Victor Shvetsov Ivan Milesi Charles Lindh Rasmus Civico Espona Genis Jewiss Kiern Alatalo William Moggia Guido Ptacek Petr Chappard Franck Nouet Theo Pourchaire Theo Petecof Gianluca Michelotto Mattia Kacovsky Matej Rosso Andrea Marseglia Leonardo Giardelli Alessandro Bogdanov Dmitrii Eteki Adam De Wilde Ugo

Birel Art / Parilla / Vega Crg / Parilla / Vega Fa Kart / Vortex / Vega Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega Fa Kart / Vortex / Vega Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega Birel Art / Parilla / Vega Crg / Parilla / Vega Fa Kart / Tm / Vega Kosmic / Vortex / Vega Fa Kart / Vortex / Vega Kosmic / Parilla / Vega Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega Ricciardo K. / Parilla / Vega Crocpromotion / Tm / Vega Exprit / Vortex / Vega Exprit / Tm / Vega Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega Formula K / Parilla / Vega Kosmic / Vortex / Vega Energy / Tm / Vega Kosmic / Vortex / Vega Crg / Parilla / Vega Energy / Parilla / Vega Birel Art / Parilla / Vega Crg / Tm / Vega Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega Tony Kart / Tm / Vega Fa Kart / Vortex / Vega Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega Kosmic / Parilla / Vega

In the final the Pole is off to a fantastic start and holds on to the lead, as Marta Garcia Lopez follows behind. The leader takes advantage of a duel between Garcia Lopez and Joyner and opens a small gap. Tom Joyner has problems and starts dropping back, leaving the third place to Lorenzo Travisanutto. The Brit retires on lap

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KZ - KZ2 FINAL P N Driver

Nat. Chassis

Gap

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34

ITA ITA FRA ESP NLD FRA CZE ITA ITA USA ITA ITA ITA ITA ITA PRT DEU ITA ITA FRA ITA ESP ROU SWE ITA FRA GBR ITA IRL NZL ITA BEL SWE ITA

20 Laps 1.446 2.539 3.670 3.911 4.023 4.434 4.702 9.514 12.135 12.310 13.379 13.509 14.274 15.424 15.606 16.318 16.776 17.654 19.125 19.400 21.424 22.836 22.891 23.814 24.217 1 Lap 2 Laps 4 Laps 5 Laps 5 Laps 6 Laps 14 Laps 18 Laps

3 21 19 16 25 24 9 5 102 18 134 123 131 107 138 136 10 140 120 126 129 117 113 111 122 125 7 112 118 4 106 11 110 28

Ardigo© Marco Forè Davide Iglesias Jeremy Pescador Jorge Lammers Bas Abbasse Anthony Hajek Patrik Camponeschi Flavio Lorandi Leonardo Carlton Gary Celenta Francesco Piccini Alessio Musio Luigi Alex Zanchi Matteo Azedo Sousa Yohan Schmitz Alexander Manduchi Roberto Rosati Fabrizio Leuillet Tom Simoni Mauro Martinez Eliseo Marcu Dionisios Johansson Andreas Pollini Giacomo Leuillet Gabin Lennox Lamb Jordon Iacovacci Francesco Norris John Armstrong Marcus Corberi Luca Dreezen Rick Tornqvist Persson Federer Fabian

Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega Righetti Ridolfi / Tm / Vega Sodikart / Tm / Vega Praga / Parilla / Vega Sodikart / Tm / Vega Sodikart / Tm / Vega Kosmic / Vortex / Vega Crg / Parilla / Vega Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega Formula K / Parilla / Vega Formula K / Tm / Vega Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega Crg / Tm / Vega Energy / Tm / Vega Gp Racing / Tm / Vega Zanardi / Parilla / Vega Birel Art / Maxter / Vega Gp Racing / Tm / Vega Crg / Maxter / Vega Sodikart / Tm / Vega Dr / Tm / Vega Praga / Parilla / Vega Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega Crg / Tm / Vega Crg / Tm / Vega Sodikart / Tm / Vega Birel Art / Parilla / Vega Luxor / Lke / Vega Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega Ricciardo K. / Parilla / Vega Benjacmrgin / Tm / Vega Crg / Modena / Vega

MINI FINAL P N Driver

Nat. Chassis

Gap

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34

ITA ESP IA CZE ITA ITA ESP MYS ITA ITA ITA ROU ITA ITA ITA FRA ITA ITA NLD SGP NLD ITA RUS SWE MAR ITA ITA BRA GBR ITA EST ITA RUS ZAF

10 Laps 0.557 2.710 3.699 3.840 3.984 5.807 6.084 6.113 6.198 6.552 6.648 7.653 8.464 8.545 10.695 10.764 12.358 12.515 14.972 15.658 16.077 16.245 16.322 16.426 16.954 17.031 17.460 17.549 18.496 18.864 21.656 37.638 8 Laps

538 539 535 530 529 505 572 518 575 501 591 559 546 503 545 517 507 569 536 506 532 553 548 537 531 571 603 601 510 577 524 560 549 534

Paparo Michael B. Gomez Jose Antonio Coluccio Luigi Stanek Roman Pizzi Francesco Caglioni Leonardo Moar Maestro Urbeltz Putera Adam Spina Alfio Andrea Antonelli Andrea Cecchi Federico Iancu Alexandru Mini Gabriele Giardelli Luca Ugochukwu Ugo Mallet Evann Bosco Luca Teamraffaele Francesca Polman Justin Kattoulas Alexandros Weug Maya Bizzotto Leonardo Bedrin Nikita Gustafsson Viktor Zanfari Suleimane Bernardi Marco Lavazza Erika Camara Rafael Griggs Luca Sgobba Pio Francesco Aron Paul Famularo Anthony Smal Kirill Variawa Saood

IP Karting / Tm / Vega Crg / Tm / Vega Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega Energy / Iame / Vega Energy / Iame / Vega Energy / Iame / Vega Evokart / Tm / Vega Crg / Tm / Vega Crg / Tm / Vega Exprit / Tm / Vega Crg / Tm / Vega Tony Kart / Tm / Vega Energy / Tm / Vega Tony Kart / Tm / Vega Energy / Iame / Vega Crg / Tm / Vega Tony Kart / Tm / Vega Evokart / Iame / Vega Crg / Tm / Vega Tony Kart / Tm / Vega Tony Kart / Tm / Vega Crg / Tm / Vega Energy / Iame / Vega Exprit / Tm / Vega Energy / Iame / Vega Energy / Tm / Vega Energy / Tm / Vega Energy / Iame / Vega Evokart / Tm / Vega Energy / Iame / Vega Tony Kart / Tm / Vega Evokart / Tm / Vega Energy / Iame / Vega Kosmic / Tm / Vega

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WSK SUPER MASTER SERIES

POLISH REIGNING CHAMPION KAROL BASZ TAKES HOME A WIN AFTER A PERFECT WEEKEND. eleven. Marta Garcia Lopez is very fast he challenges Basz using his fastest laps as weapon, but the reigning World Champion responds to the lady' s attacks and goes on to win the race. Third place goes to Travisanutto, this is enough for him to win the title, a demonstration that constancy always pays off.

OK Junior OK Junior sees Dennis Hauger (CRG-Parilla) on leading in qualifiers over Ulysse De Pauw (BirelART-Parilla) and Cajo Collet (BirelART-Parilla). After ten heats it' s the young Brazilian the driver who earns pole position over Belgian De Pauw and David Vidales (Tony KartVortex). In the final race, pole sitter


WSK SUPER MASTER

Championship standings after four events

OK CHAMPIONSHIP STANDING Pos. 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) 7) 8) 9) 10)

N. 214 201 206 227 208 204 215 203 239 213

Name TRAVISANUTTO LORENZO BASZ KAROL HILTBRAND PEDRO SARGEANT LOGAN JOYNER TOM NOVALAK CLEMENT VAN LEEUWEN MARTIJN NIELSEN NICKLAS GARCIA LOPEZ MARTA SMOLYAR ALEXANDER

OKJ CHAMPIONSHIP STANDING

LORENZO TRAVISANUTTO FINISHES THIRD THE FOURTH ROUND OF THE WSK SUPER MASTER SERIES AS THE NEW CHAMPION.

Cajo Collet leads over Denis Hauger, Sami Taoufik (FA Kart-Vortex), Fin Kenneally (FA Kart-Vortex) and Ulysse De Pauw. The gap between the drivers starts opening, but Collet engages in a fierce battle for the lead against Hauger and Taufik. Collet thumbs the air under the chequered flag winning over Hauger and Taoufik who wins the title over Noah Watt (Tony Kart-Vortex) who finishes fourth. 60 Mini Francesco Pizzi (Energy-IAME) and Michael Paparo (IP Karting-TM)

SAMI TAOUFIK IS THE FIRST MOROCCAN TO WIN A WSK TITLE

win a prefinal for each, with the first on final pole start. After the green flag, Spaniard Jose Antonio Gomez (CRG-TM) storms off to lead, followed by Pizzi and Paparo. The leading trio starts swapping places, helping Roman Stanek (Energy-IAME) and Luigi Coluccio (Tony Kart-Vortex) to catch them. From the lap seven on Pizzi drops speed, so fight for the lead is between Paparo and Gomez, and the Italian beats the Spaniard. Coluccio rounds out the podium. Thanks to this victory, Paparo is the new 60 Mini champion.

ONLY 27 KARTS ON OK GRID

Pos. 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) 7) 8) 9) 10)

N. 326 330 308 307 324 345 350 305 301 349

Name TAOUFIK SAMI WATT NOAH DE PAUW ULYSSE COLLET CAIO KENNEALLY FIN VIDALES DAVID HAUGER DENNIS SHVETSOV IVAN BLOMQVIST ISAC WILSON TEDDY

KZ CHAMPIONSHIP STANDING Pos. 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) 7) 8) 9) 10)

N. 3 24 19 5 9 2 25 7 21 16

Name ARDIGO© MARCO ABBASSE ANTHONY IGLESIAS JEREMY CAMPONESCHI FLAVIO HAJEK PATRIK DE CONTO PAOLO LAMMERS BAS LENNOX LAMB JORDON FORÈ DAVIDE PESCADOR JORGE

KZ2 CHAMPIONSHIP STANDING Pos. 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) 7) 8) 9) 10)

N. 102 122 107 131 123 134 101 110 129 112

Name LORANDI LEONARDO POLLINI GIACOMO ALEX MUSIO LUIGI PICCINI ALESSIO CELENTA FRANCESCO PEX STAN TORNQVIST PERSSON B. SIMONI MAURO IACOVACCI FRANCESCO

MINI CHAMPIONSHIP STANDING Pos. 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) 7) 8) 9) 10)

N. 538 529 546 517 505 530 539 535 518 549

Name PAPARO MICHAEL B. PIZZI FRANCESCO MINI GABRIELE MALLET EVANN CAGLIONI LEONARDO STANEK ROMAN GOMEZ JOSE ANTONIO COLUCCIO LUIGI PUTERA ADAM SMAL KIRILL

Nat. ITA POL ESP USA GBR GBR NLD DNK ESP RUS

Pt 162 156 111 110 106 105 87 56 44 35

Nat. MAR DNK BEL BRA GBR ESP NOR RUS SWE GBR

Pt 270 248 209 183 170 165 154 126 114 92

Nat. ITA FRA FRA ITA CZE ITA NLD GBR ITA ESP

Pt 402 245 182 179 166 160 156 137 134 114

Nat. ITA ITA ITA ITA ITA ITA NLD SWE ITA ITA

Pt 307 306 190 184 171 120 117 117 96 93

Nat. ITA ITA ITA FRA RUS CZE ESP ITA MYS RUS

Pt 300 245 207 206 138 134 114 107 101 84

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ROTAX MAX EUROCHALLENGE 7 LAGHI CIRCUIT, PAVIA (I) MAY 15th 2016 – ROUND 2


THE SHOW GOES ON Mark Kimber challenges teammate Axel Charpentier for Junior title, while Nicholas Schoell dominates in the Senior class. Lukasz Bartoszuk wins DD2 and Martin Pierce tops once again in DD2 Masters. REPORT: A. ROCA PICS: RGMMC PRESS OFFICE The second stop of the ROTAX MAX Euro Challenge promoted by RGMMC Group is held at the 7 Laghi Circuit in Castelletto di Branduzzo, spectators are rewarded with exciting driving and full grids. JUNIOR MAX Mark Kimber (Strawberry Racing) stops incredible time 50.889 seconds, he’s the only one to lap at under 51 seconds. His rivals Belgium’s Glenn Van Berlo (Hugo Motorsport) and championship leader Axel Charpentier (Strawberry Racing) settle for second and third. Kimber’s leads throughout heats beating, once again, his teammate Charpentier and Glenn Van Berlo. These three drivers are the protagonists of the Junior’s prefinal: each of them manages to lead the race at least once. When Mark Kimbers drops back, the win seems a matter between Charpentier and Van Berlo, but Kimber finds his way to the podium and finishes second behind championship leader and ahead of the Belgian driver. The final race is a private question between Strawberry Racing drivers, who pull away from the pack. In the end Kimber finds a good spot and overtakes the leader. He wins his first season’s win over Charpentier. Glenn Van Berlo concludes a

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ROTAX JUNIOR FINAL P N Driver

Nat. Equipment

Gap

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33

GBR GBR NLD GBR GBR AUT GBR DEU GBR ESP SWE HUN CHN FRA DEU FIN NLD CHE POL FRA GBR DEU CHE SWE NLD POL POL ITA CZE DEU DEU FIN FRA

16 Laps 0.409 4.420 4.717 4.887 5.139 5.432 5.522 6.177 7.151 9.369 10.009 12.030 12.183 12.798 12.896 12.994 13.406 13.753 15.263 15.356 15.522 16.579 17.274 18.588 18.743 20.152 22.489 22.996 23.730 1 Lap 14 Laps 14 Laps

7 88 49 25 38 14 64 33 23 26 39 42 70 55 17 36 100 22 54 65 31 60 89 86 37 58 45 71 68 28 50 69 44

Kimber Mark Charpentier Axel Van Berlo Glenn Smalley Adam Canning Tom Dunner Lukas Caldwell Oli Bergmeier Tamino McCarthy Connor Meyer Kilian Andersson Hugo Toth Laszlo Zhuo Cao Valente Enzo Estner Sebastian Leppa Lauri del Sarte Ruben Ferati Jasin Pylka Max Nomblot Jean Phillips Joe Seifried Dirk Schmidli Titus S. Radne Madeleine Kraaijeveld Pepijn Kaprzyk Mateo Wisnicki Piotr Ferrari Lorenzo Netiagovskii Daniel Doerr Phil Walter Andre Hannus Jimi Perceval Antoine

Tonykart / Rotax / Mojo Tonykart / Rotax / Mojo OTK / Rotax / Mojo Tonykart / Rotax / Mojo Kosmic / Rotax / Mojo Alonso / Rotax / Mojo Kosmic / Rotax / Mojo FA Kart / Rotax / Mojo Tonykart / Rotax / Mojo CRG / Rotax / Mojo FA Kart / Rotax / Mojo Tonykart / Rotax / Mojo Alonso / Rotax / Mojo Sodikart / Rotax / Mojo Tonykart / Rotax / Mojo Tonykart / Rotax / Mojo Kosmic / Rotax / Mojo Kosmic / Rotax / Mojo Kosmic / Rotax / Mojo Sodikart / Rotax / Mojo Kosmic / Rotax / Mojo Alonso / Rotax / Mojo Tonykart / Rotax / Mojo CRG / Rotax / Mojo Tonykart / Rotax / Mojo Kosmic / Rotax / Mojo Tonykart / Rotax / Mojo Tonykart / Rotax / Mojo MS Kart / Rotax / Mojo CRG / Rotax / Mojo Flandria / Rotax / Mojo Tonykart / Rotax / Mojo Tonykart / Rotax / Mojo

ROTAX JUNIOR STANDING AFTER CASTELLETTO (ITA) P N Driver Bel pf Belpf Ita pf Ita f

Pt

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34

175 167 159 157 145 144 141 133 112 106 105 103 101 100 99 99 98 90 89 80 77 76 72 71 66 65 64 61 59 54 53 45 44 39

88 49 7 64 25 23 33 36 55 100 65 38 39 31 44 54 45 37 89 28 86 14 61 42 70 26 35 50 17 22 53 20 73 58

Charpentier Axel Van Berlo Glenn Kimber Mark Caldwell Oli Smalley Adam McCarthy Connor Bergmeier Tamino Leppa Lauri Valente Enzo del Sarte Ruben Nomblot Jean Canning Tom Andersson Hugo Phillips Joe Perceval Antoine Pylka Max Wisnicki Piotr Kraaijeveld Pepijn Schmidli Titus Shanghai Doerr Phil Radne Madeleine Dunner Lukas Handsaeme Xavier Toth Laszlo Zhou Cao Meyer Kilian Koss Georg Walter Andre Estner Sebastian Ferati Jasin Przybylak Xander Oja Jakob Mattias Aerts Kenzo Kaprzyk Mateo

34 33 23 31 32 29 24 30 18 19 26 4 E 22 27 15 21 9 3 14 16 25 13 28 5 10 20 12 -

55 52 48 49 34 46 44 50 37 42 31 24 35 45 41 30 38 39 33 40 28 47 E 36 27 43 25 32 -

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LUKASZ BARTOSZUK TAKES HOME A GREAT WIN IN DD2 AFTER A CONSISTENT WEEKEND.

consistent weekend with another third place. SENIOR MAX Tom Gable (Strawberry Racing) earns the pole position by a time of 50.160 seconds, 0.009 seconds faster than Jonathan Hoggard (KR Sport) who settles for runner-up position. Third spot goes to Belgium’s Glenn van Parijs (Bouvin Power). New faces on top after qualifying heats: Christopher Dreyspring (VPDR TAD Racing) wins two heats and he gains another second place, earning the pole position for the prefinal race. Josh White (Coles Racing) and Irishman Gary Donnelly (Strawberry Racing) follow in second and third spot. German driver

Christopher Dreyspring has the best start in prefinal race pulling away from the rest of the grid in the beginning of the race. He doesn’t take into account the perfect shape of Josh White who finds some serious speed and passes the leader quickly. Nicolas Schoell (Strawberry Racing) imitates the Brit and settles for second place. In the final race championship leader Schoell completes his comeback, overtaking Josh White after a few laps. Christopher Dreyspring grabs another third place. DD2 In qualifiers Mick Wishofer (VPDR) is the fastest man on track by 48.953 seconds, with Poland’s Lukasz Bartoszuk (CRG S.P.A.) in second and


NICOLAS SCHOELL WINS OVER BRIT JOSH WHITE AND CHRISTOPHER DREYSPRING.

ONE-TWO FOR THE STRAWBERRY RACING WITH KIMBER AND CHARPENTIER IN FRONT OF BELGIAN VAN BERLO.

title defender Ferenc Kancsar (VPDR) in third. Heats show three different winners: Luka Kamali (CRG S.P.A.), Lukasz Bartoszuk and Ferenc Kancsar win one heat each. The pole position

goes to Ferenc Kancsar who puts his DR Kart on the top of the gearbox grid. Runner-up position for Lukasz Bartoszuk in front of his teammate Luka Kamali. In the prefinal the pole sitter immediately

ROTAX SENIOR FINAL P N Driver

Nat. Equipment

Gap

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34

AUT GBR DEU SWE FRA GBR NLD GBR GBR TUR IRL ITA AUT RUS GBR BEL FRA NLD GBR BEL ISR NLD GBR FRA SWE FRA SVK AUT ITA POL GBR GBR NLD FRA

20 Laps 0.089 0.578 2.589 5.260 6.220 6.424 6.971 7.415 8.610 10.567 10.659 10.806 10.923 12.460 13.083 13.173 13.541 13.767 14.163 16.546 16.613 18.232 18.353 18.828 19.161 19.956 20.743 21.808 22.862 23.172 23.230 23.589 18 Laps

216 221 214 226 224 218 202 300 233 209 266 275 255 210 204 253 251 212 235 247 229 245 206 223 220 238 271 259 270 265 219 217 257 269

Schoell Nicolas White Josh Dreyspring Christopher Backman Jessica Renaudin Adrien McCarthy Jack van Kalmthout R. Hoggard Jonathan Gamble Tom Besler Berkay Donnelly Gary Alex Machacek Daniel Mavlanov Denis Brand Edward Roovers Noah Deputch Joel Willemse Luc Skelton Josh Moulin Baptiste Cohen Ido van Berlo Kay van Parijs Glenn Drouet Thomas Rehme David Rasmussen Oliver Szabo Nikolas Kotyk Felix Laghi Filippo Stepinski Michal Croydon Tom Le Vesconte S. Bijdendijk Ruurd Duchateau Nicolas

Tonykart / Rotax / Mojo Tonykart / Rotax / Mojo DR / Rotax / Mojo OTK / Rotax / Mojo Sodi / Rotax / Mojo Tonykart / Rotax / Mojo Tonykart / Rotax / Mojo Kosmic / Rotax / Mojo Tonykart / Rotax / Mojo Tonykart / Rotax / Mojo Tonykart / Rotax / Mojo Energy / Rotax / Mojo Tonykart / Rotax / Mojo Kosmic / Rotax / Mojo CRG / Rotax / Mojo Tonykart / Rotax / Mojo FA Kart / Rotax / Mojo FA Kart / Rotax / Mojo Tonykart / Rotax / Mojo Tonykart / Rotax / Mojo CRG / Rotax / Mojo Tonykart / Rotax / Mojo Tonykart / Rotax / Mojo FA Kart / Rotax / Mojo Alonso / Rotax / Mojo Expirit / Rotax / Mojo FA Kart / Rotax / Mojo DR / Rotax / Mojo Kosmic / Rotax / Mojo Kosmic / Rotax / Mojo Tonykart / Rotax / Mojo Tonykart / Rotax / Mojo Alonso/Rotax / Mojo Tecno / Rotax / Mojo

ROTAX SENIOR STANDING AFTER CASTELLETTO (ITA) P N Driver Bel pf Belpf Ita pf Ita f

Pt

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34

177 158 141 139 134 134 132 131 126 122 122 115 114 111 105 91 86 82 80 69 67 67 64 63 62 55 54 51 48 46 46 46 42 42

216 266 202 226 221 218 204 206 224 214 223 210 235 212 253 245 209 220 205 254 300 256 233 257 275 251 259 227 228 255 252 246 267 247

Schoell Nicolas Donnelly Gary van Kalmthout Rinus Backman Jessica White Josh McCarthy Jack Brand Edward van Parijs Glenn Renaudin Adrien Dreyspring Christopher Drouet Thomas Mavlanov Denis Skelton Josh Willemse Luc Roovers Noah van Berlo Kay Besler Berkay Rehme David Marsh Sam Warge Felix Hoggard Jonathan Turner Charlie Gamble Tom Bijdendijk Ruurd Alex Deputch Joel Kotyk Felix Collings Josh Korjus Kaspar Machacek Daniel Brown-Nutley Jordan Woik Daniel Jaloux Romain Moulin Baptiste

34 33 18 16 26 29 24 32 27 2 20 12 25 28 13 23 5 17 31 22 30 11 21 14 7 19 6 -

55 52 50 44 22 32 42 45 28 38 48 46 43 41 40 35 33 20 49 47 37 24 30 34 39 27 36 -

33 31 27 30 34 26 28 24 23 32 25 18 12 7 15 2 5 17 22 20 8 21 19 29 6 9

55 42 46 49 52 47 38 30 48 50 29 39 34 35 37 31 43 28 45 44 20 41 36 25 40 33

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NICOLAS SCHOELL TURNS IN HIS FAVOUR A WEEKEND STARTED BADLY. ROTAX DD2 FINAL P N Driver

Nat. Equipment

Gap

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26

POL CHE AUT FIN GBR POL RUS IRL HUN IRL ESP ITA JPN CHE POL DEU IRL LVA PER AUT OMN GRC ITA POL DEU GBR

20 Laps 4.965 5.897 6.197 10.244 11.740 11.852 12.640 12.841 13.084 13.561 15.695 15.944 16.424 17.537 19.202 23.017 31.546 2 Laps 3 Laps 5 Laps 9 Laps 16 Laps 17 Laps 18 Laps 19 Laps

644 609 611 630 696 658 641 634 601 649 628 656 657 613 659 617 636 643 689 646 654 627 640 622 607 606

Bartoszuk Lukasz Ludi Kevin Schoell Constantin Viiliainen Ville Smelt Sam Slavinski Dzianis Garkaklis Haralds Pierce Martin Kancsar Ferenc Sherlock Aaron Dalmau Caballero Balbo Natalia Kawase Tomokazu Seewer Philipp Jurmanowicz Karol Rauer Marius Faulkner Richard Aloskins Ilja Greenfield Taylor Wishofer Mick Al Rawahi Abdullah Laskaratos Andreas Durante Cosimo Muranski Slawomir Kamali Luka Pullinger Barrie

CRG / Rotax / Mojo Kosmic / Rotax / Mojo Tonykart / Rotax / Mojo Tonykart / Rotax / Mojo Tonykart / Rotax / Mojo Kosmic / Rotax / Mojo Flandria K / Rotax / Mojo Kosmic / Rotax / Mojo DR / Rotax / Mojo Tonykart / Rotax / Mojo CRG / Rotax / Mojo Formula K / Rotax / Mojo Kosmic / Rotax / Mojo Kosmic / Rotax / Mojo Tonykart / Rotax / Mojo DR / Rotax / Mojo Tonykart / Rotax / Mojo Kosmic / Rotax / Mojo Gillard / Rotax / Mojo DR / Rotax / Mojo Birelart / Rotax / Mojo Tonykart / Rotax / Mojo Wildkart / Rotax / Mojo CRG / Rotax / Mojo CRG / Rotax / Mojo Alonso / Rotax / Mojo

ROTAX DD2 STANDING AFTER CASTELLETTO (ITA) P N Driver Bel pf Belpf Ita pf Ita f

Pt

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34

170 168 152 141 139 139 136 132 131 120 117 112 108 107 100 97 96 94 87 83 78 66 64 59 58 56 54 53 51 49 44 42 41 37

644 609 601 611 646 606 630 634 640 613 696 641 649 607 658 636 617 654 622 643 647 639 653 689 657 637 659 656 628 650 648 618 627 638

Bartoszuk Lukasz Ludi Kevin Kancsar Ferenc Schoell Constantin Wishofer Mick Pullinger Barrie Viiliainen Ville Pierce Martin Durante Cosimo Seewer Philipp Smelt Sam Garkaklis Haralds Sherlock Aaron Kamali Luka Slavinski Dzianis Faulkner Richard Rauer Marius Al Rawahi Abdullah Muranski Slawomir Aloskins Ilja Lievens Jordy Marschall Pascal Cool Michael Greenfield Taylor Kawase Tomokazu Mortensen Martin Jurmanowicz Karol Balbo Natalia Dalmau Caballero Oriol Weinstock Patrick Fleischmann Maxi Germain Tamsin Laskaratos Andreas Gottler Marco

29 34 28 15 30 32 27 24 25 22 20 5 6 7 31 18 12 3 9 11 33 26 21 14 16 23 19 2

52 55 48 46 50 49 32 44 47 36 25 41 37 39 22 29 30 38 34 24 45 40 43 42 33 21 23 35

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55 52 44 50 33 27 49 45 30 39 48 46 43 28 47 36 37 32 29 35 34 40 38 41 42 31 -

heads away from the pack, but it takes only a few laps until the CRG duo finds the way to an one-two win and Kancsar has to settle for third. The title defender has an incredible start in the final race, grabbing the first position. Lukasz Bartoszuk attacks the leader, and it comes to a slight contact which caused quite a mess for the following drivers. Luka Kamali and other drivers are involved in a collision which represents the end of their races. Bartoszuk clearly wins the race over Kancsar, but the runner up is considered responsible for the collision by the Race Control who penalises him. Second position

goes to Kevin Ludi (Spirit Racing) with Constantin Schoell in third. DD2 MASTERS Japanese Tomokazu Kawase (Paul Carr Racing) gets 15th place of the overall grid in qualifiers, but during qualification heats he loses five positions. The opening round winner Martin Pierce (Uniq Racing Team) gains the 15th place overall, and Masters lead throughout heats. Since that moment nobody can stop him, and he clearly wins both the prefinal and the final. Tomokazu Kawase finishes in second spot and Irishman Richard Faulkner (Coles Racing) in third place.

CHAMPIONSHIP LEADER KEVIN LUDI GRABS SECOND POSITION BEHIND RACE WINNER LUKASZ BARTOSZUK. CONSTANTIN SCHOELL COMPLETES THE PODIUM.


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X30 EURO SERIES 7 LAGHI CIRCUIT, PAVIA (I) MAY 22nd 2016 – ROUND 1

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A warm and sunny Castelletto di Branduzzo is the perfect stage for the first round of the X30 Euro Series. Chris Lulham takes home the leadership between Junior drivers, while Berkay Besler wreaks revenge on Brett Ward dominating the final Senior race. Swede Viktor Oberg builds an awesome weekend and he wins the Super class. REPORT: A. ROCA PICS: RGMMC PRESS OFFICE

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X30 Euro Series is the first european challenge for X30 engines, providing new faces and a lot of actions. The two weekend championship starts at the 7 laghi circuit in Castelletto di Branduzzo with drivers divided into three categories: Junior, Senior and Super X30.

Junior Fifteen driver in just 0.5 seconds in qualifying shows that drivers have no margin for mistakes. The Brit Chris Lulham tops the qualifying session over Callum Bradshaw and Frenchman Milan Petelet. The latter wins two heats, earning the top spot on prefinal grid. Second position for Bradshaw with Lulham in third. Thanks to new tyres Lulham wins the prefinal with a huge advantage over Petelet who is able to hold off Ethan Hawkey despite being on old tyres. In final race Lulham has a

Chris Lulham takes home the first race and chases the title.

massive start and pulls away from the pack followed by Petelet and Spaniard Killian Meyer going with him. Meyer waits a few laps and then overtakes Petelet chasing the leader. Further back Wooldridge exploits his new tyres and gets the better of Petelet finishing third. Lulham defends his position from Meyer and takes home the first win.

Senior Brett Ward takes the pole position by just 0.009 seconds over Turkey’s Berkay Besler with Greek driver Efstratios Galanopoulos in third. Ward simply sweeps heats winning all rounds by a minimum of a second over Besler and Marsch. Finally Besler finds some serious speed in the prefinal race and he challenges Ward for the lead, but the brit is able to take the win. Hugo Ellis finishes in third. The final race is something different: Ward is unable


JUNIOR STARTING GRID

Senior podium with Berkay Besler, Brett Ward and Hugo Ellis.

to get away from the group and Besler’s pace is simply awesome, and it allows Turkish driver to win by over 3.7 seconds over Ward and Ellis.

Super Rinus van Kalmthout sets the pole over the Swede Viktor Oberg by 0.392 seconds with Taylor Greenfield in third. Positions remain unchanged on Saturday but Oberg and Greenfield close the gap to van Kalmthout to almost nothing. In prefinal race pole sitter van Kalmthout loses some positions dropping back to sixth and finishing the race in fourth. Taylor Greenfield takes the win over Viktor Oberg and Italian Giacomo Rossi. In final race Oberg’s pace is hard to close, and he wins the race over van Kalmthout and Greenfield.

Viktor Oberg builds his win troughout the weekend.

RESULTS X30 Junior 1) 17 Lulham Chris; 2) 26 Meyer Kilian; 3) 30 Wooldridge Ben; 4) 16 Petelet Milan; 5) 27 Palomo Ortiz Oscar; 6) 11 Bradshaw Callum; 7) 19 Yu Royce; 8) 15 Westover Louie; 9) 12 McDonnell Sam; 10) 24 Moya Lopez Ruben; 11) 18 Tan Ethan; 12) 28 D’Arcy Alexander; 13) 13 Schuetz Leon; 14) 22 Sutumno Tanapongpan; 15) 21 Lu Hugo; 16) 29 Hawkey Ethan; 17) 31 Mialane Thomas X30 Senior 1) 223 Besler Berkay; 2) 217 Ward Brett; 3) 214 Ellis Hugo; 4) 213 Ryker Robinson Saul; 5) 229 Di Cori Alessandro; 6) 211 Beaumann David; 7) 215 Varney

Oliver; 8) 228 Escartin Orso; 9) 216 Bejarano Campos Manu; 10) 226 Letts Stephen; 11) 220 Barbarin Guillaume; 12) 218 Pujeu Beya Guillem; 13) 222 Galanopoulos Efstratios; 14) 224 Pieris Eshan; 15) 227 Marsh Sam; 16) 212 Loussier Paul; 17) 219 Leon Carlos; 18) 225 Chany Christopher X30 Super 1) 417 Oberg Viktor; 2) 414 van Kalmthout Rinus; 3) 416 Greenfield Taylor; 4) 420 Schoell Constantin; 5) 413 Rossi Giacomo; 6) 419 Battryn Marnik; 7) 421 Pierotti Giuseppe; 8) 411 Ponte Bruno; 9) 418 Chapon Eric

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DEUTSCHE KART MEISTERSCHAFT PROKART RACELAND, WACKERSDORF (G) 1st MAY 2016 – ROUND 1

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Pex and Forè share booty Prokart Raceland in Wackersdorf, Germany, hosts the first round of the German Kart Championship, welcoming 140 drivers from 23 nations. Jorrit Pex and Davide Forè win in DSKM, whilst in DJKM wins go to Linty and Milesi. Double victory for rookie Max Tubben in the new DSKC. DKM, Karol Basz returns on first place with Tonteri. REPORT: A. ROCA PICS: FAST MEDIA

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The German Kart Championship kicks off with some interesting news; first of all a new class: the DMSB Shifterkart Cup is the second league of German shifterkart; it starts with a 34 drivers on grid. Furthermore, the 1,190 meter-long track has new asphalt so it’s more enjoyable than ever. The second round of the Deutsche Kart Meisterschaft is scheduled for June 10th – 12th at the Schweppermannring in Ampfing.

DSKM Jorrit Pex (CRG-Vortex) is fast from qualifiers to race 1: the CRG Holland driver tops the qualifying session beating his brother and teammate Stan Pex (CRG-Vortex) for only 11 thousandths of second, and he gets the better of Patrik Hajek (Kosmik-Vortex) and Douglas Lundberg (Mach1-TM) throughout qualifying heats. Race one shows Davide Forè (Righetti Ridolfi-TM) and Patrik Hajek


Above, DKM prefinal podium, Tonteri on top podium step with Basz second and Simmenauer third, followed by Novalak fourth and Milell fifth. Left, DSKM starting grid. Above, Davide Forè is back on top with a great victory in the second DSKM final.

fighting for the lead, but the duel ends in a small collision. Jorrit Pex and Marco Ardigò (Tony Kart-Vortex) thank and pass them. Unfortunately a couple of laps before the checquered flag Ardigò’s race finishes due to a technical failure. With the Italian ace out, the rest of the race is a piece of cake for Pex, who wins ahead of Davide Forè and Finn Simo Puhakka (CRG-Maxter). Davide Forè wreaks revenge on Pex in race two. The Gold Kart Racing Team driver finds some serious speed and he defends his position throughout the 21 laps. Local driver Daniel Stell (CRG-ModenaEngines) tries to pass the ex world champion, but Pex has no intention to give his position.

DSKC Austrian Christoph Hold (Maranello-ModenaEngines) writes his name on top in qualifying session. During the heats the pole sitter is challenged by the young Dutchman Max Tubben (CRG-TM), who wins the second heat. After the green light in race one the leading group composed by Hold, Symen Wiggers (CRG-TM) and Tubben gets away from the pack. Among them

Max Tubben sets the pace crossing the finishing line in first place with more than two seconds of advantage on Hold. Wiggers drops back to eighth place, leaving the last step of podium to German Maximilian Paul (DR Kart-TM). The second race tells the same story: Hold starts from the pole leading the group, but also in this race Tubben is able to overtake his rival grabbing the

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DSKC Final podium: A very happy Max Tubben on top podium step. Hold and Mähler round out the top three, followed by Paul and Wiggers in fourth and fifth. DSKC Max Tubben: Rookie Tubben sweeps the opening round of the DSKC with a double win.

REIGNING WORLD CHAMPION KAROL BASZ WINS THE SECOND DKM RACE AHEAD OF CLEMENT NOVALAK. second victory. Tobias Mähler (PragaTM) rounds out the podium. DKM Finn Paavo Tonteri (CRG-Iame) leads the qualifying session ahead Tony Kart’s duo composed by JeanBaptiste Simmenauer and Clement Novalak (TonyKart-Vortex). The great result is replied during heats, when the CRG driver wins both rounds. In the first final, Jean-Baptiste

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Simmenauer takes an early lead ahead of reigning world champion Karol Basz (Kosmic-Vortex) and his teammate Clement Novalak. It takes a lot of laps for Tonteri to take the lead, but he grabs it six laps before the end of the race. Behind his shoulders a fierce battle begins, and it ends with Basz in runner-up position and Simmenauer third.

Kosmic kart factory driver Basz takes home the second race starting from the fifth place thanks to exciting driving. Second place goes to Tony Kart’s Clement Novalak who gets the better of Finn Paavo Tonteri who leads the championship scoreboard. DJKM A very tough qualifying session with 38 of the overall 46 drivers within a second of each other crowns


DSKM FINAL PODIUM: DAVIDE FORÈ BEATS JORRIT PEX AND DANIEL STELL, WITH CARLTON HAJEK COMING HOME IN FOURTH AND FIFTH.

STANDINGS DKM 1. Paavo Tonteri.........................53 Points 2. Karol Basz...............................52 Points 3. Clement Novalak...................41 Points

STANDINGS DJKM 1. Charles Milesi........................60 Points 2. Petr Ptacek.............................36 Points 3. David Vidales.........................33 Points

STANDINGS DSKM 1. Jorrit Pex.................................57 Points 2. Davide Foré............................52 Points 3. Douglas Lundberg................34 Points

STANDINGS DSKC 1. Max Tubben...........................59 Points 2. Christoph Hold......................52 Points 3. Maximilian Paul.....................37 Points

DJKM CHARLES MILESI LEADS THE DJKM CHAMPIONSHIP THANKS TO A WIN AND A SECOND PLACE.

Etienne Linty (BirelART-Iame) as the fastest with a gap of just 14 thousandths of second on Petr Ptacek (FormulaKIame). Heats are just as exciting: Charles Milesi (TonyKart-Vortex), Charles Weerts (Kosmic-Vortex) and Dennis Hauger (CRG-Parilla) win a heat each. In the end pole position goes to Frenchman Milesi. In the prefinal Linty shows skill grabbing first and he defends it throughout the

race. Despite some hard attacks the Italian rookie manages to keep his rivals back and crosses the line first. Charles Milesi is second after putting Dennis Hauger behind him. A special mention goes to KSM Schumacher Racing Team David Vidales (TonyKart-Vortex): after his victory at the repechage, he comes up places from 27th to 5th. The second race is the stage for a huge

tangle which pulls away more than half of the field. Prefinal winner, Linty, is one of those involved in the pile up. Charles Milesi takes this opportunity and goes on to win the race. Behind the leader five drivers fight for top places, Dennis Hauger grabs second, but a time penalty puts him back to eighth. New runner up is Vidales ahead of Petr Ptacek who completes podium.

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ROTAX MAX ASIA CHALLENGE SPEEDWAY PLUS KARTING CIRCUIT, SELANGOR (MAL) MAY 1st 2016 – ROUND 3

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HALFWAY MARK The 3rd round of the Rotax Asia Challenge was held at the Speedway PLUS Karting circuit on April 30th and May 1st in Malaysia. DD2: Senna Noor grabbed another win, with Riki Tanioka first between DD2 Masters. Kane Shepherd and now tops the championship scoreboard. First time at the top for Shahan Ali Mohsin in Micro Max. REPORT: M. NASSI / PICS: B. LEONG Weather was hot and humid like the previous round , but late Saturday afternoon thunderstorm and lightning were seen and heard near the track area and officials decided to postpone the remaining heat 2 for the Senior, Junior and DD2 to the next day. Just after the race was stopped, heavy rain came

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pouring down and literally stopping all racing for that day. The AMC Round 4 returns to Sepang karting circuit on the 28th-29th May. This track is familiar to most drivers and they will all hope to make the most of their experience to gain maximum points for the following round.

DD2 - Senna Noor won the race but it was not all easy from the start. In qualifiers his brakes kept locking up and had to retire after just one lap, and this puts him to the back of the pack. In the heats, he climbed up to fifth and shortened the gap in both heats. Senna was on grid 6 for prefinal start, he didn' t


ABOVE, DD2 PODIUM BELOW, HAHAN ALI MOHSIN (11) TAKES HIS FIRST MICRO MAX WIN.

KANE SHEPHERD (177) MAKES THE RIGHT MOVE IN JUNIOR FINAL AND WINS OVER DANIAL FROST

from 4th to 3rd place was waiting for Nayan to make his move, but they both ended up just following Senna. Eshan Pieris, grid 3, for the final despite DNS in heat 1 due to electrical failure and had to start from last prefinal grid Eshan didn' t get a good start and dropped behind James Veerapen but managed to catch up on lap 18. But that time it was a bit too late to attack Nayan. In the end, Senna was first to the chequered flag, Nayan 2nd, Eshan 3rd, James Veerapen 4th and Ariff Amran 5th in the DD2 senior category. Riki Tanioka finished 1st in DD2 master category with no real challenge coming from his rivals. His closest rival is Ong Chee Mang but he was behind other DD2 senior drivers and was unable to get any closer to Riki.

Junior - Danial Frost looked set to win but Kane Shepherd stole the show and claimed victory. It was a bitter blow because Danial had been leading in the practice, heats and prefinal. In the final, Kane Shepherd was on grid 2 and was on Dania' s tail from the word go. Kane Shepherd overtook Danial on lap 10; he only just managed to stay ahead, enough to prevent Danial from overtaking. Prassetyo Hadrja, AMC Round 2 Junior category could do no better than 3rd. He started 6th in the final and pushed his way up to 3rd before dropping down to 4th and finally back to 3rd after overtaking his teammate, Romain Leroux on lap 16. Romain finished 4th and Alexander Brown 5th. Senior - Silvano Christian made no VROOM INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINE 59


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Above, Senna Noor (342) once again proves to be the man to beat. Right, rivalry between Ali Mohsin and Oscar Ng finished after the race.

ROTAX MAX ASIA CHALLENGE

mistake this round and took home the win. Right at the start of the final, Silvano powered on and proceed to break away from the pack. However Darryl Wenas 2nd in the grid powered on and chased after Silvano. Ricky Donison started 3rd, followed closely behind. But all 3 drivers were quite equal and there was no big enough gap for the 2nd and 3rd driver to try anything. Gabrielle Teo, the only girl driver in the senior category had no luck this round as her kart kept experiencing some electrical issues. Nabil Hutasuhut who didn’t have much luck in the last 2 rounds but this

CHAMPIONSHIP ASIA STANDING

DD2 1) 342 Senna Sulaiman Noor 266; 2) 369 Nayan Chatterjee 240; 3) 401 Riki Tanioka 237; 4) 322 James Veerapen 234; 5) 300 Long Mohammad Nor Ariff 218; 6) 311 Brendan Paul Anthony 213; 7) 312 David Sitanala 210; 8) 412 Ong Chee Mang 194; 9) 336 Hafizi Samad 190; 10) 577 Lee Lung Nien 187 SENIOR 1) 251 Silvano Christian 262; 2) 208 Ricky Donison 252; 3) 210 Darryl Wenas 245; 4) 209 Barrichello Noor 225; 5) 250 Gabriella Teo 224; 6) 268 Nabil Hutasuhut 220; 7) 225 Izzat Hanif 217; 8) 253 Rifqi Rakamulya 216; 9) 248 Ahmad Gunadi 199; 10) 215 Pasha M Shaquille 195 JUNIOR 1) 177 Kane Shepherd 254; 2) 168 Prassetyo Hardja 237; 3) 171 Romain Leroux 230; 4) 101 Danial Frost 229; 5) 138 Arsh Johany 227; 6) 131 Lin Tsen Han 226; 7) 135 Muhammad Sidqi Ahmad Said 222; 8) 105 Alexander Dimaano Brown 212; 9) 115 Nik Zamir Zakwan 202; 10) 125 Muhammad Amirul Haikal 202

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MICRO MAX 1) 11 Shahan Ali Mohsin 251; 2) 22 Oscar Ng 246; 3) 81 Hayden Haikal 244; 4) 55 Dylan Bondi 235; 5) 77 Amer Harris 234; 6) 90 Sergio Noor 232; 7) 20 Adam Mikail 212; 8) 99 Krit Boonyang 210; 9) 80 Aditya Wibowo 144; 10) 27 Calvin Wibowo 126

MALAYSIA STANDING

DD2 1) 322 James Veerapen 256; 2) 300 Long Mohammad Nor Ariff 246; 3) 311 Brendan Paul Anthony 239; 4) 412 Ong Chee Ming 228; 5) 336 Hafizi Samad 228; 6) 317 Nazim Azman 222; 7) 555 Kong Chun Keat 213; 8) 422 Eric Yong 143; 9) 432 Alan Saw 138; 10) 419 Thiru Kumaran 138 SENIOR 1) 225 Izzat Hanif 261; 2) 202 Adam Haikal Mazrul Haizad 175; 3) 283 Adam Muqri 86 JUNIOR 1) 135 Muhammad Sidqi Ahmad Said 257; 2) 138 Arsh Johany 254; 3) 115 Nik Zamir Zakwan 245; 4) 125 Muhammad Amirul Haikal 244 MICRO MAX 1) 81 Hayden Haikal 256; 2) 22 Oscar Ng 254; 3) 77 Amer Harris 253; 4) 20 Adam Mikail 237

round, he was able to secure a top 5 finish. Nabil started at 10th place, pushed himself much harder to climb up the pack all the way to 4th place. Izzat Hanif showed he has the pace when he took first in the time trials for previous rounds, also didn’t have much luck and would crashed out of the race or fallen behind the pack. But this time he kept his nerve and pushed up to get 5th place.

Micro - Shahan Ali Mohsin put up a strong performance to win the Micromax category. The last 2 rounds, Shahan nearly gotten a podium finish but this round, he made no mistake to claim his first win this season. Shahan, although top the time trial, had a difficult time in the heats especially heat 2 where he was knocked out and his chain broke. In the prefinal, Shahan started at 6th place but made his way up to finished 3rd. Once the final round got underway, Shahan wasted no time to go up and overtook his team mate, Hayden Haikal, to go up to 2nd and giving a strong challenge to Amer Harris. Amer and Shahan swapped places throughout the race, keeping everyone, especially drivers’ fathers on edge. Amer led from lap 8 but he lost lead to Shahan on lap 12, then Shahan gave in to Amer on lap 14. On the last lap, Shahan was determined, he made his move and overtook Amer and pressed hard to the finish line. Hayden Haikal finished 3rd, he was unable to keep pace and challenge the first 2 drivers. Oscar Ng finished 4th and Sergio Noor finished 5th. Dylan Roger started first in the final, but was swarmed out by the pack and dropped back. However, in the meanwhile his kart had electrical problems and slowed down too.


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BNL KARTING SERIES GENK CIRCUIT, GENK (BEL) 8th MAY 2016 – ROUND 1

COOL START Fantastic opening weekend for the BNL Karting Series; warm weather welcomed the international championship. A combination of fine weather, full grids and close racing made it much more than a successful first race weekend of the BNL season. REPORT: P. DE ROECK PICS: M. MELIS

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In the run-up to the first race the BNL Organisation opened up subscriptions to the KZ class too. Lots of drivers were interested but only a few entered. The organisation had to suspend the KZ class at the last moment. Unfortunate because the BNL Karting Series has proved to be a good basis for a lot of skilled drivers in the past. Max Verstappen, in force with RBR since this week, Beiste Visser, one of the main contenders in Formula V8, Milan Dontje, driving LMP3 this year and Jules Szymkowiak, this weekend’s winner driven Blancpain Sprint Series at Brands Hatch, all competed in the KZ class in the past at Genk proving that the BNL

Karting Series is a good basis for the popular KZ shifter class. Micro Max Battles in the Micro Max are always exciting, now even more with a good starting grid and young drivers dreaming to become the next successful Formula 1 driver. Lucas Schoenmakers took pole leading on Dani van Ruthen and Dion Franc. Lucas was the fastest in the prefinal but he dropped down to second. Dion Franc takes the win with Rookie Kris Haanen and Dani van Ruiten following behind. Although it was a very close call, Robert de Haan stops best practise time on Sunday. Dani van Ruiten followed just


The Junior Max races gets underway with Venturi (49), Leroy (78), Ide (99) and Van Berlo (14).

ONE OF THE PROTAGONISTS OF MINI MAX KOBE PAUWELS WINS BOTH RACES ON SATURDAY. MICRO MAX DRIVERS

JUNIOR MAX STARTS WITH A COLLISION IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PACK. 2 thousands slower with Lucas coming third. The races weren’t as tight as qualifiers. On Sunday, Schoenmakers and van Ruiten set the pace in race 1. Schoenmakers takes the win followed by van Ruiten and Haanen. In race 2 the main contenders swapped places continuously. Van Ruiten wins ahead of Schoenmakers and Senna Kortman.

Mini Max Kobe Pauwels is in great

shape this year. Rally cross driver Koen Pauwels’ son covers many miles and it pays off. He won both races on Saturday, his start to the weekend couldn’t be better. Mike van Vugt took two second places on Saturday. Sunday looked promising, could become a thriller. Mike van Vugt started on pole,

Pauwels second and Dani van Dijk third. Pauwels and van Vugt set the pace. A lot was going on among the back markers, but no one else was able to go for the win. Van Vugt took two wins, but he wasn’t certain of the overall win. Even though Pauwels was one of the favourites in race 1, he took the lead after a couple of laps but van Vugt

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fought back and grabbed win. After van Vugt was given a time penalty for dirty play and win went to Pauwels, van Dijk was second and van Vugt third. Race two was van Vugt‘s, only half a second on Kobe Pauwels. Rick Bouthoorn came up to take last podium step. Junior Max On Saturday Leroy Jagesar was unbeatable in the Junior Max. It’s evident that the Dutch driver aims to get to car racing and wants to end his last year in Rotax Max in style. The TKP/JVD driver is on a roll but the British drivers were at hand. Mark Kimber took pole before Tom Canning and Leroy Jagesar. This first official race of the BNL Karting Series 2016 was an all international gathering of very skilled drivers. Leroy Jagesar and Xavier Handsaeme had to maintain their top ten positions

BNL KARTING SERIES

adapted once again to the European lifestyle. He took pole on Saturday in front of rookie Jordan Brown Nutley and Johnathan Hoggard. Hoggard like Besler, both very talented, had their bout of bad luck in the heats and thus needed to hold on to their places in the championship as best he could. van Kalmthout took the lead in the final; Van Parijs followed and then retook the lead from Rinus van Kalmthout. Soon after, it was van Kalmthout who took over the lead again. Van Parijs hooked on his wagon and waited until the very last moment to attack and overtake van Kalmthout on an unexpected place on track. Vincent Jewell could not benefit from this action and came home third after van Kalmthout and Van Parijs who grabbed win. Van Kalmthout was on

MARK KIMBER ON POLE AND GRABS FIRST FINAL WIN SENIOR MAX BERKAY BESLER LEADING THE PACK DD2 At last also DD2 had a packed

which was mainly British. Jagesar lead at first but soon Kimber followed by Jenson Butterfield and Tom Canning overtake. In the second finale we had to wait till the very last end of the race to get some suspension. The second final wasn’t on the same level as final one, and Canning took the win with Joe Turney and Jenson Butterfield following behind. Jagesar came fourth while Nick Cuppens made his way up from rear grids to grab a well-earned 6th place, which is worth mentioning. Senior Max Rinus van Kalmthout is back from his American adventure. He has

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pole again on Sunday, with Besler on grid two and Jordan Brown Nutley third. Berkay Besler was unbeatable in the heats and was on pole position for the finals where he was outstanding. The final wasn’t as exciting, Besler quickly pulled away from the pack and this also was the case with the following group that broke up too. In the end Nutley was very close to Besler but not enough to take the chequered flag. Saturday’s winner, Rinus van Kalmthout took third and Glenn Van Parijs got a time penalty and was sixth after starting way back into the top ten.

grid. Together with the DD2 Masters Drivers there were some very exciting races mid-field duels and some heavy battles. Pole on Saturday was for Christof Huibers but he got a technical DQ. Kevin Ludi inherited pole and won the first race. In the second race he came second tailing a very strong Aaron Sherlock. Kevin Ludi’s pole on Sunday was not really a surprise. But P2 for Masters Driver Ian Gepts all the more! Constantin Schoell drove to the third place. The start of the first race was not perfect for Ian Gepts, he immediately dropped a couple of places. Although the Zanardi driver had all the chances to win the DD2 Masters class he also engaged into the battles for the overall class, and rightly so. Ludi won race 1 fairly easy leading on Schoell and Abdullah Al Rawahi. Just like Saturday the Sunday race was a couple of laps


DD2 CHAMPIONSHIP Pos. 1 2 3 4 5 6

to long for Ludi who had to let Aaron Sherlock through again after he had been leading practically throughout the race. Barrie Pullinger took third with Christof Huibers fourth.

MICRO CHAMPIONSHIP Pos. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

N. Name/Entrant Chassis/Nat. Pt 8 Dani Van Ruthen TONYKART 207 Dani Van Ruthen NLD 3 Lucas Schoenmakers (R) Tonykart 204 Hugo Motorsport NLD 37 Dion Franc Tonykart 204 Franc M. NLD 24 Kris Haanen (R) EVO Kart 188 Haanen Pwm NLD 77 Senna Kortman Kosmic 196 Kortmann R. NLD 6 Robert De Haan (R) Hero 189 G.c.w De Haan NLD 22 Liewe Rutten Birel 179 Rutten Liewe BEL 5 Daniel Sugar FA Kart 177 Top Motorsport Hu HUN 41 Senna Versluijs CRG 187 Versluijs J NLD 19 Bryan Laudenberg Birel 183 Laudenberg Bryan DEU

7 8 9 10

N. Name/Entrant 609 Kevin Ludi Spirit Racing 649 Aaron Sherlock Strawberry Racing 606 Barrie Pullinger Barrie Pullinger 611 Constantin Schoell Daems Racing Team 654 Abdullah Al Rawahi Kms / Birel Art M.e. 607 Christof Huibers Huibers Christof 657 Ian Gepts (M) Gepts Ian 635 Joey Alders Alders Joey 653 Michael Cool Autoclub Excelsior 610 Jordy Lievens Lievens Jordy

JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP Pos. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Chassis/Nat. KOSMIC CHE TONYKART IRL FA KART GBR TONYKART AUT BIREL OMA GILLARD BEL ZANARDI BEL ZANARDI NLD TONYKART BEL FA KART BEL

Pt 214

SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP Pos. 1

207

2

197

3

195

4

187

5

172

6

169

7

169

8

169

9

168

10

N. Name/Entrant Chassis/Nat. Pt 78 Leroy Jagesar FA KART 207 Jagesar R NLD 38 Tom Canning KOSMIC 200 Kr Sport GBR 69 Jenson Butterfield (R) TONYKART 198 Strawberry Racing Y G GBR 13 Tijmen Van Der Helm (R) FA KART 171 Vander Helm Gerard NLD 15 Joe Philips KOSMIC 180 Phlips Joe GBR 26 Zsombor Kovacs BIREL 177 Kms HUN 16 Glenn Van Berlo TONYKART 157 Van Berlo Marcel NLD 18 Mark Kimber TONYKART 155 Strawberry Racing GBR 74 Nick Cuppens (R) TONYKART 165 Daems Racing Team BEL 143 Tehmur Chohan 159 Paul Konings Racing UAE

N. Name/Entrant 209 Berkay Besler Mehmet Besler 202 Rinus Van Kalmthout Daems Racing Team 206 Glenn Van Parijs Van Parijs Glenn 377 Fazio Franssen Franssen Fazio 216 Nicolas Schรถll Strawberry Racing 205 Vincent Jewell Titanic Rt 222 Jordan Brown Nutley Top Motorsport 228 Dylan Lahaye Lahaye Dylan 235 Filip Wojtowicz (R) Dfk Racing 212 Daniel Woik Woik Motorsport

MINI CHAMPIONSHIP Pos. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

N. Name/Entrant 22 Kobe Pauwels Pauwels Koen 7 Mike Van Vugt Van Vugt Mwa 56 Dani Van Dijk (R) Van Dijk 66 Luka Nurmi Tino Nurmi 77 Gilles Stadsbader Daems Racing Team 126 Marcel Surmacz Kms 1 Thomas Martens (R) Houben Els 21 Kai Rillaerts (R) Daems Racing Team 99 R. Van De Westelaken S. Van De Westelaken 27 Luca Leistra Leistra

Chassis/Nat. TONYKART TUR Tonykart NLD Tonykart BEL Tonykart NLD Tonykart AUT Tonykart BEL Tonykart GBR Birel BEL Gillard BEL Tonykart DEU

Pt 135

Chassis/Nat. TONYKART BEL Tonykart NLD DR Kart NLD Birel FIN Tonykart BEL Birel POL Birel BEL Exprit BEL Tonykart NLD Birel BEL

Pt 217

134 134 127 126 125 116 114 124 112

209 183 173 182 174 163 163 172 170

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VROOMBOX SUPER ONE SERIES GYG KARTING, GLAN Y GORS (UK) MAY 15th 2016 – 3rd ROUND MATT ENGLAND WINS THE SECOND FINAL IN ABKC NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

The Awning Company Super One Series Round 3: Glan y Gors, Wales 14-15 May 2016 Blistering hot weather kept yet another Super One round all dry at the undulating north Wales circuit and the first chance to see the very quick KZ1 gearbox karts competing for their own MSA British crown. Harry Thompson gets the better of Taylor Barnard in the last quarter lap of the first final, repeating the win in the second final of MSA British Cadet Championship (IAME). Between KZ1 drivers Scott Allen wins the first round, while John Pike takes the second final. In the ABkC National Championship for TKM Extreme Phil Smith sweeps both finals, but in the second one is found 0.3kg underweight at the end and thus handing the win to Matt England. Between Junior TKM Adam Sparrow grabs a win in the second final, after a second place in first final. Ben Kasperczak takes the lead in the first final of the Honda Cadet, whilst in the second race is Alex Eades who takes the win. X30 shows a double sweep in both Junior and Senior: between the youngest driver is Gordon Mutch who kills the competition, while Matt Davies rules the Senior.

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RESULTS MSA British Cadet Championship (IAME) Final 1 (16 laps) 1 Harry Thompson (Fusion/Synergy); 2 Joseph Taylor (Fusion/Synergy); 3 Jonny Wilkinson (KMS/ZIP); 4 Alex Simmonds (AIM/ZIP); 5 Max Dodds (Fusion/Synergy); 6 Georgi Dimitrov (Fusion/ Synergy). Final 2 (16 laps) 1 Thompson 13m 14.47s; 2 Kenneally +0.29s; 3 Taylor; 4 Dimitrov; 5 Wilkinson; 6 Simmonds. MSA British Short Circuit Gearbox Championship (KZ1) Final 1 (19 laps) 1 Scott Allen (Jade Karts/Gold/IAME); 2 John Pike (Privateer/NJR Octane/Maxter); 3 Dan Kelly (AFR/Birel ART/TM); 4 Josh Smith (Privateer/ BirelART/TM); 5 Hannah Lang (MK Racing/Tonykart/ Vortex). Final 2 (19 laps) 1 Pike; 2 Allen; 3 Kelly; 4 Smith; 5 Lang.   ABkC National Championship for TKM Extreme Final 1 (18 laps) 1 Phil Smith (Precision Racing/ Tonykart); 2 Matt England (Tal-Ko/Tal-Ko); 3 Kye Springfield (Privateer/Tonykart); 4 Kyle Sproat (Litchfield Motorsport/Tonykart); 5 Matthew Allnutt (TWM/Tonykart); 6 Matthew Taylor (Flex/Tonykart). Final 2 (18 laps) 1 England; 2 Sproat; 3 Allnutt; 4 Monks; 5 Gemma Golba (Privateer/DSG Marco); 6 Wallace.   ABkC National Championship for Junior TKM Final 1 (18 laps) 1 Bradley White (Privateer/Tal-Ko); 2 Adam Sparrow (Tal-Ko/Tal-Ko); 3 Lee Whittingham (Privateer/Tonykart); 4 Ian Sisson (Privateer/Jade);

5 Joe Fowler (Jade Karts/Jade); 6 Ross Deal (SJM/ Tonykart). Final 2 (18 laps) 1 Sparrow; 2 Pulling; 3 Fowler; 4 Whittingham; 5 Sisson; 6 Kurt Roberts (Privateer/ Jade). ABkC National Championship for Honda Cadet Final 1 (16 laps) 1 Ben Kasperczak (BRK/BRK); 2 Archie Brown (Privateer/BRK); 3 Harry Thompson (CER/ Synergy); 4 Archie Swinscoe (BRK/BRK); 5 Reggie Duhy (Privateer/Synergy); 6 Alex Eades (Global/ZIP). Final 2 (16 laps) 1 Eades; 2 Wesley Mason (Project One/Project One); 3 Thompson; 4 Duhy; 5 Swinscoe; 6 Kasperczak.   Junior X30 International Qualifier Final 1 (18 laps) 1 Gordon Mutch (Clan Racing/Mad Croc); 2 Ethan Pitt (Jade Karts/Gold); 3 Angus Fender (Jade Karts/Gold); 4 Oliver Greetham (S8 Racing/ Alonso); 5 Harrison Smith (Privateer/MS); 6 Alicia Goundry (Goundry Girls/Kosmic). Final 2 (18 laps) 1 Mutch; 2 McQuillan; 3 Pitt; 4 Fender; 5 Greetham; 6 Dragan Pinsent (DKR/Tonykart).   Senior X30 International Qualifier Final 1 (18 laps) 1 Matt Davies (Privateer/Tonykart); 2 Brett Ward (MLC/Mach 1); 3 Jack Partridge (Melliosport/Gold); 4 Scott Mackrell (Coles/Tonykart); 5 Sam Marsh (DHR/Alonso); 6 Charlie Turner (Protrain/Tonykart). Final 2 (18 laps) 1 Davies 12m 49.30s; 2 Ward +0.41s; 3 Marsh; 4 Turner; 5 Mackrell; 6 Josh Collings (DHR/ Alonso).


AUSTRALIAN KART CHAMPIONSHIP MONARTO KARTING COMPLEX, MONARTO (AUS) MAY 15th 2016 – 3rd ROUND

DRIVERS CHAMPIONSHIP Cadet 9

1 RYAN TOMSETT .......... 124 2 ALEX NINOVIC ........... 123 3 BEN HOLLIDAY ........... 109 Cadet 12

KAI ALLEN LEADING THE CADET 12 FIELD

1 Kai Allen ....................... 197 2 Kobi Williams ............... 140 3 James Wharton ........... 128 KA4 Junior

KZ2 Dutchman Marijn Kremers broke through for his maiden victory in Australia by leading home a Patrizcorse trifecta at Round Three with Troy Loeskow and Chris Hays joining the Ricciardo Kart pilot on the podium of the Australian Kart Championship presented by Jayco and Castrol EDGE in South Australia. After moving into the lead on the opening lap Kremers was never headed in the main event before crossing the line almost two seconds clear of Loeskow. 1. Marijn Kremers – Ricciardo/IAME (Netherlands) 2. Troy Loeskow - Ricciardo/IAME (Queensland) 3. Chris Hays – BirelART/IAME (Queensland)

in Puckapunyal, Shamick Racing youngster Harry Arnett continued his improvement this weekend in Monarto to battle for the Cadet 9 victory. Arnett grabbed the lead from the outside front row at the start of the final before Alex Ninovic fought back to reclaimed the lead a handful of laps later. The duo then raced nose to tail for several laps before Arnett fought back at half race distance and edged away for the victory. 1. Harry Arnett – Arrow/Vortex (Victoria) 2. Ryan Tomsett – Tony Kart/Vortex (NSW) 3. Alex Ninovic – TB Kart/Vortex (NSW)

X30 Kremers set the pace for the majority of the weekend in the X30 class only to be led across the line by Leigh Nicolaou in the final. A post-race driving infringement penalty for Nicolaou handed the win to Kremers ahead of Zac Soutar and Adam Lindstrom. 1. Marijn Kremers – Ricciardo/IAME (Netherlands) 2. Zac Soutar – Kosmic/IAME (Victoria) 3. Adam Lindstrom – Formula K/IAME (Victoria)

KA4 Junior Jay Hanson, Beau Harris and Joashua Smith enjoyed a three way battle in the KA4 Junior final before Hanson held on for the win. 1. Jay Hanson – Haase/IAME (Victoria) 2. Beau Harris – Haase/IAME (Victoria) 3. Joshua Smith – Arrow/IAME (Victoria)

KA2 Gold Coast teenager Jack Doohan moved to the top of the Championship standings in the KA2 class with a faultless display in Monarto. After dominating the qualifying race action the Red Bull-backed driver was pressured by Damon Papasergio in the final before holding on for his second straight victory. Papsergio finished second ahead of Harrison Hoey. 1. Jack Doohan – Kosmic/Vortex (Queensland) 2. Damon Papasergio – Tony Kart/Vortex (WA) 3. Harrison Hoey – CompKart/Vortex (Queensland) KA3 Senior Local driver Ben Delaney was one of the front runners in the KA3 Senior class across the weekend. After enjoying victory in the final heat race, he then showed his opposition a clean pair of heels in the final to cross the line first ahead of Cody Donald and Matthew McLean. 1. Ben Delaney – Tony Kart/IAME (SA) 2. Cody Donald – Arrow/IAME (Victoria) 3. Matthew McLean – Arrow/IAME (Victoria) Cadet 9 Following a strong showing at the previous round

TaG 125 Queenslander Brendan Nelson secured his third consecutive round win in the TaG 125 class aboard his FA Kart. After dominating the qualifying races Nelson opened a handy buffer over the Joshua Car in the early laps of the final. Car closed in late in the race to pressure Nelson but was unable to find a way past the Championship leader and had to settle for second place. 1. Brendan Nelson – FA Kart/IAME (Queensland) 2. Joshua Car – CompKart/Rotax (NSW) 3. Thomas Hughes – Tony Kart/Rotax (Victoria) Cadet 12 Shamick Racing’s Kai Allen was nothing short of dominant all across the weekend in the Cadet 12 class. Allen won every race across the weekend and crossed the line 4.7 seconds clear of Fletcher Harris in the final. Local driver Blake Purdie crossed the line third after an intense battle late in the race. Purdie did however receive a post-race penalty elevating his Zanardi Corse Australia team-mate Christian Cowie onto the podium. 1. Kai Allen – CRG/Vortex (Victoria) 2. Fletcher Harris – Hasse/Vortex (Victoria) 3. Christian Cowie – Zanardi/Vortex (SA)

1 Travis Worton .............. 157 2 Benito Montalbano .... 145 3 Cooper Webster ......... 130 KA2

1 Jack Doohan ................ 154 2 Harrison Hoey ..............113 3 Lachlan Hughes .......... 106 KA3 Senior

1 Cody Donald ............... 131 2 Jordan Nicolaou ..........119 3 Matthew McLean .........112 TaG 125

1 Brendan Nelson .......... 213 2 Joshua Car ................... 156 3 Mitchell Hewitt .............119 X30

1 Daniel Rochford .......... 135 2 Marijn Kremers ............ 122 3 Adam Lindstrom ......... 108 KA1

1 Reece Sidebottom ..... 180 2 Scott Sorensen ............ 158 3 Liam McLellan .............. 127 KZ2

1 David Sera .................... 168 2 Joshua Fife ....................115 3 Chris Hays ...................... 88 3 Marijn Kremers ................ 88

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SWITZERLAND – SCHWEIZER KART-MEISTERSCHAFT TCS ZENTRUM, LIGNIÈRES (CH) MAY 22nd 2016 – 2nd ROUND

SUPER MINI SPERANDIO (48) KZ2 MÜLLER, VONLERBER, HÖKFELT

Swiss karting championship goes on home soil in Lignières in canton Neuchâtel in the second of six rounds. In all five classes and a total of 15 races excite spectators offering an extremely intense motorsport. In the premier class KZ2 there was a sensation: the kart Lady Isabelle Von Lerber (Swiss Hutless) won against the entire male competition! KZ2 START FINALE

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X30 CHALLENGE MAZOU (44), LEHNER (3)

KZ2 CHAMPIONSHIP Pos. 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) 7) 8) 9) 10) 11) 12) 13) 14) 15) 16) 17) 18) 19) 20) 21) 22) 23) 24) 25) 26)

N. Name

12 53 10 92 22 5 33 45 39 2 17 21 9 94 28 35 37 1 23 16 77 13 69 63 14 6

VON LERBER Isabelle HÖKFELT Paul REINHARD André VINDICE Loic ROHRBASSER Nicolas WOHLWEND Fabienne LUISIER Sébastien MÜLLER Sven VON ALLMEN Pascal WEIBEL Dominik ALVARO Vincenzo WIDMER Tobias AUBRY Ivan VON AESCH Yves Oliver VANTAGGIATO Evan RHYN Rudolf ZÜRCHER Mike LUYET Jean NUSSBAUM Arnaud SÄTTELI Samuel KISSLING Philipp SALLIN Arnaud TRUMMER Simon JAQUEMET Christophe WEBER Alain WOLHAUSER Marc

Nat SUI SUI SUI SUI SUI SUI SUI SUI SUI SUI SUI SUI FRA SUI SUI SUI SUI SUI SUI SUI SUI SUI SUI SUI SUI SUI

Equipment Points Swiss Hutlees / TM Racing 98 CRG / Maxter 97 Tony Kart / Vortex 91 Praga / Parilla 76 Kosmik / Vortex 76 DR / Modena 67 Croc Promotions / TM Racing 60 Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega 53 Swiss Hutless / Maxter 44 Exprit / Modena 35 Swiss Hutless / TM Racing 34 DR / TM Racing 33 Croc Promotions / TM Racing / Vega 30 Swiss Hutless / TM Racing 24 Croc Promotions / TM Racing 23 Birel / TM Racing / Vega 20 MAD / TM Racing 19 Tony Kart / Vortex 19 Tecno / TM Racing 18 Intrepid / Modena 14 DR / TM Racing 13 Tecno / TM Racing 9 Praga / Parilla 9 Praga / Parilla / Vega 6 Formula K / TM Racing / Vega 3 ----0

OK SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP Pos. 1) 2) 3) 4) 5)

N. Name

35 8 46 91 45

KLAEY Yannick LEIMER Fabio WEIBEL Samuel FROTÉ Arthur MAIQUEL Santos Freitas

Nat SUI SUI SUI SUI SUI

Equipment Kosmik / Vortex Mach 1 / TM Racing Exprit / Vortex Swiss Hutlees / TM Racing Tony Kart / Vortex / Le Cont

SUPER MINI CHAMPIONSHIP Pos. 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) 7) 8) 9) 10) 11) 12) 13) 14) 15) 16) 17) 18) 19)

N. Name

48 65 27 53 3 5 77 91 44 12 7 4 24 2 18 11 88 8 14

SPERANDIO Elia FAGONE Alessio POSE Satya-Saian LAGROTTERIA Antonio HÊCHE Quentin LUGASSY Shannon BEN Samir ZIMMERLI Pirmin SCHOTT Esteban SAUTER Michael PANÈS Florent LOVRENOVIC Levin NAUDE Toni STEIGER Valentin RAIS Mathias LÜSCHER Ekaterina NEF Jesse OJJHE Ilian NEUHAUS Lynn

Nat SUI SUI SUI SUI SUI SUI SUI SUI SUI SUI SUI SUI FRA SUI SUI SUI SUI SUI SUI

Equipment Praga / TM Racing Exprit / TM Racing Swiss Hutless / LKE Exprit / TM Racing Swiss Hutless / Parilla Birel / LKE Swiss Hutlees / TM Racing Exprit / LKE / Vega Birel / LKE Exprit / TM Racing Tecno / Parilla Birel / TM Racing Kosmik / LKE Birel / LKE Birel / LKE Top Kart / Parilla Praga / Parilla / Vega Kosmik / LKE / Vega Tony Kart / Parilla / Vega

Points 124 123 108 88 45

Points 120 105 83 79 69 69 64 62 54 50 45 42 36 33 28 19 14 5 2

RESULTS KZ2 1) 12 Von Lerber Isabelle; 2) 45 Müller Sven; 3) 53 Hökfelt Paul; 4) 9 Aubry Ivan; 5) 33 Luisier Sébastien; 6) 10 Reinhard André; 7) 17 Alvaro Vincenzo; 8) 94 Von Aesch Yves Oliver; 9) 92 Vindice Loic; 10) 5 Wohlwend Fabienne; 11) 35 Rhyn Rudolf; 12) 39 Von Allmen Pascal; 13) 21 Widmer Tobias; 14) 28 Vantaggiato Evan; 15) 2 Weibel Dominik; 16) 63 Jaquemet Christophe; 17) 77 Kissling Philipp; 18) 6 Wolhauser Marc; 19) 22 Rohrbasser Nicolas; 20) 14 Weber Alain OK Senior 1) 8 Leimer Fabio; 2) 35

Klaey Yannick; 3) 46 Weibel Samuel; 4) 45 Maiquel Santos Freitas; 5) 91 Froté Arthur SuperMini 1) 48 Sperandio Elia; 2) 91 Zimmerli Pirmin; 3) 27 Pose Satya-Saian; 4) 44 Schott Esteban; 5) 53 Lagrotteria Antonio; 6) 3 Hêche Quentin; 7) 7 Panès Florent; 8) 12 Sauter Michael; 9) 65 Fagone Alessio; 10) 15 Lecertua Lorens; 11) 24 Naude Toni; 12) 2 Steiger Valentin; 13) 4 Lovrenovic Levin; 14) 18 Rais Mathias; 15) 11 Lüscher Ekaterina; 16) 5 Lugassy Shannon; 17) 8 Ojjhe Ilian; 18) 77 Ben Samir; 19) 88 Nef Jesse; 20) 14 Neuhaus Lynn

CANADA - CAN-AM KARTING CHALLENGE TRI-CITY KART CLUB, WASHINGTON (USA) MAY 22nd 2016 – 1st ROUND The Can-Am Karting Challenge opened up its 2016, welcoming just over 80 racers ranging from young and old, new to veteran, taking on the Horn Rapids Kart Track in Richland, Washington. Site of the Tri-Cities Kart Club program, the Can-Am racers called it home over the May 20-22 weekend. The 2016 Can-Am program is filled with Rotax Max Challenge and Superkarts! USA regional categories, as well as many options for club racers with the three age groups in the Briggs & Stratton 206 program, and the new TaG Senior and Open Shifter categories. This year is about welcoming everyone to come and enjoy the ` Can-Am' experience first-hand.

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TRACK TEST

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T TOO MUCH SO THE 60 MINIKART CAN BENEFIT FROM A CORRECT DATA STUDY TOO, AND THE TESTS CARRIED OUT BY OFFICINE IN PROGRESS, KARTWEB TEAM AND GULIZIA AS DRIVER, PROVE IT. REPORTS: MAURIZIO VOLTINI – PICS: OIP

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n several occasions in the previous issues of Vroom we have taken a look at how thanks to the instruments given to us by friends at Officine in Progress you can study several parameters concerned with how a kart works on a track, also the karts that aren’t so well-known, or on the contrary, those that have been overlooked because they are thought to be too simple (maybe they aren’t at all simple). In this month’s column, we are going to see how data acquisition is a “science” that has very few limits not only in terms of verifiable parameters, but also for what concerns situations and vehicles that can be studied. In fact, OiP experts have collaborated with Luca Mavilla’s Kartweb team to set up a 60 Minikart during the test in preparation of the Italian Championship in Castelletto di Branduzzo. On this occasion, the kart was driven by a young driver, Raffaele Gulizia. It is a known fact that the 60 Minikart isn’t a class to be underestimated as far as competition and formation is concerned. But we must be careful not to make the opposite mistake. In this case telemetry has helped the driver who didn’t know this track as he was driving here for the first time, so he had to “learn” the track, something that as we will see has had its effect, and inevitably this must be considered when experts evaluate the data picked up by the system. A system that - we

BESIDE THE KART, THE TWO MAIN PROTAGONISTS FACE TO FACE. DRIVER RAFFAELE GULIZIA AND OFFICINE IN PROGRESS MANAGER ANDREA SACCUCCI WITH THE TONY KART - VORTEX FOR THE 60 MINIKART CLASS

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add for curiosity sake – on the whole its sensors and data logger “box” has, however, passed the pre-race technical test, in fact, the system was left mounted up to the warm up session. Then they decided to take it off together with all the “disturbing” added elements when the race became more demanding (and stressing).


GRAPH 1 - EARLY OBSERVATION First of all, the first track test session helped the driver to gain confidence with the track, while the telemetry experts gathered the first data that, besides acting as base data for comparing any future improvements, they were at first useful to “see” both the driver’s and the kart’s response, and then try to immediately find the areas that needed to be worked on. Besides the early, understandable, indecision on behalf of the driver on how to use the accelerator pedal (tps), it was possible to pick up some discrepancies concerning carburetion, in particular concerning data picked up concerning gas temperature at the exhaust (TC) and at the lambda probe, which we are going to look into in the next graph.

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GRAPH 2 - LEAN IS NOT ALWAYS HOT In this case we have blown up a considerable area so that comparison with the lambda graphs (LCC) and thermocopy (TC) is better. To start with, don’t forget that the lambda probe measures the stoichiometric ratio of combustion and marks according to the amount of oxygen at the exhaust, if carburetion is really too rich or too lean. In particular, if the lambda value is equal to 1, carburetion is right as a “chemical” ratio between air and fuel; if the lambda value is more than 1 carburetion is lean and if below 1 it’s rich. In this case, near the cursor (the vertical line is about 495 at the metre) we can see that the driver opens gas again, and after an early relative enrichment (LCC_lambda has a negative peak) carburetion heads towards a relative leaning, but instead gas temperature at the exhaust continues to drop. This indicates an “emptying out” situation, that is, a situation where a lot of fuel comes out of the engine before it burns properly, instead it should give power seeing that we are in acceleration. However, usually a very variable lambda graph (usually from 0.76 to 0.90) shows an engine that is still rather changeable in the early phase of gas opening, a situation that the exhaust gas temperature at the first gas opening tends not to highlight. You must put it right.

GRAPH 3 - YOU CHANGE WITH EXPERIENCE

As we were saying, the driver is still trying to learn the track (no fault in this) and the 7 Laghi circuit isn’t always easy. Especially with the 60cc you have to choose the right path and try to balance speed and pathline round turns with the metres covered. After the first two sessions, you can compare the differences between the first reference lap (red line) covered in 58”3, and the second one (blue line) where it has improved and is now 56”5. Between the first and the second session, there was a briefing between driver and Daniele from OiP, where they worked out where and how it was possible to do better; at some points Raffaele was too slow half way round the turn, at other points he was too far from the ideal pathline, at other points he simply covered too much track. It is obvious that he didn’t show that he had understood how and where he could do better.

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GRAPH 4 - IMPROVED USE OF FUEL Like driving, also from the kart setup situation already on the second lap they managed to do better. After the incongruence underlined in the previous lap, they changed carburettor setting, carburettor was float type with 18 mm diameter diffuser. However, we can only tell you that no changes were made to chassis or setup, obviously we can’t say what the exact changes carried out were, seeing that they are “private” parameters obtained by the team and driver through hard work on the track (not expensive either), so it wouldn’t be fair to reveal them. You can however note the differences in the graphs comparing the first and the second turn (red line and blue line), in particular the way the driver manages to be more linear with use of accelerator, increasing time where he has it wide open at 100%. Also for this reason the lambda graph is much more constant and “less jagged” than before.

GRAPH 5 - MORE CONSTANT CARBURETION Either due to an improved use of the right pedal (gas is taken away later and delayed beforehand and it’s more gradually), or due to the changes carried out on carburetion this close up of the comparison graphs highlights these improvements and their influence on the data acquired. Some “spikes” registered, that is, peaks in the graphs are smaller. Improvement in carburetion also reflect on the confidence gained in using the accelerator, because, when the engine responds well the driver too feels more at ease and manages to make the best of his driving skill and drives with more self confidence. VROOM INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINE 75


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GRAPH 6 - THE LIMITS OF A LIMITATOR Also by looking at the previous graphs, where you find engine revs, you can see areas where the line is “serration”, this we have indicated with an arrow in this graph. This sudden jaggedness shows where the rev limiter has stepped in, this is very important in classes like the 60 Minikart. To start off with, we noticed how the point where limiter starts working isn’t particularly “mathematical”: that is, the speed at which the rev limiter starts working isn’t always the same, there can be minor variations (between 13970 and 14015 rpm in this case) because the control unit which isn’t digital. When it starts working, you can see how revs drop to 7000: seeing this, it’s the ignition sparks that diminish and not engine revs, and obviously this doesn’t help performance. Then we see that after a while it goes up to 13900 rpm again, a period that varies from 1”6 to 2”2. With the changes that were carried out, we noticed that the limiter feels carburetion and steps in at higher revs even if after it remains active for a longer period (0”4 more). To get a better reading of this graph, we must say that, it is relative to the starting straight and the gaps between the blue line (early laps) and the green line (the following laps) depend on the fact that the kart has covered a different number of metres due to different path-lines. Therefore, it’s the path-line covered and not the actual position on the track.

CONCLUSION

What has been underlined up till now, allows us to see how thanks to the synergy of the contemporaneous motoring improvements and drive, that less time taken, down to 56”3 is justified. Which then with other slight changes in carburetion consequent to the variable weather conditions; it was lowered to 56”3. Therefore the merit goes to both the experts and the driver, underlining however, that all this has made it possible to optimize the teams’ work much quicker.

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LOOKING INTO DRIVER PERFORMANCE

PART 5 – We continue with our column started last month on driver performance. REPORT: A. SACCUCCI WHEN LOOKING INTO THE DRIVER’S BRAKING THERE ARE THREE RULES: HOW, WHEN AND HOW MUCH. THESE RULES ARE FOR HIGHLIGHTING: THE BRAKING POINT, BRAKING SPACE AND REACTION TIME BETWEEN “GAS OFF-BRAKE ON”, THE SPEED WITH WHICH THE DRIVER REACHES MAXIMUM PRESSURE ON THE BRAKE PEDAL.

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LET’S TAKE A LOOK AND SEE HOW THE BRAKING CHANGES LOOKING AT THREE DIFFERENT DRIVERS AT THE SAME TURN WITH THE SAME KART Driver 1 Driver 3

Driver 2

DRIVER 1 - Channels shown are: throttle pedal and pressure on front brakes

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TELEME...TRICKS This analysis is relative to the turn shown in the picture: the driver has to reduce speed from 111 km/h to 40 km/h, this drop takes place in a space of 52.8 m and lasts 2.8 s. Also his reaction time (the driver removes his foot from the gas pedal and starts braking) is 0.3 seconds. Continuing the study we see that pressure on braking system rises to 21 bar and then remains constant and traced up to 23 bar, as if the driver is trying to compensate for the kart not being perfectly balanced. Notice how the channel “derived brake pressure” give us that precise information.

Instead, DRIVER 2 reduces speed from 113 km/h to 44 km/h, this takes place over 48,5 meters and lasts 2,3 seconds (4 meters and in half seconds less than driver 1) improving his lap time. What makes the difference in braking is the way it is modulated: the second driver increases pressure on the braking system from the beginning and then it decreases (without touching the pedal).

The DRIVER 3 reduces speed from 114 km/h to 46 km/h, and this takes place braking space

in 51,5 m and lasts 2,4 maximum pressure on brakes

speed

reaction time

TO CONCLUDE, DRIVER 2 CARRIES OUT BETTER BRAKING EVEN IF HE LEAVES THE GAS PEDAL EARLIER THAN THE OTHER TWO. THIS PILOT TAKES LESS SPACE TO BRAKE AND IS ABLE TO COME OUT OF THE TURN FASTER.

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seconds. In this case the driver makes a few mistakes going on brake pedal after the first “beaten”.


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TECHNICAL SIDE TWO-STROKE ENGINE

OFF THE CUFF REPORT: SIMONE SUARDI

Some general considerations, especially on future possibilities for the two-stroke engine seeing that karting is remaining its last bastion.

Hi my friends and, I can now say my faithful Vroom readers¼ with one thing and another a year has nearly passed since I first started with a column in this great magazine, amazing! Not every month, true, but one thing is sure, over the past six month I' ve hardly ever missed an issue. This column though, is going to be different from the usual ones: I feel I should continue not with one specific topic, but off the cuff. After having dealt in detail with rather complex topics, and specific issues, as much as I could here, things like combustion and it' s vulgar cousin, engine knock, this time I feel like getting away a bit and writing about anything that comes to mind, putting down some thoughts, maybe even a bit philosophical, but however thoughts that reflect my point of view on the present situation. Anyway, I hope you liked the previous columns, if you have any ideas, considerations, advice or any other thing that crossed your mind, you can contact me at info@vroom.it, and they will mail it on to me. I hope nobody gets angry if I take the liberty to do this now (without any permission to do so ¼ ha ha).

AWAKENING AFTER HIBERNATION Well the warm seasons are back, at least here they are as I' m writing this column (it' s early May), in the heart of the ª Motor Valleyº (near Modena, Italy), it looks as though it' s still autumn nothing like late spring¼ eat your heart out all those who have been saying that karting seasons aren' t as they used to be. Without a shadow of a doubt, next week we will have 30°C in the shade, but that' s the way it is. Anyway, I hope that many of you have started to traverse the asphalt on racing tracks, and I

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am sure that there’s some hero who has always been practising, without ever stopping over the cold winter months. How brave. For those who haven’t had time to do so yet, either because they have been too busy or due to the weather conditions, and hasn’t used the kart, first of all I hope you have hung it up, or had its tyres off the round and hopefully wrapped in an electric blanket … not switched on, obviously. The weather is not the only enemy for tyres because, as you all know, rubber tends to literally get old (the material deteriorates and tends to get stiffer), but also different changing temperatures, the cold and humidity affect the tyres. You probably know better than I do that they used to keep tyres, at least in amateur racing, inside black plastic bags and keep them sealed well to try and keep them as good as possible for the following season. I can tell you that I myself mounted tyres on a motor bike that had been kept like this for one year and the bad had been stored in a wooden chest, obviously they had lost some rear grip on corner exit, but they worked quite well. Obviously, you mustn’t expect to set best time, nor win a European event (not even a local race either), but I didn’t have to throw them away. After all, nowadays trying to save a bit of money isn’t at all bad, also in a sport like karting or any other motoring sport which isn’t really cheap. You have to spend, especially if you want to go fast… there’s nothing else to do. If you don’t care about saving, get a new set of tyres and

TO UPDATE THE TWO-STROKE TECHNOLOGY TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE THIRD MILLENNIUM, DIRECT FUEL INJECTIONS MAYBE WITH AIR ADDED, AS USED FOR THE AUSTRALIAN ORBITAL PATENT. Bob’s your uncle “no worries.” Obviously this is the best way! Like the tyres, look at all the other rubber components like the various oil seals, engine and gears, intake manifold and various couplings. If you see any cracks, either change them or try to get a spare one and keep it aside because in just an instant and with vibrations they will go maybe about five minutes after the first lap. Then, you really have to change them!

IS THERE A FUTURE FOR THE TWO-STROKE? Changing the topic, (off the cuff remember?), today during one of my rare coffee breaks, after the usual “man talk” we ended up talking about the solutions

used in the past, going back to the early nineteen hundreds, and such solutions were sometimes even uncomplicated, but in some cases they had just been thought up at the wrong time in history. Often, in fact, technology wasn’t ready to develop some ideas brought up by clever designers. In the end it wasn’t just rhetorical saying that, in most cases, someone had already thought of certain things before we did. At least, in the field of motorsport this has proved to be the case, and we have to accept it. However, after having heard things like “in twenty years time we will probably have to change jobs because everything will be electric”, I came out with, just for a laugh: «Well, probably in ten

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out of the championships “that count”, the ones that make real money, the 2-stroke have been out for over a decade (MotoGP), in others they haven’t ever even entered and maybe simple due to regulations (Formula 1). True, you have to start from the bottom, but nowadays the 2-stroke needs a net change and this is only possible where there are resources, lots of recourses, in terms of people, know how and money to invest. It’s no longer the time where an individual who has genius and creativity can actually change things. I think it is an improbable situation, let’s say, with the degree of specialisation required today. Probably most of you don’t know, and certainly quite a while

ALSO TIMING DISTRIBUTION IN FOUR-STROKE ENGINES COULD MEET NEW FRONTIERS, ESPECIALLY IF ONE COULD DO WITHOUT THE MUSHROOM VALVE AND REPLACE THEM WITH ROTATING FUNCTION SOLUTIONS years time we’ll go back to the two-stroke». As everyone knows, I am a fan of the two-stroke and will be to my dying day, they were my first love, if not I wouldn’t be writing this page, and to be honest I still think that there is a chance and not a remote one either. Everyone can see that nowadays they are, unfortunately, relegated, to only a few sporadic events, not even top ones, even if the level is good, I have nothing against engine tuners, drivers and kart drivers in general, but

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ago, an Australian firm, Orbital, made a direct injection helped by air, to make up for the brief mixing period, which seemed to work quite well; and not by chance that patent for two-stroke applications, as far as I know, was bought by several important car and motorcycle manufacturing set ups. Always from what I’ve heard, some factories, important ones, already had some small fleets of vehicles powered by 2 stroke injection engines. That

period was the same one when diesel started to seriously pick up also out of heavy transport thanks to that simple idea, but at the same time very crafty, it was the very well known common rail. A project that I’d like to underline, has Italian origin, seeing that it was invented inside the Fiat Research Centre. Then everything was sold to Bosch who had the means and the resources to make it work (and on which, in the end, they have made real money from this). The thing is that many factories are at a crossroad: diesel or two-stroke? Without a shadow of a doubt, the first seemed an investment that was less hazardous and I’d say it’s evident which one top managers have opted for. They have done nothing but decided on the direction obviously towards which the market tended for. The great risk of betting on the 2-stroke could have already been itself the prejudice of people who have the idea that it is an engine that consumes, pollutes and spits oil; in fact the idea itself isn’t really wrong, but from what we have seen today, well... And this is the exact point I wanted to get to: who says that I have to do things like they have always been done using transfer and exhaust ports, lubrication loss and other things?

EFFICIENCY AND INJECTION The symptoms for the relatively “scarce” efficiency of the traditional two-stroke engine were also noticed in early 2000 when they raced contemporarily the spectacular 500 cc 2-stroke


FOLLOWING THE WAVE The thing is that it’s an old idea, which has been left practically the same since Walter Kaaden first came up with the idea of an expansion muffler. Ok, in the meantime there have been changes such as doing away with the old “piston port”, that is, piston controlled induction, and the use of better methods like the lateral rotary disc, reed valve and, in the end, everything was developed to its maximum expression by Aprilia with its front rotary disc RSA 125cc, however, the substance is basically the same. The high specific power two-stroke has always been based on making the most of the pressure waves generated by the expansion muffler to avoid, at least in tuning revs, losing about 50% of the fresh load directly at the exhaust. Let me ask you a question: if you were to think of a new engine, would it seem logical to carry out the induction phase in a way that this is always connected to the exhaust duct? More so if the fuel is introduced before anything else? This means that if there is air loss, we are also losing fuel at the same time! I don’t think so. It’s obvious that this way there will never be a future for a two-stroke engine, because what we get from fluid dynamics at given revs, increasing the transfer phase and “blocking” the exhaust port and putting fuel load into the cylinder again, the fluid dynamics then removes it at other revs, because it does the exact opposite to what we’d like done. In the end, we’re talking about waves that can be controlled only up to a certain point. Among other things, in past issues we mentioned one of the ways commonly used to extend the range of function is to delay advance at high revs: so the hotter gasses are downloaded, because in fact we are moving combustion forward and the exhaust port, which opens always at the same instant will let the combustion process end earlier than usual. Hotter gasses means higher speed sound and, seeing that waves travel at the speed of sound, it’s as if we “fluid dynamically” shortened the muffler tuning the engine for an instant at a higher rev. Shame that removing advance is a way of killing engine efficiency. Generally speaking, we have more horse-power, but they are “worse”. This we talked about in previous issues of the magazine. And then without bearing in mind that for a mass production nowadays you need to have all those things like catalysts, diesel particulated filters (that luckily you don’t have to use on motorbikes yet) and the more you have the better, things that make it absolutely “impossible” for you to make the most of the dynamic of expansion thrust as you have in a two-stroke, to get remarkable power. In simple words, adding all the systems to the exhaust, the muffler would no longer be able to carry out the job that it was at first developed for.

against the 1000 4-stroke. In theory, the motorbikes that mounted the two-stroke, also lighter, should have had more or less the same level of performance, but it was evident the valve engines were far better. Aprilia then came out with, in lower classes of the world MotoGP, that great project, the RSA and this undoubtedly represented the apex of traditional twostroke development. Today though, it’s not enough, we have to look to the future. Imagine if you can’t get the injection to work properly and, which is the first thing to do, maybe taking the idea of the Orbital air assisted injection, because in any case, differently to the 4-stroke, you still have the problem of having very little time for the fuel to mix with the air, without considering the frequency of the same injection. At the same rotation revs as a 2-stroke it has to inject with twice the frequency, as the useful phases are double, but it could also theoretically give twice as much power! I mean, you could think of a configuration with a central spark plug and double injector, or a central injector, lateral spark plug, exhaust valve on head and perimetral induction “from below” through the ports. And if we talk about valves, do they have to be mushroom shaped? They could be spherical/ rotational with a central canal, shaped appropriately to prevent the coefficient of flow from dropping when the canal is no longer coaxial to the flow. Or if there were mushroom shaped, has the lift law got to be done by means of a traditional cam, making it move along the axis going into the cylinder? These are the first things that come to mind and obviously they are far fetched, because when you really come down to doing it you run into serious difficulties. One thing is sure; changes don’t come about if you do the usual things. One thing is sure, if we want a “revival” for the twostroke engine, I think it can no longer be the normal engine that we all love and know as it is. I am among those, I simply love the roar, the smell of the fuel

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mixture and the incredible weight/power ratio that it can bring about, but, I think we have come to a dead end road, there’s no way out.

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I’ve seen that last year Honda deposited a new patent (you can see the pictures included with this article) for a two-stroke fuel injection engine, which isn’t very far from one of the suggestions I made earlier. You can see at the induction a throttle with reed valve after it, if I’m not mistaken, I can see a fuel injector positioned down below, in the casing that “shoots” inside a transfer duct whose port is controlled by the piston. Up to this point, it seems like the 2.0 version of a piston port. At the top we can see the spark plug decentralised and at least an exhaust valve, controlled by a finger that seems to look like a rod that goes to the driveshaft. Well, if this was the case it isn’t all that awesome and I feel like saying that it certainly wasn’t made for motorcycles, or at least for applications where you need great specific power combined with high rotation speed. In any case, something is moving and I really hope that things continue to do so. There has to be someone important who believes in it and puts down a serious investment plan because the way I see it for small applications, that also include small cars, the two stroke has an incredible potential in terms of capability of connecting high performance with weight and very small dimensions. Without forgetting the simplicity of the basic mechanics. Let’s hope, as I honestly can’t stand hearing those 4-stroke single-cylinder “small tractors” that crowd our streets. My dear Vroom readers, the title gave advanced notices on all this; we really just talked off the cuff and now I think it’s time to conclude. I will see you again here, maybe next time with something more conventional, what do you think? Don’t worry, I already have some ideas. Rock on guys, see you next month.


LEGENDARY KARTS GLENN DAVIDSON REPLICAS MASTER OF REPLICAS GLENN DAVIDSON IS BACK WITH THIS MASTERPIECE: THE MASSIMILIANO ORSINI’S 1995 SWISS HUTLESS

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LEGENDARY KARTS GLENN DAVIDSON REPLICAS IN 1995 SWISS HUTLESS HAD A YEAR OF RESULTS ONE CAN ONLY DREAM OF CLAIMING THE SUZUKA WORLD CUP, EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS AND THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN FORMULA SUPER A. THE DRIVER BEHIND THE WHEEL OF THESE VICTORIES WAS MAX ORSINI AND 1995 PROVED TO BE THE START OF A SUCCESSFULL ERA TO COME FOR THE SWISS BRAND.

In the late 90’s I drove Swiss Hutless karts and this was the last kart I bought new and raced so I didn’t sell it on but kept it once I finished racing. As it was my kart thankfully I had all the genuine bits and this was one of the easiest restorations I’ve done.

THE ONLY THINGS I NEEDED TO PURCHASE TO REPLICATE THE LOOK OF MAX' S KART WAS NEW BODYWORK, A STEERING WHEEL, RIMS, NEW FUEL TANK, A RED SEAT AND THE ENGINE. AGAIN I CREATED ALL THE STICKERS MYSELF AND ALSO MANAGED TO PURCHASE SOME GENUINE OLD HUTLESS TEAM GEAR LIKE T-SHIRTS, JACKET, VEST AND GLOVES.

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DAVIDE GAGGIANESI FROM KG IN ITALY WAS A BIG HELP IN GETTING ME SOME OF THE OLD RED BODYWORK AND THE NOSE CONE I PICKED UP NEW FROM THE EX AUSTRALIAN HUTLESS DISTRIBUTORS. THE ENGINE IS A ITALSISTEM MV21 ROTARY VALVE ENGINE AND WAS A VERY SUCCESSFUL MODEL RACED BY MULTIPLE BRANDS AT THE TIME WITH A LOT OF SUCCESS.

The model of Hutless max raced was a hybrid kart made by the factory which they didn' t even bother to paint for the meeting. A distinctive feature of the kart was the 4th bearing carrier on the brake side of the frame and the rather distinctive C-clamp style stub axels Hutless used at the time. I have been told the the kart was very similar to the Swiss Hutless Maximo model. The kart drives that good still that after almost 20 years in 2013 a friend of mine raced the kart in a 4 round Yamaha Powered state series championship against current day karts and beat them all winning 3 out of the 4 rounds . Having such a connection to Swiss Hutless through my own racing the brand will always be one of my favourites.

I WOULD LOVE TO FIND A GENUINE ORSINI RACE USED SUIT BUT FOR NOW I HAVE A COUPLE OF HUTLESS ONES WITH MY STEFANO FABI FACTORY SUIT BEING ONE OF MY FAVOURITES.

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VINTAGE

LEON RIPPY AVID VINTAGE KARTER AND ACTOR

LEON PROVING THAT THE 1961 EVANS REALLY WAS A FLYWEIGHT MODEL.

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If you pay attention to the credits at the beginning or end of a movie, you may recognize the name Leon Rippy. Leon is an actor whose career has spanned several decades. He developed a love of theatre while in high school and college. His acting career progressed through appearances in regional theatrical productions. He founded and operated two theatre companies and at one time was regarded as an accomplished ballet dancer. Leon has appeared in more than 70 plays.

Report: Frank Weir / Photos: The Wayback Museum

Above, Eleven years old Leon heading to victory lane on a 1959 Fox Go-Boy/West Bend 580, don’t you like his skin coloured gloves? Right, Leon sitting in the Fox Go-Boy/West Bend 580, the gentleman at the rear wearing the white hat is Leon’s father, photo taken in 1959.

Non-acting occupations for Leon have included working with the

down the long dirt road where he lived, determined to be a

circus and as a foreman of a cattle ranch, surely a prerequisite for

competitive kart racer. Less than a year later his dad had Leon

a role in cowboy movies. Leon played Collins in the 2013 large

behind the wheel of a used Fox Go-Boy and the Clinton had

screen version of The Lone Ranger.

given way to a 580 West Bend. The Fox had scrub brakes but that

Leon was born in Charlotte North Carolina on October 30 1949,

wasn’t a concern, as he didn’t plan on doing much braking!

where his grandfather owned several auto parts businesses

In his first sanctioned kart race Leon placed second but was

and a professional machine shop. Eventually his father became

chastised by his father for not winning. The week after that race

the owner of one of the auto parts shops and introduced Leon

Mr Rippy senior had a live axle fitted to the Fox frame and a

to karting in 1959. His Christmas gift that year was a Simplex

front bumper welded in place to allow a little rubbing as they

powered by a Clinton.

say in NASCAR circles. The next weekend at the races all the

For several months after Christmas 1959 Leon raced up and

development work on the Fox paid major dividends and Leon

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VINTAGE claimed his first victory. That was just the start of numerous

played Ollie Dinsmore in the series Under the Dome which aired

other wins during his career as a kart racer. As you would expect

on European television. Most recently he has been in Stephen

because of his involvement with the auto

King’s 11/22/63 on HULU. Google Leon Rippy for a

trade, Leon’s dad liked to tinker and soon

complete listing of his screen work.

Leon was enjoying the benefits of Maverick

A few years ago Leon’s son Amos introduced him

spark and other slick modifications to the little

to eBay and it didn’t take long before he had typed

580 West Bend. The last kart that Leon had

vintage kart into the search box. The rest is history.

as a kid was a Fox Mak kart with a McCulloch

Thankfully Leon’s wife Carol, also an actor, loves

MC10 for propulsion. Today he has a Fox

vintage karting just as much as he does, although

exactly like the one he had as a young boy but

she doesn’t drive as fast and prefers her 1974 Margay

instead of a single MC10 it has dual MC20’s.

Concept, which has more leg room. Leon is more of

Leon says it helps to have two engines to haul

a rear-engine type guy. They now have a collection of

his adult weight around.

15 historical karts tastefully displayed in their Wayback

Winning races as a teenager helped to ensure his belief that sooner or later he’d become a great open wheel driver. One memorable night he raced with and was lapped by Marvin Panch and Tiger Tom Pistone. That gave Leon a huge thrill and a great respect for a couple of NASCAR pioneers. The speedways at both Charlotte and at Darlington were attractions that Leon could not resist and he attended many of the early races at those venues. At

HISTORICAL KARTS ARE DISPLAYED ON PURPOSE BUILT STANDS IN LEON’S WAYBACK MUSEUM; 1961 CARETTA ON LOWER LEVEL, 1961 EVANS IN THE MIDDLE AND A 1964 KING DYNA-DRIVE ON TOP.

that time Glen ‘Fireball’ Roberts was Leon’s hero and he was at ‘Fireball’s’ last tragic race. The horrible accident that caused ‘Fireball’s’ demise is still crystal clear in his memory after all these years. Leon could actually see from his bedroom window the hospital where Fireball clung to life for several weeks before his passing. A young person’s grief over the loss of his hero is very powerful, especially if the youngster wants to do exactly what his hero was doing when he lost his life. It makes you think about things. Leon was fifteen at that time and didn’t really know if being a race driver was what he wanted to do anymore. Soon after his hero’s demise Leon discovered girls. His focus was redirected and racing dreams soon faded away. Around this time Leon ran away from home and bummed around on the boardwalks of eastern seaside towns scrapping a living playing the spoons.

LIFE HAPPENED AND LEON ENDED UP AN ACTOR He has worked with director Roland Emmerich on seven movies including Moon 44 (1990), Universal Solider (1992), Stargate (1994), The Patriot (2000), and Eight Legged Freaks (2002). Leon also had roles in The Alamo (2004) and The Lone Ranger (2013). Some of his television appearances include a guest role on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Walker, Texas Ranger, Leverage, and Deadwood a series on HBO in which he played Tom Nuttall. Rippy co-starred as Earl (an angel) in the TNT crime drama series Saving Grace and in Alcatraz as Dr Beauregard. In 2013 Leon

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Kart Museum, an area that was once Leon’s office behind their Van Nuys, California home. The Rippy’s whenever possible love to spend time on their ranch in North Carolina; the place where Leon was first introduced to karting almost 55 years ago. Carol and Leon are very thankful to have found the vintage karting community. The folks are genuine which is totally refreshing. Old karts and new friends are a great combination. And as well, Leon can talk to Faye ‘Ladybug’ Pierson at many of the west coast vintage meets. Leon admits that Faye was the first real crush that he ever had; her loveliness graced the pages of many of the early karting magazines and as he says, She’s Still Hot!

THE FOLLOWING KARTS ARE DISPLAYED IN LEON’S WAYBACK KART MUSEUM N. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15

Make

Year

Engine(s)

Blitz Barracuda Fox LMC Swoopster Bandit McCulloch 200 King (Dyna-drive) Hoffco Rent-A-Kart Evans Flyweight Caretta McCulloch 300 Alpha Mk 10 Rupp K Sprint Rupp Chaparral Lancer Percival Wildcat Margay Concept

1963 1961 1962 1962 1964 1961 1961 1961 1962 1961 1969 1966 1964 1961 1974

Dual West Bend 820's Dual McCulloch MC20's McCulloch MC6 McCulloch MC30 McCulloch MC6 5 hp Briggs McCulloch MC10 McCulloch MC7 Dual McCulloch MC30's Dual McCulloch MC20's Un-restored Dual McCulloch 101's Dual McCulloch 101's Dual West Bend 510's McCulloch MC91B

Every historical kart collection should own a Caretta; this 1961 model is powered by a McCulloch MC7 and is one of Leon’s favorite karts. Below, part of the Wayback Museum collection, a 1962 McCulloch 300/ McCulloch MC30’s.

ON A DAY AWAY FROM LEON RIPPY’S VINTAGE KART MUSEUM A 1962 MCCULLOCH 200/MCCULLOCH MC30 READY FOR ACTION AT ADAMS MOTORSPORT PARK RIVERSIDE CALIFORNIA. LMC SWOOPSTER BANDIT/MCCULLOCH MC6 CIRCA 1962 OWNED BY THE WAYBACK MUSEUM. VROOM INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINE 95


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