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RACE REPORTS 34 2016 SWS FINALS – RACING KART CORMEILLES (FRA) 42 ROTAX MAX EURO CHALLENGE – ZUERA (ESP) 46 AUSTRALIAN ROTAX PRO TOUR – SOUTH AUSTRALIA’S BOLIVAR KART (AUS) 50 DKM – GENK (BEL) 54 MSA OK & OK J BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIPS - SHENINGTON KART RACING CLUB (UK) 56 SUPER ONE SERIES – FULBECK (UK) 60 CAN-AM KARTING CHALLENGE – GREG MOORE RACEWAY (CAN) 64 2ND ANNUAL EPCOT CHALLENGE – ORLANDO KART CENTER (USA) 66 X30 EURO SERIES – ZUERA (ESP)

TECHNICAL SIDE 74 BENCH TEST PART 1 82 HUMAN TELEMETRY 86 TELEMETRICKS TYRES & SIZED

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mondokart NEWS & PREVIEWS

EXTON AND ROONEY TO JOIN MORRIS AND PARKINSON AT ROK CUP EVENT IN ITALY Inaugural ROK Cup New Zealand Vortex Mini ROK class winner William Exton and runner-up Jackson Rooney are set to join New Zealand champions Breanna Morris (2016) and Joshua Parkinson (2015) on a four-strong Kiwi squad at this year’s ROK Cup International meeting in Italy in October.

Left, Jackson Rooney (#30) in action and sharing the finale series’ podium with third placed Thomas Boniface and William Exton (right)

Morris guaranteed her spot when she won the class title at this year’s Giltrap Group-backed KartSport New Zealand Sprint Championships meeting in Hamilton at Easter. Picton driver Exton, and Rooney, from Palmerston North, earned theirs when they finished first and second respectively in the overall series’ points standings in the class at the final round of the 2016 ROK Cup New Zealand series (held in conjunction with the Todd Energy KartSport NZ National Schools’ Championships meeting at Waitara) in Taranaki over the weekend. The ROK Cup International is one of the biggest manufacturer-backed events on the international karting calendar and this year it is expected to attract over 360 karters from more than 20 countries around the globe to the Lonato kart track in Italy from the 19th to the 22nd of October. New Zealand has been represented at the past two ROK Cup International Finals; by Ryan Wood from Wellington in 2014 and Billy Frazer from Pukekohe in 2015. This year there will be four Kiwis competing at the event, Morris, Exton and Rooney in the Vortex Mini ROK class (for 9-13 yr olds), and Auckland’s Joshua Parkinson (the 2015 NZ Vortex Mini ROK class champion) in Junior ROK. Vortex is a leading manufacturer of kart engines in Italy, and ROK Cup New Zealand series’ promoter Maurice Frost of New Zealand Vortex engine importer Supreme Engines says that the experience the young Kiwi foursome will get at

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the ROK Cup International event will only be good for them, and the sport here when they come home. As part of their prize packs the four Kiwis get accommodation and lunches while they are there for the event, free event entry, the use of a new kart and engine, free race tyres and paddock space including tent. Other trip costs will also be subsidised by a fund set up by KartSport New Zealand and the official oil supplier for the Vortex Mini ROK engine classes, Motul. 2016 ROK Cup New Zealand Vortex Mini ROK class winner William Exton also receives a $2500 travel voucher bonus presented by ROK Cup New Zealand promoter Supreme Engines. The series’ winner of the Cadet ROK class (for 6-11 yr olds) Ryan Bell from the Bay of Plenty, also won a substantial prize, a brand new Vortex engine worth $3000.

2016 ROK CUP NEW ZEALAND - RESULTS VORTEX MINI ROK Points after Rnd 4 of 4 1. William Exton 194 points 2. Jackson Rooney 190 3. Thomas Boniface 183 4. Ryan Crombie 174 5. Louis Redshaw 168 6. Josh Richmond 165

CADET ROK Points after Rnd 4 of 4 1. Ryan Bell 188 points 2. Mason Potter 186 3. Logan Manson 184 4. Louis Sharp 183 5. Bo Hill 181 6. Liam Sceats 132


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TONY KART RACING TEAM BECOMES FERRARI DRIVER ACADEMY’S TECHNICAL PARTNER

The Tony Kart Racing Team will begin its work as Technical Partner in cooperation with the Ferrari Driver Academy (FDA). The Tony Kart Racing Team, as part of the FDA project, will focus its activity on young kart drivers with promising futures, as well as identifying new talents and testing their skills, while contributing to their training and professional development. This is a real partnership where Tony Kart Racing Team and the Ferrari Driver Academy join forces: Tony Kart Racing Team will select and develop karting drivers for the FDA, with the aim of turning them into F.1 drivers. Commitment in karting is absolutely necessary for top teams and manufacturers: McLaren signed a contract with Lewis Hamilton when he was racing in karting, ex Lotus

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F.1 team set up a karting program, and now Italian firms like Lamborghini and Ferrari have set up their own program. 

Roberto Robazzi - OTK Kart Group President "I am honored to announce OTK’s cooperation with Ferrari Driver Academy. We will give our support by working at our best with these young drivers. This engagement will require perseverance and foresight, two traits which we have always been trusting and investing in as Tony Kart. Becoming partners with the FDA for this prestigious project, which is fully aimed at the training of only the most talented drivers, makes us both delighted and honored. I wish to thank Ferrari for involving Tony Kart in the FDA project."

SODI LAUNCHES SODI RACING SCHOOL Karting is evolving, and it is getting tougher for newcomers to get in the competition. With this in mind, Sodi has set up a racing school that provides experience and professionalism to new drivers. Karting today is more mature and it is becoming more and more professional, following the evolution of society. Strangely enough, it is now more difficult for a newcomer to get into the world of competition and find a place there. Wishing to promote access to the karting competition through quality supervision and transmission of strong values, Sodikart and Marc Berteaux Kartagène have formed a partnership. The latter is a graduate coaching (DE-JEPS) and experienced Sodikart partner for the company that runs the first Sodi Racing School. The aim of the Sodi Racing School is to share passion, knowledge, experience and know-how, giving drivers a complete package that includes everything it takes to race. The program is for 7-15 year-old kids, no matter whether they have or haven’t got any experience in racing. The drivers will be competing in three categories: Minikart (for 7/10 year-olds) Minimal (for 9/12 year-olds and Cadet (for 12-15 yearolds). The school starts in October and finishes in July, just like normal schools and it consists in 13 days of theoretical training and practical physics, followed by 4 official races. Full support and material is provided. It is based on the site of Salbris International Circuit, in central France and is equipped with all necessary infrastructures. Costs 4490€ all inclusive. FOR MORE INFO VISIT www.sodi-racing-school.com or write to mberteaux@sodi-racing-school.com


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TEAM USA IN K1 RACEGEAR FOR 2016 ROTAX MAX CHALLENGE GRAND FINALS

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New, innovative suits and gloves for American drivers at premier international Rotax event. After earning two Vice-Championship titles and the coveted Nations Cup at the Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals last year, Team USA will once again be outfitted by custom safety gear supplier K1 RaceGear. Launching new designs in 2016, American drivers will don the latest innovations from K1 including the Apex II Karting Suit and Apex Gloves. “We are proud to continue our partnership with K1 for the sixth straight year,” explains MAXSpeed Group President Richard Boisclair. “To have such a long standing relationship speaks volumes of K1 RaceGear’s commitment to safety and style, and our Team USA drivers benefit greatly from K1’s innovative and comfortable gear.”   “K1 RaceGear’s commitment to Team USA’s group effort to compete and be victorious on the world’s stage is an integral part of what makes both

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of our teams so successful,” remarks K1 RaceGear General Manager JR Twedt.  “The opportunity to support our country’s drivers, by providing our latest and most innovative safety products, is one of our company’s proudest achievements, and one we look forward to continuing in 2016 and beyond.” Twelve Team USA drivers have already secured their tickets to the 2016 Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals, including for the first time in history, Rotax Micro MAX and Mini MAX drivers. The 2016 edition of the acclaimed international event will take place October 16-21 at the Circuito Internazionale di Napoli in Sarno, Italy.  Remaining opportunities to earn RMCGF invitations for Team USA include the United States Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Nationals in Sonoma, California in August and the Can-Am Karting Challenge series. K1 RaceGear will outfit the entire team as they look to defend the Nations Cup and seek Rotax Grand Finals titles while in Italy.

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FERNANDO ALONS

NOT ONLY KART CHASSIS. THE SPANISH F.1 WORLD CHAMPION HAS OPENED HIS OWN KARTING FACILITY NEXT TO HIS MUSEUM AND A KARTING SCHOOL: THE FERNANDO ALONSO KARTING CAMPUS. Report: A. Roca

A new track has been built in Spain its owner is an expert kart driver: Fernando Alonso. The McLaren driver has his own 1,800 meter-long track near his museum just outside his hometown, Oviedo. The karting circuit was designed to offer the possibility of driving on  29 different tracks, and it is has been approved to stage top level  international competitions  in compliance with CIK-FIA regulations. There are 29 tracks that vary in length between 1,400 and 1,800 metres. The main circuit

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can be divided into three secondary ones measuring 721, 637 and 372 metres for practice sessions. Alonso chose his favourite F.1 corners and applied them to this track: a chicane from Parma’s karting circuit, the zigzags from Suzuka, the last corner in Valencia and the first corner in Jarama. The amenities offer a road safety education track, a  paddock,  boxes, kart storage rooms, changing rooms, medical unit and a restaurant-cafe on site complete the facility.


THE CIRCUITT 29 different tracks with lengths varying between 1400 and 1800 metres. The main circuit can be divided into three secondary ones of 721, 637 and 372 metres for practice sessions.

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A PROFESSIONAL SPORTING EDUCATION THAT WILL UNRAVEL NEW VALUES, SKILLS AND FRIENDSHIPS

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Karting remains the best driving school: given its characteristics, karting is the best formation for drivers because it tends to be the first car that aspiring drivers step into at a very young age of eight. There are classes for the practical aspect and the theory; with specialized teachers who teach young kart drivers how a kart works and they will be able to practice on different tracks learning the rules to guarantee safe and fun driving. Nowadays, young drivers race in an international environment very early in their life, so an international mindset is very important. Together with the drivers' formation, there are language courses every day with mother tongue teachers and specialized motorsport vocabulary. There will also be Spanish classes for foreigners. The languages will be practiced both in the classroom and on the circuit, as they try and take in the vocabulary they have learned while enjoying putting into practice what they have learnt in class. FA Karting Campus provides everything drivers need to enjoy and learn from every activity: helmets, suits, overalls, boots, gloves, bag, tracksuit and an FA Racing Kart. Food and health are important aspects of a driver' s life, so menus are customized on drivers' needs and are medically approved, providing an adequate energy value and teaching the lads the importance of healthy eating habits. There' s now another reference point for young racers stepping into the racing world.


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A NEW REALITY BORN FOR FLYING FINNS Finland has a strong motorsport tradition: the legend of flying Finns goes through different categories from karting to F.1 and rally. Now they are ready to come out with another generation of talented drivers on VANTAA CIRCUIT. Report: A. Roca

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This new track is owned by the city of Vantaa, but it is managed by Keimola Formula-Kart Club, of which Mika Salo is one of the most famous member. It was opened on May 21st 2015 and for the rest of the season is ready to host several events, also raced during the night. It stands in an area called “Vantaa Speed Center” because actually it hosts a motocross track and RC track. Within two years a 3 km-long racetrack for cars and formulas will be built in the same area. The racing tradition of this

city it is also given to two real flying Finns that were born here: Mika Salo and the two times F.1 world champion Mika Häkkinen. City of Vantaa has made that monumet for the latter when he won the two titles and there also is a Häkkinen square with a dedicated monument in the karting facility. The track is new, but they are working hard to let it becomes an international reality in two years: during autumn 2016 the track will be modified in compliance with CIK-FIA international standards,


2016 RACING SCHEDULE

Rotax Max Challenge Finland, final event (night race) X 30 All stars event Radne Raket120 endurance race

2017 RACING SCHEDULE in order to host international event in 2018. Actually it has a lighting system, which allows night races, and a Mylaps timing system with 3 sectors and X2-timing will come on the summer 2017. Location is one of the best of Europe: it is located right next to Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, so not only you can see karts but you can also see planes from the track because the airstrip is really close, only 100 meters from track! If you want to reach it by sea, the Port of Helsinki is just 15km far from the karting facility. Just around it, in 7 km, there

is a very good hotel selection and the biggest shopping centre in Finland “Jumbo” with restaurants, cinemas and wellnes centers. Not only races: Vantaa Circuit wants to be the point of reference for all those enthusiast who want to have fun and to have some good time. To allow that, rental karts, TonyKart 401 chassis with Rotax Junior engines, will come soon on the end of this summer and everything is completed with a caferestaurant called “Garage” and a karting shop which sales magazines, parts and clothes.

F innish Championship Rotax Max Challenge Finland X 30 Challenge Finland X 30 Nordic Challenge South Finland area Championships Race of Champions XON Cup for Radne Raket120 engines Keimola Cup for categories: Raket60 Cadet, Raket95, Mini60, Rotax Junior and Rotax Max Endurance race for Radne Raket120 engines.

Name: Vantaa Circuit Finland Address: Katriinantie 25, 01530 Vantaa, Finland website: www.vantaacircuit.fi Lenght: 1,303 m Width: 8-10 m

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MORE THAN HALF A SEASON HAS PASSED; IT’S TIME TO MAKE THE POINT OF SITUATION FOR NEW CIK-FIA OK AND OK JUNIOR CLASSES AROUND THE WORLD. REPORT: A. ROCA PHOTOS BY: WAFEPROJECT – DAVIDE PASTANELLA / KARTPIX – CHRIS WALKER / FAST MEDIA / VERBAND AUTO SPORT SCHWEIZ GMBH

T ARE OK KARTS? he OK class reaches its peak in the CIK-FIA European Championship where there are more than 30 drivers racing. The WSK helped to introduce the class, as it was the first international series to race them after their debut during the Winter Cup in Lonato in February. There were about 30 drivers who were racing the OK class, but too few if compared to the OK Junior: where there were twice as many. The international event had full grids, but things were different for the national championships, where OK karts are struggling to impose themselves as the most popular direct drive class. CIK-FIA’s aim, seems to be failed for the time being and the harmonization of international and national classes is still far away. Europe, especially Italy, is the centre of the karting environment: nearly 80% of manufacturing companies are based in the north of Italy. Despite this, karting in Italy is going through a bad phase also because of the country’s general economical situation: after the introduction of these classes there still isn’t a national OK championship. The most important direct drive class isn’t present in the country where the majority of OK engines are made! But then again, the OK Junior class has an average of 16 drivers compared to 52 in KZ2. The OK classes are not racing in Spain either: in the national championship Senior and Junior drivers are powered by IAME X30, so it is a sort of single make series. This sounds out of tune if we consider that in Switzerland, where there isn’t a motorsport culture as strong as Italy or Spain, there is the OK national championship, even if there are few drivers. The present hampionship leader is Fabio Leimer, ex GP2 driver who returned to karting. In Europe the best scene for OK karts is Germany thanks to the German Kart Championship where official teams are racing alongside the European Championship: “I think the positive thing is the infrastructure of the DKM. Not only the OK is part of the DKM, also KZ2 and OK Junior is part of a race weekend. These give the teams an opportunity to drive in the DKM with all their drivers. Also the calendar is very positive” explains Björn Niemann, head of Fast Media. “The positive aspect of the new OK class is that, the new engine is more powerful, while the negative aspect is the new minimum weight: too low for most of the drivers”. Even if is the best scene, numbers are not too high: a maximum of 17 drivers entered for the second event in Ampfing: “If there aren’t any changes, it will

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be hard to get more drivers. Most of the young drivers step up to Formula 4 or other single seater classes. If drivers want to stay in karting, most of them change to the shifter classes. Karting must be interesting. The age to change into the single seater classes should be higher, 16 or 17, and then drivers will stay on after the OK Junior longer in karting.” In UK, the MSA British OK and OK Junior Kart Championship is promoted by Super One Series and we have come to its second out of three events. During the Shenington SuperPrix, held on July 17th at the Shenington Kart Racing Club, Dean MacDonald and Jonathan Hoggard won the traditional MSA E Plates: winners of the OK classes can now sport the E for England champion number plate for next year. “I think drivers like it” comments Graham Smith, AbkC secretary “They like the performance and the grip from the tyres.  Performance is partly due to the lighter weight, although we in the UK are a little higher than the CIK to help the older or bigger seniors. A small minority is maybe frustrated; they have to use the official engine and don’t have a choice.  The Vega tyres have been wearing out much more than expected, so tyre management has come into play, helping the more experienced drivers.  The promoters have had to bring in a rule that if a tyre is changed they get one with similar wear and not a new one.  I have found the noise level is much less than I expected, not much more than Rotax, so that is good. Lap times (at Shenington anyway) is not quite as fast as KF2 (almost there) and KF3 yet.” The championship is a sort of single make championship because it is raced with Vortex DDS and DDJ engines provided by Strawberry Racing, OTK dealer and technical partner of the Super One Series: “We have found from previous experience, especially with Super Cadet a few years ago, that if open engines are allowed then no manufacturer puts in much promotion and costs go up as everyone chases the latest engine modifications and so hire expensive engines.  Having had a tender for one engine, and including promotion in the tender means that manufacturer (and the tyre manufacturer) heavily supports the class with prizes (Strawberry gave an engine as prize to best senior and junior newcomer at the last round, and they bought the new E Plate trophies for the classes) and have done lots or PR and fliers to encourage competitors, they also have good prices for hiring and buying engines, same goes for tyre manufacturer / importer.  It has been a big success

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with new drivers coming in, some coming back from retirement and so on. I am expecting the contracts to be extended into next year and maybe beyond. Regarding the number of drivers, I’m sure that it will increase: remember there are not many official MSA British Kart Champions, it is very prestigious and, although lots of drivers who have won Rotax, or other class may say they


are a British Champion, they are not, they are a National Champion. To let this class grow nationally, I think that we need more rounds and maybe a Winter Series.  It is already being included at the Kartmasters Grand Prix for the GP Plate.  I think the bigger clubs could run club races.  Next year there is the possibility of more new classes coming into the UK and we don’t need more classes so maybe OK could become more popular than any new ones”. The two championships finish on September 25th at PF International Circuit. At last, the OK class started also in France: on July 17th in Essay there was the “Coupe De France” where 13 drivers fought for the victory. This was the first out of two official FFSA Karting events, the local ASN: the second and last appointment, with the new OK class is the “Championnat de France” to be

cheaper series that wants to emulate the OK class, but also for them, costs are too high for a brand new OK class to be presented. “At this time we are closely watching the development of the OK classes in Europe” says Robert Hutton, Development and Administration Manager at KartSport New Zealand “The reports seem encouraging with numbers slowly growing. No decisions have yet been made. We need to be very careful not to have too many classes at the elite end. Our current focus is very much on the rejuvenation of the sport at the grassroots karting level. We had KF3 and KF2 in New Zealand for a number of years. KF3 was strong for a while but KF2 struggled for numbers. Both are now gone. We are also watching closely the Australian introduction of one make Vortex DVS Senior and Junior engine classes, which are in their first year. This controlled spec ‘OK type’ engine concept may also be a better option,

MACRO-ECONOMICAL CONDITIONS INFLUENCE THE DEVELOPMENT OF OK CLASS, AND THE GOLDEN ERA OF 100CC IS JUST A MEMORY

hosted in Angerville on October 9th. Abroad, in non-European countries, the situation is even worse: in Japan, they are racing KF, and for now, they are not considering to move to the new OK classes; the USA are mainly racing in single make series and other categories, depending on the championship but the OK class is not in their plans for now. UAE is not an exception: the famous Dubai O-Plate competition in 2017 will be raced with IAME X30 and Rotax categories. In Australia they’re introducing a series powered by Vortex DVS to create a

should we ever go with ‘OK concept’, for our small country (with only 1000 competitors). Currently the Rotax Junior, Senior and DD2 classes are our mainstays with Vortex Mini ROK for our two youngest age groups. We also have KZ2 which has been strong for many years. Our new grassroots karting engine is the Briggs LO206.” As we could see, numbers are low if compared with the golden era of 100 cc, but the macroeconomical conditions have changed and this is their first year. Let’s see how it goes.

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YOUNG BULLS ON A HOT SUMMER’S DAY FULL OF EXCITEMENT AND DREAMS FOR THE ASPIRING PRO-DRIVERS, THE LAMBORGHINI KART DRIVERS PROGRAM TAKES OFF IN ADRIA WITH THE FIRST DAY OF TRAINING FOR THE YOUNG DR RACING KART DRIVERS. Report: A. Roca; photos: E. Maggi

n a hot summer’s day full of excitement and dreams for the aspirant pro-driver, the Lamborghini Kart Drivers Program takes off in Adria with the first day of training for the young DR Racing Kart drivers.

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& L A MB OR GHINI

LS GROW From left to right: Justas Jonusis, Muizz Musyaffa Abdul Gafar, Danilo Rossi, Mirco Bortolotti, Giorgio Sanna, Cristopher Zani, Mauro Simoni.

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The motoring scene is evolving, and with it also the drivers’ mentality whose aim is to make a living from motorsport. F.1 has lost some appeal because of the policy that doesn’t pay off due to the lack of excitement in the show, first and foremost for the drivers. And it’s in this context of general lack of satisfaction and not being able to afford it that more and more drivers try to find a place as “pro” in sports car racing. At this point, it’s no longer second best, but a real choice for lots of young drivers. Lamborghini has noticed this tendency, and in these past years they have invested quite a lot in sports car racing first with the Gallardo and now wit the Huracan, and the resulting numbers seem to prove them right: 66 cars line up for the “Super Trofeo Lamboghini” 2015 championship final held in Sebring last winter, while there are 10 Huracan GT3 at the 24-hour in Spa-Francorchamps 2016. Numbers continue to grow year after year, “making” the firm in Sant’Agata

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Factory driver: Mirko Bortolotti If we talk about professional people and Lamborghini we have to mention Mirko Bortolotti, Lamborghini driver who has all the qualities of a professional racing driver. Mirko, born in 1990, started his career in kart racing in Austria and in Italy up to 2006, the year when he makes his debut in F. Azzurra where he came second. The followivng year, he moves to F.3 Italia, a strong class back then, and he won the second time round in 2008. As reward for his F.3 win, Mirko did a test drive Fiorano for Ferrari F.1 and he set track lap-time record. In 2009 he starts his first season as driver for the Red Bull Junior Team and comes fourth in F.2 and is given another test in F.1 with Red Bull in Jerez. In 2010, as a diver in the Ferrari Driver Academy, Mirko steps into GP3 where he finishes eleventh after a hard season. Ferrari cuts his budget, and Mirko is out of the program set up by Maranello for young drivers, but in 2011 he gets his own back, first in F.2 and winner of another test with another F.1 team: Williams. The to formula seemed a natural step for driver who had already practised with three different cars and had a F.2 title win, but things are quite different and Mirko moves to sports car racing where he continues to show his skill with ADAC GT Master and WSR Megane Trophy except for moving on to the Lamborghini and where he is now the official GT3 driver.

Giorgio Sanna (right) “Squadra Corse Lamborghini” manager and Mirko Bortolotti (top) driving tutor for the young drivers from Danilo Rossi’s DR Racing Team (further left). The official GT3 drives lapped in a kart too, a 125 gear-class (he had never driven one before)

build a real racing department capable of answering the requirements of the racing market. Its success has catalyzed the attention of both drivers and teams, fostering a trend of exponential growth both for quantity and quality. There are so many examples of young formula drivers who have moved to the “Super Trofeo”: Alberto Cerqui, Daniel Zampieri, Edoardo Liberati, Riccardo Agostini, Michele Beretta and Patric Niederhauser just to name a few. Giorgio Sanna, head of the Racing Team, read between the lines during the changing phase and launched his program for young kart drivers who aim to develop their skill at 360° making real professional drivers who will be racing with the Ferruccio Lamborghini brand. This is the

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DR RACING & LAMBORGHINI first time that worlds that seem so far apart like the GT and karting draw close in such a formal and structural way, and there’s no wonder that there are two long sighted, and charismatic people involved in this project, Danilo Rossi and Giorgio Sanna himself. The day starts with the “theory”: Sanna is head of the communication of the “Squadra Corse Lamborghini Lorenzo Facchinetti”; they explain the general strategy of the team in Sant’Agata in Bologna to the drivers and tell them how the Kart Drivers Program fits in with the latter. Then it’s Mirko Bortolotti’s turn, he explains the main points and the aspects that a professional driver has to work on and, he has to be very careful both for what concerns behaviour and also the way one communicates with the media.

THIS IS WHAT LORENZO FACCHINETTI, COMMUNICATION MANAGER AT “LAMBORGHINI SQUADRA CORSE” (RACING TEAM) SAYS: The Kart Drivers Program is the base of a pyramid: the next step is the Formula Junior Program in collaboration with Vincenzo Sospiri who sees to our drivers being in the F.4 Japan Championship; the Lamborghini Young Drivers Program that welcomes the best young drivers racing in the Super Trofeo, which is held in countries all over the world and then on to the Lamborghini GT3 Junior Program, which allows drivers who compete there to race in the trendiest class out of sports car racing. Giorgio Sanna has strongly wanted this program after his experience as a driver, being fully aware of the difficulties a driver has in making his way through to professional racing. Lamborghini wants to help these young drivers to develop their skill and take them to the GT world, so logically it’s only natural that there should also be a program dedicated to karting, which is one of the most delicate phase dedicated to the growth of a professional racing driver. There wouldn’t be any sense in setting up a Lamborghini kart team, that’s why re asked Danilo Rossi and his staff to be talent scout and see to the basic part of our GT program: we wanted to have a highly professional structure which is aligned with the standard of the Lamborghini brand, and we have found in Danilo an ideal partner. From his experience in the world of karting, he will choose the right lads who will gradually be introduced to the GT world. Karting has grown a lot a san instrument and work method, always looking to models used in car racing. Telemetry is an example. This is obvious help to young drivers who are making their way to car racing.

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After the greetings and preparation it’s time to hit the track: the DR Racing Kat drivers and Mirko get into Danilo Rossi’s factory karts for a driving test session. It’s the first time on a 125 gear-class for the Lamborghini driver, but lap time gets better and better after each lap. “I had to get used to the vehicle and the track, they’re both new for me. But I really enjoyed it, nowadays karts are brilliant. Give me another couple of days testing and I’m ready for racing!” said the driver from Trento jokingly. The heat was tremendous; the drivers had something to eat before going to the autodrome, where they found a Lamborghini Huracàn 620-2 LP Super Trofeo waiting for them. Mirko and the technical staff explained the basics of set up and how to use all the electronic devices on board. After the theory there’s time for the practical part, and Mirko takes the DR kart drivers to his “office” that had been changed for the occasion, with an extra seat. “Ok, I was surprised with the way turns were covered and also the braking…!” says Mauro Simoni as soon as he got out of the vehicle; it was evident that he had thoroughly enjoyed his drive. In between the laps, Mirko explained the different uses of the electronics, so they could put into practice what they had been told earlier on. After the session at the autodrome there’s still room for a bit more karting, where Mirko tries to change his drive style which is very smooth to be able to compete with his colleagues from DR who are much more “aggressive” behind the steering wheel. The first day’s schooling is over for the kart drivers, but maybe this is the first time when they wished that they could stay longer at school…


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T Y R E S

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IT TOOK TWO YEARS TO COME UP WITH A FIRST BATCH OF TYRES THAT WERE PUT ON THE MARKET IN 2005 UNDER THE BRAND NAME ‘MOJO’, WHICH IS A REGISTERED BRP TRADEMARK.

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HELMUT VOLGSAM

Head of Rotax kart set up

Back in 2003 BRP-Rotax announced that Reifenwerk Heidenau from Dresden in Germany was cooperating to develop and make a range of tyres with demanding requirements. They were to be the perfect tyres to use for the national and international Rotax MAX Challenge (RMC) racing series, and Heidenau was the right partner to fulfil this requirement. Consistent grip and good balanced track performance and yet maintaining reasonable rate of wear over a given number of laps, these were the key requirements for the manufacture to get perfect racing tyres. These characteristics match the RMC’s concept that stands for equality. “We pride ourselves on safety and equal performance, and that MOJO tyres help drivers in the best way possible if they later want to move into a career in motorsports”, says Helmut Voglsam, head of Rotax kart set up. Together with Heidenau, BRP-Rotax developed a product- and a quality assurance process to keep their promise. The raw material for the running base is delivered by a defined supplier with a report on material analyses. Heidenau takes a sample to be analyzed in the laboratory on site from each batch to check out the supplier’s report. The manufacturing process has been standardized to guarantee consistent quality, and constant production according to the market’s demand (forecasting system of the network) is one of Heidenau’s main strong points. Each MOJO tyre is stored for at least 30 days to be cured, during this time 90% of the aging process is completed. From the very start, all models of MOJO tyres are manufactured to the DIN EN ISO 9001 standard. As from 2011, MOJO tyres are CIK homologated and therefore free of Poly Cyclic Aromatics (PCA). Each tyre its serial number in random order (barcode). The barcode on the tyre, in combination with the Rotax Event Management System (EVA), enables easy control of tyres during RMC races. The company provides three types of CIK homologated MOJO tyres for dry conditions (D1, D2, and D3) and one CIK homologated tyre for wet conditions – the W2 for gearbox and non-gearbox classes. A regular testing program continually evaluates tyres for consistency and performance.

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M O J O

T Y R E S

HOW MOJO TYRES ARE MADE AT THE SUPPLIER’S

After a computerized weighing process the different compound components (Polymers, carbon black, special oils without PCA oils, resins, sulphur and 15 other additives) are sent into an internal mixer. In this batch pre-stage production, the compound goes directly into a second internal mixer where the compound is finished off in 450 kg batches. 3 different test samples are taken from each batch and are sent immediately to the on-site lab. This 450 kg palletized tread compound is then sent to Heidenau. The compounding process is controlled digitally so as to always guarantee the same quality.

AT HEIDENAU

The batches (450 kg each) from the compound supplier go to Heidenau’s Triplex extruder. The compound is transformed into a long strip with the exact shape of the running tread. This machine can process 2,500 kg/hour (three different quality tests per batch). The running base of each specific compound then receives its permanent coloured marking line so that the type of running base can be identified throughout the various production processes.

The next step is the production of steel bead rings. The calandar machine, the so called “MONSTER” is 12 m long, 7 m high and weighs 53 tons. This machine coats the cord material on both sides with a special carcass-rubber compound (700 m/hour). Heidenau uses several semi-automatic coiling machines and they can produce 18 tyres/hour/machine. Laser beams are used for precise positioning of the single layers. Tyres are easily identified according to the barcode on each tyre. On the site, after this production phase, these tyres are called “cigars” due to their shape and the way they have been wrapped.

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They are then sent to the vulcanization line, where up to 20 moulds of different tyre models can be handled. Each tyre vulcanization cycle requires more than 15 minutes of vulcanization at approximately 15 bar with temperature above 150°C and after a 13 minute cool-down cycle. After cooling, each single tyre is inspected during the quality control process. After printing the MOJO logo on each tyre, the tyre passes a shrinking tunnel for its nylon protection wrapping. Afterwards, before packing, each tyre barcode is scanned. Each MOJO tyre is stored for at least 30 days for curing. During this time 90% of the aging process is completed. This is a very important factor in how tyres are stored.

IT TAKES 27:18.3 MINUTES TO PRODUCE 1 MOJO TYRE

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8-9th JULY 2016

FUN RACING

A welcoming and professional atmosphere is the perfect setting for 48 hours non-stop racing, it' s halfway between real competition and pure fun, drivers from all over the world have a chance to race and have some fun. REPORT: A. ROCA / PICS: M. BREGANI

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CG Racing Pro team

O Endurance race started at midnight after a fireworks show

ver 3,000 races disputed in one year with more than 35,000 drivers all over the world racing to be selected for Sodi World Series Final. Despite these numbers are really impressive, we have to consider the annual growth of 50%... which makes numbers above even more impressive! The SWS is a solid format which allows drivers to race with a low budget and low pressure since 2009. It’s only about passion and pure fun, with the real excitement of a world championship. Not only Jean Marie Vergne “has created” a F.1 driver, his son Jean Eric, he also created a huge karting complex (one of the biggest in the world): the Racing Kart Cormelleis that once again hosted the Sodi World Series Finals. Three tracks in the same circuit near Paris: a small track where kids can have a first taste of karting, a 1,000 meter-long track and another track, which is 1,200 meter-long and conform to international standards.

SWS - THE IDEA Karting, and motorsport in general, isn’t a cheap hobby, but sometimes the passion is so strong that you simply have to do it. So what you can do? You can go to one of the international Sodi track network and race. As simple as a rent, but with the excitement of a real race. At the end of each race the driver earns points because it is part of a real world championship. At the end of the “regular season”, the best drivers will take part in the Finals where they will compete against the best drivers from all over the world. The points are based on drivers competing and the length of the race, the latter is valid only for the endurance. The idea was launched in 2009 and has continued to grow; in 2016 there

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are over 270 drivers from 31 different countries, with the addition of China, the Philippines, Poland and Slovakia. All the winners received their prizes: 2016 endurance cup winners, the CG Racing Pro team, has been asked to enter for the 24 Hours Le Mans Karting, which will be held on 17th and 18th September, while junior champion Matthew Luff got a complete set of Alpinestars race-wear, like the ones worn by Sodi Racing Team’s official drivers, and a Bell helmet. Thanks to his second win in a row, Kevin Caprasse has been invited to do two days formal testing with the Sodi Racing Team, a VIP visit to Sodikart and then take part as a driver on a test day alongside Sodi factory drivers Anthony Abbasse and Bas Lammers.

KEEPING UP WITH TIME Communication is getting faster and faster, and the SWS staff is well aware. The SWS Finals are a global event fully covered on web: live timing, live streaming and social networks constantly updated, this made the event even more enjoyable for both drivers and spectators. A great effort in terms of communication was made for this event to give maximum publicity to drivers and teams.

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Endurance finish that crowned CR Racing Pro world champion

SPRINT This class opened to over 15-year old drivers, and raced with the powerful Sodi RX 250. Out of the 77 drivers present, Belgian Kevin Caprasse yet again wins the World Master Super Final despite not being the fastest: the 2015 SWS Champion uses all his skill to hold back strong rivals. Simon Delvenne, fellow countryman and Caprasse’s team-mate has to settle for second after battling for the runner up position with Frenchman Julian Azzopardi, third.

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Italian endurance driver Marco Zipoli

ENDURANCE Imagine a 12 hours race that starts at midnight with the classic “Le Mans start” after fireworks. Well, it does exist. CR Racing Pro team wins by 53.724 seconds over Swiss Pro Team, with reigning world champions Pastina & Friends Veneto Corse in third. The team from Dubai, sponsored by Choueiri Group, is made up of ex-drivers who are now having fun with Sodi SR5. “This is the third year in the SWS Finals: in 2014 in Le Mans we finished second, last year we were third, so we had to get one more place on podium, and we’ve done it today. During the race so many things happened and things changed: when I went to sleep we were thirty-ninth and when I woke up we were leading!” jokes 19 year-old Piers Pakenham-Walsh. “We managed to get maximum results, even if at the start we were struggling. The level is incredible, but we didn’t make any mistakes in the pit-stop, and we have been very consistent throughout the whole race: the difference between the fastest and the slowest is really small. Other team maximizes fastest drivers, while we divided our stints equally.”

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ENDURANCE FINAL P N TEAM 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

22 12 1 35 24 18 15 32 36 2 34 13 17 16 19 21 38 30 10 25 37 33 29 3 23 26 8 5 27 40 14 4 20 31

CG RACING PRO TEAM SWISS PRO PASTINA & FRIENDS VENETO CORSE MODAVE RACING PPS RTO TEAM BG RACING DRGM2 DUBAI FALCON RACING TEAM PRO SPORT MURET RACING TEAM EURO RACING KART & DIEM CHAOS JACKPOT DRGM LCDK RACING TEAM 2 LMF PERFORMANCE. MRK1 SEM. COM. BARRE KART ONE ARENA RVM BULGARIA EAFBK_A_ LNS COMPÉTITION LCDK RACING TEAM 1 PLOVDIV RACING BRO RACING FORMULA KART - KRASNODAR PAPA-SAMURAI TEAM KARTING 58 TEAM TIME FUNNY FORMULA KART AFFI KART SCAPPATI DI CASA RACING CENTER TEAM POLAND

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DUBAI AUTODROME MK CIRCUIT FUN RACE EAST BELGIUM ACTION JPR OSTRICOURT ESSAY MISANO ADRIATICO DUBAI AUTODROME SOFIA KARTING RING KARTING DE MURET EAST BELGIUM ACTION ESSAY BUCKMORE PARK BUCKMORE PARK MISANO ADRIATICO LES COPAINS DU KARTING LE MANS KARTING MARTINI RACING KART PG CORSE KART ONE ARENA SOFIA KARTING RING KARTING EUPEN KARTLAND LES COPAINS DU KARTING KARTING TRACK LAUTA ELLOUGH PARK RACEWAY FORMULA KART SPORTS LAND IKOMA NEVERS MAGNY COURS CIRCUIT BEAUSOLEIL LAVAL CIRCUITO DI POMPOSA AFFI KART INDOOR TOP-FUEL RACING RACING CENTER ŁÓDZ

639 Laps 53.724 1 Lap 1 Lap 2 Laps 3 Laps 4 Laps 5 Laps 5 Laps 5 Laps 5 Laps 5 Laps 6 Laps 7 Laps 7 Laps 7 Laps 7 Laps 7 Laps 8 Laps 8 Laps 8 Laps 9 Laps 9 Laps 9 Laps 10 Laps 10 Laps 11 Laps 12 Laps 12 Laps 12 Laps 13 Laps 14 Laps 17 Laps 17 Laps


SPRINT FINAL P N DRIVER 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20

1 24 42 34 68 64 22 29 13 18 57 6 54 2 50 25 66 10 77 65

CAPRASSE Kevin DELVENNE Simon AZZOPARDI Julien GARCIA Florian ESCH Kevin LUCCHESI Alessio GALLOT Mathieu BARTSCH Mateusz FOURNET Sébastien JADOT Logan FIORITO Fortunato AZZAM Rami CHATENAY Paul NAWAZ Maz DELIEN Davy HERRICK Kenny KOLELA Steve FONSECA Carlos MIGNÉ Johan GÖRSDORF Denny

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BEL BEL FRA FRA BEL ITA FRA POL FRA BEL ITA ARE FRA PAK BEL FRA BEL CRI FRA DEU

15 Laps 1.496 2.033 2.260 3.665 3.770 5.536 7.776 7.885 8.293 8.546 12.792 16.665 18.603 19.081 19.882 28.130 4 Laps 10 Laps 12 Laps

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

1 16 5 7 40 36 39 13 11 33 17 3 35 10 9 25 37 27 19 26

LUFF Matthew DELFOSSE Tom CONNOR Alex MOTA Mickael GOVILLE Rémy DOUVEN Christian MOUOYA Rayhan LE FLOCH Adrien DUCHESNE Antoine BREIT Lucas STEADMAN Jack CADONI Gianluca BRUNTON Fraser WELHAM Robert MAARSCHALKERWEERD WALTON Oliver ST-HILAIRE Alec FUSENIG Tom-Felix PAPIN Lukas AGHA Kamal

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GBR BEL ARE FRA FRA NLD BEL FRA FRA DEU GBR TA GBR GBR NLD GBR CAN DEU FRA GBR

15 Laps 2.028 2.602 5.712 6.164 10.829 12.034 12.178 12.780 13.315 18.127 19.716 19.833 19.980 28.479 29.267 29.533 38.141 38.774 39.179

Simon Delvenne, second in the sprint cup

Sprint karter in action

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Young karters from 11 to 14 year-old battled in Sodi LR5 karts. The 2015 reigning world champion, Matthew Luff, tops once again in 2016, making the best of a fierce battle between poleman Tom Lefosse and Alex Connor: “It has been quite difficult, but in the end I got the better of him and took the win. It’s my second title, and it’s an incredible feeling. Next year I’ll be racing in the SWS Endurance Cup hopefully: at the moment, I’m carrying on with my own kart in TKM. I really hope that this second world title gives me a hand to find some sponsors, we’ll see.”

Junior champion Mathew Luff steps on the podium

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TALKING TO BERTRAND PIGNOLET

“In 2009 there was a period of big sales expansion all over the world, and we came up with the idea to promote a world championship for leisure karting with two main aims: the first one was introduce people to racing and the second was to create an unique world championship where drivers with their ID could sign on and race wherever they are. It has taken several years to reach this level, but now we have a real world championship and here in Paris with RKC we’re perfectly coordinated, and this helps the whole competition. The two pillars of SWS are: professionalism and quality of the event. It’s leisure karting, but we’re providing high level racing and drivers really appreciate that. This year we introduced the new SR5, which has been used in the endurance cup, and all the drivers were happy with this new kart. For the future, we want to push harder in countries such as India or South America so as to improve the world coverage of SWS races.“


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RACE

ROTAX MAX EURO CHALLENGE CIRCUITO INTERNACIONAL DE ZUERA, ZARAGOZA (S) JULY 24th 2016 – RND. 3

AWAITING SALBRIS

Zuera is the stage for another exciting racing weekend for the Rotax Max Euro Challenge. Axel Charpentier widens the gap in Junior, while Jordan Brown-Nutley has the better of his team-mate Lars Lamborelle winning a photo-finish final. Ferenc Kancsar dominates the DD2 overall championship leader Kevin Ludi. REPORT: A. ROCA PICS: RGMMC PRESS OFFICE

Jordan Brown-Nertley 1st, Lars Lamborelle 2nd and Berkay Besler 3rd

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DD2 PODIUM WITH FERENC KANCSAR 1ST, KEVIN LUDI 2ND AND ITALIAN COSIMO DURANTE 3RD AXEL CHARPENTIER (#88) LEADS THE JUNIOR PACK Penultimate events for the series promoted by RGMMC Group: the last event will be in Salbris, France on the last weekend of August. Axel Charpentier tops once again in the Junior class, he’s a candidate for the final championship win, while Nicolas Schoell is still the leader in Senior even if the weekend didn’t go as well as it should. Kevin Ludi saves the weekend, he grabs second in DD2, but now he has to watch out for Ferenc Kancsar who sweeps the round in Spain. The Championship is still open…

wins the duel against his teammate Mark Kimber (Strawberry Racing), who finishes the final third behind Olli Caldwell (KR Sport). The latter makes the best of a perfect start and grab the second place. The battle between the Strawberry duo, Caldwell and Dylon Buys TKP Team), heats up from the start; four drivers start swapping places to the chequered flag. In the end, Axel Charpentier manages to hold back Olli Caldwell, while behind them Dylan Buys bumps into Mark Kimber and his front fairing come off and he gets a 10” penalty after the race.

JUNIOR

Axel Charpentier (Strawberry Racing) told us that Zuera is his “home circuit”, and his last race confirms it: the Frenchman sets an incredible pace and wins heats, prefinal and an incredibly exciting final. He

SENIOR

Jessica Backman (Daems Racing) surprises everyone and gets pole, a thousandth of second on championship leader Nicolas Schoell (Strawberry Racing). Her feat

ROTAX JUNIOR FINAL P N Driver

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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

GBR GBR GBR FIN ESP NLD HUN DEU GBR NLD ESP NLD DEU GBR NLD CHE POL IRN FRA GBR GBR AUT FRA ESP FRA DEU ESP ESP

12 Laps 0.050 2.345 10.908 11.202 11.260 11.336 11.499 11.564 11.704 11.768 11.894 12.188 12.435 12.486 12.638 12.901 13.666 14.379 14.760 15.741 15.803 15.957 19.089 21.785 22.068 7 Laps 11 Laps

88 64 7 36 40 100 42 50 38 49 99 74 33 25 37 22 45 76 44 31 23 14 55 26 65 60 41 77

Charpentier Axel Caldwell Olli Kimber Mark Leppa Lauri Schimpf Adrian del Sarte Ruben Toth Laszlo Walter Andre Canning Tom Van Berlo Glenn Palomo Ortiz Oscar Buys Dylan Bergmeier Tamino Smalley Adam Kraaijeveld Pepijn Ferati Jasin Wisnicki Piotr Boroumandgohar Bardia Perceval Antoine Phillips Joe McCarthy Connor Dunner Lukas Valente Enzo Meyer Kilian Nomblot Jean Seifried Dirk Schimpf Alejandro Vea Terrado Josep

Tonykart / Rotax / Mojo Kosmic / Rotax / Mojo Tonykart / Rotax / Mojo Tonykart / Rotax / Mojo DR / Rotax / Mojo Kosmic / Rotax / Mojo Tonykart / Rotax / Mojo Expirit / Rotax / Mojo Kosmic / Rotax / Mojo Tonykart / Rotax / Mojo Parolin / Rotax / Mojo Expirit / Rotax / Mojo Alonso / Rotax / Mojo Tonykart / Rotax / Mojo Tonykart / Rotax / Mojo Kosmic / Rotax / Mojo Tonykart / Rotax / Mojo Alonso / Rotax / Mojo Tonykart / Rotax / Mojo Kosmic / Rotax / Mojo Tonykart / Rotax / Mojo Expirit / Rotax / Mojo Sodikart / Rotax / Mojo CRG / Rotax / Mojo Sodikart / Rotax / Mojo Alonso / Rotax / Mojo DR / Rotax / Mojo Kosmic / Rotax / Mojo

ROTAX JUNIOR STANDING AFTER ZUERA (ESP) P N Driver Bel pf Belpf Ita pf Ita f 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 33 34

264 242 241 228 211 203 191 189 174 161 161 160 159 154 152 149 140 137 115 114 102 101 99 89 88 80 77 72 72 72 66 64 59 53

88 7 64 49 36 33 25 23 100 38 31 65 55 37 44 45 42 14 50 26 22 39 54 89 60 28 86 40 61 74 70 35 17 53

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

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

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

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

52 55 46 50 37 45 49 44 36 48 32 33 39 28 20 26 41 47 22 43 35 42 34 30 31 23 29 40 38 -

34 33 32 18 29 22 7 13 21 14 28 27 17 26 19 15 23 30 9 20 11 25 24 31 -

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

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ROTAX MAX EUROCHALLENGE

ROTAX SENIOR FINAL P N Driver

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GBR NLD TUR BEL AUT RUS NLD IRL DEU GBR GBR ESP SWE FRA FRA BR AUT GBR FRA BEL NLD GBR GBR BEL NLD

16 Laps 0.016 0.180 0.575 1.060 1.077 3.317 3.453 3.867 5.344 5.367 5.661 6.721 6.918 9.094 10.151 10.429 13.592 15.398 19.060 3 Laps 5 Laps 7 Laps 14 Laps 15 Laps

252 276 209 206 216 210 202 266 214 221 300 278 226 223 251 218 255 219 224 253 245 217 235 247 257

Brown-Nutley Jordan Lamborelle Lars Besler Berkay van Parijs Glenn Schoell Nicolas Mavlanov Denis van Kalmthout Rinus Donnelly Gary Dreyspring Christopher White Josh Hoggard Jonathan Ibanez Lluc Backman Jessica Drouet Thomas Deputch Joel McCarthy Jack Machacek Daniel Croydon Tom Renaudin Adrien Roovers Noah van Berlo Kay Le Vesconte Stephanie Skelton Josh Moulin Baptiste Bijdendijk Ruurd

Alonso / Rotax / Mojo Alonso / Rotax / Mojo Tonykart / Rotax / Mojo Tonykart / Rotax / Mojo Tonykart / Rotax / Mojo Kosmic / Rotax / Mojo Tonykart / Rotax / Mojo Tonykart / Rotax / Mojo DR / Rotax / Mojo Tonykart / Rotax / Mojo Tonykart / Rotax / Mojo Kosmic / Rotax / Mojo Tonykart / Rotax / Mojo FA Kart / Rotax / Mojo FA Kart / Rotax / Mojo Tonykart / Rotax / Mojo Tonykart / Rotax / Mojo Tonykart / Rotax / Mojo Sodikart / Rotax / Mojo Tonykart / Rotax / Mojo Tonykart / Rotax / Mojo Tonykart / Rotax / Mojo Tonykart / Rotax / Mojo Tonykart / Rotax / Mojo Alonso / Rotax / Mojo

ROTAX SENIOR STANDING AFTER ZUERA (ESP) P N Driver Bel pf Belpf Ita pf Ita f 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 33 34

259 233 215 211 199 193 191 188 186 174 168 160 160 158 146 134 133 132 119 112 111 92 88 86 82 81 80 71 69 67 64 62 54 54

216 266 202 206 221 226 214 223 218 210 209 224 235 253 245 252 300 204 251 257 212 255 247 219 220 276 205 217 254 256 233 275 278 259

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

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

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

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

55 42 46 30 52 49 50 29 47 39 43 48 34 37 31 45 38 36 20 35 40 33 22 28 21 44 41 25

34 30 28 31 22 14 25 27 15 12 32 E 16 20 23 33 24 26 21 10 17 19 29 18 13 -

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

FERENC KANCSAR THE WEEKEND COULDN’T HAVE BEEN BETTER

doesn’t last because after the heats she’s on grid seven for prefinal start, while Berkay Besler (Bouin Power) on grid one after the heats in front of Lars Lamborelle (Dan Holland Racing) and Schoell. The latter wins the prefinal crossing the line ahead of Jordan Brown-Nutley (Dan Holland Racing) and Besler from Turkey. In the final these three drivers pull away from the pack, gaining more than a second of advantage on their rivals. During a spectacular race with a lot of place swapping, Jordan Brown-Nutley completes his comeback from grid 16 in qualifying; he wins the race neck to neck with his team-mate Lars Lamborelle with Berkay Besler following behind. On lap 10, Schoell drops places due to contact and he drops back to tenth, he is very fast and is fifth over the line. DD2

Ferenc Kancsar (VPDR) sweeps the weekend topping each session from qualifying to final, and he challenges Kevin Ludi (Sprit Racing) for the final crown. The Hugarian driver is now twelve points from the top, the final round in Salbris (France) will assign the title. Behind him comes championship leader Ludi, from fifth in qualifying he is runner up for the rest of the weekend. Third spot for Cosimo Durante (privateer driver): the Italian scores sixth


SENIOR CATEGORY PHOTOFINISH: JORDAN BROWN-NERTLEY (#252) WINNING OVER HIS TEAM-MATE LARS LAMBORELLE (#276). time in qualifying, then he gains places to reach final podium. During a fierce battle on lap 12 Raúl Abascal (privateer driver) touches Ville Viiliainen (privateer driver) and finishes upside down on the gravel. Luckily there were no serious consequences for the driver. Martin Prince (privateer driver) tops once again in DD2 Master. 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

HN CZE ITA FIN ESP POL AUT GBR PRT AUT IRL GBR RUS CHE IRL CHE DEU FRA ESP BEL POL LVA GRC ESP BEL POL

16 Laps 1.865 6.393 6.705 8.139 8.312 8.582 9.157 9.444 9.784 10.740 12.470 13.103 13.439 15.727 18.764 21.968 22.761 23.181 23.375 27.055 33.160 51.623 4 Laps 11 Laps 12 Laps

601 609 640 630 628 658 611 606 663 646 634 696 641 613 649 661 617 655 665 652 622 643 627 631 653 644

Kancsar Ferenc Ludi Kevin Durante Cosimo Viiliainen Ville Dalmau Caballero Oriol Slavinski Dzianis Schoell Constantin Pullinger Barrie Borlido Bruno Wishofer Mick Pierce Martin Smelt Sam Garkaklis Haralds Seewer Philipp Sherlock Aaron Biffinger Michel Rauer Marius Adams Christophe Hatzistefanis Euripidis ver Elst Tim Muranski Slawomir Aloskins Ilja Laskaratos Andreas Abascal Lavin Raul Cool Michael Bartoszuk Lukasz

DR / Rotax / Mojo Kosmic / Rotax / Mojo Wildkart / Rotax / Mojo Tonykart / Rotax / Mojo CRG / Rotax / Mojo FA Kart / Rotax / Mojo Tonykart / Rotax / Mojo Alonso / Rotax / Mojo Parolin / Rotax / Mojo DR / Rotax / Mojo Kosmic / Rotax / Mojo Tonykart / Rotax / Mojo Flandria / Rotax / Mojo Kosmic / Rotax / Mojo Tonykart / Rotax / Mojo Kosmic / Rotax / Mojo DR / Rotax / Mojo Birelart / Rotax / Mojo Tonykart / Rotax / Mojo Zanardi / Rotax / Mojo Tonykart / Rotax / Mojo Tonykart / Rotax / Mojo Tonykart / Rotax / Mojo CRG / Rotax / Mojo Tonykart / Rotax / Mojo CRG / Rotax / Mojo

ROTAX DD2 STANDING AFTER ZUERA (ESP) P N Driver Bel pf Belpf Ita pf Ita f 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 33 34

253 241 218 215 213 211 211 205 199 187 178 175 170 161 149 127 124 121 109 107 107 94 85 82 78 66 65 59 59 58 57 56 54 53

609 601 611 644 640 630 606 646 634 696 613 658 649 641 617 622 643 628 636 653 607 654 652 627 647 639 663 689 631 657 661 637 659 656

Ludi Kevin Kancsar Ferenc Schoell Constantin Bartoszuk Lukasz Durante Cosimo Viiliainen Ville Pullinger Barrie Wishofer Mick Pierce Martin Smelt Sam Seewer Philipp Slavinski Dzianis Sherlock Aaron Garkaklis Haralds Rauer Marius Muranski Slawomir Aloskins Ilja Dalmau Caballero Oriol Faulkner Richard Cool Michael Kamali Luka Al Rawahi Abdullah Ver Elst Tim Laskaratos Andreas Lievens Jordy Marschall Pascal Borlido Bruno Greenfield Taylor Abascal Lavin Raul Kawase Tomokazu Biffinger Michel Mortensen Martin Jurmanowicz Karol Balbo Natalia

34 28 15 29 25 27 32 30 24 20 22 31 6 5 12 9 11 18 21 7 3 8 33 26 14 -

55 48 46 52 47 32 49 50 44 25 36 22 37 41 30 34 24 29 43 39 38 28 45 40 42 -

27 32 30 34 29 28 31 26 19 24 23 E 22 20 17 15 13 9 14 33 21 10 25 18 16 12

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

33 34 31 18 32 26 27 23 25 29 19 28 24 9 17 8 10 22 12 15 16 11 21 30 20 -

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

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2016 ROTAX MAX AUSTRALIAN PRO TOUR SOUTH AUSTRALIA’S BOLIVAR KART, BOLIVAR (AUS) JULY 17th 2016 - RND 5

Joshua Car shows his trophies.

FAST CAR

JOSHUA CAR TAKES HOME THE JASON RICHARDS MEMORIAL EVENT WINNING THE DD2 CLASS AFTER THE FIFTH ROUND OF THE 2016 AUSTRALIAN ROTAX PRO TOUR. SEBASTIAN RUIZ TOPS ONCE AGAIN IN MICRO AND JAMES WHARTON WINS THE MINI. JOSHUA DAVEY IMPRESSES IN ROTAX 125 HEAVY WHILE CODY GILLIS IS THE FASTEST OUT OF THE LIGHT DRIVERS. LEE MITCHNER WINS THE MASTERS SHIFTER CLASS AND TRAVIS WORTON GRABS THE JUNIOR MAX TROPHY, WHILE CAMERON LONGMORE TOPS IN JUNIOR MAX. REPORT: L. HANATSCHEK PICS: IDK/IAN WARD

Joshua Car breaks through to claim his second round win in DD2 for the 2016 season with this weekend' s win at the South Australia' s Bolivar Kart raceway. He' s marked with great significance also being awarded the Jason Richards Cup, in line with the Jason Richards Memorial event. Sunday' s finals were also highlighted by two girls grabbing Pro Tour round winners, Cameron Longmore in Junior Max and Joshua Davey in Rotax 125 Heavy, capping off a successful first visit for the series to

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the ` city of churches' . Round 6 of the 2016 Rotax Pro Tour is scheduled for August 26-28 at the Hume International Raceway, Puckapunyal, Victoria and will be acknowledged as the 2016 Victorian Rotax State Championships. MICRO MAX Canberra' s Sebastian Ruiz followed on from the momentum gained from two heat race wins on Saturday to pick up the double in Micro Max on finals day, securing yet another round win. Ruiz' s closest challengers, Emerson Vincent and

Harry Arnett battled across the two races with Vincent taking second in the pre-final ahead of Arnett before a last lap pass in the final earnt Arnett second with Vincent settling for third. MINI MAX Following his victory in heat three on Saturday, James Wharton carried through his winning ways into both the pre-final and final in Mini Max, snaring the win in both of the weekend' s longer races ahead of team mate and series points rival, Kai Allen. Following a successful Saturday, Hugh Barter took third in


MADELINE STEWART (#82) FINISHED BOTH PREFINAL AND FINAL IN THE TOP 10

the pre-final before slipping to tenth in the final, subsequently promoting Angus Giffin to join Wharton and Allen on the podium after starting seventh. New Zealand' s Connor Davison and Victorian Will Harper comprised the remaining places on the top five podium. JUNIOR MAX After securing a clean sweep across Saturday' s events,

Travis Worton proved to be unstoppable in the weekend' s two longer races in Junior Max Trophy. Worton sprinted ahead to claim the chequered flag on both occasions, helping to extend his lead in the series with two rounds remaining. Jaiden Pope and Zayd Tones maintained their battle for the minor placings finishing second and third

respectively in the final from Taylor Hazard in fourth with Taylah Agius taking fifth after sitting as high as second during the 24 lap race. The theme of mixed race winners in Junior Max continued into both the pre-final and final as Victorian Dylan Hollis gradually continued his rise up the order to secure the victory in the first of Sunday' s two races. Hollis finished ahead of team mates Kyle Bonser, Cameron Longmore and Alec Morse with Nathan Herne and Kade Vink finishing fifth and sixth respectively, thus comprising the third row for the start of the final. The first four would again be the standout performers from the outset of the 30 lap final, with multiple lead changes, Longmore eventually broke through to the lead, going on to take his first Pro Tour round win by 2.6 seconds. Cody Brewczynski delivered the ultimate recovery on the back of two heat race wins on Saturday, Brewczynski redcorded a DNF in heat three before finishing

Rianna O' Meara-Hunt (#69) leads fellow Kiwi Matthew Payne (#9) in Junior Max.

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RACE RESULT MICRO MAX Pos. 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) 7) 8)

N. 28 40 10 81 56 37 86 21

Name Sebastian RUIZ Harry ARNETT Emerson VINCENT Xavier RENSHAW Lachlan PLATTEN Macka HAZARD Rock HAN Ky HUBNER

ROTAX 125 HEAVY Pos. 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) 7) 8) 9) 10)

N. 83 7 16 67 60 1 35 25 10 73

Name Joshua DAVEY Lane MOORE Shay MAYES Clem O'MARA Benjamin RITCHIE Chris FARKAS Gaven WHITMORE Mitchell WALL Ben RODGERS Blake MOONEY

JUNIOR MAX TROPHY Pos. 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) 7) 8) 9)

N. 82 7 17 14 98 48 16 33 80

Name Travis WORTON Jaiden POPE Zayd TONES Taylor HAZARD Taylah AGIUS Tayla HARNAS Aron SHIELDS Samuel WRIGHT Callum BISHOP

DD2 MASTERS Pos. 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) 7) 8) 9) 10)

N. 90 68 6 39 27 98 31 79 20 95

Name Lee MITCHENER Kris WALTON Troy BRETHERTON Scott HOWARD Mark FLOOD Joshua WILLETT Ashley SEWARD Ben LILLIS Scott SIMPSON Stephane MAJMAN

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

N. 13 26 47 32 66 71 49 55 96 68

Name James WHARTON Kai ALLEN Angus GIFFIN Connor DAVISON Will HARPER Jonathon MARCUSSON Luke PINK Bailey HAZARD Ethan FEATHER Hugh BARTER

Pt 0 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Pt 0 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

EMERSON VINCENT (#10) SETTLED FOR THIRD BEHIND HARRY ARNETT. ROTAX 125 LIGHT

Pt 0 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

Pt 0 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Pt 0 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

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

N. 9 70 94 44 41 47 10 1 82 33

Name Cody GILLIS Joshua FIFE Bradley JENNER Jonathon MANGOS Kody GARLAND Troy MORRISSEY Thomas MACDONALD Pierce LEHANE Madeline STEWART Paul RODGERS

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

DD2 Pos. 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) 7) 8) 9) 10)

Pt 0 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

N. 36 18 57 71 16 22 43 69 94 25

Name Cameron LONGMORE Cody BREWCZYNSKI Alec MORSE Dylan HOLLIS Kyle BONSER Kade VINK Jac PRESTON Rianna O'MEARA-HUNT Reece COHEN Nathan HERNE

Pt 0 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

N. 95 90 16 9 27 1 65 36 6 3

Name Joshua CAR Lee MITCHENER Adam LINDSTROM Troy WOOLSTON James FOSTER Jason PRINGLE Ryan KENNEDY Daniel ROCHFORD Nathan TIGANI Lucas WARD

Pt 0 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

12th in the pre-final, the Sydney driver drove through the field to pick up second. Morse, Hollis and Bonser would all make up the final placings on the podium. ROTAX 125 LIGHT With a win and two second place finishes in the heat races, Wollongong driver Cody Gillis was well and truly in strong form and a front row start in the pre-final in Rotax 125 Light proved to be a healthy boost from the outset to break through and claim the win in both of the longer races. Gillis would go on to finish 1.4 seconds ahead of team mate Joshua Fife in the final who picked up second behind Cody, helping to extend his lead in the series rankings. Victorian Brad Jenner continued his climb back through the field as the weekend progressed by picking up a fourth and third in the two points scoring races, joining Gillis and Fife on the podium, finishing just ahead of South Australian Jonathon Mangos and Kody Garland who completed the top five overall in the final. A spin at the start of the final for Pierce Lehane after starting from third saw him fight back through the field to finish eighth by race end. ROTAX 125 HEAVY In just his second event in Rotax 125 Heavy, Queenslander Joshua Davey has come away with a round win, his first since being part of the Pro Tour. Davey’s win in heat three was the momentum booster required to return him to the front in both the pre-final and final as he took maximum points from the weekend. The


minor placings behind Davey were mixed across the two races with Lane Moore securing second for the round ahead of Shay Mayes with Clem O’Mara and Benjamin Ritchie completing the podium. DD2 The highlight of the Sunday races at Pro Tour Bolivar proved to be the DD2 final with Joshua Car breaking through to take the double victory, also adding his name to the Jason Richards Cup, making the victory that bit sweeter. Car made a move with two laps remaining in the final past Lee Mitchener who lead for much of the race with Mitchener having to settle for second behind the now two-time DD2 round winner.

Adam Lindstrom was another who made a late race pass, improving his finishing position to third with Troy Woolston taking fourth and Queenslander James Foster stepping up to take his first Pro Tour podium for the season. Joshua Car’s name now sits alongside Kyle Ensbey, Jason Pringle and Jordan Boys as winners of the Jason Richards Cup since its inception in 2012. The Jason Richards Cup is awarded once a year at the Jason Richards Memorial event as a reflection of Richards’ competition in DD2 at the Pro Tour during his racing career. Despite a DNF in heat two, Victorian Lee Mitchener returned to

his good form and winning ways in both the pre-final and final in DD2 Masters with the latter race being a comfortable victory for Mitchener by 2.9 seconds. Daniel Richert picked up second in the pre-final, though a DNF in the final promoted Queensland’s Kris Walton up the order to finish behind Mitchener and ahead of fellow statesman Troy Bretherton who took third after starting sixth. Scott Howard and Mark Flood would go on to secure the final two podium places in the 30 lap event.

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DEUTSCHE KART MEISTERSCHAFT GENK KARTING CIRCUIT, GENK (B) JULY 17 TH 2016 - RND 3

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ARDIGÒ OUT TO GET T Exciting DKM half-time in Genk, new winners in all the classes: in the evening, Enrico Prosperi, Patrick Kreutz (both DSKC), Marco Ardigò, Paolo de Conto (both DSKM), Dennis Hauger, David Vidales (both DJKM), Hannes Janker and Paavo Tonteri (both DKM) ended up on top podium places. REPORT & PICS: FAST MEDIA

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Unstable weather is a tough variable for 141 DKM drivers racing in Ampfing: rain on Saturday and Sunday cause panic at the pre-start. In the four DMSB grade series DKM, DJKM, DSKM and DSKC a couple of new winners are causing suspense on the ranking list. The German Kart Championship will go on to the Belgium, in Genk drivers will be fighting for the halfwaychampionship. DSKM Patrik Hajek (Kosmic Kart-Vortex) starts his weekend on top grabbing the first pole position of the season, but Marco Ardigò (Tony Kart-Vortex) makes his comeback during heats

and steals the top spot from the Czech driver. The Italian starts well and defends his lead holding back the Kosmic driver. The race goes on with the leading duo setting the pace, Guust van Specken (Gillard-Vortex) who gets the better of Jorrit Pex (CRGVortex) follow behind. The second race is more exciting, 14 drivers fighting after the green light. Ardigò tries to repeat his win, but Pex thinks otherwise and grabs first race win. Paolo De Conto (CRG-Maxter) rounds off podium in front of Specken. DSKC Rookie Maximilian Paul (DR KartTM) is brilliant during the temporary


Second DSKM win for Marco Ardigò. Left, Abbasse leads the DSKM field.  DSKC Race 2 podium

T TITLE rainy qualifying heat and secures pole position for heats. Throughout heats, Dutchman Jeroen Bos (CRGTM) is on pole thanks to two wins. Before the first race rain sets in and the competition is postponed to allow drivers and teams to adapt to new climatic conditions. Poleman Bos tries to pull away from the pack, but with growing racing distance, the Dutchman drops back to fifth. Symen Wiggers and Maximilian Paul fight for the win, but Wiggers is the one who greets the chequered flag first. Toni Greif (Mach1-TM) is third beating local driver Stefan Weber (Praga-TM). Because of penalties for

Paul and Greif, Webers earns second place over Bos, third. Dry track for the second race, where Wiggers tries to pull away from the pack, but he has Stefan Weber, Patrick Kreutz (Mad Croc-TM) and Max Weering (CRG-TM) close behind. With five laps to go Weber tries to escape with a win, but Wiggers holds him off and grabs his second win of the weekend, taking over championship lead. Third place for Patrick Kreutz. DJKM Weather plays a crucial role in junior qualifying session, because both groups drive under different conditions and are placed next

to each other. Christian Cobellini (BirelART-Iame) and Cameron Boedler (Mach1-Rexon) take pole in first and second group. During heats, championship leader Charles Milesi (Tony Kart-Vortex) is back on top winning both heats. With a perfect start, the Tony Kart driver pulls away from the group and slows down due to rain half way through the race. Petr Ptacek (Formula K-TM) finds his way to the front and builds up an exciting final, but he is not fast enough to beat his rival, so the win goes to the Frenchman. Behind the duo, Dennis Hauger (CRG-Parilla) comes through to complete podium. Norwegian VROOM INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINE 51


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DSKM Race 2 Podium. Patrick Kreutz thumbs the air for his DSKC win

DENNIS HAUGER WIDENS THE GAP IN DJKM CHAMPIONSHIP driver takes the lead after race two start, while behind other drivers fight for places losing important time. Among these drivers there is Milesi, who has to settle for second., Italian guest driver Cobellini is third in front of David Vidales (Tony KartVortex). DKM KSM Schumacher Racing Team 52 VROOM INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINE

is off to a great start sweeping the qualifying session with David Brinkmann and Luca Lippkau (Tony Kart-Vortex). Championship leader Paavo Tonteri (CRG-Iame) comes back with a win and a second place after heats, starting the first race in pole position. On the drying track, the whole field starts the first race mounting their rain tyres and wearing them out quickly.

Tonteri opens a considerable gap, but a slight drop gives Bent Viscaal (Tony Kart-Vortex) a chance to take over the lead, butt they haven’t considered Noah Milell (Kosmic Kart-Vortex) who finds his way up from rear to the lead and goes on to win. After the race, a penalty drops him back to sixth. Therefore, Viscaal gets his first DKM win over German Manuel


EXCITING DRIVING IN GENK!

During the third round of the DKM in Genk, we compared lap time on the same track with lap time done during the 2014 CIK-FIA European Championship. There is a great difference: could it be due to new engines or just due to new tyres?

The last round of the CIK-FIA is nearly upon us: it is scheduled for the last weekend of July in Genk. This last weekend in Genk we have seen the third of five rounds of the German Kart Championship; teams and drivers used this event to test themselves in occasion on the last round of the Continental championship. The last time that a CIK-FIA European round was raced on this circuit was on June 2014: the first round of the KZ, KZ2 and Academy; and the third round of the KF championship. On comparing 2014 results and this last race, we have seen a big gap in terms of performance. The new OK engines have made their debut this year, so we compared the results with the KF category equipped with Dunlop tyres. In 2014 Lando Norris stopped 53,549 seconds in qualifiers, while this year Alex Smolyar

PAOLO DE CONTO BACKS ON TOP IN DSKM

stopped 51,721 seconds. Both drivers were equipped with Vortex engines; the gap is slightly less than 2”! If we compare the KZ2, this year the fastest in qualifying was Alexander Schmitz (BirelArt/Vortex), 51,402 seconds on Vega tyres. In 2014, Arnaud Kozlinski (intrepid/TM) was the fastest with 52,861 seconds on Bridgestone. Also in this category there’s a great difference: 1, 5 seconds. To put it briefly, in just two years the evolution of karting reaches a maximum peak giving drivers very powerful karts. Does this gap depend on tyres or the new engines? We know that OK engine (considered to have better weight/power ratio) has a very important role in this improvement, while for the shifter category the major role is played by tyres.

RESULTS DKM 1. Jorrit Pex ............................ (132 points) 2. Marco Ardigò .................... (113 points) 3. Davide Foré ....................... (106 points) 4. Paolo de Conto ................. (95 points) 5. Patrik Hajek ....................... (86 points)

RESULTS DJKM 1. Charles Milesi .................... (155 points) 2. Dennis Hauger .................. (136 points) 3. David Vidales .................... (107 points) 4. Petr Ptacek ......................... (72 points) 5. Mads E. Hansen ................ (64 points)

RESULTS DSKM 1. Paavo Tonteri ..................... (150 points) 2. Karol Basz .......................... (129 points) 3. Jean-B. Simmenauer ....... (111 points) 4. Bent Viscaal ....................... (85 points) 5. Clement Novalak .............. (70 points)

Valier (FA Kart-Vortex) and Paavo Tonteri. The second race tells another story: Viscaal drops places whilst Simmenauer takes the lead and wins shadowed by Milell. Karol Basz (Kosmic KartVortex) completes a strong catching-up race and grabs last podium step

RESULTS DSKC 1. Symen Wiggers................. (106 points) 2. Max Tubben....................... (103 points) 3. Christoph Hold ................. (92 points) 4. Maximilian Paul ................ (79 points) 5. Patrick Kreutz .................... (71 points)

DKM Race 2 Podium.

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MSA BRITISH KART OK & OKJ CHAMPIONSHIPS SHENINGTON KART RACING CLUB, BANBURY (UK) JULY 17 2016 – RND. 2

DEAN MCDONALD SWEEPS OK SENIOR, WINNING OVER OLIVER HODGSON AND JACOB STILP

MSA E Plates assigned Dean MacDonald and Jonathan Hoggard are the stars of the second round of this resurgent MSA British Kart Championship at Shenington in north Oxfordshire.   REPORT: G. SMITH/PICS: KARTPIX/C. WALKER

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The senior grid was increased on last time as more drivers come to love the performance benefits of this CIK international class, whilst the juniors were marginally down due to driver’s prior commitments.  Nevertheless there were new faces and Strawberry Racing and Vortex had put up a senior and junior engine to be won by best newcomer which turned out to be Ross Martin and Roman Haskett.  The airfield circuit is just over 1Km but produced some thrilling races and the whole weekend was an extravaganza for the annual Shenington SuperPrix and

MSA E Plates.  The winners of the OK classes can now sport the E for England champion number plate for the next year. The last round of the series for nearly all Super One classes is at PF International on 23-25 September.   OK Senior It was Jamie Flynn who took top spot in timed qualifying with Dean MacDonald just a tenth behind Flynn and Oliver Hodgson.  Then MacDonald got into his stride winning both heats with quite a few retirements including Flynn, Harrison Thomas and newcomer Ross Martin now his funding has run


ROSS MARTIN WINS A VORTEX DDS ENGINE AS BEST NEWCOMER IN OK NO RIVALS FOR JONATHAN HOGGARD FROM QUALIFYING THROUGH HEATS AND FINALS

RESULTS MSA British Kart Championship OK Class Final 1 (19 laps): 1 Dean MacDonald (Tony Kart); 2 Oliver Hodgson (Birel ART); 3 Jacob Stilp (Mad Croc) 4 Luke Knott (Tony Kart); 5 Roy Johnson (Tony Kart); 6 Harrison Thomas (Kosmic). Final 2: 1 MacDonald (19 laps); 2 Stilp; 3 Thomas; 4 Hodgson; 5 Ross Martin (BirelART); 6 Jamie Flynn (DR). FL Johnson 40.4s. Pole MacDonald.

MSA British Junior Kart Championship OKJ Class Final 1 (19 laps): 1 Jonathan Hoggard (Kosmic); 2 Morgan Porter (Octane); 3 Mark Kimber (Tony Kart); 4  Axel Charpentier (Tony Kart); 5 Callum Bradshaw (Exprit); 6 Roman Haskett (Tony Kart). Final 2: 1 Hoggard (19 laps); 2 Porter; 3 Jewiss; 4 Charpentier; 5 Kimber; 6 Bradshaw

dry in single seaters.  MacDonald went onto to stamp his authority on the meeting by winning both finals comfortably.  The flying Scotsman cruised clear of Hodgson in the first final then Toby Sowery dropped out elevating Jacob Stilp.  Stilp was being pressed by Jamie Flynn who had come from tenth on the grid until Flynn also retired, leaving Luke Knott in fourth, well clear of Roy Johnson.  Veteran Bobby Game had been in the mix for fifth, but fell to eleventh.  For the second final Stilp leapfrogged the fast starting Thomas and Hodgson for second but MacDonald had already cleared off.  Thomas nipped past Hodgson in the chicane whilst Flynn

ROMAN HASKETT SECURES A BRAND NEW VORTEX DDJ ENGINE THANKS TO HIS AMAZING PERFORMANCE IN OK JUNIOR

roared up from the back to challenge Ross Martin for fifth. 

OK Junior In the Junior OK category Jonathan Hoggard was at one with the track on a very hot weekend unchallenged from timed qualifying through both heats and both finals.  In the TQ Kiern Jewiss was next just ahead of the Frenchman Axel Charpentier but it was the steady but fast Mark Kimber who lined up alongside Hoggard on the first final grid.  In the first Kiern Jewiss lost second to Axel Charpentier before Morgan Porter took them both, the BMR driver being fifth on the grid.  Mark Kimber leapfrogged to third, as Jewiss was penalized to twelfth

with a dropped front fairing from contact, elevating Charpentier, Callum Bradshaw and local driver Roman Haskett.  Porter could only reach within 2s of Hoggard with Kimber a second behind.  Hoggard swiftly pulled a gap on Porter in the second final leaving all the action around third place.  Jewiss had put in a stupendous first lap for fifth, he and Charpentier soon joined by Kimber in the battle for third.  Amidst much jostling on the last lap both into the first hairpin and through the chicane, Jewiss held onto third over Charpentier and Kimber.  Local driver Roman Haskett won the engine for best newcomer, finishing a very creditable seventh.

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SUPER ONE SERIES FULBECK, GRANTHAM (UK) JULY 10th 2016 – ROUND 7

Rotax Max National Championship: Josh White sets the pace

WHITE DOMINATES Heavy rain early on Saturday and a dry Sunday welcome the Awning Company Super One Series that makes its first visit to Fulbeck after a long time for this seventh round for Cadets, Rotax and X30.   REPORT: G. SMITH PICS: KARTPIX

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Fulbeck it is only a mile from Britain’s most modern circuit at PF International, but is one of the first in the UK back in the early sixties and relatively unchanged in track layout. In this round all double victories: Josh White sweeps the Senior Max, Jonny Edgar the Mini Max, Joe Turney the Junior Max, Harry Thompson the IAME Cadet, Angus Fender the Junior X30, Oliver Bearman the Honda Cadet and Brett Ward the Senior X30. Mini Max Owen Johnson held onto fastest qualifying time over Dexter Patterson and Jonny Edgar, with Edgar going onto win both heats and lining up on pole for the first final with Lorcan Hanafin alongside.  Although Hanafin held second off the start, he faded back to sixth and Klaas Kooiker held station behind Edgar for the duration. 

In the second final Jenson Butterfield and Clayton Ravenscroft briefly held second, with Ravenscroft even swiftly trading the lead with Edgar before it settled down.  Edgar then led the rest of the race, punctuated by a full course black and yellow, with Kooiker second and closing in during the neutralised period, although he had to retrieve that position from Ravenscroft.  The latter had been defending a long train but once Kooiker was through, Tom Canning and Butterfield followed.  Five karts had 10s penalties for displaced front fairings.  Edgar now lies 15 points behind Butterfield. Junior Max Rory Hudson snatched fastest qualifying time from Myles Apps and Joe Turney, with Hudson then taking both heats, the second by quite a margin.  Hudson then led the first final


Angus Fender leads from flag to flag and grabs first final win. In the second final he had to match skill with Shane White.

Oliver Bearman gets the better of Luke Preston in Honda cadet and wins the first final Rory Hudson led the pack, but after crashing Joe Turney took over the lead and stayed there to the checkered flag.

for a few laps before crashing out so Turney took over until the chequer.  William Pettit, Jonathan Hoggard and Mark Kimber all followed but Axel Charpentier was excluded from eighth for driving standards.  As Turney pulled out a 4s gap in the second final, he left Hoggard and Pettit trading second until Tyler Chesterton split them.  Pettitt was dumped to the back of the group for fourth whilst Charpentier recovered to eighth again.  Turney now goes 3 points ahead of Hoggard in these ABkC National Championships.   IAME Cadet Joseph Taylor showed first with fastest TQ over Reggie Duhy and Harry Thompson.  A dominant Thompson then powered to a double heats and finals victory and is 21 points ahead of rival Joseph Taylor with only one round to go in the MSA British Cadet Championship.  Jonny Wilkinson won the other heat.  Thompson led the first two thirds of the first final until the chasing Jonny Wilkinson found a gap in his defence on lap 10, not making his

life easy.  Thompson waited until the penultimate lap to get his revenge at the Pits Corner, Wilkinson then falling to third behind Taylor and Reggie Duhy up to fourth from the back.  In the second final Thompson enjoyed a lights to flag victory with Wilkinson and Zak O’Sullivan close behind after Taylor fell to sixth on the fourth lap and became mired in the third group.  Reggie Duhy led Matthew Rees over the finish for fourth.  Junior X30 Qualifier Gordon Mutch beat Ethan Pitt and Angus Fender to top spot in the timed qualifying list,

Fender going onto win both heats and would line up alongside Teddy Pritchard-Williams for the first final grid.  Fender had a lights to flag victory with Pitt behind for the first half and Mutch for the second half after he recovered from non starting the first heat.  Pitt fell back to fifth, behind Oliver Greetham and Pritchard-Williams.  Mutch sprung a surprise by powering into the lead of the second final with Fender hard on his rear bumper.  They pulled out a 3s gap on the third place battle where Shane White was leap frogging up from fifth to third, and leaving the rest behind. 

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Harry McQuillan made a late charge up the field to reach seventh whilst Pitt and Ethan Rees traded fourth.  With a couple of laps to run, Fender made his move to take the win and have a cushion of 26 points on Pitt.  Honda Cadet Needing two timed qualifying sessions the best Harry Thompson could do on the joint list was sixth.  That list was topped by Sam Heading, Luke Watts and Caden McQueen.  But Thompson won both his heats, Oliver Bearman the other.  Thompson led the first three quarters of the first final, including a neutralised period, but Bearman had got the better of Wesley Mason and then moved successfully on Thompson.  That put him back to fourth which became fifth as Lucas Ellingham took advantage.  Thompson could only recover to fourth again, Bearman winning from Luke Preston and Sam Heading.  Bearman kept up the advantage through the second final with Thompson chasing and a great deal of shuffling amongst the battle for third.  Alex Eades and Justin Breward had come off on the opening lap whilst Ellingham rushed up to third, but not for long.  Now there was the lead duo, where Thompson found a gap to lead but Bearman struck straight back for the win, and a five kart train for third.  McQueen came out on top of that from Coskun Irfan, Ellingham and Ben Kasperczak who had gained ten places.  Thompson still holds a massive points lead over McQueen. Senior X30 Josh Collings was quick again, beating Roy Johnson and Jamie Flynn to top TQ spot, and then Collings and Johnson each took a heat win.  But Collings took a front fairing 10s penalty in his other heat so would have to battle up the order in the first final.  He made it to third, passing Johnson whilst ahead Matthew Hirst lost the lead to Brett Ward at the halfway stage, Ward having found good pace overnight.  Ward held the lead all through the second final with Collings falling back from a lead challenge to battle with Scott Mackrell for second.  Matt Davies was excluded from fifth for driving standards.  58 VROOM INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINE

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Collings has a slender 5 point lead over Mackrell and Ward with Davies falling to fourth in the standings. Senior Rotax Max Josh White made a clean sweep of all results, from TQ through the two heats and both finals.  Josh Collings had been a challenger until the first final where he could only run in sixth then was excluded from the meeting along with Ben Davis for re-attaching their front fairings at the end.  Josh Skelton was second from Harrison Thomas.  White had a

scare at the start of the second final when Thomas dived into the lead, but normal order was soon restored.  Thomas fell to third, then fourth and finished fifth.  Skelton had hooked behind White and stayed with him until the end the rest 6s in arrears.  James Johnson settled into third over Charlie Turner.  Jack McCarthy had a subdued meeting, finishing only seventh then having a 10s front fairing penalty to drop three places.  He is 11 points behind White in the standings.

RESULTS ABkC Mini Max National Championship Final 1: 1 Jonny Edgar (Tony Kart); 2 Klaas Kooiker (Tony Kart); 3 Jenson Butterfield (Tony Kart); 4 Tom Canning (Kosmic); 5 Clayton Ravenscroft (Tony Kart); 6 Lorcan Hanafin (Tony Kart) Final 2: 1 Edgar; 2 Kooiker ; 3 Canning; 4 Butterfield; 5 Ravenscroft; 6 Dexter Patterson (Kosmic).   ABkC Junior Max National Championship Final 1: 1 Joe Turney (Kosmic); 2 William Pettitt (Tony Kart); 3 Johnathan Hoggard (Kosmic); 4 Mark Kimber (Tony Kart); 5 Tommy Foster (Tony Kart); 6 Thomas Turner (Tony Kart). Final 2: 1 Turney; 2 Hoggard; 3 Tyler Chesterton (Tony Kart); 4 Pettitt; 5 Foster; 6 Kimber.   MSA British Cadet Championship for IAME Final 1: 1 Harry Thompson (Synergy); 2 Joseph Taylor (Synergy); 3 Jonny Wilkinson (Zip); 4 Reggie Duhy (Synergy); 5 Zak O’Sullivan (Synergy); 6 Georgi Dimitrov (Synergy). Final 2: 1 Thompson; 2 Wilkinson; 3 O’Sullivan; 4 Duhy; 5 Matthew Rees (Zip); 6 Joshua Rattican (Zip).   Junior X30 International Qualifier Final 1: 1 Angus Fender (Gold); 2 Gordon Mutch (Mad Croc); 3 Teddy Pritchard-Williams (Mad Croc); 4 Oliver

Greetham (Alonso); 5 Ethan Pitt (Mach 1); 6 Jake Douglas (Alonso). Final 2: 1 Fender; 2 Mutch; 3 Shane White (Tony Kart); 4 Pitt; 5 Ethan Rees (Tony Kart); 6 Oliver Clarke (Tony Kart).   ABkC National Championship for Honda Cadet Final 1: 1 Oliver Bearman (Project One); 2 Luke Preston (Project One); 3 Sam Heading (Project One); 4 Harry Thompson (Synergy); 5 Caden McQueen (Zip); 6 Lucas Ellingham (Zip). Final 2: 1 Bearman; 2 Thompson; 3 McQueen; 4 Coskun Irfan (Zip); 5 Ellingham; 6 Ben Kasperczak (BRK)   Senior X30 International Qualifier Final 1: 1 Brett Ward (Mach 1); 2 Matthew Hirst (Kosmic); 3 Josh Collings (Alonso); 4 Roy Johnson (Alonso); 5 Matt Davies (Tony Kart); 6 Jack Partridge (Gold). Final 2: 1 Ward; 2 Collings; 3 Scott Mackrell (Tony Kart); 4 Johnson; 5 Partridge; 6 Davey Shepherd (Mach 1).   ABkC Rotax Max National Championship Final 1: 1 Josh White (Tony Kart); 2 Josh Skelton (Tony Kart); 3 Harrison Thomas (Kosmic); 4 Nathan Chafer (LH); 5 Jack McCarthy (Tony Kart); 6 Tom Croyden (Tony Kart). Final 2: 1 White; 2 Skelton; 3 James Johnson (Tony Kart); 4 Charlie Turner (Tony Kart); 5 Thomas; 6 Morgan Rose (Tony Kart).


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CAN-AM KARTING CHALLENGE GREG MOORE RACEWAY, CHILLIWACK (CAN) JULY 10th 2016 – RND. 2

CANADIANS DEFEND HOMELAND The Can-Am Karting Challenge travelled to the Greg Moore Raceway over the July 8-10 weekend. Nearly 100 entries each day for the Rotax Max Challenge, Superkarts! USA, Briggs & Stratton and the new local option Open. Rainfall hit the area over the weekend, but all the races were held on a dry track REPORT: PROMEDIA MOTORSPORT / PICS: DALTON EGGER

Senior Rotax Coltin McCaughan, ticket holder to the 2016 Rotax Grand Finals, extended his win total to four on the season in Can-Am competition. Coltin set fast time in qualifying, but fellow Canadian Kellen Ritter used a last lap pass to steal the Prefinal win away from McCaughan. The Final was all Coltin, going wire-to-wire in a near threesecond advantage after 20 laps. Kyle Dupell advanced up to second as Ritter fell down to fifth behind Adam Smalley and Ben Maxfield. Dupell continued 60 VROOM INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINE

moving up the order, leading the way on Sunday. A 52.843-lap secured fast time in qualifying ahead of McCaughan, and the Oregon driver led all 14 laps of the Prefinal. In the Final McCaughan took the leadership in the second half of the race earning his fourth straight victory. Kyle Dupell had to settle for second with Walker Hess in third. Junior Rotax Matthew Taskinen swept the weekend took over the championship lead. Canadian driver set the pole by just 82 thousandths of

a second on Edward Portz, winning the Prefinal wire-to-wire. Taskinen was shuffled back to fifth early on in the Final, but was able to climb back to take the lead from Portz, driving to a onesecond advantage at the chequered flag, while Hannah Greenemeier worked around Portz for second. On Sunday Taskinen began where he left off, posting fast time in qualifying and leading all 14 laps in the Prefinal. Greenemeier was the challenger in the Final, leading for just a few laps until


THREE WINS ON THE WEEKEND FOR ASHTON TORGERSON (#102), TWO IN MICRO MAX AND ONE IN MINI MAX.

Matthew took control and drove away to a three-second margin of victory. Gulick moved up to the podium in third. Micro Max Ashton Torgerson was the only other driver to record a weekend sweep, doing so in Micro Max presented by Go Kart Hero. It was an astonishing 23-second victory over Shawn Kozma and Darryen Hilwa. The same drivers joined Ashton on the podium Sunday, with Torgerson recording a 27-second advantage in the 15-lap main event. Mini Max Thanks to his age, Ashton Torgerson is able to race in the Mini Max class, presented by Monster X. Saturday was the second victory on the season in the category for Torgerson. Jonathan Portz edged out Ryan Dezall and Torgerson for fast time in qualifying

before driving to the win in the Prefinal. Torgerson was unable to finish, retiring before the first lap was completed and started eighth in the main event. Ashton climbed his way to the lead by lap six, and held off Jason Leung at the line for the victory by nine hundredths of a second. Dezall completed the podium as Portz slipped to fourth. A blistering lap of 55.704 secured fast time for Torgerson during Sunday qualifying. Torgerson went wire-to-wire in the Prefinal, and led the first 10 laps of the Final. Leung and Dezall worked together to demote Ashton for position. At the line, Leung was able to hold off the charging Torgerson for his first victory of the season with Dezall sitting third on the podium. Briggs & Stratton 206 Senior The Briggs &

Stratton 206 Senior division welcomed another large contingent of drivers on the weekend, with the wins split by Derek Wang and Brady Egger. The start to Saturday' s events saw Egger with the fast time in qualifying and Wang winning in the Prefinal. The Final was a battle between Derek and Spencer Kunz, with Wang getting the advantage after 15 laps with his first victory of the year. Kunz and Egger joined him on the podium. Sunday was another epic battle with Kunz landing fast time in qualifying and Kyle Wick the winner of the Prefinal. On the final lap, Egger secured the victory ahead of Wang and Vitali. Tichikichev was penalized three seconds for a starting infraction, moving Wick to the third step of the podium and Vitali to fourth ahead

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of Kellen Ritter. Bryan Green went uncontested Saturday in the Briggs & Stratton 206 Masters class, with Erik Gerlof taking top honours over Green Sunday. Briggs & Stratton 206 Junior Saturday was led early by Cooper Becklin, setting fast time in qualifying and winning the Prefinal. Austin Torgerson was able to improve his pace toward the end of the day, working around Becklin late in the race for the lead and the victory. Carsen Kunz followed through for second with Becklin placing third. Sunday was Marco Kacic as the top driver through qualifying and the Prefinal. Kacic would sit out the Final due to illness, leaving the top spot open. Torgerson took over the lead on the opening circuit, challenge by Matthew Taskinen late but able to hold on for the victory. Taskinen retired on the final circuit, moving Josh Pierson to second and Becklin to third. Masters Max Wallace opened up Saturday’s round as the top qualifier before Groff took control, winning the Prefinal and Final. Wallace settled for second with Gary Reohl placing third. The results were the opposite at the front on

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RESULTS MINI MAX 1) 102 Ashton Torgerson; 2) 159 Jason Leung; 3) 148 Ryan Dezall; 4) 198 Jonathan Portz; 5) 191 Cooper Becklin; 6) 114 Josh Pierson; 7) 126 Kason Lau; 8) 117 Spencer Perreault JUNIOR MAX 1) 227 Matthew Taskinen; 2) 208 Hannah Greenemeier; 3) 210 Edward Portz; 4) 215 Jacob Gulick; 5) 288 Austin Torgerson; 6) 224 Christina Dezall; 7) 223 Ellie Musgrave; 8) 271 Mason Buck; 9) 231 Levi Schmidtke; 10) 214 T.J. Madonna; 11) 286 Niki Johnston; 12) 285 Tyler Kozma; 13) 269 Kyle Francis; 14) 268 Carsen Kunz; 15) 259 Daniel Yeh; 16) 242 Samuel Berrera-Garcia SHIFTERS 1) 57z Cole Franchini; 2) 3 Brennan Peters; 3) 28 Andrew Wilson MICRO MAX 1) 02 Ashton Torgerson; 2) 14 Shawn Kozma; 3) 31 Darryen Hilwa; 4) 7 Graham Trammell; 5) 20 Lucy Becklin

LO206 SENIOR/MASTERS 1) 6 Derek Wang; 2) 235 Spencer Kunz; 3) 99 Brady Egger; 4) 54 Vitali Tichikichev; 5) 46 Chris Eagles; 6) 209 Kyle Wick; 7) 329 Justin Smalley; 8) 45 Bryan Green; 9) 59 Daniel Yeh; 10) 44 Tommy Gritzmacher LO206 JUNIOR 1) 188 Austin Torgerson; 2) 18 Carsen Kunz; 3) 191 Cooper Becklin; 4) 34 Josh Pierson; 5) 33 Marco Kacic; 6) 77 Ben Gotte; 7) 26 Kason Lau; 8) 214 T.J. Madonna SENIOR MAX 1) 320 Coltin McCaughan; 2) 310 Kyle Dupell; 3) 326 Adam Smalley; 4) 328 Ben Maxfield; 5) 399 Kellen Ritter; 6) 388 Derek Wang; 7) 318 Walker Hess; 8) 316 Ryan Martin; 9) 324 Bradley Dezall; 10) 335 Spencer Kunz; 11) 370 Zach Pettinicchi; 12) 321 Samuel Gerlof; 13) 378 Richard Lee; 14) 325 Shaun Hodgson; 15) 348 Jessica Dezall


MATTHEW TASKINEN WINS THE JUNIOR MAX CLASS. CANADIAN COLTIN MCCAUGHAN STANDING ON THE PODIUM WITH KYLE DUPELL AND ADAM SMALLEY.

Sunday, with Groff as the top driver in qualifying. Wallace took over from there to win the Prefinal and score his first Final victory of the season. Reohl was second with Rene Bine III completing the podium after Groff retired on the final circuit. TaG Senior Kris Hoffbeck set the tone in qualifying and the Prefinal. He led the main event until mechanical issue put him on the sidelines. Pettinicchi and Rosario Verderame fought for the position until Wilson charged forward to assume the spot, driving to the chequered flag first. Pettinicchi and Amanda Smalley rounded out the podium after Verderame retired early as well. Sunday was very similar with Hoffbeck topping the results in qualifying and the Prefinal, this time fighting for the victory in the

main event. Pettinicchi was right there, taking the lead away on lap 12. They continued fighting to the chequered flag with Pettinicchi earning the victory. Hoffbeck settled for second with Verderame in third.

S2 Semi-Pro Stock Moto Championship leader Kyle Wick was the top qualifier while Cole Franchini was able to score the win in the Prefinal. Wick retired early in the main event, giving Franchini a clear path to the top of the podium with the victory. Brennan Peters drove to second with Wick classified third. Wick came back the following day to sweep the action, driving to a 17-second advantage over Peters with Franchini in third. Andrew Wilson was the lone driver in the Open Shifter category, running uncontested both days.

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2nd EPCOT CHALLENGE ORLANDO KART CENTER, ORLANDO (USA) JULY 17th 2016

Alex Powell grabs his trophy winning over Paul Bocuse and Christian Pastrian in Micro.

EPIC EPCOT ROK Cup USA replicate the annual Epcot Challenge at the Orlando Kart Centre with 44 rokkers from Barbados, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, France, Puerto Rico, and Trinidad. REPORT: A.ROCA PICS: B. TURANO

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This isn’t just racing, but it is an opportunity for kart divers and their families a chance to spend a relaxing weekend in a welcoming environment. Not just racing because the race format foresees races at night and you enjoy the attractions of Orlando during the day: on Saturday drivers were invited to a brunch at one of the best restaurants in Florida, at the world-famous EPCOT amusement park in Disney World!   Micro ROK Alex Powell (Andersen Racing) grabs first after showing great speed, a flag-to-flag prefinal win ahead of

Frenchman Paul Bocuse (Team Felon). The leading duo repeat themselves in the final, when there’s a great duel for third going on, Christian Pastrian (AM Engines), Miguel Costa (Andersen Racing), and Nicolas Ambiado (AM Engines). In the end Pastrian from Chile steps on the podium. Mini ROK Felipe Bartz (Zanella Racing), Matthew Christensen (AKT Team), and Alejandro Rozo (ROK CUP Colombia) fight hard throughout the weekend, rewarding spectators with some exciting driving. On Sunday, Bartz takes a big advantage over his opponents,


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

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

N. 80 77 9 5 79 51 44 2 93 40

Name Powell Alex Bocuse Paul Pastrian Cristian Costa Miguel Ambiado Nicolas Perra Granger Jeffers Jack Moreno Pedro Powell Isabella Garcia Max

MINI RESULTS

SHIFTER JUNIOR JETT NOLAND OUTDOES HIS RIVALS SETTING AN AMAZING PACE ON SUNDAY.

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

N. 124 170 145 167 100 166 109 112 199 178

Name Bartz Felipe Rozo Alejandro Christensen M. Perez Luis Trifone Edoardo Simpson Kyffin Nazario Julian Murphy Ben Perez De Arce M. Jose Pino Nicholas

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

N. 258 269 218 208 245 299 266 287 250 267

Name Ramirez Mathias Keel Aiden Lopes Pedro Ryan Derek Baco-Sifontes Gabriel Deukmedjian Arias Cabrera Axel Fairbairn Jeremy Noland Jett Zecchinato Nicola

Equipement Birelart / Legree / Bridgestone Tony Kart / Allison / Bridgestone Otk / Am Engines / Bridgestone Birelart / Allison / Bridgestone Otk / Am Engines / Bridgestone Benik / Legree / Bridgestone Tony Kart / Vortex / Bridgestone` Tony Kart / Jose Castro / Bridgestone Birelart / Legree / Bridgestone Birelart / Vortex / Bridgestone

Gap 14 laps 6.501 8.498 8.621 8.375 9.643 17.715 25.196 30.339 30.941

Equipement Tony Kart / Zanella / Bridgestone Tony Kart / Vortex / Bridgestone Fa Kart / Am Engines / Bridgestone` Tony Kart / Vortex / Bridgestone Tony Kart / Vortex / Ridgestone Birelart / Bordogna / Bridgestone Fa Kart / Akt / Bridgestone Tony Kart / Vortex / Birdgestone Otk / Am Engines / Bridgestone` Otk / Am Engines / Bridgestone`

Gap 16 laps 0.187 0.751 15.593 21.884 38.179 1 Lap 8 Laps 11 Laps 15 Laps

Equipement Birelart / Am Engines / Bridgestone Birelart / Bordogna / Bridgestone Fa Kart / Zanella / Bridgestone Tony Kart / Zanella / Bridgestone Tony Kart / Legree / Bridgestone Tony Kart / Vortex / Bridgestone Kosmic / Vortex / Bridgestone Tony Kart / Vortex / Bridgestone Tony Kart / Legree Engine / Bridgestone Tony Kart / Legree Engine / Bridgestone

Gap 20 laps 6.076 6.525 7.122 7.291 9.482 10.742 11.867 13.998 15.105

SHIFTER JUNIOR RESULTS Pos. 1 2 3 4 5 6

FELIPE BARTZ LEADS THE MINI ROK PACK.

N. 750 757 799 708 723 777

Name Noland Jett Gonzalez Tyler Deukmedjian Arias Sanchez Nicholas Fritsch Christian Sims Brett

Equipement Tony Kart / Legree / Bridgestone Tony Kart / Vortex / Bridgestone` Tony Kart / Vortex / Bridgestone Fa Kart / Ir Usa Racing / Bridgestone Tony Kart / Zanella / Bridgestone Fa Kart / Kart Tech / Bridgestone

Gap 20 laps 2.132 2.426 11.569 11.886 1 Lap

JUNIOR MATHIAS RAMIREZ FIRST, FOLLOWED BY AIDEN KEEL AND PEDRO LOPES SECOND AND THIRD.

winning both prefinal and final with Colombian driver Rozo and American driver and Christensen, from Orlando, following behind. Shifter Junior ROK Tyler Gonzalez (Orlando Kart Center), seemed to be the man to beat during the heats on Friday, but on Sunday Jett Noland (NRM Motorsports) changes things, he grabs a win that admits him to the Shifter Junior Finals International Finals. Gonzalez has to settle for runner up position with Arias Deukmedjian (AM Engines/OGP) third over the line. Junior ROK Mathias Ramirez (Andersen Racing Team) sweeps the competition winning over his team-mate Aiden Keel. The latter fights hard to hold off attacks from Zanella Racing team-mates: Pedro Lopes and Derek Ryan.

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X30 EURO SERIES CIRCUITO INTERNACIONAL DE ZUERA, ZARAGOZA (S) JULY 17TH 2016, RND. 2

GOING DOWN IN HISTORY

JUNIOR PRE-GRID

Zuera is the setting for the X30 Euro Series final, held in two rounds. After debuting in Castelletto di Branduzzo, the second round hosted about 50 drivers from about 20 different countries.  REPORT & PICS: RGMMC PRESS OFFICE

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Two impotent challenges greeted drivers at the 1,700 metre-long Circuito Internacional de Zuera in Spain: hot weather that demanded physical fitness from the competitors and lots of fast passages made the slipstream a decisive factor that meant either victory or defeat. Drivers fought for the championship titles in Junior, Senior and Super Shifter. The latter wasn’t available for sign up for the season opener, but it made its debut in Spain just the same replacing the Super X30 for the big showdown. Junior Louie Westover (Fusion Motorsport) boosted himself to the top by just 0,004 seconds, while his team-mate and championship leader Chris Lulham (Fusion Motorsport) followed in a promising second place on Friday for the qualifying session. Behind the leaders came Ruben Moya Lopez (LTP Competicion), Oscar Palomo Ortiz (Team Ivan Racing) and Kilian Meyer (CRG SPA), they formed a Spanish Armada taking three to five places. The heats on Saturday mixed up the ranking again and in the end Kilian Meyer took the lead and was

SENIOR HEAT WINNER MAURICIO VAN DER LAAN

constant throughout the three heats. Title contender Ben Wooldridge (Vital Motorsport) from the UK was second after doing no better than seventh the qualifiers with Chris Lulham in third.


Prefinal, pole sitter Kilian Meyer was not in perfect shape: he dropped back one place after the other and ended up in sixth. Ben Wooldridge, Chris Lulham and Louie Westover set the pace: the trio pulled away from the rest of the pack and settled the win over the last few metres. Side by side the three drivers crossed the finishing line, only 0,035 seconds separating them. Chris Lulham grabbed win ahead of his title rivals Ben Wooldridge and Louie Westover who only missed the win by 0,061 seconds. The championship was not decided between Lulham and Woodridge and conditions before the all-decisive final couldn’t have been more exciting. Ben Wooldridge, Chris Lulham, Louie Westover and Milan Petelet pulled away from the rest of the grid and kept on swapping places. They all had a chance o lead at least once during the race. The leaders’ fought hard, another

Senior Championship leader Berkay Besler (Bouvin Power) set the benchmark in qualifying session stopping 1:04,478, just 0,101 seconds faster than the Spanish drivers Carlos Leon (LTP Competicion) and Mauricio van der Laan (LTP Competicion). The heats did not go according to plan for the pole sitter: a time penalty due

but after a few duels, he dropped back to fifth behind Frenchman David Beaumann (Jacob Beaumann). Championship contenders Berkay Besler and Brett Ward moved up and gave a breath-taking duel up front, but during the last lap Mauricio van der Laan made up, he caught up and stole the show from the leading duo

JUNIOR FINAL WINNER LOUIE WESTOVER

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group caught up and stirred up some action. The last lap developed into a real carnage, which Louie Westover mastered best and took the win with Oscar Palomo Ortiz and Ethan Hawkey on his tail, while the championship contenders – Chris Lulham and Ben Wooldridge – had to settle for seventh and eighth. This result meant that Lulham took overall championship win ahead of runner-up Ben Wooldridge and Kilian Meyer, third.

to a misaligned front fairing cost him important put him back to grid four. Mauricio van der Laan won all the heats and took the lead in the intermediate ranking. His team mate Carlos Leon followed in second place ahead of UK driver, Brett Ward (MLC Motorsport). The pole sitter set the pace on the first laps of the prefinal. But the Spaniard could not keep up his speed and dropped back a few places, leaving the lead to his team-mate Carlos Leon,

winning the prefinal with a last minute manoeuvre. Second place for Brett Ward with Berkay Besler in third, who consequently were separated by only one point in the championship table before the big final. Mauricio van der Laan and Berkay Besler pulled away from the grid in the final and were set to win. While Mauricio van der Laan led for most of the time, Berkay Besler waited for his chance to strike towards and lead.

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SHIFTER PODIUM

SHIFTER PREFINAL WINNER GERARD CEBRIAN

SHIFTER FINAL WINNER AND CHAMPION EDUARDO GARCIA

His rivals closed the gap, and this livened up the race for the last two laps. Mauricio van der Laan could not defend his lead any longer and dropped to fifth, while Berkay Besler and Carlos Leon fought for flag, which went to the Spaniard. But the Turk had reason to be happy too: he triumphed by leading on vice champion Brett Ward, who grabbed the chequered flag in Zuera in third place. Super Shifter:Eduardo Garcia wins at home X30 Super Shifter made its debut within the X30 Euro Series led by Constantin Schoell (Daems Racing) in qualifiers. The Austrian stopped best time 1:00,712, only a blink of an eye

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faster than local hero Gerard Cebrian (LTP Competicion) who missed first by only 0,013 seconds. Dutchman Rinus van Kalmthout (RR Racing) was third. During the heats pole sitter Constantin Schoell had to retire during each heat and consequently dropped back dramatically. Rinus van Kalmthout was in good shape: after a third and a second place, he won the last heat and sat on top of the heat ranking. Gerard Cebrian celebrated two heat wins but he had to retire in the last race, while in second spot of the heat’s merge. The Spaniard Eduardo Garcia (Daems Racing) followed. In the prefinal pole sitter Rinus van Kalmthout lost ground

and was unable to play an important role during the race. The opposite applied to Gerard Cebrian who boosted himself into the lead while Eduardo Garcia followed on his tail. Gerard Cebrian showed no weakness, he took the win ahead of his team mate who defended his position well against Constantin Schoell, in third. Eduardo Garcia was the man to beat in the final: from the start, lap by lap, he managed to puss a lead and he was in command up to the finish line. So, local hero not only won the race, he also took championship win on his homeland. Gerard Cebrian, second, completed the Spanish double success for LTP Competicion. Constantin Schoell made his way up to complete podium. Super Not being there at Zuera, the X30


X30 JUNIOR FINAL P N Driver

Nat. Equipements

Gap

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

GBR ESP GBR ESP ESP GBR GBR GBR ESP JPN JOR SGP SGP BEL FRA

12 Laps 1.432 1.816 2.044 2.052 2.113 2.167 2.787 11.260 17.717 22.811 2 Laps 4 Laps 10 Laps 12 Laps

15 27 29 24 26 32 17 30 33 22 35 14 18 23 34

Westover Louie Palomo Ortiz Oscar Hawkey Ethan Moya Lopez Ruben Meyer Kilian Moulsdale Angus Lulham Chris Wooldridge Ben Gallofre Torner Manel Sutumno Tanapongpan Akabi Ali Brown Alexander Tan Ethan van Pelt Rens De Gerus Reshad

Expirit / X30 Iame / Comet Parolin / X30 Iame / Comet Tonykart / X30 Iame / Comet Fa / X30 Iame / Comet Crg / X30 Iame / Comet Expirit / X30 Iame / Comet Expirit / X30 Iame / Comet Compkart / X30 Iame / Comet Fa / X30 Iame / Comet Super W / X30 Iame / Comet Tonykart / X30 Iame / Comet Expirit / X30 Iame / Comet Expirit / X30 Iame / Comet Kosmic / X30 Iame / Comet Tonykart / X30 Iame / Comet

X30 SENIOR FINAL P N Driver

Nat. Equipements

Gap

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

ESP TUR GBR GBR ESP GBR NLD PER GBR FRA FRA FRA IRL ESP ESP FIN FRA FRA IRL

16 Laps 0.005 1.101 1.198 1.630 2.056 4.599 4.881 5.436 10.578 12.332 12.546 13.405 13.607 16.168 18.446 18.654 12 Laps 12 Laps

219 223 217 215 236 214 235 238 213 211 228 231 233 234 218 237 230 225 232

Leon Carlos Besler Berkay Ward Brett Varney Oliver van der Laan Mauricio Ellis Hugo Bartels Mike Greenfield Taylor Ryker Robinson Saul Beaumann David Escartin Orso Pelletier Corentin McMahon Sean Garcia Espinar Belen Pujeu Beya Guillem Kumala Atte Robin Maxime Chany Christopher Browne Jonathan

X30 SHIFTER FINAL P N Driver 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

612 614 611 617 613 615 616 618

Garcia Eduardo Cebrian Gerard Schoell Constantin van Kalmthout Rinus Op de Beek Frederic Baertsoen Raphael Hatzistefanis Euripidis Forne Tomas Toni

Fa / X30 Iame / Comet Tonykart / X30 Iame / Comet Mach 1 / X30 Iame / Comet Mach 1 / X30 Iame / Comet Fa / X30 Iame / Comet Compkart / X30 Iame / Comet Otk / X30 Iame / Comet Gillard / X30 Iame / Comet Expirit / X30 Iame / Comet Tonykart / X30 Iame / Comet Tonykart / X30 Iame / Comet Kosmic / X30 Iame / Comet Tonykart / X30 Iame / Comet Tonykart / X30 Iame / Comet Fa / X30 Iame / Comet Gillard / X30 Iame / Comet Kosmic / X30 Iame / Comet Tonykart / X30 Iame / Comet Kosmic / X30 Iame / Comet

Nat. Equipements Fa / X30 Iame / Comet Fa / X30 Iame / Comet Tonykart / X30 Iame / Comet Tonykart / X30 Iame / Comet Gilles / X30 Iame / Comet Tonykart / X30 Iame / Comet Tonykart / X30 Iame / Comet Crg / X30 Iame / Comet

Gap 16 Laps 1.203 1.521 3.891 3.960 8.428 14.452 17.041

X30 JUNIOR STANDING AFTER ZUERA (ESP) P N Driver ITA pf ITA f 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

17 30 26 27 15 29 24 18 22 16 32 19 11 13 35 31 33 12 23 34 21 14 28

Watt, Noah Collet, Caio Jotta Blomqvist, Isac Kenneally, Finlay Hauger, Dennis Mizzuddin Musyaffa, Jewiss, Kiern Martins, Victor Vidales Arenjo, David Taoufik, Sami Milesi, Charles Shvetsov, Ivan Piastri, Oscar De Pauw, Ulysse Wilson, Teddy Bogdanov, Dmitrii Bulantsev, Pavel Simonov, Mikhail Peisselon, Timothy De Wilde, Ugo Eriksson, Hampus Lindh, Rasmus Muth, Esteban

30 34 31 28 21 32 22 25 24 33 26 20 27 29 19 23 18

55 50 52 48 45 37 43 42 39 49 46 47 40 36 44 38 41

34 33 29 30 32 28 25 26 21 31 27 24 20 22 23 19 -

46 45 48 52 55 50 49 40 43 E 47 42 44 39 38 41 -

X30 SENIOR STANDING AFTER ZUERA (ESP) P N Driver ITA pf ITA f 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 24 25 26 27

223 217 214 215 211 219 213 228 218 225 236 235 229 227 238 220 212 216 231 226 222 234 233 224 237 230 232

Besler Berkay Ward Brett Ellis Hugo Varney Oliver Beaumann David Leon Carlos Ryker Robinson Saul Escartin Orso Pujeu Beya Guillem Chany Christopher van der Laan Mauricio Bartels Mike Di Cori Alessandro Marsh Sam Greenfield Taylor Guillaume Barbarin Loussier Paul Bejarano Campos Manu Pelletier Corentin Letts Stephen Galanopoulos Efstratios Garcia Espinar Belen McMahon Sean Pieris Eshan Kumala Atte Robin Maxime Browne Jonathan

33 34 32 28 29 24 26 19 20 27 23 31 25 30 22 18 21 17 -

55 52 50 46 47 36 49 45 41 35 48 38 42 37 44 43 40 39 -

32 33 29 27 31 30 26 24 25 23 34 28 22 21 20 18 19 16 17

52 50 47 49 43 55 44 42 38 35 48 46 45 41 39 40 37 36 34

Pt 165 162 160 158 153 147 139 133 127 113 74 72 67 67 66 65 64 63 61 61 61 60 59

Pt 172 169 158 150 150 145 145 130 124 120 82 74 71 69 67 67 67 66 62 61 61 59 58 56 56 52 51

Super class had already been decided during the Italian round: Viktor Oberg (PDB Racing) gained the most points which granted him championship title. Behind followed the Swedish driver; his team-mate Taylor Greenfield completed a double triumph for PDB while Dutchman Rinus van Kalmthout (Daems Racing) took third in the overall ranking.

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VROOMBOX SWITZERLAND – SCHWEIZER KART-MEISTERSCHAFT CIRCUIT DE LA VALLÉE, VESOUL (F) JULY 10TH 2016 - RND. 4

KZ2 START

Swiss Kart Championship drivers race the fourth out of six championship rounds in Vesoul, France. In the premier class, KZ2 leader Loic Vindice (Prague) was the best under the sweltering summer heat; he won all three races and extended his lead over his rivals. Hicham Mazou (Kosmic) does the same in Iame X30 Challenge Switzerland and Mike Müller (Swiss Hutless) in Iame class X30 Junior . Fabio Leimer (Mach1) wins the OK, and Antonio Lagrotteria (Exprit) celebrates his first success of the season in the Super Mini. X 30 CHALLENGE CHAMPIONSHIP Pos. N. Name 44 MAZOU Hicham 1) 3 LEHNER Norick 2) 911 FELBER Alessandro 3) 21 NÄSCHER Patrick 4) 24 PLANCHAMP Steven 5) 94 WÄLTI Kevin 6) 46 JETZER Ramona 7) 4 MUTH Lukas 8) 93 RIZZO Stefano 9) 8 VITAL Micola 10) 97 POZZO Luca 11) 9 BUSCEMI Alessandro 12) 54 STANCO Dario 13) 74 HAUSER Daniel 14) 2 DI DONATO Valentino 15) 16) 19 EIGL Nico 26 PEDRAZZINI Philippe 17) 18) 311 WÄLTI Beat 19) 345 MUTH Lukas 20) 42 ENGELI Markus *

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Equipment Kosmik / IAME X30 MAD / IAME X30 Tony Kart / IAME X30 Tony Kart / IAME X30 Croc Promotions / IAME X30 Kosmik / IAME X30 Kosmik / IAME X30 Tony Kart / IAME X30 Tony Kart / IAME X30 Tony Kart / IAME X30 Zanardi / IAME X30 Praga / IAME X30 PCR / IAME X30 Swiss Hutless / Iame X30 / Le Cont CRG / IAME X30 Swiss Hutless / IAME X30 Kosmik / IAME X30 Swiss Hutless / Iame X30 / Le Cont Tony Kart / IAME X30 / Le Cont Tony Kart / Iame X30 / Le Cont

Points 231 210 201 153 151 130 116 115 98 78 76 64 56 39 32 23 22 18 18 8


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) 27) 28)

N. Name

92 53 10 12 22 33 39 77 17 28 5 2 45 35 8 21 94 99 37 1 15 23 16 13 69 63 6 14

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

Equipment Praga / Parilla CRG / Maxter Tony Kart / Vortex Swiss Hutlees / TM Racing Kosmik / Vortex Croc Promotions / TM Racing Swiss Hutless / Maxter DR / TM Racing Swiss Hutless / TM Racing Croc Promotions / TM Racing DR / Modena Exprit / Modena Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega Birel / TM Racing / Vega Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega DR / TM Racing Swiss Hutless / TM Racing Swiss Hutlees / TM Racing / Vega MAD / TM Racing Tony Kart / Vortex Kosmik / Maxter / Vega Tecno / TM Racing Intrepid / Modena Tecno / TM Racing Praga / Parilla Praga / Parilla / Vega ------Formula K / TM Racing / Vega

Points 224 194 173 170 142 131 103 76 75 71 68 61 53 44 39 36 25 25 19 19 19 18 14 9 9 9 5 4

OK SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP Pos. 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6)

N. Name

8 35 46 91 45 19

LEIMER Fabio KLAEY Yannick WEIBEL Samuel FROTÉ Arthur MAIQUEL Santos Freitas EIGL Nico

Equipment Points 262 Mach 1 / TM Racing 230 Kosmik / Vortex 229 Exprit / Vortex 163 Swiss Hutlees / TM Racing 45 Tony Kart / Vortex / Le Cont 0 Swiss Hutless / TM Racing / 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) 20) 21)

N. Name

65 48 53 5 77 3 44 12 27 91 24 4 7 2 11 18 57 8 88 14 23

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

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

X 30 JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP Pos. N. Name 111 MOCCIA Savio 1) 6 WIGGER Elias 2) 57 KUWABARA-WAGG Julian 3) 27 BORN Miklas 4) 7 MÜLLER Mike 5) 13 MESSMER Silvano 6) 118 MOSER Timo 7) 132 SHAW Elliott 8) 77 DI PRIMA Livio 9) 20 MONNIER Cyril 10) 2 STANCO Luana 11) 28 LUYET Samuel 12) 15 CARIO Angelo 13)

Equipment Praga / IAME X30 Praga / IAME X30 Kosmik / IAME X30 Praga / IAME X30 Swiss Hutlees / IAME X30 Tony Kart / IAME X30 Praga / IAME X30 Exprit / Iame X30 / Le Cont Birel / IAME X30 GP Racing / IAME X30 Exprit / Iame X30 / Le Cont Tony Kart / IAME X30 Swiss Hutless / Iame X30 / Le Cont

Points 224 197 177 174 161 138 127 125 123 98 85 80 62 56 41 40 21 16 14 2 0 Points 227 187 179 152 148 135 118 118 97 96 79 51 25

ROK CUP JAPAN SUZUKA INT. KARTING CIRCUIT, SUZUKA (JAP) JULY 17 2016 – RND. 5 & 6

Rokkers in Japan back on track for the fifth and sixth round of the ROK Shifter Cup. Despite he didn’t race the first two rounds, Haruyuki Takahashi (Tony Kart Racing Team Japan) wins the ROK Cup Japan winning all races from the third to sixth round. Seiya Jin (Takagi Planning) has to settle for second ahead Ikkei Kobayashi (K.Speed Win).

RESULTS

2016 ROK SHIFTER CUP

1) 11 Haruyuki Takahashi 100; 2) 20 Seiya Jin 97; 3) 17 Ikkei Kobayashi 80; 4) 38 Joh Ishida 76; 5) 45 Tsubasa Iriyama 71; 6) 10 Kenta Mizukoshi 68; 7) 15 Takushi Azuma 49; 8) 25 Sola Ueno 36; 9) 23 Taiga Imoto 35; 10) 40 Hirotada Kobayashi 34; 11) 33 Yusuke Matsuura 29; 12) 9 Yoshiaki Nakamura 26; 13) 12 Shoji Sato 26; 14) 44 Masashi Hikita 17; 15) 51 Seiya Tomita 6; 16) 3 Kengo Kyoutake 0; 17) 7 Takeyoshi Kato 0; 18) 27 Masafumi Ohmichi 0; 19) 50 Mai Shimono 0

ROK-SHIFTER RND 5

1) 11 Haruyuki Takahashi; 2) 17 Ikkei Kobayashi; 3) 10 Kenta Mizukoshi; 4) 45 Tsubasa Iriyama; 5) 25 Sola Ueno; 6) 20 Seiya Jin; 7) 40 Hirotada Kobayashi; 8) 15 Takushi Azuma; 9) 23 Taiga Imoto; 10) 51 Seiya Tomita; 11) 3 Kengo Kyoutake; 12) 38 Joh Ishida; 13) 9 Yoshiaki Nakamura; 14) 50 Mai Shimono; 15) 44 Masashi Hikita; 16) 7 Takeyoshi Kato; 17) 27 Masafumi Ohmichi; 18) 12 Shoji Sato

ROK-SHIFTER RND 6

1) 11 Haruyuki Takahashi; 2) 17 Ikkei Kobayashi; 3) 10 Kenta Mizukoshi; 4) 20 Seiya Jin; 5) 45 Tsubasa Iriyama; 6) 25 Sola Ueno; 7) 15 Takushi Azuma; 8) 38 Joh Ishida; 9) 23 Taiga Imoto; 10) 12 Shoji Sato; 11) 9 Yoshiaki Nakamura; 12) 40 Hirotada Kobayashi; 13) 3 Kengo Kyoutake; 14) 51 Seiya Tomita; 15) 50 Mai Shimono; 16) 7 Takeyoshi Kato; 17) 27 Masafumi Ohmichi; 18) 44 Masashi Hikita

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VROOMBOX TEXAS PROKART CHALLENGE

GULF COAST KARTWAYS, KATY (USA) JULY 10 2016 - ROUND 3

COUPE DE FRANCE

CIRCUIT D’ESSAY, ESSAY (FRA) JULY 17th 2016

The first ‘OK Coupe de France’ for Florian Venturi

It was another hot Lone Star State weekend at the Gulf Coast Kartways for the third stop of the Texas ProKart Challenge. The Katy, Texas facility welcomed a number of competitors from the region to compete in the P1 Promotions Superkarts! USA and Texas Barge & Boat Inc. Rotax Max Challenge programs over the July 8-10 weekend. It was the first event on the calendar to avoid

rain conditions, with clear blue skies setting the stage for the fifth and sixth rounds of the championship chases - many preparing for the upcoming SKUSA SummerNationals and the US Rotax Grand Nationals. Officials provided another professionally-run event, including snow cone awards for the top drivers and their mechanics in Friday’s final practice session.

Thirteen drivers were racing in the first national competition of the OK class on French soil. Certainly not a large number, but very encouraging for the return to France of an international class advanced in the field of direct drive kart. Qualyfing practice on Saturday crowned Florian Venturi (FA Kart / TM) as the fastest driver, but due to used tyres, he had to leave the first spot to Julien Sanson (Sodi / TM). Venturi then flew to the final victory over Sanson and Carbonnel, while Medy Ghrib (Kosmic / TM) and Alexandre Vromant (Sodi / Parilla) completed the top 5. OK FINAL RESULTS Pos. 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) 7) 8) 9) 10) 11) 12) 13)

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49 11 31 78 5 93 94 7 32 55 2 4 3

VENTURI Florian SANSON Julien CARBONNEL Arthur GHRIB Medy VROMANT Alexandre AGUILLON Valentin BONNAIRE Alexandre MASLE Nicolas BORGES MARTINS Matthias NICOLLE Mattéo BARRANGER Lucas GUERINOT Valentin HERMOUET Julien

Equipment FA KART / TM / VEGA SODI / TM / VEGA BIREL ART / TM / VEGA KOSMIC / TM / VEGA SODI / PARILLA / VEGA SODI / TM / VEGA BIREL ART / TM / VEGA BIREL ART / TM / VEGA KOSMIC / TM / VEGA CRG / PARILLA / VEGA BIREL ART / TM / VEGA BIREL ART / TM / VEGA EXPRIT / TM / VEGA

Gap 24 L +2.878 +8.979 +10.885 +16.133 +16.168 +16.218 +16.476 +18.436 +18.769 +21.992 +22.839 +16 Tours


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Burt Munro’s famous wall (taken from film The World’s Fastest Indian)

REPORT: SIMONE SUARDI

For those who love motors, engines aren’t just something that makes a car, motorbike or kart, or lawn-mower move: they are beautiful, fascinating, and mysterious and in certain cases with a bit of romanticism. Have you ever seen “Indian – The greatest challenge” (The World’s Fastest Indian)? A genial Anthony Hopkins as he lead actor, tells the story of a sixty year-old Burt Munro from New Zealand, driver/mechanic/engine tuner who with his Indian that goes back to the 20s, sets the speed record on the salt lake in Bonneville in 1967. The picture on his notice board with his “offerings to the god of speed” , a series of cylinders, pistons and connecting rods sacrificed for the love of engines and research for maximum performance and speed are well-known. If you haven’t seen it yet, trust me, it’s well worth seeing, two hours well spent.

Since those incredible years to today things in the motoring field have “slightly” changed. Probably most of the romanticism has disappeared leaving more room for science and rationality in decisions taken… something like “we were better off when we were worse off”? Who knows? One thing is sure, there’s less sorcery, perhaps less fascination, but there are more chances of understanding how things really stand. This, however, doesn’t mean that research carried out on engines is without any passion at all, it is done using computers and simulations because, luckily, without the human hand and mind they don’t work by themselves. Even if, on one hand it is different, today too there is room for excitement and emotions: in some cases you just have to believe in what you are doing and get on with it… hoping that finance lasts, or that whoever is planting the seeds, believes in it at least 1/10 as much as we do, because in the end, as a very dear friend of mine says, “if you want to dance, you need some music.” Let’s forget about the pc, software and things like that for a bit, these are practically

EVEN IN AN ERA OF SOFTWARE AND SIMULATORS, THE TEST BENCH IS STILL THE BEST INSTRUMENT FOR DEVELOPING AN ENGINE; IT’S A MACHINE THAT IS OFTEN OVER RATED IF NOT MYSTIFIED AND THAT ONE SHOULD BE ABLE TO MAKE THE MOST OF IT, USING IT PROPERLY TO GET REAL DATA CONCERNING THE POWER THAT OUR ENGINE CAN DELIVER

a prerogative of big set ups knowing that costs for licenses are often very expensive, what if I told you who the King of all instruments for research and engine development is? I hope the answer is absolutely unanimous: the TEST BENCH that is, the element that

actually allows us to see what the “real” power delivered by an engine is. You will see the reason for the inverted commas further on.

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So, we’re going to talk about this (sometimes) mystified object, and about which we hear a lot, consequently, in these columns we are going to try and take a closer look at how things stand. Nowadays there’s a vast market, from this point of view that we risk getting lost in a jungle of codes and characteristics, running the risk of instead of buying not the best instrument (depending on out budget), but the “coolest” one. Don’t forget that it is a measuring instrument, therefore it hasn’t got to necessarily be “cool” and beautiful, and on the contrary, it shouldn’t bother us at all. Functional and top quality, that’s what it ought to be like, also because nobody gives you something for nothing: so best to beware. Watch out buddies, there’s a lot of rubbish about. This issue is dedicated to all those who are curious to know more about how it works in detail because, either for work or simply for passion, they’d like to buy one or, why not, make one for themselves! Therefore, we have to know the difference between the different types of benches and bearing in mind all the pros and cons, potential FORMULA 01 uses and applications. The first great distinctions must be made between the macro test bench families that is the one with rollers, which we’ll see here and the so-called dynamometric brakes. The first are undoubtedly the ones most commonly used

INSIDE VIEW OF AN INERTIAL ROLLER BENCH ALIEN ENGINEERING BY JOE ROMANO. YOU CAN SEE THE TYPICAL CUNEIFORM GROOVES THAT HELP TO IMPROVE GRIP BETWEEN REAR TYRE AND ROLLER (OBVIOUSLY FOR A KART TEST BENCH THEY AREN’T NECESSARY). YOU CAN SEE THE BIG PHONIC WHEEL AND PICKUP, TO WHICH THE DATA ACQUISITION SYSTEM IS CONNECTED

by mechanics, engine tuners and motor fans in general: they are made up of a very big steel roller, mounted on a strong axle that is always made of steel. This shaft is supported at both ends by huge bearings housed in supports that, in turn, are fixed to the metal structure of

the same bench. From a purely mechanical aspect, a roller test bench is basically just this, it is a strong together with precision mechanics, but you must pay great attention to some details, first and foremost the size of the roller. Let’s take the roller test bench, the simplest one out, which is just accelerative (inertial). How does it measure power? It doesn’t, well, at least not directly, as for all test benches torque is measured.

Coppia (t )=J Torque

dω dt

Don’t be put off. For those who aren’t geniuses at mathematics, the formula is read as:

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FORMULA 02

FORMULA 03

torque, time function, is equal to the inertia momentum

mistake.

of everything that turns, therefore roller, shaft, etc.… (J)

I remember that, given torque that has been calculated

multiplied by its angular speed variation (whose symbol

on the roller, torque found on the graphs is basically

is omega) in the instant of time considered, that is, its

the same multiplied by the drive ratio. The same goes

angular acceleration.

for the rotation speed on axle x, that is roller speed

In other words it means that, having defined a

multiplied by drive ratio.

determined roller, the faster it accelerates the higher

If we want to be 100% certain of what we’re doing,

the torque measured is.

it’s best to put everything in manually, take note of the number of teeth on the gear that we are testing has, the

Taking a closer look at that operation, to get the actual

ones of the crown corona, pinion and, if necessary, the

torque that the wheel transmits to the roller, you should

circumference of the wheel. So, we are “absolutely sure”.

subtract torque absorbed by the various frictions, in this

Also as far as direct engine rev acquisition from the

case from the bearings:

test bench is concerned, I only trust it if it hasn’t been carried out by some sort of device like a rev counter

Coppia attrito ( t )=ν∗ω(t ) FrictiondiTorque

(alligator clip connected to the spark plug cable), but rather by a phonic wheel mounted directly onto the engine.

Consequently the result is

dω Torque +ν∗ω(t ) Coppia ( t )=J dt

Going back to sizing the roller, there’s something else that ought to be said. Apart from various skidding, mainly between the clutch discs (or between the clutch and bell) and between

With y being the sum of the various friction coefficients.

the tyre and the roller, the speed at which the roller

This statement might seem useless, but it isn’t at all. If

is accelerating is the same as the speed at which the

we are keeping the engine at set revs, after a certain

engine is accelerating: obviously not in terms of pure

time, the roller will have stopped accelerating and

revs, because we have to consider the transmission

goes at a constant speed. A constant speed means,

ratio, but in terms of “rev rises”. Or if we want to look

mathematically speaking that its derivate is nought

at it from another angle, always without skids, the

(being nought the speed variation we are dealing with).

peripheral speed of the roller, instant by instant is always the same as that of the rear wheel. This means

At a fixed speed the first important limit is, therefore,

that with a certain type of engine, whose delivered

equal to zero. If there wasn’t a second one it would

torque is quite similar, the more the inertia of the roller

mean that the engine isn’t delivering any torque to

is, the slower the engine accelerates

keep the roller moving. Science fiction!

This is where the difficulty is, because it shows the mistake made by some manufacturers in placing

Back to us, so we measure torque ON THE ROLLER: if

gigantic rollers on benches made for measuring power/

we want to calculate torque delivered by the engine

torque that is all in all modest. The norm states that one

you have to consider all the speed variations that there

“roll (complete roller turn)”, should last more or less the

are between the shaft and the same roller, meaning

same time as when full throttle is open when you are

gear box, final ratios and if it’s a roller test bench for

racing along a straight on the track, in order to get the

motorbikes, wheel speed. Coppia di attrito left (t right ) = ν*ω(t) This is if we have to put in the gear ratios manually, but

actual working conditions of an engine, well as close as possible getting max revs before the braking point.

there are test benches that are even “cooler” where they

Therefore, we’re talking of about 4 - 7 seconds, with

obtain engine rotation speed directly .or the selection

the start speed, when the throttle is fully open, which

of ratio is carried out automatically remaining at a given

should be the minimum that we have on exit of the

bit of bull shit because it takes no time at all to make a

centrifugal clutch, it is usually best to fix the connection

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speed at the bench slightly lower (for example at 1000 rpm) than that used on the track. Having said this, we should immediately notice that if the inertia of the roller is too low it will be accelerated very very quickly, the test won’t last long and therefore it will be lacking in details, furthermore it will be very sensitive to phenomena like vibration and things like that. Vice versa, if the inertia of the roller is too much, it will put excessive load on the engine early on, when we are still “under torque”. The result will be that, besides cooking the clutch, the engine tends to sit, responding with rev increase over the initial part that is far too slow compared to the real conditions. If we are working with a 2-stroke with carburettor, which are the ones that we are dealing with in this issue, the problems multiply: on one hand the engine remains excessive for a while in conditions that are completely out of tune, which means, it influences performance and this is damaged at higher revs (don’t forget that the engine is accelerating, so it’s “internal dynamics” is changing, furthermore temperature at the exhaust is being distorted. If you have carried out a test with the same engine where in one launch it stalls as soon as you gave full throttle, maybe because idle is lacking or because the clutch is new and Here is an example of a comparison between power curves (left) and torque (right) achieved on a roller bench. In this particular case it’s a direct drive engine with centrifugal clutch, where the entire area from 0 to 8000 rpm it’s nothing but the transitory of the clutch coupling, in which the same clutch has yet to be “synchronised” with the engine. You can see the particular linearity of this part of the power curve.

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hasn’t been run in, and maybe also a different maximum power, even less hp, instead in the next launch it accelerates without any problems… you will notice, besides a huge power difference in idle (you haven’t already forgotten how to work out torque on the roller, have you?), even a difference in maximum power, meaning one or two hp difference, in proportion it’s an unacceptable error. The second rip-off of an oversized roller is that it rounds off any torque


curve anomaly, because basically it can’t “feel” the

Basically speaking the encoders are more or less the

minor changes. Adieu to any flexion in turns, it may

same thing; the only difference is that they use a laser

seem that you are living in the mini-pony’s world where

that points onto a disc on which you have sections that

racing engines have very regular torque.

are either opaque or reflect. In my opinion, phonic

Remember that the inertia of the roller goes linearly

wheels on a test bench are more reliable, and are more

with mass (if mass doubles so does inertia), but it goes

than enough to carry out this job well.

with the SQUARE of the radius (if the radius doubles,

It’s clear that the more teeth/sectors of the phonic

inertia increases 4 times). Consequently, it is pointless

wheel there are the more information there is for the

talking only about weights, because if we compare a

encoder to send to the software, therefore, potentially

30cm diameter roller times 100 kg with a 300 kg roller

the higher the irresolution is.

time more than 50 cm diameter, inertia isn’t just three

Here is where the “effectiveness” of the same

times, but there is an order of 10 between the two.

acquisition steps in, because it must be

The first is therefore suitable for measuring power not

contemporarily fast, stable and isolated from any

above 40-50 hp, on the second you could even put

external “noise”, that change into very jagged curves.

a superbike on it without any problem (but it won’t work so well if you tried to put a mini-moto on it, is that

Then there’s the software and there isn’t much

clear?).

to say about that. So, everything depends on

The first good rule therefore, is buy/make a test

the programmer’s ability, but in particular on his

bench that is suitable for what we are going to test.

knowledge concerning the application and the

From my modest experience, most test benches used

instrument.

for testing small amounts of power, that is, less than 50

I think that for an ENIGINEER, a person who is

hp, are oversized. Often this isn’t a great problem, but

interested in knowing how much horsepower is

you have to know what is going on.

developed, good software should have determined characteristics:

Once the mechanism has been sized, and you really

Possibility to change the frequency of signal

only need to see to just a few things, what really makes

samples, from a minimum of 10- 20 milliseconds. I

the difference between one bench and another

work with values between 20 and 200 ms, depending

is how good the data acquisition system is. Roller

on needs.

acceleration, hence the amount of performance, is

Possibility of seeing the ROUGH data, as it has been

carried out using a phonic wheel or an encoder that

obtained by the bench. A potential filter for cleaning/

turn together with the same roller. A normal phonic

smoothing the turn MUST NOT BE applied by the

wheel looks like a sort of big cog-wheel and it is made

default software. Then WE have to choose what type

of metallic, magnetic and/or conductor material. Its

of filter to use. My first bit of advice is the same as what

function is basically based on a “full/empty” principle:

Joe told me, and I have always did what he said while

basically, when the roller turns and the tooth of the

I was doing this job; it is to use the data as rough as

wheel passes in front of a sensor (pick-up) a magnetic

possible. Filters are applied if only the noise in the

field is created and this gives an impulse. This “signal”

background is important compared to what we want

is interrupted when the throat of the wheel is opposite

to see. That is, if we are looking to 5.0 hp and the noise

the pick-up and then it forms again on the peak of the

provokes over 0.5 hp fluctuation, then we don’t see

next tooth. Physically speaking, Faraday – Lenz ’s law is

anything. At that point, it might be worth reducing the

behind all this. Good top knowledge!

frequency and the frequency of a championship too.

Having acquired these signals in a given time

The software has to be of a “given” size “open”, that

and noted the characteristics of the wheel (size,

is in the same instant that I launch the test, I have to be

number of teeth, etc…), the software can work out

able to obtain anything that I want, like for example,

“instantaneous” angular speed and consequently

temperature at the exhaust or any other thing.

any possible variation (acceleration, from which later

This last characteristic is quite rare to find, usually

torque).

anyone who is interested in seriously “orchestrating”

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an engine, the latter hardly ever stalls on a roller bench because pressure/temperature measurements on a transitory, or acceleration don’t give rise to any effect. Those who have been paying particular attention will have noticed that until now we have been talking about the “usual” motorbike benches, that is, the ones where the engine is mounted on a chassis and the rear wheel touches the roller. Test benches for karts are nothing but a simple variation of this topic; the engine is anchored by means of a lower support to the bench and motion is obtained directly by the sprocket. Usually a chain is used and the appropriate drive sprocket is mounted on the same axle as the roller. In this case you have to

THE PRINCIPLE OF THE ENCODER IN ITS VERY SIMPLE VERSION

mount a big clutch to “remove” the engine from the roller at the end of the test. Now, here you really do have to be careful with over-sizing, because the clutch

environmental conditions. Let’s talk about one or

MUST be developed for torque that is much higher

two things concerning max jet and one-two needle

than the ones we’re going to measure, because it must

notches. The idle jet is best left alone; let’s try to

not skid at all. Already in just one revolution, there are

preserve the engine a bit, during the release/off

lots of variables, best not to add any more!

deceleration phase.

In the end, a brake can be added, usually to parasite

A last consideration, left on purpose at the end so that

current: at this point, usually, it’s no longer the

it stands out more: measurements of performance on

inertia of the roller, which can be more modest, to

an accelerating test bench, generally speaking, cannot

oppose “resistance” to acceleration, but the same

be considered absolute. There are too many variables

brake. Applied to a roller bench, it’s used for various

in between, besides the fact that some manufacturers

applications, from aerodynamic resistance simulation

tend to “adjust” the benches so that they give horse

to tests with particular conditions of load.

power in abundance. They are perfect instruments for

In this case it isn’t of much interest to us, but we have

comparisons, tests are rapid and, if they are carried

to underline that a system like this is very important

out well, they allow you to see what type of adjustment

in cases where you are dealing with measurements

brings about improvements, but they don’t give an

(mapping); with a brake you can define predefined

absolute value of power.

acceleration transitory, or you can use it like a “dynamometric brake” to keep the engine set at a

I’ll leave you with a nugget, I heard today from a

given speed. If we try to map an engine on an inertial

colleague, but it originates from way back. “Once we

roller bench, once on the road, nothing would

didn’t know anything, but everything worked. Today

work because just inertia certainly isn’t capable of

we know it all, but nothing works”. Could it be true?

simulating real conditions of a track or a road. You know that carburetion set on a stand is the biggest idiocy in history? Well, more or less it’s the same thing. Not by chance, optimum carburetion on an inertial bench is always leaner compared to carburetion you get on the track, even in the same

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HUMAN TELEMETRY Besides engine performance and chassis performance, toddy more than ever before, you can monitor the physical performance of a driver too. This allows you to consider several things concerning the driver’s physical and mental preparation, no matter the driver’s age. REPORT: ANDRÉA SACCUCCI, PICS: PIERO POSITIVO

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So our journey to the human telemetry starts and with the help of instruments and experts, we will try to get a better understanding of what actually happens to a driver’s physical conditions. Nowadays there are several platforms that enable you to gather physiological data, the more sophisticated ones allow you to connect directly to the logger on the vehicle to register the driver’s data and later use t for analysis. Which things can be measured and what principles are measured? Without a shadow of a doubt the most important thing (the equivalent of engine revs) is ‘Heart beat’.

There are sensors (electrodes) that can perceive the electric activity of the heart measure it. The number of heartbeats per minute, BPM, can be worked out by the wave shape given by an electrocardiogram. No one who has worn a Holter ECG will have the experience of “jogging “their data concerning heart beat during everyday activity.

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INTERPRETING DATA Once the cardiac data has been registered, it has to be

register the action of heart muscles and nerves that is

interpreted or read. If for example, we work out with a

set off by a small current; with this information you can

lower heart beat compared to the heartbeat we have

collect important data concerning the driver' s stress

when racing in a kart, we will have serious problems

and reaction.

concerning promptness in responding and clarity of mind¼ a

nd breathing too.

The following table could be of help:

Electric epidemic activity can measure sweat; the sensors used for this always ª readº using electrodes. Various phases of training according to age

Other information can be found using other sensors depending on what we want to monitor. In these cases the team and sport doctor' s work (continuous) using telemetry is fundamental if you want to get the required Using an EMG (electromyography) sensor, you can

results and improvement.

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We all know that tyres are the only

system, you can register tyre reasons

things that touch the round or asphalt,

while they are working, so you can get a

and just this aspect is very important

better understanding of how they work.

indeed. But it doesn’t end here: they

This is a test that isn’t reserved jut for

are also the “litmus paper” for overall

the “tyre dealer”, because it allows the

kart balance. It’s normal to see if they

“normal” kart drivers to see the working

are worn and the type of wear they have

parameters of their tyres and try to get

suffered after lapping on a track, but

better performance if their kart is well-

it’s always a check after use, one which

balanced. Now let’s see the specific

is also affected by the driver’s drive

sensors that are used for tyres and the

style. Instead, using the data acquisition

best way to use them.


Using an accelerometer, pressure and temperature sensor inside the tyre and an external temperature sensor we can carry out several evaluations on grip: Grip on acceleration Grip on braking Grip round turns

Internal pressure and temperature is shown with each graph, this also helps to evacuate, for example, in how many laps these values become stable.

IR TEMPERATURE SENSORS In some ways measuring the temperature of tread is more important; to do this you use IR sensors, i.e. infrared sensors.

The more accurate the sensors are the more expensive they are: they could even cost several hundred euros per sensor.

Block diagram of the passive infrared sensor Fresnel lens

+V PIR

amplifier Output

thermal energy

TPMS (tire pressure monitoring system) This system can monitor pressure and air temperature inside the tyre and register its evolution each instant.

IR filter

pyroelectric sensor

comparator

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Another “problem” is the where to put them to be able to get best reading and the most stable. IR sensors, in fact, have to be put at a certain distance from the object

Sensor

they are going to measure. This distance also affects the area of the tread in question.

Measurement area

WHAT INFORMATION CAN I GET BY MEASURING THE TEMPERATURE OF THE TREAD?

IDEAL WORKING TEMPERATURE

Using accelerometers and our IR sensors we can determine within which temperature range the

tyre produces maximum acceleration/deceleration values, both lateral and longitudinal.

MINIMUM AND MAXIMUM TYRE TEMPERATURE

already round the turn only to pick start dropping

Kart tyres dissipate heat accumulated on braking

tables besides the average, you can also estimate

very quickly, practically temperature start dropping

maximum/minimum values.

again at the next braking point. Using the various

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Vintage karting “aficionados� Ted Johnson and Charlie Craibe unveiled their renovated 1962 Swoopster Bandits at the 2009 Rear Engine American Racers meeting The Big One, held which is held every year in Fremont Ohio. The event is dedicated to remembering and preserving the karts and engines of American manufacture that were raced during the period from 1956 to 1972. The original Swoopsters won many prestigious Midwest karting events during 1962 and were different in design and appearance from the Bug, Caretta, Dart, Evans, Fox, Go Kart, Hornet and SAE that made up the majority of karts raced in the USA at that time. REPORT: FRANK WEIR / NEWSPAPER ARCHIVE RESEARCH: DENNIS AU, HISTORIC PRESERVATION OFFICER FOR THE CITY OF EVANSVILLE, INDIANA

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abrication of the original 1962 Swoopsters was

Swoopsters Ted and Charlie wondered why Bill Cowling the

undertaken in Evansville Indiana by LMC Midget

constructor of the original Swoopsters never showed at any of

Motors. The company office was located at 1412 N

the vintage kart events. They reckoned that Bill would now be in

Main Street, a domestic apartment block, and the

his late 80' s or early 90' s and perhaps not just as spritely as he

karts were constructed in an industrial unit located at 2301 N

had once been.

Kentucky Avenue. Six models were offered, namely the Sprint,

Later during a visit to southern Indiana I decided to see if

Sprite, Trophi, Ascari, Bandit, and Rapier. Their 1963 brochure

Bill Cowling could be located. The municipal buildings in

enthused about a new vibration conquering design concept and

Evansville seemed a good place to start. I was fortunate to

the manoeuvrability of the chassis.

meet Dennis Au, the Historic

The advertising copy went on to say

Preservation Officer for the

that no assembly lines techniques

City of Evansville. Nothing

were employed. Instead premium

was any trouble to Dennis and

components were fabricated and

soon he was scanning through

assembled with meticulous care

the old Evansville newspaper

similar to the methods employed

files. Very quickly he came up

by high performance auto racing

with an obituary for Wilford

teams. Accordingly Swoopsters

Cowling who had a son called

were a little more expensive than

Robert. The obituary noted that

most mass produced karts, but

Wilford M Cowling had been a

their marvellous handling and

noted jazz arranger but there

outstanding reliability combined to

was no mention of him having

make winning considerably more

any involvement with karting.

frequent for Swoopster drivers.

However the address listed for

Back then no less than four World

the deceased was the address

Champions used the Swoopster

that Bill Cowling used when he

chassis, namely Bill Cowling, his

was a Director of the Formula 5

son Bobby, Larry Norvell, and

organization in 1968. Robert, or

Tom Wood. Further reading of the

Bobby as he was known as when

brochure revealed that Bill Cowling

he was younger, was listed at

appeared to be the principal at LMC; he was the person you had to call if

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you wanted to buy any of the World

that time as living in St Louis. It looked like the end of the trail. Driving south on route 41

Champion Team Swoopsters. At that time the CIK had not been

not too far from Evansville I noticed a USAC midget track. I

formed and the World Karting Championship title was up for

decided to drive back in that direction mainly to see if there was

grabs by the kart race promoter who thought of it first.

an event on that Friday evening. Unfortunately no racing was

Whilst chatting at the unveiling of their re-manufactured

scheduled for that weekend, however the track owner who was

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a very friendly chap informed me that he had been a kart racer

were produced in a week. Kent confirmed that Bill was indeed

in his youth and dealt with a kart shop owned by people called

a jazz arranger as stated in his obituary and worked for many

Fellwock. It was easy to find Fellwock in the telephone book;

nationally known bands including the Stan Kenton band and

there was just one, and soon I was on my way to interview Ron

the George Fountain band which played locally in southern

Fellwock. Ron who is still involved with Formula cars and karting,

Indiana. All those late nights that Bill dedicated to the musical

actually worked at LMC Midget Motors but only on a causal

entertainment industry were probably not conducive to early

basis when things got hectic at the factory. He did tell me that

morning appearances at the LMC factory. Kent also mentioned

the wizard of the operation back then was a young man straight

that Bill always drove Corvettes and was lucky to escape with his

out of high school who could run any machine like a seasoned

life one night in Illinois when he struck a stray cow wandering

professional. He remembered that his name was Kent Quirey.

about the road.

Fortunately again there was just one Quirey in the phone book.

Kent and Bill would later part company; actually Bill sacked Kent

After a false start, Mrs Quirey initially denying that her husband

for not driving to team orders which required Bill’s son Bobby to

had connections with a company called LMC, I was able to meet

be the race winner at a prestigious meeting. Bill would eventually

with Kent and hear about the process of manufacturing Swoopster karts in the early 1960’s. Mrs Quirey was also fascinated to hear of her husbands earlier karting escapades that she knew nothing about! Kent related that there were a couple of fabricators who would cut, bend and fit the tubing during day time and a welder who would work at nights and weekends. The

BILL COWLING NEVER CAME TO WORK IN THE MORNINGS BUT WORKED ON TO VERY LATE AT NIGHT. HE WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR DESIGNING THE KART BUT SURPRISINGLY THERE WERE NO DRAWINGS TO COMMUNICATE WHAT HE WANTED, JUST VERBAL INSTRUCTIONS!

welder also painted the frames at times as did company owner Bill Cowling. Normally Bill would manage

ask Kent to return to LMC but by this time Kent was on his way

the operation liaising with suppliers and dealing with orders.

to a successful business venture of his own associated with the

Bill spent a lot of time away from Evansville lining up dealers

motor trade. Incidentally Kent related that LMC kept up with the

for his kart from coast to coast. In July 1959 he had 30 dealers

major kart manufactures of the time by having a large transporter

and applications from more than he could service. Kent said

constructed to carry their team karts to race meetings.

that LMC had cardboard boxes especially made to fit the

Whilst working at LMC Kent made a light weight Swoopster that

Swoopster so that it could be delivered around the United States

could be carried under arm. That particular kart he believes is

by Greyhound bus. He also went on to say that Bill Cowling

still in existence and in one of his storage units. Actually the 1963

never came to work in the mornings but worked on to very late

Swoopster sales brochure had a photograph of team driver Bill

at night! Cowling was responsible for designing the kart but

Moseley standing with a twin engined Swoopster under his arm!

surprisingly there were no drawings to communicate what he

Kent also recalled that LMC made a kart which had a very short

wanted just verbal instructions! On average about 10 LMC karts

wheelbase. It was called the Kwarter Kart and was referred to

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in advertisements as ` Swoopster' s little brother' ; and the only

for his son Bobby then 8 in 1958. The father was a captive from

Formula K machine engineered specifically for younger drivers,

the start especially when he found that karting was also an adult

the Bambino kart of its day.

hobby. Soon Bill began to refine and improve kart design.

Disappointingly I never did find anyone who knew what LMC

The December 8 1959 Evansville Press ran a story titled ` Futura

stood for. An article on karting champion Phil ` Yogi' Rea in the

Taking New Quarters' . The piece reported that Futura would

Evansville Courier and Press Look magazine dated the 22nd

be moving into a production floor space of 30,000 square feet

of March 1964 noted that he helped Bill Cowling build his first

and one of its operations involved making Swoopster karts. The

Lamands-Cowling for Cowling' s LMC Midget Motors. That was

address was 707 West Eichel Avenue Evansville, the address

according to Phil the start of a fancy kart called the Swoopster

used in the Karting World advertisements for the Futura Fireball

which was far ahead of its time. During 1962 there were many

kart.

articles in Karting World reporting the successes achieved by the

Both Futura and LMC Midget Motors both ran advertisements

Swoopster in major karting competitions mainly in the Midwest.

in the July 1960 edition of Karting World. The address for Futura

These reports were usually written by a MH Moore. Perhaps Mr

was the regular location of 707 W Eichel; the address for LMC

Moore was the M in LMC suggesting that LMC were the initials

was PO Box 4161, Station A, Evansville, Indiana. The LMC quarter

of the folks financially involved with the LMC kart manufacturing

page advertisement in the November 1960 edition of Karting

operation namely Lamands, Moore and Cowling.

World gave their address as 2301 N Kentucky Avenue, Evansville,

More research by Dennis Au revealed that he personally knew a

LMC continued to advertise in Karting World throughout 1961

Larry Norvell, a retired Evansville fireman, who might have been

most times taking a half page but by that time Futura had ceased

the World Champion mention earlier. Further investigation by

advertising. It looked like Bill Cowling had separated from Futura

Dennis revealed that the Larry he knew had relocated to Florida.

and was now manufacturing the Swoopster at 2301 N Kentucky

Dennis continued to trawl through the Evansville newspaper

Avenue. This operation appears to have lasted well into 1963.

archives at his disposal. The July 24 1959 front page of the

The Industry News section of the June 1964 edition of Karting

Evansville Press ran a story entitled ` Kart Fever Hits Boys and

World published copy from Bill Cowling saying that rumours of

Dads' . The article reported that Robert D Orr president of Futura

the demise of LMC were false and that they were only closed

saw a bright future for his kart business.

over the winter of 63/64; come spring of 1964 it would be full

Futura advertised on occasions in Karting World during 1960

steam ahead with Swoopster production.

and 1961; their model was called a Fireball. The newspaper

However, by early summer of 1964 the karting bubble had burst

article went on to say that Mr Orr was sold on the karts by William

in the United States. Bill Cowling became involved with Formula

M Cowling formerly of Mount Carmel Illinois. The result was the

5 cars and during the time that Modern Karting magazine was

LMC Midget Motors division of Futura headed by Mr Cowling.

published (May 1968 to November 1969) he contributed to the

The article continued to say that Bill Cowling was the last man

section of that magazine which featured such cars. In less than

in the world who might be suspected of having enthusiasm

ten years time Bill would have sadly passed.

for karts. The family business in Mount Carmel manufactured

Bill Cowling died on the 21 November 1978 aged 57 at his home

furniture and Bill was a graduate of DePauw University with an

in Evansville Indiana.

Arts Major. He got involved with karts as a form of amusement

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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

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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

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Martono (KFJ) and Joyner (KF) grab the win at PFI, but despite the quality of the on-track action, the event was hardly a success. Too many problems afflict the sport, starting from ever-feeble grids. But dwindling numbers, now also at the highest level – both in directdrive and gearbox classes - is only the tip of the iceberg.

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In Portimao, Continental round 3, Tom Joyner (Zanardi/Parilla) gets a deserved win and now leads the OK Championship

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HOMOLOGATION SPECIAL

THE PREVIEW OF THE NEW ENGINES, CARBS, ACCESSORIES AND SILENCERS

WINTER CUP BUILD UP

HOW TO DRIVE ON THE RENOVATED SOUTH GARDA TRACK IN LONATO

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COMBUSTION CHAMBER (PART TWO)

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WHY ELECTRIC TRACTION GOES WELL WITH KART TECHNOLOGY

Here they come ITALIAN DRIVERS ARE THE MOST COMPETITIVE IN THE FIRST ROUND OF THE CIK-FIA EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP. ARDIGÒ IS THE LEADER IN KZ AHEAD OF CAMPONESHI. CORBERI WINS IN KZ2 ON FEDERER.

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DRIVER PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS

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THE COMBUSTION PROCESS AND KNOCK - PART III

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FULL STEAM AHEAD!

THE NEW HOMOLOGATION ENGINES HAVE STIRRED MUCH INTEREST ALSO THANKS TO A GREATER RESPONSE. COULD THIS BE THE RIGHT TIME FOR THE CIK DIRECT DRIVE CLASSES TO BRING KARTING DRIVERS BACK TO RACING? AWAITING CONFIRMATION VROOM PRESENTS THE NEW ENGINES, AND YOU CAN READ ABOUT THE TRACK TEST ON THE NEW PARILLA OK ENGINES AND THE NEW TM KZ10C.

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2016 INTERNATIONAL CALENDAR CIK-FIA 2016 CALENDAR

07.08 Assen NLD CIK-FIA EUROPEAN SUPERKART CHAMPIONSHIP - 3rd round SK D1 07.08 Circuito di Siena ITA KRS Open Series (3) OK, OK-Junior, KZ2 21.08 Stary Kisielin POL International Poland Champs (2) OK, MAX, MAX Jr, DD2, DD2 Master, ROK-Jr, ROK-GP 20.08 KF1 Karting Circuit Singapore SGP X30 Challenge Singapore (4)X30Jr, X30Sr, X30 Master, X30 Veteran 21.08 KF1 Karting Circuit Singapore SGP X30 Challenge Singapore (5) X30Jr, X30Sr, X30 Master, X30 Veteran 28.08 Salbris FRA Rotax Max Euro Challenge (4) DD2, MAX, MAX Jr 04/09 Kristianstad SWE CIK-FIA WORLD KZ CHAMPIONSHIP CIK-FIA INTERNATIONAL KZ2 SUPER CUP CIK-FIA KARTING ACADEMY TROPHY - 3rd round OK-Junior 04/09 Genk BEL BNL Karting Series (3) MAX Sr, MAX Jr, DD2 11/09 Oschersleben DEU ADAC Kartrennen Oschersleben KZ2, KF, KF-Junior 18/09 Le Mans FRA CIK-FIA ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP OK

2016 CIK-FIA ZONE SPORTING CALENDAR 04/09 Sepang Karting Circuit MYS Rotax Asia Zone Challenge (6) Max Sr, Max Jr, DD2, DD2 Master, DD2 Veteran, Micromax 11/09 Sentul International Karting Circuit IDN Eshark ROK Cup Asia 2016 (5) ROK Sr, ROK Jr, ROK Cadet, ROK Mini, ROK Master 11/09 Kartodromo Valle MEX Mexico National Karting Champs Reto Telmex (7-8) KF2 18/09 Sepang Karting Circuit MYS X30 Challenge Malaysia (4) X30 Cadet, X30 Jr, X30 Sr, X30 Master, X30 Veteran

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Learning from the big boys

Even the youngest kart drivers can now play like the grown-ups do, thanks to the new MINI KID chassis, a scaled-down version of the full size chassis classes from Tony Kart. The same quality, same attention to safety, and in addition, some details specially designed for drivers aged 7 to 9 years old: adjustable pedals, a sliding seat, hydraulic brake system, and an Alcantara steering wheel with specific size for young drivers. TONY KART by OTK KART GROUP

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