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TALKING TO • GIANCARLO TININI • PEDRO HILTBRAND
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CIK-FIA KZ WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CIK-FIA KZ2 INT'AL SUPER CUP CIK-FIA ACADEMY TROPHY CIK-FIA ENDURANCE CH. DKM ROK CUP USA MSA OK & OK JUNIOR BRITISH CH. BNL ROTAX MAX NZ ROTAX MAX ASIA
CRG GRABS ALL!
CRG grabs all there' s to take in the World Championship with Paolo De Conto on official TM engine. They also complete all podium places in the International KZ2 Super Cup where Spaniard Pedro Hiltbrand is winning on Maxter. Never before, incredible success!
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CONTENTS OCTOBER 2016 16
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6 MONDOKART 12 CLOSE UP ROTAX APP ROTAX MAX NEW FEATURES 16 TALKING TO GIANCARLO TININI PEDRO HILTBRAND 70 SPECIAL ALESSANDRO ZANARDI 82 VINTAGE VICTA ENGINE AND SPORTS KART
SPECIAL CIK FIA WORLD KZ CHAMPIONSHIP AND INTERNATIONAL KZ2 SUPER CUP
RACE REPORTS 20 34 42 44 48 52 54 56 58 62
CIK-FIA KZ WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP KRISTIANSTAD (SWE) CIK-FIA KZ2 INT.AL SUPER CUP KRISTIANSTAD (SWE) CIK-FIA ACADEMY TROPHY – KRISTIANSTAD (SWE) CIK-FIA ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP – LE MANS (FRA) DKM – KERPEN (GER) ROK CUP USA – ORLANDO (USA) MSA OK & OK JUNIOR BRITISH CH. – GRANTHAM (UK) BNL - GENK (BEL) ROTAX MAX NZ – HAMILTON (NZ) ROTAX MAX ASIA – SELANGOR (MAL)
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mondokart NEWS & PREVIEWS
TEAM CONTEST 2016 Last year it was the first time that a team contest was held, always, during the 17th edition of the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals; the best-looking team will be awarded a prize during the Drivers’ Party on October 22nd. Which team is going to be the best-looking? Every year all distributors, drivers, mechanics, family members etc. put a lot of effort, time and money into their RMCGF equipment and team clothing. To honour the outstanding engagement of the entire team, RMCGF organizers offer a platform to present all team members, all ideas used for the teams’ appearance to make it stand out at the most important event of the year. In 2015, during the Welcome Party at the Grand Finals 2015 in Portimão, the first Team Contest in the history of the event was held: 18 different teams did the cat walk and introduced themselves and presented their countries in their special customized team gear, they all had fun and showed great team spirit! First winner of the RMCGF Team Contest was Team Netherlands.
POINTS THE PROCEDURE This year the procedure remains unchanged: during the Welcome Party on Sunday, October 16th at the Hotel Golden Tulip the registered teams will be called in alphabetical order to come up on stage to take a group picture. The national flag and the country name will be displayed on screens at the stage, while a national flag will be handed over to team when entering the stage. National anthem will be played for max three minutes, while the team prepare for the picture that will be taken by a Rotax photographer. After the photo the team will leave the stage on other side and return the flag. Winner will be the team whose team picture has been awarded with most points! A team includes the following people from each country: Drivers; Mechanics (1 person per driver); Distributor (1 person) and / or Team-Leader (1 person) and / or Entrant (1 person). No family members, dealers, journalists...
To get full point all drivers must wear their team overalls in the same design; other team members wearing specially designed clothes like caps, T-shirts, jackets, etc. representing their country - also the consistency of the country team overall is included in the evaluation criteria; unique design; compliance with the logo rules (defined for team suits/overalls). You can earn additional points for extraordinary ideas for the team picture and also for the appearance in the paddock area (design of your space, tidiness, etc.), assessed by Rotax jury only. Points can be deducted for not wearing the team suits, different design of the suits among team members, missing team members and the non-compliance with the logo rules.
PRIZE-GIVING The evaluation of the team picture will be done by an independent jury from Rotax and by Facebook voting during the whole week. The prize will be given on Saturday, October 22nd, at the Drivers’ Party. Winning team will earn a paid article on Vroom International Magazine and a team trophy.
HOW TO ENTER IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO PARTICIPATE, REGISTER YOUR TEAM ON LINE AT THE FOLLOWING LINK: HTTP://EMS.EVANET.AT/BRP1 - PASSWORD: TCGF2016
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mondokart NEWS & PREVIEWS
LINE UP CHANGES BEFORE THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN BAHRAIN MARTA GARCIA LOPEZ AND ULYSSE DE PAUW CHANGE THEIR TEAMS IMMEDIATELY BEFORE THE OK AND OK JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN BAHRAIN.
Last minute changes in the international paddock: Spanish Marta Garcia Lopez swithces to Intrepid team, with which debutted in the Italian ACI Karting Championship last week in Triscina: “I immediately had a good feeling with the chassis. Unfortunately I had a problem on the very first lap, but I had the pace to win! My object is to step into Formula 3, and Mirko Sguerzoni offered me his help, so I accepted. I will race the world championship with them too.”
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RECENT DECISIONS OF THE FIA WORLD MOTOR SPORT COUNCIL CONCERNING KARTING
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At its meeting on September 28th, 2016 in Paris, France, the FIA World Motor Sport Council took the following decisions on the basis of proposals from the International Karting Commission. As anticipated on vroomkart.com, here are changes that will involve karting environment from the next year.
MR. KEES VAN DE GRINT, VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE CIK-FIA, SAYS HIS OPINION IN KRISTIANSTAD "First of all I want to send my congratulations to the Kristianstad Kart Club and all it members for organizing such a fantastic event. A word of praise should also go to the CIK officials and the WSK Promotion staff for all their hard work during the days of the event. Last but not least a big hurray to all the competitors for providing the huge crowd with exciting racing. The CIK-FIA World Championship is undoubtedly the highlight of the racing season for drivers and for all karting enthusiasts. It remains a special and unparalleled Competition. At Kristianstad, the conditions are very good for a successful global confrontation with a fantastic circuit, very efficient organisation and a host of rare quality. The level of competition is also excellent with the presence of the best international drivers. I personally appreciated the CIK-FIA Historic Super Cup which took place at the same time. I am very pleased that several members of the CIK Commission and representatives
of the ASN were able to get to Kristianstad for this great event. I was especially delighted to meet this weekend my French friend Jean-Pierre Deschamps - Mr. Karting - who took the personal initiative to attend the World Championship. I was also very impressed that Stefan Andersson, President of the Karting Commission within the Swedish Federation, tried to beat me on track in the CIK-FIA Historic Super Cup. I appreciate the passion that these leaders show by visiting the circuits during major Karting events. Beyond the exceptional sporting aspect, a global event like this is a very good opportunity to meet and discuss the future of karting on the ground outside the official meetings. It is very important to see the progress of a big competition like this for yourself in order to form a well-founded opinion before making important decisions."
CIK-FIA PRIZE GIVING CEREMONY WILL TAKE PLACE ON SATURDAY DECEMBER 3RD 2016 IN VIENNA, AUSTRIA
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THE PYRAMID NOW WORK FROM KARTING TO FORMULA 1 The WMSC approved the one-year reduction of the minimum age of Drivers that can access non-gearbox classes. Drivers now have access to the junior categories in the year of their 12th birthday until the year of their 14th birthday year, as well as non-gearbox senior categories from the year of their 14th birthday. The adaptation of the regulations according to this decision, especially as regards the grade C licenses, will be available soon. Taking into account the fact that for the past few years Drivers have been able to leave Karting for Formula 4 from the age of 15, this change offers them the opportunity for earlier learning in Competition Karting and to extend it for an additional year. This allows them to gain experience and to better prepare before they move into cars. REDUCTION OF MINIMUM WEIGHT IN KZ The WMSC approved a 5kg reduction in the minimum allowed weight in the KZ category from 175 to 170 kg, including the Driver. NEW RACE FORMAT The WMSC approved the deletion of the Prefinals and Second Chance Heats in the CIK-FIA Championships, Cups and Trophies. At the request of the Sporting Working Group of the CIK-FIA, the qualifying stages will now be limited to the Qualifying Heats, while the amount will be increased to maintain normal driving distances. This is to reduce the negative impact of a bad performance during this phase and give greater importance to the Finals themselves.
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UniTire uses a flexible cable between the handle and the gauge, and that means that all the air that is normally wasted in the hose, is no problem in UniTire. both a Laptimer and a Data Logger. It means that all data are stored in the Laptimer at up to 60 times per second. It makes it possible to transfer the results to a PC or MAC for further analyzing. The included analyze program will give you the complete overview together with the possibility to compare results between drivers, training sessions and heats.
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UniGo 6005 is both a Laptimer and a Data Logger. It means that all data are stored in the Laptimer at up to 60 times per second. It makes it possible to transfer the results to a PC or MAC for further analyzing. The included analyze program will give you the complete overview together with the possibility to compare results between drivers, training sessions and heats.
FIRST BRP-ROTAX APP: THE `R OTAX MAX JETTING GUIDE' Designed to give more services to Rotax kart customers and it is free for Android and iOS. Would you like to know which is the main jet to use for climatic conditions? Here is the app¼
The ` ROTAX MAX JETTING GUIDE' is an application for Android and iOS devices, it was designed to assist Rotax MAX evo kart drivers in setting up a recommended main jet based on weather conditions and engine type. It' s challenging to find the perfect carburetion mix: setup is influenced by a lot of factors like altitude, weather conditions such as temperature and humidity made it difficult to choose the right value for the main jet. ª Our aim was to give our customers a tool which is easy to use. The ` ROTAX MAX JETTING GUIDE' is easy to handle and its features are being used for all Rotax kart evo enginesº , said Helmut Voglsam, head of Rotax kart engines. ª We are confident that the user will appreciate the advantage of the simple set up compared to other applications.º
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The perfect set up is calculated automatically using just one button and requires a GPS signal. The second step is to select your engine configuration. If there is no GPS or internet access available, the application also runs manually. In this case the user has to fill in the weather conditions and altitude himself; pressing the button ª calculationº the recommended set up of the main jet shows up immediately. In case another set up calculation is necessary to be made ± e.g. for a second engine, one simply has to press the button ª resetº and the next calculation is made. Depending on personal preference, the user can choose between the metric and the imperial system ± Celsius or Fahrenheit and meter or feet to get the required data.
“The ROTAX MAX JETTING GUIDE application is ready to be downloaded from the app store (AndroidTM), (iOS). If more information is required, you can find a detailed description on the Rotax karting website www.rotax-kart.com”, said Voglsam. VROOM INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINE 13
BETTER AND BETTER New technical features tested in USA before the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Final in Sarno.
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Besides the tests on the dyno, a track test with independent test drivers was organised in the States in September to compare the actual engine configuration with the 2017 set up. The main aim of this test is to have a feedback from karters on the technical innovations carried out by BRP-Rotax. These optimized solutions will be used in Sarno for the Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals 2016, a perfect event to try the new set up used for the Rotax 125 MAX evo engine series. The key features under the spotlight are: the new engine control unit (ECU), new battery housing with a multi-function switch, the new cable harness, spark plug and cylinder. Now the ECU is located on the left hand side of the battery housing, and thanks to its new position (used for the Rotax 125 Junior MAX, the Rotax 125 MAX and also for Micro and Mini MAX engines) it’s less sensitive on the main jet above 13,000 rpm with slightly altered ignition timing. “Even with a richer main jet, the engine does well above 13,000 rpm. The new ECU is much more forgiving in the carburetor set up”, said Darrell Smith, Rotax kart test driver.
A multi-function switch is attached to the optimized battery housing that makes it easier to handle for the customer. The new cable harness with plug in connection for the multi-function switch is another feature: it incorporates the ground connection for the overall electrical system. The connection for the battery charger is aligned with the cable harness. The support plate system is more compact with electrical connections for the ignition coil and magnet valve only, which should be easier to use. The cylinder for the Rotax 125 Junior MAX engine is now made with an improved manufacturing technology (single piece sand core, digital print), which provides constant cylinder performance to guarantee equal performance for all drivers. Cylinders with advanced manufacturing technology are also used for Rotax 125 Micro and Mini MAX evo engines. All the components have already been legalized in September 2016. It is up to the respective distributor and his federation to decide the date to declare these components legal for their national RMC.
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“WE ARE SURE THAT WITH ALL THE OPTIMIZED TECHNICAL FEATURES, THE ROTAX MAX ENGINE SERIES WITH ITS EASE OF USE, EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES, DURABILITY AND MINIMUM MAINTENANCE ON THE FIELD WILL ENDORSE OUR CUSTOMERS TO RACE A KART WITH THE MOST ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY ON THE MARKET”, SAID PETER OELSINGER, VICE PRESIDENT ROTAX PROPULSION SYSTEMS AND FINANCE AT BRP-ROTAX.
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TALKING TO GIANCARLO TININI
30 years We had a chat with CRG patron Giancarlo Tinini about its sattisfying and successful season for the firm in Desenzano that has celebrated this 30 anniversary.
of success What is it that has given you so much success at an international level? You want me to be honest? Nothing. Or rather, our hard work is always the same, also because, this isn’t the first time that Crg has been so successful. Especially in KZ, a class in which we have had more success than others in these past ten years: 3 World Championhip wins, 4 World Cups, 2 International Super Cup and 6 European championships. We have always done well in the gear class. This year though, besides winning there are more drivers at the top end of the scoreboard, you are practically monopolising the categories. There have never been any doubts on CRG material especially the Road Rebel in KZ and the KT2 in the direct drive. Performance has improved, consolidating a standard that allows us to compete at the top. What can you tell us about the wins in the German championship with con Paavo Tonteri in the OK class, Denis Hauger in the Junior; Jorrit Pex in KZ and Max Tubben in KZ2. Without forgetting the Spaniard in KZ2 on behalf of Pedro Hiltbrand, and the titled Soanish X30 Senior with Andrij Pits who also took the Portuguese X30 Super win? It means we started off well in the German championship and ended up
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taking the title in the different classes. And Tm’s support with Franco Drudi in KZ and KVS’ for OK engines, and also TB Motorsport’s and CRG Holland’s has contributed on getting these results. Yes, you have done well with the direct drive this year too. Maybe because we started racing with a simpler engine, less sophisticated so it’s less subject to interferences… extramotorsports. The market registers more attention for CRG brand too… True, there have been more requests from all over the world recently, Italy included, and not only for the gera-class. What do you think of the new CIK/FIA dispositions disposizioni. Say te one to race at the age of 12 in the Junior class? It’s right, considering that drivers step up to car racing at the age of 15. Furthermore, the physical built of young people isn’t like it was 20 years ago. The average has grown and in our case this aspect makes the difference. Is the Rotax format still the solution that works best for taking up karting? The idea is right and more or less they have all picked up from that. Only thing is that the latest updating on the engine has created one or two problems. We are registering a remarkable increase in countries where the Iame X30 championship is held. And over the years also the new Cik direct drive class, the OK, will always be a good alternative production chain that drivers aim for to be able to compete at a good racing level. So, logically speaking, if Rotax doesn’t come up with valid solutions it will be losing more and more drivers.
TM BEATS ALL AT KZ WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
TM victory in KZ World Championship (Sweden) with Paolo De Conto as official CRG driver. With KZ World Championship win in Kristianstad, Sweden, and Abbasse’s (Sodi) second place, besides being yet again the most competitive gear class engine TM also tops on the scoreboard. From 2013, the year when championship was brought back by FIA after 13 years. The engine made in Pesaro, has been on top podium step three times out four editions, which together with the six previous consecutive times, from 1995 to 2000 with Gianluca Beggio, the driver who has won most world championships, TM now counts 9 world championship victories. Then added to this, there are the World Cup wins, which are the same thing (even if the ones directly conerned never admit it) that is, 3 wins from 2003 to 2005 when the class was known as Super ICC and its win in 2010. They sum up to 13. TM, motoring firm, is involved in two aspects: karting and motorcycle racing, has been at the top for 30 years. They are winning not only on the track, but also on the market. It has lived through
difficult periods, differently to several important brands, thanks to their ability to adapt to the market’s requests. TM racing is a proper factory, led by Claudio Flenghi a businessman who likes spending his time in the garage rather than in an office. You can easily find him on a assembly line checking production personally. This is the secret behind the firm’s success. Only someone who loves his work, and with extraordinary technical experiences, knows how to follow and anticipate the market’s requests, how to deal with production and innovate it without doing strange things, but most of all, keeping an eye on overall costs. Over these years, TM has been able to consolidate world acknowledgment, producing efficient, reliable engines, which are characterized by reasonable overall costs. They’re competitive, but at the same time also suitable for fun karting. Nowadays, it’s not easy for world economy, however TM is the fifth essence of an agile firm, capable of making quality products and adapting to the market with determination.
Above, World Champion Paolo De Conto between TM Racing owner Claudio Flenghi and his on Filippo, then we can see Nico and Franco Drudi.
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TALKING TO PEDRO HILTBRAND
El Rey de España CIK-FIA INTERNATIONAL KZ2 SUPER CUP WINNER, CIK-FIA EUROPEAN OK CHAMPIONSHIP WINNER AND SPANISH CHAMPIONSHIP KZ2 SENIOR WINNER, PEDRO HILTBRAND, HAS REACHED THE APEX OF INTERNATIONAL KARTING IN NO TIME AT ALL. WE HAD A CHAT WITH HIM JUST BEFORE THE OK WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP IN BAHRAIN. REPORT: J. OMEDAS - PICS: WAFEPROJECT / CRG PRESS OFFICE Pedro Hiltbrand, born in Spain in 1996, is one of the top protagonist out this 2016 season who has seen a fantastic CRG in each race. Some of this great success is thanks to him, he has been capable of changing the sorti of the European OK championship, which appeared to be a private question between x-world champions Karol Basz ande Tom Joyner. Instead, along came the last zampata finale that took him to the top of continental racing. In the gear class he dominated the Spanish Championship in Kristianstad where he fought for win against his friend and team mate Felice Tiene. A national title, a European and a world title in just over a month. Can we say this is one of the most flourishing times of your sports career? Absolutely, yes! I’ve had other successful times, but this is one of the best by far. Was having to withdraw from the European Ok round in Zuera one of the most difficult moments of the season? Well, let’s say it was hard also because we were doing very well and having to pull out of a race under the spectators’ eyes made it even harder. Did you think that your chances of getting the title ended there? We can get rid of the negative results of a race, so with this chance we managed to save the season. Then we did very well
in the other three races so we took home the European title. Your relationship with Crg seems to get stronger and stronger, how do you feel with the team after all this time and after having gained such important results together? I am very grateful independently of having won these titles. Some of them are wonderful and they have always believed in me, and me in them. So it’s quite easy to work together. Besides the actual races, what are the other things that an official driver must do? Besides the races, which are often on the site before and after each race I help the lads in the team. We see how things stand and try to improve: whether it be preparing for the next race or working on the material for future use. You have won a continental title in the OK class, what do you thing of the class and it’s future development? I love it, because I have always been a fan of old style karting. The new OK are very similar to the old 100cc: they are simple an light. I think that without front brakes it makes it harder to overtake and it improves the driver’s driving skill. It seems that you haven’t got any problem in
getting the most out of each classes, with or without gears. I adapt to different classes very quickly and this I think is due to races being very close: one week with OK and the next with KZ. This helps me a lot. Besides the gears, where are the main different drive style between the two karts and the difficulties for drivers? In KZ braking, it’s much more aggressive than for the OK class, furthermore in the direct drive the smallest mistake penalises a lot more, especially on corner exit seeing that the engine drops revs and power. Having gears you manage to make up quite easily. What are you plans for the rest of the season? I’m concentrating on the OK world championship in Bahrain. What about the next season? I still don’t know which class, but I’ll be staying with karting, I love this world. What advice would you give yourself if you could go back ten seasons? (…he thinks a bit) Experience and maturity do wonders, maybe at some point I stopped believing in myself, but I don’t regret doing anything that I have done. I’ve always tried to do my best.
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Cik Fia World KZ Championship and International K
Paolo De Conto (CRG/Tm) KZ World Championship winner - Pe Fabian Federer (CRG/Modena Engines) 2nd in KZ2; Persson Benjam
KZ2 Super Cup Kristianstad (S), September 4th 2016
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WITH CRG C’EST PLUS FACILE! The well-known chassis manufacturing set up has shown an indisputable superiority in both 125 gear classes powered with different engines. It’s implicit that the Swedish track is a demanding one to race on and this made the quality of the CRG chassis stand out even more. The Road Rebel Ø 32 managed to tackle the twists and turns of the Swedish track quite easily. It has left its mark in KZ powered by the official Tm engine, a successful special binomial that has helped both to win the title. However, the results registered in KZ2 where CRG had 4 chassis powered by 3 different engines in top places was even more significant: the Maxter, the Modena Engines and the Tm, ended in the top four places, as if to say: the engine is important, but in Kristianstad the chassis was even more important... And the Road Rebel has made the difference. REPORT: GIULIANO CIUCCI GIULIANI – PHOTOS: WAFEPROJECT
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CIK FIA WORLD KZ CHAMPIONSHIP AND INTERNATIONAL KZ2 SUPER CUP
DE CONTO, HILTBRAND, TM, MAXTER, RE Paolo De Conto wins the KZ championship with full marks on a Tm powered CRG. For the Italian it’s a win that definitely cancels that last lap at Le Mans where he let the title slip away. A win that was his even before going onto the track thanks to the synergy set up between CRG and Tm for this occasion, where they shared the same aim. It’s not the first time that the get this acknowledgement. Over these last years, they have both left a mark, thanks to private teams, while this world championship rewards a political choice before a technical one between the two manufacturing businesses. A synergy
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that should expand and before long we will know all the details. We’ll see. In the meanwhile, CRG on this occasion also had the satisfaction of gaining the title of the international KZ2, denominated Super Cup with Spaniard Pedro Hiltbrand on CRG/ Maxter. The engine has been made by the Tinini Group, but in this case, it has been entrusted to Renato Andreoli from Kartissimo. In this case too, the synergy has worked well and the Road Rebel powered by Maxter is the fastest and the most reliable. So, with this double win in Sweden for CRG it’s the first time it has ever happened that a manufacturing firm
takes home two titles, which are very important ones in the gear class, on the same day. Giancarlo Tinini is promoted for having achieved his aims, which are the result of his prudent decisions. For example having taken Dino Chiesa, Zanardi team manager, back under the official CRG structure. Here are the various things that must go well together: pilot, chassis, engine and team all fit together perfectly and looking at the puzzle, sorry, the poster that you find with the magazine you can see the reason for the world championship win in KZ and KZ2 on behalf of CRG and its partners better.
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RENATO ANDREOLI AND ABOVE ALL CRG
Dino Chiesa, an added value
Giancarlo Tinini asked Dino Chiesa to come back to CRG this year and he really has been an added value for this success. Having Dino, from Padova, the best team manager you can have in this field has been a winning decision. My contribution – Dino Chiesa tells us – in a racing team with so many elements is to coordinate, keep things ship shape, so that all the various pieces fit in the right place, it’s like a puzzle. CRG’s products are second to none – he underlines – and the past results confirm this. This win though, is also due to another philosophy on the way to tackle races. Attempting strange maneuvers, with the hope of solving any problems that there may be later, is absolutely wrong. When you are aware of your potential, like we are in CRG, the decisions taken on changes to make are very important indeed. Even the smallest change is important with the continuous changes in track conditions: temperature and grip, starting from the practice on Thursday up to the final stage on Sunday if you want to race for victory. Then, anything can happen during a race, luck too plays an important part, but our main aim is to use our potential, always and on any track in any class.
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CIK FIA WORLD KZ CHAMPIONSHIP AND INTERNATIONAL KZ2 SUPER CUP
(with a French accent sounds much better). Yes, because Paolo De Conto raced as a champion ought to, from the start to finish. All the world was able to see this in direct streaming. A final raced with awareness of someone who knew that there was no one who could challenge him. This awareness is something that all his rivals knew too. Starting from Marco Ardigò new European Championship winner in Genk. The Tony Kart standard bearer was unable to challenge De Conto, and this we saw from the early laps when he pulled through to lead, like he did in the prefinal, but he was unable to pull
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away. While behind him there was a fight that was holding De Conto back. The CRG standard bearer was fourth then, but he didn' t seem at all worried, on the contrary, he took it easy, at least that' s what it looked like. He was behind Abbasse with the French Sodi driver aiming to gain places. On lap five Camplese is the predestined he has to give in to Abbasse first and then De Conto. On lap ten, always on the same lap the middle one in the second sector, it' s Ardigò' s turn to give in to Abbasse who takes over the lead, while Conto has to wait until the next lap before attacking to overtake the Brescian in force with Tony Kart, and always at the same place (the only one on the track where you can overtake without causing and risky situations). Once in second place, De Conto was in no hurry to attack Abbasse for the
lead. Less than 2 tenths separated them. CRG standard bearer drops to 3 tenths: 49ยบ 5, Abbasse too defends his position lapping just 0.5 tenths slower. After another 5 laps De Conto decides to attack the French Sodi driver, who looked as if he was enjoying his drive, seeing that there were less than nine laps to the chequered flag. De Conto takes the lead and in just one lap he pulls away, 4 tenths over his rival. From lap 18 on De Conto gets faster and faster: 49ยบ 3-49ยบ 2-49ยบ 1, while his rival in second place seemed to find difficulty in keeping up 49ยบ 4. De Conto crosses the line with 2 seconds advantage over Abbasse, which don' t seem all that much, only because the driver from Treviso took it easy. Sure, why hurry?
CRG, 30 years of success
CRG' s 30th anniversary, 1986-2016, couldn' t have been celebrated in a better way. After winning the OK and K2 European championship, the All Blacks from Desenzano are once again on top podium step of the KZ World Championship with Paolo Di Conto (CRG/Tm) and also taking home the International Super Cup KZ2 with Pedro Hiltbrand (CRG/Maxter) On the general scoreboard 1964/2015 CRG is way above the rest thanks to 77 titles gained. On the scoreboard for the last ten years, from 2007 to 2016 CRG sums up 19 titles. While the Maxter engine after winning the KZ2 title now counts 24 wins. As for Tm the win taken in Sweden is the ninth won in KZ and since 1990 it has taken home 66 wins in all.
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The Tm powered CRG has gained its third world KZ title out of the last four editions. Verstappen in 2013, Jorrit Pex in 2015, and Paolo De Conto in this last 2016 edition. And this time the win has been thanks to the work carried out by, we could say an impeccable team that left no uncertainties. An almost obvious win. And Paolo De Conto has done his share to underline the superiority of the chassis-engine duo. Marco Ardigò did his best to maintain the lead, he stormed off at prefinal and final lights, but as the race went on he was unable to keep up with Abasse, also the Frenchman was powered by Tm, and De Conto. This time Ardigò had to settle for third, but sitting back and watching isn’t in his DNA.
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KZ QUALIFYING HEATS P N Driver 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33
4 1 19 10 24 14 11 7 3 12 26 5 32 27 15 6 2 23 17 28 29 31 16 22 25 18 8 33 21 20 30 9 34
De Conto, Paolo Ardigo, Marco Camplese, Lorenzo Lammers, Bas Hanley, Ben Pex, Jorrit Fore, Davide Camponeschi, Flavio Iglesias, Jérémy Dreezen, Rick Pex, Stan Abbasse, Anthony Bray, Daniel Lorandi, Leonardo Lundberg, Douglas Puhakka, Simo Hajek, Patrik Kozlinski, Arnaud Johansson, Joel Specken, Guust Kokko, Henri Myszkier, Pawel Armstrong, Marcus Barrichello, Rubens Chubarov, Ivan Carlton, Gary Pescador, Jorge Carlos Forss, Andreas Backman, Andreas Dalè, Andrea Kuovi, Jan Lennox-Lamb, Jordon Giambo (V. Giambattista)
QP QH1 QH2 Pt.
CRG / TM Racing / Vega Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega Parolin / TM Racing / Vega Sodi / TM Racing / Vega Croc Promotions / TM Racing / Vega CRG / Vortex / Vega Righetti Ridolfi / TM Racing / Vega CRG / Parilla / Vega Sodi / TM Racing / Vega Ricciardo Kart / Parilla / Vega CRG / Vortex / Vega Sodi / TM Racing / Vega GP Racing / Maxter / Vega Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega Mach 1 / TM Racing / Vega CRG / TM Racing / Vega Kosmic / Vortex / Vega CRG / TM Racing / Vega Righetti Ridolfi / TM Racing / Vega Gillard / Vortex / Vega Ninar / TM Racing / Vega Mach 1 / TM Racing / Vega Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega Birel Art / Parilla / Vega Croc Promotions / TM Racing / Vega Formula K / TM Racing / Vega Praga / TM Racing / Vega Sodi / TM Racing / Vega Kosmic / Vortex / Vega CRG / TM Racing / Vega Kosmic / TM Racing / Vega Birel Art / Parilla / Vega Praga / TM Racing / Vega
1 8 9 2 6 19 7 4 16 3 20 14 13 24 10 5 17 18 22 15 27 21 32 26 29 31 12 30 28 33 23 34
1 8 9 2 6 19 7 4 16 3 20 14 13 24 10 5 17 18 22 15 27 21 32 26 29 31 12 30 28 33 23 34
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OTHER PROTAGONISTS in Kristianstad Bas Lammers (Sodi/Tm) seemed to be in great shape among all those at the Åsum Ring: Dutch Sodi driver misses his chance of storming off at final start, when from grid three he gets taken by four rivals and was forced back to seventh. The SodiTm combination works very well, as we saw from Abbasse’ performance, while Lammers starts his escalation that ends on lap eight when he settles in fourth without any chance of catching up with his rivals, he finishes half a second from Ardigò who goes on to complete podium. The other two CRG lads powered by Tm do well too: Simo Puhakka and Arnaud Kozlinski. The Finn was the author of brilliant progressive performance
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KZ PREFINAL P N Driver
Sodi-TM duo proved once again to be highly competitive: Frenchman Anthony Abbasse finished 2nd while his teammate Bas Lammers crossed the line in 4th, but it’s a shame that his start wasn’t so good…”
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
4 1 10 11 19 27 5 3 6 26 7 23 14 2 15 28 31 29 18 8 16 24 21 20 9 25 33 22 17 30 12 32 34
De Conto, Paolo Ardigo, Marco Lammers, Bas Fore, Davide Camplese, Lorenzo Lorandi, Leonardo Abbasse, Anthony Iglesias, Jérémy Puhakka, Simo Pex, Stan Camponeschi, Flavio Kozlinski, Arnaud Pex, Jorrit Hajek, Patrik Lundberg, Douglas Specken, Guust Myszkier, Pawel Kokko, Henri Carlton, Gary Pescador, Jorge Carlos Armstrong, Marcus Hanley, Ben Backman, Andreas Dalè, Andrea Lennox-Lamb, Jordon Chubarov, Ivan Forss, Andreas Barrichello, Rubens Johansson, Joel Kuovi, Jan Dreezen, Rick Bray, Daniel Giambo (V.Giambattista)
KZ FINAL P N Driver 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
that took him up six places in twelve laps. He was fifth ahead of his team mate Kozlinski, grid twelve start. Shame for Italy’s Lorenzo Camplese: he blew up a brilliant performance due to advanced start that got him a 5” penalty.
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4 5 1 10 6 23 3 26 28 24 2 14 19 8 16 27 7 20 32 25 21 9 30 22 12 18 31 33 17 29 34 11
De Conto, Paolo Abbasse, Anthony Ardigo, Marco Lammers, Bas Puhakka, Simo Kozlinski, Arnaud Iglesias, Jérémy Pex, Stan Specken, Guust Hanley, Ben Hajek, Patrik Pex, Jorrit Camplese, Lorenzo Pescador, Jorge C. Armstrong, Marcus Lorandi, Leonardo Camponeschi, Flavio Dalè, Andrea Bray, Daniel Chubarov, Ivan Backman, Andreas Lennox-Lamb, Jordon Kuovi, Jan Barrichello, Rubens Dreezen, Rick Carlton, Gary Myszkier, Pawel Forss, Andreas Johansson, Joel Kokko, Henri Giambo (V.Giambattista) Fore, Davide
ITA ITA NLD ITA ITA ITA FRA FRA FIN NLD ITA FRA NLD CZE SWE NLD POL FIN USA ESP NZL GBR SWE ITA GBR RUS SWE BRA SWE FIN SWE NZL ITA
CRG / TM Racing / Vega Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega Sodi / TM Racing / Vega Righetti Ridolfi / TM Racing / Vega Parolin / TM Racing / Vega Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega Sodi / TM Racing / Vega Sodi / TM Racing / Vega CRG / TM Racing / Vega CRG / Vortex / Vega CRG / Parilla / Vega CRG / TM Racing / Vega CRG / Vortex / Vega Kosmic / Vortex / Vega Mach 1 / TM Racing / Vega Gillard / Vortex / Vega Mach 1 / TM Racing / Vega Ninar / TM Racing / Vega Formula K / TM Racing / Vega Praga / TM Racing / Vega Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega Croc Promotions / TM Racing / Vega Kosmic / Vortex / Vega CRG / TM Racing / Vega Birel Art / Parilla / Vega Croc Promotions / TM Racing / Vega Sodi / TM Racing / Vega Birel Art / Parilla / Vega Righetti Ridolfi / TM Racing / Vega Kosmic / TM Racing / Vega Ricciardo Kart / Parilla / Vega GP Racing / Maxter / Vega Praga / TM Racing / Vega
17 Laps 1.294 1.972 4.537 4.985 5.395 6.512 7.255 7.490 8.065 8.675 9.232 9.770 11.105 11.634 12.109 12.840 13.176 14.458 14.559 15.494 15.693 15.950 16.063 16.309 17.803 20.370 20.851 24.743 24.823 27.150 1 Lap 6 Laps
ITA FRA ITA NLD FIN FRA FRA NLD NLD GBR CZE NLD ITA ESP NZL ITA ITA ITA NZL RUS SWE GBR FIN BRA BEL USA POL SWE SWE FIN ITA ITA
CRG / TM Racing / Vega Sodi / TM Racing / Vega Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega Sodi / TM Racing / Vega CRG / TM Racing / Vega CRG / TM Racing / Vega Sodi / TM Racing / Vega CRG / Vortex / Vega Gillard / Vortex / Vega Croc Promotions / TM Racing / Vega Kosmic / Vortex / Vega CRG / Vortex / Vega Parolin / TM Racing / Vega Praga / TM Racing / Vega Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega CRG / Parilla / Vega CRG / TM Racing / Vega GP Racing / Maxter / Vega Croc Promotions / TM Racing /Vega Kosmic / Vortex / Vega Birel Art / Parilla / Vega Kosmic / TM Racing / Vega Birel Art / Parilla / Vega Ricciardo Kart / Parilla / Vega Formula K / TM Racing / Vega Mach 1 / TM Racing / Vega Sodi / TM Racing / Vega Righetti Ridolfi / TM Racing / Vega Ninar / TM Racing / Vega Praga / TM Racing / Vega Righetti Ridolfi / TM Racing / Vega
25 Laps 1.995 2.940 3.481 4.255 6.084 7.153 7.932 8.536 8.808 9.167 11.538 11.547 11.624 13.610 14.441 14.644 15.606 17.355 18.829 19.062 24.530 25.788 34.464 5 Laps 6 Laps 7 Laps 9 Laps 10 Laps 11 Laps 14 Laps 17 Laps
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Rubens Barrichello “WHEN I WAS YOUNG, I COULDN’T AFFORD TO COMPETE IN THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP”
Rubens Barrichello, ex-F.1 driver, was back on the track for the KZ world championship in Kristianstad. Not really the best occasion for a “new debut” in karting, but the Brazilian came out brilliantly from the comparison with the top drivers from worldwide karting. Looking at the final results it seems that Barrichello would have done better not to take part in the KZ world championship, but considering all the issues, from his point of view the scoreboard lies. “First of all, when I think of the world championship, my first thought goes to my father who told me “we can’t afford it”, so for me it is already an experience being here. I was 24th , and this seems to be a bad result, but my team mate and professional driver, is only 22nd, so it really isn’t all that bad!” says Rubens Barrichello. “I practiced with a Rotax DD2 so I could be physically fit, but it isn’t the same thing: here the competition level is really high! For me what really counts is to be perfectly fit and to have fun. Maybe I will be back in some other international top level event, who knows…” All that’s left to do is to compare his weekend with that of his team mate Jordon Lennox-Lamb, KZ2 world
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champion in 2012. In qualifiers the Brazilian stopped 50.099”, one second slower than poleman (…and future world champion) Paolo De Conto on TM powered CRG, while Jordon Lennox-Lamb lapped at 49.396”, seven tenths faster. In heat one Barrichello is 22nd stopping best lap time 50.227” while the British is 30th due to a penalty (10 seconds) for having the nose cone out of place, but his best time is just three tenths faster: 49.913”. The same thing happened in heat two: Barrichello is 22nd and Lennox 29th, penalized once again for having his bumpers out of place. This time the gap between the best is slightly bigger: four tenths of a second. During the prefinal Lennox climbs from grid 32 to twenty-fifth ahead
of his team mate who drops back to 28th. The best lap time gap between them remains the same: four tenths also in the prefinal. During the final Lennox-Lamb get another penalty for the same reason, and this puts him back to 22nd, two places ahead of Rubens Barrichello with half a second separating their fastest laps. Kart drivers are well aware that training and practice is very important to get good results and, looking at the results we can say that even without any specific training or practice Barrichello is on average four tenths slower than his team mate and this in karting is quite a lot. But, if he had had a more competitive kart would the gap have been the same? The gap remains and the challenge has been postponed. Right Rubens?
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A year to remember for Pedro Hiltbrand who after winning the OK European Championship he also takes home the International Super Cup, a Cik Fia acknowledgement that can be compared to a world title. After stopping incredible time in qualifiers, 49”101, he’s the driver to beat. And he does all he can without missing his chance when the opportunity came.
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Hiltbrand no stopping him! Pedro Hiltbrand practically dominated all the International Super Cup: best practice time (49”101) and first after the 5 heats (he won 4 and was second in the penultimate). He makes the prefinal his and grabs two wins in the final. Federer is second to the finishing line nearly 4” behind. So after the European OK title the Spaniard in force with CRG has doubked winning the international KZ2 Trophy. A result that wasn’t really all that expected on the eve, and only after seeing how he strutted about, well, even the
word surprised everyone, seems somewhat inappropriate. The CRG Road Rebel, Ø 32 responded very well and was in unison with the Swedish track. However, Hiltbrand’s win is also the result of the hard work carried out by Renato Andreoli from Kartissimo who transformed the Maxter into a top engine, fast and reliable. Also in this case, like De Conto’s CRG/Tm, the binomial has been a winning bet: the best chassis pushed by a very competitive engine. Yes, the wins can only be the result of these “combinations” together with the team’s
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KZ2 FINAL P N Driver
hard work and the driver’s skill in knowing how to handle the situation. However we do feel that we have something to say about the driver. You see, Hiltbrands unperturbed behavior… on overtaking Tiene, to put it mildly, was somewhat surprising. The Italian (CRG/Tm), second best time in practice, lines up on final pole start. He storms to lead at the start with Mosca following behind. At the end of lap five Mosca starts attacking to overtake Tiene who continues his race not at all bothered: the race has only just started. But when he had to get back in behind Mosca, Tiene finds that space taken up by Hiltbrand who had decided to jump into that space with some impetuosity and follow Mosca. But, there was room only one of them. Hiltbrand didn’t care if he would harm his friend and team mate in carrying out that maneuver, on the contrary, he seemed to have given him a hand in going off the track. Was this “impetuosity” really necessary seeing that it was only the fifth lap of the race and there was plenty of time to try and gain the lead (with Mosca later out due to a mechanical problem)? Hiltbrand would have won the Trophy anyway, and without having gone off onto the dirt also Felice Tiene would have gained a well-deserved podium place.
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
137 101 113 142 102 106 110 105 162 117 120 104 166 176 118 107 126 144 160 115 145 130 138 119 123 140 134 129 141 114 111 159 108 170
Hiltbrand, Pedro Federer, Fabian Törnqvist, Persson B. Tiene, Felice Vigano, Matteo Norris, John Leuillet, Tom Besancenez, Paolo Stell, Daniel Kremers, Marijn Iacovacci, Francesco Corberi, Luca Forslöf, David Tubben, Max Picot, Nicolas Davies, Dylan Nilsson, Brandon Celenta, Francesco Pieruszek, Kevin Ippolito, Paolo Cebrian Ariza, Gerard Loeskow, Troy Joyner, Tom Martinez Merono, E. Romkema, Ricardo Viscaal, Bent Van Leeuwen, Martijn Cavalieri, Alberto Smolyar, Alexander Skaras, Emil Mosca, Tommaso Öberg, Viktor Schmitz, Alexander Giannoni, Lorenzo
ESP ITA SWE ITA ITA IRL FRA FRA DEU AUS ITA ITA SWE NLD FRA NLD SWE ITA DEU ITA ESP AUS GBR ESP NLD NLD NLD ITA RUS SWE ITA SWE DEU ITA
CRG / Maxter / Vega CRG / Modena Engines / Vega CRG / TM Racing / Vega CRG / TM Racing / Vega Top Kart / Parilla / Vega Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega Sodi / TM Racing / Vega Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega CRG / Modena Engines / Vega Birel Art / Parilla / Vega Luxor / LKE / Vega Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega Tony Kart / TM Racing / Vega CRG / TM Racing / Vega Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega CRG / TM Racing / Vega Righetti Ridolfi / Vortex / Vega Formula K / TM Racing / Vega Birel Art / Vortex / Vega Lenzokart / LKE / Vega CRG / TM Racing / Vega Ricciardo Kart / Parilla / Vega Zanardi / Parilla / Vega Praga / TM Racing / Vega Birel Art / TM Racing / Vega CRG / TM Racing / Vega Birel Art / Parilla / Vega Kosmic Kart / Vortex / Vega Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega Tony Kart / TM Racing / Vega Maranello / TM Racing / Vega Gillard / Parilla / Vega Birel Art / Vortex / Vega CKR / TM Racing / Vega
25 Laps 3.836 6.672 7.050 9.229 9.574 9.964 10.440 10.892 11.763 12.607 14.379 14.429 15.053 17.691 18.514 18.826 19.034 19.351 20.278 22.172 23.199 23.290 24.114 24.184 27.932 28.558 31.010 31.109 9 Laps 16 Laps 21 Laps 24 Laps 24 Laps
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FABIAN FEDERER (101) IS AMONG THE MOST COMPETITIVE DRIVERS IN KZ2. SECOND IN SWEDEN, ALSO MODENA ENGINES IS ACCREDITED TOPS Below, the sequence showing the overtaking maneuver that decided Tiene’s exit from the final and cleared the way for Hiltbrand’s win. Lap five, Tommaso Mosca (111) overtakes Felice Tiene (142). In the second picture we see Hiltbrand (137) stepping in, a bit costrained he goes into the gap and Tiene is unable to get back into the line. On the contrary, the Spaniard makes him go off the track: Tiene drops back to sixth and loses any chance he had of getting podium.
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KZ2 QUALIFYING HEATS P N Driver 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34
137 111 102 142 103 101 110 106 105 117 176 146 113 134 108 120 145 115 143 162 104 139 166 140 107 172 109 114 159 188 123 119 118 112
Hiltbrand, Pedro Mosca, Tommaso Vigano, Matteo Tiene, Felice Irlando, Alessandro Federer, Fabian Leuillet, Tom Norris, John Besancenez, Paolo Kremers, Marijn Tubben, Max Zanchetta, Marco Törnqvist, Persson B. Van Leeuwen, Martijn Schmitz, Alexander Iacovacci, Francesco Cebrian Ariza, Gerard Ippolito, Paolo Milell, Noah Stell, Daniel Corberi, Luca Garcia Lopez, Marta Forslöf, David Viscaal, Bent Davies, Dylan Pelizzari, Alessandro Dahlberg, Alexander Skaras, Emil Öberg, Viktor Santos Gomez, Lisard Romkema, Ricardo Martinez Merono, E. Picot, Nicolas Piccini, Alessio
qp ab cd ef ac df be ad bf ce af de bc ae cf bd Pt. 1 5 3 2 6 16 9 8 11 22 10 35 12 17 19 7 24 23 15 31 4 18 21 14 45 13 25 44 53 20 34 32 50 55
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0 2 3 6 4 5 8 7 28 11 -
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0 3 7 2 9 4 5 6 16 21 11 14
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0 2 6 7 4 8 19 10 5 20 12 9 11
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OTHER PROTAGONISTS in Kristianstad KZ2
Good, but unlucky: Tommaso Mosca (Maranello/Tm) come to this event with all the right cards to win. However, after having been in the top part of the scoreboard, in heats and prefinal, he somewhat floored everyone somewhat when he leads the final on lap six with a good margin’s lead on Hiltbrand. But his dreams went up in smoke at the end of the straight on lap nine with
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a mechanical problem (connecting rod). It was like lightening out of the blue. Maybe he wouldn’t have been able to hold Hiltbrand back, but one thing is sure, he’d hae deserved podium place. Also Felice Tiene, he too on pole start for the final and leads up to lap six when after Mosca ovetook he pays for Hiltbrand’s impetuosity going off the track. So he loses 2 seconds and
contact with leaders. He drops to seventh. In the end he’s fourth over the line. After his great final win at the fourth continental round held in Genk, Matteo Viganò is the driver to beat and Hiltbrand’s antagonist. But the driver from Bergamo on front row grid for prefinal pays a high price for changing the two rest tyres, a decision that was, among other things a winning one in Genk.
Max Tubben (176) finished 14th, but the result lies if we look at his performance: a win and three second place in heats and fastest lap in prefixal race. A penalty ruined his Super Cup. Tom Leuillet (110) finished seventh on his Sodi-TM, a consistent weekend for the French driver who started the final on grid 10.
He managed to grab third and then promoted to second thanks to a 10â€? penalty given to Tubben from Holland who had preceded him over
the line. However in the final there was a debacle and fifth place can be considered an award for the driverâ€™s skill for having been able to maintain
the lead of a train of karts led by Irishman John Norris, who put in a brilliant performance in such a top level race.
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CIK-FIA ACADEMY TROPHY ÅSUM RING, KRISTIANSTAD (SWE) SEPTEMBER 4th 2016, RND. 3
ENGLISHMAN IN BAHRAIN Callum Bradshaw wins the 2016 CIK-FIA Academy Trophy title with 18 points over Sweden’s Alfred Nilsson in Sweden. Final race win goes to Kas Haverkort. REPORT: A. ROCA - PICS: WAFEPROJECT
After an amazing performance in the first two rounds, many would have betted on Callum Bradshaw as the new CIK-FIA Academy Champion, but in the early stages of the weekend it looks as though he cannot keep up the same pace as the other drivers. In fact, the Brit is only 16th in qualifiers with more than four tenth gap from local hero Alfred Nilsson. Anyway, he does better than his championship contender Belgian Xavier Handsaeme, 32nd. The qualifying session underlines
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Elie Goldsten’s , who crossed the line breathing down the pole man’s neck. Sweden’s Nilsson confirms his leadership through the heats and wins both heats. Thanks to a win and a third place, Kas Haverkort from Holland is on grid two start in front of Goldstein, with Bradshaw in sixth. PREFINAL The prefinal is the setting for a fierce battle between pole man Alfred Nilsson and Elie
Final podium with Kas Haverkort, Elie Goldstein and Alfred Nilsson
Goldstein. Spectators watch lots of duels throughout the race, in the end, the Swede gets the better of his rival. Kas Haverkort gets podium, stopping the fastest lap. Callum Bradshaw sees his title drawing closer after this prefinal: 5th place for him under the chequered flag after a difficult weekend. FINAL Kas Haverkor,grid three start wins the race. The Dutchman builds up speed during the second part of the race and gains first. Elie Goldstein tries hard up to the chequered flag to gain the lead but Haverkort is consistant. Swedish driver, Alfred Nilsson rounds completes podium: after dominating theweek but he loses the opportunity to win on his homeland. Callum Bradshaw takes fourth, enough to earn the title.
Final race winner Kas Haverkort
ACADEMY TROPHY FINAL P N Driver Nat. 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
517 515 513 505 506 526 518 530 527 502 509 524 512 536 543 510 501 520 523 528 550 503 533 529 540 514 508 537 522 504 532 519 521 516
Haverkort, Kas Goldstein, Elie Nilsson, Alfred Bradshaw, Callum Clarke, Oliver Füngeling, Luke van Walstijn, Senna Szyszko, Maciej Tsukada, Kaito Saval Martín, Carlos Mialane, Thomas Heyerdahl, Emil North, Jordan Hong, Yukui D'Arcy, Alexander Imbourg, Thomas Sabater Saura, Rubén Zviedris, Valters Vaskelis, Kasparas Tsujimoto, Shion Habsi, Shihab Forest, Henri Jones, Jagger Ang, Zi Yang Alvis Leedmaa, Siim Bergqvist, Alex Lomko, Lev Ugran, Filip-Ioan Peklin, Ivan Schoma, Victor Hansen, Mads Eielso Ollikainen, Jonne Machulda, Marek B. Handsaeme, Xavier
NLD BEL SWE GBR GBR DEU NLD POL JPN ESP FRA NOR ZAF CHN GRC FRA ESP LVA LTU JPN OMN BRA USA SGP EST SWE RUS ROU UKR BRA DNK FIN CZE BEL
Gap 21 Laps 0.160 2.345 3.194 5.825 6.639 6.843 7.709 11.288 11.289 11.528 12.379 12.627 14.674 15.568 15.604 17.257 17.832 18.562 19.161 19.227 19.703 20.006 21.458 21.581 22.490 22.621 22.848 23.323 35.061 8 Laps 9 Laps 15 Laps 20 Laps
ACADEMY TROPHY STANDING AFTER KRISTIANSTAD (SWE) P N Driver Fra QH Fra F Prt QH Prt F Swe QH 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
505 513 517 516 515 532 506 509 523 524 526 518 501 533 529 527 510 530 545 502 531 520 512 511 540 536 504 543 507 528 514 550 503 542
Bradshaw, Callum Nilsson, Alfred Haverkort, Kas Handsaeme, Xavier Goldstein, Elie Hansen, Mads Eielso Clarke, Oliver Mialane, Thomas Vaskelis, Kasparas Heyerdahl, Emil Füngeling, Luke van Walstijn, Senna Sabater Saura, Rubén Jones, Jagger Ang, Zi Yang Alvis Tsukada, Kaito Imbourg, Thomas Szyszko, Maciej Lee, ChanJoon Saval Martín, Carlos Wisnicki, Piotr Zviedris, Valters North, Jordan Ventura, Simão Leedmaa, Siim Hong, Yukui Schoma, Victor D'Arcy, Alexander Tunik, Arsenii Tsujimoto, Shion Bergqvist, Alex Al Habsi, Shihab Forest, Henri Beshara, Talal
10 9 3 0 0 4 7 8 0 6 0 1 0 5 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
25 0 5 0 20 13 16 4 6 0 0 0 11 10 (1) 8 9 3 7 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 (8) 0 10 0 4 0 1 5 7 0 3 0 6 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
20 11 0 25 7 5 (10) 0 16 0 4 13 0 0 9 8 0 1 (3) 0 6 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
(5) 10 9 0 8 (3) 0 0 0 0 4 7 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
(13) 16 25 0 20 0 11 5 0 4 10 9 0 0 0 7 0 8 6 0 3 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 -
64 46 42 35 35 33 31 30 25 23 18 17 16 16 16 16 16 14 12 11 7 7 3 2 2 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
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CIK-FIA ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP KARTING LE MANS, LE MANS (F) SEPTEMBER 18th 2016
LE MANS: CLAUDE JAMI N The Sarthe RTKF Team sweeps the CIK-FIA 24 Hours Le Mans Karting taking the top two places with its two teams. Team Rouen GSK rounds off podium with the kart #55. REPORT: A. ROCA - PICS: J. FOULATIER
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The 31st edition of Le Mans 24 Hours Karting, and the first edition with the status of CIK-FIA Endurance Championship, with 31 teams participating, 11 in the GP1 class powered by OK engines, but always the same winning team: Team Sarthe RTKF 1. Claude Jamin’s teams with Parilla powered Sodi chassis strike the competition: Sarthe-RTFK 1 and Sarthe-RTFK 2 finish the race in first
and second place of the first CIKFIA titled Le Mans 24 Hours Karting. A domain that has been going on since 2009, which is confirmed once again. Now they’re 2016 CIK-FIA Endurance Champions. It is the eighth straight win and a superb double for Claude Jamin’s karts, the iconic team manager at the Le Mans 24 Hours Karting, who announced his retirement after this sensational
CIK-FIA VICE-PRESIDENT, KEES VAN DE GRINT:
N’S LAND result. Not even the word champion manufacturer can stop their domain: Le Mans is a different race, and CRG Racing Team (CRG/Parilla) knows it. The Tinini’s squad made up of Felice Tiene, Pedro Hiltbrand, Flavio Camponeschi and Henk Waldschmidt gets pole position in qualifiers, but they lose the lead due to three broken engines and
"I am very proud to have attended the 24 Hours Karting of Le Mans, an unparalleled and legendary event. Dominique Foussier, ASK ACO President and Alban Martinet, in charge of marketing for the ACO, contacted us three years ago to prepare for the entry at the 24 Hours Karting on the CIK-FIA calendar. The ACO has invested in this project with great efficiency, and I am very pleased with this first CIK-FIA Endurance Championship at Le Mans. I must congratulate the winners, the team Sarthe RTKF, who demonstrated an excellent knowledge of the Competition and perfect control of its peculiarities. I also want to thank CRG who had the courage to meet the challenge: their machine was very fast, even if this was not enough to win after 24 hours. I hope that the Italian brand will return next year to take revenge, and that other factories dare to join them. To me, the greatest victory of this 31th edition is for the concept of OK engines. We now have proof that this new generation of high-performance, reliable and affordable motors can win a classic 24 hour race. The top four were equipped with OK engines, and the 5th also used an engine using the OK concept, even though it was from a one-make brand." finish 15th. It would have been an incredible win for the black and orange team, another title before Bahrain. The CRG Factory Team dominates for the first three hours under rainfall. Then the La Manche Kartmag team (Tony Kart/Vortex) with Arnaud Bouilland, Bastien Leguay, Remy Deguffroy and Paolo Besancenez are protagonist of a great comeback:
they started from the rear and were already in the top 10 after just 12 laps, then they lead for nearly 100 laps before being delayed by mechanical problems. After the experience comes out: the winning team composed of Fiault Charles, Becq Gautier, Petit Kévin and Hubert Anthoine takes control nearly permanently in the night and complete a total of over 1,000 laps
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24H KARTING 2016 FINAL P N Team 1
10 11 11 83 12 50 13
14 67 15
16 96 17 26 18 10 19 44 20 91 21 66 22 84 23 85 24 51 25 42 26 37 27 30 28 54 29 16 30 39 31 53
CIK-FIA ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP
SARTHE - RTKF 1 FIAULT Charles / BECQ Gautier / PETIT Kévin / HUBERT Anthoine SARTHE - RTKF 2 BIDARD Maxime / COMPERE Victor / GODEFROID William / RICCI Thomas ROUEN GSK - REK BAILLY Sébastien / BAILLY Benjamiin / DUCHATEAU Nicolas / GUIGNET Jean Philippe Energy Corse - GTL GENDRY Vincent / LAVANANT Tony / MARKIEWICZ Nicolas / SURUT François PARMA - Malevaut Sport LAURINI Lodovico / PICOT Nicolas / DEBERNE Andrew / MANGE Romain CENTRE - Wintec VROMANT Alexandre / LECARPENTIER Wilfried / COURSIMAULT Enzo / BERTIN Renaud LE MANS - Malevaut Sport MONGONDRY Guillaume / PAQUIER Charly / MAILLERIE Pierre Henri / LE FLOCH François VAL d’OISE - JFJ Performance LEGUAY Alexis / FRAISSE Vincent / LE SIDANNER Julien / USUREAU Frédéric LE MANS - PSM VENTURI Florian / JENOUVRIER Alexandre / REGUILLON Loïc / MARTINI Cécile SARTHE - RTKF GP2 GAUTIER Jacques / LETARD Jean / PENNEQUIN Pierre Alexandre / PENNEQUIN Jean Baptiste ST TROPEZ - Sonic Juniors MASSO PELLET Geoffrey / DUGUE Anthony / JAY Thierry / ROUSSEAU Alexandre LA MANCHE - Kartmag BOUILLAND Arnaud / LEGUAY Bastien / DEGUFFROY Rèmy / BESANCENEZ Paolo LONDON - Kookeli JONES Jason GB / JEFFS Chris / PIERCE Martin / JULE Erwan OISE - RM Concept DROUET Thomas / MISSIMILLY Jack / HEBRARD Sacha / MOREAU Gael CRG Spa CAMPONESCHI Flavio / TIENE Felice / HILTBRAND Pedro / WALDSCHMIDT Henk IDF - Willkart Team PETIT Xavier / BREISACHER Dorian / HENRA Mathieu / DECHANDON Simon CORMEILLES - MD MINIER Kévin / BORGET Bastien / LAVERGNE Franck / FINKELSTEIN Alexandre SUISSE - SWS Swiss Pro MAEDER Matthieu / HAMROUNI Helmy / VAUGARNI Yoann / FAYE Guillaume PAYS de LOIRE - 2EKJ PEYRUSSAN Mat / MÉMAIN Gatien / LOISON Gwenael / SABIN Maxime ARPAJON - Team Gamatt DAGUZE Eric / BOUCHER Bastien / GIBIER Sébastien / DEPTUCH Joel OISE - RM Concept Ladies VALICHON Lydie / BENES Eva / DABERT Pauline / MARTEL Caroline ST TROPEZ 2 - Sonic Masters IGLESIAS Yannick / FIORUCCI Olivier / GIUDICI Patrick / CLERET Arnaud ST TROPEZ 3 - Sonic Racing JUNGO Aymeric / HUET Willy / LAUNAY Didier / SERRADORI Mathieu ANGERVILLE - CEA GR MD BUFFIERES Olivier / GROSSO Emilien / GORIN Yann / LEMAN Nicolas RENNES - CG Racing NSVEK MESSAGER Nicolas / LE DIZEZ Gwenael / GILSON Corentin Bel / GAUTIER Ebel CHAMBRAY les TOURS - TCRS AUBERT Alexandre / MERIAUDEAU Nicolas / DENIS Vincent / DUVAL Nicolas ARNAGE BLIN Tony / ROUXEL Franck / ROUXEL Enzo / BROARD Simon BRETAGNE - SKC HOUTIN Jonathan / ROBIN Maxime / RICHARD Olivier / BIHEL Nathan CHARENTE - Crouail MMA FIDELE Lilian / FIDELE Rémy / ANCHER Brian / LEOTTA Alexandre TOURS - Technikart LAFOY Thomas / ROUSSEAU Sebastien / ROUSIERE Florent / DEVAUX Didier LAVAL - MRT racing by OKC BEGUIN Julien / LE BOULLEC Guillaume / GUILLOTIN Mathieu / GUILLEMIN Florian
Sodi / Parilla Sodi / Parilla
Sodi / Vortex
Energy / Parilla
Tony / Rok DVS
Sodi / Parilla
Tony / Super Rok
Sodi / Rotax
Sodi / TM
Sodi / Rotax
Kosmic / Rotax
Tony / Vortex
Tony / TM
Sodi / Rotax
CRG / Parilla
Sodi / Rotax
Sodi / Rotax
Sodi / Rotax
Sodi / Rotax
Tony / X30
Sodi / Rotax
Kosmic / Rotax
Kosmic / Rotax
Tony / Rotax
Kosmic / X30
Kosmic / Rotax
Sodi / Rotax
Kosmic / Vortex
Tony / Vortex
Kosmic / Rotax
Kosmic / Rotax
SOME NUMBERS The winner completed 1421 laps or 1966 km at an average speed of 81.9 km/h, including stops, without a single engine breakage. The LeCont tyres lasted for more than five hours with a drop in performance of about 5/10 to 7/10 only later on. CRG Factory team took pole position with 1'07''684 on rain tyres and the fastest lap of 55''666. New in 2016: the lighting system at the Le Mans International Karting Circuit, now one of the most powerful in the world, offers a magical night atmosphere for spectators. 46 VROOM INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINE
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RS KARTING OF LE MANS IS THE 1ST CIK-FIA ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP
FLAVIO CAMPONESCHI ON HIS CRG-PARILLA SARTHE-RTKF1 ARRIVAL in the lead out of the 1421 in the race. From grid seven start the SartheRTKF 2 made up of Bidard Maxime, Compere Victor, Godefroid William and Ricci Thomas, finds its way to through to grab second podium step, they fight for the final win but finish second. Third place goes to Rouen GSK (Sodi/Vortex): the team leads a perfect race starting from grid 11 and it gains places to take the last podium step. Thanks to this third place, taken by Bailly Sébastien, Bailly Benjamiin, Duchateau Nicolas and Guignet Jean Philippe, Sodi completes the overall top three. The semi-official GTL Energy Corse (Energy/Parilla) team made u of
Vincent Gendry, Tony Lavanant, Nicolas Markiewicz and François Surut is 4th ahead of the great #17 Parma Malevaut Sport (Tony Kart/Vortex DVS) with Lodovico Laurini, Nicolas Picot, Andrew Deberne and Romain Mange, winners of the 2nd division, GP2, using an OK concept engine. Second in GP2 is the Le Mans - Malevaut Sport team with the Tony Kart/Super ROK driven by Mongondry Guillaume, Paquier Charly, Maillerie Pierre Henri and Le Floch François; 7th overall ahead of VAL D’oise - JFJ Performance (Sodi/ Rotax) team composed of Leguay Alexis, Fraisse Vincent, Le Sidanner Julien and Usureau Frédéric, is overall 8th and 3rd in the second group. VROOM INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINE 47
DEUTSCHE KART MEISTERSCHAFT ERFTLANDRING, KERPEN (G) SEPTEMBER 25th 2016 – RNDS. 4 & 5
CRG STELLAR Another exciting season of the German Kart Championship is over, and it couldn’t have ended better for CRG drivers; four titles out of four, the winners are: Max Tubben (DSKC), Dennis Hauger (DJKM), Jorrit Pex (DSKM) and Paavo Tonteri (DKM). REPORT & PICS: FAST MEDIA
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The Erftlandring is the setting of another incredible weekend for the black and orange team: Tinini’s lads kill the competition and take home all the titles. Thanks to his format, DKM confirms its value as one of the best national championship in Europe, with lots of top drivers involved. DKM series coordinator, Stefan Wagner was in a good mood on Sunday evening and was already looked forward excitedly to 2017: “First of all I’d like to congratulate the winners and champions for their successes. We’ve experienced a really great season, with strong fields of participants. I’d like to thank the hosts, organizers, partners,
drivers and teams for their commitment and support. Each one has a share in the success of DKM. We’ve already been working hard planning the 2017 season for the past couple of weeks. In the near future we will present the racing calendar.”
DSKC At the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben, Dutchman Max Tubben (CRG Holland) dominated the events in Oschersleben on Saturday. After pole-position at qualifying, he also won both heats and started into the first ranked race on row one grid. Tubben continued his performance from previous day through the final. He was
Dennis Hauger gets the better of Charle Milesi and wins the DJKM title. Dutchman Jorrit Pex goes down in history thanks to his fifth DSKM title.
off to a great start and stormed to lead during the first race and stayed there throughout the 25 laps. Yannik Witte (SRP Racing Team) managed stay close but was unable to overtake his brand colleague. CRG-podium was perfect with third winner Max Weering (CRG Holland). Tubben was in his element during the second race too, as he drove towards a clear double victory. Behind him there was lots of place swapping. In the end, Weering grabbed second in front of Witte. Tubben came to the 1,107 m long Erftlandring circuit as leading driver and he was able to tie in with his recent strong success on Saturday. The rookie won qualifers and heats. The Crg driver was on pole but he lost the lead during the first final. His strongest rival Symen Wiggers (CRG Holland) was leading after the first lap. But Tubben didnâ€™t give up, he fought his way back and
secured his fifth win of the season, a win that gave him the title. Patrick Kreutz (RS Motorsport) is second over the line ahead of Maximilian Paul (NKS for Racing) who followed in third place. In the second final race Tobias MĂ¤hler in force with the Kartshop Ampfing team surprised a bit at the end of the season. During the first couple of laps, the Bavarian fought his way up from grid six to the front of the DSKC-field and celebrated his first season victory. The new champion Tubben had a bad start into the season finale though, but came in second in the end. Again Patrick Kreutz (RS Motorsport) was up with the top three.
Final championship ranking DSKC: 1. Max Tubben (215 points) 2. Symen Wiggers (139 points) 3. Patrick Kreutz (139 points) 4. Christoph Hold (131 points) 5. Maximilian Paul (119 points)
DJKM In Oschersleben Leonardo Marseglia (Tony Kart Racing Team) led the top-class field of the juniors after the heats. During the first final race on Sunday, Mads E. Hansen (TK Racing) stormed off to lead, but pursuer Marseglia overtook the Dane half way through the race and set the pace. After he lost the lead, Hansen remained in second place in front of Dennis Hauger (CRG Holland). The championship favorite fought his way up from grid 13 to podium, in the second final he secured a race win and thereby took the lead on the overall list of rankings. Marius Zug caused a lot of joy among the German camp. Having started into the race from fifth position, the Bavarian fought his way forward and celebrated his best result at the German Junior Kart Championship so far taking second with Moroccan Taoufik coming up to complete podium.
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DEUTSCHE KART MEISTERSCHAFT
Flying Finn Paavo Tonteri secures his DKM title after the penultimate round at the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben. DSKC At the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben, Dutchman Max Tubben (CRG Holland) dominated the events in Oschersleben on Saturday.
During the last two rounds in Kerpen, all eyes were on the two leading drivers Dennis Hauger (CRG Holland) and Charles Milesi (Tony Kart Racing Team), separated by 9 points. Hauger achieved the first match point: The Norwegian won qualifying with a razor-thin advance of 24 hundredth of seconds. Things went in favor of the CRG driver during the following heats too. The first race was coined by numerous fights, with lots of place swapping up front between Hauger and Kas Haverkort (CRG Keijzer Racing)t. A few laps before the end of the race, Haverkort pulled away from the pack to cross the finish line first. Hauger followed in second place in front of his direct rival Milesi. The second final junior race was dominated by a fight for the title. French Milesi led the race up to lap ten, but a slip-up ruined the Tony kart driver’s dream of winning – he dropped to eighth. The duel for victory continued up front, Niklas Krütten (Ricky Flynn Motorsport) and Purchaire drove bumper to bumper, until Pourchaire slipped past the German and celebrated his first win of the season. Second winner Krütten later got a five-seconds-penalty and dropped to sixth. Norwegian Crg driver Dennis Hauger stepped into
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second place and thereby secured Junior title.
Final championship ranking DJKM: 1. Dennis Hauger (209 points) 2. Charles Milesi (191 points) 3. Théo Pourchaire (127 points) 4. David Vidales (125 points) 5. Mads E. Hansen (104 points)
DSKM During the penultimate event in Oschersleben, Davide Foré (Gold Kart Racing Team) was the fastest driver in qualifying, but Daniel Stell (SRP Racing Team) got the better of him during the heats. He made the most of his top place and was off to the best start of the first race, but Jorrit Pex (CRG Holland) took the lead on lap two and pulled away. With a considerable advance the four-time German Champion won the race. Six drivers fought for the remaining top places and in the end, Patrik Hajek (Kosmic Racing Department) prevailed and came second in front of Marco Ardigo (Tony Kart Racing Team). Stan Pex (CRG Holland) replaced his brother Jorrit at the top during the second race and celebrated his first victory of the season. Hajek, who had led the field previously, kept calm and stayed close to the front and fended off his pursuer’s attacks. Jorrit Pex wasn’t
fast enough for the front two places, however he collected important championship points on third place. The name Pex defined the season finale of the German Shifterkart Championship: the youngest, Stan (CRG Holland) was unstoppable earlier on in Kerpen, he dominated qualifiers on the Erftlandring too and was at the top of the rankings list on Saturday evening. From pole, the young Dutchman was off to a perfect start. He kept his opponent Alexander Schmitz (KSW BirelART Austria Racing Team) at bay throughout the race and won his second ranked race in a row. Reigning champion Schmitz found his old strength again on his home track, and celebrated his best result of the year by coming in second. The third winner was decided during the last third of the race. Guest driver Bas Lammers (Sodi Racing Team) drove past Jorrit Pex (CRG Holland) and secured the last place on the podium. Despite missing out on a top three result, Pex also had a reason to rejoice. The Dutchman secured overall victory at DSKM for the fifth time in his career and thereby made history. Kick-off winner Pex stormed off to lead during the second race too and led the DSKM-field for the first couple of laps. Patrik Hajek (Kosmic Racing
ITALIAN LEONARDO MARSEGLIA DEFENDS TONY KART’S COLOURS BY WINNING THE FIRST FINAL AT THE MOTORSPORT ARENA OSCHERSLEBEN IN DJKM.
Departement) and Guust Specken (Guust Specken) pressed hard tracing on to the front. They both overtook the Dutchman and fought for victory from then on. After several place swapping in the lead Specken was first over the line in front of the Czech Hajek. Third Pex experienced a calm race and ended up on podium again.
Final championship ranking DSKM: 1. Jorrit Pex (192 points) 2. Davide Fore (157 points) 3. Patrik Hajek (156 points) 4. Marco Ardigo (155 points) 5. Stan Pex (116 points)
DKM Paavo Tonteri (CRG TB Racing Team) became the new DKMChampion after dominating the penultimate events at the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben. The flying Finn got off to the best start during the first ranked race and pulled away from the pack. He also made the most of the fact that his strongest rival Karol Basz (Kosmic Racing Department) was out of the race: the Pole had been on second place but after he dropped out of the race due to a technical fault. Tim Tröger (CRG TB Racing Team) fought an exciting duel with Noah Milell (Kosmic Racing Department) where the German prevailed in second place and got
a double success for his team. After Tonteri’s dominant performance during the first race, things got more exciting during the second. At the start he fell back behind his team mates Lippkau and Tröger, but due to two strong maneuvers he fought his way back to the front and managed to control the pace. Tony Kart-driver Clement Novalak followed in second place. The Brit closed the gap to the leading driver but didn’t get close enough. The decision regarding third place was only made shortly before the end of the race as Tröger, JeanBaptiste Simmenauer (Tony Kart Racing Team) and Lippkau fought for the remaining podium place. Simmenauer was the third over the line. New champion Paavo Tonteri (CRG TB Racing Team) started his racing events on the Erftlandring stopping fastest lap in qualifiers and a pole position after heats. In the first final race, local driver David Brinkmann (KSM Schumacher Racing Team) took the lead and celebrated his first victory. The race wasn’t easy for the local driver though: Luca Lippkau (CRG TB Racing Team) put a lot of pressure on the Tony Kart driver. A few laps before the end of the race there was a crash and Lippkau dropped out of the race. The decision
regarding second place was equally turbulent: Karol Basz (Kosmic Racing Departement) and Tonteri fought an exciting duel and on the last lap the two crash and Basz dropped out of the race shortly before the finish line. Tonteri wasn’t happy for second place for long: a five-seconds-penalty threw him back to fourth. Noah Lilell (Kosmic Racing Departement) was new second winner in front of Felix Arnold (KSM Schumacher Racing Team). Felix Arnold (KSM Schumacher Racing Team) got second in front of a local spectators for the KSM Schumacher Racing Team. He fought with Basz and Brinkmann for a while. After two lead-changes, Arnold pulled away the pack and in the end and he got his first victory of the German Kart Championship. Basz came second in front of Brinkmann after having dropped out during the first race. Champion Paavo Tonteri had already dropped out during the first few laps, but he still celebrated in the evening:.
Final championship ranking DKM: 1. Paavo Tonteri (216 points) 2. Karol Basz (167 points) 3. Jean-B. Simmenauer (139 points) 4. Clement Novalak (130 points) 5. David Brinkmann (120 points)
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2016 ROK CUP USA NATIONAL FINAL ORLANDO KART CENTER, ORLANDO (USA) SEPTEMBER 18th 2016
National crowns assigned THE CULMINATING EVENT PITTED THE FLORIDA REGION VS. THE MIDWEST REGION TO CROWN THE NATIONAL CHAMPION IN EIGHT CATEGORIES. THE WEEKEND FORECAST HAD BEEN LESS THAN IDEAL, BUT THE WEATHER TURNED OUT TO BE PERFECT AND WE WERE WITNESSES OF SOME VERY SPECIAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACING ON SUNDAY. REPORT: ROK CUP USA PRESS OFFICE - PICS: B. TURANO ROK Cup USA kicked the year off and Cabrera led the Shifter Senior back in February with season primer category after the heats were finished before attending the Florida and on Saturday. Midwest Championships each month On Sunday, however, Bray rose to of the spring and summer. The final the top. The GP VCI Mexico driver round of the 2016 ROK Cup USA won both the pre-final and final and season concluded last weekend in although they weren’t dominating Orlando, Florida at the first ROK Cup wins, they were pretty comfortable. USA National Final. Each regional and There were some dramatic moments national champion has earned a ticket of entry to the ROK Cup International Final in Lonato, Shifter Senior: Jimmy Cabrera (KDM/Kosmic) Italy at the famed South Garda karting circuit over the week of Shifter Master: Guilherme Jacob (Piquet Sports/Tony Kart) October 19th Shifter Junior: Jett Noland (NRM/Tony Kart) Shifter Senior Kiwi Daniel Bray Senior ROK: Ryan Norberg (OKC/Tony Kart) marked his first ROK Cup USA Master ROK: Gonzalo Aponte (AKT/FA Kart) appearance and first time Junior ROK: Tyler Gonzalez(OGP/Tony Kart) hitting the Orlando Kart Center Mini ROK: Tyler Maxson (Benik Kart) circuit. Out of the box Bray was Micro ROK: Nikita Johnson (AKT/FA National Champions Kart) up to speed and by Practice 5 on Friday, he had reached the top of the charts. Through the heats, Bray managed them but did on the pace lap for Bray in Sunday’s not stand out. Nicholas Hargraves and final when his left rear tire was cut Jimmy Cabrera — two Florida natives down by a fellow competitor, but was that excel regionally — were more he then allowed to change the tire than just keeping the pressure on well and the issue was resolved quickly. As known drivers like AJ Myers, Mathias the award ceremony ended and Bray Ramirez, and Bray. In fact, Hargraves walked away with the first place trophy,
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his engine had come under scrutiny and would need further evaluation. At this time, the engine is in Italy with ROK Cup officials and the official result will come at a later time, possibly next week. The National Championship went to Cabrera, the successful Florida driver who has clearly stepped up his program as the season has gone along. Junior The breakout win of the weekend most definitely went to the Zanella Racing driver, Pedro Lopes. Lopes contested the Midwest Championship and did well, but not great, so his performance last week stood out amongst the rest when he swept everything from Heat 2 onward. The Tony Kart with the pink team graphics was solidly out front of a pretty stacked field in Junior, including Tyler Gonzalez, Aiden Keel, Zachary Hollingshead, and Arias Duekmedjian. The only pressure Lopes had in that span was in the Final when Gonzalez briefly snuck by after a red-flag restart, but was quickly back into the lead a few turns later. Gonzalez had been the clear favorite
coming into the weekend after his recent streak of wins in the Midwest Series and favorable runs in other series’. The OGP team driver ran up front as we expected, but seemed to lack that extra pace to make a race for the win. His best race of the weekend came in the final where he would finish second and secure his National Championship in the category. Arias Duekmedjian would finish in third, another young up-and-coming driver in the Junior ranks with a bright future. Dylan Tavella, who has been rolling recently in other Junior divisions across the country, started the weekend off underwhelmingly. The Iron Rock Motorsports driver had encountered engine troubles all the way up until Sunday morning before they made a switch in power. Tavella shot up from 23rd in the pre-final to ninth and then eventually fourth in the final. Senior As we had predicted, Ryan Norberg ran away with the Senior ROK National Final race win and the National Championship. At his home circuit, not even the nation’s elite drivers would have been able to stay with the #348 Tony Kart. Norberg now gets the chance to race the world’s best in Italy next month after winning the ticket for his Florida Championship. Mini Tyler Maxson (Benik) added
another feather to his cap this season when he picked up the feature win and National Championship for Benik. Luca Mars (Benik/Positive Motorsports) had led the category for most of the weekend, winning two heats and the pre-final (after a Maxson penalty), but it all came down to the final lap in Sunday’s 15-lap feature. Mars led a majority of the race with four other drivers in tow, but that really doesn’t mean much in this category when they all patiently wait for that final opportunity. Maxson jumped to the outside of the track as Mars could only play the role of sitting duck. Nicholas
Terlecki, winner of heat three, was right there to push Maxson to the lead as the two powered ahead for the top two spots. In the meantime, Mars had two more karts drafting by on the inside, but had crossed the finish line .003 ahead of Diego Contecha (Tony Kart/ Orsolon Racing) and Matheus Morgato (AM Engines). Reece Gold (Benik) had a legitimate shot at the National Championship coming into the weekend but could only best Maxson in one session. After he failed to finish the pre-final, that was about all Maxson needed to pick up the championship.
RESULTS JUNIOR SIHIFTER
1) 750 Noland Jett 1371; 2) 708 Sanchez Nicholas 1134; 3) 723 Fristch Chirstian 642; 4) 799 Deukmedjian Arias 512
5; 10) 125 Diaz Rafael 4; 11) 123 Trisini Santiago 3; 12) 147 Bischoff Gunnar 2; 13) 111. Crews Brent 1; 14) 118 Bacon Caleb 1; 15) 199 Perez De Arce Maria Jose 1; 16) 112 Giovane Elio 1; 17) 195 Rodriguez Lucas 1; 18) 106 Jeffers Jack 1; 19) 132 Canto Isaac 1; 20) 178 Pino Nicolas 1; 21) 165 Chilton Ashton 1; 22) 115 Murphy Ben 1; 23) 120 De Tullio Alessandro 1; 24) 110 Alvarez Tomas 1; 25) 181 Leonard Anderson 1
1) 448. Aponte Gonzalo 400; 2) 403 Gransaull Miguel 300; 3) 472 Magno Gaia 200; 4) 413 Rieger Daniel 100; 5) 444 Gordon Ryan 75; 6) 402 Meneses Flavio 50; 7) 418 Duek Andre 25; 8) 457 Dacosta Francisco 10; 9) 471 Julien Marc 5
1) 7 Johnson Nikita 400; 2) 49 Baker Noah 300; 3) 80 Powell Alex 200; 4) 17 Aguilera Ian 100; 5) 9 Kolar Jakub 75; 6) 48 Lockhart Jimmie 50; 7) 44 Garcia Max 25; 8) 5 Costa Miguel 10; 9) 77 Bocuse Paul 5; 10) 51 Perra Granger 4; 11) 10 Popow Alex 3; 12) 55 Ambiado Nicolas 2; 13) 33 Carrasquedo Jesse 1
1) 174 Maxson Tyler 400; 2) 188. Terlecki Nicholas 300; 3) 108 Mars Luca 200; 4) 137 Contecha Diego 100; 5) 162 Morgato Matheus 75; 6) 141 Barrichello Fernando 50; 7) 122 Fletcher Jeremy 25; 8) 155 Gold Reece 10; 9) 158 Montoya Sebastian
1) 348 Norberg Ryan 400; 2) 322 Cole Christian 300; 3) 329 Wilkins Austin 200; 4) 388 Maxson Chris 100; 5) 320 Carabetta Franco 75; 6) 398 Paesch Matthew 50; 7) 335 Perego Simone 25; 8) 326 Angles Jason 10; 9) 311 Barreiro Julio 5; 10) 355. Armas James 4 1) 562 Bray Daniel 400; 2) 581 Cabrera Jimmy 300; 3) 599 Hargraves Nicholas 200; 4) 528 Myers A.j 100; 5) 517. Wilkins Austin 75; 6) 510 Sarracino Vincenzo 50; 7) 570 Mccarthy Michael 25; 8) 522 Hankinson Ben 10; 9) 533 Grieve Ryan 5; 10) 541 Stevens Michael 4
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MSA BRITISH KART OK & OKJ CHAMPIONSHIPS PF INTERNATIONAL, GRANTHAM (UK) SEPTEMBER 25th 2016 – RND. 2
OK CLASSES: GREAT DEBUT The first year of the OK and OK Junior classes will end in Bahrain, while in the United Kingdom it has already finished with the second out of two rounds. REPORT: G. SMITH / PICS: KARTPIX
Some big prizes were on offer, OTK factory supported free entries for the OK and OKJ. Saturday for the heats had been sunny and dry but overnight rain left the track wet for the first three finals. At the end of the first year of these two new classes, the final impression is positive with full grids and a real support from partners and suppliers. Some of those drivers are now focused on the World Championship in Bahrain, and next year there is expected an higher number of entrants. OK Junior
With an entry slightly smaller than before all Jonathan Hoggard needed was some finishes to win the British Junior crown. Mark Kimber had been
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fastest in qualifying and he and Morgan Porter won the heats. Max Jeanne swooped past Porter for the first final lead whilst Hoggard did a few laps at the back then went in. Meanwhile Porter, Jeanne and Chris Lulham entertained at the front, swapping the lead until Lulham consolidated the position at turn one. Jeanne ran wide at the second hairpin, offering second to Porter, but regained the place by the flag. Final two had another good scrap for the win amongst Porter, Lulham and Jeanne. Hoggard hung back then put in several fastest laps before cruising for the finish and the title. Porter regained the lead to ensure second in the championship over Kimber who snatched second in the race, Jeanne and Lulham next.
OK SENIOR OLIVER HODGSON
OKJ JONATHAN HOGGARD OK Senior
A great entry of seniors for the last vround had Oliver Hodgson over Luke Knott and Jamie Flynn whilst points leader Dean MacDonald had no time. Hodgson continued his clean sweep through the heats although MacDonald was third and fourth with fastest laps. His championship hopes were dashed at the start of the first final as Knott and Hodgson seemed to touch spearing MacDonald over the grass and to last. Ross Martin took up the lead but Hodgson was quick to recover past Flynn then sliced into the lead for an unchallenged win. Martin was second on the road but had a front fairing penalty like Macdonald so Flynn reclaimed that spot. Hodgson cruised to the second final win and with it the British title. Jacob Stilp held a lonely second for much of the race until the flying Scotsman arrowed through to challenge. No matter which side MacDonald tried the door was firmly closed so he had to settle for third and runner up in the championship. Ross Martin retired three laps from the end whilst Roy Johnson also stopped just after claiming fourth over Tom Gamble.
OKJ CHRIS LULHAM
RESULTS MSA Junior British Kart Championship (OKJ) Final 1 (14 laps) 1 Chris Lulham (Fusion Motorsport/Exprit); 2 Max Jeanne (Litchfield Motorsport/Tony); 3 Morgan Porter (BMR/ Octane); 4 Mark Kimber (Strawberry Racing/ Tony); 5 Bradley Barrett (Privateer/Alonso); 6 Kyle Connolly (M Sport/Tony). Final 2 (14 laps) 1 Porter; 2 Kimber; 3 Jeanne; 4 Lulham; 5 Roman Haskett (Litchfield Motorsport/Tony); 6 Barrett.
MSA British Kart Championship (OK) Final 1 (14 laps) 1 Oliver Hodgson (PF International/Birel); 2 Jamie Flynn (RFM/ Alonso); 3 Jacob Stilp (Mad Croc/Mad Croc); 4 Tom Gamble (Strawberry Racing/Tony); 5 Archie Tillett (Privateer/Fullerton); 6 Sam Faulkner (Birel ART UK/Birel ART). Final 2 (14 laps) 1 Hodgson; 2 Stilp; 3 Dean Macdonald (Strawberry Racing/Tony); 4 Gamble; 5 Nicholas Scholl (Strawberry Racing/ Tony); 6 Flynn.
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BNL KARTING SERIES KARTING GENK INTERNATIONAL, GENK (B) SEPTEMBER 4th 2016 – RND. 4
Brit Joe Turney wins an incredible Junior Max class with four drivers duelling for title up to the very last lap!
JUNIOR MAX, WHAT A SHOW! Lucas Schoenmakers forgets his advantage for the title and scores two wins before claiming Micro Max title. A brilliant performance crowns Mike van Vugt as 2016 Mini Max champion. Hard fights in the Junior Max class where Leroy Jagesar leaves the title to Joe Turney. Difficult week-end for Glenn van Parijs, but in the end he takes home Senior Max title. After winning the Rotax Max Euro Challenge, Kevin Ludi adds the DD2 title in BNL Karting Series. REPORT: BNL PRESS OFFICE - PICS: KARTPHOTO
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The BNL Karting Series returned home for the last round. Championships were still to be decided and World Final tickets awarded. Two days’ racing seemed to have been forecast to take place in two very different conditions, on what is said to be the ‘best track in Europe.’ So another fantastic BNL season comes to an end and five drivers will head off to compete in the Rotax Max Grand Finals to be held in Sarno next month, while other drivers are already looking to the 2017 season, which is richer than ever. Micro Max – Lucas Schoenmakers title winner
It was really Lucas’ championship, speaking to his mechanic on Friday they
set up a plan, which was to stay out of trouble and they managed to follow it through. The first race of the weekend was arguably the best, six drivers battling for the lead throughout, in all honesty, anyone could have won. But, if Lucas was under pressure this went away with a win in final one. Lucas was more relaxed for the final and could do no better than 5th despite stopping fastest lap. Senna Kortman was the first in line to take advantage and win chased home by Robert De Haan and Kris Haanen. The relaxed approach continued from Schoenmakers in Sunday’s third final as he took another 5th place. The conditions were now
RESULTS MICRO - 1) 3 SCHOENMAKERS (R), Lucas 533; 2) 77 Kortman, Senna 505; 3) 22 RUTTEN, Liewe 493; 4) 41 VERSLUIJS ( R), Senna 479; 5) 24 HAANEN (R), Kris 454; 6) 6 DE HAAN (R), Robert 386; 7) 19 LAUDENBERG, Bryan 371; 8) 61 KOLOT (R), Omer Asaf 355; 9) 8 van RUITHEN, Dani 207; 10) 37 FRANC Dion 204 MINI - 1) 7 VAN VUGT, Mike 93; 2) 22 PAUWELS, Kobe 87; 3) 66 Nurmi, Luka 85; 4) 27 LEISTRA, Luca 81; 5) 56 VAN DIJK (R), Dani 71; 6) 77 STADSBADER, Gilles 70; 7) 1 MARTENS (R), Thomas -; 8) 93 BOUTHOORN, Rick 88; 9) 21 RILLAERTS (R), Kai 72; 10) 70 van der Kamp Mark 72 JUNIOR - 1) 96 Turney ( R), Joe 44; 2) 78 JAGESAR, Leroy 77; 3) 38 CANNING ( R), Tom 73; 4) 18 Kimber, Mark 42; 5) 15 PHILIPS, Joe 75; 6)
16 VAN BERLO, Glenn -; 7) 13 VAN DER HELM (R), Tijmen 64; 8) 5 BRUYNSEELS (R), Ilian 56; 9) 143 CHOHAN, Tehmur 64; 10) 25 BUYS, Dylan SENIOR - 1) 206 VAN PARIJS, Glenn 48; 2) 222 BROWN-NUTLEY, 56; 3) 209 BESLER, Berkay 54; 4) 216 SCHÖLL, Nicolas 57; 5) 205 JEWELL, Vincent 56; 6) 377 FRANSSEN, Fazio 60; 7) 253 VAN BERLO, Kay 49; 8) 228 LAHAYE, Dylan 47; 9) 204 MOULIN (R), Baptiste 40; 10) 202 VAN KALMTHOUT Rinus 64 DD2 1) 609 LUDI, Kevin 81; 2) 611 SCHOELL, Constantin 88; 3) 649 Sherlock, Aaron 90; 4) 606 PULLINGER, Barrie 83; 5) 635 ALDERS, Joey 73; 6) 610 LIEVENS, Jordy 79; 7) 653 COOL, Michael 77; 8) 686 BRONBER, Giel 70; 9) 651 BULL, Stephen 33; 10) 657 GEPTS (M) Ian 67
Senior Max, Brown-Nutley wins, but van Parijs is title winner and also takes home the Grand Final ticket
horrendous and Haanen was enjoying them most as he went on to win by 7.3 seconds from Rutten with De Haan finishing a very close 3rd. For the last final of the championship the dry weather was back and so was Schoenmakers. He was back to his usual self as he calved his way through the field to win by an astonishing 6.5 seconds! Fantastic way to win and there wasn’t anyone out there who would disagree that he deserved his championship win! Mini Max – Mike van Vugt the 2016 Champion
Their first final was one you couldn’t take your eyes off, and it got van Vugt off to an almost perfect start as he took 2nd place. He did better in final two with his championship rivals non there it made him favourite for the title on Sunday. A damp track greeted the drivers for Sundays third final, but van Vugt was once again able to finish in the top three with Luka Nurmi and Rick Bouthoorn just ahead. It all then fell down to the last race of the season, and you can tell van Vugt had one eye on the championship as he followed Luca Leistra home to finish 2nd and take the championship crown himself! Junior Max – Jagesar falls at the final hurdle
Four drivers fight for the title: Leroy Jagesar led with Mark Kimber just three points back, with Tom Canning and his team mate Joe Turney to follow. They were all fighting for the title and that longed for Grand Final ticket! On Saturday Joe Turney took pole with the other title contenders nowhere to be seen. He followed that up with victory in final one with Glenn van Berlo and
Canning just behind. Jagesar and Kimber were 7th and 8th respectively. Turney rounded off a perfect day at the office with another win in final two although this time it was a lot closer with Canning 4th. Kimber and Jagesar were still struggling and finished 9th and 16th. A wet qualifying Sunday saw Canning emerge the title favourite as he claimed pole with Jagesar, Turney and Kimber 4th, 5th and 6th. As the track dried for the third final though, things changed once again! Turney took victory from row three and disaster struck for all other title contenders with Jagesar, Canning and Kimber 5th, 8th and 11th. Going into the last final, Turney would only need to be in and around the top five to confirm himself as the champion. Behind disaster struck as both Canning and Jagesar came off at turn one leaving it between Turney and Kimber. The Strawberry Racing driver came through to win the race but was penalised post race dropping him to 9th. All of this meant a 3rd place for Turney made him championship winner! Senior Max – Glenn van Parijs books ticket! On Saturday’s final Glenn van Parijs crashed on turn one exit, so he watched as his championship rival, Jordan BrownNutley, cruised to victory beating Rinus van Kalmthout and Berkay Besler by almost seven seconds! To wrap things up on Sunday all van Parijs would have to do is finish in the top seven, that’s if Brown-Nutley were to win. However, that looked unlikely to happen after he qualified pole for the final, but the race itself was not so straightforward. Similar to Saturday Brown-Nutley stormed off
while van Parijs dropped back to 3rd. At one stage he had a line of karts 8 karts behind. The excitement grew, then a crash broke up the pack up leaving van Parijs in what was now a safe 3rd place. Although Brown-Nutley won, it was van Parijs who took the title and Grand Final ticket home with him! DD2 – Ludi keeps cool Just a few days after winning the Rotax Max Euro Challenge Kevin Ludi tried to follow Ferenc Kancsar’s footsteps taking both the BNL and Euro Challenge crowns in the same year. Constantin Schoell has been in great shape recently, so it wasn’t surprising to see him and Ludi break clear in the first final. Ludi duelled hard with Schoell, in the end he grabbed 2nd and was one step closer to becoming champion. Final 2 was a reperation of the first but with in third and fourth place we had Aaron Sherlock and Barrie Pullinger who were after the Grand Final tickets with Ludi and Schoell already claiming theirs. When Pullinger dropped back in the third final, Sherlock found a gap and broke clear with Ludi, but he was unable to pass the Swiss driver over the 18 laps, Schoell was 4th with Joey Alders 3rd. In now the final race of the season Ludi’s situation was fairly straight forward, just finish. He followed Schoell all the way round and despite various signals and gestures to tell Schoell that he didn’t want to overtake, Schoell valliantly defended his place that almost caught Ludi out! However, Schoell won Ludi 2nd and claiming the title. A 3rd and 12th were enough for Sherlock and Pullinger to take championship 3rd and 4th and with it the Grand Final tickets.
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NEW ZEALAND, ROTAX MAX CHALLENGE AGRISEA RACEWAY, HAMILTON (NZ) SEPTEMBER 11th 2016 – RNDS 7 & 8
RYAN URBAN (#90)
URBAN KING Reigning DD2 Masters class title holder Ryan Urban from Auckland heads an experienced Kiwi squad which will dispute this year’s Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals in Italy. REPORT & PICS: FAST COMPANY
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The annual Grand Finals meeting pits national and regional Rotax Max Challenge class winners, from around the globe, against each other at a multi-day meeting, which is held in October or November each year to find the best Rotax class drivers in the world. Last year in Portugal Ryan Urban became the first Kiwi to win a class title at a Grand Finals meeting. A veteran now of four previous Grand Finals campaigns around the world, Urban was one of five karters to have their spot on this year’s New Zealand team confirmed at the final double-header round of the Giltrap Group 2016 New Zealand Rotax Max Challenge in Hamilton over the weekend. The other squad members are Josh Hart from Palmerston North,
Tiffany Chittenden from Christchurch, Dylan Drysdale from Palmerston North and Matthew Payne from Pukekohe. DD2 Urban, a multi-time New Zealand sprint kart champion and also Superkart racer of note, was again the dominant figure in the DD2 Masters class during this year’s Giltrap Group New Zealand series, claiming the local class title with the final doubleheader round to spare. Rather than sit out the Hamilton meeting the 33-yearold went back to the DD2 class (he now runs in the 32 yrs.-and-over Masters division), finishing second on Saturday and winning the class outright on Sunday. In DD2 the series’ class win and Grand
TIFFANY CHITTENDEN (#9) Finals seat going all the way to the Rnd 8 Final on Sunday. Hart won the first heat and Pre-Final, giving him the advantage going into the Final. When the pair clashed early in that race the result could have gone either way, but Hart was able to continue where Kinsman was not, meaning the Palmerston North driver earned series’ class victory and his fifth trip to a Grand Final. Round 7 Final 1. Mathew Kinsman; 2. Ryan Urban; 3. Josh Hart; 4. Mason Armstrong; 5. Jacob Cranston; 6. Josh Drysdale; 7. Daniel Bray Round 8 Final 1. Ryan Urban; 2. Daniel Bray; 3. Jonathan Buxeda; 4. James Blair; 5. Josh Hart; 6. Nicholas Carpenter Points after Rnd 8 of 8 1. Josh Hart 534; 2. Mat Kinsman 531; 3. Daniel Bray 513; 4. Josh Drysdale 477; 5. Jacob Cranston 467; 6. Mason Armstrong 466 DD2 Masters In Urban’s absence, Aarron
MATTHEW PAYNE (#9) Cunningham from Auckland won the DD2 Masters class Rnd 7 Final on Saturday, while top female driver Tiffany Chittenden guaranteed her place on New Zealand’s Grand Finals squad for the second year running by winning Rnd 8 Final on Sunday to finish second overall for the year to Urban. Round 7 Final 1. Aarron Cunningham; 2. Callum Orr; 3. Peter Wrightson; 4. Glenn Ellis; 5. Tiffany Chittenden; 6. Mark Dixon Round 8 Final 1. Tiffany Chittenden; 2. Callum Orr; 3. 13 Stuart Marshall; 4. Aarron Cunningham; 5. Peter Wrightson; 6. Gary Claxton Points after Rnd 8 of 8 1. Ryan Urban 546; 2. Tiffany Chittenden 522; 3. Kali Orr 506; 4. Stuart Marshall 496; 5. Aarron Cunningham 487; 6. Garry Claxton 468. Rotax Junior The other driver at the meeting to guarantee his place in this year’s Grand Finals squad early was
Pukekohe teenager Matthew Payne who put the series’ Junior Rotax title beyond the reach of anyone else with a win in the Rnd 7 Final on Saturday. That allowed him to sit out the eighth round on Sunday, won in convincing style by Saturday runner-up Callum Hedge from Auckland. Round 7 Final 1. Matthew Payne; 2. Callum Hedge; 3. Jaden Ransley; 4. Jac Preston; 5. Ryan Wood; 6. Sam Wright. Round 8 Final 1. Callum Hedge; 2. Jaden Ransley; 3. Rianna O’Meara-Hunt; 4. Ryan Wood; 5. Jac Preston; 6. Fynn Osborne Points after vRnd 8 of 8 1. Matthew Payne 536 points; 2. Ryan Wood 498; 3. Callum Hedge 495; 4. Jaden Ransley 493; 5. Rianna O’Meara-Hunt 489; 6. Reece HendlCox 473; 7. Jac Preston 450. Rotax Max Light Heading into Rnd 7 on Saturday only one point separated the possible 125cc Rotax Max Light class winner Dylan Drysdale and defending
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JOSH HART (#69)
ABOVE, THE FIVE 2016 GILTRAP GROUP NEW ZEALAND ROTAX MAX CHALLENGE FINAL SQUAD MEMBERS. STANDING FROM RIGHT TO LEFT: PROMOTORS PAM AND GAVIN BRIGHT, JOSH HART AND RYAN URBAN. KNEELING FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: TONY CHAMBERS, MATTHEW PAYNE, TIFFANY CHITTENDEN AND DYLAN DRYSDALE. PHOTO CREDIT: RIGHT KARTS
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DYLAN DRYSDALE (#11) class title holder and 2015 Grand Finals rep Daniel Connor. Drysdale came out with all guns firing on Saturday, fastest in qualifiers and won both class heats as well as the Prefinal. Engine failure in one of the heats put Connor on the back foot but the Auckland ace fought back to finish second in the Final, setting the stage for a last-ditch challenge on Sunday. It was close too, but Drysdale again the fastest in qualifiers and though beaten to the line in both the Pre Final and Final by visiting Australian driver Josh Fife, finished enough places ahead of Connor to earn himself the series’ class title and his third trip to a Grand Finals meeting, his first as a Senior after two as the local Challenge’s top Junior. Round 7 Final 1. Dylan Drysdale; 2. Daniel Connor; 3. Josh Fife; 4. Campbell Joyes; 5. Chris Cox; 6. Tom van Kan Round 8 Final 1. Josh Fife; 2. Dylan Drysdale; 3. Campbell Joyes; 4. Daniel Connor; 5. Ethan Hourigan; 6. 26 Tom van Kan; 7. Chris Cox Points after Rnd 8 of 8 1. Dylan Drysdale 532 points, 2. Daniel Connor 527; 3. Kaleb Currie 499; 4. Chris Cox 495; 5.
Michael McCulloch 463; 6. Jacob Cranston 461. Rotax Max Heavy The 125cc Rotax Max Heavy, was dominated by reigning class New Zealand Sprint champion Campbell Joyes from Hamilton. Like Urban, Joyes had the 2016 series’ title wrapped up before the final double header round so chose to swap to the Lights (different weight division) class, finishing fourth in the Final on Saturday and third on Sunday. In his absence, Keith Wilkinson from Auckland took up the mantle of man to beat in the Heavy class, claiming a qualifying and heat race/Pre-Final/ Final clean sweep on both days. Round 7 Final 1. Keith Wilkinson; 2. Samuel Carpenter; 3. Daniel Bugler; 4. Ashley Higgins; 5. Kevin Barker; 6. Teddy Bassick Round 8 Final 1. Keith Wilkinson; 2. Daniel Bugler; 3. Samuel Carpenter; 4. Brendon Hart; 5. Kevin Barker; 6. Ashley Higgins Points after Rnd 8 of 8 1. Campbell Joyes 539 points; 2. Keith Wilkinson 530; 3. Sam Carpenter 501; 4. Daniel Bugler 494; 5. Brendon Hart 480; 6. Ashley Higgins 473.
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ROTAX MAX ASIA CHALLENGE SEPANG KARTING CIRCUIT, SELANGOR (MAL) SEPTEMBER 4th 2016 â€“ RND. 6
AMER HARRIS WINS A CRAZY MICROMAX FINAL RACE, GETTING THE BETTER OF HIS RIVALS AT THE LAST CORNER. NO RIVALS FOR SILVANO CHRISTIAN IN SENIOR, HE WINS FINAL RACE AND CHAMPIONSHIP. PRAASETYO HARDJA TAKES HOME RACE WIN AND JUNIOR TITLE, WHILE SENNA SULAIMAN NOOR SWEEPS YET AGAIN DD2. REPORT: B. LEONG PICS: B. LEONG - DICEPHOTOWERKZ
The Rotax Max Asia Challenge finished at the Sepang International Karting Circuit where drivers were awarded with tickets for the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals in Italy. Junior class: the first two classified and selected for the Grand Finals, are Prassetyo Hardja and Kane Shepherd. Silvano Christian is Senior finalist; he has already won a seat to the Grand Finals in RMC Indonesia. He will participate as AMC champion; his ticket will be given to the 2nd senior driver in Indonesia. In DD2 Senna won the seat in DD2 senior and Riki Tanioka and Ong Chee Mang, both won a seat in the Asia Max Challenge DD2 Master and Malaysia 62 VROOM INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINE
DD2 Master categories. Handi Hardja, winner of the DD2 veteran category, is also going to the Grand Finals. This is the first time in the history of karting that father and son both competing in the Asia Max Challenge are going to the Grand Finals together. Ariff Amran, top in the Malaysia DD2 senior standings, will go to the Grand Finals and another Malaysian, Brendan Paul Anthony too, as he was given a wild card ticket. MICROMAX - Shahan Ali Mohsin led the championship but his team-mates, Hayden Haikal and Oscar Ng are just a few points behind. Before the race weekend, Shahan suffered food
poisoning on Wednesday and had to sit out practice on Thursday, but he did some practise on Friday. Shahan appeared to be fully recovered; he was the fastest in the time practice and showed no signs of illness due to food poisoning. Shahan was told not to do any rash overtaking moves as he is leading the championship. A top 5 finish would secure the championship for him. In the following Heat 1 and 2, Shahan just followed leader Amer Harris although in Heat 2, Shahan was much faster. On Sunday, all Micromax drivers had to use the fuel provided by the organiser as there were rumours of drivers adding
WITH 11 WINS OUT OF 12 addictives to the fuel. In the prefinal, Shahan dropped to 4th at the start, but SENNA SULAIMAN NOOR TAKES HOME THE DD2 TITLE! managed to make up and shadowed
Amer. In the final, Hayden Haikal, grid 3 start, immediately overtook Shahan SILVANO CHRISTIAN IS THE on lap 1 and went on to chase Amer Harris, but Amer was much faster. On MAN TO BEAT IN SENIOR lap 7, Shahan overtook Hayden but on
the next lap, he dropped back again from Hayden. As the race was drawing to an end, penultimate lap, Hayden managed to close the gap and got close to Amer. Hayden managed to make a clean overtaking move on Amer but unfortunately it couldn' t stick. Hayden also didn' t want to take any risks as Shahan was close behind him too. In the end all 3 karts came up to the last turn, but Amer crossed the line first followed by Hayden and Shahan. Third place was enough for Shahan to secure overall championship win, which was his aim from the start. SENIOR - Silvano Christian is senior class favourite for overall championship win with a buffer of 8 points from Ricky Donison. Silvano pressed hard and won heats and prefinal. In the final there was a bit of drama on lap 1 as Ferel Fadhil seemed to have touch Silvano at the first corner, knocking him down to 4th. Ricky Donison too dropped down to 3rd but he recovered back to 2nd. After 2 laps Silvano overtook all 3 karts and gained back his lead; he pressed hard and pulled away from the pack. Ricky could only watch as Silvano sped away. Ferel Fadhil had to go back to pits as his kart was damaged in the collision with Silvano. With 5 drivers on the track, we have Silvano 1st, Ricky 2nd, Darryl 3rd, Rifqi 4th and Nabil 5th.
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CHAMPIONSHIP SENIOR 1) 251 Silvano Christian 524; 2) 208 Ricky Donison 511; 3) 210 Darryl Wenas 486; 4) 253 Rifqi Rakamulya 442; 5) 250 Gabriella Teo 383; 6) 209 Barrichello Noor 302; 7) 225 Izzat Hanif 300; 8) 268 Nabil Hutasuhut 298; 9) 248 Ahmad Gunadi 271; 10) 215 Pasha M Shaquille 264; 11) 257 M.Ferrel Fadhill 153; 12) 202 Adam Haikal Mazrul Haizad 149; 13) 283 Adam Muqri 142; 14) 297 Jethro Jevon Arman 130; 15) 269 Yu Hsuan Cheng 67 JUNIOR 1) 168 Prassetyo Hardja 500; 2) 177 Kane Shepherd 494; 3) 171 Romain Leroux 475; 4) 138 Arsh Johany 473; 5) 131 Lin Tsen Han 451; 6) 115 Nik Zamir Zakwan 419; 7) 125 Muhammad Amirul Haikal 416; 8) 153 Anathorn Tangnainatchai 397; 9) 127 Shin Ting Hau 389; 10) 135 Muhammad Sidqi Ahmad Said 369; 11) 126 Anakawee Tangnainatchai 334; 12) 121 Akmal Mohammad Ashibli 300; 13) 105 Alexander Dimaano Brown 288; 14) 101 Danial Frost 287; 15) 178 Ryan Chapman 254; 16) 108 Akheela Chandra 252; 17) 106 Alex Huang 248; 18) 134 Manav Sharma 135; 19) 122 Alister Yoong 131; 20) 159 Yan Chen Chou 122
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DD2 1) 342 Senna Sulaiman Noor 533; 2) 369 Nayan Chatterjee 467; 3) 401 Riki Tanioka 433; 4) 311 Brendan Paul Anthony 431; 5) 300 Long Mohammad Nor Ariff 426; 6) 322 James Veerapen 402; 7) 412 Ong Chee Mang 401; 8) 330 Eshan Pieris 384; 9) 525 Handi Hargja 357; 10) 317 Nazim Azman 346; 11) 514 Eric Asgirmur Hughes Mancini 319; 12) 444 Lim Seng Leo 311; 13) 577 Lee Lung Nien 296; 14) 432 Alan Saw 284; 15) 488 Peter Chua 279; 16) 336 Hafizi Samad 243; 17) 323 Jon Lee 225; 18) 419 Thiru Kumaran 224; 19) 555 Kong Chun Keat 220; 20) 312 David Sitanala 210 MICRO MAX 1) 11 Shahan Ali Mohsin 495; 2) 81 Hayden Haikal 491; 3) 22 Oscar Ng 483; 4) 77 Amer Harris 465; 5) 20 Adam Mikail 434; 6) 80 Aditya Wibowo 378; 7) 99 Krit Boonyang 358; 8) 55 Dylan Bondi 324; 9) 90 Sergio Noor 306; 10) 27 Calvin Wibowo 264; 11) 68 Li Hao Ran 222; 12) 96 Christopher Joaquin 139; 13) 21 Yevan David 134; 14) 18 Xu Zhenhe 81; 15) 82 Aaron Hakim Haikal 75; 16) 18 Yeasash 71; 17) 55 Cui Yuan Pu 70; 18) 17 Nikhil Bohra 68; 19) 17 Tara Laconico 63; 20) 33 Askay Bohra 63
INDIAâ€™S SHAHAN ALI MOHSIN IS THE NEW MICROMAX CHAMPION.
Back at the front, Senna grabbed chequered flag, securing the AMC DD2 senior championship and Riki Tanioka, despite the DQ in last round, managed to safely secure his AMC DD2 master championship from his nearest rival, Chee Mang. Chee Mang 8th, took the Malaysia DD2 master title. Handi Hardja, started slow at the beginning of the season, he turned up his game and was in the top 10 of the pack, he finished 6th. James Veerapen blew his championship away when after having crossed the chequered flag, he did not go back to the pits for weigh in and was DQ. With this development, Ariff leads the Malaysia DD2 senior championship. Praasetyo Hardja completes a perfect weekend in Junior class.
JUNIOR - The Juniors got underway and with the championship at stake it was bound to be hectic. All eyes were on the two championship leaders; Kane Shepherd and Praasetyo Hardja. Kane was leading the championship with just one point buffer but Prassetyo wiped it off when he won the prefinal and Kane finished 3rd. Its winner takes all in the final. In the final, at the end of the formation lap, Prass wasn’t off to a good start; instead it was Arsh Johany who stormed off to lead. Arsh started 2nd, he quickly grabbed 1st and powered on the moment the race started. Prass quickly started chasing and lap after lap, he managed to get closer and closer and on the last 2 laps, Prass attacked to overtake Arsh. It was a tense moment as many will wonder if Prass will play safe or go for it and risk the overall championship. However, Arsh wasn’t going to give up like that; he continued to duel with Prass over the remaining laps. At one point, it looked like Arsh was going to get the lead back but Prass managed to defend his position well. Romain Leroux put in
a good performance but he was unable to match Prassetyo’s speed. Kane had to admit defeat as he could do no better than 4th. DD2 – Having a good lead over his rivals Senna Sulaiman Noor could afford to play it safe and emerge as the champion in DD2. However, he didn’t have any intention to hold back, or take it easy and wants a clean sweep of the DD2 category. Senna again proved to be the man to beat as he came top in practice, heat 1 and 2, prefinal and final. With the AMC championship set to go to Senna, the battle for the RMC Malaysia got off to a dramatic start. James Veerapen leads the Malaysia champion by 1 point in front of Ariff. But, in the heats, Ariff clearly proved to be much faster and the 1 point buffer doesn’t help at all. Just as things were looking bleak for James, Ariff was DQ for a post race technical infringement in heat 2. That put him far back in the middle of the pack in prefinal. James drove a good race and managed to secure prefinal 3rd and boosted his chances in winning the championship. In
the final, there was plenty of excitement. Senna stormed away at the lights, Riki however got caught in a tussle with James and Nazim but managed to get free. As the race went on, James Veerapen kept dropping places to the rear. It seems he had a punctured probably due to an earlier crash at the start. His rival, Ariff is only a few karts away, so technically speaking; James can still win the Malaysia championship if he finished the race. Meanwhile at the back of the pack, the DD2 masters and veterans were fighting it out. 5-6 karts racing side by side into the turns and practically all over the place. One of the karts in the pack was Nayan Chatterjee’s. He too got a punctured and tried to defend his line. Over the last 5 laps, Nayan’s kart spun a bit at the first turn and the karts behind had no way to manoeuvre past. Alan Saw and Thiru Kumaran climbed on top of Nayan, literally airborne, and landed back onto the track. All 3 karts managed to continue their race, but Thiru’s kart suffered engine damage.
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VROOMBOX SUPER ONE SERIES SHENINGTON RACING KART CLUB, SHENINGTON (UK) SEPTEMBER 11th 2016 Junior Max Tyler Chesterton
Honda Cadet Harry Thompson
RESULTS Three titles were settled at the Oxfordshire circuit. Scott Allen clinched the short circuit gearbox MSA British Championship whilst Harry Thompson completed a unique double in adding the Honda Cadet to his IAME Cadet British title and Jenson Butterfield has done enough to put the MiniMax title to bed, both with a round to run. Coles Racing driver Tyler Chesterton gets the better of Jonathan Hoggard and Mark Kimber with a double win in Junior Max. In Senior Max Josh Collings managed a lights to chequer win despite the close attention of Josh White, repeating the win in the second final. Abbi Pulling had to settle for second in both races behind an incredible Joe Fowler who dominates the ABkC Junior TKM. The Extreme class shows a shuffled classification due to penalties, with Tom Owen who scores a second and a win.
MSA British Short Circuit Gearbox Championship for KZ1 Final 1: 1 Dan Kelly (Andy Fairless Racing/Birel ART); 2 Scott Allen (Jade Karts/Gold/IAME); 3 Tom Longfield (Privateer/ Birel ART/TM); 4 Hannah Lang (MK Racing/Tonykart/Vortex); 5 Lee Hasler (Privateer/CRG/Maxter); 6 Anderson Chilcott (Jade Karts/Gold/IAME). Final 2: 1 Allen; 2 Dan Kelly +0.14s; 3 Longfield; 4 Lang; 5 Hasler; 6 Chilcott. ABkC Honda Cadet National Championship Final 1: 1 Harry Thompson (CER/Synergy); 2 Alex Eades (Global Karting/BRK); 3 James Walker (CER/Synergy); 4 Tom Lebbon (BRK/BRK); 5 Caden McQueen (Privateer/ZIP); 6 Lucas Ellingham (Global Karting/Zip). Final 2: 1 Thompson; 2 Ellingham; 3 Eades; 4 Archie Brown (BRK/BRK); 5 McQueen; 6 Walker. ABkC MiniMax National Championship Final 1: 1 Lorcan Hanafin (Strawberry Racing/Tony); 2 Jenson Butterfield (Strawberry Racing/Tony); 3 Tom Canning (KR Sport/Kosmic); 4 Jonny Edgar (Coles Racing/Tony); 5 Dexter Patterson (Strawberry Racing/Tony); 6 Finlay Bunce (Tooley Motorsport/Tony). Final 2: 1 Hanafin; 2 Butterfield; 3 Edgar; 4 Canning; 5 Patterson; 6 Ben Fayers (Project One/Tony). ABkC Junior Max National Championship Final 1: 1 Tyler Chesterton (Coles Racing/Tony); 2 Jonathan Hoggard (KR Sport/Kosmic); 3 Mark Kimber (Strawberry Racing/Tony); 4 Rory Hudson (Tooley Motorsport/Tony); 5
KZ1 Scott Allen
Mini Max Lorcan Hannifin
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Joe Turney (KR Sport/Kosmic); 6 Myles Apps (Dan Holland Racing/Alonso). Final 2: 1 Chesterton; 2 Kimber; 3 Turney; 4 Hoggard; 5 Hudson; 6 Apps. ABkC Senior Max National Championship Final 1: 1 Josh Collings (Dan Holland Racing/Alonso); 2 Josh White (Coles Racing/Tony); 3 Harrison Thomas (KR Sport/Kosmic); 4 Josh Skelton (Coles Racing/Tony); 5 Jack McCarthy (Strawberry Racing/Tony); 6 James Johnson (Privateer/Tony). Final 2: 1 Collings; 2 White; 3 Thomas; 4 Tom Gamble (Strawberry Racing/Tony); 5 Johnson; 6 McCarthy. ABkC Junior TKM National Championship Final 1: 1 Joe Fowler (Jade Karts/Jade); 2 Abbi Pulling (TalKo/Tal-Ko); 3 James Pashley (Privateer/Jade); 4 Ross Deal (SJ Motorsport/Tal-Ko); 5 Zak Oates (Klaassen Motorsport/ Tonykart); 6 Lee Whittingham (Privateer/Tonykart). Final 2: 1 Fowler; 2 Pulling; 3 Pashley; 4 Whittingham; 5 Jordan Lee-Chapman (Privateer/Tonykart); 6 Kristian Brierley (Klaassen Motorsport/Tonykart). ABkC TKM Extreme National Championship Final 1: 1 Phil Smith (Precision Racing/Tonykart); 2 Tom Owen (Klaassen Motorsport/Tonykart); 3 Charlie BruceWhite (Privateer/Tonykart); 4 Matt England (Privateer/ Tal-Ko); 5 Harry Moore (Jade Karts/Jade); 6 Ryan Edwards (Privateer/Tonykart). Final 2: 1 Owen; 2 Matthew Taylor; 3 Edwards; 4 England; 5 Smith; 6 Moore.
SWITZERLAND – SCHWEIZER KART-MEISTERSCHAFT TCS, LIGNIÈRES (CH) SEPTEMBER 18th 2016 – RND. 6
Pos. 1) 2) 3) OK Senior Frote, Leimer, Klaey
Name Lagrotteria Antonio Sauter Michael Lugassy Shannon
X30 JUNIOR Pos. 1) 2) 3)
Name Moccia Savio Kuwabara-Wagg Julian Ferati Jasin
X30 CH. SW. Pos. 1) 2) 3)
Name Lehner Norick Di Donato Valentino Näscher Patrick
OK SENIOR Pos. 1) 2) 3)
Name Leimer Fabio Klaey Yannick Frothé Arthur
KZ2 The Swiss Kart Championship (SKM) final was held in Lignières in canton Neuchâtel on 17-18th September. Spectators and viewers were able to enjoy the view from the elevated embankments around, they could see the whole circuit and follow on Sunday, as cool and unfortunately wet conditions (on training Saturday it was still predominantly dry) the partially extremely scarce decisions to the
five titles in the classes KZ2 -Schaltkarts, Iame X30 challenge Switzerland, Iame X30 Junior, OK Senior and Super Mini (junior class) fell. He winners are: Loic Vindice (Praga) in KZ2 karts, Fabio Leimer (Mach 1) at the OKSeniors, Norick Lehner (Praga) in Iame X30 Challenge Switzerland, Savio Moccia (Praga) in X30 Junior and Alessio Fagone (Exprit) in Junior class Supermini.
Pos. 1) 2) 3)
Name Kissling Philipp Müller Sven Luisier Sebastien
VT 250 Pos. 1) 2) 3)
Name Straubhaar Markus Aegerter Domenique Molleyres Denis
XTREAM ROCK ISLAND GRAND PRIX POWERED BY MEDIACOM ROCK ISLAND, ILLINOIS (USA) SEPTEMBER 4th 2016
Remo Ruscitti, Italkart driver from British Columbia, Canada, won the King of the Streets open shifter class at the Xtream Rock Island Grand Prix powered by Mediacom, and got the traditional cape and crown; he was crowned by Roger Ruthhart.
The 22nd annual Xtream Rock Island Grand Prix powered by Mediacom, the world’s largest karting street race, saw lap records fall in 12 classes. This year’s Travis DeVriendt Memorial Race for Briggs LO206 Heavy sponsored by Gett Industries was run in memory of the kart racer who died last year. It honors his long-time participation at Rock Island and in an effort raise awareness of suicide prevention. It featured a 38 kart field and afforded Stewart his first win at Rock Island over Scott Kleman by just .046 of a second. At the Xtream Awards Ceremony there was not a dry eye as Stewart presented his Rock trophy to Ron DeVriendt, Travis’ father. Stewart also won LO 206 Medium, Yamaha Heavy and Medium and LO206
Heavy 2. The Jim Murley Memorial King of the Streets race sponsored by LeCont tires was won by Canadian Italkart pilot Remo Ruscitti with the reigning King of the Streets Josh Lane second, while Wilkins broke the 10 year-old fast lap record for the class. Ruscitti also won the TAG Senior race. Californian Ethan Wilson returned to claim the win he lost in tech last year, taking home the TAG Masters title. Vintage kart racing also became a bigger part of the event this year with three vintage classes on the card featuring karts from 1985 or older. They were won by Tom Day in the Mac class, Randy Duncalf in Sportsman and Jerry Nagel in Open. The event also marked the return of the 80cc shifters to Rock Island. The class was won by Josh Lane, but he gave his Rock to second place finisher Devon Smith-Harden, saying he wouldn’t have run the class without Smith-Harden’s invitation and support.
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VROOMBOX CAN-AM KARTING CHALLENGE PAT’S ACRES RACING COMPLEX, CANBY (USA) SEPTEMBER 11th 2016 – RND. 3 Austin Elliot wins the LO206 Senior
Matthew Taskinen takes Junior Max title
For the second year running the CAN-AM Karting Challenge is hosted at Pat’s Acres Racing Complex in Canby, Oregon to close of their championship season. In Can-Am Rotax Senior Kyle Dupell excelled throughout the weekend, doing everything he could to muscle into McCaughan’s championship lead. Thanks to his advantage, McCaughan played it smart and maintained his place within the top-three all weekend to erupt as champion. It was a similar story in Can-Am Rotax Junior as championship, hopeful Mason Buck did nearly everything he could to cut into the lead that Matthew Taskinen had built throughout the first two rounds, but it wasn’t enough. Taskinen left the weekend with his first ticket to the Rotax Grand Finals. For their efforts as vice-champion in their categories, both Dupell and Buck earned free entry to the US Open in Las Vegas. Billy Cleavelin started and won only three of the five Rolison Performance Group Rotax Masters Max races at the CAN-AM Karting Challenge in 2016, but it wasn’t quite enough to overtake Michael Groff for the overall championship, earning the title and an invitation to compete at the US Open of Las Vegas. In Briggs & Stratton LO206 Senior Austin Elliot took home the victory
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followed by Harrison Mills and Kyle Wick, while Wimsett crossed the line fifth after contact on the final lap and Brady Egger finished the race sixth and took home championship honours. Briggs & Stratton LO206 Junior saw Austin Torgerson hold off Josh Pierson for the win, as the elder Torgerson opted to only race the Briggs and rest his aching ribs. With four of a possible five wins, Torgerson was crowned champion. Bryan Green led the way in Briggs & Stratton LO206 Masters to defend his crown as class champion. In Go Kart Hero Rotax Micro-Max it was all Ashton Torgerson throughout the weekend: he dominated the category and came home with the victory
and championship win. In MonsterX Rotax Mini-Max, Canadian Ryan Dezall topped every session except the third heat race to take home his first CAN-AM victory of the season in fine fashion. Even with a dominating weekend for Dezall, Torgerson was able to barely hang on for the title, he won by only 13 points with Leung completing championship podium. In the Wocked Fabrication shifter category, Kyle Wick took home race honors and the championship in S2 Semi-Pro over Cole Franchini. Andrew Wilson did the same in the 125cc Open and SMAK Plastics TaG Senior classes, while Amanda Smalley was on top in the SMAK Plastics TaG Junior class.
RESULTS JUNIOR MAX 1) 271 Mason Buck; 2) 211 Edward Portz; 3) 227 Matthew Taskinen; 4) 208 Hannah Greenemeier; 5) 216 Jacob Gulick; 6) 206 Matthew Morgan; 7) 223 Ellie Musgrave; 8) 285 Tyler Kozma; 9) 232 Grant Langon; 10) 268 Carsen Kunz; 11) 219 Conner Wick; 12) 224 Christina Dezall; 13) 242 Samuel Barrera-Garcia; 14) 226 Alexis Apodaca; 15) 210 Townes Allen; 16) 259 Daniel Yeh MICRO MAX 1) 02 Ashton Torgerson; 2) 14 Shawn Kozma; 3) 7 Graham Trammell; 4) 20 Lucy Becklin MINI MAX 1) 148 Ryan Dezall; 2) 102 Ashton Torgerson; 3) 114 Josh Pierson; 4) 159 Jason Leung; 5) 191 Cooper Becklin; 6) 126 Kason Lau; 7) 198 Jonathan Portz SHIFTER 1) 109z Kyle Wick; 2) 57z Cole Franchini; 3) 28 Andrew Wilson SENIOR MAX 1) 310 Kyle Dupell; 2) 305 Parker McKean; 3) 320
Coltin McCaughan; 4) 326 Adam Smalley; 5) 318 Walker Hess; 6) 399 Kellen Ritter; 7) 324 Bradley Dezall; 8) 335 Spencer Kunz; 9) 348 Jessica Dezall TAG 1 1) 28 Andrew Wilson; 2) 216 Amanda Smalley; 3) 658 Billy Cleavelin; 4) 641 Michael Groff; 5) 677 Jerry Pitts; 6) 687 Rene’ Bine III; 7) 15 Gary Reohl LO206 JUNIOR 1) 188 Austin Torgerson; 2) 34 Josh Pierson; 3) 308 Hannah Greenemeier; 4) 89 Zach Franzke; 5) 191 Cooper Becklin; 6) 102 Ashton Torgerson; 7) 26 Kason Lau; 8) 18 Carsen Kunz; 9) 23 Elizabeth Hunter LO206 SENIOR 1) 68 Austin Elliott; 2) 5 Harrison Mills; 3) 209 Kyle Wick; 4) 003 Cameron Egger; 5) 310 Joey Wimsett; 6) 99 Brady Egger; 7) 004 Seth McCauley; 8) 60 Jake Craig; 9) 335 Spencer Kunz; 10) 218 Luke Vasquez
SPECIAL ALESSANDRO ZANARDI
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…well, well, well
Zanardi from Castel Maggiore! Alessandro Zanardi has done it again: second gold medal in handbike at the Paralympics in Rio 15 years since the crash that changed his life, but certainly not his willpower to get to where others wouldn’t dare. REPORT: A.ROCA – PICS: ACTUALPHOTO
We often hear talk about Alessandro Zanardi and many often “praise” his will power, and point him as an hero. They don’t know that heroes exist only in mythology, in real life there are men, men whose dreams are greater than their adverse fate. So, here he is, Alessandro Zanardi from Castel Maggiore who at the age of fifty, has been able to double his Paralympic medal in handbike, making a mockery of rationality and nature. Fifteen years since the crash that earned him his last rites by the chaplain in Lausitzring, Germany, once again he rises as a giant without lower limbs on top podium place in the most important sports event. “Where does he get his strength from?!” everyone asks. The answer is that Zanardi has always managed to give the best of himself where many would have only seen the darkness. He is capable of seeing that ray of sunshine much stronger and more vivid than anyone else.
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Zanardi and karting
The first time that Zanardi got into a go-kart he was the slowest and the clumsiest out. And yet he smiled slyly on that kart “put together” by his dad Dino at the garage “Bonini motori & elaborazioni”: in exchange for a Sì, scooter that was all the rage then. He was convinced that he could become a racing driver, he could beat the others. Those looking on laughed, but he was serious. We’re in Bologna, or better, near Bologna in Castel Maggiore. The Zanardis move there looking for peace and tranquility that only a small town can give, when Alex is 4. His mother is a dressmaker and his dad a plumber, he was a key figure in Alessandro’s life, both as driver and as a man. A very close and come humble family, then there is his sister, Cristina, two years older than Alex. Mockimgly, fate has something very bitter in store for the Zanardis, but this continuous uplifts after great downfalls is the way to look at the life of this twotimes Paralympics handbike champion. One evening, the 127 driven by Cristina’s boyfriend’s friend crashes with a BMW in circumstances that have never been too clear. Cristina and Maurizio die, their friend who was driving survives the crash. The couple had gone out for an ice-cream, then they decided to go and see a friend who lived in another town by car. The Zanardis were heartbroken for the loss of their daughter, and, wanting to find something for their lively son, always getting into some sort of trouble, they swapped a scooter for a go-kart hoping that young Alex would let off steam on the track with his dad there to watch him during the racing weekends. Another twist of fate: the go-kart gets to the garage in the centre of Bologna on August 2nd 1980, the day of a terroristic attack at Bologna train station. Alessandro Zanardi was nearly 14, and he was so ecxcited at touching the thing he had so much wanted and had waited weeks and weeks. His incredible joy clashes with faces of who touched death and panic. In 2001 the tales of Alex Zanardi and terrorism continue to meet, but this time there is nothing to smile about. In less than a year the young driver from Maggiore is outstanding and successful in the “Pubblica Assistenza” event in Vado, in the National 100. After a third place in the Italian Championship in 1982, Sergio Mantese class him as driver supported directly by 4Stars, a manufacturing company, known today as Vega: which has gone from four stars that didn’t shine very brightly back then to one star, which is much brighter. 1983 is a year with lots of ups and downs for young Zanardi who races in the 100 Avenir and the 100 Super, making his debut on the international scene. After a best forgotten
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1984, he gets a call from Milan, from Achille Parilla from Dap asking him to race for him in a national event. Parilla is very superstitious and over that weekend Alessandro wasn’t at all lucky, he had to settle for having his material paid for the 1985 season plus a little bit more for expense because the Dap patron thought that he had been unlucky. Vincenzo Sospiri took his place as official driver. 1985 is a season for framing: from “semi-official” Dap driver, Zanardi fills his show case with trophies that take him to the Olympus of international karting thanks to the Italian Championship, the European and a special race in Hong-Kong. His relationship with the factor in Milan ends, and what used to be the ace up Dap’s sleeve becomes a real thorn in his side. Change of colour and in 1986 he’s wearing Calogero Vanaria’s Kali colours, the factory, forerunner for CRG. It was a very hard start, the type that make your wrists shake for those who are used to top range material, but Zanardi had made his own kart in his garage with his father a plumber, and he transforms the ugly duckling in force with Kali into the most beautiful swan on the lake. The pond is the karting circuit in Empoli: Dino and Alessandro made adjustments to the Kali chassis before the start of the race, the Italian championship, which gave hints to the Vanarias on how to make a new chassis. At 11 o’clock on Friday with practice ending at 11.30, a Pegeout 205 unloads a chassis that is still covered with flour (the place where it was made used to be a bakery). The rest is one of those tales that bring a shiver: on Sunday Alessandro Zanardi defends the Italian title driving on a chassis made by the Vanarias and Giancarlo Tinini, he manages to pull away from 6 Dap drivers.
From formulas to Lausitzring Zanardi starts with three
seasons in F.3 hard work but formative, and these pave his way to the international F.3000 and then to F.1 first with Jordan as substitute for Roberto Moreno and then as official driver the following season. In 1993 he moves to Lotus, with the British car which is anything but reliable. To complete the picture, already difficult, there’s the Belgian guard-rail in Spa-Francorchamps: some damage to the suspension makes him crash at over 240 km/h at the Raidillon. The crash make all the capillary veins in his eyes burst, making them bright red and he gains 3cm in height due to the sudden extension of his spine… The crash makes him lose his place in 1994 to Pedro Lammy, except for sitting behind the steering wheel
due to a crash that involved to the Portuguese himself. However this wasn’t enough for him t be confirmed, and after a 1995 of forced rest from racing, Chip Ganassi calls him to his court to back Jimmy Vasser and this set up worked. A three year contract, with the driver from Bologna who makes everyone fall in love with the great overtaking that pushed back Brian Herta at the corkscrew turn at Laguna Seca. He gets the title of “Rookie of the year” and his career picks up again. F. Cart
TOP, A YOUNG ALESSANDRO ZANARDI RACING IN KART ABOVE, ALESSANDRO IN F.CART
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goes crazy for that audacious and skilled Italian guy capable of winning the championship both in 1997 and 1998, but Alex has yet to settle something with the Old Continent and in 1999 he’s at Frank William’s court, but his F.1 dream is once again a bitter one. His x-engineer on the track back then, in Ganassi’s time, Mo Nunn, called back to United States and in the meanwhile had become team manager, makes him go back to American racing.
Then Lausizring… Re-birth The scene touched everyone in the
sports world, most of all Michael Schumacher, he was at the Caschi Autosprint prize giving: for the first time the racing driver from Bologna stood up from his wheel chair in public; he was acclaimed with endless cheers and tears from the public. Zanardi has still got a score to settle with the racing world, one in particular: Lausitzring 2001. Two years later the driver from Bologna goes back to the German track driving an F.Cart to be able to finish the 12 remaining laps to the end of the race. He didn’t stroll along, not at all, although his best lap would have put him on grid five… From that day on, he has never stopped, in 2005 he won the Italian Supertourism Championship, besides the German WTCC round he also took a heat win in the European raced in a single race in Vallelunga in October. After another year in Italian Supertourism Championship with some apparitions (winning ones) in WTCC over the years that followed, he went back to racing in 2014 with a ROAL Motorsport Z4 GT3 in the Blancpain Sprint Series.
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Paracycling In 2007 Alex Zanardi
has another go at paracycling on a handbike, and he does it his way: 4th after the marathon in New York. The triumphant march of a second life for him continues, on 19th June 2010, the year when he wears
the Italian colours after having brought home the Italian cycling championship win on road in Treviso (I). After getting second place in timed practice at the world championship in Roskilde, Denmark in 2011, a few months later he wins the marathon in New York. The step is enormous and full of meaning: the Paralympics in London in 2012. On September 5th 2012 there is worldwide excitement for his first title won in the timed practice held at Brands Hatch (a circuit, ironical, twist of fate…). Two days later Zanardi surprises everyone doubling his gold in the event on road, in the end, twenty-four hours later, he doubles his gold win on the road race, and after he writes another piece of history getting a silver medal in the relay. A pace that knocks out the best athletes in the world, which goes to show that nothing is impossible. His career as athlete continues in Canada where he takes home the World Cup and three world gold wins. History repeats itself at the 2014 world championship held in the United States: on his return flight Zanardi take home two gold and one silver win. Also in 2015, he takes home all there is to take at the world championship with title wins H5, timed, aligned and mixed relay. In the end there’s Rio 2016. Very recent history: on 14th September Zanardi is 2” faster in timed practice than someone who is half his age. He is excited, and deeply touched, but he doesn’t keep this win for himself, he dedicates it to his releatives and friends who have always supported and believed in him, and in the end he mentions Gianmarco Tamberi, who practices high jumping but was injured before the Olympics, what would have been his Olympics. Zanardi tells him not to give up, because one never knows, dreams can come true. As soon as he goes back to the springboard, Gimbo has to remember these words and soar way up high over the bar.
BOTTOM, FROM LEFT TO THE RIGHT: ALESSANDRO ZANARDI TESTING THE BMW Z4 GT3 OF ROAL MOTORSPORT, THE ONE RACED IN THE BLANCPAIN SPRINT SERIES. ON PODIUM IN VALLELUNGA FOR HIS FIRST WIN IN F.3000, AND WHILE TURNING THE “TORNANTINO” IN VALLELUNGA. SPITTING FLAMES WITH THE BMW M3 IN THE WTCC.
[ “Our relationship with Alex started back in 1986 at the Italian Championship held in Empoli: that was our first race together and we won the championship. What makes us smile is that we decided to enter for the even on the Tuesday before the race, we hadn’t practiced at all! Apart from the single race, our relationship has grown almost in a brotherly way; for us he is part of pure history and his energy and simplicity can only bring up good results: Alessandro’s father, Dino, was in someway his photocopy: a great man, never tired and always ready to bring a gust of positivity every time he came under the tent. He left us too soon. I think there isn’t much more to say, many think that he had become like that after the accident, but he had always been like that: always giving 200% in everything he did, and the example was when he started messing about with a friend’s kart, he got his finger caught in the chain and lost half a finger, two days before leaving for the European Championship where he was the leader. He called me and said: “I have a problem, they’ve stitched up half a finger that I got caught in a chain, and it’s very painful”. We decided to leave anyway and with one bandage and another, some painkillers and other things (there was a bottle of VivinC (a painkiller) around the patient’s finger) he managed to win both finals and this time the tears seen while on podium weren’t tears of joy, I can tell you.” ] After this affirmation, Cesare Papis, Max’ father, suggests giving Zanardi economical help for 1988 to help him move up to F.3 to “lay the way” for his son. This is the end of Alessandro’s career in karting, except for some sporadic race, in 1987 when he took part in the European and the World championship in the 135 class. After winning the European first in all the races on schedule of the 100 Avenir, after the Swedish round in Goteborg something breaks, and Zanardi’s ending of the season didn’t award him any other satisfaction if not a second place in Hong-Kong.
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Chiesa Corse is set up thanks to the Otello Chiesa’s love for engines: “Otello used to go to the conservatory, his mother had a real passion for music. He used to say he had a concert and instead he used to go to watch car racing” said Daniela Frescura, Chiesa Corse owner. “business was really going well in 2004 when we made the agreement with Alessandro Zanardi, who allowed us to make a kart bearing his name. It was an immediate success”. The relationship between the Chiesas and Zanardi goes back to the first race “away from home” (in Jesolo) a group of friends headed by Dino Zanardi: the group, called themselves Team Sfighé because they had little experience in this field. This small group went to the circuit with four karts taken on a trolley that had been made for transporting a rubber dinghy, and when the time came for the stamping the technical marshal asked them if he could also stamp the spare engine. There wasn’t one: they didn’t even know that they could have taken a second engine… “Heey know something, sometimes it can be useful..!” la voce di Otello Chiesa’s voice completes the desolating scene that is there in front of the incredulous race commissioner. A few hours later during the free practice Zanardi’s only engine seizes. Seeing him desolated, Mr Chiesa went to Alex and Dino and offered them his help “That lad is fast, it’s a shame not allowing him to race. Pleased to meet you, Otello. Otello Chiesa.” Over a glass or two of Pignoletto and the other, the engine came back to life and Alex wins his first national event. That same evening, Otello suggests a toast lifting his glass of wine from Emilia: “Zanardi,to your son who has won the race, to me for being so silly as to have helped him repair his engine, allowing him to beat my son Dino!” Yes him, Dino Chiesa. After a year or two the manager from Padova hung up his helmet to dedicate himself to an activity off the track. December 1988. Zanardi, now in F.3, went back to karting accepting Mantese’s offer to compete in the Hong Kong GP. Giancarlo Tinini contributed offering his chassis, which would have been powered by IAME. Young Dino Chiesa was learning from his more experienced colleagues in force with CRG, and on that occasion he offered some “manual help” to the mechanic that followed Zanardi: the same Giancarlo Tinini. The call from fate for Chiesa materialises with an unfortunate food poisoning for CRG patron, who remains in his hotel room, while the young engineer takes it upon himself to follow the “guest star” during the racing weekend. And it was an immediate
success, first step towards a splendid future that was awaiting Dino. Therefore, obvious, for Alessandro Zanardi to become attached to the same brands and the same people who have supported him personally in his career. “After Alex’ accident there was fear within me as to what his reaction could be when he came to, so I immediately thought of creating something that would be able to have him in karting, which was however still something that he loved doing.” Said Giancarlo Tinini. “As soon as I was able to hg him I suggested creating a Zanardi Kart brand and after our agreement I asked Chiesa Corse if they could help follow that line, seeing that the site was in Padova and they could have kept close contact with him.” From this love story concerning true friendship that grew under a technical tent, we have the birth of Zanardi chassis, chassis that still today are controlled by Chiesa Corse and have taken the likes of Nyck De Vries, Tom Joyner and others to success. And who knows, that the dynasty of winning drivers “branded” Zanardi won’t continue their success at the next Bahrain world championship…
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TELEMETRY ON RACE WEEKEND
PART 9 â€“ After having studied and learnt many topics, after hours and hours of tests in lab and on the track and bench tests, the time has come to back the team during races and give important decisional help to both driver and team in order to get answers to their doubts, giving metrics and formulating a race strategy according to the data gathered. REPORT: ANDREA SACCUCCI
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The job of the person responsible for
in informatics or electronics, and he has to
telemetric, has changed considerably
have practical knowledge of the dynamics of
compared to a few years ago; this is thanks
vehicle, engine and tyres.
to the possibility of being able to get access
All these competences are often hard to find
to higher technology (sensor with integrated
in a single person, therefore it is important to
electronics) an expert in telemetric must
work in a team where there are people that
have the same competency as an expert
cover all these things.
STEP 2 INSTALLING SENSORS, CHECKING CALIBRATION OF THE SYSTEM It would be good to go to the track after having carried out these operations at home, sometimes though, there isn’t time seeing that the there is a very close schedule. You have to decide which sensors to mount, where to mount them and check calibration and if they work properly.
STEP 1 GET TO THE CIRCUIT AND SET UP THE ‘WORK STATION’
Usually an expert in telemetric is the first person to get to the circuit and the last one to go away, having little intervals available to give answers even between test sessions with hardly any intervals. On arriving, you have to set up the work places that besides a good pc (you also beed a back- up pc in case one doesn’t work), a printer, a lan net for group work, preferring wired solutions to Wi-Fi that are nor sure or stable, and a fileserver for sharing data with the rest of the team.
If you have to follow two drivers you must make sure that the sensors mounted supply data that can be compared, for example two thermocouple used for temperature at the exhaust can supply data that is quite different and this can drive the mechanic mad. This is because the sensors are really delicate things and should be taken off/put on again with the right attention so as not to compromising the function wihout counting that they are subject to wear and ought to be changed as soon as you see any signs of wear and change in size. You should always have some spare sensors, wiring harness, batteries etc in your tool box.
STEP 3 IDENTIKIT OF THE TRACK, ON SCHEDULE FOR EVENT Time is precious, each moment of a racing weekend can be decisive for changing direction and get a good performance. To do this the person responsible for the telemetry and team must work together as one, no adjustment can be carried out without one of the engineers knowing. What would be the good of elaborating a load of data and reaching a set up that could be decisive for qualifying or for the race if this wasn’t used?
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Making the program of the event clear, even if often changes are under way, it helps to make things run smoothly in the pit. Before going to the track, the characteristics of the track must be clear, even if it’s a new one, length, height, altitude , the radius of the turns and type of asphalt can be very good information.
STEP 4 SHAKEDOWN, TEST PERFORMANCE, CONSISTENCE AND DEGRADE The time comes to get onto he track, check that everything is ok: working temperature, pressures, battery tension and last but not least the gps track of
WORKING WITH METRICHE
the circuit to be divided into different
In such cases it’s very important to work with metrics, that is, performance
sections. And on this base one starts
indicators. For example, metrics can be:
elaborating the metrics. Once you have collected the shakedown
FTT (FULL TIME THROTTLE), THAT IS, THE NUMBER OF SECONDS YOU
data, you have to elaborate them and
SPEND IN FULL THROTTLE.
transfer them to the engineers with the relative comments: Information concerning engine revs to use on the track, carburetion power and torque at the wheel at different points of the track, the mechanic gets all the information concerning engine speed along the track, carburetion, power and torque at the wheel at different points of the track, maximum and minimum temperatures, etc. This information can be improvised, they derive from comparisons made with measurements taken on the test bench while the engine was being prepared for the weekend’s racing. The person responsible for the chassis gets all the information regarding track grip, tyre temperatures, lateral and longitudinal forces, the vehicle skids (you need a gyroscope, and load transfer value. All this information have to be completed with environmental date concerning humidity, temperature, wind and asphalt temperature.
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HISTOGRAM OF ENGINE REV USE
QUALIFIERS: With the data that has been gathered, together with the team you decide on baest setup for qualifiers, the driver has been informed as to what number of revs are needed for the tyres to reach the right temperature and he also knows the number of revs require for the tyre to be performing and where he has to drive following the vehicle through and where he can attack.
RACE: According to the place taken in G LATERAL-G LONGITUDINAL
qualifiers, you then decide on race strategy, in short races, it may seem strange to talk about strategies, but with data analysis you can divide the race into three segments, looking to the point where the vehicle performs best and which part of the race you will have a drop in performance. The ideal would be to have a well performing vehicle from start to finish, but things are hardly ever like that, so you have to see how to do the best you can. However, with the data you have gathered, you can “put things right” and get best results at the height of
After the first briefing, depending on the programme, you decide to set up the
vehicle for a first performance test and then proceed with a consistence test, that is, study the repetibility of performance, and in the end you work out tyre wear. In particular, you check to see how long it takes for the tyres to enter the workrange, if it’s stationery or there is any overheating phenomenon and you study the lateral acceleration produced lap after lap. In each phase you have to ask the driver to tell you all the sensations he got whilst driving and then look for confirmation of this in te data, that’s if our datalogger allows us to do so.
THE REAL WORK STARTS AFTER THE RACE Having finished the race, you have to study success and failure, as you have a set of interesting data available, the aim is to see if the decisions taken before the race were either too conservative of too audacious.
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AUSTRALIAN KARTING ICONS VICTA ENGINE AND SPORTS KART
Australian Vintage Karting Hall of Fame member John Horsburgh displaying his 1961 Carlson kart powered by the Ross Chipperfield prepared Victa engine, all proudly made in Australia.
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Victa is an iconic Australian brand with a history that dates back some 64 years. From humble beginnings in 1952 in Mervyn Victor Richardsonâ€™s backyard in Concord, New South Wales, the business has expanded to become a global exporter of Lawn care products. Today, Victa is owned by the Briggs & Stratton Corporation, a world leader in small engine manufacture and a major supplier of engines to Victa. Currently the vast majority of Victa products continue to be made in Australia at the headquarters of the company in Moorebank New South Wales. Sadly, in the latest Victa catalogue there no longer is a karting section. REPORT: FRANK WEIR / PHOTOS: ROSS CHIPPERFIELD
he Victa Sports kart, both chassis and engine
a compression ratio of 16 to 1 and methanol fuel made the
were the backbone of Australian karting during
Victa really go but by this stage of tune the flywheel started
the early 1960' s. In 1955 Ray Barwick was the sales
to fly apart. The problem with the flywheel was overcome by
manager for Victa who were using Villiers 98cc two
substituting the lightweight McCulloch unit for the heavier Victa
strokes on their mowers; they just could not get enough of the
unit. Two of the most famous exponents of the Victa engine
British engine to satisfy production. So, in 1956 they decided
back then were Adrian Coggins and Collin Hurst. These two
to develop their own. After studying a CZ motor, Victa
gentlemen battled each other for years using their own extensive modifications winning many Australian Championships
designed an engine which became the power unit for
during the sixties.
the famous Victa lawn mower, a 125cc two stroke producing 3.25 HP with two bearings on the drive
To accompany their engine Victa sold a
side. The double bearing was introduced because
kart. The Victa Sports kart started life as
Victa had discovered from experience with the
the Hot Rod kart. The kart was designed
Villiers engine that the mower blades
by Ray Barwick and was made by Clipper Products of Charlton New South Wales.
coming in contact with stones caused
Ray commissioned 100 karts to be made.
damage to the drive side
Initially Victa were not involved with Ray' s
crankcase bearing. Later
foray into kart manufacturing. However in 1960
an engine with a capacity of 160cc was produced. All
Ray sold his remaining stock of Hot Rod karts to
this took place just a few
Victa Mowers which were then marketed as the Victa Sports kart. At that time the Victa name
years before the advent of
became an integral part of Australian karting
karting in Australia. Karting took off in Australia
and today it is a fine example of karting
in 1959 and Victa engines
history from that Continent.
were being used everywhere
Ray Barwick' s Hot Rod/Victa Sports kart
as kart power plants. The early
design had a passing resemblance to
ones were highly modified
the American Dart kart made by Rupp in
because it was easy to get at
Mansfield Ohio. Incidentally Ray' s sons Graeme and Bruce Barwick are avid
the transfer ports, the ports could be
vintage kart racers regularly travelling from
removed by undoing a few fasteners. At that time
Australia to participate at the Vintage Kart
with karting in kind Ray Barwick commissioned high compression heads and large volume transfer ports to be made for what was in fact just a lawn mower engine. These performance
Reunion held annually at Adams Motorsports
Recognizable McCulloch coil and flywheel Park located in Riverside California. and exposable transfer passage.
As you would expect it' s not unusual to see a Victa kart and engine at an Australian
enhancers had competitors working in their garages during the week endeavoring to squeeze extra power
vintage karting meeting. Ross Chipperfield is a vintage karting
from their engines and hoping for better performance from
enthusiast from down under who is adapt at running a lathe and
their worked on motor at the weekend races. Switching to
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A 10 mm wide girdle was brazed to the base of the cylinder to stop barrel cracking after making transfer ducts bigger.
Graeme Barwick proudly shows a Victa powered Victa Sports kart. Graeme’s father, Ray was Sales Manager at Victa as well as a kart racer during the late 50s early 60s when karting was picking up in Australia.
In 2010 Australian Vintage Karting Hall of Fame member John
so Ross attached the covers using four small Allen headed
Horsburgh asked Ross, or Chippo as he is known by to friends, to
bolts located outside the port flow. The port covers are shaped
build a Victa motor for his 1961 Carlson Aussie kart. Incidentally
internally too in order to direct the gas flow towards the cylinder
the Australian Carlson was a close copy of the American Go Kart
wall opposite the exhaust port.
800 from that period.
The bottom of the Victa barrel used to crack when the lower
Ross and his son Scott had previously built a Victa powered
transfer port was enlarged and blended to the crankcase so a
Carlson Aussie back in 2009, and over the years it was the most
10 mm wide ‘girdle’ was brazed to the base of the cylinder to
used vintage kart in Australia logging up almost 3 hours of use
strengthen it, and additional tubes were brazed to the cylinder to
at one meeting. Ross’ original Victa had a capacity of 125 cc, a
match the enlarged inlet and exhaust ports.
square bore and stroke of 2.125 inches and produced 3.25 HP.
It is difficult to find new pistons and rings for a lawnmower made
The changes Ross applied to the engine doubled the power to
over 50 years ago of the right size . Ross believes that if possible
almost 7 HP at 7500 rpm. However, John Horsburgh who had
original parts should always be used, but if using a substitute
raced for many years wanted performance from the Victa to be
part means getting another old motor back on the track, then
even more impressive performance.
he’s all for it as long as the part does not increase performance
over the original item. Strike Products, a company located in Western Australia, have
Ross’ changes started with the top end. The cylinder head being
been making aftermarket pistons for Yamaha J and KT motors
used was a modern replica of the early 1960’s head developed
for years. They also make ‘big bore’ pistons for the speedway
by Ray Barwick with a 12cc squish type combustion chamber.
(dirt track) karters. An oversize piston for the KT Yamaha is very
The head was ‘through bolted’ to the crankcase, many were
close to the sizes of the original Victa piston. The skirt is 2 mm
using four long studs running from the crankcase through to the
shorter and the top is 0.75 mm lower. Strike pistons are available
cylinder head. The standard cylinder has four bolts to hold the
in sizes up to 56 mm external. As they weigh very close to the
cylinder to the crankcases and another four from the top of the
original Victa piston, there is no performance advantage. More
cylinder to secure the head.
good news, the pistons can be supplied in increments of 0.1 mm
Ross decided to use the same port timing as a KT100 Yamaha
(0.004 inches) instead of 0.010 inches associated with the original
kart motor in his Victa. After talking to the top Victa engine
Victa unit. This allows many rebores before a barrel that has had
manufacturers from ‘back then’ he found out that they also used
countless hours of modifying work done to it is oversize. Another
similar port timings!
positive point for Strike; they can insert the anti-rotation pin for
The removable alloy transfer port covers used on Ross’ engine
the piston ring wherever the customer wants it. Strike pistons use
are actually the original Ray Barwick covers. When Ross began
14 mm gudgeon pin. The Victa pin uses 9/16 of an inch or 14.3
making the Victa, he told Graeme Barwick that he needed to
mm, so if a Victa connecting rod is used a new small end bush
make some big port covers. Graeme managed to source an
has to be made to fit the little end of the rod.
original set from the sixties and willingly gave them to Ross. Port
A Tillotson carburetor and a megaphone type exhaust were used
covers are usually bolted to the cylinder by means of a stud and
to complete the top end of the motor.
nut which interrupts gas flow from the crankcase to the cylinder,
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VINTAGE Victa lawnmower, 1950s early 60s. The engine of this lawnmower was like the one that Ross Chipperfield changed into a race winning kart engine.
THE BOTTOM END Aluminum plates were welded to the top of the crankcases to mate with the ‘girdle’ on the bottom of the barrel and an alloy boss was also welded to the drive side crankcase to strengthen and stiffen it. An aluminum spacer was fitted between the double crankshaft bearings on the drive side to reduce crankcase volume. The crankshaft complete with connecting rod
WELDED ON ALLOY BOSS ON THE RIGHT TO STIFFEN CRANKSHAFT WITH MAX-TORQUE INBOARD DRIVE CLUTCH, YOU CAN SEE THE BLACK CRANKCASE SPACER TO ACCOMMODATE WIDER CONROD. UNDERSIDE OF REPRODUCTION BARWICK ALLOY HEAD IN FOREGROUND.
and crankpin was crack tested, shot peened and cryogenically treated and balanced to 60%. The original Victa connecting rod
modules tested proved to be unreliable.
ran loose (uncaged) rollers, so loose in fact that an extra roller
The Max-Torque clutch on Ross’ own Victa powered kart had
bearing could almost be inserted. Ross recalls that a successful
been running faultlessly for seven years, so Jim Donovan at
engine manufacturer from back then told him that the Victa
Max-Torque was approached for advice. Jim suggested the
connecting rod was a weak link, so a modern replacement was
Max-Torque SS model with a full length built in key to handle
sourced. The substitute connecting rod that Ross selected came
the extra horsepower. Ross had to make an internally tapered
from a 500 cc snowmobile motor and was much heavier and
adaptor to couple the clutch to the crank. The finished motor was
wider, hence the use of a black spacer between the crankcases
tested on a dynamometer to see if it produced the expected 12
to accommodate the extra width. The new rod had a caged roller
HP; disappointingly it only registered 9.5 HP; however, it turned
bearing big end; however a stepped crankpin had to be made to
10750 RPM. Mounted on John Horsburgh’s Carlson Aussie kart,
suit the original crankshaft holes.
Ross’ modified Victa engine is currently recognized as the fastest
In the early 1960’s the top Victa engine used a specially modified
rear engined Victa on Australian tracks.
crowded roller (uncaged) big end. The original crankpin was
It is said that in the early days of Australian karting the most
grown down and a hardened bush fitted in the big end eye of
impressive Victa motor displayed 22HP and 11000 rpm for a
the connecting rod. This arrangement required the rollers to be
very short time on the Victa factory development dyno before
changed every four meetings because hardening would chip
destroying itself! Ross’ little motor, which started life as a 3.25 HP
off the bush. The tuner that pioneered that modification was a
lawnmower engine, now produces 9.5 HP and 10750 rpm, and
Qantas Airlines engineer who had all the necessary machine
whatsmore it stays together! Ross reckons that given more time
tools available to him, and the skill required to make such a
he will be able to get more horsepower from the Victa.
change. The ignition spark was supplied using a McCulloch
Ross remembers that in the ground-breaking days of Australian
kart engine flywheel and coil. In the interest of maintenance
karting, Victa karting leader Ray Barwick was racing too, and
free running a Yamaha kart engine ignition module was used
at the same track as his parents although in different classes.
to replace the original points and condenser because the Victa
Ross is naturally proud that his parents won the first New South Wales State Championship and the first Australian National Championships in 1961. It seems like Ross and his Victa motor intend to carry on a winning family tradition albeit in John Horsburgh’s hands.
Original narrow Victa connecting rod (black); you can see that the replacement rod (bronze) is wider and requires a spacer to be fitted between the two crankcase halves.
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