CIK champions recognised in Milan

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Organised by WSK Promotion for its second year as promoter of the CIK-FIA international Competitions, the award ceremony for the 2014 season was held on Saturday, January 24th, 2015 in Milan, in the halls of the hotel Melia Milano.

In the presence of Shaikh Abdulla Bin Isa Al-Khalifa, the President of the CIK-FIA, and its Vice-President Kees Van de Grint, Luca De Donno, Chairman of WSK Promotion, opened the ceremony in front of numerous guests who included former Karting World Champion Nyck De Vries and a great figure in the history of the discipline, Angelo Parilla.

The awards presented to the three Karting World Champions of 2014, Marco Ardigo in KZ, Lando Norris in KF and Enaam Ahmed in KF-Junior, as well as the drivers classified 2nd and 3rd in the World Competitions, were the highlight of the ceremony. The European Champions, the top three in the Academy Trophy and the winner of the KZ2 International Super Cup were also rewarded, as well as Marta Garcia Lopez, the female driver supported by the FIA Women in Motorsport Commission.

The French club K61, represented by its President Claude Gripon, received the Trophy for Best CIK-FIA Event of 2014 for organising the World Championships for KF and KF-Junior at Aunay-les-Bois Essay (FRA) last September.

The CIK-FIA photo contest was won for the first time by a woman, the young Italian Emmanuella Nicoletti, who scored the most votes during the evening.

Dinner was served with music during the course of the ceremony along with projected videos showing the highlights of the season. All the guests were presented with The CIK-FIA Best of 2014, a 170 page book describing the key points of the year that has just ended in text and pictures.

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Mad Croc gets a new importer

MIR Raceline
MIR Raceline

2015 sees the arrival of Armando Filini’s new Mad-Croc Kart. The Italian team manager, one of the most respected in international karting, presents Mad-Croc Karting. The brand is directly connected – by name, colours, and logo – to the partnering Mad-Croc energy drink that is already a sponsor in different motorsport categories.

The team of professionals headed by Armando is already very well established, having been extremely successful in the past years of racing around the world.

New Official UK importers Dan Stilp and Simon Parker from PPR Kart team are delighted to join the Mad-Croc family as Mad-Croc Karting UK.

Simon says:

“After spending some time in the factory with Armando and seeing his passion for his new product and the dedication of his loyal staff make this really exciting times.

“The joining of forces with Dan and his huge experience and vast knowlegde of the sport, just make this new package a force to be reckoned with!”

The kart is available for all Rotax, Iame X30 classes and KZ. If you are interested in trying the new kart email pprkartteam@live.co.uk to arrange a test.

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Bambino Kart Club goes non-MSA

The Bambino Kart Club Tour will run as an IKR series this season, a decision that will avoid conflict for the clubs with the MSA and give greater scope for cost-effective and exciting Bambino competition.

Series organiser Darren Beavers says “I’ve gone non-MSA meaning I can still run a cheap cost-effective drivers championship on the Saturday at club meetings (as not on permit) and also take the championship to non-MSA places such as Lydd and Hooton park that actually let them race rather than time trial, so my series will be part time-trial part race… Another benefit of being non-MSA means I can now take more entries as not limited to the amount of karts you can put on a grid like you are in MSA.”

Registration has re-opened and further entries are being accepted into the 2015 BKC Tour, previously capped at a maximum of 30 drivers and on the verge of being full. The move away from MSA permitted events enables the Tour to accept a further 10 registrations into the series.

The 2015 BKC Tour has six rounds in a time trial format and the other two rounds of wheel-to-wheel races, so drivers will be awarded for their efforts over the whole day, not just the final. Some rounds are held over just one day, other rounds will make a weekend of it, bringing the drivers and families together for both on and off track entertainment.

Although the BKC Tour is an independent kart racing series (IKR) it still follows strict rules and regulations to ensure fairness and safety.

The registration fee for the series is £350, this includes a set of new tyres that last all season with no other tyres required. Each meeting costs £50 for 1 day rounds or £85 for 2 day rounds.

For more information see BambinoKartClub.com.

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1997 World Champion Courtney launches kart brand

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Holden V8 Supercars star, James Courtney is set to pass on the experience of his youth and support the next generation of racers by launching his own line of go-karts under the JC Kart banner.

Courtney is a two-time CIK-FIA World Karting Champion, having won the 1995 World Junior Karting Championship held at Braga in Portugal, and the Senior title in Salbris, France, just two years later. He remains the only Australian to have won a world karting title at any level.

The 2010 V8 Supercars Champion and factory Holden Racing Team driver has teamed with former mentor Jon Targett to bring the brand to market, with the first JC Kart to be unveiled next month.

Designed in conjunction with Courtney and Targett, and manufactured in Italy, JC Karts will offer a line of models covering the entire range of go-karting categories, from Cadet to the CIK-FIA classes.

“I cannot explain how excited and proud I am launching JC Karts,” Courtney said.

“Go-karting is the foundation for all motor racing – it is not only a fun and exciting sport, but is also where so many of today’s champions began their careers.

“I have many great memories of my time karting, and for the past few years have been kicking around the idea of how I could again become involved and give something back to it – and JC Karts is the result.”

Courtney said Targett’s involvement has been crucial in the launch of JC Karts.

Targett is considered one of the world’s best kart drivers and mentors, having raced and beaten former F1 stars Jarno Trulli, Giancarlo Fisichella, Jan Magnussen and Jos Verstappen, before guiding the likes of Courtney and former V8 driver David Besnard.

“When the idea of building my own brand was floated there was no one that I wanted more to be a part of JC Karts than Jon,” Courtney said.

“Not only was he a great driver in his own right, and an advisor to me in my early career, but Jon was also instrumental in the success of the Top Kart and Energy Corse brands.”

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TKM engine fiche changes reminder

IMG_4283.JPGTal-Ko have released the following regarding the 2015 engine regulations:

As you should be aware from the TKM 2015 Regulations and 2015 BT82 Engine Fiche, some small but very important changes have been made to help cut out the cheating that was discovered last year concerning engine ports from one engine builder.

In particular it is pointed out that the permitted inlet port opening amount has been reduced fractionally from 22.00 to 21.90mm. This will not cause any problems on engines fitted with the normal standard 15 thou cylinder base gasket or engines fitted with more than one cylinder base gasket. However on engines running with just one 10 thou cylinder base gasket it might fractionally make the engine illegal.

So with the first events of the year already coming up please do ensure that your engine will be legal. If in any doubt, and your engine is being used at present with just one single 10 thou cylinder base gasket we strongly advise that you replace it with one single 15 thou cylinder base gasket which should make it legal.

We further remind drivers that our offer of free checking of engines for any illegal modifications to the barrel runs to the end of January 2015. Up to that date if we find your engine has illegally modified ports we will give you the option of replacements at 40% discount. Such checks can only be carried out at our premises in Sandy, Bedfordshire.

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CIK announces dates for the Coppa dei Campioni and Historic Super Cup

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The Historic Coppa dei Campioni and the CIK-FIA Super Cup for Historic Karts have become the highlight of the year for historic karting fans.

The CIK-FIA and its partners, ASI, Retrokart France and the ACO are happy to announce that the 4th Historic Coppa dei Campioni will be held at the Jesolo Pista Azzura on 17th May 2015 and the CIK-FIA Super Cup for Historic karts will support the KZ World Championship at the famous Le Mans Karting International Circuit on 13 September 2015.

Specific regulations and entry forms will be available soon from ASI at and Retrokart France.

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Will Stevens to present the SSM Super One awards at Autosport International

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Will Stevens, Britain’s latest Formula One race driver, will join representatives from the MSA, JAG Engineering, Tal-Ko, ACR and the ABkC to hand out the glittering array of 2014 SSM Super One trophies and awards. The ceremony will take place on the Super One stand 6410 at Autosport International at the NEC Birmingham on Saturday 10th January.

Class champions in TKM and Rotax plus Rotax Rookies will be awarded with a free entry to the 2015 Super One (or alternative of a new Rotax Engine for Rotax winners), the MSA British IAME Cadet champion receives a free entry to the X30 International race and the ABkC awards cheques to the value of over £16,000 from the generosity of the tyre suppliers and their importers Anderson CSK with Dunlop, JAG Engineering with Mojo, Tal-Ko with Maxxis and Zipkart with Bridgestone. All class winners will also be awarded a Koden carbon fibre helmet and a prize from TAG-Heuer. The Series wishes to thank all 2014 sponsors especially headline partner Stevenage Sheet Metal.

The awards ceremony for the Rotax Classes and Honda Cadet will take place at 1pm, and the MSA KZ1 and IAMECadet, TKM and KGP classes at 3pm. Thereafter the prestigious Awards Dinner will be held at the Hilton Coventry Hotel in the evening.

Please do come along to talk to us about competing in the Super One Series with any questions you have, full registration details are here.

The Friday format is now six ten minute sessions of practice and over Saturday and Sunday there will be a six minute Timed Qualifying session then two ten minute heats, a fifteen minute plus one lap prefinal and a Grand Final also of fifteen minutes plus a lap per class.

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