CIK tender results for the international championships

  • All events – Panta “KART RON 102” fuel for all CIK Championships, Cups and Trophies
  • World & European KF – Vega Prime (White) tyres
  • World & European KFJ – LeCont Option tyres
  • World & European KZ – Bridgestone Prime tyres
  • European & Super Cup KZ2 – LeCont Prime tyres
  • Academy Trophy – Bridgestone Option tyres

The WSK championships usually use the same tyres as the CIK championships.

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TKM Southern Club Championship dates finalised

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A first provisional calendar has been released for the new Southern TKM Club Championship due to get underway in Spring 2015 following in the wheel-tracks of the successful Midlands and Northern series.

The Junior and Senior championship will be run at six events with one dropped score. The events at Clay Pigeon, Dunkeswell, Llandow, Forest Edge and Buckmore Park will be joined by the Maxxis TKM Festival at Kimbolton in August, an event where a large number of drivers take part anyway making it a logical addition and featuring full TV coverage.

Registered drivers will be able to score points not just in the final, but also based on the grid for the final. This will reward drivers who perform well in the heats but then might have a problem in the final. In addition a Clubman category will be run for the Seniors if sufficient registrations are received.

Dunkeswell Kart Club will act as host club for the series with organisation carried out by TKM co-ordinator Grahame Butterworth. Welcoming the series Grahame said:

“The concept we established in the Midlands and North has been very successful and we are delighted at the enthusiastic response we have received from drivers and clubs in the Southern area.”

TKM parent company Tal-Ko Racing will organise support for the series which will take place as part of normal club race meetings creating minimum upheaval for clubs. It is open to drivers of all abilities from novice through to experienced.

Drivers will be required to register with Tal-Ko in order to score points and full details of registration will be announced in January. In the meantime provisional dates are as follows:

  1. April 12th – Clay Pigeon
  2. May 31st – Dunkeswell
  3. June 20th/21st – Llandow
  4. August 8th/9th – Kimbolton TKM Festival (with TV coverage)
  5. September 6th – Forest Edge
  6. October 18th – Buckmore Park
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Christmas holiday testing dates

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These are the days I have found or been notified of between now and 11th January, please check before travelling. Any other clubs please email me and I’ll add you to the list.

  • Friday 12th December – PFi or Bayford Meadows
  • Saturday 13th December – PFi
  • Sunday 14th December – Bayford Meadows
  • Tuesday 16th December – PFi or Whilton Mill
  • Wednesday 17th December – Whilton Mill or Bayford Meadows
  • Friday 19th December – PFi or Bayford Meadows
  • Saturday 20th December – PFi
  • Sunday 21st December – GYG, Whilton Mill or Bayford Meadows
  • Tuesday 23rd December – PFi
  • Saturday 27th December – PFi
  • Sunday 28th December – Whilton Mill
  • Monday 29th December – Whilton Mill
  • Tuesday 30th December – GYG or PFi
  • Friday 2nd January – PFi or Whilton Mill
  • Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th January – TVKC Winter Series – R2
  • Sunday 4th January – Buckmore Park
  • Tuesday 6th January – PFi
  • Friday 9th January – PFi
  • Saturday 10th January – PFi
  • Sunday 11th January – Buckmore Park

Llandow and Larkhall are open most days, please check with them, and GYG tend to post days on their website at fairly short notice.

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Ocon wins FIA Prizegiving kart race

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The inaugural FIA Prize-Giving Challenge has been won by a team comprising FIA European Truck Racing champion Norbert Kiss and the President of Austria’s motor sport body the Oberste Nationale Sportkomission für den Motorsport (OSK).

“It’s awesome,” said Kiss of the victory. “To be honest, I’m really surprised. I’m not normally that good in go-karts but we did really well in the other challenges so, very happy.”

Across four hotly contested challenges, the duo saw off strong competition from World Rally Cross Championship Touring Car category champion Daniel Lundh and Paolo Lonjomi.

In the main karting sprint race, first place went to FIA F3 European Champion Esteban Ocon, with the French racer, who recently tested for the Lotus F1 team, finishing ahead of three-time grand prix winning F1 star Daniel Ricciardo, and FIA World Touring Car Champion Jose Maria Lopez.

Taking place on the eve of the FIA’s glittering annual Prize-Giving ceremony, the unique competition brought together stars from across the FIA’s championships to compete alongside FIA member club representatives attending this week’s Annual General Assembly in the Qatari capital of Doha.

The action-packed evening took in four challenges, with delegates and senior FIA figures teaming up for two of the event’s activities. The first saw the teams piloting two-person go-karts, with one team member steering and the other working the brake and throttle. With just a single flying lap available to each squad the pressure was on, and at the end of the competition the honours went to the team of FIA F3 European Championship star Felix Rosenqvist and senior FIA legal figure Sébastien Bernard.

The second event saw the teams pitted against each other in a stern test of brainpower as they were quizzed on motor sport and motoring knowledge by event host and three-time Le Mans 24 Hour winner Allan McNish. Emerging victorious after this round was the team of Lundh and Lonjomi, their perfect score putting them firmly into contention as the competition edged towards the halfway mark.

The third element of the challenge featured a novel approach to a football penalty taking competition with the drivers having ‘kick’ the ball to the net by clipping it with a speeding kart. Kiss dominated with a perfect score of five out of five penalties converted.

That just left the kart sprint races, with a qualifying session leading to three races. Bernard took a comfortable victory in the race for the slowest 12 qualifiers but the second final was a more bruising encounter, with FIA World Rallycross champion Petter Solberg winning a race-long battle with FIA Asia-Pacific Rally champion Jan Kopecky.

And so to the final race for the 12 quickest qualifiers. On pole was Ocon, but the young Frenchman got away slowly at the start and the lead was seized by World Rallycross Championship star Reinis Nitiss, with Ricciardo jumping up to third place.

The three-world class racers tussled hard through the opening laps, but when Ricciardo and Nittiss ran slightly wide battling for the lead, Ocon slipped past to take first place. He went on to build a solid lead over Ricciardo who finished second. Nittiss, however, dropped to fourth, with Lopez stealing third place. Fifth place went to Rosenqvist, with nine-times Le Mans 24-Hours winner Tom Kristensen sixth.

However, when the final tallies were made it was Kiss and Hertz who took the overall prize ahead of Lundh and Lonjomi, with Kristensen and new FIA Secretary General for Mobility Andrew McKellar taking the final podium spot.

The final word on exciting new event in the FIA calendar went to grand prix star Daniel Ricciardo.

“I really enjoyed that. It was a great event. In all honesty I rarely have a bad time when there are go-karts involved, so thanks to the FIA for organising an excellent evening.”

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Easykart allows Cadets to race from age 7


Lewis Hamilton started racing at 8 years old but for next year young drivers can start racing Easykart Cadet from seven years of age in the 2015 Easykart UK Championship.

Next year’s Easy Cadet Championships will permit drivers to race who are seven years old but in the year of their eighth birthday.

Drivers will have to meet a minimum drivers weight of 27kg including racing suit,boots,gloves and helmet and be a minimum height of 125cm.

It will be obligatory for new Easy Cadet drivers aged seven years old and in the year of their eighth birthday, to complete two Official Easykart test days and pass the Easykart Evaluation driver test before they are allowed to race in the Easykart Championship.

Easykart UK recommend young drivers considering racing to have previous or current Bambino or Bambino corporate karting experience.

For more information call Easykart UK on 01527 889595

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FIA ensures Max Verstappen will be the last of his kind

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A proposal on the conditions of attribution of the Super Licence was approved for 2016, on the basis of the following criteria:

1. Safety criteria

The following changes have been made compared to the current regulations:

  • There is a valid driving licence requirement.
  • There is a minimum age requirement (18yo).
  • There is a verification of knowledge of the F1 Sporting Regulations/ISC rules.

2. Experience criteria

With the following changes compared to the current regulations:

  • There is the 300km in F1 TCC or TPC_ as a minimum requirement.
  • There is a 2 years minimum running in minor Formulas.

3. Performance criteria

With the following changes compared to the current regulations:

  • There is a point system requirement, based on the driver results in previous Formulas.
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TKM Midlands and Northern Club Championship dates out now

The first provisional calendar for the TKM Club Championship in the Midlands and North has been released with expansion for 2015 in direct response to the positive feedback received from the many drivers taking part. Dates for the new Southern series are still being finalised.

For 2015 in the Midlands, Junior, Senior and Clubman championships will be run at five events with a double header in the last round at Whilton Mill, making it six rounds in total with one dropped score. The Clubman competitors will compete in the same number of events but with one different date.

In the North the championship will be run at seven events with one dropped score. A Clubman class will be run along with Junior and Senior subject to sufficient entries.

The additional round for both is the Maxxis TKM Festival at Kimbolton in August, an event where a large number of drivers take part anyway making it a logical addition and featuring full TV coverage.

A new feature for 2015 will be points scoring not just in the final, but also based on the grid for the final. This will reward drivers who perform well in the heats but then might have a problem in the final.

Tal-Ko will also organise extra support for the developing series, now entering its fourth season and which has had a very high following, one of the largest in British karting. It is open to drivers of all abilities from novice through to experienced.

Series organisation will be carried out by TKM co-ordinator Grahame Butterworth. He said:

“We have taken into account driver and club feedback to give the series more scope while at the same time adding in the Festival round which is an exceptional and popular event with TV coverage.”

Drivers will be required to register with Tal-Ko in order to score points and full details of registration will be announced in the New Year. In the meantime provisional dates are as follows:

Midland Champs

  1. April 19th – Shenington
  2. May 10th – Kimbolton (not Clubman)
  3. June 7th – Rissington
  4. August 8th–9th – Kimbolton Maxxis TKM Festival (with TV coverage)
  5. September 20th – Shenington (Clubman only)
  6. October 25th – Whilton Mill (double header)

Northern Champs

  1. March 15th – Hooton Park
  2. May 10th – Rowrah
  3. June 14th – Wombwell
  4. July 26th – Three Sisters
  5. August 8th–9th – Kimbolton Maxxis TKM Festival (with TV coverage)
  6. September 20th – Hooton Park
  7. October 11th – Rowrah

Further information and updates will be available on the Tal-Ko website – note this will be upgraded with a brand new site for the turn of the year at the same address.

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