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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Super One Series to award a free season’s racing to TKM Champions, Rotax Champions and Rotax Rookie winners

Super One organisers are delighted to announce that the class national champions in TKM Extreme, Junior TKM, MiniMax, Junior Max, Senior Max and the three Rotax Rookie winners will all receive a fully paid up 2015 Super One season (Rotax winners have the option of a new Rotax engine).

All the race entry fees, the registration fee, race and wet tyres and fuel costs will be covered for them thanks to the generosity of Tal-Ko for the TKM classes and JAG Engineering for the Rotax Classes. The deserving recipients for these awards, which are worth over £2500, are:

  • TKM Extreme: Joe Forsdyke
  • Junior TKM: Arran Mills
  • MiniMax: Dean MacDonald
  • Junior Max: Sandy Mitchell
  • Senior Max: Joseph Reilly
  • MiniMax Rookie: Jonathan Hoggard
  • Junior Max Rookie: Lucas Vaus
  • Senior Max Rookie: Pierce Lehane

These awards will continue through 2015 and beyond, so this is a prize very much worth aiming for during the season, whether experienced TKM or Rotax competitor or a Rotax Rookie first timer. The Super One offers excellent value for money, probably the best of any similar national or international series and all details are on superoneseries.com. Don’t delay, register online today!

The awards will be presented by former FIA WEC World Champion and triple Le Mans winner Alan McNish on Saturday 10th January at the NEC Autosport International Racing Car Show, Stand 6410 and again at the glittering awards evening.

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ABkC Secretary’s annual report – participation levels, cost cutting and new karters

In his Secretary’s report Graham Smith said we had 29 clubs in membership this year compared with 30 the previous year, but two new clubs have just joined – Whilton Mill rejoining and the newly MSA affiliated FP4k a brand new member. We thank the clubs for their support of the ABkC.

  • The clubs reported a total membership of 4436, very similar to the 4489 in 2013 and licences are going to be very similar at 3900 compared with 3986 in 2013, but participation is increased and so is the number of permits issued. Pack sales are inevitably down significantly presumably because of the higher price.
  • In his view the ABkC should be all about encouraging affordable karting, not racing for millionaires children, and to that end we had some success in encouraging the MSA to reduce the Start Karting price to £60 including the cost of one or two licences, and ARKS doing their part by reducing the test fee to £50 for 2015.
  • The ABkC is also working with the MSA to re‐launch Tyro, or Clubman racing as it is now called, with no medical or ARKS test required.
  • The ABkC has issued five newsletters throughout 2014 to keep the clubs informed of developments and proposals, also printed in the magazines.
  • The ABkC returned to KartMania with ARKS and the MSA where they were kept very busy and will be at Autosport again. Smith said he has also project managed the new and very successful website which is getting three requests per day for brochures and DVDs every single day, that’s 1000 potential new karters per annum.
  • The new Start Karting brochure has been printed with less emphasis on karting being a route to Formula 1, for which the ABkC had some criticism.
  • The club development fund allocated £1815 in 2014, so there will be about £5500 available for 2014/5.

If you have any comments to make regarding the ABkC and what they do, please email the Chairman Colin Wright at chairman@abkc.org.uk or phone him on 07841 034192.

This has been taken from the January ABkC Newsletter – you can read the full text here as a PDF.

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