CIK bumpers – the next step

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The CIK-FIA has released details of what went wrong with the anti-crash bumper system and what they’re doing to improve it. It sounds like a revised system will be in place in May.

Here’s a Q&A with the CIK’s Kay Oberheide:

Why has the CIK-FIA decided to suspend, with immediate effect, the use of new front fairing mounting kit?
The only reason is because if the front fairing drops down onto the lower bar, it could, under certain circumstances, pass underneath the kart. This could only happen if the front of the kart is lifted upwards by around 15cm, which is possible if a driver leaves the track and the kart crosses the verge or if the driver is moving along off the track on a surface that is not flat, for example on grass.

Why has the CIK implemented this system given that it seems that it is not technically advanced?
During several tests carried out by the CIK and even during the two events of the 2014 CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy (a total of 12 races) in which this system was used, the front fairing never passed underneath the kart after having dropped onto the lower bar. We should, however, reproach ourselves for not having tested this system away from the usual track, on uneven ground such as grass.

Has the new front fairing mount been abandoned permanently?
No, as we already mentioned on 17 March, we have suspended the use of this kit for an indefinite period.

How is the CIK-FIA working to find a solution?
Before suspending the use of new front fairing mounting kit, we had already conducted two days of testing aimed at finding a solution without having to change any homologated parts. We found some solutions. However, we had to take everything into account and ultimately, all these possible solutions were liable to have had an impact on other issues. Consequently, we had no choice other than to stop using the current fixation system.Having said this, yesterday we conducted a successful track test in which we found a solution that eliminated the possibility of the front fairing passing underneath the kart if it is no longer in the correct position. Now our partner, KG Karting will modify the mould of the ‘front fairing mounting kit’ and I am confident that we will be able to implement this system for all international karting events at the beginning of May 2015.

Is the CIK still convinced of the effectiveness of this system to fight against anti-sporting behaviour?
Yes. We have received some genuinely positive feedback from several team managers and drivers. In particular, after the first international event last weekend in Castelletto (ITA) in which this system was no longer used.

All of them explained that the races in which the system was used were particularly notable for fair sportsmanship. Therefore, we remain convinced that it was the correct decision to implement such a system.

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Rotax overwhelmed by demand for evo kits, says US Rotax importer

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MAXSpeed have released the following statement:

Since the launch of the Rotax 125 MAX evo engine program in November in Spain, MAXSpeed Group has been committed to the US market by investing heavily in the inventory of over 575 engines, but also in over 1,500 of the 125 MAX evo engine upgrade kits.

Back in Austria, they have been dealing with a very large demand that has been overwhelming to say the least. At this time, MAXSpeed Group is not able to meet the demand from the US market. We are very close to fulfilling the market’s demand in the next couple of weeks and we have been in contact with Rotax-BRP on a daily basis to ensure that these parts will come in as soon as possible.

We have some Rotax MAX Challenge series beginning in April that will be affected by this back order situation, which will ultimately affect the way the point structure should normally run. I have personally spoken to the race promoters to suggest a point system that would make sense for them and their customers. Please be on the lookout for a press release from these race series for updated point structures.

On behalf of Rotax and the MAXSpeed Group, we sincerely apologize for this situation, however, we are confident that we will be able to resolve this situation in the next couple of weeks.

Sincerely,

Richard Boisclair

President, MAXSpeed Group

Sounds like it’s a good thing that we’re waiting until 2016 in the UK!

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Novalak wins KFJ ahead of De Pauw

Clement Novalak (WSK Press)
Clement Novalak (WSK Press)

Noah Watt from RFM was the revelation of the weekend in KFJ, taking pole position in the good weather on Friday but by Sunday Clement Novalak was in a position to take his second win in a row. Logan Sargeant was 2nd for most of the Final until an attack on Novalak didn’t come off, giving Ulysse De Pauw his first podium, while Watt would have been 2nd without a 3s penalty.

Qualifying: First pole position for Watt

Noah Watt (WSK Press)

Noah Watt (WSK Press)

The first qualifying session for KF-Junior was very lively until Noah Watt (FA Kart / Vortex) set a time of 48.223s ​​two minutes before the end, 0.145s faster than Presley Martono, with Ye Yifei finishing 3rd ahead of Clement Novalak (Tony Kart / Vortex) who made a comeback late in the session, Nikita Volegov was 5th and Christian Lundgaard (Tony Kart / Vortex) 6th. Logan Sargeant (FA Kart / Vortex) was 11th by 0.3s, Jean-Baptiste Simmenauer (Tony Kart / Vortex) 18th and Tom Leuillet (BirelART / Parilla) 20th by 0.4s.

The final ranking was decided late in the second session. Davide Lombardo (Exprit / Vortex) and Artem Petrov (DR / TM) competed for the lead, followed closely by Dmitrii Bogdanov (Tony Kart / Vortex) and Marta Garcia (FA Kart / TM), a situation that would evolve over the closing laps. Lombardo was credited with the fastest lap with a time of 48.345s, Petrov was 2nd by 0.045s with Bogdanov 3rd by 0.068s.

In the overall standings of the 65 entries Watt took his first pole position in KF-Junior ahead of Lombardo, Martono, Petrov 4th, Bogdanov 5th and Garcia 6th.

Saturday Heats: Novalak the undefeated leader

With three wins, Novalak is unquestionably the man of the day, while the young Dane Watt, winning twice, may well deserve the title of the revelation of the weekend. Also victorious, Lombardo was 3rd in front of Sargeant and Garcia. Teddy Wilson (Zanardi / TM), who had already completed his four heats, was in a promising 6th place ahead of Ivan Shvetsov (Tony Kart / Vortex) and Lundgaard.

The last two winners on Saturday, Yi Fei Ye (Exprit / Vortex) and Rasmus Lindh (Ricciardo / Parilla) took 10th and 11th positions. Muizziddin Bin Abdul Gafar (CRG / Vortex), in 13th, made a good impression in the morning, and Petrov, held up in the first heat, remains one to watch, as does David Vidales (Energy / TM ) in 22nd and Ulysses De Pauw (BirelART / Parilla) 23rd.

Sunday Heats: Lombardo takes the lead on a slippery track

Davide Lombardo (KSP.fr)

Davide Lombardo (KSP.fr)

The slippery track and wet tyres changed the status quo on Sunday morning during the last two qualifying heats in KF-Junior. Novalak and Lundgaard dropped out in the heat A vs D, while Vidales won against Sargeant, Watt and Garcia. Lundgaard came back to 11th, and Novalak 13th ahead of Lucas Légeret (BirelART / Parilla) and Charles Milesi (Tony Kart / Vortex).

Lombardo soared in the heat B vs C and regained the lead in the intermediate classification thanks to his superb victory ahead of De Pauw. Lindh was up to 3rd place ahead of Kush Maini (Tony Kart / Vortex), who set the fastest lap, and Leuillet who gained 10 places. Martono retired which cost him dearly in terms of points.

Lombardo therefore took the lead at the end of the heats, which means pole position in Prefinal A. Watt will start on pole in prefinal B. Sargeant has moved up to 3rd from Garcia with Novalak 5th. Wilson is 6th, Shvetsov 7th, Lundgaard 8th, Lindh 9th and Abdul Gafar 10th.

Prefinal A

Lombardo did not keep the lead for long in Prefinal A. Sargeant took the lead at the second corner, then Lorenzo Colombo (Tony Kart / LKE) and Shvetsov also took 2nd and 3rd. Perdana Minang was conspicuous in 5th place, 12 places up, and Petr Ptacek (Formula K / Parilla) was back strongly in the top 10 with a gain of 18 places. Sargeant did not drop the pace and won the race ahead of Colombo and Shvetsov, Minang finished 4th, Milen Ponomarenko (Tony Kart / LKE) 5th and Bogdan Fetisov (FA Kart / Vortex) 6th. Sun Yue Yang (FA Kart / Vortex) set the fastest time and came back to 9th. Petrov dropped sharply early in the race and ended up retiring. Lindh also retired, shortly before the finish.

Prefinal B

Watt managed to keep his head at the start of Prefinal B. Novalak was determined and grabbed 2nd place from the third lap overtaking Garcia. Milane Petelet (Kosmic / Vortex) was the victim of crash on the straight, and Bin Adul Gafar dropped to back of the pack later. Vidales again took 4th ahead of Martono and De Pauw. Timothy Peisselon (BirelART / Parilla) made an excellent start to the race with a gain of 11 places, followed by Lundgaard. Vidales then lost a few places, while the leader Watt still resisted the pressure from Novalak, then Martono and Légeret in great shape. 8th place went to De Pauw, Leuillet was 10th, Vidales 12th, Peisselon 13th ahead of Lundgaard, who set the fastest lap.

Final: Novalak wins ahead of Sargeant

Clement Novalak (KSP.fr)

Clement Novalak (KSP.fr)

Watt started ahead of Novalak in the KF-Junior final, but a kart spun on the line and hit the barriers, while a another went off at the entrance of the first corner. The slow procedure was triggered. It must be said that the track was now completely soaked. The race resumed on the fifth lap and Novalak immediately went on the attack to take the lead before Watt was penalized 3s on the following lap, leaving 2nd place on the screen to Sargeant. Colombo was 3rd in front of De Pauw and Vidales. Simmenauer had a thunderous start to the race in 12th position ahead of Leuillet. Minang gave up and Lombardo was last on the track.

Novalak and Sargeant didn’t let go of the top two places, Watt remained 3rd on the track and in 4th place behind De Pauw. Ponomarenko was in 5th position ahead of Max Hesse (Croc Promotion / TM), then Simmenauer and Leuillet who were watching out for Colombo. Sargeant attacked Novalak on the 14th of 16 laps. He responded and Sargeant had to go on to the grass. Novalak crossed the finish line of this crazy race as the winner ahead of Watt (ranked 4th), De Pauw 2nd and Sargeant 3rd. Ponomarenko finished 5th, Hesse 6th, Leuillet 7th, Colombo 8th, Légeret 9th and Kush Maini 10th after a penalty in the Prefinal.

Ulysse De Pauw, Clement Novalak & Logan Sargeant (KSP.fr)

Ulysse De Pauw, Clement Novalak & Logan Sargeant (KSP.fr)

Text originally by Kartcom.

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Ardigo beats Abbasse to win KZ2 at Castelletto

Marco Ardigo (KSP.fr)
Marco Ardigo (KSP.fr)

There were some surprises in the dry Qualifying session but by Sunday the usual order had been restored with a win for Marco Ardigo against Sodi’s Anthony Abbasse and Ardigo’s team-mate Flavio Camponeschi.

Qualifying: Pescador on pole ahead of Kozlinski

Jorge Pescador (WSK Press)

Jorge Pescador (WSK Press)

The weather was beautiful on Friday afternoon at Castelletto for timed qualifying at the second round of the WSK Super Master Series. The track had time to regain grip and traction was excellent. KZ2 went out first at 16.20 for their first session.

Andrea Dale (CRG / Maxter) led to start with. Paolo De Conto (CRG / Maxter) then took the lead with a lap of 46.313s, with Davide Fore (CRG / Maxter) following by 0.025s then Flavio Camponeschi (Tony Kart / Vortex) finished 3rd by 0.083s, 0.005s ahead of Anthony Abbasse (Sodi / TM). Douglas Lundberg (Kosmic / Vortex) set the 9th fastest time with his new team and Rick Dreezen (Ricciardo / Parilla) was 10th on his debut with BirelART. Patrik Hajek (Praga / Parilla) could do no better than 11th.

The second session, scheduled 45 minutes later, was faster than the first. Arnaud Kozlinski (Sodi / TM) rapidly advanced ahead of Jorge Pescador (Praga / Parilla), who then took the advantage and set the fastest time of the class, 46.243s, or 0.037s better than the French driver. Fabian Federer (CRG / Maxter) finished 3rd in front of Jorrit Pex (Intrepid / TM) and Luca Corberi (Tony Kart / Vortex). Marco Ardigo (Tony Kart / Vortex) was 8th behind Lorenzo Camplese (Formula K / Parilla) and Bas Lammers (Formula K / Parilla) was in 16th position

The pole therefore goes to Pescador ahead of Kozlinski, De Conto 3rd, Fore 4th, Federer 5th, Camponeschi 6th and Abbasse 7th. 40 drivers were on the track, and Jonathan Thonon was absent this weekend.

Heats: De Conto takes control in KZ2

Paolo De Conto (WSK Press)

Paolo De Conto (WSK Press)

De Conto dominated the first heat, B vs C, from the start as Kozlinski could not take advantage of his leading position. Camponeschi took the opportunity to take 2nd place ahead of Dale. Ardigo managed a gain of seven places finishing 4th ahead of Kozlinski, a little more comfortable at the end of the race. Best lap was from Lennox-Lamb in 7th ahead of Hajek and Dreezen. Mirko Torsellini (Ricciardo / TM) fell sharply after being pushed into a spin by Simo Puhakka (CRG / Maxter), who was then penalised 10s.

De Conto also won the second heat, A vs C, which was at first led by Pescador. De Conto went ahead after Camponeschi attacked the leader. Abbasse lost out trying to attack Lennox-Lamb for 4th place and was ranked only 12th. There was a beautiful 7th for Lundberg ahead of Gary Carlton (Intrepid / Modena) who gained eight places. Corberi set the fastest time after being held up by a hesitant start from Fore.

The 3rd heat, A vs B, was not without it’s surprises. Kozlinski experienced a difficult first lap, little helped by Pescador, who rapidly yielded the lead to Federer. Very incisively, Abbasse came back to 2nd before losing out to Marijn Kremers (BirelART / Parilla) and Corberi who finished 2nd after taking seven positions. Fore was in 3rd place briefly, then dropped to 6th and recovered 4th to the wire against Abbasse and Pescador. Kozlinski was 7th ahead of Ardigo, who set the fastest lap.

De Conto took the lead in KZ2 at the end of the heats from Camponeschi, Pescador and Fore. Jorrit Pex was 5th, Kozlinski 6th, Dale 7th, Lennox-Lamb 8th, Ardigo 9th, Federer 10th and Abbasse 11th.

Prefinal A

Anthony Abbasse (KSP.fr)

Anthony Abbasse (KSP.fr)

De Conto started perfectly at the lights for Prefinal A, and Ardigo and Abbasse also made a great start. Abbasse grabbed 2nd place ahead of Ardigo, while Kremers attacked Hajek. While De Conto had a small gap, Abbasse took the lead in the race on the third lap but the Italian seemed to be experiencing engine problems, and Ardigo was then overtaken by Kremers. Pescador lost time early in the race and was running 8th and Lundberg was back in the top 10 after a complicated first lap. Abbasse soared to victory with the fastest time almost 6s ahead of Ardigo, with Kremers 3rd, Pex 4th from Hajek and De Conto.

Prefinal B

Jordon Lennox-Lamb (KSP.fr)

Jordon Lennox-Lamb (KSP.fr)

There was startline madness in Prefinal B with Lennox-Lamb surging up the outside at the end of the first long right turn and took the lead ahead of Corberi and Fore. Kozlinski found himself locked in 4th position, then overtaken by Dreezen. Camponeschi lost seven places. Corberi was close to Lennox-Lamb, Dreezen was back in the wheeltracks of Fore and Alexander Schmitz (Tony Kart / Vortex) was 5th. Dreezen passed Fore under braking to capture 3rd position, followed by Schmitz. Corberi then attacked Lennox-Lamb who was unlikely to give way, and Dreezen joined them at the end of the race. The positions were stable until the finish, hailing the victory of Lennox-Lamb ahead of Corberi and Dreezen. Schmitz was 4th with the fastest lap ahead of Fore in 5th, Kozlinski 6th, Camponeschi 7th and Lammers 8th.

Final: Ardigo overcomes Abbasse

Anthony Abbasse, Marco Ardigo & Flavio Camponeschi (KSP.fr)

Anthony Abbasse, Marco Ardigo & Flavio Camponeschi (KSP.fr)

The rain had almost stopped, but the track was still wet when the starting lights went out for the Final. Abbasse jumped first followed by Ardigo who had to fight off Lennox-Lamb to keep 2nd place. Corberi then attacked the British driver to take over 3rd position. Fore advanced to the 5th from Lammers, Kremers 7th, Camponeschi 8th, Dreezen 9th, Lundberg 10th and De Conto 11th.

Ardigo quickly returned to the wheeltracks of Abbasse who was holding the pace, both drivers dropping Corberi by 5s. Penalized in the Prefinal and unlucky on the first lap, Kozlinski moved up to 20th place. At the halfway point, Ardigo attacked Abbasse and took the lead. De Conto was no longer running. Camponeschi and Lammers passed Fore on lap 12, while Kozlinski was back up to 16th. Camponeschi passed Lennox-Lamb on lap 15 for 4th position. The end of the race was marked by Camponeschi’s return on Corberi and he overtook on the penultimate lap.

Ardigo won by 4s ahead of Abbasse and Camponeschi who was on the third step of the podium with the fastest lap and nine places gained. Corberi finished 4th, Lennox-Lamb 5th, Fore 6th, Kremers 7th, Dreezen 8th, Lammers 9th and Lundberg 10th ahead of his teammate Andreas Backman (Kosmic / Vortex).

Text originally by Kartcom.

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Basz continues to dominate KF in the rain at Castelletto

Nicklas Nielsen & Karol Basz (KSP.fr)
Nicklas Nielsen & Karol Basz (KSP.fr)

Karol Basz started the series two weeks ago with a win and it was the same story this weekend as the WSK moved to Castelletto. Matteo Vigano took 2nd ahead of Basz’s usual rival Nicklas Nielsen in conditions varying from soaking to damp.

Qualifying: Fewtrell ahead of Nielsen

Max Fewtrell (WSK Press)

Max Fewtrell (WSK Press)

The drivers in the first qualifying session in KF took their time to get on track, but everything happened quickly from their third lap. Martijn Van Leeuwen (CRG / TM) took the lead. Benjamin Lessennes (Zanardi / TM) and Marcus Armstrong (Tony Kart / Vortex) competed for 2nd place but Max Fewtrell (FA Kart / Vortex) settled it with a time of 47.054s, while Leonardo Lorandi (Tony Kart / Vortex) took 2nd position at 0.019s off the leader, with Van Leeuwen 3rd by 0.057s and Lessennes 4th by 0.125s. Considered one of the favourites and often more effective in racing than qualifying, Karol Basz (Kosmic / Vortex), set the 6th fastest time.

The second KF session was slower than the first. The fight was fierce with six drivers within a tenth and constant changes of leader. Nicklas Nielsen (Tony Kart / Vortex) was fastest in the session a long way ahead of his opponents. He had to settle for a time of 47.063s, 0.009s slower than pole, while Alexander Vartanyan (Tony Kart / Vortex) was 0.037s off. Tom Bale (FA Kart / Vortex) finished 3rd by 0.15s from Hannes Janker in 4th (CRG / Parilla) and Richard Verschoor (Exprit / Vortex) in 5th.

Fewtrell was the poleman in a strong KF category 37 drivers. Nielsen was very close in 2nd place, Lorandi 3rd, Vartanyan 4th, Van Leeuwen 5th and Lessennes 6th.

Heats: Nielsen on top

Nicklas Nielsen (WSK Press)

Nicklas Nielsen (WSK Press)

Nielsen started by winning the first heat, B vs C, without challenge, ahead of Van Leeuwen who was still on the pace. Lorandi finished 3rd in front of Lessennes and Verschoor, who was fastest.

Basz managed the second heat well, A vs C, by quickly getting the better of Fewtrell. Vartanyan, the fastest on the track, finished 3rd on Fewtrell’s bumper, while Lessennes was fighting for 4th position against Armstrong. There was a big gain of 11 places for Felice Tiene (CRG / Parilla) in 6th.

Nielsen took a second victory in the last race, A vs B, but Fewtrell proved threatening behind him to the end. Van Leeuwen was able to return to 3rd after a difficult start to the race, while Basz, with the fastest lap, came back from last to 14th place after an involuntary off at the first corner. Tiene came back to 5th place after starting 17th. In 12, Vartanyan was among the drivers who lost out on the first lap because of the aggressiveness allowed by fixed spoilers.

Nielsen is in the lead of the intermediate classification ahead of Fewtrell, Van Leeuwen and Lessennes. Bale took 5th place, Armstrong 6th, Tiene 7th, Basz 8th, Verschoor 9th and Vartanyan 10th.

Prefinal A

Nielsen led Prefinal A from start to finish on a wet track with a little persistent rain ahead of Verschoor and Correa. Travisanutto didn’t complete a lap and Tiene spun in the first chicane. After a great start, Ben Hanley (Croc Promotion / TM) came back to 4th passing Van Leeuwen and closed on Correa without managing to overtake. Victory went to Nielsen, with Verschoor setting fantastic times, with Correa 3rd, Hanley 4th and Van Leeuwen 5th. Casper Roes (FA Kart / Vortex) narrowly qualified in 17th place behind Tiene.

Prefinal B

Basz took off from the first lap of Prefinal B with a bold line that was completely completely different. The battle was then very close for 2nd place between Lorandi, Fewtrell and Pedro Hiltbrand (CRG / Parilla) who moved up in mid-race, leading the chasing pack. Lessennes returned to 4th position with his attack on Fewtrell then the Belgian took advantage of a desperate duel between Hiltbrand and Lorandi and overtook the Italian and Spanish drivers before dropping to 5th, with Vartanyan recovering the 4th position. Basz won the race with the fastest time and an insolent lead of 21s. Lorandi lost 2nd place in favor of Hiltbrand on the last lap, Vartanyan finished 3rd, Lessennes 4th, Lorandi 5th and Armstrong 6th.

Final: Basz untouchable in the rain

Matteo Vigano, Karol Basz and Nicklas Nielsen (KSP.fr)

Matteo Vigano, Karol Basz and Nicklas Nielsen (KSP.fr)

The start of the KF Final was given in the pouring rain with reduced visibility. Basz tried to repeat his manoeuvre on the outside from the Prefinal, he had no chance elsewhere, but it didn’t work as well and he had to let Nielsen take the lead. Behind him there was hustling and Matteo Vigano (Top Kart / Parilla) took 3rd place ahead of Armstrong, Hanley and Fewtrell. Van Leeuwen spun and lost a lot of ground. Vartanyan was also very delayed, as well as Correa. Verschoor spun and dropped to 17th. There was a big gain for Tom Joyner (Zanardi / Parilla) in 9th position.

Basz attacked Nielsen and passed on lap 5 with the very fast Vigano in his wheeltracks. Hanley retired and Lorandi ranked 7th, while Lessennes was 9th. Verschoor was back in the top 10 followed by Maxime Potty (Kosmic / Vortex). Halfway through, Basz led by 1.5s from Vigano, Nielsen was 3rd by 3s and Armstrong was 4th 3.6s further back. Lessennes took 7th with the fastest time of the day but Vartanyan was no longer in the race. On lap 14, Lorandi was not far off the 4th of Armstrong, but the young New Zealander resisted him. Fewtrell took the opportunity to return to Lorandi, but Lessennes attacked and grabbed 6th from the British driver.

Meanwhile, Basz increased his lead suddenly with fastest laps to finish as the winner, 4.8s ahead of Vigano and 8.3s ahead of Nielsen. Armstrong retained 4th place, Lessennes finished 5th, Fewtrell 6th, Hiltbrand 7th, Joyner 8th, Verschoor 9th, Potty 10th and Lorandi 11th.

Text originally by Kartcom.

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