eKartingNews.com http://ekartingnews.com The leading karting website in the world Wed, 07 Dec 2016 13:53:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Dan Wheldon Ambassador Award to be Presented at Florida Winter Tour Finale http://ekartingnews.com/2016/12/06/dan-wheldon-ambassador-award-to-be-presented-at-florida-winter-tour-finale/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/12/06/dan-wheldon-ambassador-award-to-be-presented-at-florida-winter-tour-finale/#respond Tue, 06 Dec 2016 19:38:59 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=75172 The tradition continues in 2017 as once again, the Dan Wheldon Ambassador Award willbe presented at the final round of the MAXSpeed Entertainment Florida Winter Tour. Awarded by Race Tech Development’s Mike Maurini and with Ben Cooper claiming the honors in 2015 and Garett Potter in 2016, the 2017 award will see another deserving team, group or individual claim the prestigious honors as the popular winter karting program closes out their 2017 season.

“I am honored to be able to continue the tradition with the Dan Wheldon Ambassador Award and present it in March,” expressed Mike Maurini, who took over the program in 2015. “Dan was a great friend of mine, our family and the karting community as a whole. He was not only a racer, but he poured his heart and soul into the motorsport world and though his presence is not physical, we all know he is there watching down on all the racers of the world.”

Created by former Florida Winter Tour Owner and promoter Bill Wright, the Dan Wheldon Ambassador Award is expressed in his words as two fold: First to honor the memory of Dan Wheldon, secondly to inspire others to be aware and adopt the personal attributes that made Dan an outstanding father, racer, friend and a strong and positive image for the karting community.

Continuing the Wright’s tradition, the award will be presented to a Florida Winter Tour participant who best represents karting with a highly competitive spirit, a helpful and positive attitude, and a professional image. The eligibility for the award requires the recipient to be a Florida Winter Tour participant. Although drivers are the most prominent part of any series, success in karting requires groups of individuals including parents, tuners, mechanics, coaches, team managers, business owners, importers, track owners and event promoters.

Maurini added, “The list of award winners from previous years include Jim Russell Jr., Alan Rudolph, Jorge Arellano, Ben Cooper and Garett Potter. I can’t wait to see who will be the recipient in 2016.”

With the award being given out during the final Sunday of the Florida Winter Tour, nominations must be submitted to Mike@RaceTechDevelopment.com anytime between noon on January 13, 2017 to noon on Friday, March 17, 2017. The award recipient will receive a personalized trophy/plaque in addition to a copy of the Michael Voorhees photo book “Dan Wheldon Lion Heart”, created by Michael and Dan for Dan’s parents and fans.

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Benik UK is Born http://ekartingnews.com/2016/12/06/benik-uk-is-born/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/12/06/benik-uk-is-born/#respond Tue, 06 Dec 2016 19:35:48 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=75170 The ever popular and championship winning BENIK Kart chassis has now been approved for the UK market. Beginning in January 2017, the high quality chassis will become available in the UK karting scene, allowing for expansion and growth for the young team worldwide. With distributors in United States, Canada, Mexico and Australia, BENIK UK will be looking for distributors in the UK to be part of the BENIK family.

The BENIK Kart team is owned and operated by Ben Cruttenden and Nick Mitchell, both long time karting industry members. The team currently competes in nearly all high profile events in North America, including the Florida Winter Tour, Superkarts! USA Pro Tour, United States Rotax Grand Nationals, Canadian Karting Championships, and more. Though the BENIK Kart team has only existed on the North American karting scene since 2013, they have been a dominant force, appearing on the podium at many of these high profile events. The team has worked to establish the BENIK Kart brand throughout North America, emphasizing the high quality and user-friendly aspects of the brand.

“We are very much looking forward to bringing our winning brand to the UK and to make a serious push for 2017,” explained BENIK Kart Co-Owner Ben Cruttenden.

The BENIK Kart is manufactured in Italy and assembled in the USA with the highest quality parts.  Although the chassis is made in the heart of the karting world, it has only been available in the North American karting scene. Now, the chassis will be available in the European market, exclusively in the UK. Cruttenden and Mitchell plan to bring the chassis into the UK themselves, which allows them to give distributors and customers the knowledge and support needed to make the launch successful. The British pair will work hard to promote the chassis throughout the UK and hope to see the same success they are currently seeing in North America. They will continue to emphasize the quality, fit, and finish of the chassis that makes it user-friendly and competitive on the track.

For more information on the BENIK Kart and its launch in the UK, visit www.benik-kart.com.

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Major Karting Competition Coming to Battle at the Brickyard Weekend http://ekartingnews.com/2016/12/06/major-karting-competition-coming-to-battle-at-the-brickyard-weekend/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/12/06/major-karting-competition-coming-to-battle-at-the-brickyard-weekend/#comments Tue, 06 Dec 2016 19:18:31 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=75164 usac-karting-logoThe Indianapolis Motor Speedway and United States Auto Club announced today that a karting competition will be added to the schedule for the annual “USAC Battle at the Brickyard.” The 2017 edition of the event will take place July 6-9 and already features an action-packed schedule highlighted by the USAC Honda .25 Midget series.

“Many of the legendary champions that have driven at IMS got their start in karting,” said Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Doug Boles. “Partnering with USAC to bring this race here is a great chance to further engage with grassroots drivers and fans. We’re looking forward to a really fun and competitive event in July.”

“This is the first major karting competition to ever take place at IMS,” said USAC President Kevin Miller. “What a tremendous opportunity for so many drivers to experience the history and excitement of racing at such an iconic venue.”

The race course will use the north section of the IMS road course and will include some of the widest sections ever utilized in kart racing. It will be just over 1 mile in length. There will be classes for drivers 12 & up including “club” and “national” level classes featuring Briggs & Stratton, Yamaha, Honda, Rotax and specialty karting engines. The event is closed to the public.

USAC will launch a website just after New Year’s with more details on classes and how to register. In the meantime, follow the “USAC racing” page on Facebook and direct questions to Mike Burrell via mike@usacracing.com.

Here is a previous article regarding the testing of karts around the IMS facility.

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GoPro Motorplex Karting Challenge Presented by Hoosier Racing Tire Crowns 2016 Class of Champions http://ekartingnews.com/2016/12/06/gopro-motorplex-karting-challenge-presented-by-hoosier-racing-tire-crowns-2016-class-of-champions/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/12/06/gopro-motorplex-karting-challenge-presented-by-hoosier-racing-tire-crowns-2016-class-of-champions/#respond Tue, 06 Dec 2016 19:10:12 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=75160 GoPro Motorplex Karting Challenge Hoosier logoWith 112 entries, the series finale Round 12 on Saturday, Dec. 3 determined our 2016 class of GoPro Motorplex Karting Challenge Presented by Hoosier Racing Tire Champions. It was an exciting, record-braking and intense year of racing with more than 226 different competitors across 10 divisions chasing their championship hopes throughout the 12-round series. The 2016 season featured competition so close that championship battles in several divisions were settled in the final race and even the final laps of the season on Saturday.

During a special championship banquet following the racing action, 10 new champions were crowned. The Champions and top-three in points were awarded custom-designed trophies and prizes, including Hoosier Racing Tire Championship jackets, GoPro HERO4 Black edition cameras and GoPro Motorplex Gift Cards.

GoPro Motorplex wishes a sincere “congratulations” to all 2016 Karting Challenge champions and to all of our karters on their achievements throughout the season. We would like to thank our sponsors, partners and especially our competitors and their teams for their support of another great Karting Challenge season.

2016 Karting Challenge Champions:

IAME Swift Sponsored by HMS Motorsport Division: Aiden Baker Crouse

IAME Mini Swift Sponsored by CNC Performance Engineering Division: Sam Corry

IAME Junior Division: Lance Fenderson

IAME Senior Sponsored by MPI Division: Blake Hunt

IAME Heavy Sponsored by Stitch 98 Division: Todd Shambo

Kid Kart Division: Ayden Young

Briggs LO206 Cadet Sponsored by EnforcerOne powered by FireAde Division: Aiden Baker Crouse

Briggs LO206 Junior Sponsored by Race City Mobile Detailing Division: Seth Gentry

Briggs LO206 Senior Sponsored by Todd Shockman R.V. Sales Division: Nick Tucker

Yamaha Junior Division: Emory Lyda

2016 Most Improved Driver of the Year Award Recipient: Brooke Nachtmann

Round 12 Race Results and 2016 Final Championship Point Standings>> (http://www.gopromotorplex.com/race-events/kart-owner-events/gopro-motorplex-karting-challenge/2016-karting-challenge-results/)
GoPro Photo Gallery>>

Please stay tuned to gopromotorplex.com for the announcement of our 2017 GoPro Motorplex Karting Challenge series schedule and class structure coming soon.

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EKN TV: Northern California Karters Road Racing – Thanksgiving at Sonoma http://ekartingnews.com/2016/12/06/ekn-tv-northern-california-karters-road-racing-thanksgiving-at-sonoma/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/12/06/ekn-tv-northern-california-karters-road-racing-thanksgiving-at-sonoma/#respond Tue, 06 Dec 2016 15:20:07 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=75154 Each year, the Northern California Karters (NCK) Road Racing program hosts their annual Thanksgiving Classic at the Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. The Saturday following Thanksgiving, karters get the chance for a one-day event around the 12-turn, 2.52-mile course that the IndyCar Series, NASCAR, AMA, SCCA and other motorsports series compete on in the famous ‘wine country’.

Shifterkarts was the largest race group of the event with roughly 20 drivers taking on the challenging course, along with interesting conditions around the course with wet weather forcing drivers to mount rain tires on for the first of two heat races. Ride along with Aluminos driver Alex Kwan as he negotiates the opening lap of Heat #1.


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2017 WKA Gold Cup Season Coming Together http://ekartingnews.com/2016/12/05/2017-wka-gold-cup-season-coming-together/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/12/05/2017-wka-gold-cup-season-coming-together/#respond Mon, 05 Dec 2016 22:04:46 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=75133 The planning for the 2017 season for the RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Gold Cup Series is nearing completion. Recognizing some of the modifications made in 2016 may not have been the best fit for the program, WKA Officials, beginning with the August New Castle event this past season, and heading into next season, are moving back in the direction that the majority of Gold Cup competitors have been familiar and comfortable with.

Once again, the series will boast a 4-race program in 2017, beginning with the opening event at 103rd Street Sports Complex in Jacksonville, Florida March 24-26, and ending with the season finale at Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw, South Carolina October 6-8, again running the track backwards, similar to the recent October Grand National. With 2 well respected and renowned facilities serving as the bookend events for the series, WKA is proud to add 2 new venues to the middle portion of the program for 2017 with Thompson Kart Raceway in Thompson, Ohio serving as stop #2 for the series. The date of the debut of a WKA Gold Cup National to Thompson Speedway will be July 7-9. The third stop brings competitors back to the Concept Haulers Motor Speedway in Sheridan, Illinois August 11-13 , a site where WKA has hosted many Manufacturers Cup events, as well as Gold Cup national years ago. The Illinois event also gives many competitors from the Midwest sanctioned 206 Cup Program the chance to run at a venue closer to their home as well.

The format for this seasons events will be very similar to that of this past season, with classes running qualifying, a heat race, and a main each day. However, in 2017, awards and merchandise will be issued on Day 2 ONLY, to the highest overall finisher of the classes they participate in, with the top 3 receiving awards. Kid Kart participants in both the LO206 Kid Kart and 2 Cycle Kid Kart classes will receive awards that will go to the winner, with participation medals going to the balance of the drivers in each class. While the 2 engine packages will run together, they will be scored separately, with a winner determined in both categories. The Kid Kart classes will not be national points classes in 2017.

While the 2017 WKA Technical Manual is out, and in the hands of the competitors, it is very important to note that the Board of Trustees have elected to allow both the traditional Gold Cup Bodyworks, as well as the CIK Bodyworks in all classes for 2017, thus giving competitors 1 more season of having the option of which bodyworks to run. However, a CIK LO206 Class has been added in the Senior ranks, for those wishing to run CIK Bodyworks solely.

Entry Fees for this season will be set at $85 for Pre Entry, and $100 at the track for all national classes, with a 1 time practice fee of $60 with your pre entry, and $75 at the track for the weekend. Kid Kart Competitors will pay $50 for their pre entry fee, and $65 at the track, with Practice fees set at the same price as well.

WKA has also incorporated a new Rookie 206 Class for 2017, with the age group set at 6-9 years old. This being a national class, affords parents of 6-9 year old competitors a smooth transition from the Kid Kart Class.

Competitors can count their best 6 of 8 races for the season.

More information will be coming soon. WKA is looking forward to another wonderful season with the top 4 Cycle racers in the country.

Here is a look at the 2017 schedule:

March 24-26: 103rd Street Sports Complex, Jacksonville, Florida
July 7-9: Thompson Kart Raceway, Thompson, Ohio
Aug 11-13: Concept Haulers Motor Speedway, Sheridan, Illinois
Oct 6-8: Carolina Motorsports Park, Kershaw, South Carolina

Here is a look at the 2017 Class Structure:

Rookie: Final 1/Final 2
Sportsman LO206: Final 1/Final 2
Sportsman Pro Gas: Final 1/Final 2
LO206 Junior: Final 1/ Final 2
Junior Pro Gas: Final 1/Final 2
LO206 Senior: Final 1/Final 2
Senior Pro Gas: Final 1/Final 2
Masters Senior LO206: Final 1/Final 2
CIK Body LO206 Senior
LO206 Kid Karts: FINAL 1/ Final 2
Kid Kart/ 2 Cycle: Final 1/ Final

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Rok Cup USA Makes Historic Joint Venture http://ekartingnews.com/2016/12/05/rok-cup-usa-makes-historic-joint-venture/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/12/05/rok-cup-usa-makes-historic-joint-venture/#respond Mon, 05 Dec 2016 20:25:19 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=75127 A common complaint that racing series hear is that there are too many races and not enough drivers. Throughout the years, racing series have heard this complaint from individual drivers and teams, and ROK CUP USA has always attempted to address this complaint as helpfully as possible. In 2016, ROK CUP USA sent 49 drivers to the International Finals in Italy and, in 2017, there are 25 FREE spots that include a brand new, fully assembled kart and new engine, registration, tent, one set of tires, racing fuel, and more for the winners in each of the classes of the Florida Winter Tour, ROK CUP FLORIDA, ROK CUP MIDWEST, ROK CUP NATIONAL FINALS and Epcot Challenge. * (Please note that the Micro class is not eligible, as this class is not offered at the International Finals.)

With ROK CUP USA’s history in mind, today, we are proud to announce an even bigger step in addressing this complaint.

Starting at Round 1 of the Florida Winter Tour in Homestead, ROK CUP FLORIDA will run its first race combined with the Florida Winter Tour (FWT). Thus, the driver will be racing under ROK CUP USA technical rules but under the FWT organization. This format will repeat itself for Round 2 in Palm Beach and Round 3 in Ocala. Therefore, a driver only has to pay for one race organization but is getting points for two different series. ROK CUP FLORIDA’s fourth and final race will be held in Orlando from April 7th to 9th.  Any driver who has competed in all three rounds will receive FREE registration and FREE race tires for the fourth and final race in Orlando. If that’s not enough incentive, ROK CUP FLORIDA will also offer FREE tent space for all drivers who desire to participate in all FWT races but are not associated with a team and have no tent of their own, with a table, chairs, and air compressor available at no cost.

For ROK CUP MIDWEST, our goal is a little different.  Travelling is a huge expense for drivers and teams, and many of the race series do not work together in order to facilitate the logistics for the events. Therefore, ROK CUP MIDWEST will once again will make history by scheduling its races in such a way to minimize travel to the teams. Round 1 will be held in Pittsburgh International Race Complex on the weekend of May 12th to 14th.  ROK CUP MIDWEST chose this date because most teams that support the Midwest racing calendar will be at Pittsburg the following weekend for Round 2 of the WKA Manufacturers Cup.  This is a perfect opportunity for teams to set up for two races in two consecutive weekends, in an effort to minimize cost and inconvenience.

Round 2 of ROK CUP MIDWEST will be held in Oakland Valley Race Park, New York on the weekend of June 9th to 11th.  The first reason we choose OVRP is because the US Open Round 1 will be held in New Jersey just two weeks later, and it is a very short three-and-a-half-hour drive for the teams to travel from OVRP to New Jersey. The other reason we choose the OVRP track is because of its history. It was built in 1962 and is a cornerstone of racing tracks in the country. Additionally, it is one of the few facilities here in the USA that has an extensive driver education program that helps young drivers to develop their skills in the motorsports world.

Round 3 will be held at the famous New Castle Motorsports on July 7th to 9th. Once again, this weekend was chosen because the weekend following ROK CUP MIDWEST Round 3, WKA Manufacturers Cup Round 2 will be at the same location. The ROK CUP MIDWEST Championship will end with Round 4 at New Castle Motorsports Park; this time the race will be the weekend after the SKUSA SummerNationals.

Finally, ROK CUP FLORIDA and ROK CUP MIDWEST will meet on September 14th to 17th in Orlando to once again crown the ROK CUP National champions.

We re-considered the ROK CUP MIDWEST and ROK CUP FLORIDA schedule in order to maximize working with all other competing series. ROK CUP USA’s goal is to see the sport grow, and therefore the best thing we could do for karting is to place our races at the same track or in very close proximity to our competitor series, whether it’s the FWT, US Open, WKA, or SKUSA. ROK CUP USA’s goal is to help teams and drivers spend less money on traveling, setting up, and tearing down, in order to focus where it really matters: racing itself.

With this schedule, ROK CUP USA has hopefully demonstrated that we are willing to make sacrifices in order to achieve an unsurpassed experience for drivers in the USA. We believe that this schedule is a monumental step towards giving drivers what they want; an easier schedule which, in turn, provides plenty of opportunities to earn one of the 25 FREE tickets to race in Italy against 400 of the best drivers in the world.

We hope to see all of you racing this year and we encourage you all to join ROK CUP USA in supporting kart racing in the USA.

ROK CUP FLORIDA Round #1 January 13-15 Homestead Karting (Together with FWT round 1)
ROK CUP FLORIDA Round #2 February 10-12 Palm Beach Karting (Together with FWT round 2)
ROK CUP FLORIDA Round #3 March 10-12 Ocala Gran Prix (Together with FWT round 3)
ROK CUP FLORIDA Round #4 April 7-9 Orlando Kart Center
ROK CUP MIDWEST Round #1 May 12-14 Pitt Race (Weekend before WKA)
ROK CUP MIDWEST Round #2 June 9-11 OVRP (2 weekends before US OPEN)


ROK CUP MIDWEST Round #3 July 7-9 New Castle (Weekend before WKA)
ROK CUP MIDWEST Round #4 August 18-20 New Castle (Weekend after SKUSA)

Epcot Challenge – Micro, Mini & Junior

July 21-23    Orlando Kart Center


USA National Final

September 15 – 17   Orlando Kart Center



For information regarding tent space with us at FWT, please contact ROK CUP PROMOTIONS at:

Phone:   (407) 476-5635



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Felice Tiene to Drive for Birel ART http://ekartingnews.com/2016/12/05/felice-tiene-to-drive-for-birel-art/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/12/05/felice-tiene-to-drive-for-birel-art/#respond Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:26:32 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=75109 Birel ART is pleased to announce that Felice Tiene joins Birel ART Racing: the Italian driver will race in the KZ category.

Born in 1991, Tiene came third at the recent CIK-FIA World OK Championships in Bahrain and finished fourth in the CIK-FIA International KZ2 Super Cup in Sweden. Last year he stood on the third step of the podium in WSK Super Master and finished fourth at the CIK-FIA European KF Championships. In 2012, Felice won the World Cup (KF2) and was on the podium at the Europeans in KF2 in 2012 and in KZ2 in 2013.

Felice Tiene: “I am very proud to be part of Birel ART, one of the most important and international karting teams. I am really looking forward to the start of the new season and the beginning of this new adventure.”

Rickard Kaell, Technical Director: “I am very pleased to confirm Tiene as our lead driver in KZ. Felice is a very experienced driver and the results achieved in his career prove his great potential. I am sure that we will work very well together and that we will race to get some great results right away.”

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MAXSpeed Group Releases 2017 Engine Pricing http://ekartingnews.com/2016/12/05/maxspeed-group-releases-2017-engine-pricing/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/12/05/maxspeed-group-releases-2017-engine-pricing/#respond Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:22:32 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=75107 Commencing January 1, 2017, the ‘new production’ 2017 JUN Cylinders (Part # 1234567) will be legal for all Micro, Mini & Junior competition throughout America. For customers who choose to use the new cylinder with a USA origin motor, the 2017 cylinder MUST be stamped with MAXSpeed Group engraving in all RMC competition across America.

2009 / 09’ Junior Cylinders are still banned in all Micro & Mini competition, including all US National, International and Local RMCs operating inside the USA.  2009 / 09’ JUN cylinders are legal for use in 2017 in Junior MAX only; supplemental rule to be posted on GoRotax.com.

Engine & Cylinder Availability

To assure availability for COTA and FWT participants, Junior cylinders and ECUs will be available for purchase with the confirmation of FWT or COTA registration in Micro, Mini or Junior for the price of $449.95 + shipping. Registered drivers will receive notification via email that they are approved to purchase the cylinder and ECU through their local dealer.   Once the FWT and COTA demand has been met, customers will have the ability to order additional cylinders through their local dealer or service center.

2017 Rotax USA Retail Engine Pricing

In an effort to be competitive with the market, MAXSpeed has aggressively priced engine packages for the 2017 season.


2017 Engine Pricing                          2016 Engine Pricing

Micro MAX $2,275.00   2016 ($2650)
Mini MAX $2,999.00   2016 ($3585)
Junior MAX $3,075.00   2016 ($3475)
Senior MAX $3,195.00   2016 ($3685)
DD2 MAX $4,050.00   2016 ($4725)

Mojo & Vega Tire Retail Pricing


Max One Purple (M1S) $232.00 USD (F $54.00 R $62.00)
Max One Blue (M1M) $232.00 USD (F $54.00 R $62.00)
Max One Green (M1H) $214.00 USD (F $50.00 R $57.00)
Max One Rain (W5) $250.00 USD (F $57.00 R $68.00)
Mojo D2 (Cadet) $216.00 USD (F $54.00)
Mojo D2 (Junior) $232.00 USD (F $54.00 R $62.00)
Mojo D3 $282.00 USD (F $59.50 R $81.50)
Mojo W2 (Cadet) $228.00 USD (F $57.00)
Mojo W2 (ALL) $260.00 USD (F $57.00 R $73.00)


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CRG and Felice Tiene End Their Collaboration http://ekartingnews.com/2016/12/05/crg-and-felice-tiene-end-their-collaboration/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/12/05/crg-and-felice-tiene-end-their-collaboration/#respond Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:19:43 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=75104 CRG and Felice Tiene decided to end their collaboration that started back in 2006 and continued until the end of 2016, season in which the Italian driver came third at the OK World Championship in Bahrain.

CRG and its driver Felice Tiene ended their working relationship after a 10yrs long collaboration.

The 25yrs old driver from San Giuseppe Vesuviano (Napoli, Italy) Felice Tiene has been part of CRG’s team since 2006 – with the only break of season 2009, and obtained several victories with the Italian outfit, including his most prestigious win: the  KF2 World Cup in CRG’s triumphal run in Zuera back in 2012, when the Italian driver led Max Verstappen, Jordon Lennox-Lamb and Tom Joyner.

Felice Tiene claimed his most recent important result with CRG. He ended in fact the OK World Championship in Bahrain with the third place of the podium.

CRG thanks Felice Tiene for his precious collaboration during these years and for contributing with his sporting results to the promotion of the image of the Italian outfit.

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SPARCO Karting in the Sign of Innovation http://ekartingnews.com/2016/12/05/sparco-karting-in-the-sign-of-innovation/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/12/05/sparco-karting-in-the-sign-of-innovation/#respond Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:16:56 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=75100 A renewal from head to toe. SPARCO® presents its 2017 in the world of karting. A completely renewed line from helmets to shoes, going from the suits and gloves. Increasingly high performance fabrics, technical specifications in the name of security and a modern design that gives a nod to fashion.

Two new helmet models: Air KF-7W and SKY KF-5W. The first, made by carbon fiber shell reinforced with layers of carbon/kevlar is directly derived from the experience gained on the track. Developed in collaboration with the French driver Pierre Ragues, WEC driver and 10 times at Le Mans, particular attention was paid to the ventilation system as Paolo Donadei, project manager SPARCO® helmets, also explains: “We have conveyed the experience of racing helmets also on this model, greatly improving the fit and the ventilation, especially at low speeds, with the air that comes into the visor with an anti fog system. We also significantly increased the size of the chin guard that protects from air either from possible impact”.

Very important news also regarding the suits with the new Prime KS-10, which becomes the flagship model for Volpiano’s brand. Angelo Bardascino, project manager of SPARCO® suits, explains the innovations: “The Prime KS-10 suit is the continuation of the Infinity project. In essence, being totally printable and not having to apply customizations with embroidery and construction techniques, it has the advantage of being much lighter. The double CIK-FIA and CE approval is a further source of pride.” Produced in Polyester/Polyamide Prime KS-10, thanks to perforated inserts on the back, armpits, inner leg and outer was made as breathable as possible, while Cordura inserts on the back increase the wear protection. Great news for the X-Light KS-7 as confirmed by Bardascino: “also in this case we are faced to a completely new suit both as regards the materials and design, although in this case we wanted to maintain a design similar to Lunargrid that was very successful. We conjugated the use of new materials between the polyamide for the main part of the body and an elastic material which is very present compared to other suits. This allows for greater comfort and a greater possibility of movement.” The range of SPARCO® suits is completed with the Robur KS-5, Groove KS-3 and Track KS-1 in addition to the renewed line Seamless underwear.

But is in the foot of a driver who often finds all his driving skills and SPARCO® thought best for the sensitivity and resistance with the new boot Superleggera KB-10, a real novelty in terms of innovation and materials. Ilaria Franzin, project manager SPARCO® has listened to the demands of kart drivers to arrive at the ideal solution: “We used the same sole of racing shoe, having to reach a certain level of reliability, but to increase the abrasion resistance, particularly accentuated in the kart, we thought a TPU over injected directly onto the fabric, to avoid seams. This product is entirely made in Italy and has a 3D hell protector abrasion-resistant material in addition to a rear elasticized insert to improve the fitting.” Superleggera KB-10 is the flagship of the karting shoes range that is renewed thanks to the inclusion of Omega KB-6 and Gamma KB-4, two new models that meet the needs of the most experienced kart drivers, but also to those who approach the specialty.

If the sensitivity of the foot on the pedals is important, it is crucial to have firmly in their hands the wheel. The range of SPARCO® gloves is completed with the inclusion of two new models: Motion KG-5, a glove that with a silicone printed palms allows for greater breathability and excellent grip on the wheel and Track KG-3 the right balance between performance and quality..

SPARCO® “motto”, “Safety First” finds its highest expression in the new rib protector Rib Pro K-5, made with 5 layers of hand laminated fiberglass. The padding in expanded EPDM can absorb more shocks and rubber edges prevents friction with the suit, while preserving its integrity.

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Elkhart Street Race Revived http://ekartingnews.com/2016/12/05/elkhart-street-race-revived/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/12/05/elkhart-street-race-revived/#respond Mon, 05 Dec 2016 13:59:26 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=75094 People new to the sport and the industry may have heard about the Elkhart Grand Prix, however, never were able to experience a revolution in the karting experience. In the days before Superkarts! USA SuperNationals, there were street races and temporary circuit events popping up all over North America. The Rock Island Grand Prix began in 1994, and the first temp circuit at the SuperNationals did not occur until 2002 at the Rio. Indiana is the unofficial home to street racing for karting, as the state continues to hold a number of events throughout the summer months. All of that began with the Elkhart Grand Prix.

Original layout at the Elkhart street race

Original layout at the Elkhart street race

The first ever Elkhart Grand Prix took place in 1989, welcoming around 300 drivers and an estimated 18,000 spectators. From there, the event continued to grow with promoter and National Kart News owner Curt Paluzzi working directly with the city to create not just a karting event, but a festival for the city and the area. By 1991, it was well over 600 entries and over 40,000 spectators. Many activities surrounded the event outside the actual race, and in 1993 they brought in ESPN to cover the event. That same year, the event welcomed 853 entries with many of the categories comprised of A main, B main and C main races. 1995 was the last event held in Elkhart before the event was cancelled in 1996 due to pending litigation surrounding an incident.

After a 20 year absence, the event is reborn. Just days ago, Elkhart Mayer Tim Neese announced the return of the kart street race to the city in 2017. The Elkhart Riverwalk Grand Prix will be held August 11-13, featuring a new course in the downtown district of Riverwalk. The new program is in conjunction with USAC Karting around a new 6/10-mile course that includes two bridges across the Elkhart River and navigates around the NIBCO Water and Ice Park and Kardzhali Park.

“When I proposed the idea of bringing the kart races back to Elkhart, the enthusiastic response from the community was overwhelming,” Neese said. “Not only will the event have a large economic impact on the city, but it will also provide an activity that both residents and visitors can enjoy. We are working to make this event bigger and better than ever, and I look forward to the finished product.”

Layout for the 2017 Elkhart Riverwalk Grand Prix

Layout for the 2017 Elkhart Riverwalk Grand Prix

USAC Karting – who is among the players with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to host a possible karting event inside the famous Brickyard facility – is the driving force from the industry helping to support the new Elkhart Riverwalk Grand Prix. The press release sent out regarding the Elkhart event stated the chance for 12-14 classes, allowing drivers of varying skill and speed levels to compete. The race format in addition to corporate sponsors will be finalized and announced at a later date.

“USAC Karting is excited to work with the city of Elkhart to bring this historic kart race back and make it a ‘must-attend’ event for both spectators and karters,” said USAC Karting Director Mike Burrell. “Street racing has always been a great way to promote karting and cities like Elkhart. It’s our hope racers and fans fill the restaurants and hotels around the county, have a great time racing, and a positive impact on the community.”

The date however falls on the same weekend as the Superkarts! USA SummerNationals at New Castle Motorsports Park, roughly two hours south in central Indiana. You can expect many of the grassroots divisions to be featured in Elkhart, including Briggs 206 and Yamaha in addition to some type of TaG and shifterkart groups for the high-speed enthusiasts.

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LeCont and Vega Selected as Tire for OK Divisions, Bridgestone for KZ Categories in 2017 http://ekartingnews.com/2016/12/02/lecont-and-vega-selected-as-tire-for-ok-divisions-bridgestone-for-kz-categories-in-2017/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/12/02/lecont-and-vega-selected-as-tire-for-ok-divisions-bridgestone-for-kz-categories-in-2017/#respond Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:18:50 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=75038 Recent decisions of the FIA World Motor Sport Council concerning Karting – November 2016

At its meeting on 30th November 2016 in Vienna, Austria, the FIA World Motor Sport Council took the following decisions on the basis of the proposals of the International Karting Commission.

“Rookie Of The Year”

A new “Rookie of the Year” award will be presented to the driver who scored the highest number of points, taking into consideration all the results obtained during participation in the CIK-FIA World Championship and the CIK-FIA European Championship (OK class) from 2017. Drivers must be in their first year of competition and be no older than 16 years of age.

Tender Awards


– Panta has been selected for the exclusive supply of Fuel for the 2017 CIK-FIA Championships.


– Lecont * has been selected for the exclusive supply of approved tyres for Category I; 2017 CIK-FIA World and European Championships (OK class) and the 2017 CIK-FIA Endurance Championship.

– Vega * has been selected for the exclusive supply of approved tyres for Category II; 2017 CIK-FIA Junior World and European Championships (OK-Junior class).

– Bridgestone * has been selected for the exclusive supply of approved tyres for Categories III and IV; 2017 CIK-FIA KZ World and European Championships, 2017 CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy, 2017 KZ2 CIK-FIA European Championship and 2017 CIK-FIA KZ2 International Super Cup.

* Subject to the approval of CIK-FIA tyre homologation concerned.

Homologation Procedure

It was decided to harmonise the entirety of the various CIK-FIA homologation processes with a three-year validity period and a clear approval procedure. The new homologation regulations will be available on www.cikfia.com during the month of January 2017.

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WKA CIK Wheel Clarification http://ekartingnews.com/2016/12/02/wka-cik-wheel-clarification/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/12/02/wka-cik-wheel-clarification/#respond Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:09:01 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=75035 Recently we have received several calls regarding the wheel width rules for the LO206/CIK Senior class that will be competing in the Man-Cup series in 2017.

As a point of clarification, this class uses the CIK rules regarding the chassis which states a 135mm (5.315″) for the front wheels and a 215mm (8.46″) for the rear. This is an overall maximum width for the mounted wheel and tire assembly.

This clarification also applies to the LO206/CIK classes being run in the Road Race Series also.

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Countdown to the 2017 AKC is Underway http://ekartingnews.com/2016/12/02/countdown-to-the-2017-akc-is-underway/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/12/02/countdown-to-the-2017-akc-is-underway/#respond Fri, 02 Dec 2016 15:53:38 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=75029 With less than 100 days until the 2017 Australian Kart Championship presented by Jayco and Castrol EDGE kicks off in Newcastle, the countdown has certainly begun.

The recent calendar announcement saw the return of both Geelong and Newcastle to the AKC schedule along with the inclusion of Emerald for the first time. The trio of circuits join with the past two winners of Karting Australia’s Event of the Year Award – Monarto and Todd Road, to make up the five round schedule.

While Geelong and Newcastle are familiar venues for the majority of teams and competitors, Emerald will be a new challenge for the majority.

Australia’s newest karting facility, the Emerald track is 1006-metres in length, 10 metres wide and includes ten corners while boasting one of the largest pit areas in the country.

Over the years the Australian Kart Championship has enjoyed significant support from competitors from Central and North Queensland. The announcement has excited not only these competitors from the region but also Central Highlands Regional Council Mayor Kerry Hayes.

“This is fantastic news for our community,” the Mayor said.

“Not only for the local kart enthusiasts, but also for our businesses and service providers. This exciting event will attract visitors from all over the country, providing a welcome injection into our local economy.

“We are very grateful to be chosen as one of the five venues for the schedule and look forward to seeing some of the country’s best racers take to our track.”

Gladstone karting veteran John Grother was involved in the development of the Emerald venue while working in the region. After two decades of competing at venues all across Australia, he believes the Australian karting community will be very impressed with that the circuit has to offer.

“When the circuit was built, it was designed to cater for the largest events in Australia and I’m stoked to hear that the Australian Kart Championship will be heading to Emerald next year,” said Grother.

“I’ve raced at just about every track that has held a National level event and many of the most popular characteristics from the best of them can be found in the Emerald layout. It’s also ten metres wide producing some great passing opportunities.

“I can’t wait to see Australia’s best take on the best drivers from Central Queensland on home soil next year.”

Championship Regulations will be available in mid December following shortly after by the opening of driver registrations on www.karting.net.au

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New Location for WKA Manufacturers Cup Year End Awards Presentation Set http://ekartingnews.com/2016/12/02/new-location-for-wka-manufacturers-cup-year-end-awards-presentation-set/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/12/02/new-location-for-wka-manufacturers-cup-year-end-awards-presentation-set/#respond Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:34:30 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=75014 By virtue of the damage left due to Hurricane Matthew in the Daytona Beach area in October, officials of the Daytona Beach Resort, hosts of last year’s Awards Presentation for the Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series, regrettably will not be completed with repairs and renovation in time to be back open for the Dec 27 awards presentation this year.

As a result, WKA Officials have arranged a working agreement with the Ocean Breeze Club to host this year’s awards presentation, again on the same evening and times. Families and competitors who booked reservations with the Daytona Beach Resort have had their reservations respectively cancelled, at no charge.

Those wishing to stay at the Ocean Breeze Club that the banquet will be held at have until December 18 for the special room rate block.

Ocean Breeze Club

640 N Atlantic Avenue
Daytona Beach, Florida 32118
Reservation Telephone Number
Direct: (386) 239-9800
Toll Free: (855) 212-3224
Group Code Name: World Karting Association (WKA)

Here are our special rates:

2 Queen Ocean Front with Privacy Balcony: $104.00 per night
2 Queen Ocean View with Private Balcony: $94.00 per night
No Resort Fees
Free Parking

The updated Awards presentation information can be found below:

Online Banquet RSVP — CLICK HERE

Paper Banquet RSVP — CLICK HERE

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Marco Angeletti Named New CRG Marketing Manager http://ekartingnews.com/2016/12/02/marco-angeletti-named-new-crg-marketing-manager/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/12/02/marco-angeletti-named-new-crg-marketing-manager/#respond Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:31:56 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=75011 CRG S.p.A. is proud to announce Marco Angeletti as the new marketing and communication manager starting from December 1st.

The Italian outfit that dominated the International karting scene in 2016 decided to strengthen the strategic department of marketing to promote its product range more effectively and to further develop its commercial program and customer service.

Marco Angeletti’s role will be transversal and in synergy with all the company departments, including the racing team that is an extraordinary resource for CRG, not only from a technical  standpoint, but also in terms of image and promotion of the brand’s racing products.

Marco Angeletti was the marketing director and led several projects in a top karting company from 2000 to 2013 and has been the executive director of the Swiss outfit RB Racing for the past three years. Initiatives to support the rental range and sales network are among the first items on the agenda of the new CRG manager, as well as new communication projects involving social media and web platforms.

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2017 American Sprint Cup Series Schedule Taking Shape http://ekartingnews.com/2016/12/02/2017-american-sprint-cup-series-schedule-taking-shape/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/12/02/2017-american-sprint-cup-series-schedule-taking-shape/#respond Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:27:20 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=75009 We are working very hard to finalize the 2017 American Sprint Cup Series schedule for both Southern and Northern Tours. We want to announce our partial schedule so our racers and families can start scheduling vacation time, make plans, etc.

Currently we have the following events confirmed with several more just days or a week away from being finalized:

* Southern Tour Round 1: April 21-23 / Carolina Motorsports Park, SC

(three-day event with Friday practice)

* Southern Tour Round 2: June 23-25 / Bushnell Motorsports Park, FL

(three-day event with Friday practice)

Both CMP and BMP events will be three-day events with Friday practice running from 11am to 6pm.

Other tracks we have confirmed but not yet set a date are:

* September (weekend TBA): Lamar County Speedway, Barnesville, GA
* 103rd Street Sports Complex, Jacksonville, FL
* Nicholson Speedway, Chestertown, MD

Stay tuned for more schedule announcements via our email news and our official Facebook page in the coming days. Always check our AKRASprint.com website for the latest information.

The American Sprint Cup Series is proud to be sponsored by Vega USA, AKRA racing programs sponsor RockAuto.com, class sponsors Kart City Performance, Briggs & Stratton Racing, Razor Chassis, Roberts Kart Shop, IONIC Edge Chassis, TSRacing.com, Michigan Kart Supply, Target Distributing and Boon & Sons, and associate sponsors Power Plus Lubricants and S&M Kart Supply.

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Rok Cup USA Listened http://ekartingnews.com/2016/12/02/rok-cup-usa-listened/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/12/02/rok-cup-usa-listened/#respond Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:24:36 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=75007 Last week ROK CUP USA announced its 2017 season and received an overwhelming number of e-mails, phone calls, and social media responses with different ideas, suggestions, opinions and perspective from our loyal and valued customers. ROK CUP USA went on overdrive, analyzing all comments and realized that it needed reevaluate its schedule to better suit the drivers, teams and organizations that participate in their events.

ROK CUP USA doesn’t just believe in talk and no actions. They really believe that they have created a series for the drivers, and always have the drivers as a priority. Without the drivers there is no series.

With that mentality in place, ROK CUP USA will:

1- Reduce the number of races for 2017

2- Analyze the all current races on the 2017 calendar and try to minimize travels for racing teams

3- Work together with other race organizations

4- Create an easier points system

5- Create championship programs that allow drivers a direct ticket to the International Final in Italy

ROK CUP USA will release its new schedule on Monday and assures all Rokkers they will be extremely satisfied.

For more information on the ROK program as well as ROK CUP USA, please visit them online at www.ROKCupUSA.com or visit them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RokCupUSA.

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Rotax Max Challenge / BRP-Rotax Confirms Tire Testing in North America for 2017 http://ekartingnews.com/2016/12/02/rotax-max-challenge-brp-rotax-confirms-tire-testing-in-north-america-for-2017/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/12/02/rotax-max-challenge-brp-rotax-confirms-tire-testing-in-north-america-for-2017/#comments Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:21:39 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=75004 In some markets a trend towards higher grip level of tyres, even for single brand race series have been put forth. To offer Rotax customers an improved grip level at the Rotax MAX Challenge (RMC), the Rotax 125 MAX Junior class will use MOJO D2 tyres as of January 2017 and the Rotax 125 MAX class will use MOJO D3 tyres according to the 2017 RMC technical regulations.

Besides these changes BRP-Rotax has defined North America as limited test market for 2017 only. This test market will use different tyres for different classes which are expected to offer different features.

The customer feedback on the characteristics of these tyres will be constantly monitored throughout the year 2017. BRP-Rotax will use this market information to confirm the characteristics of the MOJO tyre portfolio for 2018.

As of January 1, 2018 all Rotax MAX Challenge race series/events where drivers want to qualify for the Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals 2018 have to run on MOJO tyres only. MOJO tyres are available for all six Rotax MAX engine categories also throughout the year 2017 in North America.

The Rotax MAX Challenge (RMC) is a professional kart racing series established, owned and organized by BRP and its Rotax kart engine distributors. Approved by and in compliance with CIK / FIA, the RMC is a “one-make-engine” formula: only Rotax kart engines that are checked and sealed (for equal performance) will be used. The success in the competition is mainly up to the skills of the driver.

For more information about the Rotax MAX Challenge, please visit http://www.rotaxkart.com/en/Max-Challenge/MAX-Challenge/About-ROTAX-MAX-CHALLENGE

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