eKartingNews.com http://ekartingnews.com The leading karting website in the world Fri, 01 Jul 2016 02:20:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Round 2 of the KPX Karting Championship Brings Record Numbers http://ekartingnews.com/2016/06/30/round-2-of-the-kpx-karting-championship-brings-record-numbers/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/06/30/round-2-of-the-kpx-karting-championship-brings-record-numbers/#respond Thu, 30 Jun 2016 19:42:23 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=67958 KPX Karting Championship logoRound 2 of the KPX Karting Championship, powered by Briggs & Stratton, took place at beautiful Simraceway in Sonoma. KPX and Simraceway teamed together to put on a flawless show with everything running smoothly. The drivers put on an unforgettable show with an unbelievable amount of passing that kept the fans on the fence anticipating the next pass. Tech and race directing was very strict keeping the series in line with their promise for fair, competitive racing.

Friday practice surprised everyone with a turnout of 80, or so, karts filling the paddock making it hard to believe that there would be enough room on race day. The trailers kept rolling in Saturday morning packing the parking lot. KPX and Sonoma did a great job of keeping to their published schedule even with their largest turnout yet. 94 karts came to race strapped with their Briggs & Stratton power plants, comprised of 88 LO206’s and 6 World Formula’s.

(Photo: Tubay Yabut)

(Photo: Tubay Yabut)

The Junior 1 class showed up with 18 of the best, young drivers around. Aiden Kempf came off a win at Stockton with P2 in qualifying getting edged out by Kai Sorensen by 3 hundredths of a second. The top four guys went at it in the Pre-Final, passing each other multiple times. Sorensen got a last lap pass to beat out Aiden Kempf. Dominic Gordon came on strong in the Main event fighting off his competitors with seven or more passes back and forth to cross the line in P1. Unfortunately, Gordon got a mechanical DQ that cost him the race leaving Sorensen with a much deserved win. Garrett Randolph came from fourth to finish P2. Kempf dropped back finishing P3. The talent in this class is just amazing.

In the Junior 2 class, 18 karts arrived to challenge each other. Tomas Mejia started in his first ever KPX race qualifying on pole. Going into the Pre-Final, Wyatt Couch and Hayden Wagner made Mejia work hard to earn his win with multiple passes between first and third finishing within two tenths of each other. With a little pressure in the Main event Mejia held off Couch and Wagner for the win by only one tenth. Couch P2, Wagner finishing P3.

(Photo: Tubay Yabut)

(Photo: Tubay Yabut)

Due to the high kart count, the Senior LO206 group was split into “A” and “B” groups. KPX figured this would be a good way to keep the racing clean and competitive. A total of 31 karts entered this class. The way this worked was the top 14 qualifiers would make the “A” group guaranteeing them a spot in “A” Pre-Final and Main event. The remaining 17 qualifiers would start in the “B” Pre-Final with six transferring to the back of the A-Main event leaving 11 racers to fight for a B-Main win. David Vasquez was fast man getting himself pole position. The six people who fought to advance from the “B” Pre-Final to the A-Main were Eric Nascimento, Zachary Rivera, Nicholas Grossi, Andrew Cyrus, Logan Mitchell, and Cameron Imhoff. The B-Main was dominated by Nick Martin pulling a five second lead to win.

In the “A” Pre-Final there was some unbelievable racing between Vasquez and Kenny Manchester, passing each other at every opportunity, although Manchester pulled out a last turn pass under Vasquez for a photo finish. The A-Main was again a show to see. The top 4 guys Manchester, Vaquez, Hunter Corbitt, and James Selby were swapping spots, someone even said, “it was just like a chess match”. All four of the leading pack finished within 2 tenths of each other. Vasquez got the win, Manchester P2, Corbitt P3, and Selby P4. Hard charger Grossi, from the “B” transfer, made his way all the way up to finish 10th.

(Photo: Tubay Yabut)

(Photo: Tubay Yabut)

The Masters LO206 class is becoming a huge class with so much talent. 20 of the best 35 and older drivers arrived to see who is the best. Brian Rivera came out strong with P1 in qualifying. Bob Snow came on strong in the Pre-Final to pick up the win with Joe Senna, Brian Gallagher, and Rivera right behind him. Going into the 20-lap Main was anyone’s race to win. Unfortunately, a bad crash in the first corner put the race on hold, but thankfully everyone was okay. Rivera came on strong in the Main leading a good majority of the race, but Snow didn’t give up and made a last lap pass for the win. Bad news for Rivera as he took a DQ for being under weight by 2 pounds. This left Senna with P2, and Mat Kattanek P3.

World Formula showed up with a great small group of six racers. Steven Taylor got P1 in qualifying. Dennis Holmes got a great start to hold off Taylor by just enough to get the Pre-Final win. When the Main event came, Taylor’s day went bad only completing one lap, which left Dennis Holmes all alone out front to take home the win. Rich Huston came in P2, with Wayne Bundy P3.

The series has a massive amount of support from the local tracks, racers, and all the sponsors, two of their biggest being MG Tires, and Briggs & Stratton Racing. Round 3 of the series will take place July 17 in Davis, CA at Bluemax Kart Club.

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Calgary Kart Racing Club Round Six Report http://ekartingnews.com/2016/06/30/calgary-kart-racing-club-round-six-report/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/06/30/calgary-kart-racing-club-round-six-report/#respond Thu, 30 Jun 2016 18:29:39 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=67953 CKRC Race #6 was again challenged by the weather gods with drizzly rain up until mid-day with a few classes running their Pre-Finals on a wet track.  The weather cleared in the early afternoon and a dry track was available rewarding the 68 total entries the rest of the race day.

Senior Briggs Light (13 competitors) & Masters 13 (3 competitors) Combined

The 16 kart field was first up having to qualifiy and race the Pre-Final in wet conditions.  Skylar Dunning from Edmonton was the spoiler winning the Pre-Final and Final followed by

John Kwong and Chris Patterson.  Dennis Bauer won the Masters class and was 7th overall. Phil Haggerty 2nd and Rookie Dave Nelson 3rd completed the Masters podium.

1. Skylar Dunning
2. John Kwong
3. Christopher Patterson

1. Dennis Bauer
2. Phil Haggerty
3. Dave Nelson

Mini Max (4 competitors) and Junior Max (3 competitors) Combined

CKRC-R6-Jr Briggs 2Not much drama here except for a final corner collision sending a few karts into the tire barriers near pit road.

1. James Altamirano
2. Kiefer Peet
3. Spencer Perrealt
4. Enzo Sartor

1. Levi Schmidtke
2. Connor Peet
3. Naila Deen

Rotax Senior (7 competitors)

Skylar Dunning’s clean sweep was ruined during a drying track where John Kwong who chose not to qualify and started at the back of the field stormed to the front and held off Dunning for the Pre-Final win.  Kwong could not hold off Dunning and Evan White in the final with Newson losing his chain in the early stages.  The top three finished within 3 seconds of each other.

1. Skylar Dunning
2. Evan White
3. John Kwong

Junior 2 Briggs (8 competitors)

1. James Altamirano
2. Jill Altamirano
3. Tyler Simmons

Rotax Masters (10 competitors)

1. Brendon Sanguinetti
2. John Peters
3. Dan Peet

Shifter (11 competitors)

CKRC-R6-Jr BriggsWith the rainy conditions, the shifter drivers did not go out for practice or qualifying and relied upon a pea pick to determine grid positions for the Pre-Final.  Starting from the last row, John Kwong had a rocket start going from 11th to 4th before the first corner.  Unfortunately, he went from hero to zero on lap five after hitting a puddle on the exit of the hairpin and having a lazy spin which ultimately stalled the motor.  He re-started and recovered to start 6th in the Final.  For the Final, Brian Taylor got the holeshot and led for the first 2 laps with Bartley taking the lead followed by Taylor, Kwong and White.  On lap 8, Taylor’s GoPro case mount broke and landed in his lap going through Turn 8.  The distraction made him go a little wide and Kwong pounced on the opportunity.  2nd thru 5th finished within 2 seconds of each other.

1. Nathan Bartley
2. John Kwong
3. Brian Taylor

Junior 1 Briggs (9 competitors)

Kiefer Peet dominated the day taking Pole, Pre-Final and Final convincingly followed by Enzo Sartor and Alexander Berg who worked his way up from 5th to take the final podium spot. 3rd through 5th had a race long battle and finished within 3 seconds of each other.

1. Kiefer Peet
2. Enzo Sartor
3. Alexander Berg

Next CKRC race July 10

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Six Drivers Added to Team USA After Sofina Foods US Open of Utah http://ekartingnews.com/2016/06/30/six-drivers-added-to-team-usa-after-sofina-foods-us-open-of-utah/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/06/30/six-drivers-added-to-team-usa-after-sofina-foods-us-open-of-utah/#respond Thu, 30 Jun 2016 14:23:24 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=67947 Upon the conclusion of the second round of the 2016 Sofina Foods US Open Presented by Fikse Wheels series, seven Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals (RMCGF) tickets were awarded to championship point leaders. With temperatures high in Utah, so were the stakes as drivers hoped to leave the Utah Motorsports Campus not only as points leaders heading into the Las Vegas finale but also with a RMCGF ticket in hand.

In Rotax Micro MAX, Diego LaRoque started his weekend off third quick in qualifying. Perfect through the heat races with all four wins, the Arizona resident had to settle for second in the final. With enough points garnered from the weekend and his victory in NOLA, LaRoque earned his invite to the RMCGF.

Up and coming pilot Tyler Gonzalez has been the one to beat in 2016 US Open Rotax Mini MAX action. Dominating the weekend with all four heat race wins and the final victory by a five second margin, the reigning US Open Mini MAX champion solidified his name at the top of the points to join Team USA in Italy later this year.

After earning Team USA a Vice-Championship at the 2015 Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals in the Rotax Junior MAX category, Mathias Ramirez will be back in 2016. A last lap pass in the final put Ramirez second in the points, as current class leader Nick Brueckner already secured his ticket at the Challenge of the Americas.

In Rotax Senior MAX, two second place podium finishes in 2016 US Open action put Floridian Austin Garrison in contention for the coveted RMCGF ticket. Currently second in the point standings, Garrison will contest his second Grand Finals after competing on Team USA in 2014 in the Junior MAX category.

Billy Cleavelin will join Team USA in 2016 for the first time, as he tops the current Rotax MAX Masters point standings. Taking final wins in both NOLA and Utah, the Californian placed second overall in the 2015 US Open Masters MAX class claiming Vice-Champion status.

Nathan Mauel will return with Team USA to the RMCGF for the seventh time, this time in the Rotax DD2 MAX Masters class. Showing enough pace to run with the DD2 drivers in the combined class, Mauel tops the charts after taking victories in both US Open rounds in 2016.

The seventh RMCGF ticket was awarded to Canadian Jeff Kinglsey in the Rotax DD2 MAX class. Kingsley ran perfect all weekend, from qualifying through the heats and in the final to earn his trip to Italy this October. Team Canada will also grow by one, as Oliver Askew has informed MAXSpeed he has officially declined his DD2 ticket from the Florida Winter Tour, which will put the ticket in the hands of Canadian Marco Signoretti.

The 2016 Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals will take place October 16-21 at the Circuito Internazionale di Napoli in Sarno, Italy. Team USA will be vying for Grand Finals championships as well as their third Nations Cup title, after earning the honor in 2015 and 2013.

The 2016 Sofina Foods US Open series will conclude in high style in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino November 1-5.

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Three Karters Take Home Second Features of 2016 http://ekartingnews.com/2016/06/30/three-karters-take-home-second-features-of-2016/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/06/30/three-karters-take-home-second-features-of-2016/#respond Thu, 30 Jun 2016 13:48:41 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=67944 The month of June closed out at Merrittville Speedway with 3 Lucas Oil Weekly Karting Series Drivers winning their second features of 2016.

First to add a second St. Catharines Discount Auto Parts Feature Win Sticker rookie Christopher Crowe who won his second straight Vansickle Pet Valu Novice 1 Feature.

Jumping ahead to the Cassell Manufacturing Senior Fun Division – Brett Stratford also won his second straight 20 lap Event to close the night.

Jackson Maytum also won his second straight Tim Phillips Garage St. Catharines Discount Auto Parts Novice 2 Feature – his 5th of the season in 9 starts.

Also winning for the second time was Owen Kaiser in the RCM Racing Equipment Junior 1 Division.

In other Performance Manufacturing Divisional action, Donny Lampman won for the 4th time of the season in the Ed MacPherson Construction Junior 2 Division. Dalton Slack took home his 5th Feature in the Superior PetroFuels Junior Restricted Division while Travis Majuery continues to lead all karters after winning his 6th Feature in the Wilder Racing Engines Senior Animal Division.

Kart Racing continues Tuesday July 5th. Pits Open at 5:30 and when the racing starts at 7 PM – Grandstand Admission is FREE.

Heat Results

Vansickle Pet Valu Performance Manufacturing Novice 1 Division – 6 laps – Heat 1 – Christopher Crowe, Nigel Pendykoski, Gavin Lavallee, Carley Brakespeare, Jacob Mamo, Scarlett Gaboury. Heat 2 – Nigel Pendyoski, Christopher Crowe, Jacob Mamo, Gavin Lavallee, Carley Brakespeare, Scarlett Gaboury.

Tim Phillips Garage St. Catharines Discount Auto Parts Performance Manufacturing Novice 2 Division – 6 laps – Heat 1 – Trevor Evans, Jackson Maytum. Hana Rothwell, Amber White, Madelyn Goulding, Cohen Corbett. Heat 2 – Madelyn Goulding, Jackson Maytum, Hana Rothwell, Amber White, Trevor Evans, Cohen Corbett.

RCM Racing Equipment Performance Manufacturing Junior 1 Division – 8 laps – Heat 1 and Heat 2 – Owen Kaiser, Zach Trotter, Owen Kaiser, Aiden Lavallee, Aiden Lavallee, Spencer Maytum.

Ed MacPherson Construction Performance Manufacturing Junior 2 Division – 8 laps – Heat 1 – Jaedon Lawson, Davis Grocott, Joey Priestley, Donny Lampman, Tyler MacLeod, Ali Harmoch, Aiden Speck. Heat 2 – Donny Lampman, Jaedon Lawson, Ali Harmoch, Davis Grocott, Joey Priestley, Tyler MacLeod, Aiden Speck.

Superior PetroFuels Performance Manufacturing Junior Restricted Heavy Division – 8 laps – Heat 1 – Dalton Slack, Kyle Phillips, Trevor Wright, Randy Giroux, Austyn Werstroh, Jenna Dietz, Noah Mamo. Heat 2 – Dalton Slack, Randy Giroux, Trevor Wright, Kyle Phillips, Austyn Werstroh, Noah Mamo, Jenna Dietz.

Cassell Manufacturing Performance Manufacturing Senior Fun Division – 10 laps – Heat 1 – Brett Stratford, Steven Koop, Ron McGarry, Scott Andres, John Pendykoski. Heat 2 – Steven Koop, Scott Andres, Ron McGarry, John Pendykoski, DNS – Brett Stratford.

Wilder Racing Engines Performance Manufacturing Senior Animal Division – 10 laps – Heat 1 – Dylan Culp, Travis Majuery, Brandon Black, Jacob Wilson, Paul Lindberg, Ashley Moore, Nathan Boisvert. Heat 2 – Travis Majuery, Dylan Culp, Jacob Wilson, Nathan Boisvert, Ashley Moore, Paul Lindberg Brandon Black.

Burris Tire Feature Results

Vansickle Pet Valu Performance Manufacturing Novice 1 Division – 8 laps – Christopher Crowe, Nigel Pendykoski, Jacob Mamo, Carley Brakespeare, Scarlet Gaboury. DNS – Gavin Lavallee.

Tim Phillips Garage St. Catharines Discount Auto Parts Performance Manufacturing Novice 2 Division – 8 laps – Jackson Maytum, Hana Rothwell, Trevor Evans, Madelyn Goulding, Cohen Corbett, Amber White.

RCM Racing Equipment Performance Manufacturing Junior 1 Division – 15 lapsOwen Kaiser, Zach Trotter, Spencer Maytum, Aiden Lavallee.

Ed MacPherson Construction Performance Manufacturing Junior 2 Division – 15 laps – Donny Lampman, Joey Priestley, Ali Harmoch, Tyler MacLeod, Aiden Speck, Jaedon Lawson, Davis Grocott.

Superior PetroFuels Performance Manufacturing Junior Restricted Division First Feature  – 15 laps – Dalton Slack, Kyle Phillips, Austyn Werstroh, Randy Giroux, Trevor Wright, Noah Mamo, Jenna Dietz.

Cassell Manufacturing Performance Manufacturing Senior Fun Division – 20 laps – Brett Stratford, Steven Koop, Scott Andres, Bob Ling, Rob Goulding, Ron McGarry, Kyle Rothwell, John Pendykoski.

Wilder Racing Engines Performance Manufacturing Senior Animal Division – 20 laps – Travis Majuery, Dylan Culp, Ashley Moore, Jacob Wilson, Nathan Boisvert, Jacob Wilson, Brandon Black, Paul Lindberg.

For further information on Tuesday Night Kart Racing – contact the Speedway Office at 905-892-8266 or by contacting (General Manager) Erica Bicknell-Jones at ebicknell@cogeco.net or Race Director Jeff Riley at merrittvillekartclub@hotmail.com

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS

The 2016 Lucas Oil Kart Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 7 Divisions is brought to racers by partners including Performance Manufacturing, Vansickle Pet-Valu, Tim Phillips Garage, Ed MacPherson Construction, RCM Racing Equipment, Cassell Manufacturing, Superior PetroFuels, Briggs & Stratton, St. Catharines Discount Auto Parts, Wilder Racing Engines and Burris Tire.

Lucas Oil Products is one of the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem-solving additives. Through innovative product research and development, along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

Look for Lucas Oil Products at their favorite automotive retailer or repair centre including the KC Auto Parts, Tim Phillips Garage, Kala’s Hardware and through RCM Racing Equipment.

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Team Benik Dominates USPKS and US Open Micro and Mini Classes http://ekartingnews.com/2016/06/30/team-benik-dominates-uspks-and-us-open-micro-and-mini-classes/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/06/30/team-benik-dominates-uspks-and-us-open-micro-and-mini-classes/#respond Thu, 30 Jun 2016 13:36:02 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=67942 In a challenging portion of the 2016 schedule, Team BENIK took it all in stride as they competed in two different national series in two different states in the past two weeks. First doing battle at the USA International Raceway (USAIR) in Shawano, Wisconsin in the United States Pro Kart Series (USPKS), the Florida based team would then pack up and travel to Tooele, Utah for the second round of the US Open program at the Utah Motorsports Campus.

“What a great few weeks for our drivers and the BENIK brand,” explained company Co-Founder Nick Mitchell. “We were able to claim four wins and seven podiums in Wisconsin and then followed it up with another main event victory and podium in Utah. This is a true testament to the hard work that has gone into the entire BENIK program.”

In Northern Wisconsin, the BENIK brigade was front and center in the IAME Mini Swift class claiming the first four positions in Saturday morning’s qualifying session. Led by Tyler Maxson, three fellow BENIK teammates in Reece Gold, Zane Maloney and Devin Gomez would sweep the top four starting spots. Progressing through the heat races and onwards to the final checkered flag, Gold came out on top as the main event winner followed closely by Maxson putting the BENIK drivers one and two.

Sunday would see an even better day for the brand as Reece Gold would start the morning off with a pole position run while Gomez would end the timed session in second. All would go well in the day’s main event as the BENIK drivers lined up and swept the top five positions. Gold would claim his second victory of the weekend while Maxson would end his weekend with another second place result. Elio Giovane would improve throughout the day to stand on the podium in third while Maloney and Gomez rounded out the top five.

Elliot Cox proved his prowess in the Yamaha Rookie class steering his BENIK Kart to a pair of victories over the USPKS weekend. Dominating the Yamaha Rookie class, Cox is primed and ready to challenge for the overall series championship and more race wins in the months to come.

With no break in the schedule, the BENIK team would try and outrun the sun to Utah for the second round of the Sofina Foods US Open. With a slightly different format that would see one qualifying session, four heat races and one main event to determine the overall winner of the weekend, all drivers focused on Sunday to ensure they had the necessary speed to stand atop the podium.

After qualifying and running through the heat race format, multiple BENIK drivers would have their turn on the point as the brand swept the heat races all together in the Rotax Micro MAX division. On Sunday, a fierce battle between four drivers and some contact on the final circuit saw Santiago Trisini sneak by to claim his first career US Open victory while championship point leader Diego LaRoque would cross the line in a strong second. Carson Morgan, one of the BENIK front runners throughout the weekend who led the start of the final circuit on Sunday, ended his on track competition in fourth but would be relegated back to fifth after a post race penalty for an on track incident.

Mitchell continued, “So far in the two US Open rounds, a BENIK Kart driver has been on top in each of the two qualifying sessions, eight heat races and two main events.”

One Team BENIK driver would be entered in the Rotax Junior class as Manuel Sulaiman would make a name for himself from the first official session. Showing speed in Friday afternoon’s qualifying run, Sulaiman, who utilized a Kosmic chassis, secured the pole position. In Sunday’s main event, the talented driver started outside the front row and after battling in the lead group all race long, would be involved in an unfortunate incident with two laps remaining as he made his bid for the lead.

Looking to progress drivers into the junior ranks from the Micro and Mini ranks as well as onwards and upwards to the BENIK/Carlin car program, Sulaiman is a perfect example of what the future holds for Team BENIK.

Team BENIK will contest in this coming weekend’s ROK Cup Midwest program at Pittsburgh International Raceway before traveling to Mooresville, North Carolina for the next round of the United States Pro Kart Series.

For more information on BENIK Kart, please contact Nick Mitchell or Ben Cruttenden via e-mail to Info@Benik-Kart.com or by phone at 754.206.4870. For all West Coast Sales, please contact Nash Motorsportz at 951.233.3431 or via email to nashmotorsportz@yahoo.com or through their Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Nash-Motorsportz/302987366497945. Kartworkz is also an authorized BENIK Kart dealer and will be servicing the Northeast region of the country. Please visit them online at www.Kartworkz.com or contact Jerry White at 570.237.1095.

BENIK Kart can also be found online at www.BENIK-Kart.com, Facebook at www.facebook.com/BenikKart and Twitter at @kartBENIK.

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Makayla Johnson Beats the Boys http://ekartingnews.com/2016/06/30/makayla-johnson-beats-the-boys/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/06/30/makayla-johnson-beats-the-boys/#respond Thu, 30 Jun 2016 13:20:35 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=67934 It’s no secret that karting is a male dominated sport. Here and there, there have been female standouts like Danica Patrick, Sara Fisher and Juliana Cheavotti.  Now after last Saturday (June 18th) night a new name has been added to that list-Makayla Johnson. That night, during the final race of round two of the Maxxis Tires ‘Battle at the Beach’ series Pro Clone Heavy, Johnson, of Bridgeville, DE, piloting a privateer machine, took on some of the mid-Atlantic region’s best 4-cycle factory drivers and dominated them.   Along with the joy of beating the boy’s Johnson earned $1,500.00 for her efforts on the Delmar, DE 1/5-mile clay oval.

Ty Bass leads Flathead racers to the green on a restart (Photo: Bruce C. Walls/Action Sports Photos)

Ty Bass leads Flathead racers to the green on a restart (Photo: Bruce C. Walls/Action Sports Photos)

Things were dicey at first.  Johnson earned the pole and owned the early lead.  Then, before half of the 30-laps distance she let several competitors slip under her. But, by no means was she done. Johnson floored her right foot on the gas pedal and guided her kart smoothly through the turns.  Fighting her way back to the front she took advantage of a competitor’s mistake and recaptured the lead before the mid=race signal was shown.  When it was shown she was way ahead of the competition.

Lewes, DE based Alex White was her nearest challenger.  But he was several seconds behind her.  White eventually closed the gap and tried to take the lead from her, but she held fast to the checkered flag beating him to the stripe by 0.243 seconds.  Behind White were some of dirt karting’s legends.  Midlothian, VA based karting veteran Jason ‘Higgy’ Higginbotham, a well-known long time WKA dirt standout, crossed third, 2.371 seconds later.  Further back younger standouts filled the remaining top five positions.  Ty Bass of Pikeville, NC was fourth, 2.586 seconds late followed by 17-year-old Catlett, VA based Brady Penny who capped the top five.

“I want to thank my dad, Richie, Tim, my little sister, Huffy, from Hustler, who builds my motors, and everybody else on my pit crew that helps me,” Johnson credited.  “It feels good getting this win.   I have a lot of people helping me and I thank God for this success.”

The only other female in the field, Ashley Hayes, finished 10th out of the 16-racer-field.   Shane Forrest was sixth across the stripe followed by Matthew Robinson, JP Gates, and Nick Brobst.

In addition to Pro Clone Heavy a Clone Warm-Up class was offered, with a $500.00 purse, to give racers a chance to prepare for the final feature.  Bass won that race plus two others. He took Pro Clone Heavy with a 0.270 seconds advantage over Richie Hornsby.  Higgy was third this time 0.846 seconds late.

“Winning this race is important to the race later tonight,” Bass explained after winning the Clone Warm-Up.  “But we were light in qualifying in Pro so we have to come from 16th.  But with us being that good I feel we can come up there. If we get a couple of breaks a couple of cautions.”

Trent Reed leads Junior 3 racers (Photo: Bruce C. Walls/Action Sports Photos)

Trent Reed leads Junior 3 racers (Photo: Bruce C. Walls/Action Sports Photos)

Following Bass in Clone Warm-Up’s top five were Higggy, Penny and White.

Earlier that Saturday Bass topped Flathead from the pole he earned with a 10.966 seconds rounding that at was a mire 0.025 seconds faster then Higgy’s 10.991 seconds trip.  From there Bass, piloting a Tod Miller Racing Engines powered Charger Racing Chassis, made it look easy as he escaped challengers fighting for positions over two seconds behind him. His closest pursuer was fifth fastest qualifier JD Eversole who trailed by a distant 2.578 seconds. Eversole made an 11.082 seconds qualifying pass for a fifth place starting position.  Kyle Ayers, Penny and Jared Maske filled third, fourth and fifth.

“It’s not as easy as it looks out here,” Bass laughed. “We’ve still got a little room to improve.  They started to get away from me a little at the start. I wish we had something that could take off a little better. I just want to thank Shane and Squeaky and I want to thank Charger Racing Chassis and Tod Miller Racing Engines.”

Races were split into two segments.  Bass bagged his second win of the day in the first segment’s final feature Pro Animal Heavy where he struggled in qualifying. Nick Brobst notched Pro Animal Heavy’s pole with a blistering 10.765 seconds spin. Brandon Galllo was a tick slower at 10.844 seconds.  Bass produced an 11.057 seconds run for the sixth place starting position

Bass battled his way to a distant second and reeled in Brobst with seven laps to go. Once he got to the front he ran away with it finishing 1.283 seconds ahead of Brobst.  Local Zach Bullis, of Millsboro, DE, was third, Gallo grabbed fourth and Macey Thompson completed the top five.

“It was a little bit of experience and a little bit the kart,” Bass credited of his third win. “So I was just waiting my time. I knew I was better then him (Brobst) in turn two. I knew I’d get the run sooner or later.  I just ran behind him (Brobst), I made my move and drove away from there.”

Like Bass local racer Cole Neibert captured a trio of wins that Saturday starting with Segment One where he led Outlaw racers across the stripe with a comfortable 5.718 seconds advantage over Jordon Cropper.

“The Charger Chassis was really hooked up and Bubba Built put a really strong motor on there as always and X Factor Preps, put the right four rubbers on there,” credited the 15-year-ole Greenwood, DE native. “I can’t thank my mom and dad enough for supporting me throughout my racing career.”

Junior 3 #00 Cole Neibert #55-Brock Viincent trade a little paint (Photo: Bruce C. Walls/Action Sports Photos)

Junior 3 #00 Cole Neibert #55-Brock Viincent trade a little paint (Photo: Bruce C. Walls/Action Sports Photos)

Cody Rose crossed third, Dover, DE driver Mike Ellerbusch followed in fourth and Chris Simonson capped the top five.

Neibert notched two more wins in the second segment. In Semi Pro Clone he was comfortably 1.720 seconds ahead of Michael Allaband.

“I didn’t know how far ahead of my competition I was. They (his crew) were on the back stretch fence giving me all kinds of signs I didn’t even look at them,” said Neibert who pocketed $250.00 for the win.  “The kart was real good for the first 10-laps and then after that I don’t know if there was something on the track or the tires went away. I think his (Payton Heck) oil comforter came off and spewed oil all over the place.” I don’t know, but it got real squirrelly. It was pretty tricky the last couple of laps.”

Filling in the top five spots behind Allaband were Brobst, Garrett Himminhoefer and David Steele.

Neibert also won PRO Junior 3 this time narrowly beating Denton, MD driver Reed to the stripe by just 0.193 seconds.  Himminghoefer finished third, Zach Fields was fourth and Jim Tyre, Jr. was fifth across the stripe.

Earlier, in the first segment, Reed, piloting a Hustler Racing Engines powered Recon Chassis, won Junior 3 beating pole winner Himminghoefer by just 0.298 seconds. Reed ruled the field through a late race caution that nearly cost him the race.

“That caution worried me a little bit I didn’t know if I could hold them off or not, but I did!” Reed beamed.  “I was confident I could hold it for the rest of the laps. The kart handled real good. It just got better and better every lap.

Neibert trailed in third, Field finished fourth and Tyre, Jr. capped the top five.

“It was good for about 12-13 laps and then the tires just went away,” Neibert said.

Chase Carter spun Junior 1 Rookie’s pole lap in 12.372 seconds and went on to win both feature races wire-to-wire with Jacob Beattie trailing each time by just under two and a half seconds.  Brayden Benson capped the top three both times.

Ty Bass takes Flathead’s checkered flag (Photo: Bruce C. Walls/Action Sports Photos)

Ty Bass takes Flathead’s checkered flag (Photo: Bruce C. Walls/Action Sports Photos)

“It was fun,” described the eight-year-old Laurel, DE native. “The Phantom Seraph kart handled good and the Hustler Performance motor was good. I want to thank my dad and my sister, Richie and Rick.”

Brandon Kelly captured two feature wins in the second segment starting with Junior 2 Heavy where he had Spencer Warren nipping at his heals just 0.186 seconds behind him at the stripe.  “Thee 26 kart (Warren) hit one of the disks and that moved him down.  The Triton kart and Higgy’s House of Power motor were good,” said the 11-year-old Lincoln, DE based driver. Kelly thanked Rick Avello and dedicated his first win to the memory of Kelly Kenton.

Later that night Kelly claimed PRO Junior 2’s checkered flag. This time 11-year-old Jayden Johnson, of Bridgeville, DE trailed him by 0.162 seconds.  Colin James crossed third and Spencer Warren followed in fourth.

Johnson and Kelly shared Junior 2 Lite’s front row.  Johnson turned an 11.426 seconds pole-winning lap and Kelly captured the outside front row starting position with an 11.439 seconds trip that was 0.013 seconds off pace.

Piloting a Huffy Racing Engines powered Phantom Triton Kart Johnson quickly left the rest of the field fighting for positions behind him. Kelly and the rest of the pack closed in on Johnson in the final laps threatening him at the stripe where Kelly was a mire 0.013 seconds behind Johnson followed closely by Spencer Warren and Colin James who were 0.026 and 0.205 seconds behind Kelly for the top four.

“The kart was ok, it was kind of bumpy,” Johnson described. “I don’t know what I had over the others, I guess it was power.”

Milford, DE driver Mike Stratton kicked of the first segment capturing Clone Super Heavy’s checkered flag piloting a Higgy’s House of Power Racing Engines powered Reflex chassis.  Stratton spun the pole-winning lap in 11.193 seconds and shared front row with Stephanie Lamber who turned an 11.335-qualifying lap.

Stratton hustled into the early lead with Lambert trailing a distant second.  With six laps remaining third fastest qualifier David Steele slipped by Lambert for second. Steele closed in on Stratton.  Steele offered several serious challenges but was 0.260 seconds late at the stripe.

As it was last season, Junior 1 Lite has been a very competitive class with eight-year-old Snow Hill, MD racer Logan Shockley leading the show. Qualifying times were separated by a fraction of a second among the top five. Shockley struggled in qualifying turning an 11.771 for an outside row two start. Derrick McGrew spun the pole lap in 11.662 seconds. Georgetown, DE competitor Racyn Hayes earned the outside pole with an 11.065 seconds trip.

When the green flag waved Shockley stomped on the gas quickly reaching the front.  McGrew stayed close behind as Shockley’s P&P Speed Shop powered Recon Chassis crossed the stripe 0.404 seconds ahead of McGrew.  Major Pride, William McConnell, and Clay Peters completed the top five.

Shockley scored PRO Junior 1’s pole, but lost the lead to Ryan McKinney after a wild ride.  A hard charging Shockley was trying to close the gap and retake the lead when caution waved with two laps left. McKinney fought off Shockley’s final challenges and opened another small gap to take the final flag by just 0.497 seconds. Major Pride trailed in third followed in the top five by McGrew and Hayes.

Nick Brobst notched another Animal Heavy win. Piloting a PEC Racing Engines powered Axis Chassis Brobst earned the pole with a blistering 10.853 seconds top-qualifying lap.  From there he shot into the early lead and never looked back finishing a comfortable 2.140 seconds ahead of Millsboro, DE driver Zach Bullis.  Also finishing in the top five were Macey Thompson, Brandon Gallo and Brandon Morris.

Skippers, VA based Matthew Robinson was in charge of PRO Clone Super Heavy.  The 24-year-old CKE Boom Boom Racing Engines powered Charger Legacy Kart pilot turned the pole lap in 10.992 seconds and led the field wire-to-wire finishing a full lap over second place David Steele.

“It was a little bouncy in the beginning and sliding,” Robinson reported.  “Then it started hooking up at the end, but I’m pretty happy with it.”

Segment two started with 17-year-old Catlett, VA Brady Penny capturing Clone Heavy.  Makayla Johnson was leading with just a few laps remaining. Suddenly she bobbled letting a patient Penny take advantage of the slip to slide into the lead.

“Being patient was there,” said Penny who was piloting a P&P Speed Shop Jonathan Cash build motor on a Recon kart.  “I was just there to fill in the hole and I got lucky with her slipping up and it coming back to me. Using the bumper helped a little bit you know ,but you’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do. I just want to thank Jonathan Cash, Bryan Bradford, my parents they do so much and Chip and Todd. The kart was there, it was a little loose in the beginning, but it came around.”

During the scuffle of positions behind Penny and Johnson, Hornsby finished third, White followed in fourth and Brandon Morris rounded out the top five.

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Maranello Kart Putting in Strong Performances with Flavio Sani and Francesco Alaimo http://ekartingnews.com/2016/06/30/maranello-kart-putting-in-strong-performances-with-flavio-sani-and-francesco-alaimo/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/06/30/maranello-kart-putting-in-strong-performances-with-flavio-sani-and-francesco-alaimo/#respond Thu, 30 Jun 2016 13:12:30 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=67931 Maranello Kart has obtained good results in the national races with Sani scoring a great second in Siena and Alaimo winning the Sicilian Championship of Prodriver Under. Zanchetta and Mosca fielded in the next important round of the German DKM in Genk.

Maranello Kart’s drivers are living a good moment in this “hot” period of the season that involved several different events including some important international appointments. Flavio Sani obtained a good result last Sunday on Maranello-Modena in Siena’s Summer Trophy of KZ2, race valid for the Regional Tuscany-Umbria Championship that featrured several strong drivers on track.

Following the fourth time in qualifying and the third in Prefinal, Sani showed a great competitiveness in the KZ2 Final, fighting in the leading group until the end and closing his effort in second place behind the winner Mirko Torsellini. Sani put in a great performance that confirmed his speed and that of the Maranello Kart’s chassis ahead of the forthcoming important rounds of the season. Daniele D’Uva has also been shining in Siena and claimed P2 in the Prodriver Under on Maranello-Tm.

Good news came also from Sicily, where the sixth round of the Regional Championship of Prodriver Under took place in Melilli. Francesco Alaimo claimed the victory in the Final on Maranello-Tm which gave him the victory of the championship one race early. Alaimo scored a great result, especially as he is a private driver directly involved with his father in the preparation of engine and chassis. The next racing duties of Alaimo will include the participation to the Italian Championship round of Adria next July 10th.

Meanwhile, Maranello Kart announced its participation to the next round of the German DKM Championship of KZ2 in Genk (Belgium). The race to be held next July 17th will see Marco Zanchetta and Tommaso Mosca on track. This is going to be an important round ahead of the European Championship that will be run on the Belgian track next July 31st.

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2016 IKF 2-Cycle Sprint Grand Nationals Taking Shape http://ekartingnews.com/2016/06/30/2016-ikf-2-cycle-sprint-grand-nationals-taking-shape/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/06/30/2016-ikf-2-cycle-sprint-grand-nationals-taking-shape/#respond Thu, 30 Jun 2016 13:07:57 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=67929 The 2016 International Kart Federation 2 Cycle Sprint Grand Nationals is just around the corner and the IKF is working diligently to prepare for the prestigious event. Set for July 7-9, 2016, the Santa Maria Kart Track in Santa Maria CA will be packed with karters, all fighting to earn their own IKF ‘Duffy’ award and to become an IKF Grand National Champion.

Action at the Santa Maria Track will begin on Thursday, July 7th, as the Official Practice Day for the event. Friday, July 8th will be the first of two race days, with nine classes scheduled on Friday and eight classes scheduled on Saturday, July 9th for a total of 17 IKF Duffys to be awarded at the event.

Thus far, the following companies have stepped up to support the event as Class Sponsors:  Advanced Wireless, BKS Racing Engines, Cambrian Go Karts, Evinco Tire, Fleming Racing Engines, Honda Racing HPD, IAME USA West, In Memory of Jerry Henderson, NWM Advisors, LLC, P1 Engines, PKS Profession Kart Support, and Scribner Plastics.  Courtney Concepts and Motul are also event sponsors.

Key staff positions have been named for the 2016 IKF 2 Cycle Sprint Grand Nationals. Don Malony will be the Race Director for the event.  The Tech Director will be John Motley. IKF President Roger Miller will be the IKF Director in Charge.

Registration will close on www.motorsportreg.com  on June 30, 2016 at 11:59pm.

Registration will open on Thursday, July 7th at 7:30 am for those who want to register at the event.

Entry Fees are: First Class $140.00        Additional Classes $130.00

Entry Forms are available at www.motorsportreg.com and on the Forms page of the IKF Website, www.ikfkarting.com

Participant must be a current IKF Member.

To sign up for membership at the event that includes a minor, please bring a completed IKF Membership Application,  original notarized Minor Release / Parental Consent Forms and a copy of the minor’s Birth Certificate.

For Pit Spots/RV Spots/Camping Info:

Contact Don Malony at donmalony@outlook.com

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Gus Traeder: 1925-2016 http://ekartingnews.com/2016/06/30/gus-traeder-1925-2016/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/06/30/gus-traeder-1925-2016/#respond Thu, 30 Jun 2016 13:02:44 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=67923 The karting world lost a pioneer of the sport with the passing of Clyde ‘Gus’ Traeder on June 13. The 90-year-old resident of Quincy, Illinois was introduced to the industry of karts through his management position at the Montgomery Ward Farm Store. Finding land in West Quincy, Missouri, Traeder opened TNT Kartways with his wife Fern in 1961. The facility was the ‘central’ location between the west and the east, hosting a number of major events during its over five decade history, including a televised ABC Wide World of Sports national championship. Traeder was an innovator in regards to taking karts to the city streets, hosting the Gran Prix of Karting in Quincy’s South Park from 1970-1999. Gus conducted Professional Karting Association (PKA) events across the country from California to New York. Traeder is a member of the WKA Hall of Fame and inaugural member of the Vintage Racing Hall of Fame. EKN reached out to a handful of veteran members of the industry who knew him well.

Gus with Don Freber and Reggie Fulks

Gus with Don Freber and Reggie Fulks

“Those of us in Rock Island join the karting community in celebrating the life of Gus Traeder who was the first race director of the Rock Island Grand Prix in 1993-1995. There is no question that the Rock Island Grand Prix wouldn’t be what it is today without the early support of Mr. Traeder and his PKA team which held street races across the country. Gus was old school and we were trying to produce a karting event that would boost the sport into the modern era, so our relationship was short-lived. But there is no questioning the tremendous impact he had on the sport of kart racing, and our event, and for that we will always be grateful.” – Rock Island Grand Prix’s Roger Ruthart

“Gus was the first promoter in the Midwest that elevated karting into a spectator sport. Whether it was a national at the famed TNT Kartway televised on ABC Wide World of Sports, or a PKA race in South Park with tens of thousands of spectators. When you were at one of Gus’s races, you were at an EVENT.” – Rick Fulks

“Gus was without question the best race promoter of all time. Sure, there have been some other big races come and go, but what other promotors pack in 20,000 plus real fans with beer gardens and parties for so many years at multiple venues. There are actually people that would say he did it for the money, which is funny as I don’t think he got rich off karting and putting on a street race is mountains of work. Gus promoted races for the love of the sport, period. He made us karters look like rock stars to the fans. I will always be grateful for what Gus did for our sports. God Speed Gus!!” – Alan Rudolph

South Park“Gus was a great promoter and businessman, hardworking and most importantly, a great family man. The history of karting in the United States is filled with people that have made…and some that continue to make…significant contributions to the sport over many years. And then there is Gus. He promoted (promoted being the key word) kart racing in seven decades…let that settle in for a second. Gus was a friend to everyone but he didn’t play favorites. As a race director, he may have made a call you didn’t agree with but he would make the call the same way again. If you wanted to argue it, he would be happy to tell you to load your equipment and go. There was no question who was in charge. He was fair, consistent and tough as a race director…which is exactly what the roles requires.

“As a promoter, he was second to no one. He did not put on ‘races’, he put on ‘events’. Everything he did was professional, well organized and first class. For years TNT Kartways was the ‘go to’ track for the best kart racers in the country.  Whether it was the IKF or WKA Nationals or a PKA Pro race, West Quincy, MO was always the place to be in August if you wanted to see the best karters in North America in action.  With its central location, it attracted the best from the east coast, the west coast and Canada.  Everyone would converge on Quincy. Beyond TNT, Gus also put on some of the best street races of all times, giving karters a chance to race in front of crowds unheard of in karting before and also providing an economic boost to the communities he brought the races to.”

“And of course something has to be said about “The Park”…the almost mythical street race that took place annually in South Park in Quincy for over 30 years.  Arguably the most unique karting event ever promoted.  This was an event that only Gus could pull off.  The Park was a one of a kind event and Gus was certainly a one of a kind promoter.  If you won at The Park, you could win anywhere.”

Crowds at the South Park event were large every year

Crowds at the South Park event were large every year

“Gus was one of the first to start selling our Margay ‘Safari’ Gearbox back in the early 1960’s so our family connection really goes back three generations.  My grandfather had polio and didn’t get around well. I remember as a kid in the late 1970’s when we would head to TNT for the IKF Nationals, Gus would always have a spot reserved for my grandfather to sit and watch the races from.  I thought at the time (I was ten), ‘Gee, we must be special.’  Of course in retrospect, it’s clear that Gus was the one that was special.  He was very thoughtful in ways many people may never have noticed.”

“It’s important to note that while we in the karting community were very fortunate to benefit from Gus’s efforts, Gus was also very active in supporting many community causes and activities in the city of Quincy.  His reach and ability to make things happen had a positive impact that was felt throughout karting and throughout the city of Quincy.”

“The funeral procession left the church and drove south on 12th Street to South Park. A kart then lead the procession through south park. They had corner workers in every corner waving flags… The procession left there and went right across the street to the cemetery.”

“Gus never wasted a moment and his was truly a life well lived.” – Keith Freber of Margay Racing

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206 Cup Visits Briggs & Stratton Raceway Park http://ekartingnews.com/2016/06/29/206-cup-visits-briggs-n-stratton-raceway-park/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/06/29/206-cup-visits-briggs-n-stratton-raceway-park/#respond Wed, 29 Jun 2016 19:29:11 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=67904 The Briggs & Stratton 206 Cup held its second race weekend at Briggs & Stratton Raceway Park hosted by Badger Kart Club on June 11-12. Briggs & Stratton Raceway Park is a nationally recognized kart track located 30 miles west of Milwaukee in Dousman, Wisconsin. It is owned by a trust and operated by the Badger Kart Club which like the series is dedicated to promoting the grassroots spirit of karting. The track is a very flat and tight, consisting of 12 corners, with names like the hair pin, sweeper, no-mans land, and the boot. After the 2016 season the track surface will be replace and additional configuration options will be added. In addition to being a great race track the club awards much sought after and coveted cheese cows to the top three finishers in each class.

206 Sportsman Saturday podium

206 Sportsman Saturday podium

Briggs & Stratton Racing is the primary sponsor with Vega providing support and tires. Vega designed a new tire for the 2016 season specifically for 4 cycle racing with the guidance of the Cup in order to provide a long lasting medium grip tire that is suitable for many styles of chassis. Presenting Sponsor Noram Clutch continues to support the series, and RLV Exhaust is now the qualifying sponsor for the series. Kyle Luttrell’s Ionic Edge chassis has come on board as a hosting sponsor. Target Distribution is continuing its support as a series sponsor.

The remaining schedule for the 206 cup:

  • July 16-27 at Concept Haulers Motor Speedway in Norway, IL
  • August 6-7 at 61 Kartway in Delmar, IA
  • September 17-18 at USAir Motorsports Park in Shawano, WI

LO206 Sportsman

206 Junior Saturday podium

206 Junior Saturday podium

Payton Gladowski and Jason Pribyl continued their battle from the previous race at Road America and once again Pribyl could not make his passes stick for more then a lap or two. Each race these two pushed each other to driver faster and harder all weekend long often a just a few hundredths apart. The battle for 3rd was just as fierce between Cale Zimmerman and Will Holtz(a local favorite) each taking one day’s 3rd spot.

Saturday: Payton Glodowski, Jason Pribyl, Will Holtz
Sunday: Payton Glodowski, Jason Pribyl, Cale Zimmermann

Viking Karting Products LO206 Junior

Racing was very tight in the LO206 Junior class Justin Wishard, Randy Westie, and local favorite Nick Ksobiech where all running laps with in just a few tenths. Randy Westie did managed to win heat on Sunday, but in the features Wishard was able to consistently push the limits of track and kart to stay ahead, occasionally while on two wheels.

Saturday: Justin Wishard, Randy Westie, Nick Ksobiech
Sunday: Justin Wishard, Randy Westie, Nick Ksobiech

Faster Motors LO206 Sr Medium

206 Senior Heavy Sunday podium

206 Senior Heavy Sunday podium

Logan Smith seemed to be the driver to beat on Saturday as he was top qualifier and winner of both heats. Jeremy Roche to put it all together in the feature, from a mid pack start rising to third in two laps and then taking advantage of Smith and Clossey as they tangled in the final lap for the win. Allen Borntreger came on strong on Sunday running out front by taking the lead early, while Smith defended attacks from Dylan North who rose from a 5th position start.

Saturday: Jeremy Roche, Logan Smith, Jesse Clossey
Sunday: Allen Borntreger, Logan Smith, Dylan North

Green Filter LO206 Sr Heavy

Returning LO206 Sr champion Connor Lund ran the same kart in both the medium and heavy classes and was the dominant driver on Saturday only to succumb to mechanical failure early in the feature allowing Allen Borntreger and Logan Smith to battle to the finish. Smiths technical problems gave Dylan North second and Mark Beamish third. Logan Smith and Dylan North started Sunday off by teaming up to catch and pass Connor Lund in both heat 1 and heat 2, but in the feature the team work seems to not take them as far, as Connor grabbed an early lead and pulled away from the field for his third series win.

Saturday: Allen Borntreger, Dylan North, Mark Beamish
Sunday: Connor Lund, Dylan North, Logan Smith

Ikart Racing/EK Kart Chains LO206 Masters

206 Masters Sunday podium

206 Masters Sunday podium

Grant Zimmermann once again repeated his sweep of the weekend wining both features, 2 seconds ahead of the field. Briggs and Stratton’s own David Klaus held off Randy Raidon in a very tight battle for second, each driver alternating heat wins through out each days racing. Randy picked up the 2nd spot in the feature 4 laps in and held it to the end. On Sunday Randy ran into trouble on the 4th lap but managed to stay ahead of the pack while Klaus pulled away.

Saturday: Grant Zimmermann, Randy Raridon, David Klaus
Sunday: Grant Zimmermann, David Klaus, Randy Raridon

4 Cycle Central Animal

This class did not race this weekend. Animals karts will race next at Concept Haulers Motor Speedway.

For more information on the Briggs and Stratton LO206 Cup please visit http://www.206cup.com

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Ron White Racing Triumphs at California ProKart Challenge http://ekartingnews.com/2016/06/29/ron-white-racing-triumphs-at-california-prokart-challenge/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/06/29/ron-white-racing-triumphs-at-california-prokart-challenge/#respond Wed, 29 Jun 2016 17:32:09 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=67899 Ron White Racing has been a fixture of northern California for a number of decades now, continuing to compete at the top level while building a base for the future in the sport of karting. The operation has stayed close to home during the first half of the 2016 season, supporting racers at the local and regional level. The California ProKart Challenge program visited the Simraceway Performance Karting Center – home of Ron White Racing – on June 3-4 for the fourth round of their championship series. Six months out of the seat, owner Ron White jumped back behind the wheel to defend his home turf with a victory in the S1 Pro Stock Moto division.

The weekend was a debut for a joint venture between Ron White Racing and Darcy DeCoste Racing (DDR), working together on the Honda CR125 Stock Moto engine package. Each have brought together their own little speed secrets, combining DDR’s dyno skills and the RWR carburetor system make for one strong engine powerplant. White was quick off the trailer in his CRG chassis during Friday practice, testing a number of different setup changes toward the end of the day to remain among the top-three.

New tires on the CRG chassis for qualifying Saturday morning set the stage for the round of racing. Hitting the track too late along with traffic and the kart not coming in soon enough put White in the fourth position. They made a slight change for the opening heat race, moving up to third until officials handed him a penalty for scrubbing tires, dropping him down to 10th overall on the grid for Heat #2. The penalty put White in the ‘blender’, mixed with S1 and S2 drivers. On the second lap, another competitors seized his engine and became a road block entering the corner. White was among those collected and ended his race early, classifying him 21st on the combined grid for the main event.

A solid opening lap of the 14-lap Final put White into 10th, up 11 positions in just one circuit. From there, he picked off about one driver a lap until reaching the top-three. Once around the top S2 driver, White focused on the S1 leaders with two laps to go. That was all he needed, working by one each lap and crossing the checkered flag in the first position for the victory.

“This was one of the most fantastic races I’ve been in a long time,” stated White. “Our CRG chassis with the RWR/DDR power was perfect, passing drivers down the straights as well as under braking and cornering, this kart was awesome. It was great to have so many people saying it was the best show they had ever seen. A few of the passes I had to put two tires in the dirt but all of them were clean on ever one of the 20 drivers.”

Patrick O’Neill was among the quickest S4 drivers on the weekend, racing under the Ron White Racing banner. O’Neill competed in the Super Master division, setting fast time in qualifying for the category. While leading in the opening heat, contact that nearly sent him on his head ended his race. The RWR driver bounced back in Heat #2, driving his way through the field for the class win. An issue at the start of the main event however did not allow O’Neill to take the track, ended his chance at the victory.

“Patrick is one of the quickest S4 drivers in the state,” added White. “Racing for my team has given advantages to my drivers that are under the RWR tent, as we continue to make improvements to our team. We are always looking to add more drivers that fit well into what we do for future races at the Sanzaru Games Karting Championship along with the Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix and of course the SKUSA SuperNationals this November in Las Vegas.”

For more information on Ron White Racing, please contact Ron White at 408-425-1102 or email ronwhite71@aol.com and find them on Facebook.

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Comet Racing Engines Win at USPKS Shawano http://ekartingnews.com/2016/06/29/comet-racing-engines-win-at-uspks-shawano/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/06/29/comet-racing-engines-win-at-uspks-shawano/#respond Wed, 29 Jun 2016 15:55:00 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=67896 Nestled in the rolling hills of northern Wisconsin is a kart track that many put on their “favorite track” lists, US Air in Shawano Wisconsin. The Comet Racing Team was on hand for engine support, driver coaching and chassis tuning with Comet Racing Engines customers recording numerous podiums, fast times, poles and a win!

Zach Holden is in his first full year of senior level competition but you wouldn’t know it by watching him on track! With IAME 125 Pro the headline class of the series with karting’s best drivers competing, Zach put everyone on notice Friday by posting fast time in the “Happy Hour” practice session to finish the day with his Comet Racing Engine X30 engine on the Tony Kart. Zach was in the mix in the heat races slotted into second on lap 2 of the final where he methodically chipped away at the gap to the leader before taking the lead with 4 laps to go. Zach proceeded to put a few tenths between him and second place capturing the win by 1.3 seconds at the line while also running the races fastest lap! AJ Myers overcame a 9th place starting spot on the iKart to finish in 4th but a broken hose clamp on his airbox would result in a DQ at the scales.

Sunday was shaping up to be another good day for Zach in the IAME 125 Pro class qualifying on the front row. Unfortunately while running second in the final on Sunday Zach hit a piece of debris on the track that ripped out his throttle cable and he slowed to a stop early in the final. Myers had another productive run finishing in 6th on the iKart.

Despite just moving up from the sportsman classes this year Aiden Harrington has already been in the mix with drivers with a couple Junior seasons under their belts. On Saturday Aiden was in the lead draft the whole race and made some moves on the final lap to secure 2nd place with a Comet Yamaha on a Kosmic Kart. On Sunday it was shaping up to a really good day when Zach Pretorius (who just started traveling to new tracks this year) qualified on pole with his FA Kart and Comet KT100 with Harrington in third. Unfortunately the start didn’t go as planned with Zach getting knocked off in the first corner of the heat race and Aiden pulling off with a brake issue. The second heat went better with Aiden in 2nd and Zach finishing 3rd but Zach’s bad start luck continued and was knocked off the track again at the start of the final. Aiden had an uneventful run after starting mid pack to finish 6th with Jack Dorsey in 8th on a Comet KT100 on an FA Kart.

Brothers Garrett and Logan Adams despite just starting to travel to different tracks this year were up front all weekend in the Yamaha Cadet class. On Saturday Garrett and Logan both had strong runs in the heat races with Garrett finishing in the 3rd and 4th and Logan in 4th and 7th to start in the top 5 for the final. Garrett had a clean start to move into second place but Logan’s day was over on the first lap when his valve stem was damaged in a collision. Garrett pushed the leader for most of the race before a couple driving mistakes allowed first to pull a gap that remained to the checkered flag where Garrett ended up second on an FA Kart and Comet KT100 and James Lynch finishing 8th with a Comet KT100. Sunday was another strong run for Garrett but unfortunately for Logan, who had the speed all day, he definitely didn’t have the luck. The Sunday final was almost the same as the day before with Garrett pushing the leader in the early stages of the race and building up a lead to third place. Late in the run Garrett dropped back from the leader with the pack of karts behind him catching Garrett on the last lap. Garrett managed to hand on for another podium finish in 3rd. James Lynch had a strong run to finish 5th.

Yamaha Pro continues to produce some of the best racing in all of racing, not just karting with 5-6 karts nose to tail racing for the lead with multiple lead changes during the race and no telling who will cross the finish line first! Zach Holden started out Saturday on a high note putting his Comet KT100 on a Tony Kart on the pole. In the final it was another classic Yamaha Pro race with Zach leading multiple laps during the race and everyone waiting on the final lap to really go for the win. With a lap to go Zach was in 3rd place but was hit from behind which sent him into the second place kart which allowed the leader to pull out a considerable lead. Zach would cross the line in second place never getting the chance to challenge for the win. Sunday was another insane final with more lead changes than you would count on both hands. With only 4 corners to go Zach made his bid for the lead going into the hairpin, unfortunately after briefly taking the position he was pushed by on the outside by two karts and had to settle for third at the line. It was still a great run and another awesome Yamaha race.

Cayla Chapman made great strides in Yamaha Pro aboard her Top Kart and Comet KT100 throughout the weekend in just her second national event since making the transition from 4cycle racing. In her first visit to the Shawano circuit and also her first time working under the Comet tent she achieved nearly every goal she set for the weekend.

Mark Dismore Jr. with Comet Kart Sales summed up his weekend as a tuner and driver coach, “It was a fun weekend under the tent! I was extremely happy with all of our customers pace throughout the weekend. I also am glad all the long hours in the engine shop with Mark Harrison, Gary Lawson and Jason Zentz is really paying dividends. They have worked tirelessly and the performance from all our Comet Racing Engines shows that.”

“It was great to see many of our young drivers battling at the front of the pack in many classes,” said Gary Lawson, Comet Racing Engines engine builder, tuner and driver coach. “Our team keeps growing and gaining momentum as we get into the busy part of our schedule and we expect that trend to continue.”

Team Comet has spots available for the remainder of the WKA Manufacturers Cup and USPKS schedule. Comet excels in chassis tuning, engine support, driver coaching and data acquisition. Comet specializes in OTK karts but all kart brands are welcome. If you are looking for a team with the experience and ability to get you to the front give us a call.

As always Comet will be on hand to provide engine support to all Comet Racing Engines customers. Championship Winning Comet Racing Engines are available for purchase or rent. Comet continually track tests and dyno tests looking for the next big gain in engine performance. If you are looking to join the Comet Racing Engines family contact Mark Dismore Jr. or Gary Lawson at Comet for more information. www.cometkartsales.com or call 317-462-3413.

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Pre Entry Deadline of July 5 for WKA Manufacturers Cup McLaughlin Motorsports Nationals http://ekartingnews.com/2016/06/29/pre-entry-deadline-of-july-5-for-wka-manufacturers-cup-mclaughlin-motorsports-nationals/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/06/29/pre-entry-deadline-of-july-5-for-wka-manufacturers-cup-mclaughlin-motorsports-nationals/#respond Wed, 29 Jun 2016 13:47:52 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=67889 The roar of 2 cycle engines on the Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series are about to come to life as the summer months of racing are upon us. For competitors intending to compete at the McLaughlin Motorsports Nationals July 15-17 at New Castle Motorsports Park in Indiana, the pre entry deadline is fast approaching, with the final day of pre entry scheduled for Tuesday July 5.

With the holiday weekend fast approaching, Officials with WKA wanted to be sure they caught customers before it was too late, thus giving them a chance to take advantage of the pre entry price, by either entering online, or by mail, still a week in advance of the deadline date.

The New Castle event serves as the first WKA National event in which the new online entry system has gone into effect, with very positive results to date. As mentioned earlier, competitors can enter either way, by going to the WKA site, clicking Racing Series, then going to the Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series and either choosing “Register Online” or “Entry Blank” and enter electronically, or by mail.

The New Castle event kicks off 2 fantastic weeks of racing at New Castle, with the Superkarts! USA program coming in on the heels of the Mfg Cup event the following weekend. WKA Pre Entry registration is also open to SKUSA competitors in the Mini Swift and Pro Swift Sportsman classes, as well as the Pro IAME Senior and Junior classes, allowing many Superkarts! USA competitors to gain a week’s advantage of track time prior to their event the following week.

For those that miss the pre entry deadline, the WKA staff will be at New Castle Thursday July 14 at noon to accept entries.

To view the entry blank for the McLaughlin Motorsports Nationals, click here

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Awning Company Super One Series Round 6 Report http://ekartingnews.com/2016/06/29/awning-company-super-one-series-round-6-report/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/06/29/awning-company-super-one-series-round-6-report/#respond Wed, 29 Jun 2016 13:37:40 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=67878 Seven classes packed into the twisty Kent circuit, often called karting’s answer to Brands Hatch.  Those taking a break were the OK, KZ1 and X30, all of Rotax, TKM and Cadet were present.  Saturday heat were punctuated with rain showers but Sunday was luckily dry, albeit interrupted with several red flags.  MSA officials held a meeting with the teams and organised drugs testing, this time for the Junior competitors.

MSA British IAME Cadet Championship

Jonny WilkinsonThis year’s dominant driver in Cadets, Harry Thompson, tied in timed qualifying with Zak O’Sullivan but both were pipped by Jonny Wilkinson in the other group.  Georgi Dimitrov, Joshua Rattican and Thompson took the heat wins.  Thompson led the first part of the first final then had to give way to Bray Kenneally, Joseph Taylor and Alex Simmonds in turn.  He leapfrogged from third to first on the last lap, retrieving the lead and the win from Kenneally who fell to third behind Alex Simmonds.  Briefly in the lead of the second final by lap five, he was elbowed down to sixth as Simmonds and Kenneally took up the running.  Leapfrogging back up the order Thompson and Kenneally clashed putting them to the back as Wilkinson inherited the win over Simmonds, Matthew Rees and Taylor.  But Simmonds was later excluded for a technical infringement, missing an important marking on his engine. So Thompson’s clash has reduced his points lead to just five over Taylor.

Final 1 1 Harry Thompson (Synergy); 2 Alex Simmonds (Zip); 3 Bray Kenneally (Zip); 4 Matthew Rees (Zip); 5 Jonny Wilkinson (Zip); 6 Maxwell Dodds (Synergy).

Final 2: 1 Wilkinson (Zip); 2 Rees; 3 Joseph Taylor (Synergy); 4 Taylor Barnard (Synergy); 5 Zak O’Sullivan (Synergy); 6 Dodds.

ABkC National Championship for Honda Cadet

Harry ThompsonA massive entry of 47 karts were in what is the UK’s largest kart class, and so Joshua McLean did well to top that list in qualifying over Ivan Lomliev and Open Champion Wesley Mason whilst championship leader (yes, again) Harry Thompson was ninth.  Oliver Bearman, Lomliev and Thompson took heat wins putting Bearman on pole for the first final.  Mason led six laps then just after Bearman relieved him of that lead another red flag decided the Clerk of the Course to finish the race early when Mason rolled out of the front group.  Thompson had followed through from second, Mason demoted to fourth behind Lucas Ellingham.  Bearman took up the lead of the second final after yet another red flag stoppage and was challenged repeatedly by first trading it with Mason, who a little later fell to the back, then the canny Thomson jumped into the lead with four laps to run.  He held on as Ben Kasperczak prised past Bearman for second.  Caden McQueen had been running fourth but fell back to ninth, then promoted to sixth as Owen Tolley, Casper Stevenson and Reggie Duhy were all excluded for not obeying flag signals.  Thompson has a healthy lead in the points over Kasperczak.

Final 1. 1 Oliver Bearman (Project One); 2 Harry Thompson (Synergy); 3 Lucas Ellingham (Zip); 4 Wesley Mason (Project One); Sam Heading (Project One); Ivan Lomliev (Synergy).

Final 2: 1 Thompson; 2 Ben Kasperczak (BRK); 3 Bearman; Ellingham; 5 Alex Eades (BRK); 6 Caden McQueen (Zip)

ABkC National Championship for MiniMax

Jenson ButterfieldJenson Butterfield took fastest in TQ over Tom Canning and Alex Lloyd, Butterfield going forward to win both heats and both finals, total domination in both wet and dry.  Lloyd had to fight hard against Canning to keep his second place in the first final, Canning even managing to go into the lead momentarily.  A total of seven drivers took 10s penalties for displaced front fairing, the highest being Finlay Bunce from fifth.  They must have learnt for the second final as only one driver was caught out.  This was more processional with Butterfield marginally ahead of Lloyd and Canning with Lorcan Hanafin leading the next group.  Butterfield leads the points with a 33 gap to Jonny Edgar who had a subdued day clocking a fifth and sixth.

Final 1: 1 Jenson Butterfield (Tony Kart); 2 Alex Lloyd (Alonso); 3 Tom Canning (Kosmic); 4 Kieron Jermey (Tony Kart); 5 Jonny Edgar (Tony Kart); 6 Lorcan Hanafin (Tony Kart)

Final 2: 1 Butterfield; 2 Lloyd; 3 Canning; 4 Hanafin; 5 Finlay Bunce (Tony Kart); 6 Edgar;

ABkC National Championship for Junior Max

Jonathan Hoggard and Myles Apps won the heats, Joe Turney having been fastest in the time trials over Hoggard.  From pole Apps took up the lead of the first final but eventually had to give best to Rory Hudson and had to retrieve second from Mark Kimber and Hoggard.   Tommy Foster came up to third with a couple of laps to run.  In the second final Tyler Chesterton powered up from seventh on the grid to win after a trade with Hudson and Axel Charpentier.  The latter went out and Kimber was excluded for driving standards.  Foster also retired from third.    That all left Hoggard and Apps on the third podium position after winning an appeal with Joe Turney’s fifth putting him second to Hoggard in the points standings.

Final 1: 1 Rory Hudson (Tony Kart); 2 Myles Apps (Alonso); 3 Tommy Foster (Tony Kart); 4 Johnathan Hoggard (Kosmic); 5 Axel Charpentier (Tony Kart); 6 Mark Kimber (Tony Kart).

Final 2: 1 Tyler Chesterton (Tony Kart); 2 Hoggard; 3 Apps; 4 Hudson; 5 Joe Turney (Kosmic); 6 Thomas Turner (Tony Kart).

ABkC National Championship for Senior Max

Josh CollingsSam Baker topped the qualifying with eventual winner Josh Collings only seventh, Charlie Turner and Jack McCarthy winning the heats.  Starting fourth Collings was soon into second as Josh White went out, McCarthy also dropping right back from second.  Midrace the lead was in Collings hands from Turner, James Johnson holding third throughout.  For the second final Collings and Johnson were nose to tail all the way with McCarthy arrowing up to third and putting Turner back to fifth.  Collings is only nine points behind McCarthy in the points table.

Final 1: 1 Josh Collings (Alonso); 2 Charlie Turner (Tony Kart); 3 James Johnson (Tony Kart); 4 Josh Skelton (Tony Kart); 5 Harrison Thomas (Kosmic); 6 Sam Baker (Kosmic).

Final 2: 1 Collings 2 Johnson; 3 Jack McCarthy (Tony Kart); 4 Skelton; 5 Zak Fulk (Tony Kart); 6 Thomas.

ABkC National Championship for Junior TKM

Abbi PullingAbbi Pulling is really showing her skills this year driving for Tal-Ko and she was quickest in the TQ from Kristian Brierley and Bradley White.  Pulling didn’t get it quite together in the heats, both won by White but she recovered quickly in the first final, into the lead by lap two. Mid race Adam Sparrow made his attack, putting her to fourth.  She sped back to the lead but had to eventually give best to White.  For the second final White had an early dice for the lead with Adam Sparrow but fell to ninth and could only recover to seventh, which became sixth when third placed Sparrow had a displaced front fairing penalty.  So from lap four onwards Pulling kept the lead, a second clear of Joe Fowler before a huge gap to Lee Whittingham once Sparrow had his penalty.  Pulling is only five points adrift of White overall now.

Final 1: 1 Bradley White (Tal-Ko); 2 Abbi Pulling (Tal-Ko); 3 Adam Sparrow (Tal-Ko); 4 Lee Whittingham (Tony Kart); 5 Joe Fowler (Jade Karts); 6 Ian Sisson (Tony Kart).

Final 2: 1 Pulling; 2 Fowler; 3 Whittingham; 4 Ross Deal (Tal-Ko); 5 Jordan Lee-Chapman (Tony Kart); 6 White.

ABkC National Championship for TKM Extreme

Kyle SproatIn the second biggest class Kyle Sproat prevailed in TQ over Christopher Whitton.  Whitton, Lewis Round and Sproat took the heat wins.  Whitton, Sproat and Round all had turns leading the first final but in the end Whitton was ahead of the other two.  Matthew Taylor shot into second in the second final behind Whitton.  Sproat then worked his way up from fourth to just take the lead with an exciting finale in sight when the race was stopped early due to an incident in the paddock requiring the medics.  Taylor kept a hold of second with Round, Harry Moore and Whitton behind.  Sproat wins a Ginetta test drive for his efforts and has 18 points in hand over Whitton and Harry Moore.

Final 1: 1 Christopher Whitton (Tony Kart); 2 Kyle Sproat (Tony Kart); 3 Lewis Round (Alonso); 4 Harry Moore (Jade Karts); 5 Matthew Taylor (Tony Kart); 6 Charlie Bruce-White (Tony Kart).

Final 2: 1 Sproat; 2 Taylor; 3 Round; 4 Moore; 5 Whitton; 6 Louis Beaven (Tony Kart).

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Damon Hill’s Charity Karting Thriller Raises £16,000 for Halow at Daytona Sandown Park http://ekartingnews.com/2016/06/29/damon-hills-charity-karting-thriller-raises-16000-for-halow-at-daytona-sandown-park/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/06/29/damon-hills-charity-karting-thriller-raises-16000-for-halow-at-daytona-sandown-park/#respond Wed, 29 Jun 2016 13:16:35 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=67875 Stars from the world of motor sport have been revving up a storm at Daytona Sandown Park in Surrey to raise vital funds for local charity the halow project.

Spearheaded by 1996 Formula 1 World Champion Damon Hill OBE – co-founder and patron of the Guildford-based charity, which is dedicated to supporting and creating opportunities for young people aged between 16-35 with learning disabilities – the fifth edition of the annual Damon Hill Karting Challenge attracted 27 teams made up of local businesses, halow supporters and karting enthusiasts and each counting up to five drivers.

Proving their motor sport pedigree, Hill’s ‘All-Stars’ squad – composed of the 22-time grand prix-winner, Asian Le Mans Series ace Ollie Millroy, British GT Championship front-runner Jody Fannin, Hollywood stunt driver Salvo Cachia and leading British female driver Laura Tillett – saw off all comers to take the chequered flag first in the epic two-and-a-half-hour endurance encounter.

In a flat-out and tactical adrenaline-fuelled thriller, participants duelled it out around Esher’s impressive 900m outdoor GP Circuit behind the wheel of Daytona Motorsport’s super-fast Sodi RT8 pro-karts, with Allianz-formed team Amos One and local business Pilgrims Group winding up second and third to complete the podium positions.

Le Mans-style driver changes added to the spectacle, with racing ‘joker’ cards injecting an extra element of unpredictability and spice by allowing teams to buy an extra lap or ‘black flag’ a dominant rival in order to gain an advantage – all contributing to the fundraising total.

At the end of the event, a charity auction saw some fabulous prizes go under the hammer – from a signed Damon Hill Williams F1 shirt to a BRDC package for the forthcoming British Grand Prix at Silverstone, an autographed Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing vest, a limited-edition Damon Hill print and an exclusive Daytona event for up to ten adults.

“This was the fifth time Daytona Sandown Park has hosted the Damon Hill Karting Challenge, and by common consensus, it was the best yet,” enthused Daytona Motorsport Director, Jim Graham. “The halow project is an extremely deserving charity, and to raise so much money for such a good cause was fantastic – everybody who took part is a superstar in our eyes.”

“I was delighted to welcome so many people to Daytona Sandown Park for a fast-paced, adrenaline-fuelled evening of racing to raise vital funds for a cause so close to my heart,” echoed Sky Sports F1 pundit Hill. “The halow project supports young people with a learning disability, and I am thrilled with the amount raised on the evening and so grateful to all the karters for their support. I look forward to seeing you all again next year!”

Indeed, the date for the 2017 Damon Hill Karting Challenge at Daytona Sandown Park has already been confirmed as Wednesday, 21 June. Bookings can be made by contacting Diane Savage at diane.s@halowproject.org.uk or on 01483 447960.

Daytona Sandown Park is the perfect venue to host an event of this magnitude. Easily able to accommodate three to 300 participants in variety of racing formats, this facility is the perfect choice for corporate, leisure or high level professional kart racing. Nestled within Sandown Park’s famous horse racing track in Esher, Daytona Sandown Park is widely hailed as one of the best kart venues in the South East and the only one of its kind within the M25. This amazing facility has been offering outdoor professional karting for 5-year-olds and upwards for over two decades and is still growing in popularity. (www.daytona.co.uk)

For more information on halow, visit: www.halowproject.org.uk

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AKRA Taking MRP Pre-Entries Through Tuesday http://ekartingnews.com/2016/06/29/akra-taking-mrp-pre-entries-through-tuesday/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/06/29/akra-taking-mrp-pre-entries-through-tuesday/#respond Wed, 29 Jun 2016 13:12:49 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=67873 AKRA will accept pre-entries for this weekend’s second round of the American Sprint Cup Series “Northern Tour” presented by Target Distributing through today and overnight into Wednesday. We’ll wrap up our pre-race administrative work Wednesday morning before leaving for the track, giving racers another 24 hours to pre-enter for the event at the best prices.

To pre-enter, go to akrasprint.com/shop for online registration.

Entries have been filing in the last several days and we want to give people still deciding their plans for the holiday weekend another day to determine their plans and the opportunity to save to entry fee money.

Fresh Sunoco 110 Leaded fuel available at MRP

We’re expecting one of our largest 2-cycle crowds of the season this weekend at MRP, and competitors in Yamaha and TaG will be able to purchase their fuel at the track. Track owner Garry Lobaugh has notified AKRA officials there is a fresh shipment of Sunoco 110 Leaded fuel that is available at the track this weekend.

Vega tires available at MRP

AKRA is stocked up with Vega FH (Blue) tires for this weekend’s Northern Tour event at Michiana. Both FH slicks and W5 rain tires will be available for purchase at the track.

As always, if you wish to pre-purchase Vega tires, go to TSRacing.com or contact your local dealer.

Come race with us!

If you’re interested in racing with AKRA this weekend at Michiana, more information can be found at AKRASprint.com.  Direct link to class list and specs is akrasprint.com/classes/norther-tour-classes/.  Or contact AKRA’s Keith Shampine at 704-662-5350 or keithshampine@gmail.com or Facebook message.

We are a new series committed to the growth of 2-cycle and 4-cycle sprint karting in the United States. We promote a fun, friendly and family atmosphere and plenty of track time to improve your skills and have fun!

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Checkered Motorsports Establishes Partnership with Swan Motorsports http://ekartingnews.com/2016/06/29/checkered-motorsports-establishes-partnership-with-swan-motorsports/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/06/29/checkered-motorsports-establishes-partnership-with-swan-motorsports/#respond Wed, 29 Jun 2016 13:10:02 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=67870 The motorsports industry continues to see high caliber drivers begin their careers in karting but very few offer a ladder system from karts to cars.  Checkered Motorsports is excited to provide this transition to open-wheel racing with the partnership of Swan Motorsport.

Since its inception in 1997, Swan Motorsports continues to demonstrate its professionalism and quality of service.  Owner and former racer, Mirl Swan, has led countless drivers to championships and victories throughout his racing career.  Swan Motorsports will focus heavily in the Formula 1600 championship and the Formula Atlantic championships while also building a driver lineup for 2017.  Swan Motorsports will be seen in the Mazda Road to Indy ladder system for 2017.  Entering in USF2000, the preparation and thorough testing will be taking place over the course of the summer.

Team Manager, Robert Bujdoso, expressed” Karting continues to lack opportunities for young drivers to align themselves with respected racecar teams. I want to provide not only our pilots, but all kart drivers, the resources needed to move further in their career.”

Checkered Motorsports will be showcasing Swan Motorsports cars through selected events. Be sure to not miss the opportunity.  Mirl Swan explains, “I’m excited for the opportunity to work with young, talented drivers.  The team will be continuing to test in 2016 in preparation for the F1600 and F2000 events.”

Swan Motorsports and Checkered Motorsports are pleased to be working together for the rest of the year.  Swan Motorsports will be displaying their current USF2000 car at the first round of the ROK Cup Midwest Series held at Pittsburgh International Race Complex.  Checkered Motorsports will be on hand for any questions or concerns throughout the year.  For additional questions and testing opportunities contact Mirl Swan: mirl@swanmotorsports.com

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Christmas in July Under the Lights at Adkins Raceway Park http://ekartingnews.com/2016/06/29/christmas-in-july-under-the-lights-at-adkins-raceway-park/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/06/29/christmas-in-july-under-the-lights-at-adkins-raceway-park/#respond Wed, 29 Jun 2016 12:58:29 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=67866 That’s right, Christmas in July Under the Lights at Adkins Raceway Park. Imagine running at night, into the ‘Monza Wall’

The tower and facility will be lit up with Christmas light’s and there will be Christmas Gifts given out to Kids through out the Day.

Also, 11 bicycles will be raffled off in 4 separate age groups after each round of Heat races. Then, the Mini Chopper Pit Bike will be raffled off and there will be 50/50 raffle too.

And how can we not have Santa Claus as our Flagman?

There will be FREE over night camping available, plenty of practice track time and a LOT of FUN.

  • Classes will be Indian Valley Kart Club weekly classes and weights.
  • Pay back will be 5 places of Trophies per class, more in 50cc Kids Kart Class
  • Special LED “Light Your Kart” Award for the Best Kid/Junior lit kart
  • Track opens 9:00am, drivers meeting 6:15pm, races start 7:00pm
  • Lights on at Dusk so bring a generator if you have one.
  • Entry Fee is $30.00 IVKC Members and $40 non-members

Pit Pass is $10.00 for everyone all day. And there will be MORE as the night goes on.

Visit www.ivkc.org/ for more information.

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Ricciardo Kart Competitive But Unlucky in Portugal http://ekartingnews.com/2016/06/29/ricciardo-kart-competitive-but-unlucky-in-portugal/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/06/29/ricciardo-kart-competitive-but-unlucky-in-portugal/#respond Wed, 29 Jun 2016 12:32:26 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=67858 In the penultimate round of the CIK-FIA European OK and OKJ Championships, Ricciardo Kart Racing showed its competitiveness throughout the weekend.

Starting 21st in the OK Final, Christian Lundgaard crossed the finish line in ninth place. “There were some ups and downs. We had a few problems that we thought we had solved during the warm-up on Sunday, but we were unable to find the ideal set-up for the Pre-final. The new tyres then helped a lot because we were fast. Without the crash in the Pre-final, we could have started at the front in the Final and fought for the top spot on the podium“, said Christian.

In the OKJ class, Rasmus Lindh ended the weekend in 18th place. Rasmus said: “We were among the fastest in all the practice sessions. Then we changed the tyres and lost seven tenths. Due to the tyres, the races became a lottery. I’d like to thank Ricciardo Kart: I’m very pleased with the team’s work”.

Rickard Kaell, Sporting Director: “It was a positive weekend if we consider our performance. In the OK class, Christian Lundgaard was very competitive in the Final. It was a pity about the accident caused by another driver in the Pre-Final: starting further up the grid, he could have competed for the win.

In the OKJ class, Rasmus Lindh had the potential to compete at the top, but a technical problem in the Pre-Final compromised his performance. In addition, during the initial laps in the Final he was forced to go off the track to avoid an accident involving the drivers ahead of him and subsequently lost the opportunity to finish higher up in the standings”.

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Second Place for Birel ART at Portimao http://ekartingnews.com/2016/06/29/second-place-for-birel-art-at-portimao/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/06/29/second-place-for-birel-art-at-portimao/#respond Wed, 29 Jun 2016 12:30:23 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=67856 In the third round of the CIK-FIA European OK and OKJ Championships, Birel ART Racing finished second with the RY30S8 chassis and Caio Collet (OKJ). “At first we struggled to find the ideal set-up because of the track conditions and different tyres to the ones used in practice, but we worked hard and managed to improve. Before the Final, we tried a new solution and were very competitive. I’d like to thank Birel ART and IAME for doing a great job“, said Caio.

Michael d’Orlando finished in 22nd place. Michael said: “It was a great weekend, considering it was only my second race in Europe. I finished in the top 10 in the Pre-Final and in all the heats, including a fourth place. It was unfortunate to receive the penalties for the front fairing in one of the heats and in the Pre-final, but overall, our goal was to gain experience and improve on our performance in Zuera. So to finish 22nd is positive. I’d like to thank Birel ART for their fantastic support!

Starting in 28th place in the Pre-Final, Ulysse De Pauw crossed the finish line in 18th place. Ulysse said: “I’ve never had such a difficult weekend. We had a bad qualifying and had two accidents in the heats. We made up ten places in the Pre-Final, but that wasn’t enough to get into the Final. I can’t wait to get back on track in my home race in Genk in the last round of the European Championships and have a good result”.

Lucas Légeret finished 17th in the OK Final: “Overall we had a good weekend. We worked well all week, but we were unlucky to have an accident on the second lap in the Pre-Final and a technical problem in the Final. We feel better prepared with every race we face”.

Taymour Kermanshahchi concluded a competitive weekend with a retirement: “Portimao represented a huge learning curve. In the Final, we were unlucky due to a technical problem, but given the progress we’ve made, I am very happy and cannot wait to race in Genk”.

Martijn van Leeuwen also had to retire: “We were fast in practice, but we were unlucky once again. We had a technical problem in the first two heats, while we struggled to find the right pace in the Pre-Final and four corners into the Final I was unable to avoid an accident”.

Gianluca Beggio, Technical Director: “Despite using different tyres to the ones in practice, with Caio Collet we were able to finish second in the race and in the championship. But Ulysse De Pauw’s result was compromised by a difficult qualifying session. After the tests that were carried out, Michael d’Orlando improved a lot. The penalty in the Pre-Final was a pity, because he could have had a better result.

Due to a risky overtaking manoeuvre by another driver during the earlier stages of the Pre-Final, Lucas Légeret was forced to start from the back in the OK Final. Despite some excellent performances in the practices and the warm-ups, Martijn van Leeuwen’s overall result was compromised by a few contacts. Lastly, regardless of the result, Taymour Kermanshahchi showed a remarkable improvement, managing to fight for a place in the top 10 in the Pre-Final”.

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