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Karting in the year 1997: a history

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The CIK North American Champs were held at Charlotte in North Carolina. Marco Du Pau was found to be underweight in Formula Super A and so victory went to Sweden’s Milton Ryttarbris (Birel/Rotax/Dunlop). A diesel engine powered rental kart was spotted at a Belgian show. Denis Davidson, father of Super Aguri F1 driver Anthony, detailed his son’s impressive first season in European Formula A.


Michael Schumacher stole the show at the fourth indoor karting event at Paris-Bercy and was the dominant force whether racing against fellow F1 stars or leading karters.The Honda Challenge had its season finale at Buckmore Park with Daniel Allin (Cadet), Adam Chandler (Junior) and Rob Garofall (Senior) crowned champions. The 8th International Kart Show was held at Trentham Gardens near Stoke-on-Trent.

MARCH 1997

The karting section of the Autosport International show at Birmingham was a great success with Tal-Ko reporting that they had sold out of their engine show stock. As well as the usual variety of chassis and engines, the show also featured the innovative Distomo front torsion bar system, an electric kart from Bowman Zytek, the Yamaha FK250 4-stroke engine with electric start and the Kart-Kat exhaust gas purifier.

APRIL 1997

Vitantonio Liuzzi (CRG/CRG/V) dominated Formula A at the CIK Schincariol Trophy in Brazil. Alessandro Manetti (CRG/CRG/B) won Super A having punched Johnny Mislijevic in one of the heats. Manetti was fined $750. We tested the Yamaha FK250, an early attempt at fitting a powerful 4-stroke to a kart. Rickard Kaell (PCR/PCR/D) beat Anthony Davidson (Fullerton/Parilla/B) at the Oceania Champs in Australia.

MAY 1997

Antonio Garcia, Steve Molini and Benjamini Van de Wakker were the victors at the Margutti Trophy. Fernando Alonso was 4th in ICA. Kestrel Kart were given permission to race the Kilt water-cooled 100cc engine on a trial basis. At a noise test it was 4dBA quieter than air-cooled engines. Lewis Hamilton won the Junior TKM S1 Qualifier at Clay Pigeon. The CIK finally accepted that front spoilers needed to be mounted more firmly.

JUNE 1997

Rye House hosted the first of two British qualifiers for the ICA European Champs, Darron Gibbs (CRG/CRG) was the victor. The opening rounds of the Formula A and Super-A Euro Champs at South Garda saw wins for 4 different drivers, chassis and engines. Privateer Kimi Raikkonen though was the revelation of the meeting, taking a 3rd and a 5th in the heats and winning the repechage against very strong opposition.

JULY 1997

Jenson Button (Tecno/Rotax) won both Super A European Championship rounds at Salbris to put himself on top of the points table. Antonio Garcia (Mari/Ital Sistem) and Alban Martinet (GoKart/Sirio) took the Formula A victories. Touring car ace Tim Harvey tested a 250cc Formula 1 kart at Three Sisters. Kent got a brand new circuit in the shape of Bayford Meadows. Ian Mulliner of Atol talked us through fuel testing.


There was a double success for Japan at the CIK World Cup at Suzuka with victories for Kosuke Matsuura (FA) and Kazushi Sano (Super A). This was the first time Japanese drivers had won major CIK titles. Jenson Button was awarded the Ayrton Senna Memorial Trophy. We track tested two Fullerton chassis at salbris. Using a Pi datalogger we calculated that at Warden Law every extra kilo carried increased lap times by 0.02s.


Jenson Button (Tecno/Rotax/B) clinched the Formula Super A European Champs at Genk with Davide Fore 2nd overall. Spain’s Antonio Garcia (Mari/Ital Sistem/D) won the Formula A title. Nelson Van Der Pol and Michael Koel, both Tony/Vortex, won the two classes at the European Junior Champs. Noise tests at Shenington showed that an engine cover, exhaust end and water-cooling all reduced noise levels on 100cc outfits.


Fernando Alonso (Mike/Parilla) was unstoppable in the preliminary stages of the ICA Euro Champs at Genk, winning all his heats and the Pre-Final, but made an error on lap 4 of the Final and spun out. Alessandro Balzan (Top/Comer) of Italy ran out the victor. With the help of a Pi System 1 datalogger we were able to show that a new set of Bridgestone YEQs on a JICA kart were worth 0.6s over a used set around Warden Law.


The World Champs at Salbris had disputes over TV coverage, Elf banners and one driver took the CIK to court for rejecting his entry! James Courtney (Tony/Vortex) in Formula A and Danilo Rossi (CRG/CRG) in Super-A were the worthy champions. England won the inaugural Internations event at Cork in Ireland. Gianluca Beggio (Birel/TM) won his third 125cc Gearbox World title in a row at Ugento.


Bobby Game retained his Formula A British Championship title. Other Super One champions in 1997 were Jay Howard (100 TKM), Dean Haddon (100B), Jason Edgar (100C), Michael Spencer (JICA), Stephen Thompson (Cadet), Sam Garford (Junior TKM) and Lewis Hamilton (Junior Yamaha). Eric Salignon (Formula A), Gianluca Beggio (ICC) and Marvin Bylitza (Juniors) won at Monaco.

Karting in the year 1996: a history

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We took a look inside an Ital Sistem MV21 100cc motor following the Italian company’s double World Championship success. A comparison of the Honda GX160 Pro-Kart motor and a new 200cc unit concluded that there was little difference in lap times and it would be better to stick with the existing motor. The CIK North American Champs were held deep in NASCAR country at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Giorgio Pantano (CRG/Rotax) won Formula A while Nicola Gianniberti (Jolly/Rotax) took the honours in Formula Super A.


Three Formula Super-A drivers were suspended from CIK championships for taking part in the Le Mans 24 Hour 100cc event which was not listed on the International Calendar. Harm Schuurman B.V. of Holland demonstrated a prototype of the 250cc Ecomoto engine, one of the first attempts at producing a suitable high-performance 4-stroke for karting that would be quick, quiet and reliable. George Robinson tested three different Tonykart chassis at P.F. International, the Crono, Esprit and Formula Step 3.

MARCH 1996

Details of the first Champions of the Future series, the forerunner of Stars of Tomorrow, were announced with all rounds to be screened on ITV. Martin Hines demonstrated his Formula E outfit at Autosport International. Anthony Davidson, Michael Simpson and Chris Stoney were the three karting British Champions to receive their awards at the RACMSA’s Night of Champions, Michael Schumacher and Colin McRae were also on hand to pick up their awards.

APRIL 1996

We visited the Rotax factory in Austria and were shown their latest 100cc engines and a prototype of the MAX engine which would later take the karting world by storm. Plans for a new circuit at Warden Law and a photograph of the extension at Lydd were published. Karts raced on an indoor banked oval circuit in Stuttgart, Germany. Michael Schumacher won Sunday’s celebrity final while 1993 Formula A World Champion David Terrien was the victor in the karters section.

MAY 1996

Johnny Herbert and John Surtees helped open Buckmore Park’s new extension. PCR announced that they were collaborating with the space agency NASA on new materials for their engines. Robert Kubica dominated the Junior class at the Margutti Trophy, Lewis Hamilton was only 18th. Three ‘A’ Final leaders at the TKM S1 Qualifier at Three Sisters were flagged into the pits for noise violations.

JUNE 1996

The first ever Champions of the Future (later to become Stars of Tomorrow) round took place at Buckmore Park. Lewis Hamilton, Gary Paffett and Marcus Fulcher took the wins. Lotta Hellberg (Formula Super-A) and Giorgio Pantano (Formula A) were victorious at the South Garda European Champs round, the first round to be held with pooled tyres to stop specials. An electric kart covered 970 miles in 24 hours at Santa Pod. The Birel AR4 and R630B chassis were tested.

JULY 1996

Anthony Davidson won both Formula A Euro Champs rounds at Salbris, France. Jenson Button took a 4th and a 6th. Massimiliano Orsini was victorious in Formula Super A. Our Japanese correspondent introduced us to the Yamaha FK-9, a beginners’ class kart with an 82cc reed valve 2-stroke engine, centrifugal clutch and key ignition. We track tested various Fullerton chassis.


The CIK announced that only Elf-HTX 909 oil would be permitted in the European Champs as from January 1997. Marino Spinozzi (Tony/Vortex) won the European Junior Champs at Corridonia, Italy from Luke Hines. Nelson Van der Pol (Tony/Vortex) won the Green Helmet Trophy for younger drivers. Calor Gas announced their Kartgas LPG package for commercial operators.


We celebrated the 40th birthday of the first ever kart. Fernando Alonso won the Five Continents Cup, the ‘World Junior Champs’, at Genk on Mike/Parilla/Bridgestone equipment. Giorgio Pantano beat Anthony Davidson to the FA European title by just one point. Johnny Mislijevic was the Super A champion. We investigated the ARKS novice kart licence course that would become compulsory in 1997.


The inaugural TV Masters was held at P.F. International with 232 entries. Drivers’ goody bags included Fletchers Bakeries muffins. Lewis Hamilton (Cadet), Michael Simpson (Junior TKM) and Michael Spencer (JICA) were among the winners. Ludovic Vève of France on Biesse/Rotax won the ICA European Champs at the very quick Poznan circuit in Poland.


South Garda in Italy hosted the World Champs. Jean-Christophe Ravier (Formula A) of France and Sweden’s Johnny Mislijevic (Super-A), were the victors, both using Tony/Vortex. Shenington fended off a noise abatement notice. Lewis Hamilton, Gary Paffett and Andrew Delahunty won the first McLaren Mercedes Champions of the Future series. McLaren’s Ron Dennis was on hand to congratulate the champions.


Michael Schumacher raced and won in Formula A at Monaco despite the F1 season not yet having finished. Chris Rogers, Gary Catt, Andrew Delahunty and Daniel Barrett took the Junior Super 1 titles while Philip Charles, Robert Jenkinson and Bobby Game were crowned Senior champions. A 100cc DAP driven by American Dave Bradley recorded an average speed of 120.729mph at the Bonneville Slat Flats.

Karting in the year 1995: a history

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KARTING magazine visited the famous Tony Kart factory at Prevalle in Brescia, Italy.Despite the cost, data logging continued to be used by more and more competitors to improve the setting up of their equipment.Nine years after the disastrous World Champs at Jacksonville, the CIK returned to the USA for the first CIK North American Champs. Jarno Trulli, winner of Super A, went on to have a very successful F1 career.With the completion of the P.F. International track so Paul Fletcher’s dream at last came true. Powered by a KT100 motor with a clutch which is used in many countries, Martin Hines launched Formula Yamaha Intercontinental for Juniors.


This issue contained a spectacular photo feature showing the first sighting of the exotic motors that had applied for homologation. Niki Richardson had his last Cadet event at Rye House and scored his 95th win. The team from Winnersh won the Slick 50 Endurance Championship for Pro-Karts by just 9 seconds after a series of gruelling events that included the 24 Hours at Spa Francorchamps.Jamaica staged their first Kart Prix with 100 competitors from 9 countries. A fierce tropical storm ceased just in time for race day. Former World Champion Gert Munkholm was the winner, just beating the UK’s Michael Simpson.

MARCH 1995

The range of high performance Rotax motors that won 10 out of the 12 World Championships since the re-introduction of 100cc made a superb display at the Hezemans factory in Holland for us to inspect.As a result of earthquake damage that destroyed their Kobe factory in Japan, Dunlop had to withdraw from their 1995 international kart tyre commitments.The Raket range of kart motors in 60cc, 85cc and 120cc versions were produced by Leif Radne in Stockholm, Sweden. The glorious Bercy Spectacular near Paris attracted most of the Formula 1 drivers to race on karts for charity. They raised an estimated £250,000 for spinal research.

APRIL 1995

The first UK international race for electric vehicles was due to be held at Mallory Park with a class for electric karts. Two karts were present at the launch of the challenge, the Swiss made ASMO and one built by the University of Sheffield. The first example of the new CIK ‘P’ class was handed over by Mugen, with former World F1 Champion Alain Prost present, to the Honda Museum in Geneva. Powered by a Yamaha 90cc motorcycle engine it had a centrifugal clutch. The concept was conceived by CIK President Ernest Buser to aid driver education in S.E. Asia and Africa.

MAY 1995

Sophie Kumpen won Formula A at the Margutti Trophy at Parma, beating the likes of Jarno Trulli and Giorgio Pantano. Lydd and Whilton Mill revealed extension plans that would come to fruition, but, despite planning permission being granted, an international circuit in Dyfed never got off the drawing board. A team led by David Brabham set a new world outdoor record of 1034.4 miles in 24 hours using a Playscape prepared Stratos/Honda single engined kart. Plans were revealed for a pace car at CIK championship meetings.

JUNE 1995

The CIK pace car made its debut at the South Garda Euro Champs round. The car did help control the starts but had trouble negotiating the corners and was exceedingly noisy. Control fuel was also introduced with grumbles from mechanics as they had to take the tanks off after each race and leave them in Parc Ferme. Giorgio Pantano (CRG/Rotax) won Formula A with Massimiliano Orsini (Swiss Hutless/Ital Sistem) victorious in Super A.Gareth Howell, some time BTCC racer and son of Playscape’s Martin Howell, won both Junior races at the Mariembourg Belgian Champs round. 100cc non-gearbox and 80cc gearbox for Juniors were two of the five Superkart classes proving popular in Australia.

JULY 1995

Indy 500 winner Daniel Wheldon won the Formula A World Cup in Suzuka. It was announced that Formula TKM would introduce clutches as an option in 1996. We paid a visit to Tillett Racing Seats and discovered that the first ever covered Tillett seat used Rolls Royce boot space lining material. The noise meter had a pronounced effect on grid positions for the 100cc Euro Champs round at Salbris. Giorgio Pantano won both Formula A finals with Orsini and Vassort taking a victory apiece in Super A.


2005 Indy 500 winner Daniel Wheldon and Formula One star Jarno Trulli won the two main classes at the CIK World Cup in Suzuka. New rear bumpers for RACMSA racing were said to be dangerous by some of our readers. The World Championship for Formula E was won by Trevor Roberts. Gaëtan Lancksweerd of Belgium produced the shock of the season when he won the Rainbow Trophy, the ‘European Championship’ for Junior Cadets, using a British made Solo kart and engine.


James Courtney (Junior) and Andre Lotterer (Cadet) were the winners at the top event in the Junior calendar, the CIK Five Continents Cup and Rainbow Trophy meeting in Braga, Portugal. Michael Simpson was celebrating his Formula Super A win at the CIK GP of Europe at Genk in Belgium. Karting magazine readers got the inside story on Michael’s victory as he was writing a regular monthly column for us at that time. A minimum age of 18 was introduced with immediate effect for mechanics at CIK championships.


The Schools Championships at Rowrah were a great success with 400 drivers. At the other end of the financial spectrum was the British Kart Grand Prix with particularly strong support for 125s. In Formula E the first three karts home were PVPs, the winner being World Champion Trevor Roberts. The Intercontinental A European Championship at St. Amand had a record 250 entries, although 90 of them were French! The winner was Arnaud Leconte. The three ‘O’ plate winners at Clay Pigeon were Panrucker, O’Connor and Coupland.


The World Championships were held at Valence in France and the winner in Formula A was Gastao Fraguas with Jenson Button 2nd. Max Orsini won Formula Super A from Davide Fore. Horstman announced the HPV-100 engine in a joint venture with IAME for American one-make classes with parts from the Komet K71. The Senior Super One champions were Carl Breeze, Stuart Smith, Robert Jenkinson and Michael Simpson.


The London Cup at Rye House benefited from big cash prizes and a revised format. Mark Boost (Formula B) and Dean Hawkey (Formula A) were the victors. There were rumours that Michael Schumacher would compete at the CIK Oceania Champs at Oran Park in Australia before going on to try and retain his F1 World title. There was a trial of a proposed 80cc Junior Gearbox kart at Three Sisters. Lewis Hamilton (Cadet) and Anthony Davidson (JICA) sealed their Super One titles at Shenington.

Karting in the year 1994: a history

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Stefan Hodgetts won the Cadet ‘O’ Plate event at the Birmingham Wheels event. Nicolas Kiesa, who has now made it into F1, won ICA at Copenhagen. In excess of 250 entries raced at the Three Sisters track with more than 100 being for the gearbox classes. Paul Fletcher asked for support from karters in his planning application for a new kart track at Calder near Wakefield. Eventually he succeeded with the splendid P.F. International venue near Newark.


The spectacular indoor kart races at Bercy, Paris attracted most of the top F1 drivers including Prost and Senna.The Yamaha FK-9 powered by an 82cc two-stroke was demonstrated at Buckmore Park. This ultra-quiet entry level kart with radical bodywork, a clutch and battery start had similar performance to Honda powered Pro-Karts.During the World Championships at Laval in France, an event for historic karts was held to mark the 30th anniversary of the CIK.

MARCH 1994

Colin Brown was the winner of an invitational Cadet race at the Autosport show at the NEC, Birmingham.The large number of entries for the Super One Series was such that pre-qualifying was necessary for all but two classes. The WKA attracted a staggering 725 entries at Daytona for enduro races on the famous banked oval and a similar number for the Briggs & Stratton dirt track events at the Municipal Stadium.The combination of the driving ability of Jenson Button and the race preparation skill of John, his father, resulted in a whole raft of prestige titles and directly led to Jenson’s current career in Formula 1.

APRIL 1994

The CIK chassis homologation resulted in the creation of some of the most sophisticated and attractive karts ever produced.The second Salon du Karting was held in a vast marquee near Paris with the Fullerton kart chassis on display at the Digital Racing stand. Briggs & Stratton, the American industrial engine giant, had always had a modest involvement with 4-stroke kart racing, but the recent creation of a Motorsports Division indicated their intention to raise their profile and to develop beyond industrial motors into racing products.

MAY 1994

A new 24 Hour indoor World Record of 882.61 miles was set at the old Clapham Bus Garage. There were 200 entries for a packed Trofeo Margutti held at Parma including future F1 drivers Giorgio Pantano, Jenson Button and winner of Formula A – Giancarlo Fisichella. The Whisper karts using 125cc water-cooled motors raced at Rye House, the winner being Peter Budd. At the Irish Karting Club’s event at Mondello Park the Cadet, Pro-Kart and Junior classes used a shorter circuit by means of the Rallycross gap.

JUNE 1994

The first round of the Euro Champs for Formula and Super A was held at Valence, with uproar at the noise penalties, until the CIK President intervened. Future F1 drivers, Trulli and Fisichella,  were 1st and 2nd in Super A. New UK tracks or tracks with major changes  included Blackbushe, Buckmore Park, Forest Edge, P.F. International, Spalding Raceway and Warden Law. A Wombwell meeting was a special tribute to the late Brian Wilson, father of Mike, the multiple World Champion. The Cheshire Schools event at the Three Sisters track attracted over 160 entries.

JULY 1994

As I was writing in 1994 the notes that make up the 40-30-20-10 article, the tragic loss of Ayrton Senna at Imola dominated everyone’s thoughts. Ten years later the mood of radio and TV news programmes is totally different due to the exciting racing at the Monaco GP thanks to the efforts of former karters with Jarno Trulli just beating Jenson Button by a handful of seconds.Birel introduced a battery powered kart and motor with cogged belt drive to answer complaints as to noise and exhaust gas pollution from petrol-fuelled two and four stroke power units.Shenington attracted an entry of 250.


Renault F1 star Jarno Trulli took a 2nd place and a win in the two Formula Super A races at the Mariembourg round of the Euro Champs. Daniele Parrilla, son of Ital Sistem’s Achille, put up some brilliant performances against formidable opposition. The RACMSA commenced the setting-up of formal training for karting via the Association of Kart Racing Schools (ARKS). At the CIK Juniors races at Braga in Portugal, the Cadet class was won by Lukas Luhr, CRG, and Juniors by Philip Cloostermans, Birel. Both used Parilla engines.


The Five Continents Cup, better known in the past as the World Junior Kart Championship, was held at Ugento in Italy. As always the competition was very fierce as success in it can be a passport all the way to Formula 1.Because the superb Monaco kart had a carbon fibre chassis with kevlar and glassfibre body it could not take part in CIK events which ban exotic materials. Two girls, Fanny Duchateau and Sophie Kumpen, put up a splendid performance in Formula A in the Belgium Championships held at Mariembourg. Jarno Trulli (FSA) and Davide Forè (FA) were crowned European Champions at Berghem.


Buckmore Park hosted a most successful Renault Superprix. Those selected for the final interview to choose who should get the £20,000 Scholarship prize were Tommy Field, Darren Rayfield, Matthew Davies and Jamie Hunter. The Birmingham Wheels venue was near to bursting, with over 30 schools and 170 drivers present for the NatSKA Sprint Championships. Privateer Narcis Callens won the Intercontinental A European Championship at Gothenburg, Sweden. The first event to carry the title British 100cc Kart GP was held at Three Sisters, with Nick Jest winning Formula A .


The Falklands war created no problems for the Brits at the World Champs at Cordoba in Argentina. In the Formula A final Sarrazin slid off when he had a clear lead so Barindelli got the title. In 100cc Formula Super A, Alessandro Manetti became World Champion.Permanent Planning Permission was granted for Blackbushe after many hassles. The CIK 125cc World Championships were held at Bydgoszez in Poland. Jarno Trulli won the title on a Tony Pavesi. The Whisper class championship was held at Rowrah and was won by Colin Peacock.


An increasing number of front runners were now using sophisticated and expensive data logging systems at practice sessions to extract the last drop of performance.CIK homologation for 1995/96/97 was for 100cc motors in groups for rotary valve, reed valve and piston port. Carbs and ignition systems went through a similar process as did 125cc motors and 125cc SUDAM motors for South America. Appalling weather with torrential rain forced the abandonment of the last round of the UK Cup at Pembrey. Dunkeswell staged round 6 of the Super 4 Series and in the 250 Nat. final there were equal numbers using slicks as wets resulting in many spins, the eventual winner, James Woollhead, included.

Karting in the year 1993: a history

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The annual 24 Hour Kart Race at Le Mans again attracted a quality international field with the winners being the Stoc Comod team that led the race for all but four hours, covering 1923km.There was rain for most of the ABkC Super One O Plate Championship at Buckmore Park. Jenson Button added the Junior UK O Plate to his British title and would now move to Junior Britain on his climb to Formula 1. A meeting of the ABkC, BKIA, Super One, Short Circuit Gearbox Championships and ALICK took place at the RAC MSA to formulate the 1993 class rules.Stuart Worsop won the seven round 210 Challenge.


The new Fox range of Italian 100cc reed and rotary valve motors was launched. In Formula K at the Hong Kong GP, Munkholm won using a PCR/PCR while Van Euw won Formula A with a BRM/Sirio. Princes Harry and William raced at the Playscape indoor circuit at Clapham. An excellent Superkart race was staged at the Australian F1 GP at Adelaide. Anthony Davidson won his class at Rye House and now 10 years later is a F1 test driver looking to take the next step to a full-time drive. The North West Karting Association was renamed the National Kart Racing Association with one of its aims to try and halt the sad loss of circuits such as Flookburgh, Heysham and Longridge.

MARCH 1993

There was an excellent and comprehensive article by Philippe Evrard on Endurance racing at events such as the Kart 24 Hours race at Le Mans. As always,the annual Daytona kart races attracted a massive entry for the World Dirt Champs held at the Municipal Stadium under powerful lights with the karts equipped with roll cages. The World Endurance Champs were held on the famous Speedway and other important events included the Pro Kart Challenge, the trade show at the Ocean Center plus the Manufacturer’s Cup series at Jacksonville with 500 entries.International and British kart racing received a double blow with the passing of Doug Jest and Bert Hesketh. Both managed British teams, for 100 cc and 250 cc respectively.. They ran important tracks, Rye House and Morecambe, They loyally served on the RAC Kart Committee and ran top events such as the World Champs and World Cup. They are still sorely missed.

APRIL 1993

A group of kart stands at the Daily Express Motor Racing Show at Earls Court gained valuable publicity for the sport. The new Ancaster kart circuit in Lincolnshire had plans to increase the length to make it suitable for two-stroke racers in addition to the Pro-Karters. The Thunder Karting Centre track at Sheerness in Kent was opened. A kart race was held in the streets of San Antonio on the island of Ibiza. Kilt introduced a 24 mm carb to comply with the latest British class rules. The National Karting Association (NKA) was formed to promote and support its member tracks.The German ADAC controlling body instituted a 125 cc water-cooled “Quiet” class.

MAY 1993

The CIK Australian Continent Championship was held at the Rayleigh Raceway near Coffs Harbour in New South Wales. The event served as a trial run for a projected new style of multi-round World Championship, each round to be held in a different continent. The standard of the venue, facilities and organisation were excellent.Despite the temperature being below freezing all day, wind and snow, Fulbeck had an entry of 200 for their Winter Series round. Shenington had built 4 metre high earth banks for the full length of the back straights to reduce noise.

JUNE 1993

There was much technical innovation at the first round of the European Championships at Valence. Rodriguez won Formula A with a Kali/Parilla, and Manetti the Super A with a CRG/Rotax. A 24 hour Pro-Kart endurance race was held at Mondello Park, Ireland, with the first three crossing the finish line abreast. The Kart Marketing Association of America staged a successful Kart Expo in Chicago.

JULY 1993

Currently an F1driver for Jordan, Fisichella won Formula Super A at the Jesolo Italian Kart GP using a PCR kart and motor. Shenington enjoyed a bumper entry of 250 plus. The Spanish engineering firm of Induskart, located at Barcelona, introduced their 100cc IDK reed and rotary valve motors. Dave Buttigieg won the Superkart class at Cadwell from Phil Glencross.


Fisicella was 7th at round 3 of the Euro Champs in Super A with Formula A World Champion Gianniberti taking the win. De Nies won Formula A.There were rumours that some drivers were using illegal power-boost additives that evaporated so fast that they could not be detected at post-race checks.Giorgio Pantano won Cadets at S. Egidio.243 drivers entered for Fulbeck not counting those in the 125 P&R Championships.The kart industry were very concerned to hear that Motoplat of Spain, makers of electronic ignition systems, was about to close.


The finals of the CIK European Champs were held at Berghem in Holland. The Champions were Guy De Nies, Tecno Rotax, in Formula A and Nicola Gianniberti, Haase Rotax, in Formula Super A. After incidents at the Rissington Super One round, some officials felt that the fathers of Junior drivers might have to be banned as pushers.An enormous number of spectators (admission was free!) at Brands Hatch saw Stuart Mead PVP Rotax, win both 250cc races.Tom Argy and fellow US indoor racing enthusiasts established a site for the National Pro Kart Centre at North Tonawanda, New York.The Ulster Cup Series round at Nutts Corner had 170 Northern Ireland entries.


Two separate tragic kart driver fatalities at Brands Hatch – Gordon Ellinor and Kenton Owen, cast a shadow over the Silverstone Superprix the following weekend. Class wins went to Needham, Wilkinson, Crowe, Cattermole, Webb and Stoney. There were 131 entries for the CIK Intercontinental A European Champs at Salbris, France, victory going to Arnaud Sarrazin, Tecno/Rotax. The World Junior Champs were held at Genk and won by Ennio Gandolfi. Nicolas Kiesa was 3rd in the Pre-Final and has made his F1 debut in 2003. RacePro staged a very successful 24 hour race for Pro-Karts on the Le Mans kart circuit.


The Laval circuit in France seems to bring out that something extra in the French drivers and so it was at the World Champs this year. Watched by 8000 spectators their hero David Terrien won Formula A . Italy’s Nicola Gianniberti won Super A, beating the likes of Trulli and Orsini.The final round of the 250cc Formula E World Champs was held at Knockhill with the round win and title going to Perry Grondstra of Holland.The Val Vibrata circuit in Italy hosted 150 drivers for the European and World 125cc Champs. The former was won by Stefano Marcolin and the latter by Alessandro Piccini.


The Karting magazine Technical Appraisal of the World Champs demonstrated that although the equipment was mostly conventional, it was engineered to a very high standard with an attractive finish.An amazing 55 kart manufacturers from 17 countries made 123 applications for CIK chassis homologation despite having to have 50 examples of each model for inspection.

Karting in the year 1992: a history

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The first major meeting at the refurbished Buckmore Park circuit saw Jenson Button win the Cadet class ‘0’ plate. Bruno Ferrari gained RAC homologation for the water-cooled TM 125 cc motor. Oran Park Raceway near Sydney, Australia, staged The Kart GP. Australia’s David Besnard beat Simpson for the CIK Junior title and fellow Australian Jon Targett won Formula A.The RAC MSA announced increases to fees and charges in the 9% to 13% range. Bruno Grana launched Formula NAP which specified a single Italian made chassis, long life Italian tyres and a Komet 135cc reed valve motor.IAME launched Formula NAP which specified a single Italian made chassis, Italian tyres and a Komet 135cc motor.


The Association of British Kart Clubs and the British Kart Industry Association agreed to work together in the best interests of the sport. The first round of the Winter Series at the Three Sisters circuit attracted 220 entries for the hectic schedule but the gathering gloom caused the finals to be shortened. The move of the International Kart Show to the Bingley Hall was a success. The CIK now required all Formula A and K karts to have a front fairing conforming to CIK measurements. The Indoor Trans-Atlantic Challenge for teams from the USA, Canada and the UK was staged at three tracks using borrowed equipment, the UK won 2:1.

MARCH 1992

His father having produced the Saetta and Parilla engines, the first to have a rotary valve, and his brother Angelo owning DAP, it came as no surprise to learn that Achille Parrilla founded the ital-sistem company. The result was a very successful line of rapid kart engines and MARI karts, the latter taking the name of Achille’s wife. A new CIK rule for Intercontinental A Seniors and Juniors required driver’s to say on the entry form the make of tyres they were to use. They were issued with a voucher to exchanged for a set of tyres by the agent. They had to be fitted in the parc ferme. The WKA Daytona USA Kart Week with 2800 entries was the largest event in the history of the sport and 1288 entries took part in the Kart Dirt Track races. Mark Probyn of SRK launched a mono-make class using the 4 stroke Briggs & Stratton motor but the concept failed. However, towards the end of 2001, Briggs & Stratton was the first to apply for the proposed new CIK World Formula class.

APRIL 1992

ALICK – the newly formed Association of International Long Circuit Kart Clubs, took over the championship for the ‘1’ number plates from the RAC MSA , the first round being at Cadwell. Another first was the Honda Pro-Kart Challenge for twin-engined karts using two Honda 4-stroke motors, the 10 round series starting on April 5th at Larkhall. Race-Pro offered a 14 round endurance series with three 24 hour, two 12 hour, two 9 hour and seven 6 hour events at Rye House, Le Mans, Buckmore Park and Clay Pigeon. A record 425 entry applications were received by the Super One registration date.

MAY 1992

147 drivers entered the Super One qualifying round at Clay Pigeon. Hetschel, the largest kart manufacturer in Germany, homologated their KZH 100M motor with the CIK. Rye House attracted 200 plus entries for the penultimate round of the Winter series. Thunder Karts at Watford held rally kart racing on an indoor circuit using Pro-Karts powered by 250cc Honda four stroke motors.

JUNE 1992

The CIK Euro Champs for Formula A and K were held at Valence in France with all the karts sporting the new compulsory nose fairing. The winners were Thiry on a Tecno Rotax in Formula A and Beggio, Kali Rotax in Formula K. Australian Kart Speedway races staged at the Nepean Raceway near Sydney and at Fairbairn Park near Canberra were enthusiastically supported by riders who enjoyed close racing at an economical cost.The 100cc Spanish IDK was CIK homologated with a twin spark plug ignition. Russian made karts complete with engine were imported by Regent Kart to sell at £599 plus VAT. At the Shenington Super One Qualifier, 110 drivers fought it out to try and get one of the six places available in each class for the ABkC and RAC MSA Championships.

JULY 1992

This was a time of great interest in carefully refined and selected versions of so-called “Pump petrol” that was marketed as racing fuel by the major oil companies at a much higher price.Ryder Brown won the Prokart Cadet Scholarship out of 1000 hopeful entries.The Junior Britain class at the Clay Pigeon round of the Renault sponsored Super One Series was dominated by Matthew Davies, Jenson Button came home 5th.The excellent Assen circuit in Holland hosted the 250cc European Champs. The final was won by Stoney and British drivers occupied the top six places.Rotax introduced a new 125cc motor with gearbox designed to take on the rival Italian makes.Daniele Parrilla won the Mondercange round of the CIK Euro Champs in Formula A and led the championship with a Mari kart and Ital Sistem motor. Allesandro Manetti won Formula K.


The second CIK World Cup for Formula A and Formula K was held at the magnificent Suzuka motor sports complex in Japan with the wins going to the Italians, Alberto Pedemonte on a Kali/Rotax/Dunlop and Danilo Rossi on a CRG/ Rotax/Dunlop.David Besnard won the CIK Junior European Champs on a Top/Comer at Vojens in Denmark. Random tests of clutch take up were done on the dummy grid but there was still chaos with the standing starts.BP Oil International issued a statement that no blame should be apportioned to Martin Hines after he was excluded for fuel irregularities at Knockhill. The World Karting Association Indoor Prokart Challenge was staged at the Niagara Falls Convention Centre. There were almost 400 entries and these included Patrick Walsh and the Mills family trio of Mike, Adrian and Roger from the UK. They finished second to the team from Canada.



There were new technical rules for the Junior World Championship (and a new name – Five Continents Cup) at Gothenburg in Sweden. They changed from reed valve motors with exhaust restrictors and a 19.8mm carb to piston port engines with homologated 24 mm carb, exhaust and clutch. Standing starts were also introduced. The drivers were divided into Cadets for those aged 14 to 15 and Juniors for 15 to 16 years, with different weight limits. A pool of tyres was provided by the tyre manufacturers with officials handing you a set to use that had to be handed back after each race. The winning Junior was David Besnard on a Top Kart/Comer and the Cadet class was won by Elran Nijenhuis, Dino/Rotax. Simon Cullen on a PVP/ Rotax won the RAC 250cc Long Circuit championship round at Brands Hatch. All but two of the 210 National entry at Three Sisters were excluded for not complying with the rules.


The staging of the CIK European Champs for Intercontinental A in the UK at the Three Sisters circuit resulted in fine racing and problems as the organisers struggled with unfamiliar procedures. The final started two hours late and when Biagi  tangled with Luglio on the last lap, the win went to Fiorucci of France on a Merlin Atomik. Princess Diana took Prince William and Harry to race karts at Buckmore Park. Some 20 years earlier the Queen had bought a Trokart kit for Prince Charles and left instructions with the Royal Mews staff that they were not to help him assemble it so he could learn from the experience. The Silverstone Kart GP attracted over 300 drivers. The class winners were, Eamonn Talbot, Boyd Barrington,  Stuart Ziemelis,  Kelvin Bonarski, Mark Allen, Chris Stoney. This was one of the first meetings in the UK where the karts were equipped with transponders for lap scoring.


Ralf Schumacher helped out as a mechanic for a German competitor at the World 125cc Formula C Championships at Mariembourg in Belgium. The winner was Danilo Rossi who then moved on to Ugento in Italy for the World 100cc Champs. This event had 112 entries split between the two classes. Nicola Gianniberti, Tony/Rotax, won Formula A. In Formula K, despite tough opposition, Rossi using a CRG/Rotax pulled off the amazing double by winning the 100cc and 125cc World titles in the same season. Martin Hines gained his third CIK World 250cc title at Le Mans.


The Association of British Kart Clubs launched their ‘Green Book’ of regulations to replace those in the RACMSA’s ‘Blue Book’. The inaugural Honda Challenge for twin Honda GX160 4-stroke motors was won by Paul Bowler. The Super One finale took place at Rye House and the class champs were Matthew Davies, Darron Gibbs, Lee Whitney and Ralph Firman. The latter went on to win the Vauxhall Karting Challenge.The last major event of the year in Denmark attracted 200 entries with Gert Munkholm taking the honours in Formula A.Kimbolton staged the fifth round of the Short Circuit Gearbox Champs with class ‘0’ Plate wins going to John Riley, Bob Blight, Tom Thacker, Mark Haswell and Andy Martin.F1’s Jenson Button won the ABkC Junior UK Championship.

Karting in the year 1991: a history

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The RAC conducted track tests of intake and exhaust silencers at the Three Sisters track prior to announcing which makes and models would be compulsory. Corporate racing on ice at Billingham, Durham and Sunderland was introduced by a subsidary of Langbaurgh Kart School.The J-Kart, powered by two 12 volt batteries, was launched at the NEC ‘Drives and Motors’ exhibition. Karting magazine published a report on the illegal mods found in a Comer engine, bought secondhand for the Cadet class.


The Swiss firm of R & E Folghera announced their REFO D5 100cc motor with five transfer passages and an awe-inspiring specification. It was a fine example of top quality precision engineering and a peak power of 24.35 bhp at 11,000 rpm was claimed.After a collision at the Le Mans round of the 250cc World championship, a fight broke out and as a result Glencross and Gassin were each fined 1000 Swiss francs with the latter also having 12 months suspension.

MARCH 1991

Karting magazine had a stand at the first Autosports Show held at the NEC. The Sosnovy Bor GP in the USSR was run for teams from Finland, USA and USSR using 250cc karts running on snow and ice using rain tyres. Finland was the winner. Two youthful RACMSA champions, Daniel Wheldon – Cadet, and Ralph Firman – Junior Britain, went on to successful motor racing careers.

APRIL 1991

The WKA Kart Week at Daytona was again a great success with entries measured in thousands for the enduro, dirt track and indoor racing. A compulsory inspection by the RAC of Comer Cadet class motors got under way. Buckmore Park got its long awaited club house and the improvements just keep on coming. The ABkC were proposing that the association be the vehicle for kart clubs to work with the RACMSA to formulate and apply the kart regulations.

MAY 1991

There was uproar as to the security of the attachment to the muffler box when the trade and competitors saw production examples of the hefty Bowden exhaust outlet which the RAC MSA had made compulsory for all the 100cc classes. Subsequently the fitment of the Bowden was suspended and the contract awarded to Titan who had produced a much smaller silencer. Tom Johnson of Tee Jay Racing expanded to a new purpose built unit equipped with a quality dyno.

JUNE 1991

Bill Sisley announced plans to further develop Buckmore Park. At the Valence Euro Champs opener, Alessandro Manetti (Tony/Rotax) won Formula A and Gianluca Beggio (CRG/Rotax) Formula K. RAC kart licence numbers for 1990 were up by 7.2% compared with 1989 but the International grade were down by 25%. A successful innovation for the karts at the Silverstone Easter meeting was the fitting of timing transponders. The CIK announced a new 100cc piston-port class for Juniors – JICA.

JULY 1991

The first round of the CIK 250cc championships provided very close racing for the Formula Es at Assen in Holland. Perry Grondstra, Ninja-Rotax, beat Hines and Buttigieg. In Inter.E, Andy Martin, GB F1 Honda, was the winner after most of the field retired. Close attention was being paid to the definition as to what was legal “pump petrol” and whether special racing petrol, marketed by the major oil companies, was allowed in kart racing. Despite doubts due to the Gulf War, racing was continuing at Little Rissington. Guy Smith, Formula A, swept all before him at the Jesolo round of the European Championships, only to be excluded for being 0.5 kg underweight. Danilo Rossi won Formula K from future F1 Stars Trulli and Fisichella. One year after the inauguration of the Association of British Kart Clubs, it was declared that: “The ABkC is to represent and promote all classes in Kart Racing in the UK, and to liaise between the Kart Clubs and the RAC MSA.” A hint of the future came with Jenson Button winning three heats and the final of the Cadet class at the first round of the Super One Champs.


Nutts Corner in N. Ireland held round 3 of the Short Circuit Gearbox Champs and in 210 Nat. John Brennan, the only Irish contender in the class, took the win. Playscape staged a 24 hour race for twin engined Pro-Karts at Rye House for 34 teams. Winner of the £3000 1st prize was ATB Racing. Scotland’s Nick Fleming won Juniors at the Grand Prix of Denmark with World Junior Champion, Jeremy Dufour, in 2nd position. Magnussen won Int. A. The RAC Long Circuit Champs at Cadwell was won by Simon Cullen in Formula E with an Anderson Rotax. The CIK 100cc Euro Champs round at Mariembourg in Belgium saw Guy Smith come home 2nd to Manetti in Formula A. In Formula K Orsini was the winner followed by Trulli, Magnussen and Verstappen with Fisichella 10th. There was an early start for the Shenington to cope with a entry of 270. The 250cc Euro Formula E Champs round at Croix en Ternois, France was won by Dave Buttigieg.


The fine circuit of Laval in France hosted the Junior World Cup. The winner was Philippe Sebastien on a Sodikart with Dino motor. The best British driver was Michael Simpson in 6th place. At the June Shenington meeting the entries for Senior Britain, Junior Britain and Cadet far exceeded those for the other classes. Dartford Karting introduced the Solo SR45 reed valve motor with a 50 mm bore and 50.5 mm stroke. The Cadet class at the third round of the Super One series at Wombwell was won by Jenson Button. Knockhill in Scotland hosted a round of the 250cc World Championship but received a very poor entry. The winner was Perry Grondstra from the Netherlands on a Ninja Rotax. The team of Penaguin, Benabent, Breteau and Tessier, using a Mach 1/KZH, won the Le Mans 24 hour race. The final round of the European Championships was held at South Garda in Italy with Alessandro Manetti winning the Formula A round and title. In Formula K, Fisichella won the round but the title went to Orsini.


Simon Cullen won Formula E at the Coca-Cola Kart GP at Silverstone. There was a reduction in the number of foreign drivers due to the event losing its World Championship status. In the Cadet class at the Dunkeswell Super 1 Series, Jenson Button was a second per lap faster than anyone else in practice and went on to take the win. Formula E at the CIK 250cc Championship round at Three Sisters was won by Stephen Coward with Dave Buttigieg holding the overall lead on points. Playscape staged an excellent 24 hour race for Prokarts with dual Honda four-strokes at Le Mans. The 37 teams had drivers from Portugal, France, England, Wales, Scotland and Belgium. The winning 6UP team covered1227 laps.


Jarno Trulli took an important step towards becoming a F1 driver when he won the Formula K 100 cc World Championship with his Dunlop equipped Allkart Parilla at Le Mans. Others competing who would also make it to F1 stardom were the rapid Verstappen, Magnussen and Fisichella.Winner of the 100 cc Formula A World title was Alessandro Manetti on a Tony Rotax and Bridgestones.Perry Grondstra and Martin Hines had equal points after the last round of the CIK 250 cc Formula E World Championships so were jointly awarded the title.


The World 125cc Championships were held at the Parma track in Italy. Pietro Sassi on a Birel Pavesi set the fastest lap in the time trials but victory for the second time went to Piccini, also on a Birel Pavesi. There was very poor attendance by members of the Kart Committee at the RAC MSA Open Day to such an extent that the Kart Committee meeting scheduled to discuss the matters raised at the Open Day had to be cancelled. Anthony Davidson who is now, ten years later, a test driver for the F1 BAR Grand Prix team, was racing in the Cadet class of the RAC SuperOne Series. The last round of the 250 cc European Championships was held at the ultra-quick Osterreichring in Austria. Dave Buttigieg won the event with laps at over 118 mph. The Belgian firm of Kilt launched their range of new 100cc motors designed by J-P Tilkin and Pierre Dumont.