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X30 Euro Series – 5 things to look forward to at Salbris in Junior X30

The time has come for the X30 Euro Series to get underway with practice already completed out in Salbris for round one of the X30 Euro Series. Junior X30 sees a grid of 50 drivers getting ready to fight it out compared to round one last year which saw just 15 on the grid. There’s plenty to look forward to, but here at Kartingmagazine.com we’ve put together a list of our top five things.

1. The Brits prepare to land in France

There are 13 British drivers entered into round one of the championship including podium finishers at the Winter Cup Alex Lloyd and Cian Shields. In fact, at the winter Cup the Brits were dominant filling nine of the top ten positions! All have come back for a run at the championship and will be hard to stop. Lewis Gilbert has to be a one to watch for me, the Scot gained 13 places at the Winter Cup and if he starts higher up  the grid on Sunday afternoon I think he may walk away the championship leader.

Full list of British drivers

Georgi Dimitrov
Tom Lebbon
Alicia Barrett
Lewis Gilbert
Zac Meakin
Josh Rowledge
Zach Ripley
Josh Rattican
Cian Shields
Luke Preston
Liam McNeilly
Alex Lloyd
Joshua McLean

Right to Left: Alex Lloyd, Mari Boya, Cian Shields

2. Will Mari Boya be dominant in new territory?

Mari Boya was the star of the show at the X30 Winter Cup after he was successfully able to defend his title in the Junior class. Absent from last years championship Mari Boya will now enter new territory and will be down on experience racing at the Salbris circuit. With the home advantage now gone will Boya be as successful at round one?

3. Enzo Joulie: The home favourite

For anyone out there hoping for a French victory the driver most likely to do that is Enzo Joulie. Finishing 4th in last year’s championship Enzo is the highest seed to return in 2018 and fell just shy of a podium last year. However, not being at the Winter Cup it’s hard to know how he’ll fare against the several new kids on the block, but if there’s a track he’s going to win at this season you’d expect Salbris to be it!

4. Luca Leistra – The one to watch

An exciting new addition to the grid this season is Belgium’s Luca Leistra. Luca was the Vice Champion in the BNL Karting Series last year in Junior Max and then went on to finish 3rd at the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals. His performances have led him to be selected to represent Belgium at this year’s CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy and his switch to the Dan Holland Racing Team makes him one of my championship favourites.

5. Can Fusion Motorsport repeat success of 2017?

Fusion Motorsport were the team to win in Junior X30 at Salbris last year with Angus Moulsdale winning the final on his way to taking the championship. This year they come into round one with a strong line-up which includes Georgi Dimitrov, Dilano Van’t Hoff, Maximus Mayer, Alicia Barrett, Joshua McLean and Alex Ivanov. If there were a teams championship I couldn’t imagine them getting beaten.

How can you follow the action this weekend?

Live stream – https://www.youtube.com/telemundimedia/live

Results – https://www.iameeuroseries.com/results-2/

Downforce Radio – http://www.downforceracing.uk/

Click here to see full entry lists for this weekend

Written by Chris McCarthy

Images courtesy of The RaceBox, Jason Vian & KartPhoto

 

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Slater and Bloch win British Open Championship

Last weekend saw the British Open Championship take place at Rowrah for the IAME and Honda Cadet classes. Often a great way to get a guide on who the favourites are for the British Championships, it was Freddie Slater who emerged victorious in IAME Cadet, with Sebastian Bloch winning a closely fought Honda Cadet final.

Freddie Slater takes Fusion Motorsport’s ninth consecutive British Open win

In IAME Cadet Slater, Maxwell Dodds and Arvid Lindblad were in a league of their own with fellow seeded drivers, Luke Watts and Samuel Shaw struggling to get anywhere near them. In the heats William Macintyre was the only driver able to separate the trio but any chances of him winning the O plate banished in the final after he retired from the race.

That left just the Slater, Lindblad and Dodds who started on the grid in that order. A tricky start to the race saw Slater drop down to 3rd with Lindblad keen to lead the way. At one stage, it looked as if Slater was starting to lose touch but he quickly turned things around and was right back in the fight by lap eleven.

Passing Dodds for 2nd straight away Slater then had a half a second gap to close to Lindblad which did in just two laps! With the momentum behind him Slater hit the front on lap 14 and built a lead of over two tenths, arguably a comfortable gap in Cadet terms! Behind a battle for 2nd began and that was enough to seal the victory for Freddie Slater! The 2016 Karting magazine Rookie of the Year will now sport the O plate heading into this year British Championships which kick off in under a month’s time.

Rounding out the podium were Lindblad and Dodds. Watts led the 4th place battle home, with Shaw, Harley Keeble, Ashton Hodgson, Vinnie Phillips, Brandon Carr and Aiden Neate rounding out the top ten.

Sebastian Bloch confirmed as title contender with O plate win

Sebastian Bloch came agonisingly close to finishing in the top ten of last year’s British Championship. He ended the season 11th overall just 11 points behind Harvey Charter who finished 10th. On several occasions Bloch showed great pace, but often hit problems in races which ultimately left him with some catching up to do at the PFI finale. With no seeded number Bloch would have entered Super One under his usual number ‘19’ but that will now turn into the coveted ‘O’ plate after his win at Rowrah.

Qualifying was extremely close with Theo Micouris, Leon Henderson, and Bloch covered by just 0.08 seconds! Clearly we were going to be in for a close days racing and that was proved in heat one with Bloch taking the win by just 0.07 seconds ahead of Daniel Guinchard who had found some pace since qualifying. Henderson was very much in the fight for the lead too finishing just 0.23 seconds back.

Guinchard continued to find pace in heat two and took the win without a huge amount of pressure from Bloch. Going into the final many would have been putting their money for Guinchard to take the win who would start from pole position with Bloch alongside. Micouris and Alfie Rigby were both ones to watch down the top ten with Sonny Smith breathing down the necks of the front two.

A difficult start to the race saw Bloch pushed down to 5th place with Guinchard leading the race but lap four saw the start of the resurgence back through the lead pack. Bloch started by passing Rigby with Micouris also gaining a place to 5th. Two laps later and it was not one but two places gained and it was the turn of Ollie Greenall with Guinchard’s lead starting to quickly decrease.

Eight laps in and Bloch was now up to 2nd with Guinchard only two tenths up the road. However catching him was becoming difficult and running out of patience behind Micouris went into 2nd. He would tow Bloch up to Guinchard and on lap 13 came the pivotal point in the race. As the leaders all began to battle Bloch was able to go into first place and with just a handful of laps to go just needed to defend to the end!

It was not an easy task with the lead queue increasing all the time but Bloch was able to hold on and take the win 0.25 seconds ahead of Micouris and Smith. Rigby gained four places to finish 4th with Edward Pearson finishing an impressive 5th from 12th on the grid. Completing the top ten were Oliver Stewart, Leon Henderson, Mitchell Gibbons, Jack Plant and Greenall.

Written by Chris McCarthy

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MSA select Josh Rattican and Will Orton for CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy

CIK-FIA Academy – The Ones to Watch

With the MSA revealing the British team for this year’s CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy yesterday in Josh Rattican and Will Orton, we look at the rest of the grid and who will be their toughest opponents at the head of the field.

Click here to see the full entry list for this years CIK Academy

Sami Meguetounif – 5th in 2017 Academy Trophy

Sami Meguetounif returns to this year’s championship as the highest seed and will have nothing less than a win in his targets for 2018. The French driver had an impressive 2017 all around, finishing as the Vice Champion at the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals as well as the French Championship. He’s got experience in the OK Junior class and if he’s successful he will become the first ever French driver to win the title.

Sami Megeutounif © KSP Reportages

Luca Leistra – 3rd in 2017 Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals

In terms of nations the strongest team in my opinion is Belgium. The combination of Luca Leistra and Kobe Pauwels is lethal, but having a good teammate will make not necessarily help win you the title when the lights go green. Sami, being the championship favourite, will be concerned to see Luca’s name appear on the entry list. The Belgian is a former BNL Karting Series champion and stood on the podium at last year’s Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals finishing just behind Megeutounif. In my opinion he is one of the rising stars in the sport so watch this space!

Jak Crawford – 2016 Florida Winter Tour Champion

The United States have a pretty disappointing track record in the CIK-FIA Academy. Their best result came in 2016 when Jagger Jones finished 14th in the championship, which is surprising for a nation who do well when it comes to IAME and Rotax World events. This year I think that will change with Jak Crawford entering the Trophy. His racing CV in the States alone is hugely impressive, along with his Florida Winter Tour title he has taken podiums at the Supernationals and has stood on championship podiums including the SKUSA Pro Tour. His 6th place at the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals last year proved he is just as quick in Europe so definitely keep an eye out for him!

Jak at the Grand Finals in Portimao

Suleiman Zanfari – 9th in 2017 Academy Trophy

Suleiman returns to the championship this year as the second highest seed after finishing 9th last season. The Moroccan had impressive results and if not for the disappointment of round two he certainly would have challenged for a top three spot in the championship. Away from the DNF at Le Mans Suleiman took a 7th at Alaharma and 8th at Genk. There’s no doubt he’ll be back to improve this year and I’d be surprised if he is not on the podium at least once.

Suleiman in last years Academy Trophy

Kobe Pauwels – Current BMC championship leader

As previously mentioned Kobe Pauwels completes what is probably the strongest nation line up in the Academy this year with the Belgian partnering Luca Leistra. Kobe is back for another season after finishing 14th in last year’s championship. He had a brilliant start to the season at Genk, which was no surprise given his experience there, but quickly fell away perhaps due to a mixture of luck and experience. But this year Kobe will be back stronger and has looked good over the winter winning the first round of the Belgian Max Challenge (BMC) and was strong at the BNL Rotax Golden Trophy where he qualified pole for the Pre-Final. He and Luca together have the ability to work as a team off track and fight for race victories, if not the championship!

Kobe winning round one of the BMC

Written by Chris McCarthy

 

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Three sisters – Alive and kicking

Three Sisters circuit, Wigan has been a favourite amongst British karters for many years, however its future was put at risk when in 2017 when it went into liquidation. Despite this, support for the circuit is massive, and people took to social media in their thousands to help, with the group ‘Save Three sisters Race Circuit’ getting well over 4k likes on Facebook. Recently we paid the circuit and the new owners a visit to see what’s been going on and discuss the plans for the future.

Chris Pullman, who is now in charge of the daily running of the circuit spoke to us about what has been done so far.

“The resurface was completed at the beginning of January” adding “It was nice at the Autosport show when people were asking ‘when’s it going to be resurfaced?’ and being able to say ‘It’s done!’”

I think the circuit itself is a great place to start. Having never personally been to Three Sisters I had heard great things about the layout, but less rave reviews about the surface itself due to the extensive repair ‘patches’. The large investment into resurfacing the whole circuit and all its layouts has certainly cured this. The track surface is now beautifully smooth with perfect lines bordering the circuit, but the topography of the circuit has not changed, maintaining its charm.

 

 

The Investment into Three sisters won’t only be beneficial for the karting scene, but it will benefit every one of the motorsports that take place there, from car sprints, to Mini motos. Updated and upgraded barriers and Armco, general facility improvements, and plans for the club house are ongoing.

With this being my first visit to Three sisters, I was instantly impressed with speed and enjoyment driving this circuit brought me. The circuit is also used for drifting, special stage rallies, Super moto, etc. meaning it is far wider than most other many other British kart tracks, and with its long radius corners and very long start/finish straight the club layout must be one of the fastest kart circuits in the country. Moreover, having the option to run either of the club, or valley layouts is a huge asset to what is already an amazing track.

 

Chris Pullman and Sam Pollitt on the brand new tarmac

To drive the circuit, Sam Pollitt of Sam Pollitt Racing was kind enough to loan us one of his race prepared Tonykart Rotax evo karts for a couple of session on each layout. The kart was well suited the track and I felt instantly at home driving it (once I had figured out which way to go). Despite the sub-zero temperatures I didn’t want to stop driving.

It is well known that people love both layouts with the club circuit offering high speed corners and slipstream racing, and the valley circuit for a more technical challenge. The rapid triple chicane that’s notoriously hard to master but hugely rewarding to drive.

 

 

Thinking about the fast nature of the circuit, it doesn’t surprise me that the MBKC field a grid of gearbox drivers who relish in being able to stretch the legs of their karts, something not possible at many circuits in the UK.

Speaking again to Chris after driving the circuit we discussed the resident kart club MBKC (Manchester and Buxton Kart Club) and how they use alternating Club and Valley layouts for their club championship, which I think is a brilliant idea. It gives the local members the opportunity to race on both circuits throughout the year. Furthering this, Chris was enthused to tell me that they had secured a round of the British drift championship on September 15-16th, this being one of their first national events since the handover.

I was interested to know about Three sisters’ plans for national karting championships with the track hosting Super1 and other notable series in the past, Chris noted “I would like to think so. We had a meeting with one of the organisers of a big championship run within the UK. For the work that needed doing it was a little too late for the dates that were set for this year [2018], lets hope for next year… or possibly something later on in the year maybe.” Furthering this he mentioned “The club themselves also hold the ‘Gold Cup’ event which is later this year, that’s their big one. Hopefully that’s a chance for people who haven’t been back since the resurfacing to come along to race.”

Bill Sisely is the new CEO of the circuit and has been instrumental in all the upgrades and improvements made so far, along with his team at the circuit. He has had many years’ experience in running kart circuits, being the owner of Buckmore Park until it was recently bought by John Surtees, and this experience should hopefully allow it to thrive re-establish itself on the British motorsport map.

Wigan has without doubt gone through some ups and downs over its history, the past few years especially, but we are glad that the future is looking bright for such a great circuit. Karting, cars, rallying and drifting alike should all benefit thanks to the investments being made and the commitment Bill, Chris and the whole team continue to make. I could feel the passion and belief everyone has for the place and this should help it succeed in the future.

We would like to thank Three sisters, as well as Bill Sisley and Chris Pullman especially for allowing us their time to relay everything that is going on. Thanks also to Sam Pollitt who prepared and provided a kart for us to test the circuit, despite the arctic temperatures.

 

Written by Piers Prior

 

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IAME Winter Cup Preview – Senior & Super Shifter X30

The European season for IAME X30 racing officially gets underway this weekend with the Winter Cup once again taking place at the Kartodromo Internacional Lucas Guerrero in Valencia. The track has been the stage to the Winter Cup for the last few years and was the stage for the 2014 Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals shortly after it opened.

The track provides a last corner which has seen races decided on a number of occasions. It comes after a long time of the accelerator and cutting the chicane results in an immediate penalty so things must be decided before reaching the second part of the chicane. With 170 drivers entered in a record breaking weekend for the event there’s no doubt the last chicane could play a big part this weekend!

X30 Senior

The biggest grid for the weekend comes in the shape of X30 Senior. A whopping 90 drivers have entered with 32 of those being British drivers. In a hugely competitive field making the A Final will be the first thing on everyone’s mind before even thinking about achieving something like a top ten finish. Qualifying will be crucial and the heats very entertaining to watch no doubt.

Joey van Splunteren

Last year Joey made his return to Karting for the first time since 2013 and unsurprisingly it did not take the Dutch driver to get back up to speed. The 2010 Rotax Max Euro Challenge Champion finished 4th in last years X30 Euro Series with a podium at Salbris and 4th place at Genk. In a way it was a shame not to see Joey in the Senior class at the IAME International Final, but 11th in the Super class was still an impressive performance. I’d be surprised if he wasn’t fighting for victory come Sunday afternoon.

John Norris

After his recent win at the Dubai O Plate, it seems the MLC Motorsport driver could be gearing up for a full season of X30 racing. The Irish man did make one appearance at Wackersdorf last season where he won the Pre-Final. Later that year he appeared at the IAME International Final in the Shifter class and finished 3rd, only to be penalised post-race. He’s a great addition to the grid and will certainly be taken seriously by the rest of the field.

John Norris

Xavier Handsaeme

The young Belgian had a fantastic season in 2017 across all three different Junior classes. In OK Junior he was the CIK-FIA Academy Karting Trophy Champion, in Rotax he won the Winter cup and was 13th at the Grand Finals and in X30 was 5th at the IAME International Final. No longer needing to focus on the Academy I think Xavier Handsaeme will be even more deadly this season.

Oscar Palomo

Oscar Palomo first hit the IAME scene at the IAME International Final last year where he finished 10th place! A fluke or a sign of things to come, I personally think the latter having commentated on the whole event that week. The Spaniard will be on home turf this weekend and has plenty of experience racing in the Spanish Championship and I imagine at the Valencia circuit too!

Enric Bordas Cotes

Enric is another driver who made a name for himself on a World scale at both the IAME International Final and Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals last year. Inside the top twenty at both events, his best performance was at the Grand Finals where he was 12th in the Final. Similar to Oscar Palomo, I think his Spanish heritage and experience at racing in the Spanish Championship makes him one to watch this weekend

The Brits

Jordan Brown-Nutley

Jordan Brown-Nutley had a brilliant 2017 season winning a lot of races and with that some titles. Included in that was the X30 Winter Cup and he was 2nd in the X30 Euro Series. He didn’t quite have the best of luck at the Finals but he’ll be looking to clean up this year. The Dan Holland Racing driver will have the mentality of nothing less than a win this weekend and given his history of results at Valencia he’s going to be extremely difficult to beat.

Dean MacDonald

Dean MacDonald put in a hugely impressive performance last year at the IAME International Final when he returned from his GT4 commitments and finished 2nd! To see the Scot on the podium was both surprising and unsurprising at the same time given his karting CV. It’s great to see him keeping himself in a kart and the Strawberry Racing driver should be quick again this weekend.

Mark Kimber

From one Strawberry Racing driver to another and Mark Kimber. He arguably could have won the Euro Series title last year if not for his disqualification at round one with the Brit winning at Salbris and Castelletto and finishing 2nd at Wackersdorf. He qualified on the front row for the Pre-Final at International Final and this may be the year Kimber wins everything starting with the Winter Cup.

Louie Westover

The reigning British JuniorX30 Champion steps up to Seniors for 2018 and it’s exciting to see him back in the X30 Euro Series. Louie competed in the inaugural season back in 2016 and took a win at Salbris. Last year he did have some very good results on the World stage with 4th at the International Final and 9th at the CIK-FIA World Championships. Currently flying with confidence I’m interested to see how he will get on.

Louie Westover

Joe Turney

Joe had a slightly mixed 2017 season overall. His 2nd in the OK Senior British Championship was impressive but in Super One he often was caught up in other people’s incidents. A shame given how good his 2018 was, but now experienced in the class can he return to winning ways overseas?

Full list of British drivers:

Jordan Brown-Nutley
Oliver Clarke
Mark Kimber
Masatora Wada
Louie Westover
Scott Jackson
Morgan Porter
Sam White
Teddy Williams
Jenson Brown
Henry Laws
Kiera Scott
Ben Wooldridge
Dean MacDonald
Jason Lockwood
Matthew Gilliland
Rufus Hunt
Stuart Middleton
Gus Lawrence
Joe Turney
Patrick Rundquist
Clayton Ravenscroft
Jacob Ang
Saul Robinson
Philip Rawson
Jack Tomalin
Reece Ushijima
Boris Yueng
Sam McDonnell
Sean Butcher
Tyler Read
Thomas Ward

Oliver Clarke

X30 Super Shifter

It’s great to see the Super Shifter class back in the X30 Euro Series after it’s huge struggle for grids since the series launched. There may be only nine drivers entered but that’s a decent start considering this is the Winter Cup. And with some big names on there, that should hopefully draw some more numbers in! Let’s look at some of those afore mentioned ‘big names’:

Kevin Ludi

Kevin Ludi has made his move over to X30 racing in 2018 after years of racing in DD2. Kevin has been very successful over the last few years winning both the Rotax Max Euro Challenge and BNL Karting Series but had a disappointing 2017 season by his standards. It’s great to see the Swiss driver give himself a fresh challenge and looking online he seems to be pleased with how pre-season testing has gone!

Sten Dorian Piirimagi

No stranger to X30 Super Shifter racing Sten could be the most experienced driver in the class heading to Valencia this weekend. He’s a former Vice World Champion in the class and finished 10th at last years International Final. The Estonian has a good teammate in the shape of Kaspar Korjus, and the pair will both be a threat this weekend.

Carlos Leon

Carlos Leon has been a front runner in the X30 classes for a number of years now and has finally worked his way to the top of the classes in X30 Super Shifter. Adapting to the class sometimes doesn’t happen straight away, but look for an improvement over the weekend from the Spanish driver. With nine on the grid it doesn’t really matter where he’s starting come the final.

Written by Chris McCarthy

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IAME Winter Cup Preview – Junior & Mini X30

The European season for IAME racing officially gets underway this weekend with the Winter Cup once again taking place at the Kartodromo Internacional Lucas Guerrero in Valencia. The track has been the stage to the Winter Cup for the last two years and was the stage for the 2014 Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals shortly after it opened.

The track provides a last corner which has seen races decided on a number of occasions. It comes after a long time of the accelerator and cutting the chicane results in an immediate penalty so things must be decided before reaching the second part of the chicane. With 170 drivers entered in a record breaking weekend for the event there’s no doubt the last chicane could play a big part this weekend!

X30 Junior

With 50 drivers entered into the Junior class this weekend calling a winner is going to be near impossible. But looking closer at the entry list one thing to note is the number of Mini and Cadet graduates. There is not a huge amount of what I would call ‘experienced Junior drivers’ due to age restrictions, meaning it has become even more wide open. Here are my ones to watch…

Georgi Dimitrov

Returning for another European X30 campaign in 2018 is Fusion Motorsport’s, Georgi Dimitrov. Georgi missed both the Winter Cup and round one of the Euro Series but at Salbris won the Pre-Final before having a disastrous Final. Wackersdorf he had a perfect weekend taking home maximum points but had lots of misfortunes at Catelletto. It was a season that saw him take 6th overall and as the highest seeded driver returning he’d be the obvious choice when trying to pick a winner.

Lewis Gilbert

After his performance at the IAME International Final, the reigning Vice World Champion is surely the driver everyone will be timing themselves against during practice. After winning the Mini Max Super One title, Lewis had a surge of confidence in his Junior racing and put in a brilliant performance at Le Mans to pick up 2nd in the 134 kart field. Being his last year in Juniors I think Lewis will be looking to win the Euro Series so a win at the Winter Cup would be a perfect start.

Mari Boya

Mari Boya is the defending champion when it comes to the Winter Cup after beating Ruben Moya Lopez and Josh Rattican to the flag last year in a close Junior Final. That was in a grid of 16 which shows the rise in entries for 2018! After a debut campaign in the WSK Super Master Series, the former Spanish Cadet Champion later qualified for the IAME International Final where he finished a strong 13th place. On home soil he’ll be desperate to retain his title!

Maximus Mayer

After a strong season in X30 Mini Maximus Mayer has jumped up to the Junior class and will be one of several graduates looking to make an immediate impact. The Spaniard won last years Winter Cup, was 3rd in last years X30 Euro Series and later finished 7th in the IAME International Final. He has winning experience at the Valencia circuit and as long as he can get grips to racing the older Juniors quickly then I see no reason why he won’t be challenging for a podium.

Oliver Bearman

Up from Honda Cadet, Oliver surprised many with his recent win at Whilton Mill in Junior X30 on what was his very first race in the class. The 2017 Honda Cadet Vice British Champion, has put himself in with Strawberry Racing and in a grid of over 50 drivers at Whilton, put it on pole position before driving away from the rest of the field to win by over four seconds. It was hard to believe that it was his very first race and given the quality of the field the day, he just has to be one to look out for!

Full list of British drivers:

Georgi Dimitrov
Joshua McLean
William Orton
Matthew Rees
Lewis Gilbert
Zac Meakin
Ivan Lomliev
Josh Rowledge
Zach Ripley
Joshua Rattican
Cian Shields
Max Meir
Liam McNeilly
Oliver Bearman
Alex Lloyd
Freddie Spindlow

Amongst the entries is Josh Rattican, who returned back to Karting from injury last weekend after an 8 months absence!

X30 Mini – British Drivers

In Mini X30 amongst the entry lists look our for Gabriel Stilp and Oliver Wright. Both new to European racing they have a tough task going up against many X30 Euro Series regulars and local drivers but are both in good hands with Croc Promotion UK and Fusion Motorsport respectively.

Written by Chris McCarthy

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Street Kart: The most competitive racing game on iOS

Street Kart is the most competitive, authentic racing game on mobile.

Designed to bring out your most competitive instincts – it is 80mph, an inch from the ground racing.

And you feel it.

It is ambitious. Everything is in Real Time.

Championships. Racing. Weather. Rivals moving ahead of you.

If you’re sleeping you’re losing ground in the title race. The race for promotion. The race to win.

Like Real Karting

Street Kart is like real life karting. Close in ability karts, close in ability drivers, but unlike real life, SK has the ability to host millions of players. So if you win in SK, you know exactly how good you are.

This is not level up to win. This is set your kart up to adapt to the conditions, learn and progress.

Cost

Street Kart will be Free-To-Play and based on a freemium model.

Public Beta

Public Beta will contain 7,000 people from around the world, and we will then Soft Launch the game shortly afterwards in 2 or 3 territories. Public Beta will go live in early 2018.

Interested in joining the public beta you can sign up at www.streetkart.me

About

About Street Kart and Closed Beta

Street Kart has been over 5 years in development by Fat Cigar Productions Ltd, a small UK based independent developer. Our closed beta testing has taken 2 years and we’ve worked with nearly 1,000 kart racers to get the game to feel authentic, and as close to real life as possible.

The Big Idea

The idea was born by two friends, Duncan Abbott and Ross Jones who wanted to create a truly special racing game that gave huge thrills and joy as you played, disappointment when you lost, but was massively competitive so when you’re playing your friends, all you want to do is to overtake them in the race heat, race meet or in the championship.

No Assists. Easy to get in to, but hard to master.

Just Pure, Competitive, Real Racing. And it is our first game. Ever.

Quotes

“Street Kart is the first mobile Karting game that you feel is built by Karters for Karters.”

Tom Joyner, World Kart Champion 2013

Kart Republic Factory Driver

Street Kart Brand Ambassador and Beta Tester

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Tom Joyner in OK – 2016

“There’s no other game like it. So competitive, so real. It’s more than just a game.

As close to the real thing as you’re going to get.”

Marijn Kremers, 2nd Las Vegas Supernats 2017

BirelART Factory Driver

Street Kart Brand Ambassador and Beta Tester

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“It is the closest game I have played to the real thing, the physics are amazing. It is so good how you are able to race online players and move up in the rankings and move up classes. It gives you a big adrenaline rush when you win.”

Adam Smalley, Rotax Winter Cup Champion 2016

“Finally a sim that pays homage to the purest form of Motorsport.”

Connor Wagner, Las Vegas Supernats Winner 2013

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The Game

Street Kart allows you to go in to 6 player head to head races with your friends or racers around the world. You move up and down leagues based on where you finish in heats and Race Meets.

4 Tiers – Starting at 50mph

  • Cadet (50mph) – where all the greats started, Hamilton, Alonso, Rosberg, Schumacher, Button, Vettel et al.
  • TKM class with BT82 Engines
  • IAME X30 (70mph)
  • Pro1 (equivalent to OK class), which top out an inch from the ground at around 80mph.

Weekly Championships

Championships are held in real time and last a week. Your goal is to beat everyone else at your level to win the title – starting with beating your friends in your own private league of rivals.

Once live around the world National, Continental and World Champions will also be crowned, based on knockout style tournaments.

Social

Street Kart is designed to be the most social game possible. You’ll want push notifications switched on. Here’s why:

  • Log in with Facebook and at the touch of a button, all your facebook friends can be added as rivals.
  • You can push notify your friends to race through 1 tap
  • You are notified when they progress or move ahead of you in the championship via push notifications

Real Time Weather and Night Racing

Weather impacts massively on your decisions in Street Kart. Since the weather can change from moment to moment based on what is actually happening, you must decide when to race, and how to set the best times.

Sunsets and Sunrises. In real time from the actual track location.

Night Racing under lights is normal.

Weather impacts on your choice of tyre, your tyre pressures, the air density through the engine, whether to have a radiator blind or not, and how rich or lean to run the engine. If you want to get that into it.

Kart Set Up

Adjust numerous elements of the kart:

  • Tyre Pressures
  • Radiators and Radiator Blinds
  • Exhausts
  • Fuel
  • Engines
  • Seats
  • Brakes
  • Overall adjustments to kart set up can also be made for the more advanced racers

Tracks

Street Kart features some real life tracks including the Supernats Track in Las Vegas. We’ll be adding more real life tracks as we go and already have agreements to include a number in the game.

Currently countries represented in the game include Italy, UK, Brazil, USA, Spain, Portugal, Australia, Philippines, UAE.

Missions

You can undertake missions to unlock new helmets, gloves, suits and boots. Sometimes these will be standard ‘beat this time’ challenges. Other times, this will be beat a real life kart racer with a Verified Account in the game.

Sponsorship

Players can win Sponsorship with major brands in the game. Do well in race meets, have great form, and soon you’ll have sponsors clamoring to help you progress the ranks.

Kart and Engines Brands

Our kart and engine brands include CRG, Chiesa Corse/Kart Republic, Top Kart, Arrow, Monaco, TKM, Parolin, ZiP Kart, Gillard, AF Radiator and many more. Tyres are supplied by Maxxis, Bridgestone, MG Tires and LeCont. Race suits from brands including Alpinestars.

Practice Mode

There are daily practice sessions to tweak your kart, and try different set ups. The further into the game you go, the more these will matter to you.

Verified Accounts

Players can follow well known racers and celebrities in the game. Real life racers can apply for a verified account, and grow a following. Followers are more likely to get missions from VAs and have the opportunity to level up their progress.

Verified Account holders and ALL players can build a following in the game. Fans can search via username, so if you have a YouTube channel you can build a following, and notify (should they wish) you fans that you’re online now and racing.

Community

The Street Kart Community has been built over several years. Real Racers helmets can be unlocked in the game, including that of Dexter Patterson (Current OKJ World Champion) and 2013 World Champion, Tom Joyner.

Controls

Both Touch and Tilt Controls will be available.

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