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Thompson and Askey on IAME International Open Podium

Fusion Motorsport teammates Harry Thompson and Kai Askey were on good form at Castelletto last weekend with the pair finishing 2nd and 3rd at the IAME International Open in Junior X30! For Thompson, the result was arguably expected considering his form so far in European racing this year, but for Askey it came as a complete surprise. His first race abroad, his first race in the class and he is the youngest driver in the field at just 11 years of age! All of that and he beat some of Europe’s best Junior drivers!

This was no fluke for Askey either! He was 2nd overall in timed qualifying and put it on pole for final one with Harry Thompson qualifying 2nd. It was over the course of two finals how the winners would be decided, drivers would score points in each race and the drivers with the most points at the end would be champion!

Harry Thompson showed his determination to win in an interrupted opening final which was red flagged half way through. That bunched the pack together for the remaining few laps where Thompson was able to take victory from Ellie Goldstein who appeared to push Kai Askey wide on the last lap to take 2nd.

However, there was no such activity from Goldstein in race two with the Belgian cruising away to take victory by 1.7 seconds. After an unfortunate first final, which saw mechanical problems at the restart, Xavier Handsaeme did well to come through from 19th on the grid to 2nd. Thompson didn’t quite seem to have the same pace he had in race one and finished 3rd and after being pushed back at the start Askey did well to finish 6th place.

When the points were collated it was Goldstein who took victory by just four points from Thompson and Askey an impressive 3rd place! Further back Georgi Dimitrov did well to finish 12th after a disappointing qualifying.

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X30 Senior

Taking victory in X30 Senior was Carlos Leon. The Spaniard has been a top X30 racer for a few years now and has experience at the Castelletto circuit. Carlos won the first final and even with a 4th in race two he took victory from the French drivers Joel Deputch and Milan Petelet.

In terms of the Brits Oliver Clarke was by far the best finishing 6th with Lorenzo Ferrari in 20th place.

Carlos Leon

Written by Chris McCarthy

Images courtesy of Sportinphoto & X30 World

 

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F100 Festival – The chance to test one yourself!

F100 Festival – The chance to test one yourself!

Location: Fulbeck / Fulbeck Kart Track, Stragglethorpe Lane, NG32 3JE Grantham

Date: 30th April 2016

F100 Spirit of the 90s has exploded onto the scene in the last two years. Formed by a small group of enthusiasts to indulge in their passion for the karts of the 90s era, it has grown into a fully-blown British Championship of 60+ screaming 100cc’s at each round.

The championship is known for its friendly paddock with a clubman type atmosphere where anyone would help their fiercest rival to see them get out on track.  We think this is a real benefit, taking karting back to its roots and making it about having fun, as it should be!

To promote the championship and give back to their loyal members F100 is hosting a completely FREE event. That’s right, The F100 Festival FREE to all members. The event is being held at Fulbeck on the 30th of April where the whole facility has been hired, fully insured with medical and marshals on site.

Non-members are more than welcome and encouraged to come along and experience the event. Bring your 90s equipment and join in on track, or sample the selection of arrive and drive karts including the reigning British Championship and ‘O’ plate winning karts for newcomers to experience a Formula A kart. These activities incur a small fee to non-members of £30 each to cover the costs of the event. The track fee is fully redeemable should they wish to register as a member on the day.

The day will be packed out with games and activities, kart and driver seminars will be held to encourage new comers and help them get up to speed. The cream of the F100 championship will be on hand all day to give help and advice.

Karting magazine will be there!

We will also be present at the festival with Piers Prior attending to try out some of the karts with a full review to follow on kartingmagazine.com Piers is already getting very excited about the event and commented:

“I’m really looking forward to attending the F100 festival this month. I was sadly born too late to witness the screaming 100cc beasts of the time, and everyone always says how it was the golden era of karting. It’ll be my first time seeing these karts in person, and the first time I will have driven one too. I’ve heard great things and can’t wait to give it a go.”

Karting magazine will also be covering the event with live videos on Facebook throughout the day so be sure to tune in on #kartingmag

Images courtesy of Paul Babington

 

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Lydd Kart Circuit Makes History

Races at Rye House this weekend!

Rye House are gearing up for another big weekend of racing this weekend with both the Rye House Pro Kart (RHPK) and IKR Championships set to take to the track. Pro Karts will be out on Saturday with IKR heading out on Sunday

The RHPK championship has been labelled as the UK’s Premier Pro Kart Championship with another sell out grid this weekend. Their round one event sold out in just 5 hours after the announcement that the championship would be serialised on Motors TV and with full Karting magazine exposure too! There are LIVE grid walks on Karting magazine Facebook at each round along with televised round. There is also a sponsored lunch at each round with the team Polish Lambo bringing a professional setup to cook all the food.

A pace car is also arranged for each round and last year GT racer, Ben Green, returned to the RHPK paddock in his Ginetta Car to do some demo laps and lead the karts around.

Sunday follows on with round two of the Rye House IKR Championships featuring sprint formats for Bambino, Cadet, Senior Max and Rotax 177 classes. This championship, whilst only two rounds old, is already boasting full grids in some of the classes, only last December the Festival Race, featured by Karting magazine, attracted the attention of a certain Mr Hamilton and his son!

There is no charge to spectate at Rye House and the hospitality and facilities on site are second to none, you really are welcome!

Team Karting magazine will be back at round two this weekend!

 

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MSA relaunches 2017 British Kart Championships

The Motor Sports Association (MSA) has relaunched this year’s MSA British Junior and Senior Kart Championships with a revised calendar and a stunning new prize package.

Promoted by Super One Series, the six-round championship will take place over three events, beginning on 3-4 June at Clay Pigeon and ending on 8-10 September at PFI. In between is a meeting on 26-27 August at Shenington. Competitors are able to hire Vortex engines from Strawberry Racing, or alternatively purchase them at a special discount price.

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The two title winners will each receive an OTK-sponsored, full factory supported prize drive in the CIK-FIA World Championships at PFI on 22-24 September (if the MSA British Junior Champion is eligible for the OK class, he or she will be permitted to enter that class). If either champion is unable to accept this great prize, it will be offered to the vice-champion. Vega will also supply a tyre voucher for the Junior class, to be redeemed at any CIK-FIA event.

A further six free entries (three per class) to the world title event at PFI will be drawn randomly at regular intervals up to the end of round two at Shenington. These will include either a Tonykart or a BirelART chassis, supplied by Strawberry Racing and Andy Cox Racing respectively, along with awning space. Vortex will supply engines, while Vega will again supply tyre vouchers to the Junior class. Vega/ACR is offering a further 24 sets of prize tyres over the six rounds.

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Additional prizes include factory tours at the Mercedes AMG Petonas Formula One Team, M-Sport and Bentley GT. There is also a TAG Heuer watch for the winner in each class, along with a Koden helmet. The MSA is providing prize tickets to rounds of the FIA World Rallycross Championship and MSA British Hill Climb Championship, plus World Rally Passes for Wales Rally GB.

Rob Jones, MSA Chief Executive, said: “The MSA British Kart Championships are renowned worldwide for producing future world champions across our sport, including F1. Consequently we must always ensure that they set the highest standards in order to produce the best talent.

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“This year we have undertaken, together with a significant cross-section of karting, a significant review of the MSA British Championships following the false start at Rowrah. We are extremely grateful to all those key players in the sport who have contributed to what we believe will be the most exciting, challenging and indeed for several competitors, the most rewarding, launch pad for their racing careers.”

Super One’s John Hoyle added: “We are delighted with the new format of the MSA British Kart Championships and the fantastic prize packages on offer. We urge competitors to register and enter for the first rounds as soon as possible.”

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Eligibility for prizes is contingent on participation at all three events. There is also a fundamental requirement for at least 15 competitors to be registered and entered for the first round in each championship by the closing date of 30 April 2017. Those already paid to register with Super One in other classes will not be subject to an additional registration fee.

For full details of the championship regulations and prizes, please visit www.superoneseries.com.

Images courtesy of Stu Stretton

 

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Lydd Kart Circuit Makes History

Last weekend Lydd Kart Circuit ran the first ever IKR / MSA race event on the largest scale in history.
 
Over one hundred and sixty karts took place with a great atmosphere and competitive racing.
 
The F100 & Modified Prokarts represented the IKR & Duncan Masters with the RAF & Armed Forces represented the MSA.

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Simon Blunt of the MSA and James Clarke representing IKR had a very positive and frank meeting on the Saturday. Hopefully this can be a good starting point to get karting back to raw roots and make it more successful, cheaper, fairer and consistent.
 
The meeting was a huge success from Lydd’s point of view and many thanks to all that supported and helped.  It was also great to have help from Kelvin Nicholls & Richard Lock from Ellough Park Kart Circuit.
 
The success of such an event hopefully shows it can help to see karting grow once again.

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Again, massive thank you to all the drivers, families and staff that made this happen.
 
For more information call 01797 321747 or 321895, email lyddcircuit@yahoo.co.uk, visit our website at www.lyddkartcircuit.com, find us on Facebook www.facebook.com/lydd.kartcircuit/ or download our app at https://lyddkartcircuit.appsme.com.

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Images courtesy of Paul Babington

Lulham and Brown-Nutley win Genk season opener

Yesterday was finals day for the first round of the X30 Euro Series season opener from the Genk circuit in Belgium. Over 80 drivers made the trip to Belgium in the hope of getting their season off to a good start.

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Lulham takes clean sweep in Juniors

Despite qualifying on the sixth row for the heats defending champion Chris Lulham was back to business in the X30 Euro Series and got his title defence off to a perfect start with wins in all three heats.

It was a similar story in the Pre-Final as Lulham cruised to a fairly comfortable victory. As he had done in the heats Elie Goldstein was the closest challenger to Lulham and finished 2nd to put himself on the front row for the final with Tuur Stalmans and Even Spenle both moving up to secure a row two start. Flynn Jackes had a stand out performance gaining 16 places to make up for some bad luck in the heats which would out him the inside of row five for the final.

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There was an early scare in the final for Lulham who dropped back behind Goldstein and found his 2nd place under threat too. But Lulham was quickly back past Goldstein and would have a comfortable run to the flag to take victory and a maximum 89 points into round two. Tuur Stalmans and Enzo Joulie rounded off the podium and left 2nd and 4th in the championship respectively with Goldstein 3rd.

There was bad luck for the Brits in the final with Tyler Read, Angus Moulsdale and Joseph Taylor all getting caught up in a first corner pile up after qualifying in the top ten. Masatora Warda had finished 5th, but a front fairing penalty dropped him to 9th.

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Chris Lulham

Brown-Nutley remains unbeatable in 2017

It’s hard to be surprised at Brown-Nutley’s performance given his 100% win rate in 2017, but with the quality of the field it’s hard to believe how he is managing to be so dominant across three different championships. Brown-Nutley sent out the early warning signs of this continuing in qualifying as he was pole by over two tenths!

He went on to win all three of his heats. Behind Mark Kimber and Brett Ward both took a win each to line up 2nd and 3rd on the Pre-Final grid. Joey van Splunteren is starting to find his form of old and was 4th with Oliver Clarke 5th and Yarne Goovaerts 6th who took the remaining heat win. Brown-Nutley again won the Pre-Final from Ward and Goovaerts with Kimber and Clarke rounding out the top five.

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Brett Ward

As for the final itself it was unfortunately a slightly processional one with nothing to separate the lead pack in pace. Brown-Nutley lead from Goovaerts and Ward in the early stages and with Ward needing two attempts to pass Goovaerts by thee time he was through Brown-Nutley was a second down the road. Kimber came through and mounted a late charge but it was all too late with Brown-Nutley taking the win. Kimber was disqualified post-race for a ‘technical non conformity’ which promoted Ward to 2nd and Goovaerts to 3rd. Joey van Splunteren got the fastest lap on his way to 4th place.

Brown-Nutley leaves Genk with a perfect 89 points with Ward on 85 and Goovaerts on 82.

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Jordan Brown-Nutley (244) leads Brett Ward (202) and Mark Kimber (248)

Delre wins Super Shifter class

It was disappointing to see just five drivers entered into the Super Shifter class, but it was a field full of European and World Champions nevertheless!

Two-time Super Shifter IAME International Final Champion Thierry Delre was unbeatable on Sunday and took wins in both the Pre-Final and Final. John Antoniadis took a 5th and 2nd with Sten Dorian Piirimagi finishing 2nd and 3rd.

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Thierry Delre (611) takes victory

Bart Ploeg leads X30 Mini Championship

Bart Ploeg won the X30 Mini Final from pole position. The race wasn’t as straight forward as it sounds though, Ploeg was being heavily challenged by Maximus Mayer and Diego LaRoque, but the pair unfortunately collided in the latter stages of the race which gifted podiums to Lukas Blomgren-Dahl and Amaury Meertens.

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Maximus Mayer

Round two  of the X30 Euro Series takes place at Salbris, France on the 18-21 May

Written by Chris McCarthy

 

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Rotax 177 Super One Champion to receive Grand Finals ticket

It has been announced this week that JAG have supported the Rotax 177 class in Super One with the winner to receive a ticket to the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals!

The Rotax 177 received similar support from JAG last year after they gave a Grand Finals ticket to the winner of the Rotax 177 O Plate winner. The O Plate was held at Forest Edge and Chris Thomas took the win and went out to compete in the 2016 Grand Finals in Sarno, Italy the DD2 Masters Class. He just missed out on the Grand Final in the end after some bad luck, but was quick throughout the weekend.

Now it’s been raised up a gear and once again Super One will be giving a ticket to their Rotax 177 Champion. Tickets stopped being awarded to the 177 class in 2013, but previous to that Dave Griffiths and Lucas Orrock were two of a number of drivers who went out to represent Great Britain after winning tickets.

However, this year after winning the title someone will head out to the Portimao to compete in the World’s biggest karting event. Super One have also done their bit by packaging together a great offer for competitors for just £995. That includes:

3 x Entries Saturday and Sunday
3 x Set of race slicks
1 x Set of wets tyres
2 x Super One tyre holders
2 x tyres bags (1 slicks, 1 wets)
3 x transponder hire
NO new test tyres allowed so what you pay no add on extras.
TV coverage
Top three awards ticket for 2 people
Free Autosport sticker for 2 for 10 top ten seeded drivers.

Click here to take advantage of this great offer now

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The round that Rotax 177 will be present at are:

Rissington – 8th/9th April
Whilton Mill – 13th/14th May
Shenington – 26th/27th August

When TDi Media did their official Kart Show preview of Super One it was rumoured there could be as many as 15 drivers entered, but that will have risen now with the possibility of a Grand Finals trip on the cards!

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