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Easykart UK are hiring!

With the continued expansion of the Easykart UK Championship in 2017, Easykart UK are recruiting for new staff to join their existing workforce

Official Easykart UK Factory and trackside technician

To work at our HQ in Bromsgrove Worcestershire B60 4DJ and also trackside at Easykart UK Championship events and also some overseas events.

Applicants will be responsible of the service and preparation of new and used fleets of Easykarts. A genuine passion for karting and motorsport is essential as well as your own transport.

Applicants must have legitimate karting industry experience and a good level of personal initiative is essential. Basic PC skills are also required as well as a good level of competence for completing service job cards and records. Applicants should have the confidence and ability to complete service schedules within a time frame governed by the Easykart Championship calendar.

Salary 15k – 18k depending on experience.

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Official Easykart UK Trackside Technical Support Mechanics

Working trackside in the 2017 Easykart UK Championship providing technical support and mechanical servicing of Easykarts Cadet 60cc, Junior 100cc and Senior 125cc.

Applicants must be self-employed contractors and have previous legitimate experience from the karting industry; have the ability to work un-aided and be able to work under their own initiative ensuring compliance of the kart to race timetables and technical regulations at all times.

Applicants must have their own transport and be able to commit for all rounds both the Saturday and Sunday of the Easykart UK 2017 Championship. Previous racing/driving would be advantageous.

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Official Easykart UK Championship Trackside Driver Coaches

Working on a Saturday test day only at Easykart UK events 10am till 6pm.

Applicants must be self-employed contractors and ideally currently racing and or have a recent and a relevant successful racing CV in karting and must have their own transport to travel to events.

Official Easykart UK drivers coaches will be the only driver coaches licensed and permitted to work in the Easykart UK paddock. Easykart owners will be able to book through Easykart UK to work with a driver coach on either a one to one basis or a maximum of two drivers in different Easykart categories on a test day.  

Bookings will be taken and distributed via Easykart UK. Official Easykart driver coaches will be required as and when needed subject to bookings and of course the applicant’s availability.

Applicants must be able to perform detailed track walks, pre session and after session briefings. Applicants must also be able to work with Go Pro on board footage and relate it to the track map diagrams to help assist the driver to a higher performance and lower lap time throughout the day.

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Interested applicants for any of the above positions should send their CV and covering letter FAO: Mrs Jayne Moore, ACR Ltd (Easykart UK) Harris Business Park, Stoke Prior, Bromsgrove, B60 4DJ or email acraccounts@btconnect.com

Closing date for interested applicants Friday 9th December 2016.

Click here to visit the Easykart website

 

Qualifying completed in Bahrain

This afternoon qualifying took place in Bahrain for the CIK-FIA OK & OK Junior World Championships. Here’s a summary of what happened…

OK Junior

In OK Junior it was David Vidales who took pole position out of the 92 competitors with Sami Taoufik just 0.004 seconds back in 2nd. Completing the top five was Theo Pourchaire, Ilya Morozov and Victor Martins.

Teddy Wilson was the lead Brit with an impressive 9th place now in the hands of the Energy Corse team. Next along was European Champion, Fin Kenneally who will probably be disappointed with his result of 27th. Kiern Jewiss classified down in 51st place and rounding out the Brits was Callum Bradshaw who, despite showing huge promise in practice, was 59th place.

The heats will take place tomorrow which will set the grids for the Pre Finals.

Full result:

1st David Vidales (ESP)
2nd Sami Taoufik (MAR)
3rd Theo Pourchaire (FRA)
9th Teddy Wilson (GBR)
27th Fin Kenneally (GBR)
51st Kiern Jewiss (GBR)
59th Callum Bradshaw (GBR)

Click here to see the full result

Fin Kenneally
Fin Kenneally

OK

In the OK class WSK Super Master Series Champion, Lorenzo Travisanutto continues his dream season with pole position! Noah Milell was 2nd with Alexander Smolyar 3rd, Juho Valtanen was 4th and rounding out the top five was Karol Basz.

In terms of the Brits the surprise package was Tom Bale. In our preview I mentioned how he needs to qualify well and he’s done just that with 9th! I’m excited to see how he goes tomorrow. Tom Joyner wasn’t far behind him in 13th place. Next along was Jordan Lennox-Lamb in 23rd, Ben Hanley will be disappointed with 26th and on debut Johnathan Hoggard was 36th place. He’ll only move forward from there I’m sure.

Roll on the heats tomorrow!

Full result:

1st Lorenzo Travisanutto (ITA)
2nd Noah Milell (SWE)
3rd Alexander Smolyar (RUS)
9th Tom Bale (GBR)
13th Tom Joyner (GBR)
23rd Jordan Lennox-Lamb (GBR)
26th Ben Hanley (GBR)
36th Johnathan Hoggard (GBR)

Click here to see the full result

Tom Joyner
Tom Joyner

Written by Chris McCarthy

 

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Look out for Ayrton Senna’s kart at KartMania

Gala Performance is delighted to announce that, as well as trading in the KartBoot at the 2016 KartMania event on 26th and 27th November at the Silverstone Wing venue, we will also be exhibiting Ayrton Senna’s 1981 DAP Kart on the Sunday session.

Widely understood to be his last competitive kart, Senna drove this particular DAP in his final outing in a kart race, finishing fourth in the 1981 World Championships staged in Parma, Italy. The kart was new for this event and prepared to the Brazilian legend’s personal preferences. Senna was already racing in single-seaters in 1981, contesting the British Formula Ford 1600 Championship but made a final return to karting in an attempt to win a title that had always eluded him.

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It was purchased at auction and fully restored by United Autosports’ owner, Zak Brown in 2015, and has been displayed in the reception of the team’s Leeds workshop since. After a successful sponsorship of United Autosports’ European Le Mans Series LMP3 2016 championship winning season, Gala Performance have been given exclusive access to the kart for the KartMania event, and will be displaying it on Sunday, to be enjoyed by the karting community.

Those in attendance will have an opportunity to have their photographs taken alongside this fantastic piece of karting legend, piloted by arguably the greatest racing driver in history.

 Kart spec:

  • 1981 DAP Kart
  • Chassis: DAP BH33
  • Series: CIK-FIA World Championship
  • Team: DAP
  • Driver: Ayrton Senna
  • Performance Stats: 14 Horsepower, 0-60 in 4 seconds, 75mph Top Speed

Click here to read our full KartMania Preview

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Zip Karts November Offer

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Special Sale

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(All prices + VAT and delivery)

To claim this deal just ring Zip Kart on 01327 855310 and quote ‘Karting magazine’

This offer is open for November only so don’t wait and stock up now.

Introducing RGMMC’s new Junior Sport class

It’s a European Series that offers a full arrive and drive package for €15,000! Four weekends, 34 on the grid with every round live streamed by Telemundi Media.

What is the Junior Sport class?

The Junior Sport class is a brand new concept brought in by RGMMC this year which will run with the Rotax Max Euro Challenge Series. The class is for drivers aged 11-15 and is a full arrive and drive package which will ensure a fully level playing field.

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How does it work?

It’s quite straightforward really. You pay €15,000 for the season or €3900 per round and for that at each round you receive: 

  • Complete Kart (Praga)
  • Kart Trolley
  • 1 set slick rims
  • 1 set wet rims
  • Engine
  • Awning space
  • Work bench (inc. tools)
  • Fuel
  • Practice day fee
  • 2 sets of practice tyres slicks
  • 2 sets of practice tyres wets
  • 2 sets of race slicks
  • 2 sets of race wets

At the end of each round all the kit you receive must be returned.

Junior prefinal winner Enzo Valente

Track Time

At each round the drivers will follow the same format:

Wednesday – Kart collection
Thursday – Free Practice
Friday – Free Practice & Qualifying
Saturday – Qualifying Heats
Sunday – Pre Finals and Finals

Calendar 

As previously mentioned the series will follow the Rotax Max Euro Challenge. The series is comprised of four rounds with each driver dropping their worst Pre Final and Final.

Round 1 – Genk, Belgium

30th March – 2nd April

Round 2 – Salbris, France

25th May – 28th May

Round 3 – Wackersdorf, Germany

27th July – 30th July

Round 4 – Castelletto, Italy

21st September – 24th September

I’ve been to three of the above tracks and the racing they provided this year was fantastic. The only track I haven’t been to is Wackersdorf, but it is a track I have always wanted to visited. It’s very flowing with lots of overtaking opportunities and elevation changes. As a result the racing is always very close. Below is a video from the 2012 Euro Challenge.

Will it work?

Now anyone from the UK will be probably see this and think FKS. Let me tell you, this really cannot be compared to FKS in my opinion. RGMMC have been running their series for 14 years and are arguably the best organisers of a race series in the World. They now have a series for both the Rotax and X30 classes, with a Winter Cup for both too. They have always had impressive grids and have also setup their own production company and very recently, consultancy business too!

The class will run as part of the Euro Challenge so there is a fantastic stepping stone for drivers to perhaps move into another class in the series once competing and gaining experience in the Junior Sport class.

As their logo says ‘This is arrive & drive like never before’ and is a very good price too! Everything will be ready when drivers arrive and I can’t see this being anything other than a success.

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Entries

Entries have now opened for the series and I’ll be interested to see which drivers get their names in the hat early. In my opinion this is a perfect opportunity for drivers who haven’t got the budget to go and do the Euro Challenge series with a team. Everything will be taken care of by RGMMC so I’m expecting lots of front running domestic racers to be coming to compete. I expect this to be popular with privateers too.

TV

The series will be live streamed by Telemundi Media and watched by thousands around Europe and the World.

Quotes

James Giedel – RGMMC President

“We are pleased to have launched this new category in the Rotax Max Euro Challenge. Its a great opportunity for drivers wishing to step into International karting in a simple manner and attract new drivers to race abroad who otherwise may never have got the opportunity to do so.”

James Giedel
James Giedel

Written by Chris McCarthy

 

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Nine Brits prepare for World Championships

This week Bahrain will host one of the biggest kart races in the World, the CIK-FIA OK & OK Junior World Championships! Amongst the 145 drivers entered across the two classes, nine Brits are at the event and without trying to get too carried away there is a strong chance of two victories. If that would happen it would be a repeat of the 2014 World Championships where Enaam Ahmed and Lando Norris took wins.

Lando Norris at Bahrain in 2013
Lando Norris at Bahrain in 2013

The track

The event last took place at Bahrain in 2013 and during that year there were wins for British drivers in both classes with Lando Norris winning KF Junior and Tom Joyner winning KF. The event will be taking place under the lights and is an awesome circuit! It’s got a bit of everything to it, elevation changes, long straights, tight and twisty sections and lots of overtaking opportunities. It’s got plenty of run off areas which some drivers use more than others, but it doesn’t look like the easiest track to get used to. Any drivers going in without testing will certainly be playing catch up for a while.

Onboard video below…

OK Junior

Let’s kick things off with the Junior class. There are 97 drivers entered in total and picking a winner is going to be near impossible. Let’s start with arguably the favourite, Fin Kenneally. The European and Lonato Winter Cup champion will be flying with confidence and is going to be one all teams have their eye on. If he could add a World title to his trophy cabinet in the same year he’d be getting offers from all places for 2017!

A new team mate of his for the weekend is Axel Charpentier and I think the reigning Euro Challenge champion could be a dark horse. Axel showed impressive pace at the Rotax Max Grand Finals and is with arguably the best team at the event. Will he be celebrating come Saturday?

Axel Charpentier
Axel Charpentier

Teddy Wilson heads to the event with a new team in the shape of Energy Corse, so it’s going to be hard to predict exactly how he goes. Kiern Jewiss has been successful on the WSK tour this year so racing similar competition he has a chance if he can pull everything together on the day. Last but not least we have Callum Bradshaw, he’s going to be in with the Tony Kart Racing Team after winning the CIK Academy. It’s new territory for Callum in some ways, but I personally think he can get a podium.

Others to watch out for will be Noah Watt and Victor Martins who ran Kenneally all the way in this years Europeans. Ugo de Wilde, David Vidales and Dennis Hauger are three more I think could be serious challengers for the World title.

Click here to see the full entry list for OK Junior

Kiern Jewiss
Kiern Jewiss

OK 

The Senior class see’s an entry of 48 drivers which is disappointing, but the weight limit has prevented many from taking part in the class. Given his success in 2013 you’d have to label Tom Joyner the favourite for this event, he always goes well at this race and I don’t see any reason why this year will be any different.

Ben Hanley was the European Champion last year, but his lack of seat time this year may hurt his chances of victory. He’s been doing lots of racing in LMP2, but he can never be fully ruled out. My prediction, top 10. Jordan Lennox-Lamb hasn’t had the best year by his standards for whatever reason, but he’s a top driver and will be in and around the top 10 for sure. 

Tom Joyner at the 2013 World Championships in Bahrain
Tom Joyner at the 2013 World Championships in Bahrain

Tom Bale has had flashes of brilliance this year, if he can qualify well then I think he’ll have a good weekend. That leaves us with Johnathan Hoggard who qualified via the British Championships. Johnathan has been racing in the Junior class this year so will have to adapt to more speed and grip. I can’t really predict how he’ll do, but what I do know for a fact is that he is one of the best this country has to offer and he’s with one of the best teams in the World in Kosmic Racing Department. I’m excited to see how that one unfolds.

Ones to watch for elsewhere start with Pedro Hiltbrand and Karol Basz who will certainly be challenging for victory come Saturday. Clement Novalak ended his European campaign successfully and Felice Tiene is always a good bet.

Elsewhere watch out for Vincent Fraisse who raced in the X30 classes this year along with David Malukas. Ulysse De Pauw now with the Kosmic Racing Department could be a dark horse.

Click here to see the full entry list for OK

Karol Basz
Karol Basz

How can you watch it?

Official timed practice kicks off on Thursday with qualifying taking place on Thursday at 16:35 UK Time. All the heats will take place on Friday with the Pre Finals and Final on Saturday. The heats and finals will be streamed live at http://www.cikfia.tv/ . The main finals will take place on Saturday afternoon at the following times:

OK Junior Final – 15:40 UK Time
OK Final – 16:25 UK Time

Johnathan Hoggard in OKJ
Johnathan Hoggard in OKJ

Updates on #kartingmag

Throughout the week we will be bringing you daily updates on how events unfold out in Bahrain with full details on how all nine British drivers are doing.

We wish them all the best of luck!

Callum Bradshaw
Callum Bradshaw

Written by Chris McCarthy

 

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X30 Mini, X30 Junior, X30 Senior, X30 Super Pro, X30 Super Sport & X30 Super Shifter. 

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4 Kart Prix’s – 4 countries – One Championship

Entries now open for those drivers wishing to take advantage of the discount by paying all 4 races in advance. Alternative payment schemes on offer, check out the www.x30euro.com or contact us on info@x30euro.com/info@rgmmc.com for further information.

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X30 Official Winter Cup 

Mini, Junior, Senior, X30 Super & Super Shifter

Escape the winter blues of northern Europe and join us in Valencia, Spain for this one off championship where winners in each class get the opportunity to win a complete free season in the 2017 X30 Official European Series, 2nd placed drivers – 2 free races and 3rdplaced drivers one free race.
Entries open 12 December.  All information can be found on www.x30euro.com

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