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Nicklas Nielsen powers to WSK Champions Cup win

Coming off the back of his win at the WSK Final Cup late last year, Nicklas Nielsen’s add another in his winter season with an almost perfect weekend at the WSK Champions Cup yesterday. The KSM Schumacher driver qualified 3rd but from there was unbeaten throughout the heats, Pre-Finals and Final!

Nielsen, who raced in the ADAC F4 Championship in 2017, certainly hasn’t lost his touch being mostly unchallenged all weekend. I imagine the Dane will be back racing in single seaters over the Spring and Summer but may be tempted to do some more kart racing throughout the 2018 season after his weekend’s performance.

The only driver that could get anywhere near Nielsen was the Lennox Racing Team Driver, Lorenzo Ferrari. He finished in the top 20 of the CIK-FIA European Championship last year, but certainly could be a title contender after a hugely impressive podium which was certainly no fluke!

He qualified 3rd for the final and was just over two seconds behind Nielsen at the flag with a gap of over eighth seconds to the next driver. That driver was Zane Maloney from Barbados! He capped off what was yet another podium finish for the Ricky Flynn Motorsport driver who has just jumped up from the OK Junior class. He finished his season last year with 5th at the World Championship and beat two fellow graduates to the podium in Andrea Rosso and Jonny Edgar.

The Brits

Jonny Edgar – 5th place

Jonny Edgar had a hugely impressive start to his season as he qualified on the front row for the final is his very first race in the OK class. The reigning CIK-FIA European Junior Champion recovered from one poor result in the heats to win his Pre-Final. From there the Forza Racing driver fell just short of a podium after dropping places to Rosso and Maloney in the final two laps.

Dexter Patterson – 18th

Perhaps unlucky at times, Dexter Patterson didn’t quite have the same immediate impact as Jonny Edgar but he was still quick nevertheless and finished 18th despite a penalty in the final. Patterson put in some good performances in the heats to qualify 11th overall, but it was finals day where his luck seemed to change.

Jonny Edgar

Written by Chris McCarthy

 

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MSA extend deadline for CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy applications

It has just been announced that the Motor Sports Association (MSA) have extended applications for the CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy until Monday 29th January at 12pm.

This gives any interested drivers just a few more days to send off their application for a chance to race on the biggest stage in the World. Competing on the CIK-FIA Calendar will see successful candidates competing on the same weekend as the KZ & KZ2 CIK-FIA World and European Championships! Having the chance to showcase your talent in front of the biggest factory teams can lead to big opportunities, as proven by Callum Bradshaw who won the championship back in 2016 and has since gone on to become a CRG Factory driver.

Callum was the first British driver to win the championship, with Ben Barnicoat also having successful campaign back in 2011 where he became the Vice Champion. Other British drivers to be selected for the championship include:

Joseph Taylor – 2017

Alex Simmonds – 2017

Oliver Clarke – 2016

Alfie Brown – 2015

Ross Martin – 2014

Oliver York – 2014

Alex Gill – 2012

George Russell – 2012

Roy Johnson – 2010

Amongst the previous winners of the championship include Formula One driver Charles Leclerc who will drive for the Sauber Team in 2018 alongside Marcus Ericsson.

Charles Leclerc racing in the 2011 Academy

Level playing field

The CIK-FIA Academy is a championship that puts all drivers on identical chassis and OK Junior engines provided by OTK. This creates a level playing field in the aim to make sure the best drivers win and it often makes the field more stretched. All drivers coming from Europe have to be selected to compete so as well as being a championship for the drivers it is always interesting to follow which nation in the most successful. In terms of wins both Belgium and Finland currently have two wins a piece with Great Britain, Spain, Netherlands and Monaco sharing the others since it’s inauguration in 2010.

More about the CIK-FIA Academy and how to apply

Each year the CIK-FIA invites national governing bodies to nominate competitors to represent their country in the Trophy, a world championship for 11- to 14-year-olds. UK nominations have achieved great success in recent years, including the championship title for Callum Bradshaw in 2016.

This year’s championship features three events: Salbris, France (6 May); Lonato, Italy (15 July); and Genk, Belgium (9 September). Organisers provide identical equipment to all competitors. Entrants are required to pay their own entry fee of 2,095EURO as detailed within the regulations. The MSA pays a fee to contribute towards the prize fund for the Trophy.

To apply, competitors must have been born between 1 January 2004 and 31 December 2006, and be eligible to hold a valid FIA Grade C Junior International Karting Licence (required if successful). Entrants must be the parent or guardian of the competitor and be eligible to hold a valid Kart Entrant licence (required if successful).

Eligible karters should send a CV detailing their motor sport achievements to charlotte.moore@msauk.org by no later than 12.00pm on 29 January 2018. From the submissions, three karters will be invited to an interview at Motor Sports House. A winner will then be chosen to represent the UK, and he or she will receive a preparatory session with the MSA Academy.

By submitting an application you are agreeing to the Trophy Regulations, available at www.cikfia.com.

 

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Tonykart announce 2018 Driver Line Up

Tonykart announce 2018 Driver Line Up

The eleven drivers in the official Tony Kart Racing Team for 2018 have just been announced! The line-up, as ever, includes four classes for top-level karting with the team competing in WSK and CIK-FIA competitions in the Mini, OKJ, OK and KZ categories.

With the 2018 season fast approaching, the Tony Kart Racing Team is ready to get back on track for the most important and demanding races in the world karting scene: the CIK-FIA, WSK events as well as the historical Winter Cup in Lonato.

In the KZ class three time World Champion Marco Ardigò returns once again and will attend the CIK-FIA races only. Unfortunately, due to the last year injury, it’s now necessary to delay the start of his season until May, just in time for the first European Championship round, to make sure he can return to the track only after a good recovery.

In the same category, Matteo Viganò return along with new signing Simo Puhakka (FIN), coming over from the Kosmic Kart Racing Department.

In the OK category, up first is the Swedish driver Noah Milell and the Vice World Champion David Vidales.

In the OKJ category we have the Colombian Sebastian Montoya, son of the famous F1 and IndyCar driver Juan Pablo Montoya. At his side, there are Laurens Van Hoepen and Josep Maria Martì.

As for the Mini category, which will also attend the ACI Karting Italian Championship, we have Rashid Al Dhaheri, from the United Arab Emirates, the Asian Cui Yuanpu and the French Jimmy Helias.

The well-established partnership between the Tony Kart Racing Team and the Ferrari Driver Academy also continues for the 2018 season, with the aim to select new talents to be launched to car motorsport categories after karting.

Concerning the chassis available, for the OKJ, OK and KZ/KZ2 categories, drivers will have at their disposition the Racer 401S chassis. In the Mini class, the chassis available to young talents will be the Tony Kart Neos. All of them, of course, powered by Vortex.

2018 Full Driver Line Up:

Marco Ardigò (ITA) – KZ category

Matteo Viganò (ITA) – KZ category

Simo Puhakka (FIN) – KZ category

Noah Milell (SWE) – OK category

David Vidales (ESP) – OK category

Sebastian Montoya (COL) – OKJ category

Josep Maria Martì – OKJ category

Laurens Van Hoepen (NLD) – OKJ category

Rashid Al Dhaheri (ARE) – Mini category

Yuanpu Cui (CHN) – Mini category

Jimmy Helias (FR) – Mini category

 

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John Norris on top step at Dubai O Plate

WSK Champions Cup 2018 Preview

Major investment continues at revived Three Sisters Race Circuit

New surface along entire 1.5 kilometres of race track, ready for 2018 new season!

The new owners of the much-loved Wigan race circuit, Three Sisters, have implemented their commitment to a programme of major financial and personnel investment with the announcement today of the completion of the new surfacing works across the entire race track.

The racetrack has multiple circuit layout options which give clients many variations to the circuit format that will be used by so many different types of racers at Three Sisters.  The new surface has been designed and laid to meet the very different requirements of karting, car testing, motorcycle racing, drifting and the various public open testing days – the full spread of power sport activities for which Three Sisters is so well-known.

The new surface is just part of an ongoing investment in facilities and equipment. It was laid by contractors Toppesfield, the UK’s largest independent surfacing company, operating nationally across the UK, a group which has extensive race circuit experience. The work was completed in less than a week, using the latest laser guided technology for the smoothest possible surface.

Councillor Carl Sweeney, Wigan Council’s cabinet member for resources and reform, said:
“The announcement by MCM is fantastic news for Wigan and will bring significant investment to the Three Sisters Race Circuit.  This is brilliant for motorsport both in Wigan and the wider North West and will secure the future of the circuit for many years to come. 

The council has been working closely with MCM over recent months to get to this stage.  We look forward to continuing that positive relationship in the future helping to develop Three Sisters to make it a real asset and visitor destination for the borough.”

Next up following the circuit investment at Three Sisters will be the initial testing runs for the new Biz Karts, delivered last week, which will provide the latest new equipment for Junior Karting for kids of 8 years and over. This gives the Wigan venue the ability to offer all-new Junior Arrive ’n’ Drive, Arrive ’n’ Drive Family Days & Birthday Parties.

Starting as soon March will be another new activity feature at Three Sisters, Track Days for cars, especially for Novice track drivers who have no previous circuit experience.

The new management team, led by Karting industry legend Bill Sisley and by Chris Pullman with a combined 60 years of circuit management experience behind them, expects the next stage of announcements in the ‘Three Sisters Revival’ will include confirmation of new initiatives in Adult Karting, Drifting, Car Track Attack days and race car and motorcycle testing.

The new team at Three Sisters are determined to continue to invest in the facilities and the right people, to provide a wide range of new sporting and leisure motorised activities in the heart of the North West.

In the next few weeks, look out for further announcements and updates on social media.

facebook.com/threesisterscircuit/

twitter.com/3sisterskarting

Manchester & Buxton Kart Club

MBKC will also continue to hold their club meetings at Three Sisters. Race meetings will take place on the last Sunday of each month with Saturday allocated for testing. They are encouraging drivers from all classes to attend.

 

 

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John Norris on top step at Dubai O Plate

It was a weekend to remember for Irish man John Norris who powered his way to victory yesterday at the Dubai O-Plate. The Final saw the Dojomoto driver, ran by MLC Motorsport for the weekend, control the final beating former CIK-FIA World Champion, Pedro Hiltbrand, to the flag with Hiltbrand facing the wrong way out of the last corner.

Racing in the Senior X30 class Norris was able to beat Hiltbrand to the flag in the Pre-Final in what was a pretty close run contest although Norris controlled the race for it’s entirity. British driver, Morgan Porter, was also present with the Energy team and was constantly threatening to challenge for victory should Norris or Hiltbrand slip up.

But it was very much between the lead pair who have raced against each other in the past on a European and World stage, but after hard work throughout the weekend from both MLC and Dojomoto, Norris was the man to cruise to victory and win the coveted Dubai O Plate. It’s a result that gives the Irish man a ticket to the IAME International Final in October amongst other prizes, but more importantly gives him huge confidence heading into the 2018 season.

X30 Senior Podium

Finishing 2nd was Morgan Porter who looked strong moving up from the Junior class. Considering the quality and experience of both Norris and Hiltbrand, Porter did very well to keep them both honest. Rounding off the podium was Morin Hannes.

Speaking to Karting magazine John Norris commented: “It was a great weekend and a great team effort. That’s what won us the race in the end, the hard work from both MLC and Dojomoto. It’s my first win in a long time. As I’m getting older it seems harder to get these wins so this means a lot to me and proves I can still do it.”

MLC Motorsport Team Manager Lee Murray commented: “This win means a lot to the team, our friends at Dojomoto in Dubai and of course to John who has, in the past, been unlucky many times in big races. We have put in a lot of hard work over the last six months in all respects of the team and this now sets the tone for the season ahead.”

John Norris and Lee Murray

Race with MLC Motorsport in 2018

MLC Motorsport will provide race services on the Kosmic OTK chassis this year in the X30 Euro Series, Super One British Championships (in both Rotax and X30 classes) and Whilton Mill and PFI club races along with other selected events. Click the link below for more details about racing with the team in 2018.

Click here to contact MLC Motorsport now

 

Click here to see full results from the Dubai O Plate

 

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Chassis revealed for 2018 Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals

Chassis revealed for 2018 Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals

Today BRP-Rotax announced the chassis partners for the 19th edition of the famous Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals which this year will head to a brand new venue in the shape of the Circuito International Paladino in Conde, Paraìba, in Brazil. Taking place from November 24th to December 1st, 2018, the event is set to be the most spectacular ever with the event heading to South America for the first time. It’s a nation which holds a rich history of Motorsport legends and it feels like the right time to see the event go there with Rotax proving year after year they can run the biggest kart race in the World smoothly.

Having held the event in Europe since 2014 it’s refreshing to see Rotax take the Grand Finals further afield. It was back in 2013 when the Grand Finals was held in New Orleans, USA, that they stretched as far as this. Since then the event has traveled to Portimao in Portugal twice (2015 & 2017) with Valencia in Spain (2014) and Sarno in Italy (2016) filling the gaps. Before that the Grand Finals headed to other countries including Malaysia (2001 & 2005), Puerto Rico (2000), South Africa (2002), Egypt (2003 & 2009), UAE (2007 & 2011).

Ride onboard for a lap of the Paladino circuit

Chassis Partners

This year will see no changes to the chassis supporters so they will be as follows:

Micro Max – Praga (IPK Karting)

Mini Max – BirelART

Junior Max – Praga (IPK Karting)

Max – Sodikart

DD2 Max – BirelART

DD2 Masters – Sodikart

Sodikart stand a long serving partner to the event with this being their ninth consecutive year at the Grand Finals!

Brett Ward taking victory at the 2017 Grand Finals on the Sodi chassis

The week-long event will see 360 chassis on track. One essential goal for the chassis partners and the organisation is having all the 360 chassis, engines, tools and equipment prepared for the early shipment to South America which will take about two months. It is a fresh challenge, not only for the Rotax organisation team, also for its long-term chassis partners who are all coming from Europe.

“To have the right partners on board plays a major role We have been working successfully with our chassis partners for many years. We know they will be up to that challenge”, said Peter Oelsinger, Vice-President Rotax Propulsion Systems and Finance. “Their know-how and expertise is essential for the racers, too. They expect receiving the best equipment and being supported by proven experts during a racing event. That is what the 360 RMCGF participants can rely on.”

 

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BNL Kick Off Event Announced for 25th February

It was announced this week that the BNL Kick Off event will take place on the 25th February 2018 at the Genk circuit in Belgium.

Always a popular event amongst British drivers the Kick off event provides an opportunity to help prepare for racing in championships such as the BNL Karting Series and Rotax Max Euro Trophy.

Combined with the first round of the Belgian Max Challenge the big grids are expected to with all Rotax classes in action. The event will run to a two-day format with practice on Saturday, followed by Warm-Up, Qualifying and three races on Sunday. Points from all three races will be combined to determine the events results.

It’s a change in format of recent years where there were just two finals so despite what should be a big grid, the organisers have managed to find extra track time! For Senior Max this will also be the first time they get more than one final as in years gone by there has been a more traditional heats and final format.

The Genk circuit itself is one of the best if not the best in Europe. It’s a track that was put together by using what the developers thought were the best corners in karting and it’s certainly proved a good method! It always provides fantastic racing and even just to drive around in practice is a joy.

With the event just over a month away entries are likely to fill up fast so to make sure you have your place on the grid just click the link below.

Click here to enter the BNL Kick Off now

 

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