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Colin Brown to race for Karting magazine

Saturday 9th July see’s Round 5 of the RHPK series take place and Karting magazine are bringing a karting legend into the team in the shape of Colin Brown along with his brother James.

Colin was the Formula A World Champion in 2000 beating the likes of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg and has gone down as a legend in the sport ever since. Earlier this year we exclusively announced Colin will be returning to racing this year after a 13 years absence.


He’s already been testing abroad with the Top Kart factory and has done some arrive and drive races in the UK, but this will be his first owner driver race since returning. After a bad spout of luck, the team is in desperate need of a good result and we think the injection of Colin and James could do just that.

Colin’s other achievements include a win in the 29th Torneo Industrie Open, Monaco Kart Cup and a podium in the Formula A World Cup in his World Championship winning year.


Ahead of the race on Saturday Colin commented: “I’m proud to announce I’ll be representing Karting magazine this weekend in the RHPK Series on a BIZ chassis, which I’m looking forward to ragging the life out of! Many thanks to Lee Henderson (Karting magazine team captain) for the call up!


Although most of the talk may have been about Colin so far, his brother James is also a big name around karting paddocks after a hugely successful career. He won the Italian Championship along with podiums in the Andrea Margutti Trophy, Torneo Industrie Open and a 4th in the European Championships.

There’s no doubt Colin and James will be able to work great together which is key part to doing well in endurance racing! Their experience should hopefully be enough to better our best result of the season which is currently a 5th place.


Ahead of Round 5 James commented: “I’m excited to be partaking in the RHPK series for Karting magazine with a fantastic team of drivers on the BIZ chassis. I’m confident we’re going to be the team to beat this weekend!”


Finally, we have out Team Captain Lee Henderson. Lee, as always, organised the guest drivers for this month and it’s fair to say he’s done another great job! Colin is our second World Champion in the team this year and I’m sure will be very well greeted around the paddock along with James.

Ahead of the event Lee commented: “To be able to bring the experience of Colin and James into the team at this pivotal point of the season is a great attribute. With the knowledge they have on and off track combined should hopefully be enough for us to get the result required to kick on for a strong result in the overall championship.”

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Karting Magazine are being sponsored by BIZ who are supplying the karts and UFO engines with Rye House Kart Raceway sponsoring all the entry fees.

Karting Magazine expresses huge gratitude to these extremely important supporters. You can find out how the team fares in our full Round 5 report early next week.

Click here to find out more about the RHPK Series


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Alisha Roland: This won’t stop me from racing again!

On Sunday 3rd of July at the Forest Edge Kart Circuit IAME Cadet driver, Alisha Roland, was involved in a serious accident on track which saw her flipped out of the kart and onto the tarmac at turn 1 after crossing the start/finish line when a couple of karts touched wheels. Alisha, aged 11, fell head first onto the tarmac with her head and neck taking most of the impact.

It was the fifth round of the Forest Edge Kart Club Championship and there were 36 IAME Cadets entered all down to prepare for the fifth round of the LGM Series, which is set to make it’s debut at the track next month.


It was at the start of the first heat when the incident took place and the race was immediately stopped to get medical attention to Alisha. She was rushed straight to Basingstoke Hospital with spinal injuries and memory loss.

Alisha was put on a morphine drip and kept overnight to be monitored with MRI scans set to take place this week. Injuries initially spotted when Alisha arrived in hospital was cuts and severe bruising to her neck, which medics believe was caused by a tyre. Any other internal injuries cannot be confirmed until she has had scans. Other injuries include cuts to her knees and arms.


Her family, including Father Carl, were immediately with Alisha as she arrived in hospital and they have been by her side ever since. They reported she had felt very sick and had been vomiting overnight.

It wasn’t long before the messages were arriving in their hundreds from people all throughout the karting community. Carl has been keeping everyone updated via Facebook and would like to express his huge gratitude to everyone who has been in contact.


He commented: “The support has been amazing with messages flooding in from all over the World showing love and support and it really has lifted her mood.”

Carl also added: “I would like to add how amazing the staff at Basingstoke Hospital have been in making Alisha comfortable. We could not have asked for a better hospital!”

Pictures were then released of Alisha’s race suite and helmet. Her race suit had been cut in half and here Arai race helmet damaged, but they had done their job in keeping Alisha safe in such a serious accident.

Alisha Roland

Alisha took to social media to thank Arai helmets for “Saving her life!” proving how the work the race wear companies do is not only so impressive, but hugely important!

When asked if she would race again Alisha replied “Defo” which is really impressive! The good news is that Alisha has now been released from hospital and is at home.

It’s great to hear the accident hasn’t scared Alisha from the doing the sport again, but Carl has reiterated that a full recovery must take place first.

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It’s unfortunate that only a week after the incident of Mark Barrett we are having to publish a story like this again, but it’s yet again showed how everyone in the karting community looks out for each other in such times.

Everyone at Karting magazine would like to wish Alisha speedy recovery and we’ll hopefully catch up with her when she returns to the track.


Written by Chris McCarthy

Images courtesy of Chris Walker, Kartpix & A Sharper Image Media Ltd Jake Henderson


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Rotax Max Euro Challenge ahead of Halftime

Halftime in the 2016 ROTAX MAX Euro Challenge: The Circuito Internacional de Zuera, situated in northern Spain right between the cities of Barcelona and Madrid, will host the third round of Europe’s unique ROTAX racing series. From July 18th to 24th the summer race will mark the halftime of the season not only promising a hot competition on the tarmac but off the track, too.


The 1.700 metres long circuit features a quite untypical characteristic for karting: Highspeed is the keyword which describes the fastest and longest course of this years’ calendar best. Slipstreaming is the passport to fame in Zuera: Besides speed, the drivers of the three well-stocked categories of junior, senior and DD2 have to show very tactical skills if they want to succeed in the end.

In the Junior class everyone is chasing Axel Charpentier (Strawberry Racing). The Frenchman won three out of four races and leads the table. Dutchman Glenn van Berlo (Hugo Motorsport) follows in second place. After numerous podium positions he could be ready to take his virgin victory at last. Having gained his first season triumph already, Mark Kimber (Strawberry Racing) is another youngster who is aiming for the top. During the race in Italy the Brit celebrated his magic moment which boosted him into a favourite role for the upcoming competition.


When it comes to the Senior category, Nicolas Schoell (Strawberry Racing) is the man to be beaten. The driver from Austria, who is only racing his first season in the seniors, almost gained the maximum points thus far. Only a second place in the prefinal at Castelletto troubles his walkover insignificantly. Anyhow Schoell’s lead is quite comfortable which puts his teammate Gary Donnelly (Strawberry Racing) from Ireland and the reigning vice champion Rinus van Kalmthout (Daems Racing) from the Netherlands on the spot if they want to keep up their title chances in any way.

Lukasz Bartoszuk (CRG S.P.A.) is the driving force in the DD2 category. By his double success in Italy the Pole conquered the top of the championship table. Yet there are only two points separating him from his direct chaser Kevin Ludi (Spirit Racing). The Swiss, who had won the opening round in Belgium, was less lucky in Italy and wants to change tack in Spain. Zuera could be a watershed for Ferenc Kancsar as well. Despite a good speed the reigning champion from Hungary only looks back on few highlights till now. Currently in third place, he really has to turn the tide if he wants to defend the European crown in the end.


As for the special classification of the DD2 Masters, Martin Pierce (Uniq Racing Team) is in control. He won every single race of the season and is even classified on a remarkable eighth place in the overall ranking of he DD2 grid. Yet it’s not over till the fat lady sings and so Irishman Richard Faulkner (Coles Racing) and Poland’s Slawomir Muranski (Wyrzykowski Motorsport) should have a backlash up their sleeves.

The halftime race will be an exciting show and might lead to the first decisions in the championship. So it’s a non-miss event, everybody is invited to join: RGMMC offers a full range with live streaming, live timing and social media coverage. More information regarding reports, photos, results and live TV stream are available on the official websites or



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Dare To Be Different adds headline event for F1 team daughters

  • Daughters of UK-based F1 team personnel to attend special event
  • Dare To Be Different builds up towards British Grand Prix
  • Initiative highlights breadth of opportunities in motor sport


Dare To Be Different has invited 100 daughters of F1 team personnel to a special event at Daytona Milton Keynes kart circuit on Thursday 7 July, ahead of the British Grand Prix at nearby Silverstone (8-10 July).

Just like the other D2BD events being held around the country, the invited girls – all aged eight to 11 – will get the chance not only to try karting but also to learn about other aspects of the sport. There will be an engineering activity run by STEMNET, a fitness and nutrition workshop, a wheel-change challenge and the opportunity to present to camera with Sky Sports F1. An F1 show car will also be on display.

17/6/16: Former racing driver Susie Wolff at the Dare To Be Different event at Nutts Corner, Antrim. The groundbreaking new Dare To Be Different initiative sped into Northern Ireland today (17 May), leaving Irish eyes smiling as 100 schoolgirls were given a rare insight into every element of motor sport from driving and engineering to fitness, nutrition and media skills. Founded by former Formula 1 driver Susie Wolff and the Motor Sports Association (MSA), Dare To Be Different is a high-profile programme designed to inspire, connect and celebrate women in every aspect of motor sport. 100 girls from ten local schools lapped up the experience, taking to the track in 270cc Sodikarts for some high-octane action and other activities including engineering, media training, fitness and nutrition. Picture: Michael Cooper

D2BD co-founder Susie Wolff said: “Having talked to our partners and others in the sport, we decided that putting on a day for daughters of Formula 1 team employees in exactly the same vein as our school activities would offer a fantastic showcase for our ‘headline’ Dare To Be Different events. As a key partner of the programme, Daytona Motorsport’s enthusiasm and support have been invaluable every step of the way.

“The Dare To Be Different events were set up to give young girls a small taste of the opportunities around the business of motor sport – from driving, health and fitness to engineering, media and PR. We feel a great way to extend the message to the wider sport is to bring it to life through those already involved.“We are delighted by the co-operation we have received from the teams, and are looking forward to welcoming almost 100 girls between the ages of eight and 12 to Daytona Milton Keynes next Thursday as well as their parents and our campaign supporters. These girls have a natural connection to the sport through their parents, so I am sure they will be inspired by experiencing challenges in the environment in which their mother or father works.”
Members of the media are invited to attend the event from 10.00am on Thursday 7 July at Daytona Milton Keynes, where Susie Wolff and other D2BD ambassadors will be on hand to talk about the campaign. Please contact for further information or to register your interest.

Follow @D2BDofficial for updates throughout the event.


Vital Motorsport at the IAME European Open



Dante Yu – Junior X30

The Whilton Mill based squad fielded a full strength line up for this race only missing regular front runner Ben Wooldridge from the Junior Class and Ewan Long.

Seniors saw Hugo Ellis take pole in TQ on Friday, team mates Connor Jupp and John Stewart always chasing hard inside the top ten and team newbies Ben Steward and Tom Wood had up and down weeks with Ben taking P8 in TQ and then struggling to carry his speed through. The upshot was Ellis scrapping for 3rd in the main final ultimately taking 5th at the flag with Jupp and Stewart rounding out the top ten.

Ben Steward – Senior X30

Juniors saw Kiera Scott in her first European profile race take an outstanding 15th in the main final after constant improvements throughout the week against the cream of Europe. Vital Motorsport USA driver Dante Yu showed awesome speed after getting used to the tough and ready race pace at PFI but took a time penalty in the main final dropping him to p16. BN Racing, Vital Motorsport partner team bought another American, David Malukas the reigning Junior X30 World Champion and Ireland’s Gary Edwards in Senior to compete. Edwards showed good test pace and raced for a top ten place narrowly missing out but Malukas led all but 2 laps of the main final and was cruelly crashed into on the last lap losing the title metres from the flag.

Thomas Wood – Senior X30

Next month will see the team travel to Zuera in Spain for the RGMMC European Series where the team sit inside the top 3 in both Junior and Senior.

Thanks go to Grice Racing Engines and Chris Walker at Kartpix.

Kiera Scott – Junior X30

For enquiries to join Vital Motorsport or to enquire regarding the Compkart range contact Team Principle Gary Rolfe on +44 7725 367043 or

John Stewart – Senior X30
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Brand new OK engines to be won at Shenington!

Calling All OK Drivers

Don’t miss out on the Shenington Super one and `E’plate meeting on the 15th,16th & 17th JULY.

Click here to enter now!


To encourage new drivers to the series Strawberry Racing are offering you the opportunity to win a brand new DDS or DDJ engine. The prize will go to the top finisher in each class.

This prize is only available to newcomers to the series and drivers who are currently outside the top ten in the OK British championship.

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MSA E Plate now includes the OK classes

The Association of British Kart Clubs and Shenington Kart Racing Club are delighted to announce that the MSA has given approval to award the MSA E Plate to the new for 2016 CIK OK Senior and OK Junior classes. 

Click here to enter now!


The 2016 E Plate meeting will be held during the Shenington SuperPrix on 16/17 July with optional practice on Friday 15th July.  The OK classes are round two of the MSA British Kart Championships promoted by the Super One Series and guest drivers are welcome. 

The E Plate will be the first special number plate issued for these very fast new classes, and eligible to be used at any MSA club in the same class. Entry and Vega tyre order forms and championship regulations for the OK classes are on:


The Vortex DDS/DDJ engines must be supplied (rented) or bought throughStrawberry Racing, visit , call 0114 288 9933, or email for details


Click here to enter now!

Images courtesy of Stu Stretton

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Whilton Mill June – Vital Motorsport report

Vital Motorsport fielded various drivers for the monthly club championship round at their base circuit Whilton Mill in preparation for Septembers LGM round. Senior X30 Drivers Matthew Armstrong and Hugo Ellis showed great pace with top 4 finishes in various heats for both ,Ellis taking a storming victory and Armstrong finishing well inside the top ten scrapping with the lead group.


In Mini Max Piers Henderson gave the Compkart it’s Rotax UK debut and took all 3 heats in convincing form, cruelly losing out in the final with strong contact from the 2nd placed driver.

Thomas Byrne was placed 8th in Junior X30 with strong pace and Josh Green P6 in Iame cadet!


A good job all round.

Next up is Forest Edge and PF for Vital Motorsport in preparation again for LGM later this year, then on to the Spanish Championship race and X30 Euro Series both held at Zuera one weekend after the other. Vital Motorsport lay 2nd in the Junior Euro Series and 3rd in the Senior class with the main title for both classes within their grasp.

Trent Valley KC Club Championship

For details on how to join Vital Motorsport or details on the Compkart range please contact Gary Rolfe – Team Principle on +44 7725 367043 or email to


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