Karting in the year 1993: a history

JANUARY 1993

The annual 24 Hour Kart Race at Le Mans again attracted a quality international field with the winners being the Stoc Comod team that led the race for all but four hours, covering 1923km.There was rain for most of the ABkC Super One O Plate Championship at Buckmore Park. Jenson Button added the Junior UK O Plate to his British title and would now move to Junior Britain on his climb to Formula 1. A meeting of the ABkC, BKIA, Super One, Short Circuit Gearbox Championships and ALICK took place at the RAC MSA to formulate the 1993 class rules.Stuart Worsop won the seven round 210 Challenge.

FEBRUARY 1993

The new Fox range of Italian 100cc reed and rotary valve motors was launched. In Formula K at the Hong Kong GP, Munkholm won using a PCR/PCR while Van Euw won Formula A with a BRM/Sirio. Princes Harry and William raced at the Playscape indoor circuit at Clapham. An excellent Superkart race was staged at the Australian F1 GP at Adelaide. Anthony Davidson won his class at Rye House and now 10 years later is a F1 test driver looking to take the next step to a full-time drive. The North West Karting Association was renamed the National Kart Racing Association with one of its aims to try and halt the sad loss of circuits such as Flookburgh, Heysham and Longridge.

MARCH 1993

There was an excellent and comprehensive article by Philippe Evrard on Endurance racing at events such as the Kart 24 Hours race at Le Mans. As always,the annual Daytona kart races attracted a massive entry for the World Dirt Champs held at the Municipal Stadium under powerful lights with the karts equipped with roll cages. The World Endurance Champs were held on the famous Speedway and other important events included the Pro Kart Challenge, the trade show at the Ocean Center plus the Manufacturer’s Cup series at Jacksonville with 500 entries.International and British kart racing received a double blow with the passing of Doug Jest and Bert Hesketh. Both managed British teams, for 100 cc and 250 cc respectively.. They ran important tracks, Rye House and Morecambe, They loyally served on the RAC Kart Committee and ran top events such as the World Champs and World Cup. They are still sorely missed.

APRIL 1993

A group of kart stands at the Daily Express Motor Racing Show at Earls Court gained valuable publicity for the sport. The new Ancaster kart circuit in Lincolnshire had plans to increase the length to make it suitable for two-stroke racers in addition to the Pro-Karters. The Thunder Karting Centre track at Sheerness in Kent was opened. A kart race was held in the streets of San Antonio on the island of Ibiza. Kilt introduced a 24 mm carb to comply with the latest British class rules. The National Karting Association (NKA) was formed to promote and support its member tracks.The German ADAC controlling body instituted a 125 cc water-cooled “Quiet” class.

MAY 1993

The CIK Australian Continent Championship was held at the Rayleigh Raceway near Coffs Harbour in New South Wales. The event served as a trial run for a projected new style of multi-round World Championship, each round to be held in a different continent. The standard of the venue, facilities and organisation were excellent.Despite the temperature being below freezing all day, wind and snow, Fulbeck had an entry of 200 for their Winter Series round. Shenington had built 4 metre high earth banks for the full length of the back straights to reduce noise.

JUNE 1993

There was much technical innovation at the first round of the European Championships at Valence. Rodriguez won Formula A with a Kali/Parilla, and Manetti the Super A with a CRG/Rotax. A 24 hour Pro-Kart endurance race was held at Mondello Park, Ireland, with the first three crossing the finish line abreast. The Kart Marketing Association of America staged a successful Kart Expo in Chicago.

JULY 1993

Currently an F1driver for Jordan, Fisichella won Formula Super A at the Jesolo Italian Kart GP using a PCR kart and motor. Shenington enjoyed a bumper entry of 250 plus. The Spanish engineering firm of Induskart, located at Barcelona, introduced their 100cc IDK reed and rotary valve motors. Dave Buttigieg won the Superkart class at Cadwell from Phil Glencross.

AUGUST 1993

Fisicella was 7th at round 3 of the Euro Champs in Super A with Formula A World Champion Gianniberti taking the win. De Nies won Formula A.There were rumours that some drivers were using illegal power-boost additives that evaporated so fast that they could not be detected at post-race checks.Giorgio Pantano won Cadets at S. Egidio.243 drivers entered for Fulbeck not counting those in the 125 P&R Championships.The kart industry were very concerned to hear that Motoplat of Spain, makers of electronic ignition systems, was about to close.

SEPTEMBER 1993

The finals of the CIK European Champs were held at Berghem in Holland. The Champions were Guy De Nies, Tecno Rotax, in Formula A and Nicola Gianniberti, Haase Rotax, in Formula Super A. After incidents at the Rissington Super One round, some officials felt that the fathers of Junior drivers might have to be banned as pushers.An enormous number of spectators (admission was free!) at Brands Hatch saw Stuart Mead PVP Rotax, win both 250cc races.Tom Argy and fellow US indoor racing enthusiasts established a site for the National Pro Kart Centre at North Tonawanda, New York.The Ulster Cup Series round at Nutts Corner had 170 Northern Ireland entries.

OCTOBER 1993

Two separate tragic kart driver fatalities at Brands Hatch – Gordon Ellinor and Kenton Owen, cast a shadow over the Silverstone Superprix the following weekend. Class wins went to Needham, Wilkinson, Crowe, Cattermole, Webb and Stoney. There were 131 entries for the CIK Intercontinental A European Champs at Salbris, France, victory going to Arnaud Sarrazin, Tecno/Rotax. The World Junior Champs were held at Genk and won by Ennio Gandolfi. Nicolas Kiesa was 3rd in the Pre-Final and has made his F1 debut in 2003. RacePro staged a very successful 24 hour race for Pro-Karts on the Le Mans kart circuit.

NOVEMBER 1993

The Laval circuit in France seems to bring out that something extra in the French drivers and so it was at the World Champs this year. Watched by 8000 spectators their hero David Terrien won Formula A . Italy’s Nicola Gianniberti won Super A, beating the likes of Trulli and Orsini.The final round of the 250cc Formula E World Champs was held at Knockhill with the round win and title going to Perry Grondstra of Holland.The Val Vibrata circuit in Italy hosted 150 drivers for the European and World 125cc Champs. The former was won by Stefano Marcolin and the latter by Alessandro Piccini.

DECEMBER 1993

The Karting magazine Technical Appraisal of the World Champs demonstrated that although the equipment was mostly conventional, it was engineered to a very high standard with an attractive finish.An amazing 55 kart manufacturers from 17 countries made 123 applications for CIK chassis homologation despite having to have 50 examples of each model for inspection.