Karting in the year 1995: a history


KARTING magazine visited the famous Tony Kart factory at Prevalle in Brescia, Italy.Despite the cost, data logging continued to be used by more and more competitors to improve the setting up of their equipment.Nine years after the disastrous World Champs at Jacksonville, the CIK returned to the USA for the first CIK North American Champs. Jarno Trulli, winner of Super A, went on to have a very successful F1 career.With the completion of the P.F. International track so Paul Fletcher’s dream at last came true. Powered by a KT100 motor with a clutch which is used in many countries, Martin Hines launched Formula Yamaha Intercontinental for Juniors.


This issue contained a spectacular photo feature showing the first sighting of the exotic motors that had applied for homologation. Niki Richardson had his last Cadet event at Rye House and scored his 95th win. The team from Winnersh won the Slick 50 Endurance Championship for Pro-Karts by just 9 seconds after a series of gruelling events that included the 24 Hours at Spa Francorchamps.Jamaica staged their first Kart Prix with 100 competitors from 9 countries. A fierce tropical storm ceased just in time for race day. Former World Champion Gert Munkholm was the winner, just beating the UK’s Michael Simpson.

MARCH 1995

The range of high performance Rotax motors that won 10 out of the 12 World Championships since the re-introduction of 100cc made a superb display at the Hezemans factory in Holland for us to inspect.As a result of earthquake damage that destroyed their Kobe factory in Japan, Dunlop had to withdraw from their 1995 international kart tyre commitments.The Raket range of kart motors in 60cc, 85cc and 120cc versions were produced by Leif Radne in Stockholm, Sweden. The glorious Bercy Spectacular near Paris attracted most of the Formula 1 drivers to race on karts for charity. They raised an estimated £250,000 for spinal research.

APRIL 1995

The first UK international race for electric vehicles was due to be held at Mallory Park with a class for electric karts. Two karts were present at the launch of the challenge, the Swiss made ASMO and one built by the University of Sheffield. The first example of the new CIK ‘P’ class was handed over by Mugen, with former World F1 Champion Alain Prost present, to the Honda Museum in Geneva. Powered by a Yamaha 90cc motorcycle engine it had a centrifugal clutch. The concept was conceived by CIK President Ernest Buser to aid driver education in S.E. Asia and Africa.

MAY 1995

Sophie Kumpen won Formula A at the Margutti Trophy at Parma, beating the likes of Jarno Trulli and Giorgio Pantano. Lydd and Whilton Mill revealed extension plans that would come to fruition, but, despite planning permission being granted, an international circuit in Dyfed never got off the drawing board. A team led by David Brabham set a new world outdoor record of 1034.4 miles in 24 hours using a Playscape prepared Stratos/Honda single engined kart. Plans were revealed for a pace car at CIK championship meetings.

JUNE 1995

The CIK pace car made its debut at the South Garda Euro Champs round. The car did help control the starts but had trouble negotiating the corners and was exceedingly noisy. Control fuel was also introduced with grumbles from mechanics as they had to take the tanks off after each race and leave them in Parc Ferme. Giorgio Pantano (CRG/Rotax) won Formula A with Massimiliano Orsini (Swiss Hutless/Ital Sistem) victorious in Super A.Gareth Howell, some time BTCC racer and son of Playscape’s Martin Howell, won both Junior races at the Mariembourg Belgian Champs round. 100cc non-gearbox and 80cc gearbox for Juniors were two of the five Superkart classes proving popular in Australia.

JULY 1995

Indy 500 winner Daniel Wheldon won the Formula A World Cup in Suzuka. It was announced that Formula TKM would introduce clutches as an option in 1996. We paid a visit to Tillett Racing Seats and discovered that the first ever covered Tillett seat used Rolls Royce boot space lining material. The noise meter had a pronounced effect on grid positions for the 100cc Euro Champs round at Salbris. Giorgio Pantano won both Formula A finals with Orsini and Vassort taking a victory apiece in Super A.


2005 Indy 500 winner Daniel Wheldon and Formula One star Jarno Trulli won the two main classes at the CIK World Cup in Suzuka. New rear bumpers for RACMSA racing were said to be dangerous by some of our readers. The World Championship for Formula E was won by Trevor Roberts. Gaëtan Lancksweerd of Belgium produced the shock of the season when he won the Rainbow Trophy, the ‘European Championship’ for Junior Cadets, using a British made Solo kart and engine.


James Courtney (Junior) and Andre Lotterer (Cadet) were the winners at the top event in the Junior calendar, the CIK Five Continents Cup and Rainbow Trophy meeting in Braga, Portugal. Michael Simpson was celebrating his Formula Super A win at the CIK GP of Europe at Genk in Belgium. Karting magazine readers got the inside story on Michael’s victory as he was writing a regular monthly column for us at that time. A minimum age of 18 was introduced with immediate effect for mechanics at CIK championships.


The Schools Championships at Rowrah were a great success with 400 drivers. At the other end of the financial spectrum was the British Kart Grand Prix with particularly strong support for 125s. In Formula E the first three karts home were PVPs, the winner being World Champion Trevor Roberts. The Intercontinental A European Championship at St. Amand had a record 250 entries, although 90 of them were French! The winner was Arnaud Leconte. The three ‘O’ plate winners at Clay Pigeon were Panrucker, O’Connor and Coupland.


The World Championships were held at Valence in France and the winner in Formula A was Gastao Fraguas with Jenson Button 2nd. Max Orsini won Formula Super A from Davide Fore. Horstman announced the HPV-100 engine in a joint venture with IAME for American one-make classes with parts from the Komet K71. The Senior Super One champions were Carl Breeze, Stuart Smith, Robert Jenkinson and Michael Simpson.


The London Cup at Rye House benefited from big cash prizes and a revised format. Mark Boost (Formula B) and Dean Hawkey (Formula A) were the victors. There were rumours that Michael Schumacher would compete at the CIK Oceania Champs at Oran Park in Australia before going on to try and retain his F1 World title. There was a trial of a proposed 80cc Junior Gearbox kart at Three Sisters. Lewis Hamilton (Cadet) and Anthony Davidson (JICA) sealed their Super One titles at Shenington.