BSA Awarded European Round at Donington Park

Project One Unveil New Air Kart

Project One Racing unveiled their new “AIR” kart at Kartmania.

The lightweight kart benefits from some amazing engineering performed by J & A Precision Eng as well as the latest state-of-the-art seat and floortray from Tillett Racing and all for the same retail price their standard kart.

Hanley’s New Croc Project

British Superkart Association bosses are confident that winning the right to host the opening round of next season’s European Championship and combining it with the MSA British Grand Prix will attract a bumper entry list.

The CIK-FIA European Championship will return to the UK on the Donington Park grand prix layout on June 6/7. It last hosted a European round at the opening weekend of the 2013 season at Snetterton. The 2015 calendar will be expanded from two to three rounds, also taking place at Le Mans on July 4/5 and Assen in the Netherlands on August 8/9.

The MSA British Superkart Grand Prix will also take place on the same weekend after moving from Snetterton to Cadwell Park this season.

“Knowing that Le Mans would host a round in July and Assen in August, we didn’t want to host the final weekend as that has suffered from a shortage of entries in recent years,” said BSA’s Ian Rushforth. “The Division One drivers will build their season around it. Having the opening round should attract a full European grid, and combining it with the GP Plate and car racing put on by the BARC, it will be a bumper weekend of action. We do need the extra revenue from the European racing.”

Rushforth would not rule out a return to hosting the GP Plate at Cadwell Park but said tailoring a circuit to host the European racing was key.

“We needed a circuit which could potentially hold more than 40 karts on its international licence and Cadwell Park has restrictions for that,” he said. “The UK has been hampered by not being part of the European mainland and so we needed to push the boat out with a circuit which is additionally easy to travel to and has excellent facilities. Donington has both of those. [Cadwell Park owner] MotorSport Vision is obviously disappointed to miss out, but it’s a great facility and we could certainly go back.”

British ace Ben Hanley says testing with the newly launched Croc Promotion squad’s freshly homologated chassis has proven the team can compete at the front of the grid next season.

Hanley has joined the team, which was launched by former ART GP karting boss Armando Filini. The Italian left the team when it recently merged with fellow top brand Birel. The new outfit is backed by Finnish energy drinks brand Mad Croc, which has already backs teams and drivers in GT Racing and NASCAR, as well as the Sauber Formula One Team.

“It was a new opportunity,” Hanley said. “There were a couple of offers on the table for me but I believe this provides me with the platform which I need to win races. The team plans on racing in both KF and KZ next year. It’s a new brand and a new chassis so there’s lots of testing to be done.”

Hanley said it will be important for the brand’s credibility that it performs next year: “Things are looking quite positive from early testing. There are a few satellite teams already established around Europe and Armando is looking to fill the final factory driver seats. But there are many drivers testing with teams at this time of the year. In the first year of the new brand, it’s very important for us to get results. I think we will do that.”