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KZ To Begin Season After Calendar Switch

Karting’s world governing body, the CIK-FIA, has been forced to bring its 2015 international season forward. The year was originally scheduled to begin with the Asia-Pacific KF Championship at Sugo in Japan on April 26. The European season was to begin with the KZ and KZ2 Championships at Sarno in Italy on May 10. But those championships will now be the season opener on April 19 with the meeting in Japan held back to April 26. The opening European KF and KF Junior meeting, scheduled  for May 24, will now take place on May 10. No other meetings are affected. The calendar is still subject to approval by the World Motor Sport Council.

“Due to circumstances unknown to us before, we have no option but to revise the dates of the first three events,” said CIK-FIA vice-president Kees van de Grint.

2015 CIK-FIA Calendar (provisional)

Date      Championship                                                         Circuit

Apr 19   European KZ/KZ2                                                Sarno, ITA

Apr 26   Asia-Pacific KF                                                       Sugo, JPN

May 10  European KF/Jr                                                    Portimao, PRT

May 24  European KZ/KZ2/Academy Trophy          Zuera, ESP

Jun 7     European Superkarts                                           Donington Park, GBR

Jun 21   European KF/Jr                                                     PFi, GBR

Jul 5      European Superkarts                                            Le Mans, FRA

Jul 12    European KZ/KZ2/Academy Trophy            Genk, BEL

Jul 26    European KF/Jr                                                     Kristianstad, SWE

Aug 2    European Superkarts                                            Assen, NLD

Sep 13  World KZ/Academy Trophy/Int’l KZ2 Supercup  Le Mans, FRA

Sep 27  World KF/Jr                                                             La Conca, ITA

Oct 11   Asia-Pacific KF/Jr/KZ                                          Macau

S1 Launch ‘Budget’ Class

The Super One Series have announced the Junior Max Academy tour in 2015, with seven weekends for £6000 including vat. The organisers claim it offers ‘an absolutely level playing field at an affordable cost’. It’s open to all National B and above licence holders who are in the year of their 13th birthday up to age 17. All you need is an engine mount, a trolley and of course a driver! The £6,000 includes an all new Rotax engine, race prepared and dyno tested for equality. The season long fee includes Rotax technical staff on hand to help. It includes all Race entry fees, Race tyres, Race test tyres, Race wet tyres, Fuel, Race oil, a new CRG kart and Junior Max engine on hire for practice and race.

New Evo Engine Causes A Stir

BRP, owners of the Rotax brand have officially announced the Rotax MAX EVO engine in Spain. The new engine is already proving a hot topic of conversation. These are the changes outlined by Rotax: New carburetor which offers a significantly improved throttle response and reduces the need to re-adjust the calibration at changing conditions, Electronic box with new ignition timing for different engine specifications results in optimized engine characteristics, Electronic timed exhaust valve ñ with exact timing. Two different switch points can be selected to allow an adaptation to individual driving preferences, New battery holder unit ñ with integrated combined switch (OFF/ON/START) ñ less complex installation at the chassis and easy to operate, New exhaust system ñ with split tuned pipe and silencer offers lower weight, reduced noise emissions and improved durability. New con rod ñ advanced hardening process allows improved lubrication, The changed profile of the piston allows a shorter break-in time and still provides a reduced wear rate.

As we go to press, the ABkC have announced that ‘At this late stage of announcement we would not see any EVO options in MSA racing for 2015 that are performance enhancing, unless for evaluation purposes, and will work closely with the MSA to determine the best way forward for the competitor.’ Watch this space.