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Jonny Edgar to race in US and UK

Edgar FREEFlorida Winter Tour champion Jonny Edgar plans to accept an invitation to race in more events in the United States, as well as racing in domestic competition this season.

The 11-year-old scored the Mini-Rok title at the final round of the series in Ocala earlier last month ahead of Nicholas d’Orlando who had led the points heading into the weekend. Edgar was run by the Benik squad, owned by ex-Pats Ben Cruttenden and Nick Mitchell, throughout the Winter Tour as well as at last year’s SuperNationals event in Las Vegas.

“The final weekend was huge as it was a triple header, so 300 points were up for grabs,” Edgar’s dad, Justin said. “We went to Vegas last year but it was a big shock. We thought it would be easier and we had to work hard to eventually get the fifth place finish. But the relationship with the team began there and has continued.”

Edgar’s Winter Tour win has handed him a prize ticket to the ROK World Finals at Garda in Italy in October. That will give the youngster his first experience of European racing.

“We’ve no plans for the end of the year just yet,” Edgar Sr added. “Benik have invited Jonny to go back out there again but his main focus is on Super One and Little Green Man Cadet. He will continue with that next year too, but European racing is also possible. The MG tyres at the Florida Winter Tour were very sticky and the kart was bigger than a Cadet machine with quicker engines. It was in between a Cadet and MiniMax kart. The MiniKart category in Europe is something I’d be keen to consider, possibly instead of MiniMax.”

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Ken’s Komments

Sarno, Italy; Kerpen, Germany; and Donington Park, UK are the sources of Ken’s Komments this month.

Ken Walker

After basking in the glory of British drivers’ recent World and European Championships in KF, the KZ World Championship in Sarno, Italy in the foothills beneath Mount Vesuvius, was less productive. The Finals were televised live on mainstream free-to-air TV as well as the usual webcast outlets. I learned that viewer feedback was very positive and that MotorsTV are negotiating to broadcast more live coverage of international kart racing in 2015.

Jordon Lennox-Lamb lacked pace early on but was running in P6 in the World Final. Unfortunately a motor failure at half-race distance signalled a premature end. Ben Hanley had gone out of the Pre-Final early on and had to start the Final in 32nd place. So his drive up to 11th in the Final was creditable. Callum Illott, the European KF champion, gave KZ a try but acknowledged it was tough going. But a place in the top 20 of a world final contested by all the top KZ drivers was a decent effort.

In the KZ2 International Super Cup, Sam Webster showed some good form in the heats but fell away in the Pre-Final and Final. But, like Illott in KZ, he did manage a top 20 finish. Ed Brand was comprehensively wiped out early in his Pre-Final and his challenge was over.

It was left to the Parolin-powered Brits in the Academy Trophy to give us something to cheer. Britain’s Oliver York and Ross Martin finished 5th and 8th respectively in the Final. Martin came 7th overall in the championship and York 10th. Both rewarded the MSA for their selections by solid performances in all three rounds with Ross frequently a frontrunner and race leader.

I’m delighted that Allan McNish will be working closer with Ross Martin in 2015. Knowing both Scots as I do, Ross couldn’t have a better mentor nor Allan a better pupil. Expect good things!

We don’t have many identical twins in international karting. 13 years old Russians, Artem and Zhakar Sluitsky both made the Academy Trophy Final and started the race side by side on the 11th row.

Two weeks after Sarno I went to Kerpen in Germany, the track that was managed by Ralf and Michael Schumacher’s father and where the boys first began their motor racing education. There’s plenty of Schumacher memorabilia around including karts originally driven by the brothers. The Event was ‘Ciao Thomas Knopper Memorial’, the annual race in memory of the Dutch teenager who lost his life in a tragic karting accident in 2009. I had been the commentator when Thomas won his first international race in Eindhoven, Holland back in 2004. It was a very moving occasion.

In particular just before the KZ2 Final, drivers lined up one row behind their official start positions whilst the front 2 rows were occupied by Thomas Knopper’s sisters wearing his racing colours. The Show Must Go On by Queen was played over the PA and it was impossible not to feel very emotional. The race attracted top drivers and was won by Paolo de Conto from Italy with Dutchmen Verdi Guerts 2nd and Bas Lammers 3rd. The event had a carnival atmosphere with fireworks, duo karts and buggy rides, and a Brazilian type Samba band and dancers preceding Driver Presentation.

Thomas’s family had obviously worked enormously hard to ensure that ‘The Show Must Go On’ and the whole occasion was a worthy tribute to a fine racer who, though no longer with us, is certainly not forgotten by his friends and family.

The week after Sarno I was at Donington Park for the final British Superkart event of 2014. It’s a great track for superkarts Donington will host the 2015 British Superkart GP, incorporating a round of the CIK European Championship. Great news.


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Euromax Dates Released

The 2015 dates for the Rotax Max Euro Challenge (EuroMax) have been released by organisers RGMMC.The season will start with the Rotax Winter Cup at Campillos in Spain on 15th February and will end with the Rotax International Open on 25th October, for which a track hasn’t yet been announced, but it is usually at Zuera. The main Euro Challenge dates are as follows:5th April – Salbris31st May – Castelletto26th July – Wackersdorf6th September – GenkEntries will open later this Autumn and usually fill up fast. For more information see





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European KF 2014 – Genk, Belgium

Stock-FlagRound 3: Genk, Belgium. June 15, 2014

Nicklas Nielsen took advantage of heartbreak for Lando Norris to extend his lead at the top of the KF Championship during an exciting weekend in Belgium

The penultimate round of this year’s European KF season was always going to be crucial to the title hopes of British drivers Lando Norris, Callum Ilott and team-mate Tom Joyner.

If the trio were to continue to mount a challenge to points leader Nicklas Nielsen, who had not put a wheel wrong in the opening two rounds, they had to have a successful weekend in Belgium. It turned out to be a thriller.

Nielsen headed to Genk level on points with Norris with both Ilott and Joyner only seven points behind. Having topped Friday’s qualifying practice, Norris followed it up with two qualifying heat victories on Saturday. It elevated him above Nielsen to the top of the standings, with Ilott claiming three wins of his own. The pair looked to be dominating the field but Nielsen saved his best speed for the pre-final to place himself on pole for the final ahead of Ilott and Norris. Joyner had a disappointing pre-final, coming home sixth with Oliver Hodgson, on his first visit to Genk, tenth. Jehan Daruvala would line up a disappointing 19th with Oliver Norris at the back of the final grid after crashing out.

Sunday’s final was a not unexpected four-way tussle between the frontrunners but Nielsen needed a huge dose of luck to maintain his lead. But it was to be a cruel blow for Norris.

The reigning European KF Junior champion shot off from the second row, squeezing into second by Turn One ahead of Ilott who would re-take the place later in the lap. Ilott’s momentum increased and he claimed the lead from Nielsen two laps later, up the inside at the final hairpin corner.

Joyner was some way back in fourth but Ilott was to have difficulties soon after, running over errant grass along the back straight and reducing the grip on his Dunlop rubber: “There was grass everywhere,” Ilott said. “I almost went straight on into the barriers.”

It gave Nielsen and Norris the chance to grab the lead back up the inside at the Esses in front of the packed grandstand, and Norris took to the front the next time around before the main straight.

The young Glastonbury ace shot clear and looked too hot for Nielsen and Ilott to contain, and with world champion Joyner coming to the fore, the scrap looked to be on for second rather than the win.

By lap ten, Hodgson was up to eighth with Daruvala impressively making his way up through the pack to ninth despite being spun around.

On lap 13, after extending his lead to 0.9s, Norris’s chances of a win turned into heartbreak. He suffered engine failure heading towards the final corner. He later admitted it will now be tough to claim the title. Ilott was the man to profit, but he was having to defend heavily from Nielsen, and left a wide inside line into the final corner. Nielsen took his chance in what would be the race-winning move.

“I can’t think too much about the title,” Nielsen said afterwards. “That will bring about mistakes.”

Joyner finished a lonely third: “We almost made a risky set-up change for the final. I wish we had now.” Alessio Lorandi, who started 18th, claimed fourth. Oliver Norris impressed up to ninth.

Despite all drivers having to drop one of the four rounds, Nielsen’s consistent performances mean he will be tough to beat at the final round. But on British soil at PF International, Ilott, Norris and Joyner will be looking to steal the show.

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European KZ 2014 – Wackersdorf, Germany

Stock-FlagWackersdorf, Germany: July 13, 2014

The second of three competitions for the three categories at Wackersdorf completely fulfilled its duty of reviving the struggle for the titles.

Following the decision to approve a new front fairing attachment to fight against incidents on the track, the CIK-FIA chose to implement the fairings for the first time at Wackersdorf in the Academy Trophy.

Kakunoshi Ota, the winner of the opening Academy Trophy final in Belgium, Dutch drivers Rinus Van Kalmthout and Richard Verschoor as well as Berkay Besler were the four to contest the final, but the surprise came from French driver Alexandre Vromant, who just qualified by taking sixth position in the Second Chance Heat. It took him ten laps to reach the leading group and then escaped to victory. Verschoor took second place.

The KZ2 final started on a wet track which gradually dried. The wet tyre pressures used by all drivers played an increasingly prominent role over the laps.Simas Juodvirsis (Energy-Maxter-B’stone) stormed from his 13th place on the grid. Second from the 7th lap, he would gain 4 places in nine laps and grab the lead. While Juodvirsis crossed the finish line as the winner, Jan Midrla passed the flag 17 seconds later ahead of John Norris and Maik Siebecke. But a ten-second penalty handed to Midrla gave the second step of the podium to Norris and 3rd to Siebecke.

In a superb KZ Final, Jonathan Thonon (Praga-Parilla-B’stone) had to time his attack well to make a difference. Marco Ardigo retired mid-race due to a mechanical problem while holding 5th. Behind Thonon, Rick Dreezen managed to get the better of Bas Lammers five laps from the end, Flavio Camponeschi regained five positions to finish fourth from Jordon Lennox-Lamb. Paolo De Conto erased the negativity by moving up from 27th to 7th place.


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Euromax 2014 – Zuera, Spain

Stock-Rotax-LogoZuera, Spain: July 14-20, 2014

The third round of the ROTAX MAX Euro Challenge at Zuera with 102 finalists headed for the decisive races on the 1,700 metres long track in northern Spain.

High temperatures and a stormy wind made for difficult conditions, turning the slipstream into an even more important factor.

The Junior final was a real walkover for Dave Wooder. After a perfect start from pole he was able to pull away from the grid, enlarging his leading gap lap after lap. In the end he completed the double win easily. Lady racer Marta Garcia had to be satisfied with second place. Third place went to Dean MacDonald ahead of Richard Verschoor (Team TKP). Both gained important points in the championship table, as points leader Thomas Preining (Team TKP) only managed positions 16 and 25 respectively and a poor weekend.

In the Senior final, it was Harry Webb on top again, who drove in a sphere of his own from pole. No one was able to keep the pace of the former Junior world champion, who in the end saw the finish line five seconds ahead of the rest of the grid, and took his fourth win in a row. In a photo finish, Guan Yu Zhou, Zack Clamandemelo and Lars Lamborelle crossed the line alongside and finally it was Yu Zhou in second ahead of Clamandemelo, Lamborelle and Ed Brand, who had closed the gap.

Sean Babington, Jordon Lennox-Lamb and Ben Cooper set the pace at the front of the DD2 final. They headed away from the rest of the grid easily. Cooper was quick again and grabbed the lead for a few laps. Yet Babington did not give up: after some tough wheel to wheel action, he asserted himself in the lead and defended it bravely up to the finish. Cooper and Lennox-Lamb complemented the podium.

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Quinn to world stage

Alex Quinn’s invitational drive with the Italian CRG factory team at the European Championship last month could lead to a further outing at the single-round World KF Junior Championship event at Essay in France, according to his mum Kathryn.

Quinn, who is competing with the Coles Racing squad in this yearís Super One MiniMax championship, met experienced British racer and CRG ace Jordon Lennox-Lamb while racing with the Fusion Motorsport team last season.

“Jordon invited Alex to meet [CRG boss] Giancarlo Tinini at the World KF round at PFi last year,” Kathryn Quinn said.

“Alex then underwent a test at Sarno in November and the team was impressed and would like him to do more. But weíre committed to Coles. The European Championship round at PFi was a one-off offer and was too good to turn down, and Jordon mentored Alex over the weekend. The team has mentioned the World Championship at Essay but we don’t want to get too far ahead at this point.”