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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.

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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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The KF Column: Two New Tracks?

Stock-GridThe 2012 calendars are starting to come out and I’ve seen a draft version of the CIK-FIA and WSK dates and although it’s not firm enough to publish it it does sound like there will be two new tracks – Kristianstadt in Sweden and Precenicco in Italy. KF2 looks like being called plain KF next year, and KF3 will be KFJ.

Kristianstadt is penciled in for the last of the two European KF and KFJ rounds. It hosted a round of Euromax in 2012 but this will be the first CIK race there.

Precenicco will host a round of U18 and Academy, as well as a ?WSK Masters round.

The first European Championship round is listed as being at Wackersdorf or Alcañiz. As it will also be the first round for KZ1 and KZ2, I would hope that either it’s at Alcañiz, that it’s a mistake regarding the classes, or that Wackersdorf is upgrading it’s paddock, as there could be 350 entries at this meeting and Wackersdorf in it’s present form doesn’t have room. It’s also not an ideal gearbox track.

U18 will no longer be a World Championship, it will now be a “Nations Cup” but we don’t have any details yet as to whether the format will change. The equipment supply contract is out to tender at present so it may not be Parolin any more.

PFi will provisionally host the KF World Championship (KFJ and KZ will also have a World Championship) and a few people have expressed concern to me that if KF2 doesn’t run in the UK next year then the CIK won’t want to have the World Championship here. There’s a few points in reply to that: 1) KF2 is looking OK so far; 2) We won’t know final numbers of KF2 drivers until February, and the CIK will want to make a decision in the next few weeks.  As of now KF2 is on offer and it’s the British Championship, so there isn’t any obstacle.

Next month this section will change to KF & KZ, and KGP will move to a new TAG section which will also include Easykart, Formula Blue and other TAG classes that we occasionally cover like Vortex Rok and Parilla X30. We just think that KZ has more relationship with KF, and that KGP has less KF2 refugees in it these days. Long circuit and UK-only gearbox racing will remain in it’s own section.

Callum has had a fantastic year this year in KF3, winning the WSK Master Series where he was on the cover in ?June, coming 2nd in the World Cup and winning the WSK Final Cup. All in his first full year in KF3. He told us his story.

“In the World Cup I qualified 18th as I failed to find good/clear track position, but I was quick enough in practice for the top six. I was in Group F so started all heats P6 on the outside – outside is not good at Zuera. I crashed out in my first heat putting myself under pressure not to repeat in the remaining heats. After solid results in remaining heats I finished 22nd in the rankings overall so again was starting on the outside. I made a poor start but ultimately gained 12 places in the Prefinal to finish 10th. Again in the Final I started on the outside, dropping down to 13th before recovering to 2nd. I set the fastest lap in the Final chasing Luca Corberi who started 11th but he was in 5th by turn 3 of first lap as the inside grid had total control of the start. With a little better Qualifying or just a little bit of luck on grid position I feel I could have claimed victory – my speed was good.

“For the WSK Final at Castelletto I only arrived at the track on Friday due to school and was 4th in Qualifying. I won three heats and was 3rd in the other to finish 2nd in the rankings behind Nikita Sitnikov. I won Prefinal B by approximately 8s pushing hard to set the fastest Prefinal race time to gain an inside grid in the Final. I started on pole in the Final and led all the way – chased down hard by Alessio Lorandi in the second half of the race but held the gap over last three laps to win – and I set my fastest lap on lap 14 (three to go). Alessio had the disadvantage of P2 on the outside at the start.

“I’m very happy as I was a little short of preparation and the Tonykart chassis was very strong this weekend taking 2nd to 7th place in the Final. I was not the fastest driver this weekend but a strong performance in the Prefinal set me up for the Final.

“I have had a good season so far in KF3 and Oli (Oakes) has done a good job – don’t tell him I said so! Also Stevie my mechanic.”