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VROOM n.127 DECEMBER 2011

VROOM n.127 DECEMBER 2011
News & Previews

Sure that December issue was worth the wait, we decided to slightly postpone the deadline in order to provide you with this outstanding piece of work that includes the most anticipated single-make series event of the season. We travelled to the UAE and back to report from the 2011 Rotax Grand Finals, a tremendous effort which saw 265 drivers from almost 60 countries, 4 top supporting chassis manufacturers, and some of the most exciting racing action of the season.





Contents




RACE REPORT – Rotax Grand Finals
The 12th edition of the Rotax Grand Finals is currently taking place in Al Ain Raceway (UAE). A total of 265 drivers from more than 58 countries joined in to the most anticipated Rotax event of the season. Hoping that the final results remain pleasantly exceptional for the good of the competition, the track response says that all four winners already took the title in previous editions.





TALKING TO – XPS - EIKO
On occasion of the Rotax Grand Finals in Al Ain we met with Ton Koebolt from Xeramic/XPS and Eisei Matsudo from Eiko, Japan’s exclusive distributor of Xeramic/XPS products. The two joined up to discuss the future of their collaboration, and how to get a firm grip on the market leadership





TALKING TO – Antonio Kekati
265 drivers from 58 countries, 6 days of track operations, lots of internal staff involved in organising the biggest Rotax Grand Finals ever, huge success. We talked to Antonio Kekati, Managing Director of Al Ain Raceway, about this brilliant success of the 12th edition of the Rotax Grand Finals.





CLOSE UP – Kilt new carb unveiled
As early as the 2010 Lonato Winter Cup, Kilt Carburettors had already expressed its intention to bring out a new conception carburettor for KZ and Hobby markets. Nearly two years later, Kilt reveals exclusively for Vroom the first of two versions of the "OT1" for KZ, before they put it on the market in January 2012.





SPECIAL – Chassis homologation 2012/2018 - Part 1
The 2012/2018 homologation sees the return of historical names of karting and innovative solutions. Here we have their suggestions…





RACE REPORT – CIK-FIA World Championship Rnd.5
Undoubtedly, Nyck De Vries is the great protagonist of the 2011 World Karting Championship. The young Dutch makes no mistake in Suzuka and takes home the second consecutive World crown, before he says goodbye to karting and moves up to single-seaters. Camponeschi confirms his brilliant season finishing in third place just 8 points from Albon. The English driver is not as competitive as he was on previous occasions, but the task of nicking De Vries of the crown seemed near impossible.





RACE REPORT – CIK-FIA “U18” World Championship & Academy Trophy Rnd.3
The CIK-FIA U18 World Championship and Academy Trophy showed their verdicts on 6th November on the International Circuit of Naples in Sarno, Italy. With still 75 points up for grabs, top 10 drivers all in for title fight.





RACE REPORT – Asian Karting Open Championship Rnd.4
Due to cancellation of the Thai round, AKOC organisers had to use a brand new Clark International Speedway as the venue for the fourth round of the Asian Karting Open Championship





RACE REPORT – Rotax International Open
As the closing event on the RGMMC race program for this season, 16 nations are represented in Rotax Max Senior, Junior and the 2-speed DD2 classes in Zuera where the Rotax Open Champions’ titles lined up. Top prizes: free entry to the 2012 Rotax Winter Cup and the entire Rotax Max Euro Challenge series.





SPECIAL – Crash test
Kart fairings were introduced in the 80s and they have proved to be useful for improving passive safety of the kart. Let’s see how they have changed over the years, what has been changed… and what shouldn’t have changed!





TECHNICAL SIDE – Carburetion for 60cc
Carburetion in the 60cc like in all the others can really make the difference, like the right engine and the right set up. Here is how to go about it…





S.O.S. KARTING – K-razy tech
100% do it yourself technology applied to the karting world





NATIONAL RACES
No much left in terms of national championships to report about. Britain’s TKM series ends at Whilton Mill, with super-experienced Michael Simpson grabbing yet another title. Poland and Denmark decided their respective representatives for the Rotax Grand Finals, while Singapore puts the official sealing at 2011 winners roster.


COLUMNS – Mondokart, 2012 International calendar
Few on-track previews in the news section, starting with a teaser of the Red Bull Kart Fight at the PRI and SKUSA Supernationals XV in Las Vegas. Also, latest insight of what’s to come at Milton Keynes (UK) for the Dan Wheldon Memorial Race, and in Paris-Bercy (France) for the ERDF Masters Kart.
We end up with the updated version of the 2012 International calendar.



 

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