Columns: News and Previews

Big part of the time necessary to complete November issue was spent thinking about how to best remember Dan Wheldon, and we did so by making full use of our archive and featuring a heartfelt letter written by Dan’s karting mentor Terry Fullerton. After the shocking news, we had to find the strength to go on making sure not to disappoint our readers. Find inside what we managed to do...


RACE REPORT – CIK-FIA World Championship Rnd.4
Also after the meeting in Sarno, the World Championship still remains very much open to all prognostic. Everything is in the hands of Nyck De Vries, obviously, with the number 1 of the class responsible for better for worse for the final results of this last event taken just before the advent of the new formula that foresees engine given out to drivers for 2012.

The cup event that gives international recognition also to the KF and KZ cadet class is not just one of those meetings that act as support for the KF1 World Championship and the KZ1 World Cup, seen by the team who take part in it as the top event of world karting, thanks also to the presence of champion drivers and captivating engines like the 125 gear class. The KF2 and KF3 World Cup and also the KZ2 are part of that further opportunity for being affirmed on an international level for drivers and teams who have raced a hard season full of events and for this very expensive, all aiming for success and acknowledgement that will, however, not pass unobserved.

TALKING TO – Marco Ferrari
We have been marking the Csai general secretary well as the executive council meeting draws nigh, at the end of September and we found out in which direction the Commission managers are moving, for what concern the karting field and we also take the advantage of giving our opinions on the changes that are either about to take place, or are being defined at the moment.

TALKING TO – Yu and Tanart
Yu Kanamaru and Tanart Sathienthirakul: the two most representative kart drivers from Asia around are topping the international karting fields in the top direct-drive classes. We spoke to these two very promising Asian Dragons about their karting experience, from inception to the success in Europe’s premiere series.

RACE REPORT – Asian Karting Open Championship Rnd.3
After a two-month break the third round of the AKOC series took place in Sentul in Indonesia. A track with 11 curves is a technical one that gives local drivers an advantage. This year Indonesian drivers dominated the event once again.

RACE REPORT – Rok Cup International Final
In addition to the numbers and the always colorful festival on Saturday night, this edition will be remembered for the thrilling duels that have left the final verdict in the balance until the final corner with the Italians leaving their mark. Equally aggressive were many foreign drivers arrived in Lonato, but eventually the Italian national anthem was played in three out of four classes.

RACE REPORT – Easykart International Grand Finals
After wins fought to the last lap and race marshals decisions, final success for Gastone Sampieri (60), Leonardo Grison (100), Luca Hirst (Light), Barnaby Pittingale (Heavy), Christian Fossati (KGP) and Danilo Scuto (Over) on a lot of over 280 drivers.

Al Ain Raceway is the only CIK International Grade B circuit in the Middle East. The track surface is billiard table smooth, with rumble strips running around majority of the circuit where you must be careful running wide as it tends to pull the kart onto the strips even further. BRP official test driver Darrell Smith takes us through the circuit that will host the Rotax Grand Finals on 23-26th November.

TECHNICAL SIDE – Clutches for 125 KZ
The clutch is one of the most important things on a 125 gear class engine: a reliable component, which when set properly, can be extremely helpful during the starting phase.

THE POINT – Disposable chassis
Chassis made with non-magnetic material, so not within norm, and made that way by means of certain stratagems, body lasts just a few heats… costs soar!

S.O.S. KARTING – Overhauling 125cc gearbox engine – part 6
Continuing our revision; seeing to the last part on engine reassembly...

Almost done with the racing season, we feature some of the most thrilling national events of the year. Starting with Ciao Thomas Knopper Memorial race, held in Germany, with a superb Paolo De Conto dominating the entire weekend, and with the presence of 7-time F1 World Champion Michael Schumacher making it to the top 4. Portugal national championship was wrapped up in Bombarral; the USA saw the Lancaster Grand Prix hitting the streets of Lancaster; Japan’s Motegi circuit played host to the Rotax Max Festival with over 160 Rotaxians on starting grid. And Australia CIK Stars of Karting Series crowned its champions in Newcastle.

COLUMNS – Mondokart, 2012 International calendar preview
Besides the very sad news of Dan Wheldon’s death making the top of the headlines (we feature a heartfelt two-page article in his memory), you will read about Birel new chassis line preview; FWT 2012 season dates; SKUSA latest announcement regarding the forthcoming Supernationals XV; Crg big win in Alcaniz, and DR France Pascal Belmaaziz title in KF2 French Championship, as well as a Vintage Kart performance at the Rock Island Grand Prix.
In our usual back issue column we feature an updated version of the 2012 International calendar.



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