A fantastic end to the WSK International Series on the Spanish circuit of Zuera. With KF1 and KZ2 titles already awarded, KF2 and KF3 provide a good show, but KF1 final is by far the most exciting. Czech Libor Toman gives French Crg driver Arnaud Kozlinski a hard time, and takes the top step of the podium after a very tight and tremendously hard fought final… a great race to watch!
In this issue, also the Hall of Fame of karting updated to 2008, Zuera Circuit of the Month, Monaco Kart Cup report, Rotax, Rok, and Easy final, and much more...
RACE REPORT – WSK Rnd.6 Zuera With the KF1 and KF2 titles already awarded, after photo-finish wins, the last round of the WSK, KF2 and KF3 final wins go to Flavio Camponeschi and Nyck De Vries who having taken race wins gained places, overtaking Aniello Smarazzo who leaves the scene on penultimate lap, while Brandon Maisano didn’t turn up for the Spanish round.
CLOSE UP – Karting a step back Young drivers prefer moving on to cars as soon as they can. A worrying situation that the professional karting circus is living through is the fact that young drivers run away, avoiding KF1, and end up hanging their helmets up, this is quite a worrying situation that the professional karting circus is going through. How and why have we got to this situation?
TRACK TEST – 100 ICA-125 KF Tonykart-Vortex What has already happened on an international level is happening in Italy too: the usual 100cc classes are gradually being taken over by the new KF classes. What difference is there? Let’s see if we can look into the matter based on a specific test with the two different types of karts, which we tried at the circuit in Viterbo: two Tony-Vortex, an ICA and a KF2.
THEORY – Grinding The process of restoring cylinder barrel geometry and superficial roughness.
GARAGE – Rain set up Finding the adjustments for karts when it rains isn’t always easy. Especially when time isn’t on your side before a race under variable weather. So, let’s have a look and see what one can do in such circumstances.
RACE REPORT – 12th Monaco Kart Cup 2008 European KF3 Champion Aaro Vainio takes another title, this time over Frenchman Brandon Maisano. The Finn is constantly upfront, and the last laps of the prestigious Monaco Cup final are simply mind-blowing.
RACE REPORT – 38th Industry Trophy There was an air of commotion and solemness as Daniil Kvyat, overtaken by the usual crowd of aggressive competitors (161 the first weekend, 144 a week later) received the championship cup: it was bordering on surreal. Because this was the last time that this cup would be awarded in Emilia. It would never again be up for grabs.
Will the Industrie survive? Will it find another home?
RACE REPORT – Rotax Euro Challenge Rnd.4 With three classes still undecided going into the event, the close competition lived up to its expectation at Karting Genk, Belgium where the final round of the Rotax Euro Challenge turned on some fantastic racing in the battle for the 2008 titles.
RACE REPORT – 6th Rok International Final The sixth edition of the Rok International Final was certainly one of the most successful events in international karting. Rafael Aguiar, Fabio Giordano Galati, Alessandro Vantini and Steven Brotto finished as champions at the Rok 2008, but it was all the paddock that contributed to creating this unique event.
The winning structure of the program includes a pre-race meeting, party in a big tent set up in the paddock and addition of new consolation finals. In the final event of the Rok season, Vortex introduced three consolation finals dedicated to their partners: Dell’Orto, Sparco and Bridgestone.
RACE REPORT – 7th International Easykart Trophy Final The circuit in Jesolo hosted a great sporting weekend with 280 drivers from 18 different nations. The titles go to Shwartzman from Russia (60cc), Viberti form Italy (100cc), Ozteknik from North Cyprus (125 Light), Ferri (125 Heavy) and Schirosi (Shifter) from Italy
CIRCUIT OF THE MONTH – International Circuit Zuera The Alonso effect has given Spanish karting big push in the right direction. So several new circuits have sprung up in these last few years, like the one in Zuera, where the WSK final ha been recently hosted. Besides its significant length - 1700 metres long - let’s have a look at the other characteristics of the track.
NATIONAL RACES What a fantastic end of the season! The national champions from the USA in the Stars of Karting series; from England the TKM and BRDC Series; the national champions from Poland, Thailand and Taiwan; and the winners of the Graf Berghe von Trips Memorial in Kerpen, Germany.
CARTOON – Too pumped up ZigZag is busy with tyres pressure, but he loses the plot chatting up a pretty lady kart driver in the pits…