The American model of grassroots karting expanded to Canada, South America, Europe and now it has a recognized championship in Australia.
Australian karting will enter a new era of Club-level Racing in 2018 with the introduction of the 4 Stroke Sprint (4SS) Class into Junior and Senior Karting Australia competition. The introduction of 4SS to Australian circuits will provide the sport with an entry price point that is significantly lower than is currently available.
Using the US built Briggs & Stratton 206 and locally built Torini Clubmaxx 210 factory sealed engines, 4SS will see a karting Class specifically designed for the entry-level racer. It has been configured to fill the void between hire karting and pure racing karts.
“I see 4SS as a significant step forward for the entry-level of karting in this Country - said Karting Australia Chairman Mick Doohan - A low-cost, low-maintenance formula is what is required at grassroots level and the implementation of 4SS provides just that. There’s little doubt in my mind that this is the ‘introductory’ Class that the Australian karting community has needed for many years. It is the necessary piece of the karting pyramid to expand the base of our sport. It will enable people to get the ‘racing bug’ before deciding to invest in the ‘thoroughbred’ 2-stroke racing classes. It will get more people on track and then continuing to racing more often at their Clubs.”
The introduction of the 4-Stroke Sprint (4SS) Class into Karting Australia Club Level Competition in 2018, has created a lot of excitement in the karting community. The first shipment of Briggs & Stratton 206 engines is expected to land in Australia this week, at the same time the initial batch of Torini 210 Clubmaxx engines are beginning to be distributed across the Country.
With regards to tyres, Kartin Australia released that the tyre supplier for the 4SS Class will be Italian Vega. The sllick compound will be the VAH. Vega will also supply the W2 wet tyre for Competition use. In a further emphasis on the 4SS Class being focused on grass roots participation, Karting Australia has also confirmed that drivers can utilise any of the 12 approved Karting Australia tyres on a 4SS Kart for social karting and practice outside of race meetings. The list of Karting Australia approved slick tyres able to be used on 4SS Karts outside of race meetings includes:
· Apexis – APH3 (Rhino)
· Bridgestone – DR10 YLR ROK
· Dunlop – DFM, DFH, SL1A, SL6A
· MG – HZ Option (Red/White), FZ Prime (Yellow)
· Mojo – D2, D3, D4
· Vega – VAH