Drivers will have their first opportunity to make their play towards the $1000 Bridgestone Super Cup at this weekend’s opening round of the SP Tools Australian Kart Championship, presented by Castrol EDGE - to be held at the Monarto Karting Complex in South Australia.
A driver from one of the three categories shod by Bridgestone Kart Tyres - Cadet 9, Cadet 12 and KA4 Junior - will be selected for the Bridgestone Super Cup at the year end presentation.
Australian importer of Bridgestone Kart Tyres, Paul Feeney Group, will present the Super Cup winner with the $1000 cheque and massive trophy - which has become one of the most coveted prizes in the sport.
The Super Cup winner is chosen not necessarily on the best driver from the three categories, but from a range of criteria as adjudged by Championship Officials and observation from Bridgestone Kart Tyres Australia representatives.
The criteria includes presentation on and off the track, sportsmanship, improvement across rounds and the Championship, along with courtesy towards officials and other competitors.
This will be the third year of the Bridgestone Super Cup, with it being awarded to Ryan Tomsett in the first year after his performance to win the Cadet 9 Australian Championship and then last year the rampant James Wharton - who produced one of the most dominant Championship runs ever seen in the sport in Australia.
The Cadet 12 category this weekend will set an entry record for the multi-round era of the Australian Kart Championship, with no less than 56 youngsters between the ages of nine and 12 entered. This is a single round entry record for the Series.
Tomsett has made the move into this category and will be one to watch throughout the course of the Championship.
This is backed up by 34 KA4 Juniors - including Wharton who has made the transition from sub-Junior racing.
21 Cadet 9 entries - the youngest drivers in the sport between the ages of seven and nine - will take to the track at Monarto.
Both Cadet 9 and Cadet 12 utilise the Bridgestone DR1 YJL Dry Tyre and the Bridgestone WEK YFD Wet Tyre.
KA4 Junior competitors attach Bridgestone DR10 YLR ROK Dry rubber to their karts and Bridgestone WER YLP Wet Tyres to their machines.
Practice begins for the opening round of the SP Tools Australian Kart Championship on Friday with Qualifying and Heat Races Saturday and Finals on Sunday.
Sunday’s action will be livestreamed via www.karting.net.au. Updates throughout the weekend can be followed on www.facebook.com/australiankartchampionship and live timing at http://speedhive.mylaps.com .
To follow the Bridgestone Kart Tyres classes at the SP Tools Australian Kart Championships, visit https://www.facebook.com/bridgestonekartingaus/ .
BRIDGESTONE POTENZA WEATHERZONE:
The weather at Monarto (around 45 minutes from Adelaide) is expected to be mostly fine from Friday through to Sunday with a chance of rain, however only a minor amount should precipitation hit the area.
Friday’s expected top of 36 degrees celsius (96.8F) will drop to 26 (78.8F) on Saturday and 24 (75.2F) on Sunday.
There is a 50% chance of rain on Friday, however that is expected to be less than 1mm, with 20% chance at less than 1mm volume on Saturday and although cloudy conditions Sunday, chance of rain is just 5%.