With the racing season officially on, the 22nd Margutti Trophy confirms its standing of world-class event, attracting drivers from 33 countries, deceiving the economic downturn with over 200 drivers on starting grid, strengthening its appeal on the younger generations that still consider it an honour to be in this special, unique event’s hall of fame. Once again, the trophy dedicated to Andrea’s memory proves to be alive and kicking!
RACE REPORT – 22nd Andrea Margutti Trophy
At its 22nd edition, the Margutti Trophy – a true Italian trademark in karting - doesn’t seem affected by the signs of time. Over 200 drivers took on the grids of what has now become a classic international race, most of them from Europe and Asia, representing a total of 33 countries. And as a statement of its truly international spirit, the winners were all from continental Europe.
IN THE FOCUS – “U18” World Championship part 2
On we go with our journey in the Under-18 World Championship. There’s a lot of talk about karting as a launch plate for drivers who’d like to take up a career in car racing and a “young” sport, but the last initiative which is really pro young learner drivers is a bit of a Cik challenge. After having mentioned what Kees van de Grint, CIK-FIA vice president said in the last issue, let’s see how things stand after the last and as the new season take off.
CLOSE UP – Ninar
The success of last year was way beyond expectations. In Finland, Juuso-Matti Pajuranta took the KF1 Finnish Championship and took second in the KF2 category. Also, Oskari Kurki-Suonio’s third place in KZ1 World Cup extended the success.
TALKING TO – Ryan Van Der Burgt
Quite an astonishing result for Maddox driver Ryan Van Der Burgt, at his debut race in the international karting scene with Peter de Bruijn’s team. The young Dutchman proved very competitive in the first round of the WSK Euro Series against the top drivers in the gearbox category, ultimately managing to grab the win.
CLOSE UP – Kart simulator part 2
Let’s start this second part of our column dedicated to simulation taking a closer look, more specifically at a simulator, so as to be able to deal with problems that might crop up when we first start.
HOW IS IT LIKE – How to make a diaphragm carburettor
Out of all the accessories for karts, the carburettor is one of the most sophisticated and most important. Thanks to the collaboration of Tryton manufacturer, Vincenzo Vannini, we’re going to see how it is made.
TECHNICAL SIDE – KF engine exhaust choke valve
How does it work and what are exhaust valves for in the KF. Would it be right to do away with them?
S.O.S. KARTING – Steering column and steering arm
This month we are going to change the steering column and steering arm.
VINTAGE USA – 7th VKA annual reunion
The 7th Vintage Karting Association Annual Reunion event was held at the world famous Adams Motorsports Park near Riverside, California. Unlike the inaugural event in 2004 that was rained out, this year’s took place under beautiful Southern California skies over three days beginning Thursday 27th and concluding on Saturday the 29th of January.
VINTAGE – 125 Double-cylinder – part 2
They perhaps were the most expensive single cylinder engines, but not all of them, yet a 125 double cylinder used to do one season without requiring overhauling. They have been sacrificed to give Japanese motorcycle manufacturers access to karting, and they have done well not to enter in the den of the Italian lions... And karting has lost part of its magic! Here are some of the most beautiful models ever made.
National racing calendars are starting to get packed with very exciting, top class events. We start with the Belgian Max Challenge opening, hosted at the outstanding Genk circuit. The USA provided two excellent events, with the Gatorz Challenge of Americas and Florida Winter Tour final round making the headlines. In Australia, engine-start for the CIK Stars of Karting kick-off; and Malaysia, hosting the first round of the joint Asia Zone and Malaysia Max challenges, with the top Asian drivers fighting for the win.
COLUMNS – Mondokart, May National & International racing calendars
As opposed to what previously announced, the CIK went back to its decision to drop front brakes as of 2011. Front brakes option has been extended to 2014. Besides technical regulations, we present the Belgian national championship, as well as BNL KZ2 Special for all gearbox lads. Rotax announced 2011 Grand Finals technical partners; Easykart Euro Series wrapped up round 1; and Iru1 Motorsports presents the 2011 Sonik Sport Asia Series by Maxter.
We end with our usual section dedicated to national calendars: May will provide 55 national events in 19 countries around the world, as well as 5 major international races.