The tremendous disaster that hit Fukushima in Japan no longer than two months ago was particularly striking. Even more amazing was the reaction of the Japanese, worthy of mention that of Ukyo Sasahara, one of the most prominent Rotax Junior drivers in the world. We tribute our cover story to his outstanding performance and admirable conduct at the Rotax Euro Challenge opener in Genk, also featuring a special interview to Ukyo.
RACE REPORT – Rotax Euro Challenge Rnd.1
The opening round of the 2011 Rotax Euro Challenge was hosted by the prominent Karting Genk circuit, where the level of the competition has undoubtedly lifted up from the previous season. The event was commended by many drivers and teams as being the most competitive in international Max racing.
TALKING TO – Ukyo Sasahara
In the wake of the immense natural disaster recently suffered by Japan, junior karter Ukyo Sasahara is driving his heart out for a very proud nation that is desperately trying to recover from the atrocity it has just experienced. For this young driver, the frightening earthquake and devastation that followed has resulted in a yearning feeling to re-evaluate the importance of every moment in life, and somehow seek the success that brings hope to his compatriots.
TALKING TO – Oscar Sala
Oscar Sala, Birel deus ex machina, is a man who really knows the history of karting and the political problems concerning this sport. In a 360° interview he talked to us about the problems of karting and what he thinks might be the possible solutions…
TALKING TO – Joel Johansson
Energy top driver Joel Johansson hits his first big weekend in the gearbox class taking the win at WSK in Portimao, after stepping up from KF2 late last year. But not ready just yet to put aside his passion for direct-drive racing, the fast Swede set his sight on the World Cup for KF2.
IN THE FOCUS – WSK
With round 2 of the WSK Euro and Master Series in the books, we make the point on the actual situation of the WSK international calendar. With 5 Series already planned in 2011, the WSK has recently announced the introduction of the Asia Pacific Series.
HOW IT'S MADE – Radiator
At this point, a radiator is an essential element on nearly all engines and seeing the general use of liquid-cooling radiators, they are a very important element of a kart. Let’s take a look and see how they are actually made at KG by Giacoletto
TECHNICAL SIDE – Making flow-guides for reed packs
What is a flow guide insert in a reed pack for? We are going to show you its function and the various phases of its study…
S.O.S. KARTING – TaG engines
This month we are going to take a look at TAG engines and, to be more precise how they are mounted onto a chassis: we are going to see how to carry out simple, but fundamental operations to avoid any mistake that could cost us a hell of a lot.
VINTAGE USA – Thomas Thorin Vintage Kart Collection
Vintage Karting Association (VKA) Tom Thorin shows his beautiful collection of vintage karts. A truly inspiring experience in the comfort of Tom Thorin’s home.
This issue features 30 pages section of national races from all around the world. We kick off with the presentation of Polish karting season, in the words of General Karting Commission Charmain Edward Surmacz. Next in line, British Super One Rotax Series; Denmark’s National and Rotax Championships, as well as Portugal Championship opening round. We move to Australia for the 2nd round of the CIK Stars of Karting. The US crowns its first season champions at the Gatorz Challenge of the Americas. Also we feature the first round of the South Brazilian Championship, and the Sonik Sport Asia Series opening at Speedway Plus circuit in Malaysia.
COLUMNS – Mondokart, June National & International racing calendars
Main headline of May news section, CIK President Sheikh Abdulla bin Isa Al Khalifa presents the “U18” World Championship Bahrain event. Also, Dave Davies talks about Crg America (formerly SSC East); EKN presents plans for Kart Grand Prix in Central Park, New York; Rotax PanAmerican Challenge puts one in the books. Back in Europe, Sodi presents its Junior Team structure; X30 TaG Challenge International kick off in Salbris (France); Historic British Kart Club presents the RetroRacer Championship.
Last but not least, the classic section with worldwide circuits schedules: 53 events from 20 countries, plus 4 major international dates, not to be missed.