VROOM n.123 AUGUST 2011

- News and Previews

Certainly improving from last year, the “U18” World Championship & Academy Trophy opening round in Italy is set to be the first of three very tight racing weekends. 79 drivers from 26 countries, including drivers from Asia and America, made of the “U18” a truly global event. Also, the single-engine/single-tyre format allows drivers’ performance to stand out, with very little left to chance. In fact, the point system awards drivers both in the final and in the heats, making sure that the most consistent ones get to the top of the standings.


RACE REPORT –CIK-FIA “U18” World Championship & Academy Trophy Rnd.1
The brand new set up situated near Ortona, Chieti, (I) hosted the first round of the “Under 18” World Championship and the “Academy Trophy”, two championships set up last year requested by the CIK-FIA with the aim of promoting Karting on a worldwide level, reduce running costs and help the young talented driver, future karting stars.

In mid June, Rudskogen Motorcenter in Norway played host to the 31st edition of the CIK Viking Trophy. Fewer entries compared to previous editions raise questions about the opportunity to hold the event in future.

RACE REPORT – Asian Karting Open Championship Rnd.1
The opening round of the 2011 AKOC season was also a CIK event, which made it possible for two European drivers, Nicolaj Moller Madsen and Alfredo Gagliardi, to join the meeting with the Sean Racing Team. In fact, AKOC rules are aligned to CIK format, and rules were indeed enforced at Macau, keeping marshals and officials quite busy.

TALKING TO – Ronni Sala
On May 16th 2011, after nearly 40 years at Birel, as acting president, Oscar Sala leaves the family business to his son Ronni and making official something that started some years ago. In fact, it is the start of the third generation of the Sala family leading the business and this change marks an important moment in the karting world.

TALKING TO – Fabian Federer
That is the European title taken home in KZ2, at Wackersdorf by the  21-year-old Fabian Federer on his CRG-TM but especially together with his team of karting enthusiasts from SüdTirol Kart who have believed in him: a young lad “like so many” who during the week works as a blacksmith instead of being always on the track like “professional” kart drivers.

HOW IT’S MADE – Steering wheel
A symbolic and indispensable element for its function is the steering wheel is however the result of several manufacturing operations, in fact, more than one might think and quite a lot of the work has to be done manually.   

TECHNICAL SIDE – Compression ratio – geometric and effective
One of the most important parameters in fine tuning a racing engine is compression ratio.

S.O.S. KARTING – Overhauling 125cc gearbox engine – part 3
This month, for the last time, we are going to take our engine to pieces, disassemble it and next month we will start to put it together again, assemble it…

A big month of racing both at international and national level. We start off with Germany and the ADAC Kart Masters Series, already at its third round of the season. Denmark’s very busy schedule takes us to Roskilde for the Danish Championship. Then we hit a new entry with Ukraine for the kick off of the national championship in Kiev. The US awards the first tickets for the Rotax Grand Finals with the PanAm series qualifying. Japan is back on track with the Super KF championship and a whopping entry list of 28 drivers. Malaysia played host to the 3rd round of the Rotax Asia and Malaysia Challenge, while Brazil featured the Codasur Cup and the 3rd round of the South Brazilian Championship.

COLUMNS – Mondokart, September National & International racing calendars
A string of big news this month. The CIK announced the need to reschedule the 3rd and final round of the “U18” World Championship, originally booked in Bahrain on 5th November. The 2nd edition of the Ciao Thomas Knopper Memorial will be held in Kerpen on 1-2 October, together with the Berghe Von Trips Memorial. LeCont, official tyre supplier of the “U18” World Championship & Academy Trophy posted some facts and figures of the opening round of the championship. Energy KF3 star Dennis Olsen has been signed by Norwegian TV for a driver insight documentary. The TAG Challenge International hit another successful event in Zuera. Silverstone F1 circuit is set to host a permanent kart circuit. Sebastian Loeb signs in for the ERDF Masters Kart Paris-Bercy race in early December. Birel Estonia team dominates the national championship with Mario Vendla.
Last but not least, September National & International racing calendar: 54 hard core events from 21 countries, as well as 4 major international races.



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