The Rotax Mini & Junior Max E’Plate comes to Dunkeswell Kart Club.
Established over 30 years ago Dunkeswell Kart Club has grown from the early roots of karting and motorsports interests in the UK. Based in the west country it had early links with Exeter and Plymouth Kart clubs which are no longer on the karting map, but the two clubs have since left a legacy of experienced drivers and enthusiasts who are now using their skills at Dunkeswell and other UK circuits. Like our present day club many of the UK’s early Motor Sports organisations used some of the old American and RAF Airfields which were left behind after the the ‘Yankee’ soldiers and Battle Groups from America and Europe departed at the end of the last war. Many of these great Landing Strips have now been dug up, returned to arable pastures or redeveloped, but fortunately the early Club was lucky to have a good group of dedicated Karting and Motorsport enthusiasts to seal the fate of part of the old Airfield Fuel Bay and Runway and put the area to good Sporting use. Although the Race circuit of today is situated on the southern side of the Blackdown Hills – recognised for its outstanding natural beauty, those early days at Dunkeswell or any other venue were rustic to say the least. Some parts of the early airfields were surfaced in concrete and most were left open to the elements, barren and in disrepair which meant a bumpy ride for those early drivers who sought to experience the thrills of driving at speed. The original ‘Go Karting’ concept was developed over 40 years ago in 1950s America. The idea was soon to spread to the UK, Europe and across the continent thanks to some innovative developments in chassis design and adaptive use of early motorcycle and motocross engines in the 50s and 60s by companies such as Villiers, Ariel, Montesa, Baltacco and McCulloch.
By 1961 the Italian manufacturer, Parilla, had produced the first Rotary Valve induction engine which effectively opened the door to the future of 100cc Karting developments. As Kart Racing became popular here in the UK and abroad we saw the birth of today’s recognisable names such as Tal-Ko (TKM), Ital, Honda and Dap. Whilst Zip Karts carried the Komet engines of the early 1970’s and Dap sought to put the Dap T70 on the worlds race grids, Dunkeswell was proving ever more popular as a venue for race meets and was holding Car Sprint and 200 and 250cc kart events in conjunction with local and UK kart and motor clubs. Kart Racing at this time was still an adult sport but thanks to the work of JJ Blow the cadet kart concept was born out of the innovative use of an industrial engine bolted on to a small chassis. Coupled with the important advent of a new Junior Britain class Go Karting was to become available to young junior drivers throughout the UK.
A lot has changed since those early years, Kart Clubs such as Plymouth and Winkleigh have gone and new classes have seen the demise of those early machines but we now have a fantastic choice in chassis and engines to race which suit any driver at all levels, whilst race venues, UK, European and World Karting Championships have seen great names such as Ayrton Senna, Michael Shumacher, Ivan Capelli, Heinz Harald Frentzen, Jarno Trulli, Nigel Mansel,Vestappen and Fisichelle and Jenson Button (to name a few) go on to win drives in Formula One and other Motorsports. Like many of the UK’s circuits, Dunkeswell race circuit has gradually been transformed by the club from a rough piece of open ground once held by the MOD to a Kart and motorsport venue which has been used by thousands of racing drivers of all skills and ages coming from all areas of the UK. The transformation has been an on going project and is often a slow process but new ideas are under constant review and are likely to be implemented over the next five years. Such ideas include corporate hire facilities, track extensions and a number of improvements which will enhance the area both for the club and its members, our neighbours and visitors and tourists which are vital to the Rural Devon economy.
The 3rd round of the ROTAX MAX CHALLENGE EURO TROPHY comes to Bruck.
Bruck with its 40 Hectares the largest outdoor Motorsport Leisure Centre in Austria. The attractive location of this motorsport Leisure Centre has attracted many companies and has let the Speedworld grow bigger. Visitors come from different providers Kart, Jetski , quad biking or cross buggy. The Speed World is thus a sporting leisure facility that can offer you an unforgettable Action Programme, whether you want to visit us alone or as a group. The venue is used for various sporting events. On the track national and international karting championships are held.
The Rotax Festival comes to Clay Pigeon Raceway.
The Clay Pigeon Kart Circuit was founded in the late 1950’s early 1960’s on a disused Second World War Military Hospital site. The original track was built by joining the hut (ward) concrete bases together with tarmac to make a 500 metre track. The Blandford Karting Club was formed and a Royal Automobile Club Permit was obtained and the first ‘official’ race took place on Sunday, 5th May 1963. The circuit has now become a seven day a week business organising Arrive and Drive Sessions, Corporate Race Events and hosting most major championships that tour Britain. Recently Chelborough Ltd. (the circuit owners) has come under the control of Southern Counties Leisure who now own all the leisure facilities surrounding this circuit.
Round 4 of The Super One Race Series comes to Rissington
Rissington kart club is situated in the heart of the picturesque Cotswolds, the Little Rissington circuit offers superb high-speed racing under MSA rules for all major karting classes, from Cadets to the awesome 250 Gearbox karts. With its fast, wide sweeping bends, billiard smooth surface and big run-off areas makes it one of the best drivers’ circuits in the country. Rissington prides itself of being a friendly club, run by the members for the members. The club particularly encourages novices, families and visiting drivers. It is also possible to take your ARKS test at the track. There is a huge open, grassed expanse, for the pit and paddock area which also allows ample space for overnight camping. The layout of the track is such that you have fabulous views of the whole circuit. The prestigious Midland Karting Championships are hosted in September and attracts some of the top drivers in the country and is a great weekend.
The Rotax Senior Max & 177 E’Plate comes to Forest Edge Kart Club.
Forest Edge Kart Club. In 2004 the Forest Edge Kart Club moved to its new location at Barton Stacey near Andover. The track was designed and constructed from scratch and provides more challenging corners for the direct drive karts and a long 300 metre back straight for the gear box karts to really show off their speed.
The final round of the ROTAX MAX EURO CHALLENGE comes to Wackersdorf.
The circuit at Wackersdorf is home to one of the top Kart circuits in Europe. ProKart Raceland Outdoor is a very fast 1275M track, and has large run off areas for a Kart circuit. The circuit has not been in use for that long, meaning they were able to use the latest asphalt technology which provides a very grippy surface. It’s used for a number of International Karting events, which in turn means the facilities are some of the best you’ll find in the world of Karting. The length of the track is 1275m and runs in a clockwise direction. The closest hotels are in Scwandorf, 5KM away. Length: 1275m,Direction: Clockwise.
The Last Round of the Super One Race Series comes back to Paul Fletcher International Circuit.
PF International kart circuit was first opened in 1994 and was, and still is, the brain-child of Mr Paul Fletcher. The circuit is located in the village of Brandon, close to Grantham, in the lovely Lincolnshire countryside.Over the years, PFi has developed and grown and is now recognised as the UK’s premier Karting facility.During 2011, P.F.I saw perhaps it’s largest transformation to date – a track extention that incorporates a bridge with flyover. This sensational new feature has increased the overall track length to 1382m and helped the circuit to secure it’s International ‘A’ grade track licence – the only kart track in the UK to achieve this level. Attaining this grade of track licence has firmly placed P.F.I on the Global Karting scene and has helped to secure several CIK-FIA kart race events to date.
BRP’s Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals (RMCGF), where the best kart drivers from all over the world race for the title, will be held on the South American continent for the first time. “We’re very pleased to announce this year’s venue is Brazil, and the first time that the RMCGF will be held in South America. This new location will add another level of attraction to the RMCGF, which is renowned as the world’s foremost karting event once more,” said Peter Oelsinger, Vice-President, Rotax Propulsion Systems at BRP. “The Circuito Internacional Paladino meets all the requirements for such a high level event and offers the best possible conditions for participants.”The 2018 RMCGF will be hosted at the International Karting Circuit Paladino of Conde in Paraíba, Brazil from November 26 to December 1, 2018. “The passion and thrill of karting makes this sport very popular in Brazil. The Grand Finals will be the highlight of our kart racing calendar in 2018, and we will be pleased to welcome people from all over the world to our country,” stated Waldner Bernado de Oliveira, President of the Confederação Brasileira de Automobilismo (CBA). Brazil will host the impressive finale of the karting season with 360 drivers coming from close to 60 countries during the 19th edition of this famous race, organized with local professional partners including the Rotax kart distributor for Brazil, Rotax Mach 5. The track Circuito Internacional Paladino is located in Conde, Paraiba in the Northeast of Brazil, a tourist and industrial hotspot, also known for its rich cultural heritage and beautiful beaches. Paladino is a popular choice for drivers since the circuit provides both speed and ample passing opportunities. “We are delighted to organize the Grand Finals with BRP at our track and will focus all our efforts on ensuring the success of the RMCGF and its participants,” said Sergio Crispim, the owner and manager of Circuito Internacional Paladino. The Rotax MAX Challenge (RMC) is a professional kart racing series established, owned and organized by BRP and its Rotax kart engine distributors. Approved by and in compliance with CIK / FIA, the RMC is a “one-make-engine” formula: only Rotax kart engines that are checked and sealed (for equal performance) will be used. With an equal technical playing field, the success in the competition is primarily dependent on the skills of the driver.
The Paladino International Circuit is the only kart track in Latin America with a track approved by the International Automobile Federation (FIA),capable of hosting national and international competitions.There are 1,298 m of track for any rider to achieve high speeds in complete safety. Every structure of the Paladin is designed to make racing more exciting, starting with the location: the incredible Conde beach, surrounded by natural beauties and paradisiac beaches.