For the 2014 MSA British Junior Kart Championship competitors will draw for two Vortex KF Junior engines to use at each round of the Super One Series. The engines will be supplied by their UK agents, Strawberry Racing and they will all be checked for uniformity. This initiative will dramatically lower the costs of competing in the most prestigious series for Junior drivers in the UK, with the British crown the ultimate accolade. Drivers like Anthony Davidson and Paul Di Resta have this title on their CVs before becoming Formula 1 drivers.
Super One welcomes new partners for the class in McLaren Mercedes Formula 1 team and John Surtees with associated prizes of McLaren Technology Centre VIP visits, sessions with their F1 engineers and fitness coaches. This will be associated with on-going advice on the driver's career and progression. These join with Bridgestone and their supplier Zip Kart and new series title sponsor SSM Stevenage Sheet Metal.
It's estimated that the cost per round for KF Junior is £1800 per weekend, this is including dry and wet tyres, test tyres and fuel and unlike the other classes this includes the cost of two engine hires. Compare that to other international KF Junior events and the difference is dramatic.
Strawberry Racing's Managing Director Paul Spencer said: "We are very excited to be part of this new initiative and are very sure it is a step in the right direction to cut the cost of competing in the Junior British Championship. Engines will be prepared to a very high standard but importantly the specification will remain stable all through the year." The MSA has given their full backing to the pooled engine project as well as the major teams. The class enjoys support from Ricky Flynn Motorsport, ZipKart, SWRD (Wright karts), Millennium Motorsport, Mick Barrett Racing, S8 Racing, AIM Motorsport and Forza amongst others. Could you too follow in the footsteps of the like of Jehan Daruvala and Jake Dennis?
A breakdown of the costs of competing can be found on the registration form at
But remember the easiest and cheapest way to register is on line at the Super One website.
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Successfully making their international debut at the Superkarts! USA (SKUSA) in Las Vegas, Nevada, Benik Kart is set to take the North American karting community by storm. Developed and distributed by long time karting industry members Nick Mitchell and Ben Cruttenden, the Benik Kart will see a surge in participation at high profile events moving forward in 2014.
"We have been working with several manufacturers for the last five years and we have yet to find a small chassis that caters to our needs," explained Nick Mitchell. "Ben has been working with drivers in Europe over the past six months testing in various conditions with different size drivers and we are very pleased with the results. We are excited about the future."
Debuting in Florida earlier this season in the hands of the young champion Lachlan DeFrancesco, Benik Kart could be seen at the front of the field. Claiming pole positions and main event victories throughout the state, Benik Kart made their international debut at the SuperNationals. Showing speed in all conditions, the Benik Kart will definitely be seen at the front of the field."
Mitchell continued, "Unlike other brands, the Benik Kart is included with all the necessary upgrades. Angled steering wheel hub, Tillett seat and magnesium engine mount is standard on all our chassis providing a complete package for our customers with no additional add-ons."
Cruttenden added, "One of the main reasons of developing our own brand was because we wanted to build something that is very user friendly and caters to a wide spectrum of drivers from novice to national and international level"
With the 2013 racing season complete, Benik Kart owners will now shift their focus to 2014. With planned competition at several high profile series and events, the new squad will kick their season off at the Formula Kart Productions Florida Winter Tour. With two drivers confirmed for the campaign, Benik Kart is looking to add several more competitors to their line up. Any interested parties are asked to contact Nick Mitchell or Ben Cruttenden for more information., via e-mail info@Benik-Kart.com or by phone at 754.206.4870. Benik Kart can also be found on Facebook and Twitter at @kartBENIK.
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