MS Kart, from the initials of its creator and director Milan Simak, is one of the few major Manu- facturers who are not based in Italy. The headquarters and production plant of MS Kart are located in Prachatice, in the Czech Repu- blic. The company employs some 26 persons and produces as an average 800 to 1,000 chassis per year. It was created in 1992.
The Czech Manufacturer is a unique case on the scene of Karting industrialists : he is the only one who proposes in his range of products a type of karts for every CIK-FIA category, from KF chassis to Superkarts, not forgetting KZs. And MS Kart obviously also has Minikarts, leisure karts and rent karts on his price-list. A large number of accessories which equip the karts are designed and manufactured in-house, which further enhances the Manufacturer status of MS Kart.
On the international scene, MS Kart has often shown a predilection for gearbox categories, probably as a legacy of the boss’ sporting past. During his career as a Driver, Milan Simak indeed landed a European 125cc title in 1980 at Olomouc (CZE) on an artisanal chassis of his own making. Its major modern successes, MS Kart owes them to the German Peter Elkmann, CIK-FIA European Superkart Champion in 2008 and winner of many international Superkart events, like the famous British Superkart GP.
Drivers entered in the CIK-FIA U18 World Championship with MS KART : Forman Jiri (CZE); Schwab Jérôme (CH).
Disputé sur deux meetings (le premier a eu lieu en avril sur le circuit de Sarno-Napoli en Italie), le Championnat d’Europe CIK-FIA a connu son épilogue le week-end dernier à Varennes-sur-Allier. Valeur sûre de la discipline, Yan Pesce a terminé à la deuxième place finale de la catégorie KZ2. Ce Clermontois de 23 ans revient pour nous sur ce brillant week-end.
Quel était votre objectif initial sur cette seconde manche du Championnat d’Europe ?
Yan Pesce : « Après la manche italienne, je visais un podium. J’étais très motivé car je roulais chez moi, sur mes terres. Et je disposais du meilleur matériel avec un châssis Energy et un moteur TM. Je suis resté parmi les trois meilleurs durant toutes les séances d’essais puis j’ai gagné deux manches qualificatives avant de remporter une course. Le classement final était calculé avec un décompte sur les quatre courses du Championnat. Et je termine finalement à la deuxième place derrière l’Italien Paolo De Cont0. »
Qu’est-ce qui vous a manqué pour obtenir la victoire ?
Y.P. : « Le pilote italien a été très fort chez lui en terminant premier et deuxième des finales. A Varennes, il a terminé une finale à la troisième place, ce qui lui a suffi pour être champion. Sur le coup, j’étais un peu déçu de ne pas avoir gagné mais vice-champion reste un beau titre… »
Quel est la suite de votre programme 2010 ?
Y.P. : « Je suis actuellement à la deuxième place des KZ2 en GPO derrière Anthony Abbasse. Il reste trois meetings à disputer, soit six courses. Tout reste possible mais ce sera dur car la concurrence est relevée cette année encore. Et puis je participerai au Trophée Kart Mag… »
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Beitske Visser's irresistible ascent continues at very high speed. After showing some superb performances a the Margutti Trophy, then in the WSK Euro Series, Beitske now feels perfectly at ease at the top of the European KZ2 Championship in Varennes-sur-Allier. Always extremely fast with her Intrepid/TM, the young Dutch driver has gained competitiveness by crossing swords with the best drivers of the category. She was seen battling for victory with great determination against more experienced rivals.
Her European meeting started with a best lap time in timed qualifying in the KZ2 crowd, and then continued with two victories in the qualifying heats. Race 1 was magnificent and Beitske crossed the finish line as winner, accompanied by deafening applauses. The European title was still in the line of sight at the start of Race 2. Unfortunately, during a formidable fight for the first place, she was hit by another driver and went violently off the track. She gathered her strength and bravely managed to start again, but it was too late for a good result. She had to content herself with a fourth place in the final standings of the Championship, an exceptional performance for such a young driver, but a disappointing one for someone as determined to win as Beitske.
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Created in 1981 by Gildas Mérian, its current President, Sodikart, in what will soon be 30 years, has become a major protagonist on the world Karting market. Out of all the Manufacturers, it is undoubtedly the one who has developed the largest industrial organisation and now generates the largest world production of both competition and rent karts.
All the Sodikart departments – commercial, administrative, production, research & development – operate from an ultramodern plant on 8,000 m2 located in Nantes, France, which was inaugurated in 1998. Sodikart employs 80 to 110 persons, according to seasons, and proposes a vast range of products and services (various equipments and accessories, organisation of events and e-trade website).
Mainly focused on competition in the 1980’s – initially as an importer and then with the first competition chassis of its own production under the make name Sodi – Sodikart then anticipated the emergence of a rent and leisure market in full growth by dedicating most of its development to the optimisation and manufacturing of such karts by thus limiting its involvement in competition. Particularly groundbreaking on this specific leisure ready market, Sodikart has developed a range of specifically adapted and innovative karts (technology, design and safety), and it has naturally positioned itself as the world leader. Its capacity to innovate and develop its products has since allowed it to maintain its dominating position.
As a man who is keen on competition, but also because racing remains a stimulating experimen- tation ground, both for technological developments and for his make’s image, Gildas Mérian has gone back with a vengeance to his first love. He has revived Sodikart’s “Racing Team”, and the make was very quickly successful again from the beginning of the 1990’s – with his first World Formula A title in 1993 as an apotheosis. In 2004, Sodikart landed the World Cup for Teams, while additionally collecting titles, victories and podiums both in France and abroad, as well as in official international competitions of the CIK-FIA – namely a list of results which now makes of Sodikart one of the most successful Manufacturers on all the circuits in the world.
DRIVERS ENTERED IN THE CIK-FIA « U18 » WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WITH SODI :
Alexandre Baron (FRA); Henry G. Easthope (GBR); Paul Fourquemin (FRA); Mathieu Jaminet (FRA); Enzo Marchetti (FRA); Leo Roussel (FRA); Andrick Zeen (USA).