AUS: Stars of Karting news 2010-02-19

TOP GUN TEAM READY TO FIRE IN CIK STARS OF KARTING SERIES Led by multiple Australian karting champion Troy Hunt, the Top Gun Racing outfit is ready to fire in the 2010 CIK Stars of Karting Series which kicks off in Newcastle in two weeks time ...

TOP GUN TEAM READY TO FIRE IN CIK STARS OF KARTING SERIES

Led by multiple Australian karting champion Troy Hunt, the Top Gun Racing outfit is ready to fire in the 2010 CIK Stars of Karting Series which kicks off in Newcastle in two weeks time (March 5-7).

Throughout the four-round series Hunt will guide young guns Jonathan Venter and Jacob Parsons as they chase the Pro Junior (KF3) championship. The Sydney teenagers will be joined in the Top Gun line-up by Wollongong driver Matthew Bailey, who will be competing in the Pro Light (KF1) championship.

"I'm really excited about the year that lies ahead and the group of drivers that I will be working with during the CIK Stars of Karting Series," said Hunt.

"It is great to see Australian karting once again having an 'elite' series and I am really looking forward to being a part of it."

During the peak of his karting career in the late 90s Hunt battled with the likes of current day V8 Supercar stars Jamie Whincup, Mark Winterbottom and James Courtney at the top level of karting in Australia.

"The CIK style of racing has always been regarded as the top level of karting across the world. When it was last prominent here in Australia it helped the likes of Jamie, Mark, James and Ryan Briscoe to take the next step in their flourishing careers," said Hunt.

As a part of his preparations Venter is this weekend competing at the Florida Winter Tour in America in the Junior Rotax category.

"An opportunity came up for me to race in America, the timing was right for me to come over here and by competing against some new drivers on a new track I will be able to gain some great experience heading into the first round of the CIK Stars of Karting Series next month," said Venter.

"The Pro Junior class is going to be pretty cool, I can't wait to get to Newcastle and experience the extra power that the KF3 engine produces."

Like his Top Gun team-mate, 15 year-old Parsons is excited about the prospect of working with Hunt and the Top Gun Racing outfit in the CIK Stars of Karting Series.

"Since I started racing almost six years ago I've always looked up to Troy Hunt and admired what he has been able to achieve during his career, so I'm really looking forward to learning as much as possible throughout the year," said Parsons, who will be using engines prepared by Hurst Racing Engines.

"After finishing inside the top ten at the Nationals last year, I'm really looking forward to taking the next step in my karting career and being a part of the top karting series in the country."

About to embark on his tenth year in the sport Bailey is the most experienced of the Top Gun team but still has the youthful exuberance to compete at the top level of the sport.

"I grew up watching the CIK style of racing in the nineties, it was the pinnacle of karting so when I heard that style of racing was coming back, I jumped at the opportunity to be a part of it," said Bailey.

"Newcastle is an amazing track, probably the best in the country in my eyes, I can't wait for the first round to roll around."

The CIK Stars of Karting Series will kick off in Newcastle on March 5-7 and will incorporate the Australian CIK Championships for the Pro Light (KF1), Pro Gearbox (KZ2) and Pro Junior (KF3) categories.

Competitors in the Pro Light category will use the 125cc IAME KF specification engine, as used in the 2009 championship that was won by Newcastle driver Hayden McBride. The Pro Gearbox drivers will take to the track powered by a six-speed 125cc gearbox machine while the Pro Junior drivers will use a 125cc Vortex KF3 specification engine.

Driver's looking to register their interest in the series should visit www.starsofkarting.com.au.

Supplementary regulations for the opening round are available under the rules section on the series website, www.starsofkarting.com.au and the official site of the AKA www.karting.net.au

Running in conjunction with the series will also be a Clubman and Junior National category, where competitors will be vying for the East Coast Title, along with one class chosen by the host club. The winner of the Clubman class across the four rounds will also receive a trip to the All Japan Kart Championships later in the year courtesy of the Yamaha Motor Company.

About the CIK Stars of Karting Series The CIK Stars of Karting Series is the elite level of karting competition in Australia.

The CIK (Commission Internationale de Karting) is the specialised Karting commission of the FIA, the governing body of world motor sport.

Competitors in the series use similar equipment to that used in the European and World Championships.

The 2010 series will be run over four rounds with the opening round in Newcastle (March 5-7) followed by Ipswich (May 7-9), Sydney's Eastern Creek (June 18-20) ahead of the finale at Melbourne's Todd Road circuit on August 6-8.

Running in conjunction with the series will be the Clubman and Junior National categories where competitors will be vying for the honour of becoming the East Coast Title holder. The winner of the Clubman class across the four rounds will receive a trip to the All Japan Kart Championships later in the year courtesy of the Yamaha Motor Company.

There will also be another 'local' class contested at each of the rounds. Former Champions of the CIK Stars of Karting Series include V8 Supercar Champion Jamie Whincup, Mark Winterbottom, Ryan Briscoe, Michael Caruso, Tim Slade, Troy Hunt, Andrew Thompson, Phillip Scifleet and Christian Jones.

-source: bammedia

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