CIK: AUS: Sponsor announced for Karting Championship

Sparco will be the official Naming Rights sponsor for the 2004 Australian CIK Karting Championships. In a little over one week, Australia's top drivers will be begin battle for the 2004 Sparco Australian CIK Karting Championships, which will kick...

Sparco will be the official Naming Rights sponsor for the 2004 Australian CIK Karting Championships. In a little over one week, Australia's top drivers will be begin battle for the 2004 Sparco Australian CIK Karting Championships, which will kick off at Geelong in Victoria, March 26-28.

"Sparco apparel has become very popular in Australian Karting, and is already widely used in World Motorsport," the Australian Importer for Sparco, Ian Black, commented. "By sponsoring the premier series in Australian Karting, it allows us to further extend the brand awareness among the karters and along with the formation of the Sparco Rookie Challenge, I'm very excited about this year's series"

Launching the 2004 Australian CIK Karting Championships in Geelong, whilst here for the Australian Formula One Grand Prix, was Renault Formula One Driver, Jarno Trulli.

"You cannot say how important karting is to the development of these young drivers," said Trulli. "I started racing karts when I was eight and raced twelve seasons. I raced one season in Formula 3 and then into Formula One."

"To me, karting is my passion, it's my business also. Formula One is just a pinnacle, a point that you reach. If I can help young drivers to get them to that point, then I will be very happy."

This year will see several new drivers joining the series along with some regular faces stepping up to the Formula A class.

The top three finishers in the 2003 Intercontinential A Championships, Glenn Powles, Nick Lowe and Matthew Muller have all moved to Dunlop Formula A for 2004 to take on 2003 winner Barclay Holden, whilst CRG's Jason Hryniuk will be keen to avenge his second placing in last year's Championship.

Former Junior stars, Ashley Walsh and Paul Laskazeski have now progressed into the Intercontinental A class, presented by Motor Quality. With both posting solid performances last year, they should feature strongly in the 2004 series, also Alex Schultz. The South Australian CRG pilot has several years under his belt in CIK competition, and will go in as one of the favourites for this year's series.

In the Dunlop Junior Intercontinental A division, Newcastle gun Joshua Scott will be debuting in a new BRM, attempting to topple defending Champion, Top Kart's Kristian Lindbom, whilst the star of Geelong last year, Deepal Kandola, will be joined by his brother, Amrit in Team Top Kart.

Once again, the 45 Horsepower, six-speed Intercontinential C class, presented by Vega Tyres, will light up the track. This year will see former Formula A gun, Bart Price step into the gearbox category, along with Top Kart's Brett Hobson and former Junior Intercontinental A regular, Tom Williamson, who's in hot form at the moment, all attempting to take on the established stars of the category, defending Champion, Tyson Pearce, Mat Sofi and Justin Ruggier.

The Sparco Rookie Challenge will be a feature of this year's Series, with the future CIK karting talent supporting the stars at each of the five rounds.

The 2004 Sparco Australian CIK Karting Championships will be presented by Sparco, Dunlop, Motor Quality and Vega Tyres.

-cik.aus-

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Series Kart
Drivers Jarno Trulli , Tom Williams , Brett Hobson , Kristian Lindbom
Teams Williams