AUS: Series plans for 2011 season

CIK STARS OF KARTING SERIES EXPANDS FOR 2011 Following on from a successful return to Australian circuits this year Australia's premier karting series, the CIK Stars of Karting Series, is set to expand in 2011. With the 2010 series contested...

CIK STARS OF KARTING SERIES EXPANDS FOR 2011

Following on from a successful return to Australian circuits this year Australia's premier karting series, the CIK Stars of Karting Series, is set to expand in 2011.

With the 2010 series contested across four rounds, one each in Queensland and Victoria along with two in New South Wales, next year's series will make the expansion to a five-round schedule.

The expansion to five events will see the elite series kick off at Ipswich in Queensland one week earlier this year on February 26/27 followed by round two in South Australia on April 2/3 - the venue for this round is still to be finalised and will be announced in the coming months.

The Victorian round in 2011 will be hosted by the Go-Kart Club of Victoria at the Todd Road circuit in Melbourne on June 18/19 ahead of the penultimate round at Sydney's Eastern Creek International Karting Raceway on the final weekend in July. After kicking off the series in 2010 Newcastle will be the location for the title decider in 2011 on September 17/18.

"One of the most important things for the series is to continue to involve the competitors in the forward direction of the series. When we sat down with the competitors mid-way through this year they were very keen to expand to five rounds and I'm delighted that we have been able to achieve this goal," said CIK Stars of Karting Series Co-ordinator Peter Galvin.

"This year was a fantastic success and we certainly look to build on this for 2011. The benefits for the sport were enormous with one of the main highlights being the fact that every club which hosted a round reported a significant increase in interest in new members following their event, which is great for karting."

Once again the three CIK-specification categories - Pro Light (KF1), Pro Gearbox (KZ2) and Pro Junior (KF3) - will headline the series while being supported by the Clubman and Junior National categories where drivers will battle for the East Coast Title. There will also be another category selected by the host club contested at each round.

"All throughout this year the interest in not only the Pro categories but also the East Coast categories repeatedly increased and this has continued since the final round in August. We have had a number of drivers from the East Coast Title classes set to move into the main categories but I am overwhelmed at the amount of new drivers committing to the two Yamaha classes for next year." said Galvin.

"There is rarely a day go by when I don't either get a phone call or hear from someone looking to either get into one of the Pro categories or tell me that they want race in the Yamaha classes - it's very exciting times.

"The interest in the Pro Light category is the strongest that it has ever been and the Pro Gearbox class continues to grow, we have also had a big increase in the amount of Pro Junior drivers for next year with some of the best juniors in the country set to go head to head - everything is gearing up for a great year in 2011."

All three 2010 Champions, Matthew Wall, Cian Fothergill and Pierce Lehane have already confirmed their commitment to the series next year.

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.

2011 CIK STARS OF KARTING SERIES
Round 1 - 26/27 February - Ipswich, Queensland
Round 2 - April 2/3 - South Australia
Round 3 - June 18/19 - Melbourne, Victoria
Round 4 - July 30/31 - Eastern Creek, New South Wales
Round 5 - September 17/18 - Newcastle, New South Wales

-source: kart au

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Drivers Jamie Whincup , Mark Winterbottom , Michael Caruso , Phillip Scifleet , Christian Jones , Tim Slade