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JK Tyre National Karting championship gets a complete overhaul and is set to be more affordable for every young motorsport enthusiast in the country. This year the four-stroke category makes a comeback in the championship and there’s also the two-stroke category. Meco Motorsports and JK Tyres redesigned the entire championship, aimed at finding and nurturing future motorsport drivers. JK Tyre Motorsport has a long history of creating champions like Karun Chandhok, Armaan Ebrahim, Aditya Patel, Arjun Maini and Kush Maini to name a few.
Speaking about the upcoming events, Sanjay Sharma, head, JK Motorsport, said, “We have repackaged our entire karting programme this season. The main aim is getting more people exposed to the sport and to make it affordable for them. We went back to the drawing board and decided to get the four-stroke karting event back in the championship, which was highly sought after in the 2000’s. Along with giving them exposure to the very first level of motorsport, participants who want to pursue it seriously will now have an option to choose from X-30 and Rotax, both internationally-acclaimed two-stroke karting championships. Therefore, a participant can start from four-stroke karting and move on to two-stroke, thereafter to Indian make Formula Car (LGB), to JK Euro to Formula 3 and so on.”
The championship consists of three categories, JK Tyre 4-stroke Sodi Kart Sprint Karting (four-stroke), the X-30 Karting and the Rotax Karting both of which are two-stroke. The winners of the four-stroke championship will move on to two-stroke with the option of selecting either X-30 or the Rotax. The winners of the two-stroke junior and senior class will participate in their respective world finals. They would also get a sponsored drive in the Indian-made formula LGB during the JK National Racing Championship.
Sodi Kart four-stroke: This entry-level category, aimed at all budding karting enthusiasts, will have the Sodi Kart Chassis from France running on a four-stroke Honda GX 200 engine. The karts and engines are all single make and run with the same setup. Top speed of these karts is approximately 70kmph. There will be 2 classes in this category – Junior class and Senior class.
X-30: These are powered by 125cc IAME X30 2-stroke engine and chassis from Italy. It is an international series, also very popular in India. All the karts are identical and run by a single team. Top speed of this kart is 120kmph. There are three classes, namely the Cadet, Junior and Senior classes for different age groups. The winner of this category will compete in the X-30 World Finals in Europe.
Rotax: This is the pro category employing race spec karts completely based on international parameters. There are six teams, Peregrine Racing, Birel Art Racing, Rayo Racing, Erda Racing, RD Racing, and MSport who have their own packages within the stipulated parameters. The top speed of the karts is 120kmph. The winner of this class will compete in the Rotax Max World Finals with drivers from across the globe.
The calendar for the JK Tyre National Karting Championship 2019 is as follows:
Sodi Kart Junior, Senior and Ladies class:
|Round 1||Aug 24-25||Bangalore|
|Round 2||Sept 14-15||Cochin/Baroda|
|Round 3||Oct 12-13||Bhopal|
|Round 4||Oct 26-27||Chandigarh|
|Round 5||Nov 30- Dec 1||Delhi|
X-30 Cadet, Junior and Senior class
|Round 1||May 24-26||Bangalore|
|Round 2||June 14-16||Bangalore|
|Round 3& 4||July 12-14||Hyderabad|
|Round 5||Aug 2-4||Bangalore|
Rotax Micro, Junior and Senior class
|Round 1||June 7-9||Bangalore|
|Round 2||July 5-7||Bangalore|
|Round 3&4||Aug 9-11||Hyderabad|
|Round 5||Sept 6-8||Bangalore|