Take eight of the new Rotax RM1 karts, add eight current and former karting champions and you have all the right ingredients for a major scrap when the Rotax RM1 Race of Champions gets underway on the Kyalami Kart Circuit at the Cars in Action Festival of Motoring at AA Kyalami on July 17 and 18.

Rotax RM1 importer, Ed Murray, has made available eight of the new karts, which feature the 24kW DD2 125 engine, chainless two-speed direct drive, four-wheel brakes, paddle gearshift, reverse gear and aerodynamic scratchproof bodywork.

“The Rotax RM1 is revolutionising karting world wide in that for the first time the kart is supplied as a complete ready to race package,” said Ed Murray. “It’s very much a case of stepping into the kart, starting the engine, driving out of pit lane on to the track, giving a burst on the accelerator, a stab on the brakes, steering into the first corner and you realise that the RM1 has a limit … your limit.”

“I had no hesitation in making the eight Rotax RM1’s available for the Race of Champions because it is rare for eight champions, past and present, to go head to head in identical equipment,” added Murray.

The driver line-up for the Rotax RM1 Race of Champions includes Derrick Irving who has won more karting championships than he cares to remember (16 since 1973), multiple SA karting champion and former Rotax Max World Champion Claudio Piazza-Musso, three SA times karting champion, 1996 Formula GTi champion and 2002 Formula Ford champion Morne’ Jurgens, Gary Formato who cut his teeth on karting and is a two times Wesbank V8 Modified champion, 1989 100 Stock champion Hennie Groenewald, four times SA karting champion Leeroy Poulter, four times SA karting champion Wesley Orr and reigning 125 champion Jimmy Auby.

The compact Kyalami Kart Circuit is 840 metres long and features six corners and a chicane with excellent spectating opportunities from the clubhouse, which has a bar, restaurant and ablution facilities.

The Rotax RM1 Champion of Champions gets underway with practice from 08h10 to 10h55 followed by qualifying from 11h25 to 11h55 and Heat 1 from 14h25 on Saturday, July 17. On Sunday there will be a warm-up at 10h00 with Heat 2 starting at 12h30 and the Final at 16h00.

Members of the public will have an opportunity to drive a 200 Professional hire kart 12h00 to 14h00 and 15h00 to 17h00 on Saturday and again on Sunday from 08h00 to 10h00, 10h30 to 12h00 and 13h00 to 16h00 on Sunday at a cost of R100,00 for six laps.

The Cars in Action Festival of Motoring is a weekend for the whole family with numerous other attractions including the Bosal Concours d’Etat and Tops Only competitions, the Historic Racing Car Register races for Historic Single Seaters, Volkspares Fine Cars, Lotus Challenge, DK Porsche Challenge and Volkspares HRCR Touring Cars on Saturday, the Bosal Concours d’Elegance, the CRRASA Classic Regularity Rally, the SAHRA Special Stage Rally, the Historic Motorcycle Group Demonstration and the Vodacom 200 sports car race on Sunday, ride ‘n drive opportunities on the BMW skidpan and 4x4 course, a Playstation arcade, product displays and a kiddies play area.

A one-day admission ticket costs R40,00 per person and a two-day admission ticket costs R70,00 per person.

Original article from Car