25th March 2014
The Australian karting division of international single-seater stalwart, ART Grand Prix, will embark on the teams first full season in the CIK Stars of Karting Series, after competing in the final two rounds of the series in 2013, winning both rounds in TAG Light and placing third in the premier KZ2 gearbox class with drivers Aaron Borg and John Grother. With round one of the championship being held under lights at the demanding Ipswich Kart Track over Friday and Saturday this week (28/29), the event will prove a massive challenge for all competitors.
Joining the ART Grand Prix Australia team this season is 10-year old Cody Burcher from Orange, NSW. Burcher made the last minute change to the ART GP team and chassis after an impressive day of testing last week at Eastern Creek, and will debut the TS-05 mini kart in the Rookies class this weekend.
Also joining the team for 2014 is young Victorian racer, Matthew Hunt, who will partner John Grother in the KZ2 Gearbox category. Hunt was a consistent finisher in KZ2 during last year’s championship and will be looking to jump further up the grid and fight for victory with the new ART Grand Prix chassis.
Returning to the series with ART Grand Prix Australia are John Grother in the KZ2 gearbox category, Aaron Borg who moves up into the KF2 class from TAG Light and Rishikeshan Sabesan who moves into the highly competitive TAG Light class.
#42 John Grother ART GP/TM
#7 Matthew Hunt ART GP/TM
#14 Aaron Borg ART GP/IAME
#8 Rishikeshan Sabesan ART GP/IAME
#6 Cody Burcher ART GP/Yamaha
About ART Grand Prix Australia
ART Grand Prix are well known for its success in Formula 3, GP3 and GP2 as a feeder team to Formula One having worked with drivers such as Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, Nico Rosberg and Alexandre Premat. As one of the most successful junior single seater teams in the world, ART Grand Prix expanded its operations into international karting in 2011. ART GP has since achieved great success in KZ1, KF1 and KF3 during the 2012 and 2013 seasons with works drivers Ben Hanley and Charles Leclerc finishing 1-2 at the 2013 Lonato Winter Cup as just the first of many successes.
The Australian operation is managed and operated by Duvashen Padayachee. A successful driver in his own right, he has enjoyed a fruitful motorsport career having won races in the British Formula Three National Series in 2012 and currently competes in the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia Championship. The racing operation is represented by factory driver Aaron Borg, a highly coveted kart racer in Australia, who’s career highlights include numerous state titles, as well as competing internationally in Japan.
ART Grand Prix Karting Australia are proudly supported by:
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Woodlands Beauty Spot
Hurst Race Engines
ART Grand Prix
All Road Management
Petrol Eyewear Australia
International Karting Distributors
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