New and fast Sodi World Series karting championship at ICAR

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New and fast Sodi World Series karting championship at ICAR
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Apr 5, 2019, 2:25 PM

The karting facility at ICAR Circuit north of Montréal will be the scene of the 2019 Sodi World Series (SWS) karting championship that will showcase the new, and powerful, SR5 machines.

Last November, SRA Karting closed the competition and rental karts track and facility located in St-Roch-de-l’Achigan, nearby Montréal, Québec to concentrate their activities at the ICAR circuit in Mirabel.

Since 2012, SRA Karting was organizing a regional championship of the Sodi World Series, the largest rental kart championship in the world. This arrive-and-drive style of kart racing allows the participants to compete in a most competitive yet safe environment aboard identically prepared rental machinery.

Race action

Race action

Photo by: Olivier Delorme

For 2019, the series has been moved to ICAR Karting on a new High-Performance, 1.0-km long track and using a fleet of brand new, 13-horsepower SR5 Sodi karts shod on slick tires. “These karts are pretty fast. They can reach a top speed of 90 km/h [56 mph]. They are almost as fast as the Briggs four-stroke competition karts that are raced throughout Canada,” Raphaëlle Boisclair, director of ICAR Karting, told Motorsport.com.

“The SR5 karts are lighter and develop almost twice the power of our RT8s. For that reason, new competitors will need to prove their talent by scoring a set target lap time aboard the RT8s on our leisure track. People who have contested at least three SWS events in the past won’t have to do the test on the RT8 machines.”

Sodi World Series

Sodi World Series

Photo by: Olivier Delorme

The championship will showcase two categories based on the weight of the drivers: regular (180lbs and more) and heavy (more than 210lbs). For smaller drivers who fall below the 180lbs mark, ballast will be added to their karts to make things equal and fair for everyone.

“The 2019 season will consist of 10 events of three races each,” Boisclair added. “It costs just $110 [Canadians] plus taxes to take part in a qualifying session and three races. Everything’s included, even a full-face helmet if you need one. You just need to enter the series and to register for each event you want to compete in. It’s a unique chance to show your skills, to participate in a competitive regional series and have the chance to be the champion. The series is open to everyone and the first race is scheduled for Saturday May 4th. Please note that a maximum of 40 drivers are accepted per race.”

Sodi World Series

Sodi World Series

Two distinct Sodi championships will be held at ICAR this season. The regular SWS will consist of 30 races with international ranking and one grand champion. The other is the LKMTL regional championship made of two categories and that will crown two champions for the regular and the heavy categories. The two LKMTL champions will be offered a free season in the 2020 SWS series at ICAR, a prize worth 1,265$ each.

Having personally contested several SWS races, I can assure you all that it is indeed a very competitive series. Officials usually saw the entire field of qualified within half a second. A single, slightest driving mistake in a corner can easily cost you three or four places in the pack. The racing is fun and entertaining, and allows you to drive balls out on a real race track, and not out on the open roads.

For additional information, click here: http://www.icarkarting.com/sws-en.htm

Registration for the 2019 series starts today: http://www.icarkarting.com/inscriptionSWS-en.htm

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