NEW CHIEF OPERATIONS MANAGER APPOINTED

The Board of Karting NSW is pleased to announce that Ross Allen has been successful in securing the role of Chief Operations Manager for Karting NSW.

The role is a newly created role dedicated to focusing on the operational issues of grass roots karting. A rigorous recruitment process sought applications from both internal and external candidates.

Ross was formally interviewed for the role against the criteria posted and he has satisfied, and indeed exceeds the recruitment needs. As a result, Ross will resign from his role as Director of Competition within the Board of Karting NSW to take up this new role. "Ross brings an absolute wealth of knowledge in motorsport, governance and administration generally" said Dave Filipetto, Chairman of KNSW.

Prior to joining the Board of KNSW in 2017, Ross was Chairman of Speedway Australia. "Ross will bring much needed stability and operational focus to the day to day matters of Karting NSW as well as supporting our front line administration.

This will now permit the Board to concentrate on strategic matters aimed at improving the value proposition for our member base." The role of the CEO remains vacant, and will do so until the Board determines that the operational issues around grass roots karting have been re-aligned to our Constitution and in our Members best interests.

We also wish to take this opportunity to thank Derek Ferry who has been acting in the capacity as caretaker General Manager of KNSW since the Board’s appointment late last year. It is never an easy role to align the old with the new, but Derek has done so with patience and integrity. His passion for the sport is unwavering.

Derek has been an Official since 1996. He was appointed to the Board in February 2010 as Director Member Services Central Zone, then moved to Director Member Services Southern Zone in May 2012. He was appointed as CEO in November 2014.

The Board extends its thanks to Derek and hopes to see him well rested and re-invigorated back in our karting community soon.

Please join the Board in thanking Derek for his commitment to Karting NSW for the past 22 years and welcoming Ross as he steps into the Chief Operations Manager position.

Sprint Car star Jason Johnson dies from injuries sustained at Beaver Dam Raceway

World of Outlaws star Jason Johnson died recently from injuries sustained in a crash at Beaver Dam Speedway in Wisconsin on the weekend.

Johnson was racing for the lead on the 18th lap of a 40-lap main event with Daryn Pittman. The two made contact, sending Johnson flipping into the outside retaining wall and through the billboards outside of the racetrack.

A lengthy extrication period followed before he was airlifted to Aurora Summit Hospital in Summit, Wisconsin.

Johnson is the second driver in four years to die from injuries suffered in a sprint car crash at the third-mile clay facility.

Scott Semmelmann, 47, was killed in an accident in practice at an Interstate Racing Association event in September 2014.

Johnson was a five-time Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series champion and was one of the most popular winners of the prestigious Knoxville Nationals.  He also competed in Australia for many years.

He made his Outlaws debut in 1998, winning his first race at Texas Motor Speedway in 2003, but didn’t run full time until 2015. He won 12 times in the series and twice this season.

Johnson would have celebrated his 42nd birthday on July 7. He is survived by wife Bobbi and son Jaxx.

Has Lawrence Stroll Purchased Force India F1?

Force India’s weak financial condition meant that rumours had started doing the rounds about a possible registration for ‘controlled bankruptcy.

And those rumours have actually come true, as according to AutoBild, Lawrence Stroll has bought Force India from its existing(rather previous) owners Vijay Mallya, Subrata Roy and Michiel Mol.

It is however not clear if Stroll has bought a majority stake in the team or has completely bought the team for himself.

But whatever it is, one thing is for sure, the billionaire’s son, Lance Stroll will now drive for Force India.

Lawrence had earlier invested his money in his son’ team, Williams, however, lack of performance from Williams and an opportunity to buy an entire team seemed a little too enticing for Lawrence.

With Stroll moving to Force India, it will be interesting to see how the driver market behaves in the next few weeks.

One of Ocon or Perez will have to move and reports suggest that Ocon has already found suitors at Renault.

The Stroll effect will lead to movement in all midfield F1 teams, with a lot of the action set to take place during the summer break.

A lot of the movement would depend on Alonso’s decision about staying in F1 or quitting for some other form of motorsport, or quitting car racing entirely.

For the ‘Force India’ brand, it is good that it found a prospective buyer after the current(previous) owners bailed out on it due to financial constraints.

It will be interesting to see what kind of management is put in place to run the team and if it can continue to fight for supremacy in that midfield group.

Dobson Taking Season Off

After many years of speedway racing, Shaun Dobson has announced that he is taking a break away from the sport.

Government Regulator Give Karting NSW Thumbs Up

The NSW Government, and more specifically the Department of the Office of Sport, independently surveyed the ‘Organisational Health’ of all Sporting Organisations within the State of NSW recently.

For this review, State Sporting Organisations (SSO) were ranked in ‘Tiers’ according to the amount of funding received from the NSW Office of Sport, with Tier 1 on lowest funding to Tier 3 on the highest funding. Karting NSW was in Tier 3 along with 37 other SSOs including organisations such as the NSW AFL and NSW Rugby League.

The results of that review were outstanding for the sport of karting:

  • • 95 x State Sporting Organisations (SSOs) took part in the survey – and Karting NSW was ranked 11th overall.
  • • Karting NSW ranked 9th in Tier 3.
  • • Karting NSW achieved an aggregate score of 90% - exceeding the Tier 3 average of 81%
  • • Karting NSW was ranked #1 in Tier 3 for (a) Strategy and Planning and (b) Risk Management and Accountability.

The survey indicated that the primary area that Karting NSW should be focusing on to further improve its operations as a sporting organisation, is how it delivers its services.

The Department also offered input into other opportunities to move Karting NSW towards best practice. These included that Karting NSW should consider:

  • • increasing female representation on the Karting NSW Board of Directors (although they have one, more would be advisable);
  • • upgrading the IT platforms or services used by the organisation to a platform or service that is adequately effective, modern and operative;
  • • provide programs and training to staff to boost inclusion of people with a disability.

The Department in summary categorised Karting NSW as having outstanding organisational health.

The Department Representative went on to give this feedback - "for such a small organisation, Karting NSW deserves to give itself a huge pat on the back".

“The Board of Karting NSW is pleased with this independent feedback provided by our Government regulator,” stated Chairperson Dave Filipetto. “We would like to acknowledge the hard work and effort of our Administration Staff and General Manager who keep the front of office functions running superbly. We also acknowledge that this result was not just achieved in the recent past. The current Board has looked to build upon the foundations laid by those who have gone before us and who have helped forge the rich history and reputation Karting NSW enjoys within the sporting world. We acknowledge our volunteers and officials who are also part of the fabric of Karting NSW.”

“However, there is always room to improve. The current skills based Board has focussed on improving organisational governance, both internally and externally, as well as critically looking at our finances and risk profiles. We have opened up two-way communication by giving our Members a real voice and collaborating on how we work together to take ourselves forward. At our SKC meetings, the Board has shared with you and sought feedback on our desired corporate values, the strategies needed to reinvigorate the Sport of Karting and more recently, our tactical priorities in regards Officials, Training, State Competition calendars and increasing Member participation.” Filipetto stated.

The Board will also look to work on the areas of improvement identified by the Department, He also stated.

The next big event on the calendar is this weekend 14th -15th July at Dubbo Kart Track where they will be hosting Round two of the NSW State Championships with 170 competitors in attendance.

 

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JAMIE VEAL TO DRIVE FOR SWI RACING ONLY IN 2018/2019

SWI Racing are pleased to confirm that Jamie will be solely dedicated to the V35 for the 2018/19 racing season.

It has been mutually agreed that Jamie and Krikke MotorSport will now focus on their individual racing programs moving forward.

In the months ahead a full schedule of races for the V35 will be announced.