The series was the original brainchild of Picton Karting Track, who ran a racing series called Subaru F4 for privately owned Subaru endurance karts for many years once a month on a Saturday evening. The founding members and teams raced in this series.
The Subaru Karting Association of New South Wales Inc. was incorporated in January 2014 by Ray Russell, Mark Pickering and Rhonda Leet.
The club began after a conversation between Ray and Mark.
“Hey Mark, I’ve got an idea, Lets run an event at Port Macquarie and invite drivers from Queensland and call it a State of Origin Event.” Little did we know this would be the beginning of many years of work.
The success of the club is based on this initial idea, take our friends away for a weekend of cost effective racing and enjoy it.
The series needed to grow and venture to new circuits and the only way for that to be possible was for the teams to take on the running of the series and by the mid part of 2014 we did just that.
The founding members embarked on writing the first version of our own rule book, made an investment in a timing decoder and sort the relevant insurance and went racing.
The first event could have been our last. To say we learnt a lot from that first meeting is an understatement. The weather at Port Macquarie was cyclonic and yet, so many people at that event are still involved to this day.
By 2015 the club was running a full calendar of racing and had attracted the attention of Karting New South Wales. After an approach from the President of Karting New South Wales, several follow up meetings and a vote by the members the club affiliated with the Governing Body, offering greater protection for everyone involved.
This move also saw us more greatly accepted by circuits we wished to race at because we were now all part of the same organisation.
The impending closure of Fuji Heavy Industries in Japan, the manufacturers of the Subaru KX21 engine meant our Subaru power plant suddenly had an expiry date.
In response to this in early 2018, the club voted on a name change to the:
Four Stroke Karting Association of New South Wales Inc.
From 2019 our engine of choice became the: Briggs and Stratton LO206.
The Briggs & Stratton Engine has been an absolute winner for the club. The rev limiter means the engine looks after itself, the engines are even, and the racing close.
The club now boasts professional equipment levels, Race America Track Safety Lights, Portable Weigh Bridge and our own Club Trailer.
We have invested thousands of dollars over the years to improve the racing experience, and will continue to do so.
The clubs vision has always remained the same:
- We are a social club that goes racing
- We use a control sealed Briggs & Stratton LO206 tagged motor that can be fitted to most karting chassis, the engine is sealed so you cannot alter it. The result is everyone is on a level playing field.
- We always attempt to run our events professionally and fairly in the interests of competitors
- We are non-for profit, meaning all money made goes into equipment for the club or promotion of our racing.
- We visit the best tracks in the ACT & NSW on an annual basis and run eight rounds of racing a year.
Our events are often decided by seconds, not laps. This is one of the closest categories you will find.
Come along and have a go – you’ll be surprised at just how good this series is.
CURRENT 4SKANSW Inc COMMITTEE
President – Rob Russell
Vice President – Greg Cox
Secretary – Maxine Cooper
Treasurer – Greg Cox
Assistant Treasurer – Damien Selakovic
Officials Co-ordinator – Maxine Cooper
Club contact – Rob Russell
General Committee – Brad Tudman
General Committee – Trent Dowling
General Committee – Mark Pickering
LIFE MEMBERSHIP AWARDS
Ray Russell – 2016
Mark Pickering – 2018
Greg Cox – 2023
Maxine Cooper – 2023
Rob Russell – 2023
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