Intrepid is coming home in Canada. As the New Year dawns and the racing season appears on the horizon, Goodwood Kartways has welcomed the storied marque back into its fold and is set to resume a prodigious partnership that began six seasons ago.
“It’s a very exciting time for us at Goodwood, obviously,” said race team manager Marco DiLeo. “We had a very successful relationship with Intrepid in the past and had outstanding results on the track, both at home in Canada and in major events across the continent. It wasn’t one we really wanted to see interrupted, but situations beyond our control in Europe dictated we move away from the brand when we did so. We had to look at what was best for our business and our customers at the time, and acted accordingly. Now that conditions have been restored within the company, we’re once again proud to partner with Intrepid and look forward to resuming our business model where we intended it to be, offering the best service and support possible for both the Intrepid and Praga racing lines.”
Of Goodwood Kartways/Intrepid success there can be no doubt. In its prime area of competition in the Eastern Canadian Karting Championship, no team nor chassis has won more class championships, and that even after a season-long absence. Goodwood Kartways/Intrepid has 22 wins in ECKC competition, and has put eleven different drivers on top of the podium. It’s a winning combination to be sure, and one that succeeds across an entire chassis line that is now once again available through new product and chassis conversion.
“Just as was the case when we introduced the OK1 chassis to fill a void, the ability for drivers to re-brand their current Goodwood kart as Intrepid is available, affordable, and can be done before the first session occurs at the track this Spring,” DiLeo continued. “The components of Intrepid, OK1 and Praga chassis are conveniently universal and the transition is quick and seamless. For specific details for your chassis and what you’re looking to convert, just reach out to us at the shop.”
Goodwood Kartways resumes its relationship with Intrepid as the company looks to make its mark in a big way moving forward. Beginning with the upcoming Florida Winter Tour, a factory effort will combine with the Goodwood Kartways race team to see both Edward Brand and Arnaud ‘Koko’ Kozlinski in action competing in Rotax Senior and DD2 respectively. Brand is one of the world’s brightest Rotax talents, having been a British Champion in both Junior and Senior, top-five in the Rotax Euro Challenge five years running, and on the podium at the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals in both Junior and Senior. ‘Koko’ Kozlinski is among the most fabled names of the sport having been a world-class frontrunner in both direct drive and shifterkarts for over a decade. The 2009 Super KF World Champion is making his return to Intrepid this season after racing as a factory pilot recently with both CRG and Birel. Canada’s Zachary Claman DeMelo will add to the power base, as the reigning Eastern Canadian and National Champion has also already committed to Intrepid for the season ahead, racing with Goodwood Kartways in America and the Intrepid Driver Program in Europe.
The 2014 season for Goodwood Kartways begins with the Florida Winter Tour. For more information on Intrepid, Praga, or how the team can assist you there, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Team Facts: Goodwood Kartways is in Stouffville, Ontario, Canada, where drivers can progress from turning rental kart laps to world championships. The Goodwood Kartways race team annually represents the facility at National and International Championships like the Florida Winter Tour, Eastern Canadian Karting Championship, Canadian National Championships and SKUSA SuperNationals.
It has also had drivers contest the Pan-American Rotax Max Challenge, the World Karting Association Manufacturers’ Cup, the Rotax European Championship, the Rotax International Open Championship and the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals. Goodwood Kartways operates in conjunction with Intrepid S.r.l. in Verona, Praga Kart, HRS Racing Engines, IMAF Racing Seats and Vega Tires. Visit them on the web at goodwoodkartways.com