May 28, 2014


"Two podiums in Vortex TaG Cadet at Florida Winter Tour"


February 18, 2013 - After launching one of the first Tony Kart online stores in the United States nearly two years ago, Koene USA launched a professional karting program and debuted back at the opening round of the 2013 Formula Kart Productions Florida Winter Tour (FWT). In only their third weekend on track, Michael d'Orlando was able to provide the team with their first podiums in their existence this past weekend at the Homestead Karting Complex during rounds three and four of the Formula Kart weekend.

Working with young up and coming drivers Michael and Nicholas d'Orlando in a program that was not supposed to get off the ground until April, Team Koene USA Team Principals Mike Maurini and Martijn Koene, as well as d'Orlando Racing employee Adam Johnson, would work hard to achieve success in only their third weekend working together. Nearly scoring the victory in Sunday's competition in January at the Palm Beach International Raceway, Michael d'Orlando would provide the team with their first podium result on Saturday with a third place effort while Sunday would see him up a step on the blocks to come home second.

Younger brother Nicholas would also have his best Florida Winter Tour outing improving on Saturday's twelfth place effort to cross the stripe sixth on Sunday.

"Team Koene USA was not suppose to begin until April at which point we wanted to have everything in place to break into the karting scene," explained Mike Maurini. "Due to circumstances beyond our control, we started earlier than expected and were quite nervous on what the outcome would be. Building and adding to the team is something that we are doing every week and by the time April comes, we hope to be where we would have liked to be to start."

With a brand new fully stocked Sprinter van of Tony Kart apparel and OTK products, MG, Bridgestone and Mojo Tires, as well as Alpinestars race gear, Vortex equipment and Rotax products, Koene USA has also placed their order for a brand new professional looking tent to house their new race team at each and every event.

Maurini added, "Not only are we going to continue to operate our online store at, we will also have a trackside sales and support as well as a small but elite race team that is driven by results and the coaching of drivers as they look to make a career in motorsports."

Team Koene USA will enjoy very little time off as the crew will begin testing for the Florida Winter Tour Rotax round on Tuesday, February 19th with official event days taking place February 22-24.

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May 28, 2014



"Hodgson and Rogero score race wins while Heffner and Askew secure championships"


Ashley Rogero (Left) and Cody Hodgson would add to Ocala Gran Prix's

2012 Florida Winter Tour win total (Photos: Cody Schindel - Autosports Media)


Ocala, Florida - March  20, 2012 - Not having to travel far for the final round of the 2012 Florida Winter Tour, Ocala Gran Prix would utilize home track advantage to score a pair of race wins, ten top five results as well as secure two overall series championships. While Rotax Junior pilot Ashley Rogero would get her maiden Florida Winter Tour victory, Cody Hodgson would add to his win earlier in the year as the duo stood atop the box. Claiming championships were Rotax Masters competitor Jason Heffner and Rotax Junior standout Oliver Askew.


Scoring a pair of podiums including a main event victory was Californian Rotax DD2 pilot Cody Hodgson. Entering the final event weekend with a shot at the overall series title, Hodgson did what was needed to put pressure on the current point leader by taking Saturday's race win. Looking to double up on Sunday, Hodgson suffered a motor failure in the prefinal and would be forced to start from the tail of the field. With the championship out of his grasps, Hodgson had a spirited drive forward to claim the third and final podium position.


Following in Hodgson's footsteps and standing atop the blocks, female pilot Ashley Rogero showed the boys how it was done. After a solid drive from 32nd to 13th in Saturday's main event, Rogero went on to steal the show on Sunday by taking the prefinal win and a commanding main event victory. With her first career Florida Winter Tour win, Rogero would claim the fourth position in the Rotax Junior point standings.


While Ocala Gran Prix only scored a pair of victories at their home facility, a pair of drivers closed the series strong and walked away with championships. Receiving a berth on Team USA and an invitation to compete at the 2012 Rotax Grand Finals in Portiamo, Portugal later this year, Oliver Askew scored a pair of pole positions, a heat race win and a solid second place result on Saturday. Having to start Sunday's final from the tail of the 34-kart field with a severely bent chassis, Askew drove forward to an impressive seventh place result, scoring the second fastest lap of the race. Gaining enough points to edge out his rivals in the overall series championship, Askew will return to Team USA for the second consecutive year.


Scoring a pair of top five results and garnering enough points to win the Rotax Masters championship, Floridian pilot Jason Heffner ended the series on top. After making a late decision to enter the FWT program in January, Heffner scored an opening round victory and has been a threat at each and every event. Claiming a second and fourth place finishes in Ocala, Heffner garnered enough points to give Ocala Gran Prix their second championship of the 2012 Florida Winter Tour.


Joining Heffner in the Rotax Masters class was Rob Maier. After some solid results in the opening four rounds, Maier claimed another pair of top ten results with a ninth place run on Saturday and an impressive fifth place result on Sunday.


While Askew and Rogero led the way in the Rotax Junior class, three other Ocala Gran Prix competitors had strong outings. Canadian Parker Thompson would finish the weekend with a ninth and sixth place results while Brian Lockwood claimed a pair of 22nd place results. Floridian driver Alex Hornborg had a Florida Winter Tour career weekend scoring his best qualifying results of the series and ran inside the top ten throughout the weekend. Running into some bad racing luck, Hornborg's 27th and 15th place results were not a resemblance of his sheer speed in Ocala. Austin Garrison also improved at previous Florida Winter Tour results as he left Ocala with a 21st and 14th place effort.


Rotax DD2 Masters driver Bill Lester had another consistent weekend taking home a pair of top ten finishes. After claiming a fourth place result on Saturday, Lester would clock some fast race laps on Sunday to cross the strip in the sixth position. Normally racing in a full-size car, Lester returned to karting to compete at this year's Florida Winter Tour.


Looking to improve their Rotax Mini Max program, Ocala Gran Prix driver's Mathias Ramirez and Olivier Bellanger had the speed to run at the front of the pack. While Ramirez claimed a pair of fourth place results after coming from outside the top ten, Bellanger finished with a ninth and a 12th when the final checkered flag had flown. While both drivers ran in the top five at points throughout the weekend, Ocala Gran Prix is beginning to prove that they will be a force in the Mini Max class. Sting Ray Robb was scheduled to compete with the Ocala Gran Prix race team but an unfortunate incident on Friday saw Robb suffer a concussion and he with drew from the event.


Four Ocala Gran Prix drivers would do battle in the Rotax Senior class as Andrew Evans, Jonathon Kotyk, Annie Hayden and Brandon Salyer would look to run at the front of the field. While all four drivers had impressive runs, Andrew Evans scored the team's best result with a seventh place finish. Salyer would run consistently in the top fifteen scoring a 13th and 15th place results while Hayden claimed the 21st position on Sunday but did not race on Sunday due to an injury received during an on track session.


With a weekend off, Ocala Gran Prix will return to the track in two weeks time for the third round of the Florida Karting Championship Series. Taking place at the new Race Complex facility in Fort Myers, Florida, a strong team of drivers will look to add to the 2012 win total.



May 28, 2014


Ocala, Florida - February 22, 2012 - Picking up where they left off after the first round of the Formula Kart Productions Florida Winter Tour, it was another results-filled weekend for the Ocala Gran Prix squad at the Homestead Karting Complex just south of Miami.  When all was finally said and done, Ocala Gran Prix left the facility with two main event victories, two pole positions, eight podium results and fourteen top ten finishes.

"It was another incredible weekend for Ocala Gran Prix," expressed OGP Team Principal Jorge Arellano. With more than 250 entries and talented drivers from all over the world, running at the front of the field is tough. To come home with race wins and podiums truly says a lot about our program. We are looking forward to the final event weekend in only a few week's time."

Leading the way was Rotax Junior pilot Oliver Askew who was unstoppable all weekend long. After claiming the pole position for both Saturday and Sunday's events, Askew, who is working with tuner Mike Maurini, scored the fastest race laps of the events en route to claiming two heat race wins and two main event victories. Solidifying himself as the driver to beat, Askew currently heads up the Rotax Junior championship points chase as he heads to rounds five and six in mid-March.

Rotax DD2 multi-time national champion Cody Hodgson continued his streak of podium results. After claiming a first and third in the first two rounds at Palm Beach International Raceway, Hodgson proved that he would be a threat for the title with a pair of second place results in Homestead. Having to come from deep in the field on Sunday, Hodgson was unfazed as he marched his way towards the front of the field.

Perennial front-runner Nick Neri was another Ocala Gran Prix driver who scored a pair of podium results against a stout field of Rotax Senior competitors. Competing against multi-time national and world champions, Neri held his own to take a solid second place result on Saturday and backed that up on Sunday with a third. Showing the speed and talent to win at the highest level of Rotax karting, Neri will be a threat for race wins in each and every race he enters.

Rotax Junior drivers Parker Thompson and Ashley Rogero accounted for another three top-fives for the OGP squad. Thompson came from outside the top ten on both Saturday and Sunday to claim two top five results with a fourth and a third. Rogero improved on her sixth place result on Saturday to take home a solid fourth place result on Sunday.

Jason Heffner and Robert Maier were a dynamic duo in the Rotax Masters class as both drivers were seen at the front of the field. Heffner showed his consistency with a pair of fourth place results while Maier was stripped of Sunday's main event victory due to a start line infraction. After leading nearly every lap of the final and crossing the stripe first, Maier was penalized and relegated to the third position. Disappointed about not retaining his first career victory, Maier will be back in Ocala looking to stand atop the podium.

Bill Lester in Rotax DD2 Masters and Mathias Ramirez in Rotax Mini Max added to Ocala Gran Prix's top ten totals with solid drives to seventh and eighth respectively.

Also flying the Ocala Gran Prix banner in Homestead were Micro Max driver Zach Hollingshead, Rotax Junior competitors Alex Hornborg, Brian Lockwood and Austin Garrison while Sting Ray Robb, Olivier Bellanger saw action in Rotax Mini Max.  Mark Dismore Jr, Jonathon Kotyk, Andrew Evans, Annie Hayden and Brandon Salyer would have strong runs in Rotax Senior.

May 28, 2014


"Hodgson, Heffner and Askew score wins for OGP team while Chelootz adds another for OGP"

 Cody Hodgson and Oliver Askew (above) as well as Jason Heffner gave OGP three wins under the team tent
 (Photo: Cody Schindel - Autosports Media)

 Ocala, Florida - January 18, 2012 - Heading to the Palm Beach International Raceway (PBIR), Ocala Gran Prix was determined to rebound from last year's disappointing Florida Winter Tour. When the dust had settled and the weekend finally came to a close, Ocala Gran Prix (OGP), scored three victories and seven podiums under the team tent while adding another victory with Ocala Gran Prix / Koene Racing powered driver Mason Chelootz.

Both Rotax Senior and Rotax DD2 drivers Nick Neri and Cody Hodgson scored a pair of podium results with Hodgson taking the first main event victory on Saturday. Adding a solid third place result on Sunday, the two-time United States National Champion is looking to add another Team USA invitation to his already impressive resume. Floridian driver and perennial front-runner Nick Neri was at the front of the field and came just short of a pair of victories. After losing a drag race to the line on Saturday to come home second, Neri led the majority of Sunday's main event to cross the stripe in third.

In the Rotax Junior class, all drivers managed to score satisfying results in one of the toughest fields ever assembled. After having to come from the last chance qualifier on Saturday, Parker Thompson stormed to the front of the field to score an impressive second place result. Adding a solid fourth on Sunday, Thompson is right in the thick of the championship battle.

Floridian drivers Oliver Askew and Ashley Rogero scored another four top tens for the OGP squad as Rogero came home fifth and ninth. Askew turned a disappointing tenth place result after a penalty on Saturday into a smart victory on Sunday. Breaking away from the rest of the field, Askew used the draft to perfection to slip into the lead and take the checkers, and will now look to double up on the rest of the junior drivers at rounds three and four at the Homestead Karting Complex.

Rotax Junior rookie Sebastian Sierra managed to drive to a pair of top 12 results in his debut garnering seventh and 11th in the final standings while Alex Hornborg rebounded from a frustrating Saturday to score a 22nd place finish on Sunday.

Holland's Meindert Van Buuren joined Hodgson in the Rotax DD2 field as he made the switch from his Top Kart to the Tony Kart team after his equipment was misplaced in shipping. Coming to grips with a new kart, new team and borrowed equipment, Van Buuren claimed a tenth place result on Saturday and improved on Sunday to come home sixth. Fellow DD2 pilot Bill Lester would be the lone soldier in the DD2 Masters category for the Ocala Gran Prix squad and in his debut at the Florida Winter Tour, managed a pair of solid results finishing fifth and sixth.

Ocala Gran Prix claimed another victory with Rotax Masters driver Jason Heffner. After being disqualified after Friday afternoon's qualifying session, Heffner rebounded and managed to take home a win. Standing atop the podium on Saturday, Heffner finished inside the top ten on Sunday and will be a threat for the overall series title. Fellow Floridian and Masters driver Rob Maier closed the first weekend of competition with 11th and 12th place results.

While the OGP Rotax Senior drivers had a hard fought weekend, all will be back in the team tent next round. Jonathan Kotyk qualified an impressive fourth but ran into trouble in the main events claiming 38th and tenth place finishes while Brandon Salyer came home 22nd, Andrew Evans 26th and Annie Hayden gained experience at her first ever Florida Winter Tour event.

The ultra competitive Rotax Mini Max class would see Mathias Ramirez and Oliver Bellanger do battle. While both drivers showed the speed to run in the top five, results were hard fought. Ramirez would score ninth and 12th place finishes while Bellanger would come home 14th and 30th.

Outside the Ocala Gran Prix team tent, Top Kart driver Mason Chelootz and Tony Kart pilot Zachary Claman DeMelo would utilize Ocala Gran Prix / Koene Racing power over the weekend. While DeMelo would see a pair of results in the top five, Chelootz would provide OGP with another victory as he took the honors in Saturday's Rotax Senior main event.

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May 28, 2014

Ocala Gran Prix with Koene Engines impress in Utah

United States Rotax Max Challenge Grand Nationals 2011.

“Pole positions, heat race wins, main event victories and fast laps”

July 27, 2011 – Traveling to the United States on multiple occasions in the past few season, Dutch engine builder, Koene Racing, joined forces with one of the United States top karting teams, Ocala Gran Prix (OGP) in the hopes for much success. Branding engines under the OGP banner, the duo had an outstanding run this past weekend at the United States Rotax Max Challenge Grand Nationals.

Taking place at the Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, much power was needed for one of the countries fastest and most technical racetracks and Ocala Gran Prix and Koene Racing did not disappoint.

In the Rotax Senior category, it was multi-time champion Nick Neri at the front of the field as he rose to be the dominant driver all weekend long. After scoring the pole position, Neri went on to claim three top five results in the heat races including a commanding win in one of them to set up a good starting position for the final. When the checkered flag flew at the end of the event, Neri, in his Koene Racing powered Ocala Gran Prix prepared Tony Kart stood at the top of the podium and was named the Rotax Senior National Champion.

The same sort of success could be seen in the junior category as Oliver Askew would utilize Koene Racing/OGP power. After qualifying an astounding second place, Askew went on to claim two heat race wins and a second place result. If it wasn’t for bad luck on the opening corner of the main event, Askew would have been classified as the champion. After being shoved off the track and falling down the running order to 34th, Askew had the drive of the weekend passing 27 karts in the twenty lap main event turning the fastest lap of the race.

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Jul 25, 2012

New digital OTK manometer

78 Euro Excluding VAT

Jun 5, 2012



Herewith we would like to inform you that now the engine support plate is on sale. This support has been created in order to permit to work on the engine in an easier and more comfortable way. Here below you will find article code and price: Code: WPIASTRA Net price: 600,00 Euro Excl.VAT.

Jun 5, 2012



Herewith we would like to inform you that the BS5 brake system will be provided with the new 2 bearings BS5 disk’s hub. Here below you will find article codes and prices of the complete kit and of all the items which can be bougt separately.

1) HST wheel’s spacer 1mm for 2 bearings BS5 disk’s hub
0021.CA 1,50 Euro

2) Wheel’s bearing Ø 25/42x9
0024.B0 4,50 Euro

3) Wheel’s bearing Ø 25-37mm
0024.C0 4,00 Euro

4) Seeger for disk’s hub
0103.G2 2,50 Euro (10 pieces)

5) AL 7075 BS5 front disk’s hub (without spacer, bearings and seeger)
Codice: 0103.GAB 66,00 Euro

6) Complete AL 7075 BS5 front disk’s hub with 2 bearings
0103.GABKIT 75,00 Euro

Prices are excluding VAT


Nov 24, 2011

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Nov 10, 2011

WSK provisional calender 2012

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