The Fortieth Toyota SL Kart Meeting National Championship
SL kart races, which use machines with exactly the same engine (namely, Yamaha's KT100), were originally organized to offer many people the opportunity to enjoy the Sport and Leisure (SL) of kart racing under fair and affordable conditions. Today they are the most popular form of kart races in Japan.
SL kart races are held at thirty-three racing courses throughout Japan from Hokkaido to Kyushu. Champions and top-ranked riders from local races came together for the Fortieth Toyota SL Kart Meeting National Championship held at Biwako Sports Land in Shiga to decide the best kart driver in Japan on the weekend of November 12-13. A total of 141 drivers ranging from ages 8 to 67 competed in the race, including those from Taiwan and South Korea.
With a history dating back to 1977, the national race is loved by young and old, has brought participants close together, and has presented dramatic scenes each year. The event has also served as a gateway from which many winners started their challenge to become great Formula One drivers or to compete in other international four-wheel motor sport races.
Yamaha Motor Powered Products will step up its efforts to enhance Yamaha as a racing brand and vitalize motor sports as Japan's sole manufacturer of racing kart engines.
Takashi Fujii, Yamaha Motor Powered Products