UK karting by the numbers

  • The numbers seem to be holding up well and indeed the MSA reported an increase in race entries and permits from last year. High points include having an extra 60 NKF competitors at Wombwell boosting their last entry to 110, having 23 KZ UK entries for ABkC Super 4 at Kimbolton and a big entry of Honda Cadets at Bayford forming half the total entry there.
  • MSA General Secretary Simon Blunt informed the group that there had been an over 3% increase in participation this year from last which is really good news.
  • The licences to early September were 3734 and packs sold were 463 (compared with totals for 2013 of 3986 and 852).
  • The MSA is now able to give the real statistics on the number racing in each class and perhaps these will be publicised in due course. Currently Honda Cadet is the biggest class followed by Senior Rotax Max, and Shenington the track with the most entries, followed by Whilton Mill.
  • Regrettably 97 returns have not been made by certain clubs, and those clubs that are not sending their class data back are urged to do so otherwise a false idea of the size of some of the smaller classes may be made.

The above has been taken from the October ABkC Newsletter – which we will be editing for clarity and posting all week.

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Whilton Mill Kart Club to return

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As of 1st January 2014, Whilton Mill Kart Club will once again be organising race meetings under the original name.

Last night (8th October) an EGM was held to officially elect the WMKC committee for 2015. Stars Club was handed back to Carolynn Hoy, but the Stars club championship will carry on until the last race meeting of the year in November, so we will still have our Stars club champions to declare then. The awards night is on Friday 12th December.

The MSA has officially recognised WMKC as a registered club to run their own championship and that of visiting championships at National A status.

The club says:

It has been a long hard road to travel but we thank you for your loyalty and hope you enjoy racing once again at Whilton Mill Kart Club from 2015 onwards.

Photo from WMKC.co.uk.

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2015 UK driver weights

The minimum driver weights for 2015 are as follows, most of the junior ones in the main classes are unchanged, the senior weights shown are for those under 16 and over-ride any other minimum class weight.

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The above has been taken from the October ABkC Newsletter – which we will be editing for clarity and posting all week.

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Judicial matters from the ABkC Newsletter

  • There have been far too many incidents involving abuse this year, either between competitors or their parents, or between competitors and officials. There are on going cases, some awaiting completion of police investigations. The MSA representatives said that they have zero tolerance, and that they would fully support any official who has received abuse. Anyone has the ability to call the Police if they wish. Landowners have the ability to ban anyone from their circuit.
  • There was some concern that if a PG licence is suspended, another parent can take another out. There is a move afoot to ensure teams have entrants licences and use them.
  • The 2015 seminars will have a section on judicial matters including interpersonal skills.
  • A proposal to ban competitors or team members from recording comments by officials, or during a judicial inquiry, was requested. It was agreed to propose an amendment to the Gold Book Appendix 4 so that it covered all clubs, rather than having each club having to amend SRs.
  • It was announced that 41 warning letters have been issued to competitors having too many penalties at meetings, and three licence suspensions enforced.

The above has been taken from the October ABkC Newsletter – which we will be editing for clarity and posting all week.

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ABkC AGM on 9th December at Donington

The Annual General Meeting will be held at Donington Park Farmhouse Hotel on Tuesday 9th December starting at 11am and will include a sandwich lunch.

Clubs are invited to put either formal proposals for discussion which must be seconded by another member club, or informal discussion points to the Secretary two weeks prior to the meeting.

Nominations for the 2015 Steering Group are also required to the secretary from the nominated club official, again two weeks prior.

All interested parties are invited to the AGM.

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Club & Circuit News from the ABkC Newsletter

  • Rowrah have completed their £60k Lets Go Karting training building, a massive investment for Cumbria Kart Club.
  • There was concern expressed that some circuits are allowing 6 year olds to practice in Cadets when they should only be allowed out in Bambino karts and not mixed.
  • There was also a discussion on IKR, and it was noted that one circuit has moved to having a control tyre to cut down the costs of open formulae. All agreed that we must make MSA racing more attractive and reduce costs and the MSA said they are investigating having stronger links with the National Karting Association.
  • The review of Child Protection guidelines (now called DBS instead of CRB) is still on-going.
  • A request was put in to favour the smaller clubs with the rounds of the new MSA Bambino series.
  • A letter to clubs clarifying the track limit rules is still to go out.
  • MSA Development Officer Jess Fack is collating both the MSA surveys and the ABkC club survey results and it was noted that the Lets Go Karting brand will be re-launched.
  • All MSA clubs get a free 3mx2m shell stand at Kartmania, all they need is public liability insurance, which the organisers can do at £25 if they do not have enough cover, and £95 if they need power for a TV/DVD etc.
  • Shenington’s bid to have the new E Plate for all the classes to be awarded at their 2015 SuperPrix on 20th/21st June was accepted.
  • The Rotax and Cadet O Plates will be at Rowrah on 18th/19th April and the Junior TKM and TKM Extreme O Plates at Kimbolton with the Festival on 8th/9th August.
  • Club Development bids were agreed for North of Scotland Kart Club for £315 towards their new marshal flags, for £500 for Lincs KC for a lap timer display, and for £500 towards the new shower block at Shenington. There are still funds available and a new tranche coming for 2015, so clubs should request an application form from the Secretary.
  • We are very sorry to hear that Golspie has been inundated by the sea again and hope the track can be back in use as soon as possible.

The above has been taken from the October ABkC Newsletter – which we will be editing for clarity and posting all week.

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Technical regulation changes for 2015 (and KF for 2016)

Cadet

  • It will be mandatory to have circlips on the end of a Cadet axle (this used to be the case but got dropped out of the class regs somehow.)
  • Also for IAME Cadet there will be a new regulation: “Any device mounted on the kart to aid in the cooling of the engine is strictly prohibited, unless stated on the MSA homologation fiche.”
  • There was a request to increase slightly the class weight in Honda Cadet so weight surveys were carried out at Super One and at Bayford Meadow. Although the major teams and some parents supported a weight increase the evidence from the circuits did not support the need and it was turned down for now with the intention to carry out further analysis. In any case the MSA view was that if it was increased a minimum driver weight would have to be put in.

TKM

  • TKM will permit internal inserts on axles in the critical areas, the regulations are tightened up on rear bumpers and engine modifications following various issues this year.
  • They are also introducing a new intermediate weight level in TKM Extreme.
  • The TKM regs will permit Tal-Ko to mark any component which has found to be ineligible.
  • Grahame Butterworth explained what had happened about the rogue engine tuner supply cheat engines in TKM, and that they have now issued a press release offering discounts on swapped parts.

Gearbox

  • For KZ1 the new CIK homologated marked axle will not be mandatory.
  • On gearbox it was noted that three 450cc engine registrations are expected.
  • A proposal to modify the 250 National engine registration document to allow smaller (e.g. 175cc) engines with six gears for the next registration period starting 2016 was supported.

Other classes

  • There are still on going discussions on adopting the CIK Historic kart regulations with some modifications
  • Following the re-launch of Tyro as Clubman, a list of compatible engines for drivers who would be able to take out a licence without a medical or ARKS Test.
  • There are only minor changes in Rotax
  • The MSA Kart Technical Group also had an update on the proposed KF engine for 2016 where it has now been decided to use a diaphragm carburettor rather than a float chamber type. A power valve would be retained but by losing the electric starter, clutch and battery at least 5kg is saved. Final decisions will be made in due course.

General

  • It was agreed to set up a working party meeting to review the actions required for class homologations for 2017.
  • All the senior classes will permit experienced drivers with a National A licence to race from the age of 15 if they meet a minimum weight which will be in class regulations.
  • Standing starts pros and cons are still being discussed but it was noted that a majority of Rotax and Honda drivers still voted in favour at the recent Super One meeting. There is great concern about the deliberate abuse of the clutches.
  • It was agreed that the O Plates no longer need to have control fuel, although it was recommended that an alternative such as specifying a local pump should be used, and / or with appropriate random fuel tests.

The above has been taken from the October ABkC Newsletter – which we will be editing for clarity and posting all week.

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