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Costs Down!: The cost of karting and especially starting karting is being driven down with initiatives from the MSA to reduce the price of the Start Karting pack, and to freeze many costs in 2015; and from the ARKS Schools to cut the cost of the Novice Driver Test from £95 to £50. Read all about it here or on the MSA website.
October Newsletter: October Newsletter now on line, go to Latest Newsletter inicluding details of the 2015 O and E Plate meetings and all about the changes to the 2015 regulations. Go back to the June Newsletter where there are Standing Start Guidelines for clubs to refer to, and the result of the Club Questionnaire. Thanks to all the clubs who responded. You can also read the MSA Club Survey analysis here: http://www.msauk.org/uploadedfiles/gomotorsport/MSA_Club_Survey_Summary_2013.pdf
Amendments: Please not these amendments to the IAME Cadet 2014 regulations, these are important to note and also amendments to Rotax Tyre markings.
AGM News: Colin Wright was elected as the new Chairman of the Association of British Kart Clubs at their AGM on Tuesday 10th December. The post was also contested by Nigel Edwards and Steve Clayton. Wright is treasurer of Forest Edge Kart Club and has been involved in kart racing and formerly other sports for many years. There were ten nominees for seven ordinary places on the Steering Group and the result of the election was for Martin Bean (TVKC); Steve Clayton (South Yorks); Rob Dodds (Forest Edge); Nigel Edwards (TVKC); Malcolm Fell (Cumbria); Colin Lipscomb (Llandow); Kelvin Nichols (Buckmore). The specialist positions were unchanged in Secretary: Graham Smith; Direct Drive Technical: Keiran Crawley; Cadet Technical: Paul Klaassen; Gearbox Tech: Phil Featherstone. Nigel Edwards remains as Chairman of the Direct-Drive Working Group, Steve Clayton for the Club Working Group and Phil Featherstone for Gearbox. See bottom of page for the full listing.
Honda Restrictor: Further to the MSA announcement that the Honda Cadet is to be restricted slightly in performance along with the other Cadet classes, the ABkC has arranged for a 16mm inlet restrictor plate to be made available. The 16mm restrictor plate, to be fitted between the carburettor and cylinder, is mandatory in the class from 1st January 2013. Dartford Karting has kindly agreed to hold all stocks of the restrictor plate and distribute to customers and the trade (at quantity discounts to bona-fide trade and BKIA members). The restrictor plate is available as a kit with 2 Honda gaskets and the fitting diagram at £7.75 plus VAT. Please contact Dartford Karting at www.kartstore.co.uk or ask your local trader.
The plates will also be used in the Junior Honda class from 2013 instead of the current extra head gaskets. The ABkC, in discussion with the MSA, was mindful that the restriction required for the Cadet class be easy to fit without recourse to specialist engine builders. As mentioned in the MSA release here a review will be held by 1st March 2013: http://www.msauk.org/site/cms/newsarticle.asp?chapter=210&nid=1511 If any further changes are required for any of the Cadet classes, then a bulletin will be issued, as per 2013 MSA Kart Race Yearbook B.4.2.1.
Rotax Clarification: Rotax have issued a clarification regarding the cut off valve and needle which can be downloaded. This is now added to the fiche.
TKM Clarification: Tal-Ko have issued this clarification of the regulations for the BT82 cylinder head, effective 1st June 2011 and this clarification regarding the TAG 2-stroke ignition and is now in the regulations.
Autosport International Racing Car Show 2014: The ABkC along with ARKS has rebooked a space in the Karting Pavilion at the 2014 Show from 9-12 January. Full illustration of the Pavilion is here.
New Cadet engine announced: The MSA has announced that the IAME Parilla Gazelle 60cc air-cooled engine has been selected as the MSA Cadet engine from 2013 for a minimum of 5 years, replacing the Comer W,60 which may continue to have a national championship until 2015. The new engine will take over for the MSA British Cadet championship which will be in the Super One Series. See the full press release here. John Mills Engineering have been appointed as the sole UK importer for the engine, they can be contacted on 01636 626424 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
New book "Karting Explained": Graham Smith has written another book on how to go about kart racing, click here for details, with foreword by Sahara Force India F1 driver Paul Di Resta. The book covers all aspects of kart racing, from choosing a kart and class, through taking the ARKS test and the first race, to setting up the kart and looking after the engine.
Below - the 2011 ABkC O Plate winners:
Amendments to Gold Book
UPDATED COMER W60
The ABkC Stand at the January 2009 Autosport International Racing Car Show, NEC.
2014 GOLD &
Our 'How to Start' website-
ABkC class regulations (classes that are
not in the Gold Book):
For engine builders and teams, go to www.bkia.co.uk .
The 2014 Honda Tech Reg
V9 are here
Kart Tyro - MSA
guidelines are on www.msauk.org
prices driven down for 2007 onwards:
For 2009, with exceptionally high changes in euro, dollar and yen currency rates, and factory input prices, the ABkC has negotiated special rates with the tyre suppliers through the terms of its on-going contracts to avoid what could have been up to 30% increases. For 2012 there are only small or no increases, all within RPI as follows.
2013 (all prices per set excl. VAT) 2014 to follow
prices for the Rotax classes in 2013
the Club Competition Secretary seminar presentation here
Adam Christodoulou full tribunal findings here. He was later excluded from a round
of the Super 1 for an engine illegality, along with three other drivers.
MSA Parent/Guardian/Guarantors: New regulations from 2012, download MSA flier. All parents or guardians of minors (under 18) are required to take out a PG Entrant licence at the same time as the race licence. If someone else is signing on the under 18, a letter of consent must be completed in advance and left with the club at signing on.
- Kart Regional Committee/ABkC Structure
Most pictures on this site are courtesy of Chris Walker:
Full Site Index including archive files:
The Association of British Kart Clubs (ABkC) was formed in 1990 to act as an interface between kart clubs and the sports governing body, the MSA, with whom there is a high degree of discussion and co-operation. The clubs are represented by the ABkC Steering Group which is elected each year during the A.G.M. held each Autumn. Over thirty of the kart clubs in the United Kingdom are members. The Steering Group also has representatives from other kart associations, which are usually regionally based, the MSA, the British Kart Industry Association (BKIA) and various championship organisers. The Steering Group doubles up as the Regional Association for karting so new clubs can join the ABkC instead of a local Regional Association. Decisions taken by that group will have a direct influence on all existing and proposed kart class regulations.
Every year the ABkC publishes its regulations which represent the class structure being used by the Association in its direct drive and gearbox national championships. These are contained within the MSA Kart Racing Yearbook, the "Gold Book". We ask that clubs affiliated to ABkC use the regulations contained within this document for their race meetings. Without this co-operation it would be impossible for drivers to move from club to club during the racing season and find the same race classes. The ABkC Regulations should be used as an addition to the Club's Supplementary Regulations, used as the reference point for the classes.
All ABkC clubs must run their meetings according to the regulations set down by the MSA. The officials and all safety regulations must conform to the current MSA Yearbook, the ABkC Regulations are only the class regulations.
ABkC National Championships will be organised by the Super One Series for 60-125cc direct drive classes whilst the Super 4 national gearbox class championships are with the Northern Karting Federation (NKF) for 250 National and KZ UK. ABkC single event National Championships - the 'O' Plates - may be organised for all these and for the other less popular existing classes and any newer classes as they become established. KZ1 is the MSA British Kart Championship class for seniors, whilst KF Junior is the class for the MSA British Junior Kart Championship, both held in the Super One Series as is the MSA British Cadet Kart Championship using the IAME Parilla Gazelle engine.
It should be emphasised that the Super One Series awards the seeded numbers 1 - 10 in all Cadet, KF, Rotax and TKM classes, and with the sole exception of the MSA Comer Cadet Championship, these are the only 1 - 10 numbers that are permitted to be used by drivers at the thirty ABkC clubs throughout the U.K. in these direct drive classes. Similarly the 1- 10 numbers from KZ UK and 250 National are allocated from the ABkC national championship Super 4 Series in the NKF. Numbers from other series are not permitted to be used at club racing. Here is the list of authorised seeded numbers.
elected members of the ABkC Steering Group are:
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