ABkC News March 2000

The Future Direction of Karting

After a series of meetings with senior MSA staff, it has been agreed in principle that karting may move towards judicial regulations that differ from mainstream motorsport.  For instance the MSA Council have approved a points penalty system for drivers, with every four points earning an endorsement signature, rather than every offence at present.  When twelve points are reached, the licence will be suspended.  Karting has often suffered under the old licence signature system, as meetings have many more races than car racing or rallying.  The new system will be trialled in the Super 4 series this year.

Junior Rotax UK

Junior Rotax UK has been approved by the MSA as a joint JAG/ABkC class
commencing 1st April.  Any ABkC club can run the class, which mimics the
popular senior Rotax Max class in its chassis requirements with no need to
register or homologate the karts.  The engine must be sealed and have the
special Junior barrel for the 125cc self starter motor and Bridgestone YEQ tyres
will be used. An ABkC 'O' Plate meeting will be held for the new class at
Clay Pigeon on October 1st during their Rotax Festival event.  Regs will shortly be sent out to clubs.

Gearbox Engine Registrations

The sub-committee on gearbox class registrations has proposed the way forward for the classes.  Junior Gearbox will continue to use only the TM engine for this year and next.  During 2001 applications will be invited for additional engine registrations.  For next year’s 125 Open class it is proposed that any CIK registered Formula C engine may be used, but for National 125 engines will continue to be registered separately for the UK.  The reed valve engines must be available at a maximum price of 1850 plus vat, including ignition but excluding the carburettor and exhaust.  If the engine is not registered at the price with a cassette gearbox, then that option cannot be subsequently added.  Also, it is proposed that the National 125 class rules will mandate a minimum head volume of 13cc.  The ABkC wishes to differentiate between the top championship classes, for which competitors may need to purchase special race fuel in the absence of easily obtained Super Unleaded, and having club classes where normal pump fuel can be used without disadvantage.  Classes such as Cadet and TKM can use normal unleaded, but the International classes, including 125 Open, may need special 100 octane fuel.  Also it is proposed that all the short circuit 125’s must use CIK style sidepods and nose cones.  In the 250 classes, only karts with a wheelbase greater than 106 cms will be permitted, and it is proposed that a rear wing be compulsory in the championships from 2001, and at club level from 2002.  Engine registrations may be offered in 250 National for 2001 for the next three year period.  Gear ratios will be open.  One extension to the registration will be permitted in each three year period, in case the engine manufacturer changes the external appearance of the engine.  No changes to the 250 International tuning rules are envisaged, but for all gearbox engines it is hoped to simplify the rules to the following:

Modifications to the engine are allowed, providing the following are not
varied.
(a) Stroke
(b) Bore (outside maximum limits).
(c) Connecting rod centre line (magnetic material).
(d) Number of carburettors (1 only).
(e) Crankshaft must be on the manufacturers parts list.
(f) Number of transfer passages and inlet ports in the cylinder and crankcase.
(g) Number of exhaust ports and passages.
(h) External appearance of engine other than carburettor, ignition,
carburettor rubber mounting, reed block, clutch cover, and mounting
points.(the addition of a fuel pulse pump adapter is permitted).

(i)All systems of injection and/or spraying of products other than permitted fuel are forbidden.

(j) No form of electronic carburation management.

Comments on the above are invited from traders or clubs.

Direct Drive Classes

A discussion was held as to whether a 100 Libre class is needed, and when, given the decline in some of the 100cc class sizes.  If so, which tyre would it run on, or would it just be any amalgam of current classes? 

Racesuits

The ABkC and BSA are continuing to press the MSA to approve a Cordura style suit for use in long circuit racing.  Since there is no specification for leather suits, there is no guarantee of their age, condition or efficacy and several accidents have shown up leather suit deficiencies.  If short circuit style suits were permitted, even if extra padding or layers were required, it would encourage more people to take up long circuit racing.

Fuel

The ABkC is to propose to the MSA that 102 octane be the upper limit.  Since there is far more availability of 102 octane, especially from bike racing or from the continent, it is felt that a more competitive price could be obtained for control fuel.  Top level karting is moving inexorably towards the need for a closely specified fuel, to avoid expensive engine blow ups.  The ABkC is endeavouring to amend the regs where necessary so that ordinary pump fuel can be used in the ‘National’ classes.  It is likely that these classes could have a cheaper control fuel in the national championships.

CIK

Yvon Leon has been appointed President in place of Ernest Buser.  He has a long history in motor sport administration and is keen to help karting grow internationally with sensible prices.  Engine homologations for the next period starting 2001 will be for three years, not five as Buser had intimated.  It is proposed that only Formula Super A will have a World Championship series with European series as before for the other classes.  Water cooled engine must have cast iron liners and not use Nikasil.  Water pumps must be axle driven. 

Tyre Choices for 2001

In Formula 100C, the choice is now between the Vega XL and XSL.  Tests will be carried out. 

Fire Extinguishers

The ABkC is recommending that drivers carry a minimum 2kg AFFF or Dry Powder fire extinguisher, this should be a recommendation in SR’s this year but will be written into the Gold Book for next year. 

New Members

Whilton Mills has applied for membership, this was approved.  The Rotax Owners Club was approved for membership at the last meeting. Both are subject to payment.

O Plates and InterNations Challenge

Cumbria Kart Club has confirmed the date of the ICA, JICA, 100C and 100C/160 O Plate meeting as 29th October.  Congratulations to Dean Panrucker, our new Formula A Open Champion, the title gained at Rowrah in March.  Regs will shortly be available for the Cadet O Plate to be held at Bayford Meadow on 9th July.  The InterNations Challenge is confirmed at Ulster Kart Club’s Nutts Corner on 10th September.

Amendments to the Regulations

Non-ferrous brake discs will be banned from 1st May 2000.  Batteries must be mounted within the main chassis frame, and terminals must be insulated.  From next year onwards there will be a relaxation to allow the possibility of 2-strokes and 4-strokes racing together.  An amendment to the Motiv gearbox inlet box was agreed, the colour of the box may be blue.  It was noticeable that some clubs are not enforcing the regulation that states the driver must be sitting in the kart if the engine is running.  At one club, it was reported that practically a whole grid of Rotax Max were sitting on the grid with their engines warming up and no drivers in the seats.  The ABkC has asked the MSA for approval for the following amendments, a) that magnesium is permitted unless specifically banned in class regulations.  (Titanium is prohibited).  b) that the floor tray shall be of flat construction with any deviation permitted upwards, and not downwards below the level of the main longitudinal side chassis rails. c) For 250 International, the Chassis is free but must conform to 1999 FMK Technical Regulations and 2000 MSA Safety Regulations.  Bodywork must conform to current MSA Technical Regulations. d) the floor tray may be clamped direct to the lower edge of the main longitudinal chassis rails, and e) in B.7 to add that Kevlar or carbon fibre instrument panels may be used. 

The future of ARKS

Colin Hilton of the MSA, and Gary Chapman of ARKS, presented a proposal whereupon ARKS Examiners would be associated with nearby Kart Schools.  Schools usually concentrate on karting tuition, whilst examiners are often more able to carry out tests for the convenience of drivers.  By joining forces, it is likely that schools would direct more tests towards the club examiners.  The MSA will be writing to all Examiners to outline the proposals, and they will be discussed at the forthcoming ARKS Seminars.  It was noted that due to the extreme geographical distances, a separate seminar may need to be put on in Scotland at some future occasion.  Colin Hilton also agreed to put the proposal to his board, to have a first year novice licence included in the cost of the Start Karting pack.  They are also considering a route in to MSA licensed karting for ‘experts’ from the various non-licensed series.  Steering group members shared ARKS concerns about the decline in market share of MSA licensed racing, even although total numbers were up year on year.

 

The Steering Group will be finalising next year’s regulations at their next meeting in June. 

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