Annual General Meeting will be held at the Donington Park Farmhouse
Hotel (Hitching Room), starting at 1100 for 1130 on Saturday 3rd
December. A simple sandwich lunch will be provided. Could clubs please
send in their nominations for the Steering Group at least 14 days before
the meeting, with a signed letter from any new nominations confirming
their willingness to stand for election. Any items for the agenda
should also be submitted in that timescale, formal agenda items need a
club proposing and another club to second, signed by an official of both
clubs. There will also be an opportunity to submit items for informal
discussion after the meeting is formally closed. Please could all clubs
try and attend. Proxies are not permitted.
positions requiring nominations, showing current incumbents are:
One positions (3):
Cadet position (1):
Fell, Ian Rennison (Treasurer)
Chief Executive Colin Hilton attended the Steering Group / Kart Regional
Committee meeting. A minutes silence was observed on hearing the sad
news of the untimely death of MSA Executive Peter Todd.
year is the 50th anniversary of kart racing, and this will be
celebrated throughout 2006 in various ways. The ABkC and BKIA are
planning to produce a special logo or cartoon for the occasion. It is
also the 25th anniversary of Super One – congratulations.
Ages for drivers
have confirmed they will not authorise any further championships for
junior race drivers, noting the Ginetta Juniors and Citreon Saxo have
already gained approval. ABkC had written to object to the further car
race series for 14 year olds.
Following the applications from clubs a secret vote was held in the
steering group meeting, resulting in the following allocations:
Gearbox (210 & 250 may be elsewhere)
- 4-stroke Honda classes (except Cadet)
- MSA Classes - F.A,
JICA, 100 National
Gors - TKM including TKM 4-stroke
- Cadet Jamboree (Cadet & Honda)
are still to be decided.
Congratulations to Scotland who broke the long run of wins by England.
And many thanks to the North of Scotland KC who hosted the event in
grand Scottish style at Golspie.
karting promotional DVD is nearly finished and all clubs will receive a
number of initial copies to use in local schools, colleges etc. An
order form will also be sent giving clubs the opportunity to purchase
more copies to give away to prospective karters, marshals and officials.
regulations for the new endurance licence have been circulated by the
MSA in MotorSports Now magazine. It is hoped to extend the concessions
to sprint racing for 2007. Meanwhile discussions are continuing on how
low cost owner-driver or arrive-and-drive races can take place within
the MSA environment. Technical regulations are being considered for a
low cost direct drive class.
will now purchase a tyre tester and encourages clubs to consider
purchase or hire. Regulations will be put in the 2006 Kart Race
Yearbook, giving guidance to clubs.
the earlier announcement that the starter motors would have to be
removed from the Briggs & Stratton World Formula engines on safety
grounds, this decision has been reversed. Instead it will be mandatory
to have the starter motor fitted with the new stronger B&S bracket for
2006. Apologies for any confusion. The bracket will be FOC from Zoom.
Approval was given to John Mills Racing to introduce the new TAG
version of the WTP engine at a class weight of 103kg. The existing
engine may continue to be used (but will be phased out in due course) at
a class weight of 93kg. This will give a boost in performance of
perhaps 7 tenths and means that the lighter (younger) drivers will not
have to carry as much ballast if they use the current engine, whilst the
older or heavier drivers can migrate to the new engine. Conversion kits
will be available, the cost is not finalised but should be around £125
plus vat. The performance will not be permitted to surpass that of the
Comer W.60. Spark plugs will be restricted.
not clear yet whether the CIK will introduce the JICA and ICA new
classes/ TAG engines for 2007, but a Formula A (or whatever the new
class is called) race will be held at the end of 2006 preparatory to the
championships in 2007. The ABkC is sounding out the teams and drivers
as to whether to introduce the new engines in 2007 or wait until 2008.
changes for 2006
promulgated in the last newsletter there will be a change of slick (to
DCM) and wet tyres (KT10) in Formula A in 2006, and also the wet tyre in
ICC, Super ICC and Junior Gearbox, all Dunlops. There will be no
overlap in Formula A, but in the other classes the KT8 wet tyre can be
used at club level throughout 2006. The wet tyre will not change in 210
National. There will also be a new wet tyre for 250 National, the
Maxxis WT8. The existing tyre can be used at club level throughout
2006. There has been concern raised about the reduced life of the slick
XP5 and discussions are continuing with the importer. A request to
permit six inch wheels in the class was rejected.
Rotax Max slick tyre is to change to a Vega SL6. The intention is to
improve the consistency between batches of tyres so the junior tyre will
have an improved construction but probably not a type change. The SL7
can be used at club level (not championships) until 30th
several of the tyre contracts held by the ABkC coming up for renewal on
1.1.07, the Steering Group will be studying the situation on a class by
class basis and notifying the trade of their intentions early in 2006.
Technical & Weight Changes
2006 chassis for CIK homologation will have to have fixing points for
their proposed new rear body protection system. We are waiting to see
if it is compatible with our ‘British’ rear bumper.
requested a weight and performance increase for Junior TKM and
Intermediate. A 2kg increase for both classes was approved, along with
a boost in performance by change of restrictor size, giving up to 0.5s
improvement in lap times. It was noted that Junior TKM has never had a
performance change since it started at 115kg. There will also be some
other minor amendments regarding spark plugs and the inclusion of the
recent clarification about stub axles.
Clarification will be printed in the Junior Gearbox regulations on what
is permitted in order to change the cut-off valve in the carburettor
used for Hondas. There will be no change to the TM engine tuning
regulations but note the cut-off valve for the carb in the TM’s must be
an original manufacturer part.
‘Gold Book’ Appendix 4 rule on banning drivers found cheating with
chemical treatment of tyres is to be extended to cover anyone cheating
Standing Starts & Miscellaneous
revised gearbox standing start regulation will appear in the 2006 Blue
Book. Meanwhile here are the ABkC’s recommendations for club
procedures, they could be put in local S.R.’s.
case of a standing start (gearbox karts) the karts will proceed to the
start line and stop on their correct grid positions as marked on the
track. A startline marshal checks that the karts are in the correct
starting positions by walking through the grid. On reaching the back of
the grid the marshal gives a pre-arranged signal to the starter that all
karts are in position. The starter turns on the red light, this being
the signal to the drivers that the start is imminent. The red light
should be displayed for between four and ten seconds. When the red
light is switched off the race starts. There may be a green light for
additional confirmation. If the starter decides there is a false start
the false start flag will be displayed at the start and at other
locations around the track. The drivers will proceed around the track
or via an alternative route as signalled by officials and re-take their
starting grid positions. The false start may additionally be signalled
by flashing amber lights. There must be at least two red lights on the
start gantry. If the lights fail the start may be indicated by raising
the national flag. The lights must be visible to all drivers on the
Schools Karting Championship / NATSKA
gave the steering group a presentation on his plans for a schools
championship next year. The school teams would start in indoor karting
and then proceed through test days and races using the Club 100 TKM’s.
He asked for ABkC support and hoped some of the entrants would move into
MSA racing. More details at
an interested observer at the meeting, Paul Oliphant, the competition
secretary from NATSKA. We determined to keep ties with NATSKA, who are
always looking for circuits to hold their schools race meetings (on MSA
permit). They use experienced pupils & ex-pupils to help with
scrutineering. All drivers have to marshal as well. John Ryan said
experienced competitors and mechanics can be used to augment the
scrutineering team under supervision at our meetings too.
congratulations to all 2005 champions and seeded drivers, details on our
www.abkc.org.uk. British drivers and manufacturers have achieved a
unique double. Many congratulations to Oliver Oakes – Formula A World
Champion on a Gillard; and to John Riley – European Superkart Champion
on an Anderson. Congratulations also to Jon Lancaster for his World
Championship runner-up position. It should be noted that there are only
four motorsport world champions sanctioned by the FIA – F1, Rally,
Touring Cars and karts. What about us all nominating Oliver and John
for the BBC Sportsman of the Year awards? The address to send
BBC Sports Personality of the Year
0208 225 6413/ 0161 244 3709
Fax 0208 225 7359
mobile 07802 216572
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