The Race n’ Respect campaign is proving successful in MSA Bambino and Cadet Championships and will be rolled out across the board next year with packs going to all clubs.
Team managers, mechanics and parents are gradually getting used to not being able to signal to their drivers during races, and there have been some penalties and warnings applied so far.
Notice is given that there will most likely be a new exhaust needed in Honda Cadet and possibly in all Honda 4‐stroke classes in 2016. The design is still being finalised but details will be given in the October newsletter. Also the use of a non‐return valve in the fuel breather pipe will be mandatory in 2016 onwards (as well as in long circuit karting). This is to help prevent a serious fire. There have been several instances of flash fires on overturned karts from the fuel in the carburettor but if the fire extended to the fuel in the tank it would have been much more serious. These non‐return valves are quite low cost and are common in car racing classes, for instance an example is found by searching for “8MM NON RETURN VALVE FUEL TANK BREATHER VALVE” on Ebay.
TKM and Rotax
Tal‐Ko and JAG gave notice of changes in their classes envisaged for 2016, obviously including the Rotax EVO engine parts. Preferential prices for the EVO parts will be maintained into 2016 but only for existing registered engines. More details will be publicised from these companies before long and finalised in September. MiniMax will not be eligible for the EVO parts other than the change of colour for engine crankcase, cylinder head and the new con‐rod. It can be noted that there are no changes to existing regulations for TKM but the legality of ceramic axle bearings is being reviewed as is the definition of ‘exotic materials’.
One application for a 2016 ‘up to 180cc engine’ and one application for a new 250 engine have been received by the MSA and subject to inspection will be eligible for racing for no points and prizes this year and to be integrated into the class next year. Tuning will initially be restricted on the 175cc engine and the weight for such karts will be announced in due course and before the 2016 regulations have to be submitted.
The working group is working on publication of a new guide to Junior Drivers and Parents as already used in various other countries and the draft can be found on www.tyrokarting.co.uk and downloading the Racing Rules from the tab on the top left corner.
A very successful O Plate has been held for Rotax and Cadets at Rowrah and now we are looking forward to the O Plate for TKM classes at the TKM Festival on 8/9 August and the new E Plate at Shenington on 18/19 July. It should be recalled that the new E Plate is the MSA Plate for England in the same way Scotland has the S and Wales the C. It will be universally recognised at all MSA clubs, and clubs should ensure they have an E to use at the start line for warnings etc, as well as GP, O, S and C. The KZ UK gearbox O Plate is at Rowrah on 30 August and the 250 National at the Midland Championships at Rissington on 5/6 September.
Clubs are reminded that the X30 and Junior KGP classes are not eligible for special plates and any such requests must be refused.
O and E Plate Applications invited for 2016
Clubs are reminded that applications for the 2016 O and E Plate meetings must be with the Secretary by 23rd September in final form. The applicants will receive an invite to the Steering Group meeting on 8th October to put forward their proposal. As a reminder the criteria for the 2016 ABkC O Plate meetings could include single classes being run at all different clubs. These meetings are an opportunity for smaller clubs to run a prestigious event, even if just a single class at a normal club meeting and clubs are encouraged to think about applying. It is hoped that we can receive some unique and innovative proposals bearing in mind the need to have a good entry and support from the class owners.
The E Plate needs to be a single event.