News from the June Steering Group meetingSeveral very welcome guests attended the June Steering Group meeting. Paul Fletcher, the owner of the PF International circuit and race team gave his views of the state of karting at present and the effect on his circuit.
Keith Barton and Richard Lock from the National Karting Association reported on recent liaison meetings with the MSA, and offered support to grow even more ties between our organisations. Their circuits have reported a very good year, offering a karting experience to between 4 and 5 million people. He said that with the right co‐operation more could be fed up into MSA racing, probably mostly from their outdoor circuit members. He added that the structures are there but some of the links are missing.
Other issues raised included the projects by ABkC, RGMMC and FKS on having a device on the kart to show when contact has been made with another kart. If successful this could be an effective tool to stop loading and pushing. Colin Wright has developed an application for Android that will check bar codes so that tyre use can be tracked, and to check ownership of tyres that are left behind, a growing menace and expense for kart circuits. The app can be obtained from the Chairman.
Medicals, Historics and the MSA
The Motor Sports Council has approved in principle that there is no need for medicals for short circuit karting from next year if the self‐certification is valid. Kart Committee will now draw up regulations to put this into effect. Council have also approved the use of the CIK Guidelines for Historic Kart demonstrations. Clubs can apply for a historic kart demonstration waiver under regulation U.1.5 from now on. Kart Committee will also be given proposals for a regulation on track limits in karting, probably following that already adopted in car racing. There will be on‐going discussions with the MSA about improving their response to current issues and working together to increase participation.
Club Development Funds
One application for the Club Development fund from South Yorkshire Kart Club was approved with a grant of £500 towards a new lap timer/counter. Again there were very few applications received, but clubs should also remember the MSA Club Development Fund has cash waiting. It only takes a few minutes to complete the form which is on the MSA website, so why are more clubs not applying for these grants?
The ABkC is partnering KartMania this year with a substantive grant and in return will get floor space for displays and club stands as well as extra publicity. The MSA has also confirmed a grant and attendance. The NKA will have a presence at the show which is held at the end of November at Silverstone. There are exciting plans to have seminars for officials and the working group will release more information as time goes on.
On Board Cameras
The MSA are proposing extending the regulations about on board cameras and this is out for consultation until 3 August, please make comments without delay if you have any: https://www.msauk.org/assets/japcameraregulationpro posalsv5050515.pdf
The Kart Committee are drafting guidelines for standing and rolling starts, please let Nigel Edwards have any comments (firstname.lastname@example.org ).