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SUPERKART CHAT by Gary James

BRITISH SUPERKART ASSOCIATION F125 OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP ROUNDS 7 & 8, ROCKINGHAM 9th/10th AUGUST 2014

This weekend sees the first appearance of Superkarts at Rockingham and a buzz of excitement has been circulating among the drivers at the thought of trying a new venue. August will be a busy month for the F125 Open class drivers with the final rounds of the English Championship taking place last weekend and the big Grand Prix meeting taking place at Cadwell Park in three weeks time.

So who should you look out for this weekend?

Chris Needham arrives at Rockingham with a narrow lead of two points in the championship. He scored a fine double victory at Anglesey three weeks ago in his Anderson Vortex, with his second win netting the UK Cup. As a result you will see him using the 0 number plate to signify that success. Chris also had a win and a second place at Snetterton back in May despite a spin in both races due to the tricky weather conditions. Current form suggests that he should start as favourite for this weekend.

Team mate Matt Isherwood is lying second in the championship and will be out to stop Needham’s run of success. He is also using Vortex power and won the opening round at Brands Hatch in convincing style, but a big end failure in the next race put him out. In May at a very wet Snetterton he collected a win and a second while at Anglesey he finished runner-up to Needham in both races. Look out for the distinctive black and yellow colour scheme, which is sure to be at the front of the pack.

Third place in the current points table is Liam Morley, another user of the Anderson chassis powered by a Vortex engine. He was challenging the leaders in round 1 at Brands until the clutch basket broke up but made amends in race 2, winning by a massive 19 seconds and setting a new lap record. Last time out at Anglesey he had carburation issues on the way to 4th place in race 1. However, in the second outing he had a race long dice with Isherwood but lost out by 0.135s at the flag. Liam also races a Division 1 Superkart and has set new outright lap records at Oulton Park and Bishopscourt so far this season. Last weekend he was at Assen in Holland for the opening round of the European Superkart Championship. Liam must also be one of the favourites for success this weekend. Can he also set another lap record?

Reigning F125 Open champion Lee Harpham is fourth in the points table and keen to get back to winning ways. He collected a second and third at the opening rounds at Brands Hatch but two non-finishes at Snetterton caused by engine failures dropped him down the order. The TM motor still wasn’t performing well last month at Anglesey and a third and a fifth was the best he could do. If things have been sorted then expect to see the familiar Redspeed machine up at the front this weekend. 

F125 Open Grand Prix titleholder Dan Edwards is holding fifth place in the championship after Anglesey. He started the season with an eighth at Brands Hatch and backed that up with fourth place in race 2 after a scrap with Harpham. He scored a good third place in the wet at Snetterton but suffered a non-finish at Anglesey when the exhaust split while holding fourth place. After a race long duel with Harpham in the second Anglesey race he finished sixth. Edwards is using a new HRK chassis designed and manufactured by ex-racer Dave Heathershaw and each time on track they are making good progress with development. There is every chance that you will see him challenging at the front.

Lying sixth in the championship is Danny Butler.  A fifth and a second place at Brands left him surprised and pleased to get such a good start to the year. However, at the wet Snetterton meeting he had a spin which saw him finish in ninth place. Another trip through the mud in race two caused by a seized engine put him out of the results. At Anglesey he had dispensed with his F1 chassis and was using an HRK chassis for the first time. An encouraging seventh place while trying to learn the set up was undone in race 2 when the engine moved and slackened off the chain causing a retirement. Danny will be hoping to complete more development miles this weekend.

Other drivers that could feature prominently are Kirk Cattermole, Louis Wall and Sam Moss. Kirk has shown good speed this season and secured pole position for race 1 at Anglesey. He led the first three laps before a faulty fuel pump caused the engine to seize. Using his spare engine he was able to finish fourth in race 2.  Last weekend he secured the English Championship. Sam and Louis are making their debuts in the class this season. They are consistent front-runners in the MSA British Superkart Championship for the 250cc National class so you can expect to see them giving the regular F125 Open drivers a hard time. 

With the circuit layout new to everyone it is difficult to predict a winner. However, you can guarantee that the racing will be close with the results in doubt right up to the last corner.


Cattermole wins the English title

English Championships for F125 Open.

Points Table

 


British Superkart Association National Championship for F125 Open,

Rounds 5 & 6, Anglesey 20th July 2014

NEEDHAM DOES THE DOUBLE

Chris Needham extended his winning sequence, secured the UK Cup and went to the top of the championship points table. A perfect weekend.

Qualifying

The F125 Open class were on the same billing as the MSA British Superkart Championship at Anglesey, having their own track time directly after the 250’s. The track had been drying during the previous session, but was still too wet to start on slicks. Kirk Cattermole was soon on the pace and recorded a 1m 13.099s to secure his first ever pole position. He pitted half way through the session and changed to slicks but couldn’t match his earlier time, possibly due to a loose spark plug.  After a cold seizure in the earlier warm up session, Chris Needham was taking it easy in the early laps of quali. He then put in a time of 1m 13.771s to go second quickest and then put on a set of slicks but couldn’t improve. Lee Harpham (1m 14.124s) sneaked into third place on the grid on the last lap. “I could have gone quicker after changing tyres but ran out of laps to try and get pole,” he said. The reigning champion was also suffering from a misfire in the TM motor. Championship leader Matt Isherwood (1m 14.299s) completed the second row of the grid with a time only marginally quicker than when he was on wets. He was also having issues with engine set-up. Dan Edwards (1m 15.328s) continued to make progress with the HRK chassis and headed the third row. Alongside him was Louis Wall (1m 15.412s) who was having a lot of track time and keeping Rob Walkingshaw on his toes by competing in both classes this weekend. Ian Larder (1m 15.860s) had taken over Dean Priest’s kit and was getting used to a long wheelbase chassis having raced a KZ chassis for many seasons. He wound up seventh quickest just ahead of Ben Willshire (1m 16.033s) who put his trusty Bridgestone’s to good use. Danny Butler (1m 16.693s) was having his first run out on an HRK chassis and lined up 9th quickest with Rob Stubbs (1m17.005s) completing the top ten despite being on ‘naff tyres’ and having the chain snap. Championship contender Liam Morley only managed one timed lap and was on the back row of the grid.

Race 1

The sea mist was lingering as the 125’s came to the grid. Everyone was spread out with the front two rows watching each other at the ‘fast’ rolling start while Larder was having engine problems so there was a big gap on the 4th row. Cattermole was first away but Needham passed him at The Banking and led onto the back straight. However, the pole man regained the lead at Rocket.

At the end of lap 1 it was Cattermole, Needham, Isherwood and Harpham nose to tail. Morley was already up to 9th place while Stubbs had spun and dropped to the back of the field. Cattermole held the lead until lap 3, but then his hand shot in the air to signal a problem and he pulled off on the back straight. The fuel pump had failed and caused the SGM to seize. Needham, who was following close behind, took avoiding action and initially led the race but Isherwood went past at Rocket. They ran bumper to bumper along the back straight on lap 4 before Needham moved ahead on the next lap, setting a new lap record in the process.

Once ahead, Needham gradually pulled clear at about half a second per lap and crossed the line to win by 4.901s. “I was happy to bring it home for a nice safe finish after the engine problem yesterday. I saw Kirk slow slightly and jinked out of his slipstream as his hand went up. It was a bit close,” he explained. Isherwood chased his team mate but couldn’t reduce the gap. “I had handling issues on the front end,” he said. Reigning champion Harpham couldn’t maintain the pace of the Vortex drivers ahead and had to settle for third place. Morley struggled with carburation set up and an “engine that wouldn’t come out of corners cleanly. He inherited fourth place after Edwards pulled off with a split exhaust on lap 9. Willshire had held fourth place at one point but a missed gear change let Morley through. He was then lucky to finish as the engine temperature went up to 88 degrees after a cracked cylinder head let out water. The higher running temperature had also detonated the piston and trapped the piston ring.  Matthew McGaffin, a welcome visitor from Northern Ireland, had a steady run to collect 6th place.

Results
1 Chris Needham        Anderson Vortex
2 Matt Isherwood       Anderson Magnum Vortex
3 Lee Harpham           F1 Redspeed TM
4 Liam Morley            Anderson Vortex
5 Ben Willshire            Anderson PFP SGM
6 Matthew McGaffin     F1 TM

 

Race 2

With grid positions determined by lap times in race one, Needham and Isherwood lined up on the front row with Morley and Harpham behind. Cattermole had fitted a spare engine and he lined up on row 3 with Edwards who had replaced the exhaust.

In a more controlled start, Needham grabbed the lead from Isherwood and Morley and that’s how they ended the first lap. McGaffin was up to fourth place ahead of Cattermole, Harpham, Wall and Edwards. It didn’t take long for Needham to get into his stride and on lap 3 he set the fastest lap of the race and was already 2.562s ahead of Morley and Isherwood. McGaffin had been shuffled down the pack to 8th place while Cattermole took over fourth place and chased after the Vortex drivers. Danny Butler was enjoying his first meeting on the HRK chassis, but the engine moved on lap 5 loosening the chain and he pulled off. Willshire was making up places after getting boxed in at the start but he spun at Rocket on lap 5 and dropped to the back of the field. He spun at the same corner on the next lap and thought it was a brake issue but later found that the engine had seized.

Up at the front Needham kept a constant gap over his pursuers and in the closing stages put more time over the rest to win by 4.543s and collect the UK Cup. “That wasn’t an easy race as I didn’t know how much of a lead I had. I expected Matt and Liam to be right with me so I pushed right to the flag,” he said. The double win gave him a marginal lead in the points. “It’s nice but there is still a long way to go,” he added. The battle for second place lasted the full 14 laps. Isherwood and Morley swapped places on nearly every lap. Morley was better through The Banking while Isherwood was able to regain the place at Rocket. At the flag it was Isherwood who came out on top by 0.135s despite his tyres going off with 3 laps to go. Morley had to settle for third place with an almost identical lap time, but no records at this meeting. Cattermole couldn’t match the Vortex power with his spare engine in this race and settled for a lonely fourth place. Fifth place was hotly contested for the final 9 laps with Harpham just getting the verdict over Edwards by 0.270s. Wall completed a hectic weekend with seventh place while McGaffin held onto eighth spot.
Results
1 Chris Needham         Anderson Vortex
2 Matt Isherwood        Anderson Magnum Vortex
3 Liam Morley             Anderson Vortex
4 Kirk Cattermole        Raider SGM
5 Lee Harpham            F1 Redspeed TM
6 Dan Edwards            HRK TM

 

BSA F125 Open Championship 2014 – Positions after 6 rounds

1 Chris Needham        137pts
2 Matt Isherwood       135
3 Liam Morley            102
4 Lee Harpham            87
5 Dan Edwards            70
6 Danny Butler             69

31/07/2014


CLARK EXTENDS LEAD AS BENNETT CLAIMS UK CUP  
Dan Clark collected a win in dramatic style and a second place to increase his lead in the MSA British Superkart Championship. Gavin Bennett ended the day with the O plate after a troubled first race.  

Qualifying

There had been rain for most of Saturday but by the start of the session it had stopped and the track surface was drying out.  Even so, everyone went out on wet tyres.  Gavin Bennett went quickest after two laps with a 1m 11.7s and then pitted after four laps to change tyres. While he was in the pits Dan Clark stayed out when he got some clear track and set a pole time of 1m 11.562s.  He then pitted to change tyres but left it too late and couldn’t improve on his earlier time.  “The handling of the new Anderson chassis is ‘spot on’. I hope it’s wet tomorrow,” he said.  Bennett went back out on slicks and improved on his time but his lap of 1m 11.626s wasn’t good enough to take pole position. For the second weekend running he had missed out on the top spot by a narrow margin. Louis Wall didn’t go out at the beginning of the session but with one minute of the session remaining he popped in a time of 1m 12.245s to go third quickest. He was joined on the second row of the grid by Stephen Clark (1m 12.713s) on the 450 KTM. The third row had Toby Davis (1m 12.797s) and Trevor Roberts (1m 12.991s) showing off the new E plate for the first time. Mark Vaughan (1m 13.416s) had a good session to finish 7th quickest just ahead of Andrew Gulliford (1m 13.474s) on the second of the four strokes. Julian Davies (1m 13.668s) was continuing to make progress with the new THR engine and he headed row 5 with James Hassall (1m 13.697s) alongside and hoping that his Silverstone problems were behind him.

Reigning champion Paul Platt (1m 14.164s) could only manage 11th quickest after gear selector problems on the Gas Gas. The problem was serious enough that the Honda would be used on race day. Sam Moss (1m 15.664s) was down in 16th place after trying a different carburetor. “The motor was flat coming out of The Banking and I had no power along the straight,” he explained. His original set-up would be used for the races.

Race 1

Clear skies greeted the early risers on Sunday morning but by 10am the sea mist had rolled in. With visibility down to a few yards a decision was made to delay proceedings and take an early lunch. At 11.45am the Superkarts were ready to go.
There was drama before the race when pole man Dan Clark spun on the warm up trying to get heat into his tyres. He managed to get going again but would start from the back of the grid. When the lights changed Gavin Bennett took the lead followed by Louis Wall. But Bennett also struggled with cold tyres and spun away his lead at the exit of the left hander at the top of the hill. Toby Davis took over at the front and at the end of the opening lap was nearly 1 second clear of Trevor Roberts. Next were the four strokes of Stephen Clark and Andy Gulliford followed by Wall, Vaughan, Platt, Moss, Layton and Hassall in one long snaking mass. Bennett crossed the line in 28th place, 1.626s ahead of Dan Clark.

Moss was the man on the attack and he passed Platt and Vaughan at Rocket on lap 2 and dispensed with Wall at the same spot on the next lap. Davis was coming under pressure and on lap 4 Roberts, using centripetal force, moved past Stephen Clark and Davis along the back straight to take the lead. Martin Goodliffe spun on lap 4 and Bennett had his second spin of the race trying to avoid him. Both continued with Bennett down in 23rd place after losing 7 places. Meanwhile, Dan Clark had been setting some blistering lap times and was up to 14th place.

Wall spun at Rocket on lap 6 and was collected by Davis. The damage was sufficient to end both drivers’ races. Stephen Clark took over the lead on the road with the 450cc KTM on lap 6 and steadily pulled away from the rest to cross the line comfortably ahead. Another dominant performance using his no.2 engine after the Silverstone winning motor was wrecked at Donington.

In the MSA Championship it was anyone’s race. On lap 10 Roberts and Moss were locked together fighting for the lead and swapping positions while Dan Clark was closing in at over a second per lap. Roberts race ended on lap 11 when an ignition wire broke and Moss couldn’t hold off Clark. On lap 12 the Redspeed Honda swept into the lead and reeled off the remaining laps to secure the win. “Everything felt right,” explained Clark after a brilliant drive from the back of the grid. Moss continued to lap consistently to the finish, collecting his best result of the season, but couldn’t match the pace of Clark. Hassall continued his form shown at Silverstone to secure third place while Bennett recovered from his second spin to put some quick laps in and haul himself up to 4th place, passing Platt with two laps to go. The reigning champion had a quick spin at the Corkscrew on lap 10 which dropped him behind Hassall and also struggled with the wrong gearing on his Honda.

Results for MSA British Superkart Championship

1 Dan Clark              Anderson/Redspeed Honda
2 Sam Moss              Anderson/Honda
3 James Hassall         Jade/Honda
4 Gavin Bennett         Anderson/DEA
5 Paul Platt                PVP/Redspeed Honda
6 Aaron Sifleet         Anderson/WIWA Gas Gas

Results for F450 Clubman Challenge

1 Stephen Clark         Anderson/KTM
2 Nick Wilcox              Apex/KTM
3 Andrew Gulliford         Apex/KTM

 

Race 2

There were no dramas at the start of the second race as Dan Clark led away from Bennett but the positions were reversed along the back straight on the opening lap. Davis, who had undertaken a major repair job on the front end after the incident in race 1, was up to third place ahead of Platt. Bennett set the fastest lap of the race on lap 2 and increased his lead over Clark who had pulled clear of Platt. Davis had spun down the order to 28th place, so Moss took over fourth place just ahead of Stephen Clark and Hassall.

By half distance Bennett had a lead of 3.013s over Dan Clark, both drivers lapping in the 1m 5s bracket.  They were well clear of Stephen Clark who had a 3s gap over Hassall. Moss was losing places as his front seat mount had broken and he would eventually finish in 8th.

Bennett’s lead was up to 4.494s with two laps to go, but during the final stages he encountered traffic. At the Corkscrew for the final time he was held up and this allowed Clark to close in.  However, at the flag the Redspeed Honda was still 2.302s behind the DEA. Bennett claimed the UK Cup while Dan Clark was the overall winner of the day. Stephen Clark couldn’t find the same pace from his KTM in this race and had to settle for third on the road and first in class by a long margin. Another solid drive saw Hassall collect third place points in the championship and his best weekend of the season. Platt soldiered on with the Honda but lost ground in the championship and can’t wait to get the Gas Gas repaired. He was chased by Roberts for 7 laps but the English Champion couldn’t get close enough to mount a challenge while Wall held off Gareth James to claim sixth spot. James now has a commanding lead in the F250 Challenge.

Results for MSA British Superkart Championship

1 Gavin Bennett         Anderson/DEA
2 Dan Clark              Anderson/Redspeed Honda
3 James Hassall         Jade/Honda
4 Paul Platt                PVP/Redspeed Honda
5 Trevor Roberts        Raider/PFP Honda
6 Louis Wall               Anderson/RW Honda

Results for F450 Clubman Challenge

1 Stephen Clark         Anderson/KTM
2 Kevin Ridley            Silverstone/KTM
3 Nick Wilcox             Apex/KTM

MSA British Superkart Championship 2014 - Positions after 6 rounds

1 Dan Clark               220 pts
2 Paul Platt                173 pts
3 James Hassall         150 pts
4 Gareth James         144 pts
5 Sam Moss              139 pts
6 Gavin Bennett         130 pts

BSA F250 Clubman Challenge 2014 – Positions after 6 rounds

 

1 Gareth James         220 pts
2 Steve Burton         148 pts
3 Martin Goodliffe     137 pts

BSA F450 Clubman Challenge 2014 – Positions after 6 rounds

 

1 Stephen Clark         240 pts
2 Nick Wilcox             193 pts
3 Charlie Johnson         167 pts

31/07/2014


 

Trevor Roberts is the 2014 English Superkart Champion for F250 National


BRITISH SUPERKART ASSOCIATION NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP FOR DIVISION 1 SUPERKARTS ROUNDS 4 & 5 and the ENGLISH CHAMPIONSHIP FOR F250/450 SUPERKARTS ROUNDS 3 & 4, DONINGTON PARK 13TH JULY 2014 

by Gary James

This weekend sees the final rounds of the BSA Division 1 Superkart Championship and the English Championship for F250 and F450 Superkarts.

Carl Hulme heads the points table in the Division 1 series after a win and two seconds at the opening rounds at Bishopscourt in N.Ireland at the end of May.  He started 2014 with a pair of second places at Oulton Park in March at a non-championship meeting and is hoping that another good result this weekend will secure his first ever Division 1 title after many years of trying.

Lying second in the championship is 2012 champion Charles Craven. He scored a fourth and two thirds at Bishopscourt but knows that he needs to find a bit more pace to repeat his championship success this year.

Richard Dewart, the driving force behind the Bishopscourt Kart Club, is third in the championship after some consistent finishes on home soil. He is a rare visitor to these shores after running in the single cylinder class a few seasons back. With the pressure of organising a meeting off his shoulders, he may be able to put in a good performance and finish in the top three.

A big accident at Darley Moor in April looked like it had ruined Andy Holmes chances of competing in the championship. However, a major rebuild of the chassis saw him on the grid at Bishopscourt where he gained three consistent finishes, albeit with a bit less power than his rivals. The driver from Coalville is hoping for a better result at Donington, his local track.

Reigning Division 1 champion Gavin Bennett is fifth in the table but with a mathematical chance of retaining his crown. After collecting a second place and a win, he retired in the final race at Bishopscourt with a faulty ignition.  The multiple European Superkart champion will be difficult to beat if the DEA engine is performing correctly.

One driver who could give Bennett a hard time is UK Cup holder Liam Morley.  He secured that title in the final race at Bishopscourt breaking the lap record in the process. Liam also secured a new outright lap record at Oulton Park in March and has been busy contesting the F125 Open championship recently. He has targeted four titles this year across both classes so expect him to be on record breaking form again this weekend.

The English Championship for F250 single cylinder Superkarts is led by Gavin Bennett after two wins at Cadwell Park in May. As already mentioned, he his chasing the Division 1 title, but if he has problems expect to see him out on the single cylinder DEA in the final race. His closest challengers in the English Championship are Trevor Roberts on the Raider Honda and Aaron Sifleet using the new Gas Gas engine.

 


ALAN HORNER PHOTOGRAPHY

www.alanhorner.co.uk

Alan Horner was at Cadwell Park taking photographs of the Superkarts competing in the English Superkart Championship on the 18th May. Anyone who wants to purchase a photo can view them on his web site www.alanhorner.co.uk. Go to Online Ordering and Click on MOTORSPORT EVENTS in the client area to view the photos then follow the instructions to purchase your photos on-line.

You can call Alan on (01423 889154


The English Superkart Championships will be run over two events and five races with the best four races to count. It is an MSA Nations Plate.


The highlights for which are below :
An MSA Nations Plate so an “E” plate is up for grabs.
Run jointly by the two English Superkart Clubs, Superkarting UK and the British Superkart Racing Club who will each host three events across the classes,
Classes for Div. 1 Superkarts, F250 National, F450 National and F125 Open
A minimum of ten entries will constitute a Championship in each class
Each class will have two events. Five races will form the series with the best four counting
Run to a National B permit so those with National B Novice licences are eligible.
No registration is required, if you are entered then you score points
No Tyre marking
Tyres are any CIK Homologated from 2005 to 2016
MSA Spec. fuel is the requirement, i.e no control fuel.

F125 Open events are at Darley Moor and Cadwell


THR announce the launch of their new 42mm carburettor for all applications.
The carb. uses Dell Orto internals so customers can fits his own parts ie tubes jets needles floats and bowl plus cut off valves.
The carb. will be on the dyno soon so more news to follow shortly.

Any enquiries to Kevin Busby @ kjbuzz.bee@gmail.com

 


 

Division 1 first Championship rounds take place at Bishopscourt, Ireland on the 31st May 2014


 

MSA BRITISH SUPERKART CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW

FOR OULTON PARK 29th MARCH 2014                    

by Gary James

Today sees the start of the MSA Superkart championship season and what a year it promises to be. Triple champion Paul Platt begins the defence of his title and must start as the favourite. Following a big crash at Cadwell Park last season he has tried to straighten out his PVP chassis. However, at the Silverstone test two weeks ago he was still having handling problems and there was a possibility that he would have to rebuild the chassis before this weekend. Despite new engines being announced at the NEC in January, Paul will be sticking with his Honda engine tuned by multiple champion John Riley of REDSPEED.

Last years championship runner-up Louis Wall could emerge as the main threat to Platt. With only one win last season, Louis is determined to put some back luck behind him. A winning drive at Cadwell Park was scuppered when a wheel came off on the last corner. He was happy with progress made at the test day under the watchful eye of engine tuner Rob Walkinshaw and is looking forward to Oulton Park, one of his favourite circuits.

Third in last years championship was series rookie Richard Blackburn. He is taking a year away from the sport to complete a building project on his house.

Toby Davis won the Grand Prix in dramatic fashion at Snetterton last year and also finished fourth in the championship collecting one victory along the way. He will once again be using Ian Harrison at Viper Racing to prepare his Honda. But a seized engine at Silverstone curtailed some valuable testing time.

Ben Davis, the younger brother of Toby, has been busy during the winter months trying to put a package together to race Renault Clio’s. A shortage of sponsorship money sees him on the Superkart grid today and hoping that he can improve on his fifth place finish in the 2013 championship.

The man on form at the end of last season was Dan Clark. His final four results were two wins and two third places and that netted him sixth place in the championship after a bad start to the year. He spent most of the Silverstone test running in Honda pistons and was very pleased with the pace from his Anderson chassis. He could be a real threat to Platt’s title ambitions.

Other drivers who could feature prominently this year are Sam Moss, Trevor Roberts and Gavin Bennett. 

Sam always enjoys his racing and could return to the front of the grid, while Trevor makes the long trip from Lurgan in Northern Ireland to compete in the championship. Gavin Bennett, multiple European Superkart Champion, is making a return to the single cylinder class with a new and untried DEA engine. Expect him to be somewhere near the front of the grid.

With these drivers all being potential winners, this years championship is going to be a real cracker.


 

 

Message from the New Chairman

Hello everyone, 

Following the AGM last Sunday, I am the new Chairman of the BSA and looking forward to following the great work that Rob Willshire has done during his 3 years at the helm. Thank you Rob for a fantastic job well done, I will be looking to you for direction occasionally so don't disappear. I would also like to thank all those who voted me in and assure everyone that I will do my best for the BSA and all the Superkart racers.

Following the AGM I was immediately involved when the open discussion started and from the voices on the floor I can see it's going to be a challenging position. A few of the points discussed were related to promoting the sport, improving the grids by encouraging new drivers into long circuit racing as well as safety issues. We are going to address some of these subjects through the driver reps and getting their feedback on TV coverage and how we create revenue to pay for the coverage will be very appreciative.

There was also a long debate on the current weight for the 125's, it appears some driver feel they could improve their results with increasing the minimum weight, currently at 190Kg. To consider the majorities view we need to conduct a survey which hopefully all the 125 drivers will complete so we get an unbiased overall view of where the weight limit should be set. We currently have views of 15 drivers but what are the drivers considering if they want change… lap records may not be broken…... lap times will get slower and quoting figures to potential new drivers will be less impressive….. will heavier impacts occur……. can other considerations be realised to improve performance for taller heavier drivers……… and will the front runners still be at the front. This was a topic that everyone has a point of view but we should hear it from the 125 competitors.

I was elected chairman at the AGM so I was not involved it the proposal for a committee restructure although learning the process of making change I realise there is a need for change within the BSA structure and protocol. I hope that I will be able to put my views forward from my business experience over 30 years and have the support of the members to make improvements as we go forward.

As you can see from this email I am not as verbal as Rob but I am passionate about racing and want to offer my experience, views and suggestions with only the progress of the sport as my priority. I hope you feel able to approach me with any questions and I will answer you honestly and to the best of my ability. As I come from a car racing background I am relatively new to the Superkart scene and don't know everyone like our past Chairman but I hope I will meet you all during the season and will become a familiar face in the paddock as well as a friend to talk to.

See you all soon.

 

Best Regards

John Dickinson

+44 (0)7711 083463

john.dickinson@superkart.org.uk

www.ecidisplays.com


BSA AGM

The BSA AGM was held on Sunday the 2nd of February at the Holiday Inn in Coventry. There were 2 main agenda items on the agenda. 

As Rob Willshire was standing down as Chairman after 3 years and many years of doing the Press and PR including the web site. So one of the main items was to vote for a new Chairman. John Dickinson will take up this position. John has raced at the highest level in Superkarts and also in the Passed races in Formula 3000 (GP2 is the modern equivalent) John has been an avid support of the sport and has supported the championships via his Euroconcept organisation.

The BSA is now looking for volunteers to do the web site / social media / Press and PR. This is preferably someone who understands Brand Management, Has good connections with the Motorsport Press and karting Press.

A full set of minutes will be posted here once Ian Rushforth has written them up.

See attached agenda.

2013 BSA Agenda.


Autosport Show - Thank You

As Chairman (Rob Willshire) I would personally like to thank the team of people that supplied Karts and manned the BSA stand over the 4 days at the NEC. It is estimated 80,000 plus** would have passed through the doors over the 4 days. (** Stats from RSM / Haymarket)

Lee and Rod Harpham travelled over 3 hrs to get Lee’s kart on to the stand. Gavin Bennett’s kart was on show with Gavin and his dad Peter Bennett lending a hand on the stand. Paul Platt’s triple championship wining 250 national was on display with Paul and Alan manning the Stand on the Saturday and Sunday. Gary James supplied his kart for the Go Motorsport stand which generated more interest via the MSA supported stand.

We had Steve Burton, Tony Long, Kevin Waring, John Hateley, Gary James, Ian Rushforth and myself doing several days on the stand selling the sport to potential drivers or helpers. Viper, DEA and THR supplied engines for the stand which was a topic of the karting media to look at.

The star of the team was John Dickinson whose support was brilliant. His company Euroconcept International built the stand in a day and was the best BSA stand we have seen. All supplied Free of Charge. John please thank your team for the fantastic job they did.


ENGLISH CHAMPIONSHIPS

Earlier this year the MSA announced the future structure of permitted Championships under their control.

The structure would cover three levels :

  • British and National Championships for the 1 – 10 numbers
  • Regional
  • Club

The regional level would consist of “Nations Plates” so England (E), Scotland (S), Wales (W) and N Ireland (IRL) followed by area Championships such as the Midlands and Northern etc.

It will be Superkarting UK and the British Superkart Racing Club who will run all the long circuit races in England and will jointly promote the English Superkart Championships between them at selected events.

It is not intended to run the Series over multiple events but will be a mini series of two events per class fitted around the British and National Championships which will of continue to be the feature Championships for Superkarts in the UK.

The English Championship will be for Div. 1 Superkarts, F250 National, F450 National and F125 Open.

All of the events will be run to a National B permit so open to all basically.

The regulations will be very similar to those for the British and National Championships with the following exceptions :

  • Tyres   -   CIK homologated tyres from the periods 2005 to 2016   -   Applicable to wets and slicks   -    There will not be tyre marking
  • Fuel   -    National Classes as per MSA spec.   -   Div. 1 as per CIK spec     -    i.e No control fuel
  • Counting Rounds   -   All but one which will be dropped
  • No registration fee   -   Just entering the event makes you eligible to score points
  • The winner will be awarded an “E” number plate for the year

For all the dates go the the Calendar Page


Kartmania 2013

Lee Harpham and Dan Edwards from the 125 drivers and Paul Platt from the 250 Drivers were on hand to answer questions from potential drivers. Lee and Dan can be seen being interviewed by MotorsTV.

Thanks to Lee and Rod Harpham, Jon Hately, Dave and Danny Edwards, Kevin Waring, Paul and Alan Platt, John Osborne and Ian Rushforth for giving up there free time to man the stand.


2014 Pre Season Testing Dates

The below dates are organised by the circuits and not the BSA so please deal directly with the circuit management.

Oulton Park - Tuesday Feb. 18th

A test day has now been arranged at Oulton Park on Tuesday Feb. 18th. It is posted on the Oulton Park website and can be accessed and booked via the link below.

There will be four 15 minute sessions for £60.

http://www.motorsportvision.co.uk/testing/2014/february/140218-op-superkarts.aspx

If you need any further info then Gemma is the lady at Oulton to speak to (Gemma Stevenson, Events Manager.  T: 01829 761112

 

Silverstone International - Saturday March 15th

The test day will be on Saturday March 15th when there will be five sessions during the day. Once again the huge garages will be available and can take probably ten karts so very cheap if shared.  More details as I get them.

It is now on the Silverstone website under testing. A maximum of 48 places are available on the day. 

www.silverstone.co.uk/track/general-testing/?tab=calendar 

Maximum noise limit on the day: 102db drive by.

Price per Kart: for 5 x 15 minutes sessions would be £130.00 inc vat

Times on Track:

10:30 to 10:45

11:30 to 11:45

13:45 to 14:00

15:15 to 15:30

16:15 to 16:30

(please note if there are stoppages during the Kart sessions for whatever reason on the day we can’t extend the sessions as we are running to a tight schedule with our retail customers.)

Garages bay cost:  £60 on the day, each bay would take about 10 Karts!

All participants must produce a current MSA/FIA Competition Kart Licence when Kart testing and during signing on. A parent or legal guardian must counter-sign the registration form of participants under the age of 18 years. All participants need to be over 16 years old 

Please note the following paragraph which will be on the sign on indemnity:

I confirm that I am solely responsible for my own conduct and my vehicle and that I shall at all times drive in a safe manner to ensure that I do not put myself or other users at risk and in any event in accordance with all instructions provided throughout the day. I further acknowledge that if I fail to drive in a safe manner, I may be removed from the circuit at  any time in Silverstone Circuit Limited’s absolute discretion and that in such circumstances no refund will be given.

Access to the Venue:

From 07:30am on Saturday 15 March – we are unable to allow access any earlier. Departure from Venue: 18:00hrs on Saturday 15 March

Julie Hartfield, Testing & Track Sales Executive, Silverstone Circuits Limited Tel:0844 3728 314


250 Engine Update

Please see a glimpse of how the new engines are coming along for the F250 National class. They have all completed the paperwork and it is now down to our ASN to inspect them and approve them for use in 2014.

THR and DEA have built the first engine thus the pictures and Ian at Viper is busy completing parts for an end of year assembly.

DEA

DEA

THR

THR

VIPER

 

VIPER

8/12/2013


MSA / BSA Awards & Dinner Dance

16th November 2013 - The Village Hotel Solihull

Latest Info.

Pre Dinner Drinks at 18:30 in Bar

Dinner Served at 19:30

Awards start 20:30 - Disco ASAP

Menu

Starters

Chicken Liver Pate

Carrot and Coriander Soup (V)

 

Main

Traditional Roast Breast of Turkey

Gnocchi & Slow Roasted Tomato (V)

 

Dessert

Warm Normandy Apple Flan

 

Followed by Tea or Coffee

Those people sleeping in motor-homes please park at the back of the car park. The hotel has loads of space.

Auction Prizes

Carl Hulme has again donated a holiday in Antigua. ( Jolly Beach Resort Antigua) All you have to do is get there.  http://youtu.be/QZYmUSOKUhI

The village hotel has already donated a raffle prize of weekend stay Dinner Bed and Breakfast for 2, with tickets to a local attraction, Warwick Castle or Cadburys World.

John Surteess - Has donated a signed print of himself racing. This is also signed by the artist.

BARC - Have donated 2 tickets to a BTCC meeting in 2014.

Stoke Park - Golf Course. Four-ball voucher for the golf course. Stoke Park is a fantastic course to play.

Autosport - 2 x tickets for Autosport International + a 1 year subscription to Autosport magazine .


Well we have now finished the UK season and only one major event to go. Yes the dinner dance.

All the rooms have been sold out. However the hotel has given us a list of local hotels you could use.

As far as recommendations from The Village we have:

Hogarth’s is a lovely small privately run hotel www.hogarths.co.uk /‎  Four Ashes Road Dorridge, Solihull, West Midlands B93 8QE 01564 779988

Or there is the local Premier Inns, you know what your getting with them. Stratford Rd Shirley, Solihull, West Midlands B90 3AG. 0871 527 8988 http://www.premierinn.com  

There is the Corrus, but I would recommend it, if they do go there then just ensure an upgraded room is booked not an old one.  http://www.corushotels.com/the-regency-corus-hotel/

The Gresworlde is worth a look if your finding it hard to get rooms l: 01564 772711. http://www.goodnightinns.co.uk/hotel-booking/the-greswolde-arms-hotel/

Donations for the raffle and auction - This year we will split the raffle and auction between the BSA and a nominated charity. If you want to donate anything then contact  - rob.willshire@superkart.org.uk

The village hotel has already donated a raffle prize of weekend stay Dinner Bed and Breakfast for 2, with tickets to a local attraction, Warwick Castle or Cadburys World.

Tickets are £40 each. Max per table is 10.

Cheques payable to The British Superkart Association Send to: 19 Deanes Close, Southview, Basingstoke, Hants. RG21 5HR

Please include a return address for the tickets.


Newsletter   -   October  2013 Compiled by Ian Rushforth

CHAMPIONS ALL

Very well done to all our Champions below :

Paul Platt   -  MSA British Superkart Champion in F250 National

Gavin Bennett   -   BSA National Champion in Div. 1 Superkart

Lee Harpham   -   BSA National Champion in F125 Open

Richard Blackburn   -   Winner of BSA F250 National Clubman Challenge

Charlie Johnson   -   Winner of BSA F450 National Clubman Challenge

 

Gavin Bennett   -  British GP Champion  Div. 1 Superkart

Toby Davis   -   British GP Champion  F250 National

Danny Edwards  -  British GP Champion  F125 Open

Gavin Bennett  -   UK Cup Champion   Div. 1 Superkart

Paul Platt   -   UK Cup Champion   F250 National

Danny Edwards   -   UK Cup Champion  F125 Open

Also a big thank you to all who have supported the various events around the country and providing such  a great season of racing. Thanks too to all the officials who have worked hard to ensure things went to plan or as near to plan as conditions permitted.

 

ANNUAL AWARDS EVENING

The MSA Championship and BSA Awards evening is on the 16th November at the Village Hotel. Tickets are £40 each and rooms have been discounted.  The British Superkart Racing Club will also be handing out its club awards at the dinner.

Tickets are £40 each. Max per table is 10 but mostly 8 per table.  Cheques payable to The British Superkart Association please and sent to: 19 Deanes Close, Southview, Basingstoke, Hants. RG21 5HR

 

Please include a return address for the tickets

Donations for the raffle and auction - This year we will split the raffle and auction between the BSA and a nominated charity.

 

Carl Hulme has again very generously donated a holiday in Antigua. ( Jolly Beach Resort Antigua) All you have to do is get there.  http://youtu.be/QZYmUSOKUhI

The village hotel has already donated a raffle prize of weekend stay Dinner Bed and Breakfast for 2, with tickets to a local attraction, Warwick Castle or Cadburys World.

If you want to donate anything then contact  - rob.willshire@superkart.org.uk

It is a great way to complete the season so why not join us again in November.

DEPARTING CHAIRMAN

Sadly Rob Willshire has decided to stand down as the BSA Chairman at the next AGM in order to devote more time to other projects. Rob has worked extremely hard on our behalf and done a first class job during his tenure and we wish him all the very best and many thanks for all he has done.

His departure also leaves us with two other posts to fill which Rob has done with great skill. That of Press Officer and Webmaster.

A SLIGHT RISE IN NUMBERS

The economy may be blamed for many things but we seem to have bucked the trend and it is really nice to report the number of drivers in the UK (inc. NI) doing at least one L/C event during 2013 has risen slightly to 174 (161 last year). The three clubs in the British Superkart Association have provided between them 25 events so lots of choice on offer.

The details are :

F210 N

F125 KZ

F125 Open

F450N

F250 N + Evo

Div. 1

Total

6(6)

4(8)

53(44)

10(4)

68(73)

 

33(26)

174(161)

138 Outside NI

36 in NI

Figures in brackets are 2012

In Championship registration terms all the classes have held their own or raised a touch with the exception of the MSA F250 Nationals which is down a bit compared to 2012.

British Superkart GP   -  Will return to Cadwell Park in 2014. The likely date is a bit later in the year than usual because dates in July are not available. The date is August 30/31st. Cadwell will give us a far better chance of breaking even over Snetterton thankfully although the facilities paddock wise are not as good.

The move to Snetterton was because of the CIK European Championship events and with there being no intention of running a round this year the move back to the popular Lincolnshire circuit was an easy decision. The down side is with no overseas content the revenue stream could well be less.   Car classes will continue to provide much needed revenue however.

You may be interested to know that the 2013 event cost just over £65,000 to put on with more than half of that being the circuit rent for two days. The car content was worth over £19,000 in revenue to the club.

SO WHAT OF NEXT YEAR

The big talking point in 250 circles is of course the new engine(s) that are coming into the F250 National MSA British Championship class. Lots of strong feelings on this one, both ways it has to be said. On the one hand some feel it will be bad for the sport, others feel that if we want to maintain a 250cc two stroke class in the future then new engines most come in. As I say, divided opinions.

A late attempt via the BSA committee to get the introduction of these new engines delayed did not go through. It should be realised that although the BSA holds the contract to run the MSA British Championships it is the MSA that have the final say on what class contests their flagship Championship. Even without the new engines there is a move away from existing engines and it is expected that the although the numbers racing might not change too much overall those competing will be distributed across the classes in a different fashion with F125 and F450 National possibly being the winners.

So with the MSA’s three yearly registration process in full flight and with the deadline for completion of registration fast approaching it looks likely we will get three new engines on top of the WIWA Gas Gas K250 which completed registration earlier in the year, the other front runners DEA, THR Engineering and Viper Racing UK are all beavering away to meet the deadline of Dec. 1st followed by the inspection process.

THR and Viper have been trial running parts of their engines during the year and as many of you may have seen from their website DEA have a design concept posted and the complete engine is due out shortly.

It looks likely too that there will be alternative upgrade cylinders and parts registered as well for existing engines.

Change is of course never easy so time will tell on this but whatever engine you run the important thing is that you support the clubs running long circuit events. Politics and vested interests aside the clubs take all the risk to put events on for you.

The new engines and alternative parts for existing engines completing registration will be added to the existing list and will form the eligible engine list for the MSA British Championship class.

The Honda engines plus all the other engines that make up  the existing list can of course continue to compete in both the MSA British Championship and the F250 Challenge. In fact the F250 Challenge will retain the existing engine list with no place for the new engines or alternative parts that complete registration so there is no need to change engines. It goes without saying that there is of course plenty of racing left for the Honda and others engines if you don’t want to change to one of those new fangled things

The weight limits in F250 National will go up to 208kgs which is the same as the CIK Division 2 Superkart class weight

Talking of Division 2 Superkarts there does, with the promise of new engines coming in, seem to be a reawakening possible. The CIK is looking at  bringing back within the European Championships a  Div. 2  Cup competition to run alongside the Div. 1 series thus forming more of a pyramid structure. Also instead of demanding 100 engines for inspection it seems likely they will drop that to Div. 1 level which is ten so the new engine providers may well be interested in getting involved so the current  list could be expanded.

In 450 National the weight will rise to 212kgs and the connecting rods will be free as long as they are magnetic and maintain the connecting rod centre line and rod centres. The reason behind this is the availability of good cheaper aftermarket connecting rods.

The manufacturers gear ratios must be maintained.

It is also intended to introduce engine registration along the lines of the current 250 process for 2015.

F125 Open will remain pretty much as is except that the connecting rod lengths are now to be 105mmm to 115mm and the rule stating the minimum ring width has been dropped.

Inlet Silencing has come under review because of the belief the current available models could be restricting engine breathing so we sort permission from the MSA to use just the noise test limits (102DBa static) as the primary control point.

The MSA however refused us permission and insisted on the continued use of registered inlet boxes. New designs must be tested and registered

Division 1 Superkarts   -  An idea to get more participation in the National Championships is being pursued. The base idea is to see if we can join together all the existing participants, the UK drivers that race abroad rather than here and of course our friends in Ulster. If successful we could see over twenty participating.

If implemented the idea is to have just two events in the series each with two qualifying sessions and two races. The venues will include one in Ulster at Bishopscourt and one on the mainland at a circuit easy for our Ulster friends to get to. The events would not see the 250/450 singles Championships run alongside it although 250/450 singles would be most welcome to compete if they choose to. Bear in mind of course that 250 single engines on the CIK Div. 2 list are eligible for Div. 1.

The idea depends very much on the fact that whether you live in Ireland or the mainland all parties must support the concept and travel in each direction. Naturally it will have to dovetail well with the CIK European Championships and the popular European Superkart Series. That in itself won’t be easy though but we will certainly try. Many thanks to Gavin and Peter Bennett for putting in some consultancy work to explore the idea with the drivers. I stress though that support from all concerned is vital.

Tyres for 2014 and beyond    -   In order to put some much needed revenue into the Championships we are going to adopt tyre partners. These partners are required to buy into the BSA tyre market via a fee each year. The fee being asked is £500 plus three sets of tyres. Done by Brand the successful parties will then have the Superkart market to work in. The deal includes both 5” and 6” tyres.

So when a partner signs up they will be able to sell whatever tyre they like as long as it is on the CIK homologated lists for the period 2005 to 2016. It applies to slicks and wets.

So far both Dunlop and Hoosier have declared their intent. We await answers from Bridgestone, Maxxis, Le Cont and Vega’s.

For those classes with a restriction on the number of sets permitted (F125 Open and MSA F250 National) the rules will read :

Only tyres bearing a BSA mark will be permitted.

Only six sets of new tyres will be permitted for the series of six events.

By new we mean, either brand new or new to the series

Once a tyre has been marked it is the drivers responsibility to ensure it remains visible for checking etc at all  times. Marked tyres    cannot be transferred between registered drivers in the series.

Only one set of marked tyres may be carried over from 2013 into the 2014 series

Those drivers who did NOT register and take part in the 2013 series will be permitted to mark a seventh set which must be a used set.. At the British GP and UK Cup only the two Championship qualifying races will require marked tyres.

Valve Caps  -   Valve caps will be compulsory next year on all four wheels with a recommendation they are of the metal variety.

Sporting regulations   -  As Cars and Superkarts run under the same governing body, the MSA, the regulations used for race stoppage in cars is to be adopted in order to avoid confusion amongst the officials and marshall’s so the regulation for race stoppage will be as follows :

PRACTICE & RACE STOPS  -  Any practice/race can be stopped at the sole discretion of the Clerk of the Course by waving the Red flag at the Start/Finish line. Competitors will be warned that the race has been stopped by the simultaneous waving of the Red flag at all Flag Marshalling Posts.

All competitors should slow down and return to the re-assembly point, which will be the start/finish line unless otherwise designated in the Final Instructions. This area will automatically be considered PARC FERME until such time as the Clerk of the Course announces that Parc Ferme conditions are lifted. In qualifying/practice the Parc Ferme rules will be lifted and all competitors will be allowed to continue with the qualifying/practice session assuming their kart is safe to do so. 

Any race stopped before the leader has completed two laps will be declared a “No Contest” and available karts will restart from their original grid positions. Refueling will only be allowed in the pit lane

Any race stopped after the leader has completed more than two laps but less than 75% of its duration will be considered as the first part of a two part race. Cars will be restarted from a grid set out in the finishing order, which shall be based upon the order of crossing the finish line at one lap less than at the time of first showing the Red Flag. Only cars which are under their own power at the showing of the Red Flag will be classified. The result will be the order of finishing at the end of the restarted race, unless Championship

Regulations specify otherwise. The result will list all competitors who took the start in the race even if they did not take part in the restarted race and will use the first part for purposes of establishing lap records and point scoring where applicable. Any issues for any class in a Championship will be determined from the initial grid not the grid for the restarted race.

Any race stopped after the leader has completed 75% of its duration may be considered to have finished, unless the Clerk of the Course, in consultation with the Stewards of the Meeting, deems it appropriate to restart the race. If not restarted the result will be based on the order of crossing the finish line at one lap less than at the time of the first showing of the Red Flag. Only cars which are under their own power at the showing of the Red Flag will be classified. If run as a two part race 5.4.2 will apply.

In the interval between stopping and restarting the race cars may return to the pit area for repairs. They may join from the pit road after all the other cars have started. Non-runners at the time of stopping can restart from the pit lane behind those referred to above. No work may be carried out on the grid unless on grounds of safety and with the approval of the scrutineer. The Clerk of the Course may order that the duration of the second part or re-run of any race shall be of a shorter distance than originally scheduled, or may be abandoned altogether.

If during any race no car crosses the start/finish line under its own power during a period of five minutes the end of race signal shall be displayed and the results announced on the relative positions of cars at the time they last crossed the control line under their own

It is an offence to break formation before crossing the line on the rolling lap and may result in the offender being penalized in accordance with the series regulations. The penalty will be applied at the end of the race.

Such penalties will not occur or be recorded on the competition licence record.

Once Parc Ferme restrictions are lifted, the pace car will be positioned at the head of the Parc Ferme Grid. The Pace Car will then leave when told to begin the restart procedure.  There will be a period NOT EXCEEDING FIVE MINUTES between the lifting of restrictions and the departure of the Pace Car.  At this point pushers will be allowed to take up their positions. Any competitor who is not able to get going at the restart will have to leave the circuit into the assembly area/pit lane and if able, re-join under supervision at the back of the grid once the race has started.

EXHIBITIONS

The BSA will as usual be attending the Autosport International Show at the NEC in January so come along and get the latest gossip and news. Once again a big thank you to John Dickinson for his help with the stand via his Euro Concept company.

We have decided not to attend the Kartmania Show at Silverstone this year.

 

SAD TO SEE THEM RETIRE FROM THE 125 CLASS

It is always sad to see people retire from the sport especially those who have supported us for such a long while so can I wish on behalf of the BSA a very big thank you to Louise Colin and John Hutton who retired from the sport at the end of the season after many years of competing in various classes.

Louise went out in style and with a real bang signing off in superb fashion in the final Div. 1 Superkart Race at Donington taking 3rd in class behind Jason Dredge and Liam Morley. Well done Louise.

Sad to see Gary Avrill standing down after a few seasons of racing. Gary and friend Gary Ferey  have made the long trip from Jersey for each of the 125 rounds so qualify as our longest travelling entrants. Good luck and thanks to Gary.

Very best wishes to all and many thanks for your friendship and support and we hope to see you at the odd event maybe in future even if it is as a spectator, you will be most welcome.

 


Platt and Bennett take titles

Paul Platt and Gavin Bennett took the MSA British Superkart Championships and BSA National Championship for Div 1 Superkart respectively.

Platt was 3 times BSA National Champion for 125 Open and now he has topped it by taking the MSA British Superkart Championships 3 years on the trot. This is a massive achievement in karting let a lone Superkart. I don't think anyone has done 3 in 125 Opens and then 3 in 250 National in a row.  Paul was full of emotion as he cam in to the pit lane after race 1. He had set a target on stuck to his race plan. The relief was clear to see as he took his helmet off before being interviewed by MotorsTV.

Gavin Bennett wrapped up the Div1 1 title in race 1 and elected to not go out in the rain soaked race 2. A wise decision as he heads off to Lemans for next weekend show down in the FIA - CIK European Superkart Championship. (See article below) Good luck to all the Brits going over to Lemans for the final rounds.



Karting magazine

The news that Lodgemark Press is to discontinue publishing Karting magazine with immediate effect is sad news for karting in general. But, if I may say so, it is particularly sad for those of us involved in British Superkarts.

Not only has Karting regularly given good coverage to Long Circuit Gearbox kart racing, the simple fact is that at the present day, it is the only publication to provide news and reports of our branch of karting on a comprehensive, regular and professional basis.

The magazine was founded by the late Jan and Alan Burgess in 1960 and they were at the helm of Karting when Long Circuit Gearbox karting had its own birth pangs shortly after the magazine first saw the light of day. Their coverage of ‘our’ brand of karting has continued for the 50 years to the present day.

But what is not widely known is the hands-on contribution that Alan Burgess made to Long Circuit karting. It is not surprising that the new magazine, finding its own feet at the same time, gave good coverage to our early meetings.

But Alan did more than that. Unbeknown to many, he would underwrite the costs of promoting the early meetings which, as today, involved far more outlay than short circuit race promoters were faced with. Of course, Karting magazine’s publicity did much to ensure the success of those early Events such that it was not always necessary to call upon Alan for a contribution to a shortfall of cash.

But the net result was win-win for our predecessors in those pioneer days and I hope that Alan knew that his contribution was recognised and appreciated.

We should thank Alan and Jan’s son Mark Burgess for the excellent superkart coverage that we enjoyed during his years at the helm, and wish him all the best for the future.

Ken Walker


Harpham Takes 125 Title

Lee Harpham too the 125 Open title after an epic year of racing and Oulton Park didn't disappoint the spectators and teams. Report will follow.


MSA / BSA Awards & Dinner Dance

16th November 2013

The Village Hotel Solihull

Well we are have are half way through the season and the end of your bash planning us underway. Rooms will be £65 per room B&B. We have 50 rooms allocated at this discount so book early. The booking code is BRIT161103.  Phone Number is 0871 222 4604. Tickets will be on sale for the event after Thruxton.

Donations for the raffle and auction - This year we will split the raffle and auction between the BSA and a nominated charity. If you want to donate anything then contact  - rob.willshire@superkart.org.uk

The village hotel has already donated a raffle prize of weekend stay Dinner Bed and Breakfast for 2, with tickets to a local attraction, Warwick Castle or Cadburys World.

Tickets are £40 each. Max per table is 10.

Cheques payable to The British Superkart Association Send to: 19 Deanes Close, Southview, Basingstoke, Hants. RG21 5HR

Please include a return address for the tickets


Want to Volunteer for The BSA

The BSA are looking for help with the web site and video editing. If anyone wants to give up there spare time and assist with these jobs then please drop Rob Willshire an email. 


MSA / BSA Awards & Dinner Dance

16th November 2013

The Village Hotel Solihull

Well we are have are half way through the season and the end of your bash planning us underway. Rooms will be £65 per room B&B. We have 50 rooms allocated at this discount so book early. Tickets will be on sale for the event after Thruxton.

Donations for the raffle and auction - This year we will split the raffle and auction between the BSA and a nominated charity. If you want to donate anything then contact  - rob.willshire@superkart.org.uk

The village hotel has already donated a raffle prize of weekend stay Dinner Bed and Breakfast for 2, with tickets to a local attraction, Warwick Castle or Cadburys World.  


 

Terry Wilkinson

 

 

All of us involved in British Superkart racing, but especially those in Northern Ireland, have lost a faithful servant of the sport today.

 

Terry Wilkinson had been diagnosed with terminal cancer earlier in the year and his passing this afternoon was not entirely unexpected. He was 77.

 

At the time of his death, he was 1 of just 2 surviving drivers to have raced in Northern Ireland’s first ever kart race in 1960. He raced on until the mid 1980s, and favoured Gearbox karting over Direct Drive.

 

When he retired from racing he continued to serve Irish karting in administrative roles as well as pursuing his other principal motor sport interest: he was a long serving marshal at the Isle of Man TT races.

 

But he hadn’t quite finished his hands-on interest in Long Circuit Gearbox karts. 10 years ago he restored his original McCulloch powered kart that he had raced at that historic first meeting.

 

He was truly a stalwart of Northern Irish karting for over 50 years.

 

We pass our condolences to his widow Molly, and his sons Jonny and Keith.

 

Ken Walker

16 July 2013


 

 

Vincent Caro  - Thank You

 

All of us in British Superkart racing recognise the huge debt we owe to Vincent Caro during his 10 years or more as Secretary-General at CIK-FIA. He always fought for the superkart Cause even if sometimes it seemed his was the only voice in the room speaking up for us.

 

He now works in a different department of the FIA office in Geneva, but recently ‘pulled a few strings’ for us when it appeared that this year’s CIK European Superkart Championship would be the only CIK series NOT having the normal Media Coverage on the CIK website. We’re pleased to tell you that the superkart championship WILL now have the same coverage as all the short circuit championships.

 

We can also praise Vincent for something even closer to our hearts. He has been out racing again. He only

has 1 or perhaps 2 superkart outings each year, but this year, he entered the FFSA Coupe de France event at Croix-en-Ternois. Despite his long absence from any race circuit, and this being his first ever visit to Croix, he finished a creditable 5th in race 2 after having suffered a puncture in race 1. Both races were won by Frenchman Alexandre Sebastia.

 


Superkart Road Show

To promote Superkarts to the general public and motorsport enthusiasts we will be at 2 events this over the weekend of the 6th and 7th of July.

Go Motorsport Live at Silverstone - Sunday

British Super Bikes at Snetterton - Saturday and Sunday


Chip off the old Block

Several of our former drivers are now proud dads of successful short circuit kart racing sons. At the Shenington Superprix and ‘O’ Plate meeting last weekend (14-16 June) Jake Dennis won the Rotax Senior Class. His dad Steve raced 250 National class with us a few seasons back. Jake was, of course, the first CIK Junior World Champion in 2010 and has since moved into car racing. But his one-off karting return was a successful one.

Steven Webb’s son Harry was last year’s Rotax Junior World and European champion and currently leads the standings in this year’s Senior Rotax Euro Challenge. Simon Babington’s son, Sean, was the 2012 Rotax Senior European Champion and currently stands in 4th place in the 2013 DD2 standings.


Colin Hilton introduces Nick Bunting to Superkarts

Colin Hilton, who retires after more than 20 years at the MSA, was showing his successor Nick Bunting the MSA Superkart Championship at Silverstone.

Bunting was the unanimous recommendation to succeed Colin Hilton, who will stay on in a consultancy capacity at least until the end of the year.

Seen below is Ian Rushforth (Left) Nick Bunting (Middle and Colin Hilton (Right)

Photo by Nick Purdie


Help 4 Heroes

Over the last 2 meetings we have been raising money for Help 4 Heroes.

Castle Combe event raised £164.90.

Silverstone event raised £192.39


DEA 250 Single

After 13 months we finished the project and design of our 250 single cylinder engine. Now we are into phase 2, so into its realisation. 

More or less many things were still told (the "philosophy" behind the project, the reasons for some choices i.e. using some Honda parts and the parts that you can take from your "old" Honda, the price, etc.).

I think the images that I attached to this email speaks themselves and are better than thousand words, and more than that we hope that the results once on track will be more important than anything else.

If anyone need further information please contact Martina at DEA dea@dea-engineering.com
www.dea-engineering.com


MIRA Wind Tunnel

In 2011 Simon McBeath of Racecar Engineering invited RG Racing to put a Superkart in the full size wind tunnel at MIRA. This was arranged via Sam Colins from Racecar Engineering. The team thought that it would be a good idea to put several different types of Superkarts in to the mix to see how the different types of bodyworks worked and what the changes would bring. The team invited Gavin Bennett with his Div1 Anderson and Phil Featherstone with his Raider.

Below are the first 3 articles of 6 that Racecar Engineering produced.

Sept 2010 - 1 of 6 Oct 2010 - 2 of 6 Nov 2010 - 3 of 6

More to Follow.


Croft Test Day

Croft are going to run kart testing as part of their general  test day on April 26th.

There will be 2x 15 mins sessions in the afternoon of Friday 26th

Cost: £30 + VAT Drivers must pre book in advance

Contact: Silvia Allerston at Croft Circuit

Tel: 01325 721815 between 10am-3pm Mon-Fri


Testing at Silverstone - June 7th

Just confirming the details for the National Circuit  - Kart Test on Friday 7 June:

 

Maximum noise limit on the day: 102db drive by.

 

Price per Kart: for 3 x 20 minute sessions will be £89.00 inc vat.

 

Garages bay cost:  £60 on the day.

 

All participants must produce a current MSA/FIA Competition Kart Licence when Kart testing and during signing on. A parent or legal guardian must counter-sign the registration form of participants under the age of 18 years. All participants need to be over 16 years old.

 

Please note the following paragraph which will be on the sign on indemnity:

I confirm that I am solely responsible for my own conduct and my vehicle and that I shall at all times drive in a safe manner to ensure that I do not put myself or other users at risk and in any event in accordance with all instructions provided throughout the day. I further acknowledge that if I fail to drive in a safe manner, I may be removed from the circuit at  any time in Silverstone Circuit Limited’s absolute discretion and that in such circumstances no refund will be given.

 

Booking live now:  http://www.silverstone.co.uk/track/general-testing/

 

Timetable:  www.silverstone.co.uk/Global/pdf/Track-Testing-Timetables-2013/07_Jun_2013_Testing.pdf 

 

Julie Hartfield - Testing & Track Day Sales Executive

Silverstone Circuits Limited

Silverstone Circuit, Northamptonshire, NN128TN

t 01327 320298

f 01327 323259

www.silverstone.co.uk

 


Fuel Test Update

Several tuners have been given the new fuel from Carless to test on the dyno's. First results look good.

From Ian Harrison. Viper Racing

I have found the following using one of our CR250 F250 National race engines:

  1. Hyperflo Kart consistently produces more power (max 1Hp) than MSA 2T at rpms between 7,000rpm and 8,500 rpm given the same testing parameters.

  2. Power is comparable from 8,500rpm onwards for both fuels given the same testing parameters.

  3. There was no consistent difference in the EGT for both fuels given the same testing parameters.

  4. The same detonation patterns will be produced when the MSA 2T is run with a 5 number (Mikuni) smaller jet that than the Hyperflo Kart, all other parameters being equal.

  5. The same detonation patterns will be produced when the MSA 2T is run with the ignition curve advanced 1 degree against the Hyperflo Kart, all other parameters being equal.

By increasing one jet size we lost all the detonation when using MSA 2T and the same result by running 2 jet sizes bigger with the Hyperflo Kart.

 

From Phil Featherstone - PFP Services / Raider Karts

Tests done on 02 Cr250

  1. Peak horse power against control fuel is down 1/2hp with all parameters the same
  2. Power between 8000 and 9500 down 1hp with all parameters the same
  3. Power past Peak seems the same.
  4. Jetting of MSA2t runs possibly one to two Dellorto main jets sizes richer
  5. Would consider engine to run safe on new fuel with normal settings for control fuel.

February News Letter

What New

  • REMINDER ABOUT THE NUMBER PLATE REGULATIONS   -  NEW THIS YEAR

  • FINAL TOUCHES TO THE INTENDED F250 EVO CUP SERIES REGULATIONS

  • A NEW CONTROL FUEL FOR THE MSA BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIP for F250 NATIONAL

  • REMINDER ABOUT TESTING OPPORTUNITIES COMING UP

  • LATEST NEWS ON THE ENGINE REGISTRATIONS FOR F250 NATIONAL

  • JUST IN FROM DEA ENGINEERING


January News Letter

Just some of the news.

REIGNING EUROPEAN SUPERKART CHAMPION TO 125’s   -   HOW GOOD IS THAT !

The recent confirmation that Lee Harpham the current  CIKFIA European Superkart Champion will do his UK based racing in the 125 Open class in 2013 represents an enormous boost for the class and further emphasizes the progress the class is now making.

The entry list from 2011 to 2012 doubled in size and if the rumor mill that is in full swing at the moment is anything to go by we could well see over thirty competing this year. 

Paul Platt received his MSA British Championship award at the MSA Night of Champions bash recently. Paul can be seen in the picture below along with all the rest of the Champions from across the range of disciplines under the MSA’s banner

Lee Harpham received his award for victory in the European Superkart Championship in PARIS at the CIK Night of Champions along with all of the other World and European Karting Champions

2012 World Champion WTCC Driver Rob Huff want to do some races in Div 1! Anyone got a spare outfit?


Autosport Show

We would like to as a big thank you to all the people who gave up there free time to help at the Autosport Show. We had 4 Superkarts on 2 stands. The outfits of Gavin Bennett, Paul Platt and Dan Edwards were on the BSA Stand which was manned by Ian Rushforth, Terry Bateman, Gary James, Paul and Alan Platt, Dan Edwards plus Dave and Shelia Edwards. Tony Long Ben Willshire and Rob Willshire.

On the BSA stand Ian reported that there was some good enquires and potential drivers for 2013.

On the Go Motorsport stand we had Ben Willshire outfit which was used in a competition for potential scrutineers. They could win 2 tickets to the British F1 GP and Rally GB in Wales. Over 250 people took part.


AGM

The AGM has been booked for January 27th at the Holiday Inn, Coventry starting at 11am.

From junction 2 of M6/M69 follow signs for Coventry A4600. Go across 1 mini roundabout & the hotel is 100 yards on left.  Satnav reference CV2 2HP  Finishes 17.00 latest

Only 2012 registered and paid up drivers are allowed to vote on BSA matters. Items for the agenda. Only items received in writing (and seconded) will be placed on the agenda.

Points for the Agenda that have been proposed and seconded by the deadline

Changes to the constitution due to be coming a Co Ltd

Changes to the voting System.

There are some points that were sent in for discussion after the AGM.


Latest News Letter

Download it here.

AUTOSPORT INTERNATIONAL

We will once again have a stand at the 2013 Autosport International Show at the NEC on Jan 10th to 13th.

John Dickinson via his Euro Concept company has again done us proud by building a really nice stand so why not come along and see us and get all the latest info on the season ahead.

DIVISION 1 ROTAX CUP

With the CIK now banning the use of the Rotax derivative parts from CIKFIA European Championship events in 2013 we want to ensure there is a place for these parts and engines to compete in a series. There must be lots of these engines about and could well form the basis of great club type class. Certainly the engines kitted with these parts are not slow and could in their own right figure in the full Div. 1 Championship anyway.

The Rotax Cup will be a sub group within the Div. 1 Championships. To qualify for the Rotax Cup competitors must use a Rotax 256 based engine that can include the following :

  • F.P. Engineering - FPE/Rotax 256 Substitute Cylinder & Head

  • F.P. Engineering - FPE/Rotax 256 Substitute Crankcases

  • F.P. Engineering - FPE/Rotax 256 Substitute Disc Valve Covers

  • PVP Karting - PVP/Rotax 256 Substitute Cylinder and Head

  • Folan Engineering - Folan/Rotax 256 Substitute Primary Transmission

  • Racing Cylinder Services Ltd. - Rotax 256 Substitute Cylinder & Head


Donington Park TV Coverage

Programme title is “Last Lap”

The Donington races will be broadcast on the Motors TV channel for the first time on Dec. 27th at 17.50. Repeats will then follow after that. If you do miss the time slot below the programme is on again at 9am on the 28th. The Programme title is “Last Lap”

 Wed 19/12/2012


Superkart Test Day Silverstone

International Circuit Kart Test on Saturday 9 March

 

The link to the Silverstone test page is http://www.silverstone.co.uk/track/general-testing/

 

Confirming the details for the International Circuit Kart Test on Saturday 9 March:

 

Maximum noise limit on the day: 102db drive by.

 

Price per Kart: for 5 x 15 minutes sessions would be £125.00 inc vat

 

Easy to book online: www.silverstone.co.uk/track/general-testing/

 

Times on Track:

10:30 to 10:45

11:30 to 11:45

13:45 to 14:00

15:15 to 15:30

16:15 to 16:30

(please note if there are stoppages during the Kart sessions for whatever reason on the day we can’t extend the sessions as we are running to a tight schedule with our retail customers.)

 

Garages bay cost:  £60 on the day, but as I said each bay would take about 10 Karts!

 

All participants must produce a current MSA/FIA Competition Kart Licence when Kart testing and during signing on. A parent or legal guardian must counter-sign the registration form of participants under the age of 18 years. All participants need to be over 16 years old.

 

Please note the following paragraph which will be on the sign on indemnity:

I confirm that I am solely responsible for my own conduct and my vehicle and that I shall at all times drive in a safe manner to ensure that I do not put myself or other users at risk and in any event in accordance with all instructions provided throughout the day. I further acknowledge that if I fail to drive in a safe manner, I may be removed from the circuit at  any time in Silverstone Circuit Limited’s absolute discretion and that in such circumstances no refund will be given.

 

Access to the Venue:

From 07:30am on Saturday 9 March – we are unable to allow access any earlier.

Departure from Venue: 18:00hrs on Saturday 9 March

 

Contact is

Julie Hartfield

Testing & Track Day Sales Executive

 

Silverstone Circuits Limited

Silverstone Circuit, Northamptonshire, NN128TN

t 01327 320298

f 01327 323259

www.silverstone.co.uk

 

Fri 07/12/2012


Oulton Park Test Day

There is a planned Superkart test day at Oulton Park is going to be on Wednesday Feb. 20th. There will be four 15 minute sessions for £60.

As always we must stress that you make a booking to ensure the day goes ahead. Oulton Park require a minimum of 12 bookings to guarantee it takes place. You can now make a booking via the Oulton website using the link below

http://www.oultonpark.co.uk/testing.aspx

Mon 03/12/2012


2013 MSA British Championship

BSA National Championship Dates

Ian Rushforth has been working hard over the past few weeks with BARC and BRSCC to ensure we get some good circuits. Once the top championship (BSB / F3 / BTCC) have been confirmed 100% then Ian will be able to confirm our dates.

We know we have Castle Combe as a LIVE TV meeting and this should enable you to get some sponsorship to cover your costs. The entry fee will be higher and we are looking for a sponsor or several sponsors to cover the fees that are being charged by the promoter. If you feel you want to sponsor this event or part sponsor the event then please contact Rob Willshire (rob.willshire@superkart.org.uk )


Dinner Dance - Auction

For all those that attended the dinner dance you need to feel very proud. We raised over £3500 that will be split between Marie Curie and the BSA.

I would like to personally thank Wendy Barker for all the hard work she has done for Marie Curie and the BSA. She is a star.

Once we get our season underway I am sure we will do a check presentation to the charity with Wendy.

Rob Willshire


Cancer Research - 2011 Dinner Dance

As some of you might be aware we held an auction at the 2011 dinner dance. We presented the cheque for £1570.41 at Donington Park at the End of the 2012 season.

Photo by Chris Purdie


MSA British Championship for F250 National  - THE FACTS

Hi All,

From what I am hearing it seems there is some confusion, mis - information and maybe a touch of doomsday scare mongering  thrown in for good measure floating around concerning the F250 National engine registration process that is in flight at the moment and how the Championships will deal with that should there be any registrations completed. So let’s try to clarify things a little.

The MSA have for many many years included an engine registration process as part of the class regulations which specified a three year cycle. In recent years there has been no interest from suppliers  but for this round there is.

There are three options that prospective suppliers can submit applications :

  • Complete Engines

  • Kit Engines that may include Crankcases, Crank, Cylinder and Cylinder head with a donor engine required to complete the engine such as a Honda

  • Replacement Improvement parts for existing engines such as the Honda. These may include Crankcases, Cylinders etc.

The regulations still mandates for 5 speeds and the tuning regulations etc. remain the same as existing.   Induction can be Piston or Reed

In order to assist those making application, completion of registration can be done during 2013 but must be completed by 1/12/13. If this is not achieved then those not completing will be locked out until the next round of registration starting 2016. The first step for the prospective supplier is to declare his intention to submit an application by 1/12/2012 so we will soon know the shape of things to come. We can only speculate as to whether there will be applicants but word on the street is there could well be three or more within the different options available to people.

With all this in mind there will be a transitional year so everyone can evaluate what is happening before the full impact of any changes comes into effect in 2014.

The 2013 MSA British Championship and the F250/450 Clubman Challenge will be run for the existing 250 engine list used in 2012 so as is for 2013.

The new stuff will be able to compete in a series called the Super National Cup which will also be open to the existing engine list should anyone wish to compete, so old and new together. It should be noted however that the new stuff can only score points in the Cup from the point the registration is completed.  Engines and parts that have not completed the registration process will be able to race but on a no points, no prizes basis so they get a chance to run and prove themselves  and we all get chance to see what they are like.

So in summary :

2013

MSA British Championship for F250 National will use the existing 2012 and before engine list :    Rotax 257 (either five or six gears), Cagiva WMX 250/88 Cross., Honda CR250., Kawazaki KX250, KTM 544/545/546/548., Moto TM Cross 250, Suzuki RM250 Z to V (1982 -1997 inclusive), Yamaha YZ250.

BSA F250/450 Clubman Challenge will use the existing 2012 and before engine list :   Rotax 257 (either five or six gears), Cagiva WMX 250/88 Cross, Honda CR250, Kawazaki KX250, KTM 544/545/546/548, Moto TM Cross 250, Suzuki RM250 Z to V (1982 -1997 inclusive), Yamaha YZ250.

BSA Super National Cup will use any new engine, kit engine or replacement part for an existing engine that has completed registration plus any from the existing 2012 and before engine list as detailed above, so effectively the engine list planned for 2014.

2014

MSA British Championship for F250 National will use the existing 2012 and before engine list plus engines, kit engines and replacement parts for existing engines that have completed registration by 1/12/2013

BSA F250/450 Clubman Challenge will remain using  the existing 2012 and before engine list : Rotax 257 (either five or six gears), Cagiva WMX 250/88 Cross, Honda CR250., Kawazaki KX250, KTM 544/545/546/548, Moto TM Cross 250, Suzuki RM250 Z to V (1982 -1997 inclusive),YamahaYZ250.

So you see the Honda will remain a part of our plans for some time to come and will be able to compete in the MSA and/or in the Challenge for some time to come. Don’t forget also a Honda engine will be a prerequisite for a Kit engine. The advantage of a kit engine is  they will be cheaper to put together than buying a newly registered complete engine.

As soon as I get any more info as to how the registration process is going I will let you know.

Best Regards

Ian Rushforth - Series Manager

Partners of the BSA
 

 

 

 
 
 
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