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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


 

MSA / BSA Awards Night - Update

 

Most of the discounted rooms have gone.  Tickets will be on sale up to the 26th of October

 

Raffle and Auction - Wendy Barker with the help of Ben Willshire are accumulating lots of goodies.

 

Donation of a week in Paradise by Carl Hulme

Rob Huff signed Team Kit

BSB Signed Photos

A Bike!

Hampers

Beauty Kits for the Ladies

Plus lots more


We are coming up to the “Big Night” again. The 2012 MSA British Superkart Championship Awards Evening. It will also incorporate the 2012 BSA National Superkart Championship Awards, and UK Cup.

When - Saturday 3rd of November 2012

Where - The Village Hotel at Solihull ( http://www.village-hotels.co.uk/hotels/solihull/welcome )
 

The Cost - We expect the price to be £40 per person.

 

How to Book - Awards / Dinner tickets via me at rob.willshire@superkart.org.uk  .Tickets will be on sale up to the 26th of October. Payment is needed before 31st. This can by send a cheque to the British Superkart Association to 19 Deanes Close, Southview, Basingstoke, Hants. RG21 5HR.

 

Table Plans - We will have tables of 8 as standard . 10 on a table is a tight squeezes. But if a team wants a large table we should be able to accommodate up to 14 on a table. I will need to know ASAP.

Dont leave it to the last minute. You might not get a place.

 


Bobby Howarth

It is with a huge amount of sadness I have to report the passing away of Superkarting’s special photographer and friend Bobby Howarth.

Bobby was everyone’s friends with an smile and sense of humour to grace any paddock in the land. He will be very much missed by all of use in the Superkart fraternity that knew him.

His contribution to the sport was enormous. Our hearts go out to his family and friends.  

God bless you Bobby.

Robin Howarth's funeral is at All Saints Church Pendleton BB7 1PZ

Wednesday 24th October at 12p.m could you circulate this please to the people that need to know


Croft TV Coverage

The program covering the Croft event is going to be a one hour program on Motors TV with the first showing being at a prime time of 17:52 on the 18th of October and will also be repeated at various times over the following 7 days  - best to check Motors UK TV guide for the correct times.

03/10/12


CIK-FIA European Superkart Championship

News has come in from Lemans that Lee Harpham has won the 2012 CIK-FIA European Superkart Championship. Congratulations to Lee and the Redspeed Team. We are waiting for the official points sheet to be released.

Well done to all the British drivers who raced at Lemans.

Report to Follow

Results Booklet

Current Standings

http://www.cikfia.com/competitions/cik-calendar/2012/le-mans/superkart/championship-standings.html

01/10/12


Newsletter - September 2012 Compiled by Ian Rushforth

ANNUAL AWARDS EVENING

The annual awards evening and D/D is coming up fast. It is once again at The Village Hotel Solihull on Saturday Nov. 3rd.

Tickets are available now from Rob Willshire on 01256 474067. Cheques should be made out to The British Superkart Association and sent to Rob at 19 Deanes Close, Southview, Basingstoke. RG21 5HR

Hotel Rooms can now be booked using the reference SUPE031112 to secure the concessionary rate. The room cost should be £69 B&B based on a standard twin/double room. 

BRITISH SUPERKART ASSOCIATION WINS CONTRACT FOR FIVE MORE YEARS

The MSA have appointed the BSA to run the MSA British Superkart Championships for five more years. Thanks must go to Rob and Ben Willshire who did a superb job preparing the tender document.  Well done guys.

AND SO DOES THE BRITISH SUPERKART RACING CLUB

The MSA have again awarded the British Superkart Racing Club the rights to run the British GP for a further five years so all round good news. Now it’s our task to make it better each year if we can.

BRITISH SUPERKART GP AND UK CUP

From our point of view as organisers we thought the recent event at Snetterton went very well, yes improvements can be made but good. From the comments we received many still feel Cadwell is a better circuit to race on but the feeling overall was  the facilities at Snetterton are better such as  garages, tarmaced paddock etc.  The car content in association with our friends from the BARC worked well and brought in vital extra revenue.  The BGP is an extremely difficult event to make viable as you know.  Costs this year amounted to over £60k.

It is the intention of the British Superkart Racing Club to run a similar event based around the same format as this year although it will not contain a round of the CIK FIA European Championships but a round of an International Series instead hopefully.  Provisional date has been set for July 12/13/14th on the Snetterton 300 circuit.

So what of the UK Cup. Well I think we all agree it is best when all the classes are run at the same time. With the success of incorporating cars into the BGP this has got us thinking and we are exploring the possibility of another similar joint event with the BARC at Cadwell Park,  for most if not all of the classes but its early days yet. So maybe two special weekends of racing to look forward to.

SOMETHING QUITE EXCITING TO LOOK FORWARD TO   -   LIVE TV

For the first time ever I think or certainly for a very long time Superkarts are to be part of a live TV broadcast. Motors TV broadcast three live race day shows during the year and we will part of the one at Castle Combe on Monday May 6th. The programme which is a day long affair goes out across Europe to 39 countries. The show features lots of action with each class getting a 15 minute qualifier and two races.  We should as part of the programme get about 55 minutes of exposure so besides 30 minutes of race action it will leave some good time to do other things like interviews and pieces about the sport hopefully.  Entry fees will however be a bit higher than usual in order to cover the cost but an exciting prospect

EXHIBITIONS THAT THE BSA WILL BE ATTENDING DURING THE WINTER BREAK

Motorsport UK  -  Nov. 3/4th at the Silverstone Wing Complex

General Motorsport show for Club drivers so a good range of classes for people to consider if they want to get into Motorsport, naturally we want to be there so we are an option to consider.

Kartmania  -    Nov. 18/18th at the Silverstone Wing Complex

The sports specialist Show with all of the range of options on show. We need to at least present gearbox racing to the masses and in particular L/C racing scene.

With both these shows now being at Silverstone there is an opportunity to demonstrate live our brand of karting which wasn’t available previously at Coventry so a positive new feature.

Autosport International   -   Jan 10th to 13th  at the NEC Birmingham

The big International Show over four days that covers every aspect of Motorsport and a must for all who wish to be seen as part of Motorsport. Formula 1 to club racing is represented.

F250 NATIONAL ENGINE CHANGES

The MSA have made some changes to the rules for F250 National which comes into force from Jan 1st 2013. They have been made with the support of both Karting Associations following some consultation during the year

Representative’s from both the BSA and the ABkC who naturally have a shared interest in the class because of their L/C and S/C activities have discussed at length the situation and on the class going forward in future years. They concluded that they certainly want to see a Two Stroke gearbox  class continue for many years  and to this end the class has to evolve and accept that new engines need and will come in, provided of course those new engines or upgrade kits meet the class criteria.  The new registration period and the fact that for the first time for as long as I can remember there is interest from companies wishing to invest in the class and to register new engines or Upgrade Kits. No doubt the Upgrade Kits will blossom into full new engines in time as they did in Div. 1 when the Rotax 256 disappeared. We should welcome the fact that there are people willing to invest in the class to ensure the class has a good future for years ahead.

So the Introduction you will see at the head of the class regulations in the BSA booklet will be as follows. The wording is similar in the Gold Book to suit the ABkC requirements:

Introduction. This class is restricted to MSA registered single cylinder engines and CIK homologated engines for Superkart Division 2.  Engines must be of a maximum of 250cc designed to have no more than five gears, or modified to have no more than five operational gears, and with piston and/or reed or rotary valve induction into the original induction tract.

Provided they are registered with the MSA in the appropriate time period ‘kit engines’ are permitted, i.e. engines using donor parts from an existing engine. The Rotax 257 in five or six speed form is exceptionally permitted unless championship regulations state otherwise. A new registration period commenced 1.1.2013 and applications for new engines and kit engines must be notified to the MSA by 1.12.2012 and full registration completed by 1.12.2013. If not fully registered and available by 1.1.13 such engines will be eligible to compete from the time of fully completed registration but are not eligible for points, prizes or trophies until 1.1.14.

The next period for inclusion of new engines commences 1.1.2016.

See Appendix 2 for eligible engine list. So long as the silhouette of the crankcase, the sprocket output orientation position and bore and stroke of the engine remains unchanged, evolution model numbers are accepted if complying with F2.4. References to Section U refer to the MSA Competitors’ and Officials’ Yearbook.

So how is the British Superkart Association going to handle this change whilst at the same look after all of our drivers and all their varying requirements?

First off with the rumour mill in full swing let me reassure Honda owners that the BSA Committee are only too aware of the sensitivities of new engines coming into this or any other class and will ensure that there is for as long as required a competitive arena for the Honda engine. No one wants to drive people from the sport or force them to move away from the Honda engine unless they so choose. We have the ability to tailor the MSA and Challenge series accordingly to cope with this. For instance the Challenge can be for the pre 2012 engine list, in the long term if required

The Honda is far from finished and it should be said of course that although not manufactured anymore as a motor Honda spares continue to be freely available, so no problems on that score and we look forward to many more years of good racing from the Honda CR250 or indeed any other engine on the old list.

The BSA Management Committee met recently and it was felt because the Upgrade Kits will not be freely available until some time during the 2013 season we needed to have a transitional period. So the following was decided:

The 2013 MSA British Superkart Championship will be for the pre 2012 engine list (i.e. as 2012) and the Clubman Challenge will continue to be for the pre 2012 engine list, so too for the F450 National karts (i.e. as 2012).

In addition a Super National Cup will be run for one year only for all engines or Upgrade Kits on the 2013 list. It is known that the Gas Gas will come in and possibly three or four Honda Upgrade kits also. In 2014 the MSA British Championships will be for the 2013 engine list.

The purpose of this is to give everyone a chance to either get stuck in with a new engine or evaluate the new stuff coming in before deciding what they want to do and also to give the manufacturers a chance to develop and prove their designs at events.

 

OTHER TWEAKS TO THE REGULATIONS FOR 2013

MSA British Championship for F250 National/F250/450 Clubman Challenge

Tyres must be Dunlop

5 Inch - Any Dunlop tyre homologated by the CIK in the periods 2008 to 2010 or 2010 to 2013
6 Inch - DDS or DES.  Cost of tyre will this year be £198 inc.VAT 

Wet tyres are open to any homologated by the CIK in the periods 2002 through to 2013

In the MSA Championship all tyres must bear the mark of the BSA. Only ONE set of new tyres will be permitted per Championship race event (six in total for the year) 

Only one set of marked tyres may be carried over from 2012 into the 2013 series and these will be remarked.

F125 Open

The Class regulations have been rewritten. The reasons for this BSA rewrite of the 125 Open regulations is to ensure that existing competitors engines are not rendered obsolete by a new engine homologation list. The regulation will be as follows:

Introduction. This class is for water cooled, 125cc, single cylinder engines with a minimum bore of 53.9mm and a maximum stroke of 54.6mm. Fitted with a gearbox with a minimum of 3 forward gears and a maximum of 6 forward gears. Free choice of gearbox and primary gear ratios.

Hydraulic, pneumatic and electric gear change assistance is not permitted.


Engine Eligibility. Any water cooled engine with a single cooling circuit that is previously or currently registered/homologated  for classes 125 Open, 125 National, CIK Formula C, CIK KZ1/KZ2.

The engine cylinder must have a maximum of 3 exhaust ports/passages and a maximum of 6 transfer ports/passages.

All air and fuel for combustion must pass through a single carburettor from the following list. (See table below) The carburettor may be bored or modified.

Engine modifications. The engine may be fitted with a piston from any other eligible engine with the same nominal bore.

The bore and stroke may not be modified beyond the maximum 125cc capacity.

The piston ring/s must have a minimum thickness of 0,95mm.

Crankshaft must be from the manufacturers parts list, but may be modified. For example, stuffer plates may be added, balance holes may be drilled and/or filled.

The engine may be fitted with a connecting rod from any other eligible engine.

The length can be from 105 to 113mm between centre’s.

The connecting rod must be made entirely from magnetic steel.

An engine may be fitted with a cylinder and head from previous or later models of the same make providing the crankcase and/or cylinder stud centres are not changed.

Two piece cylinder heads are allowed.

Head volume is free choice.

The crankcase may have its volume changed by machining or adding stuffing material.

To accommodate different connecting rods and pistons the cylinder head, cylinder base and top and the crankcase deck may be machined. 

Extra cylinder gaskets or spacers may be fitted.

Ignitions. May be self generating and/or battery powered. Ignitions are open choice but the timing and cartography may under no circumstances be modified whilst the kart is in motion.

Expansion Chambers. Free choice of design but made from magnetic steel only.

Further to this a permitted list of Carburettors will be introduced as follows :

Dellorto

 

Kiehen

 

Mikuni

 

Lectron

PHBE

 

PWK

 

VM

 

Power jet

PHM

 

PWM

 

TM

 

Power jet High velocity

PHSB

 

PJ

 

TMX

   

VHSB

           

VHSC

           

VHSH

           

The reason is to utilise relatively inexpensive Carbs currently in common use and to ensure that the very expensive Carbs don’t come into play in the class.

F125 Open Tyres

Tyres are open to any homologated by the CIK in the periods 2002 through to 2013. Five and six inch tyres are permitted.

In the F125 Open Championship All tyres will be marked and only ONE set of new tyres will be permitted per Championship race event (six in total for the year) 

Other General Changes to BSA Sporting Regulations

There wont be any Championship registration in 2013. Instead everyone who enters a race event will score points to whatever Championships the driver choices on the entry form. Part of your entry fee will be the registration fee and part will continue to be a levy fee which goes back to the BSA to run the series. Currently £12 of your entry fee gets levied back to the BSA for series revenue.

It costs over £8500 to run the BSA and its Championships each year. This is designed to get more drivers involved in the  series whilst at the same time ensure we maintain revenue levels.

The race meeting format with regards to grid formulation will change.

Qualifying will decide the grid positions for Race 1 and the drivers fastest lap from Race 1 will decide the grid positions for Race 2.

As you know the trophies of the day are decided by points aggregate across the weekend races. In the event of a tied score a tie break is used. Currently it has been the latter race that has decided things.

In 2013 the drivers average fastest lap from the two races will decide.

The Senior Masters Cup which is part of the Clubman Challenge for F250/450 Nationals will now be for over 40 year olds

The MSA have recently introduced a new rule regarding moveable aero devices and some changes to the number plate regulations.

They are :-

No part of the bodywork, including wings and end plates, shall be adjustable from the driving seat in racing condition when the kart is in motion.

Reason: Safety. Adjustable aero devices are banned by the CIK, and were previously banned by the MSA for long circuit karts, however this ban fell out of the regulations at some point.          Implementation: 1st January 2013

 

Number Plates

The number plates must be square with sides of 25cm.  (previously 30cm)

The numbers must be 20cm high (previously 25cm) with a minimum stroke of 3cm.

The numbers must be of the ‘Classic’ type as shown below represented with an Arial type font:

1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-0.

DVD’S AVAILABLE FOR OULTON PARK AND THE SNETTERTON GP

We now have available DVD’S of the TV coverage that went out for both the Oulton Park event in March and the British GP at Snetterton in July. The BGP DVD also includes the European Championship event and some extra footage not seen before that was edited out for the TV programmes. Order your copy now from either Ian Rushforth or via PayPal on the BSA website 

Cost £17 Inc P & P

IT’S THAT TIME OF THE YEAR

Just as the last of our Championships head towards a conclusion this is the time of the year when our attention begins to turn to the 2013 season. The first step is to submit to the MSA our intent to run a Championship documents, this covers every one of our series so quite a bit of paperwork to get through. Once that’s done we will then work on the final set of regulations to submit around the year end for final approval. At which point we can go to print with the yearbook.

Whilst all that is going on we start the process of sorting circuits and dates. This is not easy because all of the car clubs including our own partner clubs are vying for circuit slots. The top series have first pick so F1, Moto GP, WSB and BSB sort themselves out then we all get what is left.  Having said that there is usually a good selection but decisions have to be made fast to secure stuff. We naturally know the circuits we want and aim to have a month’s gap between each round but that’s not always possible and sometimes we have to turn away a good circuit because it is too close to something else or take something a bit less than a month to secure something good.

Oulton Park, Donington and Cadwell Park would normally form the core of such a wish list with Snetterton and Silverstone next up. Then circuits such as Thruxton, Castle Combe, Croft and Anglesey before the likes of Pembrey and Lydden.  The guys up at Knockhill would love us to go back and always provide three races but it’s a long way in the current climate although their circuit fees are much lower than the other car clubs we deal with and permit much lower entries fees to compensate for the extra mileage. Naturally Catherine would be love a date on her doorstep and a break from always having to cover large distances coming south.


2013 - 2017 MSA British Superkart Championship

 

Press Release – For Immediate Use 20/9/2013

 

BSA & BSRC to promote MSA British Superkart Championship & GP 

 

The Motor Sports Association (MSA) is pleased to announce that the British Superkart Association (BSA) and British Superkart Racing Club (BSRC) have won a tender process to promote the MSA British Superkart Championship and MSA British Superkart Grand Prix respectively.

The BSA and its member club the BSRC have successfully promoted the championship and GP for several years and will now continue to perform this role for a further five years from 1 January 2013.

Rob Willshire, BSA Chairman, said: “We are delighted that the MSA has chosen the BSA to continue running the MSA British Superkart Championship. The Superkart discipline now has a stable platform for the next five years, and we look forward to using that platform to develop the sport and the championship.”

Ian Rushforth, Competition Manager for the British Superkart Racing Club, said: “As the lead club in the BSA we are immensely proud to be given the opportunity of promoting the MSA British Superkart GP for a further five years. With over 30 years under its belt the event is without doubt one of the sport’s great occasions and we look forward to even greater success going forward.”

Rob Jones, MSA General Secretary and Kart Committee Chairman, added: “The BSA and BSRC have done a great job as the current MSA British Superkart Championship and Grand Prix promoters, and following very strong tender proposals the MSA is confident that they will continue to ensure that Superkarting goes from strength to strength.”

 

BSA Press and Media Office

MSA British Superkart Championship

 


MSA / BSA Awards Night.


We are coming up to the “Big Night” again. The 2012 MSA British Superkart Championship Awards Evening. It will also incorporate the 2012 BSA National Superkart Championship Awards, and UK Cup.

When. Saturday 3rd of November 2012

Where. The Village Hotel at Solihull ( http://www.village-hotels.co.uk/hotels/solihull/welcome    )
...  Room Discounts for the first 50 Rooms. See below on how to book.

Dress Code.
Suits for the Gents and nice dresses for the ladies. Black Tie’s can be worn.

The Event.
Drinks in the Bar from 18:00.
Dinner at 19:00.
Awards Ceremony.
Raffle and Auction – Some good stuff again. If you would like to donate something then let me know. I know we have some BSB bits to auction.
Disco by Vibe plus photos.

The Cost
We expect the price to be £40 per person.
Table Plans
We will have tables of 8 as standard . 10 on a table is a tight squeezes. But if a team wants a large table we should be able to accommodate up to 14 on a table. I will need to know ASAP.

The Menu
The menu will be a set menu with options for the vegetarians and people with food allergies. Our resident racing chef Mark Vaughan is just finalising these to ensure we get the best choice.

The Venue
The hotel has its own gym and health centre so you can chill in the afternoon before the event or get up bright and early for a morning swim! For those who went last year we will NOT be holding an AGM in the afternoon.

How to Book
Awards / Dinner tickets via me at rob.willshire@superkart.org.uk  .Tickets will be on sale up to the 26th of October. Payment is needed before 31st. This can by send a cheque to the British Superkart Association or BACS or you can send money via PayPal.

Hotel Rooms direct with the hotel. 0844 980 0220 (Discount code is SUPE031112).

The Team look forward to seeing you on the night.

 


 

Edwards take 125 Open Title

 

This years title went down to the final race of the year. It was between Dan Edwards in his Palletforce 125 Open and Ben Willshire in the Apex / Castrol / RG Racing 125 Open. What a thrilling event it was. Both drivers gave an exceptional display of driving racing with only a few inches from each other. Danny Butler won the race but Edwards and Willshire were 0.015 apart over the line. In Race 2 again Butler won the race. But the race between Edwards and Willshire was thrilling. Willshire was 2nd at the flag and Edwards was 3rd but Edwards  had done enough on points to win the championship by 3 points after dropped scores. Willshire and Butler were the first to congratulate Edwards on his success. We hope to have Dan Edwards interview in the site soon. More on the race results page.

 


Platt makes it a double

 

Paul Platt managed to recover from a disastrous Thruxton meeting by finishing in the top 9 to seal the MSA British Superkart Championship. This is the first Back to Back win in this class since his team boss John Riley did it some 10 years ago. In race one Paul had made and mechanical error when setting up his kart causing it to fail on the formation lap. In race 2 Paul started at the back. However in the first few laps he was running in a new piston and couldn't push as hard as he wanted. But by the end of the race he had done enough to seal the championship.

 

21/8/2012


Superkarts at Goodwood

The superkart appeared for a second year at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. This year the karts were paying tribute to Martin Hines who had helped so many young drivers to succeed in motorsport.

Its the first time that the Superkarts were allowed up the hill. In 2011 it was just a static display with Dunlop. Neil and the karting Legends had worked hard to get the superkarts up the hill. On Friday the first run was damp but in the afternoon the hill was dry. Carolynn Hoy was one of the drivers taking part. For those that didn't know Carolynn was one of the top drivers in the world of Superkart back in the 70's / 80's.

 


Ian Rushforth - Out Of Action - Update

Just to let you know Ian is still in Hospital for some extra treatment after his hip operation after the GP. He seems to have an infection that is causing him some problems.

We wish him a speedy recovery and hope to seem him soon.Get well soon cards can be sent to his normal address.

With regards to entries for then next meetings please send as normal and these will be processed as normal by the club. John Osborne is working with Ian wife and daughter to get stuff out to you on time.

7/8/2012


Chip off the old Block

Sean Babington and Harry Webb won the Senior and Junior classes respectively at round 3 of the Rotax Euro Challenge raced on the last weekend of July at Kristianstad, Sweden.

Both are sons of former British Superkart racers – Steven Webb and Simon Babington.

1/8/2012


 

TV Coverage of MSA BRITISH KART GP - SNETTERTON

Monday 30 July - 19:55

 

The 32nd running of the MSA British Superkart GP for 250cc twin cylinder, 250cc single cylinder and 125cc single cylinder machines. This is the UK,s third officially sanctioned British Grand Prix.

Next broadcast:
Tuesday 31 July - 2:45,
Wednesday 01 August - 16:05,
Wednesday 01 August - 22:05,
Thursday 02 August - 3:15,
Thursday 02 August - 9:35,
Friday 03 August - 7:55

 

Oulton Pk and Silverstone - 27/7 at 09:00


Ian Rushforth - Out Of Action

Just to let you know Ian had to return to Hospital on Sunday for some extra treatment after his hip operation last week. We wish him a speedy recovery and hope to seem him soon.

We will keep you posted of his condition in the coming days. Get well soon cards can be sent to his normal address.

With regards to entries for then next meetings please send as normal and these will be prossesed as normal by the club.


Hip-Hop Ian!

Directly after the Grand Prix series manager Ian Rushforth was in hospital having a new hip fitted. Ian is now back at home recovering well and answering all the mails he has received. Ian has to take it easy for a few weeks but we expect to see him at Assen 4/5th Aug and the Mallory Park 12th Aug.

We wish Ian a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing in the paddock in a few weeks


WTCC Driver Rob Huff Test Superkart.

WTCC’s Rob Huff was thrilled by the performance of a Superkart when he got a chance to drive a Division 1 Anderson / FPE one during Friday testing for the British Superkart Grand Prix at Snetterton. Rob was also testing a 60's Camaro so jumping from one to another was also testing.

Huff last drove a single cylinder 250 National at Cadwell Park four years ago. He had been in contact with Rob Willshire (Chairman of The British Superkart Association) for a while and it was at the Goodwood FOS that both Rob’s managed to fix the date at Snetterton. Huffy had also visited the Karting Legends stand during the Martin Hines tribute at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The BSA contacted Division 1 competitor Chris Needham who is a long-term friend of Huff and offered him a drive. Graham Barker Racing built a new FPE engine especially for the test.  All the Superkart teams were testing at Snetterton for the MSA Superkart Grand Prix and the UK round of the FIA-CIK European Superkart Championship so Rob was not alone on track.  Rob had asked if he could test a Div 1 Superkart at a quick track where he could see its true potential. The Snetterton 300 was ideal. We had some of the best Superkart drivers in the world on track so had a good bench make for Rob to aim for.

During the test session on Friday, Huff was on the pace in the dry and was good in the wet too. He was a few seconds away from triple European champion Gavin Bennett’s time. “It was absolutely awesome,” Huff said. “I was flat out at Coram and I’ve never been flat there before. They have so much grip.” Echoing the comments of seven time world champion Michael Schumacher about Superkarts, Huff said:  “It’s the cheapest form of motorsport and the closest you can get to F1 without being in F1.” He would love to drive one again. 

So will we see Huffy out again in a Superkart.

Photo by Danielle Barker of Barker Racing,


125 Open – fast, friendly and fabulous racing.

Come and join the revival!

By Damian Sleep - Photos by Nick Purdie

The 125 Open class (125cc, two stroke, single cylinder, reed or rotary valve water cooled engines with 6 gears) is enjoying a welcome surge in its numbers this year on the long circuit with regular grids of over 25 competitive drivers in the British Championship events to date.  It is expected that at Snetterton 300 on the 14th and 15th July the grids will swell further to at least 30, maybe even 35 or more for the prestigious combined British Championship/Grand Prix weekend. 

The 125 Open class offers drivers of all experiences, ages and standards a very cost-effective, reliable, friendly but fast and competitive class in which to either progress in karting (from, say, the short circuit classes) or to enjoy great, close racing at realistically affordable costs.  The 125 karts will typically average speeds of between 85 and 95mph on most UK long circuits (e.g. Silverstone, Oulton Park, Cadwell Park, Thruxton, Donington Park, Brands Hatch etc) and will reach top speeds of around 120mph. 

Equipment and regulations

The equipment used in the class can be very easy to purchase at affordable expenditure, (a fully competitive used outfit could be purchased for around £2,000, a brand new outfit would cost around £7,500 plus VAT) is durable and reliable and offers the very best blend of high speed, great handling and close racing using purpose designed race equipment with a friendly atmosphere amongst the drivers and teams.  Running costs within the class are also amongst the cheapest within any motorsport at around £2,500 for a full championship season (including entry fees, tyres, routine engine maintenance, fuel, oil etc) and there is no other karting class that will offer more ‘bangs for your buck’ than 125 Open.  Fuel is ordinary pump fuel and for 2013 tyres will be limited in their quantity to help keep costs down for all drivers.  The class regulations are stable with brand new and older equipment (i.e. 5-10 years old) competing evenly. The minimum weight limit for the class is 190kg (driver and kart with long circuit bodywork or 180kg in short circuit trim) and engine tuning and modifications are permitted.  Engines can be easily self-maintained (i.e. not ‘sealed’ engines).  Short circuit KZ equipment can be competitively used as is within the 125 Open class with only the addition of a rear rain light and driver leathers. In 2013 we are also looking to try and secure a higher number of single day championship events to help keep costs and time down for drivers.

New kart race licence holders (i.e. National B) can also compete in 125 Open in the national championships to help facilitate their licence upgrade to National A.

Drivers

The grid this year comprises of many recent British Champions such as drivers like Danny Edwards and Danny Butler and also the reigning 2011 champion, Ben Willshire, who is currently narrowly leading the championship table at the mid-point of the season.  To date no specific engine, chassis or tyre is dominating the results so the class remains very open and genuinely competitive on almost any combination of equipment.  Matt Isherwood (former KZ driver) has been very strong in the early 2012 season and has successfully won the ‘O’ plate (UK Cup title) in June so he is also full of confidence at the moment and driving superbly.  Our only female competitor is Louise Colin who is a multiple British Champion in the 210cc class before joining the 125 grid four years ago and is highly competitive in this class as you might expect. 

Two of the new drivers joining the class for 2012 are Duncan Marshall and Phil Garrett.  Duncan has joined the 125 grid after 10 years out of karting whilst he raced cars.  Disillusioned with the spiralling costs of car racing Duncan invested in decent second hand equipment in March 2012 and a spare engine all for under £2,000 and he is already proving to be very competitive - securing an excellent 5th place qualification first time out at Croft in April and Duncan is currently 7th overall in the championships.  Duncan commented ‘I have had such fun already, it’s been brilliant. 

I nearly went into a different class but am so happy I didn’t and whilst I am learning fast I have already shed my novice plates and everyone is happy to help and offer their advice on set up, gearing, jetting etc and the guys are really friendly too in the paddock but fair on the track – it’s a great combination and makes racing so enjoyable’.

Phil Garrett has also joined the 125 Open class for the first time this season after many years of racing prokarts and DD2 karts and Phil was able to invest in brand new equipment through Magnum Motorsport and enjoyed his first event at Oulton Park in June.  Phil commented ‘I wish I had done this years ago - the equipment is superb and the racing is so close, clean and fast. It’s an amazing feeling racing at circuits like Oulton Park, it’s an incredible thrill but there’s obviously a lot of respect amongst the drivers and that’s really refreshing and welcome.  It’s the best racing decision I’ve made and am really looking forward to the rest of the season’.  You too could be either a Duncan or a Phil......

Come and join us!

So in terms of fast, cost-effective and competitive racing in a friendly class on many of our finest and most famous motor racing circuits there is no class to rival 125 Open.   So why not come and watch a fantastic grid full of 125 superkarts at Snetterton in July (or Mallory Park on August 12th or Cadwell Park on September 8th/9th) or even come and join us on the grid if you can and be part of the fast, fun, friendly and ever-increasing 125 Open family – you would be very welcome to join us and we would be pleased to help you.

Terry Bateman also runs a long circuit superkart racing school at Darley Moor circuit (between Stoke-on-Trent and Derby) where drivers can use circuit-supplied, race-specification 125 Open karts and take their ARKS test too if need be.  Terry is full of helpful information and advice on how to get started and would be an obvious point of contact for anyone interested in racing in the 125 Open class.  The Darley Moor Race Circuit also hosts a series of superkart club racing events during the year so please visit their website on www.superkarting-uk.com or contact Terry directly.

Contacts

For any further details on the class, costs, its drivers or the equipment used within it please contact Damian Sleep, 125 Open driver and class representative, on 07887 722913 who would be very happy to support and advise on all elements of the class. Alternatively please visit the British Superkart Association website on www.superkart.org.uk or Terry Bateman at the Darley Moor Racing School can be contacted on 07831 854896. 

Trade advice and equipment on all elements of the 125 Open class can be willingly supplied by any of the following knowledgeable sources:  North: Derek Price at Magnum Motorsport on 01257 474419 (www.magtune.co.uk), Midlands: Bob Clowes at Motivation Design and Development on 01782 503908 (www.motivracing.com) or South: Phil Featherstone at PFP Services on 01778 561881 (www.pfpservices.co.uk)    


BSA Supports the BSB at Snetterton.

Ian Rushforth and 2 others were at Snetterton to promote the British Kart Grand Prix over the weekend

28/5/2012


Castrol Driver of the Day - Croft 28th April

Toby Davis

The Castrol driver of the day went to Toby Davis at Silverstone. Toby had an outstanding 2 days at Silverstone and in Race 2 showed excellent determination and race craft to finish second to the current MSA Champion Paul Platt. Toby managed to gain 2nd place by and outstanding overtaking move at Brookland's on the last lap of the race..


Shows and Displays

The BSA would like to assist any driver who wants to show their kart at local shows. We have hand outs and banners to help promote you and the sport. In the future we hope to have some of the pop up banners.

We need to start people young. The 125 class has seen in increase in numbers. This is down to the hard work of Terry Bateman, Bob Clowes, Ian Rushforth and Rob Willshire. We need to tell people how cheap it is to race and have fun.


Consultancy Group to Sponsor TV at Silverstone

We have the pleasure of informing you that The Consultancy Group will be sponsoring the TV coverage at Silverstone. We look forward to meeting the company and its guests at the meeting.

http://www.theconsultancygroup.co.uk/


Castrol Driver of the Day - Croft 28th April

Matt Isherwood

The Castrol driver of the day went to Matt Isherwood who made his mark on the championship. With a Pole, 2 wins and 2 fastest laps.  The judge was Ken Walker the series commentator. Matt has now established a points lead over defending champion Ben Willshire.


Bishopscourt Update

Bishopscourt Kart Club would like to welcome as many competitors as possible to the UK Cup and British Superkart Rounds to be held at Bishopscourt on Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd June 2012. We do need as much support as possible from all UK Mainland Competitors to make this a successful event, in travelling to the UK over the past few years I know how expensive travel can be and especially in this financial climate.

The Committee of Bishopscourt Kart Club are well aware of the cost involved in travelling to Northern Ireland and as a result of this we have been in negotiating with Stenaline. Bishopscourt Kart Club are happy to announce that we have managed to get an agreement for all competitors travelling to the UK Cup and British Championship rounds to receive a 10% discount.  This discount will only apply to competitors travelling from 31st May – 2nd June 2012.

To obtain the discount simply log onto www.stenaline.co.uk/event (this must be typed in the http bar to obtain the discount as it will not work via a Google type search).  You then enter your first name, surname and event code which will be KART2012.  After doing this the prices offered will include the discount which applies to all Stena Line Irish Sea routes.

Please note that all Competitors should compare the Stenaline price with that which can be obtained from Nutt Travel. Please ensure to inform the staff of Nutt Travel that you are travelling to the Bishopscourt Event and that you where directed to contact them by Bishopscourt Kart Club as Nutt Travel are a sponsor of the event. 

Nutt Travel, 15 Sperrin Business Park, Ballycastle Road, Coleraine, BT522DH. Phone 0208 7035 1199

 Web site is www.nutttravel.com

If any competitor needs further assistance please feel free to contact myself on Mobile 07797959919 or on rdewart@dewarttransport.co.uk and I will do my best to help to the best of my ability.

Entries Open 20th April 2012 and Entries, SR’S, Timetable, Advertisement and all relative information will be forwarded to all UK Drivers via e mail through Ian Rushforth and his contact list these details will also be advertised on BSA Website, NI Karting Website.


Castrol Driver of the Day - Update

Oulton Park 30th March

After two tremendous drives teenager Ben Davis was awarded the Castrol Driver of the Day prize at Oulton Park. He is certainly going to be a force this season and was very unhappy with his race two engine failure. "After the second place in the opening race I felt I was in a good position to win race 2." Maybe the win will come at the next round at Silverstone in May.

Oulton Park Race Report.  more

2/4/2012


Get Well Soon Chris.

Chris Purdie is on the mend after his off at Darley Moor. News is he will be out and about in the next few days. The BSA Team, Supporters and Drivers wish him a speedy recovery.

19/3/2012


Darley Moor Resurfaced

Just to make you aware that the track at Darley Moor has been resurfaced between the top hairpin and the pit bend. Other changes to the track have also been carried out. Drivers have commented on the new track as nice and smooth. It will take a few races to rubber in but it has made a great improvement.

19/3/2012


Ginetta Test for Platt and Morley

Paul Platt, the MSA Superkart Champion, was due to have a test drive in a Ginetta G55 at Silverstone last week as part of his prize for winning the Championship. Unfortunately, his session was postponed until a later date when the car arrived back in pit lane on the end of a tow rope while Tom Ingram was at the wheel.  A result of the engine mysteriously cutting out. Despite mechanics pouring over the car in an attempt to fix it, time was against them in a busy testing schedule.

Meanwhile, 19 year old Liam Morley the Gearbox Masters Champion did get his drive in the G55. After a few laps he looked very comfortable in the 365bhp machine and put in some quick laps. His main focus this year is the Super 4 short circuit gearbox championship for 125cc karts as he has never won it. The youngster, who put a 250cc Division 1 superkart on pole position at Oulton Park last October in his first ever drive, will also be competing at the Superkart Grand Prix in July at Snetterton in the Division 1 twin cylinder class and possibly a couple of BSA 125cc long circuit rounds. "We are going to try and mix it up a bit this year," he said at a chilly Silverstone.

By Gary James - 12/3/2012


MSA BRITISH SUPERKART CHAMPIONSHIP 2011 REVIEW

By Gary James 12/3/2012

The 2011 championship was contested over 6 race meetings starting with Snetterton in April and ending at Oulton Park in October. A total of 12 rounds with the best 9 scores to count saw 3 different winners and 8 different drivers on the podium. With an abundance of young drivers showing their skills at the highest level of long circuit Superkart racing the championship wasn’t decided until the final meeting. Here are the top six drivers from last year’s championship and a review of their season.

 

1ST No. 111 PAUL PLATT PVP HONDA 342 POINTS

Paul’s season looked to be off to a good start when he led the first four laps of the opening round at Snetterton. But then the con rod broke and he retired with a few extra holes in the crankcases. The motor looked a right mess. Starting the second round from near the back of the grid, he pulled through to 5th place at the flag but was way back in 11th place in the championship 52 points behind the leader. Next time out at Silverstone a broken plug tip forced him out with three laps remaining, although he hadn’t been troubling the leaders. In the next race of the day Paul dug deep and charged through from the back of the grid again. “ I just kept going as hard as I could and passed a lot of karts.”  The result was his first win of the season but he was still back in 10th place in the championship. Rounds five and six were held at Donington where weather conditions were decidedly tricky.  Paul picked up a second and a third place but also set fastest lap in both races to show the opposition what he was capable of. The next two rounds were also held in changeable conditions at Cadwell Park. However, a second place and a win saw him move up to fourth place in the points table. The championship was starting to come to him. Two more wins at Thruxton after staving off late pressure saw him move to the top of the championship. Things were looking good. At Oulton for the final two rounds, Paul was in masterful form. Pole position from qualifying set him up nicely for race one. 

“I knew what I had to do and kept an eye on the opposition to win and secure the championship.” There were emotional scenes in parc ferme afterwards and Paul had to have a few moments to himself once he realised what he had achieved before meeting his parents. As if to underline his new status, Paul promptly went out in the last round of the championship and destroyed the opposition to win by a massive 6.2s and set a blistering lap time for a new record. His final tally for the season was six wins and six fastest laps.  For 2012 Paul will be using the same PVP chassis and as with last year his Honda engine will be tuned by multiple champion John Riley of REDSPEED. “I will be competing in all the rounds this year and hope to achieve back to back titles. It’s going to be tough with Jason Dredge, Lee Harpham and Trevor Roberts on the grid. But to be the best you have got to beat the best.”

2ND No. 13 JAMES O’REILLY PVP HONDA 299 POINTS

After a disastrous season in 2010 when James defended his MSA championship crown, he decided to remove his bad luck by running number 13 for 2011. At Snetterton he led briefly at half distance in race one before an exhaust stub popped out. However, James was still able to finish a good second.  With the benefit of a front row grid position in race two, he shot off into the lead. But just after half distance the Honda engine seized and dropped him back to 8th place in the championship. Was this going to be another frustrating season? At Silverstone, James was back on the pace and a win in the first race from pole position showed the opposition that he meant business. “Has my luck changed,” he said afterwards. Unfortunately not.  Having built up a 5s lead in the second race, a broken piston put him out at three-quarter distance. But his season then turned around. A double win at Donington was followed up with another pair of victories at Cadwell Park and he left the Lincolnshire circuit in second place in the championship only 13 points behind the leader. Next was the high-speed Thruxton circuit. After leading the opening lap he dropped back to third but a reed petal broke at half distance and he retired.  James is known for his fast starts and quick early race pace, so in the second race it was no surprise to see him come through from the back of the grid to hold 7th spot at the end of the opening lap. After moving up to third place the exhaust split at half distance and a visit to the pits saw another non-finish.  Having dropped back to fourth in the championship, the final rounds at Oulton Park were crucial to rescue something from the season. In the first race he finished a steady 3rd unable to live with the pace of the leaders. However, in the last race of the year he went for it and led the first half before dropping back to another third place finish. James didn’t think the results were anything special, but after dropped scores were taken into account and due to his fantastic run of results in mid-season he snatched the runner up spot in the championship by one point. This year will see James making a class switch. With backing from Jan Cramer at MSKart, he will be competing in the German Superkart series and the four rounds of the European Championships in Division 1.  Could we have another British driver securing the European crown?

3RD No. 1 JASON DREDGE ANDERSON HONDA 298 POINTS

The reigning champion started the Championship confident that he could repeat his success from 2010. Jason’s season started badly when he blew up his best engine in testing the day before the opener at Snetterton. After a loss of power, the best he could do in the first race was 6th place. However, next time on track he hustled the leader in the closing stages and just failed to win, claiming 2nd place and fastest lap along the way. At Silverstone he moved to the top of the championship with another 2nd place and fastest lap in round 3 but couldn’t consolidate this when his gearbox broke in the next race when again running second. Consequently he left the Northamptonshire track in 3rd place, 21 points behind the leader. The wet Donington meeting didn’t see a change of fortune and with 4th and 8th places the gap increased to 36 points. This was proving a difficult defence of the title. Cadwell Park saw another two runner-up slots against his main rivals and whilst reliability with the Rob Walkinshaw prepared Honda was good, Jason was still looking for his first win of the season. This looked possible at the next round at Thruxton, but after a superb race against Platt, which involved several outbraking manoeuvres into the final chicane, Jason missed out on a win when the chain broke with 4 laps to go.  An inspired drive from the back of the grid in the next race saw Jason come through to 3rd place and another fastest lap, but the number 1 plate was slipping away.  The final showdown at Oulton was Jason’s last chance to secure a race win. He pushed Platt to the limit in the first race but a chain jumping the sprocket didn’t help and he had to make do with another runner –up place.  In the final race of the season he enjoyed a three-way dice for the lead in the early stages, but after Platt shot off into the distance he had to settle for another second place, his sixth of the season. A frustrating championship saw him fall to third place at the end after dropped scores were accounted for, consistent finishes but a lack of wins would be his downfall.  Jason is determined to get back to winning ways in 2012.  He has been seen during the off-season on the local roads of Reading with a pushbike improving his fitness. “The Anderson chassis for this year will be unchanged from 2011 and Rob Walkinshaw has been doing some engine development during the winter. We are back at Bishopscourt, one of my favourite circuits, in June and as this will be Rob’s home patch I will be looking to get a good result.”

4TH No. 20 TOBY DAVIS ANDERSON HONDA 268 POINTS

After bursting onto the Long Circuit Superkart scene in 2009 Toby was looking for a huge improvement on his 12th place in 2010 after securing support from Viper Racing.  He was immediately on the pace at Snetterton and led briefly in race one before finishing in third place.  After an early excursion in the second race he pulled through to collect another third place at the finish, ending the day in second place in the championship. A very good start. Silverstone saw a fourth place finish in the opening race despite having to hold onto the bubble after a bracket broke and left him just two points behind the championship leader. However, a seized engine in the next race when lying in third place was a severe blow to his aspirations. Two sixth places at Donington didn’t help his championship position. The first race saw him come through from a lowly grid position and in the wet second outing his slick tyres “were the wrong choice”. As a result he slipped back to fifth place in the championship. He maintained this after the next round at Cadwell Park, collecting a fourth and a third in tricky conditions. At Thruxton he tried a different rear diffuser to aid downforce through the high-speed corners but a seized engine in race 1 due to a loose carburettor when lying in 7th place didn’t give him the result he was hoping for. Starting from near the back of the grid in the next race he had the “best battle ever” with his brother and finished in seventh place. The You Tube on board footage is certainly worth watching. Toby arrived at Oulton for the final rounds with a stinking cold. He held a steady fourth place in the first race and was closing on O’Reilly but ran out of time to gain third spot. A further fourth place in the final championship race saw another consistent finish. Overall a much better season than 2010. Ian Harrison at Viper Racing will once again be preparing the Honda engine for the 2012 season. . “Ian is always looking at developments so we have no doubt that the Honda engines will be stronger that last year.” Toby is also looking forward to the trip to Bishopscourt where he secured two second places in 2010. “The high speed sweeping corners and chicanes are something that Superkarts are built for. I cannot wait for that hop over to Northern Ireland.”

5TH No. 31 SAM MOSS SGH HONDA 262 POINTS

Sam was another young driver looking to make an impact and improve on his second place from 2010. At Snetterton he had a brand new SGH chassis, designed and built by Shane Hennell.  The “softer chassis” gave him too much front end grip in qualifying resulting in a 9th place grid slot, however a good start elevated him to 4th place on the opening lap.  Unfortunately, the carb set up produced a lack of power and he dropped back to finish 9th. Another fast start in the second race saw him move into third place on lap 1. Unable to maintain the pace of the leaders, he dropped back and was caught by a recovering Davis with two laps to go and finished in 4th place. At Silverstone, Sam experienced too much grip in timed practice and qualified 6th.  Having altered the front end set up, he settled into second place in race 1 but a different gear ratio to Dredge saw him drop behind the reigning champion and collect third place at the flag. In the second race he went one better. After dicing with Platt for most of the race he secured second place at the end. This moved him to the top of the Championship table, fifteen points ahead. At Donington, Sam bagged another couple of good results. Third place in race one was followed up with a second in the very wet race two. This should have been a win as he was side by side with O’Reilly entering the final corner, but didn’t realise he was on the last lap. Nevertheless, the result increased his championship lead to twenty-four points.  A pair of third places at Cadwell Park kept him at the top of the table, but the gap had been reduced to thirteen points and he was aware that consistent finishes had kept him there, not outright wins that his rivals were achieving. Then his championship fell apart. A seized engine and a loose pulse pump saw two retirements at Thruxton. This was followed up with another retirement in the opening race at Oulton when he felt the engine tighten. Forced to start from the back of the grid, his final outing in the championship saw him finish a lowly 12th.  Sam will be starting the 2012 season with a brand new SGH chassis with improved ride height adjustment for better handling. “We are also trying a bigger exhaust and different Honda barrels in a bid to get back to the reliability we had at the beginning of last year. We now need to turn that into race wins.” In addition to Bishopscourt, Sam is also looking forward to racing at Croft as it’s a track that isn’t often used in the championship.

6TH No. 00 LOUIS WALL ANDERSON HONDA 230 POINTS

The 2010 Masters Champion also changed his chassis for the new season, moving from Jade to Anderson.  It appeared a good decision as the “better gripping” chassis saw Louis qualify in third place for the first race at Snetterton. A bad start dropped him back to 9th but he soon latched onto the back of a dice for third place. Picking his way through, he was ideally placed when others struck trouble and resulted in the first win of the season.  Louis made it a double when he held off Dredge in the second race and left Snetterton with a handy sixteen point lead.  However, it all went wrong at Silverstone. An unfortunate accident in free practice didn’t seem to slow him and in timed qualifying he ended up second. But in the race a broken earth lead on the lap three put him out. Starting from the back of the grid in race two, he struggled through with a holed exhaust to finish in 8th place and lost his championship lead to Moss.  The wet practice session at Donington didn’t go well and Louis could only qualify 17th.  As a result he had a lot of work to do in race one and came through to a hard earned 5th place and backed that up with a 4th in race two.  Cadwell Park was a disaster for Louis when a crankcase bearing failed and sucked up the oil in race one and then in race two the spark plug lead snapped resulting in another retirement. Louis bounced back at Thruxton and a change of fortune. Two excellent drives didn’t give Platt a moment to rest and resulted in two second places and a much needed “kick-start” to his season.  He was again on the pace at Oulton and qualified 4th.  But while holding that position in race 1, his Honda lost power when a piston broke after 3 laps and he retired.  Starting from the back of the grid in race 2 he charged through the pack to 9th place after 8 laps, but his season ended in spectacular fashion. The studs broke on a front hub and his wheel came off. Louis managed to pull off circuit without hitting anything but it was a low end to a season that started so brightly. Over the winter Louis and the team have made a few small modifications to the engine.  “We have high hopes for 2012 and are looking forward to getting underway with Oulton, Bishopscourt and Thruxton the circuits I most enjoy.”

So 2011 saw a new champion in Paul Platt. He will be determined to secure the title again in 2012 but he will have his work cut out. With the likes of Jason Dredge, Toby and Ben Davis, Sam Moss and Louis Wall all out to improve plus Lee Harpham and Trevor Roberts joining in and Dan Clark and Adam Underhill capable of getting good results, this year could be one of the most competitive Superkart championships ever.  I can’t wait to get to Oulton Park on 31st March to see the action!

12/3/2012


New Advertiser with the BSA

 


Silverstone Test

Don't forget to order your fuel. Tuesday the 28th is the last day.

21/2/2012


Chip off the old block by Ken Walker

Many of you will be aware that in 2010, Jake Dennis was the winner of the first CIK-FIA Under 18 Junior World Championship. Jake’s dad, Steve, had been a frequent racer with us in 250 National over the last 10 years or so. Ken Walker is the Series Commentator for the CIK U18 World Championship and we can tell you that every opportunity to ‘plug’ British Superkarts was seized on by Ken in Jake’s championship winning season.

Now, we have another Superkart Son making a name for himself. Several of you will remember, and have raced against, Steven Webb, former European D2 Superkart Champion and winner of 2 British Superkart GPs. Steven’s young son Harry was the winner of the Junior Class in the recent Rotax Winter Cup in Campillos, Spain and is likely to race in the Euro Challenge this year. Ken is also that Series Commentator and can’t wait to start telling folks about his dad’s Superkart pedigree. That series no longer broadcasts live images of the racing but does offer live internet streaming of the commentary, so plenty of scope for Ken to ‘Spread the Superkart Word’ there.

In fact, at the Winter Cup, the Senior Class was won by Harrison Scott. He had raced in a racesuit belonging to a former champion, Luke Varley, whose name was emblazoned on the back. But Ken was quick to point out that this was nothing new in karting. One of the best MSA British Superkart Champions, John Riley, raced a complete championship winning season wearing the leathers of former champion and 5 times winner of the British Superkart GP, Chris Stoney.

21/2/2012


UK Cup 2nd June Bishopscourt

Bishopscourt Kart Club in Northern Ireland are already preparing for their 2012 'Biggie' - the UK Cup to be held on 2nd June this year. Negotiations are under way for Friday testing and they hope to have an answer soon. The usual safety aspects will be advanced ie. drivers new to the circuit need familiarisation, and of course there will be a tangible benefit to the hotel and catering industry. Cost for the day's testing is likely to be in the order of £50-£60.

BKC fear that they may not have as many mainland competitors as in previous years due to the continued dire economic climate, but they hope that the Friday testing and the low entry fee (compared to mainland events) will work in their favour.  

05/2/2012


Bishopscourt - Off to the Show.

Next weekend 10th to 12th Feb is the Northern Ireland Motorcycle Festival at the Kings Hall exhibition centre in Belfast. Bishopscourt Kart Club will have space on the 2 &4 Wheel Motorsport stand, and Keith Campbell will have his own small stand from which he will be displaying the 125cc Superkart he has been working on all winter. This will be in Transplant Sports NI colours and the aim is to raise awareness of the need for people to sign up to the organ donation list.  There will be information posters on the stand and leaflets handed out by people from Transplant Sports. The show attracts 15,000 to 20,000 visitors every year so Keith hopes to sign up a significant number to the donor list.

Supplied by Ken Walker.

05/2/2012


Latest Testing Dates

Oulton Park Test Day   -  Tuesday Feb. 14th

So far 18 drivers have booked in for this test but there are lots of spaces still available. The cost is £60 and four sessions on circuit are available. You can book on line via the Oulton Park website

Silverstone International Circuit Kart Test on Sunday 4 March:

To date over 50% of the available places have been booked so don't leave it to the last minute as this test looks as if it could be oversubscribed.

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

Price per Kart: for 5 x 15 minutes sessions would be £120.00 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, 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 Sunday 4 March – we are unable to allow access any earlier.

Departure from Venue: 18:00hrs on Sunday 4 March 

Booking can be made online:

www.silverstone.co.uk/track/general-testing/

Darley Moor Races  -  March 18th   -   National B

The first event of the new season takes place at Darley with some excellent racing and friendly atmosphere in prospect at this club long circuit. Entry fee is £100 at all Darley events.

Oulton Park Test Day   -   Friday March 30th

There will be three sessions available at Oulton as part of a general test day for the meeting on the Saturday. Booking can now be made on line via the Oulton park website

Oulton Park Races   -   March 31st  -   National A

The opening event in the MSA British Championship for F250 National and BSA F250/450 Clubman Challenge. Part of a BRSCC Car meetings. There will be a qualifier and two races. The elections for the drivers representative posts will be done at this event

Darley Moor Races  -   April 9th   -   National B

More excellent club long circuit.  

Kirkistown Races  -   April 28th   -   National B

The N Ireland season kick off at Kirkistown. Great hospitality to be enjoyed. All gearbox classes race together.

Croft Races  -   April 28/29th   -   National B

The F125 Championship kicks off at Croft with a Qualifier and two races. Although the event is primarily for 125's and 210's other classes are more than welcome to compete. It is especially suitable for those drivers wishing to get upgrade signatures on their licence. The elections for the 125 drivers representative posts will be done at this event. Not sure yet if we are on circuit both days. Will confirm later once the timetable has been finalised.

I am sorry but because of the very restricted amount of noisy days they are allowed at Croft testing is not possible on the Friday.

Silverstone National Circuit Test Day -   Friday May 4th  

Testing is available on the Friday afternoon. Booking will be possible shortly via the Silverstone website

Silverstone National Circuit  Races -  May 5/6th    -   National A

Opening event for the BSA Division 1 Superkarts Championship plus second in a series of six for the MSA British Championship for F250 National and BSA F250/450 Clubman Challenge. Part of a BARC Car meetings.

There will be an untimed practice, qualifier and two races. The elections for the Div. 1 drivers representative post will be done at this event

Oulton Park Test Day  -   Friday May 18th  

There will be three sessions available at Oulton as part of a general test day for the meeting on the Saturday. Booking can be made on line via the Oulton Park website once posted

Oulton Park  Races -   May 19th   -   National B 

Second in a series of six for the F125 Championship with a Qualifier and two races. Although the event is primarily for 125's and 210's other classes are more than welcome to compete. It is especially suitable for those drivers wishing to get upgrade signatures on their licence.

05/2/2012


UK Cup - Bishopscourt - Ferry Discounts

To ensure your travel cost are keep to a minimum we suggest you use the services of Nutt Travel who are supporting the event with discounted travel.

If you click on the Nutt Travel Logo below it will take you to a price request form. NOTE you will need to put in UK Cup Bishopscourt in the event box so you get a competitors discount.

The BSA and Bishopscourt Kart Club are looking forwards to a great event.

28/1/2012


James O'Reilly to Div 1 With MS Kart

Jan Cramer from MS Kart in Holland has reported that James O'Reilly will race a Div 1 in 2012. He will be using the MS Kart with the VM Engine. James's first race will be at Hockenheim with the German Superkart Series. O'Reilly will also contest the 4 CIK European Championship Rounds. 

28/1/2012


125 Open Numbers are UP

In both Mainland UK and Northern Ireland we have seen an increase in the number of drivers entering the 125 Open class. With complete equipment going for around £2000 its a cheap entry class in to the sport.

What we might see now is the latest engines from KZ 1/2 coming in to give the current top drivers a run for their money.

However will the manufactures be able to support this upsurge with new open chassis's if needed?

We know having spoken to this years champion he bought his kit second had for £1500 several years ago. With some hard work and TLC over the past 4 he has managed to get it to top racing spec.

Within the class there is support available from all the drivers / teams who will help new drivers when problems arise.

28/1/2012


New MSA / ABKC Licence

Due to new rules within the sport, drivers under 18 will need to to ensure their parent or guardian have a PG licence. If a under 18 wants to race without their parents attending the race meeting then they will need to carry a signed authorisation from their parent or guardian. These forms are on our down load page.

24/1/2012


Autosport Show

The BSA would like to thank all the people that helped man the stand over the 4 days of the Autosport Show an the NEC. We had Gavin Bennetts 2012 spec Div1, Paul Platts MSA Championship winning kart and Ben Willshire's 125 IOpen. All are current BSA / MSA Superkart Champions.

24/1/2012


Silverstone Test - Sunday 4th March

  • International Circuit Kart Test on Sunday 4 March:  

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

  • Price per Kart: for 5 x 15 minutes sessions would be £120.00 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, 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 Sunday 4 March – we are unable to allow access any earlier.

Departure from Venue: 18:00hrs on Sunday 4 March.

Booking will go live on Monday 23 January online:

www.silverstone.co.uk/track/general-testing/

Please can you circulate this information, we will require at least 20 karts booked on for this date to go ahead, I am sure that this is achievable.

Circuit Map

24/1/2012


Testing in 2012.

I need some feed back from you very quickly please.

Silverstone have a testing slot we could take on Sunday March 4th on the National circuit which is the one we will be using in May for the Championships. There would be five 15 minute sessions available during the day. It would be open to all classes as long as the driver has an MSA competition licence. It is not very often weekend test days come along.

How many are interested ?   They are keen to give us the slot but obviously want some worthwhile numbers taking part to justify it from their point of view. Can you indicate by return please if you are interested.

I have to give them feedback by Monday 9th Jan.

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Test Day - Oulton Park on Feb. 14th. There are four sessions available for £60.  http://www.motorsportvision.co.uk/testing/2012/february/120214-op-superkarts.aspx  

Gemma Stevenson -  Events Manager - T: 01829 761112

The first race event looks like being Darley on March 18th with the first Championship event likely in late March/early April

08/01/2012


Northern Ireland - 125 Open Explosion

From Ken Walker ,

It is nothing short of astonishing how the 125 Opens in Northern Ireland have clawed back from the brink of extinction - just 2 of them racing with the 250s when I last commentated at a NI domestic round and I have also commentated the 250s twins and singles at Nutts Corner when there were no - ZERO (0) - 125s racing!

So well done to all who have brought them back from the brink. As Keith says, may the downward spiral in numbers in this class in mainland Britain also be reversed.

Also on another upbeat and happy note, Multi Irish Long Circuit Champion (250 and 125) and former British National Champion in 125 Open, Matthew Campbell gets married to Kelly on Thursday 12 January. So a public Congratulations from/on behalf of the Brirtish Superkart fraternity.

Dear Keith battles on tirelessly with his karting work despite his debilitating illness, and long may he continue to do so, and with improving health in 2012 hopefully.

08/01/2012


Medicals

If any of you need to get a medical done for your licence application then it is possible to get one done at Darley Moor on Satuday 25th February. The cost is £30 which is a very good rate.

If you want to take advantage of this service please give Terry Bateman a ring on 01782 816808 or 07831 854896 or e-mail him on terry@go-handsfree.co.uk 

08/01/2012


2012 Provisional Dates

Ian Rushforth has been working tirelessly over the past months to ensure the championships have some of the most historic and famous circuits in Europe to race on.

The dates below are subject to change.

MSA British Kart Grand Prix   -   Snetterton   -   July 14th / 15th

inc UK Round - FIA CIK European Superkart Championship

UK Cup   -   Bishopscourt NI   -   June 2nd

MSA British Superkart Championship supported by Ginetta Cars Ltd   (F250 National)

1.

Oulton Park

March 31st

2.

Silverstone

May 5/6th

3.

Bishopscourt NI

June 2nd

4.

Snetterton

July 14/15th

5.

Thruxton

August 18/19th

6.

Croft

September 29/30th

Division 1 Superkart    -    A BSA National Championship with Euro Concept International

1.

Silverstone

May 5/6th

2.

Bishopscourt NI

June 2nd

3.

Snetterton

July 14/15th

4.

Thruxton

August 18/19th

5.

Assen  ???

October  ???

F250/450 Clubman Challenge

1.

Oulton Park

March 31st

2.

Silverstone

May 5/6th

3.

Bishopscourt NI

June 2nd

4.

Snetterton

July 14/15th

5.

Thruxton

August 18/19th

6.

Croft

September 29/30th

Formula 125 Open   -  A BSA National Championship

1.

Croft

April 28/29th

2.

Oulton Park

May 19th

3.

Bishopscourt NI

June 2nd

4.

Snetterton

July 14/15th

5.

Mallory Park

August 12th

6.

Cadwell Park

September 8/9th

Pleaase note that drivers using ICC/KZ based equipment in the 125 Open National Championships will have to conform to ICC/KZ rules if they want to score points in the specific Gearbox Masters L/C rounds.

ICC/KZ and 125 Open karts will race together at the British GP but as separate classes and awards of course.

THE GEARBOX MASTERS  (3 S/C Events + 3 L/C Events)

F250 National

1.

Oulton Park 

March 31st

2.

Fulbeck May 27th

3.

Snetterton   -   July 14/15th

4.

Rissington   -   Aug. 5th Aug. 5th

5.

Croft   -    Sept. 29/30th Sept. 29/30th

6.

Shenington   -   Oct. 21st Oct. 21st

F125 ICC (KZ1/2) National Supported by Ginetta

1.

Rowrah   -   April 8th

April 8th

2.

Forest Edge   -   May 6th

May 6th

3.

Oulton Park   -   May 19th May 19th

4.

Snetterton   -   July 14/15th July 14/15th

5.

Cadwell Park   -   Sept. 8/9th Sept. 8/9th

6.

Shenington   -   Oct. 21s Oct. 21s

Dinner Dance

The BSA would like to thank all of the 120 people who attended the Awards night. We hoped you had a good evening and will return next year.  We are still counting up the Auction money but it looks to be around the £1500 mark. Once all the money is in the BSA will present Cancer Research with a cheque.

Suggestions on where? I was thinking in the main straight at Oulton Park during the February test day (lunch break).

The Vibe team who did the disco and photos have supplied the link below. You can purchase photos direct from them.

http://www.vibeography.co.uk/otherevents.html


2011 Dates

Test Day - Oulton Park on Feb. 14th. There are four sessions available for £60.  http://www.motorsportvision.co.uk/testing/2012/february/120214-op-superkarts.aspx  

Gemma Stevenson -  Events Manager - T: 01829 761112

The first race event looks like being Darley on March 18th with the first Championship event likely in late March/early April


Newsletter 2011 - 2   October 2011  Compiled by Ian Rushforth

A GOOD YEAR

Many thanks for all your support during the year at the various BSA race events. Compared to many other forms of motorsport Long Circuit racing has done OK this year with good attendances whether it be Championship level or club level racing.

Our friends in Ireland have worked hard on new recruits which is paying off nicely particularly in the 125 class where the members have used their own equipment to allow newcomers to have a go. This has brought several into the sport and it is interesting to note that there has been a good transfer of second hand equipment passing from this side of the water to the other.

Terry and his team at Darley have seen good grids with quite a few new people tackling the Darley Superkart experience and taking their ARKS test at Darley again resulting in new faces coming into the sport.

At Championship level we have seen excellent grid sizes this year in the 250 classes but not so good in the 125 classes. The choice of circuits has had a positive effect on this. In some cases we only had room for registered drivers at the 250 events.

Slightly more drivers actually competed on L/C than last year whether it was just at Darley or just in Ireland or by contesting the Championships. 176 drivers had a go this year compared to 171 last year. Across the three clubs in the Association there were 81- 250 singles, 7- 450’s , 36 - 125 Open’s, 14 - 125 ICC’s, 8 – 210’s and 30 - Div. 1 drivers that competed in at least one L./C event in 2012, so an encouraging amount.

With 125 Open having the second biggest class participation on L/C across the UK wouldn’t it be nice to get a lot of these guys competing in the National Championships thus preserving the National Championships into the future. The MSA have again issued a yellow card for the 125 series so the National Championships is under threat if we do not show it has the numbers to keep it going. The 125 Open class has been dropped from Short Circuit racing of course already. The Div. 1 class also received a yellow card for its National Championship even though the numbers were up a bit so work to do there also. 2011 has been a good year for us but we should of course not be complacent as I don’t think 2012 is going to be any easier money wise.

CHAMPIONS ALL.

Many congratulations to all of our very worthy 2011 Champions. See photos on the home page.

  • Gavin Bennett   -   Euroconcept BSA National Champion in Div. 1
  • Paul Platt   -  MSA British Superkart Champion F250 National supported by Ginetta
  • Ben Willshire   -   BSA F125 Open National Champion
  • Kevin Gray   -  BSA F125 ICC National Champion
  • Andy Gulliford   -  BSA F250 Clubman Challenge

 

RULE UPDATES FOR 2012

The bulk of the rules will stay the same as this year but the Management Committee of the BSA recently discussed and approved a few changes and some tidying up in various places. They are :

 Sporting Regulations 

Criteria for entry in event of being over subscribed.

The wording that specifies the criteria of who gets accepted in the event of a meeting being oversubscribed will be changed to :

Entries will be first come first served but in the event that an entry is oversubscribed the following criteria will be used to decide priority.

1     Fully paid up Registered Drivers for the series

2     Order of receipt by post

In all cases the entry must have been received by the stated close of entry.

Reason   -   The old wording included a criteria that stipulated the number of points the drivers had attained up to the event but this is difficult to administer when two/three classes are racing together specially if one of the classes has not done the same number of races to that point in time

Clubman Challenge

The BSA F250 Clubman Challenge will now be entitled    -   The BSA Clubman Challenge for F250/450 National

Reason  -  To recognise the fact that 450’s can compete in this series

As you know the winner of the Clubman Challenge is usually seeded to the MSA British the following year but because the 450 National class is a trial class as far as the MSA is concerned whilst it proves itself to be a growing entity the MSA will not allow 450’s in the MSA British Championships. We are therefore unable to seed Andrew Gulliford who won the Series this year and he will now remain in the Challenge competition. The series regulations will be refined to reflect the wishes of the MSA with regard to 450’s and promotion to the MSA British until such times as the MSA fully recognise the class.

As part of the Clubman Challenge there will be a “Cyclone KTM Cup” for competitors who compete with KTM engines built and prepared to a defined specification by Richard Cornick of Cyclone Racing. The purpose of this sub group is to ensure even competition and to minimise the development race that can so easily escalate cost and make it unaffordable for many. The engines must conform fully to the general F450 regulations.

Full details from Richard Cornick.

F125

With the F125 ICC class showing quite small entries in the Championships in recent years (four in 2011) we have decided to combine the two 125 classes into one Championship for 2012. The BSA F125 National Championships will be run under F125 Open regulations which do of course encompass and embrace the specifications F125 ICC karts in any case. Races this year have proved that the most recent ICC engines are competitive with those in Open anyway.

 

Technical Regulations

The ignition rule will now read for all classes :

The advance and cartography may under no circumstances be modifiable whilst the kart is in motion

Reason  -   The previous rule was designed to stop the driver changing the ignition settings whilst in motion. This rule takes it another stage to stop signals from things such a temperature and det count changing the ignition settings whilst in motion. 

Axles in F250/F450 National must have a minimum wall thickness of 2.9mm.

Reason   -   To eliminate the use of thin walled 50mm dia. axles seen in smaller capacity classes such as F125ICC, Rotax Max etc. Failures have been seen in short circuit racing with these thin walled axles.

CIK Style Bodywork will only be permitted in F250/450 National if fitted with bumpers detailed in gearbox regulations.

The regulation will read :

CIK Crash tested bodywork is only permitted if fitted with bumpers (front & side) specified in U17.2 to U17.12.11 and U17.14 through to U 17.17.4 of the MSA Blue Book

Reason   -   CIK Style Crash Tested Bodywork and there accompanying bumpers were not designed and tested with the heavier weights and speed of 250/450 in mind.

F250/450 National weights will be adjusted and the regulation will read :

The minimum weight with driver on the completion of any part of the event will be 195kgs with just bumpers and side bars. If a wing is fitted to the above the weight will be 200kgs.

The weight with any form of bodywork will be 205kgs

 

F450 National Engine and Tuning Regulations will now read :

T16.2  Engine :  

All 4 stroke series production single cylinder engines up to a maximum of 450cc. All components (except ignition, and piston) used must be OEM parts as at the time of manufacture and be on the parts list of that manufacturer

The recognised list of eligible  Engines are:

Honda CRF450, Husqvarna SM450, KTM SXF450 & SMR450, Kawasaki KX450F, Suzuki RMZ450, TM MX450F & SMX450, Yamaha YZ450F, Rotax DS450efi

Technical Specifications are as held on file by the organisers and the MSA

T16.3   Tuning Regulations :

Modifications to the engine are allowed, provided the following are not varied. 

a)   Stroke

b)   Bore (outside maximum limits)

c)   Connecting rod

d)   Crankshaft

e)   Camshafts

f)    External appearance of the engine other than the ignition system must be as original.

g)   Number of carburettors (1 only).   

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

(i)   It is not permitted to have an electronic connection to a carburettor unless this was standard OEM at

      manufacture

Permitted Modifications

(a)   Fuel injection is permitted but only if Original Equipment Manufacture. i.e If fitted as standard to the

       original motor type. It is permitted to upgrade motors and fit injection provided the latest version of

       that model has Injection fitted OEM. All upgrade parts must come from the manufacturers parts list

(b)   The OEM cylinder head may be gas flowed and polished  

(c)   Slipper Clutches are permitted

(d)   The addition of a fuel pulse pump adapter is permitted.

T16.4 Ignition

The ignition system type is open BUT the electronic unit box and the coil must receive only one feeding energy source of the rotor/stator or of a battery and one crankshaft pick-up signal in order to set the ignition signal.

The advance and cartography may under no circumstances be modifiable whilst the kart is in motion

Reason   -   To emphasis the fact that engines must use in the main standard OEM parts and to define what can be altered more clearly

MSA British F250 National Championships and BSA Clubman Challenge Tyres

These series will again be run using the  Dunlop DDS as a control tyre  

Division 1 Tyres   -   The regulation will now read :

Dry and Wet tyres are open to any homologated for Superkarts by the CIK in the periods 2002 through to 2013 

Underlined words above denotes changes from 2011

Control Fuel 2012

Having gone through a tender process where four commanies placed bids we have decided to maintain continuity and go once more with fuel from Petrochem Carless for 2012 so the MSA F250 National Class will use Hyperflo Kart and the Div. 1 twins will use Hyperflo 250. Vital Equipment will again provide the order process.

SUPERKARTS AND EXHIBITIONS

We will be taking stands at the following exhibitions in the off season

  • Motorsport UK   -   November 5/6th   -  Ricoh Arena, Coventry
  • Kartmania   -   December 3/4th   -   Ricoh Arena, Coventry
  • Autosport International   -   January     12/15th    -   NEC Birmingham

We would like to thank John Dickinson whose company Euro Concept International will be helping us with the stand once again.

Do please come along and see us at the shows for the very latest news on the 2012 season.

NEWS OF THE 2012 SEASON

Well not too much to report yet as the dates settle out with the various car clubs and circuits.

There are as you know three clubs that make up the British Superkart Association and all of them contribute greatly to the wellbeing of Long Circuit racing during the course of the year. They are :

The Bishopscourt Kart Club, The Long Circuit Racing Kart Club (changing to Superkarting UK) and the British Superkart Racing Club

Darley will be continuing with their monthly events from March through to October with maybe a foray onto another circuit or two with their planned 125 series. Their provisional dates can found on their new website www.superkarting-uk.com

The guys in Ireland will be running their usual set of events at Bishopscourt and Kirkistown with events for gearbox karts also at Nutts Corner. Our Bi Annual visit to Bishopscourt for the UK Cup will most likely be on the June bank holiday.

The BSRC will be working with the BARC once more to get access to the UK’s best circuits.

Championships wise we have asked the BARC for circuits such as Silverstone, Donington, Cadwell, Thruxton, Oulton and Croft. Providing a suitable date can be agreed the BGP will be at Snetterton in 2012 and will be a combination of the British Grand Prix and a round of the CIKFIA European Championships for Division 1 karts plus some car racing which will bring in valuable additional revenue. Two dates have been offered to the CIK with the July date looking the most likely at the moment. Nothing is confirmed however.

Besides the Bishopscourt UK Cup event the only other confirmed championship event at the moment is Thruxton on August 18/19th. We are very pleased to have been invited to be part of the circuits 60th anniversary celebration event.

2013 ENGINE REGISTRATION FOR F250 NATIONAL

The next three year registration period for engines begins in 2013 so the MSA will be kicking off the process during next year and we feel it is important to think about where we may want the class to go in future. There may of course not be any new applications in which case we will continue with the same list of engines, on the other hand there may be applications for new engines to go on the list so it is a good time to discuss and debate the future direction.

The MSA will ultimately decide and make the decision but we can have an input to guide and recommend.

The major manufacturers that we depend on for engines (Honda) have in the main stopped production of two strokes, others smaller ones have indicated they will cease in the near future so where do we go for engines in the future if we want two strokes to continue in our sport, which I am sure we do.

The BSA committee has discussed things a little but no conclusions have been reached so your opinions would of course be welcomed.

Can I emphasise that the following discussion points are there to provoke debate and there will be many more points no doubt. Rest assured though we are very conscious of the potential that new engines could have on a class and the last thing we want is to do is drive people from the sport who cannot afford to keep up with things.

Discussion points

  • Do we want to stay as we are or embrace progress via other engines if they come along
  • Do we want to stay with Moto Cross Based engines
  • Should we maintain 5 speed
  • When will Honda spares run out
  • What if someone wanted to build an engine for the class and register it  -  is that acceptable ?
  • Should we have a Super National/ Super Single or Division 2 UK category that these new engines could slot into for ease of transition
  • Is the Hybrid Gas Gas an acceptable engine for F250 National ?
  • Is the Gas Gas Enduro Engine that the Hybrid was based around suitable (its a 6 speed)
  • What if Honda produced a new bred of two strokes, would that be OK
  • Is the registration period 2013 to 2015 too early for change if felt inevitable or would 2016 to 2018 be better.

FUTURE TESTING

Please bear in mind there will be a test day at Oulton Park in February. The circuit will plan in a day around the middle of the month. Naturally I will let you know the exact date as soon as I have it. It will be posted on there website for online booking.

2012 RACE NUMBER ALLOCATION

The BSA has allocated the following numbers for use in 2012. Although optional we would like to see the drivers display these numbers in 2012. British Championship Numbers will always take precedence in the event of a clash with other classes.

Classes running with the MSA British Championship will use 00, 01, 02, 03 etc. where appropriate

MSA British Superkarts
GP Jason Dredge
0 Jason Dredge
1 Paul Platt
2 James O’Reilly
3 Jason Dredge
4 Toby Davis
5 Sam Moss
6 Louis Wall
7 Dan Clark
8 Ashley Mack
9 Lee Shepherd

 

  F125 Open
GP Danny Butler
0 Ben Willshire
1 Ben Willshire
2 Danny Butler
3 Danny Edwards
4 Louise Colin
5 Simon Rushforth
6 Jason Kitchin
7 Gary James
8 Gary Avril
9 Damian Sleep

 

Division 1 Superkarts       
GP Carl Hulme
0 Gavin Bennett
01 Gavin Bennett
02 Malcolm Crowe
03 Dave Harvey
04 Chris Needham
05 Paul Kennings
06 Gary Parkes
07 Mark Bramhall
08 Carl Hulme
09 Neil Bagley

 

  F125 ICC
GP Liam Morley
0 Liam Morley
01 Kevin Gray
02 Garth Dyer
03 Bruce Crawley
04 Chris Needham

It is not possible to run two of each no.

in a race  with 125 Open and ICC so the ICC drivers from 2011 will run 01, 02 etc where appropriate

Seeded drivers cannot take part in the BSA F250 Clubman Challenge in 2012 as well as All past and current World, European, British and National Champions

In addition to the Champions the seeded drivers are : Toby Davis, Louis Wall, Ashley Mack, Aaron Sifleet, Sam Moss, Dan Clark, Lee Shepherd

The Gearbox Masters Championship

F250 National

00

Louis Wall

 

 

F125 ICC

00

Liam Morley

 


Charity Auction and Raffle

Given the recent loss of the world’s leading Superkart racer and top kart manufacturer, Martin Hines, after his battle with Cancer, we thought it was only fitting that this year’s auction was in aid of Cancer Research.  As you may also be aware we also lost Roger Hatfield this year and several other people very close to the sport have had treatment for Cancer.  The auction will be held at the annual British Superkart Association (BSA) awards evening will be held on the 19th of November in Solihull present the MSA British Superkart Championship prizes.

We have had donations from

  • John Surtees has donated a signed limited edition print showing him leading the 1966 Monaco Grand Prix in a Ferrari 312 followed by Jackie Stewart and John’s team mate Lorenzo Bandini.  This was his penultimate drive for Ferrari.
  • David Brabham – Signed Visor and Gloves
  • Porsche - Donated a Motorsport specific fitness test at the Porsche Human Performance Centre
  • Nordic Games – Wii Games – Superkart and several others.
  • JLF – Jason Fowler – a signed airbrush painting.
  • Buckmore Park / Bill Sisley – Vouchers for Buckmore Park.
  • Speedsport
  • Autoglym
  • Castrol UK
  • Vaughan's Bistro

If you want to donate something to the raffle or Auction them email rob.willshire@superkart.org.uk


Awards Evening and Dinner

The Awards night is on the 19th of November 19:00 for 19:30 at the Village Hotel in Solihull just of the M42. It will be combined with the BSA AGM (Time to be confirmed) which will be held in the afternoon. Partners are welcome to use the hotels facilities in the afternoon.

The ticket price is 37.50 each. Cheques to British Superkart Association, 19 Deanes Close, Suthview, Basingstoke. RG21 5HR or send money via PayPal postmaster@superkart.org.uk 

Hotel  — Village Hotel & Leisure Club Solihull. We have access to all the leisure facilities during our stay so if you arrive early you can use the pool etc.   www.village-hotels.co.uk/hotels/solihull

Accommodation — How to book To book bedrooms please contact 0844 9800118 option 1 and quote  booking reference. Booking Reference:  BRIT191111.  If you book now you will get your rooms for £65.00 B&B. You will be asked for a £25.00 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit. If you book after the 16th of October your rooms will not be under our discount agreement.


From British Superkart Racing Club

You may have read in the Motorsport News last week that the European Champs might come to Snetterton. Well just to put you in the full picture here is what is being considered.

Both the BGP and a round of the European Championships are on their own difficult to make viable so the plan is to combine the two into one great event. It is not possible to hold the European races at Cadwell because the circuit cannot take enough on the grid to satisfy the CIK so we had to move it to a circuit somewhere in the same hire charge bracket which Snetterton is. Many of you would of course have liked Donny or Silverstone perhaps but this is just not possible financially as they are hugely more expensive than Cadwell and Snetterton. 

We would love to hold it on the 300 circuit but that may not be possible because the 300 is £5k per day more expensive than the 200. If we can get backing then this can be considered. Snetterton although perhaps not the same challenge as Cadwell does have much better facilities which include garages and fully tarmaced paddock. We were in any case thinking of a change of venue after several people lobbied us for a change venue.  

If it comes off the Division 1 Grid will be run to the CIK Championship format with the British GP being an addition race to the programme for the Division 1 guys. The grid for the British GP could then be decided by the drivers fastest lap from two CIK Championship races. This has not been decided and is open to debate.

There will in addition be some cars races as part of the programme to bring in much needed addition revenue. This would have been the case if we had gone to Cadwell again.

Currently a decision is awaited from the CIK regarding dates. They have been offered one in June and another in July. July being our favoured date.

The other CIK dates could well be Assen on Aug. 4/5th and Le Man on Sept. 8/9th although Hockenhiem in April is also a possibility. The CIK are trying to broker an agreement to have the period between the first event at Snetterton and the third round at Le Man dedicated to the CIK European Series with no other Div.1 races around Europe. The French have announced their dates and satisfy this wish. More info as it gets sorted

11/10/2011


Mr Martin Hines

It is with great sadness we have to report that Martin Hines has passed away. Mr Karting as he was known as was an inspiration to many young karter's and was instrumental in long circuit karting.

He was Mr Superkart.

I am sure you will all join us in passing our condolences to the Hines Family and close family friends.
RIP Martin.

There will be a minutes silence at Thruxton by the BSA and Superkart drivers.


The Latest Superkart News

Oulton Park 24th October

Demand continues to be heavy and the indications are that we will only be able to take British Superkart Association Championship registered drivers as we have only forty places available and even then it is likely we will have to take into account the second of the criteria in each of the Championship class regulations i.e drivers with the highest number of points so far achieved. Entries however must be here by close on Saturday Sept. 17th to be in the hat for the places. 

We will now be using the full international circuit and not the Island circuit as originally planned.

Testing is available on Friday 23rd and can be booked via the Oulton website. Just follow the trail via testing and you will find a slot for Superkarts. The cost is £60 and three sessions are planned.

Please do not get confused. MSA / BSA Championship registered drivers are not the same as BSRC club registered drivers as this has caused some confusion.


Kris Meeke Wins Irish Kart KP

Kris is normally known for getting a WRC Mini in to positions kart racer's don't go. This was his first time out this year in his Superkart and he showed the crowds why he is a WRC driver. He placed his Anderson / Honda on 3rd position for Final at Nutts Corner. He battled with MSA Championship driver Richard Dewart for most of the race. As Dewarts engines shouted no more with 2 laps to go Kris cruised his out fit home.

It would be nice to see Kris get MINI's first podium in Germany this weekend in Rally Deutschland.

Kris stated he would like to get out in his kart more often. Lets hope he can enter some of the 2012 races in the UK. The last rally driver to come and race in the BSA meetings was Colin McRae.


BSA 125 Open National Championship

The championship went to the final meeting at Oulton Park. According to the circuit commentators it was the best racing they had seen all year at any event. Well do to all the 125 drivers

Congratulations to Ben Willshire on winning the championship by winning the first race by 2.1 seconds from Danny Butler.  Willshire also won the second race of the day thus winning the UK Cup. The top 3 were covered by a 0.10 of a second.

Final Championship Standing

2011 BSA National Championship for F125 Open.


BSRC Club Championship Standings

The BSRC has release the latest Club standings.

The BSRC 125 Open Club Championship has been won by Ben Willshire on a Anderson / PFP SGM.

The BSRC 125 ICC Club Championship has been won by Kevin Gray on a Tonykart / TM.

Paul Kennings is currently leading Div 1 and Sam Moss is leading the F250 National Class with 2 meetings to go. Thruxton on the 3rd Sept and Oulton Park on the 24 Sept.

BSRC Club Championship Results - F125 Open
BSRC Club Championship Standings - Div 1
BSRC Club Championship Standings - F250 National

Roger Hatfield

Unfortunately Roger Hatfield, past away Saturday night, July he was diagnosed with a brain tumour, it was first thought it could be dealt with, but unfortunately were it was in the middle of the brain, this wasn't the case.

Roger raced at Darley, but Tom Hatfield his son did enter a couple of BSK rounds last year, many people would know Roger, all ways full of beans and would help or talk to anyone.

The BSA Team and Drivers send their condolences to the Family at this sad time.

8/8/2011


BSA Awards Night / Dinner Dance

This years Awards night is on the 19th of November at the Village Hotel in Solihull just of the M42. It will be combined with the BSA AGM which will be held in the afternoon. Partners are welcome to use the hotels facilities in the afternoon.

Tickets  -  The ticket price will be announced shortly. We are just finalising the details. Tickets will be arrange by Rob Willshire. rob.willshire@superkart.org.uk

Hotel  — Village Hotel & Leisure Club Solihull. We have access to all the leisure facilities during our stay so if you arrive early you can use the pool etc.   www.village-hotels.co.uk/hotels/solihull

Location  - Just of the A34 and around 1 mile from J4 of the M42. The hotel is quite new and is not even on the maps yet. Address is  Village Hotel & Leisure Club Solihull, The Green Business Park, Shirley, Solihull, B90 4GW

Accommodation — How to book To book bedrooms please contact 0844 9800118 option 1 and quote  booking reference. Booking Reference:  BRIT191111.

If you book now you will get your rooms for £65.00 B&B. You will be asked for a £25.00 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit. If you book after the 1st of October your rooms will not be under our discount agreement.

DISCO  -  We have arranged a Disco after the dinner and awards.

PHOTOGRAPHER  -  Chris form C-Images will be on site to do photos of people attending plus group shots. Photos will be on sale during the evening. During the evening Chris and his team will be doing table photos, Team Trophy shots etc. 

MENU  -  This will be posted ASAP and if you have any special dietary need then let us know.


Oulton Park - Superkart Test Sessions

We have been informed that there is testing on the Friday.

It has now been posted on the Oulton website so can be booked online. Cost as before at £60. Follow the route via Testing  -  Car Testing -  then the date. http://testing.motorsportvision.co.uk/testing/2011/august/110812-op-kart.aspx

Please don't leave it to the last minute as it is always possible if not many people book in they can re-schedule it for cars so we could lose the opportunity. A lot depends on the amount of demand from each sector sometimes

http://testing.motorsportvision.co.uk/testing/2011/august/110812-op-kart.aspx if this dosnt work the please contact the circuit directly Oulton Park Tel: 01829 760 301 or Email oulton.testing@motorsportvision.co.uk


British Superkart Grand Prix Winners

Congratulations to the GP winners who experienced some testing track conditions.

Div 1 - Carl Hulme

Formula 250 National - Jason Dredge

Formula 125 Open - Danny Butler

Formula 125 ICC - Liam Morley

Formula 210 National - Lee Plain


Bennett Makes A Comeback Run To Win Final at Laguna

Thanks to 250superkart.com

Gavin Bennett had a very poor race on Friday and had to start 27th for the Saturday final but he quickly started moving through the field which was initially lead by Eddie Lawson, followed by Malcolm Crowe. Crowe passed Lawson and they're still racing, Lawson now clawing back for P1.

Meanwhile, Bennett is still moving forward at a fast clip. Well, all of a sudden, Crowe had a problem and Lawson is back in the lead with Bennett still on the move and eventually passing Lawson for the lead with about six(?) laps to go.

Lawson was chasing hard but couldn't make it happen. Sam Zavaglia had moved up into third by passing Johnny West but had a problem on the last lap and was trying to push the kart across the line for the final podium position but it didn't work and JW took third.

F/E, 1st, Gavin Bennett, 2nd, Eddie Lawson, 3rd, Johnny West

Super IC/E, 1st , Eric Johnson, 2nd, Jeff Metter

IC/E 1st, Ryen Miller, 2nd Anthony Williams, 3rd, Dennis Critchley

Notes: JR Osborne was losing water, Sam Zavagllia lost a crank on the last corner of the last lap, Malcolm Crowe had a plug wire come off

Bennett Pole at Laguna Seca. R1 Win for Lawson.

Thanks to 250Superkart.com in USA for this info.

Bennett On Pole For Laguna Seca Race
Britian's Gavin Bennett grabbed the pole for the Superstars of Superkarts at Laguna Seca with a qualifying time of 1:25.401 in F/E and one of the fastest times turned of all the classes at the track. (don't ya just love it when that happens!!  :)

Colorado's JR Osborne was second fastest with a 1:26.080 (first in Super IC/E) and Eddie Lawson rounded out the qualifying podium with a 1:26.353.

In 4th was Brit Malcolm Crowe at 1:26.472, 5th, Aussie Sam Zavaglia, 1:26.756, 6th, Jay Lewis at 1:28.847, 7th, Johnny West at 1:29.847 and 8th, Anthony Williams at 1:30.383.

Lawson Wins Race 1
Multi-time Laguna winner Eddie Lawson comes from third to take the win in Saturday's Stars of Superkarts race at Laguna Seca.

Gavin Bennett, who started from pole, had a nice lead from second place starter JR Osborne, with Lawson in third, Malcolm Crowe in fourth and Johnny West in fifth.
Osborne was (I think) the first to slow, which moved everyone up a place, and then Crowe passed Lawson to move into second.

Lawson re-passed Crowe, then Bennett had problems and pulled into the pit, DNF, so it is now Lawson, Crowe and West in the top three which is where they finished. Good job to all!

IC/E had a great race between Anthony Williams and Ryen Miller for first and second as they went back and forth the entire race and with a drag race to the line out the last corner, Williams was able to take today's win.

Race 1 is today at 8:40 EDT. (5:40 PDT)

Race 2 (Final) is Saturday at 8:30 EDT (5:30 PDT)


Superkarts in Scunthorpe, Lincoln and at The Waddington Air Show

Over the past few weeks several drivers and Superkart enthusiasts have been promoting the sport in different locations around the Cadwell Park Area which should benefit the sport in general.

Tony Pickering of the Parishes Shopping Centre offered the BSA 3 areas within the shopping centre to dispay Superkarts and promote the coming Grand Prix.  The stands were manned by Tony Pinder, Kyle Dixon and Ian Rushforth. SCH Karts also provided equipment.

This coming weekend we have another GP promotion in Lincoln Shopping Centre. This was also arranged by Tony Pickering and Ian Rushforth.

We also understand that Graham Barker (Barker Racing), Keith Parker and Dave Harvey were at the annual  Waddington Air Show with a selection of karts. This show normally allows a live demonstration that "wow's" the crowd. We are waiting for an update on this.


Superkarts on The Streets of Assen

 

Ten of thousands of spectators were watching the CITY DEMO in the centre of ASSEN

Information from m Henk, Dasian and Jorg

Partners of the BSA
 

 
 
 
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