Easykart UK have announced that they will not be running as an MSA championship from next year onwards. Here’s their official statement:
Easykart UK is deeply concerned about the recent uncertainty for the current structure of MSA kart racing in the UK from now and possibly beyond the year 2017.
For this reason and after much deliberation Easykart UK have made the difficult decision to move away from MSA sanctioned kart racing for 2015.
Club 100 and John Vigor will continue to be the promoters of the Easykart UK Championship.
ACR Ltd and Andy Cox will continue to be the Sole UK Importers of Easykarts and the technical management of Easykart UK.
IAME will also continue to be the official engine partner and supplier of Easykart UK.
Easykart UK is dedicated to bringing new drivers into the sport of kart racing. Our ethos has always been based on a safe racing environment and fair play. A level playing field is achieved on performance with realistic racing costs for kart drivers with a one make Birel chassis and one make IAME Easykart engine.
We are a commercial company but unlike other commercial karting categories we have always hired kart circuits exclusively even though we were still organising and running a MSA event. Easykart has never impacted nor have we asked to be accommodated in any kart clubs monthly race events. We understand that track time and value for money is important for kart club members.
Easykart UK has run independently since 2007 even though drivers have been required to have an MSA licence in order to race with us. The difficult current economic climate is affecting all types of karting at different levels and indeed karting clubs and the circuits themselves.
Within the current structure of MSA karting to run a commercially efficient Championship is difficult and indeed costly for the organiser. In our opinion for a new driver to enter the sport of Karting with their own kart is far too complicated and expensive. Licensing procedures, ARK’s test and general administration often deters people from racing karts.
We realise the importance and need of a strong relationship between corporate ‘Arrive & Drive’ Karting and ‘Owner Driver’ Karting.
For 2015, Easykart UK will be implementing new procedures dedicated to new customers, with the emphasis on education and safety therefore ensuring that they are ready to make the step up to owner driver competition racing.
Easykart is an entry level formula and low cost. It’s designed to be simplistic and is aimed to give customer value and care at the highest level. For us we have identified that it is now even more important to extend this customer care on the sporting and technical levels by way of de-regulation, which we feel our customers will understand and at the same time will find them easier to comply with.
Our drivers can and do move on after their Easykart experience into other aspects of MSA kart racing or indeed MSA car racing – this has already been well documented and has been one of our goals since 2007.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank The Motor Sports Association for their full support, both in the introduction of Easykart into the UK market and our 8 years of association.
We will continue to monitor the steps being taken by the MSA for the future of karting in the UK in the hope that some common ground can be discovered in the future.
Andy Cox and John Vigor