Easykart goes non-MSA for 2015

20140731-133445-48885250.jpgEasykart 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.

Easykart UK

Andy Cox and John Vigor

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Superkart: a tight 2014 Championship opens at Assen

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The first Competition of the 2014 CIK-FIA European Superkart Championship takes place at Assen from 1st to 3rd August, at the traditional meeting of the “Gamma Racing Day.” This legendary and popular event, always attracts a large audience, with a show this year including Red Bull F1 with the expected presence of Jean-Eric Vergne. This season, the championship is run over only two events, Assen (Netherlands) and Val de Vienne (France). The number of entries is nearly 50, with 12 nations represented, which is a very good season. The British, French and Netherlands delegations, the biggest, all have the same number of Drivers.

The favourites are to found among Drivers used to European confrontations. Uncertainty remains about the readiness of each of them, who have had more or less time in national races. The rise of the new generation of engines from VM expands the possibilities who might appear at the top. We should see exceptional Drivers among those on DEA against those on the new VM, a fight mediated by the factory PVPs.

Among the frontrunners, three Drivers have won titles: the British Driver Gavin Bennett (2007 – 2009 and 2010), the French Emmanuel Vinuales (2011 and 2013) and the German Peter Elkmann (2008). Elkmann is already very sharp, he performed well in Germany (German Series) and France where he is the provisional championship leader. The spearhead of the MSKart / VM karts will be under the expanded awning of Karting Team Paradise. Bennett (Anderson / DEA) has prepared at home, he always displays unfailing motivation and has won with the new cylindered DEA on its inaugural release, but he was beaten in mid-July by Carl Hulme for the British title in Division 1. Vinuales (Anderson / DEA) will be fast but his lack of running this year means he will go straight into the Assen race. Luckily he likes the circuit.

Two other competitors could also be seen as favourites. The Czech Adam Kout is the benchmark driver at MSkart and took 3rd place last year, retaining his DEA. He is on the best form with 6 victories in the German series and he has a nice card to play in the 2014 CIK-FIA European Superkart Championship. The Dane Henrik Lilja, the driver for Poul V. Petersen (PVP), often manages to join the candidates for the podium and seems ready.

To these five recognized contenders, we must add several more candidates. Notably, Arjan Kievitsboch, the Dutch KZ driver has always shone on his rare appearances in Superkart and returns this season as part of the Karting Paradise team. His compatriot Marcel Maasmann (Anderson / FPE) will receive the full attention of the Redspeed team in the absence of the 2012 Champion Lee Harpham.

Other probable outsiders are Liam Morley (Anderson / DEA), who in his first season last year gradually played spoilsport. The young Andreas Jost is very incisive, he was the revelation of the early season with his new VM engine. Daniel Hentschel (Anderson / DEA) is likely to regain the necessary consistency. We can see the progress of the French Drivers Cyril Vayssié and Alexandre Sebastia. The first has joined MSKart / VM team and will be able to show his speed. The second, the 2013 Champion of France, will run on a DEA engine for the first time.

See also the entry of Cor Oser, the famously eclectic Dutch Driver who is embarking on a new discipline. A Driver in Formula Ford and F3 in the 80s, he stayed in single-seaters until the ex-Formula 3000 before going into Sports Prototypes and GT.

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Tal-Ko to name and shame cheats – illegal piston modifications

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Tal-Ko have just released the following warning about illegal TKM engines:

Within the past few days we have become aware of one or two engine builders making illegal modifications to the TKM BT82 engine used in the Formula TKM classes.

These illegal practices involve modifications to the piston crown and the piston skirt length to gain advantage on inlet and exhaust port openings. We have in our possession pistons which have been deliberately modified even to the extent of the piston size being re-stamped on the crown.

We stress this is very isolated but naturally we are making moves to stamp it out immediately and will not hesitate to take appropriate action against any person and business found to be responsible. We will also publicly name and shame those involved.

The class regulations and fiche make it very clear that the piston must be neither modified or machined. There is no grey area here and no excuse for doing anything to a piston other than removing carbon without damaging or modifying the surface. What has been done to these pistons is simply cheating.

With immediate effect we are issuing a new drawing which set out very clearly the way to identify the cheat pistons. And we will be asking Scrutineer’s at all TKM events throughout the country to carry out careful checks on pistons so we can ensure a rapid closure to the potential problem.

Aside from the drawings the simple checks are as follows:

  • Remove the four nuts and two cap head bolts holding on the cylinder head which should then be removed.

  • Next lift off the cylinder barrel carefully holding the con-rod and piston steady to avoid damage to the piston assembly.

  • With the piston now fully exposed wipe the top of the piston with a rag to remove any oil mixture.

  • First look at the top surface (piston crown) of the piston close to the edge next to the top ring. It should go from a shallow approx. 10 degree angle into a small 45 degree bevel on the edge. If it is square edged then the crown has been machined making it illegal.

  • Place a straight edge on the piston crown from the centre of crown to the top piston ring edge. If the top of the piston ring is level, closer than standard or above the straight edge then piston has been machined and is illegal.

  • Check the thickness of the top piston ring. It should be 2mm on 100cc Junior and 2.2mm on the bigger 115cc Extreme pistons. If it is thinner, then it has been modified and is illegal.

  • As a final test if you have a new piston then simply insert a gudgeon between the two and place on a flat surface. Both pistons should have the same dimension at top and bottom – though bear in mind the carbon on the top of the piston might make it seem slightly higher. This test will also indicate if the skirt of the piston has been shortened.

By carrying out those simple tests you can quickly identify an illegal piston. All of the checks should be carried out and any one failure means the piston is illegal. To carry out a full dimension check the new drawings are attached.

We remind competitors (and their parents) that technically they are responsible for the equipment they are racing and we don’t want anyone to get caught with an engine they did not realise had been illegally modified.

So with that in mind after carrying out the simple tests above, if you are in any doubt then we at Tal-Ko will give you our verdict. We see thousands of pistons. They all look the same. We can clearly spot an illegal one very quickly.

We can offer this inspection at our factory or will do so at the Maxxis TKM Festival at Kimbolton where we will have further equipment on hand to carry out tests. The same at the next round of S1 at Rissington.

Says TKM boss Alan Turney: ”We are determined to nip this one in the bud and we know of only a very few offenders. We have a zero tolerance attitude to cheating for the good of everyone in the sport and the TKM classes.”

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UPDATED: Photo gallery from the Euro Champs at Kristianstad

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    Felice Tiene by Cunaphoto.it
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    Davide Fore by Cunaphoto.it
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    Jonathan Thonon and Bas Lammers by WSK Press
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    Felice Tiene by Cunaphoto.it
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    Jordon Lennox-Lamb by Joel Gabourioud
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    Felice Tiene by Cunaphoto.it
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    Juan Correa by WSK Press
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    Andrea Dale and Maik Siebecke by Cunaphoto.it
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    Rick Dreezen by CIK/KSP
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    Lorenzo Travisanutto by CIK/KSP
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    Juan Correa by CIK/KSP
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