Why should anyone do MSA karting?
There’s a big push at the moment to make it easier and simpler to race in MSA karting, but I think removing reasons why not to race MSA is getting it the wrong way round.
It assumes that there are prospective new drivers who want to race MSA but are being put off, but with the IKR and arrive and drive options available these days many drivers have no reason to consider racing MSA in the first place.
Yes it’s more convenient if you don’t have to have a medical but you don’t have to have one for IKR or Club 100 or DMax so that’s not a specific selling point.
I think the MSA and ABkC need to concentrate on positive advantages of MSA racing that are likely to be attractive to new competitors. Here’s some positive selling points that are or should be true of MSA racing:
- You have a greater choice of quality tracks
- A class has one set of rules all over the country
- You have the satisfaction of preparing your own equipment if you want to
- You can pay to have it prepared by someone else and just turn up with suit and helmet as you would with Club 100 etc
- The tracks all meet safety standards
- There is paramedic cover on race day
- Scrutineering is carried out to a consistent standard so karts are safe and equal
- Driving standards are enforced consistently so the racing is safe and fair
- If officials make a decision that you feel is wrong then you have a right of appeal
- You have the option of progressing on to national and international karting
- You get upgrade points on your license should you want to go car racing
- You can race on long circuits
I’m not going to say 1) it’s cheap and 2) it’s the path to F1. Karting is cheaper than the equivalent level of car racing but people tend to compare top level karting with entry level cars and moan that karting is expensive. Saying it’s the way to F1 is a hiding to nothing too when the MSA is encouraging drivers into cars at 14 and publishing articles in the members magazine saying it’s not particularly important. Karting needs to promote itself on its own merits.
If these advantages are not there in MSA racing or not attractive enough then organisations and clubs need to improve them or think of better ones. Anything else is just window dressing.