New bumpers coming to Cadet? racing for Bambinos? plus Honda technical news – Cadet and Bambino news from the ABkC Newsletter
The latest ABkC Newsletter included several immediate and planned changes for Cadets and Bambinos.
Honda GX160 Scrutineering Tools
The new scrutineering tools for the Honda Cadet engines are due to be released from Dartford Karting very soon. The ABkC would like to apologise for the delays, the setting up of the scheme has taken longer than expected. The ABkC would like to thank Kelvin Nicholls and Martin Collard for all their hard work on this project. The ABkC Secretary has asked all clubs if they wished to order a set of tools to let him know and so far only thirteen have responded.
The ABkC will put in a grant of £50 for each order and pay that directly to Dartford Karting. Following a MSA Club Development request from the ABkC, the MSA will provide a grant of £120 per order from a club, paid to the club on showing a copy of the invoice and quoting reference CDF/2016/C3 plus a letter or your receipt showing current membership of the ABkC. That means between the MSA and ABkC member clubs are getting two thirds of the cost paid. Engine builders and parents will be able to purchase the tool sets from Dartford Karting at a commercial price.
The ABkC has asked the MSA to issue guidance to Clerks of Courses to make sure meetings are declared DRY as soon as possible to prevent Cadet drivers from using wets on a dry track.
On the technical front the MSA would like to extend the use of a method of monitoring when one kart bumps into another to the Cadet classes, as is now in use with the displaceable front fairings in Junior and Senior. Investigations are being made to see if Cadet karts can take the CIK block, or whether some other method will be required. There will be a Cadet kart manufacturers meeting in April to discuss any change in Cadet chassis regulations for the 2017 homologation.
The continuing problem of the huge difference in age and maturity in the Cadet classes has been discussed once again, and consideration given to having an intermediate class. The proposal for the time being is to undertake tests on splitting the class by age, with the younger ones having a lighter weight and a more restricted engine, and opening up the restrictors for the older half and slightly increasing their kart weight. Tests will have to be done.
Some small issues have arisen in the Honda Technical Regulations, probably due to replacement parts with different part numbers coming from Honda and Kelvin Nicholls is looking into these matters. If necessary, an amended set of Honda Technical Regulations will be issued.
The possibility of having races for the Bambino class continues to be explored. The MSA has given permission for some clubs to have a Bambino club championship this year, so long as it is at a single venue. The MSA championship has been well over-subscribed so there are a lot of disappointed children and parents wanting to compete in a championship.