Cadet news from the June ABkC Newsletter
The latest ABkC Newsletter included several immediate and planned changes for Cadets and Bambinos.
- The ABkC and MSA are supportive of introducing the moveable front fairing block in Cadet classes from 2017 but first some fitment issues have to be resolved with the manufacturers first. In most cases a new top loop is required as well as the block and clips. There is the possibility of a trial race later in the season.
- The 2017 Dunlop tyres for the Cadet classes will soon be available for kart manufacturers to test with their 2017 kart homologations. The slick is about half a second slower than the current tyre, the wet is unchanged.
- The 2017 Cadet class will remain with the 900mm chassis but the dimensions will permit the fitment of the CIK front fairing block.
- The MSA is also reviewing the Intermediate class (currently called Super Cadet) and monitoring the CIK proposals.
- A small number of potential issues have been reported with the Honda non-return valves over pressurising the tank when in a hot environment. Competitors should take care to relieve the pressure until the engine is started and meantime a search is being made to see if there is a gravity operated valve available. The MSA emphasised that clubs must not make changes to regulations without their written authority.
- A very small number of Honda exhausts have had a failure compared with the 800 manufactured. It is believed all came from a small batch of nine made with a manufacturing error last year. So the manufacturer is offering a return service to modify all exhausts and fit a tether. This has to be done by 1st September. Meanwhile a tether must be used. It is not necessary for the tether to be from DEP, although DEP are sending free tethers to all clubs running Honda Cadet. A bulletin has been issued to cover this. The modified exhaust has an extra bracket which may be fitted to the rocker cover bolt with a fibre cushion washer, and a tether to the exhaust bolt. It was emphasised that the new exhaust has achieved its purpose of levelling the playing field in the class.
- The amended Honda Technical Regulations V11a were recently issued for immediate implementation. This includes the use of the measuring with the new coil and and the use of the latest Honda jets.
- The MSA Safety Advice Panel is receiving a risk assessment on the possibility of Bambino racing. The ABkC view is supportive, but there should be timed qualifying and a standing start.
- There is a likelihood of Bambino karts requiring homologation by sometime in early 2017.