Safety and judicial news from the June ABkC Newsletter
The latest ABkC Newsletter included several immediate and planned changes relating to karting safety and judicial matters.
- The ABkC position on the CIK Judicial Trial (MSA Steward, MSA Clerk and a club Steward deciding on all penalties) that it should be kept for larger championship meetings and at club meeting there should be a referee system. In other words a Race Directors who makes a decision and certainly during heats with no right of appeal. Clubs have problems in finding enough manpower to staff a Judicial Trial triumvirate.
- The MSA’s new Safety Director, Kate Adamson, is gathering more detail on crashes and injuries, in particular trying to find out which corners the incident took place.
- Clubs need to have MSA approval to use UAVs (drones) which must be operated by a licenced person with full insurance. Clubs should provide the proposed safe fly zone for approval.
- Clubs are asked to publicise the MSA Concussion policy and make sure that parents and drivers are aware by a mention at drivers’ briefings.
- The RPS (Rear Protection System) is now mandatory in X30 and could be put in class regulations for other classes. (But no class has given the six month notice to do that for 2017 so far).
- The Kart Technical Sub-committee is consulting on the possibility of a mandatory RPS in Junior and Senior for 2018. Comments are invited.
- It was noted that some datalogger / dash systems protrude more than the mandatory 20mm from the steering wheel (P.387 of the Blue Book) on certain steering wheels. This is a CIK regulation so the MSA has asked the CIK if there is a need for review. Wrapping tape round the top of the steering wheel to reduce the gap is not allowed.
- There are also on going investigations to the front fairings in use for Junior and Senior, some seem less likely than other makes to move on the mounting clip in an incident. Scrutineers are on the lookout for front fairings being used with non-matching steel bumpers. The MSA have issued a list of bumpers that may have different homologation numbers but are otherwise identical and so can be used. The list is on the MSA kart resources webpage.