Intermediate Category proposed by the MSA for 10-14 year olds
The MSA Kart Committee has issued a regulation proposal which paves the way for a new Intermediate category between Cadet and Junior in 2018.
The proposal involves taking a year off the Cadet upper age limit, to the end of the year of a driver’s 12th birthday, not their 13th as at present, and the revival of an Intermediate class (formerly Super Cadet) in which drivers can race between age 10 and 14.
The minimum driver weight regulations mean that 12 year old drivers who don’t reach the minimum weight for a Junior class will need to race in the Intermediate Category. Whereas now they can wait until age 13 to move up when it’s more likely that they will be the correct weight for one of the Junior classes.
They will usually be the right weight to race in Minimax, but this class still uses full size and weight karts which can be a cause for concern with smaller drivers.
The MSA have also said that if these regulations are approved they will issue a tender for an Intermediate engine which will be used on a 950mm chassis. Many countries use Minimax engines on Intermediate chassis so that’s a possibility, and Tal-Ko expressed an interest in supplying a Super Cadet equivalent engine the last time round, several years ago. There are also many 60 Mini engines from Vortex, TM, IAME and LKE but I think the MSA would be well-advised to chose something that already has a presence in this country.
There is also some changes to terminology about Categories and Classes – the Categories are Cadet, Intermediate, Junior and Senior, and within that there are the different classes which we have at present.
The MSA Kart Committee’s reasoning for the proposal is quoted here:
Reason: to bring greater clarity to the Category age breaks which is in line with technical changes also being made. This also addresses an identified safety concern of young drivers currently running in full size adult chassis.
The MSA is intending to tender for an Intermediate Engine using homologated Intermediate chassis, of 950mm wheelbase.
Implementation: 1st January 2018
The MSA invites comments to KartConsultation@msauk.org by 19th September.