General technical updates from the ABkC
Technical updates arising from the most recent ABkC steering committee meeting which will apply across the classes in 2017 to 2018.
The CIK has amended the regulations for the displacement of the front fairing for implementation on 1st November but the MSA will delay implementation in the UK until 1st March. This could mean the need for a purchase of new top bumper rail for some, the dimensions have changed. The MSA is working on a gauge to assess if the block is over-tightened. The MSA will be issuing an explanatory press release to cover once the regulations have been approved.
The MSA is also working on developing a solution suitable for Cadet karts and again if successful for implementation in early 2017. It is likely that if there is any delay on this proposal the blocks will be mandated in the IAME Cadet Super One British Cadet Kart Championship.
The MSA is appointing a company to offer a bar code system for use by clubs from 2017. Clubs can if they wish pay a monthly fee to use the system which would be capable of monitoring tyre usage at one or more clubs. Importantly any club could then interrogate the database in the ‘Cloud’ to find out the last owner of any tyres discarded at a track and maybe fine them or levy a disposal charge. It is hoped the MSA development fund will assist with purchase of the necessary barcode reader. The system might be possible to use for chassis, engine and even officials’ or competitor’s badges.
A proposal to allow 102 octane fuel across the board in MSA competition for 2018 resulted in the ABkC view that this should not apply to short circuit kart racing unless applied for by a championship. The ABkC thought that it would only put peer pressure on competitors to buy expensive race fuel even although it should make no difference in most formulae.
- Videos are being proposed to update scrutineer training and eligibility training.
- There are proposals to trial some races for the Bambino class in 2017 and assess the risks.
- A review of the long circuit Superkart bodywork regulations is in progress.
- A waiver has been issued to permit the CIK air boxes that recently lost homologation, this lasts until the end of the year.
- This is an extract from the October ABkC Newsletter – please read the original content here