Junior Tyro: New economy class

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The Rissington club meeting at the beginning of March saw the introduction of a new class for juniors, Junior Tyro.

Yes we have too many classes and it’s difficult enough for those already in the sport to understand them all, let alone a poor newcomer, but Junior Tyro has been designed to get people into karting and it may just achieve that.

The concept behind the class is for a low cost kart that “Dads and Lads” can get together and race at an MSA meeting without having to go through the ARKS test and all the costs entailed in obtaining a licence. Junior Tyro drivers (aged between 11 and 15 years old) may race as soon as they have a MSA Clubman licence (free), their parent/guardian has obtained a guardian licence (£17) and they are able to lap at a speed that satisfies the Clerk of Course on the day.

The kart is a Gillard chassis with a mechanical brake, fitted with an electric start Radne Raket 95 engine and all-weather Heidenau intermediate tyres. It was purposely designed so that the kart slides rather than drives round on rails and reaction to this has been very favourable so far from everyone who has tested it.

Protrain Racing who have developed the class put six karts out at the first ever event at Rissington in March and you can read more about how it went on page 68. For those wanting a “Kart Taster” they are offering one-off weekends at Rissington at £100 per day + VAT with the driver paying the test and race fee. Protrain provide the kart, helmet, race suit and the gloves, but the driver needs to provide boots suitable for racing. With their coaching the total novice can actually go MSA racing in their first weekend, the only qualification is that the Clerk of the Course has to watch the drivers to see that they are up to a standard that will allow them to take part safely in the race meeting after their test day.

Once beyond their “taster”, Protrain also offer test and race days at £100 + VAT per day, giving the drivers even more experience should they need it before owning their own kart. Drivers will need their own race clothing and all that dad or mum has to learn are tyre pressures and wheel positions for the different conditions. A ready to race Gillard Tyro costs £2450 + VAT.

Currently the class is only being offered at Rissington, but as demand grows then it will be rolled out to other circuits around the UK.

More information can be found at www.tyrokarting.co.uk.
COMPETITION
To celebrate the launch of Junior Tyro we’ve teamed up with Protrain Racing to give one lucky Karting magazine reader the chance to experience the new class for themselves!

The prize is a full test day on a Rissington Saturday! The only restrictions are that the driver must be aged between 11 and 15 at the time of the test and he or she must not hold an MSA kart licence.

To be in with a chance of winning this great prize, all you have to do is answer the following question: what is the name of the company that makes the kart used in Junior Tyro?

Send your answer, along with your name, address, age and phone number by email to tyrocompetition@kartingmagazine.com or by post to Junior Tyro Competition, Karting magazine, Unit 2A Willow Walk Business Centre, 10 Willow Walk, Orpington, Kent BR6 7AA. Only one entry per person and, if you are aged 17 or under, please include the email address of a parent or guardian. The lucky winner will be the first correct entry drawn out after the closing date of May 8 2013. Good luck!