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Leading international team boss Ricky Flynn has called for a superlicence-qualifying points system, similar to that in car racing, to be brought into karting to prevent drivers graduating into cars too quickly. Flynn believes that 14 and 15 year olds should have to qualify for their early graduation out of the sport, by racking up success in domestic and international competition first.
“Any kid under 16 should have to go through the same sort of superlicence criteria as car racers now have to,” Flynn said. “The likes of [world champions] Norris and Ahmed will quite easily qualify to go car racing, but there’s an awful lot of kids on the MSA Formula grid who they will race against this year, who shouldn’t be there. If there was a points system in place, these drivers haven’t won anything and don’t deserve the licence or the credit to move on.
“If you’re over 16 years old, you can go car racing without a problem. Max Verstappen is the perfect example. He raced for two years in senior karting, before one year in cars and he’s quickly into F1. You don’t need any bigger proof of what karting brings to a youngster’s skill set. There are hundreds of 14 and 15 year olds who have tried to move up too quickly and in 10 years time will be in the job centre.”