Leading figures from kart racing have met up with the Motor Sports Association in unique meetings aimed at thrashing out the future of karting in the UK.
Manufacturers, teams, organisers, clubs and circuit owners were all invited to Motor Sports House to hear a presentation from the MSA on their suggested view of the future with a major change of classes and structure planned for 2017.
New MSA Kart Committee Chairman Nigel Edwards together with MSA Technical Manager John Ryan laid out their ideas after an introduction from new Chief Executive Rob Jones, himself an ex karting Dad.
In lengthy and constructive discussions there was full support for the MSA working to achieve lower cost entry and club karting, hopefully reducing starter pack costs, medical fees etc.
But there was a definite feeling against a proposed change of classes and ages which would see creation of a new ‘youth’ class with new size kart and a new engine. The suggestion from those present is that UK karting is strong with the current structure of Cadet, TKM and Rotax and that such a move would de-stabilise.
There was also very general agreement that the CIK have seriously damaged top level international karting with the disastrous decisions over the KF engine range and must make urgent good decisions to rescue the situation.
One of those attending said: “We very much welcome the initiative the MSA have taken, it is to be applauded. But it is critical that they now listen to what we have said and revise their ideas accordingly otherwise things could go pear shape in a couple of years. None of us want that and I think we all need to recognise that other countries around the world think we are doing a great job in the UK.
Let’s encourage more in at the club racing level because it is from there that we eventually get our top line champions.”