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The Motor Sports Association (MSA) have today revealed further details about the 2016 MSA British Junior and Senior Kart Championships. The championships will be run over three rounds promoted by the Super One Series with a prize to race with one of Vortex’s Works Teams!
Following negotiations, the MSA can confirm that Vortex (OTK) will supply the CIK-homologated DDJ engine for the returning MSA British Junior Kart Championship (CIK OKJ class). Meanwhile the DDS engine (also CIK-homologated) will be used in the MSA British Senior Kart Championship (CIK OK class).
It can also be revealed that the Junior championship will run Vega’s CIK-homologated XH (option) tyre, while the Senior championship will feature the XM (prime) tyre (also CIK-homologated). The wet tyre for both championships will be the CIK-homologated Vega W5. These will also be used internationally as the selected tyres for this year’s CIK-FIA OKJ and OK championships.
In a further exciting development, there will be a special prize for the MSA British Junior and Senior Kart Champions: works drives with a Vortex team (Tonykart Racing Team or Kosmic Racing Department) in the 2016 CIK-FIA World Championships in Bahrain (16-19 November). This will be fully funded by OTK, including race entry, race material, mechanic, flights, accommodation and subsistence.
Rob Jones, MSA Chief Executive, said: “These are some of the most exciting developments in UK karting for many years. For the first time since 2012 we will have non-gearbox MSA British Junior and Senior Kart Championships, both running with engines and tyres that will help control costs while ensuring great racing. What’s more, the prize package presents the opportunity to create both MSA British and CIK-FIA World Champions in the space of just four race meetings.”
John Hoyle, Super One promoter, added: “This decision will put a structure in place for the resumption of a popular MSA British Kart Championship series once again in the UK. All the feedback from teams and drivers points towards the OK engines being a hugely exciting challenge, and probably faster than the KF class. We just can’t wait to see them in action at our British circuits.”
Super One Series will confirm the championship dates and venues shortly.
- Sealed boxes from the factory and supplied through the appointed UK importer, Strawberry Racing
- As homologated by the CIK-FIA, with additional controls including further markings for component identification, to limit tuning
- Control exhaust and control carburettor (CIK-homologated Tillotson)
- Set retail price (complete with exhaust and carburettor): £1,745+VAT (Junior) and £1,895+VAT (Senior)
- Option for those contesting all three rounds to hire an engine at a special cost of £350+VAT per meeting (Junior and Senior)
- Alternative option to hire engines on a one-off basis for £500+VAT.
- Maximum retail price for a full set of slicks: £127+VAT (Junior) and £132+VAT (Senior)
- Maximum retail price for a full set of wets: £139.95+VAT (Junior and Senior).
Class regulation details:
- Based on CIK-FIA technical regulations, with added MSA variations
- To accommodate a broader spectrum of competitors, the CIK-FIA minimum class weights will be increased by at least 2kg (142kg-plus) in the Junior Championship and 5kg (150kg-plus) in the Senior Championship. The precise increases will be confirmed in due course, depending on feedback from entries
- These class regulations used by the MSA British Junior and Senior Kart Championships may also be adopted by kart clubs.
We’ll be testing the Vortex engines in Lonato on Monday so make sure you stay posted to see the full #kartingmag review!