MSA hands firm Cadet tyre ten­der

Motor Sport News - - Karting - By Stephen Lick­o­r­ish Pho­tos: kart­pix.net

The MSA has an­nounced its choices for sev­eral kart­ing ten­ders, in­clud­ing Dun­lop re­main­ing as tyre sup­plier for the For­mula Cadet class.

A new tyre will be used from 2017 to 2019 and will de­liver a half-se­cond in­crease in lap times.

Test­ing showed that Dun­lop’s pro­posed tyre was very durable, hav­ing been put through the equiv­a­lent of 500 laps in the process. This means tyres could be used for mul­ti­ple meet­ings.

The sup­plier has been cho­sen well in ad­vance of the 2017 sea­son to help man­u­fac­tur­ers de­velop a new chas­sis that will suit the rubber.

“We were de­lighted with the level of in­ter­est from tyre man­u­fac­tur­ers, and with the qual­ity of all their pro­pos­als,” said Si­mon Blunt, MSA gen­eral sec­re­tary and chair­man of the se­lec­tion panel. “This made the se­lec­tion process tricky, but thor­ough test­ing re­vealed that the new tyre pro­posed by Dun­lop ex­ceeded the cri­te­ria. This left the panel in unan­i­mous agree­ment.”

Mean­while, the MSA has also re­vealed that Vor­tex (OTK) and Vega are its pre­ferred en­gine and tyre sup­pli­ers for the MSA Bri­tish Ju­nior and Se­nior Kart Cham­pi­onships.

The Vor­tex en­gine is CIKho­molo­gated, a re­quire­ment spec­i­fied by the MSA af­ter the Ju­nior se­ries was sus­pended when the KF en­gines proved un­suc­cess­ful.

MSA Race, Speed and Kart ex­ec­u­tive Ch­eryl Lynch said: “There is no doubt that the MSA Bri­tish Cham­pi­onships have suf­fered from the lack of a suit­able Cik-ho­molo­gated en­gine. How­ever the fact that we now have a new ho­molo­gated en­gine will re­ju­ve­nate the MSA Bri­tish Cham­pi­onships and UK kart­ing as a whole.”

Dun­lop will sup­ply Cadets Dun­lop and MSA agreed a deal

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