STRICTER TRACK LIMIT RULES FOR KARTING
MSA’S car racing rules to be adopted
The same track limit rules that apply in circuit racing will now be used in karting, after a change in the MSA’S regulations.
Previously drivers were unable to completely leave the track twice without being excluded from the race, but now drivers will be penalised if they put any wheel over the edge of the white lines on more than two occasions.
The car racing regulation Q14.4.2 now applies: “Drivers must use the track at all times and may not leave the track without a justifiable reason. For the avoidance of doubt: the white lines defining the track edges are considered to be part of the track and a driver will be judged to have left the track if any wheel of the car either goes beyond the outer edge of any kerb or goes beyond the white line where there is no kerb.”
In a statement, the MSA said of the rule change: “From 2016 track limits regulations in karting have been cross-referenced against those in circuit racing, in order to clarify the track confines in karting and ensure consistency across both disciplines. This was approved by Motor Sports Council in September.”
Chairman of the Trent Valley Kart Club Nigel Edwards said this reinforces what was already in place.“it’s not really any different to what we’ve had before,” added Edwards, who is also chairman of the MSA’S Kart Committee. “Karting people tend to be very blase about track limits so this is a reinforcement of the regulations. It’s not acceptable to gain an advantage from running off the track but it should be interpreted with common sense from the officials. This is all about consistency.”
Leading team boss Ricky Flynn said that a rule change was needed. “I’m all in favour of it, as long as it’s policed correctly,” he said. “You can gain a massive advantage from cutting corners so it’s the right call for lots of reasons, but it’s like the offside rule in football and needs to be policed fairly. It’s a big ask for the officials, especially at smaller tracks with no cameras.”