STRICTER TRACK LIMIT RULES FOR KART­ING

MSA’S car rac­ing rules to be adopted

Motor Sport News - - Karting - By Stephen Lick­o­r­ish

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.”

Driv­ers can’t put any wheels off track

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