VW Cup star Mason moves into British GT4 with Team Hard Ginetta MSA opens talks to stamp out bad driving in Cadet classes with new bumper rules
Pushback front bumpers could be introduced into the Cadet kart classes next year to try and tackle poor driving standards.
The MSA has recently written to all kart clerks and stewards urging them to try to deal with the problem, with a big improvement seen in categories that have now adopted the new front fairings.
“Now most karts in other classes have got the pushback bumpers there’s a bit of a highlight between the two [Cadets and other classes],” said Nigel Edwards, chairman of the MSA’S kart committee. “The first corner of a kart race used to be a lottery and now it’s got down to something more sensible.”
The MSA was very critical of the racing in the Cadet classes in the letter to stewards. It said: “The MSA has been receiving an increasing number of concerns in regard to unacceptable driving standards in the Cadet Classes.
“It may be that this is being highlighted with the improvements displayed in other classes that are now running the mandatory front fairing. However, genuine concerns are being aired and therefore we would urge you to deal with poor driving standards.
“It is also being suggested that teams and mechanics may be advising drivers to intentionally make contact.
“If these concerns are raised with you, they must be taken seriously and properly considered. We all know the ramifications of poor driving and we must be seen to be addressing these.”
Edwards added that a change in culture in the Cadet classes in recent years – with more large teams running multiple drivers – has contributed to the problem.
“I think these reminders are a good way of communicating these issues and mean there’s no need to wait for the Blue Book each year,” said Edwards. Robert [Barrable] well from racing against him and he’s a quick guy.
“We can’t underestimate the championship as GT4 is huge at the moment, but we want to be at the sharp end fighting for podiums soon.”
Gilham added: “It’s a shame it didn’t work out with Wilson, but there were things both sides were unhappy about. Aaron is a sensible and seasoned racer and with a little time he’ll be right on the pace.”