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

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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.”

Poor driv­ing stan­dards caus­ing con­cern

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