MSA out­lines new in­ter­me­di­ate kart­ing class for UK

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A re­vised UK kart­ing struc­ture for 2018 has been pro­posed by the MSA, fea­tur­ing a new In­ter­me­di­ate cat­e­gory be­tween Cadets and Ju­niors.

In­ter­me­di­ate classes would cater for 10-14 year-olds and if the changes are ap­proved the gov­ern­ing body will is­sue a ten­der for an In­ter­me­di­ate en­gine that would be fit­ted to a kart with a 950mm wheel­base.

The plan also in­cludes re­duc­ing the up­per age limit for Cadets to 12 years old in­stead of 13 and in­creas­ing the min­i­mum age for Ju­niors to 12. It has been cre­ated to try to re­duce the gulf be­tween Cadet and Ju­nior classes, en­cour­ag­ing more driv­ers to re­main in the sport.

“Cadets is cur­rently for 8-13 year-olds but they change and ma­ture an aw­ful lot [in that time] so from that point of view there’s a big vari­ance in the same bit of kit,” said MSA kart com­mit­tee chair­man Nigel Ed­wards. “The plan is to try and in­tro­duce those kids into some­thing a bit more than a Cadet when they get to 11. Kids are put off by mak­ing the jump into Ju­niors.”

Ed­wards added that the pro­pos­als are not set in stone and that suc­cess­ful Cadet se­ries need to be pro­tected.

“IAME Cadet, for ex­am­ple, is a fan­tas­tic class and we need to be care­ful we don’t spoil that,” he said. “What we want is more peo­ple kart­ing and this is the struc­ture we think will work for kart­ing.” ● The Chair­man of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Bri­tish Kart Clubs re­signed last week af­ter nearly three years in the role. Colin Wright cited be­ing un­able to get the or­gan­i­sa­tion to help smaller clubs more as one of his rea­sons for step­ping down.

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