Important COVID-Related Update!

The Shenington Kart Racing Club committee has made the decision not to, admit any person that has been outside of the United Kingdom within the preceding ten days of a practice day.

This includes drivers, mechanics, teams and family members and is regardless of whether the person holds a Motorsport UK Travel Exemption letter, which is only valid for Motorsport UK permitted races.

Would you please ensure that if you or anyone accompanying you may be in this category do not please attend the Shenington practice day.

We have taken this decision in the interest of everyone else attending our events.

If this requires you to withdraw your entry please contact Sonja Game our Competition Secretary. If you are in this category for a race day, we will ask for a copy of a Motorsport UK Travel Exemption Letter or reference number, and proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test.

Testing & Racing Spaces Available

The entries have been coming in thick and fast for the IAME Cadets and X30’s with the entry being closed for Thursday 8th April. However spaces remain available for:

Friday 9th April: TKM Classes, Honda Cadet, KZ, 250’s

Tuesday 13th April: X30 Classes, IAME Cadet, ROTAX

Thursday 15th April: TKM Classes, Honda Cadet, KZ , 250’s

Saturday 17th April see’s just 4 spaces left for the entire day. The classes featured on this day are IAME Cadet, All X30 and KZ.

Sunday 18th April still sees 56 entries available for all the classes featured being: Honda Cadet, All TKM Classes, Clubman/Libre, 210, 250, Mini Max, Junior Rotax.

Remember the entries for May are already open as well with Saturday featuring the IAME Cadet, X30’s and KZ already at 94 entries, the entries are likely to close early due to grids being full. X30 Junior is already at 38 entries! The Sunday remains quiet at the moment, but remember this is the last round of testing before the British Kart Championship at Shenington!!

R.I.P Murray Walker

Murray Walker started his broadcasting career back in 1948 at Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb, before moving into all manners of motorsport. In 1978 Murray became a BBC full-time commentator on Formula 1.

Formula 1 is where most of us will remember Murrary’s legacy within the sport, and the impact that he had on millions of people not just in the United Kingdom, but from around the world. Murray called time on his career in 2001 after the United States Grand Prix, leaving us many iconic moments we can look back on and remember his legacy.

Whilst the world does not stand still for anyone, we would like you to join us in spending a minute to remember his legacy and the impacts and changes he brought to our sport and the world.

ABkC – February Newsletter

Welcome to our February 24th News

We have had lots of feedback following the ABKC re-launch with plenty positive but some questioning.  So now the dust is settling we thought it was appropriate to make fuller explanation of our new direction and agreement with Motorsport UK.  We apologise if our message was not clear at the time of the Annual General Meeting. 

Annual General Meeting (picture of attendees above)

For those not attending, the new agreement with Motorsport UK and the new Constitution of the ABKC were both approved by a large majority.  Nigel Edwards was confirmed as the new Chairman, Graham Smith continues at Secretary and Grahame Butterworth becomes the Operations Manager and Vice-chairman.  The further members of the Steering Group are Rob Dodds (Forest Edge), Malcolm Fell (Cumbria), Paul Skipp (Clay Pigeon) and Jim Thornsby (Fulbeck) along with the Honorary Presidents Russell Anderson and Steve Chapman.  All these roles are voluntary and we are grateful to all these individuals for their support.  Motorsport UK Karting Manager Dan Parker will normally attend meetings.  Discussion highlights at the AGM included the problems clubs had in the devolved administrations, and we have already made representations to the Motorsport UK and had meetings set up.  Also discussed was the role that NATSKA could play in the future, and the problems that small clubs are having to hold Motorsport UK meetings whilst there are more and more unlicenced travelling championships.  Some clubs have successful strategies for reduced cost classes under the Libre regulations.  There was a suggestion that clubs should nominate a Training Officer to help newcomers learn the sport. The full draft minutes will be available soon.

Our Agreement and Responsibilities

The ABKC has been given greater responsibility as the Regional Association for kart clubs.  For the first time the Motorsport UK has recognised us as a Regional Association that is UK-wide.  From that stems the agreement that ABKC has seats on Kart Committee, Kart Council, Regional Committee and the Kart Technical Advisory Group.  That gives us an important voice on behalf of our member clubs.  Clubs affiliated to Motorsport UK have never been permitted to hold unlicenced events. Unlicenced events do not have the protection of holding an operating permit issued by a governing body.  Therefore the ABKC is there to represent and aid its member clubs in the safe organisation and operation of racing in the UK under the general regulations of Motorsport UK.  We have clarified that this includes clubs running “TEST DAYS” with no competitive element (the preferred term is test day rather than practice days) and taster days.  We have also clarified that there is no objection to arrive and drive corporate racing for those clubs who have a fleet of such karts.  But we have undertaken to give a commitment to reducing non-Motorsport UK kart racing and where possible assisting Motorsport UK in absorbing such racing into their jurisdiction.  So we will not publicise or endorse any racing that runs outside such jurisdiction and we ask our member clubs to do the same.  But to be clear there is no change on an affiliated club’s responsibilities with regard to racing without a permit.

But we recognise that any such transition will take time and there are many if not most circuits and independent clubs that hold such unlicenced racing where members of our clubs whether drivers or officials may well be involved.  Although these personnel should check that appropriate public liability insurance and personal accident insurance is in place. 

Budget

The fees for membership are reduced for most clubs but we do need enough income to pay for the association’s running costs including insurance, administration, media outlets and publicity.  As you know it is a condition of holding a British Kart Championship round that the organising club must be a member of ABKC.  We believe that it is appropriate for these clubs to have a slightly higher fee, they are the highest profile clubs.  We no longer have the income from tyre contracts for championships.

Social Media

Our social media outlets are fully available and we urge all clubs to make use of these by sending information to display on our Facebook page. We are restricting who can appear there so if you send direct it will be rapidly approved to appear. Any questions on this please email operations@abkc.org.uk  .  Affiliated trade or championship organisers can also purchase an associate membership for £75 and then make use of our social media.

Promotion of Karting as a Sport

We see the increased promotion of licensed karting as a sport as very important in these days of so many alternatives. We are currently updating our websites to provide a much more targeted approach and as you will have seen we are assessing the effectiveness of the previous Let’s Go Karting campaign. We will bring you news on the progress of our new campaign in due course.

Benefits of Membership

To summarise the benefits of membership include:

  • Being a member of the only official body representing Motorsport UK licensed kart racing clubs in the UK
  • Being part of an association dedicated to responding to member club issues
  • Use of ABKC experience and expertise in resolving technical and organisational questions
  • Collating and forwarding requests for changes to Motorsport UK
  • Provide recognised representation for member clubs with Kart Council and Motorsport UK on all relevant karting matters including classes, technical, safety, circuit matters and safeguarding
  • Support Kart Council in providing a unified representation of all member clubs
  • Full compliance with Yearbook A2.7 and A4.1 (Approval to organise a meeting, and Club Recognition) through ABKC being recognised as the Regional Committee for kart clubs
  • Being able to offer a British Kart Championship round
  • Full access to ABKC Social Media outlets for publicity and information purposes
  • Regular informative newsletter
  • Club official’s link with Motorsport UK and it’s senior personnel
  • To represent and aid its member clubs in the safe organisation and operation of kart racing in the UK
  • Providing a unified shop window at kart shows and other events
  • Benefiting from promotional activity for those looking to start karting
  • Receiving potential new competitors from inquiries

Membership

Renewal membership forms have been sent to clubs and we ask your club to return these as soon as possible to keep the membership active. Once renewed we will send you our new logo for club media.  We are also successfully seeking membership from clubs that were not previously members or lapsed.  It was clear at the AGM that member club representatives welcomed the opportunity to chat and air their issues so we plan to have regular open Zoom meetings with the steering group, most likely in a weekday evening.   We are working with Motorsport UK to have the post lockdown circuit opening requirements soon.   We will issue another news update after Kart Committee which is on 9th March, if not before.

A British Kart Championship event at Rowrah
by kartpix

Motorsport UK News

Here are some updates from the recent Motorsport UK meetings:

  • A survey is being sent to clubs for their views on the proposed new class structure, which are still available on the website www.motorsportuk.org/the-sport/regulations/proposed-changes-for-consultation/  . 
  • Track licences will not be issued until a permit is needed post lockdown
  • Kart Technical members had a presentation on a possible plan for tyre disposal. 
  • Motorsport UK have issued a number of releases about the definitions of elite athletes (drivers in this case) and the need for carnets for those proposing to travel abroad with kit.  Those involved should read these very carefully and not that under 16’s are not eligible for exemption letters.  Currently anyone returning from a red zone country must have the hotel quarantine. 
  • Final approved regulations should soon be available for Classic Gearbox (the Formula C & ICC karts of the 90’s) and Junior Gearbox which is revived by using restricted 125cc KZ engines. 
  • The 2021 210 National regulations were also approved and are on the website. 
  • The CIK are making a change to their homologation numbering system so that instead of say 10-CH-20 it would become e.g. 028-CH-76 where 028 would be the manufacturer identification, the CH still the acronym for a chassis and the last number being random for the approval. 
  • Still on CIK the engine homologations have been delayed a year but not ignitions which remain on timetable, and RPS rear bumpers can now be homologated as adjustable width. 
  • Discussions about KZ carburettors and fuel injection will be referred to the Gearbox Working groups.  

Bambino and Cadet licencing

Due to some confusion over licencing Bambino drivers and their upgrades to Cadet, Motorsport UK have asked it be clarified. 

Drivers from 6 years of age can race at approved circuits, specifically licensed for Bambino racing, if they purchase the Go Karting starter pack from Motorsport UK and take and satisfactorily complete the ARKS Novice Driver Test.  Drivers will then apply for the Kart Interclub (Bambino) licence, see U1.7.1. and this must be the normal route now.

Race regulations must state that the format will be for timed qualifying and standing starts, to set the grids for the heats.  Kart Teams are specifically prohibited from involved in any Motorsport UK Bambino event, whether Time Trial or Racing.

It is still possible to obtain a Kart Clubman (Bambino) licence for Bambino Time Trials, follow the training schedule which is available on the ARKS website and enclosing the completed Bambino Record card, signed off by an ARKS Examiner or Instructor, and put it in with the licence application form (downloaded from the www.motorsportuk.org website).  But remember hardly any clubs are offering Bambino time trials so the majority should do the test for a race licence.

Upgrade to Cadet Racing

Honda Cadet racing at the British Kart Championship

By kartpix

A driver in the year of their 8th birthday who has satisfactorily completed at least 3 Motorsport UK Bambino races (not time trial) may move into the cadet category if they are at least 125cm in height and 27kg minimum weight.  No further ARKS test is necessary.

Alternatively if they have signatures from at least three time trials and have passed the ARKS test a driver can apply to move to Cadets in the year of their 8th birthday.  The licence application must be endorsed and submitted by a recognised kart club and any licence would be restricted to a single venue until the driver has either reached their 8th birthday or been specifically observed by the Motorsport UK Steward at a minimum of three Interclub Kart races (U.15.1.1.1).

TAG Heuer

We have also learnt that TAG Heuer are no longer involved in timing, their website states: “TAG Heuer has decided to transform its approach to Timekeeping.  As a result TAG Heuer has discontinued its traditional timekeeping service in regards to third parties in sports.”  It would seem that the manufacturer of the transponders and decoders, Chronolec, is continuing with the products.

We welcome the restart of karting from 29th March and await further detailed information from Motorsport UK.  Note hotels are not due to open until 17 May.

Finally, we also send our best wishes to long time chassis manufacturer Tim Gillard who has retired.

Association of British Kart Clubs

www.abkc.org.uk

secretary@abkc.org.uk

Testing Commences At Shenington In April!

Shenington KRC is pleased to announce four practice days during the Easter holidays, which are:  Thursday 8th April for IAME Cadet, MiniX, Junior X30, Senior X30, MiniMax, Junior Max, Senior Max and provisionally Junior DRS  Friday 9th April for Honda Cadet, Junior TKM, TKM Extreme, Formula Libre, TKM Clubman, KZ2, KZUK, 250 National  Tuesday 13th April for IAME Cadet, MiniX, Junior X30, Senior X30, MiniMax, Junior Max, Senior Max and provisionally Senior DRS  Thursday 15th April for Honda Cadet, Junior TKM, TKM Extreme, Formula Libre, TKM Clubman, KZ2, KZUK, 250 National  Of course these are all subject to any government restrictions and the four tests set by the government being met by 29th March, and Motorsport UK guidelines for restarting Motorsport after the lockdown.  Classes may be restricted, amalgamated or cancelled depending on the number entering.  Overnight stays will absolutely not be permitted, nor will arrivals the previous evening to the event.  Everyone must arrive in the early morning and leave the same evening.

Drivers please let your Team know the following:

The following form must be completed by all Teams and Traders attending Shenington Kart Racing Club on the April Test Days. It is to be completed by Wednesday 31st March. Failure to complete by this date will lead to unwanted delays entering the circuit, for your team.

Please Note: Mechanic details should also be entered when the driver signs on.

By completing and submitting the form you accept to respect:
 • Club Rules: https://sheningtonkrc.co.uk/club-rules/
 • COVID-19: https://sheningtonkrc.co.uk/covid-19/

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdNErp1l39MpDfYEtBJm8ngUOMVlXlIj0Jjuauv2U-0E5oLhw/viewform?usp=sf_link

All COVID regulations that were in force last year will continue, as will the mandatory wearing of face masks.  A driver’s briefing will be sent with the signing on forms prior to each event with full information on the COVID-19 precautions.  Also ARKS tests are available on these days, contact our Examiner Tom Whitehouse.  We look forward to seeing you back on track, meantime keep safe and we hope this gets you ready for the resumption of racing on 17th and 18th April. 

Shenington KRC is pleased to announce four practice days during the Easter holidays, which are:

Thursday 8th April for IAME Cadet, MiniX, Junior X30, Senior X30, MiniMax, Junior Max, Senior Max and provisionally Junior DRS

Friday 9th April for Honda Cadet, Junior TKM, TKM Extreme, Formula Libre, TKM Clubman, KZ2, KZUK, 250 National

Tuesday 13th April for IAME Cadet, MiniX, Junior X30, Senior X30, MiniMax, Junior Max, Senior Max and provisionally Senior DRS

Thursday 15th April for Honda Cadet, Junior TKM, TKM Extreme, Formula Libre, TKM Clubman, KZ2, KZUK, 250 National

Of course these are all subject to any government restrictions and the four tests set by the government being met by 29th March, and Motorsport UK guidelines for restarting Motorsport after the lockdown.  Classes may be restricted, amalgamated or cancelled depending on the number entering.  Overnight stays will absolutely not be permitted, nor will arrivals the previous evening to the event.  Everyone must arrive in the early morning and leave the same evening. 

All COVID regulations that were in force last year will continue, as will the mandatory wearing of face masks.  A driver’s briefing will be sent with the signing on forms prior to each event with full information on the COVID-19 precautions.  Also ARKS tests are available on these days, contact our Examiner Tom Whitehouse.  We look forward to seeing you back on track, meantime keep safe and we hope this gets you ready for the resumption of racing on 17th and 18th April.

The RETURN

We expect everyone is eager to get back on track after the Motorports UK announcement for restarting.  Your Shenington Committee are just finalising plans for up to four mid-week practice days during the Easter holidays.  We’ll get the dates out to you very soon.  Meantime we will shortly be opening for entries for our April race weekend on 17th and 18th.  This will run as two separate race days, with practice in the mornings, just like the events last year.  Please note we will run the May race weekend to the same format.  Memberships are available through the link on our website.

Motorsport UK confirms motorsport will restart in England from 29 March

Motorsport UK is pleased to announce that organised Permitted motorsport can resume in England with effect from 29 March, subject to local restrictions and in accordance with its own Restart Guidance.

This confirmation follows the announcement on 22 February by Prime Minister Boris Johnson that the third lockdown imposed on 4 January will be lifted, and formally organised outdoor sports – for adults and under 18s – can also restart but should be compliant with guidance issued by national governing bodies.

As the applicable governing body for the sport, Motorsport UK will now begin granting Permits for all disciplines, and applications are invited in the usual way.

Motorsport UK will resume the sport in accordance with its Restart protocols, which have guided the safe resumption of motorsport through the lifting of the two previous lockdowns. Updated guidance relevant to the latest restart will be available on MotorsportUK.org in due course.

Motorsport UK guidance in relation to Exemptions and Elite Sport still applies.

The governing body acknowledges the target of late spring for allowing spectators on a limited basis and will follow those developments in order to keep its stakeholders informed.

Motorsport activities in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, and the Channel Islands are subject to prevailing government guidance in those devolved territories and we look forward to announcing updates relevant to those nations in due course. The Isle of Man is not subject to a lockdown at this time.

Motorsport UK CEO, Hugh Chambers, commented: “We are extremely grateful to government for providing the opportunity for motorsport to resume in England from 29 March. This will be very welcome news for our community, which extends from professional drivers and teams, through to the grass roots of the sport with tens of thousands of enthusiasts. Collectively they fuel an industry employing 41,000 people and generating over £10 billion for the economy, so this is a vital step in securing the UK’s future as leaders in motorsport around the world.

“Hopefully it won’t be too much longer before we can announce similarly positive news from the other home nations. Clearly strict protocols still apply, as our sport needs to play its part in supporting the NHS and wider frontline community in keeping infection rates under control, and our Restart Guidance has enabled us to accomplish that objective on two previous occasions. I would like to thank the Motorsport UK community for their support during lockdown, and for their spirit and fortitude in keeping the sport together for when this announcement came. We now look forward to getting motorsport up and running at the end of March.”

Your invitation to the
2021 Motorsport UK Virtual
Night of Champions

Motorsport UK is delighted to invite you to the inaugural Virtual Night of Champions this evening at 19.00.

Click HERE to watch on MotorsportUK’s Facebook page
Click HERE to watch on MotorsportUK’s YouTube channel

Hosted by Steve Rider from Motorsport UK’s new home at Bicester Motion, this ‘Virtual’ Night of Champions will celebrate achievements across the breadth of our sport, with recognition of the British titles as well as specific awards to honour the Herculean efforts of volunteers on the motorsport frontline.

We are inviting the whole community to join the awards, which will be hosted on the Motorsport UK Facebook page and Motorsport UK YouTube channel, where you can toast the 2020 award winners and reflect on a season like no other.

During the show, Motorsport UK Chairman David Richards and CEO Hugh Chambers will look back on the 2020 season and preview the year ahead.  

Viewers will be encouraged to share their award ceremony photos from home, by posting across social media using the hashtag #OurMotorsportUK. Black ties are optional! 

We hope you enjoy the evening.

How Did It All Start?

Ever wondered how it all started at Shenington?  We’re just coming up to our 61st anniversary, and of course due to the coronavirus we missed out on the big 60th diamond celebrations we’d planned. 

A local man called John Cooper bought a dozen go karts and started hiring them out at Shenington airfield.  The first proper race was held in February 1960 and reported in Karting Magazine. 

By the way, John Cooper visited us and was interviewed at our first SuperPrix celebrating our fortieth anniversary in 2000.  Soon many people bought their own karts.  The facilities in the village did a roaring trade on that first weekend and indeed on many others. 

During 1960 and 1961 the club held rounds of the first World Championship which had its final round in Nassau, Bahamas, the other rounds were in Italy and USA.  Stirling Moss raced at Nassau but not we believe at Shenington, but many famous drivers such as Graham Hill did race karts in that time period. 

Five thousand spectators came to view that first kart race, over a hundred companies started manufacturing karts and so the sport grew.  Later our club joined forces with Solihull to become the Solihull and Shenington Kart Club in the mid-sixties, and then just Shenington Kart Racing Club as we know it today.  Do you know anyone who raced in the sixties or indeed at that first event?

Motorsport UK searches for young karting talent

Motorsport UK are seeking applications to represent the UK in the 2021 FIA Karting Academy Trophy – a prestigious international championship for 12-14-year olds.

The FIA ​​Karting Academy Trophy is a unique competition designed to pit the best young karters from around the world against each other on equal terms.  The young drivers represent their country driving randomly assigned karts with OTK chassis equipped with Vortex engines from the OK-Junior category, and a controlled tyre.

Last year Theo Micouris representing Motorsport UK finished as championship runner-up, and for 2021 Motorsport UK will once again support and guide the chosen driver in their preparations as they fly the Union Jack in international competition.

FIA Karting Academy Calendar 2021:

29 April – 2 May 2021 – Adria (Italy)

17 – 20 June 2021 – Wackersdorf (Germany)

2 – 5 September 2021 – Kristianstad (Sweden)

Dan Parker, Kart Manager at Motorsport UK said: “The FIA Karting Academy provides a fantastic opportunity for drivers to represent Motorsport UK on the world stage. To compete against some of the best junior kart drivers in the world at such a young age, whist also learning to master some of the best karting tracks in Europe is invaluable experience for a driver’s career development. The equipment supplied to all competitors by the FIA and the OTK kart group ensures that the championship is a true test of the driver and their preparation for the championship events. The list of previous winners speaks for itself and Theo Micouris did a fantastic job last year in finishing as runner-up, and we hope to see more strong performances from our driver at the events in 2021.”

Theo Micouris, 2020 FIA Karting Academy runner-up, said: I thought it was a brilliant experience and a once in a lifetime opportunity. It teaches you a lot, and you get to have so much fun all throughout the experience. It can open doors for you in the future and you get to meet and work with some fantastic people along the way, that are helpful whenever you need it. Overall, it was an incredible experience and I was proud to represent my country on the world stage.”

Motorsport UK will consider applications from competitors who have experience in participating in the British Kart Championships and must not be participating in any non-Motorsport UK licensed championships in the UK for 2021. Competitors must also hold a valid UK passport, hold (or are eligible to hold) a valid International Entrant Licence, and must be able to commit financially to the entire competition (entry fee, travel, accommodation, and any other associated costs).

Eligible drivers should be born in 2007, 2008 or 2009 and be at least 12 years old (or reach their 12th birthday in 2021) and not be older than 14 years of age as a maximum (not reaching their 15th birthday before 31 December 2021).

Please note that a driver who has been classified among the top 15 in a previous FIA Karting Championship in a Junior category is not eligible to apply.

To apply, drivers should fill in the online application by clicking HERE by Friday 5 February 2021.  Following the closing date, the applications will be reviewed by Motorsport UK and shortlisted karters will be invited to attend an assessment day* where the successful driver will be selected.

By applying, competitors agree to the Trophy Regulations available HERE.

*The assessment day may be held virtually.

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