The Shenington SuperPrix & Historic Revival meeting will be held over 16-18 July, and includes the Motorsport UK E Plate for winners in most classes and SP plates for all classes except 210’s. The event will have the finals on Sunday live streamed by AlphaLive. Sponsorship and prizes will be provided by Teng Tools, Spellfame and many others to be announced.
Assuming the government releases the lockdown measures as planned, we will as usual have two marquees, bar and pizza on Friday evening, bar, pig roast and salad accompanied by a disco on Saturday evening. We hope that spectators will be permitted once again. Each day will see demonstrations by members of the British Historic Kart Club and The Legends.
We have guest championships from the TKM Clubman Regional and the KZUK Super 4. That does mean we are unable to offer a separate KZ2 race, but KZ2 drivers can enter KZUK as guests and compete for the trophies in the class and the KZUK E Plate. They will not need to change their yellow numberplates.
Friday practice day is open to anyone in the usual classes, licence not required, ARKS tests available. Saturday and Sunday are under permit, entered drivers only, with practice on Saturday morning, timed qualifying and a heat in the afternoon. The rest of the heats and the finals will be held on Sunday. The Cadet slick tyres restrictions are lifted for this important event competing for the E Plate, but the usual classes still count for the club championship points. The SP Plate goes to the highest place club member and can only be used at Shenington.
SKRC thanks everyone for their support during the very busy recent meetings, and please note our test day on 3rd June. We will not be able to offer ARKS tests on 3rd June. Our June race weekend 19/20 June will revert to the pre-COVID normal format, practice on Saturday, and race on Sunday for all classes. Early entries are advised. We shall be welcoming the 250 National Super 4 championship, there is a specific entry open only for registered competitors which covers Saturday practice. There is a separate club 250 National entry for guests. Overnights are allowed on Saturday in accordance with current government regulations and we will advise whether we can accommodate Friday evening arrivals prior to the meeting. But remember only the driver plus two can attend practice or race days, still no spectators allowed. If you are staying overnight you need to tell us when you first arrive.
As always teams and traders need to complete their forms prior to both the test days and race days.
Please could anyone who has not yet completed the signing do so before 15:00 today. It was originally asked to be done by 12:00, but we still have a significant amount of people which haven’t completed it.
Would all drivers that have not already done it, take a photo of their Licence front and back and upload it to their Alpha Profile. This is for checking purposes. Could you all check that you have ticked the box if you are a novice or not, we need to know so you are in the correct grid position for the heats. We could do with this information asap. Attached are instructions on how to upload your Licence.
Shenington KRC would like to thank everyone who supported the club at practice and race days over the last two weeks. We thank you for your observance of the COVID regulations, they may at times seem onerous but do have clarity and help with overall safety for all. We would like to congratulate all the 2020 award winners, especially our new Driver of the Year Louis Harvey and Lady Driver of the Year Savannah Hardy. Very well done and lets hope we are back to a normal awards dinner early in 2022. We also want to thank our marshals and officials who have recently had six very busy days at the track and our track management for preparing the venue each time.
May follows the same race format as April and we will soon open 3rd June for practice. We all hope that the June meeting can be a normal Saturday practice and Sunday race with limited overnights for caravans and motorhomes. And please make sure you have our SuperPrix on 16-18th July in your diaries.
The Shenington Team would like to thank everyone for their participation over the weekend, furthermore continuing to help with COVID restrictions. Remember the test days on Tuesday 13th and Thursday 15th before the race meeting on 17/18 April.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com . 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
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:
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
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.18.104.22.168).
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.