The UK’s Motor Sports Association (MSA) and the Association of British Kart Clubs (ABkC) have entered negotiations with LeCont to become the preferred tire supplier to the KZ2 & KZ UK classes from 2018-20.
The slick tire intended for use will be the Prime LP, which according to the MSA showed ‘impressive performance and durability during testing’. The MSA is expecting the tire will help the KZ2 and KZ UK classes deliver faster lap times. The retail prices will be GB£153 (US$202) for a set of slicks and GB£171 (US$225) for a set of wets, including VAT.
Zip Kart, the UK distributor and agents for LeCont, will provide a substantial rewards package with a value of more than £21,000 ($27,700) over the agreed period to the promoters of the MSA British Championship for KZ2, and ABkC Super 4 Championship for KZ UK.
“We were very pleased with the interest from the tire manufacturers and the quality of all their proposals,” explained John Ryan, MSA technical director and chairman of the selection panel. “We ran a comprehensive testing programme for all tires on the shortlist at two different circuits; the data gave us a clear choice and we are confident that the LeCont LP Prime tire will be ideal for both KZ2 and KZ UK classes.”
“We are delighted that the MSA and ABkC have chosen LeCont as the KZ tire for the next three years and we look forward to working closely with the championship promoters and clubs running the formula,” added Grant Munro, managing director of Zip Kart. “I would add that our colleagues at LeCont in Italy are also determined to make all efforts for a smooth transition and satisfy completely our UK market.”
“I am confident that this tire will be a great fit for the ABkC KZ UK class and provide an exciting prospect for our drivers,” concluded George Robinson, chairman of the ABkC.