Britain’s Motor Sports Association has announced details about the revamped 2016 MSA British Junior and Senior Kart Championships, which will be promoted by Super One Series and run over three rounds.
Following negotiations, it has confirmed that Vortex (OTK) will supply the CIK-homologated DDJ engine for the returning MSA British Junior Kart Championship (CIK OKJ class). Meanwhile the DDS engine (also CIK-homologated) will be used in the MSA British Senior Kart Championship (CIK OK class).
In the Junior championship, competitors will run Vega’s CIK-homologated XH (option) tyre, while the Senior championship will feature the XM (prime) tyre (also CIK-homologated). The wet tyre for both championships will be the CIK-homologated Vega W5. These will also be used internationally as the selected tyres for this year’s CIK-FIA OKJ and OK championships.
In a further exciting development, there will be a special prize for the MSA British Junior and Senior Kart Champions: works drives with a Vortex team (Tonykart Racing Team or Kosmic Racing Department) in the 2016 CIK-FIA World Championships in Bahrain (16-19 November). This will be fully funded by OTK, including race entry, race material, mechanic, flights, accommodation and subsistence.
“These are some of the most exciting developments in UK karting for many years,” explained Rob Jones, MSA chief executive. “For the first time since 2012 we will have non-gearbox MSA British Junior and Senior Kart Championships, both running with engines and tyres that will help control costs while ensuring great racing. What’s more, the prize package presents the opportunity to create both MSA British and CIK-FIA World Champions in the space of just four race meetings.
To accommodate a broader spectrum of competitors, the MSA has also announced that the CIK-FIA minimum class weights will be increased by at least 2kg (142kg-plus) in the Junior Championship and 5kg (150kg-plus) in the Senior Championship. The precise increases will be confirmed in due course, depending on feedback from entries.