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Kart regulations amended with immediate effect

The Motor Sports Association (MSA) wishes to clarify the wording of the following regulations as approved earlier this month by Motor Sports Council.
 
The full amended wording, which supersedes any previously published versions with immediate effect, is as follows:
 
U12.7. For Short Circuit Karting only, kart engines must not be run in the pits or paddock.
 
U12.7.1. Kart engines may only be started in an area designated by the organisers, which shall include the live area of the circuit. When starting engines the driver must be seated correctly in the seat with all four wheels of the kart on the ground. Exceptionally non-centrifugal-clutch classes may start their engines, in the same designated area, with the kart positioned on a trolley in a position that will not endanger others.
 
U12.7.2. Gearbox karts may run their engines in an area designated as above by using suitable blocks under the rear part of the chassis.
 
U12.7.3. Any kart engine started in a designated area (12.7.1), other than in the live areas of the circuit, must not run for more than 10 seconds.
 
Date of implementation:  Immediate

Reason: Safety, to restrict the unsafe practice of starting engines in awnings and throughout the paddock.

Note: the reason for this amendment is that following approval by MSC it was noted that this regulation is not practical for Long Circuit Karting, which uses Car Racing Circuits. Additionally, it was anticipated that gearbox Karts, with a non-centrifugal clutch, would be permitted to be started on a stand as there is a method of control to stop the wheels rotating.
 
U17.29.6. For classes that include a minimum driver weight only mandatory items of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), as required by 13.1-13.3, are to be included when the Driver is weighed.
 
Date of implementation:  Immediate

Reason: Safety. To negate the use of ‘weighted’ items such as rib protectors etc. Mandatory PPE includes helmet, gloves, boots and overalls, all as defined in U13.1-13.3


Note: the reason for this amendment is that following MSC approval it was noted that the regulation as written would put competitors at an unfair weight disadvantage within minimum total class weight by using potential additional non-mandatory safety items such as Rib Protectors. By simplifying the regulation we can ensure that drivers who are too small will not be permitted to enter the relevant classes. In addition to the change it is agreed to clarify 2012 Kart Race Yearbook regulations for the relevant Junior Classes to ensure a specific minimum driver weight is given, as follows with red additions:

Formula Rotax Junior Max
D1.8.2 Weight
. Minimum of 148kg including driver at all times (driver min 40kg). Maximum kart weight without
driver is 108kg. Minimum

Rotax Mini Max
D4.8.3 Weight
. Minimum of 135kg including driver at all times (driver min 37kg). Maximum kart weight without
driver is 98kg.

KF3
D2.6.1 Weight
. Minimum 145kg with driver at any time (driver min 40kg).  The minimum weight of the kart (without
fuel) to conform to CIK regulations. Maximum kart weight without driver is 105kg at any time.

FORMULA TKM
D3.8.2 Weight
(on completion of any part of the event)
Junior TKM 123: min 123kg with driver (driver min 38kg). Maximum kart weight without driver is 85kg
Junior TKM 128: min 128kg with driver (driver min 42kg).  Maximum kart weight without driver is 86kg
Junior TKM 135: min 135kg with driver (driver min 49kg). Maximum kart weight without driver is 86kg
Junior TKM 142: min 142kg with driver (driver min 59kg). Maximum kart weight without driver is 83kg
Junior TKM 148: min 148kg with driver (driver min 67kg). Maximum kart weight without driver is 81kg
Junior TKM Extreme: min 138kg with driver (driver min 46kg). Maximum kart weight without driver is 92kg

28 September 2012
This communication is for general release and is authorised to hold regulatory value.