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MSA AWARDS BRITISH TITLE FOR KART GRANDS PRIX
The Trent Valley Kart Club will host the ‘short circuit` MSA British Kart Grand Prix for both Junior and Senior classes at its impressive £5m purpose-built PFI facility in Lincolnshire. The rights to the ‘long circuit` MSA British Kart Grand Prix for gearbox superkarts have been awarded to the British Superkart Racing Club. After a two-year break, the latter event will be re-established at the challenging Cadwell Park circuit following substantial investment from new owner MotorSport Vision.

Announcing the new agreements Bruce Goddard, Business Development Director at the MSA, said: "We are confident that Trent Valley Kart Club and British Superkart Racing Club have the wealth of experience not only to organise such prestigious events but also to ensure both MSA British Kart Grands Prix become major highlights on the annual UK motor sport calendar. It`s great news for the competitors, too, as the coveted ‘GP` plates, awarded to the victors of both events for the following 12 months, are all set to become far more prominent and therefore even more revered in karting circles."

"Naturally we are thrilled to have been granted the rights to host the short circuit MSA British Kart Grand Prix at PFI for next three years," said TVKC director Nigel Edwards. "We already benefit from a head start having run successful Grands Prix in the past but the MSA`s welcome decision to award us directly with the official rights will allow us now to invest even more energy and enthusiasm into the event. We have some great ideas in the pipeline for the future."

For 2006 the Grand Prix will dovetail into the ever-successful Kartmasters event being held at PFI on 4-6 August.

The long circuit MSA British Kart Grand Prix ­- last run at Pembrey in 2004 - makes a welcome return at Cadwell Park on 22-23 July after the cancellation of recent events. The new rights holder is already the prominent force in UK long circuit karting and the British Superkart Racing Club is in no doubt that its new package will restore the Grand Prix to its past status as a premier attraction for both competitors and fans.

"Cadwell Park is a real favourite with the drivers and, crucially, it`s now been upgraded to meet the stringent demands required for an FIA International Superkart Licence," explained Ian Rushforth, Competition Manager of the British Superkart Racing Club. "Having been granted this licence, two of the six Grands Prix classes will be run as rounds of the important European Superracekart Series guaranteeing that many of the top overseas competitors will be racing for MSA British Grand Prix honours. We are making a fresh start and the inclusion of these two prominent international classes alongside the cream of UK gearbox categories, means we`re already off to a flying start."