The Motor Sports Association (MSA) has nominated 2008 MSA British Cadet Kart Champion Roy Johnson to represent the United Kingdom in the inaugural CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy later this year.
MSA Performance Director Robert Reid confirmed Johnson’s selection this week, having assessed potential candidates in the MSA British Junior Kart Championship and canvassed the opinions of respected figures from within the karting community.
The Karting Academy Trophy is a new world championship run by the CIK-FIA for 13 to 15-year-old karters. The CIK has invited 34 ASNs (National Sporting Authorities) each to nominate a single driver to compete over three events, in support of the new “U18” Karting World Championship – Germany (Wackersdorf, 23-25 July), Spain (Alcaniz, 27-29 August) and France (Val d'Argenton, 1-3 October). In order to keep costs down and to promote fair racing, competitors at each event of the Academy Trophy will be supplied free of charge with a mandatory package of specified equipment comprising chassis, engine and tyres.
Johnson, 14 from Pelsall, West Midlands, said: “I’m thrilled to have been picked to represent the UK. I knew that the MSA was looking for somebody and I thought I had a good chance of being picked, but I was still quite surprised because I didn’t have the best of weekends at Larkhall. It’s a fantastic opportunity and I’m looking forward to racing for my country in an international competition.”
Reid said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for Roy, who I’m sure will fly the flag for the UK with great success. He has proved his ability by winning the MSA British Cadet Kart Championship a couple of years ago and he has put in some spirited drives to rise to fourth in the MSA British Junior Kart Championship standings at this stage of the season.”
MSA Chief Executive Colin Hilton said: “One of the objectives of the MSA Academy structure was to make sure that the UK is able to capitalise on exciting opportunities when they arise. This new CIK-FIA initiative provides a great chance for one of our promising young karters to experience international competition at the highest level. I have every confidence that Roy will acquit himself superbly and we look forward to following his progress through the summer.”
The Motor Sports Association (MSA) is the national governing body for four-wheeled motor sport in the UK, responsible for the regulation and administration of the sport. The MSA is a member of the world governing body, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and holds a seat on the World Motor Sport Council. The MSA represents 33,000 licence holders, 15,000 volunteer marshals and officials, more than 750 member clubs and issues permits for 5,000 motor sport events every year.
In recent years the MSA has expanded its remit to cover the development of the sport and currently invests in excess of £1m a year in the three elements of its Whole Sport Plan. ‘Grow’ targets an increase in participation levels, ‘Sustain’ invests in the infrastructure of the sport, its clubs and its people, and ‘Excel’ focuses on training future world champions and educating their peers.
Release MSA10-033: 12 May 2010
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