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MSA confirms revised age limits for kart classes

As announced in March 2010, the MSA will introduce a new Super Cadet kart class from 1st January 2011 as an intermediate step between the existing Cadet and Junior classes. The new class has been created to address concerns about small drivers entering classes with adult sized karts too early.


However, following a period of consultation into the new regulations, the Motor Sports Council this month ratified a proposal from the Kart Sporting Committee for revised age ranges for the Junior and Super Cadet classes.


The original draft regulations had envisaged a change in the minimum age for a Junior class to the year of the 12th birthday, but this will now remain as 11th birthday in 2011. The reversion to this age was agreed following proposals from class sponsors to implement revised minimum driver weights and heights that will see all Junior classes working towards a 2.5 driver to kart weight ratio.


As a result, Junior TKM 2-stroke will have a minimum driver weight in full racewear of 38kg, the 4-stroke a minimum weight of 40kg and both categories will be subject to a minimum driver height of 135cm. 


Other classes are expected to follow with similar minimum driver heights in 2012.  Maximum chassis weights are to be adjusted to suit in order to limit the amount of ballast carried by a lightweight driver.


The maximum age for Rotax Minimax will become the end of the year of the driver’s 15th birthday with a minimum driver weight of 36kg. The same minimum weight will apply to Junior Blue, while age ranges for more powerful junior classes remain unchanged.


Rod Taylor, Chairman of Kart Sporting Committee, said: “With the Cadet age now spanning up to five years with a corresponding range in height and weight, it was felt that there was a need for an intermediate class for drivers who may wish to progress but not immediately transfer to a junior class.


“The new Super Cadet class provides an opportunity for experienced Cadets to transfer after their 10th birthday, and for novices to enter the class in the year of their 11th birthday, and remain to the end of the year of their 14th birthday.”


The MSA will consider applications for up to two national Super Cadet championships and from clubs who wish to offer the class, although there is no compulsion on clubs to run this new class. There is no restriction on drivers moving from Super Cadet back to Cadet, but once drivers enter a Junior race they may not revert to a Cadet class.


Class regulations are being formulated and currently the class weight is envisaged as 115kg, with a maximum kart weight of 80kg.  The chassis for this class must be homologated and details of eligible chassis and the draft technical regulations for Super Cadet can be obtained from the MSA Technical Department, but all karts must use the new CIK crash tested minikart bodywork (except for the rear protection system which is optional).  There are a variety of 60cc air cooled 2-stroke engines eligible for the class. 


Colin Hilton, MSA Chief Executive, said: “Once again we have seen the effectiveness of the consultation process for regulation changes. The MSA would like to thank all those who took the time to comment on the draft regulations and the class sponsors who responded with forward thinking amendments to their regulations. We look forward to the introduction of Super Cadets in 2011.”


Editor’s notes:


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 5000 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 MSA10-047: 20 September 2010

For media information only. No regulatory value.