Motorsport UK has announced the calendars for the revolutionary new 2019 British Karting Championships, featuring three championship groupings with six rounds each.
All the 2019 championships will be awarded plates 1 to 10 in each class. The calendars are as follows:
ROTAX (Senior Rotax, Senior Rotax Max 177, Junior Rotax, Rotax MiniMax)
30-31 March: PFi
25-26 May: Rowrah
29-30 June: Mansell Raceway
17-18 August: Clay Pigeon
14-15 sept: Forest Edge
12-13 October: Whilton Mill
IAME (Senior IAME X30, Junior IAME X30, Mini X30, IAME Cadet)
12-14 April: PFi
10-12 May: Shenington
7-9 June: Larkhall (subject to track extension)
12-14 July: Rowrah
23-25 August: Wigan
27-29 September: Whilton Mill
TKM INCLUDING HONDA CADET (Senior TKM Extreme, Junior TKM, Honda Cadet Championship*)
27-28 April: PFi
18-19 May: Rissington
22-23 June: Fulbeck
27-28 July: Shenington
7-8 September: Kimbolton
19-20 Oct: Whilton Mill
*Will have its own championship title.
All the British Championships will be organised by a new Motorsport UK division, Karting UK Operations, as the governing body takes a more proactive role in promoting and growing the sport. The Operations team will also be meeting stakeholders from short circuit gearbox karting over the coming days to discuss the potential for a British Championship and how best to showcase the class.
Dedicated experts will be appointed to run the British Championships from Motor Sports House, and Motorsport UK will make a substantial investment in each championship round, benefitting not only the UK’s premier series but also grassroots karting.
Each event will be based around a dedicated Race Centre, acting as the sporting hub and hospitality area for all customers. All the action will be live streamed online, with coverage before, during and after each event.
The events will be the first in the UK to use a proven on-track CCTV system; when the Race Director or Clerks report an incident, images will be fed back to Race Control, where they will be analysed by an independent expert and a former competitor. This will ensure the quality and consistency of reports sent to the Stewards.
Timing facilities will include at least one experienced timekeeper, plus digital display boards and state-of-the-art finish line cameras. The events will be supported not only by Karting UK Operations staff but also by manufacturer representatives (TALKO/JAG/IAME) who will be on hand to help with product matters.
Hugh Chambers, CEO of Motorsport UK, said: "Karting is at the heart and soul of UK motorsport, with a rich heritage of affordable, close competition that encapsulates all that is best about racing. We believe that karting needs a clear pinnacle to showcase the sport, and serve as a display of the best drivers in the UK.
"Following a thorough review, it was clear that in recent years karting has lacked this officially endorsed showcase; and Motorsport UK has made the move to create a new single-minded focus on the best of the best, with the official British Kart Championships, starting in 2019.
"We are very conscious that karting has become more professionalised in recent years, and for those seeking a progression to other forms of motorsport, we applaud that. But we also need to protect the grassroots of karting, and ensure that the barriers to entry are lowered, and the cost and administration of competing are better optimised. We aim to use the official British Kart Championships to create benefits to the clubs that host the events; and create opportunity for investment and improvement in facilities for their members."
The 2019 British Kart Championships registration fee will be £150 per driver, per class. The Rotax and Honda/TKM championships will be two-day meetings with an entry fee of £180 per event, while the IAME championships will be three-day meetings priced at £250 per event.
Entries will open online at 12.00 on Monday 12 November, on a first-come-first-served basis. Motorsport UK will be releasing further details of registration shortly.
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