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Monday 27 Aug 2012 [23:48]

MSA News issue 28, August 2012

 

GENERAL NEWS

Barnicoat and Russell take Euro Kart crowns on home soil
British karters Ben Barnicoat and George Russell beat dozens of rivals from across Europe to capture the CIK-FIA European KF2 and KF3 Championship titles at PF International on 22 July.

Russell dominated the KF3 class, taking victories in both points-paying 'finals' in the second and last championship round at PFI. Having won one final in the first round at Varennes in France, and with each driver's poorest result being discounted, Russell achieved a maximum possible 75 points, 27 more than his nearest rival. The result followed his 2011 title success at Zuera in Spain.

"It feels amazing to win the title again, and I'm really happy to have done it at home in England too," said Russell, aged 14 from Wisbech in Cambridgeshire. "Now we have to go on to try and win the KF3 World Cup at Zuera in Spain in September."

The KF2 result was less straightforward. The Netherlands' Max Verstappen received a 10-second penalty for clashing with Barnicoat during a qualifying heat, but the penalty was suspended when the Dutchman lodged his intention to appeal and he went on to claim the title provisionally. However Verstappen's appeal did not materialise and Barnicoat is now awaiting the CIK-FIA's formal confirmation that he is the champion.

Barnicoat, 15, said: "It's an absolutely amazing feeling to be European Champion – it's one of the biggest titles in karting and I'd like to thank the Racing Steps Foundation and ART for putting me in a position to win it. I'd have preferred to win it on the track but if we hadn't had the crash [with Verstappen] in the first place I might still have won. Either way, it's the European Championship and I'm going to take it."

Winners crowned at UK's most prestigious standalone kart event
Over 200 competitors took part in the TAG Heuer MSA Kartmasters British Kart Grand Prix at PF International last weekend, with the eight class winners receiving the honour of carrying GP plates on their karts for the next year.

Dylan Lee beat Lewis Thompson in the WTP Cadet Grand Final, while Philip Rawson took the MiniMax class after a wet race. James Kellet took the KF3 win after reeling in Jessica Hawkins and now has the choice of running the GP or ABkC O Plate on his kart.

Dean Macdonald took the Comer Cadet spoils after a last lap dash, while Toby Sowery won Junior Max from pole and Luke Wooder took the Honda Cadet victory. Formula KGP was a highlight with Tom Healy taking the top spot on the last lap, and Ashley Hand won Rotax Senior Max from Lewis Plato.

Metcalfe named North East Go Motorsport RDO
Whickham & District Motor Club's Peter Metcalfe has been appointed Go Motorsport's new Regional Development Officer (RDO) in the North East.

There are 10 RDOs across the UK, tasked with helping to develop local motor clubs and deliver the Go Motorsport message in schools and colleges. Metcalfe has been a club member and grass roots competitor since the early 1990s.

"I have a real passion for club motor sport and relish the opportunity to show how easy it can be to take the step from having a passing interest to actually taking part," said Metcalfe. "I also look forward to helping clubs promote themselves and their events. It's exciting to be part of a scheme that encourages people to have the great experiences, competition and above all fun that we all get from our sport."

If you would like Peter to assist your club's development and promotional activities, or deliver a Go Motorsport presentation in your local school, he can be reached on NorthEast@GoMotorsport.net

The MSA extends its thanks to Anthony Dunn, who has stepped down from the post after three years of valuable service.

Final call for WRGB National entries
Competitors aiming to compete on Wales Rally GB National in September have until 24 August to submit their entry form, which can be found on the Wales Rally GB website.

The National leg will follow much of the WRC event's pan-Wales route. Day one begins in Newtown, with stages in Dyfnant, Hafren, Sweet Lamb and Myherin. On Saturday, competitors will take on Crychan, Epynt and Halfway, while on Sunday the action culminates with stages in Port Talbot and Rheola, finishing with the Likes Land Rover at Walters Arena stage.

Historic and contemporary cars, as well as cars complying with FIA Appendix K regulations, are eligible, though with limited spots available entries will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

The entry fee of £655+VAT includes 100 competitive stage miles. Regulations, entry forms and more information can be found at http://www.walesrallygb.com/

John Wood made MBE
Former MSA Technical Advisory Panel chairman John Wood has been awarded an MBE for services to mechanical engineering.

The honour recognises an outstanding career in the sector, beginning as a Cambridge engineering graduate in the Army in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. He later became Technical Director at RAC Motoring Services before moving to automotive test and development company MIRA, where he became Managing Director and Chief Executive.

He is also a Past President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (iMechE), and has been Chairman of both the Engineering Heritage Committee and Formula Student.

First FIA Women in Motorsport seminar a success
The first FIA Women in Motorsport Seminar has taken place in Paris, aimed at generating ideas to get more women involved in motor sport at all levels.

Representatives from 47 countries took part, including MSA Women in Motorsport Group member Tracey Louise Muir and Jan Baddeley of the British Rally Marshals Club.

FIA Women in Motorsport Commission member and MSA Women in Motorsport Group chair Sue Sanders, who helped organise the event, said: "The seminar was a great success and it was fantastic to have so many successful female competitors and organisers in one room working together to promote women in motor sport. We had various guest speakers including Dr Paul Trafford, the BTCC doctor, broadcaster Louise Goodman, and three girls from the F1 in Schools competition."

First MSA regional club forum to take place in Northern Ireland
The first of a series of MSA club development open evenings takes place in Portadown, Northern Ireland on Monday 13 August.

Hosted by the Association of Northern Ireland Car Clubs and led by MSA Club Development Officer Richard Egger, the sessions will provide an open forum for representatives of MSA-registered clubs to discuss ideas for promoting their activities and growing their memberships.

Richard will be joined in Northern Ireland by local Regional Development Officer Jonathan MacDonald and the ANICC's Nicky Moffitt.

"All clubs in Northern Ireland are invited to send a small representative group," said Richard. "Ideally they would be a couple of experienced old hands and a couple of newer club members who are becoming aware of club organisation. There will be a presentation to start with, and then we'll have an open discussion to stimulate ideas about how clubs can boost membership numbers and help to get more people involved in grass roots motor sport."

The Northern Ireland forum takes place at the Seagoe Hotel in Portadown from 8pm. GENERAL NEWS

Final call JLT/MSA Club and Marshal Award entries
Clubs are reminded that Regional Associations must submit their nominations for the 2012 JLT/MSA Club of the Year Award by 1 October.

Clubs wishing to be considered for the award should register their interest with their Regional Association as soon as possible. The winning club will receive a trophy and a cheque for £1000 at the Night of Champions (pictured) in London in January, and there are further second and third place prizes of £500 and £250 respectively.

Clubs are further reminded that they must also submit nominations for the JLT/MSA Marshal of the Year Award to their Regional Association as soon as possible, with a brief summary of their reasons for the nomination.

McLaren tour for 2012 BSKC winners
This year's British Schools Karting Championship (BSKC) winners visited the McLaren Technology Centre last month as part of their victory prize.

Ben Dillon (18), Alex Jobson (17) and Ivan May Jones (16), from Caterham School, beat 617 teams from 235 schools to take the title in April.

Dillon said: "The tour was absolutely incredible and a once-in-a-lifetime experience for Alex, Ivan and myself. A definite highlight for me was meeting Neil, the Chief Engineer of my hero, Ayrton Senna, something I'm sure that I will always remember, and an opportunity that I would not have had without winning the BSKC."

The BSKC is a national arrive-and-drive karting championship open to all UK school and college students aged 13 to 18. For more information visit http://www.bskc.co.uk/

Forestry Panel publishes final report
The government's Independent Panel on Forestry published its final report on 4 July. Set up in early 2011 after the public reaction to plans to sell off or change the management structure of the public forest estate in England, the Panel - headed by the Bishop of Liverpool - consulted widely with all sectors of society to understand the role of woodlands to the public.

The MSA took the opportunity to present its case to the Panel at the start of this year and was encouraged by the understanding demonstrated by the members of the panel and the Secretariat of the specific issues facing motor sport.

As a minority user of the forests, albeit one that contributes around £850,000 per year, the MSA was concerned that the sport might have become the unintended victim of recommendations on leisure provision and/or ecological preservation, so the chance to illustrate motor sport's excellent track record of working with the Forestry Commission across the UK to manage and maintain resources and to co-exist happily alongside other users was welcomed enthusiastically.

The Panel also noted the strong response from the motor sport lobby at the time of the original proposals - a great reflection on the sport's ability to mobilise its resources when required.

In the end, the final 72-page report does not seek to offer solutions to the specific issues facing the estate. Rather it sets out a framework to enable public debate to continue about the future of England's woods and forests, and the social, environmental and economic opportunities that they can deliver. The report does conclude that the public forest estate should remain in public ownership and heaps praise on the excellent work of the Forestry Commission since its formation in 1919.

In his foreword, the Bishop states: "Our forests and woods are nature's playground for the adventurous, museum for the curious, hospital for the stressed, cathedral for the spiritual, and a livelihood for the entrepreneur" and the report itself confirms that "Forest Enterprise England is the single largest provider of outdoor leisure and recreation in England." The report later recommends that the new English public forestry management organisation should, among many other things: "promote quality access to woodlands for a wide range of activities consistent with the other purposes."

In the final reckoning, therefore, the report does not, as was perhaps originally feared, make any comment about the leisure activities currently being undertaken within the public forest estate, but the MSA remains involved in the on-going debates that will be stimulated by this report.

To view the report, please visit http://www.defra.gov. uk/forestrypanel/files/Independent-Panel-on-Forestry-Final- Report1.pdf

MSA's RTP work continues in Madagascar and Oman
The National Sporting Authorities (ASNs) in Madagascar and Oman have become the latest to benefit from the MSA's expertise as part of the FIA Institute's Regional Training programme.

MSA Trainers Sue Sanders, Fred Gallagher and Stuart Westbrook delivered three days of training to the Federation du Sport Automobile de Madagascar (FSAM), comprising a one-day marshalling workshop, another for Clerks and Stewards, and a pair of two-hour 'first on scene' training evenings.

The trip was the first of a two-part programme; the MSA will return in November to cover areas such as karting, observation and assessment of marshals and 'Train the Trainer' programmes.

Meanwhile MSA Trainers Peter Lawton and Michael Flute delivered programmes for key officials from the Oman Automobile Association (OAA), as well as representatives of the Fire and Ambulance services.

"The organisational side of the sport is still developing in Oman at the moment but with the enthusiasm and dedication of the team we were working with there is no doubt that they will soon be making great progress," said Lawton. "The same sense of excitement about motor sport is evident in those taking part and there is a genuine desire to learn more about marshalling and safety procedures."

MSA Director of Training and Education, Allan Dean- Lewis MBE, added: "We are pleased to be assisting the development of motor sport in Madagascar and Oman in our role as an FIA Institute Gold Standard Regional Training Provider (RTP). The first stage of the Madagascan project was well supported, with an average of 63 delegates at each of the three workshops, while the 20-plus delegates in Oman impressed our trainers with their level of engagement and enthusiasm."

Any surplus funds generated by the MSA through its international training projects are used to benefit future training of volunteer officials in the UK.

Wigton Motor Club in pro-active development push in Cumbria
Wigton Motor Club has been at the forefront of promoting motor sport in Cumbria recently, having organised a visit to St Cuthbert's Primary School in Wigton with M-Sport during National Motorsport Week, while also running a number of ongoing projects such as "Kids Go Karting" with Cumbria Kart Club.

WRC drivers Matthew Wilson and Ott Tanak arrived at the school with a Ford Fiesta WRC car bearing the livery of the FIA Action for Road Safety campaign. They took part in a road safety assembly with the pupils and judged a poster competition, while prizes and gifts were provided by M-Sport and Go Motorsport.

Wigton Motor Club's David Wiggins said: "We are delighted that Matt, Ott and the M-Sport team were able to support this as we feel it is vital to sell our sport to youngsters at the earliest possible age. It is also important to get the road safety message across to children. We hope to do further events for children over the next few months."

Disabled drivers get into motor sport
Loughborough Car Club's fifth Disabled Driver Scholarship has reached its midway point, with 2012 scholars Simon Harrison and Mark Edwards having taken part in an assessment day followed by three grass Autotests. They have also competed in their first AutoSOLO, finishing a very credible third and fifth in class.

The scheme is designed to bring two disabled drivers per year into the club fold. "We've come up with a novel problem this year, which is that the 2012 drivers are having to fight hard to stay ahead of last year's scholars, both of whom have got the bug, bought cars and returned to defend their honour!" said Loughborough Car Club's Richard Egger. "However this year's scholars are clinging on, holding first and second in the club's championship in the small car class and edging out last year's drivers."

The scholarship also took part in the recent "Get Going Live" show at Donington Park, which was targeted at young disabled drivers. The 2011 and 2012 scholars took turns giving disabled drivers a taste of club Autotesting, with some driving and others enjoying thrilling passenger rides.

Swedish Uni wins FStudent at Silverstone as Oxford Brookes takes seventh
A team of students from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden, won the 2012 Formula Student crown at Silverstone last month.

The annual competition challenges universities from across the world to design and build a car before racing them at Silverstone. The cars are judged on speed, acceleration, handling and endurance, while teams are tested on design costing and business presentation.

Around 3000 students in 134 teams from 34 countries took part this year, with Chalmers University beating the Delft University of Technology by the smallest ever winning margin of 2.4 points out of a maximum 1000.

"This is the biggest student engineering competition in the world," said Jonathan Rice, Project Manager of Chalmers Formula Student. "We've competed against the very best universities, not just from the UK and Europe, but from around the world. It feels amazing to have won it."

Oxford Brookes University was the best of the 50 UK universities in seventh place, having won the figure-of-eight skidpad event and taken third in the single-lap sprint.

MSA ACADEMY / TEAM UK

Drivers across the UK benefit from MSA Academy initiatives
A busy few weeks for the MSA Academy has included a gathering of the Development Squad at Silverstone, Performance Master Classes at Pembrey and an anti-doping seminar at Thruxton.

The Development Squad, comprising almost 30 promising race, rally and kart drivers, focussed on fitness training with the votwo human performance experts at Silverstone's Porsche Performance Centre.

Development Squad member and British GT racer Jody Fannin said: "In the morning we had presentations on nutrition and in the afternoon did some strength and conditioning exercises, as well as some reaction tests and learning how to warm up and warm down properly. It was another excellent day, and as an AASE graduate it's great to be able to keep benefitting from the MSA Academy through the Development Squad."

Meanwhile the PMCs, led by MSA Coaches Bradley Ellis and Eliot Chalifour, were delivered to InterSteps drivers as part of the championship's MSA U18 Compliant status.

Fellow MSA Coach and BTCC frontrunner Tom Onslow-Cole delivered an anti-doping session to truck racers at Thruxton. The MSA is now well into its new anti-doping education and testing programme, which aims not only to keep the sport clean and fair but also to bring it into line with other major sports.

Race wins keep Harvey in British F3 lead
Jack Harvey regained the Cooper Tires British F3 International Series lead with a win last time out at Snetterton, having dropped behind Felix Serralles the previous weekend at Spa.

The RSF driver led race one from pole position until its premature end on lap nine of 16 when the heavens opened and made it too dangerous to continue. "The first two laps I took it easy and assessed the situation; after that I decided to push it forward and get the fastest lap," said Harvey. "Then the rain started to come down and when you are leading in that situation it's mightily hard to decide when to push. The conditions were unbelievable at the end."

National squad graduate Harry Tincknell was also a winner at Snetterton, leading race two from pole to the chequered flag. "Once I was out in front it was fairly straightforward to be honest," he said. "I drove really consistently but I didn't really have to push too hard. It was all just about being consistent and bringing it home."

Webster doubles up at Croft
Josh Webster edged closer to the Formula Renault BARC Championship lead with a brace of wins at Croft.

Webster headed into the weekend brimming with confidence after scoring an Invitational Class victory in the RTL GP Masters of F3 at Zandvoort in The Netherlands the previous weekend, despite it being his F3 debut.

"Ultimately this is what we wanted to do, close-up on [championship leader] Scott [Malvern] and take a double win – it's exactly what I needed", said the 18-year-old after dominating both races at Croft. "After driving the Formula 3 car, physically the Formula Renault is easier so doing the F3 race definitely helped."

Evans wins in Finland to lead WRC Academy
Team UK's Elfyn Evans took the WRC Academy championship lead with victory on the Neste Oil Rally Finland, his second win in a row.

Evans' Finland success deposed Team UK graduate Alastair Fisher from the top of the points table at the halfway point of the series, which is the main feeder to the World Rally Championship.

"It's a special event and I'm really pleased to have won," said 23-yearold Evans, who also leads the MSA British Rally Championship with two rounds to go. "Today was just about getting through, looking after the car and making no mistakes. It's fantastic and it's been another good learning experience."


TECHNICAL / REGULATIONS

Guidance on minimum regulatory requirements
There are many examples of regulations requiring particular levels of equipment. One such example is (S)10.1.9: "Road-Going Series Production and Road-Going Specialist Production must comply with K2.1.1".

(K)2.1.1 calls for a three-point seat belt; this is the minimum requirement, so if a competitor running in this class chooses to have a four-, five- or six-point harness then it is absolutely fine because the minimum requirement has been met.

Fake FIA homologation stickers
The MSA Technical Department continues to encounter counterfeit FIA homologation stickers and labels.

A fraudulent label was picked up recently when the Scrutineer became suspicious; while at a glance the label looked OK, he realised it had been printed in landscape format rather than the standard portrait format of all of other labels he had seen from the purported manufacturer. It had also been applied so that the print read from top to bottom rather from side to side. It is potentially minor details such as this that should prompt closer inspection.

Please make sure that you are familiar with the appearance of the genuine items, examples of which are available on the FIA website.

125 ICC (UK)/KZ2 (UK) & KZ1 wet tyre
Please note that the manufacturer of the Dunlop KT11 wet tyre currently used for the 125 ICC (UK)/KZ2 (UK) and KZ1 classes has replaced it with a new model, the Dunlop KT13. The KT13 is a current CIK homologated tyre – as was the KT11 – and the size and price of the tyres are unchanged. The KT13 also has a very similar tread pattern to the older KT11 tyre. The UK importer will replace unused sets of KT11 tyres with new KT13 sets.

The MSA has approved the use of the Dunlop KT13 tyre in these classes with effect from 21.07.12. The official MSA Kart Race Yearbook amendment can be found on the MSA website at www.msauk.org/karttech.

Honda GX160
Please note that the latest Honda GX160 Technical Regulations, version 7a, came into effect on 01.08.12. This latest version includes further information on the new T2 variant, which is now permitted again for use in the Honda classes. The latest Technical Regulations are available to download from the MSA website at www.msauk.org/karttech

Mud flaps on Stage Rally cars
A photo sent to the MSA Technical Department showed some mud flaps with a cutaway section, so that not all of the tyre tread was covered. The query was whether they met the regulatory requirement.

The answer is no, as (R)48.1.12 states: "The fitting of mud flaps of a flexible material of 4mm minimum thickness behind each wheel extending to a minimum of 40mm each side of the tyre tread and to within 80mm of the ground when the car is unoccupied is mandatory".

Where the tread is not covered by bodywork, the mud flap is to cover the tyre tread plus the 40mm margin. A sketch is available from the MSA Technical Department to provide a visual reference of the requirements.

MSA seeks Bambino engine & tyre suppliers
The MSA has launched tender processes to find a supplier for the Bambino kart engine and another for Bambino tyres for three calendar years from 1 March 2013.

The two tender documents – one for engine and one for tyres – detailing the requirements are available on the MSA website at www.msauk.org/tenders, or directly via the following links:

www.msauk.org/uploadedfiles/tenders/BambinoEngine.pdf
www.msauk.org/uploadedfiles/tenders/BambinoTyres.pdf

Submissions must be received by the MSA by no later than 12 noon on 28 September, delivered in accordance with the guidelines in the tender documents.


PROFILE

MEET… Trials Committee Chairman Nick Pollitt

Trials Committee Chairman Nick Pollitt This month Nick Pollitt discusses being inspired by Stirling Moss, chasing MSA titles and proving himself wrong.

Where did your love of motor sport come from?
My dad was a successful road rally driver in the 1950s and we would also travel round in his Triumph TR3 to various events, including race meetings at Silverstone. My hero in those days was Stirling Moss, who I still consider to be the greatest all-round driver ever. When you're inspired by people at the pinnacle, like he was, it makes you want to get involved yourself, and while F1 is just a dream to most you soon find that there are plenty of other avenues into the sport via the grass roots.

How much competing have you done yourself?
I've competed in many branches of the sport from the late '60s right up to the present day. I started off as a passenger in Car Trials for a variety of drivers, then when I was 17 I competed in Autotests and Car Trials. In the '70s I was road rallying in a Mini Cooper S in the Motoring News series and in '73 I drove in the Tour of Britain, which James Hunt won that year.

I concentrated more on Trials in the '80s, winning the BTRDA Production Car Trial Championship and finishing second in the MSA British Car Trial Championship. In the '90s I went stage rallying in the BTRDA Gold Star series and did the Network Q Rally three times, finishing twice, as well as winning the BTRDA Allrounders title. I'm now concentrating on Car Trials again and I'm still chasing the MSA title.

When and why did you join the Trials Committee?
I think the MSA was – and possibly still is – seen as a bit of a closed shop in some respects. I was convinced that it wouldn't be possible to serve on a committee without knowing the right people, so I applied in 1998 through the stated MSA process to try and prove myself right.

I knew the chairman at the time, Julian Fack, but I didn't tell him I was applying, nor did I tell anyone else on the committee. Lo and behold I was invited to join, so I'd proved myself wrong! I get people saying to me now, "How do you get on a committee? I suppose you've got to know somebody." And I say I'm proof that you absolutely don't.

How would you describe the Trials Committee's role?
The priority is to make sure the regulations governing the discipline enable events to be run safely and successfully. We don't write rules for the sake of it but if something needs changing, particularly from a safety perspective, we're there to identify it and fix it. We also get all sorts of suggestions from licence holders, both unsolicited and during the regulation consultation process; some are quite off the wall and some are extremely sensible, we take them all into account.

Who makes up the current Trials Committee?
I'm proud to say that all of the members are current active competitors, so they know the sport and they know what needs to be done to make it better. We have representatives from the British Trial and Rally Drivers Association (BTRDA), the Vintage Sports Car Club (VSCC), the Motor Cycle Club (MCC) and the Association of Classic Trials Clubs (ACTC).

We also have the younger generation with the likes of Duncan Stephens, an MSA British Champion in both Car Trials and Sporting Trials. We must now attract the younger up and coming Trials competitors onto the committee; they have fresh ideas and a different ethos, which will be essential to progress our wonderful sport.

Which branches of Trials does the committee cover and how do they differ?
We cover Car Trials, Sporting Trials and Classic Trials. They're all about finding traction on a loose surface slope and seeing how far up it you can get before gravity takes over. Car Trials are for the driver who wants to compete in his road car; any road-going, two-wheel-drive vehicle is fine. You can buy an appropriate car for £1500 and do a 10-event season for around £750. It's a great place to start and, as a passenger is required, it can be a team effort.

Sporting Trials are the same principle but the cars are designed especially for the purpose, not for use on the road, so they're far more sophisticated and the courses are more difficult. The highly developed cars can climb amazing gradients, and with an active passenger tend to be spectacular and very exciting.

Classic Trials are the original form of Trials. The cars tend to date from as early the 1930s but there is an increasing number of more modern cars taking part. What makes this branch different is that the competitive sections are longer and events are run at multiple venues so road mileage is involved, and some events like the Land's End Trial are held over two days and can attract up to 300 entrants.

What about Historic Trials?
It's a new and evolving branch of Trials for post-war era Sporting Trials cars, of which there are a surprising number still in existence. The Historic Sporting Trials Association (HSTA) has run one event so far and has another scheduled before the end of the year. We now await specific regulations to progress the venture into the Blue Book.

How can newcomers get involved?
The Trials community is always very eager to welcome new people in. If somebody doesn't want to plunge in and compete straight away I would suggest they go to a championship event and speak to me, one of the other committee members or indeed any of the competitors and take it from there. Look at GoMotorsport.net and BTRDA.com, then join a local car club, get a half decent car, a set of good tyres, the right attitude, a passenger, and have some fun. What a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon in the countryside!

 

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