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Thursday 27 Dec 2012 [19:00]

MSA News issue 32, December 2012



MSA steps up campaign for closed road motor sport
After two years of campaigning, the Motor Sports Association continues to make encouraging progress in its pursuit of a change in the law to make it easier to hold motor sport events on closed public roads.

The MSA has been working throughout the year with officials from the Department for Transport who are preparing an internal Impact Assessment of the proposed legislation. If this secures a positive response, it is anticipated that a full public consultation will be forthcoming in the spring.

The MSA is preparing a 'toolkit' for distribution to clubs and members of the wider motor sport community to help them make a constructive input into the consultation process once it begins next year. The document will be circulated in advance of the consultation going live and will help to demonstrate the enthusiasm within the sport for these proposals.

In the meantime, the MSA will be contacting key MPs, ministers and representative organisations to brief them on the proposals and to explain the important safeguards that are in place to ensure that all events would be safe, well managed and properly insured.

"We continue to have constructive meetings with DfT officials and other interested parties," said Colin Hilton, MSA Chief Executive. "By the time the consultation opens, we will have taken our messages to the people and groups who have the power and influence to impact these proposals both positively and negatively. It is important that they have the opportunity to understand not only the benefits, but also why this is a responsible measure that will benefit local communities."

If you have not already done so, please consider signing the MSA's Closed Roads petition at www.petition.co.uk/msa and encourage others to do likewise.

MSA publishes 2012 annual report
The 2012 MSA Company Report & 2011 Group Financial Statements is now available on the MSA website at www.msauk.org/annualreports

The publication describes the MSA's role and rounds up its 2012 activities in the administration, regulation, development and promotion of UK motor sport. The report also features comprehensive competition licence and events statistics, plus a summary of the audited accounts for the year ending 31 December 2011.

A limited number of hard copies are available on request by emailing your name and postal address to media@msauk.org

Huff caps great week for British motor sport
Rob Huff's maiden FIA World Touring Car Championship title, sealed in the final round of the year at Macau last month (16-18 November), capped a stunning week for British motor sport on the world stage.

Huff took five race wins this season en route to the title. "I'm delighted to be able to take the world championship title back to the UK in a year that's been so successful for British sport," he said. His success also contributed to a third consecutive WTCC Manufacturers' title for Chevrolet, whose programme is run by the Northamptonshire-based RML Motorsport.

There was further British success in Formula 1 the same day, with Lewis Hamilton winning the United States Grand Prix at the new Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, where the Milton Keynes-based Red Bull Racing won its third Constructors' title in a row.

Those triumphs came a week after 18-year-old Henry Easthope became the third consecutive Briton to claim the CIK-FIA U18 Karting World Championship, following Matthew Graham (2011) and Jake Dennis (2010).

"Rob has been edging ever closer to the mantle of World Champion since first entering the WTCC back in 2005 and we are delighted to see him crowned for the first time," said MSA Chief Executive Colin Hilton. "Furthermore, his success means that British drivers have now won four of the eight WTCC titles since the championship was revived, with Andy Priaulx having collected three in a row from 2005 to 2007.

"We also congratulate Ray Mallock's RML Motorsport, which has delivered yet another world title for Chevrolet. And with Lewis winning the USGP in Texas, the UK-based Red Bull team taking its third consecutive F1 title, and Henry Easthope becoming the latest Briton to win a CIK-FIA world title, this is a particularly special time for British motor sport."

FIA appointments for MSA's Hilton
At last week's FIA General Assembly, MSA Chief Executive Colin Hilton was elected to the Executive Committee of the FIA Institute for Motor Sport Safety and Sustainability, and was also appointed Deputy Chairman of the FIA's Sports Development Task Force.

"I am delighted to join the FIA Institute and look forward to supporting its important work," said Hilton. "I am grateful to Allan Dean-Lewis who has represented the UK with such distinction in this capacity for many years. It is also exciting to be part of the FIA's new Task Force that is looking at how we can help the development of the sport around the world."

MSA announces 2013 Forestry Commission fees
The Motor Sports Association (MSA) has confirmed the fees that will be charged for providing access to the Forestry Estate for MSA-permitted rally events from 1 January to 31 December 2013. Prices have increased in line with the Retail Price Index (RPI) at 3.2%.

To view the 2013 fees, visit: http://www.msauk.org/site/cms/newsarticle.asp?chapter=1&nid=1515

Mellor to deliver Watkins Lecture
The Motorsport Safety Fund has confirmed that Andy Mellor will be the guest speaker for 2013 Watkins Lecture during Autosport International at the NEC, Birmingham, on 11 January.

Mellor is Vice President of the FIA Safety Commission and Technical advisor to the FIA Institute for Motor Sport Safety and Sustainability. His work spans a range of industry and technical programmes worldwide relating to circuits, cars and drivers' equipment.

The lecture is named after the late former F1 doctor Professor Sid Watkins, who made the very first presentation back in 1998. Tickets are free and can be applied for by sending an SAE to: Watkins Lecture, Motorsport Safety Fund, PO Box 200, Sevenoaks TN15 8WZ.

Exciting month for Northbrook College Motorsport students
Motorsport students from Northbrook College have enjoyed a busy schedule recently, including a Go Motorsport presentation, marshal training at Goodwood and marshalling experience on the JLT Tempest Rally.

A group of students helped to run the Tempest's Longmore stage, signing on early in the morning before heading out to assist the event's marshalling team. South East RDO Tom Gaymor then visited the college a few weeks later to deliver a presentation about the various motor sport disciplines and potential careers in the industry.

Level 2 students also ventured to West Sussex for a marshals' training day organised by Goodwood Marshals Club. Topics covered ranged from marshalling duties to specialist areas such as circuit grading and safety, the role of an incident marshal, and identification of different types of communication such as flags. The students were able to mix with trackside marshals and recovery crew members, enabling them to learn about the avenues and routes of progression open to them.

Jason Craig wins Renault/MSA journalism award…
The Coleraine Chronicle's Jason Craig has been named the Renault MSA Young Motor Sport Journalist of the Year 2012.

Craig, aged 25 from Co. Antrim, joined the Coleraine Chronicle in 2010 after graduating from Coventry University. The judges were impressed by his accomplished news writing, the breadth, depth and originality of his stories, and the sheer amount of copy bearing his byline. In a supporting letter, Coleraine Chronicle sports editor Damian Mullan credited Jason with a major increase in the paper's coverage of rallying over the last two years, while former British Historic Rally Champion Dessie Nutt praised him for significantly raising awareness of motor sport in the region.

"I'm extremely honoured to have been named the 2012 Renault MSA Young Journalist of the Year," he said. "To win this prestigious award is a dream come true and I would like to take this opportunity to thank my immediate family who have continued to support me over the years. I would also like to express my gratitude to the many competitors who have been so receptive to my relentless interest in their sport, and to my current employer, the Coleraine Chronicle. I look forward to collecting my award in London at the Night of Champions; it promises to be a very memorable occasion."

Craig will collect his trophy and a cheque for £1000 at the MSA's Night of Champions at the Royal Automobile Club, London, on 19 January 2013.

…As Nick Dungan takes photographers' prize
Nick Dungan has won the 2012 Renault MSA Young Motor Sport Photographer of the Year award and will collect his trophy a £1000 cheque at the MSA Night of Champions in January.

Nick, aged 23 from Tonbridge, has been photographing British motor sport on a freelance basis for the last four years. He submitted an impressive portfolio of work that demonstrated outstanding technical ability and artistic merit, covering a variety of UK championships for both print and online outlets.

"I am absolutely delighted to have won the Renault MSA Young Motor Sport Photographer of the Year award," said Nick. "Winning this competition has been a goal of mine since I first picked up a camera five years ago, and it's a great privilege to add my name to an amazing list of previous winners. It's a great conclusion to a brilliant 2012 motor sport season."

Shenington KRC is Club of the Year
Shenington Kart Racing Club has been named the 2012 JLT MSA Club of the Year following its nomination by the Association of British Kart Clubs (ABkC).

Shenington KRC is one of the most popular, well-run and respected kart clubs in the UK, with around 300 members. The club works hard to introduce cost cutting measures, including links with sponsors and traders, andalso strives to improve and develop so as to attract more members of all age groups, especially Juniors.

The club has benefitted from MSA Club Development Fund grants to aid venue improvements, and has also introduced modern timing equipment and displays to achieve better engagement for officials, parents and spectators alike. The club has also successfully raised funds for local charities, notably the Chiltern Air Ambulance.

Mike Coombs, Chairman of Shenington Kart Racing Club said: "It is an immense honour forour kartclub to win this award, especially considering the amount of effort so many clubs have put in this year to keep numbers up. Thanks to our committee'sinitiatives wehave had some success in attracting drivers with small budgets to carry on or start racing."

Representatives of Shenington KRC will be presented with £1000 and a JLT Rose Bowl Trophy at the MSA Night of Champions in London on 19 January 2012.

Magherafelt and District Motor Club was awarded second place and will receive £500 and a trophy, while third-placed Chelmsford Motor Club wins £250 and a trophy.

Stephen O'Neill is Marshal of the Year
Magherafelt & District Motor Club's Stephen O'Neill has been named the JLT MSA Marshal of the Year, having impressed the judging panel with his efforts to promote the sport and encourage more people to get involved.

O'Neill, aged 44 from Magherafelt, has earned a reputation as a hard-working, dedicated and reliable marshal and timekeeper. In recent years he has acted as Stage Commander on the closed-road Ulster Rally, taking full responsibility for keeping residents informed of developments and addressing their needs as required. He is also renowned for bringing new recruits into the sport at all levels, arranging for them to be trained and mentored appropriately.

"In 20 years I've never taken anything out of motor sport except a lot of fun and enjoyment," said O'Neill. "I put the effort in purely for the love of the sport, not to get anything back, so to be told that I've won the JLT MSA Marshal of the Year Award was both a surprise and a delight. I look forward to heading to London for Night of Champions in January."

IMS launches Spring Classic as Euroclassic returns for 21st year
The MSA's commercial subsidiary, International Motor Sports, is launching a new UK-based classic car tour next year. The MSA Spring Classic will run from 27-28 April, complementing the MSA Euroclassic in September.

Open to cars over 20 years old and based at Celtic Manor Resort in South Wales, the Spring Classic will run through Wales and West England, culminating at Castle Combe.

Meanwhile the 21st Euroclassic will begin at Liège in Belgium on 9 September before heading through Germany and France, ending with a gala dinner in Luxembourg on 14 September.

Regulations and entry forms will be available in early 2013. For more information and to register your interest visit www.msaclassics.co.uk

Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) Course
MSA-registered doctors who would like to improve their trauma management skills are invited to an ATLS course at the Silverstone's Medical Centre from Wednesday 6 February to Friday 8 February 2013.

Although it is a standard ATLS course the instructors will have significant motor sport knowledge and experience. Support from the MSA's registered charity, the British Motor Sports Training Trust, has discounted the course fee to £450 per person, which covers the course materials, accommodation on the Wednesday and Thursdaynights, food for the course duration and a live motor sport activity.

For further details please contactJan Caspell at jan.caspell@nhs.net or by voicemail on 01438 781175.

Budding race engineers welcomed into Lotus F1 Team's Enstone HQ
The Lotus F1 Team hosted 40 keen race engineers at its Enstone headquarters recently as part of the MIA Winter School of Race Engineering.

The MIA course offers budding race engineers from around the world expert tuition in all aspects of trackside race engineering. The focus is on giving candidates not only the technical knowledge they need to progress but also a direct connection to the motor sport industry and potential future employers.

The two-day course at Lotus welcomed delegates pursuing careers as professional race and data engineers in top flight motor sport, who were given a rare opportunity to tour an F1 factory that is home to race-winning cars and engineers.

The second leg of the course was be hosted at motor sport engineering firm Cosworth last weekend.

For more information contact Zoe Chilton on zoe.chilton@the-mia.com

Stockport 061 raises over £1000 for charity
Jimmy McRae, Mike Broad and Ian Grindrod entertained a crowd of over 200 with tales from their rallying careers during a Stockport 061 Motor Club charity evening in aid of Francis House Hospice, a children's charity in Manchester.

Organiser Dave Coulson said: "It was hard to get the forum restarted after the supper break, such was the queue for autographs. I'm delighted that motor sport was able to help a deserving local charity, whilst at the same time raising the profile of the sport in the locality and meeting so many old friends. Go Motorsport also had a stand in the room manned by local RDO Steve Johnson. The club are extremely grateful to all that supported the event and in particular the three legends who provided the entertainment."

British success at Rotax Grand Finals
The UK won the Rotax Grand Finals Nations Cup for the third time when 276 drivers from 60 countries convened at Portimao on the weekend of 28 November.

British karters Edward Brand and Oliver Hodgson finished second and third in Senior Max, while Harry Webb triumphed in Junior Max. In total UK karters scored 1355 points to runner-up Canada's 1275.

"It is always tremendous to see British karters performing so well on the international stage and 2012 has been a fantastic year in that respect," said Rob Jones, MSA General Secretary and Kart Commiteee Chairman. "The MSA congratulates all the British karters who competed at Portimao, as well as all those who have won races and titles across an array of international karting championships this year."


2013 Seminars for Licensed Officials
The 2013 MSA Licensed Officials Seminars will cater for Clerks of the Course and Stewards, and will run alongside the 2013 MSA Scrutineers Seminars at most venues. The dates and locations are as follows:

Day/Date Location
Sunday 20 January 2013 Wrotham
Saturday 26 January 2013 York
Sunday 27 January 2013 Huntingdon
Saturday 2 February 2013 Exeter
Sunday 3 February 2013 Newbury
Monday 4 February 2013 Jersey (CofCs & Stewards only)
Tuesday 5 February 2013 Guernsey (CofCs &Stewards only)
Saturday 16 February 2013 Telford
Sunday 17 February 2013 Cardiff
Saturday 23 February 2013 Carlisle
Sunday 24 February 2013 Manchester
Tuesday 26 February 2013* Guernsey (Scutineers only)
Wednesday 27 February 2013* Jersey (Scrutineers only)
Saturday 2 March 2013 Isle of Man (CofCs & Stewards only)
Sunday 3 March 2013 Belfast
Saturday 9 March 2013* Isle of Man (Scrutineers only)
Sunday 10 March 2013 Perth


For more information or to register attendance, email alan.page@msauk.org (Clerks of the Course & Stewards) or michael.duncan@msauk.org (Scrutineers).



MSA Academy gathers for first training camp
More than 40 members of the MSA Academy joined up at Silverstone last week for the first session of the new 'year'.

Team UK drivers, including British F3 champion Jack Harvey and McLaren Autosport BRDC Award winner Jake Dennis, joined other Academy members and students from the MSA's Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) at the Porsche Performance Centre at Silverstone.

Under the guidance of Performance Director Robert Reid and long-standing scheme mentor David Brabham, the drivers spent the day exploring some of the aspects of sports psychology and human performance that will have a significant impact on their careers.

In particular, a two hour Insights Discovery workshop introduced the drivers to some basic personality profiling that helped them to understand better how their communications and behavioural preferences can have an impact, both positively and negatively, on their racing activity.

"It was really interesting to see just how differently all of us go about things," said Development Squad member Jack Barlow. "You start to appreciate how you can make a bad situation worse, just by not realising how to approach things in the right way."

"The MSA Academy is evolving from a series of independent initiatives into a more effective performance pathway," said Robert Reid. "It was a very exciting and proud moment to see the whole squad together and getting so much out of the day. We are genuinely starting to shape the future of British motor sport talent."

Ingram takes Young Driver of the Year title
Twingo Renaultsport R2 Trophy UK champion Chris Ingram has been named the RSF MSA Young Driver of the Year, an accolade awarded each year to one outstanding member of the MSA Academy's Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) programme.

Ingram, 18, and four other finalists – Jack Barlow, Jake Dalton, Jake Dennis and Oliver Myers – were put through their paces in a bank of race simulators at Let's Race in Surrey before delivering presentations about their time as MSA Apprentices.

The judges were: Robert Reid, MSA Performance Director; David Brabham, MSA National Race Coach; James Calado, RSF driver and Team UK graduate; Josh Webster, AASE graduate and Team UK member; Tom Gayle, Loughborough College AASE Programme Leader; and Ben Anderson, National Editor of Autosport.

"It's been an amazing day," said Ingram. "Coming here as a rally driver wasn't the easiest task given the simulators but I set some decent lap times in the end and my presentation went well, so it's been fantastic and I'm absolutely delighted with the result."

Ingram will collect a trophy and £1000 during the MSA Night of Champions at the Royal Automobile Club, London, in January.

Team UK off to a flying start
The Team UK drivers stayed at Silverstone for a further two days as they began their 2013 preparations. Working with the MSA's Performance Managers – Tom Onslow-Cole, James Wozencroft and Andy Meyrick – the drivers laid the foundations for their forthcoming programmes, setting their targets for personal and physical developments over the season.

"We are changing the focus of what we do to reflect a more coach-led system of training," explained Robert Reid. "The drivers will work consistently with the Performance Managers through the year to understand what kind of intervention they require. The scheme will become much more tailored to the requirements of the individual driver and just in these first two days we have seen a real early benefit."

Dennis wins McLaren Autosport BRDC Award
MSA Team UK and Racing Steps Foundation driver Jake Dennis was crowned the youngest ever winner of the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award last Sunday and will test a McLaren Mercedes Formula 1 car as part of his prize package.

Formula Renault 2.0 NEC champion Dennis, aged 17 from Nuneaton in Warwickshire, was named the 24th winner of the prestigious accolade at the Autosport Awards, having overcome stiff competition from five other drivers including three fellow MSA Academy members: Josh Hill, Jordan King and Josh Webster.

"It's hard to bring your emotions across in a situation like this," said Dennis. "It's such a relief to win. It's incredible for me and a great way to say thank you to the Racing Steps Foundation for all the support they have given me over the years. I had a great season this year with Fortec Motorsports which hopefully I can repeat in seasons to come."

Dennis' prize also includes £100,000 and full BRDC membership.

Donnelly named Pirelli UK Star Driver after shootout
Team UK Rally Driver Mark Donnelly was crowned the Pirelli UK Star Driver following a two-day shootout at Sweet Lamb in Mid Wales overseen by a panel of judges.

Donnelly overcame other finalists: Tom Cave, Matthew Cathcart, Desi Henry, Jussi Kumpumaki, Osian Pryce and Garry Pearson. The 21-year-old wins a drive in next year's MSA British Rally Championship aboard a David Greer Motorsport Citroen DS3, courtesy of Pirelli.

"I'm over the moon, I really didn't expect it," said Donnelly. "I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Pirelli, the British Rally Championship, Citroen Racing and David Greer Motorsport for this fantastic opportunity. If you look at some of the people who have won with Pirelli before, it is a real honour to be chosen as this year's Pirelli Star Driver."

Evans wins FST International Shootout
WRC Academy champion Elfyn Evans capped his stunning season by winning the FST International Shootout and with it a 12-month contract to work for M-Sport.

The Team UK star qualified for the shootout by winning the Fiesta SportTrophy category in the MSA British Rally Championship. The shootout itself was held at M-Sport's Dovenby Hall base in Cumbria and comprised two days' competition, including media, psychological and fitness tests as well as timed run behind the wheel followed by an interview with team boss Malcolm Wilson.

"It's a fantastic feeling; to come here to round the year off and to come away having won is a fantastic way to end the year," said Evans. "Together with the prize from the Academy, it'll be a great experience next year to work with the team and I really hope I can make the most of it. It's been an incredible season and I hope we can keep the momentum going into next year."

Evans will now start working at M-Sport in early January, learning about the technical aspects of building and running the team's Ford Fiesta rally cars.


MSA to kick off 'Year of the Volunteer' at NEC
The MSA will launch the 'Year of the Volunteer' at Autosport International, held at the NEC in Birmingham from 10-13 January 2013.

The Go Motorsport stand will highlight the many volunteer roles in motor sport, from trackside marshalling and timekeeping to scrutineering and stewarding. There will also be a 'help desk' for those interested in volunteering, as well as a fully equipped rescue vehicle and a team of engineers building an entry-level rally car. Of further interest to budding scrutineers will be a pair of vehicles, each with five built-in faults that visitors will be invited to identify for a chance to win tickets to the British Grand Prix and Wales Rally GB.

"It is often said 'without volunteers there would be no motor sport' and that truly is the reality," said Colin Hilton, MSA Chief Executive. "From the British Grand Prix and Wales Rally GB, to the many thousands of local events organised by enthusiastic motor clubs throughout the land, none of them would happen without the expertise and generosity of these volunteers. Motor sport, though, is a fantastically exciting attraction and for those who want to get involved but, for whatever reason, don't actually want to compete, there are lots of ways for them to get really close to the action by performing some of these hugely rewarding roles."

Go compete at Autosport International
Visitors to Autosport International (NEC, Birmingham, 10-13 January) will get the chance take part in a live motor sport run by Go Motorsport in conjunction with local motor clubs.

There will be free passenger rides aboard a selection of cars competing in an AutoSolo organised especially for the show, with tickets available from the Go Motorsport stand.

"As part of our campaign to get more people into all areas of grassroots motor sport, we are delighted to be staging an AutoSolo as an exciting new addition to what's on offer to those attending Autosport International," said Colin Hilton. "AutoSolos are hugely entertaining and an inexpensive way into motor sport for anyone wanting to have fun on four wheels."

Go Motorsport at the Roger Albert Clark
North East RDO Peter Metcalfe manned a stand with Darlington & District Motor Club at last month's Roger Albert Clark Rally, which attracted a sell-out crowd to Croft circuit.

"This was a great opportunity to meet and talk to people about how to get more out of motor sport," said Metcalfe. "There was a good mix of people ranging from casual spectators to regular competitors. Being a historic event there were plenty former competitors and clubmen, many of whom showed a genuine interest in returning to the sport now that they have fewer family or work commitments."

Busy month for Scotland's Clark
November was another busy month for Scotland RDO Alison Clark, who was joined by Junior 1000 Ecosse Challenge co-ordinator David Barlow to introduce over 100 pupils at Lochgilphead School to motor sport. A follow-up Autotest is planned for the Spring.

Alison is also busy planning for Autosport International, to which she will be taking a team of 10 students from the University of the West of Scotland's Motorsport Design Engineering course to build a rally car on the Go Motorsport stand. "We have bought a 1.0L Nissan Micra to transform, which will be scrutineered at the end of the show," she said. "It will then be ready to compete in our junior championship for 14- to 17-year-olds."



National Motorsport Week 2012 Club Competition
South of Scotland Car Club has won the Motorsport Industry Association's annual £500 prize for the best club contribution to National Motorsport Week, which this year ran from 29 June to 7 July.

The club teamed up with its local branch of Tesco to run an Autotest in the store's car park, not only to promote accessible motor sport but also to help combat the anti-social behaviour of boy and girl racers on the same tarmac. Experienced competitors put on skilled displays over two tests before some of the many assembled onlookers got behind the wheel to rapturous applause from the locals. The event received impressive media coverage, including air time on BBC 1 Scotland.

Five other clubs were awarded £100 each after impressing the judges: Aintree Circuit Club, East Ayrshire Car Club, Lancashire and Cheshire Car Club, Under 17 Motor Club (North West) and Weston-Super-Mare Motor Club.

Aintree Circuit Club offered a three-month introductory membership for just £5, encouraged newcomers to take part in in the new Halewood AutoSOLO at Jaguar Land Rover, and arranged a day of filming with former F1 Champion Damon Hill at Aintree.

East Ayrshire Car Club worked in conjunction with its local enterprise council and opened the gates to the Kames Motorsport Complex, offering members of the local community the opportunity to hit the track with an experienced competitor for free.

Lancashire and Cheshire Car Club set up a stand at the Aviation and Transport Show, displayed a range of competition cars and staged a pit-stop wheel changing challenge for members of the public.

The Under 17 Motor Club (North West) ran a promotion offering a day's free motor sport in an AutoSOLO/Production Car Autotest. The winner, 14-year-old Ryan Townsend, was provided with a car and the entry fees, as well as club membership to encourage him to continue competing.

Weston-Super-Mare Motor Club put on an impressive and professional display at the Princess Royal Square on the seafront. An array of competition cars went show, manned by club members who handed out promotional material and engaged with members of the public.



Di Resta confirmed for ASI
Scottish Formula 1 star Paul Di Resta will appear during the two public days of Autosport International 2013 on 12-13 January.

Di Resta will join the likes of three-time world champion Sir Jackie Stewart, multiple 24 Hours of Le Mans victors Derek Bell and Allan McNish, and departing BBC F1 anchor Jake Humphrey.

"My schedule throughout the F1 season is manic, and what I love about attending Autosport International is that I get the opportunity to interact with so many passionate motorsport fans, see what is new in the sport, as well as catch up with friends," said Di Resta. "I enjoyed my time at the 2012 show, and I'm looking forward to getting back to the NEC in January, particularly appearing alongside Sir Jackie Stewart. It will be a great opportunity for them to take on his advice and comments first hand."

ASI will also host the finalists for the 2012 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award, led by winner Jake Dennis. The 17-year-old will be joined by Josh Hill, Jack Hawksworth, Jordan King, Melville McKee and Josh Webster in the Live Action Arena, with the six youngsters showcasing their skills in FIA Formula Two and Ariel Atom cars.

F1 machinery old and new on show
Autosport International attendees will be able to see a range of classics from Sir Jackie Stewart's life in motor sport as well as cars from the 2012 season first hand.

Stewart's cars will be headlined by his three World Championship winners: the 1969 Matra MS80, the 1971 Tyrrell 003 and the 1973 Tyrrell 006. The BRM261 he raced during his maiden season in 1965 will also appear, along with the Stewart Ford F1 SF3 that made him a grand prix-winning team owner at a wet Nürburgring in 1999 with Johnny Herbert.

There will also be sports cars raced by Stewart, including a Cooper Monaco, works Jaguar E-Type, an aluminium-bodied works Lotus Elan and an Alan Mann Racing Lotus Cortina.

Meanwhile on the F1 Racing Grid the best of modern F1 will be showcased, including the championship-winning Red Bull RB8.

Touring car aces set to star in Birmingham
FIA World Touring Car Champion Rob Huff, Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Champion Rob Gordon Shedden and three-time WTCC Champion Andy Priaulx will represent tin-top racing at Autosport International.

Huff and Shedden both claimed their maiden WTCC and BTCC titles respectively in 2012. Meanwhile Priaulx took the WTCC crown three times from 2005-07.


Regulation changes
At the meeting of the Motor Sports Council on 27th November, the following regulations were approved for implementation from 1 January 2013.

Section K

K9.1 Clean Flame-Resistant overalls, must be worn to cover from ankle to wrist to neck. 

K14.3 (e) Gloves. Materials tests to ISO6940. Each glove to be labelled to that effect. Backs of gloves to be made from at least two layers of 180 gr/m². Thread must be flame resistant and non-melting. Gloves must be fitted at the wearer's wrist and cover the cuff of the wearer's overalls. Manufacturers should register all glove models with the MSA and FIA.

Section B Definitions

Pace Notes
Any information (in any recorded form) relating to a Special Stage, that has not been provided to all Competitors by the Organisers of that event. This excludes Subjective Route Notes and commercially available maps.

Subjective Route Notes
Information relating to a Special Stage prepared by an MSA registered supplier, which is available to all competitors in an event.

Section R

R24.7.5 Unauthorised possession of pace notes, radio equipment (25.1, 25.9) 

R24.12 An organiser may permit the supply of Subjective Route Notes. This must be stated in the SRs and the Subjective Route Notes must be prepared by an MSA registered supplier. Only one such supplier is permitted to be nominated for an event (or part of an event).

R41.4.3 (see R25.9.1)

Section U

U17.29.7 Clubs may run classes to heavier weight limits (if MSA approval is given by the issue of a Kart Technical Exception (KTE)), but may not reduce the weight limits.

MSA members are reminded that all regulations passed by the Motor Sports Council will appear on the carrier sheet that accompanies the next available MSA magazine.

Circuit racing trial approved
With regard to circuit racing only, the Motor Sports Council approved a trial during 2013 to include the provision of a grid place penalty of up to 10 grid placings within the General Regulations. As a result, the following revised regulations will apply to those Clubs/Championships that are accepted for the trial by the MSA:

(C)2.1.1(c) Time Penalty (or Position Penalty – Karts or Grid Place Penalty – Circuit Race) (2.3)

(c)2.1.7(iii) Fine, Time, Grid Place or Position Penalty – 3 points

(C)2.3.2. At Race meetings, up to a 10 Grid Place Penalty may be applied at a driver's future Race.

If your Club would like the opportunity of being part of this trial please submit a written request, together with the list of Championships for inclusion, to Andrea.Butt@msauk.org. MSA consent for trial inclusion will be provided in writing in addition to being incorporated on the issued Car Race Championship Permit, if appropriate.


MSA issues Cadet performance update
The MSA has confirmed the performance restrictions that will be imposed on existing Cadet karts – those powered by the Comer W60 and Honda GX160 – from 1 January 2013 in order to ensure parity with the incoming IAME Parilla Gazelle 60cc UK, the new power unit for the MSA British Cadet Kart Championship.

Having carried out extensive testing and data evaluation in conjunction with Zip Kart (representing Comer) and the ABkC (representing Honda), the MSA has concluded that introducing the following restrictions from 1 January 2013 should ensure performance parity across the Cadet category:

• Comer: additional ballast of 4kg, taking the Class minimum weight from 99kg to 103kg (equivalent to the IAME and Honda)

• Honda: insertion of a 16mm inlet restrictor between the carburettor and cylinder.
Note: the restrictor is now available, priced at £7.75 +VAT. Please contact Dartford Karting at www.kartstore.co.uk or ask your local trader.

The Cadet Class regulations are detailed each year in the MSA Kart Race Yearbook; the 2013 edition will confirm that the MSA, at 28 days' notice, can vary the performance restrictions of any Cadet Class.

Rob Jones, MSA General Secretary and Kart Committee Chairman, said: "In terms of understanding the performance parameters of the new IAME engine in contrast to the existing Class engines we feel that we have now achieved all that we can outside of a competitive racing environment. The full performance picture should therefore become clearer once the engines are run in anger for the first time next season. Obviously there may be a need for further performance managing measures and the MSA will continue to monitor performance. We therefore anticipate carrying out a review by 1 March 2013.

"I would like to reiterate that a key philosophy of the tender process has been that controlling speeds is essential to the risk management process and the maintenance of our excellent safety record. We must recognise the fact that Cadet lap times are now up to 2.5 seconds quicker than they were when the Class was first established, which is why the tender process required an increase in lap times."

MSA clarifies amended kart regulations
The MSA wishes to clarify MSA General Regulations regarding starting kart engines in paddocks and minimum driver weights in karting.

These regulations were amended post-ratification for reasons of clarity. However due to a production error the original – superseded – wording was mistakenly published on the carrier sheet of the winter 2012 edition of MSA magazine.

The correct wording, which is enforced with immediate effect, is as follows:

U12.7. For Short Circuit Karting only, kart engines must not be run in the pits or paddock.

U12.7.1. Kart engines may only be started in an area designated by the organisers, which shall include the live area of the circuit. When starting engines the driver must be seated correctly in the seat with all four wheels of the kart on the ground. Exceptionally non-centrifugal-clutch classes may start their engines, in the same designated area, with the kart positioned on a trolley in a position that will not endanger others.

Date of implementation: Immediate

Reason: Safety, to restrict the unsafe practice of starting engines in awnings and throughout the paddock.

Note: the reason for this amendment is that following approval by MSC it was noted that this regulation is not practical for Long Circuit Karting, which uses Car Racing Circuits. Additionally, it was anticipated that gearbox Karts, with a non-centrifugal clutch, would be permitted to be started on a stand as there is a method of control to stop the wheels rotating.

U17.29.6. For classes that include a minimum driver weight only mandatory items of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), as required by 13.1-13.3, are to be included when the Driver is weighed.

Date of implementation: Immediate

Reason: Safety. To negate the use of 'weighted' items such as rib protectors etc. Mandatory PPE includes helmet, gloves, boots and overalls, all as defined in U13.1-13.3

Note: the reason for this amendment is that following MSC approval it was noted that the regulation as written would put competitors at an unfair weight disadvantage within minimum total class weight by using potential additional non-mandatory safety items such as Rib Protectors. By simplifying the regulation we can ensure that drivers who are too small will not be permitted to enter the relevant classes.

The MSA apologises for any confusion or inconvenience caused.

Exhaust and sound testing
Competitors are kindly reminded of the requirements of (J)5.17.7. which states: 'Temporary Silencers, by-pass pipes or the inclusion of temporary parts to achieve silencing requirements are prohibited.'

The MSA is aware of certain temporary silencing devices that could be fitted during scrutineering but removed thereafter. However, removing such a device post-scrutineering, such that the vehicle would no longer pass scrutineering, contravenes (J)5.17.7.

Noise control in Rallies
One of the amended regulations in the 2013 MSA Yearbook is (R)4.1.3, which now reads: "All measurements refer to the 0.5m test (J.5.16). Wherever practical the 2.0m test should be used."

To clarify, the specific limits in rallying are as follows:


Engine speed

0.5m test

2.0m test

Road Rallying

2/3 maximum engine speed

98 dB(A)

86 dB(A)

Special Stage Rallying


100 dB(A)

88 dB(A)

Stage Rally wheel diameters
The MSA wishes to remind competitors of the requirements of (R)48.5.5, which states: "Rim diameters may be increased or decreased by up to a maximum of 2in. However, the rim diameter must not exceed 18in."

To clarify, the permitted increase/decrease in rim diameter means that it is permissible for a vehicle to be fitted with a rim up to 2" greater in diameter than the largest rim originally fitted to that model of car, whether as Original Equipment, manufacturer's option, or homologated option (see definition of Original Equipment in Section B). For example, a Ford Escort Mk2 was only available with a 13" wheel as Original Equipment, so the largest size permitted for a Mk2 is 15". This regulation applies to both Category 1 and Category 2 Stage Rally Cars.

ROPS door bars
Regulation (K)1.2.2 includes the wording: "Any modification to a homologated safety cage is prohibited."

Most homologated ROPS already incorporate door bars but some of the older ones do not. The word 'modification' is a defined term as follows: "Any change in the design, material, shape, dimensions and/or surface finish of a component, except for basic manufacturing processes, normal wear and published service or repair procedures."

Welding door bars into a homologated ROPS is therefore considered a modification but door bars can be removable so they can be bolted in.

Also on the subject of ROPS door bars, the illustration of crossed door bars in drawing (K)12(h) shows a simple cross with one single piece and two shorter pieces, as per the pictured example (top). Regulation (K)1.3.5 requires at least one of the members to be a single piece, therefore permitting designs such as the one pictured (bottom).

Towing eyes
Towing eyes continue to be a subject of much debate in a number of circles. The specific requirements are set out in the appropriate regulations; for circuit racing (Q)19.1.3 applies, in summary requiring substantial loops of 60mm internal diameter attached to the main chassis structure, front and rear.

In stage rallying (R)48.1.13 applies, in summary requiring towing eyes of adequate strength and size fitted front and rear.

Note that the typical "screw-in" tow eyes supplied with many production cars do not comply, as they fail on the minimum internal diameter. A 2-inch wide webbing strap is satisfactory, and some proprietary parts use such a material. If the towing eye is home-made then piercing the webbing and using a bolt with large washers is not acceptable; a small 2mm nick in the edge of a webbing strap dramatically reduces its strength, as does piercing a hole through it. There have also been issues with this style of towing eye dragging on the ground and abrading – which again reduces the strength.

Wire cable is also acceptable if it is of the appropriate size. Remember that the towing eye must be coloured in a contrasting colour; webbing is often yellow or red.


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