SAFETY FIRST Like in all motorsport, the CIK-FIA is trying to improve safety in karting too, and reduce dirty play by clearing the issue concerning front bumpers. In the meantime, private promoters are working on their own solution for this problem… REPORT: A. ROCA PICS: WAFEPROJECT /RGMMC PRESS OFFICE
In Adria, the duel up front between Karol Basz and Tom Joyner ended up in a contact that opened the way for the European title for Pedro Hiltbrand. This is motorsport and it happens. The strange thing was though, that no penalties were given and yet the accident was real, evident… There were no front fairing dislodged, so no penalties for anyone. This fact gave rise to discussions in the paddock; maybe the new regulation was too simple: is just the single parameter of dislodged front fairing enough to guarantee a fair competition? Clearly, the answer was: no. At the end of 2015 season, the CIK-FIA came up with this new regulation, but now they have seen that there’s a big problem concerning safety and fair play, so they have decided to change the rule to guarantee a fair competition. There will be a new homologation regulation concerning front fairings coming out for 2017; however, the new regulations for international karting events will be applicable as from 1st November 2016, which is before the CIK-FIA World Championship in Bahrain. The new regulations relate firstly to the front bumper tubes connected to the front fairing and to the control of its compliance with pushing tests, both to be approved at the end of the race.
12 VROOM INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINE
Published on Sep 5, 2016
In this issue: FANTASTIC 4 Marco Ardigò (Tony Kart/Vortex – KZ), Fabian Federer (CRG/Modena Engines – KZ2), Pedro Hiltbrand (CRG/Parilla –...