By Karting1 ~ March 16th, 2010. Filed under: OldSkoolKarter Rant!.
The title ‘The MSA British Karting Championship’ has lost practically all of its status within the karting community, and rather than being the pinnacle of British karting the Super KF class is becoming a farce!
With a heavy heart, this is our depressing conclusion to the on-going problem of the tragic decline of the MSA British Karting Championship. The sorry state of affairs in the championship was compounded at the first round of the British Championship when it only attracted 11 karts. A once great championship has now become a shadow of it’s former self. In essence it’s supposed to be a showcase for Britain’s best karting talent, and while it still attracts some superb driving talent, it is no longer the spectacle it once was.
Mark Litchfield is a modern legend of British karting but the British Championship can’t stay the same!
This is not something that has happened suddenly. Numbers have steadily declined for a decade or so. But the move to KF from the old Formula A and ICA classes has not stemmed the bleeding and arguably accelerated it in the senior divisions. It is clear that Super KF does not provide a strong enough foundation for the British Championship. Team boss Paul Fletcher has admirably tried to support the pinnacle class by maintaining a strong British Championship but it could be time to concede defeat.
The MSA have tried very hard to stay in line with the CIK and offer a true and prestigious championship but it’s been to it’s own detriment. It is clear the people don’t want KF and what they want is Rotax. The entry numbers for the ABKC National Rotax Championship prove this quite conclusively. They are gigantic at 210 overall with the senior class attracting 63 entries alone. It is somewhat melancholic that one of the most lazy and depressing kart engines ever built represents the majority of karting talent in the UK, but this is just the way it is.
European and National KF2 Jordan Chamberlain proves the British Champs still attracts some of the best but just not enough of them!
If the MSA British Championship is to thrive it has to look towards the classes that the majority of drivers and teams hold in highest regard, and at the moment that is Rotax.
This is not to undermine the talent in KF however. The drivers and teams represent some of the crème de la crème of British talent. They are the true hardcore karters who are only satisfied with the pinnacle – the best of the the best. Unfortunately they are a dying breed of racer. The idea of a single-make recreational leisure engined kart class being the pinnacle of British karting is a very hard pill to swallow but there is an inevitability to it we can not deny. Some would say Rotax already is the British Championship in all but name.
Bobby Game is a true racer where the pinnacle is the only option. Super KF desperately needed more drivers like this British karting legend in 2010!
KF has failed at providing a good enough product to support the MSA British Karting Championship and there is very little alternative solution for the MSA other than Rotax because of it’s much larger support. It would’ve been great to see full grids of KF but the fact is it hasn’t worked and there’s very little sign of improvement in terms of complexity and cost.
With no other emerging elite karting classes, and KF2 suffering almost as pathetic grids as Super KF it is time for the MSA to make some bold decisions before the British Champion title becomes a laughing stock.
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