|Latest Decisions of the FIA World Motor Sport Council concerning Karting. At its meeting on 9 March 2012 in Milano (ITA) and on proposals of the International Karting Commission Members, the FIA World Motor Sport Council took in particular the following decisions concerning Karting:|
The World Council has validated the Appendix to the Sporting Regulations of the CIK-FIA World KF1 Championship, setting the modalities for the engine distribution by drawing lots, the minimum number of engines which must be stored in the Parc Fermé by the engine Manufacturers before they are allocated to Drivers and the conditions allowing Competitors to change their engine brand during the Championship.
The weighing procedure and the sanctions further to cases of breaches of the minimum weight rule provided by the regulations have been revised. Exclusion for failure to comply ascertained during qualifying practice and heats is maintained, but exclusion is replaced as a minimum by the driver being classified last in a race of the final phase. This change aims at avoiding any effect of double penalty as exclusion from a race of the final phase used to be accompanied by the interdiction for the Driver concerned to discount this null result from the general classification of Championships held over several events.
In the start procedure, the speed control (50 km/h maximum) when karts approach the start line has been totally removed.
To align with the automobile regulations, stopping a race (required in case of immediate danger) is replaced by the principle of suspending the race. Gaps between Drivers before the suspension will thus no longer be taken into account. To restart the race, the new start will be carried out according to the «SLOW» procedure (all karts in one single file, behind the leader).
The final classification of the race will be the one corresponding to the order of the karts when they cross the finish line instead of the one resulting from the addition of the two consecutive parts of the race.
Technical and Homologation Regulations
For safety reasons and immediate application, only batteries with «EC» and «RoHS» markings will be authorised in Karting. Additionally, batteries shall be placed on the chassis in an area located to the left of the seat behind the central strut or behind the seat.
As from 2013, the following controls will be deleted regarding KF engines: transfer duct volume, exhaust duct length, internal profile of the exhaust duct outlet, chord widths of the ports and of the lower gasket plane of the cylinder. The maximum value of the exhaust angle in KF2 will be set at 194°, irrespective of what appears on the Homologation Forms of the engines.
New technical prescriptions have been validated for ignitions to be homologated as from 1/1/2013 for KF engines, which consist in particular in standardising the principle sketch and the connectors.
In view of the next tyre homologation session (for implementation as of 1/1/2014), it has been decided to delete the «Soft» classification, and for «Medium» and «Hard» tyres to differentiate them by their carcass for direct-drive karts and for gearbox karts. The KZ2 category will be fitted with «Hard» tyres, and KZ1 with «Medium» ones.
Calendar of the 2012 CIK-FIA Championships, Cup and Trophies
In order to avoid any clashes of dates with the Formula One Grand Prix of Italy and that of Abu Dhabi, the dates of the following events have been modified:
- date of the fourth round of the CIK-FIA World KF1 Championship and of the CIK-FIA World Cups for KZ1 and KZ2, scheduled for Sarno-Napoli (ITA), brought forward from 6-9 September 2012 to 30 August-2 September 2012;
- date of the third and last round of the CIK-FIA «U18» World Championship and Academy Trophy, scheduled for Bahrain, postponed from 1-3 November 2012 to 8-10 November 2012.
Article 18 of the FIA International Sporting Code
The WMSC has confirmed the provision of Article 18 of the International Sporting Code according to which any kart Driver must be holder of an International licence to participate in any event (national and international) outside the territory of his ASN.
In addition, the CIK-FIA has been mandated by the WMSC to provide specific solutions whereby an ASN can establish to the satisfaction of the CIK-FIA the absence of any Karting facilities in its country. Therefore, following a proposal by the CIK-FIA, the WMSC has decided to enable national licence holders from the Luxembourg (ACL) and Monaco (ACM) ASNs to compete at national French Karting events (in the Alsace-Lorraine region only for Luxembourg Drivers) sanctioned by the French ASN (FFSA).
Furthermore, the CIK-FIA has been mandated to develop guidelines for a more global implementation of this system from 2013.
International Karting Series
The following international Series have been approved: Rotax Max Challenge Grand Final (1 event), X30 Challenge Europe (3 events) and International Superkart Series (4 events).