Motorsport South Africa (MSA), through its Karting Management Group (KMG), is pleased to present this statement on the 2022 Karting season. We believe 2022 will mark the start of significant changes and growth in South African karting. As you are aware, 2021 was a difficult year for South African karting under MSA, with the sad passing of our (karting) president, Richard Shuttle; the ongoing Covid pandemic and the departure of Rotax South Africa from MSA.
These events have necessitated that MSA reflects on how we can continue the work of improving karting in South Africa. The challenges outlined above notwithstanding, we also note the improvements in administrative and technical procedures during the 2021 season. It is public knowledge that the season ended without a single official protest, and into 2022 we want to build on this solid foundation, which can only be good for the sport as it makes for more pleasant events for all.
MSA to become the organiser of MSA karting events
In an attempt to reduce damaging politics in the sport, the KMG is of the view that MSA should take a more active role in the organisation and promotion of events, rather than leaving this up to one or the other engine supplier. As such, for the 2022 karting season, MSA will assume responsibility for organising and promoting of National Championship and Northern Regions regional championship karting events. This decision is supported by Mr Gary Lennon, owner of FTW and promoter of the ROK series in South Africa. The MSA events will feature the ROK Series and GULF Super Series (Rotax) classes, as well as the 125 shifters (KZ2, KZ and KZ Masters). Jackie Schreiber has been appointed by MSA as the lead organiser in consultation and collaboration with all the stakeholders, including the KMG and FTW. The aforesaid changes notwithstanding, FTW remains the rights holder of the ROK series in South Africa. MSA and the KMG would like to thank Mr Lennon and his team at FTW for all their efforts in supporting MSA during 2021. We also thank them for putting the interests of karting first by supporting the new way forward with regard to the National Championship and Northern Regions Championship events. Information will be made available on an ongoing basis via the MSA Karting social media platforms to be found at the following links:
FIA/CIK Continental Karting Championship
MSA has long taken a position that it must strengthen its ties to the FIA/CIK. We are therefore pleased to formally announce that MSA has been asked by the FIA/CIK to take the lead role in the creation and arranging of a planned FIA Africa Karting Cup (or similar title still to be decided). This series will be run on a similar basis to the FIA Karting Academy Trophy, i.e. on an “arrive and drive” principle, with karts being supplied and driver talent is the most important differentiating factor. MSA’s discussions with the FIA/CIK in connection with this initiative are ongoing and MSA will work with the various FIA-affiliated national federations (ASNs) of participating countries, and the FIA/CIK, to turn the initiative into reality. The launch of the championship is planned for later in 2022. Selection for the available seats for South Africa will be made from MSA Karting regional and national championships.
Making Karting bigger
The planned FIA/CIK series will surely inject new energy into karting at the continental scale and this is something we are very excited about. In this regard, MSA is working on measures to popularise karting and reduce participation costs for competitors through sponsorships and various other means. Several initiatives will be introduced over the course of the season in this regard.
International racing licenses
In line with the FIA policy of only recognising one ASN per country, it is common cause that MSA is the only recognised ASN for South Africa. In this regard, only MSA is authorised by the FIA/CIK to issue international competition licences. Competitors are reminded that to qualify for an international competition licence, the FIA/CIK requires that a competitor has competed in at least five (5) ASN (MSA) sanctioned karting events in the last two years.
We wish all the competitors taking part in MSA-sanctioned karting events a safe, successful and enjoyable 2022 karting season and look forward to seeing everyone on track soon.
Chairman – MSA Karting Management Group