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MSA rebrands as Motorsport UK & Karting UK

February 10, 2019

An ambitious new phase for motorsport in the United Kingdom has begun, with the Motor Sports Association (MSA) launching a new identity, Motorsport UK, as it transitions from a traditional governance-led association to a modern membership-focused organisation.

The rebrand from the MSA to Motorsport UK signals a shift in the governing body’s emphasis, putting the promotion of the sport and customer service at the forefront of its mission. This represents a fundamental repurposing of the organisation as it seeks to grow the sport and better serve its members.

The new name, Motorsport UK, and the more striking visual identity with its modern typeface and bold colour palette, will make the governing body more identifiable and relevant to new audiences, providing a better platform from which to market and grow the sport.

Motorsport UK’s new strategy aims to build a stronger, more vibrant community across motorsport. The new identity reflects this through four concentric circles to represent four-wheeled action, united across four home nations, with a dynamic design celebrating speed.

The governing body will create a sustainable future for UK motorsport not only by reaching out to new audiences but also by adding value for existing members. The current membership comprises 30,000 competitors, 10,000 marshals, 3200 officials and 720 clubs.

As a first step, Motorsport UK is launching a new member benefits package, with High Street partners offering discounts across a range of accommodation, travel, outdoor clothing and breakdown recovery products. Motorsport UK will also get its members closer to the action through discounts on the most popular motorsport and automotive shows, exhibitions and magazine subscriptions.

Motorsport has a wide range of disciplines, from karting to drag racing and autotests to trials. Many have lacked promotion to new audiences, yet they present a great low-cost way for enthusiasts to enter the sport. As part of the new approach, there will be a promotional focus in each area, with sub-brands such as Karting UK providing a clear focal point for the industry. An important step in this direction has been the creation of the new official British Kart Championships for 2019, launched today on the new website.

Governance will remain a cornerstone of Motorsport UK’s activities but the organisation will work to recruit and retain members through a more transparent and customer-focused approach to regulations. The governing body will maintain its track record of outstanding management of safe and fair sport; while lowering barriers to entry and enhancing its customers’ ability to enjoy their passion for four-wheel competition.

David Richards CBE, Chairman of Motorsport UK, said: “When I took over as Chairman in January, I outlined my vision of a sustainable future for motorsport in the UK. It’s been a year of hard work behind the scenes as we’ve begun moving towards this goal, and I’m delighted that the first real changes can now be revealed in the shape of our new identity, Motorsport UK. This is the just the start; there are lots of new initiatives in the pipeline, all designed to grow the sport and better meet the needs of our customers and stakeholders. We’re moving forward with a renewed confidence for the future of UK motorsport, and that future starts here.”

Hugh Chambers, the new Chief Executive of Motorsport UK, said: “Becoming Motorsport UK means so much more than a new name and logo. It signals a new chapter in the history of the governing body, marking a clear step change in approach, putting a real focus on our members and the promotion of grassroots motorsport to new audiences. We’re confident that by strengthening our customer service, adopting a more commercial approach and enhancing our marketing capabilities, we can ensure the UK’s world-leading motorsport success story continues well into the future.”

All the governing body’s main channels, from its website and social media accounts to its publications and membership packs, adopt the new Motorsport UK branding from today.

Dunkeswell March 25 - Round One 2018 - Race Report

April 16, 2018

What a day it was… Most of the drivers competing in round 1 of the summer championship arrived at Dunkeswell on the Saturday to sort out setup and re-acquaint themselves with a track that was very popular last year. Unfortunately it proved to be a very unpleasant day with rain and a cold wind so not much was learnt. After a convivial evening on the Saturday an early night was in order to awake the next morning to a crisp spring morning and cloudless blue skies. We were in for an intriguing day with a number of new drivers and a few returning drivers after lay-offs last year and the first day of using the blue ignition coil meaning the engines could rev much more freely. Most drivers had also adopted the new exhaust, making the field sound almost biblical in it’s drama! The result was a very healthy sized grid.

The unluckiest driver of the day was Alex Whiteley, who clearly means business this year. Starting from 3rd place he powered through to the front setting some blistering times and leaving many in his wake. Unfortunately he was disqualified for a very minor weight issue , this despite having checked his weight shortly before the off. Gutted is not too strong a word, especially as he had other issues during the day that hampered his progress. It was Keith Robertson who inherited the top spot in Heat 1 with Chris Kelly in second and 2017 champion Angus Waddell in 3rd. to give an idea of the closeness of the field 14 seconds covered the first 7 runners in this race.

Heat 2 gave the feeling of déjà vu with Angus Waddell staring from pole and demonstrating why he has been such a worthy champion in the past two years. At the end he had worked up to a gap of over 3 seconds over second placed man Kelly who himself had carved through the field from 6th. These two are going to be strong contenders for the title this year. The ever- present Rob Teague occupied the 3rd place, a mere smidgeon ahead of Mark Davies in 4th. Of particular note was an epic drive by Robertson who work his way up from 16th on the grid to 5th place.

Heat 3 provided us with more titanic battles right the way down the field. This time it was Davies who held off the onslaughts of Waddell, who had himself come from near to the back of the grid, in second to take the victory by a mere two tenths. Danger man Kelly was very close behind waiting to pounce if the opportunity arose. Returneee Peter Coakes popped in at 4th with a spirited drive, showing that he has now got on top of the setup of his kart, fending off a hard charging Robertson until the flag.

So the final could not be anything but exciting. With three different winners in the heats and the times so close it was clear that victory could be for any one of five or six drivers. The two fastest were on the front row at the off – with Waddell and Kelly it was anyone’s guess who would take the chequered flag first. In the end it was Kelly who made a welcome return to the top spot with Waddell hounding him all the way to the end. Davies came in third with Coakes and Teague bringing it home to occupy the rest of the trophy slots. Once again Whiteley just missed out on a silverware despite driving through the field from the back of the grid.

It has been an eventful and dramatic day and one that bodes well for the championship this year. The club appreciated the warm reception from our hosts, Dunkeswell Kart club and were impressed with the calm and efficient organisation of the day ,especially with such amazing trophies! We are really looking forward to returning there in July. Who knows who will be leading the FP4 Summer championship by then?

The next round is at Camberley Kart club on Saturday 28th April.

Race Report THRUXTON 4 February 2018 - by our roving reporter Kev Mathers

February 07, 2018

Well, at least it didn’t rain…….. after what seemed like an unending layoff for the winter, drivers arrived at Thruxton eager to begin the year to be greeted by a track in tiptop condition but a biting freezing wind sweeping across the Hampshire countryside. Once the sun got to work, it took the edge off the temperatures although it was important to keep moving around if frostbite wasn’t to set in. This was to be the second round of the winter championship, run at Thruxton, with the first round having taken place way back in November and a third round planned for March. In between there had been a raft of regulation changes, with the club reverting to the Vega W2 wet tyre, improvements made to exhaust systems and relaxing of the rules relating to the engine ignition system. A number of prokarts joined in on the day, making a healthy grid. There was a warm welcome for  a few returning drivers who had taken time away last year and who will be racing throughout 2018.

Practice showed that immediately the new regulations had not only speeded up lap times, but also tightened the field up. The usual contenders for podium glory were ever present but they have now been joined by a number of other drivers who, if their performance on this day is anything to go by, have a realistic hope of finishing at the very least on the podium.

Heat 1 was a reminder that Angus Waddell, the 2017 champion, was still a strong force to be reckoned with as he took the honours ahead of Rob Teague and Keith Robertson in third. All the way down the field drivers were finding their feet and settling into a race rhythm. Heat 2, however, was a demonstration of the open nature of the field as victory was taken by Chris Kelly with the ever- present Teague in second and Robertson once again in third.  Heat 3 delivered a train of consistently quick drivers with Dave Jarvis snatching victory from Waddell with Kelly in third.

These results would deliver the sort of final that FP4 excels in with an epic battle between 6 drivers. Lap after lap the field roared over the finish line nose to tail - eventual winner Waddell was driving on the absolute limit to keep ahead and despite a few close calls managed to keep it on the black stuff to take the win. Behind him any one of the five following drivers could have taken the fight to him but in the end Kelly took second place with Jarvis in third but there was less than a second covering the next three runners -  Teague, Robertson and Jamie Traylor who was making a welcome return to the club after a layoff last year. It was a tribute to the standard of driving that despite the close nature of the racing there were no incidents needing attention from the clerk of the course.

The racing had been red hot if the weather had been icy cold. All are looking forward to the final round of the winter championship to be held on March 4th at Thruxton.

FP4 Season Final at Clay Pigeon

October 08, 2017

After a cloudy damp day for practice on the Saturday, Sunday dawned fresh and bright with sunshine flooding the track at the Clay Pigeon raceway as the drivers from FP4 gathered for the last round of their summer championship. It was clear much work had been done to improve the quality of what was already an excellent track with, amongst others, some new kerbing on the exit from Billies.

With the WF championship so close there was an air of tension as the three possible winners lined up on the grid for Heat 1. Angus Waddell, Chris Kelly and Alex Whiteley all started to towards the front of the grid with Waddell on pole and Kelly in second. A close fight between Waddell and Kelly ensued with Waddell taking the victory ahead of Kelly whilst Whiteley fought his way past David Jarvis and the ever present Roger Watts to come in third. It was in Heat two, however, that Whiteley took his revenge as he swept to victory ahead of Jarvis and Waddell with Kelly coming in fifth behind an ever improving Tom Swadling who put in one of his best drives of the season with some consistently fast laps. Heat 3 saw Whiteley once again take the chequered flag with Waddell hard on his tail in one of the closest finishes we have seen all season. Jarvis, Swadling and Kelly rounded off the top five places.

So with two victories in the heats, it looked possible that Whiteley could snatch the championship away from Waddell in the final race of the season. With both starting on the front row it seemed anything was possible and a titanic battle ensued in the 18 laps that were the final. Despite some brave and skilful moves however, Waddell managed to come in ahead of Whiteley by the narrowest of margins, thereby retaining his crown. Jarvis, who had shadowed this fight throughout the final, very nearly caught Whiteley on the line and behind Kelly managed to hold off Swadling by a similar margin.

Such a close finish was typical of the racing this season – hard, clean and fair racing with results decided by fractions of a second. The club has been fortunate to be able to race at some outstanding circuits with some excellent clubs who have welcomed us warmly. The auspices for the 2018 season look very fair.

Our thanks once again go to Clay Pigeon Kart Club for a glorious end to the championship and we look forward to going there again next year.

There is one more race in 2017 – a non championship, non MSA race at Thruxton on the 12th November. Entries are now open.

FP4 Season Final at Clay Pigeon

September 24, 2017

FP4 Final Championship round of 2017 comes to Clay Pigeon Race Track on 8th October 2017

We look forward to seeing you there!

Dunkeswell Round September 2017

September 24, 2017

The weather was changeable but warm as drivers gathered for the penultimate round of the FP4 summer championship. The venue was a second visit of the year at Dunkeswell where we are always assured of a warm welcome and a very well organised meeting. Rain was expected on the Sunday so all drivers reported for duty on the sunny Saturday to practise and drivers were pleasantly surprised by the level of grip on the track.

Sunday dawned overcast and damp but the track stayed dry for the first couple of races. The three main contenders for the FP4 crown this year are returning champion Angus Waddell, Chris Kelly and Alex “Alf” Whiteley. David Jarvis would also have been in with a shout but work commitments have compromised his attendance at some of this year’s rounds. Heat 1 was run in dry conditions and there was a very tight battle between Waddell and Kelly with Jarvis keeping them both honest. After a tangle on the first corner Whiteley could only manage 7th after fighting his way through from the back of the grid. Fastest lap was set by Kev Mathers in the sole Prokart on the grid. Heat 2 was once again run in the dry and it was a demonstration run by Kelly who scythed his way through the field to take a one second victory from Jarvis and Waddell. It was at this stage, however, that the weather gods took a dislike to the track and a band of heavy drizzle swept across the circuit. It wasn’t quite heavy enough to change tyres but it did make driving with slicks very interesting. Lap times dropped to 10 seconds behind the previous races but this didn’t stop Waddell demonstrating how it should be done with a dominant win starting from way back on the grid. Jarvis, ever the wet weather specialist, had no answer to this and came in some way behind with Kelly in third. Polesitter Whiteley had problems on the first corner but recovered well to come in fourth. It was a testament to the solid driving skills built up this season that there were no incidents during this race although the field was well spaced out at the end. After this race, the sun came out and the other classes enjoyed the grip this change in the weather brought but by the time the FP4 final came around the clouds had closed in again and the track had become very greasy . Once again Waddell raced away from the pack to take the victory from Jarvis in second and Kelly in third. Such was his dominance, Waddell opened a gap of over 20 seconds by the end of a 10 lap final, showing that this performance was worthy of an award for wet race driver of the season.

As a group it was unanimous: the weekend had been entertaining, challenging but above all tremendous fun, made by the warm welcome from Dunkeswell Kart Club and an extremely professionally run race day. Our thanks go to Jim and his team and we look forward to visiting them again in 2018.

FP4 Will be at Kartmania 2017

September 12, 2017

FP4 Karting will exhibit at the unmissable annual Kartmania at Silverstone.

Now celebrating it's 10 year anniversary, Kartmania is the UK's Premier Kart Show.

Come and see FP4 at their stand and have a chat with it's members about racing with us in 2018.

FEKC Round September 2017

September 02, 2017

FP4 were today at Forest Edge for the second time this year. The drivers were again looking to the skies to second guess the weather. They didn't have to wait too long as the rain came at 9:30 and stayed heavy all day.

There were mixed results with some drivers coming to grips with the wet conditions while some struggled. Rob Teague took the first heat win followed by Alf Whiteley and Chris Kelly.

The second heat again saw mixed fortunes due to the conditions and contacts. Rob Teague finished first with Archie Ayling and Tom Swadling taking 2nd and 3rd places. After some great FP4 teamwork, all karts were on track again for the 3rd heat and a very determined Chris Kelly took first place separated by 3 tenths to 2nd place man Teague. Jason Findlay took 3rd with a superb drive. FP4 was set up for a great final and it didn't disappoint. A hard fought race throughout the grid between with overtakes and re-overtakes on every lap kept the visiting crowds watching. Rob Teague held Alf Whiteley's challenges to take 2nd place but it was Chris Kelly that took top step on the podium. 

Bayford Meadows Round July 2017

July 22, 2017

Another round, another track – and one that was new to a good number of the drivers as the summer championship progressed. On first sight, many felt the twisty turning circuit would not favour overtaking, but how wrong they were – all through the day there was close racing with plenty of places being swapped. The weather over the weekend was typical of the 2017 summer – sunny, then cloudy , then rainy. On practice day proceedings were brought to a premature end by a downpour that just made running impossible. There was once again a slightly reduced grid but what was lacking in the numbers department was more than made up by a tight competitive field.

Heat 1 gave a close fight between Alex Whiteley and championship leader Angus Waddell, with David Jarvis who was making a welcome return to the grid a close third. Tony Lamb had found enough speed in his prokart to come in fourth with a strong performance. Heat 2 gave us another winner in Chris Kelly who has put himself into contention this year and seems to be improving every time he goes out on track. In second, Keith Robertson made an encouraging return to the top three but he was kept honest all the way by a hard charging Whiteley. Danger man Jarvis brought up the top slots in fourth.  In Heat 3 Waddell stormed away from the rest of the field taking a lead of five seconds and never looking in danger. Jarvis and Robertson came in second and third respectively. Once again Lamb put in a storming drive on a track that didn’t seem to suit the prokarts as much as the WFs.

So the final came round with a close fight for the top three spaces on the agenda. Waddell came thrugh the field to take the victory, but most attention was focussed on the battle between Whiteley, Kelly and Jarvis. There could be no betting on the order that these three would finish  - places were swapped throughout a very tight race and at the end less than a second covered all three runners – with Whiteley just pipping Kelly and Jarvis at the flag.

It had been an exciting and rewarding day at the Bayford Meadows track, made even better by the very warm welcome from the guest club and super organisation and FP4 sends their thanks.  We hope will be that we will be visiting them again in 2018.

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