JAG Engineering statement regarding rescheduled 2020 RMCGF in Portimao

After very careful consideration, we, JAG Engineering, as the official UK Rotax distributors, have decided that we will not be attending the rescheduled 2020 Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals at the Kartodromo Internacional do Algarve between January 23rd & 30th 2021.

We understand and completely appreciate that BRP-Rotax are taking every precaution possible, in respect of the current situation, but it is down to the current logistical situation regarding travel to and from the United Kingdom before and after the event that have been the main contributing factor, that has been the biggest factor in making our decision.

BRP-Rotax have been duly informed and have respected our decision to not attend and understand it completely, considering the current global climate.

We wish everyone attending the event in Portimao all the very best of luck, and we look forward to returning to the next set of Grand Finals in the future.

Movement of Motorsport Vehicles Post-Brexit

Official Press Release (Motorsport UK – Monday 11 January 2021)

On 31 December 2020, the temporary transition arrangements in place between the EU and the UK expired, affecting the movement of motorsport vehicles and equipment to the EU.

Following advice, Motorsport UK understands that an ATA Carnet will be required to temporarily move motorsport vehicles and equipment across the border.

An ATA Carnet is an international Customs document that operates like a passport for your goods.  It allows the temporary importation of goods into countries that are part of the ATA Carnet system (the EU and 40+ additional countries) and avoids you having to pay unnecessary taxes or duties.

ATA Carnets cover all goods that are leaving the UK and returning within a 12-month period.  They do not cover disposable goods (oil, fluids) that will be used while out of the country or items that will not be returning to the UK.

The ATA Carnet simplifies the customs procedure into a single document and makes the importation process much quicker and easier to handle.  To avoid unnecessary border delays and customs checks the carnet should be acquired in advance of travel.

There are two parts to the carnet:

  1. The processing/arrangement fee of the paperwork (VATable)
  2. The premium (non-VATable)

Motorsport UK has secured a special deal with the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce (GBCC) for Motorsport UK members of a fixed price processing/arrangement fee of £240+VAT. This is discounted from the standard fee of £330+VAT that non-members of the GBCC would pay.

Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce is appointed as part of a network of Chambers around the country to issue ATA Carnets.

The second part of the fee is the Premium. This can either be a refundable deposit of 40% of the vehicle’s value or a non-refundable insurance premium to cover the 40% proportion of the premium.

As an example, if selecting the latter, the insurance premium pricing for £100k of a classic car cover would be a calculation based on 40% of the value and the duration of the carnet.

  • 2 months – £288
  • 6 months – £484
  • 12 months – £624

The vehicle can be transported back and forth regularly throughout the duration of that one carnet.

The calculations behind the premium are based on 40% of the vehicle value, however it is not a sliding scale and is not as simple that a £50k carnet would cost half that of a £100k carnet nor that a £200k carnet would be twice the amount.

Applying for ATA Carnets:

Carnets are applied for through an electronic portal called ‘E-cert’ and processed and posted out next day delivery or made ready for same day collection.

A walkthrough of the process for Motorsport UK members is available here.

Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce Carnet Specialist, Jonathan Crosbie, can be contacted by Motorsport UK members on 0121 274 3217.

GBCC also offer an express ATA Carnet service for Motorsport UK members for a £35+VAT premium (normally £75+VAT), and if all the information is available and correct an express Carnet can be turned around in as little as one hour (Mon-Fri 0800-1600).

To access the Motorsport UK ATA Carnet discount with Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, please reference your 2021 Motorsport UK competition or entrants licence number and the name in which it is registered when applying.

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Motorsport UK prepares for new lockdowns

Official Press Release from Motorsport UK – 5th January 2021

Motorsport UK acknowledges the announcement this evening by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and by Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon earlier today, that England and Scotland will enter a new period of lockdown in order to help control the spread of the new COVID-19 variant.

In light of the prohibition on movement during this period, Motorsport UK confirms that permits issued for events in areas that are in or entering a period of lockdown are now withdrawn. Organisers will need to reapply if they plan to hold the event at a later date.

Motorsport UK is awaiting further information regarding the current and projected status of Wales, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands and will provide further updates as they become available.

Motorsport UK would like to thank the motorsport community for its continued resilience. During the coming weeks we will be working hard to ensure that as soon as government guidance allows, motorsport can safely resume once again. For the moment, our thoughts are with the frontline staff and keyworkers working to care for patients and protect the wider public.

 

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MSUK BKC Rotax Report – Whilton Mill Finale 

 

The finale of the 2020 Motorsport UK British Kart Championships for Rotax headed to the Northamptonshire countryside after a testing season for all the drivers, teams and workers behind the scenes to finish off the season at Whilton Mill, the weekend before Christmas.

81 drivers in four different classes would compete for the final time at the 1,200-metre circuit, based just 30 minutes from the “Home of British Motor Racing,” Silverstone, with a myriad of changeable conditions over the course of the two days of racing. 

Along with this, tickets for the prestigious Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals for drivers to represent Team UK at the Kartodromo Internacional do Algarve in late January 2021 were also up for grabs. 

In Mini Max, Wales’ Harry Linden (GP – Dan Holland Racing) did enough to secure the Mini Max title on the Saturday, and opted instead to run in Junior Rotax during the final day of racing. However, the Barry-based driver would end up clinching the 2020 title by 29 points ahead of Scotland’s Steven Duncan (#16 – Vision Motorsport).

Duncan took third place in the Final on Sunday, behind the Coles Racing pairing of Harrison Crowther (#77 – ENG) and Pierson Bullock-Carter (#15 – GBR), with the latter picking up third in the overall standings.

Junior Max saw a fight back from Trefelgwys’  Matthew Higgins (O- Plate – Dan Holland Racing) turned on the pressure to make it two titles for the DHR squad that same weekend, capping off what was a brilliant display of driving from the Welsh driver in the last race of the season, which he won by 8.93 seconds.

He now follows in the footsteps of father David, a multi-time British karting champion and ten-time Rally America champion on the illustrious honour roll. Argenti Motorsport’s Mattie Hingeley (#13) was able to make it a Welsh 1-2 in the overall standings, which had seen Coles Racing’s Callum Voisin lead for the majority of the year

However, the #35 would end up struggling in the changeable conditions and finish third overall in the standings, having taken seventh in the final race of the season, with team mate Sam Gornall (#96) ending up in fourth overall, despite being hit with a five-second drop-down penalty in the last race of the year. 

In their first season in Senior Rotax, it was joy and British championship glory for Argenti Motorsport and Morgan Porter (GP Plate), just a week after the Briton secured his place on Team UK at the Rotax MAX Challenge International Trophy at Portimao. 

An exciting final race transpired at the circuit, as Vision Motorsport’s Katherine White (#33) gambled on MOJO W5 wet tyres, which saw her win by a massive 21.23 seconds from Croc Promotion’s Caden McQueen (#64), whilst everyone else would have to tiptoe around the track on MOJO D5 CIK slick tyres.

Porter ended up securing the title by a mere eight points, ahead of Rhys Hunter (#5 – DHR), who would secure vice-championship status on count back, ahead of brother Kai (O Plate). Nelson King (#97) made it three DHR drivers in the top four, with KR-Sport’s Tom Edmunds (#15) missing out on a ticket to the Rotax Grand Finals by just 18 points. 

Rotax 177 closed out the action at the circuit, with it coming down to count back to decide the 2020 British champion, with both Henry Ayers (#29 – KR-Sport) and Oliver Appleby (#34 – GMS Karting) in prime contention to win top honours and a ticket to compete in the DD2 class at  the Grand Finals late next month. Even with privateer Cole Edwards getting ahead in the heats, it was not enough to stop Ayers, who dominated the Pre-FInal and Final. 

This was despite Appleby doing his level best in the Pre-Final and Final to steal it by the narrowest of margins. Ayers would win the Final by 10.52 seconds to tie on points, but secured the title at the last gasp. 

We at JAG Engineering would like to thank everyone at Motorsport UK, the circuits, the teams, drivers, the families and all the marshals for all their hard work to ensure that the season would still go ahead, despite the current situation.

We will announce all the members of Team UK for the Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals very soon, confirming what classes they will compete.

For all results from the weekend, head to this link: https://www.apex-timing.com/goracing/results.php?path=/sports-timing-uk/2020/20201220&group=5

For all the races from Saturday: https://youtu.be/FjDg_pI0q2o 

For all the races from Sunday: https://youtu.be/mfcCtIiwOjs 

Images © Chris Walker/Kartpix.net

 

New wiring harness & battery clamp

For the introduction of the new wiring harness (part number 666836) at a value of £78.40 plus V.A.T @ 20% we will include the battery clamp (part number 251129), the sheet nut and cable clamp value £31.50 plus V.A.T @ 20% free of charge for a limited period of 6 months from 1/12/20.

MSUK British Kart Championships for Rotax to conclude at Whilton Mill

 

Even despite the current situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic that was caused a fair share of interruptions to the 2020 racing season, Motorsport UK have finally been able to reschedule the final race weekend of the 2020 British Kart Championships, which for Rotax, will now conclude at Whilton Mill Kart Club in Daventry, Northamptonshire between December 19th and 20th,

This is in place of the original dates of November 14 – 15, as Paul Fletcher International was the original circuit confirmed by the organisers.

Dan Parker, Kart Manager at Motorsport UK said: “All our competitors, teams and organisers have done an excellent job to pull together the 2020 Championships. With only one round remaining, we really wanted to finish off the calendar and complete every championship when it was possible to do so. Earlier this month we set about looking for a suitable venue and date, and the team at Whilton Mill were extremely accommodating. We have already started work with the venue, to prepare it for the BKC and to put in place our COVID-19 guidelines ready to finish the championship before the year is out.”

Daniel Whittemore, Sales & Marketing Director at Whilton Mill Ltd said: “It’s been an aspiration to see the British Karting Championship return to Whilton Mill Kart Circuit, so it’s fantastic to welcome back the Honda and Rotax classes for the final round of their championships in December. During lockdown we’ve been working closely with the team at Motorsport UK on planning their return, with COVID-secure procedures a high priority. 2020 has been a difficult year for everyone so it will be great to end it on a high.”

Here are the current standings for the top three in each class, ahead of the final race weekend, which will see champions crowned, along with new members of Team UK, who will be heading to the Kartodromo Internacional do Algarve in Portimão, Portugal for the rescheduled 2020 Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals, which will take place between January 23rd and 30th, 2021.

Mini MAX: 

1st: Harry Linden (Dan Holland Racing) – 571 points

2nd: Steven Duncan (Vision Motorsport) – 533 points

3rd: Mckenzie Douglass (Coles Racing) – 519 points

Junior Rotax: 

1st: Callum Voisin (Coles Racing) – 538 points

2nd: Mattie Hingeley (Argenti Motorsport) – 536 points

3rd: Matthew Higgins (Dan Holland Racing) – 527 points

Senior Rotax:

1st: Morgan Porter (Argenti Motorsport) – 548 points

2nd: Tom Edmunds (KR-Sport) – 532 points

3rd: Nelson King (Dan Holland Racing) – 525 points

Rotax 177:

1st: Oliver Appleby (GMS Karting) – 550 points

2nd: Matthew Easton (Privateer) – 543 points

3rd: Henry Ayres (KR-Sport) – 540 points

Image © Motorsport UK

 

TVKC Autumn Cup – Round 3 – Rotax Report

89 drivers from the Rotax racing family from three different classes headed to the “Home of British Karting,” Paul Fletcher International for the third round of the 2020 Trent Valley Kart Club Autumn Cup.

It saw some fantastic action over the two days of competition, with the best racers from across the UK racing against each other around the 1,382-metre circuit, which is the only one on these shores that has an International ‘A’ grade track licence.

Mini MAX: The #16 of Vision Motorsport’s Steven Duncan was relatively untroubled during the weekend, as the Scottish driver firstly took pole position in Timed Qualifying with a 1:04.78 lap time, as both Alfie Gallagher (#14 – KR-Sport) and Levi Earl (#11) set the exact same lap time, with the former securing second, having posted the 1:06.26 lap time first. Vision Motorsport would have two drivers in the top five, courtesy of Ben Crossley in the #56 who took fourth, as leading privateer Bobby Rosier (#29) completed the top five, covered by 2.11 seconds.

Duncan and Crossley made it a Vision Motorsport 1-2 in the first heat, with the pair being separated by 1.83 seconds after nine laps, followed by Gallagher rounding out the top three. DHR’s Chloe Chong showed once again the form from the last few meetings that propelled the #18 from eighth on the grid to take fourth, ahead of Xcel Motorsport’s Arun Phull, who started way down the grid in 13th place.

The Vision Motorsport pairing of Duncan and Crossley repeated the same feat as the first heat in heat two, with Duncan again winning by the exact same margin, as Gallagher could not keep pace with the duo, once again taking third at the finish. Phull would secure fourth this time ahead of Chong, as the pair had started in 13th and eighth respectively.

But Duncan would make it a clean sweep by picking up a maximum of 60 points for winning the 9-lap final by 7.37 seconds ahead of Dan Holland Racing’s Chase Fernandez, who piped Gallagher by just 0.02 seconds. Along with this, the remainder of the top five changed significantly, as JAXX’s Mikey Porter (#54) and Coles Racing’s Harrison Crowther (#77) would end up completing the top five, having started ninth and 13th respectively.

Junior Rotax: The weekend started off with privateer Ronnie Mansfield (#16) securing pole position in Timed Qualifying, narrowly beating the #91 of Vision Motorsport’s Jack Meakin by 0.16 seconds. Coles Racing would have two drivers set exactly the same time with a 1:06.81, but it would be the #17 of Arche Kitching that would steal third from team mate Callum Voisin (#35), as Jamie Perilly (#40 – Project One) was fifth.

Heat one saw Tristan Rennie (Vision Motorsport – #74) take the win by the shortest winning margin of the weekend (0.03 seconds) ahead of Voisin, having started initially in eighth place. Kitching would remain in third, a further 0.58 seconds behind, in front of GP plate winner Harrison Collings (DHR), whilst KR-Sport’s Kieran Kay (#73) scythed his way through from 17th at the start to secure fifth place.

Archie Walker (#90 – KR-Sport) was able to mirror Kay’s performance from heat one, as he would win by a mere 0.29 seconds ahead of Meakin, having started in 16th place. It could have been a very different story for both Rennie and Perilly, as the pair initially crossed the line in third and sixth respectively. However, the pair were demoted post-race to ninth and tenth, with Rennie having a penalty for gaining an unfair advantage & Perilly for a front-fairing infringement. Collings would end up in third, with Kitching and privateer Ronnie Mansfield (#16) rounding out the top five.

But Collings would win the final on Sunday by 2.5 seconds, ahead of Rennie, with Meakin completing the top three, who were all separated by 2.72 seconds after 11 laps of racing. Kay would also factor in to the top five, as the KR-Sport driver would take fourth at the finish, 0.33 seconds behind, whilst Coles Racing’s Sam Gornall (#96) completed the top five.

Senior Rotax: With 35 drivers set to go into battle in Lincolnshire, first blood was drawn by Rhys Hunter (#5 – DHR), who secured pole position in Timed Qualfiying by 0.31 seconds, ahead of brother Kai (O-Plate), with KR-Sport’s Tom Edmunds (#25) just over a tenth off second. George Holbrook (#60) made it three drivers from DHR in the top five, with KR-Sport’s Ben Caisley completing the top five, who were covered by 0.79 seconds.

Rhys Hunter would take the victory in heat one, 3.74 seconds ahead of Coles Racing’s James Lowther (#9), who initially started in seventh place, whilst Edmunds would remain in third. KR-Sport’s Will Elswood would also make good progress in the #14, starting tenth, and finishing fourth, ahead of Kai Hunter.

It was two for two in the second heat for Rhys Hunter, but it was a lot closer between the top five drivers at the end of 10 laps of racing, who were covered by 1.1 seconds. Holbrook would make it a DHR 1-2, finishing 0.22 seconds adrift, whllst Edmunds would again secure another third place finish. Kai Hunter would manage to take fourth, having initially dropped two places from second on the grid, ahead of Lowther.

But Lowther would have the last laugh, and took glory in the final, winning the 11-lap race by 2.03 seconds ahead of Rhys Hunter, with his brother Kai rounding out the top three, a further 0.24 seconds behind. The top five would have two new faces visiting, as Coles Racing’s Tom Adams (#17) and DHR’s Charlie Turner (#61) would come back from ninth and 18th on the grid to complete the top five.

To find out more about the results from each of the classes, head to the following link: https://www.apex-timing.com/goracing/results.php?path=/tvkc/2020/20201101&group=1

Entries for the final round of the TVKC Autumn Cup, which is provisionally scheduled for December 5th and 6th, will open tomorrow (Wednesday November 4th) at 12 noon, with places being limited, and the event due to go ahead after the national lockdown has concluded. Make sure to book your place by heading to www.tvkc.co.uk.

Images © Chris Walker/Kartpix.net

Why choose Micro Max ?

WHY CHOOSE MICRO MAX…
Please read the great review sent in by Micro Max dad Hazhar Kwekha.
Here’s what we have found regarding the micromax in the short time we have owned the engine.As a dad and lad in karting and not very knowledgeable in the sport one thing u need most is focus on the driver and that’s not possible on many occasions as you have so much to prepare chassis, engine, tyre pressures and so on you really don’t have time for much as many karters know that. The micromax takes the engine tuning to a whole new level where u pretty much bolt it on and on ur way and be competitive straight away, with many classes u spend much of ur day just getting the jetting right where it could be spent on more important things like coaching the driver or chassis set up.
We bought our engine new out of box bolt it onto chassis and since then we just charge the battery add fuel and that’s pretty much it.
So far with 6 hours on ours we haven’t had a single issue with ours and same goes for others on the grid. And it seems it’s getting quicker and quicker with every hour added to it, also as they r heavily restricted they don’t work very hard so you are pretty much looking at 100+ hours between rebuilds so a lot of money saved… and if u happen to decide to go minimax or junior that can also be done with the same block with some added modifications. What more do we want!
Best thing we’ve done and looking forward to some of the amazing races coming up next year for the micromax.

56 engines sold in 1 week

Wow what a week…!!!
Last week we saw an amazing 56 engines sold in 1 week. Proof once more that people are putting their trust in ROTAX Karting engines. With reliability, performance, equality and a fantastic warranty why buy anything else.

Micro Max Grand Finals Qualifier Report – Clay Pigeon Raceway

12 young bright karting talents would venture to Clay Pigeon Raceway for the sole Micro Max event of the season, as part of the third Rotax round in 2020 for the Motorsport UK British Kart Championships.

With it, came the opportunity for two drivers to secure their places for the rescheduled 2020 Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals, which will take place at the Kartodromo Internacional do Algarve in Portimao between January 23rd and 30th 2021.

Timed Qualifying saw the #69 of Eden Spanswick fastest of all, posting a 38.69 second lap time at the Dorset-based circuit, 0.05 seconds in front of privateer Dalton Haywood (#68), with Germany’s Timo Jungling (#25) completing the top three places, a further 0.03 seconds adrift. BKC Racing’s Harrison Whitticombe (#66) and DHR’s Scott Marsh (#47) rounded out the top five, with just over a tenth covering the top five, and all 12 drivers covered by 0.83 seconds in a very-close session.

Jacob Ashcroft (#22) secured the victory in heat one by exactly a second ahead of Spanswick, and following them just 1.12 seconds behind in third was Whitticombe. Marsh would make it to fourth at the finish, followed closely by Haywood and Jungling, with the trio covered by 0.21 seconds after 17 laps.

Spanswick would fight back and take the win in the second heat, as well as being able break away from Ashcroft, finishing 2.09 seconds ahead of the #22. Adam Wooden (#44) took third place, just over a further half-second behind, as dramas struck both Jack Price (#71 – Zip Factory Team) and Marsh in the early stages of the race. Whitticombe crossed the finish line in fourth, ahead of Oliver Bocock, who was able to round out the top five, having started last on the grid.

The Pre-Final also saw a great battle between Spanswick and Jungling, with the former winning after 20 laps by a mere 0.44 seconds, with Haywood progressing from seventh on the grid to take third. Ashcroft could only muster as high as fourth, with Marsh rounding out the top five.

But the final was highly charged throughout its duration, as the lead changed several times, especially during the last three minutes when the drivers were trying to secure their place for Portugal.

But Ashcroft would secure the victory by just 0.060 seconds ahead of Spanswick initially, but the latter was handed a five-second penalty for having been deemed to break formation at the start. This then promoted Scott Marsh to second, who would also be handed a five-second penalty for an incident with Haywood on lap 22. As a result, Spanswick would be officially classed in third, ahead of Marsh, with Jungling taking fifth.

Along with Ashcroft, Whitticombe would then be promoted to second, as the pair will represent Team UK at Portimao in late January of next year, and along with that, courtesy of us here at JAG Engineering, the top three drivers also have now received the engines that they used at Clay Pigeon.

We would also like to thank all the drivers that raced their hearts out to get this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, the teams, families and everyone behind the scenes at the Motorsport UK British Kart Championships to make this a possibility for the second year in succession.

Images © Kartpix.net