British Superkart Championship
The British Superkart Championships are a clustered Motor Racing series run in the UK under the auspicies of the British Superkart Association under MSA regulations. The karts race on full size British circuits such as Pembrey, Silverstone, Bishopscourt (Northern Ireland), Castle Combe, Darley Moor, Snetterton and Croft, Cadwell Park, Thruxton, Donington Park, Oulton Park along with the 31st running of the MSA British Superkart Grand Prix at Cadwell Park.
The British Superkart Championship runs two packages for five classes.
- Division 1 Superkarts is the Premier Superkart Class in European competition, featuring twin cylinder 250cc engines,
- Formula 250 National the MSA British Championship class for single cylinder 250cc engines,
- Formula 125 Open single cylinder 125cc engine. Engine tuning is allowed in this class.
- Formula 125 ICC (KZ) the CIK 125cc class all been running since 2006. The is a CIK Class and no tuning is allowed.
In 2009, the Formula 450 National was first run within British Superkart events, running on 250 chassis featuring 450cc single cylinder four-stroke engines, primarily the KTM engine. The Division 1, MSA 250 National and 450 classes are grouped together in one package, and the 125 Open and 125 ICC classes run as a separate package. On a number of occasions during a season, the two groups are run together in one meeting, most notably the MSA British Superkart Grand Prix and the UK Cup event, but they run separate calendars for the majority of the season.
In recent years, drivers such as Nathan Freke (Ginetta works driver), Lewis Williamson (Formula Renault), James Tucker and Jake Green (Formula Ford) have all raced and won championships in Superkarts. Nigel Mansell raced on the Long Circuits before going on to win the 1992 Formula One Season.
|2008: Class||1st||2nd||3rd||GP Winner||UK Cup Winner|
|Division 1||Dave Harvey||Carl Hulme||Paul Kennings||Lee Harpham||Trevor Roberts|
|MSA 250 National||Jason Dredge||Don Kennedy||James O'Reilly||Jason Dredge||Gavin Bennett|
|250 Clubman||Sam Moss||Kevin Waring||Stuart Parker||N/A||N/A|
|125 Open||Paul Platt||James Irvine||Dan Edwards||Paul Platt||James Irvine|
|125 ICC||Danny Butler||Michael Groves||Bruce Crawley||Lewis Williamson||Danny Butler|
|2009: Class||1st||2nd||3rd||GP Winner||UK Cup Winner|
|Division 1||Carl Hulme||Trevor Roberts||Dave Harvey||Peter Elkmann (Deu)||Carl Hulme|
|MSA 250 National||James O'Reilly||James Tucker||Jason Dredge||James Tucker||James O'Reilly|
|250 Clubman||Paul Platt||Toby Davis||Martin Goodliffe||N/A||N/A|
|125 Open||Dan Edwards||Lee Morgan||Louise Colin||Dan Edwards||Lee Morgan|
|125 ICC||Lloyd Scrivens||Adam Underhill||Kevin Gray||Jake Green||Chris Needham|
Outside of motoring circles, Superkarts are very under-publicised. In May 2007, Autocar Magazine ran a video track test of a 250 National Superkart round Cadwell Park, with Chris Harris describing Superkart drivers as "... completely mad", and "... the biggest collection of loonies anywhere on planet earth". Even David Coulthard described driving a Superkart as "one of the most frightening things I have ever had to do". In 2009, Valentino Rossi drove a Superkart round Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, beating Superkart veterans and former Moto GP heroes Wayne Rainey and Eddie Lawson in an exhibition race before the Moto GP round at Laguna.