Giving Karters a Voice
We are here to represent the Owner driver karters in the UK (United Kingdom). We serve as a central hub for discussion and hope with influence in numbers we have the ability to achieve greatness in karting once again.
Power to the Karter!
Nothing gets close to karting.
Karting should be the purest form of motorsport.
Keep Karting about the Karts!
No Politics, No vested interest, and just about pure fun.
Discussions regarding MSA karting and IKR karting can all be found on our Facebook page : British Kart Drivers Association.
Working together with just donations from drivers, parents and teams we managed to put together prizes for the BKDA '0' Plate 2015
Held at Whilton Mill LGM 2015
Senior X30 - Danny Keirle
Junior X30 - Alfie Brown
The Power of Social Media
2014 saw a big change to the way people communicated in karting. The old Internet forum were becoming out of favour and Facebook started to become the go to place for karting related discussion.
The fast pace of social media allowed opinion and debate to flourish, it couldn't be deleted and it couldn't be ignored. Suddenly the karter had a voice and platform that was impossible to ignore. Revolutions started, the term IKR (Independent Kart Racing) sat comfortably in the mind of paddocks, and the profile of such events went higher and higher.
IKR Series such as F100 - Spirit of the 90s grew to cult like status with its facebook page, attracting ex British and European champions, showing there are alternatives to MSA racing which is fairly restrictive and slow changing with many "steering groups" and committees.
MSA Series such as the LGM X30 series delivered a revival of senior MSA karting in the UK, delivering a package that was more like the traditional raw 100cc racing experienced 10 years ago.
Over the Christmas of 2014 saw the LGM series gain ground over social media and become the biggest UK Senior and Junior MSA series achieving the first ever C-Final with 70 entries in Senior X30!
Giving Drivers a Platform
Together were Stronger
British Kart Drivers Association - BKDA
The BKDA was set up with no owner, no committee and no real rules as to how it will run.
It is organic and flexible and what the drivers wish to make it.
It has already been used to campaign regarding changes karters want to see within their racing, to help promote and organise events and to share information.
Committees usually only ever lead to compromise and average results which take too long and isn't what karting needs. The BKDA has helped speed up the processes.
When the fastest growing MSA class was denied the O-Plate the drivers and stakeholders in the X30 class got together and funded the prizes themselves. This brings karters together and shows they can lead the sport in the direction they wish!
What is the BKDA
Arrive & Drive
With less storage space and less time, arrive and drive series such as Club100, Elite Karting League have increased in popularity.
EasyKart and now Formula Kart Stars are using the model to attract the traditional owner driver karter.
A fast growing form of karting that requires no license and has the attraction of flexibility. Popular is seniors due to its more relaxed rules.
Its popular for smaller kart clubs as they can cater to specific needs and change rules to suit the chosen demographic.
This is the more regulated form of karting. You currently need a license and medical (over 18) to compete in this form of racing. Its the most professional looking form of karting currently, and adheres to a standard set of rules.
Low Cost Simplicity
The Purest Motorsport
"Karting has always been at its best when the karts are fun to drive. Sadly this was lost for years, but people are now finding the love for the sport again with LGM X30 and F100 90s becoming the two largest national series. Showing if the products right then people will enter and grids will increase" - Andrew Rees-Reynolds
Joining the BKDA is Free
We are Facebook based, as this is the quickest and most flexible media form