JUNIOR TKM RE-LAUNCHES IN NORTHERN IRELAND

The Junior Formula TKM class is being re-introduced to Northern Ireland to meet the need for a class that offers excellent value for money and close, equal racing.
 
The North of Ireland Karting Association has agreed a plan with Tal-Ko, owners of the Formula TKM category, to launch the class over the next two years and then continue its development.
 
A Tal-Ko Veloce kart complete with V-clutch fitted TKM BT82 engine will be used at a variety of motorsport shows and kart racing events in Northern Ireland. The kart will also be used to give potential TKM Junior drivers a taste for the class at various test days.
 
The class will run to normal TKM rules subject to two changes. First the karts must all make use of the clutched only TKM BT82 engine, and secondly initially karts must be pre 2011 year models. It was decided to exclude direct drive and TAG version engines to keep the class simple and even.
 
Explaining the reasons for the initiative NIKA Secretary Keith Wilkinson said: “We have become aware that we are losing young drivers because there is no suitable class for them.
 
“We have a strong Cadet category with emphasis on the Honda and its low running costs. But then the next step is to Mini Max with very high costs and many technical issues to be understood. The result is many young drivers and their parents simply move away to some other sport.
 
“We see Junior TKM as the way to stop that loss of drivers away from karting. It offers very close and equal racing – and at sensible money. It is the logical way forward.”
 
Tal-Ko boss Alan Turney welcomed the move saying: “We are delighted to work with NIKA in re-establishing Junior TKM. We have always worked at ensuring the TKM classes offer the best value racing you can get for your pound, and that it gives an even playing field for everyone. We are seeing a move right across the UK back to the TKM class.”
 
Former Northern Ireland top TKM drivers include 2009 BTCC champion Colin Turkington and Adam Carroll a former champion in A1 GP.
 
NIKA are planning to run a number of Junior TKM events in 2013 before stepping up to a full championship in 2014. Further details can be obtained from NIKA at www.nikarting.com.

 
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