Interview with Giancarlo Tinini on the overall situation of karting

Interview with Giancarlo Tinini on the overall situation of karting

23.12.2009: TININI, CRG SPA CHAIRMAN: “Regulations need a change: It is the only possible way to save karting". In taking stock of this year work, Giancarlo Tinini draws a sketch of the present situation and points

TININI, CRG SPA CHAIRMAN: “Regulations need a change: It is the only possible way to save karting".

In taking stock of this year work, Giancarlo Tinini draws a sketch of the present situation and points his finger at the too strict KF motorization regulations. It is absolutely necessary to take a step back in order to give karting new credit.


The  opening  of  the  brand-new  C.R.G. plant  and  the year-end  prize-giving ceremony for  the  important 2009  achievements  of  the Italian  manufacturing  firm were  an  ideal  occasion  to draw a sketch of  the current situation  of  karting  with  the chairman  of  C.R.G.  S.p.a., Giancarlo Tinini.

The  spotlights  are  definitely on  the  appalling  situation  of the  KF  engines  after  three years  from  their introduction.    It  is  not  the engine to be under accusation, on the contrary: it has been performing at excellent technical levels so far,  but the complex regulation hinders its usage and spread.

“KF Class is  in troubled waters – says Mr Tinini – and this situation has nothing to do with the product, which is of excellent quality. It is rather a matter of regulation, because it is far too strict. If we want to  keep  on  going  steadily  towards  the  KF  failure,  we  just  need  to  keep  on  with  this  system.  If  we  won’t make it simpler we won’t get anything good out of it. We need to simplify, simplify, simplify.”

For example?


“It is necessary to make simpler regulations, which means giving the possibility to racers to spend more  time on the tracks rather than on the trolleys for the technical tests. With today’s regulation you spend a lot  of  time  in  tests  instead  of  running  on  tracks,  which  is  what  people  want.  This  is  the  direct consequence of the stupidity of many people. We must be more sensible and go back to the well-tested rules we had had for so many years, starting all over, but always with KF.

Because the problem is not in the product but in the rules. For me the product is a good one. All the manufacturing firms have reached good quality standards: if they fix up the regulations we will be able to substitute the old 100cc.

I think that all the ASN of the world should use the new KF engine and provide their own control regulation, as we used to do in the ICA or  in the Junior (where you just had to check the volume of  the combustion chamber, the exhaust timing, the diameter of the carburettor and the measure of the reed valve): in a short time the KF could soar without troubles. Unfortunately, sticking to these stupid regulations gives only problems.”




Giancarlo Tinini, C.R.G. S.p.a. Chairman.


Is this the reason why many drivers are more attracted by the KZ?


“Sure.  Drivers  are more and more attracted by the KZ and by single-brand championships, where rules are so much less strict. It is normal. We have had this situation since the approval of the first regulation.  On that occasion I got angry and I said that regulations made in such a way couldn’t work. They are just absurd: they aren’t thought for karting.

And we don’t have to think only about CIK races, but about all the races taking place on Saturdays and Sundays on the circuits all over the world. Regulations should be simple and if we don’t succeed in getting this we risk to spoil a whole class. Apart from the stupidity of those who insist  on  the  validity  of  certain  parameters,  for me to  achieve  a  good  change  we  need  the good sense of those ASN that know karting well.”


Is the participation in the CIK-FIA races put in question by major constructors for this reason too?


“Our firm has got clear ideas: we know karting better than others and we know that the direction we are  following for the regulations is not the right one. I repeat: rules  are wrong! This  is the problem. Tests, strict rules in the production and the need to follow certain parameters hinder our work. They prevent us from  experimenting,  stopping the  adrenalin  that  also  engineers and  mechanics  have, not only  drivers.

Just keep in mind that a driver doesn’t go on the track by himself. Together with him there’s a group of people:  mechanics,  technicians  and  all  those  who  cooperate  in  the  setting  of  the  chassis  and  of  the engine. All these people work together to get better and better results. If we take away this opportunity from them, they will lack in adrenalin and people will prefer …to go fishing, because we told them not to express  themselves. 

This  is  the  most  stupid  thing  we  can  do.  In  these  last  three  years we have  been making a lot of fuss and now I can say that we have often denounced how unfit these regulations were, in particular those rules that oblige the constructors to work on projects which are much more complex  and,  consequently,  much  more  expensive  too. Today  I’m  happy,  because  the  other  firms, which hadinitially supported these regulations, are now beginning to understand that things can’t go on like that. However, when you don’t see the expected results, it means that you need a change.”


So, what do we need to do?


“A very simple thing. Last year - and two years ago too – we had already proposed it: we just need to go back  to  the  rules  of  the  old  ICA  and  Junior.  We  just  need  the  good  sense  to  say:  let’s  do  like  that. However, always with the KF engine as it is now. We just need to change the regulation. We just need to do this. If we don’t change we will keep on going towards the final disaster.”


Which is the message for the Federation which makes the rules?


“We don’t want anybody’s head but we should have the good sense to take a step back, for the sake of karting. To put things straight we need to go back on the old trail. Today the KF engine is used only in the countries  where  the  constructors  recommend  it  through  their  network  of  dealers,  otherwise  nobody would take it in consideration.”


- C.R.G. S.p.A.-  also photo

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23.12.2009 / MaP

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