OK, so I’m interested in karting, so where do I go from here?
There are a number of “classes” for different age groups which influences the type of equipment required. We unfortunately do not hire karts at all – all competitors own their own equipment. Below is list of classes we run at our Club:
CLASSES / AGE GROUPS
50cc CADET CLASS
Our stunning little Cadet’s can compete from the year of their 5th birthday up until the year of their 8th birthday. They run a W.P. CLUB Championship consisting of 8 race meetings in the year and are invited as an invitation class to some of the National events. Comer C50 motor. Weight restriction – 70kg.
60cc MAXTERINO CLASS
The next step up from the Cadet class. They can compete in this class from the year of their 8th birthday up to the year of their 13th birthday. They run a W.P. REGIONAL Championship and may also participate in the SA Rotax Max National Championship Series. 60cc Maxter motor. Weight restriction – 105kg.
125 cc JUNIOR MAX CLASS
Open to drivers from the year of their 12th birthday to the year of their 16th birthday (there is no upper age restriction for female competitors). They also run a W.P. REGIONAL Championship and may also participate in the SA Rotax Max National Championship Series. Rotax FR 125 motor. Weight restriction – 145kg.
125 cc SENIOR MAX CLASS (MAX CHALLENGE)
Open to drivers from the year of their 15th birthday upwards. They also run a W.P. REGIONAL Championship and may also participate in the SA Rotax Max National Championship Series. Rotax FR 125 motor. Weight restriction – 162kg
ROTAX DD2 /DD2 MASTERS CLASS
DD2 is open to drivers from the year of their 15th birthday and DD2 Masters from age 32 upwards. Gearbox motor. DD2 minimum weight is 173kg and DD2 Masters is 180kg. They also run a W.P. REGIONAL Championship and may also participate in the SA Rotax Max National Championship Series.
Our fastest growing and biggest class - a wonderful bunch of “older” guys who just want to have fun. From the age of your 18th birthday upwards. Any fixed gear motor with max capacity of 125cc currently or previously homologated by Motorsport SA – the same applies to tyres. Run a CLUB Championship whereby drivers are scored in one of three different “sub-classes – A, B or C according to times.
TEST DRIVES AND PURCHASING OF EQUIPMENT
This is totally optional, but we advise new competitors (especially the very young ones) to have a “test drive” first to see if they like it. Through both our karting shop at the circuit “KARTSPORT SA” and the South African Kart Racing Academy (SAKRA), we have set aside every Tuesday afternoon whereby they provide the equipment and you/your child can have a test drive. This can be organised through:
After this you would have to consider purchasing equipment. There are three options:
Used, private sale (from another competitor)
Used, from kart dealer
New, from a kart dealer
If you're buying a new kart you can't really go wrong, however you need a slightly larger budget. Used karts start at about half the price of new equipment. It is always a good idea (if buying second hand) for an experienced person to have a look at what you are buying to make sure it is homologated equipment.
Each class has a “Class Representative” who are great sources of information regarding equipment for sale, circuit support, technical advice, etc. The Club also has a “Classified List” which can be sent to you. All Class Rep’s contact details are below.
You will need the following ....
A good quality approved karting helmet
A karting race suit
Racing Boots – must cover your ankles
Gloves which cover your wrists
A 1.5kg dry powder fire extinguisher
Neck brace - Optional but HIGHLY recommended (especially for the Junior classes)
Rib-Protector - Optional but recommended
We are very fortunate to have more practice days available to us than any other section at Killarney!
Mondays: No practice – the short circuit bike section practice on our circuit
Tuesdays: Practice for new competitors only until up to pace (13:00 to 18:00)
Wed, Thurs & Fri: Practice (13:00 to 18:00)
Saturdays: Practice from 09:00 to 18:00 (unless a particular Main Circuit event taking place which causes a safety issue for our karters due to spectator volumes, etc)
During School holidays we usually open the circuit for practice from 09:00 to 18:00 and on certain Public Holidays (once again dependent on Main Circuit events). The Secretary sends a list of practice days at the beginning of every month to all competitors. Although a Karting Calendar is sent annually, there are very often changes made to the calendar (due to so many events taking place by all sections), hence the monthly list sent out is more accurate. It is very rare that a Karting Race Meeting date is changed!
Our Karting Clubhouse is open every Friday and Saturday and on race days from very early till very late (the most amazing coffee! and food). Fully licenced.
All correspondence to our competitors/parents is done via e-mail. Race entry forms, regulations and all relevant information is sent to you on a regular basis to keep you informed and up to date. Everybody is more than welcome to send the Club Secretary any queries, complaints, requests for assistance at any time and if she is not able to assist will furnish you with the correct contacts.
This “modern technology” has allowed us to set up some Facebook Groups. There is currently a Clubmans and WP Karting group which contain some interesting reading. (As you will note on the Clubmans page, the camaraderie between the competitors is truly wonderful!).
”THE RED TAPE”
Lots of paperwork at the beginning of the karting season (well, any section of motorsport!), but once this is all completed the only expense you will have during the season is your race entry fee and costs to run your kart.
WP MOTOR CLUB MEMBERSHIP
As we, the Karting Section, fall under the "umbrella" of the WP Motor Club, you need to become a member of W.P.M.C. before applying for a karting licence with MSA - no membership is done with the Karting Club.
This has to be done FIRST as MSA will not issue any licences without proof that competitors belong to a registered Club.
The Secretary at the Killarney office (second floor of the Killarney Main Club office block) will assist you and issue you with a Club Membership book. Their office contact number is: (021-557 1639). It is best to call first to find out the times they are open during the day.
MOTORSPORT SA KARTING LICENCE
There are various “types of licences for karting”: CLUB, REGIONAL AND NATIONAL. If you compete in a CLUB CLASS (Cadet, Micro Max, Clubmans) you will require a Club Licence. If you compete in a REGIONAL CLASS (Maxterino and all ROK/Rotax Max classes), a Regional licence is required and if you intend competing at NATIONAL EVENTS (Maxterino, Rotax Max Classes, Rok classes) you would require a National Licence.
There are two fees applicable to licences – the licence fee itself and the medical insurance fee.
ANNUAL PIT & PRACTICE FEES
These are the only fees you pay to us, the Karting Club, and are one off annual fees.
Pit fees: competitors are allocated a pit for the year and these must be organised through the Secretary. There are three types of pits - “WALL PITS” and “MIDDLE PITS” and “LOCK UP PITS”. The Middle pits are less expensive than the Wall pits. The Lock up pits only become available if the present tenant leaves karting after which we will notify you that one of these has become available (there is a waiting list for these!). If competitors would like to pit with their trailer next to them, then they must book and pay for TWO pits. Existing competitors will have first option on the pits they occupied the previous year.
Practice fees: (although called “practice” fees, this income is also utilised to cover circuit maintenance and running costs of the Club).
Families: A discount will be given on practice fees for families (running more than 1 kart).
Invoices for the above fees will be mailed to all competitors during the month of January or when you join the club during the year. If competitors are unable to settle in full by the first race meeting, an arrangement MUST be made with the Secretary (prior to the first race meeting) to pay in instalments. New members joining after 1 June will be invoiced at a pro-rata rate.