Rules

  1. All members shall conduct themselves in a manner that in no way reflects badly on the club. This shall apply on and off the track. Kart racing is a non-contact sport.
  2. All members shall conduct themselves in a safe manner in the pit area.
  3. All complaints at race meetings should be addressed to the race observer , whose decision shall be final. The driver must, in writing, make appeals against any decision to the committee before the next committee meeting following the decision; the committee’s decision shall be final. Race observers can consult marshals and other committee members if required and observers will deal with drivers only on a 1:1 basis including juniors.
  4. No kart may be driven anywhere other than on the track or the test strip provided. No test strip available at the Norfolk Arena. No driving in the pits whatsoever.
  5. More than one driver may drive a kart but each driver must sign in and pay an entry fee between them (one fee is payable for the kart). Points will be awarded to the drivers. Both drivers must be full club members. You are not permitted to swap numbers and race a different kart but a change of engine is permitted. If a driver has two karts they can only have one at any one meeting in a class. They can race in different classes.
  6. All races shall consist of a minimum of 6 laps; the race shall cease upon the leader completing the required number of laps. All competitors taking the chequered flag thereafter provided their kart is mechanically propelled will receive their relevant position points.
  7. All novice drivers will be required to display a plain white number plate or flag on the rear of their kart for a minimum of 3 meetings and start from the back of the grid for these first three meetings.
  8. At each race meeting, points will be awarded for each race as follows; 1st-20, 2nd- 18, 3rd-16 etc to a minimum of 2 points. The championship season is to consist of seven meetings Plus a Grand Prix meeting to be held usually the first week in October which will also contribute points towards championship total.
  9. No scarves to be worn while racing or practising. No loose clothing to be worn. No seat belts in any form or straps of any type will be permitted. Long hair must be worn either in a hair net or secured in the overall at all times the kart is in motion.
  10. Protective clothing must be worn (crash helmet, gloves, goggles suitable footwear and overalls) and should cover the eyes, arms and hands at all times the kart is in motion. They must be firmly fixed by the means provided on them; failure to comply will result in automatic disqualification from the race. Crash helmets must be road legal.
  11. All drivers must assemble in the waiting area until the track is cleared and they are called onto the track by the start marshal or other official.
  12. From the waiting area drivers will proceed on a warming up lap or to the starting grid and any kart not fired up ready to race by the end of this lap will be deemed to be non-competitive.
  13. In the event of spinning out and stalling etc., after the race has started no outside assistance will be permitted, except junior 70 cc & 90 cc classes, any kart stalling on the start line prior to the start of the race will start from the back of the grid, any driver who stalls a second time will be disqualified, with the exception of the junior classes. A driver who assists a stalled kart may resume his grid position.
  14. All matters of safety regarding the construction of karts shall be left to the discretion of the scrutineer.
  15. In the event of a breakdown on the track the driver must push the kart to a position where it in no way obstructs other competitors. Any kart that has broken down must be removed from the track at the end of the race as quickly as possible.
  16. All junior class engines must be to the specification and club rules as shown on the web page and handbook. Copies of Haynes manuals are available at race meetings.
  17. Anyone wishing to have an engine stripped for any reason must pay a deposit of £50. Having made this request to the chairman any examination will be under supervision of the scrutineer at the meeting, or if further investigation is required will be carried out by an independent expert, the chairman, scrutineer or committee have the right to have an engine stripped without paying a fee.
  18. All karts must be fitted with an effective kill-switch or button; this must be easily accessible to both driver and marshals.
  19. All signed in drivers will be ineligible for the mechanics race.
  20. All fuel used must be either l.r.p/unleaded/ 4* and commercially and available at road side filling stations. All other fuels/additives are illegal.
  21. Racing will not commence until sufficient flag marshals are recruited. Where no permanent marshals are forthcoming the first second and third winners of each class will marshal or get someone to cover for them if you fail to do this you will get your points for that race deducted, junior drivers parents will be included but during their races a parent or mechanic will be expected to assist around the track as extra marshal/observers.
  22. Any person winning an annual trophy for a third time is not allowed to keep the trophy, but will be awarded a suitable replica.
  23. Goggles and visors must be worn to start all races (visors fully closed). If they are removed during the race (due to extreme weather conditions only) this is at the drivers risk.
  24. If there are more than 15 karts signed in for any one class the race will be split into two equal races. Grid will be split on the day as per printed grid sheets.
  25. Deliberate racing outside cones will be penalised.
  26. The season consists of an 8 race series, all points scored count towards final championship result.
  27. Hi- viz vests must be worn by all non drivers entering the racing area.
  28. Neck braces are compulsory for under 16’s.
  29. Members of the club are expected to take an active role in the running of race day otherwise action may be taken.
  30. Parents of the junior classes are allowed into the in-field during racing but must disperse to all areas of the track to assist junior drivers should the need arise. This will be monitored.
  31. All classes will draw for their first race position after practice. For subsequent race positions drivers will rotate as per pre-printed grid sheets

Number of karts in race will be determined by number of signed in drivers per class, any retirements etc will not change the above formula.
Start Line and Grid Rules

  • Jump starts decided by race steward and start marshall (Their word will be final).
  • 70 & 90 classes drivers will be warned and left to start in same grid position.
  • All other classes offending driver will start from rear of grid.
  • Race deemed started once first red light illuminates or start flag has been raised.
  • Kart stalls between 1st red and green – start aborted if possible, offending kart to start from back of grid.
  • Kart stall after green illuminates or after flag is dropped – race to continue, as long as no outside help kart can join race as normal.

Flag Signals

The following flags will be used to act as a signal to drivers, either practising or racing. Any driver disregarding these will, at least, be stopped from racing for the rest of the meeting.
Union flag – the flag used at the start of the race.

Yellow flag – danager, no overtaking. Proceed with caution.

Blue flag – beware of faster driver about to overtake you.

Red flag – all karts must stop immediately.

Black flag with number or chalkboard – used to warn drivers of bad driving. Driver must report to race observer at end of race.

Black flag – if this is displayed to a driver it means he/she must return to the pits at the end of the lap they have just started and report to the race observer.

Black & White Diagonal flag- used to warn drivers of bad driving. Driver is being observed. No penalty incurred if driving improves.

Chequered flag – is shown to announce the end of the race.