MKC Kick Start Guide To 2007
Author: Steve Polak

 

For many new karters the first club day (which will be held at Oakleigh on the 25th of February) will be their first ever race meeting. For sure this will be a big meeting as the weather should be warm and the numbers should be good after everyone has had a rest and is eager to get behind the wheel again.  So if you're ready to race, then take the first step and start your karting career by planning to lob on the grid!

 

But first here's a few things you need to know and this article will help guide you through your first race meeting. Of course you can always contact us at MKC if you're unsure about anything.

 

Step1

Firstly you need to feel reasonably confident that you can lap consistently enough to finish races without spinning off or causing carnage. Of our new customers who have just started this year we've seen most of you go around and you should be fine. Hey we all have to start somewhere! And being that this is you're first meeting you'll be up the back as a P Plater anyway. Just try to keep up in the roll around (which is before the start, after you push out the grid).

 

There may be a dedicated P plater race too if the entry numbers are high enough. These are great fun as you can race other P platers and even challenge for a win if you can get to the front!

 

Step 2

Next step is to get your entry in. The club has been encouraging online entries. You can put these in using the club website. Generally it is good to try and get your entry in as early as possible. You will still have to front up at the entry office next to the canteen on race morning, but pre-entering makes everything go more smoothly, so give it a go. The entry details for the February Oakleigh club day might not be up yet as the Top Gun meeting for juniors is the next meeting at the time of writing. Juniors can also enter online for this meeting as well.

 

 

Step 3

The next thing to do is prepare your kart. So here's a checklist of things that should be sorted before you get to the track.

  • Cable ties on fuel lines – anywhere a fuel line attaches, it must be cable tied
  • Brake pads wired – brake pads need to be either tie wired or have a split pin
  • Tyres – should be in good condition with plenty of tread left. They also need to be the correct tyre for your class.   This goes for wets too.
  • Steering parts – can't be worn and sloppy.
  • Bolts and fasteners – must be correct type and in good condition.
  • Clean – make sure your kart is clean and ready to race!

Step 4

 

For any club day race meeting practice is a good idea on Saturday, but is not compulsory. You will get at least one short practice session on Sunday morning, which is called a carby session. For practice you will be in class or engine capacity order, so listen for when your class/engine capacity group is up and get there in plenty of time.   This is a good time to check your weight on the scales to see you are above the minimum race weight.

 

Step 5

Now here's how to enter and fill out your forms.   You'll need to fill out an entry form (available in the canteen) and an indemnity form.   It's pretty self explanatory. Also take a scrutineering form from the canteen. Now go to the entries window with your entry form, indemnity form, licence and money. Because you're a P Plater they will take your license and keep it for the meeting so it can be signed and returned to you. Don't forget to collect it after the race meeting.   For all these forms it's handy to bring a pen to the track too, sometimes they're hard to find at the club!

 

 

Tecno #55 Cameron Bramley - Leopard Heavy

 

Step 6

Now fill out your scrutineering form and bring it, your licence and your helmet to the scrutineering shed.   Allow a fair bit of time for this, because there could quite likely be a bit of a line.   You and your kart are now ready to practice and compete.

 

Step 7

Look at the board on the wall of the grid box.   It has the practice or race order on it and you can see when your class will be up.   Also listen to the announcements to see when your turn is up.   Also see when other competitors in your class are going to the grid to help you remember. There are more notice boards on the side of the entries shed.   Here you'll find your grid position for the first two races.   Club day runs a random reverse grid with the grid in the final  being determined by how well you did in your heats. Remember your grid spots so you know where you need to be.

 

Step 8

Before racing starts there is a driver's briefing, where the officials running the meeting will introduce themselves to the drivers and spell out the way the race meeting will be run. You must attend this and it is often useful as the race officials present any last minute information or race order business for the meeting.

 

Team Black Magic's Phil Smith (who won the club champs in 2006)

as a P Plater. Remember this Phil?

 

 

Step 9

Now it's time to race.   Make sure you have someone teed up to help give you a push if needed. If you don't have anyone lined up then ask other competitors standing around for the following race etc. Another idea is to do a deal with friends so that you push them and they push you. Anyway, ask around and you'll find 98% of karters will be helpful. Assuming you are joining a normal grid of kerters and aren't in a dedicated P plate race as you leave the grid you'll be at the back and the front row will have already gone around a few corners. If you are running in a P plate race you will have to try and hold your position amongst the other racers and help keep up while not getting to close to other karts.

 

If you are at the back of your class of non P platers don't worry, the pack will slow down and wait for you.   The most important thing to do is not spin off! Your tyres will be cold and the engine is too so don't charge out the gate like a nut. You can weave on the first roll around lap only, unless the officials say you can't. Make a note of the kart in front of you on the grid so you know where you should be.

 

The race will be started by traffic lights. You'll get a couple of roll around laps and then the lights will turn orange.   This means a start is possible.   When the light goes green you're racing! Watch out for the field to bunch up as you approach the first couple of corners. It's like a traffic jam and you'll need to be prepared to brake more than usual. Just get through your opening laps and don't worry about passing so much. The goal for this meeting is to finish races, which you need to do to get your license signed. Keep your laps consistent and don't over extend yourself. The 'red mist' moments when you charge in and try and pass people are best left for when you have gotten off your P plates.

 

Just drive like you would in practice, but keep an eye out for flags and obey them. Then hey presto, you're first race will be over!

 

Adam Hughes showing his winning way as a Junior.

 

Step 10

Just continue the same routine for the rest of the meeting and don't be afraid to ask questions. Feel free to walk up to any member of the MKC team or mechanics and ask their advice at any time. Then at the end of the meeting pack up and join everyone for a drink and a BBQ in the club rooms. Karting is a fantastic social sport and karters love to talk about karting… with anyone who will listen. So mingle about, say hi and get set to enjoy this terrific sport. Also remember to call MKC on 9551 5576 if you have any questions.

 

Further Info

You can download the supp regs for this meeting from

www.ogkrc.com.au         Oakleigh Club website – also check out the New Karters section

www.vka.asn.au             VKA site – the Victorian governing body

 

Team Black Magic - The Early (not quite so black) years.