Racing Rules

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S.O.K. Racing Rules

Southern Oregon Karters runs a ten race local series and hosts two or three larger races from other regional series during this year. The Gold Cup (IKF Region 6) and NorCal (IKF Region 11) races we host require a lot of volunteer manpower to put on. Everyone’s help is requested.

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Race Fees
Club race entry fee is $40.00 for SOK members and $50.00 for non-members for the first class. Additional classes (for the same driver) is $10.00. Transponder rental is $5.00 per kart.

Tires
The official spec tire for S.O. Karters is Hoosier R60, If you need to purchase Hoosier tires locally, please contact Andrea at 541.944.0760

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Club Classes
The following IKF classes are established SOK Club classes for the year 2014 season:

 

Kart Racing Classes 

 

Class

Combined Weight

Tires

Minimum Age

Kid Kart/Comer 50

160 lbs.

Any Tire in the Legal Diameter

5-8

Rookie Comer 80

210 lbs.

Hoosier R60

7-10

Comer 80

225 lbs.

Hoosier R60

8-11

Rotax Micro Max

235 lbs.

Mojo White D1

7-10

Rotax Mini Max

265 lbs.

Mojo White D1

9-12

Rotax Junior Max

320 lbs.

Mojo White D1

13-16

Jr. Super Sportsman

300 lbs.

Hoosier R60

12-15

Sr. Super Sportsman

350 lbs.

Hoosier R60

Over 16

World Formula

360 lbs.

Hoosier R60

Over 16

World Formula Masters

395 lbs.

Hoosier R60

Over 35

80 Shifter

360 lbs.

Hoosier R60

Over 16 w/ License

80 Shifter Masters

385 lbs.

Hoosier R60

Over 35 w/ License

Super Stock CR125

405 lbs.

Hoosier R60

Over 16 w/ License

TAG Light Leopard/Rotax

370 lbs.

Hoosier R60

Over 16

TAG Masters Leopard/Rotax

420 lbs.

Hoosier R60

Over 35

Non-standard classes may race if three or more participants register and must run according to regional (Gold Cup, NorCal or SKUSA class regulation as appropriate) rules. Pit pass fees are non-refundable.

Trophies
Trophies or awards for 1st through 3rd place drivers on race days.

Year-end championship trophies will be awarded for each class averaging three or more participants for five races. Trophies are awarded for first through third place in each class. Trophies beyond third place will be presented based on IKF participant’s guidelines for each class. Season ending points will be calculated using the nine highest scoring races for each driver. Essentially, there will be one expendable or throw-away race during the course of the race season. Competitors must participate in five or more races to qualify for a trophy. All kids get a trophy. Class champions will receive an embroidered jacket.

Awards Banquet
SOK holds a year-end banquet to present season championship awards. The banquet meal is free for each driver and one guest if they have competed in five or more races during the race season

Work Requirements 
To obtain any race points towards year-end championships, racers and/or friends/family must volunteer some time to support the club. Two cleanup workdays is required of each driver. This time is used for track cleanup, maintenance and building projects. Two event workdays are also required. These are to help put on a big races that the club hosts. A six-hour time commitment is expected, whether for a track workday or race workdays. If you cannot work yourself, you can have someone work on your behalf. A designated person will keep a list of workers and whom they are working for. It is your responsibility to checkout on the day you work.

Race Rules
The following rule summary is provided to help inform drivers of some of the most commonly needed information for racing events. Where applicable, the section reference number from the IKF regulations and the Technical Reference manual is provided in parenthesis. Note that this is only a summary and that all drivers are required to have a copy of the IKF rules and regulations in their pit (IKF 106.1) and are expected to be familiar with applicable rules

Classes
Race classes will not be combines except at the discretion of the race directors, and only then with the unanimous approval of all class participants. If two classes are combined, the faster class will start in front.

To run in a class you must run the required tire and meet the minimum weight, unless authorized by the director in advanced

New racers must demonstrate competency in handling the kart and knowledge of the race rules. The race director will have sole discretion in determining the ability of any driver to compete. His or her decision cannot be contested. (This rule will determine whether a new driver can race TAG i.e. License )

Points and Penalties
Non-members who race will be scored as they finish each race, but will be deleted from year-end championship points.
Shifter class starting penalties are as follow: Creeping-penalty of two finishing positions, at the starters discretion.

Track use and Safety
All racers must wear Snell 2005 (or newer) helmets with eye protection, jackets, gloves, neck collars and high top shoes when practicing and/or racing.

Make sure everyone practicing is using the same track configuration when multiple karters are on the track

On the day preceding each race, practicing karters will use the track configuration scheduled for the next day

The rules for the track use are self-policing. You are held responsible for your own actions and you are the intervene when other karters are seen not following the rules. Our insurance is only valid if these regulations are complied with. If you see someone breaking the rules go talk to them!

If you have a family membership, all members of the family can run karts, but if you have a friend who wants to try your kart, they must sign a release form first. Contact Brad Garfield or Dave Cavolt

On race days all people in the pit area must have a pit pass, including family and friends.

Please note the dates when the track is in use by other groups. On weekends when Siskiyou Sports Car Club rents the track no practice is permitted until after they have departed the premise

Refunds
Race entry refunds will be allowed up to the time of obtaining a valid qualifying time or pea pick. Pit pass costs are not refundable. (IKF 104.13)

Qualifying
If during qualifying a competitor breaks down before the green flag, you will be allowed to qualify later, but only one lap will be timed. (IKF 210.7)

If you take the green flag for a qualifying lap and you spin out or break sown and cannot continue, you will not be allowed to qualify again (IKF 210.7)

If during qualifying a competitor cannot get restarted on the pregrid, they will be allowed to qualify later, for one lap.

When a competitor is allowed to re-qualify, the time to re-qualify will be designated by the grid steward or race director. (IKF 210.7)

If a competitor, during both of his qualifying laps, is sin some way slowed by another competitor, (as determined by the starter or race director) he may re-qualify later, both laps (SOK club rule)

If rain interrupts a class qualifying session the whole class will re-qualify (IKF 210.7)

Pits/Pregrid
If there is a scratch or a no show in the pregrid lineup, the grid position will be adjusted (crossing over) to line up correctly. (IKF 210.8)

Working on karts in your class in the hot pit area is acceptable up until the green flag starts the race. Entering the racetrack is only allowed and directed by the grid steward. Obey his directions. (IKF 210.9.1) you must be started and on the track before the first green flag lap is completed..

No driving/coasting of karts outside of the hot pit area into the paddock. (IKF 106.4)

If you wish to push start or drive your kart in the hot pit, you must have your helmet on (insurance regulation)

Do not drive onto weight scale. Stop at the baser of the ramp, get out and push it onto the scale pads. (SOK club rule)

The race director may suspend a competitor from the event for a flagrant infraction by either the driver or members of pit crew. (IKF 210.11.2)

Driver at all times are responsible for their own conduct and for the conduct of their crews. Any offense committed by a crewmember will be chargeable directly to the driver. (IKF 114)

The starter’s flag signals are to be obeyed without exception. (IKF 113.3)

No one may go out onto the track or beyond the retaining fence without the express permission of the pit steward or race director (Insurance regulation)

The race director shall disqualify any driver who, in their opinion or that of his observers, is in violation of the rules. (IKF113.2)

It is the race director opinion to shorten any races. (IKF 113.2)

Karts that cause an accident and subsequent restart shall be put to the rear of the pack. The decision of the race director whether a kart caused the incident cannot be contested. (IKF 210.11.6.1)

Warm ups

if a driver drops out on the warm-up lap, the grid space on the start lineup is filled by that row al-moving forward to fill the space. (IKF 210.9.2.2)

When starting a direct drive karts, a push back line will be established. Karts must be running under their own power by this line before proceeding onto the racing surface. If they are not, the grid steward will not allow te kart onto the racing surface. It is the driver’s responsibility to stop before the push back line if he is not under power. Technically, this applies to Formula Y and Shifters. (Per personal communication with IKF sprint director 8/2000). Local interpretation is that all karts that are push started must be under their own power by the push back line.

Race
Competitors leaving the course or cutting the apex of a corner in order to pass another competitor is subject to disqualification. (IKF 108.3.2)

A race can be called completed if 60% of scheduled laps are completed. (IKF 210.11.6.4)

A driver who has gone off the racing surface may re-enter the racetrack only if operating under his/her own power (at all times) and no outside assistance is given. If the driver has to put a foot/hand on the ground, this will lead to disqualification. (IKF 108.5)

Scoring
If more then one kart is eliminated on one lap, they are scored by their position on the previously completed lap. (Personal communication with IKF sprint director 8/2000)

Starts
If a driver drops out on the warm-up lap, the grid space he occupied is filled by the karts gridded behind moving forward to fill the spot (IKF 210.9.2.2)

The judgment of the starter cannot be contested (IKF 210.9.4)

The decision to restart a race cannot be contested. (IKF 210.10)

The starter’s flag signaled are to be obeyed without exception (IKF 113.3)

If kart is stalled for any reason during the race after the green flag, they may not restart (Except the TAG class). They are to await the conclusion of the race before attempting to get the kart back to the pit area. (IKF 108.5 & 354.1.4)

If the front row of the lineup messes up two starts, they will be inverted to Row 2. The second rpw will move forward to start in the front. The front row will not be held responsible for actions of the pack behind them. (IKF 210.9.3)

If a driver repeatedly refuses to lineup properly, he shall be put to the rear of pack. (IKF 210.9.2.4)

Race restarts (red flag or full-course yellow):
If one lap has been completed (scored), the a single file restart will be utilized.

If one lap has not been completed, the start reverts to original lineup positions.

Shifter Starts

Karts stalling on the warm up lap may restart but may be gridded at the back of their class starters or race director’s option.

Karts delaying the organized and timely gridding may be started at the back.

Any stalling while in position on the grid, driver must raise hand immediately. The driver is obliged to remove his kart from the grid.

After the field has cleared the grid, a driver may attempt to restart and join the field if not directed to the contrary by course officials

A driver stalling before actually being in grid position may be assisted by grid personnel to restart the kart.

A driver’s privilege to attempt a restart at all times is subject to track official’s instructions and approval

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