Go Kart Racing

Kart racing, often see as an entry-level to car racing, is still a widely popular and well regarded professional motorsport with many national and international championships held each year. A variant of its big brother motorsport, Formula One, karts are smaller and open-wheeled and whilst go-karting as a recreational public activity limits speeds, professional karts can reach higher than 160mph. The CIK-FIA (Commission Internationale de Karting – Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) is the main governing body for international karting events and sets rules and regulations on vehicular classes and racing styles. Due to the sports generally lower speed, almost anyone can participate and it’s often seen as a fun way to introduce children to motor sporting activities. Anyone over the age of 8 years old can compete in licensed races.

Generally, karting races fall into one of the three following categories; Sprint, Endurance, and Speedway. Sprint karting consists of short races around circuited tracked, often a small number of laps are performed in qualifying heats leading up to final, passing strategy and speed are of the utmost importance as judges focus on a number of point scoring measures when calculating a total score. Endurance races, as the name suggests, last for a much longer time than sprints, and can be anywhere between 30 minutes and 24 hours in length. These races tend to focus more on strategy than outright speed, may use more than one driver, and include complex pit strategy, lap consistency, and vehicular reliability. Speedway karting is also described in the name and is performed on tracks with two longer straights (speedways) with four corners. These races can be anywhere between 4 and 20 laps long and also focus on passing strategy, speed, and accurate turns. Whilst kart racing lacks the fame and popularity of other motorsports, it can still be an exciting form of entertainment and challenging to compete in.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *