Those of you
wishing to enter the sport of superkarting should first attend a superkart
race meeting and have a look around the pits at the machines competing
and have a chat to the competitors to get an idea of what is involved and
what superkart would be suitable for your budget and abilities.
in general, are an approachable lot and usually don't mind stopping to
have a chat to a prospective new member/competitor!
Once you have
an idea of the classes of kart you wish to race, purchase your kart and
safety gear. New or second-hand it is totally up to you. A good place to
look for karts is in superkart club newsletters. Most clubs include a
classified section in their newsletters and are usually good places to
start looking and to get an idea of the costs of machinery involved.
on the link below to go to the Australian Clubs pages where you will find
contact information on superkart clubs right around Australia.
go to our Australian clubs pages to find a club in your state
also get in touch with a superkart dealer. The dealers can supply a wide range
of karts and parts or build one to order if you wish!
Here to go to our links page to visit a superkart dealer site.
Here to go to the
page for approximate entry level prices
Next, you will need to join a CAMS (Confederation of
Australian Motorsport) affiliated superkart club and through that
club you can apply for a CAMS superkart racing license. If you are new to
motorsport, you will be issued with a provisional license requiring you to
display a "P" plate at the rear of
your kart for at least 3 open race meetings, undertake some sort of
administrative role or wave the flags at 1 other open race meeting and attend a
lecture before you can be issued with an unrestricted superkart racing license.
You will receive a CAMS Manual of Motorsport which will detail specific class
technical regulations and all other safety requirements.
Those of you
coming from other areas of CAMS sanctioned motorsport will need to have
your existing license endorsed for superkarting by CAMS.
If all is well
with your club membership and license, enter your first event and away
you go. Your superkart, safety gear and driving apparel will be subject to an inspection
and approval by licensed scrutineers before you will be allowed on to the
track. This inspection is a necessary safety procedure and will reveal
any defect you may have missed before it becomes a danger to yourself or
other competitors. If faults are found that, in the chief scrutineers opinion,
are a hazard or your kart does not satisfy the technical regulations for
your class, your kart will not be allowed to onto the circuit until the fault is
piss you right off if you turn up at
a race meeting to find that your
kart does not conform to class
technical specifications and the
scrutineers decide that you will not
be allowed onto the track until the
non-conformance is fixed!
What is more galling is that you can
pretty much guarantee that you will
need your workshop facilities
to do the job.It
pays to be real familiar with your
class regulations as laid out in
the CAMS manual, particularly if
you have constructed your own kart
from scratch, and to carry out
thorough inspection and
preparation before presenting your
kart to the scrutineers!
would be willing to organize a pre-event inspection of your new kart if
you are not sure about any technical or safety issue related to your kart. In
some states it is a requirement to have your kart inspected before any log
book is issued.
While you are
plater, you will be started at the back of the field on the starting grid.
Officials of the event will be observing your behaviour on the circuit so it
pays to be a little cautious in your first couple of events.