Getting Started

Getting Started in 2020

How to Get Started in Karting

IKClogoKarting is the world’s most affordable form of motorsport.

Many people associate it with young drivers, but adults are also very active in karting.

Karting is considered the first step in any serious racer’s career. It can prepare the driver for high-speed wheel-to-wheel racing by developing quick reflexes, precision, car control, set-up, mechanical and decision-making skills.

People of all ages can enjoy the sport with children as young as seven competing behind the wheel. Karting teaches these children, both boys and girls, basic driving skills well before they are able to obtain their road licence.

Karting is competitive, but it is also fun and family orientated, with involvement in the sport both on and off the track giving it a strong feeling of community. It teaches driving skills and offers people an opportunity to gain a career in motorsport, all in a safe and organized environment.
Kart meetings take place at circuits across Australia every weekend and are either a club, regional, state or national level meeting.

Getting into karting is relatively simple. First you need to become a member of your local kart club and start out on a provisional licence. Buying a kart has also been made a lot simpler thanks to a professional trade industry that serves the karters of Australia.

More information is available on the Australian Karting Association website: http://www.karting.net.au/how-to-get-started-in-karting/

To help with the process Ipswich Kart Club has put together a document addressing many of the questions someone interested in getting into karting may have.  You can find this document here.

The Ipswich Kart Club karting facility is located in the heart of the Ipswich Motorsport Precinct on Champions way at Willowbank. Karting has played a big part in realising the dreams of many of today’s superstar drivers such as Courtney, Whincup, Lowndes, Winterbottom, Briscoe and Webber. All these drivers started their motorsport journey through Sprint Karting. Some of the drivers mentioned above raced often at Ipswich or called Ipswich home.

IKC is the premier karting club in SE Queensland and the largest member only karting facility in Queensland. A place where the whole family can be involved, without denying anyone that NEED FOR SPEED!

Today a new generation of young drivers are calling Ipswich home.

 

KARTING CLASSES

BEGINNER

Note: New rules for Cadet Beginners-Click Here 

Cadet 4SS (Four Stroke Sprint) (6 – 12 years)
An introduction class that utilizes a control kart and Engine package to help teach beginners to the sport in a cost-effective way. Competitors can use either the Torini Clubmaxx or Briggs & Stratton 206 four-stroke engines. Both engines are focused on low cost, simplicity and low maintenance at the grassroots level of karting. The Control Chassis  , DR-L28 Ricciardo Kart focuses on delivering a fair and competitive racing.

Cadet 9 (6 – 9 years)
The purpose of this class is to teach young people to drive karts of restricted performance at a limited cost. Competitors use a Vortex 60cc Mini Rok fitted with a restrictor plate or Comer SW80 engine with a clutch. Drivers aged between 6 and 7 are only able to practice and must be 7 years of age before starting racing.
Approx. Power – 6hp

Cadet 12 (10 – 12 years)
Using the same principal of the Midgets class the Rookies use a Vortex 60cc Mini Rok or Yamaha KT100J engine fitted with a restrictor plate.
Approx. Power – 8hp

KA4 Junior (12 – 16 years)
With two weight divisions this class allows close competitive racing in karts with reliable engines (IAME KA100 Reedjet (fitted with a restrictor) or Yamaha KT100J) still fast enough to teach the basics of racecraft at a low cost.
Approx. Power – 11hp

4SS Junior and Senior (Four Stroke Sprint – Torini Clubmaxx 210, Briggs & Stratton 206) (12+ years)
The 4SS class is new for 2018 designed specifically for the entry-level competitors.  The engines used in this class are low cost, low maintenance Torini and Briggs & Stratton four-strokes on Kats fit with a hard compound tyre.
Approx. Power – 9hp

KA4 Senior (15+ years)
The engine used is the reliable IAME KA100 Reedjet (fitted with a restrictor) Yamaha KT100J which is the same as used in the Junior National class.
Approx. Power – 11hp

KA3 Senior (15+ years)
Utilising the IAME KA100 Reedjet or Yamaha KT100S, this class offers relatively low cost, yet fast and competitive racing. The Clubman class, as with all ‘controlled’ classes, uses a single brand and compound tyre, with wet weather tyres also an option for inclement conditions.
Approx. Power – 16hp

TaG 125 Restricted (Touch And Go – Formula Rotax, IAME X30, PRD Galaxy etc) (15+ years)
The TAG Restricted class caters for entry level competitors using push button or key start engines such as the Rotax MAX, X30 and PRD Galaxy engines fitted with a restricter plate. The engines used in these classes are watercooled and are fitted with a clutch and provide an easy step from beginner into the more powerful 125cc Open categories.

STATE LEVEL

Cadet 9 (6 – 9 years)
The purpose of this class is to teach young people to drive karts of restricted performance at a limited cost. Competitors use a Vortex 60cc Mini Rok fitted with a restrictor plate or Comer SW80 engine with a clutch. Drivers aged between 6 and 7 are only able to practice and must be 7 years of age before starting racing.
Approx. Power – 6hp

Cadet 12 (10 – 12 years)
Using the same principal of the Cadet 9 class the Cadet 12 class use an unrestricted Vortex 60cc Mini Rok or Yamaha KT100J engine fitted with a restrictor plate.
Approx. Power – 8hp

KA4 Junior (12 – 16 years)
With two weight divisions this class allows close competitive racing in karts with reliable engines (IAME KA100 Reedjet (fitted with a restrictor) or Yamaha KT100J) still fast enough to teach the basics of racecraft at a low cost.
Approx. Power – 11hp

KA3 Junior (13 – 16 years)
This class is for juniors making the step up from the National class, for more experienced drivers using faster engines (Unrestricted IAME KA100 or Yamaha KT100S).
Approx. Power – 16hp

Junior Max (13 – 16 years)
This is for the more experienced junior karters in Australia with all drivers using a 125cc Rotax MAX watercooled motor with clutch and electric starter.

KA3 Senior (15+ years)
Utilising the IAME KA100 Reedjet or Yamaha KT100S, this class offers relatively low cost, yet fast and competitive racing. The Clubman class, as with all ‘controlled’ classes, uses a single brand and compound tyre, with wet weather tyres also an option for inclement conditions.
Approx. Power – 16hp

TaG 125 (Touch And Go – Formula Rotax, IAME X30, PRD Galaxy etc) (16+ years)
The TAG classes cater for push button or key start engines such as the Rotax MAX, IAME X30 and PRD Galaxy engines. The engines used in these classes are water-cooled and are fitted with a clutch.
Approx. Power – 24 – 28hp

NATIONAL SERIES – Rotax Pro Tour

Micro MAX

Mini MAX

Junior MAX Trophy

Junior MAX

Rotax Light

Rotax Heavy

DD2

DD2 Master

AUSTRALIAN KART CHAMPIONSHIP

KA 12 (9-12 years)
This is the class for the youngest drivers in the Australian Kart Championship where they use an unrestricted Vortex 60cc Mini Rok.
Approx. Power – 8hp

KA4 Junior (12-16 years)
This class allows close competitive racing in karts with fitted with the IAME KA100 Reedjet (restricted) engine.
Approx. Power – 11hp

KA2 (13 – 16 years)
This is the elite category for junior competitors, it is Australia’s version of the international classes that are sanctioned by the world governing body, the CIK-FIA, for championships on an international level. The technical requirements for engines are the same as the international CIK classes that are raced throughout the world. *Licencing restrictions apply to this class.

KA3 Senior (15+ years)
Utilising the IAME KA100 Reedjet engine, this class offers relatively low cost, yet fast and competitive racing.
Approx. Power – 16hp

TaG 125 (15+ years)
The KA TAG class cater for push button or key start engines such as the Rotax MAX, IAME X30 and PRD Galaxy engines. The engines used in this class are water-cooled and are fitted with a clutch.
Approx. Power – 24 – 28hp

X30 (15+ years)
The IAME X30 class is a single-make 125cc class where drivers us the IAME X30 engine.
Approx. Power – 24 – 28hp

KZ2 (15+ years)
This class is Australia’s version of the international class that is sanctioned by the world governing body, the CIK-FIA, for championships on an international level. The technical requirements for engines are the same as the international CIK class that are raced throughout the world. *Licencing restrictions apply to this class.

ENDURANCE

Endurance Karting (16+ years)
Endurance karting involves long distance races that range between four and 24 hours in length. Pit stops, driver changes, refuelling stops, race strategy and kart preparation are all vital to a team¹s performance. Karts are powered by two 6.5 horsepower four-stroke engines. The Endurance Karting Association (TEKA) was established in Australia in 2000 and is affiliated with the AKA in running endurance karting events. Visit http://www.teka.com.au for further information on endurance karting in Australia.
Approx. Power – 13