Te Aroha Dirt Kart Club

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Gordon Fisher

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Betty Williams

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Boo Durbin


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Malcom Gray

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Mike Limmer

Craig Durbin

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Te Aroha Dirt Kart Club Rules
                                                 Te Aroha Dirt Kart Club Rules and Regulations
                                                                               2018 - 2019

Rule Comment
 The Spirit and intent of these rules is the standard by which Karting at our club will be conducted. Any breach, either technical or by deed may bring about a disqualification. These rules are interwoven with all other club rules and are to be used in conjunction with any other appropriate ruling. If you are contemplating modifications to your kart, do not assume that the modifications will be accepted - ASK FIRST. When you present your kart for scrutineering, pay your race fee and sign the indemnity form, it is understood that you are fully aware of these rules. All rules laid down by the club are to be abided by.

Intoxicating liquor and drugs
Refreshment containing alcohol and/or drugs are absolutely forbidden and will result in exclusion, suspension or disqualification either for the competitor or his/her pit crew or officials. Smoking is not permitted in track pit or grid area or any other place fuel is stationed. NB:We are now subject to the MPDC By-Law 2008, Schedule 4 of the Public Safety By Law.

Safety Comment;These rules are designed with one thing in mind - SAFETY.

Eligibility and requirements to compete, interpretation of rules, regulations and specification. Misunderstanding or misinterpretation of any of these rules, regulations and specifications does not invalidate the rule. The correct interpretation if required will be made by the Race Convener or President.

Club Members Responsibilities; To Know, Respect and adhere to the TADK Club Rules. Conduct themselves in a responsible and safe manner on the Grid, Track and surrounding areas at all times.

Eligibility; The competitor (and parent/guardian, caregiver, for drivers under 18 years) shall be conversant with all the rules governing Karting and be present during the entire day while competitor is racing. Identification is required for everyone wishing to race. No person shall drive in competition, practice or testing, a class of kart other than that specified for their age group.

Club Fees
These are payable to the Club Secretary. The fee period commences 1st October each year and expires 30 September the following year.
Memberships Fees
Family Membership(parents/caregivers with school age children).............. $80.00
2 Adult Members ( legal partners)................................................................$65.00
1 Adult Membership......................................................................................$50.00
Junior facing membership (16 years and under)..........................................$25.00
Social Membership.......................................................................................$15.00
Race Day Fees
Day License Racing Fee (per class entered)   One member                       $20.00
If more than one family member is racing        Two members                     $35.00
                                                                          Three                                  $50.00
                                                                          Four or more                      $60.00
                                                                          Non Members                    $40.00 per class
NOTE: The above fees are for one class entered.
An extra $20.00 per class($40.00 non-members) is required for each class a driver enters.
Included in membership fee is membership/scrutineering card and a copy of rules.

Equipment & Responsibility
INDEMNITY: Every driver and parent/caregivers/guardian ( if competitor is under 18 years) whether in practice or competition must sign an indemnity form before racing. A guardian signing on behalf of a minor, must be in attendance at all time during the day. This will in effect indemnify the promoting organization of any responsibility to the driver or equipment. The definition of "practice or competition" shall mean from reserve gate open to reserve gate closed at end of day.
It is the Competitors Responsibility to: Ensure that an entry form is completed in full and correct detail, present to the scrutineers their Kart in a clean & race ready condition with crash helmet, neck brace, gloves, footwear and race gear. Be fully conversant with all TADKC rules.
Acceptable Behavior: Physical or verbal abuse of any kind by official, competitor or spectator, whether directed at a fellow competitor or official, will NOT be tolerated. Any breach of this rule or any behavior detrimental to the image of Karting at TADKC can result in disqualification/expulsion or any further penalties that may be imposed.

General Driving Instructions: A high standard of driver behavior is expected and will be enforced. A Kart must be driven at all times within the capabilities & expertise of the driver. In a passing maneuver it is the responsibility of each driver to maintain his/her position on the track & avoid contact. A passing maneuver is deemed to have begun when 2 karts overlap each other by 50% or more. At no time are the wheels of the kart to leave the track & move onto the grass intentionally. This is deemed an illegal maneuver.

Dangerous Driving: barging, shunting, chopping off, sudden line changes will not be tolerated.

Withdrawal from competition must be clearly indicated with a hand signal and parked in a safe area off the track. A competitor may not restart during competition.

Accidents: Any Kart involved in a serious accident MUST be presented to a Scrutineer before returning to the track. Injuries MUST be reported to the Race Convener. A serious injury will require medical clearance.
In the event of an accident which may impede your ability to operate a Kart and which requires referral to a hospital, medical centre or GP, a signed medical clearance to race must be produced.

All Competitors and Pit Crew must use extreme care when operating karts in the pit area or any other place around persons.

Procedure for on track related incidents/complaints
Step 1. Take complaint to the Race Convener, Black Flag person or Chief Steward to mediate.
              NOTE; further steps involve a $50.00 protest fee.
Step 2. The complaint must be put in writing, dated & signed by Driver or guardian.
Step 3. Complaint is now taken to Committee Meeting. All parties to be notified when & where.
Step 4. All parties must attend. If complainant fails to attend complaint becomes Null & Void
Step 5. Complaint will be heard in full and resolved at this meeting.
NOTE: If complaint is upheld, the fee is refunded.
Procedure for non - track related incidents/complaints: See Committee Persons

Age Upgrading ( Season Start as of 1 November)
A driver upon reaching the lower age limit for their next respective Class may ; Immediately move into Junior Restricted/Junior/Senior Classes or continue in their respective class. A driver upon reaching the maximum age limit ( after season start ) may continue in that class until end of current season is reached.
Classes  All Competitors are subject to the following age limits.
The Cadet Class: Being drivers aged 6 years and under 10 years. They are not permitted to race in the Junior Restricted, Junior or Senior Class. Please note that Kart engine Racket is 85cc or no more than 6.5hp stationary engine as from 1/10/09. Racket engines & standard 6.5hp engines will be split into two classes within the Cadet class except during club champs or at the discretion of the race convener.
Junior Restricted Class: Being drivers 10 years & under the age of 14 years. They are not permitted to compete in Cadet, Junior or Senior Class. Boxed Muffler is compulsory.
Junior Class: Being drivers aged 12 years and under 17 years. They are not eligible to complete in the Senior Class if under 16 years of age as at 1 November.
Senior Classes: Minimum age 16 years as at 1 November.
Weights: Senior Lights- Min 70kg, Max under 89.99kg, body weight all up ( fully race suited )
                Senior Heavy- Min 90kg all up. Max allowable added weight to be no more than 3kg
                Senior Open -  Karts 1cc - 252cc  Rotary now allowed with proof of cc rating
                Senior Ladies- KT100 & Non Evo Rotax only. Min 70kg
A competitor may only enter 1 kart per weight class. Shared Karts with added weight for 1 driver must be carried by the other driver. No removal of weight is allowed.
Weights are to be fitted to the seat or floor pan with a minimum of 1 x 8mm capscrew or high tensile bolt per 3kg weight.Maximum weight in any one attachment not to exceed 6kg.
Scrutineering: Time and place 8.30 on dummy grid/shute area-join the queue and stay with your kart.Present your kart in a clean and race ready condition with race gear and scrutineering card.
Engine Start:Engines may be started at 9.30am BUT WILL CEASE FOR DRIVERS BRIEFING.
Flag Description:   Green  = Start of the race
                                 Red     = Immediately cease racing, obey Stewards instructions.
                                 Yellow  = Reduce speed & hold position (no overtaking)
                                 Blue     = Hold your course you are about to be lapped
                                 Black   = Rolled up, warning (mechanical or driver behavior ) Report to chief                                                 steward within 10 minutes of the end of the race                                                 You are not to race again until the matter is resolved.
                                                Open  Stop racing immediately and return to the designated area                                                  remain with your kart and await chief steward. You are not to race                                                    again until clearance has been given.
                                 White =  You have one lap to go in the race
                 Chequered Flag =  Signifies the end of race. Is shown to all karts irrespective or                                                     their number of laps completed once the LEAD kart has                                                   completed all laps and crossed the finishing line.
Flag Control
Must only be given to experienced persons. All flags must remain on the course until the absolute conclusion of the meeting. Strict penalties will be imposed for failing to obey any given flag.
Racing Helmet: Full face helmets must be at all times when operating a kart. helmet must fit properly and be securely fastened. only approved NZ safety helmets are permitted and these will be checked regularly.
Visor Tear-Offs: Not to be removed while on race track.
Eye Protection: Helmet visors must be properly fitted to give complete eye protection. Goggles are a permitted alternative. Glasses of any nature must be worn under a visor. All lenses must be clear and clean.
Neck Braces: Strongly recommended However All drivers in Cadet and Junior Classes MUST wear a neck brace at all times while racing and during practices.
Clothing: A minimum of cotton overalls must be worn. All suits must be strapped at wrist and ankles with NO arm or leg skin showing.
Gloves: All drivers must wear gloves and be of substantial material Eg leather, be firm fitting and worn at all times during practice and racing.
Footwear: Suitable footwear is of enclosed type, giving full foot protection. Laced type with ankle protection preferred.
Long Hair:Hair must be retained within your protective apparel. Extremely long hair must be retained within a hood or balaclava.
Number Plates and Numbering; All drivers must affix a large black number on white or yellow(lime green if current club champ) plastic or appropriate backing and attach them to the kart front and rear, plus side pods. This is your racing number.
1) Front & rear plates shall be flexible material with a flat surface large enough to display numbers which must be a min of 120mm high & a min of 20mm wide and in plain font. Numbers must be a min of 10mm from the edge of backing plate with a 10mm gap between double or triple digits.
2) Side numbers may be attached to the inner part of the side pod with a flexible plastic plate(No metal brackets permitted) or stuck to the outside of pod as in 1).
3) All numbers are to comply with the colours of the class without highlight lines or borders and be clean before each race.
4) Green plates with black numerals for 1st 2nd 3rd winners of club champs only.
X Plates: All new drivers, drivers who have not raced at TADKC within the prior two seasons and drivers not yet considered confident will be required to affix an X over their numbers and run off the rear of the grid.These will be removed at the discretion of the race convener. NOTE: No X platers to enter Club Champs.
Trackside Equipment: No tools are allowed on the track with the exception of the Cadet Racket and Junior restricted starters.
Outside Assistance: Junior Restricted & Cadet Drivers are permitted controlled outside assistance to restart.( To signal a startup is required,the driver must stay in kart & raise their hand in the air). A steward has the discretion to order a stop to restart attempt.
At no stage of driving a kart may both hands be removed from the steering wheel at the same time.
Refueling a kart on the grid or the track is not permitted.
A driver may be called by number only to report to the Steward. Driver must report to Steward concerned within 15 minutes.Any driver stalling in a race must raise one hand above head and remain in the kart until it is safe to move.
Vision: In the driving position a driver must be able to look over the steering wheel.
Two Minute Rule:The two minute rule applies from the grid only.
Jurisdiction: Drivers awaiting the start of an event are under the control of the Grid Marshall or assistant. Once the race has commenced, jurisdiction reverts to the Chief Marshall.
POLE DRIVER sets the pace and must not be passed. If the pole driver drops out number two sets the pace and so on. All gaps in the grid must be left as gaps. On the approach to the starter, karts must maintain two straight lines. With the exemption of any gaps, karts must remain closely in formation behind the front kart on pole- no slingshoting.On the start signal, the race is on. NOTE: No acceleration or lane changing is permitted until karts pass the acceleration line which is shown by a cone in the middle of the track on start only. No passing is permitted before the Green Flag has dropped. Drivers will be penalized to the rear of the field after one warning for infringement.
False Starts; In any type of starting procedure, where the starter in conjunction with the chief steward considers a breach of rules has been made and/or an advantage gained by a competitor, the race can either be stopped and offending driver/s penalized and the race restarted.
Restarts: Only existing race participants may partake in restarts. 
                 Cadet Class:- Remain in kart with a hand in the air indicating the need for assistance. Guardians to wait on infield by a flag marshall until they are needed.
                 Junior/Jr/Kt;- Engine stops= Kart to be removed from track to infield(when safe to do so) and are not to rejoin the race.
       Rotax/Open/Clutch- Spin outs = May return to race when way is clear without gaining any advantage or position. 
ONCE A Driver is out of their seat they are out of the race and may not return to the race.
Official Restarts; This may be called once the race has started and before a kart has passed the second flag point. There is no Official restart once a kart has passed this point unless so called at the discretion of the Chief Marshall.
Nut, Locknut & Nyloc nut Policy: All of the above on bolts should preferably have at least two full turns of bolt thread showing. Minimum requirement is "proud of flush" with the top of the nyloc nut.
Brakes: 1) Must be foot operated, and must operate on both rear wheels as minimum.
              2) Must be capable of stopping the kart. The rear wheels must not turn when the brakes are                       applied by hand
              3) Front brakes on Open Class only
              4) Where only bolts retain brake pads, the bolts must be drilled & a safety wire affixed or if                  splitpins are used they are to be in manufactured condition with a minimum diameter of 3mm
               5) All brake systems & pedal mounting bolts must be of high tensile material.
               6) Drilling of brake components for lightning is not permitted (discs excluded).