Te Aroha Dirt Kart Club

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Kim Coughey 021-245-5990

Track manager-

Gordon Fisher

Race secretary/Grid Marshall -

Betty Williams

Lap Scorer

Boo Durbin


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Chief Steward-

Malcom Gray

Chief Scrutineers

Mike Limmer

Craig Durbin

Water kart pilot /Track prep



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.
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. Adriver 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 12 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.
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.