This section looks at the basics of getting started in the sport, like choosing a class. We have also included a guide of suitable chassis's available for each class.
The first step in getting into karting is to determine what class you would like to race. The three things to look at when choosing your class are :
There are four main classes and then sub classes depending on the engine you choose to run. The main classes are as follows:
The sub-classes of Juniors depend on the total weight and type of engine used by the driver. The cheapest class and starting point for drivers is the National class. You can race the other class options once your licence has been upgraded to a "B" class licence.
Like the junior classes, these sub-classes are also determined by choice of engine and the combined weight of the kart and driver. Classes also depend on your grade of licence. You start competing with a "C" grade licence and than can choose to upgrade to a "B" grade licence.
When choosing a kart you need to know what class or classes you are looking at competing in. Other key factors are the engine, tyre compound, and the driver's weight and height.
Listed below is a guide as to what type of specifications suit each class and examples of karts available in the CRG range.
30mm wall axle
950mm wheel base
When choosing your club, location is the key aspect. Even though kart racing can take you all over the state, it is best to pick a club close to you for the ease of club runs and practice. There are thirteen sprint kart clubs and ten dirt clubs in Western Australia. Two of the sprint kart clubs are located in the metro area; Hurricane at Wundowie and Tigers at Wanneroo and Henderson. The metro dirt club is in Oldbury. The remaining clubs are located all over the state so there is always one close by.
Take the time to visit the clubs to get a feel for the atmosphere. Check out the facilities available to you, the running of races and rules and regulations governing the track. You will want to join a club that you are comfortable with. Remember have fun!
Click to see information on all the registered clubs in WA:
Bitumen Track Clubs
Dirt Track Clubs
The main tools you will need for preparing your kart, changing parts or while performing your regular services are as follows:
With respect to safety gear, clubs are very strict as it is a prime concern in any motorsport. The minimum you need is :
KartMart carries a full range of safety gear and karting tools, for beginners through to advanced drivers. Visit the online store or Just drop by the showroom and see Harvey or Megan to help you get started.