Australian Independent Dirt Kart Association

2015 Rule Changes

2015 Rule Changes

Sep 24, 2014

The rule changes for the 2015 racing season  have been voted on by the clubs and here are the big changes for next year.

As of February 2015, 125 drivers will be allowed to use the new generation engines including the Leopard X30, PRD Galaxy and the current FR125 Rotax Max.  Current 125 drivers will however be allowed to modify the currently allowed motors with an optional carburettor and muffler, estimated to cost $350.00 for the upgrade.  This will make the older motors competitive with the new generation engines, not forcing drivers to have to update their engines to remain competitive.  Final revisions will be made over the next few months and the full rule released on the website soon.

The remote clubs such as Alice Springs and Weipa have been given additional practice meetings during the year (twelve instead of the current 4) and are also allowed to accept “non-qualified” drivers to race at their state titles.

Maximum kart weight in Junior Heavy, KT Medium, KT Heavy and 125 Heavy will now be performed before the race, with those failing the weight excluded from the race.

As from 2015 the Australian title plates will be Yellow Numbers on Green Plates.

Rookies will have the option of running full width plastic rear bumpers, the same style used by the current midget karts.

Appendix “D”, our track requirements has been totally revised with new standards being implemented in 2015 and 2016.

There are also a lot of other changes, some relating to procedures and some rewording of current rules.  The complete 2015 rule changes are listed below

 

RULE CHANGES FOR 2015 RACE SEASON:

7.18 THE RULE NUMBER IS INCORRECT 8.2 CHANGE TO 7.2

19.6   to be re-entered into book

5.2.1 is written twice should be 5.2.2

27.9   add new fuel number (VP C9) as per approved at the May council meeting

Appendix A – 16 Delete

Appendix A – 17.    The scrutineers will check to see that the installation of engine seal/s is correct prior to racing. Drivers are responsible for attaching their seals to the engines/chassis prior to scrutineering.  The scrutineers will check the installation and verify that the seal numbers have been recorded correctly onto the scrutineering form.

Sealing Method: All motors ………..

 11.4.6: Add Size      54.27 Meteor Piston                

The use of IAME X30, PRD Galaxy and Rotax R Max 125 engines are allowable from 2015.

3.1.4       Technical rules may be approved by the AIDKA Executive Committee at any stage.

I.E. Rules that are unworkable or that must be clarified during the year.

3.2.1       A.I.D.K.A Clubs or Executive members may submit a Supplementary Rules and/or Regulations proposal in writing to the A.I.D.K.A. Secretary at any time.  The A.I.D.K.A. Secretary will forward any Supplementary Rules/Regulation proposals to the AIDKA Executive committee.

3.2.2        The AIDKA Executive shall be responsible to evaluate new Supplementary Rules/Regulations and modify them as required before they are forwarded out to the Clubs for evaluation.  Clubs shall be given thirty (30) days to evaluate the proposed changes, after which they will be presented at the next A.I.D.K.A. Council meeting for ratifying.

3.2.11     Technical rules/regulations may be approved by the AIDKA Executive at any stage.  I.E. Rules that are unworkable or that must be clarified during the year.

3.2.12 Any changes to rules/regulations will be posted on the AIDKA website and notice sent to all clubs of updates.

5.2.1: To compete in a class you must have the appropriate licence grade or a higher grade for that class:

5.2.1: A driver wishing to race in a class higher than their current licence grade must start ROF until they have 3 licence grade endorsements. They will then be eligible to upgrade to that licence grade.

CURRENTLY ADVERTISED ON WEB:          Clarify the procedure

5.7.2             The Nominating Secretary or person in charge of accepting nomination money shall sign the Log Book. This person will also fill in the current date, hosting Club and Class (es) in which the Driver has nominated.  In the case of pit crew/official, date, club ‘PC’ or ‘Off’ and signature will be entered.

New rule: 7: Rules of racing A driver may only race in a class they have paid nominations for and is entered in drivers log book. A Driver may, (subject to the chief stewards permission) undertake kart tuning in another class, so long as it is undertaken at ROF and does not take part in competitive racing

5.6.1  A Casual licence holder becomes a temporarymember of that A.I.D.K.A. Affiliated Club when a Casual Pass is purchased and they complete an Official Registration Form on the day as set by A.I.D.K.A. Theyare thenpermitted to drive at a meeting in a novice session with non-licenced drivers or at a scheduled Education meetingunder the strict supervision of Track official

Rule 6 ADMINISTRATION – GENERAL

6.2.4 Twelve (12) race meetings includingone (1) Blue RibbonEvent per Club per year plus four (4) Education Days/ Promotional Days per year.

6.2.8 Blue Ribbon Events shall be maximum of one day duration.

6.2.4   Twelve (12) race meetings per Club per year plus four (4) Education Days/ Promotional Days per year. Remote Clubs (no club within 500km) are eligible for twelve practice days per year.

7.17.1 Any driver that is suspected of any loss of Conscious State or serious Injury that has been taken to hospitalwill take no further part of that meeting or any other AIDKA race meetings until checked out by a Medical Practitioner and medical certificate produced. (Entry to be made into Log Book)

This rule has been implemented immediately under Safety rule

8.1.1 The transponders system is optional for clubs to use & optional for members to purchase.

9.9When80 or less total nominations are received, three (3) or more nomination present on the day will constitute a class. If 80 or more than 80 nomination are received five or more nominations must be present on the day to constitute a class. If less than five (5) nominations are received at any meeting, licence grades classes (A & B) maybe combined. The Organisers have the right to cancel or combine classes if necessary

Add in (C & D) maybe combined   D grade to start at the rear of C grade

10.4           Maximum kart weight for J Junior Heavy when a Light Class is offered shall be 70kg or a combined weight of 105kgs when a light class is not offered. A J Junior driver may race in one (1) weight class only on the day. Maximum Kart weight for KT Medium and KT Heavy classes when a Light Class is offered shall be75kg and 85kg in 125cc Heavy Class when a Light class is offered. Maximum kart weight can only be determined before the start of the race as the kart is presented on the out grid. If the kart fails to comply the driver will be excluded from the race

11.1.2 – Addition to Rule Rear Bumper: Option to run a rear bumper that covers the full kart width and be made of plastic construction.

15.4.7            Stub axle bolts to have no area of thread inside chassis or stub section

Implemented immediate

16.6 – Black with Yellow Diagonal Stripe Flag

Driver has committed an offence under the Rules & Regulations but may continue to race. Driver must report to the Chief Stewart with a driver’s representative after the race has been completed.

17.7   State or Territory Titles – white on red

Australian title holder – yellow on green

26.1 Remove the words “at title events” so it reads “All drivers must be accompanied by a driver’s representative when called to chief steward.

25.6 If consent is not given for an engine to be fully inspected by the engine measurers, then the       driver will forfeit his or her position for the meeting in that class and may face further disciplinary action as determined by the Chief Steward and or AIDKA.

REGARDING SIGNED CONSENT FOR PUBLICATON OF PHOTOS – Administrative procedure

AIDKA Licence forms to include request for signed consent to be given for photos to be used to promote karting in print and digital media. Clubs should include signed consent on membership forms.

29.3                All Officials, Drivers, associated Pit Crew or persons authorized to enter the Pit Area (Pit Area access restricted) shall be required to undertake Alcohol Breathe Testing when and where requested. Refusal by any of the aforementioned members to submit or cooperate fully with the Administration of Alcohol Breathe Testing will be deemed to be the same as a first (1st) positive result (Rule 34.4)(29.4)

31.1  (C.)   Conduct of an AIDKA official

Fee needs to be added to this, fee to be done at AGM

Appendix A Rule 31 State titles in states with less than 60 racing members shall be exempt to the following rules:
Appendix “A” (5) and (25). NT & QLD shall be allowed to start non-qualified drivers at the rear of the field

Appendix ‘A’ Rule 6. Title events – Australian, State or Territory Titles shall be sanctioned as one (1) event conducted on consecutive days. Event to include practice (optional) and the race format that the title committee has chosen. An additional day is to be optional, should the event be not completed due to any lost time/constraints or weather conditions occurred during scheduled days of the event.

Scrutineering to be done before going to nomination.

15.2.4   Steel bars to be a minimum of 1.6mm and 2.4mm maximum.  Aluminium bars to be a minimum of 2.0mm and 3.0mm maximum

 

APPENDIX “D” (re write)

AIDKA Dirt Track Requirements

The following are the minimum requirements of AIDKA for Dirt Kart Tracks in Australia.  The AIDKA NTSO or National Executive reserves the right to vary these Requirements at any time in the interest of safety.

1)       Track Inspectors:  Each club shall appoint a club Track Inspector to be responsible for track safety.  These club track inspectors are to liaise with the NTSO to ensure the track is maintained in a safe and satisfactory condition.  The club track inspector has the right to stop racing should they consider the track needs repairs to ensure the surface is maintained in a safe and satisfactory condition.  The NTSO has the right to approach the club track inspector at any time, if they feel an item of safety needs attention.   If the NTSO is not satisfied that the club track inspector has endeavored to correct the problem, then they must approach the club executive and advise them of the problem.  If the problem is still not addressed, then the NTSO will advise the AIDKA secretary to notify the club in writing that they have a given timeframe to have the problem corrected.  During this timeframe the track may be suspended from holding an AIDKA affiliated event.  If the problem is still not corrected after the allowed timeframe, then the NTSO has the power to close the track to all AIDKA affiliated events.  The NTSO must notify the AIDKA secretary to advise the club of this in writing.

2)       Track Inspections: Tracks will be assessed by the NTSO prior to Track License being issued.  Physical inspections will be required following any track alterations, minimum 3 months prior to a title event or at the discretion of the NTSO or National Executive.  Each track will be assessed on their merits and the NTSO to assist clubs with any necessary improvements over a reasonable period of time to the minimum safety standard.

3)       Track License:  A current AIDKA track license along with any other required license must be displayed in the clubrooms in a prominent location.  An AIDKA track license will run for 12 months from 1st February each year and will only be issued provided the following have occurred.

a)       Affiliation fee has been paid,

b)       License fee has been paid,

c)        Club Track Self-Assessment has been performed and approved by NTSO.

d)       A COMITTMENT TO Attend at the annual Club Chief Steward training day. FAILURE TO ATTEND WILL RESULT IN TRACK LICENSE BEING REVOKED IMMEDIATELY.

4)       Track Maintenance:  It is the Chief Stewards responsibility to check that the club track inspector has the track is in a safe, satisfactory condition prior to the start of, and during, a race meeting.  If at any time they consider the track is not in a safe, satisfactory condition, they must stop all racing, notify the club track inspector and ensure the track is returned to a safe, satisfactory condition.

5)       Track Layout:  The track is to be a minimum of 250m and a maximum of 600m in length with a minimum width of 8m throughout.  It is recommended that straights and high speed corners be made wider wherever practical, to allow karts more room to take evasive action and continue racing.  Sections of track to be no closer than 4m to itself.  Sections that are closer than 5m to itself must have an energy absorbing barrier erected and maintained.

6)       Track Requirements:  All tracks must have the following;

a)       A minimum width of 8m at any location,

b)       High speed straights or corners must have either a minimum width of 10m or a loose catch trap (ie; sand) consisting of minimum 1500mm in width and 150mm in depth before the energy absorbing barrier.  The loose catch trap must be maintained at the same elevation as the racing surface.

c)        Where the racing surface is not bordered by a loose catch trap these run off areas must be maintained in a clean and compacted condition that present an even surface, free of any loose stones and debris.

d)       Inside of all corners must be defined by a loose earth reel consisting of a maximum height of 200mm.  The earth reels must be maintained in a loose state so as to prevent karts from riding front wheels around on top.

e)       Must be maintained in a safe and satisfactory condition so as to provide a consistent even racing surface for all competitors.

f)        Must have identification for the end of the first corner for the purpose of restarts.  This identification must be defined by a cone on the infield or an obvious marker on the outside of the track and announced at the drivers briefing.

g)       Must have as a minimum 2 petrol type fire extinguishers located inside the race arena.  One located near the starting area and the other located within easy access on the infield.

7)       Safety Barriers:  Must be Energy absorbing barriers to protect kart and driver from serious injury as per options below.

a)       Car tyres may be used.  The tyres shall be of consistent size to ensure even stacking.  Tyres must be fixed together up and down as well as side to side in minimum groups of 5 (unless rubber belting is placed along tyres, upon which minimum fixing together of tyres is required).  The tyre barrier must be of a minimum height of 600mm.  Tyres to be kept free of earth and debris and not placed hard up against any object.  No tyres shall be placed over a solid object, (ie over a pole, or post)  but instead a continual barrier must be place around the solid object.

b)       Plastic Barrels may be used around track perimeter only.   The barrels shall be parallel sided plastic drums with a minimum diameter of 600mm and a minimum height of 900mm.  The barrels must be fixed together near top and bottom in groups of 5 (unless rubber belting is placed along tyres, upon which minimum fixing together of barrels is required).  Barrels to be kept empty and must be at track level, not partly buried.  Barrels must undergo continual inspections to ensure plastic is not brital and will not splinter upon impact.

c)        Rubber Belting may be used to provide a continual barrier along track side of tyres or barrels.  The belting must be fixed to the tyres or barrels with countersunk or cup head screws top and bottom to minimum every 3rd tyre or barrel.

d)       Other energy absorbing barriers may be used subject to prior approval by the NTSO.

8)       Officials Barrier: Must be constructed with tyres as per Appendix ‘D’ rule 7a).  The barrier is to be open on one side only (preferably infield side).

9)       Pit Area:

a)       Pit must be clearly defined and of sufficient size to cater for a major race meeting.  Pit area must be fenced so as to prevent unauthorized access to the general public.  AIDKA license holders only access signs must be prominently displayed at each and every access point.  A minimum of 2 petrol type fire extinguishers must be located in pit area.  One near the in/ out grids, one centrally located in pits.  Fire Extinguisher location signs to be placed for ease of locating should they be required.

b)       Out-grid must be of sufficient size to cater for 2 grids of 20 karts each.  Must have gates on front, that are closed during racing.  Gates are to be recessed back from race surface.

c)        In-grid must be of sufficient size to cater for up to 2 fields of 20 karts (40 total).  Must have gates on back to prevent karts entering pit area whilst still under power.   Gates must be closed during racing.

10)         ALL CLUBS WILL BE REQUIRED TO COMPLY WITH THE NEW FENCE REQUIREMENTS BY 2016. a) Track Safety Fences:  Where fence is closer than 5m to track racing surface, or on high risk areas as    directed by NTSO, fence is to be minimum of 1.8m high chain mesh with wire gauge of minimum      2.5mm.  Chain mesh to be placed on track side of posts with maximum post spacings of      4.5m.  Remainder of track safety fencing is to be 1.2m high of wire mesh (not single strand wires)    secured to posts maximum 3m apart.  No metal star pickets to be used on track safety fencing.

b)  Pit Area Fences:  Can be any style of fencing that is a minimum of 900mm high and is of sufficient capacity to prevent people entering areas unauthorized.  Where Pit area fence adjoins spectator areas, there needs to be another fence or barrier minimum 1m away to prevent people smoking and leaning over fence near flammable liquids.

c)  Spectator Safety Fences:  All spectator areas to be adequately fenced off to keep spectators in those areas and away from racing or pit areas.  Spectator fences that are not close to Track safety fences can be any style of fencing that is a minimum of 900mm high and of sufficient capacity to prevent people entering areas unauthorized.

11)       Amenities: Toilet and canteen facilities to comply with local health Regulations.  All canteen facilities must have a minimum of 1 fire blanket and fire extinguisher mounted to the wall in an easily accessible location.  Canteens must be fitted with RCD safety switches.

12)       First Aid Requirements: All tracks must have designated are for an ambulance to access the track and  suitable areas set aside for treatment of injuries onsite.

13)        Service Vehicle Area: All tracks must have designated area for parking and storage of track maintenance equipment and vehicles outside race arena and spectator area during racing.

14)       Control Towers:  IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED THAT All clubs have as a minimum one of the following FOR ALL BLUE RIBBON EVENTS;

a)        One control tower with two rooms.  One room for lap scoring and transponders, one room for Stewarding and driver/crew reprimanding.

b)        Two control towers.  One for lap scoring and transponders, another for Stewarding and driver/crew reprimanding. This is to stop lap scorers and transponder operators from being distracted and having to deal with Chief stewards and drivers/crew during reprimanding.  All control towers must be adequately   covered, closed and ventilated with access by way of permanent structure (i.e. stairs).

15)        Lighting Requirements:

Grid Lighting: Must be such that no shadows are cast which may be a danger to competitors/pit crews whilst starting karts.
Paddock/Pit Lighting: Must be adequate enough for competitors/pit crew to move around the paddock without endangering themselves by     objects hidden in shadows.

Track Lighting:

1.           No Point of the racing circuit (track) will measure less than 20 Lux.

2.           Track lighting is to be measured at APPROX 750MM ABOVE GROUND level on the inside, centre and the outside of the track.

3.           The area on the track used to record kart numbers will measure no less than 38 Lux.

4.           The starting area will measure no less than 38 Lux.

5.           No lighting shall cause glare to Drivers or officials.

6.           Any circuit used under lights must have the track edges and wind rows be maintained at a high standard and can be clearly defined during night racing.

7.           All new track lighting be designed by a qualified person.

Amenities and Canteen Areas Lighting:

Must be adequate enough for visitors, families, competitors, and pit crew to move  around these areas without endangering themselves by objects hidden in shadows.

16)     Risk Management

All A.I.D.K.A. affiliated Clubs must have a Risk Management Programme in place and current. The Risk Management Programme shall be available at the time Track Inspections are conducted. The format should comply with the Risk Management Section Policy contained in the A.I.D.K.A. Secretary Handbook provided to each affiliated Club.

17)   All Terrain Vehicles (A.T.V) – (or similar vehicles)

Must be operated in accordance to the Policy document provided to all Club Secretaries. This policy may be updated from time to time. All operators of these vehicles shall be provided with a copy.

18)  CHANGES TO FACILITIES.

All clubs are required to notify the NTSO via the AIDKA Secretary in writing prior to any changes being  made to track, fencing or facilities that might have an impact upon safety.  The changes will then be assessed and the club notified of the result.