CovKartSport - Championship Weight Regulations
Please ensure you read through the weight regulations, in order to avoid any confusion or misunderstanding's at race-days and/or in relation to the championships
There are 3 main Championship Classes, and within each Class there are 2 weight sub-classes - 'Standard' and 'Plus'. When applying for Membership ahead of the start of the Championship season, drivers will select which main Championship Class they want to race in, based on the following age / weight criteria
At some point prior to the first round of the Championship (the date will be mentioned in the Membership Information), then the "Standard" and "Plus" cut-over weight within each main Championship Class will be fixed, based on the stated weights of drivers submitting membership forms up to and including that date. As a guide, the initial cut-over weights for 2020 are as follows :
For drivers who don't have their own race wear and will be using suits/helmets provided by the circuit(s), before submitting Registration forms or Race Entry forms, they should weigh themselves at home in the clothes they would be racing in, and then add 3.5 - 4.0 kg to that weight.
It is allowed to race 'overweight' in any class - for example, a Driver who is a Lightweight Standard, but weighs in at 76.50 kg does not necessarily have to change to Lightweight Plus. Even in the main Championship Class, a driver who has entered the Lightweight Championship, but weighs in at 83.75 kg (which is above the min. weight for Heavyweights) can still race in Lightweights.
Apart from the first 2 rounds of the Championship season (see below), it is not allowed to race 'underweight' in any weight class - if a driver weighs in below the minimum weight, they either have to add extra weight or they will score zero points for each race at any round they are underweight at.
During the first two rounds of the championship season, there will be a level of 'tolerance' regarding driver weights at weigh-in :
To summarise the table above :
Within the 3 Main Championship Classes (Juniors / Lightweights / Heavyweights) there are 2 'sub-classes' - "Standard" & "Plus".
Junior Standard & Lightweight Standard
For drivers in the Junior Standard & Lightweight Standard classes there is a minimum racing weight - at Round 1 ONLY, drivers will be allowed a 'tolerance' of up to 1.0 kg below the minimum weight and still be OK to race. Any driver more than 1.0 kg below the minimum must add weight, or they will score zero points for each of their races.
For Round 2 onwards, any driver underweight must meet the minimum weight or they will score zero points in their races.
Junior Plus. Lightweight Plus & Heavyweight Plus
For Drivers in the Junior Plus, Lightweight Plus or Heavyweight Plus classes - at Round 1 ONLY, they will be allowed a 'tolerance' of up to 1.0 kg below the minimum weight and still be OK to race. Any driver more than 1.0 kg below the minimum must either add weight, or they will be moved down to the Standard class for that round.
Any driver who is below the minimum weight at Round 2 must either add weight, or will be moved down to the Standard class for that round and for the rest of the season.
For Drivers in the Heavyweight Standard class - at Round 1 ONLY, they will be allowed a tolerance of up to 1.0 kg below the minimum weight and still be OK to race. Any driver more than 1.0 kg below the minimum must either add weight, or they will score zero points for their races at that round. They must also decide if they want to move down to Lightweight Plus class from Round 2 onwards, as any driver weighing below the minimum weight from round 2 onwards will score zero points for their races at any round they are underweight at.
'Overweight' Drivers - Junior Standard, Lightweight Standard & Heavyweight Standard
At Round 1, if a driver is 'overweight', for example. they have entered as Lightweight Standard but weigh in above the minimum weight for Lightweight Plus, they can choose to remain as Standard or change to Plus for that round, however, they must decide from R2 onwards which class they will race in for the rest of the season. If they decide to change to the Plus class, then they will be required to meet the minimum weight at all remaining rounds. If a driver does decide to change from Standard to Plus from R2 onwards, points scored at R1 will be carried over.
'Overweight' Drivers - Lightweight Plus
At Round 1, if a driver has entered as Lightweight Plus, but weighs in above the minimum for Heavyweight Standard, they will have to race 'overweight' in Lightweight Plus. If they then want to change to Heavyweight Standard from R2 onwards, they can do so, and points scored at R1 in Lightweight Plus will be carried over, however, they must then meet the minimum weight for Heavyweight Standard for all remaining rounds.
Weight Class Changes during the Season
Drivers are allowed to change Weight Class once per season - if this is done between R1 & R2 then any points scored at R1 will be carried over. If a driver chooses to change weight class at any point from R3 onwards, and points scored in previous rounds will not be carried over.
If required, to meet a minimum weight threshold, drivers are allowed to carry 'extra' weight, such as ankle weights or weight belts/vests. Weighted seat-inserts are also allowed, so long as they are deemed to be safe - this will be at the circuit's discretion. Although there is no fixed limit on the amount of additional weight, as a general rule, no more than 10.0 kg should be carried on the drivers person, and 20.0 kg should be the maximum weight of a seat-insert.
Drivers should weigh-in with any additional weight, and must declare the additional weight to the weighing-in official.
If additional weight is deemed to be 'excessive' and/or unsafe by either the weighing-in official and/or the circuit race director, then the driver will not be allowed to race with the additional weight, and may have to race in the lower weight class.
A driver who weighs in with additional weight must race with the same additional weight during all practice sessions and races at that championship round. Any driver who weighs in with additional weight, and subsequently it is discovered that they have raced without it (intentionally or otherwise), they will be disqualified from that championship round, and will lose all points scored - i.e. all 3 races will be marked as DQ.
The Weighing-In Official will carry out random weight checks during each championship round - Before each round, 3 grid positions from each race will be randomly selected and the 3 drivers in those grid positions will be informed after the race that they are to report to the Weighing-In Official immediately after the race.
The Weighing-In Official will, where possible, locate the scales near to the exit point from the pits (or where driver changes are made).
It is accepted that a driver may lose a small amount of weight during races, therefore a driver who is weighed after a race and weighs less than the weight recorded at weighing-in at the start of the day, will not be penalised so long as they are still above any minimum weight thresholds. However, if a driver is weighed after a race and is below their recorded weight, and subsequently this means they weigh less than a minimum weight threshold, they will receive points penalties as follows :
Each Driver is responsible for ensuring that they race at the correct weight - as general advice, during weighing-in at the start of the day, driver's should err on the side of caution, especially if they are weighing-in very close to a minimum weight threshold - i.e. weigh in light, race heavy...!
When weighing in, drivers should only be wearing, and have on their person, the clothing and race wear that they will actually be racing in - things like mobile phones, coins, wallets, keys, watches etc can all add up to 1 kg to a drivers weight, so if you are not intending to race with those items in your pockets/on your person etc, remove them before weighing in...! Likewise, don't take on a lot of food/fluids prior to weighing in, as the weight may be lost via 'natural causes' during the race day.
All Drivers must weigh-in during the signing-in period at the start of each race-day.
Any Driver who has not weighed in before the end of the signing-in period will automatically receive a 3 point deduction from their final points total at the end of the day.