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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


  • Junior Championship - age 12-15,  min. weight 47.50 kg, no max. weight
  • Lightweight Championship - age 16+, min. weight 65.00 kg, max. weight 82.49 kg
  • Heavyweight Championship - age 16+, min weight 82.50 kg, no max. weight


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 :

 

  • Junior Standard (J) - 47.50 kg to 57.49 kg
  • Junior Plus (JP) - 57.50 kg or above - there is no maximum weight
  • Lightweight Standard (L) - 65.00 kg to 72.49 kg
  • Lightweight Plus (LP) - 72.50 kg to 82.49 kg
  • Heavyweight Standard (H) - 82.50 kg to 87.49 kg
  • Heavyweight Plus (HP) - 87.50 kg or above - there is no maximum weight
 

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 3 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 (see below) or change to appropriate weight class. 

 

During the first three rounds of the championship season, there is a level of 'tolerance' regarding driver weights at weigh-in :

  • Where a Championship Class has a minimum weight, a driver is allowed to weigh-in up to 1.0 kg below the minimum weight, however they must weigh-in at or above the minimum weight at least once during the first 3 rounds, in order to qualify for that class for the rest of the championship season.
  • If a driver weighs in more than 1.0 kg below a minimum weight threshold, they either have to find additional weight, or move down to the lower weight class.
  • If a driver has to change weight class during the first 3 rounds, any points scored will be carried across, however, from R4 onwards, if a driver has to change weight class, they will lose any points scored. 


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, generally 2 drivers from each weight sub-class after each race although we may also weigh additional drivers from each race as well - at the driver briefing at each round it will be made clear about what approach will be taken to weight checks after races. 


The Weighing-In Official will, where possible, locate the scales near to the exit point from the pits (or where driver changes are made).


IMPORTANT : After each race, all drivers should get out of their karts and immediately report to the Weighing-In Official, making sure they have any seat inserts with them, to check if they need to be weighed or not. Any Driver who does not report to the Weighing-In Official after a race, whether they are weighed or not, will receive a 3 point penalty.


It is accepted that a driver may lose a small amount of weight during races, therefore a driver who is weighed after a race will be allowed a small tolerance of 0.5 kg - i.e. they can weigh up to 0.5 kg below the weight recorded at weighing-in at the start of the day, 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 :

 

  • 0.01 kg - 0.99 kg below = 3 point penalty
  • 1.00 kg - 2.00 kg below = 5 point penalty
  • 2.01 kg or more below = DQ from that race


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.