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Championship Format

The Junior Championship and the National Championship are run to the same format, which is a 10 Round, 30 Race Championship - 3 races at each round. Drivers score points in each race that they compete in, and at the end of the season, each drivers best 24 races are counted as their final points total. 
 
At each round, each driver will start from Front/Middle/Back grid positions in each of their 3 races. Grids are created randomly, and in such a way that every drivers starting positions add up to the same total +/- 1 position.
 
Maximum grid sizes will vary from circuit to circuit, and are dependent on the number of drivers in each class.
 
For example, if we have 18 drivers in Juniors, 22 drivers in Lightweights, and 28 drivers in Heavyweights, at that round, the number of races and grid size in each race would be as per the tables below:
Circuit Max Grid of 20
Class
Drivers
 Races
Race 1 Grid
Race 2 Grid
Race 3 Grid
Race 4 Grid
Race 5 Grid
Race 6 Grid
 Position Total(s)
Juniors
18
 3
18
18
18
-
-
-
28 / 29
Lightweights
22
4
17
16
16
17
-
-
26 / 27
Heavyweights
28
5
17
17
17
16
17
-
26 / 27

Circuit Max Grid of 16

Class
Drivers
Races
Race 1 Grid
Race 2 Grid
Race 3 Grid
Race 4 Grid
Race 5 Grid
Race 6 Grid
Position Total(s)
Juniors
18
4
14
13
13
14
-
-
21 / 22
Lightweights
22
5
13
14
13
13
13
-
21 / 22
Heavyweights
28
6
14
14
14
14
14
14
22 / 23
Where there are more than 3 races in a class, each driver will race in 3 of the total number of races, for example, a driver might race in Race 1, Race 3 and Race 5. Also, even with a max grid size of 20 or 16 (in fact any max grid size), unless the number of drivers is equal to, or exactly double, the max grid size (i.e. 16 drivers/32 drivers at a circuit with max grid of 16), each race will always have a grid of less drivers than the maximum - this is to accommodate the 'equal' totals for each drivers starting positions, and also so that you don't end up with a race of only 5 drivers...!!!
 
The 'Position Total(s)' is the total that each drivers grid positions add up to - the 22 Lightweights in the first table (grids of 16 or 17), example grid positions for a driver could be Grid 7 in their 1st race, Grid 14 in their 2nd race and Grid 5 in their 3rd race :Total = 26. Another driver could have Grid 3 in their 1st race, Grid 11 in their 2nd race and Grid 12 in their3rd race : Total = 27
 
The gridding system is designed so that a driver won't get the same grid position in more than one race at any championship round. Due to the fact that karts are allocated to grid positions, and not to drivers, it also means that drivers will race in 3 different karts at each round.
The Junior Championship is for drivers aged 12 to 15, and the National Championship is for drivers aged 16 and above. The National Championship is split into two weight classes - Lightweights and Heavyweights.
 
Within each Championship Class, there are two weight 'sub-classes' :

  • 'Standard' - this is defined by driver weight : Juniors - less than 60kg, Lightweights - less than 70kg, Heavyweights - 80kg to 89.99kg
  • 'Plus' - this is defined by driver weight : Juniors - 60kg and above, Lightweights - 70kg to 79.99kg, Heavyweights - 90kg and above
 
There is a 3rd 'sub-class' in each championship class which is 'Novice' Class. A 'Novice' Driver is someone who has competed in less than 7 competitive outdoor races prior to racing with Covkartsport. Novice Drivers are not put into 'Standard' or 'Plus' categories, they are simply classed as 'Junior Novice', 'Lightweight Novice' and 'Heavyweight Novice'.
 
Junior Novice and Lightweight Novice drivers can be any weight, whereas Heavyweight Novice drivers must be a minimum of 80kg. If a driver wants to enter the National Championship as a Lightweight Novice, but weighs over 80kg, then that is OK, but they will be at a disadvantage during races, so it is recommended that Novice drivers weighing over 80kg always enter the Heavyweight Class.
 
In the National Championship, there is also a Veteran Class for drivers aged 50 and above - this is not a separate class in terms of actual racing, however, in terms of championship points, 'Veterans' are competing for the Veteran Championship title, as well as their main Championship positions.

Trophy Awards at Championship Rounds

In each Championship class, trophies are awarded to the top 3 drivers, on the basis of the total points scored from their 3 races. This is regardless of 'sub-class' - i.e. there are no separate trophies for Standard, Plus, Novice or Veteran, simply 1st, 2nd & 3rd in Juniors, Lightweights and Heavyweights. Generally, the trophies are provided by the circuits, however, at some circuits, Covkartsport will provide the trophies.

Open Championship Round

One round of each Championship season is designated as the 'Open Championship' round. The format is essentially the same as a standard round, with drivers doing 5 minutes practice, followed by 3 x 12 minute heats, with points scored counting towards their championship totals. However, at the Open Championship round, drivers will compete in an additional Final. In each championship class there will be a minimum of 1 x 15 minute 'A' Final. Depending on the number of drivers, and the maximum grid size at the nominated circuit, there could also be additional 8 minute 'B' and 'C' finals. In case there are 'B' & 'C' finals, the drivers finishing 1st and 2nd in each 'B' & 'C' final will be promoted to the back of the grid in the next final - i.e. 1st and 2nd in the 'C' final, get promoted to the back of the 'B' Final / 1st and 2nd in the 'B' Final get promoted to the back of the grid in the 'A' Final.

 

Trophies are awarded to the top 3 drivers in each championship class, based on finishing positions in the final(s) - Junior Standard, Junior Plus, Lightweight Standard, Lightweight Plus, Heavyweight Standard & Heavyweight Plus. In addition the highest placed Novice in each class and the highest placed Veteran driver will be awarded a trophy. 

 

The 'Overall' Open Champion will be decided from the winners of each 'A' Final, who scored the most points in the 3 qualifying heats. In case of a tie in points, a countback of race results will decide the winner, and in case of tie in race results, the fastest lap will decide the winner. In the unlikely case that there is still a tie, then the title of Champion will be shared.

 

There are no Championship points awarded for positions in the Final(s)

After the Championship Season is finished, we host an Awards Evening where the Championship Trophies are presented. Format and Venue for the Awards Evening will be announced during the year, but is usually held at the beginning of December each year. Trophies are awarded for the main Championship Classes as per the below :

Junior Championship


Junior Overall Champion

Junior Standard Class - 1st, 2nd & 3rd

Junior Plus Class - 1st, 2nd & 3rd

Lightweight Championship


Lightweight Overall Champion

Lightweight Standard Class - 1st, 2nd & 3rd

Lightweight Plus Class - 1st, 2nd & 3rd

Heavyweight Championship


Heavyweight Overall Champion

Heavyweight Standard Class - 1st, 2nd & 3rd

Heavyweight Plus Class - 1st, 2nd & 3rd

Novice Class Awards

The awards for drivers competing in the Novice Class will be determined by the number of Novice Drivers in each Championship. If there are 3 or more Novice drivers in each championship class (i.e. 3 Juniors, 3 Lightweights and 3 Heavyweights) then there will be an award at the end of the season for the highest placed Novice in each class. If there are less than 3 Novice drivers in each championship class, then the award(s) at the end of the season will not account for championship class, but will be awarded to the driver with the most points (after dropped scores) - if there are 7-8 Novice drivers, awards will be given out for 1st to 3rd, if there are 4-6 Novice drivers, awards will be given out for 1st & 2nd, and if there are 3 or less Novice drivers, an award will be given out to 1st place only.

Veteran Class Awards

The awards for drivers competing in the Veteran Class will be determined by the number of Veteran Drivers in each class of the National Championship. If there are 3 or more Veteran drivers in each championship class (i.e. 3 Lightweights and 3 Heavyweights) then there will be an award at the end of the season for the highest placed Veteran in each class. If there are less than 3 Veteran drivers in each championship class, then the award(s) at the end of the season will not account for championship class, but will be awarded to the driver with the most points (after dropped scores) - if there are 4-5 Veteran drivers, awards will be given out for 1st & 2nd, and if there are 3 or less Veteran drivers, an award will be given out to 1st place only.

Other Awards

Rookie of the Year - this is awarded to the driver (from any championship class) with the highest points total (after dropped scores) who has never competed in a Covkartsport round before.

Most Fastest Laps - this is awarded to the driver (from any championship class) who has posted the highest number of fastest race laps across the season.

Most Improved Driver - this is awarded to the driver (from any championship class) who, in the opinion of the Covkartsport organising team, has made the most significant improvement across the season - either compared to previous season(s) or throughout the course of the current season.

 

Cambridge Stonecare Driver of the Year Awards

Our Championship sponsors will be giving awards out for the Driver of the Year - click here to find out more...

RaceDay Format

At the start of each Race day, there is a signing-in period of 45 minutes - during this time, all drivers must sign-in, pay their race entry fees (if not already paid in advance), weigh in, and sign the circuit disclaimer form. If a driver does not sign in, they will not be included in the grids, and therefore will not be able to race. Any driver who doesn't weigh in before the end of the 45 minutes will receive a 3 point deduction from their points total at the end of the races.

 

The times of the signing-in period for each round can be found on the Junior and National Calendar's - usually it is between 08:45 - 09:30 - however, please ensure you check a few days before each round, as there are some rounds with different times. If there are any significant changes, then we will announce those on the website and on our FB page.

 

If you are running late on raceday, you must inform Covkartsport before the end of the signing-in period - this can be via FB, Messenger or Text Message (07954 838121), and you must state your name, class and ETA. If you don't inform us, you won't be included in the grids, therefore when you arrive, you will have to start from the back of the grid in your races.

 

Once drivers have signed-in and weighed-in, if the circuit allows it, and if there is time, drivers may do a trackwalk.

 

After the signing-in period is finished, all drivers must attend the driver briefings - this will be a combination of the circuit's own briefing where they will go through their own safety rules etc, and then a Covkartsport briefing where we will give any relevant information about the raceday format, or any other important points. Briefings usually take c. 15-20 minutes in total.

 

Grid Sheets

Once the signing-in period is complete, the grids for that day's races will be created, printed, and put up on a wall/window/noticeboard at the circuit. There will usually be two different printouts for each class :

 

  • 1 printout will show the grid for each race in each championship class - this allows drivers to see who they will be racing against in each race.
  • 1 printout will show each driver's race number & grid position - this allows drivers to quickly find which races and grid positions they are in.


Drivers are responsible for making sure they know which races they will be racing in, and must report to the Grid Marshall before each race, to be informed about which kart number/grid position they are in. If a driver has not reported to the Grid Marshall, and every other driver is seated in their karts, the race will start without them - we will not come looking for missing drivers...!

 

Race Order

At 'Joint' rounds where the Junior and National Championships are racing on the same circuit/day, the races will be alternated by class. For example, if the number of drivers in each class is less than or equal to the max grid size, then there will be 3 races in each class. Race 1 will be Juniors, Race 2 will be Lightweights and Race 3 will be Heavyweights. Races 4, 5 & 6 will be in the same order, and Races 7, 8 & 9 also in the same order. If there are more drivers than the max grid size in any class, then the number of races will increase, but the classes will still alternate, and it should never be the case that there will be consecutive races in the same class i.e. 2 Lightweights races in a row.

 

The only exception to the order for 'Joint' rounds is if the Junior's have to race on a different track layout at a circuit, in which case, all of the Junior races will take place first, followed by the Lightweights & Heavyweights races, which will alternate by class.

 

At 'Junior Championship Only' rounds, obviously, the races will run consecutively, but normally, there will be a short break in between the races.

 

At 'National Championship Only' rounds, the race order will alternate between Lightweights & Heavyweights - wherever possible, we try to avoid consecutive races in a class, but it may not always be possible to do so.

 

Race Points

Regardless of the number of drivers in a race, points awarded are the same, and are awarded solely on the finishing position in each race, regardless of whether a driver is Standard, Plus, Novice or Veteran. There are 30 points for 1st place, 29 points for 2nd place, 28 points for 3rd place and so on, decreasing by 1 point per position right down to 1 point for 30th place (where the grid size allows that).