2018 National Championship
The CovKartSport National Championship is open to anyone aged 16 and above. A 10 Round (30 Race) Championship, racing at 7 different circuits across the UK, we provide fantastic variety for drivers looking to expand their racing horizons beyond their local track.
The Championship is split into 2 weight divisions (Lightweights & Heavyweights), and within each division, there is a Novice class (if you have competed in less than 6 competitive Outdoor Races) and also a Veteran class for drivers aged 50+.
At nearly all of the Championship Rounds, discounted practice sessions are exclusively available for CovKartSport the day before the racing.
At each round, we have our own team of volunteers, who take care of registration, weighing in and scorekeeping, as well as a Marshalling team including Race Directors and on-track spotters, who, in conjunction with staff / marshalls at the circuits, deal with any on-track incidents, applying appropriate penalties if required.
Our Annual 'Open' round is also a chance for all-comers to compete for the coveted Open Championship Trophy.
We look forward to seeing you in 2018...!
The format of each Championship round is the same - each driver has a 5 minute practice session, followed by 3 Races - these will normally be 12 Minutes each, but depending on circuit costs may be shorter or longer than that.
Each Driver will be allocated grid positions in their 3 races, on a Front/Middle/Back basis - the total of each driver's starting position will usually be within +/- 1 position of all the other drivers. Unless specified otherwise, all races will begin with a grid start, and during racing, the usual systems of flags and marshalling will be applied. At the end of each race, points are awarded to each driver depending on their finishing position in the race :
1st = 20pts, 2nd = 19pts, 3rd = 18pts, 4th = 17pts and then decreasing by 1pt for each subsequent position.
At the end of the races, each driver's points are totalled, and trophies are awarded to the drivers with the 3 highest scores. In the event of a tie, placings are decided firstly on a countback of race results, and if there is still a tie, then the placings will be decided by fastest race lap time.
Membership and Race Entry
In order to score points in the Championship, and be eligible to win any awards at the end of the Championship Season, drivers are required to submit an online Membership Form, and pay the Membership Fee of £30 at the first round they attend.
'Guest' Driver's can race in any Championship Round, and if they finish with one of the top 3 points totals on the day, are eligible for a trophy award at that round, but their points are not included in the Championship Table.
Ahead of each Championship Round, all drivers must submit an online Race Entry form. This is on a 'round-by-round' basis - i.e. Race Entry for the next round of the Championship is opened the day after the previous round has finished. It is not possible for 'on-the-day' entries. Unless specified otherwise, Race Entry for each round closes at 22:00 on the Thursday preceding each round.
Race Fees are payable at registration at each round - cash is preferred method, although card payment is possible.
Although all Lightweight drivers will race together, and all Heavyweight drivers will race together, each Championship group is split into 2 weight classes -
L - Lightweight Standard = Below 69.99 kg
LP - Lightweight Plus = 70.00 kg to 79.99 kg
H - Heavyweight Standard = 80.00 kg to 89.99 kg
HP - Heavyweight Plus = Above 90.00 kg
When submitting a Membership Form, Drivers must declare their intended weight class. Drivers must weigh-in, with all their Race-wear (including helmet), during the Registration period at each round, and it is each driver's responsibility to ensure they weigh the correct weight for the weight class they have declared.
It is acceptable for a driver to race 'overweight' in the Standard Class, but it is not allowed for a driver to race 'underweight' in the Plus Class. Likewise, a driver weighing in at over 80.00 kg can choose to race overweight in the Lightweight Plus Class, but it is not allowed for a driver weighing in at below 80.00 kg to race underweight in the Heavyweight Class. Drivers can change weight class once per season, up to and including Round 3 without any penalty, however, any subsequent change of class will result in the loss of all Championship Points.
The official regulations regarding weight classes can be found in Section 6 of the Main Regulations, as well as in Appendix 2 - view both documents here
At the end of the season, each driver's best 24 race scores will count as their final Championship total. In Lightweights and Heavyweights, Trophies are awarded as follows :
1st Place Overall
2nd Place Overall
3rd Place Overall
Further trophies are awarded to positions per weight class - for example, if 3rd place Overall was won by a Plus driver, the next highest placed Plus driver would receive a trophy for Plus 2nd Place. There is also a trophy for the highest placed Novice Driver in each Championship group. For Drivers aged 50+ (Veterans) there are also trophies for the top 3 drivers across both groups. Tied positions are decided by a countback of race results. In the unlikely event that a tie remains after countback, the position will be 'shared' and each driver will receive a trophy.
To be eligible for any trophy, drivers must have raced in at least 5 of the Championship Rounds.