I can only speak of 206 in regards to local scene and 206 Cup.
Locally(WI/IL), the clubs all run open body work. Tires are different but many places and racers will give up a set for people to come race. RA routinely has 40(all classes) 206’s on Tuesday nights, Saturday has always been lower. Badger will have close to 30.
206 Cup runs open body work and at Regional (North/Central) entries are 60ish. At the Grands last weekend we had 150. That’s a really good turn out for a first time event. Not many races are pulling 150 entries. Let alone on one engine package. TJ, you should come play!
I think with the 206 crowd, open body work is the way to go. There isn’t a difference enough in lap times to say CIK body vs Gold Cup matters. Some claim it, but most are off the pace any how and GC wouldn’t help them if it was faster…
In regards to WKA and 206. The entry costs are way out of wack. You are double what 206 Cup is. And lets face it. They do not treat the racer very well. Any chance they’ve had to cut the 206 racer they have. On the other hand is 206 Cup. They actually listen to what racers want. Take the input and devise plans based on said input. We were at a race this year and asked for more laps, vote was held right at drivers meeting. We received more laps. Stipulation was we needed to be on grid on time to not hold the show. Racers did just that.
I don’t think Briggs should get involved with the chassis, body work etc. They’ve given us an engine package that works. Let the racer decide what he wants to do with his chassis etc. If you want all the same thing, get a Margay Ignite. You can still race Daytona with that
Adding in, Vega announced it is actually lowering the tire cost for 206 Cup Vega Reds next year. Should help the fields too.