At a recent event, after many beverages, the discussion turned to this topic.
I would just really like the rules to actually be enforced. I am sick and tired of going to events to have a lax enforcing of the rules.
My biggest gripe is starting. (in Australia). Followed by, the officials not watching the event.
I feel like many have mentioned already, that if an event is strictly Tech’d and rules enforced, that it will be a great meeting.
It is ridiculously easy to do, but for some reason the officials don’'t seem to be able to make it happen. They seem to all be worried about how much time the event is taking rather than doing their job.
This seems like a massive bash at officials, reading back through what I’ve written. I cant say its not. I just would like to encourage anyone who is an official to actually do your job, to the best of your abilities, not worry about pressure from anyone to do “the right thing” rather than enforce the rules.
I will just leave one last thing that happened to me here.
At a high level event we were about to go on to the out grid, and it started raining. Mad scramble to change tyres. We put the kart down, and having know that the weekend was going to be like this we had made the effort to make our kart legal considering the width difference between dry and wet tyres.(In OZ tyres must be outside the width of the rear bumper)
Out of 25 plus karts I would guess at least 50% of the karts had tyres inside the rear bumper, a clear cut tech violation. We pointed this out to an official, who responded by asking where our money was. (an appeal at that level costs money). I could not believe the response, official had been shown a clear violation of the rule he chose to ignore it.
You could argue that it would make no performance difference so why bother, but a rule is a rule to me.
And the meeting continued on in that vain, where a lot of ‘little’ infringements went unpunished
I even went to the effort of writing a letter to the controlling body after the event, to express my opinion with no response.
So Guess who is now an Official?