There has been some issues at my local track and trying to get some outside insight on the issue. So we have about 8 kid karts in our class all comers except 2 are running LO206s. They supposedly have slides in them, but they are still clearly faster than the comers out there.
These karts can close a 3-4 kart gap in the shortest straight away and easily pull out of corners and just all around out perform the comers in every aspect. One of the karts is even a cadet frame, it isn’t even a kid kart frame. Personally I see this as unsafe and flat out cheating.
Our track is allowing it, at the anger of the comer parents. I don’t want to make a huge stink about it, but I also see a safety issue with this as well. One of the karts weighs in at about 235lbs, which is about 85lbs over every other kart out there, with the exception of the other LO206.
The reason for them running the 206s is because “we were sick of loosing” and they are also claiming a comer is outlawed, which it isn’t, it just has a very skilled 7 year old behind the wheel. I also look at racing at this young age as a chance to teach basics as well as the ins and outs of winning/loosing and racing in general.
I don’t feel that we should be teaching our kids, “well if you can’t win off skill, just get a bigger motor that’s out of class and win that way”. This doesn’t teach our kids anything about working hard and practicing and honing their skills, it just teaches them if you can’t win just cheat.
Also my child is dead last so it’s not that I’m in the running for points or anything, I just see this as cheating, a safety issue, and just a complete lack of sportsmanship.
We have all request all the karts be teched to sort out the whole outlaw issue, but it never seems to happen.
TLDR: Am I just being a grump about LO206s in our kid kart class or are the comer parents justified in their stance that our class says “comer 51 only” and should only be comers, no exceptions.