Hi, I am new to karting (Racing outside of k1 speed lol) and just bought a kart. The engine on it is currently a Yamaha KT100. I was wondering if this type of kart is still raced anywhere (specifically east coast or Florida) and if it is not, what engine should a rookie like me be looking at?
OVRP in New York still runs a KT100 class other than that off the top of my head I have no clue where else its ran. ROK and Iame x30 are popular in FL as there are a lot of race series in FL that run those two engine. As a rookie like Jared said below the LO206 and 100cc engine packages are great places to start.
Hey Erika, In Florida we are racing Briggs LO206. Its one of the biggest class and great for rookies to learn how to race on. If you feel like you need a bit more speed you can run the KA100 which is easy maintenance and a growing class.
The Yamaha was the mainstay engine for many many years, but it’s popularity is waning with the advent of newer push-button start engines that are more reliable, more competitive, and easier to run. There might still be some local clubs running Yamaha classes, as tons of people have them and there is still a desire to race them. If nothing else, it’ll make a good practice engine.
The two booming classes right now are LO206 and KA100, which are growing rapidly in many areas of the country. As a newbie, you can hardly go wrong with a 206 package. It’s cheap, easy and a good place to start to learn good driving habits.
The kt100 class at OVRP is sadly basically dead. Granted last year i only went to 6 races id say and each time there were only 2 people. Other times no kt100 at all. If it still were more popular id quickly ditch the x30 class and go back to kt, love those things.
Better than my Tag Masters races. Saw 5 at best. Still on the Club Level, they combined classes so the field was more like 8 to 10 between Tag Sr, Master, KA & KT… Fun to mix it up and have some traffic/be traffic. (OHS, old, heavy & slow…chuckles)
To clarify numbers on my comments about it not being dead in the Midwest…We had 12-18 KT100 Masters every single race at our club last year (OVKA)…usually on the lower end around 12-13. Our KT100 Sr. class was also about the same size. KT100 junior is dead however.
Also raced New Castle’s KT100 Masters class last year and on a bad day they had 15. I think we had fields of up to 22-23 at a couple events.
…that said I stepped away from that this year and I’m moving to KA Sr…hoping someday soon there’s enough entries to justify a KA Masters class so that maybe I can start to eat again
Odd as it may sound, KT100 is the only air cooled 100cc engine platform you can race at New Castle (with their club that is). I was hoping to see at least a KA Sr. class formed there this year but no go so my KT’s will have to stay fresh if I intend to race there.