Just after a bit of discussion on the topic of prize money in karting which seems to be a bit of a thing.
At club level here we dont as a rule race for with prize money on the table, but the bigger events mostly do, except somewhat amusingly our state titles, the biggest event of the year.
I have played other sports, and it was very rare to see prize money given to winners. Prizes, if given were usually sponsor type stuff, water bottles etc.
So why do we do it? I dont plan my racing with the idea that I’m going to get rewarded for winning, and it sucks money out of the clubs that need it.
I can’t work out how it would bring extra karters to an event, except for truely big purses.