Regional 100cc cups could be a fun thing if it could be made work. Getting the KT to play gonna be hard unless you make the KA and VLR sleds though. Piston port vs reed. Of course KT can is an absolute no go, at least for the same class.
To give the Yam any chance it would need to be a full pipe, such as the L2 and have a weight break as well, something like Yam 335# and KA 375#…even then I suspect the torque out of the KA would make this a rough combo to mix on track. My local club track is going to attempt to shoehorn the KA (and now I’m guessing the VLR) into its 2 cycle class. Once the season kicks off in a few weeks I’ll report back with how that goes.
At my local club’s first race a month ago, we had two KAs run with us KT100s. I run the direct drive pipe (DD87) at 360 pounds and I believe the KAs also were at 360. I was the front running KT and was about 7 tenths off the KA all day. The lightest weight I could make would be about 330 but I don’t know if that would get me those 7 tenths to directly compete against the KAs. Do the KAs run a restrictive for the junior classes? I feel like that would really be the only way to make them equal to the KT but then I feel that defeats the purpose of the KA and makes it less attractive.
There is a restricted exhaust manifold for the juniors, it’s 19MM as opposed to 39MM for seniors. From what I understand it would be fairly easy to bore out the junior manifold to be somewhere in between those two. I know the club I run at (Thompson Kart Raceway) plans on doing some testing of different sizes. They run a pretty unique 2 cycle class where basically any 100cc 2 cycle engine is eligible, and weights are based on the engine/exhaust combo. It’s worked alright so far, but I’m concerned about getting anywhere close to parity with the KA/VLR. At the moment before these were brought in Yamaha Can was 325#, Yamaha SRY 365#, and Yamaha Open Pipe 415#. I also agree restricting the KA takes away from the appeal of the engine.
My thought, for what it’s worth up here buried under snow…
Take the approach that the KT100 is simply a cheap and cheerful way to get into 100cc racing. Trying to get total parity with a (pretty prehistoric) piston port against reed is going to be difficult, leave it as “best effort” and go from there. Keep the KT as a super cheap way to just get out there and learn the ropes in a decent sized grid.
Parity with the VLR and KA100. I guess we’ll have to see. Certainly more feasible than trying to get the KT on par with those reeds though.
One thing that could be cool would be to figure out a formula (Call it 100 Sport or something) with specific engine packages that could be applied on a broader scale with specific engine packages that more folks can enjoy 100cc racing.
Of course alarm bells of what happened with TaG go off immediately, but I think given what we’ve (hopefully) learned from that experience, maybe something could work well. Something along the lines of an annual regional event.
That’s kind of what the SoCal F100 series tried doing. You could run a KT, KPV, or HPV engine with a variety of exhausts and the BoP was weight. Their rules even allowed for TaG engines to run in the same class with a restrictor and a heavy weight. We modeled our rules after that but just for piston port. I think down south they have been finding some success with KA/KPV/KT but I don’t know specifics. We ran with the KAs at our first club race because there were only 2 KAs.
[quote=“KartingIsLife, post:4, topic:1875, full:true”] My biggest concern here is for the local tracks that have adopted the KA and now will have racers asking for Rok VLR. Can they be raced together?
Makes sense. This weekend there is a race that’s part of a mini travel series between my local club and two other nearby tracks, but I don’t think very many, if any, other KT guys will be out there. Wondering how equal it would be against the KAs if I took all my weight off (since it wouldn’t matter if no one else was in my class). Probably will end up just skipping for now.
The problem is there is no association to set rules that issues driver licenses like FIA /CIK. That is where the power comes from. Want to race and progress from a club license to a National license to an International license, then you have to participate in sanctioned events that comply with official rules. I actually don’t recall there being “outlaw” races when I lived in Germany. In the USA, since any Tom, Dick or Harry can license, sanction, and run a series they can make their rules.
Not sure how all these series get their insurance, but if they had to comply with a set of rules and a set homologation, requiring an official driver’s license to participate to get their insurance, there would not be an issue.
I see motor grouping/classes as separate to driver licensing. To give my perspectives on Europe vs USA on having a single body like the CIK…
You have to remember in Europe you can travel only a couple of hundred miles to need an international license. In the US… it’s thousands in most cases.
Really only about 400-500 racers out of 20,000 would need a national license. With maybe 50 of them needing an international one. So it doesn’t matter in the US. It’s not worth the effort of enforcement for so few drivers. There’s really no incentive.
Things have changed a lot. (@Alan_Dove can give better details than I can). Until the late 90’s in Europe, CIK sanctioned the majority (practically all) of “competition” Karting.
Then two things happened.
Anti-competition ruling in the EU court allowed FIA drivers to run in non FIA competition without risking their license.
Rotax Max came along and turned the karting demographic upside down.
When it came to product/market fit…the CIK’s response (KF) was tragically off base but was still forced on ASNs
One problem… most kart racers didn’t want it.
Racers, teams spoke with their wallets, the CIK became out of touch with karting beyond their “ladder” bubble. “Independent” karting became a thing and since then I’d wager a significant number of racers are no longer running under an ASN.
It’s not really insurance’s place to enforce that though.
I’m open to correction, but my understanding is that most Karting insurance in the US is underwritten by a Lloyd’s of London… Then brokered by a handful of groups. WKA, NKA, IRA and AKTPA/TAG (from memory).
In short, the effort required to enforce or even incentivize a system like that in the US is not worth it and insurance companies have their own standards
in place for safety based on their assessment of risk.
That said, SKUSA do have a licensing system in place.