The Rookie Series
Rookie: (noun) A sportsman in his first year of competition.
The Rookie series of race meetings has been designed for young drivers coming straight from the Buckmore Park Kart School (or similar and approved elsewhere.) Those with greater experience should go straight into the Championship series.
Race entry fee: £82*
* Except for events on the full circuit which are £88
Rookie Series: The full details
The drivers are split into two overlapping age classes (8-13 and 12-15) to allow for different growth rates and weights. Race meetings are held regularly and everything is provided for the child in terms of safety wear. They will race a 160cc Sodi Junior Kart and race on the National Circuit. Once a year they get the chance to race on the full International Circuit.
The format includes a short practice followed by a series of point scoring heats in which each driver will race three times. Their grid positions are pre-determined with one start at or near the front, one in the middle and one at or near the back. Their points are totalled up and then each child will take place in a final based on their score. Winners of finals other than the A final will be promoted to the back row of the A final. Trophies are awarded to the top three finishers in the main A final.
The full results are posted online and race reports are prepared and uploaded shortly after each event.
The races are fully marshalled, run to NKA guidelines and a medical technician is in attendance at all times. The races are friendly occassions, both for the drivers and for their families.
Rules and regulations plus flags used
The Junior Kart Club is open to drivers that have some experience of driving karts and will be divided in to two categories. 8 to 13 and 12 to 15 year olds. The Club is set up to encourage young drivers into the sport of karting and to produce a competitive but friendly atmosphere.
- Event Officials
A Race Director will be appointed for each event. Deputies may also be appointed to assist. The Race Director will have full control over the event including the imposition of penalties and these penalties will not be subject to appeal.
All drivers must sign on the appropriate form and must be signed by their parent or guardian who must remain on site for the duration of the event.
The karts that will be used for the event will be the fleet of Sodi junior karts and will be prepared by the Buckmore Park Workshop Staff who will be on hand for any repair work that may be needed.The karts will be prepared to be as equal as is humanly possible but it must be remembered that there will be variations.
All drivers must ensure that they wear all clothing that is provided or has been cleared by the Race Director. The crash helmets are different sizes and assistance should be obtained in selecting the correct size. Rib-Tecs will be supplied and fitted to each driver. Neck collars are available and it is advised that they be worn. Race suits will need to be worn and are supplied in various sizes, the zips must be done up when on the circuit. We recommend that you wear either race boots or trainers. Sandals are not acceptable. Drivers are free to use their own race kit.
- Safety Briefing
All drivers must attend the safety briefing. Every effort will be given to brief any drivers that may arrive late. However if this is not possible then the driver may have to forfeit their racing. No refunds can be given.
Each driver will have a 3 lap practice period in which they can learn the circuit and acquaint themselves with the vehicle.
- Grid positions
These will be selected at random from the computer and it will give a fair selection of grid positions i.e. the person that starts in pole position for one race should start from the rear of the grid for one heat and approximately the middle for the other heat .
- Timing and lap scoring
Timing and lap scoring will be computerised utilising small electronic transponders. Any person found attempting to tamper with this equipment will be excluded. Transponders must be returned at the end of the event. In the event of transponder or computer failure manual lap scoring will be carried out by the Race Director whose decision shall be final.
The start of the race will be from a standing start and will be signalled with the lights changing from red to green. In the event of the lights failing then the races will start when the union flag is dropped.
Should your kart break down you should make your way to the side of the track in a safe position and remain in the kart with your seat belts on. A member of staff will come to your assistance as soon as possible. Re-runs will not be allowed in the event that a kart is deficient in any way or breaks down during a race. However, should a kart become impossible to drive during a race (engine seized, chain off, throttle cable snapped etc) then the driver will be credited with 8 points in the heats or the equivalent of a midfield finish if in the finals. This will not affect the points given to other drivers in the same race. Points will not be added in the case where the driver simply stops on track when the kart is still able to be driven, however slowly. A mechanic will check any karts that have stopped on track and will be the final judge as to whether the kart could have continued or not.
- Rejoining the circuit
Care should be taken when rejoining the circuit and this should only be done when a clear gap is available and it is safe to do so.
- Driving standards
Drivers must conduct themselves at all times in a manner consistent with the general safety of themselves and others. Drivers are reminded that there will be a considerable variation in the skill and pace of drivers. Slower drivers must pay attention to the faster drivers catching them and should indicate which side the faster driver should pass them. Faster drivers should take care passing slower drivers. Karting is a non-contact sport and drivers choosing to ignore this rule will be penalised and could be excluded from the event or even the series. It should be understood that whilst an offender may be punished for his/her actions, the 'injured party' will not be re-instated to the position they held before the incident. Such is the nature of motorsport.
Drivers must obey the signals and instructions of officials and marshals of the event. Blocking or weaving to prevent a faster driver from passing is not permitted. Drivers are reminded that the edge of the track is marked by white lines. Karts should not drive off the edge of the track and a driver doing so and gaining advantage may be penalised. Any driver seen persistently or deliberately missing corners may be black flagged. If a kart leaves the circuit either accidentally or deliberately, the driver is to rejoin at the point nearest to the place where they left the circuit. Any driver observed using a “cut through” will be deduced that lap. If, on the last lap of a race, a contact is determined as an advantage gained by contact (ABC) a ten second time penalty may be applied before the results are published. This decision will be made by the Race Director and is not subject to appeal.
- Race Finishes
At the end of the race the chequered flag shall be shown at the start/finish line. Drivers will slow, remaining in the same order and make their way back to the gird. Overtaking is not permitted after the chequered flag.
As the drivers are minors it is deemed that their parents/guardians are also 'signed on' and therefore bound by the rules of good sportsmanlike behaviour. Should any member of a drivers 'entourage' be behaving outside the sprit or the letter of these rules then his or her driver may be disqualified from the event or even the series.
The Race Directors decision in all matters is final. There is no appeal procedure. Video camera recordings will not be considered as evidence.
In the spirit of keeping the junior club a fun place to learn we do not allow the use of radio communication between parent and the driver during practice or racing.
All results, including individual laptimes, will be uploaded to the "results" section of the website as soon as possible after each event. No print outs are prepared.
Trophies will be provided by the organisers for First, Second and Third place in the “A” Final in each age category. Trophies may also be awarded to Intermediate class drivers when applicable.
Awards will be presented at the end of the event. Championship awards will be presented at the Annual Awards evening for the summer championship and at a date to be agreed soon after the winter championship.
Flag Signals used in Buckmore Junior Club events
Drivers should understand and obey all flag signals. These will be explained during the safety briefing but are shown below.
- Red Flag
Stop racing immediately, reduce speed to a walking pace and proceed to the next manned marshals post. You will be given further instruction. DO NOT brake hard when you see the flag as you may cause a further incident.
- Yellow Flag
Slow down to about half racing speed and do not overtake any karts in front, there is an incident ahead. When you have passed the incident you must check that there are no further problems in the zone ahead, if it is clear then you may start racing again. It is the driver’s responsibility to make sure that it is clear.
- Black/White diagonal Board
This is a driver warning board and will be shown with your number underneath Race Control. The driver should rectify the problem but continue racing. If a driver receives more than two warnings he/she will be shown the black/white board again but this time it will have the word PENALTY displayed. The driver should continue racing but will find that they have deducted three places in the final result.
- Black Flag
The driver must return to the pits on the next lap and they will be greeted by the Race Director or a member of staff who will explain why they have been black flagged. The flag will be displayed from the same position as the Black/White Board and again shown with your number on a board. The black flag may be given for a number of reasons as follows:
1: Repeated warnings
2: Deliberate contact
3: Dangerous driving
4: Mechanical defect not spotted by driver
5: A safety problem has been spotted
- Chequered Flag
Race or practice is over. Do one more non-competitive lap, behind the pace kart when used, and stop as shown. No overtaking after the chequered flag.
Please note: We do not use the blue flag or a green flag in Junior Club events.
In the heats the grid size will be up to twelve and there will be up to four finals.
1st 16 points, 2nd 13 points, 3rd 11 points, 4th 10 points, then dropping in increments of one point.
points will be added together from the drivers’ three heats to seed drivers into the finals. If drivers are equal on points then the computer will select on fastest lap achieved by the driver.
The top 12 drivers will race in the “A” Final, drivers that have finished 13th to 24th will race in the “B” Final, those finishing 25th to 36th will compete in the “C” final, those finishing 37th to 48th will compete in the "D" final. The winner of each final will achieve promotion to the next final where they will start from the back of the grid.
Points for the finals will be as follows:
1st = 78, 2nd = 76, 3rd = 74, 4th = 72, 5th = 70, 6th = 68, 7th = 66, 8th = 64, 9th = 62
10th = 60, [11th = 58], [12th = 56]
1st = Promoted to A Final, 2nd = 52, then diminishing by one point.
1st = Promoted to B Final, 2nd = 40, Then diminishing by one point.
1st = Promoted to C Final, 2nd = 28, Then diminishing by one point.