AKA PROVIDES THE SOCIAL SIDE OF KARTING WITH A BOOST
Many current racing members of the Australian karting community started their careers by simply buying a second hand go-kart before heading down to their local circuit and doing some laps on the weekend.
With many of these drivers their passion turned from simply going fast into going fast and racing against others to begin their racing career.
With the licence structure being changed 18 months ago as the Australian Karting Association (AKA) introduced the 'beginners' Restricted TAG 125 category all members were required to become a racing member.
Now with the Restricted TAG 125 category having been introduced and supported across the country, the AKA Executive and the National Karting Council has introduced a Social licence.
This licence is designed for those budding drivers who simply want to go out and try their hand at karting on an AKA circuit.
"Social karting is where many of today's current crop of kart racers began their careers and an area that the AKA believes is vital to the continual growth of our sport into the future," said AKA President Richard Erdmann
"With the new Restricted TAG 125 category being implemented across the country this allows for a direct route for senior drivers to entry the sport, especially when just looking to go out and have a run around on the weekend.
"The introduction of the Social Licence allows people to go out and enjoy the thrill of kart racing but without the pressure of racing, however, I'm sure that once they get the bug they soon move into the racing side of the sport."
In other news for 125cc drivers, the Cheetah engine was recently accepted as a homologated engine for the TAG 125 category. This will allow karts powered by this engine to compete alongside other competitors using the Rotax Max 125cc, Parilla Leopard 125cc, PRD Fireball 125cc and the Biland SA-250.