WKA: Pit Board 2008-10-29

WKA's Pit Board presented by AMB i.t. - 10.29.2008 *** WKA Highlights Changes For The 2009 Manufacturer's Cup Series 10.29.2008 -- The 2009 WKA Technical Manual is at the printer and should be on its way to our members shortly. But many of...

WKA's Pit Board presented by AMB i.t. - 10.29.2008

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WKA Highlights Changes For The 2009 Manufacturer's Cup Series

10.29.2008 -- The 2009 WKA Technical Manual is at the printer and should be on its way to our members shortly. But many of our members want to get a head start on getting ready for next season. To help them get ready WKA will be making a series of Pit Board announcements and web site posts that include the major changes for each series. We'll start with the Manufacturer's Cup Series.

In recognition of the continuing growth in the TAG classes, a TAG Masters class for drivers age 35 and over will be added to the lineup. The class weight will be 20 pounds over the TAG Final 1 and 2 classes. To make room for the TAG Masters class, Yamaha Lite and Heavy have been combined into a single class: Yamaha Pipe. That class will run at 350 pounds.

The HPV Lite and Heavy classes will receive a performance boost with a change from the HPV-3 to the HPV-4 Pipe. Class weights will remain the same, so lap times will drop. And there will be no minimum pipe length, so drivers will have more flexibility in tuning.

Starting at Daytona, entry points will be based on the total number of karts entered in the class rather than just the number of karts in the final. That means that if there are 50 karts entered in a class but only 30 karts in the final, everyone entered in that class will receive 50 entry points in addition to the number of points earned for finishing positions. If they finish below 30th, they will still receive the 50 entry points.

There will be a change in spec tires for Sportsman drivers beginning at Daytona. As previously announced in last year's Tech Updates, the MG-SLE Red will be the only tire in the Sportsman Classes. In addition the only rain tire in Sportsman classes will be the MG in the 2009 competition year.

Two new rules have been added for qualifying and racing. The first rule addresses pushing during qualifying. "Any pushing during qualifying will result in those laps being deleted from the scoring of the offending driver. The Blue Flag in qualifying means to separate." The second rule states: "If, in the opinion of the Officials, a driver has impeded another driver during a passing maneuver, the impeding driver may be assessed a penalty."

Two additional changes in the Manufacturer's Cup will go into effect on March 1, 2009. The first will be a change in the spec oil program. The new program will parallel that program which has been in effect in the National Road Race Series for the past two years. Under that program all WKA sponsors will be invited to submit a spec oil and be charged a nominal fee to be included in the program. Under that program in the NRRS, eight popular oils were included. Letters to the WKA sponsors inviting them to participate in the program will be sent shortly. Burris Castor and Burris Blend will be the spec oils at Daytona.

The second change going into effect on March 1, 2009 will be the new rear bumper specifications. Under these specifications the driver has several options. The first is to install CIK Homologated Rear Protection. This is basically a full width plastic bumper. The second option is to add a tubular steel bumper that extends to somewhere between the center of each rear tire and the outside of the rear tire. There are many good examples of this approach already running in the Cadet Sportsman classes. A third option is to add tubular extensions to the current bumpers. These are often referred to as "elephant ears" and are probably the most economical way to implement this rule. Complete bumper specifications will be included in the 2009 WKA Technical Manual which will be on its way to our members shortly. These wider bumpers have already proven themselves in the Cadet classes and in the National Road Racing Series classes running CIK style bodywork.

Finally, the "no tire prep" rule will be strongly enforced with severe penalties for those found to be altering their tires.

-credit: wka

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