The UKC125ccTaG class.
By now everyone should be aware that 2006
is the 50th anniversary of Karting and as I have enjoyed racing
karts on occasions over the last 25 of them both I and the UKC 125 TaG class
would like to add our weight to the celebrations.† In deed I hope to bring more news on that
later in the year.
I am also saddened by the statistical
evidence that we seem to be in the middle of a difficult time with a downturn
in race entries and club memberships at grass roots, which is where we need to
encourage new drivers to start and existing ones to stay.† Some clubs seem to be suffering more than
others but the trend does seem to be a national one.† Having discussed this issue with a number of
people there seems to be a few reasons, but there are two issues that get
mentioned more than the rest. 1. Many people are confused with the large number
of classes from which they can choose, especially when several of them have
their own specific rules.
2. A considerable number of people are also
struggling to meet the ever rising general running costs plus the cost of
equipment which is sometimes needed just to meet the changing regulations let
alone enable them to remain competitive.†
I must add that I do not know what the real increase in costs has been
over say the past 5 to 10 years as everything we do costs us more.
However, the original concept when the UKC
125 TaG class was set up included the aim of keeping the racing budget at a
sensible level particularly for the Club Driver who does not have bottomless
pockets but still wants to enjoy competitive racing.† To demonstrate this the following figures
might be interesting.† New engines are
available from as little as £850 whilst good second-hand engines can be found
for around £600.† A competitive
second-hand chassis around 1 year old could cost as little as £5-600, older
ones obviously even less.† Which means
that a competitive Kart ready for racing could be available for around £1200,
maybe even less?
But we must not forget the running costs as
they can mount up.
* Tyres, Maxxis HG2ís cost less than £100 a
set and can last up to 4 meetings which means that £300 would easily cover this
cost for a 10 meeting season, unless wets are required, £140 a set.
* Engine maintenance would cost in the
region of £100 mid season for a top end overhaul plus around £280 at the end
for a full overhaul. But I know someone who raced for a full season without the
mid way overhaul.
* The other important costs to remember are
the practice and race entry fees, which for a 10 meeting season would be around
£700.† Then we should add fuel, oil,
chain lube and other miscellaneous costs.
Meaning that a seasons running costs could
be as low as around £1500, on top of the initial purchase price, licence costs
and clothing costs. So for around £3000 you could thoroughly enjoy your first
full seasons competitive racing and, if youíre lucky, the second years costs
could be less.
Now obviously I must not ignore the costs
of getting to and from the circuit nor any accommodation costs if you have
them.† But you must agree that the UKC
125 TaG class does provide a very cost efficient entry to Motor Sport.† If you choose Forest Edge as your home circuit
I would also be prepared to assist you with advice and guidance, but donít forget
that we race too.
For those of you who want to carry out your
own engine maintenance Ė YOU CAN - the engines are not sealed.† If you donít want to then there are a number
of people who will do an excellent job for you.
If you want to know more please go to www.clubmankarting.co.uk or find me
at Forest Edge. Check out www.fekc.co.uk† for meeting dates
Enjoy your racing in 2006.