KartSport Information.

Eligibility and requirements to compete

The competitor (and parent, parent/guardian for drivers under 18) shall be conversant with all rules governing karting. Every competitor must hold a current kart competition licence. In all competition from club level up, a competitor MUST be currently registered with the NZKF. In all competition a competitor must also be a full driving (racing) member of a NZKF affiliated club on the day of the event and be able to produce proof of such club membership on demand.

Age limits

Competitors are subject to the following age limits:

Cadet class; Being drivers aged 6 and under 11 years. Cadets are not eligible to compete in Junior Restricted, Junior, Senior sprint, nor road or circuit competition.
Junior Restricted class; Being drivers aged 9 and under 13 years. Junior Restricted are not eligible to compete in Cadet, Junior, Senior sprint, nor road or circuit competition.
Junior class; Being drivers aged 12 and under 17 years. Juniors are not eligible to compete in Senior sprint, nor road or circuit competition.
Senior class; Being drivers 15 years and over but subject to the rating and qualifications as entered on the competition licence.

Age upgrading

A driver, upon reaching the lower age limit for their next respective class may:
(a) Immediately move into Junior Restricted/Junior/Senior classes.
(b) Continue in their respective class until the maximum age limit is reached.
(c) When upgrading, each respective licence book MUST be forwarded to the licence secretary immediately for amendment. The administration/delivery charge for the upgrade is $20.00.

Competition Licence

This is available only from the KartSport New Zealand Competition Licence Secretary, on application. This is a basic licence which can only be signed by a KartSport New Zealand Race Official.


Every competition licence is numbered and this is your registered number. It is the responsibility of every competitor to affix a number to plates. For more information, see Membership.

Competition Licence/Log Book

Competition licence must be presented at all events at scrutineering. The log book must be signed by a KartSport New Zealand Race Official at scrutineering. Entrants must have the correct licence rating for the event.

Licence rating upgrade

At any event you may request the Chief Steward or Clerk of the Course of the meeting to observe you for an upgrade of your licence. You will be required to satisfactorily complete a questionnaire before the rating will be considered. Licence ratings are earned, not given. Don’t expect to get a licence rating in a field of 6 competitors

Licence ratings

‘Unrated’: All new competitors start with an Unrated Licence which is valid for Club Day (Group F) competition only. New competitors will compete at the rear of the grid with a separate ‘X’ plate for a minimum of three events. The ‘X’ plate may be removed and the respective grid position taken following the permission of a Grade 1, 2 or 3 Race Official. Section 1 (Flags) of the compulsory multi-choice questionnaire will be completed at this time and noted in the log book.

‘Tier 2’ Rating: Required for Group E Events To promote an Unrated competitor to ‘Tier 2’ the competitor’s Licence must be signed, /stamped and dated by a KartSport New Zealand Grade 1, 2 or 3 Race Official plus the Chief Steward of the event. The competitor must have met the required competency on track, passed the compulsory questionnaire (in full) and competed at the required number of Club Day events.

Option 1 – Four successful Club Day assessments of competency plus questionnaire. Option 2 – Attend ‘Explore and Learn’ ACADEMY course then one successful Club Day assessment of competency plus questionnaire. Note : If using

Option 2, the ACADEMY course must be completed first followed by the race day assessment. 44 Mini Manual Issue 2015-7 published 21-7-15 D3.1.3 ‘Tier 1’ Rating: Required for Group A, B and C Events. (May also be required, at the National Steward’s discretion, for other events.)

‘Tier 1’ – To promote a ‘Tier 2’ competitor to ‘Tier 1’ the competitor’s Licence must be signed, /stamped and dated by a KartSport New Zealand Grade 1 or 2 Race Official plus the Chief Steward of the event. The competitor must have met the required competency on track, passed the compulsory questionnaire and competed at the required number of Group E events.

Option 1 – Minimum of three events (two being a Group E) at a minimum of 2 different tracks. Show competency as required and complete questionnaire 100%.

Option 2 – Minimum of four events (one being a Group E) at a minimum of two different tracks. Show competency as required and complete questionnaire 100%. Option 3 – Attend a ‘Hot Shots’ ACADEMY course then one Group E event. Show competency as required and complete questionnaire 100%. Note : If using Option 3 the ACADEMY course must be completed first followed by the race day assessment.


‘B’ Road Rating                                                                                                                           A portion of the licence is made available for up to three observations. A competitor may be promoted by a KartSport New Zealand Grade 1 or Grade 2 Race Official plus the Chief Steward of the event after the 1st or 2nd observation providing the required level of competence has been achieved. A new competitor will start at the back of each respective class for the first heat of each race day until such time a ‘B’ Road rating has been awarded. Unrated competitors will display a separate ‘X’ number plate. (Rule G1.7)

‘A’ Road Rating                                                                                                                           A competitor may be promoted by a KartSport New Zealand Grade 1 or Grade 2 Race Official plus the Chief Steward of the event. An ‘A’ rating may be required for some events at the National Steward’s discretion. D3.3 LICENCE RATING UPGRADE: Any competitor requesting a rating upgrade will be assessed/observed in competition and will be required to satisfactorily complete the requirements of D3.1 and/or D3.2 respectively before the rating will be considered. The National Steward has discretion to upgrade a licence rating at any time provided he/she is satisfied the required level of competency has been achieved.

MSNZ FLAGS/LIGHTS: Competitors must be familiar with the Flags/Lights Section in MSNZ Manual Appendix 4 – Schedule Z: http://www.motorsport.org.nz/sites/default/files/motorsport/manual/Live%2035%20App%204.0 1%20Sch%20Z_0.pdf

Any registered drivers wishing to compete overseas are required to have their competition licence endorsed for International Competition by the National Steward. International licences are to be applied for only when required and are only valid for that year.


Endeavour to enlist a friend, partner, relative as pit crew to be at the track with you to assist with lifting your kart onto or off the stand, starting and being available as a flag marshall when required.

Equipment and responsibility


Every driver and parent/guardian (if competitor is under 18 years) whether in practice or competition must sign an indemnity form before going onto the track. Wednesday PM, Saturday and Sunday practice is covered when you apply for Club membership.

Competitor’s responsibility

It is a driver’s responsibility to ensure that the entry form (when required) is completed in full and correct in detail and to confirm entry with the race organiser before practice. To present the kart for examination within the times stipulated in a clean and raceworthy condition. To have the kart fully prepared for practice between times allocated. To store fuel in a safe position. To comply with all rules governing pit behaviour. To be fully acquainted with the programme, and when required, to assemble in the pit grid quickly. To leave the pit area clean and tidy, and be fully conversant with all rules governing kart competition.

New drivers

Must display a large cross on an additional rear number plate until the KartSport New Zealand official has decided the driver has attained a degree of competence. This cross must be clearly visible and in a contrasting colour. Adhesive tape is acceptable.

Pit crew and mechanics

Pit crew and mechanics will be held to be the responsibility of a driver for their actions.

Unacceptable behaviour

Physical or verbal abuse by an official or competitor of any kind will not be tolerated whether directed at a fellow competitor or official. Any breach of this rule during practice or competition can result in disqualification and any further penalties that may be imposed.


Click Here to download current flags and their respective rules/uses.


Anyone can apply for membership to KartSport canterbury.

We recommend that you purchase a kart or are about to purchase a kart before you make your application.

Membership forms can be collected from the kart shops, by phoning the club secretary or click here. You will require a KartSport Canterbury membership application form and a KartSport New Zealand, Practice, Vintage or Competition Licence application form. You need to complete both sets of forms. Application for membership will not be accepted without a Licence application. Both applications are to be sent to the club secretary at the same time, but please, ensure you enclose two cheques, one for Kartsport Canterbury and one for the KartSport New Zealand.

For club membership you will require a proposer, this may be the person you are purchasing the kart from or a known current club member. When submitting your application and you are a minor (under 18 years) please ensure you enclose a copy of your birth certificate and parent/guardian signature of approval to compete.

Race numbers

KartSport New Zealand provide you with a registered number which is printed in your Competition Licence/Rule Book. If your number is over 100, contact the Club Membership Secretary for a race number for club days. The secretary will try to allocate you a number that is part of your registered number. If you are not using your Licence number as your kart number you may have to change it if you compete at a meeting outside Christchurch.

Club membership fees are due on the June 30 of each year. There is a small discount for new members joining between February and up to June.

Club membership

Club Fees (Inclusive of GST)

Please enquire

You don’t have to own a kart to join the club. The club welcomes with open arms anyone who just wants to be a part of karting and help as an official.

Competition Licence

KartSport New Zealand Fees (Inclusive of GST)

These are to be paid by new members at the same time as they join the club. The Club puts new members into the system and does not expect you to organise your licence first time up. However it is your responsibility to keep your licence current from this point on.

It is important that you complete the KartSport New Zealand Competition Licence Application and Medical Declaration forms and submit these with the Club Membership application.
Competition Licence Fee $196.00
2nd, 3rd, etc., members of the same family pay $146.00 each.
Transponder  Deposit $123 (applicable to New Applicants or Competitors who do not have a KartSport New Zealand AMB TranX Transponder.
Transponder Annual Rental $74

If you wish to purchase a Transponder outright please go to www.kartsport.org.nz.  Complete the “Purchase Transponder Form” and include the purchase fee and form with your application.

Responsibilty – Flag Marshal

On a Club Day if you have drawn grid 1-6 you are required to provide a flag marshal at the point that relates to your grid position. You are responsible for providing a flag marshal even if you are not starting. Flag Marshalls must be 12 years of age or older and understand the use of the yellow and blue flags. Race will be held up if marshalls are not in position and competitors who have not provided a flaggie may be penalised.


When you have finished for the day and loaded all your gear into your trailer check your pit area and pick up any rubbish and put in a rubbish tin.


Following the meeting the club rooms are open. Everyone is welcome even if they are not members of the club. About an hour after racing is completed there is a presentation of trophies and awards. This facility is licenced but the sale of alcohol will not commence until the final race of the day is concluded.


Club days

There are many and varied trophies contested for at club days. They are all kept in a cabinet in the club rooms. Prior to presentation after a race meeting a card with the winners name is placed beside or in front of the trophy. To have your name engraved on the trophy, you need to win it three times in a row.

Derby championships

Challenge trophies for the winners of the respective classes plus miniatures to at least 3rd. Presented on the day.

Enduro championships

Challenge trophies for the winners of the respective classes plus miniatures to at least 3rd. Presented on the day.

Club championships

Challenge trophies for the winners of the respective classes, certificates to 4th and prize purse. Presented at the club’s Annual General Meeting in May.

Annual points

Challenge trophies for the winners of the respective classes, certificates to 4th and prize purse. Presented at the club’s Annual General Meeting in May.

Supporters trophy

Challenge trophy for the winner, certificates to 8th and prize purse. Presented at the club’s Annual General Meeting in May.

King of Ruapuna

Challenge trophies for the winners of the respective classes, certificates to 4th and prize purse. Presented at the club’s Annual General Meeting in May.

Hints on setting up your kart

Listed are a few hints that may make your introduction to karting a little more enjoyable.


If you are having a problem or don’t know what to do, don’t be afraid to ask. If you are not sure who to speak to on a race day, approach the club captain, the pit steward, one of the machine examiners, the race meeting organiser (normally the club president), or one of the Kart suppliers.

What to take to a race day

Obviously your kart, race suit, helmet and gloves, competition licence wet tyres (if you have them), mixed fuel, a lube bottle (oil can), clutch oil if you have a clutch, a trolley for moving your kart around (especially if you do not have a clutch), a stand for working on the kart (beats leaning over all the time) a sprocket, a length of chain and a new spark plug. If you have a clutch on your kart make sure you have a starter and battery. Only take the tools you need. A tool box that takes two people to carry into the pits may look impressive but it’s not really necessary


Only mix up sufficient fuel for the race day. Mixing up 20 litres of fuel when you may only need 10 litres for the day is a big mistake. Your engine will perform best on fresh fuel. Using stale (old) fuel may also result in separation of the oil and petrol.

Trouble shooting

Kart won’t start

Check you have fuel right up to the carb and there are no air bubbles in the line. If you have an inline filter check to see that fuel is able to pass through it. Check that the fuel line is sealed. Engines will suck air easier than fuel. Also check the low and high needles on the carb, the low (L) should be set at one and half turns out and the high (H) needle about half a turn out. (Note: these setting are for 100cc KT Yamaha engines and you will need to fine tune when you get onto the track.) If the engine still won’t start, check the spark plug. If the plug is wet, put in a dry one, you are getting plenty of fuel, or if the plug is dry check the filter in the carb. Sometimes this will get a bit of fluff around the filter. Check under the diaphragm for anything that should not be there. If there are any bubbles of water in this area you will have to clean and dry out the carb and replace your fuel. If the engine still won’t start check that you have a spark and that your ignition module has an earth.


The most common problem you will experience is understeer (sledging) and over steer (broadsiding). Oversteer is where the back of the kart hangs out and you are sideways in a corner. This is too little traction on the rear wheels and too much on the front. Under steer is the reverse of oversteer. You go straight ahead in the corner even though you may be on full lock. Another problem is the kart understeers on right hand corners and oversteers on left handers. A good handling kart should have just a touch of oversteer, but some drivers prefer to have a little understeer.

If you are experiencing any of these problems there are a number of things that you can do to your kart to make it handle better. (We presume that you have good rubber all round and not one new tyre and three old ones and that if you carry weight (to meet the MAW for your class) that you have that fixed to the kart.) If you do anything to your kart, try it first to see if there is any improvement. Don’t do six things then go out and try the kart, because if you fixed the problem you won’t know which of the six things was the reason for the bad handling. Check to see that the king pin angles are the same on both sides. They should be unless you have hit a fairly solid object.

Check that the kart is weighted right

Sit in the kart in the driving position and get a friend to lift firstly the right front wheel then the left front wheel. If one is heavier than the other it means the kart frame is slightly twisted and would be one of the reasons why the kart goes round left handers good but near impossible to get around a right hand corner. A track side fix for this problem is to put a block under the heavy side front wheel, get a friend to stand on the back of the kart and you jump up and down on the light side wheel which should be off the ground.

Check tyre pressure

You should have the same pressure on both sides. A rule of thumb on a day around 20ºC is about 13 pounds front and 15 pounds rear. Check your tyre pressure often. On a hot day the pressure will build up by the end of a race, so check your tyre pressure when the tyres are cold unless you know that you have a problem.

Check toe-in and toe-out of the front wheels

Toe in is when the front of the wheels are pointing inwards, and toe-out is the opposite. As a starting point you should set your front wheels dead straight ahead.

Still experiencing understeer or oversteer

Understeer means you have too much traction on the rear wheels and oversteer is when you have too much traction on the front wheels. (Sometimes, understeer can be caused by going too slow into a corner or not accelerating fast enough out. If this is the problem you will notice a build up of rubber on your tyres.) You now have to start experimenting with your kart width. Normally an oversteering kart is too wide at the front and narrow at the back. It may be that the back is the right width and the front has to be narrowed. Understeer is the reverse of above. Just move your wheels in and out, evenly on both sides until you reach a happy medium. If the kart wants to go up on two wheels in the corners and it is not oversteering you are too narrow and so you should set about moving the wheels out proportionately.

Another suggestion is that when shifting wheels in or out do it in 5-10mm steps and the front wheels one spacer at a time. Other things which can affect the handling of the kart is seat position, too high or low, too far forward or backward, positioning of weight and gearing.


On a race day, you should ensure that you have fresh fuel, your tyres are at the correct pressure and if you run a clutch that the oil is at the correct level. When you take your kart to be checked that it is clean and ready to race and you have your race suit, helmet, gloves and competition licence with you

Preventive maintenance


After each race meeting unload your kart, clean your tools and dump your old fuel. Clean your kart, engine and drive train. Check for wear on the sprocket and chain. If there is any wear replace both the chain and sprocket. These very important items will last quiet a few meetings but if you drive off the track, run your tyres at low pressure or do not lubricate your chain after every race you will find considerable wear on the sprocket and chain.

There are a number of things you should check as well

  • Floor tray bolts.
  • Fuel tank fittings.
  • Seat fittings.
  • Cracks in the chassis.
  • Steering components. If any units are a bit loose, replace them now.
  • Check the wheel bearings. If you do not use sealed bearings, take them out of the front wheels and back axle and give them a clean in petrol, dry them off and lubricate them. Spin them on your finger, if they sound rough, replace the noisy ones. This is the same with sealed bearings, if they are noisy when you spin them, replace them.


There are things called preventive maintenance. You can run an engine until it dies, this may be a lack of performance or a blow up. A lack of performance may be just rings or seals. After every race meeting you should remove the head and wipe out the oil and carbon build up. DO NOT USE a screwdriver or other abrasive material to clean up the head. Sometimes you may get a build up of carbon around the ports, again DO NOT USE a screwdriver or other abrasive material to clean up this area. If you can’t clean the area up with a rag, get a reputable engine builder to do it for you. To keep your engine performance up to scratch put a new ring in it after 3 meetings and after around 6 race meetings replace all the seals and gaskets. After a dozen or so meetings get the engine rebuilt which will include bearings, seals, gaskets, maybe a hone and new piston and rings. This may sound expensive, but $400.00 on preventative maintenance can be better than having your engine letting go (going bang) and you have to buy a new engine or if you were lucky! a barrel.

Be positive

Karting is the most affordable form of motorsport but like any motorsport you take everything to the limit, engine, tyres, chassis and yourself. If you don’t feel too good (probably because you are working too hard, burning the candle at both ends), you go to the doctor and he/she says – you are working too hard, slow down/exercise more/cut out the smokes and or beer/change your diet/manage yourself better. Anything mechanical is the same as the body. There are measures you can take to keep your body in good trim, called preventative maintenance, the same as your kart. Keep it in good working order by maintaining it correctly and carrying out the simple things. Even if you do all these things, the inevitable happens. The best cared for body can have a heart attack, as can an engine blow up or a stub axle break.