Joining as a New Team

If you're thinking about setting up your own team here's what's involved

1. Getting started

Once you have decided to start a team, complete the form F01 and send to the Membership and Licensing Director. Membership is free for the first year for a new team. Make sure to add any Deputy or Assistant Team Leaders, because only those included will be recognised as such at a race meeting. All Team Leaders and Deputies/Assistants should be CRB/DBS checked.

2. Obtaining Licenses

Recruit your drivers to your team and get them to learn the answers for the Oral Test (questions are in the current NatSKA handbook). Once they have a good understanding of the safety aspects of karting and have successfully passed the Oral Test, you can apply for licences for them using form F03; one for each driver. The forms should be sent to the Membership and Licensing Director with a good passport type photo of the driver. Novice licences are free. Your drivers will be given a Novice licence (red in colour) and a Signature card to collect signatures for both driving and marshalling. Novices go out on track only with other Novices, and must obtain 4 signatures at separate meetings from another Team Leader, not connected with your team, showing they are safe and competent on circuit. They must also obtain signatures for helping at a Marshall post during racing. When they have completed these signatures, they are allowed to race with the qualified drivers, but from the back of the grid, and obtain 2 more signatures. Only then can they apply for a full race licence (green in colour) and race as qualified licenced drivers from gridded starts.

3. Aquiring Suitable Karts

Not all karts are considered suitable for NatSKA Novices. 10 year-olds and above must use full size chassis (not Cadets), with one low power box-standard engine (Honda GX160, Comer, Raket 85, restricted TKM). Younger drivers, 8 year-olds and above, must use a Cadet chassis with an engine that is suitable for, or has been previously suitable for MSA races (see our classes page). The main difference to an MSA race legal kart is the design of the rear bumper. All NatSKA low power karts must have a suitable NatSA rear bumper. Help and advice is easily available from NatSKA or another Team Leader.

4. Entering a Race Meeting

Once your drivers have licences and your karts are race-ready, you can enter for a race meeting. The entry deadline is usually on the Thursday evening 10 days before a race meeting. One entry form for all drivers in your team should be sent to the Entry Co-ordinator. Race fees can be paid direct to the NatSKA bank account or by cheque. The entry fee for a Novice driver’s first race meeting is free. For the first race meeting with a new kart, a racing number should be obtained in advance from us and this can then be used throughout the year.

5. Procedure at a Race Meeting

Team Leaders are required to sign on at Race Control and confirm their entries for the day, and hand in various forms. The Team Leader must have a completed Parental Consent form (F06) and a Medical Date form (F07) for each driver. All adult helpers for your team must be included on the form F11. Under 18 helpers that are not driving must be included on one of your kart Scrutineering forms (F09).

Karts and drivers must pass through Scrutineering before they can go on track. Drivers must be fully dressed in race kit (suit, boots, gloves) with their helmet, should take the kart they are using to the Scrutineers with the completed form (F09). After passing, the driver should collect a Transponder for the kart (their licence will be retained as deposit). Make sure transponders are secured well to the back of the seat. Any damage due to a NatSKA transponder falling from a kart will be charged to the team.

If any of your drivers requires a signature for their Signature Card, the card should be left in Race Control and you should arrange for another Team Leader to watch them during the day. If you do not know another suitable Team Leader, ask Race Control for an introduction, or look for someone with a Team Leader’s badge and lanyard.

Before the start of the racing, everyone at the circuit (drivers, young helpers, adult helpers, parents) must attend the Safety Briefing given by the Clerk of Course. Often the Team Leaders will meet separately, either before or after the Safety Briefing to cover any important NatSKA business.

Racing will proceed according to the previously published timetable. No engines are to be started before the stated time. Drivers should make sure they take their kart to the Dummy Grid at the correct time and place it in the right position. Normally, at a NatSKA race meeting there will be a 3 minute practice session for each class, followed by 4 races for each class. Only drivers, a helper with a Pass and Team Leaders are allowed on the Dummy Grid and in Parc Ferme after a race.

If your team’s karts are damaged during the day, and you are unable to repair yourselves, please ask another team for assistance. Although everyone is naturally competitive, no-one wants to see any driver unable to continue due to damage and will willingly help or lend spare parts.

At the end of the day, you will need to collect Signature Cards and get them signed. Trophies are presented to the successful drivers. There will be an award for “Novice of the Day” for the Novices.

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Now you’ve seen what is involved in starting your own team why not get in touch and let us know of your interest. We’ll do everything we can you get you on your feet.

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