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WRKC New Members
Welcome New Members! Please read our FAQ (below) and contact us with any additional questions.
About our Club
The Waterloo Regional Kart Club (WRKC) is a non-profit organization of racing enthusiasts, their families, and volunteers. We conduct races for Karts in the South Western Ontario area. Our home track is Flamboro Speedway located on the 5th concession in Millgrove, Ontario. A regular scheduled season of races runs from April to October hosting approximately thirteen races. The mission of the WRKC is to promote the exciting sport of kart racing for the entire family in a safe and fun environment. Through sponsorships and our dedicated team of volunteers we strive to offer our members an affordable “thrill of a lifetime.”As a club we provide family racing, and being a family oriented club, we also conduct picnics, trade shows, awards banquets, and other group events. We have a Board of Directors who volunteer their time for their respective positions, and are elected annually by our membership. Likewise, our membership is asked, to volunteer some of their time while at the track, in the actual running of the races during our schedule. All ages, and associated driving skills are spanned in our club membership. In addition, any of our membership would be very happy to help someone wishing to become involved in a capacity with kart racing at a local level. We are continually open to welcoming new members, or anyone interested to any of our events through the season.
What is karting?
The vast majority of individuals automatically think of the “rental karts” we all have seen or been on. Our sport and associated Karts are far from the limited capabilities of these rental machines. Kart racing is a competitive sport. We are travelling much faster, coupled with handling characteristics that are equal, or in most cases greater than some of today’s high performance automobiles. So with that being said, we have provided the following frequently asked questions (FAQ), to hopefully further explain our sport. Likewise we hope it will motivate you to come out, and join us at the track in the most affordable 4 wheel racing around! All of us as a club are always looking for new members to race with, or willing to provide additional help in various volunteer positions on a race day. Please review the rules and additional information on this site.
Why should I choose Karting?
Karting is a true family sport where families work as a team and spend quality time together. It is also affordable and unique. Karting is where most current racing drivers got their start, at local tracks in their areas at the club level. Most current racing drivers still jump into karts in the off -season to keep their reaction times up, and well not to mention that it is fun. Karting is a great sport for everyone. This sport teaches many great life lessons and has a positive impact on the lives of many people.
How do I start?
We know that it may be overwhelming getting started in karting. We encourage you to contact a club member or executive member so they can answer any questions you may have. You can also come out to some of our events, and watch us in action. At the track our executive members are very accessible and would be happy to answer further questions you may have.
Do you have rules to govern the racing?
We have a rule book to govern our racing. Our rule book can be found on our website under the ‘documents’ tab. Rule books are also available at the track.
How old do I have to be?
Drivers aged 7-70 are able to compete at WRKC.
What racing classes do you run?
WRKC typically has six classes. Our classes are defined by age and weight (combined kart and driver). This is all in an effort to keep the racers on the same playing field within the classes. In our junior classes engines are restricted to slow them down. For more information on our class structure reference our rule book.
Is it safe to race?
Go-kart racing is safe. Due to our advanced safety equipment go-karting can be considered equally safe or even safer than other sports. Our club also takes steps to ensure all participants, and spectators are in a safe environment. We have an Emergency Medical Vehicle on the premises each race day for quick medical treatment if necessary.
Do I need insurance?
No. We are insured by ASN Canada and our events are covered by an insurance policy.
Are Karts specific to the racing?
Yes, the karts are all manufactured to comply with both safety and technical regulations as created by the CIK in Europe, which sets the standard for the various manufactures and is continually updated.
What engines do you race with on the karts?
We race 4 cycle engines.
I don’t know much about engines or karts can I still race?
Yes, the majority of wrenching on a go-kart can be done with simple hand tools. People at the track would be happy to show you what you need to do as general maintenance or to adjust handling
What is the cost to start?
Racing karts is inexpensive when compared to other sports. Used karts are frequently available and are a good option for new karters and often come with used parts. Karts are often sold on our website’s classified website. Buyers beware that many karts for sale on the internet may not work with our club rules and may require many changes. We encourage you to talk to someone involved in the sport so they can help you find a package that is right for you.
What about fees to race?
We have both an annual membership fee, and a daily race fee to race in our club. The annual membership fee is $95 with discounts if registering more than one driver and the daily race fee is $60. Thanks to our sponsors and supporters we proudly have the cheapest race fees in the province.
What about equipment, what would I need?
Go-Kart, Kart Stand, Engine, Tires, Helmet (must be approved, see rule book for specs), gloves, rib protector, basic hand tools
I have a favorite number; can I use it on my kart?
Numbers are assigned on a first come first serve basis at the beginning of the year. An understanding is in place that a driver from the same class from the prior year has the “first right of refusal of his/her current racing number”. So if your number is not currently taken, it should not be a problem. Likewise we hold that number once you have register to you for the full year.
What happens in a typical day?
Race day registration process is started with the Technical Sheet completion and payment of Race day fees. You will be signing the daily waiver for yourself and any family members at registration also. Two (2) practice sessions are then called by class giving you a chance to refresh yourself with the track and make any adjustments. A drivers meeting is held after the last practice session that all must attend. Races are then started by class. You are required to cross the scale after each Heat to verify your weight to the class you have raced in. Three (3) race heats are run this way with a lunch break in between. On completion of the final race, the top five finishers by class are selected for Technical inspection. Upon satisfactory technical inspection, the trophy presentation takes place.
And if it rains, do you still race?
Yes, we do in fact race in the race, with rain specific kart tires and associated rain equipment such as a rain suit and additional dry clothes.
Do I need special racing fuel?
The club has “spec” fuel. To ensure your fuel meets the rule you must get buy 91 Octane gas from the Esso Station on highway 5. Please see our rulebook for details.
Tires, do you change as often as they show on races on TV?
A set of tires can last for more than a full season at our track.
Can I practice?
In April we have our annual club practice day. You can also contact the track owner for private practice not associated with WRKC.
When do you race?
We race per our schedule found on the club’s website. We hold approximately 13 races between May- October each year.
Do you win money in the race events?
No money is paid to winners; the top five finishers in each class receive trophies at the end of the day’s activities after any technical inspection requirements.
Do you have a championship?
The race points accumulate during the season and are used towards the determination of the class championship awarded at the annual banquet.
I am thinking of getting involved, what should I do?
WRKC is full of racing enthusiasts from all walks of life and ages. We just enjoy racing and spending time with friends and family, so if you do also, it will not be hard to find someone to speak to on a race day. If you are interested in racing, please take the time to come out to a race or contact any of the board members listed on the website.