Go Karts Go Nelson Bay >> Driving Rules
Motor racing is in need of organisation. Without order there is chaos and we do not want chaos in motorsport (except at the demolition derby maybe). This keeps everybody safe and allows everybody to enjoy the racing (and go faster).
The way we set and maintain the order is by agreeing on rules and good manners (known as racing etiquette).
The first rule is to observe and obey the marshals. They work hard to keep things running smoothly and their intention is to help you enjoy clean racing. The rules the track marshals’ will enforce are very basic they are as follows:
- If you receive a blue flag moves towards the flag (which is always your left) and allow the faster driver past you. Once they have overtaken you the trick is to try and follow that driver and work out what they are doing different to you to make them faster. You then copy them in order to bring down your own lap times.
- Whenever the Orange light comes on around the track you MUST slow down to a walking pace around the whole track and proceed with extreme caution and be ready to stop at any time.
NO BUMPING, NO CRASHING
- These karts are serious racing machines capable of up to 70km/h this means they are not dodgem karts, always give your fellow driver racing room and respect and do not hit each other or the walls.
USE YOUR BRAKES - Use your brakes before the corners excessive sliding and you will be asked to stop. The fastest way around our track is to be smooth, the more you slide the slower you will go.
Safety First - Always have safety in the front of your mind. You have a duty to preserve the wellbeing of everyone nearby and the equipment you're using.
Take pride in being a real champion, winning with honor. Using your skill and persistence to win is the only way to be true to yourself. This is what makes motorsport revered.
Don't cut people off - when jostling for position it can be tempting to speed into a corner to block your opponent out. If your opponent has a clear path and the intention to follow the normal path through a corner (known as a racing line) you may not cut him off and cause him to slow abruptly.
If you crash or break down put one hand in the air to indicate your inability to proceed. This will alert a marshal to you problem as well as warn other drivers that you are now a stationary obstacle. Wait in your Kart for one of our track marshals’ to help you out.