WELCOME TO ROUND 4 OF NKC 2022

Round 4 is finally here and with over 240 drivers entered, it’s going to be huge! We are excited to welcome the 100 Super class as our guests at this round and look forward to seeing them battle it out for their championship belt. It promises to be a real spectacle, with regulations based on 90’s Formula Super A, which promises screaming air-cooled engines and rib bruising super-sticky tyres.

As always, we aim to ensure the event runs as smoothly as possible so please read along and help us to help you enjoy another great weekend. New drivers – please ensure you join our WhatsApp group – see button above/on the right – which we use for important announcements.

Weekend Format

Sadly, we were unable to book the track for Friday testing this time, so it be a weekend only meeting. You may still set up from Thursday as the paddock isn’t required by anybody else. Please do not setup in the areas marked below in blue and purple. And please setup caravans and tents in the grassy are at the top of the paddock. Any cars not used as support vehicles should be parked in the car park marked in white. Please follow the instructions of the paddock marshals. Please click here to view the site plan.

Due to growth in our junior classes, exceptional Rotax 177 numbers plus the guest class, we have decided to hold a round of race heats late on Saturday afternoon. This will help to ensure Sunday runs smoothly without compromising race lengths and with some wriggle room in case of incidents.

We thank you for your support and understanding in this, it’s very difficult to predict numbers long in advance and we think this is the best solution on this occasion. Thankfully we are able to run from 9am until 6pm so the impact on testing is minimal and we expect 5 good testing sessions for all, plus 8-minute heats and 12-minute finals (plus 1 lap).

Please check the timetable and grids to see how this impacts you. We aim to publish the grids as soon as possible, but it will work as follows:

  • Mini Max and 100UK Junior will share a grid but will not race on Saturday
  • Rotax 162 and 177 Heat 1 will be on Saturday. Only about half the drivers race in Heat 1.
  • All other classes will have their 1st heat on Saturday, including 100 Super

Transponders

Whilst Whilton Mill normally use TAG transponders, we have made arrangements to run this event on AMB/Mylaps. Please have your transponder fitted for all sessions on Saturday, as we have limited time to get everything set up and ensure we are good to go for the evening heats. Please see the timetable for information on transponder hire.

Guest Drivers

We are welcoming a good handful of guests this round, who are here for a taste of what NKC has to offer. Whilst there may be some tyre disparity, we remind registered drivers that guests do not score championship points and your own points are awarded as if the guest wasn’t there. We also have several newly registered drivers who will be joining us for the rest of the season. We wish them all a warm welcome and hope you all have a great weekend together.

We will be based on the ground floor of the main building. If we’re not there, please try timing or contact us through Facebook/WhatsApp.

KEY POINTS

  • Sign on is open – click ‘EVENT SIGN ON’ button below. All drivers must sign on in Alpha for Saturday and Sunday.

  • Arrive any time on Thursday. Camping is free from Thursday to Sunday.

  • Driver briefing is on Saturday morning on the dummy grid at 8:30am. All drivers must attend.

  • Transponder collection – Saturday (8am-11am). £15 to hire. Collect from the timing booth.

  • Tyre barcodes – new slicks must be entered in to scrutineering. Please see final instructions below.

  • Whilton discourage owners bringing dogs but if you need to bring yours, please keep them on the lead at all times and clean up after them.

  • Only officials will be allowed onto the live circuit.

  • Trollies are not permitted on the live circuit. Wait until the circuit is neutralised and you have permission to enter from the grid marshal.

  • SCOOTERS AND BICYCLES MUST NOT BE USED WHEN THE TRACK IS LIVE.

  • Nearest pub – Break Pad, Whilton Mill

    Cafe open until 8pm for food and 9pm for drinks.

  • Please can everyone stay within the confines of the track and paddock and not wander off to other areas of the grounds.

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OFFICIALS

RoleName
NKC organisersChris Cox
Oli Nitch-Smith
Matt Scott
Clerk of the courseBruce Perry
Assistant ClerkChris Cox
General AssistantRob Cox
TimekeeperWill Wren
Chief ScrutineerNatalie Wood
Assistant ScrutineerToby Sinclair
MediaGaz Bury
Glynn Bury

FINAL INSTRUCTIONS

Judicial

We have a great team of officials, but please remember they are human. We can try to give clarity on penalties where possible, but they cannot be overturned without compelling evidence. We do not review video footage and appeals will only be heard after finals.

  • Some of you will feel you’ve been penalised unfairly
  • Some of you will miss yellow flags and be absolutely sure they weren’t there
  • Some of you will get unfair nose cone penalties
  • Some of you will feel another driver got away without a penalty

We will do our best, but we will not be perfect. Please treat our officials with respect. And please remember that these things do tend to even out over the course of a championship.

Tyre barcodes – Slicks

Barcodes for your race slicks for the season must be uploaded to Alpha (click ‘EVENT SIGN ON’ button above) before 8pm on Friday 1 July so we can upload them all to our scanner in time for checking at scrutineering. Once digital scrutineering has closed, they cannot be changed unless there is an issue with a tyre.

NKC drivers – If you have raced with us before, you do not need to complete scrutineering if you have previously uploaded your barcodes as we already have them unless you are registering a second set that has not been registered before.

It is your responsibility to upload your barcodes correctly and to have them checked if you are unsure.

Scrutineering

NKC and 100UK will be doing online safety scrutineering so we do NOT need to see your karts however we will be carrying out spot checks throughout the day before racing begins on Saturday afternoon.

100UK – please await instructions regarding tyre marking.

100UK Digital Scrutineering Cards

100UK drivers please enter your nominated chassis and engine(s) in Alpha. This is to replace the old scrutineering card.

Novices

If you have nominated to be a novice on entry, you will start your heats from the back of the grids. If you didn’t choose to be a novice on entry but have decided you’d like to be one please let one of the organisers know on Saturday. The organisers may compel a driver to start from the back should they deem this is required for safety reasons.

Rotax grids

Senior Rotax 162 and 177 classes will have 5 or 6 heats, with each driver competing in 3. Grids are generated by the timing system and will be published on Friday. Everyone will be mixed together, there’s no simple split such as odds/evens, so there’s no need for last minute number changes or similar.

Paddock/Car parking/Caravans

Camping on site is allowed Thurs/Friday/Saturday and you may arrive any time from Thursday morning. Gates will be left open at night for late arrivals. Please only setup caravans and tents in the grassy area at the top of paddock.

The paddock is going to be busy, so please be courteous and don’t take up more space than necessary and please make sure not to setup in the organisers area as marked above.

Cars must not be parked in the paddock unless they double up as your only race support vehicle. Please park as directed by the paddock marshals.

Please leave the paddock clean and tidy and take old tyres home with you.

Schedule

The timetable for the weekend has been published above and will be on display in the paddock. For the racing we are publishing a running order only. Please make note of the order and listen out for Tannoy calls so you know when your next session is approaching. It is the driver’s responsibility to be on the dummy grid on time.

Please ensure you are on the dummy grid at least 5 minutes before your session starts. If drivers are late, it will affect the smooth running of the event and impact on everyone’s track time. Sessions will not be delayed for late comers. Repeat offenders will be penalised.

Hand-held starter policy

Hand-held starters must not be shared between karts.

Transponders

We are using AMB Mylaps transponders at Whilton Mill. If you have requested to hire one, they are charged at £15. If you need to hire, please go to the timing on Saturday 8am-11am to collect. Please remember to hand them back after the finals on Sunday.

IMPORTANT – Transponders must be fitted to your kart for session 3, 4 and 5 of Saturday practice for checking. If you do not fit your transponder, you will not be allowed out in that session. Put your transponders on to charge now as this is not a valid excuse for not fitting it.

Signing On & Drivers Briefing

Signing on for the weekend is now open. Please click on the ‘EVENT SIGN ON’  button above. There will also be an online driver briefing document. Please read the briefing carefully, you will be required to confirm you have done so when you sign on. We will let you know when signing on is live.

There will be still be a driver briefing in person on Saturday morning that you all must attend. Please see the timetable.

Kart recovery

The clerks and marshals will guide you so please listen to them. You may need to wait until the following session has been before you can return to the paddock.

If you find yourself and kart in a position that is causing a yellow flag, if it is safe, please do your best to move yourself and your kart out of the way otherwise you will impact the racing on track.

Communication

Hopefully you have joined one of our Whatsapp groups, but if not please add yourself as this is our best communication tool when at the track. There may also be a notice board near the dummy grid entrance. Join WhatsApp group.

Questions

Hopefully we’ve covered most of the questions you may have but if not, drop us an email or message our Facebook page.

See you all in a few days

Chris, Oli, Matt