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Spec Fuel and Tires for the current year can be found by CLICKING HERE.


KARTING INFORMATION FOR BEGINNERS:

Kart Racing.......It's NOT what you think!

If you've never been to a kart race, chances are it's not at all what you think it is.   If you are even thinking about getting involved with kart racing, we recommend the very first step is to come out and watch a racing event.  Check our schedule for upcoming events and locations.    Words can simply not describe the sounds, the speeds, the action.   Seeing is believing.


Who is the Toronto Kart Club?

The Toronto Kart Club (TKC) is where great racers such as Paul Tracy and Scott Goodyear first got their start.   In fact, almost all professional race-car drivers started with kart racing at the club level, and still boast involvement in karting today.

TKC offers its members an action packed racing schedule at several racetracks, which includes trophies and prizes.
In addition to our regular schedule, we are proud to present several special events such as The Canada Cup, The Ironman Enduro, and challenge races against other clubs within Ontario.  Being one of Ontario's most experienced and professional race clubs, we are able to provide fun, safe, and competitive racing for all ages and skill levels.

Toronto Kart Club is a registered non-profit organization.  We have a Board of Directors who are elected by the members annually.   All of our Directors and Executives are volunteers.  Toronto Kart Club has a strict conflict of interest policy, whereby none of the executives, directors or other officials are track owners or operators.



Why should you get involved in karting?

Kart Racing is one of the best sports to provide the right combination of competition and family atmosphere that sustains long term interest.  In short, the sport brings together all the qualities of competition while fostering friendships and supporting the pride of performance.  If this sounds like something that may appeal to you and your family, then racing in the Toronto Kart Club is a great place to start.

Before getting involved in karting, you must first do some research, most of which will be oriented towards learning more about the sport and acquiring the appropriate equipment.  The following will answer many frequently asked questions and provide helpful advice on getting you started.  If you have any further questions please contact Toronto Kart Club any time at admin@torontokartclub.com or (905) 508-8225 (call after 5:00 pm please).



How do I get involved?

The first thing to do is select the class that you are going to race in. The Toronto Kart Club offers classes for all ages from 7 to 70 and skill levels ranging from novice to expert.  The class you should select will mostly depend on your age, weight, type of engine, and racing experience.    
Click here
to see our Class Chart.  
Make sure to speak to someone at the Club, and they will advise you on which class you would best fit into.

Secondly, you must decide what equipment to purchase. It is recommended that you enlist the help of a reputable kart shop who can share with you their years of experience. Take the time to meet with these people to discuss your needs. They will ensure that your racing budget is spent wisely, without compromising safety while focusing on being competitive.  There are also many used karts and other equipment that are listed for sale privately, right here on our website.

Third, join the Toronto Kart Club.   In order to join TKC you must first have a medical and eye examination completed and signed by your family doctor. The forms required for these are on our website in theDocuments section. By joining the Club, you will automatically be added to our mailing list. This will provide you with important newsletters outlining karting tips, rule changes, and upcoming events.

The next thing to do is learn the rules of racing.  You can acquire a TKC racing RuleBook from the Club, which also includes the current racing handbook from ASN Canada.  These Rulebooks are available through the Club, or you can download and print your own (see the Documents page).  You will need the ASN Sporting Regulations, ASN Technical Regulations, as well as the TKC Supplementals and Appendices for the current year.

Finally, you will need to practice, practice, and practice. This will help you become more comfortable and help you understand how to set up your kart to find the right "racing line".   If you are new to karting, and considered a "rookie" driver, you will also need to complete a mandatory training session, along with both a written and an on-track test, in order to get your racing license.  This training session and licensing test is provided free of charge to all Toronto Kart Club members, and is usually held in early April before the regular racing season begins.   If you are joining mid-season, you can usually arrange a separate training day through one of our Executive Board members.



What equipment do I require?
  • Go Kart
  • Engine
  • Tires and rims
  • Helmet (Full Face, SNELL 2000 or 2005 Approved)
  • Racing Suit
  • Running Shoes (preferably with no laces)
  • Neck Brace
  • Rib Protector
  • Gloves (BMX, Motocross, or Racing Gloves are all acceptable)



What sort of Kart should I buy?

The best bet for a rookie competitor is to buy used equipment.  To buy brand new you are looking at over $3500 for a turnkey set up.  Alternatively, for a good clean used machine you can expect to pay between $1200-$2500.  Places to find good used karts include the TKC website or online classified sites such as Kijiji and Craigslist.  When buying a used kart, always buy locally and meet people in person, and never send any money to strangers by money order, Western Union, etc.  If you're in doubt about whether a used kart meets the current racing guidelines, please enlist the help of one of our board members, who will be able to tell you if something is a good investment or should be avoided.


What sort of spares and tools do I require?

Although you do not have to be a class A mechanic, general interest in learning and a well-stocked toolbox are a necessity. The most common tools and supplies should include:
  • socket Set
  • open ended wrenches
  • hex wrenches and/or keys
  • needle nose pliers
  • hammer
  • screwdrivers
  • oil and gas funnels
  • air tank or compressor
  • tire pressure gauge
  • various springs
  • nuts and bolts
  • tie wraps


Spares Suggested (not required):

  • set of tires and wheels
  • tie rod ends
  • bearings
  • spacers
  • spark plugs
  • assorted gears

What do I need to know about tires?

Tires come in different diameters, widths, compounds, and are manufactured by several different companies.  The Toronto Kart Club usually runs "spec" tires.   You will be informed of which tires are required for your class.   You will also have to take into account your weight, class, driving style, track conditions, temperature, and your competition in order to select the right tire pressures. The pressures usually range between 10 & 30 psi. On average, a set of tires should last between 5-6 races and cost between $190 & $220 per set of four.  

The Spec Tire for the current year can be found by CLICKING HERE.



What type of gas should I run in my kart?

The club will provide this information prior to the racing season. They will indicate at what station to fill up at prior to race day. The approved station will be in the general vicinity of the track.

The Spec Fuel for the current year can be found by CLICKING HERE.



How can I be assured that karting is safe?

At TKC, safety is our first and foremost concern. All new drivers must go through a complete on-track orientation program prior to the season starting. We race in strict accordance to ASN Canada and TKC rules.   Every race day we have a race director, grid marshals, corner marshals, pit marshals, technical safety committee, as well as trained medical staff on duty.


How do I learn more about racing and understanding my kart?

Make sure you attend the Rookie Training Sessions at the beginning of the year. The orientation program will cover topics such as engine maintenance and kart set up. When the racing season begins make sure to speak to the President or one of the members of the Board of Directors and they will make sure that you are introduced to another group of people who race in a similar class or age group.


Who will help me with my engine if I have a mechanical problem?

When you buy an engine, it will usually have an engine builder’s decal on it, such as Arnold Engines, Camden Motors, etc.   This person can help you with any problems that may arise.


How often should I have my engine inspected by a builder?

It is recommended that you have an engine builder inspect and freshen up your engine every 3-4 races.


What should I do to maintain my engine?

Always follow your engine builder’s recommendations. This will include the type of oil to use, how often you should change it, and good maintenance practices.


What do I need to know about gears?

Your gear ratio will ultimately determine how fast your kart will go. The right gear set up is dependent on variables such as: track, weight, weather, tires etc. In general you should have a 15 tooth clutch with a variety of rear gears ranging from 58-63 teeth. In order to figure out the ratio divide the rear gear by the clutch gear. Example, 60 rear gear with 15 tooth clutch is a ratio of 4.0 (60\15). You will determine the optimum gear by practicing prior to the race.
Click HERE for a downloadable GEAR RATIO CHART.



 What happens if it rains? Do I need special equipment?

TKC races in the rain.   You will require a rain suit, rain tires, plenty of dry clothes, and a shield for your air filter. (Tip, an old 1 litre plastic water bottle makes a great shield).



What do I do on race day?

Make sure you arrive 2 hours prior to the scheduled Drivers Meeting.  Registration usually begins at 7:30 am, and closes at 8:30 am.  Upon arrival, you must register the racer and every person who will be assisting the team in the pits.  You will also be given a transponder, which you will mount on your kart. After you have registered and paid for the day, proceed to the pit area and have your kart inspected to make sure that it is safe to race.  You will be required to submit a Pre-Tech form, and you will also need to bring your Rulebook to be stamped at each event.   Every driver and mechanic are required to attend the "Drivers Meeting" which will take place in the morning, immediately prior to the first on-track practice session.   The practice and race order for the day’s events will be posted at the event to ensure you make it to the grid on time.  The race order, track configuration, qualifying procedures, etc.  will also be posted on this website well in advance of each event, so you will know the day's schedule before you arrive.    Also, listen to the P.A. announcements carefully, so you will know when your group is supposed to be on pre-grid, grid, etc.


How can I get involved with TKC?

The club is run entirely by people like you, with an interest in providing a safe, professional, and fun environment for people to race in.  Volunteers are always welcome and needed to assist in corner marshalling, scoring, organizing events, or flipping hamburgers at one of our many barbecues throughout the season.  To get involved simply contact the club, and also check out our "Get Involved" page on this website.


What if I have any further questions?

The Club is here to help. They know when you first start karting, there are often many questions that come up.   If you require any further information, please contact the TKC at:
905-508-8225 (ask for Steve Walker -- please phone AFTER 5:00 pm) or
e-mail: admin@torontokartclub.com (any time)

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