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Suggestion - adult novice class
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DrChip
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 20, 2014 9:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ihor Bilyy wrote:
So far I see only DrChip in favor of this. Time will tell, you don't have to marry every idea you can hear from people.


Actually I am not the one who came up with this. It was suggested to me by several other respected racers by personal email. Don't kill the messenger. c

"...you don't have to marry every idea you can hear from people"(quote)..????
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Doug Austin
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 20, 2014 10:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is what our sportsman class is supposed to be, beginner racers, or less experienced. If they want some more practice with an experienced driver then you can do so after the program. There are people that are more than willing to help new racers.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 21, 2014 12:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I suggested that the class would perhaps allow several engine types; I did not suggest allowing any engine. I would not envision running a shifter along side a Kid Clone.
I suggested a structure that would facilitate a novice sharing a kart with a primary driver running another class. There would be no minimum weight and no engine technical inspection in the novice class. That is not to suggest that the kart would not have passed safety technical inspection.

Once some people have expressed an interest in an adult novice class, we will learn what equipment they have available to race.

Thanks for your comments. I am looking forward to hearing from some people interested in participating.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 21, 2014 12:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't think we need a class, because we shouldn't be having three different levels of competition for one of our senior divisions. The sportsman division is somewhat okay as it is supposed to be our novice division, but the sportsman division shouldn't be a full-time place for a driver. The goal of each driver in sportsman should be to become fast enough to move up into the regular Clone Senior classes, and not try to run for championships each year. Novice instructional days would work to get them up to speed, because nobody should be out on the track with other inexperienced drivers when they are more than 15 seconds off the pace.

Then again, I don't race full-time in any of these Clone Senior divisons, so I imagine the best answer to this would be to get a poll from the senior drivers. I just am afraid that if we split into an extra class, it would hurt numbers more than benefit them because drivers who would be dominating novice but aren't ready to be winning in sportsman yet would stay in it, and then we get 3 classes of 5 karts each, which will only dwindle during the season, at best holding the same kart counts.
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Darrin Tebbe
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 21, 2014 1:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

IMHO people wanting seat time can pay $35 for a practice day (takes all of 5 minutes to pay on PayPal) and go most anytime and practice all day. A few long practice days and they'll be just fine in the Sportsman or most any other class.

IMHO, the most important thing new people need to know is to not worry about what the other karts around you are doing. Concentrate on your line, and hold that line. Be consistent and the faster folks will go right by you. The problem comes when slower karts worry about everyone else and are from one side of the track to the other.... this is something the race director should cover before every race in the driver's meeting.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 21, 2014 3:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you or one of your family members are interested in participating in a novice class, please contact the GSKA president at his email address below so that he will have a count.

cbering@comcast.net
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