TEAMS series

This section will contain the reference documents for the new my-kart TEAMS series.

The new TEAMS series is focussed on the following:

1. teamwork, strategy
2. spectator focussed
3. branding focussed

It is envisaged that the TEAMS series will bring in a wider level of interest, publicity and corporate involvement in (amateur) karting.

The following pages will describe the TEAMS series a bit more.

2008 TEAMS series concept (superceded for 2013)

This is a preliminary conceptual document posted in the my-KART Core group to solicit ideas, discussions, and in the end refine the my-KART TEAMS series concept.

Goals of TEAMS series

The TEAMS series aims to be unabashedly commercial in nature.

  • bring in more spectators
  • drive more corporate participation (eg sponsorship)
  • bring in more race participants
  • replicatable country wide
  • venue neutral - provided 10 karts in good condition can be made available

Concept in a nutshell

Pits teams against teams throughout a year long racing series. Follows football league-style format.

Description

Each event will feature a two team match. Each team could comprise 5 drivers, and all 5 drivers will race against the 5 drivers from the other team. All drivers will be given points (even for non-finishes) according to final positions. There will be podium bonus points to encourage higher finishing positions. The team that wins will be the one that scores the most aggregate points.

It is expected that around 10 teams will participate for the year long series. Each team will then "compete" a total of 18 times in the year - ie each team will compete with the 9 other teams on separate events, and twice against each opponent team (yeah, like football's home and away matches).

The competition format will be similar to the DRIVERS sprint format - with 2 qualifying races and a final. All 5 drivers from both teams will race together.

Selection of drivers will be key. This shall be done in two steps similar to the NFL franchise selection process:

  1. assign "franchise" team slots to the team principals
  2. each team principal shall select one driver from the existing K3, K2 and K1 pools in order of seeding of Team Principals from the previous season. the process will complete once all teams have 5 drivers and 2 subs. Other drivers not selected (including unseeded drivers, and newcomers) will become free agents available throughout the year.

to make this interesting, each team principal will need to put a full year investment which will go towards the year end championship prize.

i will discuss these following matters later:

  • sponsor arrangements
  • in season driver transfers
I will further develop this document based on your comments.... so please discuss

2013 TEAMS series Rules and Regulations

1.0 Race Format & Timing
1.1 / Registration: 1 hour
1.2 / Briefing: 30 mins
1.3 / Kart balloting, ballast distribution & ballast installation: 30 mins
1.4 / Practice & Qualifying: 30 mins
1.5 / Race: 90 mins

2.0 Kart Information
2.1 / Yamaha 100cc 2 Stroke Engine
2.2 / Tyres: determined by operator
2.3 / Spare karts if available
2.4 / One chain lube for each kart / team (it is the team’s responsibility to spray the chain lube when necessary)

3.0 Registration Fees
3.1 / Price per team: RM750
3.2 / Price per driver: equally shared by team members (RM250 each driver)
3.3 / Full payment due date: payment on race day - cash, or cheque made to mykart Promotions Sdn Bhd
3.4 / Payment instructions: MAYBANK 512-754-306-333 (mykart Promotions Sdn Bhd) - email scanned bank-in receipts to @fazz27@gmail.com AND @shahrulazlan@gmail.com

4.0 Team Details
4.1 / Drivers per Team: 3 Drivers
4.2 / Only the TEAM collects points for the full season. The TEAM is considered the same if at least one driver has driven in all of 5 races. The captain may decide to change drivers from one round to another allowing flexibility.
4.3 / Every team is allowed to bring in any sponsors of their own. The side pods of the kart are reserved for the sponsors. The front pods are reserved for my-kart usage.
4.4 / Each driver will drive ONLY ONE (1) time during the entire race.
4.5 / Minimum total team weight: 225kg being the aggregate weight of the 3 drivers (Excluding kart)
4.6 / There is no handicap for female drivers or a team with all female drivers.
4.7 / When the team does not meet the minimum weight requirements, ballast will be added to the team’s kart.

5.0 Registration Procedures, Practice and Qualifying Procedures
5.1 / Each team must consist of 3 drivers declared by registration close
5.2 / At close registration, if a team has less than 3 drivers present & weighed, the team is allowed to race but will not be classified.
5.3 / We do not accept late registrations on race day.
5.4 / All drivers MUST be present for registration.
5.5 / All drivers will be weighed without their racing gears during the registration.
5.6 / Kart allocation will be balloted.
5.7 / Ballast will be fastened to each assigned kart before the practice and qualifying.
5.8 / No restriction for numbers of driver change during practice and qualifying.
5.9 / If there is any change of kart during qualifying or the entire race, ballast must be transferred to the new assigned kart or spare kart before going out of the pit.
5.10 / All teams will start their qualifying session with a full tank of fuel and will bring the remaining to the starting grid.
5.11 / When qualifying is over, all teams will have to park the kart at the grid and the kart must remain un-touched until the green flag is waved.
5.12 / If your kart has problems that needed to be fix after qualifying, you will start from the back of the grid. The race will start without you if the repair cannot finish on time. However, a spare kart if available can be use as a replacement and you will start at the back of the grid.
5.13 / If any team failed to do any of the above, the team will be penalized and will start from the back of the grid with the correction being done.

6.0 Race Procedures
6.1 / Race will start as per Le Mans procedure whereby the driver will run towards their kart.
6.2 / All drivers must drive a total of ONE (1) stint only.
6.3 / If any driver does not complete their stint, the team will be penalized 5 laps less after the race.
6.4 / In the event, a driver is not able to comply to the One (1) stint rule due to stoppage time needed for repairs or kart change strictly in the pit area, it is the driver's responsibility to inform the marshal, otherwise 5 laps less penalty will be awarded to the team after the race. However, stoppage time on the track for whatever reason will still be regarded as part of the driver's stint.

7.0 Driver Change Procedures
Scenario / Driver A = Driver & Driver B = Waiting for driver change
7.1 / During driver change, Driver A must drive the kart to the pit area.
7.2 / Driver A must TURN OFF the engine while Driver B is waiting behind the pit lane border.
7.3 / Driver B can only go to his / her kart when Driver A has passed the pit lane border.
7.4 / Driver B now can start the engine and exit the pit area.
7.5 / Driver A is responsible to report to the marshal post and "sign-in" at the end of his stint.
7.6 / If a driver does a pit stop for lubricant, refueling, tire(s) change or for any technical fault, and he / she continues the race, that pit stop(s) will NOT be regarded as a stint.
7.7 / All pit stop reporting must be done by the driver and not team members.
7.8 / Only 1 set of tires are provided for the entire race but no wet tires are provided
7.9 / Five laps less penalty will be awarded to any team found breaching any of the above rules.

8.0 Mandatory Stop for Driver Change
8.1 / There are TWO (2) 10 minutes pit windows and it opens at a certain time.
8.2 / First pit window is open at minute 25 and close at minute 35.
8.3 / Second pit window is open at minute 55 and close at minute 65.

9.0 Mechanical Failures
9.1 / In the event of any mechanical failure(s) during the race, the team can choose to retire from the race or to push the kart back to the pit for a mechanical repair.
9.2 / If the team chooses to continue the race, only the team members are allowed to push the kart back to the pit.
9.3 / All repairs are on first come first serve basis.
9.4 / If the kart cannot be repaired due to mechanical failure, the team is allowed to change to a spare kart.
9.5 / The team must ensure that all ballast are transferred to the spare kart.
9.6 / Once the team has changed to the spare kart, the team must drive the spare kart till the end of the race.
9.7 / If the spare kart is found with not enough ballast on it, the team will be penalized 5 laps less.
9.8 / Please be reminded that all spare karts might not be in the best condition from City Karting and therefore overall performance may vary.
9.9 / No one is allowed to make changes (settings or setups) to the kart except CK Mechanics even if you are a kart mechanic as a profession.
9.10 / If the kart cannot be repaired due to an accident, the team will be declared as DNF and will not be allowed a spare kart as replacement.
9.11 / During the race, if your kart has lost any side bumper, the team will be alerted by marshals and the team must bring in the driver to get the missing bumper replaced.
9.12 / In any case, if there is no new bumper, the driver will have to collect the missing bumper from the track after pitting in.
9.13 / If any team is found not following any of the Mechanical Failures Rules and Regulations, the team will be given 5 laps less penalty.

10.0 Rain, Restarts and Race Termination
10.1 / If the rain conditions are too dangerous, the race will be stopped.
10.2 / A red flag will be waved to indicate the race being stopped.
10.3 / The results of the race will be based on the positions recorded at the end of the previous completed lap by the race leader prior to the race being stopped.
10.4 / Teams are not allowed to do any refueling or driver change or mechanical repairs and adjustment while waiting for the race to restart under a red flag condition.
10.5 / Upon restart, the teams shall start according to the positions from the previous race section prior to the stoppage. Timing difference between teams will be reduced to a single-file formation. However, lap differences shall be retained.
10.6 / During a restart from any point of the race, no overtaking or changing positions and returning to the appoint positions after that; are allowed before the start / finish line.
10.7 / If any team is found not following any of the Rain, Restarts and Race Termination Rules and Regulations, the team will be given a 5 laps penalty.

11.0 Accidents and Emergencies
11.1 / If any accident has occurred, whereby attention is needed, depending on the severity of the accident, a yellow flag shall be waved or a safety kart will be sent out, or in a serious accident; the race will be red flagged until necessary attention can be rendered.
11.2 / The race will restart after the accident has been cleared.
11.3 / During a safety kart at any point of the race, no overtaking or changing positions and returning to the appoint positions after that are allowed.
11.5 / Teams are allowed to make their pit stop during the safety kart period and will have to rejoin the race from the back of the grid.
11.6 / If any team is found not following any of the Accident and Emergencies Rules and Regulations, the team will be given a 5 laps penalty.

12.0 Other Matters
12.1 / Please report to the marshals, if you see any teams breaking the rules even if the marshals did not notice.
12.2 / It takes at least two (2) teams to make a case for any report.
12.3 / The race organizers may abandon, cancel or postpone the competition due to not receiving more than the desired entries or unforeseen circumstances including Acts of God.
12.4 / The race organizers may refuse an entry without giving any reason.
12.5 / The race organizers may deliberate on any issues not stated in these regulations and their decision shall be final.
12.6 / The race organizers have the right to stop the race immediately due to any unavoidable circumstances as the case may be.

2014 TEAMS series Rules and Regulations

1.0 Race Format & Timing
1.1 / Registration: 1 hour
1.2 / Briefing: 30 mins
1.3 / Kart balloting, ballast distribution & ballast installation: 30 mins
1.4 / Practice & Qualifying: 30 mins
1.5 / Race: 90 mins

2.0 Kart Information
2.1 / Yamaha 100cc 2 Stroke Engine
2.2 / Tyres: determined by operator
2.3 / Spare karts if available
2.4 / One chain lube for each kart / team (it is the team’s responsibility to spray the chain lube when necessary)

3.0 Registration Fees
3.1 / Price per team: RM750
3.2 / Price per driver: equally shared by team members (RM250 each driver)
3.3 / Full payment due date: payment on race day - cash, or cheque made to mykart Promotions Sdn Bhd
3.4 / Payment instructions: MAYBANK 512-754-306-333 (mykart Promotions Sdn Bhd) - email scanned bank-in receipts to @fazz27@gmail.com AND @shahrulazlan@gmail.com

4.0 Team Details
4.1 / Drivers per Team: 3 Drivers
4.2 / Only the TEAM collects points for the full season. The TEAM is considered the same if at least one driver has driven in all of 5 races. The captain may decide to change drivers from one round to another allowing flexibility.
4.3 / Every team is allowed to bring in any sponsors of their own. The side pods of the kart are reserved for the sponsors. The front pods are reserved for my-kart usage.
4.4 / Each driver will drive ONLY ONE (1) time during the entire race.
4.5 / Minimum total team weight: 225kg being the aggregate weight of the 3 drivers (Excluding kart)
4.6 / There is no handicap for female drivers or a team with all female drivers.
4.7 / When the team does not meet the Minimum Weight requirements, ballast will be added to the team’s kart. However, the maximum ballast allowed will be 10kg. Therefore, the aggregate driver weights must not be below 195kg (the Qualifying Weight) in order to qualify for race entry. In the event the underweight teams are allowed to race, for each 5kg below the Qualifying Weight, the team will be penalised 1 lap each.

5.0 Registration Procedures, Practice and Qualifying Procedures
5.1 / Each team must consist of 3 drivers declared by registration close
5.2 / At close registration, if a team has less than 3 drivers present & weighed, the team is allowed to race but will not be classified.
5.3 / We do not accept late registrations on race day.
5.4 / All drivers MUST be present for registration.
5.5 / All drivers will be weighed without their racing gears during the registration.
5.6 / Kart allocation will be balloted.
5.7 / Ballast will be fastened to each assigned kart before the practice and qualifying.
5.8 / No restriction for numbers of driver change during practice and qualifying.
5.9 / If there is any change of kart during qualifying or the entire race, ballast must be transferred to the new assigned kart or spare kart before going out of the pit.
5.10 / All teams will start their qualifying session with a full tank of fuel and will bring the remaining to the starting grid.
5.11 / When qualifying is over, all teams will have to park the kart at the grid and the kart must remain un-touched until the green flag is waved.
5.12 / If your kart has problems that needed to be fix after qualifying, you will start from the back of the grid. The race will start without you if the repair cannot finish on time. However, a spare kart if available can be use as a replacement and you will start at the back of the grid.
5.13 / If any team failed to do any of the above, the team will be penalized and will start from the back of the grid with the correction being done.

6.0 Race Procedures
6.1 / Race will start as per Le Mans procedure whereby the driver will run towards their kart.
6.2 / All drivers must drive a total of ONE (1) stint only.
6.3 / If any driver does not complete their stint, the team will be penalized 5 laps less after the race.
6.4 / In the event, a driver is not able to comply to the One (1) stint rule due to stoppage time needed for repairs or kart change strictly in the pit area, it is the driver's responsibility to inform the marshal, otherwise 5 laps less penalty will be awarded to the team after the race. However, stoppage time on the track for whatever reason will still be regarded as part of the driver's stint.

7.0 Driver Change Procedures
Scenario / Driver A = Driver & Driver B = Waiting for driver change
7.1 / During driver change, Driver A must drive the kart to the pit area.
7.2 / Driver A must TURN OFF the engine while Driver B is waiting behind the pit lane border.
7.3 / Driver B can only go to his / her kart when Driver A has passed the pit lane border.
7.4 / Driver B now can start the engine and exit the pit area.
7.5 / Driver A is responsible to report to the marshal post and "sign-in" at the end of his stint.
7.6 / If a driver does a pit stop for lubricant, refueling, tire(s) change or for any technical fault, and he / she continues the race, that pit stop(s) will NOT be regarded as a stint.
7.7 / All pit stop reporting must be done by the driver and not team members.
7.8 / Only 1 set of tires are provided for the entire race but no wet tires are provided
7.9 / Five laps less penalty will be awarded to any team found breaching any of the above rules.

8.0 Mandatory Stop for Driver Change
8.1 / There are TWO (2) 10 minutes pit windows and it opens at a certain time.
8.2 / First pit window is open at minute 25 and close at minute 35.
8.3 / Second pit window is open at minute 55 and close at minute 65.

9.0 Mechanical Failures
9.1 / In the event of any mechanical failure(s) during the race, the team can choose to retire from the race or to push the kart back to the pit for a mechanical repair.
9.2 / If the team chooses to continue the race, only the team members are allowed to push the kart back to the pit.
9.3 / All repairs are on first come first serve basis.
9.4 / If the kart cannot be repaired due to mechanical failure, the team is allowed to change to a spare kart.
9.5 / The team must ensure that all ballast are transferred to the spare kart.
9.6 / Once the team has changed to the spare kart, the team must drive the spare kart till the end of the race.
9.7 / If the spare kart is found with not enough ballast on it, the team will be penalized 5 laps less.
9.8 / Please be reminded that all spare karts might not be in the best condition from City Karting and therefore overall performance may vary.
9.9 / No one is allowed to make changes (settings or setups) to the kart except CK Mechanics even if you are a kart mechanic as a profession.
9.10 / If the kart cannot be repaired due to an accident, the team will be declared as DNF and will not be allowed a spare kart as replacement.
9.11 / During the race, if your kart has lost any side bumper, the team will be alerted by marshals and the team must bring in the driver to get the missing bumper replaced.
9.12 / In any case, if there is no new bumper, the driver will have to collect the missing bumper from the track after pitting in.
9.13 / If any team is found not following any of the Mechanical Failures Rules and Regulations, the team will be given 5 laps less penalty.

10.0 Rain, Restarts and Race Termination
10.1 / If the rain conditions are too dangerous, the race will be stopped.
10.2 / A red flag will be waved to indicate the race being stopped.
10.3 / The results of the race will be based on the positions recorded at the end of the previous completed lap by the race leader prior to the race being stopped.
10.4 / Teams are not allowed to do any refueling or driver change or mechanical repairs and adjustment while waiting for the race to restart under a red flag condition.
10.5 / Upon restart, the teams shall start according to the positions from the previous race section prior to the stoppage. Timing difference between teams will be reduced to a single-file formation. However, lap differences shall be retained.
10.6 / During a restart from any point of the race, no overtaking or changing positions and returning to the appoint positions after that; are allowed before the start / finish line.
10.7 / If any team is found not following any of the Rain, Restarts and Race Termination Rules and Regulations, the team will be given a 5 laps penalty.

11.0 Accidents and Emergencies
11.1 / If any accident has occurred, whereby attention is needed, depending on the severity of the accident, a yellow flag shall be waved or a safety kart will be sent out, or in a serious accident; the race will be red flagged until necessary attention can be rendered.
11.2 / The race will restart after the accident has been cleared.
11.3 / During a safety kart at any point of the race, no overtaking or changing positions and returning to the appoint positions after that are allowed.
11.5 / Teams are allowed to make their pit stop during the safety kart period and will have to rejoin the race from the back of the grid.
11.6 / If any team is found not following any of the Accident and Emergencies Rules and Regulations, the team will be given a 5 laps penalty.

12.0 Other Matters
12.1 / Please report to the marshals, if you see any teams breaking the rules even if the marshals did not notice.
12.2 / It takes at least two (2) teams to make a case for any report.
12.3 / The race organizers may abandon, cancel or postpone the competition due to not receiving more than the desired entries or unforeseen circumstances including Acts of God.
12.4 / The race organizers may refuse an entry without giving any reason.
12.5 / The race organizers may deliberate on any issues not stated in these regulations and their decision shall be final.
12.6 / The race organizers have the right to stop the race immediately due to any unavoidable circumstances as the case may be.

13.0 Championship Points - Double points for final round>>
  
PosPoints Rounds1-4Points Round5
12040
21632
31428
41224
51122
61020
7918
8816
9714
10612
11510
1248
1336
1424
1512
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25 May 2014 Ballast tests on 100cc public rental karts

Dear all,

5 volunteers turned up at the Shah Alam kart circuit on Sunday 25 May 2014 from 2-4pm.

The weather was hot and dry.

Actual test session was conducted between 3pm and 4:15pm.

Driver details:

DriverWeight (kg)Kart No (100cc public rental)
Bryan6732
Fazz Rahman7125
Zul Samad6327
Selim6128
Jin Kai Lim5624

We conducted TWO 10 minute test sessions with the drivers above using the same kart in both sessions.

Here were the outcomes:

SESSION WITHOUT BALLAST

 BryanZul SamadFazz RahmanSelimJin Kai Lim
101:05.32101:05.67601:05.58501:05.13701:05.044
201:05.06401:04.27501:06.73001:08.86101:06.433
301:04.45601:04.27501:05.40101:05.53901:06.398
401:04.83801:05.16401:05.39001:10.43101:05.991
501:04.61101:05.16501:05.52001:04.89001:08.556
601:04.36301:04.57501:05.38601:05.37901:08.562
701:04.08201:04.89401:05.32801:05.31201:08.686
801:03.99001:04.44201:04.60801:05.42501:11.683
901:04.29101:04.601   

SESSION WITH 10KG BALLAST

 BryanZul SamadFazz RahmanSelimJin Kai Lim
101:05.20501:06.83701:05.42901:06.26701:06.350
201:06.37201:05.57101:05.17001:05.81501:06.379
301:05.62101:05.95701:06.08201:06.47901:07.674
401:05.19601:06.16501:05.32901:06.60401:08.290
501:05.97201:05.85301:05.93501:07.36601:09.573
601:05.39601:06.35701:05.90601:06.73601:09.962
701:05.91401:06.01001:05.17501:05.82401:07.451
801:05.03901:05.90301:05.38901:06.58001:08.830

If you were to download these data onto a spreadsheet and calculate the average, median lap times - both with and without the lap time outliers, you will find the following results:

DriverWeight (kg)Kart No (100cc public rental)Average diffMedian diffRemarks
Bryan6732+1.0secs+1.0secs-
Fazz Rahman7125+0.0secs+0.0secskart was tweaked in 2nd stint
Zul Samad6327+1.2secs+1.2secs-
Selim6128+0.0secs+1.1secstyre pressure adjusted in 2nd stint
Jin Kai Lim5624+0.5secs+0.5secsthrottle problem fixed in 2nd stint

Based on the above data, we conclude that every 10kg difference in weight (driver & kart) results in approximately 1sec difference in lap time.

Amending this to the 2014 TEAMS series rules (relevant extracts of full rules http://club.my-kart.org/node/3853 below) -

4.0 Team Details
4.1 / Drivers per Team: 3 Drivers
4.2 / Only the TEAM collects points for the full season. The TEAM is considered the same if at least one driver has driven in all of 5 races. The captain may decide to change drivers from one round to another allowing flexibility.
4.3 / Every team is allowed to bring in any sponsors of their own. The side pods of the kart are reserved for the sponsors. The front pods are reserved for my-kart usage.
4.4 / Each driver will drive ONLY ONE (1) time during the entire race.
4.5 / Minimum total team weight: 225kg being the Aggregate Weight of the 3 drivers (Excluding kart)
4.6 / There is no handicap for female drivers or a team with all female drivers.
4.7 / When the team does not meet the Minimum Weight requirements, ballast will be added to the team’s kart. However, the maximum ballast allowed will be 10kg per kart. Therefore, the aggregate driver weights must not be below 195kg (the Allowable Weight) in order to be ballasted for race entry. Underweight teams will be allowed to race, but for each 15kg below the Allowable Weight (or 5kg per driver), the team will be penalised 0.5secs per lap (Shah Alam) each multiplied by the expected duration of the race.
4.8 / The time penalty will be applied by the organisers at the start of the race, meaning the teams with a time penalty will start after the time penalty has been served. For example: if a team's Aggregate Weight is 180kg, it needs to carry 10kg ballasts, AND will be penalised 0.5secs lap time penalty per lap over the expected 80 lap race at Shah Alam. This team will be held for 40secs after the race has started before it can start its own race.
Forum topics: 

Seek your feedback for the TEAMS series

Thank you all for participating the first #mykart TEAMS series event for 2013.

We believe it was a fairly successful series which garnered a good participation through the 5 races.

roundnumber of teamsnumber of driverscumulative teams
1216321
2236928
3206033
4164837
5154537

Overall we saw a throughput of 95 teams and 285 drivers. A throughput is defined as the number of "seats" taken during the year, ignoring repeat participants.

But looking at the trend it would appear that the participation is tapering off in the last two rounds. We would like to understand why this is so, and what can be done to reverse the trend moving forward if we want to sustain the series.

Thus, we would like to have your feedbacks on what we can do to improve the 2014 series and beyond.

Not just that, we would like more volunteers to help us out.

Some further reading:
2013 Draft of the TEAMS series proposal - the concept and ideas are here http://club.my-kart.org/node/3803

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TEAMS series draft proposal (2013)

For 2013, my-kart will be re-introducing the TEAMS series based on an endurance format.

Goals of TEAMS series (2013)

  • bring more spectators
  • drive more corporate participation (eg sponsorship)
  • bring in more race participants
  • venue neutral - provided sufficient karts in good condition can be made available

Concept in a nutshell

It is similar to The Edge magazine's annual Rat Race, but run annually over a few races in a year. The Teams and brands are the heroes, with a secondary emphasis on drivers. Each race format are endurance formats, rather than short sprint formats.

We expect around 10 teams participating for the year long series. The series duration is spread over a few months with a minimum of 4 races annually.

Each team selects their drivers, but the drivers need not be the same drivers throughout the year except that the team principal who could be one of the drivers should not change.

Each team is encouraged to bring sponsors, team uniforms etc to strengthen the team identity.

Sponsors have the option of sponsoring only the team or the whole series.

A possible consideration is for teams to also allow sponsor for the race equipment on leased basis.