What Is This New Sportsman Class

The Sportsman 125 and Sportsman 125R classes have been approved for racing by the VKA council on March 17, 2011. Here is a brief outline.

Engine Eligibility: A variety of TAG (Touch and Go) style engines are eligible for use in this category. Engines can be added or removed at any time by the class promoter. All engines and their respective ancillaries must conform to their individual class regulations. Engines without an individual class must conform to the technical specifications of the engine, available at karting.net.au

Current eligible engines along with class weights are:

Engine Light Classes Heavy Classes
Rotax Max 125cc 160kg 180kg
Parilla Leopard 125cc 160kg 180kg
PRD Fireball 125cc 155kg 175kg
Parilla Leopard X30 125cc 160kg 180kg
SQ Cheetah 125 155kg 175kg

Competitors are to nominate at entry the engine type to be used for an event, with no changing of type of engine for the duration of the event.

Chassis: The kart is to conform to the general kart formula as detailed in chapter 25 of the AKA Karting Manual.

Sportsman 125

Driver Limitations: To be eligible to compete in the Sportsman 125 class, drivers must have a minimum B Grade Senior Licence.

Tyres: Dry weather tyres: MG AZ Red, Wet weather tyres: MG WZ White

Sportsman 125R

Driver Limitations: To be eligible to compete in the Sportsman 125R class, drivers must have a minimum of a restricted D Grade Senior Licence.

Tyres: Dry weather tyres: MG AZ Red, Wet weather tyres: Dunlop KT6SLW1

10 thoughts on “What Is This New Sportsman Class

  1. I Would Like To Comment On This Sportman 125 Class. This Class Is A Joke Whoever Submitted IT ????????? Look At The Enties– (7) Sportman 125 Heavy & Few Sportman 125 Light. There Is No Parity In Sportmans Class, LIKE -Tag 125 Class. Drivers With RL 125 Leopard Have A Fair Chance Of Racing In TAG 125 CLASS, Than Sportman 125 Class, Thats Why Guys With RL 125 Leopards Not Racing. There Is More RL 125 Leopards Out There Than X30 Leopards. TAG 125 Class Has Grown Very Big In Other Inter- State Clubs, Also The TAG SERIES ON THE GO Big Prices On Offer. I Believe The Club Should Look Into Offering This Class That Has Established (TAG 125 LIGHT & HEAVY).

  2. Donald, I thank you for your comments, now some facts:
    Tag/Sportsman, main difference 5kg in tag for the Leopard X30, no weight penalty for Sportsman.
    You mention numbers i looked at a club that has run Tag last year and this year:
    October 2010 5 tag light 8 tag heavy, Feb Club day no tag light 12 tag heavy, March Tag heavy 8, Tag light 7.
    At our club over those months we ran leopard and Rotax: Feb Leopard light 5, Leopard heavy 5, Tag Pro 5. March Leopard Heavy 7, Tag pro 9, April Sports heavy 6, light 5, May Sports heavy 7, sports light 6.
    (Thank you to CMS for the above statistics)
    So as you can see it does not matter whether you run sportsman or Tag, or even at what club, the numbers do not really change. So the parity issue does not come into it, and also it was a Rotax that came second in Sportsman light. You also need time for a class to become established.
    President
    OGKRC

    • HI ADAM, have you seen the MAY CLUBDAY ENTRIES at GKCV — TAG RESTRCTED=20 TAG/HVY=11 TAG/LIGHT=11 (42 ENTRIES) not counting some of us didnt race. SPORTMANS 125– SAME WEIGHT (NO PARITY) MAY BE A PROBLEM???????? ENTRIES LOW. JUST SOMETHING FOR DRIVERS TO THINK ABOUT.

  3. Hi Donald , i have no problem if sportsman\tag or whatever you call it race with a trusty RL leopard @ 175 kg i am even happy for your to run @ 170kg if parity and fair chance is what your after. i am sure all current ogkc sportsman heavy racers would enter into a gentleman’s arrangement so you race at a whatever is fair to you . Maybe we can race @ 172kg if we are over 40 then 169 kg if we are over 50 have 2 motors for over 60’s and lets say 1 lap head start & a drink break half way if your are short & fat like me, this should help numbers. The more the merrier, good to read you care so much about our club & your finger is still on the pulse. looking forward to seeing a crackerjack race next club day.

  4. HELLO THERE MR YOULLI, I THINK YOURE VERY FUNNY WITH YA RESPOSE . HEAD START & A DRINK BREAK HALFWAY NOT A BAD IDEA . THIS BIT ABOUT SHORT & FAT LIKE YOU— NAH! NAH! YOU JUST A HEAVY RACER WHO LOVES GOOD FOOD. THE BIT ABOUT I CARE ABOUT THE CLUB!!!!!!!!!! YEAH! YEAH! YEAH! I HAVE BEEN GOING TO THE CLUB FOR NEARLY ( 20) ODD YEARS AND HAD SOME GOOD TIMES WITH GOOD PEOPLE IN THE CLUB. I HAD TO LIVE THE CLUB WITH SOME OTHER DRIVERS BECAUSE WE COUDNT RACE THE CLASSES AGREED ON. BUT WHAT WE WANTED IS NEARLY THERE. SO WHO KNOWS MAYBE IN NEAR FUTURE.

  5. Youlli don’t tell anyone but you made me laugh when I read your response and 2 motors for over 60’s. Greg is almost there with the 2 motors (see gallery) but not quite over 60 though..

  6. HI ALL

    RE SPORTSMAN CLASS,PERSONALLY I COULD NOT GIVE A FLYING F… WHAT THE CLASS IS CALLED,YELLOW TYRES RED TYRES,WHAT EVER.AS LONG AS WE CAN FORM OUR CLASS EVERY MEETING .AND WE ARE OUT THERE HAVING FUN WHO CARES.

    GREG SMART

  7. Hi all looks like Donald will be back on the black stuff soon maybe for club day we welcome all. Good to know Michelle enjoys a laugh. But back too serious issues
    1 was Greg smart’s second motor a RL or X30?
    2 reds or yellow tyres ?
    3 What’s the gearing @ pressure ?
    4 how much ?
    5 Greg can make me one for my wife’s kart buy club day?
    6 you are so right as long as we all can have a race, a laugh and even a beer or 3 @ the end
    life is good, there are far bigger problems in the world then sportsman v Tag. We are not kids playing in local sand pit taking our bat & ball if we don’t get our way. we are gentlemen we should act accordingly. So with this in mind can i please have my head start & drink brake?lol

  8. Hi all, I could help get interested in this. I’m running an RL in sportsman and I haven’t noticed a massive penalty, (maybe a little bit coming out of corners – but not a lot). Having said that, I have noticed that I seem to be the only one running a RL amongst all of the X30s and the odd rotax. Am I deluding myself and the RL is less competitive without a weight advantage, or are are the X30 and RL pretty similar, (which is what it’s seemed to me after a couple of races)?

  9. Hi I am real new at this game compared to most that come out of the woodwork but I am a bit confused at what seems to be a belief that the rotax is not the motor for oakleigh as I have just looked at the track records and rotax heavy seems to be quicker than the record set for sportsman heavy which I presume includes all motors. in 2011. Is this a tire thing.

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