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Q7.1 These specifications are the minimum requirements for all events. The final approval of any circuit will be in the hands of the National Track and Safety Inspector and/or the National Steward.


Q7.2 SPRINT TRACKS - PERMANENT: The KartSport New Zealand Track and Complex Rating Criteria (which includes a requirement for a current Track and Safety Plan) is a Code. All permanent sprint tracks are to be relicenced annually. Annual inspections will normally be performed by the National Track and Safety Inspector at no cost to the respective Clubs. However the cost of follow up inspections and inspections to approve modified tracks and/or complexes will be to the account of the Club concerned. Clubs wishing to make any changes to their tracks and complexes are urged to contact the National Track and Safety Inspector before undertaking any planning.


Q7.3 MOTOR SPORT NEW ZEALAND PERMANENT TRACKS: These are normally safe, but run off areas should be checked for obstructions that may be safe for a 2 tonne race car, but be a launching ramp for a runaway kart. Careful note should be made of armco barriers, as in some cases these are built a bit high, and may be quite adequate for a race car, but a kart may just get halfway underneath. These areas should be protected with haybales or car tyres. Where a club hires a MSNZ Track, an approved, current KartSport New Zealand Safety Plan must be in place.


Q7.4 SPEEDWAY TRACKS: Safety protection will be required for all flag marshals positioned on the infield of the track. (Minimum standard as per requirement for sprint tracks). Where a club hires a speedway track, use of the track must have the prior written approval of the National Track and Safety Inspector (and/or National Steward). An approved, current KartSport New Zealand Safety Plan for the track must be in place.


Q7.5 FINAL APPROVAL: The club must satisfy the Chief Steward of the day that the circuit is safe and must abide by any rulings or changes that the Chief Steward requests.


Q7.6        The Chief Steward has the right to cancel/postpone the event if he/she considers the safety precautions/plans to be inadequate.






Each kart track is visited by the National Track and Safety Inspector (or their appointee) at regular intervals. His/her responsibility is to ascertain that the complex complies with the Track and Complex Rating Code. The current Track and Complex Rating Code can be downloaded from the KartSport New Zealand website. It is important that you read and understand this document.


Download_Icon KartSport New Zealand Track and Complex Code


At the completion of the inspection the National inspector will issue a complex with a rating and a certificate. Some clubs may have two or three certificates for various circuit choices (clockwise, anti-clockwise, short and long circuit). For example one for the full circuit (A), the other for the short circuit (C). The certificates should be displayed in a prominent place. See below an example of the certificate.






There are 4 levels of licence rating –



C Licence

Group F events only


B Licence

Group B, E & F events only.


A Licence

Group A, B, C, E & F events.



The information about what the different event groups mean is outlined in Rule R1 of the KartSport Manual.