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Steve Charon
Posted 2013-09-15 12:10 PM (#16795)
Subject: Newbie help




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I just got my son a Tony Kart with a Comer 80 and was wondering where the best place is to get gear? Can he use his Quad helmet and googles? Thanks in advance for any help!
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Steve Charon
Posted 2013-09-15 2:19 PM (#16796 - in reply to #16795)
Subject: RE: Newbie help




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Does the helmet need any specific rating?
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Aaron LaRoque
Posted 2013-09-17 11:12 AM (#16800 - in reply to #16796)
Subject: RE: Newbie help


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Hi Steve. First of all, we are glad you have decided to get into karting, welcome. Here is some information to help you get started. Motorcycle helmets are not allowed on the track, you must use a certified full face helmet. This is information on the certifications that must be in the helmet
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Snell Standards: CMR-2007, CMS-2007, K2005/10, M2005/10 or SA2005/10.
British Standards: BS665885, Type A, Type A/FR. British Standard - Must be 2001 or later FIA 860-2004
SFI Standards: 24.1, 31.1, 31.2A, 31.1/2005, 41.1 or 41.2a.

Gear for a kid at the track will consist of an approved skid suit (karting suit), neck brace (and my opinion on this is don't go cheap on neck brace by getting a foam donut, it does nothing, its your childs safety your talking about here, spend the money to get a good neck brace), chest protector, rib protector, shoes that cover the ankle, and gloves. You can get these items at any of the local kart shops, all of which advertise on this webpage.

As far as getting your child onto the track, right now Tuesday night is your main option, its beginner night where we have an instructor located at the track who will work with your child to get them up to speed with handling of the kart, driving on the track, and safety items such as knowing the safety flags, and what to do and not to do on the track while driving as far as where to drive. Its very important that your new driver understands these safety issues, both for his sake, and others on the track.

Now the bad news. The motor you have bought is not an official motor for racing at PKRA. Its great for practicing and will be good to learn with, but if your plan is to eventually race at PKRA, you will need to purchase either a Rotax Micromax or Minimax, a Briggs L206, or a Vortex Mini Rok60. However, there is a phasing out period for motors such as the Comer 80, and what that means is you could race the motor at PKRA up until August of 2014, but as you would be racing in a non-official class, you will not be scored.

Good luck with learning and dont' be afraid to ask questions. Rich Bowen who runs our Tuesday nights will be able to help you with a lot of your questions.

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Steve Charon
Posted 2013-09-19 10:52 AM (#16812 - in reply to #16795)
Subject: Re: Newbie help




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Thank you for the great information!
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