Well, that didn’t go as expected!
Last week’s reader poll “Will You do More Karting This Year?” indicates a whopping 60% of karters plan to do less racing in 2018 than what they did last year.
The sport has an historical churn rate of around 30%, so this response does not take into account the new karters entering the sport during the year, but still, it’s mighty alarming.
I was thinking (hoping?) the sport of asphalt sprint kart racing might show signs of recovery in 2018. My reasoning?
- The pain for existing karters to switch over to the new engines has now long gone
- There’s a growing supply of secondhand equipment
- ‘Pathway engined’ juniors are now feeding into the senior classes
- KA’s Junior Sprockets and Bring a Mate programs should be adding numbers
Additionally, the decline of competitor numbers at my local club seemed to have flattened out during the year and even started to pick up at the last couple of events.
It will be interesting to see if Karting Australia reveal any official participation figures for 2017 and 2018. I’m curious to know if the reader poll turns out to be accurate or not.
Anyway, since most of the respondents last week said they’ll be doing less racing, I want to know WHY you’ll be doing less racing!
I realise this survey is flawed as I cannot restrict the respondents to just those who participated last week. However, if you plan to race less this year, I encourage you to have a good think about the reason(s) and let us know. You can choose multiple items and add other reasons if required.