Drivers in the Mini ROK, Junior ROK and Senior Shifter ROK classes will be required to run the pushback bumper system for all three rounds of the 2018 Florida Winter Tour.
It will be for testing and education purposes only and no penalties will be applied if (or when!) a bumper is dislodged.
“I want to make it clear that no penalties will be issued for pushback bumpers,” ROK Cup Promotions Director of Operations Garett Potter stated.
“We want to test the system, to see if we will incorporate it into our rule set in the future. The program has both advantages and disadvantages… but if it provides safer racing with less contact, I think we can all agree we should take a closer look.”
Importantly, the competitors will not have to foot the bill for the experiment.
The series promoter will provide pushback bumper kits for free as part of registration for the selected classes. As such, they will be considered required equipment in the Mini, Junior and Senior Shifter ROK categories.
The 2018 series commences this weekend at the Palm Beach Karting track (Jupiter, Florida), followed by rounds at Ocala (February 15-18) and Orlando (March 15-18).
ROK Cup Promotions stated that, after the recent ROK CUP International Final in Italy, it had received many requests to look at the possibility of mandating the pushback bumpers for 2018.