Karting Victoria has released a new race calendar for the rest of the year. There will be no ‘open’ race meetings in August, however clubs will be able to run their ‘club day’ race and social events.
DATED: 30TH JULY 2021
KARTING VICTORIA CALENDAR UPDATE
Due to the uncertainty around border closures and the fluid situation with COVID restrictions there is no certainty upon which we can rely during the month of August.
As a result of this the three open meetings scheduled for August are being re-scheduled.
The Golden Power Series Round allocated to Albury on the 21st and 22nd of August would be significantly compromised by the NSW situation and the associated border restrictions.
Bendigo on the 20th and 21st of August is compromised by the 300 gathering cap at outdoor facilities. Likewise, Mildura’s North West Titles meeting would be significantly compromised by the South Australian and New South Wales border rules with Victoria.
We cannot wait any longer to make decisions about the remainder of the year. Therefore, we are today publishing an updated calendar from 1 September to 19 December 2021. The meetings that have been scheduled have been done so to ensure that all clubs have at least one open meeting for the year.
The focus is to prioritise those clubs that were most impacted during the 2020 year and also to maintain the integrity of the two larger series. This has meant that two meetings of great significance on our calendar will not be able to run again this year at this stage. Specifically, the Australasian Kart Titles at Goulburn Valley and the Junior Sprint at Eastern Lions. The dejection and disappointment, and probably frustration, felt by these two clubs is equally shared by Karting Victoria. We can only ask for understanding regarding the difficulties we faced in making this decision about these two benchmark meetings.
Club Days in August
In light of the current restrictions issued by the Department of Health and Human Services, all clubs are in a position to run both club days and social karting events during August. It has been decided that all clubs will be permitted to run two club day competitions in August.
The date for all clubs who choose to run a single club day remains as 7th or 8th of August 2021. Clubs can elect to run one further club day on any one of the ensuing three weekends and can choose to run this meeting on EITHER a Saturday OR a Sunday. All other weekends that are not used for a club day meeting can be used for Social Karting Events.
We suggest that there be collaboration between clubs, as there was in this similar situation in 2020, to maximise the opportunity for participation where clubs are geographically proximate.
It goes without saying that these events MUST be run in accordance with the State Government Restricted Activity Directions (Victoria) (Number 21) and the Stay Safe Directions (Victoria) (Number 27).
The restrictions and requirements included in the Restricted Activity Directions (Victoria) Number 21 have some measures that were not present in previous Directions and we strongly recommend that you read them. To provide assistance in this regard we have sent all clubs a document which outlines the main criteria that all clubs need to follow when running meetings up to and including 26th August 2021.
* All of the planning may be subject to change pending future Covid restrictions being enforced by the Victorian Government.
On behalf of Karting Victoria Executive
Revised State Calendar
4-5 Vic Country Series Rd 4, Wimmera
12 Club day
18/19 Golden Power Series Rd 4, Albury Wodonga
25/26 North West Titles, Mildura
2-3 Vic Country Series Rd 5, Hamilton
10 Club Day
16/17 Golden Power Series Rd 5, Bendigo
23/24 City of Melbourne Titles, GKCV
6/7 Ultimate Club Racer, SA (Monarto)
13/14 Vic Country Series Rd 6, Ballarat
21 Club Day
27/28 Golden Power Series Rd 6, Gippsland
3-5 Victorian State Cup, Rochester
11 KV Presentation, Melbourne
18-19 Enduro, GKCV
* Karting Victoria reserves the right to make further alterations to this calendar, should State Government restrictions change.