What’s your opinion on the appropriate level of aggression and contact when driving as different tracks seem to have massive differences in what is acceptable? At the moment its junior rental karting but we are working towards owner karting.
You'll find exactly the same in owner driver and msuk unfortunatelyShort answer is that as it's Rental Karting, the driving standards are generally lower. The company don't want to lose your business, even if you drive like a complete twonk. It's only if you're going to kill someone (The paperwork is terrible) or you're going to break a kart (That affects the profit margin) that they'll probably do something about it...
Karting is labelled a none contact sport however like all motorsport it's not always quite the case.
Owner driver you now have drop down nose cones with a 5sec penalty if your nose cone is dislodged all to stop deliberate ramming.
My son races senior rotax and has done the British championship.. the aggression levels are high...but so are the skill of the drivers... being loaded off the starts into corners is the norm...seasoned drivers not only know how to do it they also know how to control there kart when it's done to them... close wheel to wheel and sometimes making contact with side pods it's all part of very close racing... the best drivers read the situations and have the skills to control there karts on the attack or defence and its very much a art in itself.
Iv always said track craft is the racing line being where you need to be for the best lap time.... but race craft is all together a different animal.
I'll be honest, the standard of driving has steadily got worse from when I first started in 1987. Back then there were no pods, and no front bumpers either. Respect was far higher as the consequences of contact were very much higher.You'll find exactly the same in owner driver and msuk unfortunately
I don't think the money directly influences whether the driver will smash you off but it's got to help being able to put a new chassis down whenever needed. As you say, the majority go for OTK or a derivative and if you're doing that, to be at the front at higher levels you need to be replacing frames very regularly.I'll be honest, the standard of driving has steadily got worse from when I first started in 1987. Back then there were no pods, and no front bumpers either. Respect was far higher as the consequences of contact were very much higher.
These days you can plough into someone with very little consequence. The fact that there is an obscene amount of money doing the rounds in MSUK karting at the moment as well doesn't help. If daddy is buying little Johnny a £10k motor so he can win, and replacing his chassis every 2 or 3 meetings, then he's not going to care if he's punting someone off.
Funnily enough, I've found some of the best close, fair "owner driver" racing to be found at IKR level. Most people there are competing at what used to be considered "Club" level, so budgets are smaller, and people don't want to cause damage to theirs, or anyone else's kit.
Arguably, IKR should be where most people start out, and let MSUK get on with making a hash of "governing" the sport. They should be running the major championships, and nothing else, as they appear to have lost all idea of what grassroots actually is...