Some words about karting in Norway in 1996
Norway is situated north in Europe, and is a country with almost 4.5 million citizens. We have a long winter here, so the karting season is from April to October. In some places even shorter! This means we have a long season for preparing and planning ahead.
The number of registered racers in 1996 are some 500-600. Most of these people race karts only, but some also have a combined kart/car licence. All karts and tracks are of sprint type. The chassis are mostly Italian, with Tony Kart, Birel, CRG, Top Kart and Dino as the major makes. Engines are from Radne A/B, Yamaha, IAME, Rotax, Vortex, Dino, Comer and Pavesi mostly.
Karting in Norway is sanctioned by the Norwegian Automobile-Sport Federation (Norges Bilsportforbund, NBF). This federation has separate committees for the different motorsport branches. Karting is one of those. The NBF has a given a set of rules for each and every karter to obey. These rules are given in two books, and every licence holder is supposed to have copies, and to know about the rules. The rules are based upon the FIA/CIK standards used in Europe and some other countries. In some classes, the rules are adjusted for Norway. This goes for tyres and age of the drivers.
All karters are supposed to join a local club. There are 3 major sporting clubs for motorbased sports in Norway, and they are listed at the end of the document. Each club have several local branches around. Some of these local club deal solely with karting and other have members driving cars, motorcyles and karts in different configurations. There are also smaller clubs in certain districts. All clubs are members of the Norwegian Automobile-Sport Federation. This gives the local clubs and drivers security because of insurance from the national federation.
There are 16 sanctioned tracks in 1996, all spread around the country. This means a lot of travelling for the karters, when going to races. When visiting Norway, call the NBF for a updated list of tracks. In the summer, there are races almost every weekend. On some tracks, there are 4 stroke rental karts to play with, but the rental price is high. Some 50-60 Norwegian kroner (NOK) for a 6-10 minute ride is a bit high, I think. This is some $7.50 to $9.00 with a rough conversion of currency.
Being a less dense populated country than most other countries, we still have disputes about noise from most of the tracks. A way around this is to build new tracks away from existing houses and residence areas. Most tracks are open only a few hour a week to avoid closing down by local authorities. Typical, a weekday and Saturday are practice days, with 3-6 hour open tracks.
The classes are based on the CIK rules, as mentioned. The karters can start at the age of 10, and the oldest karter is around age 60, I have been told. In Scandinavia, the youngsters start in the Micro and Mini classes. The engine used is the Raket 85 ccm engine made by the Swedish company Radne. The engine is reliable and good, and the chassis is free of choice. The same chassis and engine is used in both classes, and the difference is a obstacle plate and controlled muffler on the Micro class engine. At the age of 13, the intake and pipe is changed, and the driver now has a faster kart! The oldest drivers in Mini are 15. At the age of 14 and up, the Formel Yamaha class attracts a lot of drivers. The engine used is the popular Yamaha KT100S 100 ccm engine on a chassis free of choice. No tuning is allowed. As for all classes, the tyres are homologated. In 1996, all drivers use Vega tyres. The Formel Yamaha class is besides the Mini class the most popular among the drivers. Competition is fierce, and you’ll spot both good and less good drivers in the same heat. Both Sweden and Finland has this class, but there are minor changes in rules between the countries.
There are also two other 100 ccm classes, with faster engines than the KT100S unit. These are called Intercontinental A and National A. The engine in the first class in a reed engine and in the second class with a rotary valve. The chassis is the same, and must be CIK approved. The engines are also CIK approved. The number of drivers in these classes are lower than in the previous mentioned, because of the higher cost of chassis and engine. The tyres are softer than in Formel Yamaha. The classes are called Formula A and Formula Super A in the European series.
The shifter classes are divided in 125 ccm and 250 ccm. The latter attract a very few number of karters. In the 125 ccm range, there are two classes. The 125 Nasjonal class uses an engine from a motorcycle. In 125 Nordic the engine used is a specialised kart unit. The first class is a bit slower than the last, but engine durability is good. Again, the high cost of buying and operating a shifter kart, makes the number of drivers low. The shifters attract mostly «older» people, with several years in the lower displacement classes before entering.
The 250 ccm kart are very few in number, and only a few clubs have drivers or races with this class. There are two classes in 250 ccm, one using a single cylinder engine unit and the other with a dual cylinder engine unit.
At both practice and races, all drivers must show all necessary papers before entering the track. This includes kart licence, driver licence and a valid club membership. Homologation papers for chassis and/or engine must be provided by the driver at all venues.
Norway is a high cost country, and this also goes for karting. I have made a small list showing that the karter has to pay on an annual basis in his sport, and the cost for some new and used equipment (1 USD = 6.5 NOK):
|Type of cost||NOK||USD||Comment|
|Kart license||550,-||$85||(reduced for Micro/Mini)|
|Driver licence||500,-||$80||(reduced for Micro/Mini)|
|Vega tyres, set||1500,-||$230||(set of four tyres)|
|#219 sprocket/chain||600,-||$92||(complete set)|
|total engine rebuild||2000-3000,-||$310-460||(direct drive engine)|
|Mini/Micro/Yamaha||6000-15000,-||$920-2310||(depending on condition)|
|100 ccm Int. A||15000,-||$2310||(good condition)|
For more information about motorsport and karting in Norway, contact one of these addresses:
Norwegian Automobile-Sport Federation
P.O.Box 60 Bryn
phone +47 22650070
fax: +47 22720097
Norsk Motor Klubb (NMK)
phone: +47 32875550
fax: +47 32875501
Kongelig Norsk Automobilklubb (KNA)
P.O.Box 2425 Solli
phone: +47 22561900
fax: +47 22552354
Norges Automobil-Forbund (NAF)
P.O.Box 494 Sentrum
phone: +47 22341400