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IKF Grand Nationals in Canby, OR

We received a few reports back from Norcal Karters who attended the IKF Grand Nationals in Canby, Or at the Pat’s Acres Racing facility. Pat’s Acres is just south of Portland by roughly 30 minutes, located on a picturesque property that could easily pass as a camping spot.

We did a podcast with young Jr. 1 Driver, Jonathan Endrizzi, which you can listen to below. We also received a written recap from Barry Barnwell of the Shasta Kart Club. His writing can be found below the podcast.

Content below provided by Barry Barnwell, https://shastakartklub.com/.

NorCal Junior driver’s show up in force at IKF Nationals.

Practice on Thursday found Owen Rule, Chase Hand, and Boden Barnwell among the the fast 5. On Friday practice, starting with a wet track for two sessions, the drivers were showing some speed with the three already mentioned being joined by Trenton Hellie, Brinley Barnwell, Sophia Storey, and Ridgely Welsh. The last practice found Barnwell, Hellie, and Barnwell setting the top three fastest laps of the practice sessions.

The 7 minute qualifying session format messed up the usually green white checkered, but would find Storey throwing down a smoking lap to sit on the pole and claim the screaming eagle. Hand found the fifth place spot followed by Boden and Hellie in 6/7th, while Brinley pulled down the 10th place spot. Jacob Smith and Rule would struggle, after being fast, finding themselves back in 16/17th.

Heat one found Storey with a huge lead and Hand making some nice moves to get a good 2nd spot. Boden and Hellie packed up and moved through the field into 3/4 spots but Hellie would drop to 5th at the finish. Smith and Rule moved forward to 12/13 while Brinley got shuffled back to 15.

Heat 2 found Storey and Boden Second. Boden was involved in a turn one incident with Pierson, and unfortunately collected Hand putting him out of the race. Boden would have a brake pedal failure and was out. Hellie was running a solid 6 spot when a sprocket hub cracked ending his race. Smith (set fast lap of race) and Rule did a nice job working together to push through the pack moving into 5/6 spot at the end of the heat. Storey would fall to 2nd at the end of the heat. Welsh got the hard charger as he found himself inside the top 10.

Heat three found Boden, Hand, and Hellie back in the 20s for the start. A turn one crash collected most of the field as Sarah Baker (of the flying Baker’s) found herself upside down but unhurt, as Boden leapt from his kart to pull her kart off of her. Welsh came out of his kart as the throttle stuck and his kart went on a ghost ride through the infield, spun doughnuts and evaded capture for a little while. Both drivers were unhurt. A full restart brought the field into turn one with Storey on the outside pole. Storey would fight off a pack had a good race to keep her number 2 spot for the main. Rule ran a good solid race and would move to 5th and Smith too 3rd. Smith unfortunately along with another had carb tech issues moving Rule to 3rd. Boden would lead a charge through the field and Hellie, Brinley, and Hand tucked into the draft as the four moved up into the top 10. Boden 8th (Hard charger), Hellie 9th and Brinley and Hand 11/12.

Sunday main brought the water faucet. The track was soaked. The first lap found Storey in 3rd, while Rule was in 4th leading a hungry pack. Rule would chase down Storey and a four kart pack would run nose to tail with Boden bringing up the rear of the pack. Rule would get by Storey while Boden made quick work moving through the pack and pull up behind Rule. Boden would pass Rule and Rule tried to tuck in with Boden but the pack was tough. Rule and Storey would battle hard in the pack and finish 5/7th place. Boden would drop a spot and finish on the Podium in third. Smith and Welsh would move up 9 spots having a good run through the traffic. Hand struggled with water in the engine and fell back . Baker would move up 6 spots having a good run after starting last. Brinley struggled with grip and engine issues and fell back.

All said, NorCal driver’s showed up with a lot of talent, Storey brought home the eagle and Boden with a podium. Rule ran an exceptional race to get a top 5 finish. Hellie, Hand, and Brinley were a threat all weekend and did exceptionally well. Welsh also did well for his first National. Hopefully next year’s rematch with the Northerners will be on our or neutral turf next year.

Another Podcast is Up – KPX, New Sponsor, NCK, BYOK

LeadingEdgeNC_logoTodays recent podcast was brought to you by Leading Edge Motorsport, www.leadingedgemotorsports.com.  In addition to the podcast, Greg Bell and Leading Edge are sponsoring the Sunday coverage of the KPX event at Prairie City.  KPX already has record pre entries, so they are excited to see the pits fill up this weekend.  Norcal Karters will take a different approach to the track reports this weekend.  Per the request of KPX, we will be working the pits and the behind the scene views of a KPX Event.

Also in our podcast with www.KartPulse.com owner, James McMahon we discuss the BYOK.  If you don’t know what that means, take a listen below.  I didn’t.

Also, we discussed NCK Road Racing’s Intro to Road Race event next weekend on June 29th at the famed Thunderhill Raceway.  If you ever wanted to try road racing, now is the time to do it.

Briggs and Stratton LO206 Annual Budget

Huge Disclaimer – This budget projection is based on my personal experience as a racer and also as someone familiar with running race teams. This budget will only focus on a local club series of 6-8 race events for the year.

This annual budget for a single club series assumes you already own your karting equipment. With the Briggs and Stratton LO206 division, you could spend as little as $1000.00 for a used turn key kart that may need some updates to compete and up to $6000.00 for a new current technology chassis and engine package. Once you purchase the kart, you can amortize your expenses or costs based on your preference.

I’m not here to sell you on how cheap racing is, I’m here to give you information so you can make that decision. If there is a range of cost, I will use the higher cost for this article.

Most local Norcal kart clubs charge 45-65 dollars for an entry fee. Some of the clubs include the transponder for timing, some charge an additional fee of up to $20.00. This would give a non-club member a entry fee cost of 85.00 per event. Many clubs offer a discount for multiple entered classes by the same driver.

When I participate in the local club series, this is the only money out of my pocket directly to the club. Our local club also uses www.motorsportsreg.com for event registration. I personally like this feature because I can sign up in advance, put it on my credit card, and show up to the track and just grab my tech sheet and wristband. I’ve been to national karting events and had to stand in line for hours.

The next biggest weekend expense that I have as a club racer is tires. For the club series, I try to go 4-6 races on 1 set of tires. If the class has a low turn out for the day, I will put my old practice tires on the kart, which typically has 6-10 weekends of use on them. So to maximize my tires, I will rotate my old race tires into a practice set, then for the races with large turn out, use the race tires that have less time on them. From my experience with the Briggs 206 package, new tires will not put a back marker on the front row. On our local track of 40 seconds per lap, I’ve found that a new set of tires, when compared to a season old set was worth 0.30 – .50 tenths of a second. So for this article, lets say our set of tires will last us 3 race weekends. At a cost of $220.00, the amortized cost is $73.35 per weekend based on three weekends worth of use.

The next item that is the most initial cost for the weekend is my gas for my transport vehicle and the cost for my kart fuel. Being it is a Briggs, I fill up my truck and kart jug at the same time. During a practice day and a club race, I usually burn between 2-3 gallons of fuel. Being in California, we bend over with no lube for our gas cost, even though we are less than 60 miles from major gasoline refineries. I’m going to use a price tag of $3.50 per gallon at this time. That gives me a cost of $10.50 to fill up my Briggs, you can calculate your transportation cost.

Working my way down the list, the next item is chassis and engine maintenance. For engine maintenance, I serviced my own engine during the past few years. I drain my gearbox oil every weekend at a cost of $10.00. I perform my own valve jobs every 4 race weekends at an approximate cost of $50.00. Chemicals such as cleaners and solvents are also an additional cost which can add up to $10.00-$15.00 per race weekend.

I like to run fresh chains and gears on my kart, so I usually like to change every 3-4 race weekends at a cost of $50.00. For the chassis portion, I usually do an annual tear down after each season. I will replace parts as needed, which does not include crash damage. This annual clean up usually costs me around $100.00.

There are many incidentals that are not included such as batteries for the Mychron, wear and tear on driving equipment and safety gear, food and liquids for the race weekend, amortized transport costs for trailer and / or tow vehicles, track memberships, tools, and other items.

I hope you found this article helpful. Feel free to join in the discussion at KartPulse on this page, Briggs 206 Budget

Recap of the budget per event
– Entry Fee – $85.00
– Tires – $73.35
– Race Fuel – $10.50
– Engine Maintenance – $37.50
– Chain and Gears – $12.50
Annual Cost
– Chassis Tear Down – $100.00

Total Annual Costs for 8 Races – $1850.80