By Karting1 ~ July 3rd, 2012. Filed under: Kart Racing News.
The CIK have issued a statement regarding noise issues for this year’s championships, particularly with regard KZ1 and KZ2. The noise limit is set at 108db, but with several karts exceeding that limit at the European Championship in Wackersdorf (according to Kartmag.fr) the CIK have announced they will be issuing penalties for those who fall foul of the regulation.
Right from the forthcoming races, and in particular the World Cups for KZ1 and KZ2 in September at Sarno, in Italy, failing to respect the noise limit will therefore entail penalties. In case of breaches to the limit during qualifying practice, the Driver will be moved back 3 grid places for a 1 dB excess, 6 places for 2 dB and 9 places for 3 dB. In case of excesses over 3 dB, the Driver will as a minimum be moved to the last starting position. The same principle will be applied in the qualifying heats and final phase, but with time penalties: 3 seconds for a 1 dB excess, 6 seconds for 2 dB and 9 seconds for 3 dB. In case of excesses over 3 dB, the Driver will as a minimum be classified last.
Shaikh Abdulla bin Isa Al Khalifa, President of the CIK-FIA said “The CIK-FIA is concerned with the environmental impact of its activities and of Karting activities in general. We know that some tracks are currently jeopardised in certain countries because of noise pollution, so we had to react. By taking measurements in our events and by cooperating with the Manufacturers so that they develop means of reducing noise, we have made a major step for the development of our sport.”
It would appear BMB are at the most at risk of penalties as according to Kartmag.fr they recorded the highest noise level of 116.5db in KZ. However other manufacturers in KZ were still high at around 111-114db. BMB were also one of the only manufacturers whose KF engines generally recorded above the 108db limit. Cuoco was recorded at 109.2db.
In the UK the MSA also have similar limits for karts – 108db recorded at 1.8m and 105db record at 3.5m.
Read full CIK release here
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