Germany makes a decision on CIK bumpers
The German Championship organisers have published how they’re going to handle this year’s new bumper system:
In two months the new season of the German Kart Championship is going to start at the Prokart Raceland Wackersdorf. In the run-up to the races, the new homologation of the front spoiler is already causing discussions though. In 2015, all valid and homologated systems can be used in the DKM.
The lists of participants of the highest German kart racing series are filling up and there is a high international interest once again. The people responsible for the DKM are counting on continuity again: The races are going to be accompanied by a permanent organizational team, a modern race control and the familiar online live-stream again.
There are changes regarding the technical regulations though. Due to the start of a new homologation phase (2015 – 2020), there is a new holding fixture for the front spoiler (Front Fairing Mounting Kit).This provides that the front spoiler mechanism is activated by a collision with a speed difference of 7km/h and the front spoiler drags on the track. It still fulfills its safety function though.
While the driver in question has to drive into the pit for the reparation to avoid a 30-seconds-penalty at the CIK-FIA championships, this mandatory measure does not exist at the international races of the DKM for now. An activated spoiler mechanism prompts the spectators of the race control to an acute inspection. When a lack of sportsmanship is detected the guilty driver can get a penalty after the race.
Simultaneously three previous spoiler systems with a conventional fastening system are also homologated until 2017, which can be used in the DKM as well. These are systems by the manufacturers KG (1/CA/17), COMER (5/CA/17) and PCR (97/CA/17). All other body kits that have lost their homologation at the end of 2014 are not allowed in the DKM anymore. By using the previous system, possible lacks of sportsmanship can be clarified and given penalties by the race control as well. When using the newly homologated front spoilers (2015 – 2020), the fastening with the corresponding Front Fairing Mounting Kit is mandatory.
All in all, the DKM season is made up of five races in Germany and Belgium. After the start of the season in Wackersdorf, races in Genk (Belgium), Ampfing, Oschersleben and the big finale on the Erftlandring in Kerpen are going to follow.