Hot Start With Kartsport NelsonThe Hits Kart Raceway

Intro to Kartsport Sesson (Have-A-Go)

We are giving you the chance to "Have A Go" in a race spec kart around our track at a time that suits you.

Who: All ages between 6 - 66 Years

Cost: $75 (Approx one hour booking)

Contact: Mark Butchart 021 277 3159


Safety First

Before buying a kart you must first have the safety gear and know what the KSNZ requirement are.

These are to be worn at all times when driving a kart weather you are racing or just practicing.

Helmet - Must be a full face helmet with visor and less than 10years old.

Race Suit - All drivers are to wear a race suit at all times and have thrie first and last name stitched or screened on the exterior of their racing overalls, on the outside left or right breast area, or on the outside of the overalls belt.

The following options are permitted:

Option 1 One piece fabric race suits homologated by the CIK-FIA to CIK Standard N2001-1 with an efficiency level of either Level 1 or Level 2. The CIK-FIA homologation label is on the back of the collar.

Option 2 One piece fabric race suits produced using an outer fabric which meets CIK-FIA Homologation Regulation Article 8.11. Such race suits must have a KSNZ Approval Code - Label on the back of the collar.

Option 3 One or two piece leather race suits complying with the standards defined by the FIM. (1.2mm thickness)

Gloves - These must be of substantial material, eg. leather or vinyl etc, give complete hand and finger protection, be firm fitting and worn during practice and competition.

Footwear - Suitable footwear of enclosed type giving full foot protection. Laced type with ankle protection recommended.

Finding The Right Kart / Class:

The decision to buy the right kart should not be taken lightly. There are a great deal of things to consider. The first thing that is needed, before buying the kart is working out which class your going to race. There are Kartsport Classes to Suit everyone from 6 years to 66 years old. So we have to find the right class to match your age and / or weight*.

*Each class has a MAW (Minimum Aloud Weight) requirement which is weighed kart + driver. Ideally you want to come under the (MAW) and then get your kart back up to weight using lead blocks.

These are the classes mainly raced at Kartsport Nelson. For a full list of classes visit

Kartsport Class (Engine)

Driver Age


Cadet Rok (Vortex Kiwi Mini Rok) 6 - 11 Years 98kg Junior
Vortex Mini Rok (Vortex Kiwi Mini Rok) 9 - 13 Years 120kg Junior
Junior Rotax (Rotax 125) 12 - 17 Years 145kg Junior
Club Class (Briggs & Stratton 4 Stroke) 15 Years + 165kg Senior
Rotax Max Light (Rotax 125) 15 Years + 165kg Senior
Rotax Max Heavy (Rotax 125) 15 Years + 185kg Senior
Open (250cc Max) 15 Years + *130 - 170kg Senior

*Open Class MAW depending on the engine. see KSNZ Rule Book

Once you've found the right kart and class to race in, the next step is to join a kart club and get a KSNZ race licence.

Membership Fees:

KSNZ Race Licence Fees:

Junior (Cadet, VMR, Junior)*

Senior (All other classes)

Associate (Bucket Bikes / Vintage)

Non-racing Member





Kartsport NZ Practice Licence

KartSport NZ Licence

Transponder Deposit

Transponder Lease





*For Drivers under the age of 18 years it is required that one member of the family is a Social Member as each driver needs to have a Guardian present and accept responsibility for the driver.
For parents and supporters we encourage consideration be being given to a social membership which carry’s club privileges other than just racing.

*All KSNZ Licence holders are require to have a transponder. You can buy theses outright but most Kartsport drivers lease these off KSNZ. Your deposit is refunded once the transponder is returned back to KSNZ.

#Your transponder lease is charged per year along with KSNZ race licence.

Download a Kartsport Nelson Membership Form

Download a KSNZ Race Licence Form

Race Day Fees:

One Day Licence:

(With KSNZ Race Licence)

(For One Off Drivers Without A KSNZ Race Licence)

Nelson Fun Days

Nelson Club Days

Major Events



As Per Entry Form

One Day Licence With A KSN Membership*

One Day Licence Without A KSN Membership*

*Only Allowed Five Per Year

Race Day Fee +$30

Race Day Fee +$40

Each racing club member is required to hold a KSNZ Race Licence. You are unable to participate in events until you have formally joined our club, applied and received a novice licence (or you apply for "One Day Licence" see above)

Once licence is received you are free to join the fun and go racing. You will however be required to carry a black X on a separate plate to your number plate to indicate a Novice driver and be required to start at the rear of the grid.

You are required to present your license to the Chief Steward at registration prior to each meeting. Your entry at each event is noted and forms your record of participation in the sport. This is important documentation because as you participate your progress is noted. To achieve a "Tier 2" License, you are required to come under the scrutiny of the Race Officials for track performance, and in addition undertake a verbal and written examination. This is not onerous, but is to ensure you have an appropriate level of understanding of the sport and its requirements.

As you progress through the grades more competition opportunities become available. You need to hold minimum ratings to enter some events (i.e. Tier 1 License to enter Open Meetings and National Schools and South Island Championships, New Zealand and Island Championships).