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Post by Speed Infinite on Thu Mar 26, 2009 8:35 am

Kart racing is generally accepted as the most economic form of motorsport available. As a free-time activity, it can be performed by almost anybody, and as a motorsport in itself, it is one of the sports regulated by FIA (under the name of CIK), permitting licensed racing for anyone from the age of 8 onward.

In the USA there is not as much FIA involvement, instead many organizations regulate racing, such as the IKF (International Kart Federation), WKA (World Karting Association), IRA (International Racing Association), KART (Karter's of America Racing Triad), and the more recent Stars of Karting presented by the Indy Racing League.

In the UK the MSA (Motor Sports Association) regulate Karting. Some associations, such as NatSKA (National Schools Karting Association), organize race meetings throughout the country under the authority of the MSA.

In Australia kart racing is administrated by the Australian Karting Association on the behalf of FIA and CAMS.

A variety of kart circuits permit the sport to be practiced, although only homologated tracks can have official races in Europe (see Kart circuits).

Racing classes start at age 7 or 8 (5 in the US with "Kid Karts") and generally run in 3-year age groupings or weight divisions until “senior” status is reached at age 15 or 16, depending on the series.

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