2017 WKA Gold Cup Season Coming Together
The planning for the 2017 season for the RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Gold Cup Series is nearing completion. Recognizing some of the modifications made in 2016 may not have been the best fit for the program, WKA Officials, beginning with the August New Castle event this past season, and heading into next season, are moving back in the direction that the majority of Gold Cup competitors have been familiar and comfortable with.
Once again, the series will boast a 4-race program in 2017, beginning with the opening event at 103rd Street Sports Complex in Jacksonville, Florida March 24-26, and ending with the season finale at Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw, South Carolina October 6-8, again running the track backwards, similar to the recent October Grand National. With 2 well respected and renowned facilities serving as the bookend events for the series, WKA is proud to add 2 new venues to the middle portion of the program for 2017 with Thompson Kart Raceway in Thompson, Ohio serving as stop #2 for the series. The date of the debut of a WKA Gold Cup National to Thompson Speedway will be July 7-9. The third stop brings competitors back to the Concept Haulers Motor Speedway in Sheridan, Illinois August 11-13 , a site where WKA has hosted many Manufacturers Cup events, as well as Gold Cup national years ago. The Illinois event also gives many competitors from the Midwest sanctioned 206 Cup Program the chance to run at a venue closer to their home as well.
The format for this seasons events will be very similar to that of this past season, with classes running qualifying, a heat race, and a main each day. However, in 2017, awards and merchandise will be issued on Day 2 ONLY, to the highest overall finisher of the classes they participate in, with the top 3 receiving awards. Kid Kart participants in both the LO206 Kid Kart and 2 Cycle Kid Kart classes will receive awards that will go to the winner, with participation medals going to the balance of the drivers in each class. While the 2 engine packages will run together, they will be scored separately, with a winner determined in both categories. The Kid Kart classes will not be national points classes in 2017.
While the 2017 WKA Technical Manual is out, and in the hands of the competitors, it is very important to note that the Board of Trustees have elected to allow both the traditional Gold Cup Bodyworks, as well as the CIK Bodyworks in all classes for 2017, thus giving competitors 1 more season of having the option of which bodyworks to run. However, a CIK LO206 Class has been added in the Senior ranks, for those wishing to run CIK Bodyworks solely.
Entry Fees for this season will be set at $85 for Pre Entry, and $100 at the track for all national classes, with a 1 time practice fee of $60 with your pre entry, and $75 at the track for the weekend. Kid Kart Competitors will pay $50 for their pre entry fee, and $65 at the track, with Practice fees set at the same price as well.
WKA has also incorporated a new Rookie 206 Class for 2017, with the age group set at 6-9 years old. This being a national class, affords parents of 6-9 year old competitors a smooth transition from the Kid Kart Class.
Competitors can count their best 6 of 8 races for the season.
More information will be coming soon. WKA is looking forward to another wonderful season with the top 4 Cycle racers in the country.
Here is a look at the 2017 schedule:
March 24-26: 103rd Street Sports Complex, Jacksonville, Florida
July 7-9: Thompson Kart Raceway, Thompson, Ohio
Aug 11-13: Concept Haulers Motor Speedway, Sheridan, Illinois
Oct 6-8: Carolina Motorsports Park, Kershaw, South Carolina
Here is a look at the 2017 Class Structure:
Rookie: Final 1/Final 2
Sportsman LO206: Final 1/Final 2
Sportsman Pro Gas: Final 1/Final 2
LO206 Junior: Final 1/ Final 2
Junior Pro Gas: Final 1/Final 2
LO206 Senior: Final 1/Final 2
Senior Pro Gas: Final 1/Final 2
Masters Senior LO206: Final 1/Final 2
CIK Body LO206 Senior
LO206 Kid Karts: FINAL 1/ Final 2
Kid Kart/ 2 Cycle: Final 1/ Final