CONCORD, NC - The final piece to the puzzle for the 2016 National Schedule for the RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Gold Cup Series has been put into place, as WKA Officials have announced a return to the Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw, South Carolina for the series finale, as well as the Grand National event October 7-9. The completion of the schedule for the 4 Cycle competitors caps off what has already been a great start for the LO206 Junior and Senior classes, following a phenomenal start at Daytona for KartWeek in the first annual Winter Cup Series event, in which 40 Senior competitors took to the track, along with a strong field of 17 Juniors.
While that momentum will continue Feb 5-7 at 103rd Street Sports Complex in Jacksonville, Florida, and March 4-6 at Go Pro Motorplex in Mooresville, North Carolina, the season will just be beginning a month and a half later when the Gold Cuppers hit Jacksonville for the season opener April 15-17. Adding the 2 events at Kershaw, as well as a return for the 4-cycle contingent to the Midwest at New Castle Motorsports Park in Indiana, the run for the Gold Cup crown will be tougher than ever.
In addition to the April Jax event serving as the season opener, the event will also mark a return for the Year End Awards presentation, once held at the track, and at other times during the course of history at other locations in the area. The Awards Presentation will follow the Friday Afternoon Money Events, which will again return to the lineup, headlined by the pair of $200 to win Sportsman and Junior Pro Gas Shootout races, along with the annual Senior Pro Gas Money Race to wind down the Friday on-track action.
As many have seen quite a few months ago, the Class Structure for 2016 has changed a bit, with this year serving as the first year in many without any Methanol classes. In its place will be an all-new Masters Senior Class for LO206 competitors age 40 and older. The class will run a Final 1/Final 2 format each race weekend. A change has also occurred with the Senior Pro Gas Class, as competitors will run a Medium and Heavy class in 2016, again running a Final 1/Final 2 format. All totaled, the daily class count will remain at 11 per day with a mix of LO206 and Pro Gas Classes offered in Sportsman, Junior, and Senior. The Kid Karts will also run the LO206 package again this year.
The Entry Blank for the Jacksonville event is currently under construction, and should be available next week, along with a Banquet Form for competitors wishing to make their reservations for the 2015 Year End Awards Presentation.
With the 2016 schedule now in place, work has already begun on 2017 dates and venues, which will indeed be out much earlier for people to view. Additionally, there are also some exciting new twists to the 2017 schedule that will include even more of a variety of tracks in different locations, thus helping to balance out the definition of National Schedule.
Here is a look at the 2016 RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Gold Cup Series National Schedule:
April 15-17: 103rd Street Sports Complex, Jacksonville, Florida
June 24-26: Carolina Motorsports Park, Kershaw, South Carolina
Aug 5-7: New Castle Motorsports Park, New Castle, Indiana
Oct 7-9: Carolina Motorsports Park, Kershaw, South Carolina, Grand National