CONCORD, NC - The beginning of the 2016 national points season for the World Karting Association will feature yet another new series for the new year. Joining the Dirt, Road Race, and Manufacturers Cup Series for Daytona Kart Week in December will be the all-new WKA Winter Cup Series. Combining a mixture of classes from both the Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup and RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Gold Cup Series, the Winter Cup will blend into the newest version of the Margay Sprint Championships at Daytona, with a total of 8 of the 10 classes running for Winter Cup points, as well as Mfg Cup points, for those running in 2 cycle.
Classes that will make up the all-new Winter Cup program include Mini Swift, Pro IAME Junior, Yamaha Sportsman, Pro IAME Senior, Pro TaG Sportsman, and Kid Karts from the Mfg Cup Series, while many are excited about the inclusion of the LO206 Junior and Senior classes from the Gold Cup Program.
With the mix of 2 series, drivers will follow the 2016 rules for the 2 respective national series, as per the WKA Tech Manual. 2 cycle drivers will follow the 2016 Mfg Cup engine, chassis, and tire specs, while LO206 will adhere to the policies for 2016 for Gold Cup.
While Race 1 for the Winter Cup also serves as the first national event of the year for the Mfg Cup Series, the format will remain the same throughout the 3 race series, with competitors participating in qualifying, 2 heat races, and a final each day, with awards available each day for competitors in the top 5.
Once the series departs Daytona, all eyes will focus on the series second event February 5-7 at 103rd Street Sports Complex in Jacksonville, Florida, with the series finale to be 1 month later, March 4-6 at Go Pro Motorplex in Mooresville, North Carolina.
Points will be specific to the 3 race Winter Cup program, as there will be no divisional or regional points added in to determine the eventual Winter Cup Champion at the season ending event, thus allowing Champions, as well as the second and third place finishers in the overall standings to be determined, and crowned in Mooresville.
Many companies, such as Margay and Ionic Edge Chassis, have incorporated an arrive and drive program for Daytona. Be sure and contact these companies if you would like to take part in the inaugural edition of the WKA Winter Cup Series.
For those unable to make it to Daytona, the February Entry Blank for the Jacksonville event is online, as well as the Class structure. Be sure and click on Racing Series on the World Karting Home Page, which will then allow you to check out the 2016 national schedule, class structure, and future entry blank information.