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Kart Racing

Kart racing, also called karting, is an open-wheel motorsport variant which uses small, open, four-wheeled vehicles called karts, go karts, or shifter karts. The venue is usually on scaled-down circuits. Karting is usually done before going into higher types of motorsports.

Karts have different speed, superkarts can reach up to 260 kilometers per hour, go-karts are usually for recreational purposes and can reach up to 25 kilometers per hour.  Karting as a sport can be participated by anybody; it can be participated by people age 8 onwards. Some karting racing formats are sprint, endurance, and speedway. A speedway kart race may range in length from 4 laps up to 20 laps.

Some of the racing categories are; in international level, the KF1, KF2, KF3, KZ1, KZ2, and the superkart championships. A license is actually requires to use a racing kart either on a circuit or in competitions. The participants must equip themselves with a full-face helmet, a driving suit, gloves, and driving boots.

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