AKRA will once again offer a complete slate of 4-cycle and 2-cycle classes that comprises 18 divisions total. This year, the Northern Tour and Southern Tour class structures will be identical.
Both the Briggs LO206 and Comer Kid Kart divisions will be offered in the North and South. These divisions will run together during race events, but will be scored separately. 206 Kid Kart weight is 200# and Comer Kid Kart is 150#. Age is 5 to 8. A driver must be at least 5 years old to compete.
Cadet and Junior
The 7- to 12-year-old Cadet category offers young racers two 4-cycle and a trio a 2-cycle divisions from which to choose.
AKRA’s most popular Cadet division in 2016 – 206 Cadet – leads the charge again this year. Many competitors were asked about the opportunity to race two 206 Cadet divisions per event at a Lite and Heavy weight. With little interest in splitting up the classes, officials opted to not deviate from the single 206 Cadet division at 265-pound minimum weight.
Joining 206 Cadet is Pro Gas Animal Cadet, also at 265 pounds.
On the 2-cycle side, the popular IAME Swift engine will return with TaG Cadet Unrestricted, attained age 9 to 12 (stock pipe and header) at 245-pound minimum weight.
Yamaha Cadet also returns at 235# minimum weight, attained age 7 to 12.
A new 2-Cycle Rookie class has been added for 2017 in an attempt to give as many young racers and families with various 2-cycle engines a “limited” open engine class in which to compete. While the complete engine and weight structure has not yet been determined, the class will be open to attained age 7-10 and preliminarily will include the IAME Swift (16mm header), Yamaha, Micro Rok and Rotax Micro Max EVO and non-EVO. Officials are working on weight breaks and will announce soon. This will be a national points class on a trial basis for 2017. Drivers competing in this class will be allowed to race other divisions – Kid Kart, Yamaha Cadet or TaG Cadet Unrestricted – provided the drivers meets the each class’s age rule.
In the Junior ranks, four classes will again be offered. 206 Junior will race at 310#; Pro Gas Junior at 310#; Yamaha Junior at 310# and TaG Junior, which includes several different engine packages with weight breaks. View the complete list HERE. All Junior classes are attained age 12 to 15.
Senior and Masters
The key difference between 2016 and 2017 will be a change for the 206 Senior Medium 350# division. The 206 Medium class will adopt the CIK-only bodywork and seat package. Traditional 4-cycle bodywork and layback seat will not be allowed in the Medium class.
206 Senior Heavy will remain at 375# and allows the traditional 4-cycle and CIK bodywork packages.
206 Masters remains at 390# and also allows both bodywork packages. Masters is age 35 and up. Drivers must be at least age 35 to compete.
The Senior Animal division will include Pro Gas and Stock methanol Animal with a weight break. Pro Gas Animal minimum weight is 365# and Stock Animal 375#.
2-cycle senior divisions are TaG Senior, TaG Masters and Yamaha Senior. The complete engine and weight rules for TaG classes can be found on the website. Yamaha Senior permits the SR-Y pipe and SSX #7548 four-hole can. The pipe weight is 360# and can 340#.
TaG Masters will be offered in the Southern Tour and Northern Tour.
AKRA’s Keith Shampine on the 2017 class structure:
“We want to continue one of the original goal’s of this series, which was to offer as many classes and engine applications as possible, within reason, so local and regional racers interested in running an event have as many classes as possible from which to choose. I think we know most of the classes that will be well-attended and others that will be light. We’ll continue to combine different divisions where it makes sense, like we did last year. If there is very little to no participation in a particular division this year, we will likely drop the class for 2018.”
Shampine on the decision to make 206 Senior Medium a CIK-only class:
“Last year’s 206 Medium class was very lightly attended at nearly every event. Most opted to run the Heavy class at 375 pounds. We decided to see if a CIK-only bodywork and seat rule for the 350 Medium class will help boost entries. There were a lot of lighter-weight drivers running the CIK LO206 class at Daytona, and we’re hoping this class may entice some to run our series.”
Shampine on the decision to leave 206 Senior Heavy at 375# minimum weight instead of 390#:
“We spoke with a lot of racers who ran the 206 Heavy class with us last year, and the majority wanted to leave the weight at 375. While I know there are people who were hopeful we’d move to 390, we needed to go with the majority. There were simply more people who wanted the 375 weight, rather than 390.”
2017 AKRA Sprint Class Structure
1. 206 Kid Kart
2. Comer Kid Kart
3. 206 Cadet
4. Pro Gas Animal Cadet
5. TaG Cadet Restricted
6. TaG Cadet Unrestricted
7. Yamaha Cadet
8. 206 Junior
9. Pro Gas Animal Junior
10. TaG Junior
11. Yamaha Junior
12. 206 CIK Senior Medium
13. 206 Senior Heavy
14. Animal Senior
15. TaG Senior
16. Yamaha Senior
17. 206 Masters
18. TaG Masters