The Academy is a highly accessible yet very unique competition available to young drivers wishing to compete on equal terms. Drivers race head to head at national level within the “Ultimate karting championship”, competing at a level playing field using the Sodi Furia 950 chassis complete with Rotax 125 Micro Max Evo engine. All engines are provided on a pooled basis and allocated each race meeting to ensure equality throughout the grid. This allows the drivers racing ability to shine through as they will use the same equipment used by all competitors with less expense. The Sodi UKC Micro Max Academy is a great starting place for any young driver, providing support and development within motor sport, at various levels. The ethos of the Academy is to develop and progress. where they will learn from experienced personnel, receive support, back up and encouragement and have the option to get involved in various additional activities.
AGE & WEIGHT REQUIREMENT
The minimum age is the year of the drivers 8th birthday and the maximum age is the year of the drivers 12th birthday.
The minimum weight limit for kart and driver is 110kg.
All Academy drivers will compete on the Sodi Furia 950mm chassis, designed for the Micro Max class which will provide consistency throughout the grid. Different package deals are available to all competitors to cater for various circumstances, ensuring availability to all.
Arrive and Drive options are available to those participants who may prefer not to invest in a chassis, or may not have the transportation and/or storage facilities. You may just simply prefer to turn up and race with helmet in hand. No problem, just pay a kart rental along with the engine fee and off you go!
For those competitors that prefer to own their own kit, discounted karts are available to purchase at cost price with the Sodi Furia 950 chassis proving its award winning ability throughout the UK and Europe. This is a fantastic opportunity to get involved with at a great introductory rate.
Rotax Micro Max engines will be drawn at random (raffle style) and allocated to drivers for the race meeting.
These engines will have been tested and reported to guarantee uniformity and consistency. The engines, along with exhaust and carburettor will have to meet a strict tolerance to allow fairness and equality. Full support from highly trained Rotax Technical staff will be available at all race meetings to help with any queries, advice and technical support.
OFF TRACK SUPPORT
Sodi UKC Academy ethos is to support and develop drivers and enable development within the sport.
The Sodi UKC Academy off track support includes, training, coaching, health and fitness advice, along with set-up advice and information to gain required skills – all provided by a fully trained support team.
The safety of the driver is absolute paramount, so essential equipment is required to meet safety requirements.
.Race helmet (to an approved standard) – See UKC regulations for reference.
kart race suit (CIK homologated)
.kart gloves & boots
.Rib protector and neck brace.
All this equipment can be provided, to the required regulations, with huge discounts if ordered through Sodi Vitesse (the UK distributor).
The latest Sodi Academy 2021 OMP Official Kart Suits are available at cost price and can be personalised with your name.
Changes to the kart are limited however, you will need some knowledge of working on a kart or be mechanically minded to safely get the kart onto the grid. Full advice for set-up, along with coaching advice and general chassis guidance is available, should you need it and this will be provided in the academy awnings. If you feel you need a mechanic, this can be sourced for you.
A guidance list of recommended tools required for the season will be provided upon request. The regulations will stipulate what changes can be completed on the kart, to ensure your kart passes scrutineering checks. Set parameters will be clarified with a selected range limit of front and rear sprocket, carburettor jetting and spark plug type suited to the circuit being raced.
TEST DAYS AND PRACTICE
Dates will be released soon where the Sodi Academy will be visiting circuits that are confirmed on the 2021 UKC Calendar to enable drivers to test equipment prior to racing. It is not a regulation requirement to use the official pooled engines on these test days, so you can use your own engine on these days if you prefer. Engines will be available to hire should you require this facility. It is highly advisable for drivers to practice prior to racing and a must to newcomers.
ROTAX INTERNATIONAL TROPHY TICKET
The winner of the Academy will be awarded a ticket to compete at the Rotax international trophy event held at Leman. This is an exclusive event and will provide drivers an opportunity to compete with the top drivers from around the world.
SODI FULL ROLLING CHASSIS
A new Sodi chassis will be supplied for a class of your choice. Whether you chose to stay in Micro max or move up a class, Sodi will supply you with everything you need to compete with options to receive full support from the Sodi UK factory team.
A New Rotax engine will be supplied for a class of your choice. Whether you chose to stay in Micro max or move up a class, Rotax will supply you with the engine of your choice.
2021 Academy Prices
PACKAGE AND BENEFITS
. Pooled engines with complete fairness and equality
. Direct access to data and driver coaching
. Awning space with dedicated mechanic / coach
. Chassis rental options
. Chassis purchase options
. Discounted rates on all race wear
. Featured on TV around the world
. Direct links with the worlds largest kart supplier
. Sodi factory visits
. Follow in the footsteps of Charles Leclerc
. Rotax International Trophy tickets for winner
. New rolling chassis for winner
. New rotax engines as prizes
. Awards day/evening tickets at Alton towers
. Prestigious trophies at every round
POOLED ENGINE RENTAL COST PER MEETING £200
Engines drawn at random fitted with carburettor and exhaust. All engines will have been tested
and have a strict tolerance to allow fairness and equality. Full support will be available at all race meetings.
CHASSIS OPTION 1: CHASSIS RENTAL PER DAY £125
CHASSIS OPTION 2: PURCHASE £1950
ACADEMY AWNING COST (OPTIONAL) PER DAY £125
Includes awning space with bench, a dedicated area, full advice and support.
Set-up advice, data analysis and technical help.
SODI ACADEMY RACE SUIT (OPTIONAL) £295
ALL OTHER RACE WEAR CAN BE BOUGHT AT 15% DISCOUNT
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