Join us for Rookie School 2016!


Are you new to karting? For new drivers of all ages, our rookie driving school is a great way to get your season off to a smooth start. Join us to learn the basics of driver safety, track rules and kart maintenance. You’ll find out what to expect on race day, and learn about required safety gear and flags to watch for. Weather permitting, you’ll also engage in a hands-on practice! Save the date on your calendar:

GVKC Rookie Driving School
Saturday, April 16, 2016
9 AM until complete
2123 Lakeville Road
Avon, NY 14414

In the event of rain, the “classroom” portion of the course will take place, while track time will be rescheduled. Please dress warmly, as it can still be cold at this time of year.

Student Driver Fees: $35 for current GVKC members, or $50 for non-members, payable by cash or check at sign-in. All minor drivers must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, and each person attending the event must purchase a pit pass. Membership forms will be available at the track for attendees who have not yet registered by mail or at the annual membership meeting.

Pre-registration: Sign-in will take place at the track. Please let us know you plan to attend through our online pre-registration form. This will help us to tailor our curriculum and ensure that we can contact you with any updates regarding Rookie Driving School. Payment by cash or check will be due at sign-in.


  1. Sign in begins at 9 am
  2. Registration, Practice & Race Day Schedules
  3. Track/Pit Safety
  4. Safety Gear
  5. Basic Kart Maintenance & Set Up
  6. Flagging
  7. Driver Etiquette/Sportsmanship
  8. Demonstration of Race Start
  9. Walk the Track / Question Session
  10. Practice*

*Club rules require new drivers to complete three practices before competing. Rookie drivers who wish to participate in opening weekend on April 22-23 should plan to attend practice on Sunday, April 17th.

What to bring:    

  • Notebook & pen
  • Race-ready kart & motor
  • Driver’s suit / abrasion-resistant jacket & jeans**
  • Full finger gloves**
  • Full face helmet complying with NKA standards**
  • Neck brace**
  • High top sneakers, boots, or racing boots**
  • Fuel, oil, & chain oil
  • Air tank & air gauge
  • 2-cycle or 4-cycle starter, if needed
  • Catch can for dumping 4-cycle oil
  • Basic tools – ratchet, sockets (7/16, 1/2, 9/16, 5/8), spark plug, pliers, screw drivers, allen wrenches, hammer, combination wrenches

**For more information on required safety gear, please view the GVKC rulebook.

For questions about what to bring or what to expect, contact training coordinator Kevin Orlop by phone at (585) 363-3795 or by email at

Pre-register for Rookie School 2016.

Open Positions for 2016 Race Season

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Racing is right around the corner…and GVKC is sending out a last call for a few key positions. Interested in exploring the possibilities? We invite you to attend our annual membership meeting on Sunday, March 20th to talk with our board about these openings.

If you can’t make this event, you may also email with your contact info and a brief summary of your experience and general availability.

HEAD FLAGGER: Do you have racing and flagging experience? The Genesee Valley Kart Club is in search of head flaggers for Sunday sprint course racing, to be compensated at a per diem of $75 per day (hours: noon to 5 pm). Head flaggers are needed from mid-April through the end of October. Duties include:

  • Start/Finish flagging throughout race day (two heats/one final for each class); ensure fair starts
  • Support Race Director/Board with scoring and driver infraction rulings
  • See GVKC rulebook for full description of duties

RACE DIRECTOR: GVKC is interviewing experienced candidates for Race Director. Coverage is needed for Sunday sprint course racing, mid-April through early September, from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Per diem pay based on experience; please contact the GVKC board for more info. Duties include:

  • Coordinate race days and ensure coverage for essential positions (scoring, flagging)
  • Interpret and enforce GVKC and World Karting Association rules to ensure fair & safe racing
  • Support pre-race safety tech inspections
  • Attend drivers’ meetings; educate members on racing rules
  • Oversee races and resolve conflicts
  • Call for/oversee post-race tech as needed; address all protests
  • See GVKC rulebook for full description of duties

SATURDAY EMT: Do you have experience as an EMT/paramedic, nurse or first responder? GVKC is in need of a qualified medical attendant to be onsite for Saturday practice days from 10 am to 4 pm, mid-April through the end of October. Attendant and accompanying driver would receive in-kind pit passes and practices; please contact the GVKC board to discuss further.

Get ready to race! Membership Meeting on March 20, 2016


Are you planning to race with GVKC this season? Mark your calendar for our annual membership meeting on Sunday, March 20th at 11 am at the Avon VFW / American Legion. Here are a few great reasons to attend:

  • Save $10 on each membership. An annual membership is $100 at the meeting, or $110 after March 20th.
  • Drivers receive a free plaque to display weekly finishing positions (available for $20 after March 20th).
  • If you’ve pre-ordered a new X2 transponder, pick it up now and get your MyLaps account set up before opening weekend. (Want to reserve one? Submit your request ASAP – there are just 12 left. Learn more.)
  • Returning members: find out what’s new for 2016.
  • New members: ask questions and get info.

To save time, we encourage you to fill out your membership forms in advance and bring them to the meeting. (Please note that each junior driver must also have a sponsoring adult who is enrolled as a member.) If you have not received hard copy forms via mail, stop by our Forms page to download this info. Hope to see you soon!

GVKC Annual Membership Meeting
Sunday, March 16, 2016
11 am
Avon VFW / American Legion
5480 East Avon Road
Avon, NY 14414

Pre-order a new transponder during our scoring system upgrade

GVKC is excited to announce that our scoring system is getting an upgrade! For the 2016 season, the club will install a new decoder and MyLaps software to offer members a better user experience and access to the latest technology.

MyLaps X2 Transponder SystemThe new software supports the latest MyLaps X2 Kart transponders, which come bundled with a subscription to a personal MyLaps account where drivers’ data is stored. The new transponders offer pit crews the capability of viewing lap times on a connected device in real time. X2 Kart transponders charge via USB, and are available at a significantly more affordable price point than previous transponders.

The new scoring software will continue to support older MyLaps transponders. To help cover the cost of the upgrade, GVKC is adopting the model used by most karting facilities of offering transponders for rent. For the 2016 season, the club’s existing TX160 transponders will be available at a rental fee of $5 per day.

Currently, X2 Kart transponders are designed as personal devices. We encourage all members who are interested in using this new technology to purchase a transponder before the race season starts to give yourself time to set up your new MyLaps account, register your transponder and activate your subscription. The new transponders are available directly from for $115.89 plus shipping, or through online kart outlets.


Save the Dates: 2016 Season Schedule

Alan-Decker-Memorial-Race-[Event-Image]Save the dates! The Genesee Valley Kart Club’s 2016 race schedule is now viewable on our Schedule page.

Look for these key events coming up soon:

  • Sunday, March 20: GVKC’s annual membership meeting will take place at the Avon VFW at 11 am. Join us to learn what’s new and sign up for the coming season.
  • Saturday, April 16: Rookie School will be held at the track.
  • Saturday & Sunday April 23-24: Opening weekend!
  • Friday-Sunday, June 3-5: GVKC will host one of three inaugural AKRA Sprint Cup Northern Tour events. No club racing this weekend, but come out to see the action!
  • Thursday-Saturday, July 28-30: Join us for Vintage Weekend.

Dates are subject to change; stay tuned for more information on how to register for these upcoming events. If you’d like this delivered to your inbox, make sure to sign up for our mailing list.

Start getting your gear ready…we’ll see you soon!

Download GVKC’s 2016 race schedule.

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