Go Kart Racing is an exciting sport but making sure you are safe at high speeds is important. Knowing what the different kart flags mean is an important part of ensuring the safety of all racers and getting the most from your time on track.
We have a team of marshals on the tracks that are there for your safety. Their job is to ensure you have the best racing experience possible. The key importance between racers and the marshals is communication, best shown in the flags.
Each flag has a different meaning that should be obeyed at all times. If you ignore flags you may be disqualified, so it is important that you learn them well.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT FLAGS & WHAT DO THEY MEAN?
Blue flag – One of the most common flags. This signals that a faster race car is coming up behind you, and you should hold your line and let them pass. Once they are passed you can increase your speed and get racing.
Yellow flag – Caution on the track, reduce your speed and do not pass.
Red flag – This is a very important flag, and it means that the race is being stopped. Stop your kart as safely and as quickly as possible, stay in your kart, and do as instructed by the marshal.
Black flag – You are being disqualified for dangerous racing or failing to adhere to other flags. You need to pull over as directed by the marshal.
Green flag – This signals the start of the race or that the race has resumed.
White flag – This means that you are on the final lap of the race.
Checkered flag – The first one across the line wins, and everyone else needs to slow down because the race is over.
We hope these flags will help give you a full briefing on how to use your kart and how to have a fun and safe race.