The club welcomes anyone who is interested in starting kart racing. Karting is a sport for all age groups – juniors and seniors, (we have members from 7 to 70+). The club caters for drivers of all ages, gender, abilities, and aspirations. We exist to foster and guide novice drivers who are just starting out – we support everyone!
Kart racing is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to get involved in motorsport. You can race from the age of 8, but younger drivers (7 years old) can compete in time trials (competing against the clock and not competing directly for track position against other competitors) using ‘Bambino’ class karts.
We hold ‘Let’s Go Karting’ sessions for children age 7 to 15 throughout the year. At these sessions novice drivers are coached and taught about the safety and regulatory aspects of kart racing which involves theory and practice instruction about track discipline and etiquette, racing rules and procedures, flag and light signals and flags and much more. For information on Let's Go Karting please contact Carol Blanchard on 01463 870875.
The best way to find out more about starting karting is to visit the track during a practice or race day and speak to one of our committee members. At the track our race weekend you will have an opportunity to see all the different classes of kart on track, get a close up view of the karts and speak to the drivers, parents and mechanics to get all the initial information you need to get started …all in one place.
The club organises two types of race events, 1) Events sanctioned by, operated, and regulated under a licence issued by Motorsport UK – the governing authority of motorsport in this country AND 2) Independent events organised and operated by the club – generally following the same standards, rules and principles.
For a more detailed explanation of the differences between the two types of the events please speak to any committee member.
To compete at Motorsport UK sanctioned events – all drivers will require a competition licence. A licence is not required to compete at independent race events organised and promoted by the club.
However, club policy requires that all drivers should have successfully passed a theoretical and practical driving knowledge and competency test known as an ‘ARKS Test’ and is administered by the club in accordance with the standards prescribed by the Association of Racing Kart Schools) before being allowed to race at any of our events.
In basic terms, karting is structured into two age-based categories; juniors (under 16) and seniors, with the senior category divided into gearbox and non-gearbox karts.
At first karting may appear complex to the beginner, who will invariably have questions about age groups, class structure, chassis and engine types, tyres, racewear, regulations, licences, types of events, costs, spares, where to buy, tools and equipment, maintenance, racing rules and procedures etc.
BUT WHATEVER INFORMATION YOU MIGHT NEED - JUST ASK - WE ARE HERE TO HELP, SUPPORT, GUIDE & ENCOURAGE.
Please note that while the club can provide a kart for “Let’s Go Karting” sessions, that the club is not yet able to offer any “arrive and drive” racing facilities. We do not sell or rent karts.
For more information about starting karting and the various kart classes visit www.abkc.org.uk
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