Beginners Guide To Karting
racing is a challenging and exciting sport in
its own right and also the first stepping
stone on the way to full size car racing. Just
ask Michael Schumacher, Jenson Button and Lewis
Hamilton a host of other top drivers who all
started in karts.
those coming in from the outside it can seem
complicated and confusing to begin with so here
are some simple pointers in the right direction:
Try a kart at a commercially operated
kart track often indoors. These will commonly
run right through the week and will charge you
either by the session or race loaning you all
the equipment you will need. The karts are slow
but fun on a low grip surface. Youll find
details of these indoor tracks in yellow pages
or local guides.
If you like it then try to find a local outdoor
circuit that runs proper kart racing under the
Motor Sports Association. You can get details of
circuits by looking at the Karting UK website
www.karting.co.uk or from the Association of
British Kart Clubs
Contact the local club and ask if they can put
you in touch with a local trader who would be
able to loan you equipment for a test. You will
find the outdoor track has much more grip, the
kart faster and the whole experience great fun.
If you want to go on and race then you will have
to get a kart race licence. Contact the
Motorsports Association on
and order a kart starter pack for which you will
have to pay. This will include a licence
application and an instructional video which you
must watch and learn. Then arrange with a local
track to have your ARKS licence test. You will
have to be medically OK so if you are colour
blind, have diabetes or any impediment then seek
further advice from the MSA.
Once you have passed your test then you
are ready to go and race though some extra
practice before is always good. You need to
choose a class that is suitable for a beginner.
Formula TKM classes are run at most UK tracks
and the karts are relatively simple to use and
evenly matched so a big cheque book is not
required for you to win! It will be down to the
drivers ability. Formula TKM is widely
recognised as the ideal starter class for ages
between 10 to 60.
You may be able to hire equipment from a
local trader or you may to choose to buy your
own. Second hand karts (look in Karting Magazine
or contact Tal-Ko who usually have some ex works
ones available at keen prices ) can be excellent
value but you might need the expert eye of a
competitor to tell you if what you are looking
at is good. Tal-Ko also offer great value
low cost complete new ready to race package
outfits. Look under
Packages & Pricing.
Before you go racing you will need an approved
race crash helmet, race boots, gloves and
overall. You might need a trailer to help move
the equipment around. You will also have to join
the local ABkC kart club so you can enter for
your first race meeting. The race entry must be
carried out in advance. Make sure you get there
is good time. And then the fun really begins.
You are a race driver!!
more information you can order The Complete
beginners Guide To Karting available from
Lodgemark Press, publishers of Karting magazine.
Their web address is