How to Start Karting
So Your Interestd in getting into karting !
Karting is one of the most popular, affordable and competitive Forms of motorsport. It offers exhilirating fun for drivers from the age of eight years upwards and has a level of competition to suit just about everyone.
For some drivers, karting will be the pinnacle of their ambitions, while for others it will provide a vital grounding for the journey up the racing ladder even to F1. Most of the drivers on the current Formula 1 grid started their racing in karts and the fact that youngsters can start from as early as eight years old makes it the perfect starting point.
With so many choices in terms of classes and venues, karting is easy to get into, but like any branch of motorsport there are some necessary steps that need to be taken before you can get onto the grid and go racing.
Check it Out
The first thing to do is visit your local Track and see what owner driver facilitys thay have and whether there are any organised owner driver meets or kart racing club. Than decide which route you want to take, You dont have to take the full MSA route if all you want is to have an exciting, adrenaline fuelled hobby then there are plenty of tracks that offer non MSA racing series. These are mainly for Twin Engined four stroke 'PRO-KARTS' the majority of which have Honda Engines fitted, although not as fast as two stroke karts they are great fun, very reliable and offer some great Racing at comparitively low costs. Do your research and visit some local tracks and see what everyone is racing, Talk to the drivers, they are usually very passionate about the sport and will gladly help and advise anyone looking to get into Karting.
Check out the web, there is loads of information available to help you decide how far you would like to go and the class' and types of racing available. Check out the kart classifieds and see what prices your preferred class of kart can fetch, We at Raceway Motorsport have a constantly changing choice of second hand karts available and if your feeling flush we can help you find a new Kart for the right price. Dont go out and buy the first Kart you see and be wary of anything sold as an unfinished project unless you have a very good mechanical knowledge they can end up costing you more than a complete kart, most tracks also have karts for sale and usually they are well looked after and the original owners will be around on owner driver nights etc to help with set-up and maintenance queries.
Try it at a local Track, Some local kart clubs offer the chance to try out Racing Karts rather than just the normal corporate donkey, there are also teams and racing series where you can pay for a drive or even a whole seasons driving.
If you decide to go down the full MSA route then One of the best first steps is to take an introductory course at an ARKS (Association of British Kart Clubs) school. That way you'll get the opportunity to try it out, see how much you enjoy it, and start gaining the skills you'll need to be competitive. Many ARKS schools offer professional tuition to help you improve your skills throughout your karting 'career'.
You can download the Start Karting Brochure by Clicking Here
|NON MSA TRACKS AND SERVICES||MSA REGULATED TRACKS AND SERVICES|
Nottingham Raceway Karting ( Nottingham based track)
Motor Sport Association web site, Information on MSA Regulations and class'
Elk Racing ( Newark based track)
|Stretton 2000 (Leicester based track)
Very Strong Owner driver scene with regular owner driver nights on a Thursday and all day Sunday throughout the year, they also run the stretton sprint series which is a whole seasons non MSA racing. Excelllent turnout on all owner driver meets but can be a very busy and even a little intimidating for first time owner drivers, (not just my opinion I have heard this from a few rookie Karters). Well worth a visit though when you have your basic skills honed.
|PF INTERNATIONAL International Quality Circuit
Trent Valley Kart Club Based at PFI