How To Start Karting
Shenington Kart Racing Club was selected in 2008 as one of the clubs to hold the MSA (now rebranded as Motorsport UK) sponsored Lets Go Karting scheme, giving youngsters an introductory taster session in a race kart. Initially set at £5, once the three year supported time was over the club now charges £25 for an introductory session as from December 2016. If the youngster enjoys the experience then they can book to come back for an afternoon of three sessions at £50, and once they have done two of these they can come to a full test day on the whole circuit for £100. The club supplies all the equipment, kart and racewear (except boots, please have trainers).
We have a fleet of four Bambino karts, several Cadet karts, some lower powered for beginners, some four stroke and some two stroke, and three Junior karts for the older drivers. Drivers will start by signing on and paying (cash please) then will be kitted out in one of our race suits and a suitable helmet fitted. An explanation of the scheme and how to progress will be given by one of our officials (see Video page) which is then followed by a video briefing and explanation of the flag signals. After that a suitable sized kart based on age, weight, size and previous experience if any, will be chosen, the driver will be fitted into the kart and given a full explanation of the controls with checks to make sure they understand.
Then they can take to the track for their introductory session, for those that have not been in a kart before that will consist of driving round cones until the Instructors are sure they are competent. After that they will have a session lapping the track, starting off by being taken around in a convoy with an Instructor leading. For those that have some experience they will get two sessions lapping the track after the briefing and video.
Taster sessions must be booked with Secretary Graham Smith on 01926 812177, but due to the COVID pandemic we are on hold until 2021. Afternoon sessions must be booked with Gill Cox on 01295 257674 but drivers must have done the morning taster session first, the next availability but all on hold due to the coronavirus emergency.
Have a read through the PDF document below, for more information on the subject of karting, from the Association of British Kart Clubs.
The first step to getting your karting license is to purchase the Start Karting pack from Motorsport UK found HERE. This pack costs £59 and includes the cost of your first license and if under the age of 18, it also includes the cost of the PG Entrant License for the parent or guardian. When you feel ready to undergo your test, you can purchase voucher from http://www.arks.co.uk/ which costs £98, and saves writing out a cheque on the day of the test.
You will also need to purchase a suitable helmet (under 15’s note the only helmet standard allowed is the Snell CMR2007 or CMR 2016 type) – do NOT buy a motorcycle helmet, then a homologated race suit, boots and gloves. Consider an introductory course by one of the professional kart schools, see www.arks.co.uk. Protrain operates at Shenington.
But if you take your ARKS Novice Driver Test at Shenington (paying £98) with our ARKS Examiner Tom Whitehouse and join the club at the full price you will get a discount on your first race entry.