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How to get into go kart racing

How to get into go kart racing

In search of a new hobby? Think go karting might be for you but not sure where to start? Fear not, getting into go karting couldn’t be simpler with TeamSport. Here we explain everything you need to know to hone those skills needed to become the next best racing champion. If you’re a thrill-seeker, a competitive sportsperson, or simply want to try out something new, grab a helmet and let’s go!

For the young ones

If your children have expressed an interest in karting, there are plenty of options available to help them take things to the next level. But first, you can try out a Family Track Day and see if they like it – this will also help you get to know our safety procedures and put your mind at ease.

At TeamSport, we cater for children aged eight and up who are more than welcome to come down to one of our tracks and try their hand at this thrilling sport in the safety of one of our Cadet Karts.

We have Family Experiences or Junior Track Days specifically designed so that you can either compete as a whole gang, or the kids can have competitions against their mates. Before anyone gets in a kart though, our professional team will run a safety briefing, making sure everyone knows the rules of racing. Plus, our teams are always available to make sure everyone has the assistance and advice they need.

You’ll get all the equipment you need provided, such as helmets and overalls, but you’ll need to make sure you have a balaclava if you’re borrowing one of our helmets – you can get disposable ones for 50p, or a reusable cotton one for £3.50 on arrival.

As a safety note, to kart with us children must be aged eight or over, and have an inside leg measurement of at least 25 inches.

Once you’re sure the kids in your crew have found their karting legs, you can book karting lessons with TeamSport Cadet Academy.

Our new and improved Cadet Academy is available for cadet drivers (ages 8 to 12) and junior drivers (13-16). They’ll be put into groups based on their ability, and taught the latest techniques and practices to give them the skills they need to excel on the track.

Academy members will then put their skills to the test, under the watchful eyes of our top instructors, who’ll help them practice, hone their technique and, ultimately, succeed!

Our Cadet Academy is a great way to boost kids’ confidence on the tracks, and get some really useful advice while they’re at it!

For the adults

Getting into karting as an adult pretty much starts the same way as it does for all ages – the first step is to get down to your local track and have a go. The professional staff at all our tracks will talk you through everything you need to know, including how to drive a go kart as well as some handy racing tips.

You can also read up on some karting advice on our tips pages to get extra prepared before you start – whether that’s go karting for beginners tips or advice on beating the competition  with our ten ways to help you win your next go kart race

To race an adult kart, you need to be age 13 or over, and have an inside leg measurement of at least 29 inches.  

We recommend tuition or Open Timed Race Sessions to get in some practice however at TeamSport, we run competitive racing events too. These are great ways to get into karting as an adult, as you can learn and compete with friends, colleagues, or complete strangers if you prefer! You can find out about our track formats here.

Top tips for your first karting race

If you’re heading to our track for the first time, here’s some handy advice on how to prepare:

  • Wear comfortable clothes you don’t mind getting dirty – jeans, a t-shirt and trainers are fine
  • Listen to the professionals – our marshals are there to keep you safe
  • Take it steady – take the time to get to know your kart and learn the track
  • Be wary of other drivers – keep your distance from the kart in front
  • Take a look at our understanding the racing line tip page and check out our videos – these give you a real feel for sitting in the kart and will start to get you used to what skills are needed for you to become a champion karter.

Want to turbo-charge your confidence?

We offer tuition for all ages, adults included! If you’re looking to step up your karting game, whether it’s with a view to entering competitions or you just want to beat your mates, you’re in the right place. Our professional tutors are always ready with friendly advice that can help you zero in on any issues you’re having.

If you really want to improve, practice makes perfect – and joining our members’ club The #GRID is a great start. Memberships with tuition included are available at a fantastic rate, and it comes with bags of other benefits too.

Take on new challenges

Open Timed Race Sessions are just one of the race formats we offer at TeamSport. Get to grips with other exciting formats like Team Endurance Events, where you’ll battle it out as part of a Le Mans-style relay team, or a 50 Lap Race Event, where you’ll put your knowledge of the track to the ultimate test over 50 laps of high-octane action.

Then there’s the Mini Grand Prix, which guarantees exclusive track use for you and your group so you can find out who’s fastest once and for all in a Grand Prix format. Or if you’re arriving with your workmates, check out our Corporate Team Challenge for some teambuilding with a difference!

#GRID Membership

Thinking of coming back again and again? We don’t blame you – so why not enjoy some big discounts on your track time?

The #GRID is our annual membership programme for regular karters. As well as a 10% discount on all standard-priced karting, you’ll get a loyalty kart giving you a free session with every six visits, a branded cotton racing balaclava, a complimentary birthday session and lots more besides.

Try out different race formats, experience your favourite tracks in reverse and get access to special members-only events and competitions. Get your name on our Hot Lap Leaderboards and compete against the best!

Taking it to the next level

If you feel you’ve gotten everything you possibly can out of indoor karting, there are outdoor karting clubs up and down the country that are geared towards getting you on the tracks and racing to your heart’s content. You can obtain your karting license, get professional tuition, and well and truly make your mark in the realm of professional karting. For more information on the karting options available, useful sites include the Association of Racing Kart School, and the Association of British Kart Clubs.

For driving tips, getting to know your kart and a whole host of handy information to get you started, take a look at our tips pages, you’ll find everything you need to get into karting and more.