ARKS Association of Racing Kart School
Kart racing schools are becoming the popular way to take up kart
racing for all age groups.
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All the schools listed on this web site are members of the Association of Racing Kart Schools (ARKS) recognised by the Motor Sports Association. The organisation
is responsible for the now mandatory ARKS tests and also
administers Club Examiners. The test costs £98.00
from 1 January 2016 including VAT if applicable, but not including any hire fee for a kart. You will find that all of these schools can offer a professional and high standard of tuition, whether you are a complete novice or an experienced driver wishing to improve.
If you should fail one part of the ARKS
Test, the Written Test can be re-taken for £50 and the
Driving Test for £60. There are some exemptions for
drivers who have had a National A licence before, or have
enough signatures from Tyro/Clubman events and in some cases
these people only need to sit the Written Test. Check with
the MSA or ARKS to see if that might affect you and whether
you also need to purchase the Start Karting pack which costs
£60 from www.msauk.org and includes the cost of the first
licence(s). Please note the training video that is included
in the Pack is now available on the Video page of this
website. This helps new drivers to learn what is
required for the test. A new Bambino driver does not take the ARKS Test
but before obtaining their first (free) Bambino Clubman
licence they must undertake compulsory training. A
training record card and details of the training are on the
Resources / Licencs section of the MSA website. Note that a Bambino driver must take the full
test and buy the Pack to upgrade to a Cadet licence. To complement
the MSA Start Karting pack ARKS provide some useful guidance
notes, which novices are encouraged to download and read
thoroughly, these are:
Handy Checklist for Novice
ARKS Training Syllabus
ARKS Pack Guidance Notes
MSA Licence Upgrade Card (for your convenience)
Many also run their own race teams, offering anything from complete arrive-and-drive to just supplying a mechanic to help you out.
Download the 'How to Start Kart Racing'
(3Mb) brochure, or contact
the ARKS office and we will be happy to post you a copy
along with a free DVD.