ARKS Association of Racing Kart School
Kart racing schools are becoming the popular way to take up kart
racing for all age groups.


Please take time to view this short promotional video:

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 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 and Flags
ARKS Training Syllabus Guidelines
ARKS Pack Guidance Notes

MSA Licence Upgrade Card (for your convenience)
MartinBean_4089Many 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.