ARKS welcomes MSport Kart School, Daventry

ARKS are pleased to welcome a new ARKS School.  The MSport Kart School is based at Whilton Mill Kart Circuit, near Daventry.  For further information phone 01327 842778 or go on online to www.teammsport.com or email info@teammsport.com
More information on the Karting Schools Listing page

ARKS Novice Driver Video now available to view

The MSA and ARKS commissioned a new version of the video which is included in the Start Karting packs from super1TV productions.  It will be available in the packs from January 2015.  ARKS have also agreed to reduce the cost of the ARKS Novice Driver test from 1.1.2015 on a trial basis in an initiative to help newcomers into karting.  The MSA have redueced the cost of the Go Karting pack to £60.  It includse the cost of the first licence and if needed for an under 18 year old, the first PG Entrant licence for the parent or guardian.

First ARKS Scholarship award

Ten year old Kristian Brierley from Askam-in-Furness has been announced as the first recipient of the Kristian Brierley - ARKS ScholarAssociation of Kart Racing Schools (ARKS) scholarship for 2010.  The scholarship was introduced this year to compliment the MSA’s Let’s Go Karting initiative, which offered members of the public the opportunity to experience driving a competition kart for just £5. The ‘ARKS’ board asked the twenty ‘Let’s Go Karting’ centres across the country to nominate the names of drivers that they felt could benefit from the scholarship, which will provide further training and the use of a brand new kart for all of 2010.  From written applications, three drivers were invited to Bayford Meadows Kart Circuit during December for a final assessment.  Joining eventual winner Kristian Brierley - who was nominated by Cumbria Kart Club - were two 12 year olds; Will Clark, nominated by Shenington Kart Racing Club and Sam Scott-Wildman, nominated by Brighton’s Q Leisure.  All three young men underwent informal interviews followed by an intensive driving session which was overseen by the judging panel of Gerard Cox from Project One Racing, karting coach Scott Malvern, seat manufacturer Steve Tillet and Ian Ward of ARKS and of the venue Bayford Meadows.  The trio acquitted themselves superbly both on and off the circuit and the general consensus of the judges at the end of the day was that they would all be worthy winners of the prize on offer.  However, a decision had to be made and after much discussion the judging panel agreed that the raw driving ability and the commitment shown by Kristian with the support of his family mirARKS Scholarship Presentation to Kristian Brierleyrored the ARKS board’s vision for its first scholarship winner. Kristian will be a busy young man in 2010 starting with his appearance on the Karting Show stage on Saturday 16th January at the NEC to collect his prize of a Zip North supplied Comer Cadet, complete with a full package of trolley, wet weather tyres and all his racewear.  The pictures show Kristian being interviewed and receiving his prize from ARKS' Graham Smith, accompanied by the MSA Chief Executive Colin Hilton, and flanked by his family.

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50/50 Club & School Grant

In May 2007, ARKS launched their 50/50 Club and School Grant offer, making grants available to ARKS registered schools and clubs with active ARKS club examiners.  Organisations can write to the ARKS Admin Office, Stoneycroft, Godsons Lane, Napton, Southam CV47 8LX for an application form.  If approved funding could be up to 50% of the costs associated with a project to improve the profile and awareness of karting to the general public.

£25 Gift Voucher

In January 2009, ARKS launched a voucher scheme to accompany the MSA's Lets Go Karting (www.letsgokarting.net).  ARKS will give every participant in Lets Go Karting during 2009 a £25 voucher to use at a ARKS School (within 3 months of issue), until 31.12.09 when the scheme ended.  This scheme is now discontinued but a voucher for a free ARKS Test is given to drivers purchasing the Lets Go Karting JKH Honda Cadet karts through approved clubs.  Note this is no longer in operation.
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Graham Smith of ARKS is pictured with MSA Chief Executive Colin Hilton, launching the scheme in 2009

New Clubman Tyro Kart Class

From 1/1/2007 certain kart clubs may offer the new Kart Tyro class.  For this an MSA Clubman licence is required, which may be obtained by downloading a licence application form from www.msauk.org or it can be obtained on the day of the race.  Drivers will be observed during practice and if competent will be allowed to race.  Kart engines must not exceed 15bhp and drivers must be over 16 years of age.  An ARKS test is not required and only medical self-certification is needed, no medical test is required. And from 1.1.2008 this has been extended to junior drivers from 11 to 16, with karts not exceeding 10bhp. First licences for drivers under the age of 16 are free, the same as a first Bambino licence.