The British Superkart Association
How do I start?
What do I need to do? If you are not sure and you want to try one then there is a school at the Darley Moor Circuit. It is approved by the MSA and ARKS (Association of Registered Kart Schools). Visit their web site http://www.superkarting-uk.com/
Next step is to gain a licence,
This is a very simple task, you must purchase an ARKS pack from the MSA (Motorsport Association) the pack can be bought online so go to the MSA website for further info.
You can always contact the Series Co-ordinator Ian Rushforth - He's and ex racer and winner. He knows the sport inside out.
There are a few directions from which you can start racing gearbox karts on long circuit. As a complete beginner, from short circuit, from car racing or from ACU bike racing. In all cases you will need a competition license supplied to you by the Motor Sports Association (MSA)
New for 2012 is if you are under 18 your parent or guardian will have to sign a consent form if they are not with you or attend and hold a PG License.
AS A COMPLETE BEGINNER
Buy the “Starting Karting” pack from the MSA or your local ARKS School. It costs £45 including postage. In it you will find a video and copies of all the regulations you need to learn to pass the test for your competition license. There is also your license application form.
If you are covered by any exemption to the test, you do not need to take the test. The exemptions include having had certain grades of kart, foreign or racing licenses in the past, or holding a NATSKA Schools karting license, or applying for an endurance license.
Assuming you have a kart and have had sufficient practice and have learnt the regulations you can book the ARKS novice test. This can be taken with an ARKS school or with your local club who will have a club examiner. If you are 18 or over, you need to have a medical, both you and the doctor need to complete the relevant parts of the license application form. You need to pay the doctor for this, usually around £90.
Take the ARKS test, this costs around £85. The test is in two parts, a driving test and multiple choice questionnaire covering the flag signals and regulations. If you do fail either part of the test, you can re-take it for an additional fee. Next you need to send off for your MSA competition license, this costs around £30. (free for under 16’s)
You will be issued with a National B NOVICE license to start with. At this stage you are classified as a Novice driver and have to collect six signatures of competence from an MSA steward. Passing your ARKS Test will qualify you for one signature.
You can only compete at this stage at a Closed to Club or National B permit event. This can be done at either a short circuit or long circuit event.
If you race at a short circuit event you will need to have black number plates with white numbers attached to them. On Long Circuit it is different and you will require only a yellow number plate 22cm x 22cm with a black diagonal cross with strokes 15cm x 2.5cm fixed to the back bumper beside the rear number plate Once you have got six signatures you can now remove your novice plates and upgrade your license to a FULL National B grade. You must then continue to race at National B events for a further six signatures after which you can upgrade your license to a National A grade
All British Championship races are run to a national National A permit and National Superkart Championship events on Long Circuit are run to at least National B permit.
FROM SHORT CIRCUIT KART RACING
If you have raced previously on short circuit, have a National A license and have never raced on long circuit before it is easy to transfer to competing on long circuit. In the first instance you will be regarded as a Long Circuit Novice and will have to attach a yellow number plate 22cm x 22cm with a black diagonal cross with strokes 15cm x 2.5cm fixed to the back bumper beside the rear number plate. Four signatures are then required from the MSA Steward before you can remove your novice plate. Unlike short circuit you will not be required to start from the back of the grid. Don’t forget that for long circuit you will need to wear a leather racing suit.
FROM CAR RACING
If you have a Race National B license it is valid for Clubman and National B kart events. Once you have the required Upgrade signatures for karting you can add a National A kart license.
If you have a Race National A license. it is valid for Long Circuit Kart Events. For the first four events you well need to carry the Long Circuit novice numbers plates as detailed above and receive four signatures from the MSA Steward. However for some reason it is not valid for short circuit at National A permit kart Meetings.
FROM ACU MOTORCYCLE ROAD RACING
A bike competitor holding a ACU National Motorcycle Road Race license is eligible for a National A Kart Race license. If you have held an ACU National Road Race licence for the previous three years and have proof of this you can obtain a Kart National A licence on completion of the written ARKS test.
For the first four events you well need to carry the Long Circuit novice numbers plates as detailed above and receive four signatures from the MSA Steward.
Once you have got the licence you may need the equipment, I would recommend you take your time and do your research, the end of the year is the time to pick up a bargain as the top guys will be replacing there equipment. The best sites are our own & UK Karting, I would also advise you to order Karting magazine as they not only have some good adverts but its worth reading up on what's happening in the UK scene.
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