The ARKS Test is intended for drivers with some previous karting experience who wish to apply for their MSA kart racing competition licence in order to compete in Owner/Driver MSA race meetings. The test is in two parts: theory and practical, and takes around four hours to complete.

The Rye House ARKS Academy is based right here at the circuit, where Lewis Hamilton first started karting and his racing career.

Before drivers can progress into MSA competition races, they must obtain an MSA licence by taking the ARKS Test at an approved school. Lasting for approximately four hours, the test consists of both a written multiple-choice examination and a practical driving test. It covers all aspects of the sport, emphasising safety and good driving technique. More details are supplied in the official MSA Starter Pack, including a DVD containing all the information required to take and pass the test;

The ARKS Starter Pack
You will need to purchase the MSA Starter Pack in order to take your ARKS Test. The pack contains everything you will need to know for the test, as well as a licence application form and lots of useful information to get you started. The pack costs £75.00

The Cost
With you supplying your own kart and equipment (current and recognised) its £90.00. Our tests are held on the 3rd Saturday of each month (maximum 10 people at any one time). One to one is available on weekdays with a special arrangement fee is an additional £50.00 ( subject to availability).

Pre ARKS Test Checklist
Please ensure the following before your ARKS test;

  • Apply to MSA for ARKS starter pack
  • Complete pink application form & attach passport sized photo
  • Arrange medical with doctor (Drivers over 18)
  • Join a local MSA affiliated kart club
  • Choose a class that is supported locally
  • Practice regularly to achieve target lap time (within 10%)
  • Ensure kart meets current regulations
  • Enclosed chain guard
  • Secondary brake cable
  • Brake disc protector
  • Fit correct restrictor & lead weight for class minimum
  • Fit black number plates with white numbers
  • Test yourself on flag signals & information in training DVD
  • Approved crash helmet to meet current regulations
  • CIK approved race suit
  • Gloves
  • Boots
  • BS approved extinguisher (may be checked)
  • Attach passport sized photo to licence upgrade card