Here are a few pointers on how you can get involved in competitive kart racing from 5 years old!Step by step starting out from the very first time you get in a kart all the way to owning your own and racing at national level.
At Rye House we offer an introduction to hire kart arrive and drive sessions from the age of 3 on our junior circuit in our fleet of Electric FK, Bambino or Cadet karts. This is the first step to finding out if your child is keen to race and enjoys the experience.
Once you have ascertained that racing is for you or your child, the next step is only a phone call away!!
The first decision to make is whether you wish to compete in hire go-karting; RHDC, or to purchase your own machine; OWNER DRIVER go-karting:
Hire go-karting can offer an effective way to get that all important racing experience without the extra costs of owning and maintaining your own kart.
At 8 years of age you can now hire the Junior karts and take part in practice sessions on our main circuit. These sessions are available almost everyday. To book a session, simply call our sales team on 01992 460895 from Mon- Fri, 09:30 – 17:30, or book online via our online bookings hub.
We also offer one to one tuition where you/your driver can work with one of our Drivers Club coaches on practising racing lines etc. to reduce lap-times and improve driver confidence and consistency.
Practice and lap times are one thing but race craft is another. The only way to gain that craft is by racing and we offer various championships for drivers that do not own a kart to gain the experience of competitive racing. Our hire championships; the Rye House Drivers Club has become hugely popular in recent years!
If the driver isn’t quite ready for a championship yet, the best way to get a bit more practice and some racing experience all in one go, is to come to one of the Rye House Driver Development Days run by the RHDC (Rye House Drivers Club) coaches. These events usually consist of a session behind a coach, followed by a qualifying session, a Heat, then depending on point scored, an A, B, or C Final. These sessions also give the coaches the opportunity to assess the drivers ability and decide which Championship they may be suitable for in the future.
Following on from some 1-2-1 lessons or Development sessions, you will, of course, be looking at entering a Championship. We run several championships, over multiple age groups. For our Junior age groups (8-11 yrs and 12-15 yrs) we run 12 different championships! This usually ensures that drivers can enter a championship with drivers of a similar ability. We also offer the Senna Cup for all drivers over 16 years old.
Whilst the Drivers Club provides all the ingredients to progress and improve as a racer, many drivers from our Junior and Senior Championships now compete in our owner driver RHPK and IKR Championships and have also obtained their race licence. Proof that the Rye House Drivers Club provides a great level of talent!
Owner Driver Karting
From the age of 5 you can actively participate in many different forms of owner driver practice and racing.
At Rye House our experts can offer you advice on the correct category of kart that will suit your needs best.
We run a Cadet/Bambino club here at the circuit by Karting London approximately twice a week and this allows your driver to mix with other owner drivers under the careful supervision of our staff.
Alternatively, for drivers over 8 years old, we run regular “Open Practice” days. Practice days allow you to arrive with your kart, sign on/pay a testing fee, then practice on your own for the duration of that days test session.
When you are confident that you/your driver is ready to start racing, there are a few different options available to you.
Rye House runs its own IKR race meeting once a month from February through to November. IKR stands for independent kart racing which is competitive racing but run to a set of rules & regs. a governed by the race track.
The classes currently run at the IKR meetings are Bambino, Honda Cadet, Junior Rotax, Senior Rotax and Rotax 177. This means that if you have, or are looking to purchase one of these karts, and you/your driver is eligible, the Rye House IKR Championship is an ideal way to start racing your own machine competitively.
We also offer the option to obtain your race licence here at Rye House, this will allow you to compete in MSA (Motorsports Association) events across the country and even throughout Europe. The MSA are the governing body for all MSA sanctioned racing across the country and this is monitored by the means of a racing licence (ARKS Licence).
Our experts on site can help you all the way and answer any questions that you may have such as the initial costs of buying your own kart, what kart is best for you, the costs of competing and obtaining your licence.
Everything you need to know is only a call away!!!
For further information please contact our sales team on 01992 460 895.