Formula One superstar drivers including Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, Max Verstappen and Fernando Alonso all started their careers by racing go karts. As a child’s brain is still developing, kids can quickly learn go karting and improve their skills from a young age.
Many children start at their local track, and in the UK, kids as young as 6-years-old can take part in the Bambino class. From eight, they can compete in the Cadet category, moving up to Juniors when they turn 13-years-old, and seniors from aged 16. We make it easy for kids to get into go karting from an early age by welcoming children aged eight and above to our Bristol and Maidenhead indoor go karting venues.
Try out a family session
If you have children who show an interest in motorsports and want to give go karting a try, tracks up and down the UK will have family racing options. Our Race Experience sessions allow for the whole family to have 25 minutes on the track together. Kids will race in one of our specially modified cadet karts and will get to know the safety aspects of the sport. If they enjoy it, then we have options to help them develop their skills.
The Race Academy
Our Race Academy is a great introduction to go karting for kids who want to take it to the next level. Young drivers – or cadets as we call them – receive a course of go karting lessons from our expert instructors. The course includes:
- Basic and advanced karting skills
- Dynamics of the kart
- Race craft
- Safety practices
- Techniques to improve skills and speed
To round off the course, cadets will take to the track and put everything they have learnt to the test by competing in a race against each other. At the end of the course, cadets will receive an Absolutely Race Licence, which means they can take part in Absolutely Karting events, as well as receiving discounts on future karting sessions.
We regularly have six-week courses and school holiday courses running – head over to the Race Academy page to learn more and book a place.
Not just for the kids
Although starting at an early age can help develop racing skills, go karting is extremely accessible and is a sport for everyone. Anyone can give it a go and we would recommend trying out a Race Experience. If you want to take things a bit more seriously, our venues regularly hold competitive races where you can take on other drivers.