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Get Started in Karting

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Karting is an exciting motorsport that anyone can get into. Whether you’re a kid or an adult, karting offers a thrilling experience on the race track. Here are some steps to help you get started. If you're keen to get started faster and immerse yourself in the ultimate Come and Try Experience then sign up today for a KartSTART event.



Experience Karting at a Rental Go Kart Track

If you love this then you know you will most probably love taking up karting as sport.


Watch Kart Racing

Start watching karting races. Attend local events or watch online videos. This will give you a feel for the sport and some understanding of how it works.



Contact your Local Kart Club and Visit on a Practice or Social Day

You can find the contact details for clubs here.  Familiarise yourself with the layout, observe other drivers and get a sense of the environment. Chat with other drivers and families. Ask questions, seek advice, and learn from their experiences. Karters are always happy to help and encourage newcomers.  


Become a Club Member and Purchase a License

When you've decided you'd like to start karting you will need to join your local Club as a member and purchase a Practice License. This is all done through our online system called MyKarting Portal.

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Purchase the Equipment you will need starting with a kart

Once you’re ready to commit, consider buying your own kart. It doesn’t have to be brand new; second-hand karts are also a good option. You will also need a helmet, driving suit, shoes, gloves and a rib protector. And a neck brace if you're not a senior. You should always purchase a new helmet but you can find good quality second hand suits and rib protectors. You can find comprehensive guidelines on safety apparel on Page 91 of our 2024 Rulebook.


Practice, Practice, Practice!

Spend as much time as possible on the track. Karting is all about skill development, so practice consistently to improve your driving technique. You or your mechanic (usually Dad or Mum) will also need to learn how to manage the set up and maintenance of the kart. Other club members will readily assist you to learn all the basics.



Once you feel confident, participate in local club races. These events are a great way to gain race experience and challenge yourself. Over time you'll gain confidence and probably progress to larger race meetings. 
Not everyone goes on to race. Many people just love social karting and being at the track with their family and friends. They also enjoy being part of a community helping to run the club and race meetings.

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