Our kids can drive us all mad, but thanks to the facilities available through Karting Nation, they can also drive a range of super-fast, super-fun go karts. Did you know that Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button and many other top Formula 1 drivers got their first taste of motor racing in karts? And despite what many people think, this activity isn’t reserved for the mega-rich.
If your little devil is a speed demon, you’re bound to find an exciting karting package to suit your family and your budget.
Kid’s party packages are a great way to introduce your young ones to racing in a safe and fun environment, and celebrate their birthday while they do it! These events, available in many karting venues nationwide, include exclusive use of the track, marshalled races between your kids and their mates, plus complimentary gifts like medals for the racers or a special prize for the birthday boy or girl. Many locations even throw in party food and drink, so all of the little drivers can refuel throughout the day.
While several venues do not offer these fantastic activities, they still allow junior drivers to take a kart for a spin around the track. Some venues let children take part in their GP Experience sessions, which are opportunities to take a kart onto the circuit for a designated period of time, usually between 15 minutes and 1 hour.
This is a chance for mini-Hamiltons to gain experience and develop their racing technique in a non-competitive environment, before they go head to head with their peers. With computer timing equipment, they will be able to examine their exact lap times and chart their improvement.
Other sites may offer Kid’s Practice sessions, which follow the same format as the GP Experience sessions but afford younger drivers exclusive use of the track.
Look out for peak and off peak pricings which apply at some venues. Off peak bookings give your kids the opportunity to drive at reduced prices provided you are available for an afternoon session. Please be aware the vast majority of providers require adult supervision of young drivers to be maintained at all times.
Cadet Karts are another option offered by selected venues. These schemes, designed to promote junior karting and develop new talent in the sport, take the form of karting lessons or competitive races against other young hopefuls. This might be your little ones chance race full-throttle toward a lucrative career in motor sport. And if that doesn’t happen they’re still bound to have a fantastic time!
Each of our karting locations has its own minimum age and height requirements. The most common age range for junior karting activity would seem to be 8 years to 15 years however some facilities sport electric karts which may be driven by children as young as 3 years.
Many venues impose a height restriction of a minimum 4’4’’ but this is also different depending on the site in question.
Most junior karts are usually run on 120cc to 200cc engines. Electric karts are also a new option that is growing in popularity, as a safer and quieter alternative to the traditional petrol kart.
The guys at Karting Nation are on hand to help you in planning an exciting karting trip for your kids. They will be able to offer specific information regarding the features and requirements of each venue, and our happy to discuss your options. With their help you’re sure to plan a thrilling experience for your potential racing champs, and an affordable experience at that!
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