FAQs

I have never been karting before, can I still come?

Don’t worry! Nottingham Raceway Karting events are ideal for novices as well as experienced racers, and our circuit provides a full safety and instruction briefing before you start.

More than 150,000 people have raced at Nottingham Raceway’s Karting circuit, and most of them had never been karting before!


What is your telephone number?

01664 822750


What are your open days and times?

We are open 7 days a week and only close for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.
Office is open at 9am, Track opens for drivers at 10am. We close when the last booking has gone.


Where can we park our cars?

We have free on-site parking for plenty of cars.


How far away are you from Nottingham and Leicester?

About 25 mins.


How many people do we need for an event?

For an exclusive event (where the track is just for your group) you will need at least 10 drivers. For an open event (where you race against other groups of drivers) you can bring as many or as few drivers as you like.


What time do we need to arrive for our session?

Please arrive 30 min’s before your actual race time.


Are there any race restrictions?

You must not be pregnant or under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The maximum weight is 20 stone.


What happens if we arrive late for our session?

Bookings are transferable at the discretion of the Circuit but non-refundable.

Bookings cannot be refunded, re-booked or re-used for drivers who fail to attend.

For insurance reasons, drivers arriving after the safety briefing has commenced are not allowed to race and will not receive any refund.

Where an event is delayed due to late arrivals, the Circuit’s management may in their sole discretion and on request of all of the organisers delay the safety briefing. In such case, the event will be shortened to make up for the time lost.

Race fees will not be refunded to any driver because that driver fails to attend or is withdrawn from racing for any reason.


What is the cancellation policy?

We require 48 hours notice if you wish to change a booking slot or cancel and we will endeavour to fit you in elsewhere but this is subject to availability and is not guaranteed.

Bookings may be transferred to other drivers, but all payments are non-refundable.

The Organiser is liable for the full race fees for the use of the Circuit for number of drivers booked, even if fewer drivers attend.

We require 48 hours notice if you wish to change a booking slot and we will endeavour to fit you in elsewhere but this is subject to availability and is not guaranteed.


Do I need a driving licence?

No


What clothes should we wear?

Just casual wear with trainer style shoes. We supply all safety clothing, helmet, gloves, and race suit. If you have a balaclava bring it with you or you can buy one at reception for £2.00


Can we drop the kids off for an hour or so?

All children under the age of 16 years must be accompanied by an adult at all times.


Do we have to pre-book practice / track day experience sessions?

No BUT We strongly advise pre-booking to guarantee a session and to avoid disappointment.


Are the karts safe?

We service and test our karts every day. However, karting by its very nature is a risky activity and at your own risk.


Is karting safe?

Here at Nottingham Raceway our number one priority is the safety of everyone on site. Our karts and circuit are maintained to a high standard and are regularly inspected by the National Karting Association and indeed the Environmental Health inspector.

We provide all necessary safety wear and give comprehensive safety briefings. Listening to the safety briefing and heeding the instructions is the part you play in keeping the event safe and enjoyable.

However, as with all activities, unavoidable accidents can happen even in the best regulated events.


What tyres are fitted to the karts?

Our karts are fitted with slick tyres at all times, regardless of weather conditions.


How can I organise a group booking?

Simply get a group of drivers and call us on 01664 822750.

We require a non-refundable deposit of £10 per person. We ask for an approximate number of drivers taking part when booking but you can add drivers to the booking up to the maximum number at any time.


How long will it take?

Track drive experiences / practice session can be as short as 15 minutes. A sprint race for 20 drivers can take about 2 hours to run. For larger numbers it is approximately one hour for every 10 drivers.


Do you give instructions to beginners?

Always – we need you to listen attentively to our pre-race briefing. It is surprisingly easy and great fun provided you know the correct way to drive your kart.


Is there an age and height restriction for karting?

The minimum age is 8 years and upwards, there is a height restriction of 1.30cm for our cadet karts, however there is a minimum age of 14 and height of 5ft 2 for our adult 270cc karts.


What race format is available to youth groups and schools?

Track day experience / practice sessions are the most popular race formats for youth and school groups. Discounts are often offered for races during school or off peak hours. Call us to check 01664 822750.


Can you overtake?

Yes you can overtake. There is plenty of room on our circuit to encourage overtaking as well as fair and clean racing. Something you wont find at indoor ‘mickey-mouse’ tracks.


How big is the circuits?

The circuit is about 550m.


Is there anywhere spectators can watch from?

Yes. Our circuit has paddock areas which offer great views of the track, easy access to drinks machines and heated spectator buildings.


Can I bring my own helmet, gloves etc..?

Yes you can. Helmets need to be full face. Moto-cross helmets require goggles and chin piece.


What happens if it’s bad weather?

You get wet of course! But its great fun. You will be provided with wet weather suits. Hold on tight though because it gets very slippery.


Can I get my deposit back?

When booking for a group the deposit is for the group size. If anyone drops out then the deposit is lost for that person.


Can we buy food and drinks on site?

The Italian Coffee Shop can provide for all your needs in this department but a word of advice: don’t eat heavily before your karting experience as you may regret it once you get on circuit. Improve your appetite by enjoying your karting first, followed by a good meal afterwards. You should drink plenty of water, especially in the summer as it is very easy to dehydrate when karting. Work on about 250ml per 30 minutes of karting as a guide.


Can I wear my own race wear?

Yes! f you have you own race suit, gloves or boots you are welcome to wear these if you wish.
You may also wear your own Helmet, as long as it is a full face helmet, with fitted visor or goggles.

Don’t worry if you don’t have any of your own equipment, we provide everything you need to drive at the track.

DO WE NEED TO WEAR A BALACLAVA?

Yes please, all drivers must wear a balaclava. You are more than welcome to bring your own or purchase one at reception for £2.00.