Bill Sisley Junior Kart School
Formed in 1974 and responsible for training twenty world and European kart champions - including F1's Jonny Herbert - the renowned Sisley Kart Racing School has relocated to the awesome Three Sisters Circuit in the form of the Bill Sisley Junior Kart School. Bill Sisley discovered Lewis Hamilton at the age of 8, and was involved in the career of Jenson Button as well as many other up-and-coming British racing drivers.
Three Sisters Circuit is a member of the Association of Racing Kart Schools (ARKS) and is recognised by Motorsport UK / Karting UK. Private one-to-one tuition with a professional ARKS instructor costs £99 and is run on either the Club or Valley circuits.
The ARKS test costs £98 including VAT, if applicable, and includes both written and practical tests. If you should fail one part of the ARKS test, the written test can be re-taken for £50 and the driving test for £60. The hire fee for a suitable Three Sisters kart is £40.
There are some exemptions for drivers who have had a National A licence before, or who have enough signatures from Tyro/Clubman events, and in some cases these people only need to sit the written test. Check with Motorsport UK or ARKS to see if that might affect you and whether you also need to purchase a Start Karting Pack which costs £66 from www.motorsportuk.org (includes the cost of the first licence).
Bill Sisley Junior Kart Club
For many years, young kart drivers were only able to compete in races by purchasing their own kart, which was financially out of reach for many families. However, in the mid 90’s, Bill Sisley introduced the Sisley Junior Club in the south east of England. For the first time, this allowed young drivers to compete on a monthly basis at a reasonable cost by way of the club supplying identical equipment.
Starting from nothing, the Sisley Junior Kart Club rose to regular starting grids of 100 per month. Participants have become better road drivers as they leave childhood behind and take to the wheel on public roads. Some particularly talented young karters have been spotted by owner/driver race teams and are now successful car racing drivers. One such ex-Sisley Junior Kart Club racer is Jack Aitken, now test driver for the Williams Formula One Team.
A prerequisite of a driver being able to race in the club is novice training at the Bill Sisley Kart School, after which the driver needs to complete the Intermediate A lesson and then, if the instructor is happy, a driver can take part in club events.
New for 2020 is a Bill Sisley Junior Kart Club Championship, starting in the Easter holidays. Rounds will take place during the school holidays and points will be gained at each round. The driver with the most points wins (points will be taken from however many rounds minus one score, however if there are joint scores, then all rounds will count). The championship will be for two age groups: 8-11 and 12-15 years of age. Drivers are free to enter as many rounds as they like, and points will automatically be scored when they enter. There is no registration fee to take part.
- £59 per person per event.
- Safety briefing
- Three heats per driver
- For ages 8-11 and 12-15 years
- Biz 160cc Honda powered single-engined karts
- All equipment supplied
- Entries must be booked and paid for in advance
- Minimum height 4'2".
Please note that if a driver intends to wear a race helmet provided by the circuit, they are also required to wear a balaclava. Please either bring one with you, or you can purchase one at reception for £2.50.
All children must be accompanied by an adult who must remain onsite and be responsible for the children during the time of the booking.