Junior Driver Training

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.

The ARKS instructors of the Bill Sisley Junior Kart School help young drivers learn the art of kart racing in a structured manner and a safe environment. Available for ages 8-11 yrs and 12-15 yrs, there are three levels of tuition, starting with the Novice Kart Lesson, moving onto the Intermediate Kart Lesson, and continuing with Advanced Training.

The novice level requires no previous experience. This 2-hour introductory session includes a track-walk and covers basic driving theory and skills. Once completed, and provided the instructor is happy in the child's progress, the driver is able to move up to the Intermediate level.

The intermediate lesson lasts for 90 minutes and introduces drivers to concepts of racecraft and advanced driving techniques through a number of intense, 10-minute sessions. Provided the instructor is happy in the child's progress, the driver is able to move up to advanced training.

Advanced one-to-one training provides in-depth, personalised race tuition through a series of intense, 10-minute sessions throughout the 90-minute lesson. Advanced training is available at any stage of a driver's karting journey from rookie to championship winner.

Prices:

  • Novice Kart Lesson (£49 pp): 2-hour lesson, safety briefing, in-depth track-walk, 10-minute karting sessions, debrief.
  • Intermediate Kart Lesson (£49 pp): 90-minute lesson, safety briefing, 10-minute intense karting sessions, debrief.
  • Advanced Kart Training (£49 pp): 90-minute lesson, safety briefing, 10-minute intense karting sessions, highly personalised debrief.

Key Information

  • For ages 8-15 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.

Upcoming Novice Kart Lessons

  • Training type: Cadet Novice kart Lesson
    Time: 9am - 12pm (arrival: 8:30am)
    Price: £49 per Novice Kart Lesson.
    Places available – call 01942 719030 to book.
  • Training type: Junior Intermediate Lesson
    Time: 1pm - 3:30pm (arrival: 12:30pm)
    Price: £49 per Intermediate Kart Lesson.
    Places available – call 01942 719030 to book.
  • Training type: Cadet Intermediate kart Lesson
    Time: 1pm - 3:30pm (arrival: 12:30pm)
    Price: £49 per Intermediate Kart Lesson.
    Places available – call 01942 719030 to book.
  • Training type: Bambino Lesson 1
    Time: 9am - 11am (arrival: 8:30am)
    Price: £49 per Bambino Lesson 1.
    Places available – call 01942 719030 to book.
  • Training type: Bambino Lesson 2
    Time: 12:30pm - 2:30pm (arrival: 12pm)
    Price: £49 per Bambino Lesson 2.
    Places available – call 01942 719030 to book.
  • Training type: Cadet Novice kart Lesson
    Time: 9am - 12pm (arrival: 8:30am)
    Price: £49 per Novice Kart Lesson.
    Places available – call 01942 719030 to book.
  • Training type: Junior Novice kart Lesson
    Time: 9am - 12pm (arrival: 8:30am)
    Price: £49 per Novice Kart Lesson.
    Places available – call 01942 719030 to book.
  • Training type: Junior Advance Lesson
    Time: 1pm - 3:30pm (arrival: 12:30pm)
    Price: £49 per Junior Advance Lesson.
    Places available – call 01942 719030 to book.
  • Training type: Cadet Advance Lesson
    Time: 1pm - 3:30pm (arrival: 12:30pm)
    Price: £49 per Cadet Advance Lesson.
    Places available – call 01942 719030 to book.
  • Training type: Cadet Club
    Time: 9am - 12pm (arrival: 8:30am)
    Price: £59 per Cadet Club.
    Places available – call 01942 719030 to book.
  • Training type: Junior Club
    Time: 9am - 12pm (arrival: 8:30am)
    Price: £59 per Junior Club.
    Places available – call 01942 719030 to book.
  • Training type: Bambino Lesson 1
    Time: 1pm - 3pm (arrival: 8:30am)
    Price: £49 per Bambino Lesson 1.
    Places available – call 01942 719030 to book.
  • Training type: Bambino Lesson 2
    Time: 9am - 11am (arrival: 8:30am)
    Price: £49 per Bambino Lesson 2.
    Places available – call 01942 719030 to book.
  • Training type: Bambino Lesson 3
    Time: 12:30pm - 2:30pm (arrival: 12:30pm)
    Price: £49 per Bambino Lesson 3.
    Places available – call 01942 719030 to book.

Circuit used for junior training and races (click to enlarge) :

ARKS Test

Three Sisters Circuit is a member of the Association of Racing Kart Schools (ARKS) and is recognised by the Motor Sports Association (MSA). 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 the MSA or ARKS to see if that might affect you and whether you also need to purchase a Start Karting Pack which costs £60 from www.msauk.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 Kart 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, and thousands of young drivers 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 a junior Formula 1 Renault team member and currently second in the GP3 Championship (as at Oct 17).

A prerequisite of club membership is novice training at the Bill Sisley Junior Kart School, after which - if the instructor is happy - a driver can take part in club events as a Junior Rookie. Junior Rookie races are designed for those in their first year of racing and ensures they compete alongside drivers of similar experience. Individual pre-bookable races are offered, with awards given at each event.

After a season's regular racing as a rookie, young drivers may then take part in regular Junior Club races, or they can choose to compete in the 8-round summer and/or 4-round winter championships with individual round and series awards.

Prices:

  • £59 per person per event.

Race Format

  • Safety briefing
  • Practice
  • Three heats per driver
  • Final race.

Key Information

  • For ages 8-15 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.