Take the 1100m Circuit Challenge as an MSA Championship Driver or Owner Driver
MSA Race Meetings
Bayford Meadows Kart Circuit welcomes Owner Drivers to our regularly scheduled Open Practice/Test days as well as to the MSA meetings held here once a month. Drivers must conform to age restrictions as recommended by the MSA. Bayford Meadows hosts the professionally run BMKR club at the circuit on the 4th Sunday of every month to facilitate their MSA Race Meeting.
Whether your karting is an occasional hobby or you drive and compete regularly, our 1100m circuit will challenge and we look forward to meeting you!
Please note: the Bayford Meadows Circuit Office cannot accept MSA Race Entry or Annual BMKR Club Membership fees. Please direct these payments to the BMKR Club's dedicated website. You contact them on the telephone number shown to the left of this page. Thank you.
Features of each Championship Round:
- Timed Qualifying
- 2 x Pre-finals
- Superb awards
- Practice day available on the Saturday before each meeting at an additional charge
- Overnight camping available F.O.C
- Honda Cadet Clubman
- Honda Cadets
- Junior Subaru
- Junior Rotax
- Senior Rotax + 177kg
2017 Dates: Championship Meeting
- Warm Up Meeting - 22nd January
- Round 1 - 26th February
- Round 2 - 26th March
- Round 3 - 23rd April
- Round 4 - 28th May
- Round 5 - 25th June
- Round 6 - 23rd July
- Round 7 - 27th August
- Round 8 - 24th September
- Round 9 - 22nd October
- Round 10 - 26th November
Driver Training and the Association of Racing Karts Schools
Driver Training: the basics
Ages: 8 years to adult
Cost: Variable to suit training requirements
Availability: Training takes place during scheduled open practice sessions by prior arrangement
To check availability, please contact the circuit office: 01795 410707
Bayford Meadows can provide structured driver training and tuition to young people and adults alike who have recently become an owner driver and considering competing in licensed racing, or just wish to improve their kart driving skills. We aim to provide training that will lead to the driver attaining the necessary standard to obtain an MSA competition licence, if required; advice can also be given on purchasing equipment, obtaining a licence, joining a club and attending a race meeting.
The tuition is given by instructors who have been involved in karting for many years and who hold manufacturing, racing and competition experience. Tuition is normally one-to-one enabling the driver to get the maximum attention from the instructor.
All appropriate karts and equipment, conforming to current MSA/ABkC regulations, must be provided by the trainee.
Undertaking the ARKS (Association of Racing Kart Schools) test:
Drivers who wish to take part in the Kart Club's Owner Driver Race Meetings must hold a current MSA licence. In order to gain a licence, drivers must take an ARKS (Association of Racing Kart Schools) test. The test lasts approximately three hours and consists of a practical driving test and a multiple choice questionnaire covering the flags and safety.
The first step is to buy the Start Karting pack from the MSA (tel. 01753 765000), watch the DVD and study the flags. All aspects of the test are covered in the DVD.
The practical side of the test requires the driver to lap consistently within 10% of the class average time. Once you have achieved this you are ready to take the test. Drivers aged 18 years or over need to have a medical before taking the test, which is normally done by their own GP.
The test is not to find out if you're the next Lewis Hamilton or Jenson Button, but purely to make sure you are safe and competent to race.
ARKS tests are available to be booked at the circuit both during the week and at weekends.
Please call the Examiner Ian Ward on 07789 488424 to arrange a convenient time.
- Start Karting Pack £75 includes cost of 1st Licence. Available from MSA. Telephone 01753 76500 for futher details.
- ARKS Test £95
Paddock Rules at Bayford Meadows Kart Circuit
For the safety of all our visitors, competitors visiting the circuit are politely reminded that the use of footballs, scooters, skateboards and motorised bikes, etc., is not allowed on the premises at anytime. Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times and outside of the circuit's buildings. No alcohol to be consumed while practice and racing.
Disturbingly, tyres have been recovered from the Swale estuary that surrounds the perimeter of the circuit, not only damaging the reputation of the circuit with the local council, but creating concern for wild life in and around the estuary. As a result, and without exception, anyone found disposing of tyres in this way will be banned from the circuit. Further more, we regularly find tyres 'stuffed' into the bushes and even neatly stacked in the middle of the paddock.
Despite our best efforts to make tyre disposal easy for competitors, we will be forced to pass the cost of disposing of these tyres on to everyone. In an effort to manage responsible tyre disposal on site, either take your tyres away with you or utilise the circuit's disposal service. Thank you. If you suspect non-compliance by fellow drivers, please do not hesistate to address you concerns with a member of staff.
As always, it is the minority with the capacity to spoil things for the majority: you are responsible for your tyre disposal.
New Driver Information
The following notes are designed to complement the Circuit Safety Briefing that drivers who do not hold a current MSA licence have been present at, in order to assist in their safe use of the circuit during open practice sessions.
MSA Class Age Restrictions - please see left hand column on this page.
Racewear - In order to practice, drivers must be wearing a race-suit or full coverall, a pair of gloves, a crash helmet and closed-toe shoes or raceboots. We are unable to provide these items.
Driving Position – Before driving onto the circuit, drivers must concentrate on familiarising themselves with the controls of the kart. The correct seating position is vital if maximum control is to be achieved. The driver must sit in a relatively upright position with hands held on the steering wheel at a ten-to-two grip. Arms and legs should have a degree of bend and grip on the steering wheel should be relaxed but firm. This ‘one grip’ technique will be maintained throughout, in preference to the ‘feeding the wheel’ favoured for use on the roads.
Mental Approach – The driver must perfect the art of focusing their concentration before undertaking track driving. Due to the continuous high speeds involved, the driver must learn to maintain this intense level of concentration throughout the time on the circuit.
Entering the Race Circuit – Only enter the circuit when it is safe to do so. When joining the circuit during practice, drivers should look to make sure the circuit is clear, to ensure that they are not driving into the path of a kart already on the circuit. A kart travelling at slow speed whilst leaving the pit lane is more easily controlled than a kart already on the circuit travelling at racing speeds. If this kart is forced to take avoiding action, it may result in loss of control. Drivers should always raise an arm when joining or leaving the circuit, or when travelling at reduced speed.
The Racing Line – The racing line starts with the approach to a corner and establishing the correct kart positioning. The driver must resist the natural temptation to turn into a corner too early. The racing line features a late, committed turn-in point. A premature turn-in will inevitably lead to an early apex point and therefore a tendency to run out of road on the corner exit. Drivers should remember to reduce their speed before entering a corner so that braking does not continue once the corner is being taken.
Driving off the Racing Line – Occasionally, it will be necessary for drivers to run off the regular racing line. Drivers should be aware that grip is reduced by the presence of “marbles” (small balls of rubber from tyres) so speed must be reduced accordingly. The kart will not accept high cornering or braking loadings.
Overtaking - It is the responsibility of the driver making the overtaking manoeuvre to complete it safely, not the responsibility of the kart being overtaken. Therefore, a driver who is about to be passed should maintain the racing line and the faster driver should move off line to complete the pass. The slower driver should not look behind them at approaching karts, there is enough to concentrate on in front of them.
Establishing a Driving Rhythm – Before the driver leaves the pits, they should have established an objective for that session of driving. Do not attempt to set a new lap record upon leaving the pits, drivers should take a few laps to remind themselves of the circuit’s racing line and to allow their kart and tyres to ‘warm up’. Consciously trying to drive fast will only lead to overdriving and basic errors of technique through inexperience.
Driving During Wet Weather – Wet conditions present a driver with a considerabe increase in work load. Sudden or sharp control actions should be avoided. Visibility will also be reduced. When the circuit is wet, it shows a slightly different racing line. The dry racing line will be slippery from rubber laid during earlier sessions. As a rule, braking distances must be substantially increased and cornering speeds reduced. Other traffic should be treated with increased caution, both when passing or running in close proximity.
Flag Signals – Flags are the only means of communication with a driver on the circuit. Failure to notice and comply with flag instruction will result in exclusion from the session as they are deployed for the safety of all drivers. During practice sessions, the most common flags in use are:
- Yellow flag - drivers should slow down and be prepared to stop. Avoid overtaking and be aware that they may be approaching a hazard.
- Chequer flag - drivers should exit the circuit after their next lap as it is the end of the session.
- Red flag - drivers should come to a safe stop, wherever they are on the circuit, and await instruction from the marshal.
Mechanical Failure - A driver suffering a kart mechanical failure on the circuit must immediately alert the other drivers by raising an arm. If the kart is un-driveable, or dropping fluids, the driver must pull the kart as far off the track as possible — the marshal will normally come to help with this or cover the driver with a yellow flag. If drive-able, the kart can be taken slowly back to the pits, whilst keeping out of the way of other traffic.
Personal Driving Discipline – Drivers must, and at all times whilst on the circuit, in the pits or in the paddock, drive with responsibility and consideration. The limits of both kart and circuit must be approached gradually, the limits of the driver will increase with accumulated experience. When on the circuit, drivers must resist the temptation of driving beyond their ability as this will ultimately lead to an accident. Please remember that rules and circuit officials are there for your safety and enjoyment and not, as some would believe, to spoil your day.
Current Lap Records all Classes
Current lap records for the following classes can be found on the BMKR Club website
Bambino - IAME Cadet - Honda Clubman - Honda Cadet - Junior Rotax - Minimax - Junior Subaru
Senior Rotax - Senior Rotax (Heavy)