ARDS Test (Novice Driver Training Course)

N/A hours long
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N/A laps covered
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So you want to take the next step and actually go motor racing? The first thing you will need is an MSA National B competition licence.

  • Take the ARDS test (Novice Driver Training Course) to get a national B license
  • Learn from the best race instructors in the UK
  • Drive Croft circuit in a MINI Cooper
Only   £285

About the ARDS Test (Novice Driver Training Course)

You can take the course here at Croft in a MINI Cooper. There is a set procedure to secure your licence which is set out by the Motorsport UK:

  1. Apply to Motorsport UK for your 'Go Racing' starter pack, which will include:
    • Licence application form
    • Go Racing video
    • Motorsport UK yearbook
    • Starting Motorsport handbook
    • Association of Racing Drivers Schools leaflet.
  2. Have a racing medical examination with your doctor and ensure that the form is signed and returned to you - some doctors may charge for this.
  3. Contact us on 01325 721815 to book your course. The ARDS test consists of the following:
    • Classroom briefing
    • Driving test. The instructor will demonstrate the lines and technique to you before you drive for a minimum of 5 laps.
    • Two multiple-choice exam papers

Please remember that although you will receive tuition and help on your course, the main purpose is to test your suitability to hold a competition licence. We offer a one hour one-to-one instruction prior to the on track assessment for a charge of £175 (£195 without the ARDS course)

Once you have successfully completed the course you must send all the relevant paperwork to Motorsport UK to be validated:

Please contact Motorsport UK on Telephone: 01753 765000

About the Junior ARDS Training Program

Croft also run the Junior ARDS course for 14 to 16 year olds and up. The cost is £600. Below is the criteria for applicants: 1. The minimum age for a driver to take the course and hold a Race Licence is 14 years old 2. Application must be supported by or received from a Junior Race Championship organizing club. These are BARC (Junior Ginetta), BRSCC (T-Cars) and 750 Motor Club (SaxMax).

Once they have completed the Junior ARDS Training Programme the registered Croft Junior ARDS Instructor will sign off their application. Their licence will then be issued in the name of the driver but held by the organizing club of their championship (until they are 16 years old then they will hold a full licence).

For more information on the ARDS Junior Driver Training Programme, please call 01325 721815.

The Cars

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Mini Cooper S

Retains all the spirit and fun of the original MINI with the often quoted kart like handling qualities

9.0 seconds
Top Speed
126 mph
122 bhp
160 lb/ft
Engine Size
1.6 litre 4 cylinder
6 speed manual
Front engine front wheel drive

ARDS Test (Novice Driver Training Course) Availability

Gift Pack Options

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Gift Voucher - Free

Making your driving experience gift extra special is our Gift Voucher.

Inside the pack is a personalised presentation card of the driving experience - showing the exact driving experience the recipient will be attending.

Why Buy A Driving Experience from Croft

Our Top 3

  1. No on the day pressure to purchase expensive accident damage waiver at registration. The price you see is the price you pay
  2. No 70mph speed limits or numerous "cone chicanes" to keep the speed artificially slow
  3. Drive a racing car on the same circuit as the BTCC race each season
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Need to Know Information

The ARDS(Novice Driver Training Course) test operates from Croft Circuit.

Please call the circuit (01325 721815) to book or register an interest.

Drivers must hold a full road licence | On the day drivers must wear clothes that cover their arms and legs | Helmets, race boots and gloves can be provided.