Novice Driver Training - ARDS Test


So you want to take the next step and actually go motor racing? The first thing you will need is a Motorsport UK Race Club (formerly Race Inter Club) competition licence, which can be gained on successful completion of the ARDS Novice Driver Training Course.

  • Take the ARDS test (Novice Driver Training Course)
  • Learn from the best race instructors in the UK
  • Experience at Croft Circuit

Need to know

What to expect from the Novice Drivers Training Course

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

  1. Apply to the Motorsport UK for your 'Go Racing' starter pack, which will include:
  • Licence application form
  • USB stick with the 'Go Racing' video on
  • Motorsport UK yearbook
  • Starting Motorsport handbook
  • Association of Racing Drivers Schools leaflet.
  1. 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.

  2. 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.
  • Multiple-choice written exam

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:

Motorsport UK, Bicester Motion, OX278FY Telephone: 01753 765000

About the Junior ARDS Training Program

Croft Circuit also run the Junior ARDS course for 14 to 17 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 IS 13.5 years old with the license being issued at 14 years old.

  2. Application must be supported by or received from a Junior Race Championship organising club. These are the BARC (Junior Saloon Car Championship / TOCA Junior from 2025) & BRSCC (Ginetta Junior / Fiesta Junior).

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

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

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