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Karting is considered the first step in any serious racer's career. It can prepare the driver for high-speed wheel-to-wheel racing by developing quick reflexes, precision, car control, set-up, mechanical and decision-making skills.
People of all ages can enjoy the sport with children as young as seven competing behind the wheel. Karting teaches these children, both boys and girls, basic driving skills well before they are able to obtain their road licence.
Karting is competitive, but it is also fun and family orientated, with involvement in the sport both on and off the track giving it a strong feeling of community. It teaches driving skills and offers people an opportunity to gain a career in motorsport, all in a safe and organised environment.
Kart meetings take place at circuits across Australia every weekend and are either a club, regional, state or national level meeting.
Getting into karting is relatively simple. First you need to become a member of the Albury Wodonga Kart Club and start out on a provisional licence. Buying a kart has also been made a lot simpler thanks to a professional trade industry that serves the karters of Australia.
Joining the Ballarat Kart Club will give you access to the track for practice, as well as allowing you to participate in any club championship, social events, working bees and other club activities.
Contact Kevin O'Donahue regarding membership and license inquiries : 03-5342-4590(H) / 03-5335-7317(W)
Once you are a member of the BKC you will need an AKA licence. The licence comes with an AKA Karting Manual, which outlines all the rules, regulations and operations of the AKA. An AKA Licence also deals with insurance while racing.
Apply for an AKA license online at http://www.karting.net.au/apply-for-a-licence/
The karting industry in Australia is always keen to assist newcomers in entering and enjoying the sport.
Most kart shops will also offer a range of safety gear - that is, full face helmets, race suits, racing boots, gloves and other optional safety gear such as padded rib vests and neck braces.
As well as kart shops, motorsport racegear shops carry ranges of karting gear and even motorcycle shops can be good for things like helmets and wet weather driving gear.
Karting is a friendly, family-orientated sport and karters young and old are always happy to help out newcomers.
Make sure you ask lots of questions of local members, state association and local kart shop. It is often a good idea to plan your first trip to the kart track with your kart with someone you know so that they can help you with any questions you may have. Also, while at the circuit feel free to ask other competitors any questions. So often friends you make in karting will be friends for life.