Congratulations on taking your first steps into motorsport
Motorsport is one of the most exciting, diverse and enjoyable sporting activities on the planet. You are one step closer to joining an exclusive community of 45,000 competitors who hold a Motorsport UK competition licence.
The beauty of this sport is that it offers something for everyone. Very few activities allow men and women to compete against each other on a level playing field, regardless of their age, background and physical abilities.
So, what next?
- Read up and watch the film
Follow the links below to view our online guides which cover the basics of what you will need to know to obtain your first competition licence. The Motorsport UK Yearbook, commonly known as the Blue Book, details all the regulations governing the sport to ensure safety and fair play. Please familiarise yourself with its contents; the greater your knowledge of the regulations, the more you will be able to enjoy the sport.
Click below to view our Go Racing video. This covers the basics of racing and offers guidance on car control, buying safety equipment, and what to expect on your ARDS course.
- Choose your ARDS school and book your Novice Driver Training Course
In order to gain your race competition licence you need to complete a Novice Driver Training Course, run by members of the Association of Racing Driver Schools (ARDS). If you have never driven on track before, it’s a good idea to do some track days first and undergo some basic training.
- Get a vision test or medical report
If you are aged 14 to 59, you will need to have a vision test before applying for your licence, which is easily available from an optician. If you are aged 60 and above, a doctor’s medical report (including a vision test) is required. Bear in mind that your application for a competition licence must be submitted within three months of your vision test or medical.
- Complete and return your licence application form
An application form for your first competition licence is provided in your starter pack. Fill in all the relevant sections, ensuring that an optician has completed section 4A, or if appropriate, a doctor has completed sections 4A and 4B. Tick to show whether you want a Race Club licence, a Truck National licence or a Race Club Junior Formulae Only licence (for 14 to 17-year-olds only). Once completed, post the form back to the Motorsport UK Membership Services Team in the envelope provided.
We will normally process this in three working days, meaning you should receive your licence within a week, but we advise that you make you application as soon as possible. Don’t wait until the week before your first event!
- Get your licence
Once you hold a Motorsport UK competition licence, you are eligible to compete in the relevant Club level events or championships of your choice. As you gain experience, you can acquire upgrade signatures that will allow you to take out a Race National licence, making you eligible for more events and championships. Further information on licence upgrades can be found in section H of the Blue Book.
Our Membership Team are on hand if you have any questions about any of the above steps. Just give us a call on 01753 765000 and we can talk you through it.