Getting Started


Step 1

Join the Canberra Kart Racing Club. 

Step 3

Research which class is right for you.

Step 5

Getting on track for the first time.

Step 2

Apply for a Karting NSW Licence. 

Step 4

Buy a kart & equipment to suit your class.

Step 6

Preparing for your first race

STEP 01.

Join the Canberra Kart Racing Club via the Karting NSW Portal

– $150 per person including Novice, Rookie, Junior, Senior / yr or
– $200 per Family per year

Note: Karting NSW practice or race licence is required to get on track at Circuit Mark Webber.

STEP 02.

Apply for a Karting NSW Licence

Applying for a Karting NSW Licence can be done online through the Karting NSW Portal.

For more information on license types, please visit the Rules and Regulations section of the Karting NSW Website.

STEP 03.

Research which class is right for you

With many classes on offer through Karting NSW, from the reliable & economical 4 stroke class (4SS), the high performance TaG (Touch & Go) two-stroke 125cc watercooled class, as well as a range of others, there is a class to suit everyone of all ages.

Before buying a kart, look into:
– What classes are popular at the tracks you want to race at?
– Do you want the simplicity of a 4 stroke and the flexibility of doing endurance races? If so, 4SS could be for you.
– Do you want the flexibility of switching between low performance and high performance with the ease of add / removing an exhaust restrictor? If so, TaG125 could be for you.

All of this information as more is available in the Karting NSW Rule Book available at

Need more info? Contact the Canberra Kart Racing Club Member Liaison Officer

STEP 04.

Buy a kart and equipment to suit your class

Buying a kart can be confusing, especially if you’re not sure what to look for. Fortunately there are some great videos from Power Republic that explain what to look for and consider.

One of the best places to find a used kart is on the Facebook Group called “Go karts and parts for sale“. This group has over 22,000 members and is updated daily.

Some good questions to ask the seller are:
– How many hours on the bottom end of the motor?
– What size piston is the motor on?
– Has the chassis been ever been bent or cracked?
– How worn are the bottom chassis rails?

If you’re unsure what any of this means, click the button below to get expert help and advice.

STEP 05.

Getting on track for the first time

Before taking your kart to the track for the first time, we recommend reaching out the Canberra Kart Racing Club. The committee can arrange for a volunteer to meet you at the track to run you through a few things you should know. These include:
– Practice procedures including Sign-on, track direction, etc
– Basic check of your kart and equipment
– Explaining the Driving Test which is required prior to participation in competition
– as well as answer any questions you may have.

STEP 06.

Preparing for your first race

After you’re comfortable with the kart, the track and being around other participants, it’s time to book a Driving Test with the club. While this can be done on a race weekend, it’s ideal if you contact the club to complete the Driving Test at least a few days prior to the race weekend so you can Pre-Enter for the race meeting.

It’s also a good idea to reach out to the local kart shops to have them look over your kart to ensure it’s safe, reliable and compliant with the rules. We recommend Kart Shed Racing who have an excellent website, and they bring their parts truck to most events at Circuit Mark Webber.