Racing at Lydd

Here at Lydd we can cater for most classes at our monthly Kart Race Meetings  held on the 2nd Sunday of each month.

Winter 2018/2019, as IKR, Independent Kart Racing.

The remaining 2 winter rounds are Sunday 10th February 2019 (Round 5) & Sunday 10th March (Round 6).  See the Winter Regulations link, also sited here.

From April 2019, the Lydd International Summer Championship will be run under an event permit issued by Motorsport UK (MSA).  The race days will be promoted and administered by BMKR on behalf of Lydd International Kart Circuit.

The day before each race meeting (Saturday) we have ‘Race Practice/Testing’ which is run in sessions.  Please be advised that these Saturday race practice/test days are not suited for the newbie owner driver or drivers who have not done any previous practice/test time at this track – only because you could potentially be on the live circuit with some experienced/very experienced drivers.   (Please contact us to discuss this further, if wanted.)

Winter 2018/2019, the kart classes that regularly race here are listed belowFor another/different spec class to race & have its own grid, we do need the commitment of 8 karts; if interested please contact us to discuss this further, thank you.

Bambino (50cc comer)

The ‘starter’ class for 5 to 8 year olds. Please refer to Bambino Supplementary Regulations.  To join our race meeting in a 2 stroke Bambino kart you must be 6 years of age (not in year you are 6).

On race days Bambino drivers do practice, qualify,  & 3 x 10 mins timed runs here at Lydd, and is for children between the ages 6 and 8 years old. Both Honda 4 stroke and 2 strokes may run together, but as a separate championship.  (For 2018 we do not currently have a Bambino 4 stroke championship.)

Honda Clubman Standard

A cadet class (4 stroke) aimed at novice drivers, or those in their first year of racing.  A cadet driver must already be 8 years old to drive on the circuit, (not in the year they are 8).

Honda Clubman Elite

Spec is a cadet (4 stroke) same as clubman standard, except that this class caters for the more experienced driver, also from 8 years old.

Junior Subaru

The EX21 Subaru engine provides the perfect step up from any cadet class. Full size adult chassis are used.  (From your 11th birthday.)

Mini Max (Mini Club-Max) & Junior Max (Junior Club-Max)

Usually run from same grid, but with separate trophies at the end of the day. 2 stroke engine karts, adult size chassis.  Note for 2018 we do not currently have a Mini Max championship.  (Mini Max from aged 12,  all Junior Rotax classes from your 13th birthday.)


For adults of 16 years and upwards.  April 2016 onwards meetings will see ProKart available for 2 classes – 175’s  and 200’s.

Senior Rotax 162 (Senior Club-Max)  & Senior Rotax 177 (177 Club-Max)

For adults of 16 years and upwards (already 16 years old and not in your 16th year).
Available in 2 classes – 162’s and 177’s.

The 2019 Summer Championship from April to October, and the current 2018/2019 Winter Championship from October through to March. In each Championship competitors can drop their worst score from the rounds, thus allowing a driver the luxury of a bad day or a missed round. The results from each round are displayed on My Laps shortly after the meeting has finished. (Alpha timing April 2019 onwards)


The 2018/2019 Winter Championship Format (all rounds) consist of a 3 Lap Practice, followed by Timed Qualifying (5 minutes per class), then One Heat (8 Laps), then One Pre-Final (8 Laps) and to close a Grand Final (10 Laps).  (Bambino format will consist of a practice, a qualify session of at least 3 laps, followed by 3 timed runs – 10 minutes each).

The all important ‘regulations’  All drivers, teams, persons involved with our racing – please read & abide by the regulations,  respective winter or summer meetings, thank you. Do contact us with any questions.

COSTS (Winter 2018/2019 season)

Race entry fee is £55 per kart for non circuit members, or £50 per kart for circuit members.

Practice/test day (10am to 4pm) is £55 per kart for non circuit members, or £50 per kart for circuit members.

Practice half day rate is £35 for non circuit members, or £30 circuit members.

Bambino hour is £20 per kart.

The cost for an extra driver – to an already signed on kart – for practice days – is £5 per driver.

Circuit membership is £40 for a year – excellent value if you are a regular or race and do open practice days.

Transponders – we recommend that you have your own, but it is possible to hire them at a cost of £10 for the day.

We look forward to welcoming you to our fast circuit and friendly club in the near future. If you would like to see how we run, why not come along to our next club race meeting – but be prepared, as you will probably leave wanting to join us for the future.

EVERY FRIDAY IS AN ‘OWNER DRIVER DAY’ – where sessions ‘may’ run, to be confirmed at sign-on.  (No hire karts on Friday, 10am to 4pm).

Owner driver track time is 10am – 4pm (full day)  OR 10am – 1pm (half day)  OR 1pm – 4pm (half day)

‘Bambino Hour’  9am to 10am for both 4/stroke & 2/stroke Bambino karts. For 2019 IAME Bambino karts can also join these sessions.  Bambino hour runs every day unless shown on the calendar as (no bambino hour).

OTHER OWNER DRIVER PRACTICE DAYS – Term time (when students are in school/college) practice days for owner drivers may be available Monday to Thursday (subject to hire kart bookings).  We do advise for you to contact the circuit, in advance, to ensure track time is available on any given day.  If we can share these days, owner drivers would be asked to come off circuit for the duration of the hire kart event(s).

Circuit notice relating to school/college holiday time.  Monday to Thursday hire kart bookings run and will have priority on the track.  We are coastal based, so many families staying in the area on holiday phone in to confirm a hire kart booking.  Also, on these days, particularly in the school summer holidays, if there are gaps in our paper diary page, these often then get booked up in the morning, or as the day develops. So advanced notice & likelihood will be – we cannot give owner drivers track time these days.