About Lydd Kart Circuit

Established in 1993, Lydd Kart Circuit is the fastest for outdoor Go Karting in Kent and one of the fastest in the Country. The 1040 meter track is very popular with drivers, whether they be ‘Owner Drivers’ racing their own karts or ‘Arrive & Drive’ customers using our Hire Karts.

The current layout has existed since an extension was added in 1996, while our Junior Circuit measures approx 500m and is ideal for kids sessions, family sessions or children’s birthday parties.

The owner, James Clarke, took control of the Circuit in February 2011 and is investing in his vision of the future of Lydd as a Karting venue.

James was a very successful racer here at Lydd; his children Cameron & Chloe also raced within several kart class, including Senior Rotax.  ‘Clarke Karts Race Team’ is now also in full swing with Cameron & other team members running owner drivers in various kart classes.  2017 James invested in an awning to further support the Clarke Karts Racing Team when visiting other circuits (our colours yellow & red, so can’t be missed!) .

James is very passionate about Lydd and Karting, so the circuit is in safe hands, and the improvements to the whole venue will continue to be ‘work in progress’.

A new workshop/garage building for the hire kart fleet/owner driver kart storage was built, creating a much better base to work from, while the next phase of James’ original plan to resurface the track, also ticked off the list as done.  In 2016/2017 many customers who have known the track of old have re-visited, feedback on the track surface continues to be been very positive. Winter 2017/2018 the new build clubhouse/café/offices got underway, and finally opened in March 2020.

We host owner driver monthly club race meetings providing drivers with the chance to go racing in a friendly family atmosphere. Also for owner drivers we can offer (subject to availability) one-to-one tuition, kart preparation and kart storage. For more information – please click on the Owner/Driver page.

Our Hire Kart fleet ranges from Bambino (available for kids of 6 years and over, provided they are at least 1 meter tall), through to single-engine Cadet and Junior chassis to twin-engine ProKarts for the Adults (You must be 17 years old and over, proof of ID may be requested when you sign on for an adult hire kart).  We welcome bookings from individuals or groups, refer to the Arrive & Drive page

The booking of hire karts in advance of coming is necessary at all times please.  The busier spring/summer/autumn weekends & school holidays can get booked up quickly.  Please check the calendar for events that are already booked in – LIKC club race meetings – private circuit hire to visiting championships.

On site is the kart shop selling new and second-hand karts plus some spares, oils, race wear, tyres and so on.  The direct phone number for Lydd Kart Shop is: 07311 658816.

Take away hot/cold drinks & confectionery snacks may be purchased from reception.

Going forward the circuits cafe is hoping to be open at weekends (currently just for weekend race meetings only). Some owner driver Friday’s the cafe may be open, please call in advance to find out.

The Team

James Clarke
James ClarkeCircuit Owner
After racing at Lydd for many years in Prokart and then TKM 4-Stroke, James purchased Lydd in 2011. He is continuously working to invest in the circuit and push the venue forward.

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All the personnel at Lydd International Kart Circuit thank you for your custom.  Officials are in touch via radio to ensure we keep you safe while you are in your karts on circuit, either as an owner driver or a visiting corporate/arrive & drive hire kart customer.  We hope you enjoy your time with us and keep coming back for more events.