Test your driving skills against these epic go karting tracks and see if you can make it onto the podium.
The growl of the engine, the wind in your hair, the adrenaline pumping in your veins – nothing beats the thrill of go karting. So you’ll be happy to know there are loads of places to do it in Yorkshire. This is your chance to get behind the wheel and show your mates how it’s done as you take on daring turns, super-fast straights and multi-levelled tracks that seem to go on forever. Indoor or outdoor, with family or friends, you’ve got options, lots of them!
York Motorsports Village
This is indoor go karting at its best. York Motorsports Village is a racing wonderland with three fleets of safe, easy-to-drive and downright exhilarating motors. At the top end of the scale, their F1 Sodi RT8 karts have a 270cc Honda engine and can reach speeds of 40mph – you’ve got to be 13+ to drive these bad boys. Younger kids can try the F2 Sodi LR5 for speeds up to 25mph or the Torro 24V electric kart for speeds of up to 10mph. The latter is suitable for kids as young as 4 years old. And the track? Expect fast straights and tight hairpin bends across two levels.
York Motorsports Village, Kathryn Avenue, Monks Cross Leisure Park, York, North Yorkshire, YO32 9JS.
The number one indoor go karting centre in the UK, TeamSport has three locations in Yorkshire – Leeds, Sheffield and Bradford. Each track is different. Leeds is a 580-metre whip-around in a 200cc Petrol Kart, Sheffield is a 950-metre multi-level behemoth in a 200cc Biz Petrol Kart and Bradford is a 580-metre lap in a 200cc Sodi Kart. Whichever you choose, you can reach speeds of up to 40mph as you whizz around the track, tackling foot-down straights, super-hard turns and hair-raising flyovers as you hurtle towards the finish line. Kids as young as 8 years old can join the fun in their Cadet Karts.
TeamSport Leeds, South Accommodation Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1NQ. TeamSport Sheffield, Tinsley Industrial Estate, Unit 7 and 8, Shepcote Lane, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S9 1TL. TeamSport Bradford, Units 1 & 2, Beckside Business Park, Beckside Road, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD7 2JT.
Did know you that one of the world’s longest go karting tracks is right here in Yorkshire? Teeside Karting is a former rallycross track in Middlesbrough that has been transformed into a kart circuit, and at 2.1 kilometres, it’s an absolute beast. Here, you can hit speeds of up to 60mph on hand-built racing karts. They offer ‘Arrive and Drive’ sessions that will see you speeding around the track after a quick induction, with dedicated adult-only, kids-only and family-only sessions to make you feel at ease. But you can also take on their Iron Man Challenge and try a 40-minute endurance race against friends and strangers.
Teeside Karting, Motor Sports Park, Teesside Autodrome South Tees, South Bank Road, Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire, TS6 6XH.
Did you know you can try out go karting in Leeds city centre? Drift Stop is not only the city’s first electric drift karting indoor experience, but the first in the UK. It covers 7,300 square feet and two floors which are home to an interconnected rubber track lined with water safety barriers to keep you safe and is inspired by Mario Kart games. Both battery and motor-powered karts will go around the track which comes surrounded by light to sound wave production and a colourful decor. And that’s just the start – it hosts kids parties, has arcade games and features a food and drink area.
Drift Stop, 16-18 Merrion Centre, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8DB.
Tockworth is a multi-functional facility that’s obsessed with driving in all its forms. It has a driving and motorcycle school, as well as LGV and PGV courses, but it’s their racing experiences that will get your adrenaline pumping. Go karting is a big part of their offering and anyone over the age of 14 can have a go on their twin-engine pro-karts. Got younger kids? They’ve got special karts for kids aged seven or over. Junior racers are encouraged to do a 60-minute training session with one of their instructors, but they also offer a half-day course to help you get the most out of the experience.
Tockworth Motorsports, Fleet Lane, Tockwith, York, North Yorkshire, YO26 7QS.
Go karting in Leeds doesn’t get better (or cheaper) than this. GT Karting has the only dual-level karting track in Leeds. It’s 420-metres long with a 100 metre flyover and you can tackle it at speeds of up to 40mph in one of their 200cc Honda go karts. They offer junior karting for kids aged eight and over, as well as a Mini Grand Prix where you can challenge your mates in a 20-minute race after a 5-minute qualifying session. Ease down the straight, speed over the flyover and whizz round the hairpin turns as you fight for the finish, claim the winner’s medal and take the title of top karter.
GT Karting, Hudson Road, Harehills, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS9 7DX.
Wakefield Indoor Karting
Wakefield Indoor Karting is ahead of the game. Not only were they one of the first indoor go karting tracks to tarmac their course, but they also created one of the most challenging courses in the UK. It has a state-of-the-art timing system, an 80-metre straight where you can put pedal to the metal and a series of reflex-testing hairpin bends that take your breath away. But what about their karts? They’re SODI RT8s, a new breed of kart that guarantees a smooth, lightning fast ride. Kids aged 8+ can have a go here, with a Junior Race School to help serious drivers develop their skills behind the wheel.
Wakefield Indoor Karting, 5 Millennia Park, Thornes Road, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF2 8PW.
If it’s outdoor karting you’re after, Parkwood is one of the best places to go in Yorkshire. The 470-metre high-grip tarmac track is floodlit for all-year-round racing and you can reach up to 45mph in their 270cc Honda petrol karts. Come rain or shine, they’ll open their doors, which means you can try your hand at dry and wet racing, as you battle to beat their 36-second average lap time. The track itself is an intricately designed knot of twists and turns that will put your reaction times to the test, especially as you come out of the downhill straight and into the corner. Kids aged 8+ can also try junior karting.
Parkwood Karting, Parkwood Road, Neepsend, Sheffield, North Yorkshire, S3 8AG.Cover image Credit: TeamSport Go Karting.