Whether you’re planning a stag do or a family day out, these go karting tracks are just the ticket.
Want to have a crack at go karting? You’re in luck, because there are plenty of places to go around Leeds. From indoor tracks you can visit in all weather to huge 700-metre courses and 2-level tracks that will see you tackling tricky bends, hairpin turns and chicanes – it’s time to get behind the wheel and challenge your mates, or even the kids, to a race.
TeamSport Go Karting
The TeamSport Go Karting track is one of the best in Leeds. It’s the longest indoor track in Yorkshire – expect580 metres of straights, tunnels and bridges, not to mention the elevated pit stop area and a wicked underpass.
Kids and grown ups can go head-to-head – they have special cadet karts for kids aged 8+ and 270cc LPG karts for everyone over 13. They have a choice of sessions, from the Open Timed Race Sessions for all ages to 50 Lap Races for older drivers and Family Karting Madness for youngsters. Each session starts with a safety briefing and every race is stewarded by their expert staff. Prices start from £20 per person for open sessions.
TeamSport Go Karting, South Accommodation Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1NQ.
Wakefield Indoor Karting
The Wakefield Indoor Karting prides itself on being one of the most challenging go karting tracks in Yorkshire. This was one of the first in the UK to have an indoor tarmac surface, so you can have an authentic driving experience whatever the weather. They have a state of the art timing system that will keep track of you as you blast along the 80 metre straight into the hairpin bends on the 400 metre track.
They have three race experiences and they’re suitable for anyone aged 8+. The kids will have their own special karts, while adults can try their 200cc JB Karts. Their Arrive & Drive are best for families – it’s a pressure-free run around the track with safety demos and tuition. If you want to push yourself to the limit they have Individual and Team Endurance Racing, but the Grand Prix is the ultimate day out – you get a 6-lap practice, 3 qualifying heats and a 12-lap final. Prices start at £20 per driver for juniors and £30 per driver for adults.
Wakefield Indoor Karting, 5 Millennia Park, Thornes Road, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF2 8PW.
Bradford’s OnTrak is one of the most popular go karting tracks in Yorkshire. They’ve got a massive 700-metre outdoor track, which is full of twists and turns, and the track can even be extended to 900 metres for a longer run. You can do nearly 50 miles an hour in their twin 320cc karts, so this track is not for the faint hearted, but it’s open to beginners as well as experts, with tutoring and safety demonstrations as standard.
There are four different options to choose from at OnTrak Karting. They offer special Junior Sessions for under 10s using 200cc single engine karts or you can do one of their Book and Drive sessions each day. Going all out? The Iron Man and Endurance events will push your skills right to the limit, just make sure you can meet their minimum of 6 racers. Prices start at £10 for kids and £15 for adults.
OnTrak Karting, Spring Mill Street, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD5 7EE.
York MotorSports Village
York MotorSports Village is regarded as one of the finest indoor tarmac go karting tracks in Yorkshire. Not only is it 225 metres long, but it’s also spread across two levels and full of challenging bends, hairpin turns and chicanes. It comes equipped with professional timing from Tag Heuer, so you can get accurate live information on monitors around the venue.
This is one of the only places where kids aged 4+ can drive. The little ones can drive a 24v electric kart with a seat for adults to join them. If you’ve got kids aged 8-12, they’ll get karts with 160cc Honda engines that reach speeds of up to 30 miles an hour. And for everyone else, they use top-of-the-line karts with 270cc Honda engines, complete with a wet clutch and hydraulic brakes. York MotorSports Village is also home to an authentic R-Factor Formula 1 racing simulator. Go karting prices start at £15 per person.
York MotorSports Village, Kathryn Avenue, Monks Cross Leisure Park, York, North Yorkshire, YO32 9JS.
Why not take the short trip out of Leeds to Pontefract for a run around the Raceway Karting track? It’s owned and run by Andrew Hirst, with a little help from his kids who are all British and world championship go karting winners. Their 350-metre track is the perfect place to hone your skills, with plenty of fast bends and hairpin corners.
They have a daily Arrive & Drive, but their most popular racing experience is the Shoot Out Race. It’s a 3-lap qualifier, followed by a 25 lap race with medals at the end – have you got what it takes to beat your pals? If you’re getting serious about go karting skills, you can join their Racing Academy, which could set you up for a career just like Hirst and his family. Prices start at £20 per session.
Raceway Karting, Tavern Works, Skinner Lane, Pontefract, West Yorkshire, WF8 1HG.
If you’re looking for outdoor go karting near Leeds, Tockwith Karting is good choice. It’s home to a massive 650-metre tarmac circuit designed with tight turns and killer straights. Their karts have Honda 160cc four stroke engines and they can can reach speeds of up to 55 miles an hour. They have less powerful karts for kids aged 7 and above.
They have two different packages for you to choose from. The GP Experience will see you race against the clock rather than your mates – this is all about beating your lap times and mastering the track. Or you can go for a 40 or 60 minute Iron Man race, which starts with a safety briefing and a 10 minute qualifying session, before you move onto an endurance race with trophies for the top three. Prices start from £39.99.
Tockwith Karting, Tockwith Multi-Drive Centre, Tockwith, North Yorkshire, YO26 7DW.