About the Novice Drivers Training Course
You can take the Novice Drivers Training Course, formally known as the ARDS test, here at Thruxton in a Porsche Cayman. There is a set procedure to secure your licence which is set out by the Motorsport UK:
- Apply to Motorsport UK for your Go Racing starter pack, which will include:
- Licence application form
- Go Racing video
- Motorsport UK yearbook
- Starting Motorsport handbook
- Association of Racing Drivers Schools leaflet.
- If over 60 years old, have a racing medical examination with your doctor and ensure that the form is signed and returned to you - some doctors may charge for this.
- Contact us on 01264 882222 to book your course. The Novice Drivers Training Course consists of the following:
- Classroom briefing
- Driving test. The instructor will demonstrate the lines and technique to you before you drive for a minimum of 5 laps.
- Two multiple-choice exam papers
Please remember that although you will receive tuition and help on your course, the main purpose is to test your suitability to hold a competition licence.
If you feel you would benefit from additional track time, we offer a Novice Drivers Training PLUS Course which caters for this need. Click here for more info
Once you have successfully completed the course you must send all the relevant paperwork to the Motorsport UK to be validated:
Motorsport UK Motorsport House, Riverside Park, Colnbrook, Slough, SL3 0HG
Telephone: 01753 681736
About the Junior ARDS Training Program
Thruxton also runs the Junior ARDS course for 14 to 16-year-olds and up. The cost is £600. Below is the criteria for applicants:
1. The minimum age for a driver to take the course is 13 years 6 months but the licence won’t be issued until they turn 14
2. The application must be supported by or received from a Junior Race Championship organising club. These are the BARC (Junior Ginetta Championship and Junior Saloon Car Championship) and the BRSCC (Fiesta Junior Championship)
Once they have completed the Junior ARDS Training Programme the registered Thruxton Junior ARDS Instructor will sign off their application. Their licence will then be issued in the name of the driver but held by the organising club of their championship (until they are 16 years old) then they will hold a full licence
For more information on the ARDS Junior Driver Training Programme, please call 01264 882222.