MSV Trackdays can help you take the first step to becoming a racing driver, with the official NDTC (formerly ARDS) test to gain your Interclub racing licence (formerly National B).
All NDTC (ARDS) tests take place on the same day as our General track days, so use the Calendar page and use the filter for ARDS. Scroll through the dates and select the ARDS test featured at the bottom of each booking page. Upcoming ARDS dates feature at the bottom of this page.
You can take this test at several of our racing circuits (Brands Hatch, Snetterton or Oulton Park). Sitting the test is Motorsport UK's minimum requirement and a great introduction to motorsport, ahead of what we hope will be years of happy racing.
After watching the official video, you will sit the first part of the test, a two-part written assessment to check your knowledge of Section Q of the Motorsport UK Competitors' and Officials' Yearbook (Blue Book) on Car Racing.
Then it's on to the driving part of the test, where one of our instructors will assess your track driving during a 20-minute lapping session in our school car (BMW M4 with paddle shift) at Brands Hatch and Oulton Park (£270). Or your own car at Snetterton, which must have an H-pattern gearbox and a passenger seat (£245).
You will need to already hold a 'full' drivers licence and during the assessment must be able to demonstrate that you are a competent circuit driver and that you can lap consistently in a safe and controlled manner amongst traffic. You must also show your knowledge of the racing line and ultimately assure the instructor that you are safe and able to enter your first race. Driving on circuit is a very different world to the road, so prior circuit driving experience is strongly advised.
Don't worry - they will not be looking for you to set a new lap record and although it is a test, we think you'll enjoy yourself as well! If you think that you need some training on track prior to sitting your test, visit the 'Training' section of our website.
If you haven't done so already, you must order your Go Racing Starter Pack (£100 plus P+P), in advance of the event. It contains your race licence application form and covers your licence fee for the year. There is a USB stick containing the regulations (yearbook) and a presentation to prepare you for the NDTC (ARDS) test. Then it's as simple as booking an appropriate date.
The NDTC (ARDS) test takes half a day - If you would like to take part in the other half of the trackday, in your car, please book by phone for a half-day price. The ARDS test takes place on the same day as the trackday but is its own separate product.
ARDS(NDTC) Junior Licence
MSVT offer the Junior ARDS course for drivers wanting to gain their Motorsport UK Race Interclub (formerly junior National B) Junior Formula race licence which is required to enter the relevant junior championships. The course is a full day event packed with intensive one-to-one training from our ARDS instructors, all of whom have experience with all Junior Championship race vehicles. It is broken down into theory and practical sections and covers the following in our school cars:
- Circuit safety, gear changing and heal and toe. Braking, racing line, car dynamics and physics
- Marshals flags and signals, safety car, action to be taken in the event of an accident/breakdown
- Chronology of a race meeting
- ARDS written exam
- Gear changing, heel and toe, braking, racing line
- Cornering, lapping with an instructor, race start
- ARDS driven track assessment
The Junior ARDS Course is £600. For more information on booking a Junior ARDS test and available dates please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
NB: A junior ARDS test for a driver that holds an International kart licence is as follows: An International kart licence holder would be exempt from the extended driving element of a junior ARDS test if they hold a road licence (effectively a senior ARDS licence test £270). This must be approved and booked on the phone. Junior drivers without car experience will need to do the full junior course.
ARDS Advanced Course
Our Advanced ARDS course is designed for existing racing drivers and includes tuition and an ARDS re-test which will provide you with another 'signature' on your upgrade card and is designed to move you up the grid! The course £549 plus the chosen track day in your own car. During the morning sessions, participants will follow the Race Academy Course format which looks at specific advance driving techniques and includes one-to-one tuition from our highly experienced ARDS instructors. In the afternoon sessions, participants will undergo an ARDS Advanced assessment.
Whilst this is an assessment, the amount of 1-2-1 tuition received throughout the day will advance your driving skills further and prepare you for your next race.
To arrange the course - please contact us on 0843 453 3000* or email email@example.com