ARDS Courses

Every aspiring racing driver needs a National B Competition Licence. Get yours at Silverstone.

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ONE OF THE LEADING ARDS COURSE PROVIDERS

The licence is issued by the sport’s governing body, Motorsport UK (MS UK) and recognised throughout the UK. To obtain it, you must pass both academic and practical assessments. They ensure your suitability and help maintain safety at circuits around the country.

LEARNING OUTCOMES
  • Learn both skid and car control (autotest and skid car)
  • Participate in lectures on track techniques at a classroom on-site 
  • Receive in-depth practical one-to-one coaching session in a BMW M2
  • Learn racing lines and circuit driving techniques
  • Undertake written and driving assessments (pass or fail course) at the end of the day
WHY TAKE YOUR ARDS WITH US?

​You’ll work with world class instructors whose goal is to help you learn, pass the test and enjoy the experience.  Plus we’re the only school in the UK to offer specialised practical training in skid control as part of the course. 
 
CLASSROOM
Understand and learn the physics of racing before you head on track.  

ON TRACK
You’ll learn through direct skid experience and analysis of cause and effect for different cars.

ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTORS
The same instructor will lead you through four sessions of coaching and analysis, to prepare you for your on-track ARDs assessment. 

KEY SKILLS YOU'LL LEARN

  • Car control, covering understeer/oversteer technique and causes
  • Steering technique, how your vision controls the application of movement between the foot pedals and steering wheel
  • How to choose the correct race lines
  • How to break down single corners into four distinct elements
  • Car weight transfer and its effects
  • The difference between fast and slow corner technique and how to read the correct race line for corners
  • You will then take the written exam, we’ll explain the process and offer guidance to help you perform at your best. 
FULL-DAY ARDS

Get the training required with in-depth practical one-to-one coaching sessions.

Duration: 1 day

Cost: £795

 

KEY SKILLS YOU'LL LEARN 

  • Track techniques during a classroom lecture
  • Skid control  
  • Racing lines, circuit driving techniques, consistency and safety

 

YOUR FULL-DAY ARDS COURSE OVERVIEW

  • Safety and driving technique briefing
  • Personal on-track training
  • Car control briefing and session
  • Advanced car control
  • ARDs briefing
  • Written test
  • ARDs driven assessment and debrief

DRIVER REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum age: 17
  • Height: 5ft 2ins – 6ft 6ins (157.5–198cm)
  • Maximum weight: 18st (114kg)
  • Licence required: Yes
  • Period licence held for: Current valid driving licence

 

HOW TO APPLY

  • Before you start your training, you must buy the MSUK ‘Go Racing’ Starter Pack. It contains an application form and the essential course material you’ll need to study.
  • Available from: Motorsport UK / Cost: £99

 

ACCIDENT DAMAGE WAIVER

  • Reduces the potential cost of accident damage from £5,000 to £1,000 
  • Buy it on the day for £20 per person.
JUNIOR ARDS COURSE

A full day mix of classroom theory and practical driving for children aged 14 and older. 
Duration: 1 day
Cost: £795

 
EXPERIENCE REQUIRED 

It’s assumed that you have prior experience of driving a manual gearbox car. If you don’t, we recommend that you learn to do so prior to the main training.

 

YOUR FULL DAY COURSE OVERVIEW:

THEORY

  • Circuit safety
  • Gear changing and heel and toe technique
  • Braking and racing line
  • Car dynamics and physics
  • Marshals’ flags, signals and safety car
  • Action to be taken in the event of accident / breakdown
  • Vehicle recovery and being towed
  • ARDs written exam

DRIVING PRACTICE - CIRCUIT

  • Gear changing and down-changing technique
  • Braking and racing line
  • Vision and cornering
  • Lapping with instructor – four 25 minute sessions
  • ARDs on-track assessment

 

DRIVING PRACTICE - CAR CONTROL (CATERHAM)

  • Understeer / Oversteer
  • Throttle control
  • Steering input and the use of corrective steering
  • Pulse braking

 

DRIVER REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum age: 14
  • Height: 5ft 2ins – 6ft 6ins (157.5–198cm)
  • Maximum weight: 18st (114kg)
  • Licence required: No
ARDS TEST

In-depth coaching and skid control training to help you pass your test.
Duration: 1 day
Cost: £299 

Accident Damage Indemnity: £20 (optional)

TEST DAY OVERVIEW

Once you’ve watched the MSUK safety video, you’ll sit the written part of the test. It’ll test your flag knowledge and Section Q of the Motorsport UK Yearbook, commonly known as the Blue Book (find it in your starter pack).
 
You’ll then move on to the practical assessment on circuit where the instructor will assess your driving over a series of laps (approx. 20 minutes.) You’ll need to demonstrate you’re a competent circuit driver, showing you can lap consistently in a safe and controlled manner whilst negotiating other circuit traffic.
 
REAPPLYING FOR A LICENSE

If you’re ready to take the test without the additional training, the ARDs test can be booked upon request.

ADVANCED ARDS COURSE

Upgrade your race licence.  
Duration: 1 day
Cost: £995

Accident Damage Indemnity: £20 (optional)

 

KEY SKILLS YOU'LL LEARN 

  • Track techniques during a classroom lecture
  • Skid control  
  • In-depth practical one-to-one coaching sessions
  • Racing lines, circuit driving techniques, consistency and safety 

    YOUR COURSE OVERVIEW

    • Safety and driving technique briefing
    • Personal on-track tuition
    • Car control briefing and session
    • Advanced car control

     

    DRIVER REQUIREMENTS

    • Minimum age: 17
    • Height: 5ft 2ins – 6ft 6ins (157.5–198cm)
    • Maximum weight: 18st (114kg)
    • Licence required: Yes
    • Period licence held for: Current valid driving licence 

     

    BEFORE YOU ATTEND

    Driving on circuit is a very different to the road, so prior circuit driving experience is strongly advised. To pass, you’ll need to demonstrate you can drive the circuit consistently and safely over a series of laps during your test. 
     
    Get more time on circuit before your ARDs test by taking part in one of our Car Track Days or some Driving Coaching.
     
     

    HOW TO APPLY

    • Before you can start your training, you must buy the MSUK ‘Go Racing’ Starter Pack. It contains an application form and the essential course material you’ll need to study before reaching the circuit.
      Available from: Motorsport UK 
      Cost: £99

       

    WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU ON THE DAY  

    • ARDs application form, obtained via Motorsport UK (MSUK)
    • Safety equipment is supplied by Silverstone, although you’re welcome to bring your own
    • A valid full driving licence (or completed Young driver’s assessment)

     
    IMPORTANT INFORMATION  

    • You need to complete a medical test before taking the ARDs course. No test means no licence. 
    • Alternatively, you’ll have three months after the ARDs course to pass the medical test. 
    • Once the ARDs test is passed, you’ll have up to one year to send it to MSUK. You’ll have to retake the test if you miss this deadline.  
    • A UK postal address must be included with your application to MSUK.

     

    2022 ARDS COURSE DATES

    Our 2022 ARDS Course Dates are currently under review, keep your eye on this page for updates.

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    ARDS student ready for on track coaching at Silverstone