Lydd International Raceway
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Established in 1993, Lydd Kart Circuit is the fastest for outdoor Go Karting in Kent and one of the fastest in the Country.
The 1040 meter track is very popular with drivers, whether they be ‘Owner Drivers’ racing their own kart(s) or ‘Arrive & Drive’ customers using our Hire Karts.
The current layout has existed since an extension was added in 1996, while our Junior Circuit measures approx 500m and is ideal for kids sessions, family sessions or children’s birthday parties.
The owner, James Clarke, took control of the Circuit in February 2011 and is investing in his vision of the future of Lydd as a Karting venue.
James was a very successful racer here at Lydd, while his son, Cameron, races Senior Rotax 125 with team Clarkekarts. Clarke Karts Racing Team is now also in full swing, with Cameron & other race team members running owner drivers in various kart classes. 2017 James invested in an awning to further support the Clarke Karts Racing Team when visiting other circuits (our colours yellow & red, so can’t be missed!) .
James is very passionate about Lydd and Karting, so the circuit is in safe hands, and the improvements to the whole venue will continue to be ‘work in progress’.
A new storage building for the hire kart fleet has been completed, creating a much better base to work from, while the next phase of James’ original plan to resurface the track has now been done. In 2016/2017 many customers who have known the track of old have re-visited, feedback for the new track surface continues to be been very positive.
Winter 2017/2018 the ‘New Build’ Clubhouse/Cafe/Offices got underway, ongoing build in 2018, nearing the end of 2019 inside walls are being painted, tiling is shortly to be done, electrician has nearly finished, internal doors are on … getting exciting now.
We host ‘Owner Driver Monthly Club Race Meetings’ providing owner drivers with the chance to go racing once a month in a friendly family atmosphere.
What the drivers think -
Lydd is a real drivers favourite. With curbs that you can properly attack and long sweeping corners, it's a fast track that has a bit of everything, including a 'jump'. A good lap feels incredibly satisfying and getting into a flow is essential to hooking up lap after lap around this brilliant track.
With it's fast sweeping bends and decent straight, Lydd is a fast circuit, requiring a reasonably small rear sprocket.
Carrying speed through it's chicanes is incredibly important to maintain a high average speed. A kart that releases well will also help balance the handling as there are many quick direction changes. A small amount of understeer is welcome over oversteer, especially through the sweeping bends leading on to the back straight, so that you can get a good run onto the straight and into the biggest overtaking opportunity on the circuit.