Driver Training with BSR:
Buying your Equipment
You've done your training and now you want to get your own equipment. Watch out as there are many pitfalls. First thing is cost decide what budget you can afford and then look at what you can get.
are a few rules you should follow irrespective of the class
you are entering.
You've done your homework, chosen your class and now you want to buy. The complete kart is only the beginning you have many other things to budget for. Always look at the budget list.
The budget list is a guide only and you may have some of or access to the equipment already but if your starting from scratch the list is a good starting point.
The extras you need after buying the kart could well exceed the cost of the kart and spending £5,000 to start up is not unheard of. It could be less depending on how much equipment you already own. An example of a new kart and a half decent van with some tools, tyres, spares etc could easily get into the £5,000 plus range.
When buying second hand check the kart out completely, take a knowledgeable friend with you. Look for cracks in the chassis, find out when the engine was last serviced or rebuilt and who did it. Make sure the kart is legal for the class you wish to enter. If the current owner says it is get a written receipt stating that and that they will either refund your money or pay for the required changes if it isn't. Above all when purchasing second hand Remember - Caveat Emptor
Important note - Race suit must be CIK/FIA approved. Helmet must be to BS6658 type A.
Race suit, gloves and boots can be pre-owned but... Its your brain your putting inside the helmet so buy a new one, you'll sleep easier knowing where it's been and what it's done.
Let's all be careful out there and keep the shiny side up.