ARDS stands for the Association of Racing Drivers Schools. It is a Motorsport UK recognised collection of race schools that train and test prospective competitors to ensure their suitability for holding a Motorsport UK competition licence. Castle Combe Circuit run the Novice Driver Training Course, often referred to as the ARDS course. We also offer training for those who have never been on track before. Please give us a call if you are interested in this offer.



The exact format of ARDS course can vary slightly from school to school, but a typical day involves several key stages:


1 - WELCOME BRIEFING The ARDS examiners will kick off by welcoming you and your fellow candidates to the school and briefing you on how the day will proceed. This will also include some guidance on what to expect at your first race meeting once you have completed the ARDS course.


2 - SAFETY There is a USB enclosed within your Go Racing Pack and you should endeavor to watch it before heading to Castle Combe Circuit to do your NDTC. However, safety is always the overriding consideration in motorsport, so expect a good deal of time to be spent covering this vital topic on the day, so that it is fresh in your mind before you go any further.


3 - WRITTEN TEST You will need to sit a 30-minutes written test in a classroom environment. This test will cover the relevant section of the Motorsport UK Yearbook: Section Q, Circuit Racing. It will also test your knowledge of the various flags used to communicate important safety information and instructions to competitors on track; these flags are detailed on the following pages and your knowledge of them will need to be 100 per cent accurate.


4 - TRACK TEST Following the written test you will head out on track with an ARDS examiner in a road car. The examiner will evaluate your ability to lap the circuit in a safe and controlled manner, using the appropriate 'racing line'. There will be other cars on the track a the same time, so you must also demonstrate your ability to circulate among 'traffic'. Remember, this is not a test of your speed and skill; it is a test of your competency, so there is no need to try and show off!


5 - DEBRIEF The final step is to debrief with your ARDS examiner who, providing hat you complete the course successfully, will be able to stamp and sign your application form, which you can them complete and return to Motorsport UK to recieve your first competition licence!