Age & Class

If you are new to the sport of karting and wondering what type of Kart will be right for you or your children the this page will hopefully point you in the right direction.

Play, Race or Both

We see many people enter the sport thinking they will only get a practice licence and come out to the track and have some fun on a Sunday. More often than not these members end up getting their competition licence and wish to compete in Club Race Days. If you may think that your would like to race in the future then we recommend you seriously look at purchasing a Kart that will be competitive from your first practice. There is no better feeling that being able to compete with fellow racers using similar quality karts with competitive engines. We suggest purchase wisely and only once, make sure you don’t purchase a Kart based on the price alone.

How do I decide on what class to race?

The first thing you need to sort out is the actual age and class that you may be competing or practicing in. Karting Australia has developed a pathway for Karters to progress through over their career, we will take a look at each age group and available class and list the requirements for the driver and specifications of go-kart you may need to race with.

This information will assist you

This document is a short guide into Kart Classes and age groups.It will not specify any particular brand or supplier of Karts but we will show you what you should look for to be competitive. Karting Australia over the last few years (Pre-2016) has developed new engine specifications and regulations that provide competitors with a common homologated engine that gives the owner a reliable entry into the sport with the emphasis on performance parity.

Karting Australia Classes – 2016


The following information is reproduced from the Karting Australia Manual please download it here. Karting Australia has developed clear pathways for all levels and ages of Kart racers.

Junior Pathways for 6-15 year olds at club level racing only.

  • Cadet 9 (6-9 yrs 7.6hp) >>>> Cadet 12 (9-12 yrs 11hp) >>>> KA4 Junior (12-15 yrs 13hp)
  • Junior Pathways for 6-15 year olds at club level racing only.