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      08-10-2012, 05:44 PM   #1
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Racing License

Anyone got one or know how to get one?

Don't want to race or anything like that. But wonder how to get one just for fun and to have one?
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      08-10-2012, 06:05 PM   #2
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You need to take your ARDS test.
Done in a day for circa 300.00
Two part test - practical and theory. Theory questions are mostly common sense, although you have to know your racing flags inside out, because any wrong answer there is instant fail.

Look here for full details. http://www.clubmsv.com/car-home/ards..._campaign=ards

One word of warning; I have been told that in some instances, where they have declared ownership of racing licence, peoples insurance has actually risen
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      08-10-2012, 07:12 PM   #3
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Say what? That's stupid isn't it? Surely means you're a better driver?

Heard you need medical check etc? I will read through that site, thanks
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      08-11-2012, 03:11 AM   #4
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It probably means you are more likely to be interested in going fast and how you drive whilst racing shouldn't really pass on to the road.

In no way does it mean you are a better driver.

If you are just looking for something to do and get you insurance down, maybe do an advanced drivers course rather than getting a racing license you have no intention to use.
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It probably means you are more likely to be interested in going fast and how you drive whilst racing shouldn't really pass on to the road.

In no way does it mean you are a better driver.

If you are just looking for something to do and get you insurance down, maybe do an advanced drivers course rather than getting a racing license you have no intention to use.
This.

Advanced driver or additional tuition will be of greater benefit to you on the road. Race licence useless for anything unless you want to enter a race series.
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It depends on which type of racing license you want.

I have a 'non race national b' type license (It's required for some drag racing series)
This can be obtained without having to take any ARDS/other kind of test.

All the information you'll ever need is here -

http://www.msauk.org/site/cms/conten...sp?chapter=232

If your after a license 'for show', then the MSA would be glad to take your money in return for a license.
British motorsport needs all the help it can get.

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Why bother if your not going to race?

Just because you have one does not mean your a racing driver Lol
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You can go racing cheap these days as long as long as you don't crash.

I know a mate that bought a Fiesta XR2 and races in the Fiesta challenge at Knockhill.

They are pretty much standard but stripped out with Kuhmo road tyres and only limited adjustability.

The car cost him 1500 ready to go.

I laugh watching YouTube videos of drivers in their supercars lapping Knockhill and thinking they are superstars whilst lapping slower than a sub 100bhp fiesta.
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Won't be going racing now, just thought it'd be fun to experience.
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The MSA thing, do you just pay for the license without taking any test?
Might race in the future, but just like a challenge.
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No mate, it's been explained to your already. You don't need to have a license unless your going to race.

Just go and get some instruction on a track day. Your learn a lot and have a great time.

Having a racing license does not make you a racing driver. You will learn some things but it's a test. It's not hard but if you have no clue then there is no point. Even if your seasoned track dayer still no point unless your going to race.
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One of my friends got some kind of international racing licence last year so he could race in a Caterham series this year.

He had been doing track days for years but on the run up to his test he spent a fortune on tuition. He was certainly the most capable (fast) driver that I knew before the tuition but can do miracles now. Despite this he said the test was hard. He also had to get 6 stamps for races to validate the licence in other countries.

I don't imagine it would be worth the money unless you were going to race and even less so if you only want it to impress the women (supposed there was a tongue in cheek question about this in the theory test).

I'd say take your money and spend it on a day of tuition with driver limits. It will destroy all illusions of being a racing driver, will make you a better driver and is just the most fun you can have without taking your trousers off.
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A lot of people do it that way mate. But it's only worth it if you are going to race.

I've held licenses since a kid till I was 18, and i was competing every weekend.
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