Young Drivers Academy

Young Drivers Academy

 Learn to Race like a Champion

8 week Go Karting Course for Teens

This year we are introducing a brand new format for our under 18 go karters.  Still called Young Driver’s Academy, it’s a program that will help build both their driving and racing skills on the Go Kart track.  Whether you commit to the whole eight weeks or come casually for a couple of sessions, we know your teen’s racing ability is sure to improve.


What is covered in the 8 week Karting course?

We start from the fundamentals and cover safety and defensive driving techniques on the GoKart track.  Then we cover racing lines, which is figuring out the fastest way to get around the track, and the all important braking techniques.  

Then we move on to race strategy & execution and cover how to work towards lap time consistency, practice some enduro style with pit stops & kart changes as well as rolling starts to test your readiness skills.  Plus, given its Melbourne, we work on wet track skills & have a go at drift karting.  

Every week there is learning, practice & of course karting.

And at the end of the 8 weeks, there’s a race and the winner will secure a spot as one of Le Man’s representatives in the State of Origin Karting Comp being held in NSW.

At the end of term presentation everyone will receive a certificate and trophy.


Young Driver’s Academy runs every Thursday 6-8pm.

Full Term Enrolments (8 sessions) receive an exclusive YDA T-Shirt, trophy and certificate.  Places are limited.

Week to Week Casual Sessions are available 


 I participated in Young Driver’s Academy last year – should I sign up again?  

We may be biased, but definitely yes!  We are running a more structured program in 2020 so there’ll be new things to learn.  Plus practice makes perfect when it comes to shaving seconds off your PB lap time.

Does everyone receive a t-shirt?

If you’ve enrolled in the full eight week term then we’ll have a t-shirt for you.  

What’s the State of Origin Karting Competition?

Held in November in Sydney at our sister track, Fastlane Karting, the State of Origin championships will be a race format between the fastest karting kids from Fastlane and the best from each term of YDA at Le Mans.  Entry is open to the winners of each term, and by invitation. More details to follow. 

Meet Nick Flodstrom - Running YDA in 2020

“Hi I’m Nick.  I’m involved in competitive motor sport, competing in many categories including single seaters and racing karts for over 10 years. During this time I have competed at state and club level events. Throughout these I have placed 3 years consecutively in the club championship at Oakleigh Go Kart Racing Club and also placed 3rd in the class titles event in 2019. 

This has allowed me to the opportunity to have worked with various Motorsport brands such as Red Bull and Penrite. I am still competitively racing and will continue to do so. “

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