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Learn To Race Like A Champion With Our 8 Week Junior Driving Program


Le Mans Young Drivers Academy Go Karting Course for Teens

The Le Mans Young Drivers Academy is the best place to start your racing career. Every school term, we offer an 8 week program that covers what it takes to become a champion behind the wheel. Our YDA program is run on Wednesday and Thursday nights for 1 hour and 30 minute sessions. The sessions include theory and practical programs in our team HQ plus the opportunity to put what you have learnt into practice by driving on our Penrite track, which is our most technical track.

YDA is a great pathway for children to learn and develop not just driving skills but teamwork and practical skills to help any aspiring sports star. With emphasis on a fun, safe and inclusive environment, we’re sure your kids will be excited to attend each week with a weekly sport that is always fun!

The Le Mans Young Drivers Academy is a program for 12-17 year olds, developing driving skills and providing a great opportunity to explore the fun and excitement of racing in a safe environment.

Is your child under 12? In 2024 we’re proud to continue our Rookie Driver Development program, aimed at 8-11 year olds and offers a similar curriculum for the younger racers looking for a fun way to start racing. Please visit our RDD page for details.


Click on the link to book online and secure your preferred day and start time for YDA 2024. We will be running sessions on a Wednesday & Thursday, Term 2 starts on the 1st of May 2024.

Or please contact our team for more details.


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Rookie Driver Development

Too young for YDA? Our Rookie Driver Development program is the perfect way to get ready to join the Le Mans Young Driver Academy. For ages 8-11 the course runs for 6 weeks during the school term. Click the button below or contact a member of the team for more details.


Junior Race League

If you’re ready to take your skill to the track the Le Mans Junior Race League (JRL) is the best place to test your talent against the best of the best junior racers around! It’s also a lot of fun and a great way to learn some driving skills in an enjoyable and safe environment. Click below for more info. 


The First Step Of Your Racing Journey

Le Mans are giving you the chance to win your very own race kart with expert support to help you on your way for the first year of racing. Valued at over $30,000 this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to kick start your racing career. Click below for more details or contact a member of our team.


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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.

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Young Drivers Academy
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What is covered in our 8 week Karting course for juniors?

We start with the fundamentals and safety of karting. Then we cover racing lines, which is figuring out the fastest way to get around the track, and all-important braking techniques. Then we move on to race strategy & execution and cover how to work towards lap time consistency, practice some enduros with pit stops and rolling starts to test your racing readiness. Young Drivers Academy sessions are run on the Penrite Track, in the Sprint Karts. Given its Melbourne, we work on wet track skills & operate in most weather conditions. Every week we start with a theoretical component, cover fitness with a track walk and exercises. Each session contains lots of driving with varying drills. At the end of the year, parents will race it out in our guardians race, and we hold a presentation where everyone will receive a certificate.

Every week there is learning, practice & of course karting. The program provides fantastic value to get plenty of laps in our 200cc Sprint Karts. Each week we aim to have at least 30 minutes on track, developing real world skills to help with not just racing, but also driving a car when the time comes.

At the end of term presentation everyone will receive a certificate in recognition of their hard work. We have regular prizes for sportsmanship, fairness and dedication during the weekly sessions. 


The curriculum for the 8 weeks:

  • Safety
  • Racing Lines
  • Braking
  • Lap Consistency
  • Endurance Racing
  • Wet Driving
  • Race Starts

Experienced Coaches
Running YDA 

The Le Mans Young Drivers Academy is lead by our experienced coaches who are passionate about racing. Our team of course have working with children checks completed and the safety of our participants is our top focus.

We strive to create a fun, inclusive environment to learn driving skills and create fantastic friendships! YDA is the perfect program to learn fundamental driving skills for both road and racing applications. 

In 2024 we’re excited to welcome a wide range of guest specialty coaches to assist our regular Le Mans coaching team, providing expert advice, training and guidance to all YDA participants.


I’ve participated in Young Drive’s Academy before– should I sign up again?

We may be biased, but definitely yes! Every term will have new drills so there’ll be new things to learn. It is valuable to continue building on the skills, our YDA team spend time getting to know each competitor, so we have lots of repeat enrollments. Plus, practice makes perfect when it comes to shaving seconds off your PB lap time.

What do you get when you enroll?

If you’ve enrolled in the full eight-week term for the first time, then we’ll have a welcome pack for you. We’re working on the 2024 updates at the moment!

Will I be able to race if I am under 18?

Our YDA program is where the next generation of racing superstars from 12-17 years start to learn their race craft, and it is a feeder to our Junior Race League. Your YDA experience will be a great help if you decide to participate in any of the JRL events at LeMans throughout the year. Under 12? Check out our Rookie Driver Development program. 

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