Lanzarote Karting at San Bartolomé has been one of the island’s top attractions for many years, and it’s a must-do day out for everyone during their visits to Lanzarote.
And there have been some significant changes ready for the summer!
Both tracks are in regular use now – the famous hillside track (shown red) is the one for family fun, offering a twisty challenge with a wicked hairpin at the end of the main straight.
And the lower track (shown blue) is fabulous for serious racing – 600 metres long and with a main straight that gets you to top speed.
Both tracks now have live timing.
There are karts for everyone, ranging from Cadet Karts to Pro Karts.
Cadet Karts are aimed at children from around 8 to 11 years of age. They have 160cc engines, and the staff at the track will fit children to the karts, and then give them full instruction and a brake and steering test.
Junior Karts are for kids from around 12 to 16 years, and have 200cc engines.
Adult karts are also 200cc, but are unrestricted – they have adjustable pedals and handle brilliantly.
The Pro Extreme Karts are used on the lower track and are powered by 2 X 200cc race tuned engines, and they really go!
And finally, there are two seater karts, which are perfect for younger children who may not have the confidence to drive themselves and who want to enjoy the racing while being driven by mum or dad.
All the karts for 2018 are either new, or have been fully refurbished.
The terrace area at Lanzarote Karting has one of the best views on the island – looking down towards Arrecife, Playa Honda and Puerto del Carmen, it’s wonderful place to relax between races, and for anyone who doesn’t want to race.
There’s a fully stocked bar with snacks and televisions and games.
You can buy single tickets for any of the karts, but the best value option is to buy three tickets, which is discounted, and you can then enjoy a drink while you recover between your races.
You can do Grand Prix sessions on the lower track, which consists of a practice session, qualifying and then a Grand Prix. This option is for six or more drivers.
The lower track can be hired for private racing if you have a group of 12 or more.
Lanzarote Karting is British owned, by people with 20 years experience of karting and they follow the National Karting Association standards. They take safety seriously – every driver is given a safety briefing and fitted with a helmet. The flags used on circuit are the same as those you’ll see at a Formula 1 race.
All karts are fitted with safety controls which allow the marshalls to slow them down when necessary.
Lanzarote Karting offers free transport from all of the resorts. The shuttle service visits most accommodation on the island, and you’ll be transported to and from the track in air conditioned comfort.
If you prefer to make your own way to the track, there’s plenty of parking available. You’ll find the entrance on the main road from Guime to San Bartolomé, at the top of the hill and on the roundabout – just look for the flags.
For the free transport service, you should book at least 24 hours in advance either by telephoning (0034) 928 52 00 22 or completing the form on their website.
If you are making your own way to Lanzarote Karting, there’s no need to book. They are open every day of the year from 1000 until 2000 in summer and from 1000 until 1800 in winter.
You can read more and book via their website: Lanzarote Karting.