HARD. X-Kart Scholarship 2024

Team HARD. Racing have once again partnered with X-Kart for a second scholarship for the 2024 race season.

HARD. X-Kart is offering you the opportunity to win a fully-funded drive in the 2024 Junior Kart Championship (JKC) series in the newest X-Kart chassis worth £25,000.

After a successful debut scholarship we are delighted to be able to offer this opportunity again for the younger racer (aged 12-15) who is at the start of their career.

The venue for stage 1 of this programme is Team Karting in Rochdale, the UK’s highest rated and longest all tarmac, indoor track.

Stage 1 @ TeamKarting

Stage 1 is simple. Visit Team Karting in Rochdale and head out onto the track and set a lap time, the top 50% of drivers will qualify for stage 2 of the programme. Entrants have from 1st November 2022 until 30th August 2023 to set their lap times.

Stage 2 @ Whilton Mill Kart Circuit

Successful applicants from stage 1 will be invited to an outdoor track in a race spec XKART, judge not only on laptime but also mechanical sympathy, kart control and race craft. The day will also feature some teambuilding activities, media training, fitness assessment and sponsorship workshop.

It is on this day that we will announce our top three. 


The HARD. X-Kart Scholarship award will operate on an arrive and drive basis across all race weekends and test program, including the following:

• Championship and race entries

• Race fuel and tyres

• Test day entries, fuel, and tyres

• Latest X-Kart chassis hire

• Mechanics and driver support

• In-house management & representation

The HARD. X-Kart Scholarship is open to anyone between the ages of 12-15.


The top 3 scholars will be awarded for their performance;

• 1st place will receive a fully funded season in the Junior Kart Championship (JKC) for the 2024 season.

• 2nd place will will receive 50% off a brand new X-kart chassis.

• 3rd place will receive 25% off a brand new X-kart chassis.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch at [email protected] or on 01622 739 900 if you have any questions or queries.

  Championship Info

    – Junior Kart Championship 2024

– 8 Rounds (March – October)

– All races streamed live on Facebook and/or YouTube

– Controlled tyres, even playing field












Frequently Asked Questions

How Am I Assessed?
Stage 1 is simple. The fastest 50% of entrants will qualify for stage 2.

Stage 2 will see entrants assessed not only on laptime but also kart control, mechanical sympathy and race craft.

Stage 3 is designed to get to know the finalists better. Easy going chats and interviews are what to expect here.

When Does it Go Ahead?
Entries are open now. To participate simply go to Team Karting in Rochdale anytime from 1st November 2022 and 30th August 2023 to set your laptime.
Note: Before attending you must have paid your registration fee.
My Child has no Karting Experience, does this Matter?
In short, no. Whilst stage 1 is about laptimes, if the entrant makes it into stage 2 we will be looking for more then just speed.
What is the Age Range?

Anyone between the ages of 12-15 are eligible to enter .

Where does Stage 1 Take Place?
Ensor Mill
OL11 2NU
How Much is it to Enter?

There is a registration fee of £99 followed by a £50 charge for each stage 1 session.

Please note: Entrants are not limited to just one attempt at setting a lap time.

How Many Days Am I Needed?
If you make it through to the final stage you will be required for a total of three days.

Stage 1 can be completed when it suits the entrant and anyone who gets through to stage 2 or stage 3 will be notified well in advance of the day.

When Do I Need To Sign Up By?
This is a first come first serve scholarship with limited places.
How Much is Each Stage?
There is currently an early registration price of £99 (£126 after) and a charge per session in stage 1 of the scholarship.

Please note: entrants are not limited to just one attempt at setting a lap time.

If you make it to stage 2 there is a fee of £325 (+£50 optional insurance).

Our 2023 Winner

The scholarship was fun, I went into it not thinking I would win but to learn from the experiences on offer. I was well happy to have got into the XKART top 12 and drive the Rotax around Whilton, and I was really hoping for a top 3 because I’d love to visit the Team HARD workshop! – but to win was insane, completely mad and I can’t believe I am now an XKart factory driver. I can’t wait for winter testing and to get out on track

James Kell - 2023 Scholarship Winner

What Our Staff Have To Say

This is a great initiative and i’m delighted to team up with Team HARD. for this offering. We have run the JKC for a number of years now and it’s a great platform for young racers to get amongst some really fierce competition.
Matty Street

Owner , X-Kart

Motorsport means so much to myself and the team. Over the years several drivers we have scouted through our track racing scholarship programme have benefitted from the exposure it brings them and are still significant figures in the racing community today. I’m delighted to bring the same programme to the karting world.
Tony Gilham

Managing Director, Team HARD. Racing