• Boyndie - Grampian Kart Club

    Kart Review Score: 7.8

    Olly Waind

    Introduction

    Grampian kart Club is a well established club in the north east of Scotland, offering healthy grids in both MSA and non MSA club championships for Cadets and Rotax classes with growing numbers taking part in gearbox. They hold a round of the ASKC Scottish Super Series and run two (car) sprint events each year for members of the Aberdeen District Motor Club. If you're into your bikes they also host a round of the Scottish Supermoto championship so there really is something for everyone.

    Location & Local Amenities

    The club is situated about 5 miles away from Banff on the A98 and is well sign posted from the main road.

    The postcode to find the track is AB45 2LS.

    This will take you to a junction on the A98, take this left turn. Follow this single track road for around half a mile and you will see the circuit. You can not miss the huge metal gates!


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    Unfortunately there isn't much in the way of local amenities due to the location of this club. However there are 2 villages within 5 miles of the track which have the usual local shops and B&B's. The nearest fuel station which sells super unleaded is located in Banff so if your short of fuel you wont have to go far.

    Facilities

    Grampian Kart Club does well as a small non profit club to provide a good range of facilities available to use on a race weekend including:

    • 24 hour toilet.
    • Showers and changing rooms.
    • Permanent café serving hot and cold food and drinks on race weekends.
    • A fantastic fleet of rental karts. 

    There is a toilet which you can access from outside the clubhouse which is open 24 hours a day on a race weekend when the clubhouse is closed. Its not very big but its kept clean and tidy throughout a race weekend.

    In the main clubhouse there are good quality showers and changing facilities and better toilets. All of which are kept in good order throughout the weekend.

    The cafeteria provides a good range of hot and cold food including scotch pies, burgers, chips and drinks the usual karting menu and its all very well priced. There is plenty of seating space and a friendly atmosphere but if you're into your Formula One and like to wait until you get home to watch the race then beware, there is a large screen TV in the café and they do have a habit of showing the race on a Sunday. So, cover your ears when you go in.

    The club has an excellent fleet of Sodi RX250 rental karts which are available to hire for corporate or party events throughout the year.  During the clubs Non-MSA meetings they run the karts as an arrive and driver class in the usual 3 heats and a final format. This attracts all levels of driver from total beginners to full MSA license holders looking for an extra bit of cheap seat time. This makes for fierce competition and a great spectacle (especially when its wet). The price is £60, you do not require anything to compete in this class, Helmet, Gloves, Suit etc are all provided and are included in the price. This really is an excellent way to get into karting as the class runs alongside your usual grids such as Rotax Max, TKM etc so you really get the feeling of a proper meeting.

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    Paddock area

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    There is plenty of space in the paddock area at Boyndie.  There is not much in the way of hard standing but the grass is always kept short and does not seem prone to flooding on a wet weekend. It's also nice and easy to bash your pegs into!

    The club has a decent tannoy system which can be heard easily and clearly from all areas of the paddock which is hugely beneficial on a race weekend and makes the meeting run very smoothly.

    There is plenty of access to the edge of the circuit to spectate and the club has modified the top of its storage ISO container into a grandstand from which you can see the whole circuit, which is a nice touch.

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    The view from the ISO container

    With the circuit being bang in the middle of a wind farm on the Scottish coast it gets mighty windy so do bundle up!!

    At Boyndie they have a quad bike with a trailer which they use as a recovery vehicle to bring back stricken karts from the other end of the circuit. We thought this was a brilliant idea and saved a lot of time on race days keeping things moving smoothly.

    Circuit

    A quick few laps of Boyndie courtesy of Martin Willox.

     

    The circuit is quite fast but also offers some slow speed corners and quite technical sections which can be quite challenging for even the most experienced racers to master.

    Summary

    Overall Boyndie is a very good circuit offering a great racing experience.  We would recommend a visit to anyone looking to try somewhere new who doesn't mind traveling a few extra miles. For anyone living in Scotland, the circuit is one of only a handful of MSA circuits available. It does a good job competing with the Scottish circuits and is also way above the standard of many circuits in England.

    Pros

    • Great track
    • Café
    • Good, well maintained facilities.

    Cons

    • Location.
    • Very windy

    Scoring

    Facilities: 8
    Circuit: 9
    Paddock: 7
    Accessibility: 7
    Meeting Management: 8

    Mean average of scores equals "Kart Review Score"

    Kart Review Score: 7.8

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