Karting proves a real winner

PUBLISHED: 10:00 17 September 2008 | UPDATED: 22:20 15 June 2010

Getting kitted up ready for karting,

Getting kitted up ready for karting,

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THIRTY-FIVE youngsters, aged between 8-16, made the most of a sunny day at the Mansell Raceway at Dunkeswell, nr Honiton to try out karting for the first time.

THIRTY-FIVE youngsters, aged between 8-16, made the most of a sunny day at the Mansell Raceway at Dunkeswell, nr Honiton to try out karting for the first time. The Motorsports Association, taking advantage of the Lewis Hamilton effect that has raised the profile of karting, launched the initiative "Lets Go Karting" earlier in the year to tap into this renewed interest. The deal is simple. Book your session, turn up, sign on and get kitted out in race spec clothing, receive a comprehensive briefing on driving and safety and then go out on the circuit for five laps. All this for £5!Bryan Holmes, Lets Go Karting coordinator for the club has been amazed at the high levels of interest in the initiative. "It's a brilliant idea and the fact that the session was fully booked within days of it going in the Midweek Herald shows that there is a need for such an initiative to encourage youngsters into the sport". However, it wasn't just the drivers who benefited from the day. Parents who accompanied their children were able to speak to current club members who were on hand to help run the event and gain some useful advice and guidance on the next steps to get into the sport. Emily and Phoebe Cole from Sidmouth, had used "sheer pester power" to get their Dad to bring them up to the circuit even managed to convince him to let them have another go! For the older drivers, there was the chance to try out the 2 stroke Rotax Minimax kart which would be the entry level machine for drivers aged 11 years and over. l The next Lets Go Karting session is happening on October 11, and anyone wishing to book a slot should contact Bryan on 0844 544 9070 or email coordinator@letsgokarting-dkrc.co.uk


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