Avonside’s Worksop and Bourne branches recently teamed up to entertain customers during an afternoon of go-karting at the country’s leading outdoor kart circuit, PF International.
The unusual spell of fine weather that we’d enjoyed over the Easter weekend, disappointingly broke up for race day, and it was with some trepidation that 20 racers prepared to tackle some challenging conditions during the 40-minute practice and qualifying session. Participants even saw hail at one point, and it is fair to say that all of the racers experienced spins during these wet sessions, some quite spectacularly!
The track was still wet and extremely slippery as the karts lined up to start the hour-long race. Each team comprised two drivers, with strategic pit stops taking place to achieve the quickest possible race time.
Henry Munton from the Bourne pairing of Munton/Bostock made a solid start from pole position; however, he came unstuck in the wet at the first hairpin and slipped back to 4th on the first lap. Some fine driving saw him recover to second in a fairly short time, and it was not long before the pair took the lead which they held for the remainder of the race.
During the race, the track slowly dried out, allowing all drivers to push harder and harder as the race progressed.
Despite the racers finishing the afternoon soaked to the skin, all agreed that the changing conditions added to the fun of the whole event. A trophy presentation took place in the bar afterwards, where there was intense discussion on how best to keep the karts off the grass and on the tarmac!