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Go Karting - Lions Race to Beat Blood Cancer

Battle & Villages Lions Club held their 12th Annual Go Kart Race at the Campbell Circuit, Filching Manor, on Sunday the 25th September under sunny skies on a warm, dry day that made the racing enjoyable for both drivers and spectators. The race is organised each year to raise funds for the Lions Blood Research Appeal, which funds and supports the internationally acclaimed specialist laboratories at Kings College Hospital.

There were seven teams of 3/4 drivers in this year’s entry, of mixed ages, sex and ability for the two-hour team endurance race. The afternoon started with a few practise laps, which rapidly showed the skill and determination of the drivers: some of us were very glad to be on the safe side of the barriers in this hard fought fast race. With driver changes at regular intervals the pace never slowed down, and although no one was hurt there was the excitement of skids, spins and even one incident of the driver crashing into the pits entrance and blocking it. Overtaking on bends, and even undertaking on bends was commonplace as the drivers fought for every inch, the excitement keeping us on our feet for the whole time! Louis Hamilton would have been proud of them!!

The closeness of the final results demonstrated the grit, skill and determination of the drivers with Dumb and Dumber sponsored by Hailsham Lions winning with 227 laps and a best lap time of 28.644 seconds, closely followed in second place by last year’s winners, Autowise, with 226 laps and a best lap time of 29.538 seconds, and Fullers Pride sponsored by Littlehampton Lions in third place with 222 laps and a best lap time of 29.161 seconds.

In presenting the trophy to the winning team, Battle Lions President Rod Eldridge, advised that over £500 had been raised in an afternoon that had been thoroughly enjoyed by all. Autowise were heard to advise the winners that they shouldn’t make any special cabinet for the trophy – they intend to regain it next year – a challenge which received appropriate rejoinders from all the other teams!!!!

Why not consider entering yourselves next year and have a wonderful experience and help support one of the most worthy causes in the South East!!



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