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Go Karting - Lions Race to Beat Blood Cancer

Battle and Villages Lions Club held their Annual Go Karts Endurance Race in aid of funds for the Lions International Blood Research Appeal (LIBRA), which is the main supporter of research at Kings College Hospital, on a warm and sunny Sunday afternoon on the 2nd September at the Campbell International Go Kart Circuit at Filching Manor, near Polegate. The competition is open to teams of four (or anyone who wants to emulate Hamilton!) and has been a popular event for many years.

Despite the lower than usual numbers 22 drivers divided into 11 teams of 2, one team even including a 16 year old girl who had no driving licence and had never driven, let alone raced a Go Kart before, entered. After a pre-race briefing a short qualifying race was held to determine pole and grid positions for the start of the one hour endurance race, each driver racing for 15 minutes before swapping with their team mate. A good start was followed by an exciting race in the excellent conditions on this demanding international circuit.

There were a number of minor incidents as usual in this type of hotly contested race on a twisting track, which incorporates only one straight and tests drivers skills and nerve to the full. But despite a number of spins, minor race impacts and a couple of drivers briefly leaving the track to introduce their Karts to tyre barriers or the meadow no one got hurt and everyone finished. The unanimous feeling of all the racers was that they had a marvellous fun time!

It demonstrated the skill and nerve of the drivers when the Race Marshall advised that with a track lap record of 23.7 seconds, the winning team lapped at 28.745 seconds and the closeness of the driving can be seen from the results. Over the hour of the race the slowest team recorded 103 laps against the winners 113.

The podium finishers were 1st, “Dumber and Dumber” sponsored by Hailsham Lions Club, 113 laps with a lap speed of 28.745 seconds (their 3rd win in a row!), 2nd were “Don’t have a Clue” (Richard Coates and Dave Todd), 110 laps with a lap speed of 30.476 seconds, and 3rd were “Wonky Racers” sponsored by Hailsham Lions Club, 109 laps with a lap speed of 29.146 seconds. A full list of all the results is available.

At the time of going to press the funds raised for LIBRA were approximately £350, a really good result for an afternoons enjoyment. When the final figure is known it will be published and presented to the LIBRA Trustees.

Battle and Villages Lions Club again expresses its gratitude and thanks to The Campbell Circuit and Filching Manor for yet again helping us the support this essential and worthwhile cause.

Why not come, meet us for a chat and enjoy a friendly and sociable Club having fun putting something back into the community and open to all ages and genders. We meet at 8pm on the first Tuesday of each month at The Royal Oak at Whatlington.



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