28 of the best and brightest go-karters in all the land (OK the ones who work for Waterman Aspen anyway) lined up on a very foggy evening to take part in the North East and National go-karting championship races at the Karting North East track in Sunderland. Representatives from each of the regions raced each other for the National crown, while the North East team fought it out for their trophy.
It seems some were much more confident than others and the professionals were easy to spot (Neil Soloman with racing shoes, Warren Apter with his own helmet). But did that make a difference to the finishing positions?
After 20 laps warm up, the race was on, with Rhys Hamilton in pole position (based on warm up lap-times) and Meg Green bringing up the rear.
It was a closely fought race with quite a few spins, shunts and crashes and the conditions were pretty treacherous. But after 30 minutes the race was up, the chequered flag was waved and the results were in.
Luke McCormack came 4th overall and 3rd in the NE and took away the 3rd place regional trophy.
David D’Arcy came 3rd overall and was presented with a bottle of prosecco (the sponsorship with GH Mumm fell through).
Lucy Bell came second in the North East and the national rankings so took away a trophy and a bottle but the main prize scooper was Rhys Hamilton who finished 1st overall and 1st for North East hauling 2 winners t-shirts, 3 trophies and a bottle of fizz!
Fasted lap of the night went to Luke McCormack.
The Andrew Bruce – Donnie Matheson managers rivalry was won by Donnie, although Andrew would probably say he let Donnie win!
The event will be held again next year at a venue of the winners choice.