We were given our protective outfits, Rich and I looked like painting decorators - while Fursal looked like a Teletubbie, and then given an introduction and education video - giving pointers such as :-
- That hot engine behind you - dont put your hands on it
- Don't get out the kart while the race is going on unless you're in the pits
- Don't press the break and the accelerator peddles at the same time
- Zulu's, 100s and 1000s of em & Don't shoot to you see the whites of their eyes
- 1st rule of Kart Club, you dont talk about Kart Club
Anyhoo, after faffing around, remembering the rules and regulations, we're 4th to start, quickling hitting 2nd spot, then disaster, one of our guys get told to return to the pits - for having his helmet not completely closed (the video told us not too). I raced to the car, getting checked over by the lovely northern vicky, then get into the Kart, only to be told to return to the pits for my helmet not being done up. In this siutation, whenever you get told to return to the pits, you get 3 laps deducted - so of course, we're being lapped while we're in the pits faffing around - plus these random ones they are taking off. At this point we're something like 9 laps down, and no real way of getting back into the race. We started to catch up, then again, my turn - and I made sure that my helmet was tied up - only to be told to return to the pits for the same reason. The bloke checked it, apologised and said he'd give me a lap back - er thanks - wasting my time, and my teams time!!!
The final placings were:
1st - JT, Wynne, Emily, Keely, Blunty
2nd - Fursal, Jermaine, Tobes, Rich, Louise
3rd - Dave, John'O, Alys, Shaun, Sophie
4th - Edith, Baxter, JP, Mike, Rich
5th - Vicky, Wayne, Steve, Will, Neil
Good Lucky Vicky, You're humour and personality will be missed, along with your crisp sandwiches.