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Kartforce aims for world record in 24 hour karting

Dave Player: "All they want to do is race."
The Kartforce team is aiming to set a unique record in karting by aiming to drive the furthest in 24 hours using hand controls. The Teeside Autodrome in Middlesborough will be the site of the attempt by the four man team on 9/10 July. The drivers will be Trooper Steve Shine, Lance Corporal Martyn Compton, Corporal Ricky Furgusson and Private Mark Allen.

Kartforce founder and former Royal Engineer Dave Player was approached in January by Dino Kart who wanted to set a world record and raise funds for Kartforce which introduces karting to injured soldiers. It was then decided that Kartforce should race its specially designed karts to set the record and Player liaised with Guinness World Records to approve the attempt. Dino Kart will also be at Teeside and aim to set the 24 hour distance record for a conventional kart.

Kartforce was founded in 2010 and the soldiers use a handlebar designed by Player which can be fixed to a conventional kart in 20 minutes. It has the brake and throttle on opposite sides. Triple amputees can have the brake and throttle on the same side which enables them to use two fingers for the throttle and the others for the brake.

Kartforce has organised taster sessions at indoor circuits for injured soldiers and they have been successful in getting new members: "All they want to do is race," said Player. The team has since raced at indoor tracks in Birmingham, Reading and Peterborough. 2012 has been a busy season for the team since as well as the record attempt at Teeside, they have stepped up to Pro-karts and have been coached by Johnny Mowlem, Johnny Herbert and Josh Hill. This Sunday Kartforce will race at Daytona Sandown Park in a 2 hour 30 minute endurance race. Later on in the year at Little Rissington, they will race with drivers from the RAF and the Royal Navy.

Teeside will be open to members of the public and people can make donations on justgiving at: http://www.justgiving.com/KartForceWorldRecord

Further details can be found on KartForce's website at: http://www.kartforce.org/mainsite/index.php?option=com_content&view=frontpage&Itemid=2


by Simon Stiel


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