Following the recent success of our Go Ape adventure, the Team turned their attention to the upcoming Go-Karting excursion at the Charlton indoor racetrack for Mark Phillips’ leaving celebrations.
When Mark first joined Peer Group, Billy Elliott had just been released, Gareth Southgate played alongside a young David Beckham for England, and David Bowie was giving his final Glastonbury performance. Over the following years Mark has proved himself a true gentleman and an invaluable asset of Peer Group. His wealth of experience and knowledge will be sorely missed, as will his cheery smile and long anecdotes.
Each of the team had varying degrees of experience behind the wheel. Some had attended track days, while one or two did not even hold a driving licence!
The keen-eyed among us spotted Mr Howard Dawson enter with his own bespoke racing helmet, a clear sign of racing pedigree and an unquestionable statement of intent.
After a brief health & safety briefing, we jumped in our karts and began the qualifying laps. These would determine our starting positions on the grid in the main race. A few minor spins and bumps were inevitable as people got used to their karts, but the drivers slowly grew in confidence and after 15 minutes of hot laps, we had our starting grid positions.
The race itself was fast, furious, and full of minor (and not so minor) crashes. With Carl Miller proving himself to be the worst bumper basher of all. Though his bravery could not guarantee him 1st, it did win him a podium finish.
In second, to the surprise of many, finished Howard. Yet with all his training, Howard was unable to close the gap on the Brummie speed demon Elliott Brighton, who began the race in last place, following a large collision, and was thus unanimously awarded the “Driver of the Day” medal by the stewards for his unlikely triumph.