The Forest Edge Kart Club held Round 6 of their Championship at their Barton Stacey track on August 4th.
The event was held to raise funds for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, who would have received over £3,000 from the club as a result of the one day event.
The club has about 80 members, and rents its 1,100 metre circuit from the Ministry of Defence on land north of the A303 near Barton Stacey.
"This was a very well organised event, for competitors aged from 8 upwards. I was impressed by the safety arrangements, with two standby ambulances and a number of qualified first aid officials attending. Safety is a key feature of the event, with marshalls stationed at key points round the circuit to ensure safe driving".
Sir George was welcomed by Ian Blamire, a club steward and chairman of the club, and Mrs Bryceson, one of the club stewards, looked after George and Aurelia Young and explained how the Championship operated.
"This was my first visit to a kart competition, and there was a very friendly atmosphere, with very professional organisation. Many of those who take part in these competitions go on to be professional rally drivers, and, at a cost of some £2,000 per vehicle, it is clearly a cheaper sport than the other four wheel events".
The Forest Edge Kart Club was founded in 1994, with its original home in Dorset. In 2004 it moved to its new location at Barton Stacey, and the club designed and constructed the track from scratch. It provides challenging corners for the direct drive karts, and a long 300m back straight for the gearbox karts to show off their speed. All the profits from the meetings are put back into improving the club's facilities. They hold nine race meetings throughout the season from March to November.