Racers urged to ‘arrive and drive’

The Bermuda Karting Club are looking for more drivers to take part in their Arrive and Drive programme at the Rubis Southside Raceway in St David’s.

As part of the initiative, anyone interested in taking up the sport can jump behind the wheel of one of the club’s three “race-ready” karts and experience the thrill of race day.

David Barbosa, of the BKC, said the Arrive and Drive programme allows drivers to “test the water” in the L206 class, masters or seniors, without having to fully commit to the sport.

“We’re trying to get more karters into the Bermuda Karting Club,” said Barbosa, who was part of the island’s team that competed at the 24 Hours of Italy at the Adria Karting Raceway last weekend.

“The karts are race ready and anyone can get in and be just as competitive as any other racer out there. There’s no transportation costs, no maintenance fees; you can just show up and race.”

Barbosa said Stephen Bridges, James Waldon, Gregory White and Brandon DeSilva are among those who had signed up to the Arrive and Drive programme this season, costing $250 per race day.

The L206 Senior class is open to those aged 15 and above, while drivers aged 40 and over can compete in the L206 Masters.

“I evaluate drivers before [race day] and put them in the rentals first,” Barbosa explained.

“If you’re good enough, I will then put you in the Arrive and Drive programme.

“It’s been getting busy this season and we’re trying get more karts so we can fill up some of the other classes like the Junior Cadets.

“There have been some learning curves [for the drivers],” Barbosa added. “I’d like them to have had at least two races with the rental karts so they’re familiar with the speed, breaking power and corner speed.”

“We’ve had guys like Stephen Bridges, Gregory White, James Waldon and Brandon DeSilva get involved. They’ve done really well.”

For more details about the Arrive and Drive programme call David Barbosa on 777-1193 or e-mail davidbarbosa@northrock.bm

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Published Apr 5, 2019 at 8:00 am (Updated Apr 5, 2019 at 12:13 am)

Racers urged to ‘arrive and drive’

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