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New karting track in Basingstoke gets off to a flyer
A NEW leisure attraction in Basingstoke has roared off the starting blocks.
Absolutely Karting, in Wade Road, Daneshill, opened its doors to the public at the end of July, and there was a steady stream of racers on both days of its opening weekend.
The 500m track can take up to 14 drivers at one time, with races lasting up to 90 minutes. The 270cc karts can reach speeds of 40mph on the track’s two 50m straights.
The facility, a converted warehouse, also has a pool table, monitors showing lap times and standings, a viewing gallery and a games machine.
Councillor Dan Putty, borough mayor of Basingstoke and Deane, officially opened the venue, although he did not venture out on to the track.
Piers Baldock, supervisor at Absolutely Karting, said: “It has been good. It was almost flat out on the Saturday and I think it was a good atmosphere.
“It took us four weeks to build the track. It’s the cheapest go-karting around and as we are a charity-registered business, we do not have to charge VAT. It is probably the longest track in the area and it’s good fun.”
The track will be run by Mr Baldock, manager James Gatt and area manager Adam Scott.
The firm, which also has another track in Maidenhead, Berkshire, employs 15 part-time workers but Mr Baldock said that figure might increase depending on trade.
It is open seven days a week, from 10am to 8pm, with prices starting at £20 per session.
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