Before two days ago, I’d never been go-karting! And I can honestly say, I’ll be back! On Saturday morning, as part of our visit to Tyrone and Sperrins, we headed to Campsie Karting which is situated in Campsie, not far from Derry.
On arrival we were greeted by Eamonn who talked us through the 400m indoor racing circuit, including the technical corners, and got us set up in our racing gear, such as suits, helmets and gloves.
Then it was straight into the go-karts, myself in position to go first out of the pits, with Barry coming after me just a few seconds later. With only 2 pedals- accelerator and brake, it was time to get racing!
The first few laps we were just getting used to the track (57 seconds and 48 seconds, for example) but by lap 8 I was down in the 30s and raring to go. Soon, I was learning how to go round the corners much quicker, without having to slow right down and adding seconds to my time.
15 minutes later we stopped for a short break and were given the all-important results. While I had managed one lap more than Barry in the 15 minutes (21 compared to 20), he had managed to get a faster lap than me and so won that section! I was raging!
His fastest was 36.064 seconds, while mine was 36.093 seconds. So, we’re talking a fraction of a second here- it takes longer to blink, Eamonn said! (maybe I’m a sore loser, but I kept reminding Barry of that fact!)
So, that was me- determined to beat him in the second half. The red mist came over me and I zoomed round the track as fast as I could! Concentrating so hard, I was calm, I was focused and I was “in the zone.” Surely I’d won?…..
The second results were in…both of us managed 25 laps in the 15 minutes but he beat me again! His fastest was 31.788 seconds on Lap 23, while my fastest was 32.331 on Lap 10! About half a second faster! Gutted, once again!
I think I did myself proud though, taking four seconds of my time in the second half and not too far behind the fastest of the week- (The Top 12 ranging from 28.980 to 30.134 seconds).
We had such a laugh (even if I was defeated!) as the go-karting is great craic. There are different packages for corporate groups or hen and stag parties, for example, as well as specially designed junior karts for the younger ones. (Just as a side note, it’s not just go-karting at Campsie Karting but paintballing, crazy golf and a shooting range.)
I’ve got the go-karting bug so I’ll beat Barry yet!
Campsie Karting, Eglinton
Geared up and ready to go
VIDEO – Me racing at Campsie Karting