TARMAC'S TEAM clinched the South Eastern Association's 1999 go- kart challenge by barely two seconds after two hours and 169 laps of wheel to wheel dicing on the Buckmore Park circuit in Kent last Thursday evening.
Billed as a fun event, the annual endurance race mushroomed in this, its third year, into an intensely competitive affair that attracted 26 teams of six to the twisting 900m long circuit.
As more than 150 drivers crowded into the briefing room before the start, it became clear that while many would don high visibility 'novice' vests over borrowed kit, others had arrived with their own overalls complete with racing decals.
The practice session settled Tarmac (Snodland) in pole position with the 'Dirty Schunters' (WS Atkins) and West Kent Area (Kent County Council) showing the form that was to dominate most of the race - apart from a strong challenge by the fastest drivers to take the wheel of the OAP scratch teams kart.
Spins and comings together were frequent as the 110km/h twin engined Pro-Karts squealed round, and sometimes off, the track at what was a hugely enjoyable event.