The Annual Hardware Trades Karting Challenge screeched into its 19th year on Sunday June 2, when 11 teams competed for the coveted Hardware Trades Charity Trophy to raise funds for industry charity the Rainy Day Trust.
The event, organised by Stax Trade Centres joint md David Hibbert, was held at the Speedkarting arena in Warrington, which has the longest indoor track in the UK.
The Individual event was won for the first time ever by a lady driver, Trisha Seenan, who although from Stax, was representing Akzo Nobel’s Aces on the day. She was closely followed by David Bate of the Leyland Darts and Bobby Mills from CIC.
The fastest lap was awarded to David Bate (Leyland Darts) who missed out on the circuit record by a just under 3 seconds – and the fastest lady driver, driving for DLF Trifolium, was Tasha Redman.
PPG’s team ‘The Leyland Darts’ topped the team leader board. The AKW Speedos crossed the line in second place, narrowly beating the Workhouse Marketing team by seconds, who finished the day in third place.
Along with the competition trophies, the prestigious Bent Axle Award was presented to Colin Burgess of the Leyland Darts, for being given the only black flag of the race meeting.
David Hibbert commented: “With a few less teams than last year, you might be forgiven for thinking the race would be less competitive. But it was quite the opposite. An event first – with Trisha Seenan winning the individual event – being the first woman ever to do so, and also some incredibly fierce karting battles, resulted in a fantastic day for a fantastic cause close to all our hearts in this industry.
“Thanks to everyone who took part and a special thanks to all our suppliers who have supported the event.” More than £2,000 was raised for the Rainy Day Trust.
If anyone is interested in taking part in next year’s event, please contact David Hibbert on 0161 728 8000.