After weeks of excitement and strategy planning the day had finally arrived for our team at Miromedia to take on the Go Karting track with both trophies and wooden spoons at stake. Unfortunately not all members of Miro could make it on the day, but 10 racers were more than enough bodies to cause some serious motor mayhem. Prior to the event the office was consumed by concerned murmurings of exclusive practice sessions and the prospects of former champions. So from the moment the track was booked, the fighting talk had ensued.
Upon arrival we were all quick to inspect the ins and outs of the circuit and after careful assessment, it looked to be no mean feat. First things first – getting kitted up kart-style and from that point, the transformation was born. All now fashioning our racing overalls we headed into the safety talk for yet more additions to our ensemble and information on the flag laws (of which some racers found hard to abide by on the track).
Nerves were kicking in (likely to have been just mine) as the time had come to occupy our karts and rev up for the anticipated race of all races. On the trial lap we all seemed to keep our cool, but when lining up in our starting grid positions with locked eyes on the red signal, ulterior motives began to emerge.
It truly did bring out a competitive streak in everybody when the tactics soon surfaced on the circuit. I would put down ‘exhilarating danger’ as the dominating theme for the race, with everything from dirty overtaking to corner collisions and often disciplinary pit-stops being spoken for. With an immediate smash between the front-runner karts, the first race didn’t quite get off to a flying start but that was all soon to change when the serious racers began to exhibit their fast and furious skills. After a taxing 15 laps it appeared that SEO had reigned supreme as both James Fairbrother and Ric McHale sat comfortably in positions 1 and 2, showing good promise for achieving medals.
Game on as race 2 commenced. Those currently ranking closely to the bottom of the scoreboard showed some fierce determination, prepared to put their mad skills to use. However, as much as us racers challenged, I think it’s fair to say this was the race of ‘The Ghost’ a.k.a Harry Hancock. The feather-weight whipper snapper let no obstacle knock him down, his only objective, victory.
After a myriad of kart spinning and flag tellings off it was hats off to young Harry, achieving Gold medal and what a deserving win it was! Not forgetting to mention one of Miro’s Directors and former champ Ian Hancock coming in at 2nd place winning silver, closely followed by the Doctor, James Fairbrother, taking home a respectable bronze. On the other not so glorifying end of the spectrum, as the only female partaker I felt it was only right to ensure I strongly gripped onto last place – after all it’s the taking part that counts isn’t it? Scoreboard aside, lots of fun was had by all and I’m sure Tamworth shall be honoured with the faces of Miromedia once again in the near future.