Go-Karting, 24 hours at MK

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Go-Karting, 24 hours at MK

Evening all. Has anybody on here done this?

My son (TommyRocks) has developed a seemingly overwhelming desire to enter the 24 hours go-kart race at Daytona Milton Keynes next May. He has enlisted 3 friends and myself to make a team of 5. 

Has anyone on here competed in this event before? I'm interested in any advice and tips. I'm a bit concerned that my flabby 52 year old body will not be up to the task.

We live not too far from Daytona Tamworth and I have a small amount of experience in the sodi karts, which is what we would be entering, but this amounts to only about 4 races.  

I'm just wondering if there is any chance that I'll come back alive.  

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I ache after a 20min stint at Clay Pigeon Raceway.

all the best in your endeavour!

Simon

(seriously though - it sounds like a good challenge)

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When I did a race at Thruxton a few years ago after not having done it for several years I found it completely knackering, and the races were quite short.  I could not even imagine being involved in a 24 hour event.  I did a 3 hour endurance race as a team of three at Buckmore Park when I was in my late thirties and that was tough going.  Good luck.

Nick

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Hi ,my son used to do a few events on iom ,,,four in a team he is 45 years old very fit ,,but after two hours in a kart he was in agony ,,but he enjoyed it ,,and with being on IOM. Was usually wet and cold ,,

derek 

enjoy your ride ,, take plenty of paracetamol ,,,I prefer whisky but you are driving 

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I did a 6 hour race about 10 years ago ( aged 50 ) in a small group of 3 or 4 . it finished me off for 48 hours , my ribs and knees were soooo bruised .

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Silly old fart 

Derek

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I did the 24-hour kart race at Le Mans (kart circuit) a few years ago as part of a 6-man team, when I was in my early 50s.  It was an amazing experience - very demanding physically and mentally (one hour-long stints in which we set a target time each lap) but a massive sense of achievement when completed.  Of course being at Le Mans helped it seem special, and perhaps Milton Keynes doesn't have quite the same allure..but I'd definitely encourage you to go ahead and do it.   We did a video diary of ours, and I've just had a look at it.  It was a blast.

Stephen Byebye 

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I had hoped it would be COVID casualty but that's because I live within earshot of the screeching place. To be fair the out of hours running is very rare and the wind needs to be in the wrong direction so hardly a hardship. Must be getting older!

I've nothing to add on the carting but can offer local knowledge on MK if required. 

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Thanks everyone.

Most of you seem to be confirming my worst fears. Strength and fitness could be worked upon, but we are a somewhat disparate group, with different levels of commitment at present eg me, hyperenthusiastic son, neighbour who is due to have second child between now and the event (24 hr kart race may be a chance for him to get some more sleep than usual).

From a performance point of view how quick do we need to be? At Daytona Tamworth the lap record is 59.6 sec (I think) and my best is a 1min 02.8. Rest of the group similar to up to a second faster than me.

 

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I've done a few 24hr races, albeit at Teesside rather than Daytona, and agree with most of the above. I don't wear any rib protectors or similar protection as I'm not, shall we say, the optimum size for karting so fit snuggly in a kart seat, but if you are anything remotely slim you definitely need to. Wrist supports are a good idea too and you can get these in supermarkets in the first aid section if you want to avoid the motorsport tax. I'd also suggest not doing it anytime soon after damaging shoulder ligaments snowboarding... it hurt almost as much as the actual injury!

Even though I'm not very fit I can manage 1 hour stints without bother, but I did do a lot of karting (schools' national championships) when I was younger which makes a difference. It also helps me that the events I do are part of the British Universities karting championships b so most of the drivers are very handy (Super 1, Club 100 etc.), much better than I ever was as a teenager, so I just cruise around at my own pace and try to follow some of them for a few corners. It is very satisfying to get through it and you certainly understand why the pros love Le Mans.