Brighton Digital Karting 2014

At the start of the year I had two social events I wanted to put together as an opportunity to get to know more people within the Brighton digital community.

Events like UX Brighton or AsyncJS (which now has a permanent home at 68 Middle Street) are great ways of expanding your skillset, sharing your work and learning new things. But I wanted to do something that was more about bringing together people to do something completely different to their day jobs.

Clearleft has in its ranks a number of petrolheads, and a group of us occasionally go racing or attend race meets both on 4 wheels and 2. For the team that was assembled for a project with Dennis Publishing to look at the future of [Evo Magazine](http://clearleft.com/made/evo-magazine) in digital form it was a match made in heaven.

With the [Digital Festival](http://www.brightondigitalfestival.co.uk/) coming up in just over a month, what better way to get together some of Brighton’s talent than putting them on a race track and let them battle out at Teamsport Go-Karting in Lancing?

And with that I give you Brighton Digital Karting on Thursday, 18th September 2014. A night of endurance racing open to anyone as part of the Brighton Digital Festival. You can get some more information and register your interest at https://ti.to/clearleft/bdkarting, I’ll be opening registration for teams during the week with 10 team slots available (4 drivers per team).

If you want to be like Honda, there’s no reason not to have a Factory Team and a Satellite Team entry, just remember you only get 1 engine per race and there’s only one choice of tyre compound – whatever is on the kart when you turn up.

I look forward to meeting some new people, and getting to know a few familiars better.

See you on the grid.

Teamsport Go-Karts, Lancing

A few weeka ago, Cami and I joined a few friends for a night at Team Sport‘s Brighton (Lancing actually) indoor track forĀ  two rounds of intense enduro. We were all new to the circuit and facilities situated on the Lancing Industrial estate just a few miles from Shoreham Airport, and were all impressed with how well they have kept the place.

The track itself is reasonably well maintained, although the wood panelling on the bridge could do with levelling out, and the karts themselves felt adequate for the short track.

It was the first time I had been for a few years, and longer still since running at an indoor circuit and within seconds I had remembered how physically semanding it is.

Over the course of the first session I got faster and fadter through the bacl section to the point of using the back straight sidewall as a bumper – probably not the best tactic, and finishing 4/7 with Cami behind by a few seconds in 5th.

The second round things got a bit hairier with everyone really pushing themselves and the kart capabilities. I span on the exit of the bridge trying to brake too heavy into the corner. Then a few more spinners cropped up behind going from yellow to red flags, before quite a spectacular up and over from Cami in the back s’s which lost us several minutes towards the end of the session.

Positions remained unchanged but all the times were marginally up. I just can’t figure out how to gain more time. So it’s a good job that after your first visit you’re offered a return for half price. We’ve got our vouchers and will be hwading back before Cami’s big wheel experience at thr end of the summer doing a Mustang GT track day at Brands Hatch