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Jenson Button started like this


at the kart track at Bellevue, St Brelade, before the track was redeveloped for housing.


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The club now races at the Loop at Sorel which is a public road closed off from 0800 to 1800 on race days. There's an anti- clockwise track which allows speeds of up to 85mph to be achieved by the 125 Open & ICC gearbox class.


The club is open to everyone, even as young as six years of age when racers can start in the Bambino class. They may be young, but competitors can reach speeds of up to 30mph.


The Club also participates in the very testing and popular Hill Climbs in both Jersey and Guernsey and on occasions the Club travels to licensed Kart GP tracks in France and the UK to gain further racing experience and develop their racing skills.


In 2012 thanks to some generous sponsorship from The James Knott Trust, the Jersey Kart and Motor Club was able to introduce a new initiative called the "Kids into Karts Scheme". Under KIKs, the club lends club-owned karts and equipment to potential new junior drivers which allows them to try out the sport before committing to buying their own equipment. The response has been so good, that the club is looking to expand the scheme in 2013, which shows that there is a lot of interest among the youth and adults of the Island to


he Jersey Kart & Motor Club was established in 1960 when the club raced


become involved in the sport of karting. Perhaps they want to emulate Michael Schumacher, Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton who all started their motor racing careers in the grassroots sport of karting.


Already the introduction of the KIKs scheme in 2012 has resulted in several youngsters joining up and graduating from the ARKS (Association of Racing Karts) programme so that now they are racing alongside their new-found karting friends.


There is a charge for the use of the kart and the equipment and it is necessary to sign up to the terms of the scheme which includes a deposit which is returnable if the kart and equipment is returned undamaged at the end of the session. KIKs is open to drivers between the ages of 7 and 16 and is by appointment only. Parental presence and consent is also required for all participants in KIKs, as motor sport can be dangerous and it is undertaken at your own risk.


Entry is free on race days so even if you don't want to race please come along and see this exciting sport in 2013.


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