Trust Funds New Karts, Putting Club's Safety in Pole Position
Published: 25 Apr 2017 updated: 08 May 2017
It's business as usual for the Ayios Nikolaos (Ay Nik) Kart Club following the arrival of eleven new go-karts, part-funded by the RAF Charitable Trust.
Putting safety in the frame, Trustees approved a £3,000 grant towards the purchase of seven new adult go-karts and four new child karts for the club, which is home to the longest track in Cyprus.
The Ay Nik Kart Club is one of only two military karting clubs in Cyprus and offers karting experiences to military and civilian personnel. Sgt Steve Ballard said: "Ay Nik is pretty isolated - the other military kart club is based 80 miles away at RAF Akrotiri - so leisure facilities of this kind are crucial.
"The track is used by RAF and military personnel as part of their rest and recuperation, as well as section team building and Force Development Days. It is a popular facility for both the unit and the wider community and, as a result, the existing karts are showing their age.
"In their current state, the existing fleet of karts are operating very close to the health and safety guidelines set by the National Karting Association and they will only continue to degrade - there have even been occasions where events have had to be cancelled due to serviceability issues - so replacing them was a necessity."
The new karts will allow the club to continue to run events with up to six karts, allowing a spare in the event of unserviceability or scheduled maintenance.
Steve continued: "Replacing the karts has made a huge difference to the club, which is operated by volunteers, and has significantly improved driver safety and protection. They have ensured fair and equal speed and handling, meaning that we are providing a more consistent level of performance during events and race goers are provided with a more reliable and enjoyable racing experience.
"Without funding from charities such as RAFCT, the club may not have been able to remain viable as the costs for maintaining the old karts has increased so much that they were no longer economical to repair and maintain. These issues will also now be considerably reduced, meaning that staff can focus on wider site and track maintenance, better utilising their time. We are really grateful for the support we have received."