Unleashing your inner racer

There is something strange that
happens the moment you put the visor down on a racing helmet, and it’s not an
overwhelming sense of claustrophobia. Even the most mild-mannered person
suddenly finds their inner racing driver released as they morph into The Stig –
the tame racing driver on the popular BBC programme Top Gear.

Of course, skill may not always
follow attitude, as the peals of laughter during our initial training laps at
Cayman Karting revealed. From some overly aggressive drivers spinning out, to
others following a Driving Miss Daisy approach to going around the corners, the
initial laps were, well, interesting.

However, after five minutes of
warming up and getting a feel for the karts, it was time for the grid lineup.
With Miss Daisy deciding to spectate rather than race as the visor interfered
with sipping her tea, the four racers were called out to the starting grid, as
I took the drive of shame as the last racer called. The light turned green, and
the race was on – well, for most the field anyway as a couple of drivers failed
to look at the lights and ended up not going. The race was on for five laps of
not so fast and definitely not so furious action. Due to the tyre walls and
ample crash protection around the karts, safety is not a problem. The
relatively short straights also help keep the speed lower, although the corners
do create plenty of opportunity for those with a slightly heavy right foot to
spin off, or at least get the kart a little bit sideways.

For those who find the excitement a
little bit much, the bleachers outside the track provides an excellent
viewpoint from which to enjoy the spectacle, cheer friends or jeer the
inevitable bad apple who keeps blocking your favourite in the corners. The
usual package includes five minutes to get used to the carts, followed by a 10
lap race for CI$25.

The fee includes the use of a
helmet and headsock, which are compulsory.

The track can accommodate up to 10
racers at a time and at the moment only caters to racers 14 years and older. At
the end of the race, each racer is given a sheet with lap times and placings.

For those not keen on organising a
group for a race, or who have too many slow friends, Cayman Karting now offers
Wheel to Wheel Wednesdays. From 7.30 to 9pm come to the track and race against
some of the other enthusiasts at the track in what promises to be a highly
competitive affair.

The track is open every day of the
week from 5 to 9pm.

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Even the most mild-mannered person may suddenly find their inner racing driver released once they get behind the wheel of a go-kart.
Photo: Elphina Magona
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