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Running a kart team may seem a little remote from running a building project but I do find the skills are interchangeable. Making sure we have all the items we need to hand for a day at the track is similar to arranging materials for a job and planning the man power for the race is very like arranging and making best use of the workforce required to construct a project.
The transfer of management skills from site to circuit and vice versa does tend to keep me thinking about new ways to improve running our projects and doing well in our races.


2012 Review

This year proved to be a fair upgrade for us but having won the Rookie level of the championship at our first go last year, we moved up to the intermediate level. Despite only getting on to the podium three times this year, our consistency at getting into the top 6 or 7 each race out of a field of 35 managed to get us third place in the championship along with a rather big, and I'm afraid to say, rather tasteless silver cup!

Excerpt from Official Race Report by Eddie Hall

"It was a great drive from Alakart and indeed a great season and they are worthy champions. Hats off to AAA Taxi too; after 4 years of inconsistency in the rookie championship, Justin Buck took the plunge, got a great little team behind him and came oh so close to besting a world champion - not many people can say that. A word too for the Foxes who finished a creditable third in their first season of Inters."

Next year may have to be a sabbatical as the boys have gone to university where they are entering the British Universities Karting Championship - we'll keep you posted."


2011 Review

Well there's a year to look back on.

The twins were rather keen to do some real karting - anything really - as long as it was noisy and fast and if Dad and the company were willing to help fund, then all the better.

Dad's a bit more reserved - being older, not much wiser and just a tad heavier didn't add to the positives required to race against 30+ other karting teams in 2 hour endurance races over 11 rounds across the country in CLUB100, a now very well established and respected championship, but it's my company so they had to let me play.

CLUB100 racing began in 1993 and with over 18 years of growth, development and race management experience, the company boasts the unrivalled status as:

"The highest level of 'arrive & drive' championship kart racing in the UK and Europe."

The year got off to a steady start with the first race producing a 6th place. I think we felt that if in our first year we could get steady top 10 results then it would be a good year. After that first race we surprised ourselves with podium finishes in 7 out of 10 races in all - an amazing achievement from our viewpoint and culminating in our winning the championship with an overall margin of 20 points.

The race reviewer Eddie Hall summed up the year (and his book "A certain Point of View" available from Amazon and all other good book shops, is well worth a read):

"It has largely been a tale of two halves this year. Racewear dominated the first few races and For Fox Sake have been the class of the field in the latter part. In fairness, I think the best team won in the end. Their consistency and outright speed can't be denied and it's also nice to see a team comprising of an entire family winning the championship. Plus they bought a copy of my book so they deserve the championship even more!"

Headlines such as the following were enough to make one blush but they gave our clients a smile.

"FANTASTIC MR. FOX AND SONS" and "FOR FOX SAKE, THEY ARE CHAMPIONS"

I think if a solid dependable builder (with associated ballast characteristics) hadn't been on the team then the team would have won the championship a little earlier on in the year….well, perhaps not!

So now to 2012. We have purchased our own Easykart so a little more practice can be had, and I must say, it makes a pleasant change to drive a company vehicle that goes a little faster than the Ford Transit. Doesn't have such a great payload though…. We have moved up from Rookies to Intermediate and we will keep you updated as to how we get on this year.

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