Formula Fast has driven a new initiative to give people with disabilities the chance to experience the thrill of karting in a safe and controlled environment.
Formula Fast Karting in Bletchley launched Access Karting, a scheme dedicated to giving young people with disabilities the chance to have a go at karting, whether they have limited mobility, visual impairment or learning difficulties.
The expert team have the skills, training and equipment to work with individuals, find out their abilities, confront their misconceptions and break boundaries that the perception of disabilities instils.
The scheme is headed by the owner and race director at Formula Fast, Ollie Fox; he said: “Depending on the individual’s needs, the team will give them a brief so that they have the confidence to drive solo, or one of the professionals will take them around the track in our specially adapted two-person kart.”
Formula Fast is one of few tracks to offer a double seater kart; it allows for those that are unable to drive themselves to be taken around the circuit by one of the pros, allowing them to feel the thrill of the speed and the turns. Each Access Karting participant is given a one-on-one experience with a member of the team with a full brief and an introduction to the sport at their pace before they take to the track, they can then have a go and take on more speed or control, if they want to, as they progress.
Mr Fox added: “Access Karting is really important to us, whatever needs a person has, we will do our best to accommodate them and give them a karting experience to remember.
“In the past we have had participants with a whole range of needs; one young lady that was blind had such a great time that she felt confident enough to take the wheel herself, we lowered the speed of the kart and I stayed next to her to guide her around the track – she and her parents were really pleased.”
Access Karting is available on request; bookings must be made in advance to discuss the requirements of the participant.
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