Want to channel your road rage into something positive? How about trying Kart Racing? You might even get a chance to win a trip to Boracay! I’ve had the chance to try Kart Racing in Tarlac, and I think it offers a similar same adrenaline rush to motorcycling on open roads but in a safe, controlled environment. If you want to live your inner action star dreams in a crazy car chase scene minus the explosions, then you have to try karting.
City Kart Racing (CKR), the newest sports complex located in Circuit Makati developed by Ayala, has launched “Race to Boracay,” a motorsport event where anyone can vie for the “fastest driver” title. Awaiting the winners at the finish line is a 3-day-2-night hotel certificate and round trip airfare for two to the popular beach island paradise. Special treats are also in store for the two runners up, while other drivers will get a chance to win goodies in the raffle.
The competition involves four stages: 1) Qualifying round (where all participants will be given five chances to come up with their best lap time); 2) Pre-Finale (for 200 drivers with the best lap times); 3) Finale (Race of the top 50 drivers to determine who will take part in the grand finals); 4) Grand Finale – where the top ten will race for the title of the “fastest driver”. Participants will be divided into two classes, juniors (13 to 17 years old) and adults (18 years old and above).
CKR’s state-of-the-art timing system is able to record lap times up to the thousandth of a second, so precision is guaranteed. CKR also has a mobile application for its timing system, so you can monitor the numbers even if you’re not at the race track.
THE RACING CIRCUIT:
City Kart Racing in the heart of Makati in the new Ayala development “The Circuit”, offers a unique racing complex for leisure and professional activities. Their 700-meter asphalt kart track combines straights and technical turns accessible for both beginners and expert drivers. The course, which has been described by CKR Chairman Jean-Marc Freihuber as “one of the best he has ever designed,” contains a bridge, a tunnel, and sweeping corners.
CKR also contains facilities that make it an ideal venue for team building activities and corporate events. They have a clubhouse, conference rooms, a panoramic terrace, reception, covered stands, Bar restaurant, a latest-generation timing system with monitoring on giant screens and live streaming online.
WHY YOU SHOULD TRY IT:
- Karting is a fun, family-friendly and more active alternative to watching movies, going to the mall or just eating out.
- Karting is very easy to learn, and people of all ages can try it out. It’s the easiest way to learn how to drive fast.
- You get to meet and mingle with fellow speed enthusiasts.
- It’s a great way to reduce stress after having to drive in the mess of Metro Manila’s traffic.
- You could win a trip to Boracay!
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST:
- Entry fee for the Race to Boracay is P3,900, which includes five qualifying rounds. Early birds, who register before October 17 will get one free practice run.
- Regular rates: Go kart rental fees are priced at P620 per 12 minute run + a P160 one-time registration for new comers.
TIPS AND USEFUL INFO:
- City Kart Racing is open from Monday to Thursday, 3 pm to 11 pm. Friday to Sunday, 10 am to 12 midnight.
- Reservation for slots to the “Race to Boracay” promo is required.
- Race suits are provided, but guests are advised to wear comfortable closed shoes to drive the Go-Kart.
- Minimum height requirement for drivers is 120 centimeters of 4 feet.
- CKR has karts for both adults and kids.
- The schedule of activities for “Race to Boracay’ is as follows:
- October 23 – November 14: Qualifying rounds (any day except Saturday and Sunday afternoon)
- November 22: Pre-finale
- November 23: Finale, grand finale, awarding and raffle
- There will be karting clincs on October 26, November 22 and December 13.
- A six-hour endurance race is scheduled for December 21.
City Kart Racing is located in Circuit Makati, Barangay Carmona (at the former Santa Ana Race Track near J.P. Rizal) Makati. To view on Googlemaps, click here. For more information, call (0917) 4551060 or log on to www.citykartracing.com.
All photos courtesy of City Kart Racing