Air-IT recently participated in the Comms Business Grand Prix Karting Event which was held at the Daytona venue in Milton Keynes, on May 24th. The event took the form of an endurance race...

Air-IT recently participated in the Comms Business Grand Prix Karting Event which was held in Milton Keynes, on May 24th.

This annual event was organised by the Comms Business Magazine which is a leading publication for communications professionals in the UK.

The full day event was held at Daytona Milton Keynes which one of the UK’s premier karting venues with a 1360m international circuit and a fleet of twin engine karts that reach speeds of up to 70 miles per hour.

The Karting event took the form of an endurance race which included 19 teams of 6 drivers who raced over a period of 6 hours in a Le Mans Style relay race.

Group photo Team Air IT support karting team

Team Air-IT / Purpose Media
Left to right Matt Wheatcroft (Purpose Media), Luke Fisher (Aviva), Adam McQuilkin (Femcare-Nikomed), Malcolm Hall (Hall-Fast Industrial Supplies), Todd McQuilkin (Air-IT), Shaun Witts (Solos Consultants)

Air-IT entered a joint team in conjunction with our business partner Purpose Media who specialise in the design and development of bespoke websites. The combined team of 6 included Todd McQuilkin, MD of Air-IT and Matt Wheatcroft, MD of Purpose Media along with a number of key clients who came along to enjoy an adrenalin fuelled day out of the office.

Following the safety briefing drivers were kitted out with full race suits and helmets and went track side for a practice session for qualifying times. Teams were then placed in grid positions based on their fastest lap times with a nominated driver from each starting the race.

Air IT support karting event

Aiming to complete as many laps as possible, during the 6 hours, team Air-IT/Purpose Media needed to combine their speed on the circuit with efficient management of driver changes and refuelling during pit stops.

To add some extra drama to the day there was a Formula One Pit Stop Challenge which counted towards the total time of the teams racing. With their kart standing still in the pits, team Air-IT/Purpose Media used real F1 pit-lane equipment to change the wheels on a 2000 Jordan F1 car, as quickly as possible, before getting back onto the track and in the race.

Pit Stop Challenge team Air IT support

Pit Stop Challenge

Despite the searing heat, on the hottest day of the year to date, team Air-IT/Purpose Media made a valiant attempt throughout the race moving up and down the leaderboard and finishing in a respectable 8th place overall. The fastest lap of the day (by team Air-IT/Purpose Media) was completed by Todd McQulkin adding to the in-team rivalry and competitive nature of the day.

The final standings at the end of the race and teams making it onto the podium were:

  1. Intouch Solutions
  2. Nine Group
  3. Select Calls Telecom

The event proved a real success with everyone having a fun filled, adrenalin packed day out of the office in the brilliant sunshine. Lots of friendly rivalries were played out on the circuit, many new friendships were forged and no one sustained anything more than a few bumps and bruises.

Team Air-IT/Purpose Media are already looking forward to next year’s event and trying to better their position of 8th place.