DAYTONA SANDOWN PARK HOSTS LORD MAYOR’S INAUGURAL CITY GRAND PRIX

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Last Sunday, 26th July, saw the 687th Lord Mayor, Alderman Alan Yarrow, along with 25 City of London business teams, lead his Mansion House crew in a an epic two-hour endurance kart race  at Daytona Sandown Park in Esher to raise funds for Lord Mayors Appeal Charity.

For many decades now, the annual Lord Mayor’s Appeal of the City of London has raised millions of pounds for charities and good causes recommended by successive Lord Mayors. For 2015, the monies raised in various acts of endurance, skill and metal will be donated to two main beneficiaries, Scope and Mencap, this year’s chosen charities.

Daytona Motorsport was delighted to host the first ever City Livery Company Go-Kart Grand Prix at Daytona Sandown Park. Widely recognised as Surrey and London’s premier outdoor kart circuit, this is the perfect venue to host an event of this magnitude.  Easily able to accommodate three to 300 participants on track in variety of racing formats, this facility is the perfect choice for corporate, leisure or high level professional kart racing.  Nestled within Sandown Park’s famous horse racing track at Esher, Daytona Sandown Park is widely hailed as one of the best kart venues in the South East and the only one of its kind within the M25.

Sunday’s event saw 26 City Livery teams, each with four or five drivers, take to the 900m track at the wheel of Daytona Motorsport’s 60-mph Sodi RT8 pro-racing karts for the ‘Grand Prix’ which incorporated driver changes and pit-stops in a ‘Le Mans’ style format.

After two hours hard racing in changeable weather conditions, the race was won by The ‘Dowgate Dodgers’ by 48.53 seconds from ‘Wet 10’ with ‘The Shipwrights’ third.

In the award ceremony, special awards included The Fastest Lap Award to the MG Racing team from The Glovers, the team from The Sheriffs received ‘L’ Plates after finishing last by 28 laps and the Lord Mayor received The Special Toilet Seat Award after this team picked up two penalty flags!

“We were delighted to provide the venue for the inaugural Lord Mayor’s City Grand Prix,” said Jim Graham, Daytona Motorsport Director. “It was a brilliant day’s racing for an excellent cause with great camaraderie between all of the City of London Livery Teams. Our congratulations to the podium finishers and well done to all of those that took part.”