Wyggeston Lodge goes go-karting

Following on from the success of last year’s go-kart event at the indoor circuit at Wymeswold, the Master decided on some outdoor action at a south Leicestershire venue of the Stretton Circuit.

In the end 14 brethren, partners, family and friends had their names on the list to race with a number of supporters to cheer everyone on. Members of the Wyggeston Lodge were joined this year by friends from other lodges who were keen and expert participants.

The Stretton circuit is 950m in length so over twice the length of last year’s circuit, with 55mph Pro Karts to drive – a much bigger challenge this year, a recipe for plenty of action. The weather hadn’t been particularly kind overnight, and although it wasn’t raining the track certainly had damp patches which needed to be navigated carefully, thankfully the rain held off and the track dried out quickly.

This year’s format was teams of two, so we had 7 teams with some weird and wonderful team names, with an hour of racing ahead for the teams. Drivers could be changed as often as they wished; everyone opted to do a half hour stint and then swap. A couple of the teams had some technical issues and ended up driving different go karts, and good to see lots of clean racing with no crashes.

This year, we were also joined by the television crew from Emporium Productions who were filming for the forthcoming Sky 1 documentary ‘Inside the Freemasons’ which is to be shown next year.

Following the usual safety briefing helmets on and racing began. This year the helmets were different colours, but our very own Stig brought his own white helmet again – Bro. Paul Marvin. This year Paul had some serious competition from our guests, Stef O’Mara and Alex Conley, friends of Mark Pierpoint.

The racing was noticeably faster on the excellent Stretton Circuit and much enjoyment had by all. The more powerful karts helping to compensate for the slightly larger frame.
With the results in most number of laps in I hour:

Position Team Names Laps
1 Predators Alex Conley / Stef O’Meara 77
2 M&M Paul “Stig” Marvin / Jamie Mollart 76
3 Escape Artists Chris Kent / Rob Morris 70
4 Little & Large A Hayley Marvin / Andy Green 69 +23secs
5 Hinckley Mark Pierpoint / Ben Goodhew 69 +16secs
6 The Anglo Spanish Francisco Castillo / Paul Bodycot 68 +29secs
7 Little & Large B Oliver Oldfield / Chris Panteli 68 +9secs

Clearly the top two teams had the edge over the others; our very own Stig assisted by Jamie Mollart just missing out to our guests who were the overall winners.

The Master, Paul Bodycot, kindly presented a perpetual trophy in memory of W.Bro. John Farmer for the highest placed Wyggeston Lodge member – this year if went to Paul Marvin & Jamie Mollart. If Paul wins next year, we may have to consider adding ballast as they do in the British Touring Car Championships.

Celebrations were held in the usual manner amongst racing drivers with bubbly stuff and certificates being presented. After which a number of drivers, friends and family adjourned to the The Bell Inn at Burton Overy for a splendid hot lunch.

This is now an annual event on the Wyggeston Lodge social calendar. Next year Simon “wheels” Oldfield (a name provided by Paul Bodycot) will have to find a different circuit to try out, and whilst at the same time avoiding the exam season of our student members.

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