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Barking and Dagenham's Chamber of Commerce held a go-karting evening at Capital Karts.

Barking and Dagenham's Chamber of Commerce held a go-karting evening at Capital Karts. - Credit: Archant

The business world is a competitive, fast-paced environment and those wanting to succeed around its many twists and turns have to get ahead.

So when it comes to head-to-head motor racing, the borough’s business leaders should be perfectly suited.

The inaugural Go-kart Champions of the Chamber evening saw 64 drivers from more than 40 local companies take to the track on Tuesday, June 10, battling it out to set the quickest lap time.

Organised by Barking and Dagenham’s Chamber of Commerce, the evening saw racers divided into teams of four at Barking’s Capital Karts – which claims to be the UK’s longest indoor go-karting track.

Adam French, of DT Trucks, Barking, clocked the night’s fastest lap, flying round in a time of just 76.5 seconds – a whopping 44 seconds faster than the wooden spoon winning slowest racer.

The track, which boasts an 80-metre main straight allowing the karts to reach speeds in excess of 45mph, is based in Rippleside Commercial Estate, Barking, just off the A13/Ripple Road. It opened last November.

Post reporters Freddy Mayhew and Mark Shales flew the flag – unfortunately not chequered – for the newspaper, with times of 82.8 and 83.6 seconds respectively.

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Chamber secretary Mary Clements said: “It was a great to see local businesses networking and having a fun time, in a relaxed environment. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.”

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