Battle injured troops in Letchworth karting race

A CHARITY which supports injured troops is calling on people to join a team of amputees on the track next week.

KartForce will be at Teamworks Karting in Letchworth GC for a fundraiser which will see the general public pit their wits against five disabled soldiers in a team race.

The serviceman taking part - who include triple amputee Andy and Military Cross winner and double amputeee Ricky - have all suffered life-changing injuries serving for their country but are able to drive a kart with one or two hands using specially designed hand controls.

The event next Thursday is one of four events across the country organised by the charity’s founder Dave Player.

“I wanted to work with injured lads and I’ve organised different sporting events in the past,” said Dave, who served in the Royal Engineers for five years and has been using a wheelchair for two decades after suffering a spinal cord injury.

“The controls mean a triple amputee can take part and everyone is on a level playing field.

“This will be the first time we will be racing as a team and with the funds we raise from these events we’re going to buy two competition karts so they can progress to proper competitive races.”

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KartForce is looking for eight teams of five to compete against, with individuals able to join other teams if you don’t have a team of five drivers.

The entry fee is �55 for each driver and the race will last for two hours.

Spectators are also encouraged to come along to show their support for the evening at the Pixmore Avenue venue, which will start following a race briefing at 7pm.

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