TEN youngsters from Kirklees attending a Go Kart maintenance course, got the chance to try their driving skills at a track day at BKR in Bradford.
The visiting team included several enthusiasts from Linthwaite Explorer Scouts.
The cold and snowy Arctic weather did nothing to dampen their spirits as they got on to a very icy, snow-lined track and showed off their driving skills.
Cliff Greenwood, DofE Award development officer for Kirklees Children’s and Young People’s Service said:
“It was a joy to watch the young people getting to grips with the conditions. They used the accelerator and brakes very gingerly, setting up for each corner in turn as they raced around at speed.
“I only saw a couple of karts pirouette gracefully into the tyre wall!
“They probably learned a lot more from these extreme conditions than they would have if the track had been dry.
“In fact the course would have been really useful for the many adult drivers struggling with the road conditions at the moment.
“The young people genuinely had more fun and left the track at the end of the day feeling extremely exhilarated.
“The skills they have been learning over the last few months will go towards accreditation as part of the skill section of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
“As part of the award, all participants will also find some volunteering to do in the community, improve their fitness with a variety of physical activities and undertake an expedition somewhere in the hills and dales of the surrounding countryside.
CONTACT: To find out more about the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award either log on to www.kirkleesdofe.org or call the office on 01484 222374.