The inaugural National Express Wigan Warriors Foundation Christmas Go-karting event proved a huge success last week, despite torrential downpours and freezing conditions.
8 teams competed in the event at Three Sisters Race Circuit around the 1000m ‘Club' circuit which started in driving rain and saw lots of sideways karts but thankful no crashes. With the sun breaking through and the track drying out quickly, the leader board at the mid-point of the 2 hour endurance event saw 3 teams within a minute of each other.
As the event drew to a close and the competitors headed indoors for some a well-earned hot buffet, the top 3 teams were presented with their trophies and prizes. The winning teams were:
1. Bag It Up (Barry Wilson, Rob Duell, Dean Whiteley, Andy Carroll)
2. Wigan Warriors (John Winder, Liam Carberry)
3. Warriors Foundation (Mike Wearden, Bethan Simpson, Tommy Gallagher)
Speaking on behalf of the winning team Bag It Up, Barry Wilson said:
"It's been a fantastic day here today, some really good racing, top banter between the teams and a brilliantly well-organised event. We can't wait until next year when hopefully the sun will shine but we will definitely be back to defend our title."
Former Wigan Warriors star Andy Coley, who also participated in the event added:
"I wasn't too sure what to expect when I arrived today with the ice patches on the roads, but it added to the fun and enjoyment. National Express must receive a massive thank you from everyone here today for their kind sponsorship and allowing the event to happen."
Wigan Warriors Community Foundation Manager Mike Watson finished:
"It's been a great day for everyone involved and has helped raise funds to support our charitable work and change the lives of people throughout Wigan. I would particularly like to thank our event sponsor National Express and our hosts at the 3 Sisters Race Track for their support, without which this event wouldn't have been able to take place".