October 15 2012.

BEN, the automotive industry charity ran its first Twilight Karting Championship at Rye House Kart Raceway on Sunday October 7th raising £3,000 to date.

The 2 hour endurance race saw 18 teams take to the 1 kilometre track. Each team comprised 5 drivers in a race which tested their driving skills to the limit. Rye House is one of the UK's leading Kart tracks and presents a challenge for any driver, especially under lights. It is also the kart track where F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton learnt to race!

To maximise the fundraising aspect BEN introduced a clever innovation. Additional monies raised over and above the entry fee allowed time deductions off the team's qualifying lap time.

Warren Neal, Events and Exhibitions Co-ordinator at BEN commented: "This year's BEN Karting Championship was quite spectacular. Running under floodlights adds a whole new dimension to karting, particularly with a packed grid. It was a great way for companies to support BEN whilst encouraging team building within their own organisations. Thanks to all of those who came to support the event and we hope to see you all again next year. "

The overall prize went to the Lifestyle Ford team led by Jim Farish. His team managed an impressive 163 laps overall and laid down a marker for all next year's entrants.