Tuesday 25 June sees the return of popular insurance industry motor sports event Insurance Endurance. The six-hour endurance kart race is set to take place at the PFI Racetrack in Grantham, the UK’s largest outdoor karting circuit, where racing legends such as Lewis Hamilton have raced in the past.
Open to any companies or individuals working in or around the UK insurance market, the event will see teams of between four and eight drivers, representing some of the industry’s leading players, competing in Sodi GT5 karts, whose 390cc engines are comfortably capable of 60mph. The impressive 1,382 metre track features long straights, twisting turns and even an elevated section and underpass.
The day will get off to a roaring start with team briefings and an expert will be on hand to share racing hints and tips, reveal the best driving techniques and offer some insider knowledge about how to choose the best route around the track! Racers will then have the chance to put this into practice in the practice round, before the race starts at 10.30am. The chequered flag will be waved at 4.30pm, followed by a podium awards presentation ceremony, complete with trophies and champagne.
Alongside the main event, individual drivers will have a chance to compete in the Pit Stop Challenge, in which teams will work together to change all four tyres of a Formula 1 car in the quickest time possible, before returning to the endurance race. The fastest team will be crowned the Pit Stop Challenge winners and receive a special trophy at the awards ceremony.
The 2018 event saw over 100 drivers from all across the insurance sector tackle the challenging race track. As well as a great day out and networking opportunity, the event will raise funds for The Insurance Charities, who help support insurance employees and their dependants in the UK and Ireland, offering over £1.2 million of help to insurance people in need last year alone.
The last few team places are filling up quickly. Anyone wishing to enter a team can register online.
There are also some great sponsorship opportunities available; companies can apply to be the official podium or race sponsor; or why not have your company logo on a Formula One car? Your business could be the proud sponsor of the F1 Pit Stop Challenge or the F1 simulator. More information can be found here.
The cost per team is £1,500, which includes kart hire, racing suits, helmets as well as breakfast lunch and snacks to keep racers fueled throughout the day. Those who just want to come along, spectate and do some networking can purchase individual day tickets for £50.