Speedy Boots hone their inner Lewis Hamilton to claim victory in the Vancouver Quarter Pedal Kart Business Challenge 2017

Eight businesses from around King’s Lynn pedalled their way around a race track in a bid to be crowned the fastest in town on Friday 29 September.

The Pedal Go-Kart competition was the third business challenge organised by the Vancouver Quarter in 2017 and saw racers pit their skills over a course on the Tuesday Market Place from 2pm.

The winning team came from Boots, narrowly pipping design agency Studio 20a on the finish line in the grand final. Ring Associates and Your Local Paper came third and fourth respectively.

Ward Gethin Archer secured fifth place with Wilko, Primark and KLFM completing the list of participating teams.

In a first for the Vancouver Quarter Business Challenges, Boots, Your Local Paper and PrimarK also picked up bonus points following a qualifying session at the start of the event.

“It was great to have so many teams take part in this challenge – my thanks to all who participated because it really was a fun event,” said Vancouver Quarter marketing and events assistant David Blackmore.

“This was the first time we’ve used pedal karts and the teams had a lot of fun pedalling their way around the track. Despite the wet and slippery conditions, there was some pretty impressive cornering from members of each team.

“With all our challenges, we look for inspiration and this challenge was very much inspired by the current leader of Formula One, Lewis Hamilton, who started his career in karts – albeit not of the pedal variety!

“With his next race in Malaysia at the weekend, it seemed as good a time as any to host this business challenge. I’m sure he would’ve loved our track and been impressed at some of the manoeuvres!

He added: “This was also the first time we’ve organised a business challenge outside of the Vancouver Quarter and our thanks go to the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk for giving us permission to use the Tuesday Market Place.”

The business challenges started four years ago as a way for companies across the town to get out and meet other firms.

The first event of 2017, a traditional pancake race, was held in February and won jointly by design agency Studio 20a and Hayes + Storr solicitors.This was followed by egg and spoon racing in April, which was won by Wilko.

The final business challenge of 2017, a mystery challenge, will take place towards the end of October.

The business team with the most points will be crowned Vancouver Quarter Business Challenge champions for the year and a donation will be made to a charity of their choice.

Studio 20a currently top the table with Boots, Primark and Ward Gethin Archer close behind.