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New six figure karting track is one of the best in the country

Friday 19th October 2012
Karts on the new Tyke Racing track
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An outdoor go-karting track which uses the latest generation of silent electric karts will open in Barnsley later this month.


Tyke Racing has invested almost £500,000 on the new racetrack at the former John Dennis fruit and veg distribution depot on Beevor Street, Hoyle Mill.


More than a dozen full and part-time jobs have been created by the investment which will result in one of the best karting circuits in the country, according to a spokesman for Tyke Racing.


A new two-storey clubhouse with briefing room, cafe-bar, changing rooms, conference facilities and spectacular outdoor viewing balcony will be factors which put Tyke Racing out in pole position, said managing director Michael Hewitt.


He added: "We think we have created a very impressive leisure attraction which Barnsley desperately needs.


"Until now, karting enthusiasts have had to travel out of the borough to get their thrills."


But because Tyke Racing uses eco-friendly, silent electric-powered karts, Michael hopes it will appeal to people who wouldn't normally consider themselves as karters.


There are plans for ladies-only nights as well as beginner sessions where inexperienced karters will be able to have a go without feeling intimidated by more seasoned drivers.


Michael added: "The beauty of electric karts is that they are just as quick and exciting as petrol-powered ones - but without the noise and smell.


"And because they are virtually silent, spectators can watch a race from the balcony and still chat without being deafened by engine noise, making it a very sociable experience."


The track manager Steve Rich added: "I'm looking forward to the challenge of turning Tyke Racing into a top leisure attraction that will not only appeal to people from Barnsley, but also pull in visitors from neighbouring towns and cities."


Despite being outdoors, Michael is confident racing will still go ahead almost all year round.


Tyke Racing will be one of the first outdoor tracks in the country to use the new British-built Eco Volt karts which have a top speed of more than 40mph.


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Posted by andy keen I Sun 21st Sep 2014 at 4:21pm

Took my two lads down 7 and 8 for the first time two weeks ago. They had a great time. Staff are fantastic down there and take care of the kids just starting out. Track is fantastic and very smart looking. Went there again to day to find there was a young band on, who were brilliant. Take your kids down and they will love it.