This was no run-of-the-mill company fun day out.
When a group of Adrian Flux employees took to the karting track at Red Lodge for the latest round of their in-house competition, they were joined by up-and-coming karting prodigy Jacques Morley, who warmed up nicely for the first round of his KF3 championship.
Add Formula 6 karting British champion Nick Rodgers to the mix, who works for and is sponsored by Flux along with Jacques, and you have some seriously quick competition.
In the race, Nick set the pace, closely followed by in-house championship Damien Cross, while Jacques struggled with a sluggish kart before changing to a smoother-running machine half-way through the 30-lap race.
Thereafter the teenager lapped a full second quicker than anyone else, just outside the lap record, and was a rapidly gaining third behind Nick and Damien at the line.
Jacques said it was “great to be able to go karting just for fun with no pressure, but I still wish I’d had that second kart from the start!”
It proved the perfect warm-up for his first ever KF3 race, which took place this weekend and for which Jacques is seeded 15. After taking pole position in qualifying on Saturday, he finished between 4th and 8th in heats and the final, ending the weekend in 7th place in the British Championship.