James’s 24 hour race at Le Mans

Over the August Bank Holiday spare a thought for young Oxleas Technical Support Officer, James Webb, who will not be getting too much sleep.

James, aged 20, will be racing in a 24 hour Go Karting event at the famous French race track complex Le Mans.

James from Bexleyheath, helps solve trust IT problems, but in his spare time he loves nothing more that speeding around his home track of Bayford Meadows, which is in Sittingbourne, Kent.

He took up the sport seriously some seven years ago when he was 13, and now it takes up much of his leisure time and spare cash. James said: “I am very lucky. Go Karting is an expensive sport and I get sponsorship from my dad’s company, Original Communications, which looks after the phones at Oxleas.”

And that help from dad is essential with the karts, which have a top speed of between 60 and 70 miles per hour, costing in the region of £3,000.

James explained that there will be up to 60 teams taking part in the Le Mans race, which though not on the famous Le Mans race track is part of the Le Mans complex, which has its own dedicated Go Karting track.

“I’m really looking forward to the race, it is a highlight of my racing career so far. The top 40 Go Kart drivers in the world will be taking part. The way it works is that each team has four drivers so with 60 teams taking part there could be up to 240 drivers. Each driver does a stint of one hour at a time with a three hour rest period.”

For the petrol heads among you James’s kart has a 125cc Rotax Max engine and Intrepid chassis. Watch this space for news of how James did in France.

Photo caption

James Webb in the office driving seat at his Oxleas base Pinewood House.

Published on 13th August 2010