Not less than 100 children have been successfully trained in a kart (motorsport) training and competition in Abuja by a motorsport nongovernmental organization known as Automobile and Touring Club of Nigeria (ATCN).
The children were trained on the techniques and rules of kart racing both in theory and practical demonstration using e-karting devices and Go-Kart vehicles.
The four-day event was held at the premises of Abuja Enterprise Agency just as day four, which was the final and competition day took place at the Eagle Square Parking Lot, Abuja.
The four-day event under the name Karting in School Phase 2 was put together by ATCN in collaboration with Abuja Enterprise Agency and Abuja Investment Company Limited and supported by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) through its FIA Sports Grant Programme.
Out of 100 participants the best 16 were selected, and then the best 8 which the best 4 qualified for the final.
In the category of boys, the first prize went to the 17-year-old Bassey Akilahyel who emerged overall winner while Usman Suleiman and Muhammad Suleiman came behind as first runner-up and second runner-up respectively.
In the female category of the Karting in Schools, 11-year-old Ummusalma Abdullateef was the winner, while Sunday 9th April, 2023 saw 18 students participate in the eSport in eKarting Category, 12-year-old Abdullateef Junaid emerged overall winner, followed by Mubarak Muhammad and David Shaibu who came second and third, respectively.
The president of ATCN Mr Isaku Bamayi, in his closing remark charged the kart drivers to show “dedication and commitment because the training and the outcome of the competition will definitely impart on your life, especially for those of you who want to obtain licence to participate in National and international competitions,” he said.