How lockdown is hurting Border Karting

Despite the continued easing of restrictions across the company, sports clubs still feel the pressure brought about due to the restraints.

KEEPING IT SAFE: Jayson Du Preez, 18, Dylan Bezuidenhout, 22, and Arabella Krause, 47, race for the top spot in the Bambino Class during round 3 of the Border Karting Club Championships held at the EL Grand Prix track earlier this month
Picture: DEAN HOLMES

Border Karting chairman Joe Borges said that the sport will likely be feeling the impact for a long time.

“Spectators are not allowed [under current restrictions], which has had a negative effect on the club as gate entries help with covering the running costs.

“Building interest in the sport is difficult without spectators and people walking around the pit areas, so in the future a possible drop in members could be experienced,” he said.

Borges said they have had to deal with a lot more than just spectator shortages.

“We were unable to pay the staff and maintenance around the circuit was stopped. The vandalism increased and a lot of items and cables have been stolen.

“When we were allowed to start racing again the number of people entering the event areas had to be controlled. This has created a lot of extra paperwork,” he said.

When they do hold events, Borges said Border Karting ensured they followed the necessary Covid-19 health and safety protocols.

“Attendance registers need to be completed before the event, on the day a screening form is handed in by the gate which has the temperature recorded on it as well as the relevant Covid-19 questions about contact, travel, illnesses and so forth.

“Signage is up in the required areas to advise and remind people about washing hands and social distancing,” he said.

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