Whilton Mill treat drivers to Haas F1 visit
As a reward for their success in the Whilton Mill Kart Club Championship last year, eight lucky drivers were given the chance to tour the Haas F1 factory with UK workshop manager, Alan Maybin.
The drivers were, Luke Whitehead, Brandon Abraham, Aaron Drury, Callum Bradshaw, Marcus Pett, Riley Phillips and Tom Smith. They were the club champions in their respective classes last year bar Brandon Abraham who won the ‘Perseverance’ award after his fantastic performances in the Mini Max class on novice plates.
From a parent’s point of view Simon Whitehead certainly took a very keen interest and told me: “What a fantastic experience it was to participate in the tour of the Haas F1 factory. I think everyone was amazed away by the weight and costs involved in individual parts of the car and the different approach Haas has taken. Credit to Alan Maybin who was the perfect guide and kept everyone intrigued throughout the tour. It was a nice touch at the end when the drivers were given some Haas memorabilia to take home. Well done to Whilton Mill for organising a Freya prize!”
Away from the drivers and parents Club chairman Darren Clarke was also present along with photographer Stu Stretton. Stu commented: “It was eye opening to see the amount of equipment and expense to run just two cars. The stresses on the team to perform are great and the tolerances on the engineers to work to are incredible! It’s so far from the karting world but similar in so many ways to top level karting.”
It’s fantastic to see Whilton Mill are giving more than trophies and an experience I’m sure they’ll never forget.