The flag went down on the first round of the 2002 Challenge at the Daytona Raceway circuit in north London last Wednesday when five teams competing over the 700 metre indoor circuit.
Competitors from Ford Business Partner, Europcar, Godfrey Davis Contract Hire, Venson Public Sector and Venson Fleet Management took part in the 50-minute race around one of the trickiest and fastest circuits in the country.
With lap times getting faster and faster and the race proving a drive of skill and stamina it was Venson Public Sector which eventually won the first round of the Challenge.
Star drivers Nick Rodrigues and Gareth McCauley took first and second places as the Venson Public Sector team notched up 172 points. Third was David Soames, of Ford Business Partners.
The second round of the challenge is due to be held tomorrow night (April 10) at Speedkarting, Reading where the scheduled starters are: Leaseplan UK, Alphabet, Fleetlease, ARVAL PHH, Windsor Vehicle Leasing, Fleet Support Group, VELO, Inchcape Fleet Solutions, Hertz Rent-a-Car, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Overlease and ING Car Lease.
This year's Kwik-Fit Fleet National Karting Challenge is composed of seven regional heats in which more than 45 companies from the fleet leasing, contract hire, fleet management and daily rental sectors will battle it out to become the 2002 Fleet Karting Champions.
The winners of each of the seven rounds will qualify for the grand final to be held at the Daytona circuit, Milton Keynes on June 9.