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We’ve all dreamed the Formula 1 dream, haven’t we? The one where it’s not Lewis Hamilton but you driving to a Grand Prix victory in a glamorous venue, taking the plaudits and spraying the crowd with Champagne. The reality is that it’s never going to happen - but you can experience the thrills and spills of high-speed racing on the kart track.
Though it might seem on the face of it that buzzing about on a kart is a million miles away from F1 racing, the link is much stronger than you’d think. World Champion drivers like Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel all started their competitive driving careers and learned the tricks of the trade in go-karts.
And if you try it yourself you’ll soon discover that there’s something strangely exhilarating about thrashing a kart around a track, feeling all four wheels slide around the corners as you overtake your mates with your backside skimming the tarmac. There are a number of circuits offering the activity on Malta, making kart racing a very real possibility during your holiday.
The best place to head some thrills but no spills on the track is Badger Karting, an operation set up in 1999 with a mission to increase karting activities for Maltese locals and tourists alike. It worked, it’s still going strong more than a decade later.
This makes for a great afternoon or evening out! The Badger Karting raceway has 30 petrol-powered karts, with the more powerful Pro Solid version capable of reaching speeds of up to 50 mph (80 kmh). You can book sessions with the option to blast around a choice of 17 different possible track layouts.
This is an ideal ‘speed’ sport on a compact island like Malta because it does not require too much space to create a circuit. Badger Karting provides a good variety of packages and caters for all levels, ages and budgets. The track is open from 5pm to 11pm on weekdays and from 1pm to 6pm at weekends and on Public Holidays.
The facility has a clubhouse with bar, offering hot and cold snacks along with the normal variety of booze and non-alcoholic drinks. A viewing gallery has been incorporated into the roof of the building giving you the opportunity to watch your family and friends in action on the track.
You’ll find the track in the village called Ta’ Qali, which is in the centre of the island to the west of Valletta. It’s about halfway between Mdina and Birkirkara and there are plenty of buses here and signposts as this is where the National Stadium and the Craft Village are located too.
If you fancy arranging a karting session as a gift before you arrive in Malta then you can book it through our sister site, Something Different. This specialises in providing memorable experiences and the link is available below.
Address: Triq Duramblatt, L/O Mosta, Ta' Qali
Phone: +356 2142 1838/9
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