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Arup's Ham takes the chequered flag in national go-karting challenge

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Simon Ham of Arup Acoustics took first prize in the national final of the Sch³co go-karting challenge on Thursday 12 August, qualifying him to take part in the 2005 UK Grand Prix.

Ham battled to the winner's podium at the Whilton Mill National Karting Circuit near Daventry, Northamptonshire, in atrocious weather conditions, which included torrential rain and thunder and lightning.

With visibility down to zero at times and the track flooding, there were several crashes and skids. One kart was reduced to three wheels in a collision.

Ham and the second and third-placed finalists, Martin Smart of Acanthus Clews Architects and Stephen Johnson from contractor Peter Walker Group, will go forward to Sch³co's European final, to be held in Majorca in the autumn.

There was one other prize awarded among the 26 finalists. It went to Jonathan Lisseter of the ATP Group, a previous winner who finished in fourth place despite starting last in all the heats.

The contestants were racing 100cc two-stroke karts, which have a top speed of 80mph. Sch³co's go-karting challenge was organised by Walnut Motorsport in association with The Architects' Journal and Construction News.

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