Following a highly successful season, the participants of the Dorset Young People’s Karting Project received their personal achievement accreditation and trophies during a presentation held at the Weymouth Police Station Social Club. To celebrate in their achievement, the evening was attended by members of their family, directors of Clay Pigeon Raceway, staff from Dorchester Youth Centre, Wey Valley School and Sports College and Dorset Police.     


The project is run with the full assistance of Clay Pigeon Raceway, the former race circuit of Jenson Button. This unique project works with young people from varied backgrounds with the aim of developing and enhancing their confidence, self esteem, team work and interpersonal skills.

The project has been running since 1992 and as well as producing some fine drivers, participants have also developed into becoming valued Citizens in the community. The young people have worked all season towards a formal and recognised accreditation award showing that they can develop skills and abilities both on and off the track.  These skills help them in other aspects of their lives, including home, at school and in society. The project also works with Dorset Young Carers to allow Young People who care in the community to experience the thrill of Karting. Clay Pigeon Raceway, who provide facilities and support free of charge to the project, is the only recognised national race track in the UK that assists in such a project that will allow young people to race a kart regardless of physical/emotional disability. No other project of this kind exists in the UK. 


Carla Harper, student at Wey Valley School, said “I was really excited to be taking part as this type of opportunity doesn’t come around very often. I loved the adrenaline rush. It is definitely one of the best things I have ever done.”

Katrina Mills, mother of Jenson Mills, said “Karting has been great for Jenson. It brought all the young people together and encouraged them to be part of a team, even the quieter members. Jenson has loved the whole experience, couldn’t wait for Thursday’s to come around, he loved the responsibility and is more confident for it. For parents it was great to know our children were in safe hands, learning skills they will use later in life. The Presentation Evening was a great way to finish the season. Many thanks go to the staff involved for making this so memorable.”

Nicholas Cooke, student at Wey Valley School, said “I was really nervous before the first session but I am so glad I went as this is the best thing I have ever done.”

Steve Collins, the Project Leader added “This has been the most successful season to date. It has been great watching the young people develop both on and off the track. The Karting Committee was delighted with the positive feedback received at the Presentation Evening from young people and parents alike, it underlines how positive and worthwhile this project is and the impact it can have on those involved. All the young people involved deserve immense credit for their development throughout the season. The quality of racing was outstanding.”



The Best Male Driver was Alex Downes, Best Female Driver was Amber Clements, The Most Improved Female Driver was Alexandra Stevenson and The Most Improved Male Driver was Sean Roberts. Sportsman of the Year was Callum Mullins, Personality of the Year went to Sean Roberts, Jenson Mills received The Committee Award for Endeavour and Steve Collins was named as Clubman of the Year.