Only in Britain: 12-hour lawnmower endurance race

FIVE OAKS, 15 Aug 2017: 

Drivers donned their suits and climbed into their cockpits at the weekend for a 12-hour endurance race with a difference: they weren’t driving rallying cars – but lawnmowers.

The annual race in Five Oaks, a hamlet in West Sussex, England, started at 8pm on Saturday and saw 51 three-driver teams take to the 1.4km circuit – with the winning team completing 363 laps.

The lawnmowers can reach speeds approaching 50 mph but a week of rain preceding the race left the surface of the dirt track soft and difficult to navigate.

“This track will find out any weak points on a mower,” said previous winner Andy Rostron. For the fifth year in a row, the race was won by the Northerners Kick Grass team.

Lawnmower racing came out of a meeting of motor-sport fans in a pub in 1973 who wanted to create an inexpensive class of racing. Teams are forbidden from accepting sponsorship or modifying engines.

– Reuters

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