Wrexham.com visited GTX Karting on the Rhosddu Industrial Estate on Friday, and we were impressed with this new business and its facilities.
Run by brothers Robert and Ryan Jones, with close support from their father Graham (of Graham Jones Crane Hire) the business boasts a 380 meter track, designed and built by the Jones family, and 2 types of brand new go-kart. The junior karts, powered by 160cc engines, allow children as young as 8 years old to enjoy the thrills of indoor motor racing, while adults make use of the more powerful GX200cc motors that offer top speeds of around 45mph.
The track itself has some of the most technically challenging corners this reviewer has ever seen. The first complicated series of turns, slight left into a very long, tightening right followed by a narrow tightening left, offer many racing lines. There are chances to overtake here, if you can get the sequence right. Get the corners wrong, and you will be slow up the ramp to the second level (this track is spread between 2 floors) and you will be under pressure from those behind you. Three tricky left turns later you jump (yes, actually jump) onto the fast downhill straight towards the pit-lane hairpin, hitting top speed on the way. Once you negotiate this tricky last corner, you are ready for another lap.
Robert and Ryan are currently running a competition to win a free drive at the track on their facebook page. All you have to do is name the final corner (pit-lane hairpin bend does not really have a ring to it) and the best suggestion will be drawn at the beginning of April.
GTX Karting offer arrive and drive options from £20 per driver (£15 for kids) and a variety of special events, from birthdays to stag parties. There is easy viewing from their perfectly positioned teams room directly above the start/finish straight, and digital timing ensures the drivers can compare their lap times using the comprehensive data printouts.
They are open 10am-9pm Monday to Friday, and 10am-10pm Weekends.