Karting firm back on track

John Velloza comes up from ground level to the upper track
John Velloza comes up from ground level to the upper track

A WIGAN karting firm which fell into administration will reopen in a new location next week.

Elite Karting which opened in 2009 at the old MFI warehouse on Chapel Lane got into financial difficulty in the summer.

High business rates were to blame for the company’s downfall but in a bid to keep the leisure activity in the town, bosses have relocated to Eckersley Mill with a 50,000 sq ft race track scaling two floors.

Manager John Velloza said: “After going into administration we realised we would have to offer even more in terms of facilities and a really amazing driving experience for our customers while cutting costs.

“The search ended at Eckersley Mill.

“Mill Three has not been used for a few years and was so dilapidated.

“So much of it needed stripping out, internal walls needed to be knocked down and there was an endless list of roof and floor repairs.

“Maryland Securities were keen to have another leisure business on their complex to complement the popular Roller Rink and they have been very helpful in getting the project going.”

The karting base which is 20,000 sq ft bigger than the MFI warehouse boasts custom made ramps throughout the building, a state-of-the-art booking-in and timing system and top-quality flooring for improved tyre grip.

Future plans include adding a separate junior track next to the refurbished reception and games room.

John added: “Once the track has been tested we will be able to start operating.

“All our staff have been amazing in getting this project finished and I have to thank everyone involved.

“We have cut our overheads to ensure that we won’t get into difficulty again.”