The Royal Navy Royal Marines Karting Team is run by Lt Jean-Luke Laister and his father, John Laister, who have a number of years of karting experience between them, including racing at British Championship level.
The Team races in the Armed Forces Karting Championship against the Army, RAF, and a few civilian teams. The Championship is held over six rounds throughout the year at some of the best karting tracks in the country. The Team had a number of successes in 2019, including victories at two of the rounds.
A typical race weekend consists of the Team arriving on Thursday evening/Friday morning to set up, followed by practice on Friday and Saturday morning with racing on Saturday afternoon. Saturday evening consists of a Team BBQ and social with Sunday morning for cleaning the karts and dismantling equipment.
The races are typically a ten minute qualifying session followed by a three hour race. Three pit stops are mandatory, which is a perfect time for a driver change, with one stop required at the mid point for fuel. The karts are typically shared by three drivers, meaning each driver will get an hour of racing each along with practice before the race.
The Team currently have six endurance karts: four karts are part of the Race Team with two karts part of the Development Team.