Memories of 2011: Wheldon's charity karting

Memories of 2011: Wheldon's charity karting

The poignant gathering of motorsport stars at the Dan Wheldon Memorial Kart Race left Simon Strang reminiscing about the life of the double Indianapolis 500 winner, whose death cast a shadow over 2011

I'm freezing my nuts off. I can't feel the tips of my fingers (I won't be able to for hours either), and I've just been overtaken by Dario Franchitti and Clive Wheldon, as well as God only knows who else. But I'm having a ball. The most fun I've had all year.

I'm at the Dan Wheldon Memorial Kart race at Milton Keynes that Johnny Mowlem has organised. Everywhere you look old faces from the paddock, many of whom haven't seen one another in years, are smiling. It's like a school reunion. A school for particularly naughty boys... Dan would have loved it.

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