WHILE it was sweltering trackside, the action out of the pits was red hot when nine North Devon businesses turned out for a spot of fund-raising in the fast lane at North Devon Karting Centre in Barnstaple. A team of five drivers from the North Devon Gaze

WHILE it was sweltering trackside, the action out of the pits was red hot when nine North Devon businesses turned out for a spot of fund-raising in the fast lane at North Devon Karting Centre in Barnstaple.A team of five drivers from the North Devon Gazette took to the grid alongside teams from event hosts, Fremington-based Absolute Driver Solutions, and Atlas Packaging, Advanced Pallet Systems, Smurfit Kappa, Ilfracombe Wholesale Goods, Devonshire Pine, Youings and Lantern FM.All put the pedal to the absolute metal for the inaugural Absolute Driver Solutions "Absolute Challenge" in aid of the Children's Hospice South West.Atlas Packaging were the overall winners after pipping Lantern FM to the prize with a tyre-melting 120 laps during the two-hour time limit.But in the interests of fair play - Atlas had a couple of semi-professional karters in their team - the Muriel Momber Cup, named after event organiser Paul Momber's late mother, was awarded to Lantern."Amazingly, after two hours of racing there was only one second in it," said ADS boss, Mr Momber. "My mother was all for fair play and I think that is how she would have wanted it. All the teams taking part did fantastically well and we had a great day, while raising about £600 for the Little Bridge House.ADS operations manager Steve Fowler, who also helped to co-ordinate the day, thanked staff at North Devon Karting Centre, Pottington, for helping to them to put on the event.