WHIZZ kids from Weymouth were recognised for their efforts with the Dorset Young People’s Karting Project.

The youngsters, including many from Wey Valley school, received their personal achievement accreditation certificates and trophies in a presentation at Weymouth Police Station social club.

Members of their families, directors of Clay Pigeon Raceway, staff from DorchesterYouth Centre and Wey Valley School and Sports College also attended. Project leader Steve Collins said: “This has been one of our most successful seasons to date, if not the most.

“It has been great watching the young people develop both on and off the track.

“The karting committee was delighted with the positive feedback received at the presentation evening from young people and parents alike.”

The project is run with the help of Clay Pigeon Raceway, the former race circuit of Jenson Button, near Dorchester.

It works with young people from varied backgrounds with the aim of developing and enhancing their confidence, self-esteem, teamwork and interpersonal skills.

The Best Male Driver award went to Dominic O’Mara, the Best Female Driver title went to Dana Butcher and The Most Improved Driver was Jaimie Thorne.

Sportsman of the Year was Declan Young and Personality of the Year went to Dana Butcher.

Wey Valley student Chris Belsom said: “The karting project was the best experience of my life so far.”

Student Dana Butcher added: “I loved every minute of the karting season.”

Lisa Young, who is the mother of karting project member Declan Young, said: “Declan would never have had this opportunity if it wasn’t for the Karting Project.

“Declan has grown so much in confidence since starting.”

She added: “The presentation evening was a fantastic way to end the season.”

The project has been running since 1992 and aims to produce fine drivers but also develop participants into valued citizens.

The young people work towards a formal and recognised accreditation award. The project also works with Dorset Young Carers.

The project has also purchased two twin-seat karts to enable pupils with difficulties to take part.

It is hoped that Wyvern School will become part of the karting project next year.