The FIA launched a project to develop karting in Rwanda and asked Protrain as leaders in this field, through the UK MSA, to carry out this exciting scheme.
The project started in 2017 and ten Biz karts were sent out to Rwanda in preparation for the Protrain team to fly out and introduce karting to the Rwandans.
Our first job was to assemble the karts whilst teaching and instructing on how best to assemble them and most importantly how they will need to be maintained for the future. Jim Jones took on responsibility for this and taught over 10 Africans all the most important techniques and factors.
Jim was helped by Steve Deeks who worked closely with the personnel that would be driving and controlling the racing. Both held workshops explaining all the complexities of kart racing and helping the Rwandans understand the sport and take it forwards in their country.
The training project corresponded with the African FIA Congress and the Protrain team were pleased to be joined by the hierarchy of most of the governing bodies of motorsport from around the world including our own MSA and Jean Todt, the FIA President himself.
After seeing many Rwandans taking immense joy from driving a kart, the next highlight was getting Jean Todt into a kart for a drive.
The team left having imparted immense knowledge into the locals and we look forward to hearing of the development of our sport in this massively developing country.