On a sunny afternoon in Milton Keynes, nearly two hundred people descended on Daytona kart circuit and were treated to an exclusive thrill of meeting and racing against the 2008 F1 World Champion, Lewis Hamilton – Badger was there too, to see how the day unfolded and my, what a treat!

Each of the 60 competition winners brought two guests and so with 180 people all dressed in their overalls, Lewis Hamilton came on stage and did a great Q&A session, took questions from the audience and then went about setting his fastest lap around the circuit.  One lucky chap also got the chance to drive with Lewis in a special two-seater kart, certainly something he’ll remember.

After a few laps of practice, the teams were formed, strategies discussed and the lights went out.  After a full hour of racing, one team managed to beat Lewis’ time, albeit on light fuel – but still, a sterling effort!

The sheer scale of this event, and having such an iconic modern F1 driver around throughout the day impressed us muchly – great to see a day of F1 action so fan-centric, especially given Formula One’s traditional closed-door image for fan interaction – well done Vodafone.

Here are some more photos from the day:

If you’re reading this thinking, wow that’s brilliant (and why wouldn’t you be!?) then, all you have to do to be in with a chance of similar such events or maybe taking part in the go-karting in 2011, is to be a Vodafone customer – pay as you go, contract or what have you and register at the Vodafone VIP website – there’s already another exciting opportunity in the form of a behind-the-scenes tour of the McLaren Technology Centre – the amazing home of the legendary British team over in Woking.

And finally, here’s Lewis Hamilton showing everyone how it’s done in a go-kart around Daytona:

Badger also got a masterclass in karting from Lewis – read about it here, and what with being media we had the opportunity to sit down with the man himself and have a chat about the rest of the season and the downside to ‘being’ Lewis Hamilton – read our exclusive interview here.