After our late breakfast, we explored the rest of Midvalley, stopping by Lego, Padini, and even Toys 'R' Us. As we brainstormed ideas for our next activity, the topic of ATV came up, leading us to the idea of trying out Go Kart racing.
"Let's do Go Kart."
A few of us began searching for nearby places, relieved to find one just a 20-minute drive away. However, our excitement dimmed as we read reviews mentioning safety concerns and even recent accidents.
"It seems like they had an accident last week."
As we scrolled through the reviews, safety emerged as a recurring concern, dating back three months. Reassuring each other that we'd drive safely and responsibly, we ventured on with fingers crossed towards the Plentong Go-Kart track.
The terrain leading to the Go-Kart area proved challenging, resembling a trail with a security barrier guiding us. Once we drove onto a narrow dirt road that barely accommodated two vehicles, we had to navigate skillfully between oncoming drivers. And it is also to our pleasant surprise that they have the longest Go-Kart track in Asia?!
Driving towards the nimbostratus clouds got us crossing our extra fingers as well; hoping that there won't be rain. Upon reaching the place we are graced with a moderate drizzling that got us contemplating for abit before just winging it since it's 10 minutes and we can stop if it's too heavy. The wet tracks does throw us off abit, but what was my moment of judgement is if I'm able to "sit" inside a Go Kart. After the accident I can't fully bend my legs leaving me unable to do certain things; such as using a squat toilet.
To my surprise, I managed to sit inside the Go Kart, albeit with some effort. Getting in was a struggle, and I had to rely on arm strength to gradually lower myself down.
"Okay, let's do this."
Equipped with helmets and balaclavas to keep our heads clean (as the helmets were a bit questionable), the staff even provided ponchos for the rain. After a brief overview of how to operate the Kart—essentially pointing out the brakes and accelerator—they initiated the motors with a tug.
Starting slowly, I soaked in the moment. While flashes of previous accidents crossed my mind, I focused on maintaining calm, steady breaths as I drove. Adapting to the Kart took some time, but eventually, I felt a sense of freedom akin to being on the road. The wind against my face and the sensation of cruising down the asphalt brought back fond memories. The 10 minutes on the track felt like three laps, and I was proud to have overcome a part of my fear.
This experience has made me more open to trying out Go-Karting in the future, and I look forward to exploring more tracks someday.
Name: Permas Go-Kart Club Sdn Bhd (Plentong International Karting Circuit)
Address: Jalan Bunga Matahari, Taman Plentong Baru, 81750 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia