Beating a World Record #3

Well…he DID IT! Matt broke the Guinness World Record for longest distance covered in an indoor gokart! In the end and under the excited eyes of the media, Matt completed 772.48km breaking the previous record of 733.6km. Although it’s not official he did it. Once it’s official, then a new official distance will be established by Guinness.

To say this was taxing on everyone involved would be a huge understatement. But obviously, Matt suffered the greatest toll, both mentally and physically. Heck his finger prints even changed!

The record was broken with 1.5hrs to spare and that was his goal. He did press on but by this point his body needed a long break. It was also time to talk to the media and share a few thoughts. Thanks to the amazing efforts of Dulce Barbosa who handled all the promotions, the media was there in force to cover this momentous event and in the end over $5000 was raised for Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. This was a huge success in that a Guinness World Record was broken and a large some of money was raised for a charity close to Matthew’s heart.


Media Coverage:

2018-01-23 BreakFast TV (click here)

2018-01-23 Global News (click here)

2018-01-23 Brampton Guardian: Brampton’s Matthew Hayley breaks karting world record (click here)

2018-01-23 CTV News: Ontario go-kart driver surpasses Guinness World Record distance 2nd video (click here)

2018-01-22 CBC The National

2018-01-22 640 Toronto Morning Show – radio (click radio)

2018-01-22 CTV News: Ontario man races to break 24-hour go-kart Guinness World Record (click here)

2017-12-13 Brampton Guardian: “Underdog Matthew Hayley attempting Guinness World go karting record” (click here)

Going for a World Record #2

Going for a Guinness World Record is never easy, especially a Marathon/Endurance record over the span of 24hrs. It takes a tremendous amount of personal sacrifice, training, dedication and an unparalleled drive to succeed. Under my guidance as his coach/instructor and with a personal friend, Andrew Jordan, providing the professional medical supervision, Matthew Hayley is going for such a record. Specifically the longest distance set for indoor gokarting in 24hrs (individual). Currently the record is 733.6km and we’re aiming to smash it.

On Dec.4th, we did another 4hr test. We will have to do several of these shorter tests to find the failure points so that they can be addressed before the big day.

Some of the broken parts

Our last test was 5hrs and everything was fine. During this 4hr test…things broke. It’s to be expected though considering how fast Matt’s kart has been tuned to for these tests (the speeds he’s reaching are NOT normal and regular customers would never drive this fast). Knowing the failure points now will allow us to upgrade components that prove to be troublesome at these abnormally high speeds and higher G-Forces, as well as ensuring that certain components are brand new before we start the attempt. We will also need to be ready to repair the gokart during the record attempt. Time will not be on our side, so repairs will have to be done very quickly. Although Matt can use that time as an ‘unscheduled break’, too many mechanical failures will mean failing at getting the Record.

Damage for the day: Failed transponder, broken spindle, bent axle, broken rear sprocket, broken bumper bracket, and a blown bearing.

Giving some words of wisdom

As for Matthew…he just laughed it all off. He really is doing amazing and his stamina is remarkable. For our last test, we taped over a pound of weights to his helmet to condition and strengthen his neck. Turns out we will be adding more weight for next time because it didn’t faze him at all. I guess we will just have to push him even harder!

Matt continues to train five days a week at the track and our next big test day will be on Dec. 18th. We still need lots of volunteers to help Matt bring the record to Canada. If you’re interested in being part of this historic event, please contact me.

*Pictures of Matt provided by Rob Beintema, Courtesy of The Brampton Guardian

Guinness World Record for indoor gokarting! #1

I guess the time has come that I can go public with this…We’re going for a World Record Attempt!

For the last 2.5 months I’ve been coaching a rather special driver.

What started out as just helping him indulge in his passion for driving and improving his skills, has now resulted in me becoming his coach for this historic event. He’s become a damn good gokarter! I have found in him a passion not often seen and on Jan. 22nd, 2018, at Formula Kartways, we are going to break the Guinness World Record for greatest distance set for indoor gokarting in 24hrs.

Allow me to introduce you to Matthew Hayley. The man who will bring the Indoor GoKarting record to Canada!

Dulce Barbosa is heading up our PR campaign and Andrew Jordan will be our Chief Medical Officer. Formula Kartways is behind this 100% and other sponsors continue to come on-board daily!

We need a lot of volunteers to assist. Bill Bryan has expressed interest but we need additional Timers, Marshals and many others to assist in supporting roles.

Although Matt is training with me five days a week, our next big enduro training day is Dec. 4th where there will also be media in attendance.

If you are interested being a part in bringing this historic event and bringing this Guinness World Record to Canada, please touch base with me.