TG drives the Piaggio Ape racer

The last time I had anything to do with a motorbike was two years ago, when John McGuinness ‘kindly' gave me a pillion ride around the Isle of Man TT course. Today, things are slightly different.

Because today, things are slower. A lot slower. We're at the Rye House kart circuit to test out the UK's newest and thriftiest racing series - from April 2013, you'll be able to compete in a Piaggio Ape. The stats might not be impressive - top speed of about 65kph, single-cylinder, air-cooled petrol engine, 20bhp - but you'll never have so much fun for so little cost.