THRILL seekers on Wearside will be able to have an even better time at a go-kart track after a £400,000 investment.
Former Intercontinental World Championship Rally driver, Guy Wilks, has carried out the revamp at Karting North East, at Warden Law, near Houghton, after taking over the business in 2011.
The 30-acre site has been reconstructed and, as well as a 1.2km karting track, additional motor and action sports features have also been added.
The most recent addition has been a purpose-built, 2,500sqm enclosed paintball arena.
This comes on the back of Mr Wilks and his team adding dedicated 4x4 off-road tracks and dual track off-road “rage buggies”.
Ten new jobs have been created after the improvements.
Mr Wilks, 33, who drove for both Skoda and Peugeot in his racing days, said: “Unfortunately, karting and other motorsports can suffer something of an image problem.
“This is a fantastic day out that offers anyone a chance to pit themselves against their friends, family or colleagues in a fun, safe and exciting way.
“Importantly, these are all done against a backdrop that genuinely cares about the entire experience.”
Mr Wilks also said further changes could include new reception and café areas, as well as overhauled briefing rooms for drivers.
“We’re really confident that we’re geared up to accommodate all of them now, in surroundings that no other karting and motorsport venue can offer. I believe we have the region’s best public motorsports venue.”