The Tuen Mun circuit will close to make way for a bridge to Shenzhen The last karting track in Hong Kong will close next week - not due to lack of demand but to make way for a bridge. Choy Kam-tim, manager of the Hong Kong Racing Circuit in Tuen Mun, has been trying to prevent the closure since June when he was told the land would be repossessed so that the Shenzhen Western Corridor Bridge could be built. 'We went to different government departments to try to stop it. However, nothing happened and they just passed us from one department to another. We were completely helpless to do anything about it. 'We would happily move to another location if the government gave us another place to use but the government does not support karting as a sport. Our only solution now is to move to China.' After the closure on October 15, the Hong Kong Racing Circuit will merge with the Red Fire Racing Circuit in Qingyuan City, Guangdong, which opened last month. The Hong Kong centre's 10 full-time staff will have to transfer to Guangdong or lose their jobs. Track regular Andy Statham, who visits at least once a week with his family, said: 'I'll be sorry to see the track go. It provides a safe environment for people to get their first taste of driving.' He said it also provided a community service in that some people were 'less inclined to take part in illegal road racing' if they used the track. 'It is a good sport to take up because it teaches people to be disciplined. Fairly wild drivers risk injury to themselves and others. Karting teaches them self-discipline as well as basic driving skills.' Last year, the Karting Mall, an indoor track at the former Kai Tak airport, closed down due to lack of business. Despite tracks in Shenzhen and Macau, Mr Statham will be making the trip to Qingyuan City to try out the Red Fire Racing Circuit in a few weeks' time. Mr Choy said: 'It's a bit far to go but it will be worth the distance.' At the Hong Kong Racing Circuit, children as young as six with adequate training can try karting for a basic charge of $100 for 10 minutes on the 600-metre long circular track. 'Because of our cheap prices, even students can afford to drive here which makes it a popular option with young people. Adolescents too young to drive cars can come here to learn about safe driving,' Mr Choy said. 'Since our opening two years ago, we have remained very popular because of our outdoor track and also because we use gasoline cars rather than electric cars.' During weekdays about 20 to 30 people use the track on average, increasing on the weekends and on public holidays. Mr Choy said: 'We've had up to 300 people here on a good day'.