The Douglas Soapbox race took place on Saturday evening, drawing a large crowd in the heart of the capital.

A total of 30 home-made karts tackled the gravity race’s testing course, which began at the top of Upper Church Street and finished outside the Outback on Barrack Street.

Between the two points the hardy entrants had to negotiate a series of chicanes, jumps and the infamous ’boneshaker’.

As usual, the qualifying runs proved a war of attrition, with five of the karts not completing the three runs.

The top six at this stage in the Microgaming-sponsored challenge then qualified for the final and one last shot at the £150 first prize.

Alex Bottomley (pictured inset) lopped nearly a second off his best qualifying run, to pilot the Team Sneeze kart to top spot.

His time of 25.517s was only marginally ahead of runner-up David Kennington (25.890s) and Jack Divers (26.011s) in third.

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