Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mario Balotelli takes $300K Ferrari for spin on go-kart track

Mario Balotelli has a reputation for the outrageous and the naughty — a sort of mix between Shaquille O'Neal and Metta World Peace — on and off the pitch.  The soccer star just keeps piling up headlines as fast as he scores goals — sometimes more.

The 22-year-old is well known for his love of go-karting but is forbidden by his contract with AC Milan to drive the mini hot rods because the team is worried he may injure himself.

However to get his Jeff Gordon on — while getting around the go-kart clause — the owners of the track allowed him to take his brand-new $300,000 Ferrari 450 out for a few laps on the high speed course. 

Balotelli turned up at the Pala K karting complex on the outskirts of Milan with a group of friends and he spent almost an hour at the club speeding through the curves and straightaways of the half-mile track in his Ferrari as his pals cheered him on from the stands before they went for a bite to eat.

Balotelli, who had a go-kart track built in the garden of his English home when he was at Manchester City, is a regular at the Pala K centre and would often turn up even while living in Great Britain. 

"Mario is a regular visitor here and would come over even when he was playing in England," said owner Joe Ghiringhelli. "He loves the karts and driving although he said he could never get used to driving in England because over there they drive on the other side of the road.

"We let him take his new Ferrari out on the track and he was roaring around laughing and having fun."

That looks like one cool go-kart track.

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