A special group of pint-sized speedsters found themselves in ‘‘petrol head heaven’’at Highlands Motorsport Park on Monday.

About 30 campers from Camp Quality South and their ‘‘companions’’ were hosted at the race track in Cromwell as part of its annual camp.

Karting, exploring the motorsport museum and lunch were all part of the day’s activities with the highlight being two hours of laps around the track with Highland members in their cars.

A sheriff’s car, Rolls-Royce, Ferrari, Audi and Porsche Spyder were some of the vehicles on offer but it was a Honda Civic racecar driven by Nick Wright that initially caused the most excitement.

Camp manager Sam Lowry said the camp gave the children an opportunity to be children.

‘‘Camp Quality is important because we get to take the kids away to a camp where they get to be just themselves and be children again.’’

‘‘It’s a safe environment they’re in and they wouldn’t get to go on camps because of treatments and other situations so we allow that opportunity to happen,’’ he said.

This was the fifth year Highlands had hosted the campers and it was a favourite way for staff and members to start the year, Highlands Motorsport Park chief executive officer Josie Spillane said.

‘‘We feel very humble and grateful that we can provide this amazing experience,’’ she said.