Bacon's City Technology College claim victory at the final

Tue 27 Feb 07

Bacon's City Technology College sweep to victory in the inaugural British Schools Karting Championship

A team of young school students from Bacon's City Technology College raced their way to victory in the final of the first ever British Schools Karting Championship held in Streatham, South London on Monday evening.

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photo courtesy of Enver Meyer

The championship has captured the imagination of hundreds of school children across the capital as well as influential figures in the motorsport industry. Vauxhall's British Touring Car squad, the Williams F1 team and the BRDC Stars of Tomorrow karting championship, where British F1 driver Lewis Hamilton was found, have all donated prizes to the winning teams. The initiative has also received support from Jenson Button:

"The British Schools Karting Championship is a fantastic way for more young British kids to get into motorsport," the Honda Formula 1 ace commented. "Some of the best memories in my career come from the time I spent racing in karts. It is so much fun and definitely the best way to get in to motorsport and enjoy yourself at the same time."

Gareth Lewis, a PE teacher at Bacon's City Technology College in Rotherhithe, South East London, says that the championship has been a fantastic opportunity for the young students.

"The championship has been a lot of fun. The kids have had an opportunity that they'd never have in a normal school environment. It opens door ways, it really does. They're not massive on the sports scene at school, they're not footballers, they're not rugby, not hockey, there's nothing else for them to do, but here in karting they've suddenly shone. Their names have been mentioned in assemblies, their trophies are up in the cabinets with their names on so it's been really great for them and the interest at school is huge."

The team from Bacons CTC, consisting of Oliver Clarke (14), Aaron Adams (16), and Serkan Erdem (15), dominated the final winning half of the 6 races and finishing second in the rest.

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photo courtesy of Enver Meyer

Championship director Will Tew said that his aim is to make motorsport as accessible to young people as possible.

"I've loved motorsport ever since I was a kid. I would have loved to have had the opportunity to go racing when I was at school, but there was nothing in place to allow that to happen without spending thousands of pounds."

"The British Schools Karting Championship changes all that. It's just fantastic. The kids have had a great time and all the teachers are very happy. Congratulation to Bacons City Technology College, they drove brilliantly throughout the championship and are deserving champions."

Although motorsport is often regarded as a sport for the rich and fortunate, the British Schools Karting Championship has taken an ambitious step to change that. With all karts and equipment provided, costs are kept to an absolute minimum, eliminating one of the main barriers for young people wanting to participate in competitive motor racing. The entry fee of £42.50 per driver for the whole championship - practise, semi final and final - is low enough to allow most youngsters to take part, and many schools have helped out financially by subsidising the entry fees to make it even more affordable.

"That's one of the nicest things for me. To see some kids race who might never have had the chance to try out a sport so exciting and exhilarating. I'm really happy," said Tew.

Teams from Bushey Meads School in Hertfordshire secured second and third places in the championship. The top three teams had their prizes and trophies presented to them by Vauxhall's 21 year old British Touring Car driver Tom Chilton.

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photo courtesy of Enver Meyer

These teams will now be invited to a day at Brands Hatch courtesy of Vauxhall and a special test in a high performance outdoor kart kindly donated by the BRDC Stars of Tomorrow series. Thirty lucky students from Bacons City Technology College will also be treated to an exclusive tour around the Williams F1 museum in Grove, Oxfordshire later in the year.

Full results
1st - Bacon's City Technology College (57pts)
2nd - Bushey Meads School A (48pts)
3rd - Bushey Meads School C (45pts)
4th - Campion School (37pts)
5th - Latymer Upper School (37pts)
6th - Heathland School B (31pts)
7th - St George's School (29pts)
8th - Heathland School D (20pts)
9th - Bushey Meads School B (15pts)
10th - St Joseph's Academy (11pts)

Photos
High res photos can found at www.bskc.co.uk/press

All photos courtesy of Enver Meyer: www.envermeyer.com

Contact
Will Tew
3T Racing Ltd
Tel: 0845 2990 213
Mob: 077 305 26 305
Email: will@bskc.co.uk

British Schools Karting Championship: www.bskc.co.uk

28th February 2007

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BSKC at Autosport International with the BRDC Stars of Tomorrow

Thu 11 Jan 07

Championship to showcase at Autosport International

The British Schools Karting Championship will be exhibiting at Autosport International, the worlds largest motorsport exhibition, from Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th January.

The stand is part of the larger BRDC Stars of Tomorrow exhibit which is one the main focuses of the show this year with an emphasis on how drivers graduate from karts to cars.

The show is being opened up by former British F1 Champion Damon Hill who, as president of the British Racing Drivers Club (who organise the British Grand Prix), is supporting the developement of young drivers' careers from karting and through into single seaters.

The British Schools Karting Championship can be found in Hall 6, stand K520 next to the yellow BRDC Stars of Tomorrow lorry.

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Winning teams to test with the BRDC Stars of Tomorrow

Fri 01 Dec 06

Winning teams to test with Stars of Tomorrow

The British Schools Karting Championship has teamed up with the BRDC Stars of Tomorrow series to offer a fantastic prize to the top 3 teams in the championship this year.

Those 3 teams will be given the chance to test a high performance outdoor 2-stroke racing kart courtesy of the BRDC Stars of Tomorrow series.

The BRDC Stars of Tomorrow series is a high performance karting championship that visits many outdoor circuits across the country and has seen many of its graduates go on to great success including newly appointed British F1 driver Lewis Hamilton who won the Stars of Tomorrow championship multiple times in the late 90s.

Carolynn Hoy, Stars of Tomorrow director, commented: "The British School Karting Championship is such a fantastic way to get in to motorsport at a young age, and we are very pleased to offer a test in a Junior Max kart to the winning teams this year. It would be great for new talent to be discovered in the British Schools Karting Championship and we wish all competitors the best of luck."

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BSKC 2007 launch press release (including comments from Jenson)

Sun 26 Nov 06

Jenson Button backs new schools initiative to produce future British Formula 1 Champions

Honda F1 driver Jenson Button has given his backing to The British Schools Karting Championship, launched today by 3T Racing. With most of the world's top racing drivers starting their careers in karting, it is hoped that this new championship will widen access to the sport and produce an exciting new breed of British motorsport champions.

Commenting on the launch, Jenson said:
"The British Schools Karting Championship is a fantastic way for more young British kids to get into motorsport. I started karting at the age of eight and it is so much fun. Some of the best memories in my career come from the time I spent racing in karts. Most of the current F1 drivers also started out in karting and it is definitely the best way to get into motorsport and enjoy yourself at the same time. Best of luck to everyone who takes part in the championship."

About The Championship:
For the first time in motor racing history school students will be able to race against each other in a championship specifically designed for them. Drivers will be grouped in to teams representing their individual schools. With all karts and equipment provided, costs are kept to an absolute minimum, eliminating one of the main barriers for young people wanting to participate in competitive motor racing. Indeed it is hoped that the championship will widen access to a sport that has traditionally had limited participation.

The championship, open to all 13 - 18 year olds, will comprise a number of regional finals. The first of these finals will be open to state and private schools in the Greater London area. The action kicks off in January 2007 at the Streatham Kart Raceway where Mclaren Formula 1 star Lewis Hamilton learned his trade. The event culminates in the showpiece final on 26 February where perhaps the next British F1 Champion will be discovered.

Will Tew, Managing Director, 3T Racing Ltd, commented: "I am delighted to be able to announce the launch of the British Schools Karting Championship. As a teenager I was extremely keen to participate in motor racing, but found the high costs and limited opportunities incredibly frustrating. I can't wait to give school children across the country the chance to race against each other. It is my hope that by increasing mass participation in motorsport, Britain will produce a far greater number of successful racing drivers"

For more information please go to www.bskc.co.uk

23 November 2006

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Press Enquiries:
You can find further information and high definition photos at www.bskc.co.uk/press or contact:

3T Racing 020 8274 1856 / 07730526305
Will Tew Managing Director
Tom Carroll Marketing Director

About 3T Racing:
3T Racing was launched in November 2003 to further the expansion of the British Universities Karting Championship. Set up by Will Tew and Tom Batho, keen motorsport enthusiasts and graduates from Imperial College, London, the company is on a mission to revolutionise access to motorsport.

 

 

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