National Karting Championship 2009 is go!

Thu 18 Jun 09

BSKC Drivers Invited to Race in National Karting Championship 09

The organisers of the British Schools Karting Championship are delighted to introduce the 2009 National Karting Championship, the biggest and most exciting competition of its kind anywhere in the UK.

Run in conjunction with the National Karting Association (NKA), the championship will see members of the public pit their driving skills against one another in a bid to win an MSA race license, a high-performance 2-stroke EasyKart and free entry into the 2010 EasyKart UK Championship. And as if that wasn’t enough, the National Karting Championship will be supporting BBC Children in Need and offering an equally fantastic prize to the competitor who raises the most money for the charity.

Three lucky winners will win an EasyKart of their own.

Three lucky winners will win an EasyKart

Over the next two months participating NKA karting circuits will play host to the qualifying stages of the championship. Participants must post their fastest lap times before the chequered flag brings qualifying to a close on August 24th and the serious competition begins. Quarter finals and semi finals will then see participants whittled down to the UK’s top 50 drivers before the smell of burning rubber signals the start of the November finale.

“For most people motor racing is a spectator sport,” said National Karting Championship Coordinator, Will Tew. “But you can’t help dreaming of being in Jenson Button or Lewis Hamilton’s shoes for a day. With the National Karting Championship we aim to recreate the excitement of top-level motorsport and hopefully progress some drivers into the professional ranks of participation.”

Aspiring drivers will have a chance to shw their skill behind the wheel.

Aspiring drivers will have a chance to show their skill behind the wheel

The competition is open for everyone at all levels, with three age classifications splitting up the competitors to ensure a fair shot at victory for all. Future, upcoming and previously overlooked Jenson Buttons are invited to enter at Cadet (8-11yrs), Junior (12-15yrs) and Senior (16yrs+) level.

Tew adds: “What is unique about this championship is that everyone is on a level playing field. Forget chequebook racing, this is about how good you are behind the wheel. It will be a lot of fun, and we’re delighted to be supporting BBC Children in Need at the same time.”

For more information and to enter this illustrious competition, prospective racers should visit http://www.nkachampionship.co.uk, where they can register to qualify at their local circuit.

 

 

Whitcliff Mount Win the BSKC 2009

Wed 01 Apr 09

Whitcliff Mount Win the BSKC 2009

As the sun set over Melbourne’s Albert Park following Jenson Button’s fairytale victory in the opening Grand Prix of 2009, a similar drama was beginning to unfold ten thousand miles away on the Daytona International Circuit in Milton Keynes. The British Schools Karting Championship had arrived in town and the Buckinghamshire venue was playing host to the national final, which would see the competition go down to the wire between 34 teams from all over the UK.

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The event marked the culmination of a championship fought out between 500 teams over 50 regional qualifying rounds, with 1,500 students representing their schools and colleges in a bid to become the fastest educational establishment in the country. Former karting ace Button would have felt right at home as the atmosphere grew ever more electrifying in the run up to the morning’s first practice session. Before the karts took to the track, however, race officials were responsible for ensuring all 102 drivers attended the all-important safety briefing. After all, competition would be fierce between the finalists, and with identical 60mph pro-karts across the field the racing was guaranteed to be close, fast and frantic.

Each team would contest six heats – with each of its three drivers competing in two of those races – and the squad with the highest points tally at the end of the day would be crowned champions. It was a tantalising prospect for all participants as the randomly ordered grid formed for the first ten-minute sprint to the chequered flag.

It was an exciting prospect, too, for the crowds which had slowly but surely gathered at the trackside in anticipation of some thrilling wheel-to-wheel action. Family and friends arrived in their droves to cheer on the competitors and to support each and every team taking part. Among the spectators were Motor Sports Association (MSA) chief executive Colin Hilton, and Carolynn Hoy, organiser of the Bernie Ecclestone-endorsed Formula Kart Stars series.

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Hoy was effusive in her praise of the BSKC: “It’s a wonderful opportunity to introduce the sport to kids, and at a ridiculously cheap cost. I watched the racing and it’s of an extremely high standard. I’m really impressed!”

Not only was the racing excellent; it was unpredictable, too, with several teams appearing to be in contention right from the outset. Hot favourites St. Cyres, from Penarth in the Vale of Glamorgan, had dominated their regional qualifying rounds, but strong showings from last year’s podium-finishers Peebles RSC and Manchester’s Wellacre College ensured that victory in the final was far from a foregone conclusion. Indeed, by the midpoint in proceedings the Wellacre team was top of the standings with two race wins.

But as if to emphasise the unpredictability and closeness of the competition, it was underdogs Whitcliffe Mount School, from Cleckheaton in West Yorkshire, who took the next few heats by storm, setting up a final race in which any one of three teams could take overall honours. It was a nail-biting affair, and to add to the tension the three contenders would all start from the middle of the pack. Who would have the skill and determination to charge through the field and take the title?

After a thrilling chase to the chequered flag it was Whitcliffe Mount who sealed the championship with a brilliant final performance. Newcastle’s Royal Grammar School was just five points shy of tasting victory, while early-leaders Wellacre College secured an admirable, but ultimately disappointing, third place overall.

“That was the beauty of this event,” claimed BSKC organiser Will Tew. “Every driver and team wanted to win so badly that it was never going to be easy. I must congratulate Whitcliffe Mount for such a fantastic result. They fully deserve their victory.”

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Few who witnessed the event would disagree. It later transpired that Whitcliffe brothers Jordan and Ryan Fletcher were competing on an outdoor kart circuit for only the second time, making their success all the more impressive. Teacher and team manager Richard Hirst remarked: “When I originally entered the boys, I didn’t think they’d do so well. I’m very proud and shocked!”

As a series that rewards talent and teamwork above the size of your cheque book, the British Schools Karting Championship has already enjoyed enormous growth since its inception in 2007. Not only is it opening up the world of competitive karting to a new and wider audience, it is also providing aspiring young racers with a cost-effective opportunity to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button.

Watch the video from the 2009 final…


 

 

BSKC 2009 Final

Wed 18 Mar 09

The final is nearly here!

500 teams competing all over the country, across 27 UK regions, culminating in a big 34 team final at Daytona Milton Keynes. It is going to be awesome. Awesomely tough! The competition has been tough all the way with 1500 students representing their schools in some fierce and close racing. We've had drivers practising in 3408 practice sessions and 3816 races so far, a total of 1204 hours worth of karting! And there's more to come.... The final is on Sunday 29th March, with arrival at 8.30am. Most teams are staying the night before at the Premier Inn, Milton Keynes South West (Furzton Lake). Daytona are also opening up a practice session on the Saturday for those interested. For full details of the final and all the arrangements "please go here":http://www.bskc.co.uk/details/final
 

 

British Schools Karting Championship 2009

Mon 19 Jan 09

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BSKC2009 is go!

The British Schools Karting Championship has kicked off in earnest with exactly 500 teams (1500 students), from 193 schools set to battle it out on the kart-track over the coming months. The championship has more than doubled in size since this time last year when 228 teams competed in the first ever arrive-and-drive karting championship for school and college students. The 2008 championship was eventually won by Bosworth Community & Sports College, Leicester. The BSKC 2009 has grown massively since then to cover 27 UK regions, feeding into 7 large regional finals and then on to one big national final at Daytona Milton Keynes on Sunday March 29th. Practice sessions up and down the country kicked off on Monday 12th January as teams prepare themselves to for the semi-finals held at each of the 27 regions. The aim of the BSKC is to give the opportunity to every teenager in the country to take part in the incredible world of motor racing. The core philosophy to the championship is to keep the costs to a minimum by making use of the fantastic array of professional karting facilities all over the country. All equipment is provided for so there is no element of cheque book racing. It is up to skill and team work to make the difference. Championship organiser Will Tew is delighted with the growth of the BSKC over the last 12 months: _"I'm really pleased that the championship is being contested by more than double the number of schools this year. I had this desire to race karts for my school some 11 years ago so to see the BSKC grow so quickly, to see 1500 students get that opportunity that I wish I had is hugely satisfying."_ _"It's not just about the fun and the competition though! It's really exciting for me to hear of the educational possibilities that the championship has generated; from teaching about health and safety (which must be a difficult subject to teach I imagine) to providing real-world race-data for students to manipulate and think about. There's lots of good stuff coming out the competition."_
 

 

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