Milton Keynes - A team of talented students from Surrey won the British Schools Karting Championship (BSKC) 2012 yesterday in the most competitively fought final in the competitions history.
Ben Dillon, 18, Alex Jobson, 17, and Ivan May Jones, 16, who are all students at Caterham School, beat 2011 champions Altrincham Grammar into second place by less than a tenth of a second to take the championship yesterday.
The teams calm approach and superb driving skills saw them match last years winners, Altrincham Grammar, with point-winning race positions of a 1st, two 2nds, a 5th and a 6th place over the six races on a crisp sunny morning at Daytona Milton Keynes on 1st April 2012. The tie-breaking final decision on the winner was made on fastest lap times, where Caterham nudged Altrincham into second place with a time of 70.198 seconds as opposed to Altrincham Grammars best time of 70.273 seconds.
Ben Dillon, from the winning team, said: We knew the competition would be close this year but we did not realise quite how close. It is fantastic to have won, especially as this is my last year at the school and so my final chance to secure the trophy. The team effort was superb. I would encourage other schools to get involved in an event like this as it is a great opportunity to do something different for your school.
Over 600 teams entered the championship this year, meaning Caterham beat more than 1850 students to secure the winning teams prize of a visit to the famous McLaren Technology Centre courtesy of Vodafone McLaren Mercedes. Here they will get the chance to see where the F1 cars raced by Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton are designed and manufactured. They will also receive one-to-one tuition in Arden Internationals state-of-the-art simulator.
Second placed Altrincham Grammars team included Max McGuire (18), Alex Wilson (15) and Zubair Hoque (15). Third place was taken by Ponteland High School, with world champion karter, Matthew Graham (17) and his team mates, Christian Harrison (17) and Daniel Barber (18).
Will Tew, Championship Director at the BSKC said: The skills of the teams are improving with each year and that has been demonstrated in the tightest final yet. The BSKC was started to give young people a chance to experience the thrill and excitement of motorsports, and excitement is certainly what we got in the final.
What has impressed me the most is how racing has instilled a sense of responsibility in the teams taking part Caterham is a great example of this. Alex Jobson, for instance is new to karting and yet the other team members have helped him out so much so that they have gone on to win the final. They should be incredibly proud of themselves. So should all the teams taking part. I have never seen such a professional display from such young men and women.
Almost 7000 young people have participated in the competition since it started. It is a great way to give students who are not interested in football or hockey a chance to reveal hidden talents. Many schools have also told us that taking part has built the confidence of the drivers and this has helped them both on the race track and in school too.
The BSKC is an arrive and drive karting championship that aims to bring competitive, cost effective karting into UK schools. Since it began in 2007 with just 22 teams competing, the popularity of the championship has grown and this year, there are 617 teams competing to win the title of British School Karting Champions 2012.
All photos courtesy of Alex Roache Photography
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|1||Caterham||89||Exactly same results as Altrincham but win because of a faster fastest lap. 70.198 compared to Altrincham's 70.273|
|3||Ponteland High School||83|
|5||West Lakes Academy||80|
|6||Sunderland College A||78|
|7||CEDARS UPPER SCHOOL||74||Best place 1st|
|8||Rich's Racing B||74||Best result 3rd|
|9||Prince Henry's A||73|
|10||Williamwood High School A||67||Best place 1st|
|11||Campbell College A||67||Best place 2nd|
|12||Stewarts Melville college||66||Best place 1st|
|13||sawtry c.c||66||Best place 2nd|
|14||Carleton Community High School||62|
|15||Heart of England||61|
|16||Kingdown A||60||Best place 2nd|
|17||The Hurst Motorsport Team||60||Best place 5th|
|18||Jewel & Esk College||59||Best place 1st|
|19||Winton Racers C||59||Best place 4th|
|20||WGSB J||59||Best place 5th|
|21||Robert Smyth Academy||58|
|23||Plymouth College||52||Best place 1st|
|24||Campion A||52||Best place 3rd|
|26||wellacre academy A||50|
|27||Gateshead College A||48|
|28||Regent House A||38|
|30||Ranelagh School A||26|
|32||Bangor Grammar A||24|
|34||Coleraine Inst B||0||Did not attend|