The team of three students from Brentwood School A were made to work hard to retain their title in a thrilling National Final at Whilton Mill in Northamptonshire on Saturday 30th June. However, consistent scoring and a victory in Heat 8 sealed a third successive title for the team with brothers Callum (17) and Ethan (14) Brooks and Iaroslav Kovalev (17) in the driving seat again this year.
It was an emotional start to the event with Belfast Royal Academy winning Heat 1 and dedicating their victory to their former team captain, Elaine Alexander, who died suddenly earlier this year. Peter Symonds College, Southend High School for Boys and Woodmill High School put the pressure on with one win apiece and Sidcot School excelled with victory in Heats 6 and 9.
But it was the drivers from Brooklands College that were catching the eye scoring stunning victories in their first three races. This included putting reigning champions, Brentwood A, in the shade with a dominant victory in Heat 3. True to form, Brentwood A fought back in Heat 4 and a close finish saw Brooklands College take the chequered flag by just 0.662 seconds. However, consistent scoring just gave Brentwood A the edge at the end of the competition.
The students from Brentwood are looking forward to visiting the Williams Grand Prix Collection as their prize for winning the National Final. Their VIP visit will offer them a rare opportunity to tour the interactive museum which houses around 40 Williams Formula One cars dating from 1978 onwards.
Students Pedro Gomez, Henry Jarret and Blaise Wheeler from Brooklands College finished as runners-up and the third step on the podium was taken by Peter Symonds College with drivers Dominic Cousins, Thomas Hastie and Sam Pooley.
The prize generously donated by Ginetta Cars for the highest placed driver holding a competition licence was won by Ethan Brookes of the winning team, Brentwood A. He wins a free entry into the 2019 Ginetta Junior Scholarship which will see one budding racing driver win a fully funded season in the 2019 Ginetta Junior Championship.
Taylor Norton of Barnet and Southgate College set the fastest lap in the National Final in the final heat with a time of 45.708 seconds and he will enjoy a day at a British GT event with Ben Green Racing who have been great supporters of BSKC since their driver, Ben Green, was part of the winning team from Debden Park High School in 2014.
Adrienne Watson, Championship Administrator, was delighted with the success of the competition: "Our congratulations to the students from Brentwood School who are the first team in the history of the BSKC to win three National titles. All of the teams here at Whilton Mill should be applauded for the standard of their driving and their competitive spirit! We also thank the teachers and parents who give up their time to mentor their teams all the way through to the National Final.
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 championship has flourished giving students who are not necessarily interested in traditional sports like football or hockey a chance to reveal hidden talents. Many schools have told us that taking part has built the confidence of the students and this has helped them both on the track and in the school environment."
The final points positions of the BSKC 2018 National Final can be found at www.bskc.co.uk/results/2018/1382