A talented team of karters from Altrincham Grammar School are delighted to have won the North West regional final of the British Schools Karting Championship (BSKC) 2013.
Zubair Hoque, 16, who was part of the BSKC Championship winning team in 2011, Harry MacDonald, 17, and Ben Macauley, 16, will go forward to the national final of the BSKC on 16th June, where they will have the chance to battle it out for the crown of British national karting champions.
As the sun made an appearance from behind the clouds at the Three Sisters karting track in Wigan on 17th April, there was little that could stop the boys. The champions put in an astonishing performance on the race track with five podium places, including two wins and a second place. Their speed secured them first place against Emrys School, who were their closest competitors.
Eddie Hall, teacher at Altrincham Grammar School, said: “It is a fantastic win for the boys. If they carry on driving like this, there is a real chance that Altrincham Grammar School could become BSKC national champions, which we achieved in 2011.”
Zubair Hoque from the team said: “We were really pleased with the result of the regional final. After missing out on becoming BSKC 2012 champions by a tenth of a second last year, we have been very focussed on increasing our times on the track. We have worked really well together throughout the competition.”
Over 1600 boys and girls from schools across the country are competing in the BSKC this year, enabling both seasoned and novice karters to experience the thrill of motor racing while representing their school.
The lucky winners of the 2013 national final will be given a VIP tour of the McLaren Technology Centre, which houses cars that have been used by Formula 1 racing legends, including Mika Hakkinen and Lewis Hamilton. The champions will also see the 145 metre long wind tunnel where engineers are able to test the performance of their cars.
Mark Turner, Championship Manager at the BSKC, said: “It’s great to see Altrincham Grammar School return for the third year running to our national final. The BSKC continues to be a great platform for talented karters like these to demonstrate their driving skills and fly their school flag.
“Karting was the first step that most of today’s Formula 1 racing stars took into the exciting world of motor sport. By offering schools a simple route to karting, the BSKC has helped make it more accessible to children of varying abilities and encouraged young talent into the sport.
“The benefits of involvement go far beyond experiencing a new sport. Students rave about how participation in karting has improved their confidence and motivated them to work harder in all aspects of their school life. It has been particularly useful for students studying engineering, maths or physics who can apply a lot of what they learn on the track to their work in class.”
The BSKC is the largest schools karting competition in the country. It offers schools a cost-effective way to introduce students aged 13 to 18 to karting as all equipment and karts are provided by the local participating circuit. The students just need to turn up and drive.
|3||Altrincham B||87||1 win|
|4||Stainburn School A||87||1 x 2nd|
|5||CROMPTON HOUSE||80||1 x 2nd|
|6||Abbotsholme School A||80||2 x 4th|
|7||St Helens College||79|
|8||St Edmund Arrowsmith A||77|
|12||St Edmund Arrowsmith B||52|