The British Schools Karting Championship 2017 hit the tracks in mid-January with the first of the practice sessions for students. Each student must participate in practice at their local track to familiarise themselves with the karts and the standards required by BSKC before competing against their peers in the Local Finals.
Competition in the South West region has been particularly fierce with nearly all of the Local Finals producing some thrilling racing. The three students from Sidcot School (Winscombe) were applauded for winning the Local Final at Bristol in their first year in the BSKC, whilst The King’s School A (Ottery St Mary) came out on top in a particularly competitive Local Final in Exeter. They will join 15 other teams to compete in the South West Regional Final at the Thruxton Kart Centre at the end of April.
The Regional Final for the Midlands and East region will be held at Daytona Milton Keynes and will feature Silverstone UTC and Gordon’s School (Woking) who managed to get teams onto the National Final podium in 2015 and 2016 respectively and will be aiming to improve upon those results this year. This Regional Final will also include teams from RGS Worcester (winners in Birmingham) and Spalding Grammar School who were victorious in Nottingham.
The Three Sisters Kart Circuit will host the North Regional Final for the first time since 2014. The Grange School (Hartford) look to hold a strong hand here having taken a clean sweep of the podium at Manchester but their rivals, including three teams from The Badgers (Pontefract), will no doubt be looking to spoil their party!
BSKC has traditionally been very strong in the London and South East region and 2017 is no exception. 2010 champions, The Caterham School, and The Brentwood School (champions just last year) are amongst the qualifiers for this Regional Final. They will be joined at Buckmore Park by teams from several schools who are new to BSKC this year and have put in a tremendous performance to qualify.
The successful regional finalists will be joined at the National Final at Whilton Mill on Saturday 1st July by the most successful schools from Northern Ireland and Scotland in what should be an exciting finale to the championship.