Local Finals produce some thrilling racing

Fri 24 Mar 17
Everyone will be trying hard to secure a place for their team in the National Final

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!

<b>The fleet of karts at Whilton Mill await the best drivers from BSKC 2017.</b>The fleet of karts at Whilton Mill await the best drivers from BSKC 2017.

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.

 

 

BSKC National Final Winner Matt Luff Joins Ginetta Junior Grid

Tue 21 Feb 17
Matt Luff (left) follows in the footsteps of Ben Green (right) by joining the Ginetta Junior Grid

BSKC National Final Winner, Matt Luff, joins the Ginetta Junior Grid for 2017

Matt Luff, who together with Callum Brooks and Iaroslav Kovalev formed the team from The Brentwood School that was victorious in the 2016 BSKC National Final, has announced plans to contest the Simpson Race Products Ginetta Junior Championship in 2017 with JHR Developments.

The 15 year old from Romford finished inside the top three at the Ginetta Junior Scholarship at the end of last year. Entry into the scholarship was Matt's prize, generously donated by Ginetta Cars, for being the highest placed MSA licence holder in the BSKC National Final.

Matt is hoping his frontrunning pace will help him pick up multiple rookie podiums in his maiden year, giving him a shot at the 2017 Rookie Championship honours. He said "After a very successful 2016 in karts I'm looking forward to the move into cars and hope to build upon my success of finishing top three in the Ginetta Junior Scholarship 2017. I'm sure that with JHR behind me I can progress throughout the year and have an outstanding season.

Matt follows in the footsteps of Ben Green who was one of the BSKC National Final winning team from Debden Park High School in 2014. Ben progressed to the Ginetta Junior Championship in 2015 and graduated to the Ginetta GT4 Championship in 2016.

The Ginetta Junior Championship is the UK's longest running and most prestigious junior series. Offering the first step on the motorsport ladder for 14-17 year old racing drivers, it kick-starts their journey towards racing stardom to a massive trackside audience and millions of fans at home as a support race to the hugely popular Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.

 

 

Registration closing date for BSKC 2017 is just one month away

Wed 23 Nov 16
Registrations close on 21st December 2016

We have seen a steady stream of entries into the British Schools Karting Championship since entries opened in September and there is still time to get your school or college registered before the UK's largest schools karting competition hits the tracks.

Registration for the BSKC is open until Wednesday 21st December so there are just four weeks to get your school or college involved in the BSKC.

Register online at www.bskc.co.uk/register

The karts and safety equipment are all provided so that teams just turn up and drive. Although it really helps, no prior experience of karting is necessary but we encourage teams to practice at their local track. Learning the racing line and details of the track will really pay dividends when the competition hots up!

The local stages of the competition will take place between January and March. Registration will be open until 21st December but teams are recommended to book early to make sure that their place is guaranteed.

We look forward to seeing your team on the BSKC grid in 2017.

 

 

BSKC National Final Winner Matt Luff excels in Ginetta Junior Scholarship

Thu 27 Oct 16
Matt Luff (centre) impressed people in the Ginetta Junior Scholarship

BSKC National Final Winner, Matt Luff, excels in Ginetta Junior Scholarship

Matt Luff, who together with Callum Brooks and Iaroslav Kovalev formed the team from The Brentwood School that was victorious in the 2016 BSKC National Final, took part in the Ginetta Junior Scholarship this week. Entry into the scholarship was Matt's prize, generously donated by Ginetta Cars, for being the highest placed MSA licence holder in the National Final.

54 drivers took part in the driving, media and fitness assessments over the three day event, during which each competitor received one-on-one driver tuition. 23 drivers made it through to the finale and were given two runs with limited instruction in which to impress the four judges. After long deliberations, the group was narrowed down to three finalists, Adam Smalley, Toby Goodman and our very own Matt Luff! The trio were given just one final run in which to secure the coveted prize of a fully funded season in the 2017 Simpson Race Products Ginetta Junior Championship.

Ultimately it was not to be for Matt and Adam Smalley secured the prize. Triple Ginetta champion and BTCC race winner Tom Ingram said; "It's been another fantastic event, the standard has been incredibly high once again. The final three were incredibly strong contenders and impressed us all."

Registrations for BSKC 2017 are now open and will close just before Christmas. Interest in the championship is high and we are hoping to welcome over 200 teams to the grid when practice starts in January. Ginetta Cars will once again be offering the prize of entry into the Ginetta Junior Scholarship to the highest placed MSA licence holder in the 2017 National Final (subject to meeting the qualifying criteria) so hopefully we will see another young driver making the most of this tremendous opportunity to take the next step in their motorsport career.

 

 

Registrations are now OPEN for BSKC 2017

Sun 18 Sep 16
Take part in the largest schools karting competition in the country

The 2017 British Schools Karting Championship is now open for teams to register

Teams should not miss this opportunity to register for the largest schools karting championship in the country. The BSKC was created to make karting more accessible to everyone. It allows students from a variety of backgrounds to actively participate in an exciting team based championship. Register soon and we'll look forward to seeing you on the grid in 2017!

Format and Cost

Now in its eleventh year, the BSKC offers students aged between 13 and 18 years of age the opportunity to take part in an exciting nationwide karting competition that does not require previous experience, equipment or substantial expense. The total cost of entry is £180 for a team of three students. This includes the use of equipment and entry into a Practice Session and the Local Final at your selected venue. Teams qualifying for the Regional Finals and National Final don't pay a penny more!

Don't forget that we will be pleased to arrange an exclusive Practice Session and Local Final for schools / colleges who enter 8 teams or more. Please contact the BSKC Administrator, Adrienne Watson, on 01295 760742 to discuss your requirements for such an event.

Register

Each team must consist of three drivers who all attend the same school or college. All drivers must be 13 years or older on 1st January 2017 and be at least 1.57m (5' 2") tall with shoes on. Only one driver in the team may hold (or have previously held) a racing licence at the level of Karting National B or higher in the years 2015, 2016 or 2017. Registrations will close on 21st December 2016.

Register online at www.bskc.co.uk/register

New Tracks

We have added some new tracks across the country and are also returning to some old favourites so check out your local track at www.bskc.co.uk/circuits and see the dates for the Practice Session and Local Final at that venue.

 

 

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