This year’s British School Karting Championship season began in November 2010. Notices went up to inform students of the forthcoming event and asked for names interested in trialling for the team.
Our team was registered as the ‘Winterborne Wizards’ (chosen by Clare our Deputy Zone Manager)
We organised two practice sessions in order to select two teams of three drivers. Our first was held at The Clay Pigeon Kart Track and was attended by 10 students. The weather was dreadful, cold wet and foggy, perfect for racing! Despite the weather, we had a good day’s racing. Millie proved unbeatable although Jacob, Will and Conner also put in good performances.
Arranging a second practice session proved to be frustrating, Race World Exeter cancelled twice before we eventually got our practice session. Once again 10 students participated with Sonny, in keeping with last year’s tradition, setting the fastest time on a new track; Jamie, Tony and Jacob also showed great promise for first timers.
The semi-finals on the 17th February 2011 were a bit up and down. Millie (our only female driver) treated spectators to some spectacular crashes and was lucky not to be black flagged. Jacob and Tony proved to be real stars with Tony coming from 6th on the grid to finish 2nd. This gave us enough points to qualify in 4th place and see us through to the South West Regional Final at Thruxton.
We had a pre-final practice at Thruxton on 9th March but were met by the least enthusiastic manager of a Karting Centre “in The World”. However Sonny, Jacob and Tony eventually got to practise on the full circuit prior to the South West Regional Final.
At 4.30 am on Saturday 12th March we left for Thruxton. We arrived, somewhat bleary-eyed, just in time to witness Tiff Needell (Fifth Gear) run over his son’s foot (one down!)
This time the weather was on our side it was cold, but sunny, perfect for racing. Sonny was first out recording 5th position in a very fast field. After race 4 of 6 we were pleased that we were in joint 1st place. We were not winning races but were consistently coming 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th or 6th and qualification for the final all came down to the last race.
The top 4 teams all started in the bottom half of the grid but Sonny was not intimidated by the pressure and flew from 10th on the grid to finish in 2nd place in the final race of the day … giving the team enough points to finish 1st and qualify for the National Final at Milton Keynes later this month.
Bring it on!
For more information check out The British Schools Karting Championship website www.bskc.co.uk
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