Motorsport UK

Class Act

After an epic finale Ben Dillon, 18, Alex Jobson, 17, and Ivan May Jones, 16, who are all students at Caterham School in Surrey, beat last year’s victors Altrincham Grammar by less than a tenth of a second to take the coveted championship title.

The two schools were tied on points after all six races around the challenging Daytona Milton Keynes circuit, so it came down to the team with the fastest lap. Caterham nudged Altrincham into second place with a time of 70.198 seconds as opposed to Altrincham Grammar’s best time of 70.273 seconds.

Ben Dillon, from the winning team, said: “We knew the competition would be close this year but we did not realise quite how close. It is fantastic to have won, especially as this is my last year at the school and so my final chance to secure the trophy. The team effort was superb. I would encourage other schools to get involved in an event like this as it is a great opportunity to do something different for your school.”

More than 600 teams entered the championship this year, meaning Caterham beat more than 1850 students to secure the winning team’s prize of a visit to the famous McLaren Technology Centre courtesy of Vodafone McLaren Mercedes. There they will get the chance to see where the F1 cars raced by Jenson Button and Lewis
Hamilton are designed and manufactured. They will also receive one-to-one tuition in Arden International’s state-of-the-art simulator.

Will Tew, Championship Director at the BSKC said: “The skills of the teams are improving with each year and that has been demonstrated in the tightest final yet. The BSKC was started to give young people a chance to experience the thrill and excitement of motorsports, and excitement is certainly what we got in the final.

“Almost 7000 young people have participated in the competition since it started. It is a great way to give students who are not interested in football or hockey a chance to reveal hidden talents. Many schools have also told us that taking part has built the confidence of the drivers and this has helped them both on the race track and in school too.”

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 popularity of the championship has grown and this year, there are 617 teams competing to win the title of British School Karting Champions 2012.

To find out more about the BSKC visit www.bskc.co.uk. You can also follow the action on Facebook and on Twitter at @karting_bskc.

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