In what has been another fierce year of competition, the British Schools Karting Championship is set to bring the curtain down on its 2019 campaign in style with what should be a memorable National Final at the end of June.
Representing schools from across the length and breadth of the United Kingdom, 25 teams are set to descend on the popular Northamptonshire venue to battle it out for the coveted crown of BSKC champions.
Over recent months Local Finals around the country have whittled down the competition, with reigning three-time title winners Brentwood School topping the bill. Emerging from the London & South East finals, Brentwood School will look to score an unprecedented fourth successive crown.
Joining them from that block of regional finals was Chigwell School, Ethan College, Gordons School and Caterham School. From the North West, Grange School will field two teams in their bid to scale the karting mountain.
Scotland will be represented by Lesmahagow High School and Williamwood High School, whilst Northern Ireland sees two Bangor Grammar School entries as well as Belfast Royal Academy joining the fray too.
Silverstone UTC have the most teams entered into the Grand Final with three after they progressed from the Midlands & East Regional competition with Thomas Gainsborough and Wymondham College.
Rounding out this year’s list of finalists is Aspire Academy and two East Hull Wheels entrants from the North East, whilst the South West & South are represented by Kingdown School, Hanley Castle High School, Sidcot School and two teams from Peter Symonds.
As has been the case in years gone by, a host of prizes will be on offer for those competing in the National Final. The winning team will, plus one representing adult, will have the opportunity to attend a Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship round of their choice (calendar dependent).
In addition, the winners will gain access to the Renault UK Clio Cup Hospitality Centre and be given a behind-the-scenes tour of race-winning Clio outfit Westbourne Motorsport.
The highest placed competition licence holder will once again be entered into the 2019 Ginetta Junior Championship, with the chance to then go on and win a place on the 2020 Michelin Ginetta Junior Championship grid.
Finally, the driver who sets the fastest lap at the National Final will be awarded two tickets to a Michelin Clio Cup Series race meeting – with a date and venue to be determined by the BARC.
With a rich history spanning little over a decade now, the next generation of motorsport talent could well spring up from the British Schools Karting Championship this year – with Whilton Mill the perfect setting to find out just that.