Teams from Mr Karting came 1st and 3rd in the BSKC national championships. See the full report taken from their website. . . .  .

Consistency paid off for three talented boys from Heart of England School near Coventry, who have walked away as winners of the acclaimed British Schools Karting Championship (BSKC) 2013. The team from the Midlands secured victory by placing highly in every race they entered throughout the hard fought final of the UK’s largest schools karting competition.

Team members, Adam Fleming, 15, Charlie Morgan, 17, and Adam Watkins, 17, were crowned champions after achieving three second places, one fourth and one fifth place in the deciding races. The final took place on Sunday 16th June, when 31 teams out of the original 539 that entered the championship, went wheel to wheel at Whilton Mill karting circuit in Northamptonshire.NatFin_Podium_639

“We are all passionate about motor sports so to win a national title is something we have all aspired to for a while. It was a totally unexpected but amazing outcome in a very competitive final,” said Charlie Morgan, one of the team. “Our strategy was to achieve strong lap times in each race rather than just driving as fast as we could and risk making mistakes. The plan worked as we finished near the top in each race so we could build up our points and drive away with the title.”

As well as earning the title of BSKC Champions 2013, the boys will soon enjoy their prize, which is a once-in-a-lifetime trip to visit McLaren Technology Centre in Woking. As part of their VIP tour, they will see the 145 metre long wind tunnel where car performance is tested and will get up close to the cars driven by some of the most successful Formula 1 stars, including Mika Hakkinen and Lewis Hamilton.

Heart of England School’s headteacher, Andrew Mackereth, said: “I am thrilled for the boys, the school and their fabulous parents. We have been part of the BSKC since 2009 and have been steadily building to this historic victory. My boys have been tremendously dedicated as have their wonderful parents.

“When we only just managed to scrape through the regional final, I thought this might be another year when we just weren’t going to finish on the podium. My boys have managed to pick themselves up from disappointment and come back fighting in emphatic fashion. Roll on BSKC 2014!”

“We are so proud of the boys,” said Kevin Morgan, Charlie Morgan’s dad. “This is such a great outcome for the three of them, particularly as they have made it to the final four times. We are very grateful to their head master, Mr Mackereth, for his support.”

Second place in the championship went to The Leigh Technology Academy’s Alex Nevill, 19, Felix Meek, 14, and Frankie Hedges, 15 from Kent. Third place went to Liam Wilson, 16, Callum Cripps, 16, and Jake Banyai, 15, the team from Southam College, Warwickshire; an impressive result for the three boys as it was their first time in the competition.

The final consisted of 10 sprint races and competitors were treated to good driving conditions all morning until the rain came down in the final race.

Mark Turner, Championship Manager at the BSKC, said: “The talent displayed at this year’s national final was immense and the competition was so close that no-one was able to predict the winner until the final announcement. This just goes to show how much effort the teams put into the competition and it is this determination that makes it is such an exciting championship.

“I extend my congratulations to the Heart of England School’s winning team, who are one of the longest running teams in the competition. What helped them come out on top was the strength of all three team members and it shows how much of a team sport BSKC really is.

“BSKC gives young people the chance to get involved in one of the most thrilling sports in the world, and the opportunity to compete nationally. Since it started in 2007, over 8,500 boys and girls, aged 13 to 18, from across the UK have taken part.”

The BSKC is an affordable way for novice and experienced karters to enjoy a fun and competitive team motor sport. With all the equipment and karts provided, all students need to do is turn up and drive. It provides an alternative sport for schools to offer children that are not interested by football, rugby or netball.