British Universities Karting Championship Kicks Off at Rye House
The 2015 British Universities Karting Championship (BUKC) got underway at a cold but dry Rye House on the 11th February with more than 60 teams fighting to take the BUKC crown from Coventry’s A Team. The BUKC’s format comprises six 25 minute sprint races and three 1 hour endurance races.
The first race of the championship saw dark horses Huddersfield, who finished 5th last year and 3rd in their qualifiers, take the win. Oxford Brookes A were denied by Brunel B in the second race, the former one of the title favourites. Race 3 included a massive pile up involving more than 10 karts, the race was subsequently restarted and Nottingham A took the win. Brunel A finished 2nd and UWE A 3rd. Race 4 featured less action but did include a return to the podium for current champions Coventry A, albeit in 3rd place. Southampton A crossed the line in first place just in front of UWE A. Kingston A took the win in the penultimate sprint race from Oxford in 2nd and Oxford Brookes A in 3rd. The race also included former F1 driver and 5 times Le Mans Champion Emanuele Pirro whose sons both race in the championship. The final sprint race of the day did not disappoint and was one of the closest in BUKC history, the podium was split by just 3 tenths of a second. Southampton A, Cambridge A and Leeds was the order in which they crossed the line!
This all meant that Oxford Brookes A took to the top of the podium, narrowly beating Huddersfield A and UWE A. Past winners Hertfordshire took 4th spot with current title holders Coventry A down in 7th.
With the karts re-prepped during the lunch break the final three endurance races got underway. The first encounter saw round one winners Oxford Brookes take a comfortable win followed home by Cardiff A and Hertforshire’s B team. The second race was much closer with Huddersfield A holding onto the win and Hertfordshire A in 2nd having climbed 31 places over the race. Durham A took the final podium spot. Oxford Brookes A took the spoils again with a 20 second gap to Nottingham A behind. Brunel B beat their A team to claim the final podium spot.
With 2 wins Oxford Brookes A finished top of the pile and top of the leader board at the end of the first days racing. Huddersfield continued their run of form taking 2nd in the endurance races and a solid pair of results placed Nottingham A on the final step of the podium.
With the Buckmore Park round of the championship complete (report to follow soon) the next races will be held at Llandow in South Wales this weekend (7th and 8th March).
Good luck teams!