Max Coates – British University Karting Championship Finals
Over the 4th, 5th and 6th of April more than 60 teams travelled to Clay Pigeon Raceway to contest in the iON Cameras British University Karting Championship (BUKC) Finals.
My team, Leeds Met, had drivers competing over all three days and, as ever, the racing was close, action packed and fun.
Fridays racing was all about the crowning the BUKC National Champions, each team of four had an individual sprint race for each driver and two team endurance races. Each team of four drivers received a computer generated grid slot for each race – my starting positions were 7th and 1st. In my sprint race I had a good battle with another four karts and managed to escape at the front of the pack. With 12 minutes to go I held a commanding lead. Whilst Coventry A closed the gap towards the end I managed to hold on to the end and take Met Motorsport’s first win in the main BUKC championship. The endurance races are for teams of two, pit stop windows between 5 and 25 minutes and 35 and 55 minutes ensure each team must stop at least two times and swap drivers at least once. We lead by over 11 seconds as Tom Turner set about maintaining the lead in our second stint. With just over ten minutes remaining Met Motorsport pitted from the front pack and I left the pits in 5th. Having caught the leader I made a last lap manoeuvre to take the win and double our tally for the day! If you want to watch my last lap start watching from 14 minutes 50 seconds.
Rain and thick fog hit the track for the following two days; much of the drivers’ championship programme was delayed and then cancelled due to the bad weather.
Despite that the lightweight, heavyweight and graduates championships all managed to get their qualifying sessions and ‘B’ finals in. The lightweight ‘A’ final ran in difficult conditions, despite being knocked off on lap one I drove my way back to finish 6th.
Sunday saw the rookie championship drivers hit the track in another rain and fog hit day.
Overall it was Met Motorsport’s most successful weekend of BUKC racing. The iON Adventure camera worked well and recorded both video footage and GPS information – I hope you like it!The visibility was better and the races were able to run. Whilst we didn’t have a team out, Met Motorsport driver Sally Fitchett had her best race of the weekend gaining 11 positions on her way to 5th in the final race of the BUKC 2014.
Stay tuned for more Motorsport related posts as I take my iON camera’s on tour with HHC Motorsport in the Ginetta Junior and Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup!