Six Peter Symonds College students have won a place in the National Final of the British Schools Karting Championship (BSKC) 2018. They will compete against the best school and college teams in the country at Whilton Mill in Northamptonshire on Saturday 30th June, just two weeks prior to the British Grand Prix Formula 1 race at nearby Silverstone.
Jack Trillo, 17, Dom Cousins, 17, Tom Hastie, 16, Sam Pooley, 17, Wilf Carter, 18, and Sam Woodhams, 17, who are all students from Peter Symonds College, earned their place in the National Final by achieving 1st and 4th place in the South and South West Regional Final of the UK’s largest school karting competition, which took place at Thruxton.
Kitty Yarwood, College Sport Maker from Peter Symonds College, said “This is the first time we have ever had both teams at Regionals qualify for Nationals. The A Team also won the event overall, which is a superb achievement. We are very much looking forward to competing at the final stage of the competition. We have high hopes of placing in the top 10”.
The British Schools Karting Championship (BSKC) is a nationwide arrive and drive karting championship that brings competitive, cost effective karting into UK schools. The championship has been running for ten years and already nearly 12,000 students have raced in the BSKC and competed for the title of British School Karting Champions.
Adrienne Watson, Championship Administrator at the BSKC said: “Congratulations to the team from Peter Symonds College, Winchester. It is a great achievement to qualify for the National Final of the British Schools Karting Championship. The preliminary events in this year’s championship have been fiercely competitive so just getting to the National Final is to be applauded.
“The BSKC is designed to introduce young people to competitive karting. As well as offering a sport that is not always available at a school level, the BSKC provides a simple route for talented students to take part in the exciting world of motor sport. Schools use the BSKC in many ways but many have told us that participation has helped to increase their students’ motivation and confidence and enabled them to develop skills that they need both at school and in the workplace.”