Karting: Winterbourne trio through to national finals

The Winterbourne International Academy team on the podium

The Winterbourne International Academy team on the podium

First published in Yate and Sodbury Sport

THREE Winterbourne International Academy students have won a place in the National Final of the British Schools Karting Championship (BSKC) 2014.

Jordan Gilbertson, Connor Groves and Matthew Baker will compete against the best 32 school and college teams at Whilton Mill on July 19, just two weeks after the British Formula 1 race at nearby Silverstone.

During the regional finals, the Winterbourne team scored 93 points out of a possible 100, giving them the joint highest score in the competition along with a team of college students.

This is a huge achievement in itself as they were competing against 27 other teams.

Rob Evans, Academy Principal said, "It is indeed an excellent achievement by the boys. They are a credit to the Academy both on and off the track."

The BSKC is an arrive and drive karting championship that brings competitive, cost effective karting into UK schools.

The championship has been going for eight years but already over 10,000 students have raced in the BSKC and competed for the title of British School Karting Champions.

Mark Turner, Championship manager at the BSKC, said: “Congratulations to the team from Winterbourne International Academy, it is a huge achievement to make it to the British Schools Karting Championship National Final.

"The 2014 BSKC has seen thousands of students race for the title so just getting to the National Final is already a victory."

The BSKC is designed to introduce young people to competitive karting.

As well as offering a sport that is not always available at a schools level, the BSKC provides a simple route for talented students to take part in the exciting world of motorsport.

With the students this year over 10,000 young people have taken part in the competition since it started.

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