Brentwood School’s A Team has been crowned British Schools Karting National Champions 2017 for the second year in succession with a whopping 10-point winning margin.
Saturday’s thrilling final at Whilton Mill, in Northamptonshire, saw Brentwood enjoy the accolade of having two karting teams in the National Final for the first time. This is a massive achievement bearing in mind more than 13,000 drivers from across the UK had been whittled down to 26 teams and 78 drivers.
The dominant Brentwood A Team was made up of reigning champions Iaroslav Kovalev, team captain Callum Brooks and Ethan Brooks, a new addition to the team in 2017 having replaced Matt Luff who has moved out of karting and is now racing cars.
The defending champions were in confident form. Thirteen-year-old Ethan had shown no signs of inexperience throughout the competition, taking two 3rd places at the local semi-final in Brentwood and two emphatic wins in the regional final at Buckmore Park, in Kent.
Sixteen-year-old Callum had also driven impeccably up to this stage securing wins in all 4 of his races. Iaroslav, also 16, had enjoyed impressive rounds and was peaking in form as he arrived at Whilton Mill.
As reigning Champions the boys knew they were the favorites, but through superb driving displays they fought off all the competition, to secure an amazing second National Title.
Iaroslav battled his way skilfully through the pack to achieve 2nd and 3rd places which saw him crowned ‘Driver of the Day’. Ethan showed that although he was a rookie he was no pushover, and scored another 2 commanding wins and the most overall points by any driver on the day. It also meant he was tied with his brother for the most overall victories in the competition.
Callum showed extreme bravery in his race pulling off sensational moves to achieve a highly creditable 3rd place meaning that Brentwood did not finish outside the top 3 all day and amassed 95 out of a possible 100 points.
The team, described by event organisers as a ‘class act’, secured the Championship by 10 points – the biggest margin of victory in the competition - to be crowned National Champions once again. Callum and Iaroslav are now the first students to successfully retain a BSKC National Title.
As reward for their achievements the BARC (British Automobile Racing Club) has given the team a VIP day at Silverstone to watch the British Touring Car Championship with special behind the scenes access.
Proud mum, Mrs Michele Brooks, said of the visit to Silverstone: “This is particularly relevant for the boys as to race in Touring Cars is a very realistic dream for all of them.
“However, this requires additional funding which the boys do not have at the moment and is needed to further both their karting and motorsport careers. If you would be interested in supporting the boys then please get in contact with us via Brentwood School. At the moment though the boys are focused on returning next year to defend their title and be the first school ever to win three National Titles. It looks like the future is bright for motorsport in Brentwood.”
The B Team of Mason Murray, Adam Richards and Rishi Gupta also drove with determination and skill to finish in tenth position despite all being knocked off the track at various times in the race.
*Congratulations also to Matt Luff who has achieved four out of five rookie podium finishes in the Ginetta Junior Championships with live coverage broadcast on ITV4.
Having driven at Brands Hatch, Donington Park, Thruxton, Oulton Park and Croft with five remaining rounds at Snetterton, Knockhill, Rockingham, Silverstone and Brands Hatch starting this month, Matt will utilise his Rookie year with a view to securing the Championship title in 2018.