Students from Peter Symonds College fought a hard race to win third place in the National Final of the British Schools Karting Championship (BSKC) 2018.
Twenty-six teams, representing schools from across the United Kingdom, lined up on the grid for the National Final of the British Schools Karting Championship 2018 at Whilton Mill in Northamptonshire.
Peter Symonds A Team, Dom Cousins, 17, Tom Hastie, 16, and Sam Pooley, 17, had swept the board at the Local Final at Salisbury and followed this up with victory in the South and South West Regional Final at the Thruxton Kart Centre to secure a place at these finals.
After the last round of the first set of races Peter Symonds sat in 3rd place overall. Five points separated the top three teams leading into the second round of races.
As the second round began, temperatures started to rise and so did the nerves of the Symonds spectators. With the last lap looming Sam pulled the best lap of the day out of the bag, and with excellent timing came round the corner and went head to head towards the finish line, nail bitingly crossing it in 2nd place with only 0.021 seconds between him and 3rd place.
After the points were added up, Peter Symonds A Team finished in a very respectable 3rd place over all. This is an amazing achievement for the team, finishing 3rd out of 500 competitors from around the country.
Kirsty Fargher, College Sport Maker at Peter Symonds, said “This is a wonderful achievement and we are incredibly proud of the team’s success. Prior to the finals we had high hopes of placing in the top 10, so we are delighted to have reached 3rd place. It was a thrilling final and this success is a testament to the team’s superb driving skills and fierce determination.”
Adrienne Watson, Championship Administrator, said: “The BSKC is an arrive-and-drive karting championship that aims to bring competitive, cost-effective karting into UK schools. Since it began in 2007 with just 22 teams competing, the championship has flourished giving students who are not necessarily interested in traditional sports like football or hockey a chance to reveal hidden talents. Many schools have told us that taking part has built the confidence of the students and this has helped them both on the track and in the school environment.”