Brookes students clinch karting championship

Wednesday, 22 April 2009


Racing drivers from Oxford Brookes have once again powered to victory in the British Universities Karting Championship.

  

Racing drivers from Oxford Brookes have once again powered to victory in the British Universities Karting Championship.

Formula Brookes edged the win at the end of a season-long tussle with two other student teams – Loughborough and Swansea Met.

This is Formula Brookes’ fourth championship in the seven years the BUKC has been running and makes them the most successful karting university in the country.

In the fittingly tense final, Loughborough were the first to fold after two of their drivers saw black flags for driving irregularities.

That left Formula Brookes and the Welsh team to battle head to head in the last tactical race of the day with Brookes securing the championship by two points - the largest winning margin since 2006 when a dominant Brookes won every round.

Team captain Ed Philippe said his side had grown in stature as the contest progressed.

“We had a relatively young team this year. Many of our drivers were first year and so hadn’t raced the BUKC but they rose to the challenge, grew throughout the championship and we have the trophy back in Oxford.”

A record 77 teams entered the 2009 competition, made up of four drivers who race at five circuits around the UK.

“It is especially satisfying because I was a first year when Brookes won it last,” added Ed. “Since then the hunger has been to get it back and we came within a point for the last two years but now, finally, we have done it!"

Formula Brookes A are: Simon Taylor, Ed Philippe, David Evans and Phil Glynn. Other notable drivers were Ben Cooper and Ben Constanduros.