Welcome to the fastest, most exciting adrenalin fueled student sport in the country!
The British Universities Karting Championship 2017 is open to any full time student studying at an accredited university in the UK.
The Championship in 2017 consists of 2 qualifiers followed by 8 national rounds spread over 6 race days between November 2016 and the beginning of April 2017.
In addition 3 separate test days are laid on before the regional qualifiers for drivers to familiarise themselves with the power and the handling of the karts. After Christmas there is one test day to get back in the zone before the remainder of the championship.
There is also a 4 round Rookie Championship specifically for teams who don't qualify through to the main championship.
The BUKC is strictly a team based sport for teams of 4 drivers exactly.
Full Rules & Regulations: (PDF)
The BUKC uses the most powerful arrive-and-drive kart fleet in the world.
These 115cc 2-stroke TKM-Extreme engined Birel-chassis karts are capable of accelerating from 5 to 60mph in 4.5s and can achieve top speeds of 70mph.
Racing in the BUKC is nothing like indoor or outdoor karting on 4-stroke Honda-engined karts. The karts are in an entirely different league of performance.
The fleet is operated and maintained by Club100. Club100 are the pioneers in high performance arrive-and-drive kart racing, and have been in operation since 1993.
The Test Days
To ensure that every driver is familiar with the performance of the Club100 karts, all drivers must attend at least one of 4 test days or have raced in the BUKC in previous years to be eligible to race in the championship.
3T Racing keep a database of every driver to check if they have attended a test day. Any driver not on this database will not be allowed to race in the championship.
The test days provide your team with the perfect opportunity to get to grips with the Club100 karts. Each team is allocated a kart for 2 hours of uninterrupted track time. The test days are also the place to practise fuel stops and team work.
Teams may consist of up to 4 drivers for a test day.
The price of a 2 hour test day is £190 inc VAT payable on or before the day.
The 4 test days are scheduled for:
- Tues 11th Oct 2016 at Whilton Mill (arrival at 8am, 10.30am, 1pm)
- Wed 2nd Nov 2016 at Buckmore Park (arrival at 8am, 10.30am, 1pm)
- Fri 18th Nov 2016 at Whilton Mill (arrival at 12pm)
- Wed 25th Jan 2017 at Buckmore Park (arrival at 9am and 11.30am)
Due to the ever growing demand to take part in the BUKC, every team wishing to take part in the championship must take part in one of two qualifiers.
The top 27 teams from each of the qualifiers will qualify through to the main National Championship starting in early February. Any teams that don't qualify through to the National Championship will instead by invited back to compete in the Rookie Championship.
The format of the qualifiers is now the following:
- 4 x 20 minute practice / qualifying sessions (last 10mins is qualifying)
- 8 x 25 minute races
The qualifying sessions will determine the grids for the first 4 races. The grid for last 4 races will be determined by the finishing positions of the first 4 races. The best 6 race results will count towards the day's final scores. The cost is £540 per team (£135 per driver)
The two qualifiers will take place on the weekend of Sat 19th & Sun 20th November 2016 at Whilton Mill. We will be using the 'Zulu' layout due to floodlight placement - it gets dark pretty quickly in November!
The National Championship
The 8 round championship takes place over 4 days between February 2017 and the beginning of April 2017. Please note the dates below are subject to change.
- Wed 1st Feb - Buckmore Park, Kent
- Wed 15th Feb - Rye House
- Thurs 9th March - Glan-y-gors, North Wales
- Fri 31st March- Whilton Mill, Northamptonshire
Each race day will consist of 2 rounds. Sprint format in the morning, and Endurance format in the afternoon.
Each team must consist of 4 drivers exactly for each round. No more no more less. Exceptions to this rule are detailed in the BUKC Rules & Regulations. The team does not have to consist of the same drivers for each round.
The price of entry is £240 inc VAT per round if paying on a round by round basis. Your team can save 10% by paying for all 8 rounds of the championship up front (£220 per round). Payments for the 10% discount must be made by 16th December.
There are 2 bespoke awesome formats used in the BUKC titled the Sprint Format and the Endurance Format.
The Sprint Format
The Sprint Format is where every driver in the team gets to race in their own individual 25 minute race. No fuel stops, no driver changes. Just a 25 minute sprint to the flag with 3 to 5 laps practice prior.
The teams finishing score for the round is determined by adding up the best 3 results from the 4 sprint races.
The Endurance Format
The Endurance Format is where the team (of 4 drivers) is split into 2 teams of 2. Each mini-team of 2 drivers races in a one-hour race.
2 fuel stops must be made, and at least one driver change must be made.
The teams finishing score for the round is determined by adding up the points from both the 2 one-hour races.
The Rookie Championship
All those teams that do not qualify for the National Championship will be invited back to race in the ever popular Rookie Championship.
The Rookie Championship is the perfect opportunity for teams to build up some race experience in the 2-stroke Club100 karts without the worry of getting passed left, right and centre by the more experienced teams.
There will be 4 Rookie Championship events this year each of which will be either before or after one of the main National Championship race days.
- Thurs 2nd Feb - Buckmore Park, Kent
- Thurs 16th Feb - Rye House
- Wed 8th Mar - Glan-y-gors, North Wales
- Sat 1st April - Whilton Mill, Northamptonshire
Each Rookie Championship round will consist of 4 x 20 minute qualifying sessions and 4 x 25 minute races. The best 3 race results will count towards the final round score and all 4 round results will count toward the final championship score.
The cost of each Rookie Championship round, including the mandatory testing, will be £400 inc VAT per team.
- All teams must take part in the Qualifiers
- All drivers must attend a test day before racing in the Qualifiers
- The top 27 teams from each Qualifier will qualify through to the National Championship
- All those teams that do not qualify through to the National Championship will be invited back to race in the Rookie Championship
- The cost of a Qualifier is £540
- Teams must consist of 4 drivers exactly for each race event
- The cost of a test day is £190 inc VAT per team (2 hrs of track time)
- There are 8 rounds to the main National Championship
- The cost of a round is £240 inc VAT per team (or £220 inc VAT per team if paying for all 8 rounds up front)