For those teams and drivers new to the BUKC
The Rookie Championship is the championship for teams and drivers new to the BUKC or karting in general. The champaionship is contested by teams of 4 drivers over 4 race days between early February and early April each year.
The majority of the teams in the Rookie Championship are actually teams that have attempted to qualify for the Main Championship but didn't quite get through. The Rookie Championship is still therefore pretty competitive but also open to drivers who are completely new to karting.
Prior to racing in the BUKC Rookie Championship, all drivers have to attend at least on of the BUKC test days to get used to the speed and handling of the awesome fleet of arrive-and-drive karts that we use in the BUKC.
The Rookie Championship takes place over 4 single round race days between the start of February 2018 and the end of March 2018. Please note the dates below may change.
Each team must consist of 4 drivers exactly for each round. Exceptions to this rule are detailed in the BUKC Rules & Regulations.
The price of entry is £400 inc VAT per team per race day.
The format of the Rookie Championship has been designed to cater for drivers of all abilities. It consists of qualifying in the morning and racing in the afternoon. Each team will enter into 4 x 20 minute practice / qualifying sessions (last 10 minutes is qualifying only) and 4 x 25 minute race. The grid for the races are determined by the result of the qualifying sessions.
Each driver may only enter into one qualifying session and one race and the best 3 race results count towards the teams' final scores for the day.
A typical race day starts arrving at the track at 7.30am when around 200 student drivers turn up for signing on. Teams travelling a fair distance tend to stay at nearby hotels or campsites the night before. The briefing is generally an hour later at 8.30. Racing usually gets underway at 9.30ish.
The 6 x 20 minute practice / qualifying sessions (each team only does 4 of them), continue until around 1pm after which we have a short break for the triple A team of mechanics to do a once over on the karts and to do the presentations for the morning's racing. Once the lunch break is out of the way, we start the 6 x 25 minute races (each team only does 4 of them). After the racing is finished (usually around around 5pm), we do the final presentations for the day and everyone heads home knackered and buzzing.
Unlike in the Main Championship, we do not hand out special BUKC gold medals for the winners of each race. Those race medals are reserved especialyl for the drivers of the Main Championship in recognitition of the immense challenge of winning one.
At the end of the season, we host a huge party and awards ceremony the night before the Rookie Championship finale. It's a huge party and everyone in the Mains and Rookies are welcome. The drivers of the Main Championship do tend to let their hair down a bit as they're not racing the following day! Here are some photos from years gone by: