The heart of the BUKC. It's where teams and drivers go to race against and beat the best.
The Main Championship is the BUKC at its most intense. Teams of 4 drivers from each uni come together to battle it out over the course of 4 double header race meetings and a qualifying race day held between November & April the following year.
Prior to racing in the BUKC, 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.
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 Main 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:
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 £520 per team (£130 per driver)
The two qualifiers will take place on the weekend of Sat 18th & Sun 19th November 2017 at Whilton Mill.
The 8 round Main Championship takes place over 4 days between the end of January 2018 and the end of March 2018. Please note the dates below may change.
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. Exceptions to this rule are detailed in the BUKC Rules & Regulations.
The price of entry is £247.50 inc VAT per team per round (£495 per race day). Your team can save roughly 10% by paying for all 8 rounds of the championship up front at £225 per round (£450 per race day). 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 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 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.
A typical race day starts arrving at the track at 7.30am when around 220 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 25 minute sprint races (each team only does 4 of them), continue until around 2pm 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 3 x 1hr endurance races (each team only does 2 of them). After the afternoon's racing, which usually finishes around 6pm, we do the final presentations for the day and everyone heads home knackered and buzzing (it's a peculiar combination).
Something special in the Main Championship is that every race winner will receive a very special Gold race winner medals. These are exceptionally coveted items and only race winners in the Main Championship will ever win them.
At the end of the season, we finish off the BUKC with a huge party and awards ceremony in a marquee at the final race track. It’s the time to celebrate your successes on the race track and let your hair down. It’s always an awesome event. Here are some photos from years gone by: