PREMIER CLASS

The heart of the BUKC. It's where teams and drivers go to race against and beat the best.

 

PREMIER CLASS

The Premier Class is the BUKC at its most intense. Teams of 4 drivers from each uni come together to battle it out over the course of 5 double header race meetings held between November & April the following year.

 

The Championship

The 10 round Premier Class Championship takes place over 5 days between November 2020 and the start of April 2021. Please note the dates below may change.

  • Sat 14th Nov - Whilton Mill, Northamptonshire
  • Thurs 28th Jan - Buckmore Park, Kent
  • Tues 16th Feb - PFI, Lincolnshire
  • Sat 20th Mar - Llandow, South Wales
  • Fri 9th April - Whilton Mill, Northamptonshire

Each race day will consist of 2 rounds with the formats as follows:

  • Whilton: Rounds 1 & 2: Sprint Format
  • Buckmore: Round 3 & 4: Sprint Format
  • PFI: Round 5: Sprint Format, Round 6: Endurance Format
  • Llandow: Rounds 7 & 8: Sprint Format
  • Whiton: Round 9: Sprint Format, Round 10: Endurance Format

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 £260 inc VAT per team per round (£520 per race day). Your team can save roughly 6% by paying for all 10 rounds of the championship up front at £245 per round (£490 per race day). Payments for the 6% discount must be made by 1st November.

THE FORMATS

 

There are 2 bespoke formats used in the BUKC titled the Sprint Format and the Endurance Format.

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.

In each Sprint Format round, there will be 2 weight categories. Lightweights will run at a minimum weight of 75kg. Heavyweights will run at a minimum weight of 82kg. Drivers who do not meet the minimum weight threshold will be able add ballast to their kart and / or seat insert.

3 of the 6 races will be designated as LW races and the other 3 will be designated as HW races.

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 minimum weight threshold will be 75kg for all drivers.

A TYPICAL RACE DAY

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 Premier Class Championship is that every race winner will receive a very special Gold race winner medals. These coveted items and only ever collected by race winners in the Premier Class!

THE PARTY

 

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, let your hair down and get twatted with your team mates.

THE TEAMS

 
 
Aber
Aston
Backstage Academy
Bath
Bedfordshire
Birmingham
Bolton
Bournemouth
Bradford
Brighton
Bristol
Brunel
Buckingham
Bucks New
Cambridge
Cardiff
Chester
City
Coventry
Cranfield
De Montfort
Derby
Dublin Institute of Technology
Dundee
Durham
Edge Hill
Edinburgh
Essex
Exeter
Falmouth
Glasgow
Gloucestershire
Greenwich
Harper Adams
Heriot Watt
Hertfordshire
Huddersfield
Hull
Hull York Medical
Hult International
Imperial
Keele
Kent
King's College
Kingston
Lancaster
Leeds
Leeds Beckett
Leicester
Liverpool
London South Bank
Loughborough
LSE
Manchester
Manchester Met
Marjon
Medway
Myerscough
Newcastle
Northumbria
Nottingham
Nottingham Trent
Oxford
Oxford Brookes
Plymouth
Portsmouth
Queen Mary
Queen's Belfast
Reading
Regent’s
Royal Holloway
Salford
Sheffield
Sheffield Hallam
SOAS
Southampton
Southampton Solent
Staffordshire
Strathclyde
Sunderland
Surrey
Sussex
Swansea
UCL
Uni of Life
UCLan
UEA
UWTSD Swansea
UWS
UWE
Warwick
Westminster
York
York St John
 

HOW TO ENTER

To take part in the BUKC you need to get in touch with your university's karting team captain.

If your university is not listed above then get in touch with the organisers of the BUKC

join your uni's team

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