February 23, 2006

A return to motorsport

The graduate world isn't always what it's cracked up to be. I'm doing a number of things to keep life as interesting as possible, and high on this list is keeping up my motorsport activities. I was at Silverstone with some of the Warwick guys – as reported here by Nathaniel – but even better than that is maintaining my passion for kart racing.

As Random Exec Member, then President, then Captain of Warwick Motorsport, I raced in the British Universities Karting Championship a fair number of times. The championship is run using Club 100's fleet of near-identical two-stroke 100cc karts – capable of 70 mph and accelerating from walking pace to 60 mph in around 4 seconds. (There's no 0–60 time because the karts are clutchless: if the driver stops, or spins, the engine will stall and he/she will have to wait to be push-started).

Club 100 also runs its own championships, open to the general public. I'm entering one of these this year, the Intermediate Endurance championship, as part of a team called "RBB Economics Racing". The season is made up of 11 races at 7 different national-level outdoor circuits, each race meeting consisting of 40 minutes' practice, 5 minutes' timed qualifying and a two-hour race. Pitstops are necessary every 20 minutes or so (in which time the kart empties its three litre fuel tank).

The first round is on the International circuit at Buckmore Park, Kent, this weekend. It won't be RBB's first outing, though: the three members of the team met up at the start of the month to reacquaint ourselves with the karts. The occasion was a BUKC pre-season test day: most of the top university teams were present for the morning session which we took part in. RBB finished a very creditable second overall in the session – a good sign of some real pace. We're very fired up for the race and looking forward to running at or near the front of the field.

Expect a post about the team members tomorrow!

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  1. Ahhh you start out in the karting world proper… Hope you get some good results and that it doesn't dent your wallet too much! Good luck sir.

    23 Feb 2006, 19:49

  2. Go Si!

    27 Feb 2006, 01:28

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