Round 3 of the British University Karting Championship (BUKC) welcomed the University of Plymouth Motorsport Club (UPMC) and 61 other University race teams. The British Universities Karting Championship 2016 is open to any full time student studying at an accredited university in the UK. The Championship in consists of 2 qualifiers followed by 8 national rounds spread over 6 race days between November 2015 and the beginning of April 2016. Round 3 took place at a very wet Warden Law in Sunderland, with UPMC students competing throughout the day eventually claiming 2nd place for the round.
The UPMC A Team (Christopher Wesemael, Gavin Pitt, Luke Walker and Alek Sobas) got off to a good start in qualifying, placing towards the front of the grid on a track never driven before by any of the team. Then, throughout each 25 minute race the A team drivers continued their hard work, all finishing high enough for the team to finish 2nd on the podium overall, only 1 point off 1st place.
UPMC B team drivers (Lily Stokes-Carter, Sam Brown, Hayden Baker and Dillon Terry) also all put in really good stints, impressive for their 2nd ever race.
Christopher Wesemael (UPSC Chair) said: It was a great result, something we needed to keep the championship hopes alive. Everyone did incredibly well working as a team. There is a great energy between us all.
Hayden (Brand new UPMC member) said: It was my first race ever BUKC race which was an incredible experience in the wet, and it was freezing cold, which added to the fun. I cannot wait for the final round!'
The results of this round leave the A team 2nd in the championship, only 3 points behind 1st, which leaves the championship title all to play for at the final round at Clay Pigeon Raceway in 3 weeks time. Also, University of Plymouth Motorsport Club are now looking to field a C team in the final round at Clay Pigeon Raceway, something UPMC hasn't seen since 2012.
- Race 1: Luke: Qualified - 4th. Finished - 3rd
- Race 2: Chippy: Qualified - 11th. Finished - 3th
- Race 3: Alek: Qualified - 4th. Finished - 2nd
- Race 4: Gavin: Qualified - 6th. Finished - 6th
- Race 1: Sam: Qualified - 20th. Finished - 20th
- Race 2: Hayden: Qualified - 24st. Finished - 17th
- Race 3: Dillon: Qualified - 31st. Finished - 29th
- Race 5: Lily: Qualified -20th. Finished - 21st
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