Grammar School trio compete in regional racing final

Ben Swift, Charles Shelbourne and Simeos Soteriou. Photo supplied.
Ben Swift, Charles Shelbourne and Simeos Soteriou. Photo supplied.
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THREE Skegness Grammar School students performed well at the Midlands’ regional final of the coveted British Schools Karting Championship (BKSC).

Ben Swift (16), Charles Shelbourn (16), and Simeos Soteriou (17), who are all students from Skegness Grammar School, achieved an overall 12th place at Milton Mill, Northamptonshire.

The team was lead by Ben Swift who achieved a race win and one of the fastest lap times on the day.

This outstanding achievement saw him beat some drivers who are currently racing in the UK’s top flight of national karting.

The team was managed by Amanda Black, Head of PE at Skegness Grammar School, who herself is preparing to compete in the 2012 Caterham Graduates Series which starts at the end of the month at Donington Park live on Motors TV.

Amanda said: “The team did very well for our first entry into the competition.

“The regional final had many high profile young national karters who are racing week in, week out.

“Ben drove superbly to achieve a win at this level and beating some of the best karters in the country.

“It was a delight to be involved with the team and I’m looking forward to next year’s competition already”.

There were 21 schools competing from around the Midlands, with Skegness Grammar School, the solos representative from Lincolnshire.

The BSKC is a nationwide team-based karting championship open to any school or college with students aged 13 to 18 who want to take part. Schools can enter multiple teams of three and students do not have to have any previous experience in karting or any special equipment to participate.

Mark Turner, Championship Manager at the BSKC added: “The driving standards and close racing in this regional final were outstanding. There is a lot of talent and the racing was exciting to watch.

“The BSKC has grown in popularity since its launch in 2006 and has 615 schools and college entry in 2012.

“Karting is a great way for young people to gain confidence and learn many of the skills that will help them both in school and in other areas of their life.”

For details of the Regional Finals or more information on the BSKC, visit www.bskc.co.uk. You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter at @karting_bskc.