Students in karting coup

THREE Skegness based- students have made it through to the Midlands regional final of the coveted British Schools Karting Championship (BSKC) 2012.

Ben Swift (16), Charles Shelbourn (16), and Simeos Soteriou (17), who are all students from Skegness Grammar School, captured the winning place on the podium in the latest stage of the motor racing competition, which took place at Peterborough recently.

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.

Simeos said: “I am new to the SGS Sixth Form and this has been an amazing opportunity to compete in something completely new.

“I never thought a school would have a karting team. It has been a dream for our team to be competitive against other schools, I can’t wait to compete in the Regional Finals.”

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 at National Circuits around the UK.

Amanda said: “I have a massive passion for motor racing. I stumbled across the BSKC and thought ‘Why can’t we do that’?

“The Headmaster, Mr Ward was very supportive when I approached him with the idea and it has been go, go, go ever since.

“The next step is to gain a sponsor so that the team can get more track time and driver tuition. My plan for SGS is to be the British Schools Karting Champions within five years. To reach the regional finals in year one has completely exceeded my expectations and a big credit to the maturity and dedication of the team.”

Mark Turner, Championship Manager at the BSKC said: “We extend our congratulations to the Skegness Grammar School team on their success.

“We wish all of the qualifying teams the best of luck as they prepare for the Regional Finals.”

For details of the Regional Finals or more information on the BSKC, visit www.bskc.co.uk.