Ruthless Ruben Takes Fourth British Title

Reigning BRKC champion Ruben Boutens won the British Rental Kart Championship for a fourth consecutive time yesterday and extended his unbeaten run of races at BRKC to thirteen.

Boutens comfortably won each of his heats, with the only danger to his perfect score coming in the form of newcomer Chris Daines who challenged him for victory in the Semi Finals.

In a thrilling climax to the superpole shootout before the grand final, Boutens managed to overhaul erstwhile poleman Lewis Manley to take his first BRKC grand final pole position before storming away at the front of the field once the race was underway.

Behind Boutens, Régis Gosselin established himself in second place after an early pitstop to leapfrog Lewis Manley. Sam Spinnael chose a similar strategy to Gosselin and the pair ran unchallenged for the final two podium places until a late charge from two time World Champion Mathias Grooten dropped Spinnael back to fourth.

However, following a pitstop from Spinnael, Grooten made a reactive stop and caused a yellow light infringement – ultimately demoting him to last place as this was after the ‘Last Chance To Pit’ board had been shown.

At the front, Boutens was unstoppable and once again took the £1000 cash prize along with a free entry into the 2017 Kart World Championship.

BRKC resumes in January 2018.

Full results available here: BRKC 2017 Overall Results

Pictures courtesy of Tim Andrew Photography

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Full Line Up for BRKC 2017

BRKC 2017 has exceeded last year’s entry levels and has sold out almost 8 weeks ahead of the event itself.


Previous years have seen a star-studded lineup, and 2017 is no exception with close to 30 international entrants and a healthy mixture of motorsport heavyweights and new challengers alike.

The full entry list for BRKC 2017 can be found here, and driver profiles here.

For those who are still keen on driving this year, there is a reserve list in place in case of cancellations – go to brkc.co.uk/enter.

We look forward to welcoming all drivers to Formula Fast MK on the 20th January 2017.


BRKC 2017 Preview with James Auld (BRKC Commentator)

Official 2016 DVD Review Released

We are pleased to announce that the Official BRKC 2016 Review is now available to purchase on DVD at the BRKC Online Shop. Pre-orders begin today, with the first DVDs ready for dispatch on Wednesday 2nd March. Delivery options are available for both UK and Europe.

Relive the action and drama at the UK’s finest indoor karting facility, with live commentary from James Auld, Anwar Beroul-Smith, Sean Brierley, and even a guest appearance from Sky Sports commentator Will Buxton. Coverage has been extended for 2016, with the Heats, Semi Finals, Final and other features covered in even greater detail in a 2-disc set.

The Official 2016 BRKC Review is retailing for £10.00 plus delivery. The 2015 DVD can also be purchased at a discounted £4.00 to complete your BRKC collection.

Visit the BRKC Online Shop now to order.

Peerless Ruben Boutens Storms To Third BRKC Title

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A truly remarkable performance from reigning BRKC champion Ruben Boutens saw him clinch his third British title at Formula Fast in Milton Keynes today.

Boutens was formidable during the heats phase of the competition, having won each of his races and broken the lap record. However, things didn’t go entirely to plan in the Super Pole qualifying session for the final with 2015 runner up Stefan Verhofste taking first place on the grid with Boutens a close second.

Verhofste’s lead was short during the Grand Final itself, with Boutens delivering his customary overtaking manouvre into the main hairpin – never to be challenged again during the race – with Lewis Manley also making his way past Verhofste later in the race.

Having now won three BRKC’s in succession, Ruben Boutens is the most successful driver in BRKC history. Boutens also lowered his own lap record at the Formula Fast circuit during the Grand Final with a 31.5 second lap.

The Kam Ho Memorial award went to Michael Weddell, and the Genevieve Reason ‘Most Determined Driver’ trophy was claimed by Polish driver and fourth placed finisher Matt Bartsch.

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In The Thick Of It

It’s Saturday evening, and today’s opening foray of races (actually, just over half the heats) have now finished, with another full day still to go.

There was incredible excitement and drama throughout, with jaw-dropping action, few near-misses and some spills – and that was just the pizza.

Full race reports will be available after the event, but for now, here are some useful links to today’s key info:

Thanks to all for a great day’s racing, see you tomorrow.

Phil Stanley
Managing Director

Heat Draw For BRKC 2016 Published

 

The heat draw for the 2016 BRKC has been completed. After rectifying an initial technical hitch, the heat dispersal system was used to allocate drivers into the best possible spread of races, ensuring that they meet a wide variety of other drivers during the BRKC heats.

Notable heats include Round 4 Heat 7, where reigning champion Ruben Boutens faces up to 2016 BRKC runner up Stefan Verhofste, as well as Round 1 Heat 10, which includes BRKC favourites Ed White, Lewis Manley, Ramon Pineiro, Corne Snoep – as well as former FIA Kart World Champion Colin Brown.

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In Depth Live Coverage Announced For BRKC 2016

This week the BRKC organisers agreed an expanded video media coverage package with Scruffy Bear Pictures for the 2016 BRKC. In previous years, the Live Stream was basic on Saturday, with some expanded broadcasting with additional cameras on Sunday.

However, for 2016, the entire BRKC will be covered in depth, with several extra camera angles, along with a producer and director on site at all times. New items include a breakfast show each morning, features like track guides and interviews with key drivers, constant high quality coverage broadcast live throughout the weekend, multiple commentators and pitlane reporters, as well as a generally higher production standard than in previous years.

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Scruffy Bear director Darren Cook: “I wasn’t happy with last year’s coverage and we have some great ideas for this year’s BRKC. This year we are stepping up to another level. It’s going to be a beautiful event.”

Spectators around the world will be able to watch the live broadcast online with timing information overlayed – and the feed will be played on TV screens around Formula Fast so that nobody misses a moment of the on-track action throughout the weekend.

Double Champions Hackett & Boutens Return

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2015 Dutch Red Bull Kart Fight Champion Boutens is feeling confident

Since the inception of BRKC in 2010, only two drivers have won the championship more than once. Lee Hackett was triumphant in 2012 & 2013 during the ‘multi-round’ incarnation of BRKC. In 2014 & 2015 it was Dutchman Ruben Boutens who claimed the overall victory. In 2016, the pair will meet on track for the first time since the 2013 Kart World Championship in Denmark.

Although Hackett has had a low key absence from BRKC, he is sure to be back on the pace quickly, having finished as the top British driver in the 2013 World Championship. Boutens on the other hand has been busy winning multiple international titles including the Dutch Kart Championship and the Dutch Red Bull Kart Fight – and is sure to be a force to be reckoned with.

The battle between these two giants of rental karting – as well as many more big names – will be fascinating to watch when BRKC 2016 gets started on the 15th of January.

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Hackett beats Brierley and Boutens to the 2013 BRKC Round 1 victory

 

New Alternate Layout

Formula Fast are excited to announce that a brand new ‘Alternate’ layout has been confirmed for BRKC 2016, following successful advance testing at Milton Keynes this week.

You’ll get a chance to drive it first-hand during BRKC Friday Practice in January, but the circuit is already an immediate hit with our team, presenting new overtaking opportunities with a technically challenging sequence of corners leading onto the main straight. The new layout will replace last year’s Alternate circuit.

The Alternate layout will be used for two out of the four qualifying heats, making it an integral part of the BRKC format. Introduced for the first time in the 2015 Championship, the Alternate track configuration is designed to give drivers a fresh challenge, as well as leveling the playing field for those who haven’t had as many miles on the standard circuit.

The Alternate circuit will not be available to drivers in any non-BRKC events, although drivers do have their first chance to see the new track this Sunday evening during the only BRKC dedicated practice before the main event. Those who can’t make it to this month’s session will be given priority for any spare slots on the Alternate layout during BRKC Friday practice.

There are still spaces available – give yourself the edge on the grid for 2016 and call the circuit on 01908 904111 now to book your space.

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