Super-Pole to Victory for Super Pole Grzyb!

 After claiming the top spot in qualifying for the second year in succession, Michał Grzyb became the first new BRKC champion in seven years with a flawless drive from lights to flag in the Grand Final at BRKC 2020

In the most competitive field of drivers ever seen at the British Rental Kart Championship, it was Michał Grzyb who emerged victorious after storming to pole position in the Super-Pole shootout for the second year in succession. Having slipped to third in the Grand Final in 2019, it was a different story this time around, as Grzyb’s victory looked assured from the early stages after reigning World Champion Michael Schoettler tangled with Mathias Grooten and lost time with a bad pass flag.

After attempting to serve his penalty (which Grooten prevented by refusing to be allowed back through), Schoettler set about reeling in Grzyb, at one stage gaining up to two tenths of a second per lap on the Pole as he took the BRKC lap record several times. However, the three second margin ultimately proved to be too much of a challenge, and Schoettler was forced to settle for second place.

The fight for third was far less straightforward, as Mathias Grooten attempted to make up for the time loss incurred by the earlier Schoettler incident to catch his compatriot Mats De Jong and claim the final spot on the podium. Despite an effort to undercut De Jong, Grooten was unable to find a way through and De Jong defended perfectly until the finish, to take his first BRKC podium.

“It’s an amazing feeling, competing here at the highest level.” – Michał Grzyb

In the heat stages, it was Selina Balneger who headed the scoreboard, courtesy of four wins from four races over the course of Saturday and Sunday. However, heading into the Super-Pole shootout for the Grand Final, Patryk Nieroda had moved to the front of the championship thanks to a strong Semi-Final. Some shock absentees included pre-event favourite Ruben Boutens, as well as Ed White, Lewis Manley, Yoan Medart – and various other finalists from previous years.

In the Super-Pole shootout itself, the laptimes were closer than ever, with nine drivers covered by 0.150s. Surprisingly, Nieroda could only manage P9 despite driving last, and reigning KWC Kart World Champion Michael Schoettler was mired in the middle of the pack in fifth place. However, both of these drivers would move forward during the race itself, aided by their preferential kart selection championship positions prior to the Grand Final.

The Kam Ho Masters’ trophy for drivers over 40 years old went to South African Richard Jute, whilst the Genevieve Reason Memorial Trophy for exceptional performance and determination during the event was awarded to Selina Belneger for being the only driver to score four heat wins during the competition.

Click here to watch the full video of BRKC 2020 on Motorsport.tv

Final Results:

Pos No Name Behind Best On Grid Grid +/- Team
1 18 Michał Grzyb 30.865 49 1 = MG Racing Team
2 21 Michael Schoettler 1.858 30.771 56 5 +3 Eco Racing Germany
3 14 Mats de Jong 14.154 31.011 47 2 -1 Traxxis
4 11 Mathias Grooten 14.648 30.983 52 4 = BlueStar Racing Team 2
5 19 Patryk Nieroda 14.873 30.903 51 9 +4 MG Racing Team
6 17 Regis Gosselin 15.214 31.156 54 3 -3 Black Horses
7 8 Selina Balneger 15.561 30.946 49 6 -1 Traxxis 2
8 13 Wojciech Grzyb 18.531 31.097 49 8 = MG Racing Team
9 9 Sean Brierley 25.753 31.158 46 7 -2 Briars Racing
10 20 Dawid Chart 1 Lap 31.234 50 10 = Hussayra Karting Poland

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BRKC 2020: What To Look Out For

Just like that, it’s the second week of January. BRKC 2020 is almost upon us. This edition of the British Rental Kart Championship saw each wave of entries sell out in around three minutes. Almost every available practice session in the week leading up to the event has sold out, including the entirety of Thursday & Friday. The most number of overseas entrants we have ever seen (42 up from 21 in 2019) will be making their way to Milton Keynes. It’s safe to say, this is the most eagerly anticipated race weekend since the series was started in 2011.

 

 

On Saturday morning, 100 drivers will be in the hunt for the British Championship. 48 hours later, we will know which one of them has triumphed, taking home £1000 cash and a free entry for the KWC Kart World Championship. So who are the contenders? The most sensible bet would be reigning champion Ruben Boutens – the Dutchman undefeated in the last six years at BRKC. But if Boutens is to take his seventh title, he is going to have to overcome arguably the strongest field of indoor kart drivers ever assembled in one event.

 

 

  • Michael Schöttler makes his BRKC debut in 2020, having decimated the competition at the most recent KWC. The reigning World Champion will have his sights firmly set on the top British accolade as he prepares to begin his title defending year.

 

  • Ed White emerged as Boutens’ closest challenger in 2019, finishing just tenths behind at the end of the Grand Final – having started the Final seconds behind courtesy of a less than perfect super pole lap. White has been singled out by some of the World’s leading drivers as the Brit most likely to finally topple Boutens. Will 2020 be his year?

 

 

  • Michał Grzyb took pole position for the Grand Final in 2019, and for much of the competition looked to be Boutens’ closest challenger. He has clearly taken the challenge of 2020 seriously too, flying in from Poland to complete practice sessions before the race week begins.

 

  • Mathias Grooten: The former two-time World Champion returns after a two year absence from BRKC. His hopes of a top finish in 2017 were dashed by a failed pitstop in the final, but the Belgian driver will be looking to set the record straight this time around.

 

  • Mats De Jong makes his debut at BRKC 2020, but has been a front runner in the world of rental karting for many years. In 2019 he finished 5th at the World Championship, and his qualifying pace is known to be incredibly strong. Expect Mats to make an immediate impact.

 

  • Dennis Höller finished 2nd in the KWC in 2019. The Vice World Champion will want to go one better in the British Championship and is a strong contender for the Grand Final.

 

  • Lewis Manley took his fifth Formula Fast local championship in 2019. The local specialist shies away from competing internationally, but is a perpetual threat at his home circuit in Milton Keynes. A former BRKC overall podium finisher, Manley’s career goal is to become BRKC champion. Will he finally claim it this year?

 

  • Patrick Nieroda flew under the radar in 2019, but eased his way to the final with extremely little fuss. Relentlessly quick and skilled at making his way through the pack, Nieroda is a contender for the win in every race he competes in.

 

  • Sam Spinnael is almost the opposite of Nieroda in his profile – with a flamboyant euro-lean style, providing fireworks in every race. The former podium finisher is confident of at least matching his previous best performance, and is likely to make an appearance in the Final once more.

 

  • Yoan Medart is one of several members of the BlueStar team who are sure to be the benchmark in terms of outright pace next weekend. Medart took third place overall in 2018 and will be keen to emerge as his team’s top driver by Sunday evening.

 

 

  • Régis Gosselin worked a clever strategy to take 2nd place in the 2017 Grand Final. He immediately gelled with the Formula Fast circuit, and shows no sign of slowing down in 2020.

 

  • Sean Brierley has been lighting up the time sheets during the regular practice sessions at Formula Fast recently. The former Nations’ Cup World Champion is brimming with confidence and sees 2020 as his best chance to take the British Championship.

 

  • Dan Healey came agonisingly close to a place in the 2019 final, ultimately missing out by a single position. Another driver who has been taking the preparation seriously over the course of 2019, Healey has been on top in the majority of sessions he’s taken part in.

 

 

To boil the drivers down to a set of the ten most likely finalists is almost impossible with such a high level of skill on display throughout the entire field. We have failed already, pointing towards eleven in this small preview alone. Drivers who are champion of their own local track will almost certainly finish in last place in some of the races, such is the difficulty of modern day BRKC. Egos will be bruised and heroes will be created.

In our opinion, BRKC 2020 will be the most difficult indoor kart event ever held – and it’s less than a week away.