BRKC 2021 Update

Hi everyone and apologies for the gap in communications. As you will have probably seen, the COVID-19 situation is changing rapidly in the UK and Europe, so we have been working on a solution that allows BRKC 2021 to run safely under most conceivable scenarios.

This has been difficult, as the rules keep changing, but we think we’ve cracked it!

The full BRKC 2021 rules are currently being drawn up, but in the meantime, we’ve compiled some answers to your FAQs below:

Will BRKC 2021 be happening?

Yes – BRKC 2021 will be going ahead!

Barring any enforced closures, or substantial changes to government guidelines, this year’s event is a go.

When will entries open?

We are working on a simplified entry form this year, and hope to announce a launch date shortly. As per last year, the top seeded drivers from BRKC 2020 will be given the first opportunity to enter.

What’s different for BRKC 2021?

As much as possible, we’re trying to keep things the same so BRKC is as unmissable as ever. The format, prizes, close racing and superb broadcast are all key parts to BRKC which we plan on keeping this year.

The key changes are likely to be:

  • SPECTATING
    Spectators will not be permitted this year. Unfortunately there is no way to safely manage the number of non-drivers that would normally be able to mingle in our reception and viewing areas.

    Whilst this is not ideal, this one-off measure should reduce the risk sufficiently to allow BRKC 2021 to go ahead, and with Scruffybear’s excellent live broadcast, spectators will still be able to watch the action wherever they are.

    In exceptional circumstances we may provide an area for essential visitors, but this will be by prior arrangement only.

  • DRIVER FLOW
    To manage capacity, we’ll be controlling access and introducing a one-way, zoned system through the venue. Each heat will arrive 30 mins in advance as normal.

    That ‘group’ of 10 drivers will have the upstairs area to themselves whilst waiting to go on track, whilst the current Heat is on circuit.

    Drivers from finished heats will not return upstairs – to reduce congestion we’ll have an alternative exit point downstairs.

  • DRIVER PREP
    We’ll be asking drivers to arrive as ‘race ready’ as possible to avoid the need for changing or bringing kit to the venue.

    There will be a cloakroom accessible on entry & exit to the venue where drivers can leave any valuables.

    Weighted seats will be left in a designated area for the whole weekend, and removed after your final race.

  • SOCIAL DISTANCING
    It should go without saying that social distancing and mask-wearing will be enforced at all times, and any of the usual interactions – interviews, podium ceremony and so on – will be conducted responsibly. We ask that all drivers follow the social distancing rules.


What will happen on BRKC Official Practice (Friday)?

This year, we’re planning on increasing practice sessions to 20 Minutes duration, with 10 drivers per session. These will run every half hour from 10:00 to 20:00.

You will have 1x practice session (now 20 mins!) included as part of your entry fee as normal. Additional sessions will be available online at a cost of £27.50pp.

We hope this will reduce numbers at the venue, as we aim to keep guest capacity below 30 at any one time. This will also closely mirror the procedures for the Saturday/Sunday.

What happens after the Heats & Semis?

As spectating will not be possible, we will be asking all drivers with a reasonable chance of making the Semi Finals or Finals to remain close to the venue, and watch for updates on the livestream, and via social media.

Return to the track at your allocated time – the staff member controlling access to the venue will then allow drivers upstairs as normal.

What are Formula Fast currently doing to be COVID-secure?

Formula Fast are open and running to COVID-secure guidelines every day – so we have plenty of experience running events safely under the current rules.

BRKC is a special case, but we’ll be taking all of our usual care and precautions to make sure everyone is kept safe, whilst hosting another amazing event. Check out Formula Fast’s page on COVID safety here.

Will there be food?

We do plan on offering catering throughout the weekend.

This is likely to be in a dedicated area outside the new building exit. We are finalising plans for this, but it may be possible to pre-book some limited seating areas (max group size: 6) throughout the weekend.

Snacks and drinks will also be available upstairs at our new café.

What if the COVID rules change?

These plans have been made based on the current and foreseeable rules around COVID-19.

The UK government may relax or tighten these rules, and we will always do our best to adapt the event to any changes. However, BRKC requires a huge amount of advance planning and organisation, and it is impossible to make any guarantees on the COVID situation before the weekend itself – especially as the government can impose new rules at short notice.

With this in mind, you enter and participate at your own risk.

What happens if the event is cancelled due to COVID-19?

If the worst happens and we need to cancel, we can credit drivers with an entry to the next event. Unfortunately we cannot be responsible for reimbursing drivers for any other costs relating to the event (travel, hotels etc), so these are booked at your own risk.

Our other cancellation Terms remain the same as always.

Refunds will also be possible in this situation, however we would be really grateful if you are able to support us and help keep the event (and Formula Fast) viable for the future by accepting an entry credit. This really makes a huge difference!

Anything new in the pipeline?

Some of you may have noticed some big changes to the venue following lockdown, which we’re thrilled to show you all. We now have:

  • A brand new reception and café area
  • Updated front entrance with COVID-secure access control
  • Dedicated Sanitising equipment (medical grade Ozone cabinet) and sanitising stations
  • Semi-permanent covered and heated outdoor awning area, overlooking the track
  • Behind the scenes – additional storage and workshop capabilities (so we can make cool new features, better and faster!)
  • Cosmetic and detailed track improvements
  • Alpha Timing as our full-time events and timing system (so you’ll be able to see your integrated data even easier than before)

We are also finalising one big new upgrade, which we hope to announce in the coming weeks, which we think you’ll love…


Despite a challenging year for everyone, we can’t wait to host you all for BRKC 2021 and hope this will be one to remember.

We’ll be releasing more info soon, but in the meantime – stay safe.


Phil Stanley
Formula Fast Karting | Team BRKC

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.

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

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.

alternate track BRKC 2016

F.L.A.P.S Testing

Formula Fast took delivery of the first prototype of the purpose-built laser pitstop system this week – an exciting new development for BRKC 2016. Initial testing was extremely successful, and the team managed to capture some footage for a sneaky preview of how the system is coming along.

F.L.A.P.S (Foolproof Laser Activated Pitstop System) is designed to aid competitors and ensure ultimate fairness for the compulsory pitstop required of each driver during a BRKC race.

Through the use of precision laser technology, the traffic light display a red ‘stop’ light for a predetermined amount of time when a driver enters the pit box. Provided the driver is still within the box, the light will then turn to a green ‘go’ light, allowing the driver to proceed.

If the driver overshoots the box within the time, the yellow ‘false start’ light is triggered indicating the driver must complete an additional pit stop.

F.L.A.P.S removes the human element (marshal determining stop, go & false starts) from a pitstop, which – whilst successful up until now – cannot match an accurately timed system built to ensure every pitstop is identical.

The team at Formula Fast are finalising the mounting and positioning of F.L.A.P.S before final testing in a live race event later this year. More updates will follow!

Double Dutch For Ruben

Dutchman Ruben Boutens took an impressive victory in the
Grand Final at BRKC 2015 in Milton Keynes, after passing
the hugely impressive Ed White for the lead on lap two.

Having lead the standings for much of the weekend with a
flawless record of five poles and five wins from five races,
White took a searing pole position for the final race but
was unable to halt the charge of the reigning BRKC
champion Boutens.

After a battle with Mathias Grooten which eventually
ended in White’s favour, the two frontrunners Boutens and
White  lapped in clear air and looked set to finish in that
order. However, Stefan Verhofste’s early pit stop strategy
paid off handsomely, slotting him into second place after
starting from sixth and pushing Grooten down the order to
fourth.

Ruben Boutens walked away with the £900 cash prize and
all three podium finishers will head to the Kart World
Championship in Italy this summer free of charge.

Ruben’s Dutch Courage

BRKC 2014 – Grand Final – Race Report by Andrew Duff

And then there were ten.

Bradley Philpot, Russell Endean, Michael Weddell, Annelien Boutens, Ruben Boutens, Ted Monfils, Anwar Beroual Smith, Lewis Manley, Ed White and Crispin Zuercher.

They will qualify in Superpole format: each driver does a single flying lap on their own, in the same kart. No pressure… it’s rare that I’d rather be spectating, but this time I’m quite happy to sip tea on the VIP gantry and watch the action unfold.

As Michael gets underway I’m fully appreciating the recording wizardry for the first time this weekend. The live feed which is streaming over the Web is shown on a screen beside James, and I’m hugely impressed at the professional quality produced by multiple cameras all around the circuit. A DVD of the event will be produced soon, and I look forward to that.

Michael is disappointed with his time, shaking his head as he passes under the timing screen on the back straight. He pits and hands the kart to Annelien, who cements her reputation as a qualifying specialist with a sublime lap – a full half-second faster than Michael. And try as they might, nobody can match it. Crispin gets closest, third (Anwar) to eighth (Russell) is covered by seven hundredths of a second. But BRKC 2014’s only female driver will start the final from pole position. Lauren and Becca – sharing the VIP gantry with James and I – are beside themselves with excitement.

To begin with, it looks as if she might run away with it as the others squabble over position behind her – Anwar losing several places early on, Ed making a couple, Brad unable to make much of an impression in what looks like a difficult kart, Weddell and Monfils bringing up the rear… but as drivers start to pit, Ruben Boutens begins to wind it up. With half of the 30 minutes gone, he’s taking a couple of tenths per lap out of his sister’s lead. She responds, but he’s relentless; we’re holding our breath as he breaks the 33 second barrier and just keeps going faster and faster. It seems inevitable that he’ll find a way past and when he does – with a millimetre-perfect move into the hairpin – it caps off a supreme display of precision from both of them.

Ruben takes the flag, Annelien makes it a Boutens one-two, and Lewis Manley holds off Ed White for the final podium position. Crispin is an excellent fifth followed by Anwar, Brad, Russell, Ted and Michael. We’re sad to see it end, but I’m not sure anyone in the building could have taken much more.

We gather on the viewing gantry as James orchestrates the presentation down on the circuit, cheer Ruben, Annelien and Lewis onto the podium – Lewis needing some coaching on how to open a bottle of bubbly – before reluctantly saying our goodbyes. I’ve never seen spirits so high at the end of a karting event, and with good reason. We’ve all had a weekend to remember, and then some.

And that’s it. Fat Lady sings.

I’m sure I speak for everyone when I say that Ollie and all the staff at Formula Fast deserve a medal. And probably a few extra hours of sleep. We really appreciated the huge amount of work that went into organising and running such a complex event so efficiently. The effort that went into keeping the karts as equal as possible – testing late into the night on Friday and Saturday – was hugely impressive and (despite the odd moan) deeply appreciated. No other venue we’ve visited has ever worked so hard for us. I’ve certainly never been to a friendlier kart circuit – from front desk to pitlane, every single member of staff was a pleasure to deal with.

James Auld is a legend and I’ll not hear a word to the contrary. His commentary added a veneer of excitement and occasion – and information – that made BRKC 2014 the great spectacle it was.

Having seen the odd snippet of the footage Darren Cook and his team have produced, I can’t wait to see the finished article. We’ve immortalised every BRKC event in video and photographs, but this is a whole new league.

And once again, Brad seems to have pulled off the impossible (with Becca’s help) – he’s made the BRKC even better.

Downside? We have to wait a whole year before we can do it all again!

For final results and videos, visit www.brkc.net.