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.

 

How to enter BRKC 2020:

Due to the extremely high demand for BRKC entries over the past few years, we have implemented a different entry procedure for BRKC2020.

Instead of opening all 100 spots on a single day, there will now be three main ‘waves’ of entry, where 30 people at a time can claim their place, followed by a final smaller wave after the first 90 entries have been processed.

The initial 30 places will be open to drivers who finished in the top 30 of BRKC 2019. These will open at 8.00PM on Sunday 18th of August, and remain open for one week.

The next 30 entries will be open Sunday 25th of August for any driver and again last for one week (or until all the places are filled).

The next 30 entries become available one week later.

More information about the final places will then be released once this process is complete.

The final change for BRKC 2020’s entry procedure is the cost of the deposit. Previously we have allowed a £50 non-refundable deposit option, but this has proven to cause some issues with a large number of drivers content to lose their deposits and cancel their entry close to the full payment deadline. To discourage this, BRKC 2020 deposits will be £100, with the option to pay in full still available.

We are massively looking forward to the best BRKC yet on our tenth anniversary – and hope to see you there!

 

 

 

 

Six-cess for Boutens at BRKC 2019!

Ruben Boutens fought back from a third place starting position to take victory for the sixth time in a row in today’s BRKC 2019 Grand Final.

After the heats and semi finals had been completed, Boutens topped the points table, but it was newcomer Michal Grzyb who took an emphatic pole position in the intense super-pole session before the Grand Final. Former BRKC champion Lee Hackett slotted into second place on the grid, leaving Boutens with a difficult task if he was to retain his long held crown.

The top five drivers ran nose to tail for several laps, before British Driver Ed White chose to make two early pit stops in quick succession in order to attempt a daring alternative strategy to the race leaders.

The finalists line up before taking to the track

From left to right: Logan Sougne, Yoan Medart, Ruben Boutens, Brandon Williams, Dean Hale, Lewis Manley, Ed White, Lee Hackett, Patrick Nieroda, Michal Grzyb

Shortly afterwards, Boutens dispatched Lee Hackett with a robust overtake at the main hairpin, before quickly closing down on erstwhile leader Michal Grzyb. As Boutens neared Grzyb and the Polish driver began to defend his position, Boutens seemed to sense the danger posed by the rapid Ed White who was quietly setting a series of blisteringly fast laptimes whilst circulating at the back of the field. Boutens decided to back off from Grzyb to stop the time loss from his defence, before making a decisive overtaking manouevre at the pit entry hairpin just a few laps later.

From this point onwards, it was a battle of laptimes, with Boutens and White exchanging fastest laps, albeit on opposite sides of the circuit.

However, a series of 31.6 second laps proved just enough to give Boutens the gap he needed to make his two mandatory pitstops and emerge fractionally ahead of the chasing Englishman, with Michal Grzyb coming home in a close third position.

Boutens once again wins £1000 for his efforts, along with free entry into the KWC Kart World Championship, of which is is the reigning and double World Champion.

In the team championship, it was Blue Star Racing Team who once again took victory. The Kam Ho Memorial Masters’ trophy for drivers over 40 went to Richard Jute who had starred in several races throughout the weekend. Lee Hackett, who lead the points standings before the Semi-Finals, was awarded the Genevieve Reason Memorial ‘Commentator’s Pick’ prize for a gutsy performance during the heats and a stellar second place qualifying position in the Grand Final.

The tenth edition of BRKC takes place in January 2020 at Formula Fast. Full details can be found on the BRKC Facebook group.

Full 2019 Results To Follow…