BRKC 2021 Postponed

Following the government’s announcement that Buckinghamshire (and a large part of the UK) are now under the highest COVID alert level, the organisers have taken the sad decision to postpone this year’s planned BRKC in January.

Despite comprehensive plans to ensure the event could continue to run safely, the restrictions announced on the 17th December now make it extremely difficult for drivers to legally travel to Milton Keynes. Nobody should feel like they need to break the rules to attend – nor can we run a viable event when there is a good chance that many drivers may be unable attend at short notice.

We were already looking at a BRKC that did not include our usual contingent of European drivers, which in itself is a big blow to the event. However, as the pool of potentially eligible drivers has now decreased further, we feel that the a January event is no longer possible.

This has not been an easy decision to make, but given the situation has changed so rapidly in the last few weeks alone, it is the right one under the circumstances.

However, we are looking at alternative plans for BRKC 2021 which will be announced soon. For now, Formula Fast itself is permitted to stay open, so if you are local to the circuit please do support us where you can, as we will continue to run Members events (with full COVID measures in place).

Those who have already entered BRKC will be refunded in full.

We very much look forward to welcoming you all back to the track in what we hope is a more positive 2021. We will keep you all posted on our plans via email and social media updates.

In the meantime, we wish you all a safe and happy Christmas and New Year.

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

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

View Full BRKC 2020 Results Here