Seeded entries OPEN 20:00 5th september 2021
BRKC 2022 is a go!
Entries for the 2022 British Rental Kart Championship will be opening to the Top 30 seeded drivers from BRKC 2020 at 20:00 GMT tonight (Sunday 5th September 2021).
If you were in the top 30 finishers from last year’s competition, you’ll have early-access to entries for one week from 5th September. Simply enter your unique code (this will be emailed to your separately) and submit your entry.
However, at 20:00 on 12th September 2021, entries will open up to all drivers. All remaining slots will be available weekly, in batches of 30 (on a first-come, first-served basis) until every slot has been filled. Don’t leave it too late to enter!
Entries are submitted online at brkc.co.uk/enter. The entry form will go live at 20:00 on the dates above, and valid payment is required in full to secure your entry (invalid entries will be deleted).
The entry fee for 2022 is GBP 190.00.
For those who haven’t already, we strongly recommend joining the Facebook group for instant updates on all things BRKC. You’ll also be able to ask questions about the entry process directly through the group.
We look forward to seeing you on the grid.
Team BRKC | Formula Fast Karting
Enter BRKC 2022
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.
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:
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.
Formula Fast Karting | Team BRKC
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.
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.
|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|
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.
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!
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.
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…
Ruben Boutens claimed his fifth BRKC crown at Formula Fast this weekend, extending what was already an unbelievable record to half a decade of dominance. His route to victory wasn’t all plain sailing in 2018, with a run of individual race victories ending with defeat by Matt Bartsch in Round 3. Boutens navigated the most difficult field of drivers in BRKC history during the heats phase – eventually taking three victories and one second place.
A victory in his Semi-Final provided Boutens with the opportunity to run as the final qualifier in the Grand Final Super Pole session – where he was pipped to first place by BlueStar Racing team mate Yoan Medart by three thousandths of a second. But in the race itself, Boutens was able to pull off his customary – and crucial – overtake into the main hairpin, sealing victory with a flawless drive to the finish.
Thom Van Dijk executed a perfect strategy which enabled him to split the BlueStar team mates and take second place, with pole sitter Medart coming home a close third.
BlueStar took the new-for-2018 Team Championship, with Craig McCallister winning his second BRKC Masters’ title, and Jonathan Elliott awarded the Genevieve Reason Memorial Trophy for the most gutsy drive.
Full results: BRKC 2018 Overall Results v2
With just seven weeks until the BRKC descends on Formula Fast in Milton Keynes, we take a look at some of the key contenders for the British title in 2018.
The Defending Champion
RUBEN BOUTENS: NETHERLANDS
There’s no getting away from it. The British Rental Kart Championship has been dominated by one man since 2014. Ruben Boutens has perfected the technique required to excel around the slippery concrete confines of Formula Fast, and he shows no signs of slowing down. With a Kart World Championship finally in the bag, Boutens is once again the odds-on favourite to win in 2018. But he will have to face some seriously tough competition if he wants to make it five out of five at BRKC.
MATHIAS GROOTEN: BELGIUM
The only driver on the grid able to rival Boutens in terms of career stats, Mathias Grooten is a double Kart World Champion, with his most recent success coming just two years ago. Analytical and effortlessly fast, Grooten is able to read a race and deploy the correct strategy like no other. He narrowly missed out on a podium at BRKC in 2017 with a failed pitstop in the final. Expect Grooten to feature prominently all weekend in 2018.
MATT BARTSCH: POLAND
As the most potent driver from a very strong Polish contingent, Matt Bartsch has raced his way to the final in every BRKC he has entered. With a highest finish of 4th in 2016, Bartsch is hungry for the victory and has all the ingredients necessary to make that a reality. Expect Bartsch to quietly go about his business once again, racking up more race victories as he attempts to make the BRKC his own.
LEWIS MANLEY: UNITED KINGDOM
Manley is the only driver listed in this analysis who races solely in domestic competitions. Despite this, he has proved to be a force to be reckoned with at each BRKC season since 2014. Twice a podium finisher in the final, Manley’s form dipped in 2017 where he recorded no race wins. However, he is sure to be determined to bounce back in 2018.
SEAN BRIERLEY: UNITED KINGDOM
Fresh from winning the Nations’ Cup at the Kart World Championship, Sean Brierley has his sights set firmly on the British Championship. Experience in overseas rental kart competitions such as the IEKC and the Sport Kart Grand Nationals has boosted Brierley’s strategic and driving armoury, and his speed at Formula Fast is without question. Quick in qualifying and consistent during the races, Brierley will surely fight his way towards the front of the final in 2018.
SAM SPINNAEL: UNITED KINGDOM / BELGIUM
Also a Nations’ Cup World Champion in 2017, Spinnael executed a stunning race in the BRKC 2017 grand final, having only narrowly made it there in the first place. His qualifying lap put him at the sharp end of the grid, and working with team mate Regis Gosselin, he fought his way to the podium with a clever alternative strategy. Having raced all season in various kart competitions around the world, it seems that Spinnael’s BRKC bad luck has finally ended, and it would be a big surprise if he wasn’t once again a feature in 2018.
Other Notable Drivers:
- Craig McAllister has been setting the timing sheets alight during the regular Formula Fast members’ sessions. The 2017 Masters’ Champion is a good bet to finish even higher in 2018.
- Bjorn Vermeulen was a strong contender throughout BRKC 2017 and will certainly be a front runner once again.
- Chris Daines was one of the surprises of BRKC 2017, and added another CovKartSport championship to his CV this season.
- Thom Van Dyjk almost anonymously made his way up to 4th place in the 2017 grand final and his form is sure to carry over into this coming season.
- Andy Gaban was twice a race winner in 2017, with impressive pace and racecraft displayed throughout the heats and finals.
- Lee Hackett is a double BRKC champion in the previous format of the series and made the final in his last indoor BRKC appearance in 2016.
Several new drivers to the indoor format BRKC have impressive racing CVs, with Guillaume Germis, George Lovell, Dave Singlee, Logan Sougne, Christophe Verhoeven & Mathias Sponholz all deserving of a mention for their various strong results at National and International level.
Keep up to date with all of the latest BRKC news and information at the Facebook Group.
BRKC 2018 takes place from the 19th to the 21st of January at Formula Fast Indoor Karting in Milton Keynes.