Year 10 student Jake Lumbis reports on Eltham College’s recent Karting success and the road the team have taken to reach the British Schools Karting Championships Final.
The College entered a team for the first time into the Schools Karting Championships and in our local final at Brentwood we achieved great success, coming second out of seventeen schools. This meant we had qualified for the Regional finals which were held at Buckmore Park at the start of May.
We started off with a practice session to get a feel for the track. Then six heats, two for each driver. Ethan (Lower Sixth) started off well with a fourth place finish in the first heat and third in his second. In my heats I came 10th and 6th respectively due to pile-ups and large crashes and not having enough time to make up places. Jean (Year 11) did fantastic coming first in both his heats having not raced at the track for a couple of years. We needed to be in the top five teams to qualify for the national finals and we ended up coming second out of fifteen. Brentwood School, who had won for the past three years, were only seven points ahead of us.
Overall we have achieved a lot, especially as this is our first ever entry into this competition. We hope that we can continue this run of good results when we attend the finals at Whilton Mill and make Eltham College the British Schools Karting Champions and a school to be reckoned with.