Coventry University Karting Club became the first University Karting Club to win back-to-back Karting Championships in over a decade recently, when their dramatic season came to an explosive end.
Having had their 2019-2020 season interrupted by COVID-19 with just one more round of races to go, Coventry weren't sure whether they would have the chance to fend off serious challenges from opposing universities this year, and defend their 'number 1 plate' as 2019 champions. However, as some activity starts to resume throughout the country, the BUKC (British University Karting Championships) had managed to rearrange the last two rounds, consisting of 10x of 25min races to allow over 40 karting teams to finish their season, and celebrate a podium of finishers.
To make the finish even more exciting, the final championship winners position was being contested heavily between Coventry University and Oxford Brookes, right down to the last corner. Coventry needed to finish the race in first position in the last race, and hope that Oxford Brookes finished 4th or lower.
Going into the last two corners, Coventry sat in 2nd, whilst Brookes sat in 3rd, meaning Brookes would pick up the necessary points to be crowned BUKC 2020 winners. However, in an amazing twist of events, although Coventry crossed the line in 2nd, the 1st place team suffered a 'placement fine' meaning Coventry leap-frogged them into first. Whilst at the same time, Brookes got bumped and fell back FOUR places with just two corners to go. The maths simply meant that Coventry had gained enough points to snatch their 2nd championship in a row, and proclaim themselves 'back-to-back winners' - much to the bemusement of the finishing Coventry University driver, who thought that he been 'pipped on the line', and didn't know of any of the action behind him, until his teammates tackled him in a BUKC interview post-race!
After all the excitement, we managed to track down 2019 CUKC President, George Bridson, for a few words:
"When we won the British Universities Karting Championship in 2019 we always felt we could retain it this season. No one else has managed this for over a decade, so we were aware that it was no mean feat. After a really strong start to the season we had to deal with the adversity of a global pandemic getting in the way. In light of this, its great to see us get the title over the line. Thanks to Coventry University Students' Union, Sport Coventry office and all involved in the effort to get us to each race over the year, especially for the last round. Well done also to Joe Fowler, Sam Spinnael, Rayaan Williams and Thomas Fox for their consistency this year which ended in a deserved Championship win."
Well done to all of the competitors that have 'suited up' for Coventry University and Sport Coventry this season - we hope to see them back for the 'three-peat' soon?
Coventry University Karting Club
Joe Fowler, Sam Spinnael, Rayaan Williams and Thomas Fox
BUKC 2020 Champions