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Thursday, 17 April 2014

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Karting trio head to finals

BEN Spencer, Nicky McDowell and Abbey Gerry have taken the chequered flag and made it through to the North West regional final of the coveted British Schools Karting Championship (BSKC) 2012.

Ben (Yr13), Nicky (Yr13) and Abbey (Yr12) all from West Lakes Academy competed in six races in the North West Regional Semi Final, out of the six races, five were won by West Lakes Academy with the other race finishing second while being faster than the race winner; overall finishing first in the Semi Final.

Results:

Ben Spencer: Started 2nd finished 1st, Started 5th finished 2nd – Set fastest lap of anyone by a second on his second race.

Nicky McDowell: Started 4th finished 1st , Started 1st finished 1st - Had a lead of over four seconds to the last lap in his first race.

Abbey Gerry: Started 4th finished 1st, Started 2nd finished 1st - Winning by over a lap on her first race

The BSKC is a nationwide team-based karting championship open to any school or college with students aged 13 to 18 who want to take part. Schools can enter multiple teams of three and students do not have to have any previous experience in karting or any special equipment to participate.

“It was a great day, the track was great and we pulled it all together” said Nicky McDowell

Mark Turner, Championship Manager at the BSKC added: “We would like to thank all the young drivers who competed in this year’s championship and extend our congratulations to the West Lakes Academy team on their success.

“The BSKC has grown in popularity since its launch in 2006 and enabled thousands of talented young people to take part in the exciting world of motorsports. Karting is a great way for young people to gain confidence and learn many of the skills that will help them both in school and in other areas of their life. We wish all of the qualifying teams the best of luck as they prepare for the Regional Finals.”

The next race will be held at Wigan’s Three Sisters track on March 7.

For details of the Regional Finals or more information on the BSKC, visit www.bskc.co.uk. You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter at @karting_bskc.

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