BUKC Mains / Rookies Championships

The Mains Championship is the heart of the competitive racing in the BUKC with a format designed to test driving skill and team work as well. Teams of four drivers come together to represent UWE and battle it out against the very best from universities from across the country.

The Test Days:

Prior to taking part in the BUKC, all the drivers must take part in at least one BUKC test day. This is in order to get used to the nature and speed of the karts, considered one of the fastest arrive-and-drive fleets in the world. 

The Qualifiers:

Every team that aims to take part in the BUKC mains championship has to take part in the qualifiers. Taking place at Whilton Mill Zulu circuit, the qualifiers take the top 54 teams over the course of the weekend and place them into the mains. The top teams are choosen based on their average finishing position from 6 out of 8 races. For the teams that don't get selected for the mains championship, the enter the equally competitive rookies championship. The format for qualifiers is as followed:

  • 4 x 15 minute practice / qualifying 
  • 4 x 20 minute race
  • 4 x 25 minute race

The Mains Championship:

The eight round championship takes place over 4 days with two rounds taking place at each event. At each event, each driver will compete in one 25 minute sprint race and one 1 hour endurance race, competing with a team mate.

The Rookies Championship:

The four round championship also takes place over 4 days with one round taking place at each event. Although there are less rounds then the mains championship there is just as much racing. At each event each driver will compete in a 20 minute practice / qualifying determining positions for the 25 minute race.

The Calendar:

Although the calendar for the 2018 / 2019 season has yet to be released, the 2017 / 2018 calendar included the following tracks:

  • Buckmore Park
  • Whilton Mill
  • Hooton Park
  • Clay Pigeon

For more information visit the BUKC website

Interested in taking part, get in touch with Cory Richards (BUKC Captain) cory2.richards@uwe.live.ac.uk or Kieran Woodhouse (UWE Motorsports President) kieran2.woodhouse@uwe.live.ac.uk

The Qualifiers

 

Every team wishing to take part in the Premier Class must take part in one of two qualifiers.

 

The top 54 teams from the qualifiers will qualify through to the Premier Class starting in early February. Any teams that don't qualify through to the Premier Class will instead by invited back to compete in the Intermediate Class Championship.

 

The format of the qualifiers is now the following:

  • 4 x 15 minute practice / qualifying sessions (last 10mins is qualifying)
  • 4 x 25 minute races
  • 4 x 20 minute races

 

The qualifying sessions will determine the grids for the first 4 races. The grid for last 4 races will be determined by the finishing positions of the first 4 races. The best 6 race results will count towards the day's final scores. The cost is £540 per team (£135 per driver)

 

The two qualifiers will take place on the weekend of Fri 16th & Sat 17th November 2018 at Whilton Mill.

 

The Championship

 

The 8 round Premier Class Championship takes place over 4 days between the start of February 2019 and the start of April 2019. Please note the dates below may change.

 

  • Wed 13th Feb - Buckmore Park, Kent
  • Tues 5th March - Three Sisters, Wigan
  • Sat 16th March - Llandow, South Wales
  • Fri 5th April - Whilton Mill, Northamptonshire

 

Each race day will consist of 2 rounds. Sprint format in the morning, and Endurance format in the afternoon.

The Intermediate Class Championship takes place over 4 single round race days between the start of February 2019 and start of April 2019. Please note the dates below may change.

 

  • Thurs 14th Feb - Buckmore Park, Kent
  • Wed 6th March - Three Sisters, Wigan
  • Sun 17th March - Llandow, South Wales
  • Sat 6th April - Whilton Mill, Northamptonshire

 

Each team must consist of 4 drivers exactly for each round. Exceptions to this rule are detailed in the BUKC Rules & Regulations.

 

The price of entry is £420 inc VAT per team per race day.