Brentwood youngsters crowned British Schools' karting champions
PUBLISHED: 12:00 06 July 2017
Brentwood School's A Team has been crowned British Schools Karting National Champions 2017 for the second year in succession with a whopping 10-point winning margin.
The thrilling final saw Brentwood enjoy the accolade of having two karting teams in the National Final, which included 13,000 drivers from across the UK, for the first time at Whilton Mill, in Northamptonshire.
The dominant Brentwood A Team was made up of reigning champions Iaroslav Kovalev, team captain Callum Brooks and Ethan Brooks, a new addition to the team replacing Matt Luff who has moved out of karting and is now racing cars.
Thirteen-year-old Ethan showed no signs of inexperience throughout the competition, taking two third places at the local semi-final in Brentwood and two emphatic wins in the regional final.
Sixteen-year-old Callum had also driven impeccably up to this stage securing wins in all four of his races and Iaroslav, 16, also enjoyed impressive rounds.
As reigning Champions the boys knew they were the favorites, but through superb driving displays they fought off all the competition, to secure an amazing second National Title.
Iaroslav battled his way skilfully through the pack to achieve second and third places which saw him crowned ‘Driver of the Day’.
Ethan showed that although he was a rookie he was no pushover, and scored another two commanding wins and the most overall points by any driver on the day.
It also meant he was tied with his brother for the most overall victories in the competition.
Brother Callum showed extreme bravery in his race pulling off sensational moves to achieve third place meaning that Brentwood did not finish outside the top three all day and amassed 95 out of a possible 100 points.
The team secured the Championship by 10 points – the biggest margin of victory in the competition - to be crowned National Champions once again.
As reward for their achievements the British Automobile Racing Club has given the team a VIP day at Silverstone to watch the British Touring Car Championship with special behind the scenes access.
Proud mum, Michele Brooks, said: “This is particularly relevant for the boys as to race in Touring Cars is a very realistic dream for all of them.
“At the moment though the boys are focused on returning next year to defend their title and be the first school ever to win three national titles.”
The B Team of Mason Murray, Adam Richards and Rishi Gupta also drove with determination and skill to finish in tenth position despite all being knocked off the track at various times in the race.
*Matt Luff achieved four out of five rookie podium finishes in the Ginetta Junior Championships.