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BUKC FAQ

This page deals with some of the more frequently asked questions about the British Universities Karting Championship. If your question is not answered on this page, it may be answered on the official BUKC website’s FAQ or on our general FAQ page.

How does the championship work?
Who can compete?
How do I get involved?
What are the karts like?
How much does it cost to take part?

What is the BUKC?

The Championship itself consists of 9 rounds, with 2 rounds at each track per day. Over the last few years, we have entered 2 teams, putting the strongest 4 drivers in the A-team and rotating drivers through the B-team to give everyone as much experience as we can. With the addition of the C-team last year in the Rookie Championship, we now have even more flexibility within the teams.

During the days racing, there are 6 x 25-minute sprint races, of which each driver in each team does 1 race, and 3 x 1-hour enduro races, which are done in driver pairs. Random grids are produced, to give every team a spread of starting positions from the very front to the very back.

In addition to the Championship, you can enter the Drivers Championship towards the end of the season. The Drivers Championship is held at the final BUKC event of the season, just after round 9 of the Championship. It is open to everyone and should encourage that inter-team rivalry we all love. It consists of a number of short sprint races, progressing through to a final where the winner is crowned BUKC Drivers Champion.

Who can compete?

Anyone who can tick all the following points can represent the University of Birmingham in the BUKC. Some of these points are specified by us and some by the BUKC itself.
Be a current student at the University of Birmingham
Be a member of the UBMRC (i.e. have paid the £22 membership fee)
Be at least 18 years old
Be at least 5ft tall

Note that there are no experience requirements – you can take part in a test session having never driven a kart in your life.

In order to take part in a BUKC race, you need to have taken part in either a BUKC test session at any point since 2002 or a Club 100 event at any point since 2006.

There is a minimum weight of 75kg for men and 70kg for women, but if you’re under you don’t need to worry – lead weight can be added to the kart.

How do I get involved?

Firstly, you need to be a member of the club, and it would also help to get yourself along to one of our events.

Following that, each driver interested will be taken to one of the 2 test days (subject to availability). These are essential as, if you’ve never driven a 2-stroke kart before, you need time to get used to them. BUKC rules also state that a driver must have either attended a test day or competed in Club 100 karts in the past to take part in a race.

After the 2 test days, the committee will get together and put together a team to enter the season proper.

We will try to give everyone at least 1 shot at a race during the season, but due to numbers, and the fact that the A-team is likely to be the same for most races, this may prove difficult.


What are the karts like?

If you’ve ever driven 4-stroke karts before – like the Biz Karts you can get at many tracks around Britain – you’ll know that you can be pretty cruel to the pedals and still keep control of the kart. You can stomp on the break pedal fully to slow down for the corner, then you can fully press down on the throttle to accelerate out of the corner.

The Club 100 karts used in the BUKC are a different matter entirely. They have 2-stroke engines and direct drive transmission. That means that there is no clutch, and if the engine revs drop too low, the engine will stall. If you stomp on the throttle pedal, the kart will struggle to accelerate. This provides a unique driving challenge, where you have to get the balance right between driving aggressively enough to be competitive but also being smooth enough to maintain control. This is why the rule about taking part in a test session before being allowed to race exists, so that drivers can get used to the Club 100 karts.

In summary, the Club 100 karts are amazing to drive, but will take some getting used to.

How much does it cost to take part?

As with our own social races, you do not require any racing equipment to compete in the BUKC, though if you own any, you are more than welcome to use it. How much you do or don’t spend on race gear is therefore entirely up to you.

As for the cost to take part, here are the prices for the 2014 season, to give you a rough idea.

Test session – £45
Main Championship Round – £110
Rookie Championship Round – £100

(Bear in mind that a Rookie Championship round includes a test session.)