British Superkart Championship

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The British Superkart Championships are a clustered Motor Racing series run in the United Kingdom under the auspices of the British Superkart Association under MSA regulations. The karts race on full-size British circuits such as Silverstone, Donington, Brands Hatch, Pembrey, Anglesey Circuit, Bishopscourt (Northern Ireland), Castle Combe, Darley Moor, Snetterton, Croft, Cadwell Park, Thruxton, and Oulton Park along with the running of the MSA British Superkart Grand Prix at Donington Park Which includes the British round of the European Superkart Championship.

Classes[edit]

The British Superkart Championship runs two packages for four classes.

  • Division 1 Superkarts is the Premier Superkart Class in European competition, featuring twin cylinder 250cc engines
  • Formula 250 National the MSA British Championship class for single cylinder 250cc engines
  • Formuale 450 the championship class for 4 stroke engines
  • Formula 125 Open uses single cylinder 125cc engines; engine tuning is allowed in this class

In 2009, the Formula 450 National was first run within British Superkart events, running on 250 chassis featuring 450cc single-cylinder four-stroke engines, primarily the KTM engine. The Division 1, MSA 250 National and 450 classes are grouped together in one package. On a number of occasions during a season, the two groups are run together in one meeting, most notably the MSA British Superkart Grand Prix and the UK Cup event, but they run separate calendars for the majority of the season.

Champions[edit]

In recent years, drivers such as Gavin Bennett, Paul Platt, Toby Davis (VW Racing Cup) Nathan Freke (Ginetta works driver), Lewis Williamson (Formula Renault), James Tucker and Jake Green (Formula Ford) have all raced and won championships in Superkarts. Nigel Mansell raced on the Long Circuits before going on to win the 1992 Formula One Season.

2008: Class 1st 2nd 3rd GP Winner UK Cup Winner
Division 1 Dave Harvey Carl Hulme Paul Kennings Lee Harpham Trevor Roberts
MSA 250 National Jason Dredge Don Kennedy James O'Reilly Jason Dredge Gavin Bennett
250 Clubman Sam Moss Kevin Waring Stuart Parker N/A N/A
125 Open Paul Platt James Irvine Dan Edwards Paul Platt James Irvine
125 ICC Danny Butler Michael Groves Bruce Crawley Lewis Williamson Danny Butler
2009: Class 1st 2nd 3rd GP Winner UK Cup Winner
Division 1 Carl Hulme Trevor Roberts Dave Harvey Peter Elkmann (Deu) Carl Hulme
MSA 250 National James O'Reilly James Tucker Jason Dredge James Tucker James O'Reilly
250 Clubman Paul Platt Toby Davis Martin Goodliffe N/A N/A
125 Open Dan Edwards Lee Morgan Louise Colin Dan Edwards Lee Morgan
125 ICC Lloyd Scrivens Adam Underhill Kevin Gray Jake Green Chris Needham
2010: Class Champion GP Winner UK Cup '0'
Division 1 Trevor Roberts Gavin Bennett Trevor Roberts
MSA 250 National Jason Dredge Jason Dredge Jason Dredge
125 Open Danny Butler Danny Edwards Chris Needham
2011: Class Champion GP Winner UK Cup '0'
Division 1 Gavin Bennett Carl Hulme Gavin Bennett
MSA 250 National Paul Platt Jason Dredge Jason Dredge
125 Open Ben Willshire Danny Butler Danny Butlet
2012: Class Champion GP Winner UK Cup '0'
Division 1 Charles Craven Lee Harpham Chris Needham
MSA 250 National Paul Platt Luis Wall Paul Platt
125 Open Danny Edwards Danny Edwards Matt Isherwood
2013: Class Champion GP Winner UK Cup '0'
Division 1 Gavin Bennett Gavin Bennett Gavin Bennett
MSA 250 National Paul Platt Toby Davis Paul Platt
125 Open Lee Harpham Danny Edwards Danny Edwards
2014: Class Champion GP Winner UK Cup '0'
Division 1 Carl Hulme Liam Morley Liam Morley
MSA 250 National Paul Platt Paul Platt Gavin Bennett
125 Open Chris Needham Chris Needham Chris Needham
450 Stephen Clark
2015: Class Champion GP Winner UK Cup '0'
Division 1 Liam Morley Liam Morley Liam Morley
MSA 250 National Gavin Bennett Paul Platt Dan Clark
125 Open Lee Harpham Chris Needham Kirk Cattermole
450 Stephen Clark

Press features[edit]

Outside of motoring circles, Superkarts are under-publicised. In May 2007, Autocar Magazine ran a video track test of a 250 National Superkart round Cadwell Park, with Chris Harris describing Superkart drivers as "... completely mad", and "... the biggest collection of loonies anywhere on planet earth". Even David Coulthard described driving a Superkart as "one of the most frightening things I have ever had to do". In 2009, Valentino Rossi drove a Superkart round Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, beating Superkart veterans and former Moto GP heroes Wayne Rainey and Eddie Lawson in an exhibition race before the Moto GP round at Laguna.

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