Matthew’s karting success at championships

Published on: 01 Oct 2014


A STUDENT from Emersons Green has achieved third-place in the national final of the British Schools Karting Championships. 

Matthew Baker,13, teamed up with fellow Winterbourne International Academy (WIA) students Jordan Gilbertson and Connor Groves, both 16, to take part in the prestigious competition, which took place 16 miles from Silverstone at the Whilton Mill National Karting circuit.

More than 3,300 secondary schools could enter the competition, along with higher education colleges providing the students were under 19 years of age. 

The boys qualified along with 28 other teams-of-three for the final having come second overall on equal points in the regional final at Thruxton kart circuit back in April. 

They proudly entered the finals as representatives to the whole of the South-West/South of England and Wales regions.

The students raced six times, two races each, and not once, racked up a penalty or even a single warning for kerb-hopping or contact with another kart.

The winners, with a score of 90 points, were the DPHS Super Green Racing team based in Essex. 

WIA were narrowly pushed out of second place by a team called ‘BUMPS’, an ‘Urban Motor Project’, which is part of Hull City Council’s youth development service. WIA finished third, one point behind them on 84 points out of a possible 100. 

Jordan, from Winterbourne Down, won both of his races from grid starts of 13th and 16th. Matthew and Connor, who lives in Winterbourne, also made considerable contributions to the team points, scoring finish positions of 4th, 7th and 8th.

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