British Superkart Racing Club

Meeting Formats Different Types of Race Meetings

Two-Day Meeting

At two day events the content will consist of five 12 minute sessions so a free practice session, qualifying session and three races or a qualifier and four races. Three Saturday and two sessions on Sunday Some people like the single day format others like the more relaxed two day event format so we try to get a balance between the two with both formats being used.

One Day Meeting

The club usually offers a minimum of one hour of track time so typically a single day event is made up of four 15 minute sessions so could consist of a free practice session, qualifying session and two races or a qualifier and three races.

Test Day

There is rarely a dedicated test day just for Superkarts. Just about all of our events are with Cars so it is common place for Superkarts to be incorporated into the test days linked to the race meeting, typically Fridays although in the case of Donington it is a Thursday because of local council rules. There are usually four sessions across the day, two in the morning and two in the afternoon. Some circuits will accept bookings for the afternoon sessions only.

Special Events and Special Number Plates

Within the world of Superkarting we have a few special numbers plates on offer over each season. Each comes as a result of being victorious either over the season or at single events for the respective prestigious plate. British and National Championships - “1” Target accolade here is the No. 1 plate awarded to the Champions in Division 1 Superkart, F250 National and F125 Open. Usually six events make up the Championship series. Highest of all No. 1’s is the MSA British Champion. Only one class has the honour bestowed it by the UK governing body the MSA, currently it is the F250 National class that enjoys that honour.

The British Superkart GP - GP
The biggest single event there is. Unique across the world. The BGP started back in 1978 at Silverstone and has run ever since, apart from a three break in the early 2000’s. It was the British Superkart Racing Club that re-instated it and it remains the number one event to win amongst Superkart drivers, not only here but across the world. The BGP is contested currently by four classes, Division 1 Superkart, F250 National, F450 National and F125 Open each class victor being awarded the coveted “GP” plate. The current home of the BGP is Donington Park. In recent years the event has included a round of the CIKFIA European Championships, making the event a truly international affair. Aussie star Jorde Ford was the most recent overseas victor of a BGP plate in 2016.

The UK Cup - 0
A single day event where the victor secures the prestigious plate by taking victory in a single race that finalises the day’s proceedings. The “0” is probably the third most sort after number plate behind the No. 1 and GP. Again the event has a long proud history dating back uninterrupted since 1984. The UK Cup is contested currently by four classes, Division 1 Superkart, F250 National, F450 National and F125 Open.

The English Superkart Championship - E
This is the newest of the special plates created by the MSA, it has run since 2014. I think it is fair to say the competition is not regarded as highly as the more established special numbers plates but it is growing in stature. The English Championships is contested currently by four classes, Division 1 Superkart, F250 National, F450 National and F125 Open. Potentially there are four MSA Nations plates as they are known, English, Welsh, Scottish and N Ireland. Only the English and N Ireland plates are run as a competition currently.