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Three students from King Alfred’s Academy in Wantage will be travelling to Northamptonshire this summer to go wheel-to-wheel with the best school karting teams in the UK. This follows their success at the Midlands regional final of the British Schools Karting Championship (BSKC) 2013 on 19th April.

After coming second at the regional final, Tom Legge, 17, Sam Fowler, 15, and, Stephan Netting, 14, will go forward to the national final of the BSKC at Whilton Mill, Northamptonshire, on 16th June, where they will have the chance to battle it out for the crown of BSKC champions 2013.

Over 1600 boys and girls from schools across the UK are competing in the BSKC this year, enabling both seasoned and novice karters to experience the thrill of motor racing while representing their school.

Andy Farrell, Head of Key Stage 5 PE at King Alfred’s Academy, said: “There was great suspense at the Midlands regional final. I can’t wait for the national final in June!”

The lucky winners of the 2013 national final will be given a VIP tour of the McLaren Technology Centre, which houses cars that have been used by Formula 1 racing legends, including Mika Hakkinen and Lewis Hamilton. The champions will also see the 145 metre long wind tunnel where engineers are able to test the performance of their cars.

The BSKC is the largest schools karting competition in the country. It offers schools a cost-effective way to introduce students aged 13 to 18 to karting as all equipment and karts are provided by the local participating circuit. The students just need to turn up and drive.

For details of the karting finals or more information on the BSKC, visit www.bskc.co.uk. You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter at @karting_bskc.