2019/2020 Emirates Schools Karting Championship
Sunday evening saw the first round of the 2019/20 Emirates Schools Karting Championship; an endurance karting championship that requires students to enter as a team of two to four drivers. The format of each race meeting includes a 30 minute practice and qualification session and then a 75 minute endurance race against other school teams. As in previous years, DESC were superbly represented with eight teams entered. It was great to see such a mixture of experience in the teams that had entered – we had newcomers to the championship in Year 8 (DESC Team 3 – Joshua White, Kaiden McIver, Sofia Dias and James Treble), through to seasoned racers. All students were supportive of each other and hints and tips were shared by the more experienced teams.
Following the driver weigh-in and kart draw, students planned their race strategy; the rules require three pit stops, which necessitated the racers to consider how long each driver’s stint time would be and how they would communicate between the team in the pit lane and the driver on the track. Following the driver briefing, a 30-minute practice and qualifying session followed, where students were able to find the quickest line and set a fastest lap for qualifying.
The start of the 75-minute endurance race went smoothly for all of the DESC teams, with no major collisions or spins. Pit stops and driver changes, for the most part, were dealt with efficiently. Each of the students found their lap times incrementally improving throughout the race as tyres warmed and they found the racing line.
At the end of the race, DESC Team 1 (Caden Poulton an Jospeh Nachaty) had secured the quickest DESC team position in seventh position overall. DESC Team 7 (Vukan Sarenac, Ayaan Chaudhry, Ahmed Mansoor) secured second quickest DESC team and DESC Team 4 (Flynn Eglen and Josh Duncan) secured third quickest DESC Team.
Well done to all of the drivers! I am sure they will be working on their race strategy for Round 2 on Monday, 9th December.