BHS karters pipped for British title

A team of Berwickshire High School students have finished runners-up in the National Final of the British Schools Karting Championship. Bradley Cooper, (17), Billy Farmer (17) and Jamie Thorburn (18) competed against the best 25 school and college teams in the country at Whilton Mill.
A team of Berwickshire High School students have finished runners-up in the National Final of the British Schools Karting Championship. Bradley Cooper, (17), Billy Farmer (17) and Jamie Thorburn (18) competed against the best 25 school and college teams in the country at Whilton Mill.

A team of three young karters from Berwickshire High School have finished runners-up in the final of the British Schools Karting Championships held at Whilton Hill last Saturday.

The Berwickshire High team of Bradley Cooper (17), Jamie Thorburn (18) and Billy Farmer (17) narrowly lost out to a team from The Brentwood School in Essex in the weekend’s national finals.

Each team had six races (two per driver) of which the best five results counted towards the overall score.

Silverstone UTC and Gordons School fought their way to the front of the pack in each of the first four races with their A and B teams each scoring a victory.

A heavy rain storm soaked the track and conditions were tricky for the next two races which saw victories for Supergreen and Debden B and Dyffryn Taf.

The Brentwood School were comfortable winners of Race 7 and looked on course for victory in the final race. However, a thrilling climax to the competition saw Berwickshire High School pull off an amazing overtake at the penultimate corner to take the chequered flag.

A total of 199 teams entered the championship this year and battled it out for the first prize of a visit to the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship event at Silverstone on September 18.

Sunday’s national finals saw 24 teams from throughout the UK compete and Adrienne Watson, Championship Organiser, said: “The Berwickshire High School team should be incredibly proud of themselves. So should all of the teams here at Whilton Mill who fought off stiff opposition to reach the final.

“We are most grateful to the teachers and parents who gave up their time to mentor their teams all the way through to Whilton Mill.

“Since it began in 2007 the championship has flourished giving students not necessarily interested in traditional sports like football or hockey a chance to reveal hidden talents.”