Symonds Karters take third place in National Final of British Schools Karting Championships 2018!

Twenty-six teams, representing schools from across the United Kingdom, lined up on the grid for the National Final of the British Schools Karting Championship 2018 at Whilton Mill in Northamptonshire.

Peter Symonds A Team had swept the board at the Local Final at Salisbury and followed this up with victory in the South and South West Regional Final at the Thruxton Kart Centre to secure a place at these finals.

First out for Symonds was Sam Pooley, finishing in 1st place completing his laps with an impressive time of 46.113 seconds. Next up was Tom Hastie with his first time racing around this track. Hastie drove a clean race keeping a good distance between him and the driver behind. Closing the gap on the front three Tom pushed hard to cut down his time, finishing in 4th position.

Completing the last round of the 1st set of races for Peter Symonds was Dom Cousins. Starting in 2nd place Dom had fast reactions and took an early lead from the start line, taking the third corner cleanly only to be swiped from behind causing him to spin off the track resulting in him losing valuable placings. Cousins re-joined the pack and had some hard work ahead of him to jump back up the group. With great skill and determination, Dom finished with his fastest lap of 46.938 seconds securing 5th place. Peter Symonds now sat in a very good position of 3rd place overall leading them into the second round of races. 5 points separated the top three teams.

As the second round began, temperatures started to rise and so did the nerves of the Symonds spectators. Cousins took the first heat for Symonds. With reverse starting positions Dom started in 14th position, meaning it was now time to chase. With places and points to gain, Dom chased hard and overtook seven places, securing 8th position for his team.

With the trophy in sight, Tom had to produce another clean run as well as picking up points. Symonds knew they had to push hard from the start. Beginning at the back of the pack Hastie got off quickly, overtaking several competitors to place himself in the middle of the pack. Lap by lap Tom kept gaining on the front-runners, eventually crossing the finish line with a respectable 4th place with the time of 46.546 seconds.

Finally, Sam took to the start line. With his amazing first race, he was the one to watch out for on the track. Pooley’s quick thinking got him ahead of the bundle of karts at the first corner and into the front group of drivers. For several laps, Sam was battling with two other drivers for 2nd, 3rd and 4th place. With the last lap looming Sam pulled the best lap of the day out of the bag, and with excellent timing came round the corner and went head to head towards the finish line, nail bitingly crossing it in 2nd place with only 0.021 seconds between him and 3rd place.

After the points were added up, Peter Symonds A Team finished in a very respectable 3rd place over all. This is an amazing achievement for the boys, finishing 3rd out of 500 competitors from around the country. A massive well done to Sam Pooley, Tom Hastie and Dom Cousins.

Kirsty Fargher, College Sport Maker at Peter Symonds, said “This is a wonderful achievement and we are incredibly proud of the team’s success. Prior to the finals we had high hopes of placing in the top 10, so we are delighted to have reached 3rd place. It was a thrilling final and this success is a testament to the team’s superb driving skills and fierce determination.”

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9 July 2018