In a field of 42 drivers with the best drivers not only in the UK, but also Europe and the World present, BKC Racing, a team based in Poole, locked out the podium with Callum Bradshaw, Jac Maybin and Sam McDonnell!
In an event that requires huge consistency with three full days of racing the result never looked like being less than a full lock out with the BKC drivers having an astonishing record throughout qualifying and the heats.
Overall the team had six wins, six 2nd place finishes and three 3rd place finishes over six heats and two finals. Not only did BKC lock out the podium in the final, they also finished in the top three in the Pre Final!
This begs the question is it a shock result or was it expected? Personally I wasn’t surprised, Jac Maybin won the PFI club meeting the month before Kartmasters and Callum Bradshaw took victory in the IAME European Open less than two months ago. Along with that he has a commanding lead in the CIK Academy and Sam McDonnell won the last round of LGM at Larkhall.
BKC Racing are the Vice World Champions in the class with Callum Bradshaw just missing out on World glory last year with Alfie Brown a close 5th. They also won LGM last year with Alfie Brown who beat Callum to the title. So they have proven ability and were even 2nd in the 2016 X30 Challenge Europa before being harshly excluded after Callum was given the lead back under a yellow flag.
The team is run by Rob Dodds who has coached many successful drivers in the past including Indy Lights driver, Dean Stoneman, Lando Norris and Ricky Collard who won his first championship with BKC. Alex Ferris (Team Manager) plays a huge part in it all and along with running X30’s they also compete in OKJ and Honda Cadet.
They are currently in the stage of setting up a Honda Cadet Academy with more news to follow on Karting magazine soon!
The X30 class became very popular almost immediately with the similar performance across all engines taking people away from Rotax. For a team to go and lock out a podium at such a big event is almost unheard of with two of the three drivers perhaps labelled ‘up and coming’. BKC Racing, who use the Expirit chassis, have certainly found a trick and I’d be surprised if there isn’t a queue outside their awning very soon!
Finishing on the podium means Callum, Jac and Sam have all qualified for the X30 World Finals at Le Mans in October where they will certainly be looking for no less than a win!
To enquire about a test or to join the team for 2017 please contact Rob Dodds at firstname.lastname@example.org