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Kingston Original Karting Society

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February 13, 2012

Kingston Original Karting Society, or KOKS Racing, has quickly grown to be one of the largest and most successful sports clubs the University has to offer. The club won the prestigious ‘Club of the Year’ at the 2011 KUSU Sports Awards at Twickenham Rugby Stadium, as well as a Varsity Race against University College London at Sandown Park, and a six hour Varsity Race in November 2010!

So where do they race?

The majority of club events happen within the South East of England at their regular tracks Sandown Park, Rye House and Bayford Meadows to name but a few! Results from these races usually go towards the club championship. They race in twin engine pro karts which are capable of achieving speeds of around 60mph: however, on occasion they also race in the much faster Daytona Max karts, which are capable of reaching 75mph, giving you an incredible adrenaline rush.

The British University Karting Championship (BUKC) is a 9 round championship that takes place all over the country from Teesside Autodrome to Llandow Circuit in South Wales. They race in the most powerful arrive and drive karts in the UK The BUKC is incredibly popular with members of the club and the trips are always a lot of fun.

As well as the club events and the BUKC, they have the highlight of the karting calendar the epic 24 Heures Karting du Mans. Held at circuit Alain Prost in the historic town of Le Mans, within the grounds of the world famous Circuit de la Sarthe and within sight of the infamous Porsche Curves, they race against amateur and professional teams from all over the world in 60mph twin engine pro karts. Le Mans is an incredible long weekend away, racing on an amazing track within the grounds of the most famous track in the world.

What about costs?

Regular event attendance will not break your bank! Their events are very heavily subsidised by the university and only attending a handful of events will more than pay off the price of your sports card. The average cost of a KOKS Championship event is £25-£35 and the BUKC only £25 maximum per round!

As you will soon find out, a lot of the more experienced and regular members have their own helmets and race suits. However, any race we attend, be it a club event, BUKC, or Le Mans, the track will provide rental suits and helmets, allowing members to keep their expenses as low as possible.

Socials

As well as racing, they are one of the most sociable clubs around. Be it a night out in town, bowling, or going to various motorsports events around the country, there’s always something to do.

For more information, check them out on Facebook today!