How Did It All Start?

Ever wondered how it all started at Shenington?  We’re just coming up to our 61st anniversary, and of course due to the coronavirus we missed out on the big 60th diamond celebrations we’d planned. 

A local man called John Cooper bought a dozen go karts and started hiring them out at Shenington airfield.  The first proper race was held in February 1960 and reported in Karting Magazine. 

By the way, John Cooper visited us and was interviewed at our first SuperPrix celebrating our fortieth anniversary in 2000.  Soon many people bought their own karts.  The facilities in the village did a roaring trade on that first weekend and indeed on many others. 

During 1960 and 1961 the club held rounds of the first World Championship which had its final round in Nassau, Bahamas, the other rounds were in Italy and USA.  Stirling Moss raced at Nassau but not we believe at Shenington, but many famous drivers such as Graham Hill did race karts in that time period. 

Five thousand spectators came to view that first kart race, over a hundred companies started manufacturing karts and so the sport grew.  Later our club joined forces with Solihull to become the Solihull and Shenington Kart Club in the mid-sixties, and then just Shenington Kart Racing Club as we know it today.  Do you know anyone who raced in the sixties or indeed at that first event?

Motorsport UK searches for young karting talent

Motorsport UK are seeking applications to represent the UK in the 2021 FIA Karting Academy Trophy – a prestigious international championship for 12-14-year olds.

The FIA ​​Karting Academy Trophy is a unique competition designed to pit the best young karters from around the world against each other on equal terms.  The young drivers represent their country driving randomly assigned karts with OTK chassis equipped with Vortex engines from the OK-Junior category, and a controlled tyre.

Last year Theo Micouris representing Motorsport UK finished as championship runner-up, and for 2021 Motorsport UK will once again support and guide the chosen driver in their preparations as they fly the Union Jack in international competition.

FIA Karting Academy Calendar 2021:

29 April – 2 May 2021 – Adria (Italy)

17 – 20 June 2021 – Wackersdorf (Germany)

2 – 5 September 2021 – Kristianstad (Sweden)

Dan Parker, Kart Manager at Motorsport UK said: “The FIA Karting Academy provides a fantastic opportunity for drivers to represent Motorsport UK on the world stage. To compete against some of the best junior kart drivers in the world at such a young age, whist also learning to master some of the best karting tracks in Europe is invaluable experience for a driver’s career development. The equipment supplied to all competitors by the FIA and the OTK kart group ensures that the championship is a true test of the driver and their preparation for the championship events. The list of previous winners speaks for itself and Theo Micouris did a fantastic job last year in finishing as runner-up, and we hope to see more strong performances from our driver at the events in 2021.”

Theo Micouris, 2020 FIA Karting Academy runner-up, said: I thought it was a brilliant experience and a once in a lifetime opportunity. It teaches you a lot, and you get to have so much fun all throughout the experience. It can open doors for you in the future and you get to meet and work with some fantastic people along the way, that are helpful whenever you need it. Overall, it was an incredible experience and I was proud to represent my country on the world stage.”

Motorsport UK will consider applications from competitors who have experience in participating in the British Kart Championships and must not be participating in any non-Motorsport UK licensed championships in the UK for 2021. Competitors must also hold a valid UK passport, hold (or are eligible to hold) a valid International Entrant Licence, and must be able to commit financially to the entire competition (entry fee, travel, accommodation, and any other associated costs).

Eligible drivers should be born in 2007, 2008 or 2009 and be at least 12 years old (or reach their 12th birthday in 2021) and not be older than 14 years of age as a maximum (not reaching their 15th birthday before 31 December 2021).

Please note that a driver who has been classified among the top 15 in a previous FIA Karting Championship in a Junior category is not eligible to apply.

To apply, drivers should fill in the online application by clicking HERE by Friday 5 February 2021.  Following the closing date, the applications will be reviewed by Motorsport UK and shortlisted karters will be invited to attend an assessment day* where the successful driver will be selected.

By applying, competitors agree to the Trophy Regulations available HERE.

*The assessment day may be held virtually.

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Highly Commended citation in the 2020 Motorsport UK Organising Team of the Year.

Shenington Kart Racing Club were delighted to receive the news from Motorsport UK that the club has been awarded a Highly Commended citation in the 2020 Motorsport UK Organising Team of the Year.

This was given for our efforts in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and getting our events running again under the new restrictions.

The committee would like to thank all officials, marshals, drivers, entrants and teams who all contributed to our success, without their help and co-operation this would not have been possible.

Lockdown 3 – Update

Happy New Year to all Shenington KRC members, guests, families and teams.

As you would expect we are not going to be able to race in January and most probably not in February so until further notice we are closed. We will send out another announcement once we have further information from Motorsport UK and the government on the lifting of the lockdown.

We realise many of you are enthusiastic about returning to the track when it is safe and in the meantime memberships for 2021 are open and pit space renewals are offered with a £30 discount.

For those that were entered for our 29th December practice day be assured that the refunds are all actioned and working through the system to you.

We will hold onto the 2020 trophies and special awards until there seems a good time to make the presentation, and if you still have one of our perpetual trophies please arrange to return it to Sonja Game.

In the meantime we, your Shenington committee, wish everyone a safe and healthy 2021.