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Posted 7 Nov

COVID Update

*As of 10/10/2020, Motorsports is going fully virtual.*

Hello everyone, it is with great regret that I have to inform you that we are going to be cancelling all in-person karting events until further notice from 10/10/2020 onwards.

This decision was based on a number of factors regarding current developments in Bath, the fragility of organising events for transport, the volatility of our budget and furthermore, the collateral of people isolating we could potentially cause. There are too many uncertainties that we cannot plan for. We want to make sure our events are as safe possible, and we are not confident that with the worsening circumstances it would be safe to continue over the next few months. We are as disappointed as you are and were keen to run karting events this semester, we have not taken this decision lightly.

However, motorsports will continue to push for more online events and are looking forward to meeting/racing you all virtually. We still plan to run sim-racing events, fantasy leagues and F1 watch alongs but are welcome to any other suggestions you might have. Watch this space for more details!

Stay safe, we hope we can get back to karting before the end of the academic year.


What We Do

The University of Bath Motorsports Club is a diverse, fun, adrenaline packed club for students who love all things to do with racing! Our main objective is to provide our members with a range of activities that fulfil their racing needs! We use the budget allocated to us each year to subsidise events such as social karting and, for the more competitive, the British Universities Karting Championship (BUKC). We also organise simulator events and trips to spectate motorsport. Other activities include F1 screenings and socials!

If you can think of anything motorsports related you want to be involved in, please get in touch, we are always looking to expand the activities available to members.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a driving license?

No! For all of our events no driving license is required. For the BUKC only, a special competition licence can be obtained during any one of the pre-season test days.

Do I need any equipment?

Either the Club or Venue will provide you with all the kit you need - but if you have your own kit you're more than welcome to use it. Check out our gallery to see the customised race suits we have available to purchase at certain times in the year!

What if I've never been karting before?

We welcome students of all levels of experience, so don't worry! There'll always be an experienced member at an event to help guide you through the process, and assist you on and off circuit!

What is the BUKC?

The British Universities Karting Championship is a national karting competition against 54 other universities. Racing in two-stroke, 70 mph Club 100 karts, the BUKC is an opportunity to compete in some of the fastest karts in the country. We will run trips to test days to try the karts out before the season starts, during which there is a two-tier championship and a 24 hour race in June!

I'm not very experienced, can I still race in the BUKC?

Absolutely! The only requirement to race in a BUKC race is to take part in one of the pre-season test days. So if you're considering racing in BUKC, but aren't sure if you'll enjoy the karts, join us for one of the test da 

Isn't it expensive?

In 2020/21, it's free to join the club if you have the SU "All-Sport Membership" (this is the same as all other sports clubs at the university). Being a Students' Union sport, we receive an annual budget which we use to subside our wide variety of events. We always aim for under £1 per minute of karting where possible, but events can vary. Transport will always be included in the purchase price, so no need to worry about that! We also run a number of free socials, such as Formula 1 screenings, although we are looking to expand our range in this area!. If you think that costs are putting you off, speak to a member of our committee.

Will I fit in?

Motorsports has traditionally been a very niche sport, and that is something we are eager to address. Our members come from all backgrounds, and absolutely everyone is welcome. That is why the club has been awarded the SU Inclusivity Award, particularly for our efforts to support women and international students in motorsport.

Still not sure? 

We're always happy to answer any questions you have and will be holding a number of social events in which you can come and meet some of the current members.

Get in Touch

If you have any questions, get in touch via email, our social media pages or by speaking to any of our committee for details on upcoming events.


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