Calling all Junior Club Members aged 8-14
Would you like to be crowned the Sodi World Series Junior World Champion? Silly question, of course you would. Read on...
Kart manufacturers Sodi sell their karts to many countries. Sodi, in conjunction with partner circuits all over the world, are looking to find the Junior World Champion driver. The competitions are open to all drivers aged between 8 and 14 (only). We have arranged a series of qualifying rounds which will be part of our Junior Club 8-13 and 12-16 Summer Championships that starts in March and runs to October. There will be qualifying rounds throughout the Championship. We will announce further dates in the autumn. You can do as many or as few as you like but only your best eight scores will count.
Your results will be uploaded to the SWS website www.sodiwseries.com and you will be able to see how you are doing compared to drivers from around the world.
At the end of the year the drivers with the highest points totals will be will be invited to race at the World Finals to be held in Europe in the Spring of 2015. (Minimum age to attend final is 11. Should a driver younger than this earn a place, a special prize will be awarded in the UK instead.)
Q: When are the qualifying rounds?
A: The qualifying rounds will form part of both the 8-13 & 12-16 age group Summer Championship from round 1 onwards. Further rounds will be announced in the autumn. Following the end of each Junior Club round, all the SWS registered drivers will be sorted into order based on their finishing position in the Junior Club races. The finishing order will then earn SWS points as per the points system for that series. The method used for allocating these points can be seen here:
The 2014 qualifying dates are:
Saturday 1st March
Wednesday 16th April
Monday 5th May
Thursday 29th May
Monday 28th Jul
Thursday 28th August
Wednesday 29th October
Plus: Extra dates will be announced in the autumn.
Q: What is the format?
A: Junior Club will take place as normal and points allocated to the Buckmore Junior Club Championship as normal. They will then be allocated points in the relevant SWS competition. These will be uploaded to the SWS website and sorted into a ranking order. Only the best eight results over the season will count.
Q: How much will it cost?
A: Nothing!* Buckmore would love it to be one of our members that wins again this year so we will not be making any charge other than your normal race entry fee, however many qualifiers you race.
* Drivers who qualify to go to the World Final in Europe will be required to pay an entry fee.
Q: What is the prize?
A: The top scoring drivers will be invited to race at the World Finals to be held in Europe in 2015 (see above re age limit) and the winner at the World finals will be crowned SWS World Champion.
Q: How do I enter?
First, enter one or as many Junior Club Summer Championship races as you like in your appropriate age group. If you fall into the age group 8-14 years then we will then set up a registration for you and give you a user name and password for the SWS site so you can see how you are doing. Then simply turn up and race as normal. Your results will be promptly forwarded to SWS and displayed for the whole world to see!
So, what are you waiting for?
The Small Print:
The Sodi World Series is run by kart manufacturer Sodi and the competition is run at partner circuits throughout the world under SWS rules. Competitors must be aged between 8-14 to be eligible. Drivers of 15 and 16 are eligible to compete in the adult SWS world championship but 15 year olds will need an ARKS licence to comply with circuit insurance rules.
The results so far? – Piers Prior (Inset top right) became the first SWS Junior World Champ in 2010, Luke Battersby (inset middle right) was the Junior World Runner Up in 2011 and the 2012 series ended with Andrew Graham (Podium left) winning the Junior World Championship (older group) and his brother Ben (inset bottom right) winning the 7-10 year World championship! Kyle Harvey (podium right) also qualified for the World Finals in Paris and finished 5th in the World.
In 2013 Ben Graham and Luke Battersby have again qualified to race in the World finals. These take place at Le Mans in France on the 9th and 10th of May.
Buckmore Junior Club: Three World Champs, a Runner Up and a 5th in the world in just three years. Can any other Junior Club match that record?