Arden & YRDA to provide prizes to UKC champions in 2021

February 25, 2021

Arden Motorsport and its Young Racing Driver Academy (YRDA) are excited to announce that prizes will be provided to six champions of the Ultimate Karting Championship in 2021 with one driver receiving a year’s backing from the Academy. The YRDA has a long list of prestigious alumni including F2 drivers, Dan Ticktum and Oscar Piastri along with F3 racer Olli Caldwell. Next year, after their success in UKC, one driver will get the chance to join that list and receive the help from the experienced team of coaches at Arden and YRDA.

The Ultimate Karting Championship (UKC) started last year with immediate success despite the challenges of COVID-19. Its extensive TV coverage helped put British Karting back on to major TV networks and its format provided a classic heats and finals format the sport has come to love over the years. This helped separate it from other major championships giving it its own identity and provided a bigger challenge to all competitors.

With YRDA drivers both fighting and winning titles in the Mini and Junior X30 classes, in Vinnie Phillips and Luke Watts, the team here at Arden were able to closely follow the season and what the championship was doing very well.

After impressing the whole team and recognising the series as one that will only get bigger, Arden and YRDA have decided to team up with UKC in 2021. Six of the eight champions will be invited to the Arden factory in Banbury next year and will go through an assessment day which will see one winner be picked and invited onto the programme for 2022.

The winner will receive a full year working with our dedicated team helping them improve in all areas. This will include simulator driver coaching, presentation skills and public speaking. Marketing, branding and social media. Bespoke Motor Racing Fitness and nutrition. Optimal mindset coaching. Driver well-being and lifestyle and off-track race preparation.

All will be provided to help the driver progress into the next level of the sport like many of our alumni have done in single seaters, GT racing, Motorcycle racing and eSports.

The UKC’s goal is to provide a challenge which will find the Ultimate Karting Champion and out six of those, one Ultimate Karting Champion will join the successful YRDA team further growing its driver status in the sport.

Paul Phelan, Ultimate Karting Championship: “The new partnership between Arden / YRDA and UKC is an amazing opportunity for the competitors within the series. The agreement allows us to provide genuine opportunity for driver development /career progression with one of  the most established and reputable teams within Motorsport. We hope this will just be the start of our partnership together with many plans and opportunities being discussed for the future.” 

The UKC will begin next month at run over six rounds visiting Warden Law, Whilton Mill, Three Sisters, Rowrah, Larkhall and Shenington.