The British Universities Karting Championship (BUKC) has been taking place at Warden Law in Sunderland over the last few days.
Rookie and intermediate teams from 52 universities have been battling it out on the track in solo sprints and team endurance races.
The BUKC is available to all full-time students who want to take part, making up teams of four.
Joel Fothergill, the social media editor for BUKC, said: “The event has became so popular that they had to separate the rookie and intermediate teams so they are competing on different days.
“Today, we have all the top teams in the UK racing and at the end of it, we will know who is currently the best in the country.
One of the student drivers said: “It’s the first time in a few years that the event has came up North.
“It’s a nice track, well-marshalled and I am hoping to be able to drive on it in the dry. My solo race went well but as a team, the day hasn’t been much of a success.”
Another said: “My race was pretty bad, I started 14th and ended up 31st. I had to withdraw after the first lap.”
It was founded in 2001 by students Will Tew and Tom Batho. Before the 2001/02 season, the BUKC began an association with Club100 who supply a fleet of karts for the drivers.
This week’s event has wrapped up rounds five and six of this seasons championship.