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OEKC British Championship Round 8 Report

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2017 Championship Round 8 Whilton Mill

An overcast day with rain forecast greeted the teams as they arrived at Whilton Mill for round 8 of the 2017 championship.

At round 8 Ikonn and Indi-Cars teams made a welcome return to the OEKC and new team Capital Racing joined the series.

After 1 hour of practice the teams entered the 15 minute qualifying session ready for action. Pole position was challenged for by the usual contenders, but a great drive by Vivo gave them the number one spot with a qualifying time of 47.3 seconds. Insure2Drive took second place. Behind them were TTM and series leaders Specsavers. Row three was occupied by TT Sport and KKC. Peach Racing were seventh alongside Team Sage. Synergy Syndicate and G-Tech completed the top 10 teams.  Indi-cars pitted due to a problem with their axle moving laterally. This resulted in them dropping down to last place.

The race started on a cool dry track and Vivo quickly started to build a small lead and by lap 40 they were over 6 seconds ahead of Insure2drive who were leading KKC & Specsavers. The top ten teams were all on the same lap and covered by 42 seconds. By lap 90, hard charging Vivo had a lap lead over Insure2drive, Specsavers, TTM, KKC and G-Tech.  By lap 160 Vivo were now leading by a lap with G-Tech second, Insure2drive third, Specsavers fourth and TTM fifth.  As the 185th lap passed Insure2drive were back in second place and back on the same lap as leaders Vivo. New team Capital Racing were getting to grips with the racing and had improved their lap times by over 3 seconds.

By lap 210 the sun was shining & the forecast rain had not appeared. After almost three hours of racing saw Specsavers leading the race from Insure2drive and G-Tech. Vivo were now a lap behind and being chased by TTM. TT Sport in eight place were top Clubman team and well ahead of their championship rivals Project 4 who lost a few laps with a long visit to the pits. 25 laps later and Insure2drive were back in front of Specsavers and G-tech with Vivo now in fourth place, a lap behind the front three teams. TTM, Team Sage, KKC & Team JT completed the top 8. In 9th place were Project 4 who were making good progress and were now just 3 laps behind TT Sport & Synergy Syndicate.

The 280th lap arrived and Insure2drive were now leading Specsavers by a lap and G-Tech were a further lap behind them. 20 laps later and although Insure2drive were leading, Specsavers were now on the same lap. G-Tech in third were a lap ahead of Vivo who were a lap ahead of TTM. Team Sage were a further lap behind with KKC a lap behind them.

The chequered flag dropped after 4.5 hours racing with Insure2drive winning the race 18 seconds ahead of Specsavers who were now on the same lap. A great last session by Vivo put them on the podium in third place and ahead of G-Tech who were just 35 seconds behind. TT Sport won Clubman class a lap ahead of Synergy Syndicate. Project 4 completed the Clubman podium.

The final race of the 2017 OEKC season is on Sunday October 22nd at Daytona Milton Keynes.

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OEKC British Championship Round 7 Report

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2017 British Championship Round 7,  Fulbeck, Lincs

Following a full day of practice on the Saturday, the teams arrived for Sunday’s race to a warm dry morning and it got hotter throughout the day.

One hour of pre-race practice was immediately followed by 15 minutes qualifying. Local team BAAWWOOON took pole just over a 1/10th ahead of VIVO. Insure2drive and Specsavers filled row 2 ahead of Team JT and  TT Sport. Row 4 consisted of Team Sage & Project 4. Completing the top 10 were BR8 & KKC. Less than a second covered the top 10 teams.

Unusually for an OEKC endurance race, the first couple of laps saw numerous incidents. Two teams pitted for replacement axles and others were relegated from the front of the grid to the back whist trying to avoid on track incidents. JT & Specsavers lost their excellent starting positions and now needed to move back up the grid.

By Lap 40 VIVO were leading with Insure2drive second. ITS cars third and Team Sage fourth. Team JT 11 seconds ahead of Specsavers. Project 4 were seventh and BR8 eighth. All these teams were on the same lap and separated 32 seconds overall.  40 Laps later and VIVO were still leading Insure2drive and ITs cars. Specsavers were now up to fourth followed by Team Sage & Team JT.  A great effort by TTM ( To the Max ) had got them up to seventh place. Promax team, Synergy Syndicate were on the same lap, but 3 seconds behind TTM. KKC changed an engine and this left them well down the field. Another 40 laps and Insure2drive were now leading VIVO with Team JT third and Specsavers fourth. Polesitters Baawwooon were moving up the field & were now in tenth place and Specsavers took fastest lap at 45.71

As the teams reached 160 laps Insure2drive were a lap ahead of VIVO who were a lap ahead of Team JT & Specsavers. Team Sage completed the top 5 teams just ahead of BR8 & Synergy Syndicate.   ITs Cars were suffering from various mechanical issues and were now running last.

With one hour to go Insure2 drive lead the race 2 laps ahead of Specsavers. VIVO were now third and Team JT fourth ahead of Team Sage. Project 4 were now tenth just behind Baawwooon and BR8. By the 300th lap Insure2drive were a lap in front of Specsavers who were a lap ahead of VIVO. Team JT were fourth, two laps in front of Team Sage on 295 laps. TTM, Synergy Syndicate, Baawwwooon and BR8 were all on 294 laps.

The 4.5 hour OEKC race ended with Insure2drive completing 341 laps. Specsavers were second and VIVO third, both on 340 laps         BR8 won Clubman class with Project 4 second and TT Sport third.

Promax team Synergy Syndicate finished ahead of all the Clubman class teams. An excellent effort by Synergy Syndicate.

Next OEKC race is on  September 17th at Whilton Mill

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OEKC British Championship Round 6 Report

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2017 Championship Round 6 LYDD, Kent

As the teams arrived on race day at Lydd the weather was warm dry and getting hotter.

Midway through the one hour practice TT Sport realised they had a cracked chassis so they set work changing everything over to a different frame.  Whilst they were busy, the rest of the teams were chasing ever improving lap times ready for the 15 minute qualifying session.    This proved to be as hectic as ever with Specsavers taking pole from KKC by 3/100s of a second. Row 2 was occupied by Team JT & G-Tech. GMS1 and Insure2Drive were 5th & 6th.Vivi & TTM filled the fourth row with Team Sage & Synergy Syndicate completing the top 10.  The top 10 teams qualified within less than a second of each other.

As soon as the race started Specsavers made a breakaway from the chasing pack. After 15 minutes the top 12 teams were all on the same lap. 30 minutes into the 4.5 hour race Specsavers were still leading with GMS1 second, KKC third and Insure2Drive fourth.  As the teams approached the 100th lap Specsavers were leading by 1 lap from Insure2Drive. KKC were third and VIVO had moved up to fourth with Peach Racing fifth and Team JT sixth. Following a lengthy pit stop G-Tech dropped to last place.

Two hours into the race and Specsavers were still one lap in the lead. KKC had replaced Insure2Drive in second place and TTM were now up to fourth with Team JT fifth & Peach Racing sixth, but on the same lap as Promax team Synergy Syndicate.  Team Sage were now in the pits for a lengthy period sorting a stripped brake disc carrier.

Lap 202 and KKC were now leading Insure2Drive who were a lap ahead of Specsavers. Peach Racing sat in fourth place a lap ahead of Team JT. The top nine teams were covered by just eight laps. As the teams reached two and a half hours KKC were first, Specsavers second and Peach Racing third. All three teams were on 221 laps. Insure2Drive were a lap behind in fourth and TTM a lap behind them in fifth.  3 hours into the race and Specsavers were back in first place with KKC second and Insure2Drive third. Team Sage were now back in the race.

Just before the teams reached 300 laps disaster struck for Insure2Drive. A terminal engine problem meant a replacement engine was needed. This dropped them out of the top ten teams. First place Specsavers were leading KKC and Team JT who were being chased hard by TTM , 11 seconds behind. Promax team Synergy Syndicate were in a solid seventh place, 5 laps ahead of eight place TT Sport.

With 30 minutes to go Specsavers had stretched their lead to two laps. KKC in second place were 2 laps ahead of TTM who had replaced Team JT in third place.Both teams on 397 laps.  Peach Racing were fifth and GMS1 sixth. Project 4 were now ninth and in the top ten and Insure2Drive sat in tenth place.

Following a very strong and consistent race Specsavers took the win on 401 laps. KKC were second and TTM third.

Peach Racing won Clubman Class with GMS1 second and TT Sport third.

Synergy Syndicate were the winning Promax team and seventh overall

Next OEKC race is on  August 13th at Fulbeck Kart Circuit

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OEKC British Championship Round 5 Report

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2017 Championship Round 5 CLAY PIGEON

Many of the OEKC drivers had either not visited Clay Pigeon Raceway for many years and some drivers had never seen the circuit at all. The drivers took advantage of the Saturday practice, which took place in sweltering conditions. Race day Sunday was to prove even hotter than Saturday.  The teams arrived on race day to clear blue skies and rising heat.

After 1 hour of practice the teams entered the 15 minute qualifying session ready for action. The lap times started dropping and pole position was finally taken by KKC with G-tech alongside. A fine effort by Pro-Engineering on a Promax took third place with Insure2Drive next to them. Row three was filled by  Box-Tech & Specsavers with Team Sage & Vivo behind. The top ten were finished off by TTM & Peach Racing. The whole grid including the Promax teams were covered by less than one second.

Pole sitters KKC started the race brilliantly & immediately put a gap between themselves and the three teams squabbling behind. Specsavers, Box-Tech & Insure2Drive were fighting hard for second place which allowed KKC to pull away. Promax team Pro-Engineering were just behind the senior max karts in fifth place. Project 4 were suffering mechanical issues which included a broken brake rod. A most unusual problem bearing in mind they hadn’t made any contact. As the teams reached 100 laps KKC were still leading with Insure3Drive second, Box Tech third and Specsavers fourth.  Pro Engineering, Vivo & G-Tech were having their own battle a little way behind, but on the same lap.          By the 150th lap race leaders KKC were a lap ahead of second place G-Tech. 20 laps later & Specsavers were back in second place with Insure2Drive third, Box-Tech fourth all on 170 laps.  KKC were still leading when the teams reached the half way mark of the race. Specsavers were still second and Insure2Drive third. Losing a rear wheel & hub dropped Pro Engineering down into 12th place as the team had to recover the kart from the middle of the track. Synergy Syndicate were also having problems, but theirs were carb / fuel related.

As the teams reached the 250th lap, KKC were suffering with a water leak which was dropping them down the order. Specsavers were now in first place followed by Insure2Drive with KKC third and Box Tech fourth. By the 290th lap, the three hour mark,  Specsavers were leading I2D by 2.7 seconds, a lap ahead of Box-Tech. TTM were a further lap back in fourth place.  45 minutes from the end of the race and Box-Tech were now leading Insure2Drive with Specsavers in third place. All the three leading teams were now on 361 laps. Several teams were struggling in the heat and driver changes became more frequent.

After 4.5 hours racing, the chequered flag was taken by Insure2Drive who completed 434 laps. Second place Specsavers were a lap behind and in third were G-Tech who took the place by  less than 3 seconds from Box-Tech. TT sport were 1st in Clubman class with Project 4 second and Peach racing third.  Pro Engineering took top honours in Promax with Synergy Syndicate second. Fastest lap was 35.76 by Premier Class Insure2Drive. Promax  team, Pro-Engineering managed a 35.83, less than a 1/10th behind the fastest lap.

Next OEKC race is on July 16th at Lydd International, Kent

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OEKC British Championship Round 4 Report

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2017 Championship Round 4 Fulbeck

The teams arrived at Fulbeck to a cold, windy day for round 4 of the 2017 championship.

After 1 hour of practice the teams entered the 15 minute qualifying session ready for action.  As usual pole position changed hands frequently in the qualifying session finally settling with VIVO on pole and Specsavers in second. Row had KKC & 12D both teams qualified with exactly the same time of 46.29. G-Tech & JT took row three. Clubman team BR-eight took seventh place alongside TTM. TT Sport and Project 4 completed the top ten. The top ten were qualified within 1.1 seconds of each other.

Shorthly after the race started KKC moved into 1st place with Specsavers second and Vivo third. An engine problem meant G-Tech’s bad luck continued at Fulbeck as they lost 10 laps sorting the problem. By lap 40 Specsavers were in the lead with Insure2Drive right behind and KKC third. The top 8 teams were all still on the same lap. The first three teams were in the same places as they passed lap 80. By lap 100 Insure2Drive  were in front of Specsavers and KKC were still third. Vivo were a lap behind and JT were a further lap back. As the leaders reached the 133rd lap in sixth place were BR-eight, TTM and Project-4  all on lap 130.

By lap 200 KKC had moved past Specsavers into second place. Vivo were fourth and JT fifth. Project-4 had moved into sixth place past BR-eight and TTM. Following their lengthy pit stop some hard, fast driving placed G-Tech in the top ten.  As the leaders I2D passed lap 250 they were a lap ahead of Specsavers who were now back in second place 1.7 seconds in front of KKC. Project-4 were now eight behind TTM and BR-eight. BR-eight suffered a snapped axle on lap 275.

As lap 300 passed the leaders, Insure2Drive were a lap ahead of KKC in second place. Specsavers were just 4.3 seconds further back. Vivo were two laps further back and two laps ahead of JT. TTM were a further two laps back in sixth place 5.7 seconds ahead of Project-4.

After four and a half hours and 343 laps of wheel to wheel racing Insure2Drive took the win from KKC 2nd with Specsavers third, a lap behind the winners.  Project-4 were the winning Clubman team beating TT Sport who were second and BR-eight third. Top Promax team were Synergy Syndicate who finished in tenth place.

For the first time ever, the OEKC will visit Clay Pigeon on June 18th for round 5 of the championship.

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OEKC British Championship Round 3 Report

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2017 Championship Round 3 Whilton Mill

A beautiful hot day greeted the teams as they arrived at Whilton Mill for round 3 of the 2017 championship.

After 1 hour of practice the teams entered the 15 minute qualifying session ready for action. Pole position changed many times, but once the session ended it was Specsavers who took 1st place with Vivo alongside. Insure 2 drive & G-Tech completed row two. KKC and Team Velocity filled row three with Team Sage and Project 4 immediately behind. JT and TT Sport completed the top 10 and the top 11 teams were covered by less than a second.

A false start was caused by the front two teams worrying about each other and not looking for the green light which was not shown as the teams at the back of the grid were not in formation.   The teams were re-gridded and after one lap the race was started. Everyone got away cleanly and the front of the grid gapped themselves from the following pack. By lap 20 G-Tech were leading Vivo with Project4 and KKC just behind. The top 16 teams were all on the same lap. By lap 60 some contact dropped Specsavers & Insure2Drive a lap and few places down the grid. Vivo were now leading G-Tech by less than 2 tenths. DAMage were having brake issues and this meant a lengthy pit stop. New Promax team Party People were just a lap behind the leaders and in 9th place, one lap ahead of fellow Promax team Synergy Syndicate. Team Velocity were 11th and Promax team Kartostrophic were 12th.

VIVO and Specsavers lock out the front row of the grid

As the teams approached the 100th lap G-Tech were a lap ahead of Specsavers, KKC and Team Sage who were all on the same lap. Indicars suffered a snapped axle and following a lengthy pit stop they were in the penultimate place. A drive through penalty for TT Sport dropped them from 6th to 8th place. Fifty laps further into the race and pole sitters Specsavers  were back in 1st place with KKC less than 3/10th behind. JT were now up to third place with Vivo in fourth.  Party People had their Promax in 5th place just ahead of Team Sage & G-Tech. Project 4 were 8th and Insure2drive were now into the top 10 in 9th place. Running out of fuel caused Synergy Syndicate to drop down to 14th place, six laps ahead of Kartostrophic. No Win No Fee were just outside the top 10 with TTM sitting in 10th place.

The teams passed the 200th lap with Specsavers 1st and KKC 1.5 seconds behind in second place. Team Sage were back into third with JT fourth. Championship leaders Insure2Drive were now up to sixth place with No Win, No Fee in seventh place just ahead of Project4.  After another 60 laps Specsavers and KKC were still on the same lap and only 1 lap ahead of G-Tech. Project4 had moved into sixth place with Team Velocity a lap behind and Part People a lap behind them. A lengthy pit stop dropped Kartostrophic to 15th place.

Project 4 ahead of Insure2Drive

As the front runners reached the 300th lap Specsavers were just 9 seconds in front of KKC. G-Tech were third and JT fourth and Team Sage fifth. Team Velocity were hard on the heals of Project 4  with Insure2Drive a lap behind. A loose radiator dropped Synergy Syndicate down the grid. Party People ( Promax ) were still running in the top 10.

After 4.5 hours and 335 laps of high speed action Specsavers took the chequered flag just ahead of KKC who were also on 335 laps. JT were third, Team Sage 4th and Vivo 5th in Premier class. Team Velocity took the honours in Clubmans class with Project 4 second and TT Sport third.   The Promax winners ( & 10th overall ) were Party People, Synergy Syndicate were second in Promax and Kartostrophic third. The top 10 teams were covered by just 10 laps. Insure2Drive took fastest lap at 46.6 seconds.

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OEKC British Championship Round 2 Report

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Drivers arrived at Bayford Meadows in Kent for round 2 of the OEKC to dull weather, but a dry track.

Some drivers had not visited Bayford Meadows before and they took advantage of the one hour practice session to familiarise themselves with the circuit. Then the 15 minutes of qualifying started and the lap times started to drop. Despite using Maxxis HG1 tyres the drivers posted excellent lap times with Specsavers taking pole with a time of 47.55secs and Insure 2 Drive were alongside with a 47.56 lap. G-Tech and J T filled row two with TTM & Clubmans team Project4 just behind. The fourth row consisted of  GMS1 and Peach racing. The top 10 teams qualified within a second of each other.

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Project 4 pushing hard

The teams assembled on the grid ready for the two rolling up laps. The drivers approached the start in an exemplary fashion, equally separated, in their correct grid position and without any overtaking before the start line, perfect. Specsavers, Insure 2 Drive & G-Tech quickly moved away from the main pack of drivers, but they were not far behind.  Lap 37 saw the top 12 teams still all on the same lap and that included Promax team Synergy Syndicate. A pit stop for a new sprocket and a broken chain left KKC chasing hard from the back. By the time the teams passed the 100 lap point Insure 2 Drive were leading Specsavers by 7 seconds. GMS-1 & G-Tech were a lap behind. The next five teams were Project4, JT, VIVO, Peach Racing and Synergy Syndicate and they were all two laps behind the leaders.

50 laps later and the top four teams were in the same positions. Enzo Motorsport2 had suffered some mechanical issues and dropped down the grid. Team Sage were making up ground following a faulty exhaust repair and TTM were recovering from a pit stop for a puncture repair.  Shortly before the 200th lap there was red flag incident which resulted in a break whilst the drivers involved were checked over and the broken karts removed from the circuit. Following the unscheduled break the rest of the grid were reassembled in the positions they were in before the red flag incident.

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Team Specsavers keeping Insure2Drive Honest

By the 200th lap,  Insure2Drive and Specsavers were only 2 seconds apart and 2 laps ahead of G-Tech who were now third with GMS-1 in fourth. Vivo were now running in fifth and Project4 sixth. JT were in a solid seventh place just a lap behind.

Despite the long break for the red flag incident the winning team still completed 287 laps. After 4.5 hours racing Insure2Drive finished first with Specsavers less than 10 seconds behind. G-Tech took a well deserved third place. The Clubman winners were GMS-1 who finished fourth overall, three laps behind the winners. Project4 took second place and Enzo Motorsport1 took third place. A great drive by Promax winners Synergy Syndicate left them in eighth place overall and just 7 laps behind the race winners.  At 165kg the Promax class runs 10kg lighter than the Premier and Clubman classes and it is proving to be reliable, fast and very competitive with the senior max teams. Check out the excellent Karting Magazine article    

 

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