Rounds 5 and 6 2nd & 3rd August 2014, Buckmore Park
The 2014 season reached its midway mark at Buckmore Park. A bright and sunny day greeted the teams as they arrived to resume battle.
JSS got the jump on Ministry off the line but the latter came back at them on lap 3 to regain control. These two were separated by just a few tenths during the first stint as they built up a huge lead over Pure Racing and Es Car Go who were holding up Tanked Up and Alliance. JSS held the lead for a while longer but, during the middle phase of the race, began to drop off the pace. Ministry took charge but they were being slowly caught by the charging Pure Racing. Es Car Go still had Tanked Up and Alliance nipping at their heels and they soon succumbed. Tanked Up’s day took a turn for the worse. After dropping off the pace mid race, they then suffered a rare engine seizure. Back at the front and Pure Racing had caught and passed Ministry. Over the last couple of stints, they pulled out a nice gap. Meanwhile, Alliance had snuck up on Ministry and were all over the back of them. Ministry just held on for second while Alliance picked up their first podium of the season.
InkJet stormed into the lead and left their rivals eating their dust. Entran ENduro settled into a comfortable second ahead of the battling group of Forza Nastro Azzuro, Akita MNR, Pantera, Happy Racing and Akita V2. InkJet increased their lead after the first round of stops but behind them Forza Nastro Azzuro were coming under pressure from Titan Motorsport and the two Akita teams. Entran Enduro had dropped to the tail of this group but it was all very close. Sadly both Akita teams suffered problems later in the race and Entran Enduro also lacked the race pace to maintain a race-long challenge. This left Forza Nastro Azzuro clear in second and Titan Motorsport, Happy Racing, Pantera and CD30 fighting over the final podium place. No one had an answer for the flying InkJet and they cruised to an easy win, almost a lap clear of FOrza Nastro Azzuro. Happy Racing held off Titan Motorsport to take a fine third place.
29 karts took to the track for round 5 of the Intermediate championship. Pole sitters Apteryx Racing got off the line well but Slickspeed found themselves in trouble and off the road. This promoted Get Out! and Team DGB. KOKS racing were next up with OUMDC putting in a good performance. The OKS were on a charge in the first stint and worked their way up the order. They emerged from the first round of pit stops in the lead. Runtime Exception Racing had also had a great first stint and had got ahead of Apteryx and Get Out! Team DGB were way down in 12th after early race dramas and began the long fight back to the front. Back at the front and Apteryx managed to close down and pass KOKS for the lead. Runtime Exception Racing fell back in the later stages and into the clutches of Get Out! and the recovering Team DGB. The latter managed to claw their way back into a podium position but they didn’t have enough time to catch the leaders. Apteryx Racing crossed the line to take their first win and take the lead in the championship – although Team DGB are still ahead on dropped scores. KOKS came home second with Team DGB recovering well in third.
Team G3Pro led away at the start. How I Met Your Muffler made a poor start and dropped to seventh at the end of the opening lap. Morowaki took up the chase with 221 Racing further adrift in third. However, Moriwaki dropped back before the first pit window finished. How I Met Your Muffler’s day was going from bad to worse as well. 221 Racing emerged from the first round of stops in the lead with Team G3Pro now coming under pressure from Shake N Bake. Over the course of the next couple of pit windows, 221 Racing continued to extend their lead. It was all change behind them and by half distance the Mufflers were back up to second with KOKS de la Rosa third. Team G3Pro had fallen behind this group and were battling with Moriwaki. Over the last half of the race, 221 Racing continued up front and things settled down a bit behind them. The leaders had built up a lead of almost a lap and were untouchable. Behind them, there was an epic battle going on for second between the Mufflers and G3Pro. The Mufflers just about managed to hold on to second by a tenth of a second. Team G3Pro came home third but it was an impressive job by 221 Racing that saw them take the win.