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Club100 To Introduce New Class

The Club100 Championship will introduce a new arrive and drive class designed as a stepping-stone between it and the Easykart UK Championship in 2015.The Club100 ‘E’ class will cater for racers aged 16 years and above, and will use a Club100 Birel N35 kart powered by an Easykart IAME Touch And Go powerplant. The class will run over eight rounds on the same bill as the Easykart UK Championship. The champion of the class will win a new Easykart 125cc machine worth £2800.Club100 boss John Vigor said: “This is definitely something very new and unique. A great opportunity for drivers to be involved in an owner driver environment but without the initial added pressure of transporting and maintaining your own kart. As well as the current Club100 membership, this could also attract drivers back into the sport of karting”.Easykart UK boss Andy Cox added: “Drivers in Club100 ‘E’ class will gain confidence and experience before maybe deciding to move up to Easykart the following season.”

CLUB100 Endurance – Round 7

6th & 7th September, Glan-y-Gors

Round 7 of the Premier and Clubman, and Round 6 of the Inters and Rookie races

Premier

A surprisingly sunny but chilly, morning greeted the teams for Round 7 of the Premier championship. Battle resumed between the leading teams and it was JSS who grabbed pole. Tanked Up Racing were hoping for a good result in second with Es Car Go also looking menacing in third.

It wasn’t the cleanest of starts and the opening lap saw Pure Racing off the road and JSS and Tanked Up in trouble too. Ministry of Speed took charge at the front but not for long; the flying Alliance Racing diving through to take the lead and maintaining it right up to the first pit stop. However, JSS were

flying and a quick first stop saw them reclaim the lead. Alliance and Ministry were battling for second but they had Overdraft and Top Guns hot on their heels. Tanked Up’s day was ruined by a black flag which cost them a lap. Alliance Racing’s early race pace faded and they started slipping back. Es Car Go, on the other hand, were on a charge and soon moved up to challenge for a podium.

In the latter stages, JSS opened up a large gap to Ministry of Speed who were comfortably in second. The battle was on for third with Overdraft being caught by Es Car Go. However, a last lap tangle with Alliance saw Stuart Symonds in the wall and resulted in a penalty for Alliance. There were no such worries  for JSS and they cruised home for yet another win. Ministry kept

their title hopes alive with second and it was a well deserved and long overdue first premier podium for Overdraft.

Clubman

Entran Enduro were stars of qualifying in the clubman race, setting the quickest time ahead of InkJet Racing. Titan Motorsport were third, Akita V2 fourth and Apteryx rounding out the top five.

Entran Enduro maintained their lead round the opening lap with InkJet right on their tail. A good start from Akita saw them third with a huge gap to Apteryx and Titan who were battling over fourth. Keen As Mustard were an early race casualty. Titan Motorsport soon got past Apteryx but the front three were in a class of their own and would be hard to catch. Things stayed largely unchanged at the front after the first round of fuel stops but during this second phase of the race, InkJet began to fall back and when they emerged from their second stop they had dropped to fourth behind Titan.

Now in third, Titan Motorsport were on a real charge and closing on Akita V2. They managed to nip past in the latter stages of the race but Entran Enduro were long gone by now. Behind the top three, CD30 were having a strong race and were running fourth. Akita MNR were also looking good and had got past InkJet who appeared to be struggling for pace. There were no such worries for the leaders and Entran Enduro crossed the line for victory and extended their lead in the championship. A great drive for Titan saw them second, four seconds clear of Akita V2.

Inters

REUNION claimed pole position in the intermediate class ahead of championship favourites Team DGB. Get Out were third with Slickspeed fourth and Apteryx Racing – having competed in the morning’s Clubman race – fifth.

The top five got round the first lap in grid order and all separated by barely a second. As they all dived into the pits during the

first 20 minutes at different times, the running order changed but when the stops had all played out, it was REUNION who retained their lead. Apteryx were now up to second with Slick speed third, Pixel Pirates fourth and, unusually, Team DGB behind them all having done something rather wrong in the pits. However, their speed is never in doubt and they were back up to second before half distance. REUNION had dropped back to third so Apteryx Racing had taken the lead but were being caught by the championship leaders by several tenths of a second per lap. Once past, they easily built up a gap. In fact Apteryx were really the only team able to stay on their pace. DGB ended up lapping everyone else on their way to win number four in 2014. Apteryx’s busy day came good as they secured second with Pixel Pirates coming home a fine third. And what of Get Out and REUNION? Well they both suffered problems in the second half of the race and dropped out of the decent points scoring positions.

Rookies

Pole position for the rookie race went to GTA-Team. Hansen Oversteer joined them on the front row with 221 Racing and the Mufflers on row two. Once again it was good to see a large number of rookies competing, especially at such a far away race. In total, 28 teams lined up.

A poor start for the pole sitters saw Hansen Oversteer and 221 Racing both get past. By contrast for the new leaders, their sister team Hansen Understeer went off on the opening lap. As the teams dived into the pits during the first 20 minutes the differences in pit lane skill soon became evident. Once the first window closed, the running order was completely different. The Mufflers now led from Team G3Pro and Shake N Bake. 221 Racing had dropped to fourth, Hansen Oversteer fifth and GTA all the way down in seventh. 221 Racing were on a charge, however, and were in the lead as we approached half distance. Hansen were right on their tail and these two were some way in front of the Mufflers. The pit stops would prove to be the key in this race and it was Hansen Oversteer who made the best use of them to build a gap over the last half of the race. Once clear they built up a gap of half a lap to eventually win. 221 Racing lost out to the Mufflers and Team G3Pro and dropped to fourth over the last laps. Still, a second for the Mufflers, third for Team G3Pro and fourth for 221 means the championship battle is closer than ever.

 

CLUB100 – Rounds 5 & 6

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.

Premier

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.

Clubman

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.

Inters

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.

Rookies

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.

 

Club 100 – Rounds 5 & 6

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.

Premier

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.

Clubman

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.

Inters

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.

Rookies

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.

Club100 Race Review – Round 1

Round 1, Endurance Championship, Buckmore Park 22nd-23rd Feb

With the 2013 season a distant memory, it all starts again for Club100. So who’s made a solid start to their 2014 campaign?

Premier

With Just So having retired after their third championship, the last of the “old guard” was gone. Or so we thought. Lee Clackett resurrected Team Red Steel, managing to convince Club100 legends Marc Craddock and Jamie Jakins out of retirement. The Just So name was kept alive by the mocking “Just So Serious”, formed from the ashes of Moulins Motorsport by the never serious Ian Blake.

They certainly took things seriously on track and stormed to pole position. Overdraft Racing were 2nd, Hartree Pirates 3rd, Tanked Up 4th and Alliance Racing rounding out the top 5. Pure Racing, one of this year’s favourites, opted to change their kart after qualifying and start from the back of the full 35 kart grid.

Just So Serious sped away off the line leaving Tanked Up, Alliance and Hartree battling hard behind. Overdraft were bumped down the pecking order. Over the first couple of stints, Es Car Go made up ground along with Red Steel, Ministry of Speed and Pure Racing who had made up an amazing amount of time from the back of the grid. However, a broken fuel line would sadly drop them to the back. Red Steel also stopped on track and Alliance were handed a black flag for making contact with a backmarker. This all gave Just So Serious an easy run to victory. Ministry of Speed came home 2nd with Hartree 3rd.

Clubman

There were a number of new names and faces in the Clubman class in what promises to be a very competitive year. However, it was the one team many believe should be in the premier class who stormed to pole position. Akita V2 looked in a class of their own and were clearly ahead of the second placed Entran Enduro. B.O.B were 3rd, Mind The Gap 4th and Speed Muppets 5th.

The Akita boys were confidently predicting a win before the start of the race. However, contact at the first hairpin saw Carl Tebbutt off the road and he ended the first lap dead last. A grateful B.O.B took the helm but this was short lived as they also came unstuck before the first pit stop. After the first round of fuel stops, InkJet Racing were leading the way, a few seconds clear of Pantera Racing, Auditing Armageddon and the new Forza Nastro Azuro team, comprised of veteran Jose Soler and the returning Francesco Volpe.

The new grippy Vega tyres and the brilliantly tuned new fleet of karts meant the whole field remained very close throughout. There were many battles up and down the pack but rapidly clawing their way up the order was Akita V2. They made short work of their rivals to get the lead back to eventually take the win. Entran Enduro just managed to take 2nd from a hard charging Forza Nastro Azuro, who claimed the last spot on the podium.

Inters

There was much debate over the winter as to whether 2013 rookie champions Team DGB should be promoted straight to Clubman. After such a dominant season, many believed it was the right choice. In the end it was decided to allow them to compete in the inters class. To justify this decision, they only managed to qualify 10th. Or was it gamesmanship? Time would tell. Nevertheless, it was a new name on pole in UOMDC. STOaT Racing were 2nd with Pixel Pirates 3rd.

The running order at the sharp end remained largely unchanged in the early laps. It was the first round of fuel stops that really shook things up. UOMDC got it completely wrong and dropped to 8th.

Team DGB, who had shown good pace in the first stint, were the big winners and got up to 3rd behind new leaders M&M and Pixel Pirates. By the end of the following stint, the reigning rookie champions were leading. Problems soon befell M&M and they fell off the radar. In the closing stages, the scene was set. Team DGB had the lead but were being chased hard by Runtime Exception Racing. The latter were less than a second behind and harrying the leaders. A few tenths behind them were Carlin Motorsport. Showing the kind of maturity that won them the rookie crown last year, Team DGB held their nerve and took victory in what was an amazingly close finish after 2 hours of racing.

Rookies

So another year of rookie racing, another new bunch of faces and another new bunch of wacky team names. Among the silliest this year are “How I met your muffler”, Dudes & Bros” and “Kimi a break”. However, cleverest silly team name of the year award  goes to “Force it in dear”. Some people have far too much time on their hands…

Anyway, Kimi a Break claimed pole ahead of the only mildly silly SMIDSY and the almost normal sounding Team G3Pro. When the flag dropped, Kimi got a flier. The Mufflers jumped from 4th to 2nd, dropping SMIDSY and G3Pro. However, as the race settled down and the pit stops played their part in the running order, G3Pro emerged ahead. The Mufflers were still in contention with Fore it In Dear, Kimi a Break, 221 Racing, Moriwaki and KOKS de la Rosa (another silly name) all following suit.

With another relatively small rookie grid this year, the running order at the front stagnated as the race wore on and Team G3Pro continued to build on their lead. After 2 hours of racing they crossed the line comfortably almost a lap ahead of the Mufflers in 2nd and Force it in dear taking the final step on the podium in 3rd.