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EPEC: Last round of 2014

2014 EPEC Round 10 of 10. Teesside 6hr, 9th November

43 MS SoCo had to finish no worse than 15th to win the Championship if 4 Alpha won Sunday’s race. Since 4 Alpha had not won a race all season then 43 had the Championship in the bag, hadn’t they?

The Clubman Championship was also “sorted” 77 Offline Motorsport had a 23 pt lead over second placed 115 Team Keane, so nothing could go wrong there, could it ? Also the Hire Class was dominated by 29 Coseley Cougars.

The Race

443 MS Lucas led the charge of the LHS of the grid into the first corner and 23 POT Racing from the 3rd row upset the polesitter and the RHS of the grid. However, this was the usual first corner scramble and that truism was resurrected i.e. that you cannot win the race from the first corner but you can lose it.

At the end of first lap 8 Stretton BRM were leading and, 443 MS Lucas, 23 POT Racing, 111 JSR, 4 ALPHA, 98 Baron Racing, 78 Tockwith Jnr 2, 77 OffLine , 75 Titan Tornadoes, 44 MS JSR 2, 33 Q Racing, 113 Lard Ass, 1 Titan Motorsport, were following.

The thundering karts began to dry out the track and the lap times began to fall. After 27 laps the order was 8 Stretton BRM, 4 ALPHA, 111 JSR, 23 POT Racing, 43 MS SoCo Select, 443 MS Lucas, 98 Baron Racing, 75 Titan Tornadoes,

Charlie Bingham of 8 Stretton BRM was flying in these conditions as was Ozzy Munday in 4 ALPHA and Adam Nichols (111 JSR

From half distance

4 ALPHA had taken the lead from 8 Stretton BRM and were trying to establish a lead and then a series of gremlins intervened Gremlin 1 98 Baron Racing “forcefully” overtook 53 SB Services and a Black Flag was awarded, the subsequent STOP/GO dropped them down the leaderboard. Gremlin 2 43 MS SoCo Select given a mechanicals black/orange flag when the exhaust fell off. Gremlin 3 443 MS Lucas came in underweight twice and subsequently retired.

Gremlin 4 , 113 Lard Ass had a drooping nosecone which hit the weighbridge. From this point a number of weighing anomalies appeared to occur from the competitor team’s perspective . A number of karts were re-weighed as they crossed the weighbridge at the end of their stint. 43 MS SoCo Select were recorded as being 2 kilo underweight which although possible was unlikely for a team of this experience. A 10 lap penalty put them into 17th place and the unthinkable had happened they had been supplanted by 4 ALPHA as the Championship leaders. With an hour to go the 43 MS SoCo Select team set about the situation with a renewed purpose. And then, with half an hour to go – just like a cliffhanger at the movies the computer crashed – first time in 15 years !!

The results had to be transcribed manually from the last computer screen. 43 MS SoCo Select finished in 15th – phew – to claim their Championship win.

4 ALPHA had pressed as hard as possible and took a deserved first win of the season in the last race. 8 Stretton BRM took another 2nd place confirming their credentials as one of the “top teams” and one of the favourites for the 2015 season. 113 Lard Ass had an excellent 3rd on the day and we hope that they will join us for the full season next year. 98 Baron Racing finished 4th and were no doubt reflecting on the Black Flag and the effect on their result.

77 OffLine won the Clubman Class and will have to make the transition to PRO for next year but appear to have the class and organisation to have success. 75 Titan Tornadoes had a good qualifying and a good race and were on the same lap as 77 OffLine and were rueing the “lost” half hour of racing because of a computer malfunction. 115 Team Keane were in the final podium position.

OEKC Round 7, 2014

OEKC Championship Round 7, Daytona Milton Keynes
After 4.5 hours racing the top 3 teams all finish on the same lap… 268!

The penultimate race of the OEKC 2014 championship was the OEKC’s annual visit to Daytona MK. A best ever turnout for OEKC at Daytona of 22 teams were greeted by a bright sunny day. After sitting through the Martin Brundle track briefing the teams started their 60 minute practice. For several teams this was a first ever visit to Daytona MK. The qualifying session ended with KKC in pole position. Screwloose were alongside with Specsavers 3rd & STI 4th. Box-Tech and Kartmasters filled row 3 with OMR & Bumpdraft right behind.

Qualifying issues forced JRJ to start from the back of the grid. As the race started the front runners gained a small lead over the chasing pack, but by lap 52 Specsavers were leading with Kartmasters 2nd HVAC1 3rd and Box-Tech 4th. Although on the same lap as the leaders, KKC had dropped from 1st to 9th with Screwloose 10th. A rogue barrier with 2 bolts protruding had caused several teams to suffer bent axles or bent wheel rims. The pit stops to repair these problems shuffled the grid and left some premier class teams languishing at the bottom of the lap charts. These included TT Sport, Ikonn, Bumpdraft & VIVO. With just over 2.5 hours to go Box-Tech were leading with JRJ just behind.

KKC were back up to 3rd , Specsavers 4th & Kartmasters 5th. Clubman team, Volga Karting were 5th with OMR in 6th. Easypeasy racing were finding this race anything but easy and they struggling at the back of the grid with Team Angels. After a further 30 minutes racing the top four teams were unchanged and HVAC1 were now 5th. Clubman team MTH had replaced Volga Karting in the top 10. A seized engine caused X30 Kartmasters to retire. By lap number 195 Box-Tech were a lap ahead of KKC & Specsavers. JRJ were now 4th & Blue Lizard were up to 6th from 8th. 7th placed MTH were still the highest placed Clubman team with HVAC2 10th. The top ten teams were covered by 10 laps. With less than an hours racing to go KKC were back on the same lap as leaders Box-Tech.

Specsavers were a lap behind in third place. OMR were now 6th and DAMage sat just outside the top 10. Easypeasy racing were now 18th, a place ahead of To The Max. As the teams approached the 4 and a quarter hour and 250 lap mark, To The Max had swapped places with Easypeasy racing. STi were now in tenth place just ahead of HVAC2 and DAMage. After 4.5 hours of racing, the top 3 teams all finished the race on lap 268 and covered by under 58 seconds. Box- Tech took the chequered flag, with KKC second and HVAC1 3rd. The Clubman class was won by MTH with STi second and HVAC2 3rd.

Race dates, rules & regs and championship points can be found at www.oekc.co.uk or on the OEKC Facebook page.

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OEKC – Round 3

Round 3, Bayford Meadows

A hot sunny day awaited the first ever visit of the OEKC to Bayford Meadows.

The team list included 2 new teams, Know Idea Racing & Flat Out Racing, both using Rotax engines. As expected many of the teams used the 60 minute practice to familiarise themselves with the “new” circuit. Once the 15 minutes qualifying started the lap times started to drop. By the end of the session Box-Tech had taken pole with Specsavers alongside .085 seconds behind. KKC & Screwloose occupied row2 with Bumpdraft & OMR behind. Row 4 saw Ikonn alongside Kartmasters with Volga & Blue Lizard finishing off the top 10.

A last minute brake issue meant To The Max struggling to make the grid & Easypeasy were also left rushing to make the starting lineup. An interesting first few laps left championship leaders, Specsavers, in the pits fitting a new chain alongside Ikonn who had suffered the same problem.

One particular kerb was causing the chain problems, but teams were taking their time learning the hard way that it needed to be avoided. Whilst other teams were having problems, Box Tech were drawing clear of the pack. By lap 36 Box Tech & OMR were a lap ahead of Blue Lizard & Kartmasters. Bumpdraft, Screwloose, HVAC1, Volga, JRJ,MTH & RSA who were all on lap 35. KKC were down in eleventh place having also suffered with a broken chain. As the teams reached the one hour mark Box Tech were still leading OMR. STI were struggling in last place with To the Max just ahead of them.

Several of the drivers were suffering due to the hot weather and the technical circuit. By the 2 hour mark Box Tech had extended their lead to two laps over second place Screwloose.KKC had moved up to sixth place and Specsavers were two places behind them. Ikonn & Easypeasy had moved up to just outside the top 10. The new teams, Flat Out Racing & Know Idea Racing were finding out the hard way just how hard endurance racing can be, they were in 20th & 21st place. A further 30 minutes on and the top 3 were Box Tech, Screwloose & OMR followed by HVAC1. Blue Lizard, Specsavers & JRJ were now just a lap behind them. The top 14 teams were covered by 14 laps. 180 minutes into the race and a fine drive by Blue Lizard put them in third place, just 19 seconds behind Screwloose.

In only their second OEKC race Easypeasy were up to 13th place. By now Bumpdraft had dropped well down the grid following a mechanical problem that cost them a ten lap visit to the pits.

The next 30 minutes proved eventful for several teams. Blue Lizard lost a chain and the kart had to be recovered from the far part of the circuit. This dropped them down to 14th place. Kartmasters took an unscheduled pit stop to sort a dirty carb & STI retired from the race. HVAC2 had used the time to progress up the grid and they were now running in 8th place. Specsavers were now running in 4th place just a lap behind OMR. In the following 30 minutes Specsavers made up that lap & were within 8 seconds of OMR. Know Idea were now back on track and making up laps. After four hours racing the top 10 teams were covered by just 10 laps. MTH, Ikonn, HVAC2 & JRJ were all running in the top 10.

As the teams reached the end of the race & having completed 4.5 hours Box Tech took the win after completing 330 laps following a fine drive by Russell Wilcox & Sean Durcan. The next three teams all completed 327 laps with Screwloose fending off Specsavers to take a well deserved second place. A great recovery from their early broken chain had Specsavers completing the top 3 for the Premier class. The top three teams were all on GMS X30 chassis. OMR finished 4th with KKC 5th & HVAC1 6th. The Clubman teams were lead home by HVAC2 followed by MTH & in third place Easypeasy Racing. Kartmasters finished top of the OPEN class and Big Blue won the Prokart class.

 

OEKC – Round 4

Round 4, Lydd, Kent

Box-Tech win by 3 seconds after 395 laps!

After a 60 minute practice session, the top 11 teams all finished within a second of each other. Ikonn took pole with a time of 38.59, Screwloose in 11th managed a 39.51.

Shortly after the start HVAC 1 & OMR were having mechanical issues as were RSA & MTH. As the teams reached 50 laps Ikonn held the lead with Box Tech 4 seconds behind. Kartmasters, Specsavers & Bumpdraft followed them within 20 seconds of the leaders.By the hundredth lap Box-Tech had moved to the front with Bumpdraft and KKC a lap behind & TT Sport a lap behind them. JRJ had used the intervening 50 laps to move up to 5th 2 seconds ahead of Ikonn. Clubman teams Volga Karting were just outside the top 10 with STI 2 laps behind them. RSA were still having problems and languished in last place. As the teams reached lap 180 Box Tech were still leading, but Ikonn had made their way back up to second place with Specsavers third & Kartmasters fourth.

Blue Lizard suffered a mechanical failure and following a long pitstop they were down to 15th place. By lap 270 Ikonn had taken back first place from Box Tech with Specsavers still in third place. Screwloose were now up to fifth followed by Volga Karting & JRJ. TT Sport & Bumpdraft finished off the top 10. Kartmasters who were running an IAME X30 pitted to find the reeds had broken causing them to retire early after running well amongst the Rotax teams. The teams reached & passed the 300 lap point with Box Tech back in the lead. Specsavers were now second with Ikonn third. KKC were still fourth,but 9 laps behind the leaders. HVAC2 were now in the top 10& STI were looking to join them as they lapped in 11th place.

A drive through penalty for HVAC1 hindered their attempts to move further up the grid. By lap 350 Box Tech & Specsavers were in a race of their own with Ikonn 3 laps behind. KKC were a further 4 laps down. Screwloose were 8 laps off the lead. JRJ were back in the top 10, running in 6th with Bumpdraft recovering well from a broken chain & only 11 laps behind the leaders and in 7th place. 10th place HVAC2 had HVAC1 just 2 laps behind them. As the race neared its completion, Box Tech & Specsavers were running bumper to bumper. The last 20 laps had the spectators & mechanics all watching the front runners race hard & change places several times wondering who would take the win. Then with a third of a lap remaining Specsavers ran out of fuel & coasted to the finish. Box Tech had taken the win by 3 seconds as Specsavers rolled quietly over the line with nothing, but petrol fumes to propel them.Ikonn took a well deserved third place

 

EPEC – Round 6

Round 6 of 10, Eindhoven 24hr. YES, 24 hours!

Some teams had gone over early to combine a mini break with the race. The weather was cool and breezy but improved all the way to race day and a temperature of 34c. The unremitting sunshine burnt the unwary. Race day, of course, was therefore WET!

Qualifying Top 5

43 MS SoCo Select 73.696 sec (Ayrton Senna Koolen)

111 MS JSR 74.765 (Adam Nicholls)

23 POT Racing 74.828 (Tristram Oman)

8 BRM Stretton 74.973 (Charlie Bingham)

98 Baron Racing 75.065 (Jeremy Gumbley)

From a Le Mans start Adam Nicholls (111 MS JSR 1) repeated his glorious start from IOM and swept into the lead. He was rapidly overtaken in the difficult conditions by 43 MS SoCo Select’s Ayrton Senna (not a lot of reporters have the chance to use those words). The front two were followed by 23 POT (Tristram Oman) and 98 Baron (Jeremy Gumbley) who had somehow found a way to get in front of 8 BRM Stretton (Charlie Bingham) ,

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The conditions were drying out and we had lost 10sec from the lap time (but still 10 sec to go to a dry time). 98 Baron had just gone purple (62.05sec) and were reducing the gap to the leader to 5 sec. 11 had moved up to 8th and 77 OffLine Racing ( Kosta Kyritsis) were the leading Clubman in 10th.

3hrs

43 MS SoCo Select had regained the lead and then “a racing incident” led to an unexpected pit visit to have the “big foot” secured to the front bumper and a return to the race of Ayrton Senna. 98 Baron Racing were leading again from 4 ALPHA with an 18 sec cushion and a lap plus 9 sec over 43 MS SoCo Select (Senna) . 33 Q Racing (Adam Willis) were now in 8th place and 97 GP United were 10th. We were now having a period of calm as the dry conditions reduced the number of off-track excursions and consequent damage. Then 98 Baron Racing came in with collapsed stub bearings and 23 POT Racing with an axle which was bent like a banana. And then it rained again.

6hrs

43 MS SoCo Select ( Steven Welsh) in the lead with a lap plus 3 sec to 4 ALPHA (Chris Freeman) and 8 BRM Stretton (Ronnie Rowe) at a further 6 sec. Then 111 MS JSR(Mark Fothergill),44 MS JSR 2 (Karl North), 443 MS Lucas (Dan Crossley) ,98 Baron Racing ( Tom Campion) ,33 Q Racing (Mark Brown) ,58 DWS (Miles Murphy) ,77 Offline Racing (Chris Pedlingham) and 97 GP United.

The race continued, in the dry. The gaps increased and decreased as the drivers changed and the tyres were ready for changing. At 7hrs 99 Modave (Caprasse Kavim had stub bearings fail and 11 B&B returned in the pick up truck. From 10hrs onwards the teams began to change tyres, check oil and make any set up changes and it was fascinating to see the amount of co-operation in the pits between different teams as they pooled equipment and expertise to change quickly. One change I saw had all four wheels replaced and the oil checked simultaneously, not quite F1 speed but much faster than the hand rotated speed brace of my time.

12 hrs Halfway

43 ,4,8,98,111,44,33,77,97,99,115,443,888,58,66, 17, 1, 74, 5, 3

43 MS SoCo Select (Paul Wilkins) were improving their lead to 3 min 22 sec over 4 ALPHA (John Munday) who , in turn, had 3 min 44 over 8 BRM Stretton (Jonte Beswick) and 2 min 24s over 98 Baron Racing (Lewis Walters).

111 MS JSR ( Sam Tugwell) had been striving all the way to break into these 4 “usual suspects” for the podium as their number was the race number of Jamie Stubbs, our team mate who died suddenly last year. This was an especially poignant weekend as last year it was this weekend that he collapsed at work and his problem was discovered. Also he was a mainstay of 43 MS SoCo Select which was also trying to win for Jamie.

The top Clubman team was 77 Offline Racing Offline with 12 min lead from 97 GP United , a team from Belgium and 99 Modave (Baleem Cedin, ) another Belgian team and 3 sec was 115 Team Keane (Danny Keane). The top Hire team was 5 Ministry of Speed, 1 min 43 sec from 3 A la Kart, 6 Slam it on Pole.

The second half of the race was less frantic even though the pace was still at sprint/qualifying standard. The rain had gone away and looked like it would stay away and the red mist of overtaking (hence damage) seemed to have diminished.

Until 443 MS Lucas (Simon Ham) came in with the teeth stripped from their clutch drum and in their haste to get into the fray encountered an accident which resulted in another bent track rod. 20hrs ( 8 am) 43 MS SoCo Select (Daz) was coming in , panic in the team. Run out of brakes fresh pads needed. As the kart entered the pit lane, nerves quietened and the team moved like a well – oiled machine to replace the pads which had been using the backing material as friction pads. Since this was unexpected the brake draggers were being given a hard time until the other similarly equipped karts came in for pads and the punishing circuit was blamed for the wear.

43 MS SoCo Select (Senna) rejoined in 2nd and then set about regaining the lead. As well as giving the karts a hard time this twisty , high speed, bumpy circuit was also taking it’s toll on the drivers as they retired from their teams with bruised ribs or chest muscles in spasm. Truly an Endurance race.

Last session

The teams had developed strategies to maximise their stints and therefore reduce fuel stops and this had gone out of the window for some with their emergency stops. The final 2 sessions were therefore at frantic pace, again, as teams tried to compensate for the changing fuel stop scenarios, while everyone was knackered.

FINISH: 1483 laps

Overall

1st 43 MS SoCo Select, 2nd 8 BRM Stretton 3rd 4 ALPHA 4th 98 Baron Racing 5th 33 Q Racing

Clubman

1st 77 Offline Racing 2nd 99 Modave 3rd 97 GP United 4th 888 Stretton BRM 5th 66 Lambo

Hire Karts

1st 6 slam it on Pole 2nd 3 A la Kart 3rd 5 Ministry of Speed

4th 9 KOKS A 5th 55 Kart Attack

THANK YOU

The organisers , Peter van Oord, were very helpful and co-operative. The burgers were the best I have tasted in an eating place – which was definitely, upmarket.

The whole place was tidy and well ordered until the British came but we did our bit at the end to leave it as we found it.

Many thanks to Bob Pope, Dave Redding, Paul Franklin, Martin Howells, Paul Beatty, Kelvin Nicholls, Bob Hutchinson and the marshals for working tirelessly to make the event happen.

American team shatter 24 hour world record

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The attempt got off to a bad start when the kart ground to a halt on the first lap!

World records are rare in the making but the 24 hour world distance record for a kart on an outdoor course now rests securely in the hands of Gary Kannegiesser aged 58 who, with a fourman team, shattered the Guinness record on December 10/11th. Driving a TaGconfigured Tonykart, Kannegiesser and his Laps for Kids team drove 1,312 laps around the 1.2 mile course at the Bondurant School of High Performance Driving in Chandler, Arizona, a total of 1,574.2 miles or 2,533.43km. The previous Guinness record of 1,062.5 miles (1,709.9km) was set in 1997 by a team in Northern Ireland. Starting at 1:03pm on December 10th things looked anything but auspicious as a fowled plug brought the kart to a stop after travelling roughly 100 feet! However, with a quick replacement, the run was on its way. The team endured cold night temperatures, successfully evaded rabbits and black cats who crossed the track as well as unscheduled breakdowns.

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Gary Kannegiesser pounds out another lap

With scheduled refuelling stops each half hour and driver changes on the hour, the team of Kannegiesser from Ohio, Alan Rudolph, 29 from Phoenix, 14 year old Timmy Megenbier from Illinois and Phil Gordon 47 from Chicago, along with reserve driver Cap Henry aged 15 from Ohio and a pit crew headed by Tim Megenbier met every obstacle that arose. With racing legend Bob Bondurant waving the chequered flag, it was Rudolph who brought the kart across the line at 1:02:59pm on an overcast December 11 to complete the 24 hour epic. The world record breaking team averaged almost 66mph over the entire course of the run, with Megenbier posting the fastest lap time of 51.1 seconds over 1.2 miles, or 84.2mph. Megenbier is the highest finishing North American in Rotax MAX Grand Final history with a 5th place at the 2004 Junior Finals in the Canary Islands. Alan Rudolph, Chief Instructor at the Bondurant SuperKart School, three times King of the Streets at the Rock Island Grand Prix and holder of numerous national titles in karts and cars, was behind the wheel on both occasions when the 125cc engine blew. However the team was well prepared, installing a replacement in less than 20 minutes.

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Megenbier, Rudolph, Gordon and Kannegiesser added over 500 miles to the previous record

When that engine yielded lower lap times though, the crew performed a rebuild, subsequently reinstalling the original engine. Several hours later, in the dead of night, the engine went again with Rudolph at the wheel. However, since the halfway mark from the old record had been reached in roughly nine hours, even with engine changes, everyone was confident the record was going to fall with plenty to spare. After the second rebuild the engine performed flawlessly for the rest of the race. The previous record was eclipsed at 5:30am or 16.5 hours into the run with Kannegiesser at the wheel. He was also behind the wheel when 1,500 miles was surpassed with a bit more than an hour remaining. Kannegiesser, the founder of Laps For Kids (www.lapsforkids.com), came up with the idea for a world record attempt to bring attention to karting as the cradle of motorsport today and to raise funds for the Victory Junction Gang Camp in North Carolina, founded by Kyle and Pattie Petty and actor Paul Newman, in honour of Adam Petty who died in 2000. Kannegiesser was supported by his two sons, Dane and Robert, while Timmy Megenbier was supported by dad Tim as Crew Chief and his mum Angel. Alan Rudolph’s wife and daughter cheered their man as he piloted the kart the final hour into the history books. The goal of raising $1 million for the charity wasn’t met but the team showed how karting can bring families together for noble causes while at the same time having loads of fun.