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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 6 Whilton Mill

Championship Round 6, August 17th, Whilton Mill

Despite it being August, the OEKC Championship arrived at Whilton mill to a wet & overcast day.

The 22 teams included new teams KartpartsUK, BP Motorsport and AEM Products. The teams used the wet 60 minutes practice session to familiarise themselves with the circuit & set up their karts ready for qualifying. The track started drying as qualifying started. However the mixed conditions led to an interesting 15 minutes. The end result put Box-Tech on pole with HVAC1 alongside. Row two had 2 new teams KartpartsUK.com & AEM Products with Specsavers & TT sport behind. OMR & HVAC2 filled row 4 with Bumpdraft and Blue Lizard occupying row 5.

A fast start, followed by an early charge by AEM Products put them in second place and chasing Box-Tech hard. By lap 10 AEM Products were leading the race with Box-Tech now chasing them and Specsavers sitting just behind in third place. By the 25th lap Box-Tech were back in the lead with AEM Products right behind. KKC were now in the top 10 and TT Sport had dropped back to 14th place. The top 21 teams were still on the same lap. As the teams reached lap 40 Specsavers had taken the lead with Box-Tech second and a tiring AEM Poducts in third. Bumpdra. were up to 4th with HVAC1, KartpartsUK and OMR right behind. To the Max had moved up from 15th to 9th place.

A solid run from GKD using an IAME X30 put them 11th, one lap behind the leaders. Several teams stopped on track due to miscalculating their fuel useage. This dropped them down the grid whilst their karts were recovered from the circuit. DAMage were running steadily and maintain a mid grid position. As the teams passed the 100 lap point Box-Tech were back in the lead, Specsavers were second & HVAC1 were now third. AEM Products were now outside the top 10 and suffering various minor mechanical issues. JRJ were now 6th, right behind To the Max in 5th. Screwloose in 7th were being chased by Volga Karting and a fast recovering Blue Lizard. BP Motorsport were suffering from tiredness and dropped down the grid to 21st place. OMR were a place above them due to an engine misfire and STI retired with a cracked Tonykart chassis.

Box-Tech lost time due to running out of fuel on track & this put them several laps behind the new leaders KKC. JRJ were now up to third place with Screwloose in fourth, Blue Lizard 5th & Volga Karting 6th. All these teams being on lap 180 and 2 laps behind the leaders. HVAC1 suffered a water leak and quickly dropped down the grid whilst a replacement was fi . ed. As KKC passed the 255 lap point they were followed by Specsavers, a lap behind and JRJ a lap behind them. Volga Karting, Screwloose, Blue Lizard and Box-Tech were all on lap 252. Bumpdra. & Vivo were recovering well from cracked brake disc replacements. KKC reached lap 292 with Specsavers still a lap behind. JRJ were still third on the same lap as Volga karting in 4th. Box-Tech were now in 5th place. HVAC2 were running 9th and TT Sport completed the top 10.

When the chequered flag fell after 4.5 hours of racing the winners KKC had completed 329 laps as had Spesavers in second place. JRJ took third place, their best placing of the season and completed the Premier class winners. Box-Tech had recovered to 4th place and just 2 laps behind the winners and a few seconds ahead of Blue Lizard. Volga Karting took the Clubman class winners trophy with HVAC2 second and DAMage 3rd. GKD won the open class and Big Blue took the Prokart winners trophy.

OEKC – Final round

Final Round 8, Whilton Mill, 19th Oct

Box-Tech win the race but Team Specsavers win the Championship

Race 8, the final race of the OEKC 2014 championship, took place at Whilton Mill on a warm October Sunday.

Today the OEKC Championship would be decided between Specsavers, KKC & Box-Tech. Qualifying started slowly and the best lap times were all posted in the last 5 laps. The 15 minute qualifying session ended with the top 10 teams separated by less than a second and the top three covered by 3 tenths. A last gasp flying lap put HVAC1 on pole with Box-Tech alongside. KKC & Specsavers took row two ahead of OMR & JRJ. Row 4 was occupied by Clubman team Volga Karting and the only X30 engined team, Kartmasters. Screwloose & IJM completed the top 10.

HVAC1 made a good start with Box-Tech, KKC & Specsavers right behind. Volga Karting made an early move into 5th place. By lap 25 Box-Tech were in the lead, HVAC1 second and Volga Karting now third, although the top eleven teams were all on the same lap. Other than AEM, who were in the pits, every team was within 1 lap of the leaders. Bumpdraft had put in a fastest lap of 46.79.

HVAC1 were back in the lead by lap 75, Box-Tech 2nd with Bumpdraft up to 3rd. Specsavers were down to 5th and KKC were 13th and on the same lap as X30 team, Kartmasters. 5 laps covered the top 18 teams after more than an hour of racing. A further 25 laps and KKC had got into 3rd place, immediately ahead of Specsavers & Volga karting.

Mechanical issues were shaking up the grid with MTH suffering a broken axle and AEM having ongoing engine problems. As the teams approached the 150 lap point Box-Tech were back in the lead, ahead of HVAC1 & Specsavers. Solid drives by IJM1, JRJ and OMR put them 3rd, 4th & 5th respectively with Blue Lizard and Kartmasters in 7th & 8th. Mechanical problems had dropped Bumpdraft to 16th & Volga Karting to 18th.

Box-Tech reached lap 181 first, a lap ahead of HVAC1, KKC & Specsavers. JRJ were a lap behind and IJM1 on 178 laps.The next four teams were all Clubman team, STI, To the Max, HVAC2 & DAMage. Box-Tech were still leading on lap 215 with HVAC1 2nd, Specsavers 3rd and JRJ 4th. A cracked chassis caused Kartmasters to pit and make repairs before rejoining the race.

An hour from the end of the race and Box-Tech were still a lap ahead of HVAC1. KKC were back in 3rd place with Specsavers 4th, JRJ 5th & HVAC2 6th followed by IJM, STI, Volga karting and TT Sport.

Box-Tech were still leading by two laps on lap 280, HVAC1 were still second, but Specsavers were now 3rd ahead of JRJ & KKC. Screwloose, AEM & MTH had all suffered mechanical issues and were almost 100 laps behind the leaders.

A few laps later and JRJ joined them in the pits, a broken yolk, caused by metal fatigue, ending their involvement. DAMage also retired due to a cracked steering column support.

Box-Tech won the race, having completed 334 laps. HVAC1 were second and Specsavers third, both on 332 laps. KKC were 4th , STI 5th , HVAC2 6th .Volga karting 7th and IJM1 8th both finished on lap 324. JRJ & TT Sport finished on 321 laps and completed the top 10.

Round 8 Clubman class winners were STI, 2nd HVAC2 and Volga karting 3rd.

2015 Race dates, rules & regs can be found at www.oekc.co.uk

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

 

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.

 

Premier Class

1 Box Tech

2 Screwloose

3 Specsavers

Clubman Class

1 HVAC2

2 MTH

3 Easypeasy

OPEN CLASS

Kartmasters

Prokart

Big Blue

OEKC Report 2014

Round 2, Whilton Mill, April 13th 2014

Twenty three teams battled it out at yet another bright sunny OEKC day.

The track was sticky with rubber left from the Club races of the previous week and this lead to some set up issues for the teams. Following the hour long practice session the teams attacked the qualifying session with determination. Ikonn put in a quick lap early on, but they were pipped for pole by Specsavers with a 46.57 lap. Row two had Bumpdraft alongside Box-Tech. JRJ & TT Sport filled row 3 in front of Kartmasters & OMR.

From the start Specsavers raced into the lead from their pole position with Ikonn pushing them hard. Blue Lizard dropped to 23rd, last place, avoiding an incident.At least they had 4.5 hours to climb back up the grid! By lap 25 Specsavers had a one lap lead with the next fourteen teams just a lap behind. As the teams reached 100 laps Specsavers were still a lap ahead of the following pack. Box-Tech were now second with Ikonn third. Bumpdraft fourth & JRJ 5th. All on 99 laps. IJM, To The Max & STI were gradually moving up the leader board. MTH had dropped down the placings due to a broken seat stay. Taylors Autos were also spending too much time in the pits to make an impression on the leaderboard. By the 200 lap mark Specsavers had gained a 3 lap lead. KKC were now running second with Bumpdraft third. JRJ and TT Sport sat 4th & 5th with HVAC1 6th. A seized engine dropped Ikonn well down the grid whilst a replacement was fitted. As the race progressed, Bumpdraft reeled in Specsavers & moved ahead of KKC. By 240 laps Bumpdraft were level with Specsavers and a lap ahead of KKC, JRJ and TT Sport.A pit stop to replace a radiator meant Volga Racing were now down in 20th place with Kartmasters just behind. VIVO lost their lead weights and the pit stop dropped them further down the grid. A broken bumper on the Box-Tech kart meant they also dropped down the grid to 10th place. Over the next 30 laps Specsavers achieved a cushion of 3 laps over Bumpdraft who were now just ahead of KKC. TT Sport & HVAC1 were a lap behind them. After a solid drive, Blue Lizard were now in the top ten. Specsavers reached 300 laps with a 2 lap lead over Bumpdraft and KKC, who were both on the same lap. Blue Lizard were now running in sixth just ahead of JRJ and OMR who were also on the same lap. The race reached the 4.5 hour mark with Specsavers having completed 333 laps. The next three teams were Bumpdraft, KKC & TT Sport all on 331 laps. HVAC1 finished fifth with Blue Lizard two laps behind. OMR took seventh and IJM were 8th. DAMage finished ninth and STI racing tenth. Fastest lap was 46.61 by Specsavers.