Brands Hatch Indy, KA 500
Sat 31 Oct
EnduroKA is an endurance series started in 2019 which offers a competitive, cost effective way to enjoy the thrill of team endurance racing.
Club Racing UK prevails in front of a star studded grid, to take the first win of the season, at the 12 Heures du Norfolk. Despite qualifying fourth on the grid the Club Racing UK team didn’t stake their claim on the lead until the tenth hour, having eyed the top spot following the retirement of early pace setters from pole IP racing. Frugal Racing however had other ideas, after claiming a front row position in qualifying and leading a large part of the race they fought hard until their premature exit from the race from second place in the last hour.
The victory was far from easy however, as S&N Racing from twenty-fourth on the grid, had been consistently strong on track, and with a good pit strategy took a commanding hold on the podium from hour nine. Climbing up to second on the road following the Frugal racing demise, the S&N car had the leaders firmly in their sights, and were closing in on the lead. Club Racing did enough though and managed the gap on the road to take a hard fought victory, in a race where seven different cars had held the lead.
TCR star Lewis Kent brought his Peak Performance Reviews KA home in thirteenth, following a good early stint that saw them lead the race in the early stages. 1992 BTCC Champion Tim Harvey saw his LDR Performance KA come home sixteenth in a drive shared with son Jamie, and David Tann, just one place behind the Al-Most Racers team that saw series returnee and ex McLaren / Lotus F1 Team Manager Eric Boullier take fifteenth alongside Graham Hoare, Mike Dobby, Mark Mathitson, Bradley Gravett and Sacha Kakad.
The 2019 12 Heures du Norfolk winners team KAR, unfortunately did not have a repeat of their podium success at the second asking, and were eventually classified in twenty eighth position, following a late retirement.
Octane Junkies Adam Smith won race one, following penalties for both the IP Racing cars of Adam Blair and Stratton Mackay. Smith having qualified fourth, held off the charging CHR Motorsport by just three tenths of a second to take eventual victory. Brother Martyn in the sister Octane Junkies car took the last podium place, with Adam Blair’s IP Racing KA finally finishing fourth following a time penalty for a flag infringement. Burton Powers Tom Valentine was able to climb up to fifth from tenth on the grid, with Peak Performance Reviews replicating the achievement, albeit further down the grid climbing from fifteenth to tenth. Frugal Racing fell from third on the grid, just staying in the top twenty when the flag came down.
Adam Blair was able to redeem himself claiming the victory in the second race of the weekend. Blair bested race one podium finisher, Martyn Smith by just under a second to take the win. Race one winner Adam Smith had to settle for third this time just behind the sister Octane Junkies car of Martyn. Club Racing UK came fourth with CHR Motorsport in fifth, just ahead of Burton Power, PistonHeads and Peak Performance reviews who crossed the line together. Shine Automotive climbed from twenty third to sixteenth.
Blair takes the win again, this time ahead of CHR Motorsport following a great start from fifth on the grid. Valentine in the Burton Power KA crept onto the podium for the first time of weekend, to take third ahead of the two Octane Junkies cars in fourth and fifth. Club Racing UK dropped from fourth to seventh, just ahead of a stellar performance from series newcomers Team Deranged in eighth overall.
Adam Blair and IP racing completed the Sunday hatrick and took a third win of the weekend. Second went to Valentine in the Burton Power KA, despite being under constant pressure from the two Octane Junkies cars with Martyn in third, and Adam in fourth. Fifth went to a recovering Frugal Racing, despite being a pit lane starter in race three. Team PistonHeads had another strong and consistent race to finish sixth, this time just ahead of CHR Motorsport in seventh. 107 Racing rounded out the top ten, having climbed from fourteenth on the grid.