12 Heures du Norfolk
Sat 26 Jun
EnduroKA is an endurance series started in 2019 which offers a competitive, cost effective way to enjoy the thrill of team endurance racing.
The 2021 EnduroKA season got off to a fine start at Donington Park last weekend when no fewer than 50 Ford hatchbacks took to the grid for an epic five-hour endurance race.
First blood went to IP Racing’s line-up of Adam Blair, Scott Parkin and Oliver Wilmott, who put the team’s #36 car on pole position from JTR’s entry, despite the latter’s roster including Le Mans winner and international sports car star Nick Tandy.
IP’s trio made good on their promising qualifying pace taking the initial lead and holding station at the front of the enormous field for the opening 20 laps of the race. This was when Alex Reade Motorsport’s entry for Luke Reade, Sam Lukes, John Wyatt and Chris Reade came into contention for overall honours, swapping positions several times with the IP car before moving into a lead it would hold until lap 47.
It was then KAR’s turn to run at the front with Matthew Eldridge, Justin Roberts and Ralph Fernhough, before the JTR car Tandy was sharing with David and Elliot Mason, and the Octane Junkies machine of Adam Smith, Martyn Smith and Bazza Ward took turns at the front.
The red flag was called for after 113 laps, due to coolant on the circuit and by this time it was IP Racing back in the lead, though this time courtesy of the #63 machine of Peter Keen, Ryan Parkin and Mark Witherington. The sister car was still in the thick of it though, sitting in second at the interruption.
JTR’s #128 car took the lead early in the restarted race, and wouldn’t cede the position again, leading home to the chequered flag – though not overall victory. The JTR car lost time in the combined classification from the two races after an earlier visit to the gravel trap, allowing the Octane Junkies #111 car, second in phase two of the race, to take the spoils.
IP Racing took the second and third spots on the podium, the #36 just edging out the #63, with Club Racing UK and JTR completing the top five.
The second round of the 2021 EnduroKA season took place at Cadwell Park last weekend with 44 Ford KAs enduring a six-hour battle around the Lincolnshire Wolds circuit.
The IP Racing trio of Adam Blair, Scott Parkin and Oliver Wilmot battled their #36 car onto the front row with a lap time of 1m 55.137s, and in doing so secured their second pole position of the season. The Donington Park race winners of Octane Junkies lined up alongside, followed by Barwell Autosport in third.
IP Racing took full advantage of their grid position and stormed into the lead, keeping the chasing pack firmly in their rear view mirror, however a red flag caused the race to be halted. Once the race restarted it was IP Racing back in the lead again, holding the rest of the chasing pack firmly in their rear view mirror for the opening 21 laps.
The PistonHeads squad of Peter Dignan, Benjamin Lowden and Sam Sheehan then took the lead in their #98 car and enjoyed a successful run at the front, before the #64 car of Autotech Motorsport’s Luca Anzanello, Andrew Howell and Reece Kellow took control. Another red flag put a brief pause to the race, however Autotech Motorsport remained in control upon the restart, with IP Racing quickly moving up into second.
Meanwhile the Burton Power Racing squad went on the offensive and begun improving on their original eighth place start, picking their way through the field and even enjoying a brief spell at the front.
Later on it was the original pole position starters of IP Racing who were back in the lead, fending off numerous attacks to go on and take the chequered flag six hours after lights out.
Just over three and a half seconds behind them was Adam Smith, Martyn Smith and Bazza Ward who took to the second step of the podium in the #111 Octane Junkies car, fending off Burton Power’s Andy Burton, Kyle Sagar and Tom Valentine. KPR and Suceria Bowron rounded out the top five.