ENDUROKA GOES NORTH!
Read The Race Report From Round 3
Sat 27 July 2019
A wet qualifying ensured an interesting session for all involved. In challenging conditions, it was the Frugal Racing team who came out on top with a lap less than a second ahead of the PistonHeads car of secured a hat-trick in the bridesmaid position - second. Three in a pink managed third one tenth of a second behind with 12 Heures du Norfolk winners the now titled Team KAR in fourth. Pole sitters for the first two races IP racing had to settle for fourth on the grid.
Following an F1 style double green flag lap in the rain, the KA’s got off to a cautious start. In clear air, and crucially out of the spray, leaders Frugal Racing KA managed to gap the pack over the opening phase of the race. The big gain was had by Team Octane Junkies, who managed to climb from sixth on the grid to second on the road over the early part of the race.
Progress was temporarily halted however as PistonHeads, who were now third on the road and trading lap times with the two leaders, took an excursion through the gravel trap bringing out the Safety Car.
With the pack now back together, it was the Burton Power KA who seized the advantage on the re-start, gaining two places to take fourth on the road. Able to keep with the leaders but not challenge, it was a flurry of pit stops during a second safety car period that pushed a fast stopping Burton Power up to an eventual third on the road, now just behind the non-stopping Three in a Pink, and IP Racing. It was now three for the lead, with Frugal Racing closing the gap in fourth.
As the two-hour mark loomed, Frugal Racing, currently fastest KA on track, managed to climb back to the front to challenge the Burton KA. Making its way past the Burton car prior to the next flurry of pit stops. It was tight at the top though, with the top five cars covered by less than 10 seconds. Before you knew it the Octane Junkies KA had jumped to second from fifth as an advantageous pit stop strategy saw their middle stints go longer than the leaders. Aware of the opportunity the Octane KA pushed hard and passed the Burton Power KA for the lead on the track to close out the third hour.
With the race pushing on, there were ten cars within a lap of the leaders, though the top three were still in the same corner. The big mover was Octane Junkies in third, who on a drying track had found at times as much as three seconds a lap over the leaders. Track Limit time penalties for the Three in a Pink Car in front, and a lap penalty for driving time on the Burton Power car behind made the job a little easier for the Octane Junkies KA, but they still had to pass the Pink car on track! Octane passed the Pink KA, with only 30 minutes of the race left.
With the Pink KA not behind them, Octane Junkies only had to focus on the leaders, Frugal Racing. Chipping away at the lead, sometimes by seconds, sometimes just by tenths, Octane Junkies slowly closed the gap. With the timer counting down the two lead KA’s rounded lodge and with the cut back on the leaders Octane Junkies drew alongside Frugal Racing as they negotiated Deer Leap side by side. It wasn’t to be however as, Frugal won the first EnduroKA race at Oulton Park on the finish line just three hundredths of a second ahead of Octane Junkies in second. Three in a Pink Racing came home third, and after time penalties were applied, just over a minute behind the lead pair. Kastrol, the Dagenham Dustbin winners came a further minute later in fourth, with the top five rounded out by Super KA Racing.
1. Frugal Racing - Callum McDougall, Mike Marais
2. Octane Junkies - Adam Smith, Martyn Smith
3. Three in a Pink - Ryan Parkin, Scott Parkin, George Wright
Dagenham Dustbin (for best presented KA):
KAstrol - Mike McKeegan, Tim McKeegan, Tom Oliver
Octane Junkies - Adam Smith, Martyn Smith - 2:36.595