5hr Donington Park National
Sat 4 Apr
Read the race report from Round 4
Read the race report from Round 4
Sat 24 August 2019
Qualifying painted a familiar picture, with the stellar one lap pace of IP racing showing again with their third pole from four rounds. This time out PistonHeads were unable to hold onto the front row of the grid, a position they had held at all previous rounds, as they lost out to Peak Performance Reviews who claimed second, PistonHeads took third on the grid. 12 Heures du Norfolk winners Team K.A.R. (then Kool Airunnings) took fifth on the grid, with Donington Park winners Burton Power having to settle for tenth. After an hour qualifying session, the top seven cars were separated by only a second.
As the cars rounded to the grid, it was clear that one of the KA’s was in trouble. As they rounded Barn corner one of the KA’s stopped on the grid, which lead to the race being started behind the safety car as the stricken car was recovered.
With the Safety car coming in and two laps in the books, the racing began in earnest. Pole sitters IP racing showed strong pace straight away, but Peak Performance Reviews in the Blue 88 KA kept them honest through the early stages of the race. Big movers from the start were Burton Power Racing up to fifth from tenth on the grid. Just ahead, the fight was on for third as PistonHeads and Octane Junkies traded positions, the standoff continued, until an in form Team K.A.R, the Snetterton 12 hour winners joined the party. K.A.R managed to not only find a way past the Octane Junkies KA, but in the process allowed Burton Power Racing to latch onto the back of the Octane KA, meaning attention was instantly back on distracting and the KAR Team were able to escape up the road.
Up front PistonHeads and Peak Performance Reviews were nose to tail for second, having gapped the Octane Junkies car while it was defending. This battle then became the battle for the lead, as IP racing tumbled down the field after having their own drama on circuit. Peak Performance lead the race, but it was short lived as the ever-pressing PistonHeads team, managed to find a way past one lap later. Now PistonHeads were once again able to take advantage of the KA behind being caught up in a battle with the in-form K.A.R team, who were now challenging Peak Performance Reviews for second. The K.A.R team eventually found a way past and looked set to challenge the leaders, within laps. This unfortunately never happened as the K.A.R team inherited the lead as the PistonHeads KA headed for the pits.
Now in the lead Team K.A.R looked to strengthen their position with a long stint, only pitting when the safety car was brought out to recover the track-club car, which had stopped out on circuit. This handed a temporary lead to Club Racing UK, who followed suit into the pits just one lap later.
With the safety car now clear, it was Donington Park winners Burton Power who found themselves at the front of the field, just ahead of G&B Finch in second with Octane Junkies fighting Team Buy any car for third. Eventually Burton Power had to pit, as did Team Buy Any Car, releasing Octane Junkies to chase down G&B Finch for the lead. Able to catch the leaders but not pass, G& B Finch had strong run in the lead, only relinquishing their position in the pits. Octane Junkies were now in the lead.
Octane Junkies held the lead, but were under mounting pressure from the K.A.R team. This was compounded by another Safety Car period, this time to recover the G&B Finch car, stopped out on circuit. With the Safety Car bunching the pack back up, the K.A.R team were only half a second behind Octane Junkies, and going faster, in this stage of the race. With a couple of clear laps once the track was clear, K.A.R managed to find a way past Octane Junkies for the lead, slowly gapping them in clear air. Peak Performance Reviews were now in third, ahead of early pace setters IP racing who had recovered to fourth.
Team K.A.R were determined to play the long game, and a long stint in the lead showed their pace. With the laps ticking by, Octane Junkies from second went with an earlier pit stop in an attempt for the undercut closer to the end of the race. With the K.A.R team pitting later in the race Octane Junkies were back in the lead, with a clear run to the finish. Despite a late safety car period to recover the Frost Racing KA, Octane Junkies were able to hold off Team K.A.R to win their first event, and the longest car race held at Cadwell Park, by just one second. Team K.A.R came home second with the podium rounded out by SuperKa Racing, who overtook Team PistonHeads on the last lap of the race to claim the last podium place.
1. Octane Junkies - Adam Smith, Martyn Smith, Barry Ward
2. Team K.A.R - Matthew Eldridge, Will Heslop, Nick Naylor, Justin Roberts
3. SuperKA Racing - Tylor Ballard, Jake Fraser Burns, David Stubbs
Dagenham Dustbin (for best presented KA):
Club Racing UK - Matt Hibberd, Nick Holmes, Stefan Marsh
IP Racing - Adam Blair, Mark Figes, Matt Rivett, David Harris - 1:58.583