For a number of teams it seemed almost like an eternity until Round 1 of the Rye House Prokart Endurance Racing Championship came round, there were a number of posts and conversations on social media, everyone getting ready for the start of the season. You can see a number of photos in our preseason post, here…
The hype surrounding the series certainly made for a fantastic turn out, we had 27 teams booked in as they all filtered through the doors from 7am. A couple of teams who were practicing Friday stayed over. From when the gates opened there was a real sense of excitement in the air as we watched the paddock fill up.
As practice started, the prokarts emerged from the pits sporting their brand new 2016 livery. This year is the first year in the series that we’ve seen people go all out on their livery – most of the karts looked stunning.
Just after practice, Polish Lambo cooked Polish Sausages for pretty much half the paddock.
Headed up by Geoff Lamb from Lambo Racing, Polish Lambo are a brand new team this year.
Last month we announced that the Karting Magazine were entering RHPK. Biz Karts have supplied them a brand new kart to race for the season. This month they had a very strong driver line up. A real warm welcome to the team which will change slightly throughout the year – more details to follow. A big thanks all of our teams who assisted them throughout the day.
The team spirit continued as NMA Racing had engine problems just as practice finished. A track announcement was put out asking if anyone had a engine spare went out; less than 5 minutes later three/four teams were offering their engines. A big thanks to Shayne from Amigos providing them with the engine.
[ Qualifying Report to follow ]
A very clean start by all, Piers (Team Karting Magazine) finds some space and manages to get into second place whilst Custom Rods are unable to find that inside line, slipping down slightly. Team Amigos keeps the lead in clubman mixing it up in a very busy pack of 7!
As the race settles down after the first couple of laps, Helicopter Services have pulled a comfortable lead over ABA Racing. Mean while a stunning battle between Team Karting Magazine, Wraith, Lambo, JRH & ITS is underway. JRH fall victim to a coming together which knocked their caster all the way down meaning they had to come in for an unscheduled pit stop.
Throughout the race, the 4 hour endurance took it’s toll on a number of teams. Artifex suffer a rear hub failure, Attaq Motorsport suffer a front stub axle bearing failure and Avatar Racing lose a rear wheel near the end of the race.
Helicopter Services take the win by a very comfortable 4 laps to Lambo Racing. ITS Racing 1 (Series Sponsor) round up the top three in a stunning third place, which was taken with less than 15 minutes to go from Team Wraith (2.8 seconds behind)
In Clubman despite their engine problems in the morning, NMA Racing take a fantastic win. On the same lap, not far behind Burton Power Racing (Series Sponsor) and again on the same lap, just 16 seconds down the road Amigos round up the top three. Very close finish!
Team Karting Magazine finished 9th on their debut race. We would like to thank all pro kart teams who assisted them throughout the course of the day and donated tyres & spares. A real pleasure to have the team down racing with us.
This months Prize provided by Robert Nurse, 7 Kart was awarded to Silverline Racing for their Track discipline & Team Spirit.
This months prize was free testing in Round 2.
Well deserved guys!
JH’s Top 10
1. Entry levels – MASSIVE!
2. Camping – the fact that teams now wanna stay over on friday! Any of you travelling distance are welcome to do this, the back paddock is suitable for tents….
3. Weather – as Liam would say “sunsheeeeiiiine”
4. Karting Mag – Duh…obviously good for the series, Biz and us alike but really surprised how the team gelled and performed with only 40 minutes testing, less than 5hrs driving at rye historically and on a kart that literally came out the box on the day!
5. Custom Rods – after a motoring incident, on the way, that would have put most people off continuing to Rye, let alone racing……..
6. Polish Lambo – great lads, our first ever team to set up a “feeding station” on thier debut…….#woodstock
7. Barry Lee – “John, tell you what, you guys have got something pretty special here………………………………” NICE! #worntheteeshirt
8. Working on a Saturday – I left my previous job (24 years ago) in order to be able to go to work in board shorts and flip flops and to NEVER WORK ON SATURDAYS………loving being in the “breakfast crew” withRyan Musk, befor handing over to Luke Ladley-Ellmers who hosts the “drive time” show LOL. #itsnotwork #fakejob
9. JRH – workout videos and “mud” karting
10. Track Marshal – “So John, we’ve got 2 Poles, a Latvian, several Scot’s and an Welsh as well as a Devonian……Does this make us a “World series” ? I guess it does………
“Rye House, a little bit of tarmac with a BIG heart!”
[Race Standings to follow] Temporary sheet below…
Round 1 - March 2016 Qualifying
|1||6||Helicopter Services (SP)||25||41.787|
|2||2||Custom Rods (SP)||34||0.222||42.009|
|3||18||Team Wraith (SP)||41||0.317||42.104|
|4||17||Karting Magazine (SP)||36||0.358||42.145|
|5||10||ABA Racing (SP)||22||0.36||42.147|
|6||16||Team Eyrie (SP)||37||0.483||42.27|
|7||4||JRH Racing (SP)||37||0.567||42.354|
|8||5||Lambo Racing (SP)||25||0.6||42.387|
|9||9||ITS Racing 1 (SP)||32||0.614||42.401|
|11||7||Focus Racing (SP)||17||0.807||42.594|
|12||47||HRS Racing (C)||21||0.873||42.66|
|13||49||Burton Power Racing (C)||25||0.916||42.703|
|14||12||Team JAM (SP)||31||0.965||42.752|
|15||31||KA Racing (C)||24||1.051||42.838|
|16||43||Avatar Racing (C)||29||1.142||42.929|
|17||35||Silverline Racing (C)||41||1.18||42.967|
|18||33||JAKL Racing (C)||37||1.186||42.973|
|19||37||NMA Racing (C)||15||1.303||43.09|
|20||51||Polish Lambo (C)||24||1.376||43.163|
|21||46||ITS Racing 2 (C)||17||1.468||43.255|
|22||40||Pelam Racing (C)||20||1.501||43.288|
|23||34||Team CET (C)||25||1.828||43.615|
|24||45||Artifex Racing (C)||35||2.444||44.231|
|26||50||Attaq Motorsport (C)||31||2.833||44.62|
|27||48||ZJ Racing (C)||14||3.559||45.346|
Round 1 - March 2016 Race
|1||6||Helicopter Services (SP)||Super||338||41.641|
|2||5||Lambo Racing (SP)||Super||334||4 Laps||42.212|
|3||9||ITS Racing 1 (SP)||Super||332||6 Laps||42.316|
|4||18||Team Wraith (SP)||Super||332||6 Laps||42.194|
|5||7||Focus Racing (SP)||Super||331||7 Laps||42.21|
|6||4||JRH Racing (SP)||Super||329||9 Laps||42.403|
|7||2||Custom Rods (SP)||Super||329||9 Laps||41.951|
|8||10||ABA Racing (SP)||Super||327||11 Laps||42.252|
|9||17||Karting Magazine (SP)||Super||327||11 Laps||42.525|
|10||37||NMA Racing (C)||Clubman||325||13 Laps||42.674|
|11||12||Team JAM (SP)||Super||325||13 Laps||42.584|
|12||49||Burton Power Racing (C)||Clubman||325||13 Laps||42.562|
|13||32||Amigos (C)||Clubman||325||13 Laps||42.244|
|14||35||Silverline Racing (C)||Clubman||324||14 Laps||42.997|
|15||16||Team Eyrie (SP)||Super||324||14 Laps||42.377|
|16||51||Polish Lambo (C)||Clubman||320||18 Laps||42.779|
|17||39||Evolution (C)||Clubman||320||18 Laps||42.353|
|18||33||JAKL Racing (C)||Clubman||319||19 Laps||42.912|
|19||34||Team CET (C)||Clubman||319||19 Laps||43.025|
|20||40||Pelam Racing (C)||Clubman||319||19 Laps||42.952|
|21||31||KA Racing (C)||Clubman||302||36 Laps||42.632|
|22||46||ITS Racing 2 (C)||Clubman||300||38 Laps||42.766|
|23||48||ZJ Racing (C)||Clubman||286||52 Laps||44.665|
|24||45||Artifex Racing (C)||Clubman||216||122 Laps||43.423|
|25||47||HRS Racing (C)||Clubman||193||145 Laps||42.492|
|26||43||Avatar Racing (C)||Clubman||191||147 Laps||42.694|
|27||50||Attaq Motorsport (C)||Clubman||160||178 Laps||44.752|
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