It’s almost over, what a season. The penultimate race before the highly anticipated final which is filmed for Motorsport.TV. The weather forecast for the day looked very promising – dry with highs of 19c.
This month we saw two brand new teams enter, Cut & Shut and RAD Racing. We also saw the return of Why So Serious – Last time racing in RHPK back in 2012.
This month we were treated to a very special pace car, Duncan Cowper’s 2009 Dax Rush Hayabusa Turbo. The famous car equaled the Top Gear Stig lap record a few years back with an incredible time of – 1:17.6. It is by far the fastest car we have had round Ryehouse so far. Big thanks to Duncan for taking the time to put in some laps for us.
We held a competition for a passenger ride in the car which went to Lindsey Mason and Russell Lutteridge
After listening to the feedback from September, the RHPK team made a number of changes to the way the pitlane works.
– There are now two lanes, one for fuel and the other to skip the fuel bay to head down the pits
– As you now head into the fuel lane you are prompted to turn your engines off and can use the momentum/pusher to roll until the fuel bay
– Directly in front of the fuel bay is the limbo bar, when the driver jumps out as another team member can push the kart under the limbo bar for the driver to collect.
We tested a number of karts before signing this off as the final design. After the race the feedback was very promising.
This month the Saturday sausage fest was sponsored by Lambo Racing.
ABA Racing stole the show with a very impressive 41.449 – Piers Prior putting in an early stunner which was 2 tenths quicker than any other kart on the track. GKD Racing, a team to watch this year as the season comes to a close, secure a fantastic 2nd place with a time of 41.619. HRS1 who looked likely to take pole early on in this session had to settle for third place, just a fraction behind GKD with a time of 41.687.
Helicopter Services was a little further down the field this month, 4th place with a time of 41.732 and Spectre Racing with a time of 41.889.
In Clubman, Time Crisis secured pole quite late on in the session on lap 24 with a time of 42.001. A tenth down the road was the Amigos 2 team with a time of 42.100. After their debut win last round SJ Lambo looked strong with 3rd in class and a time of 42.113 – just missing out on 2nd! A stunning performance from Silverline this month who secured 4th place in class with a time of 42.161 – again, just missing out on 2nd and 3rd! Polish Lambo rounded up the top 5 with a time of 42.202.
A worthy mention to Burton Power Racing who found themselves 6th this month, a big step up from previous months – obviously their kart improvements making all the difference here. Clubman Championship leaders, JND Racing were a little further down in 7th place.
Disaster struck for Silverline Racing in one of their best qualifying sessions as the team discovered a serious crack to their chassis when griding up to start the race – a real disappointment for the team who looked certain to do well this round thanks to their newly found pace.
32 Karts went into the first corner to start R8, Piers Prior from ABA emerged in the lead after being closely followed by HRS1.
Lap 1 Amigos take Titan Motorsport for 6th place.
Lap 2 saw a big jump from both Artifex and Karting Magazine now up to 19th and 20th. Both Universal Racing, KA Racing and Team Eyrie Also dropping 4-5 places as a result and change up the top as Helicopter Services take 3rd place from GKD Racing.
Lap 11 Helicopter is now 2nd, moving HRS 1 down to 3rd place. On the same lap, newcomers Cut & Shut take 27th from Pealm Racing. Custom Rods and Titan Motorsport appear to be locked in a battle for 7th place.
Lap 33, Time Crisis who are currently leading the Clubman class take Spectre Racing for 9th place, now inside that top 10 which has always been an aim of the team this year.
Second in Clubman Amigos 2 and just behind them SJ Lambo running 3rd in class.
Lap 44, a disaster for HRS1 as they have to make a dash for the pits as their side pod fell off. They combine it with a driver stop and a small repair with Duct Tape on the side pod – they return back into the race.
A mighty battle between Custom Rods, Titan Motorsport and Time Crisis breaks out – at one point Time Crisis take both to sit in 4th overall – a real pleasure to see these guys so far up the field in their first year with RHPK.
Lap 94 both Spectre Racing and Polish Lambo pit. Time Crisis in the lead for Clubman, Amigos 2 and SJ Lambo 2nd and 3rd followed by March Racing in 4th. Both new teams Cut & Shut and RAD Racing are 22nd and 23rd. Behind them Artifex and KA Racing.
As the race gets into the first hour, many teams pitting for their first stop of the race, it appears that ABA Racing have an issue and are starting to slow down. After some time nursing the kart, Ben Bishop has to retire with a broken front hoop on their chassis. A real shame for the team as they look certain to finish well this month.
Burton Power Racing get held up twice in the pits by other karts fueling taking them out of contention in the Clubman fight.
As the race falls into dusk the countdown is ticking down to the chequered flag all eyes are on two teams. Time Crisis are 16 seconds behind Amigos 2 who are currently leading Clubman. Time Crisis are pulling in 0.2 – 0.4 seconds a lap and go on to make the move for 1st place in class.
Helicopter Services take the win. GKD Racing finish a stunning 2nd place in their best finish to date! Titan Motorsport secure 3rd place over Lambo Racing in 4th and the chasing Custom Rods settled for 5th place.
Despite HRS1’s issues, they managed to recover 6th place!
In Clubman a well-deserved victory for Time Crisis, their first win of the season and 7th overall. Amigos2 take 2nd place after some real close battles on track – at one point they looked certain for the win, but could not hold off the pace of Time Crisis.
JND Racing take 3rd place which will strengthen their lead in the Championship. March Racing just behind in 4th place and Polish Lambo round up the top 5 in 5th.
A real shame for Silverline Racing who didn’t make the start due to a cracked chassis. I’m sure we would have seen a decent result for them this month. Burton Power WAGs just missing out on the podium with a 6th place.
Round 8 - October 2017 Qualifying
|16||31||Burton Power Racing||Clubman||21||42.205|
|21||54||Burton Power WAGS||Clubman||33||42.341|
|23||42||Team Eyrie Also||Clubman||17||42.434|
|30||70||Cut & Shut||Clubman||33||43.049|
|32||72||Why So Serious||Clubman||28||43.2|
|33||68||Too Many Pies||Clubman||9||46.786|
Round 8 - October 2017 Race
|2||25||GKD Racing||SP||337||1 Lap||41.727|
|3||19||Titan Motorsport||SP||337||1 Lap||42.024|
|4||8||Lambo Racing||SP||337||1 Lap||42.002|
|5||2||Custom Rods||SP||337||1 Lap||42.03|
|6||14||HRS 1||SP||336||2 Laps||41.653|
|7||62||Time Crisis||C||335||3 Laps||41.901|
|8||59||Amigos 2||C||335||3 Laps||42.124|
|9||4||JRH Racing||SP||335||3 Laps||42.215|
|11||55||JND Racing||C||333||5 Laps||42.383|
|12||53||March Racing||C||333||5 Laps||42.36|
|13||32||Polish Lambo||C||333||5 Laps||42.331|
|14||54||Burton Power WAGS||C||332||6 Laps||42.379|
|15||24||Spectre Racing||SP||332||6 Laps||42.018|
|16||35||Team CET||C||330||8 Laps||42.426|
|18||10||Karting Magazine||SP||329||9 Laps||42.465|
|19||57||SJ Lambo||C||329||9 Laps||42.16|
|20||36||KA Racing||C||329||9 Laps||42.328|
|21||38||Universal Racing||C||327||11 Laps||42.722|
|22||7||Team JAM||SP||326||12 Laps||42.506|
|24||37||Pelam Racing||C||324||14 Laps||43.029|
|25||69||RAD Racing||C||322||16 Laps||42.76|
|26||31||Burton Power Racing||C||321||17 Laps||42.278|
|27||42||Team Eyrie Also||C||319||19 Laps||42.426|
|28||72||Why So Serious||C||316||22 Laps||42.806|
|29||70||Cut & Shut||C||316||22 Laps||42.951|
|30||68||Too Many Pies||C||282||56 Laps||46.738|
|31||3||ABA Racing||SP||236||102 Laps||41.545|
|32||34||NMA Racing||C||234||104 Laps||42.662|
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