As soon as the chequered flag dropped in November last year the long 2-month break allowed teams to recoup and prepare for the 2019 season. We saw a very different Winter Cup this year, many different looking teams as drivers move around the paddock – we would be in for a very different looking grid for March 2019!
31 teams would take part in the RHPK season opener this year. Raider Racing now called North Seventeen Racing confirmed that they would be RHPK Season Sponsors this year, enabling us to host an Alpha Live stream towards the end of the year!
The first driver change to be announced was Chris Bell who joins the Dorling brothers at GKD Racing. A perfect fit for an already strong team.
Renegade Monkeys enter the full 2019 season with previous Custom Rods drivers, Mark Beaumont, Steve Aldridge, and ABA Racing’s Ben Bishop. Ben Cook joins Custom Rods alongside Sam Read and Chris Orme.
Helicopter Services announced that Sammy Venables would be joining them for the 2019 season, however, he would sit out March due to a wrist injury.
Lee Kemp joins a newly formed CLM Lambo team. JND Racing would have a floating driver for a number of rounds this year, the first being Tor Ryan for March.
Atkins Motorsport would enter this year, with Matt Atkins, Sam Cassidy, and Reece Shephard
The Michael March: Round 1 named after RHPK’s dear friend Michael March would be once again tribute to his memory.
Custom Rods would take the first pole of the season with a time of 41.540, just on their toes behind was Renegade Monkeys just missing out with a time of 41.594. DAD Racing took 3rd with a 41.742, JND Racing 4th with 41.800 and 2018 RHPK Champions, Spectre Racing would settle for 5th place.
Despite Helicopter Services taking pole in the last lap of qualifying, they would have to start at the back of the grid, they arrived on the scales underweight. Lambo Racing would just miss out on a top 5, qualifying 6th place with a 41.893. GKD Racing would only manage 16th overall.
In Clubman Zingrae Racing would take pole with a time of 41.989, Universal Racing just missing out in a fantastically close push for pole – 41.999 would net them 2nd. Monkey Motorsport secured a fantastic 3rd place with a time of 42.159, March Racing would take 4th with a time of 42.173 and new team, 2 Bob Lambo round the top 5 up with 42.174.
KA Racing qualified just outside the top 5 in 6th and a little further down than they would have liked, Polish Lambo 10th in class.
As the flag drops for the first race for the 2019 season! 30 Karts head towards Stadium bend! It’s Custom Rods who secure their first place for lap 1. North Seventeen Racing taking 2 places, GKD Racing now up in 10th after their disappointing qualifying session.
Helicopter Services now in 18th place after lap 1, taking 12 places! Euro Lambo sink to 29th after an incident.
Zingrae Racing lead Clubman, Universal Racing drop 2 places and find CLM Lambo, who have taken no less than 8 places on the first lap, in between them.
BHM Racing is on a charge, taking 7 places on the race start, they are now running 15th.
Disaster for CLM Lambo on the 3rd lap – Lee Kemp’s rear wheel detaches from the kart – A real shame for the team who showed so much promise in the morning, no doubt these guys will be running at the front of Clubman throughout the season but for round 1, it takes them out of contention.
Lap 11 Helicopter Services charging through the pack, now up to 5th place.
20 laps later, Renegade Monkeys, Custom Rods and Helicopter Services would fight for 45 minutes up until the first pit stops – separated by a tenth of a second! Fantastic racing by all drivers.
KA Racing now in 2nd in Class, a real charge for them despite qualifying outside the Clubman top 5. Zingrae’s luck will drastically change after an issue on lap 47 sees them plummet down the order forcing to pit. KA Racing is now leading the Clubman pack!
KO Racing are now 19th in between Polish Lambo and Team Eyrie Also. New team, Still Racing are a respectable 23rd.
As the race draws to a close, Spectre Racing are chasing down JND Racing in the closing stages – they are unable to close enough as JND steps up the pace for the last half an hour.
Renegade Monkeys take the first win for RHPK 2019. The hard-charging Custom Rods takes 2nd place. JND Racing secure 3rd, Spectre Racing take 4th and Lambo Racing finish 5th – a great start for Lambo Racing after a nightmare of a year in 2018 for the team.
Despite their mighty quick pace Helicopter Services could only manage 13th due to a clutch failure mid-way through the race.
Universal Racing take a fantastic win! What a start to the season for the team headed up by Michael Looker. March Racing take an incredible 2nd place, just one lap down – a real tribute in Michael’s memory. Monkey Motorsport take 3rd place, KA Racing and BHM are on the podium in 5th place.
Zingrae who looked certain to wrap up the race at the start managed a credible 7th in class – despite their issues. CLM Lambo finished 15th in class.
Both RHPK newcomers, Still Racing and 2 Bob Lambo finished 9th & 12th in class.
Round 1 - March 2019 Qualifying
|7||14||North Seventeen Racing||SP||21||41.932|
|10||8||Polish Lambo V2||SP||33||42.012|
|14||57||2 Bob Lambo||C||28||42.174|
|21||35||Burton Power Racing||C||26||42.533|
|27||39||Team Eyrie Also||C||35||43.375|
|29||45||Too Many Pies||C||30||44.197|
|DNS||53||Burton Power MkII||C||0|
Round 1 - March 2019 Race
|4||1||Spectre Racing||SP||337||3 Laps||41.867|
|5||5||Lambo Racing||SP||336||4 Laps||41.532|
|6||7||GKD Racing||SP||335||5 Laps||42.08|
|7||6||DAD Racing||SP||335||5 Laps||41.714|
|8||14||North Seventeen Racing||SP||334||6 Laps||41.903|
|9||40||Universal Racing||C||334||6 Laps||42.202|
|11||33||March Racing||C||333||7 Laps||42.229|
|12||36||Monkey Motorsport||C||333||7 Laps||42.232|
|13||3||Helicopter Services||SP||332||8 Laps||41.308|
|14||34||KA Racing||C||331||9 Laps||42.055|
|16||38||Pelam Racing||C||328||12 Laps||42.591|
|17||8||Polish Lambo V2||SP||327||13 Laps||41.774|
|18||31||Zingrae Racing||C||327||13 Laps||41.825|
|19||35||Burton Power Racing||C||321||19 Laps||42.193|
|20||56||Still Racing||C||320||20 Laps||42.947|
|21||37||Silverline Racing||C||319||21 Laps||43.098|
|22||52||KO Racing||C||318||22 Laps||42.848|
|23||57||2 Bob Lambo||C||314||26 Laps||42.195|
|24||42||HP Racing||C||312||28 Laps||42.203|
|25||39||Team Eyrie Also||C||301||39 Laps||42.841|
|26||32||CLM Lambo||C||298||42 Laps||42.527|
|27||30||Polish Lambo||C||295||45 Laps||42.295|
|28||4||Euro Lambo||SP||194||146 Laps||42.036|
|29||20||Atkins Motorsport||SP||119||221 Laps||41.984|
|30||45||Too Many Pies||C||46||294 Laps||44.35|