Thrilling Karting races
Updated: Aug 6, 2019
Saturday provided a chilly start to a perfect day and a great days racing as the S2R Corporate Karting Series headed into round 4 of their championship. Three Port Elizabeth based teams headed to the East London kart circuit to challenge the Border based boys.
Qualifying for heat one saw Derek Pratt putting the TKY kart on a well-deserved pole position, followed closely by GB Academy, Strictly Racing, Team Ardees and Diesel Electric. The top 4 were separated by 1/10th of a second, with PE’s Team Cape Shade, still getting to grips with the circuit, just half a second adrift of pole.
The customary Le Man start has the drivers line up across the track from their machines, and sprinting across to jump in at the drop of the flag. The top 5 were engaged in a hotly contested battle, till the TKY kart was knocked into a spin in the early stages of the race, by the GB Academy machine, whose driver sportingly hung back and waited for TKY to recover, letting him through before resuming the chase.
It is certainly a pleasure to watch such good camaraderie and sportsmanship that has become the hallmark of this series, and despite the delay caused in conceding the spot on track, the GB Academy machine went on to claim overall victory in heat 1 doing 77 laps.
Cape Shade, racing a borrowed machine, ran into mechanical problems, as did the Diesel Electric machine, both of which were initially running right up front. Eddie Banks in the PE Scrap Metal entry drove a storming race to finish in 2nd spot ahead of Leroy Randall’s Strictly Racing entry, with TKY and GT2 rounding out the top 5 places.
A new feature of the series is that heat 2 is run in the reverse direction. Drivers are given no practice for this unfamiliar layout, and immediately go into qualifying, where Leroy Randall shone in the Strictly Racing kart, claiming pole position at just half a second off the heat 1 pole time. Team Ardees put in a great performance to take 2nd place, less than 1/10th of a second behind. A recovering Team Diesel Electric and Team Cape Shade both seemed to have sorted their maladies from heat 1 to take 3rd and 4th, with the evergreen TKY kart in 5th place.
Strictly Racing took an early lead, followed closely by father and son combo of Ashley and Ardee Mylie in the Team Ardees kart. These two teams managed to break away from the fierce battle raging in the midfield pack behind them, where no less than 8 karts had the most thrilling dice for supremacy.
After the 3 obligatory pitstops it was again the GB Academy machine that took the chequered flag on lap 75, just 2 seconds ahead of Leroy Randall’s Strictly Racing entrant with Team Scrap Metal 3rd also having completed 75 laps. Mechanical gremlins once again returned to haunt both the Cape Shade and Diesel Electric karts, with both teams having to retire.
After 2 hours of racing the overall winners were GB Academy, with PE’s Team Scrap Metal taking 2nd with two very consistent performances, and Strictly Racing rounding out the podium. Team GT2 ended 4th, and TKY 5th, driving the spare GT2 kart after their chassis succumbed to brake failure in qualifying.
Team Ardees ended up6th ahead of the GT Motorsport entrant with relative newcomers King Fire and Steel and Pipes taking 8th and 9th respectively. In what was undoubtedly the most immaculate kart on track, Porky de Bruins Team Racing4Robin ended 10th, despite shearing off a front stub axle in the closing stages of the 2nd Heat.
The next karting event will be held on Saturday 13th July, where the EP and Border Regional Series will have their 3rd round of the challenge. Practice starts at 08h00 with racing starting at 11h30 and entry is R10.00 per head