2 HOUR CAR CLUB ENDURO
7 June 2015 | Words & photos: RaceMasteR J | Venue: Kenilworth
Karting, Cape Town
So we decided to put together
a little social event in the form of a 2 hour go kart endurance
race at our HQ in Kenilworth Karting for a few interested car
clubs and crews. I used to participate in these back in the day,
when I was half my current size, and always remembered it to be
huge amounts of fun. Racing against friends, rivals and some real
“racing” drivers, it always posed a challenge to finish
the race on the podium.
Since there hasn’t been any of these events for a long time
now, I decided to host one ourselves. Not knowing what sort of
interest it would get initially I was skeptical. But the Cape
Town car scene proved my suspicions wrong as I was still getting
people wanting to enter teams on the morning of the event.
Usually a max of 6 teams race on track, but with special permission
from Kenilworth Karting we were granted a 7th team being able
to race. The more the merrier and it proved to be action packed
from start to finish.
Teams that entered were the following: Team Worked Racing, Club
S2k, Cape ST Owners Club, D-Evo RC Drift Club, Subaru Fun Crew,
Audi Club SA and Team Fix-A-Smash. Some people were in favour
of the Fix-A-Smash team with their regular visits to the Century
Karting track and rally driving background.
Other clubs like ST Owners were putting in some track time before
the event while Club S2k was the only club to book me for a private
practice and coaching session prior to the event. Other clubs
were pretty nonchalant about it and decided to wing it on the
day. After all, it’s only a social event anyways.
But the word social went flying out the window when the flag dropped.
People went from friendly and smiling to aggressive and move out
the way very quickly. But at the end of the day, all petrol heads
are naturally competitive and that’s what I love about these
types of events.
Before the race could start a drivers briefing was carried out
followed by a Q&A session for anyone who felt they were still
in the dark. Karts were randomly drawn from a bag and the 5 minute
qualifying session started immediately. Each team sent out their
best and fastest driver to qualify in the kart they chose.
But the point of qualifying is to set your best possible lap time.
In order to do that you need open track. But it seemed that qualifying
turned out to be a race for many. About 4 to 5 teams all bunched
up in a pack bumping and barging their way around the track…
the clever ones laid back and waited for open track which resulted
in the following starting grid positions...
1. Club S2k, 2.Fix-A-Smash, 3. Cape ST Owners, 4. D-Evo, 5. Worked
Racing, 6. SFC and in 7. Audi Club SA.
A rolling start saw many a surprised face but the excitement was
too much to bear for the Fix-A-Smash team as they ended up over
taking before the flag could drop. Gannon the race director had
to give everyone another formation lap in order to get the rolling
start done properly with everyone in their correct grid position.
When the flag dropped it was 2 hours of nonstop action. Club S2k
was pulling a nice lead up front but a few kart issues saw them
drop down with the ST Owners taking over first place closely followed
by D-Evo and Fix-A-Smash. A separate race was between SFC, Worked
Racing and Audi Club. But as time went on positions were constantly
being changed due to driver changes and plenty more accidents.
The clever guys were the ones to stay out of trouble. The less
bumping and knocking you do the less chance there is of kart breakdowns.
Guys tend to forget that it is a 2 hour endurance race and each
team needs to look after their kart. Different driving styles
and lack of track time resulted in some silly mistakes by many
drivers and a lot of “in the tyres” moments.
But hey, that’s racing! It comes with the territory. With
a minimum of 12 driver stamps/driver changes needed at the end
of the 2 hours, timing and strategy was key and those who put
in the effort reaped the result at the end of the race.
At the end of the 120 minutes the following teams made it across
the line… in 7th place it was the Subaru Fun Crew. Unfortunately
for them their luck ran out sooner than later with a few more
unexpected kart issues. But eventually they were back in the race
and fighting for 6th place with the Audi Club. At the rate they
were driving they would have finished 6th but a driver error due
to fatigue saw them crash into the tyres at the very end of the
race cementing their 7th place overall.
In 6th place was the Audi Club who was just more than happy not
to come last, the position they had been in for 90% of the race.
5th Place saw total new comers Team Worked Racing cross the line
even with an injured driver they managed to fight back in the
later stage of the race. 4th Went to team Fix-A-Smash, proving
that the competition was harder than usual.
On the podium in 3rd place saw team D-Evo RC Drift Club. Clearly
their time spent drifting RC cars at Kenilworth Karting has paid
off. 2nd Place was the hard fought Cape ST Owners Club who battled
long and hard throughout the race but just couldn’t manage
to get to where they wanted to be at. Which is exactly where Club
S2k ended up being, in a well deserved 1st place.
Where ever you may have come, well done to every team, driver
and spectator a like for attending and supporting the Raceweb
2 hour enduro! It won’t be the last so stay tuned for the
next one! Check out the rest of the gallery below for more pics.