All Torque speed to victory at Shenington
The first visit to Shenington in over a decade provides some good, clean racing in the Quads.
For the first time in eleven years, Club100 returned to the Shenington track. I was there in 2007 and, although I remembered nothing about the track, I remember it being very kart dependent. This would once again be the story of the weekend.
First blood went to the French team. Starting on grid 12, they pretty much maintained position throughout, holding on to the back of the class 1 teams. Team JAWS and Big Cat Motorsport II completed the top three. TDB, Loose Heads made the top five.
It was a relatively clean race with just a few minor excursions off course for a handful of drivers as they got to grips with a new track. Although there were several close battles up and down the field, the main contenders managed to pull out a gap to the rest of the field and maintained their positions to the end.
After a poor result in the first race, Forza made amends by taking a superb win for race two. They battled with a number of leading class 1 teams throughout and were never really challenged by anyone else. Having made up places at the start, All Torque 1 came home a clear second.
There were again lots of battles up and down the field and, with the tiny variations in the karts, it meant that a number of class 1 teams found themselves unable to break out of the mid-field pack, leaving them vulnerable to the class 2 teams. Skidmark Racing came home third and were sandwiched in between some class 1 teams in the midfield. Loose Heads, Team Sensible and Big Cat Motorsport II were also in the mix but all were someway off the eventual winners.
The French Team and Team Sensible were on the front row for the third race of the day. While the Frenchies managed to hold the lead for a few laps, Team Sensible fell back into the clutches of the chasing pack. Having started just behind them on the second row, team JAWS were looking incredibly racy as they hounded the leaders.
Behind the leading duo there was a battle developing between All Torque 1 and Loose Heads. The latter were on a flyer from the middle of the pack. These two soon caught up with Team Sensible. This threeway battle soon turned into a four way battle for second as the French team, having been dispatched by Team JAWS for the lead, dropped into this battle.
Back with the leaders and Team JAWS quickly opened up a big gap while their rivals fought amongst themselves. While Loose Heads and All Torque led the way, swapping places a few times in the closing stages, team Sensible and The French Team sat behind, waiting for an opportunity. None came, however, and it was Loos Heads who eventually claimed second behind Jaws. All Torque were third, the French Team fourth and Team Sensible fifth.
With the results very much up in the air at this stage, there was a lot riding on the last race of the day. All Torque 1 were in the best position as they were allocated the highest class position on the grid. They made good use of this and maintained their lead as the karts filed round the first few laps. Although they would get passed by some of the quicker class 1 teams, they nevertheless managed to stay ahead of their rivals.
TBD and Team Sensible enjoyed a race long battle for second place and behind the top three the field spread out evenly. Despite a few passes being made on track, the class positions largely remained unchanged. Ultimately the win went to All Torque 1 who finished some way ahead of their rivals. TBD managed to hold off Team Sensible for second place by just over half a second.
Finishing the day with a third, second and first place score to count, All Torque 1 took the overall victory. Team JAWS were happy with second place and Loose Heads finished a very solid third. The French Team, TBD and Team Sensible all tied for points so their result went on count-backs.
All in all it was a great day’s racing with very few penalties. Back next yer or is the track too kart dependent?