Endurance roundup, Buckmore Park

Eddie Hall
Premier Endurance Championship 2018, Rd.1,

And the 2018 endurance champiionship is go. Buckmore sunshine and all. (This race report is sponsored by G3Pro)

The big news over the winter was that Tanked Up Racing, Ministry of Speed and Overdraft Racing were back in endurance racing. Ministry have veteran Jay Elliott join them this year. There would be no elite class so the premier series was back to being what is should be. Notable absences were Maxx MPH Racing who went the other way and were trying their hand at the Quadrant series, and InkJet, who sadly disbanded after several years in the series.

It was no real surprise to see Tanked Up and Ministry line up first and second in class after qualifying. Even less of a surprise was to see them disappear into the distance and leave everyone else to fight over the remaining places. It was, however, a surprise to see Ministry stop with an engine seizure. This left Tanked Up way out in front. Reigning champions JAM Racing, who had started at the back, made stellar progress through the field to get themselves up to second place and Birel of Laughs, formerly known as Schrodinger’s Gap, formerly known as Purple Sector, formerly known as Driving Miss JV were third.

So that ended up being the top three. Overdraft Racing were fourth and G3Pro their customary fifth after a black flag and a few other issues.

In the clubman race it was business as usual with Racecraft and SoundFP stealing the show. These two title rivals from last year will surely be the teams to beat in the clubmans this year and they signalled their intentions by finishing first and second; Racecraft taking the honours by six seconds. G3Pro finished third. This team have ramped up their involvement with Club100 even more by having their logos on the karts and on the podium backboard – as well as teams in all classes. It’s great. If they can challenge Racecraft and SoundFP, even better.

In the intermediate class, Conman Racing took pole position and the race win to come away as the early championship leaders. JK Rolling started their second full season of Club100 Racing in style by claiming their first podium finish with a fine second place. It was the new Team JDR who claimed third place ahead of the Barnstormers and more established names like g3Pro.

All in all it was a good first round of the championship and all classes look to be very competitive this year. Roll on Whilton.