Endurance roundup, round 7, Ellough Park
Ministry and Tanked Up take full advantage as JAM falter.
Before I summarise the races, I want to get something off my chest that has been bugging me for years. I’m going to mention this in all race reports because I feel it needs to be said: I think Club100 should introduce a new rule that states any driver who overtakes another driver and then does that pointy finger “come on, follow me, let’s work together” hand signal should be given a severe penalty – preferably involving a hammer or a blowtorch to the genitals. It’s annoying. It’s pointless. Don’t do it. You know who you are.
(Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed – especially those involving blow-torching of genitals – are those of the race reporter and are in no way associated with Club100 or any staff member.)
Overdraft were the fastest of the premier teams in qualifying but it was Ministry – who qualified just behind them on the grid – who would go on to claim victory. A healthy sixteen second margin over main rivals Tanked Up saw them take more of an advantage in the title race. It was nevertheless still a great drive from tanked Up who started way back in twenty-fourth place. Overdraft finished just over a second behind to claim the final spot on the podium. Birel of Laughs were the last premier team on the lead lap in fourth and Auditing Armageddon some way back in fifth (albeit twelfth overall). Another poor result for G3Pro saw them managed only eighteenth overall but they fared better than championship contenders JAM Racing who finished twenty third after picking up a penalty for repeated track limits violation. Only Apteryx Racing finished further back in class.
Slickspeed were on fire at Ellough – not literally obviously. They not only claimed pole in class but also the overall pole. In the race they were never really challenged, and matched the pace of the top premier teams throughout. SoundFP were their closest rivals in second and they were followed home very closely by CKS Throatpunchers and Racecraft. These three teams were separated by just a handful of seconds after two hours of racing, once again demonstrating how close and evenly matched things are in Club100. G3Pro were not that far behind in terms of time but were a lap down. It was generally business as usual in the mid field but, further back, Pixel Pirates and SMJ Racing both had a day to forget.
A consistent day for Team JDR saw them take victory in the intermediate class. G3Pro made great progress after starting at the back of the grid and came home to finish second. Conman racing finished third, a few seconds clear of Wildcard Racing. In terms of the top teams, All Torque 1 had a disastrous race but things were about to get better for them…