Enduro roundup, round 10, Clay Pigeon
As well as being the social highlight of the Club100 calendar, the popular Clay Pigeon circuit also offers great racing.
The morning endurance race took place in dry and sunny, if a little chilly, conditions. The story of the day was penalties. A number of changes to curbs on some of the corners meant more severe penalties for drivers exceeding track limits. And there were a lot of them.
After securing pole position, Tanked Up Racing sped away with Ministry right on their heels. They pulled out a decent gap over JAM Racing in third. CD30 were looking strong in fourth and some way ahead of Birel of Laughs and G3Pro who were both just inside the top 10 and trying to work their way through the pack.
As the race went on, Tanked Up started to pull out a gap to Ministry but were hit with a penalty, allowing their main rivals to take the lead. Despite this, Tanked Up were still on the pace but were too far back to challenge for the lead1. So Ministry took the win with Tanked Up in second. JAM Racing were a whole lap behind in third. It was a successful day for CD30 – probably because Martin Joyce wasn’t racing – and they did indeed secure fourth. Birel of Laughs (also hit with a penalty) were fifth and just fractionally ahead of Apteryx. Penalties also hindered G3Pro who, along with Auditing Armageddon, had a race to forget.
The clubman race was won in superb style by Runtime Exception Racing. They finished the two hour race six seconds clear of Racecraft in second place. CKS Throatpunchers were just over a second behind in third position. SoundFP were a long way further back in fourth and were probably quite disappointed not to be on the podium given the state of the championship battle right now. Notable teams having a bad day were SMJ Racing and Lucid Initiatives whose long trek down to the west country ended in disappointment.
For the second time this year, KAD Racing made an appearance and once again showed they have lost none of their speed. Following up their podium finish at Shenington they took the inters win here at their home track at Clay from Conman Racing. Team JDR were a lap behind but nevertheless took the final spot on the podium. DDMM barnstormers missed out on the podium in fourth but enjoyed a good battle with Wildcard Racing in the closing stages of the race.
So with two races remaining, Ministry hold a ten point lead over Tanked Up in the prems. Barring a miracle, JAM Racing are all but certain to relinquish their championship. It’s even closer in the Clubman championship with SoundFP and Racecraft tied on points. Conman Racing hold a fifteen point advantage over Wildcard in the inters championship and a win at Whilton may well do the job for them. Wildcard have the added pressure of Team JDR who are only five points off them and could well pose a threat in the next two races.