JK Rolling continue their form

Eddie Hall
Intermediate Endurance Championship 2019, Rd.4,

Another dominant win for the runaway leaders. A couple of old boys emerge from the woodwork and help Wisper to the podium.

After reminiscing about the glory days of winning the inters championship in 2005, Wisper team captain Ian Wilson decided to bring some of the old team back for Llandow, hiring Ian Miller and some other bloke who can’t be named for legal reasons. Despite Miller having not raced for nearly 12 years and the other guy using it as practice for the afternoon’s race, it didn’t stop him securing the class pole. Championship leaders JK Rowling were second and, missing their star driver, the other teams could smell blood. Odd One Out, DDMM Barnstormers and G3Pro G360 were next up in what was a rather small field of inters.

Wisper maintained their lead at the start and rapidly moved through the field, running in the top five with the prems for the early laps. They even took the overall lead briefly during the pit stops until finally pitting at the end of lap eighteen. The ringer’s year and a half out of endurance racing showed as he made a bit of a hash of getting out of the kart and a delay of around eight seconds during the driver change resulted in the team dropping to second behind JK Rolling.

The second stint saw JK Rolling extend their lead by around a second per lap. Wisper soon came under pressure from DDMM Barnstormers who were on a real charge. G3Pro were also closing in while Odd One Out were maintaining position at the rear of the field, which is a polite way of saying they were very slow.

After the second round of stops, JK Rolling were leading the Barnstormers but by the narrowest of margins. The latter was right up their chuff as they came into the pits. However, the leaders’ stop was three seconds faster which gave them an edge as we approached the half distance mark.

Further back, Wisper had started to come under serious pressure from G3Pro but after the second pit stop they started to ease away slightly.

As we got to half distance, JK Rolling had a good lead over DDMM Barnstormers. Wisper were once again on the move and closing down the Barnstormers and pulling away from G3Pro. The gap came down to around five seconds before the stops but, again, a slower stop by Wisper dropped them further behind second.

JK Rolling maintained their strong lead over the final couple of stints. DDMM Barnstormers gradually pulled away from Wisper who were starting to come under pressure again from a charging G3Pro. As JK Rolling eased to their fourth straight win, and DDMM Barnstormers came home second, all eyes were on the battle for third. Both teams were working their way through traffic and G3Pro had the gap down to under a second as they started their final lap. It was a tense last few corners and as they came into the hairpin for the final time, G3Pro had a clubman team in front of them and, despite a dive down the inside, they were not able to take the place so Wisper scored their first podium finish of the year. Hopefully the first of many.

So with four consecutive wins, JK Rolling are… well… rolling away with the championship. Four second place finishes on the bounce leave DDMM Barnstormers a comfortable second. G3Pro retain their third spot but Wisper now move up to fourth in the standings.