Throatpunchers steal win in exciting climax


Eddie Hall
Clubman Endurance Championship 2019, Rd.1,

Conman dominate most of the race but lose out in the closing stages.

A stunning lap saw veterans Lucid Initiatives take not only the clubman pole but also the overall pole position. However, they got mugged into the first hairpin and dropped down to tenth at the end of the opening lap.

Conman Racing took the initiative and pulled out a good lead. By half distance they were quite some way ahead of Auditing Armageddon and CKS Throatpunchers. JRG were well up there and Aston Racing were another new name showing a good turn of speed, maintaining position ahead of more established names like Ballinger Law, Slickspeed and Lucid Initiatives who by this stage had fallen way out of contention.

CKS Throatpunchers, having been almost half a lap behind the leaders after the first two stints, had put in a blinding performance in the second half of the race, taking chunks of time out of the leaders. They kept their driver out for a longer final stint because they were in clear air and, while their rivals got held up in traffic, this allowed them to jump Conman in the closing stages.

The delighted Throatpunchers took a fine win. JRG Racing had also jumped Conman in the latter stages and came home five seconds clear in second. Conman still came home third with former prems Auditing Armageddon fourth and Aston Racing sixth. Keen As Mustard are another team who are back in Clubman but they could manage no better than seventh in class. It was good to see AJ back though. Ballinger Do Or Die, D&D Wildcards and Pixel Pirates had average days but Runtime Exception Racing’s season got off to a slow start and they finished at the back.