Clubman Endurance Championship, 2014, Rd.9
As we enter the closing stages of the season, things are really close at the front. Entran Enduro and Titan Motorsport are locked in a two-horse race for top honours with a number of other teams in the hunt for the “best of the rest” trophy. Titan Motorsport were in fine form and took the Clubman pole from Pantera Racing. CD30, missing team captain Martin Joyce to a broken hand, were an impressive third. They were joined on the second row by Entran Enduro, who would need to work hard to beat their main title rivals Titan Motorsport in this race. Akita V2’s already slim title hopes looked even slimmer after qualifying as they were forced to start from the back of the 35 kart grid. The Titan boys weren’t taking anything for granted and knew they still had a battle on their hands. “It’s a long race and conditions are very tricky so anything can happen. We’ve got to try and stay out of trouble and hopefully we can take the cass win.” Mutley. First black flag for two years. Thinks first black flag was a dodgy call but had the red mist for the second one. The pole sitters were slow away and dropped to third after the opening lap. CD30 made a great start and took the lead with Pantera right on their tail. However, Pantera were about to get a black flag for nerfing a premier team off the road at turn one. A second black flag a few laps later for a similar incident coming onto the back straight, and then another spin soon after that (all courtesy of Andy Cowell) effectively ruined their day. By contrast, Titan were flying after their poor start and were soon back in the lead. Akita V2 had made stunning progress from the back of the grid and were up to second after the first pit stop. InkJet were equally impressive and up to third from a poor grid slot. CD30 had been bumped down to fourth and were fending off the challenge of Entran Enduro. There was a good battle going on in the midfield between Auditing Armageddon, Clunge Racing, Forza Nastro Azzuro, Mind The Gap and Happy Racing. Behind this group and not having such a good race were the likes of Loose Heads, Mullender Associates, Racewear nd SMJ Racing. As we approached half distance, we had lost Akita V2 to a spin. Entran Enduro had got passed CD30 who had themselves slipped down the order somewhat. Entran Enduro then set about catching InkJet and they made short work of them to take second. By this time, Titan had built up a good enough lead and looked unlikely to be caught. Entran could only match their pace and didn’t quite have enough in the bag to close the 20 second deficit. After two and a quarter hours of racing in wet and dry conditions, the masterful Titan Motorsport crossed the line to take victory over their arch rivals Entran Enduro, leaving things closer than ever going into the last two races. InkJet were third after a good solid drive and Keen As Mustard and Clunge Racing completed the top five. The Titan Motorsport drivers obviously went to the McLaren school of PR and sounded far too professional when the dictaphone was stuck in their face. “The conditions changed all race and Entran Enduro did a great job to finish second so the last two races are going to be very close. It’s actually really good because we are both up there, we’re both in the mix. We are looking forward to the challenge and we hope they are too, and let’s just hope the best team wins.” Entran Enduro and Titan go into the penultimate round separated by 5 points with similar scores to drop going forward. It really is a case of “the best team wins” from here and neither can afford a bad race. No pressure! It’s just as close in the battle for third with Forza Nastro Azzuro, InkJet and Akita V2 all close. Again, none of them can afford to have a poor result, especially Akita V2. Again, no pressure guys!