Premier, Clubman, Inters – round 5, 2017

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Ellough Park out-did itself this year with some excellent advertising dotted around the circuit. Unlike the 2009 Monaco Grand Prix where drivers demanded an advertising board of a scantily clad model was removed on “safety” grounds, the Club100 drivers were more than happy for the strip club posters to stay, although an advert of “Sugar and Spice… Norwich” doesn’t sound that appealing, unless you’re into farmers’ wives or six toe’d foot fetishes.

Anyway, after what seemed like a huge gap since the last championship round (especially for those who didn’t race at Spa), it was back to business at the Suffolk venue. The story so far is an emerging battle for top honours between JAM Racing and Schrodinger’s Gap. Reigning champs InkJet, along with Auditing Armageddon and Maxx MPH all needing to up their game. The Clubman and Inters classes are both very much open as the second half of the season gets underway. The pressure is now on.

Premier Class

JAM dominated qualifying for the premier class. InkJet, Farecla G3Pro were next up and ahead of CD30 who did a great job to line up fourth, with Maxx MPH fifth. A poor session for Schrodinger saw them opt to bin their kart and start from the back of the grid.

JAM led from the front and were really only challenged by teams in different classes. InkJet and G3Pro Farecla were looking rapid in the early stages but a mechanical issue and a black flag respectively ended their chances of a good result. Maxx MPH also suffered a setback with a spin, which dropped them out of contention for a podium finish. Auditing Armageddon were having a good day and running in the top three for most of the race. Meanwhile, Schrodinger’s Gap were making stellar progress from the back of the grid and by half distance were in a podium position, although some way off taking the fight to the leaders.

Ultimately it was an easy win for JAM who came home half a lap clear of Schrodinger. A great and much needed result for Auditing Armageddon saw them take the final step on the podium, some way clear of Max MPH who recovered after their early race spin.

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Clubman Class

Apteryx looked fast from the outset and they duly lined up fastest of the Clubman teams. Slickspeed were second with G3Pro third.

The race itself was dominated by Apteryx who were never really challenged. They finished over a lap ahead of nearest rivals Runtime Exception Racing who were second. Pixel Pirates came home third with Slickspeed and CKS Throatpunchers rounding out the top five. The likes of Lucid Initiatives and G3Pro came away empty handed.

Despite an off day, G3Pro still lead the championship, although Runtime Exception Racing and Apteryx have closed the gap somewhat. Pixel Pirates and CKS Throatpunchers are still very much a threat and any one of these teams could still win the championship. It really is very close.

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Inters Class

The Inters teams were on fire today and many found themselves right at the sharp end, mixing it with the top premier teams. JK Rolling qualified fastest of the Inters and second overall, SoundFP were second and seventh overall.

A storming start saw SoundFP take the initiative. JK Rolling’s time at the front was short lived and they soon fell down the order. Brawn Cocktails and Racecraft were on the pace and battling with clubman and even premier teams as they fought their way forwards.

After two and a quarter hours, SoundFP crossed the line in first place. A dominat display saw them finish almost a clear lap ahead of Brawn Cocktails who, in turn, had a clear gap to third placed RaceCraft. Conman Racing just missed out on a podium in fourth but scored some solid points in what is their first year of endurance racing. It was an average day for the Nomads but JK Rolling left disappointed after a promising start. It was a bad day at the office for the likes of Darkside Racing and Norfolk Dumping who finished well down the order.

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