Quadrant Class 1: Round 7, 2017
Ministry of Speed were allocated the top grid slot in class for the opening race. Ian Blake was back and eager to get going. Top Guns were the next class 1 team. By the end of the first laps, Ministry had broken clear of the pack and began pulling away. Top Guns got stuck behind class 2 team SMJ. The two tanked Up teams were both on a charge and were up to third and fourth in the early laps.
By lap 7, Ministry were seven seconds clear of Top Guns. Tanked Up Racing were right on the tail of Top Guns and had opened up a large gap to their sister Tanked Up on Speed team, who were now coming under pressure from Forever Enemies. High Times were struggling to break out of the mid field melee. GT Academy weren’t faring much better down in 24th.
Top Guns were passed by both Tanked Up teams by lap 14. Tanked Up Racing had close the gap to Ministry and were just over a second behind with 10 minutes of the race remaining.
Ministry appeared to be controlling the pace and kept the gap to Tanked Up Racing to around one and a half seconds for the remaining laps. Tanked Up Racing had a similar gap to Tanked Up on Speed. In fact the top five were nicely spread out. This is how the race ended with Ministry winning from the two Tanked Up teams. Forever Enemies and Top Guns completed the top five.
Top Guns started the second race of the day in 8th but first of the class 1 teams. GT Academy were next up in 12th. It was great to see Dan Gore back in a Club100 kart. After bending his Caterham at Oulton Park, he decided to make a one-off appearance to feed his hunger for racing. Ministry lined up 13th and High Times 14th.
At the start, Ministry made a great start to jump into the lead. High Times were putting Top Guns under pressure and got past on lap 5??. The top three remained unchanged for the first half of the race but, further back, Tanked Up Racing were out and Forever Enemies were also at the back of the field.
The running order remained unchanged at the front for most of the race. Ministry opened up a comfoirtable gap over High Times who, in turn, held a good margin over Top Guns. Tanked Up on Speed weren’t making much of an impression on the top three but stayed ahead of GT Academy.
High Times had a drama in the closing laps and fell to the back of the field. This promoted Top Guns and Tanked Up into second and third respectively but it was Ministry who once again reigned supreme.
It was a Tanked Up lockout on the grid for the third race of the afternoon. Tanked Up Racing were ahead of Tanked Up on Speed. They had a few class 2 teams to get by and, with their main rivals not too far back, it was going to be a close run thing.
There was an aborted start after some epic banditry in the mid field. At the restart, Tanked Up on Speed took the led. Their sister team dropped behind Forever Enemies. Ministry of Speed soon passed Tanked Up Racing for third and soon got onto the back of the leading two.
Ministry and Tanked Up demoted Forever Enemies on lap 9. The top 4 were running nose to tail. High Times were a few seconds further back and ready to pounce if there was any contact ahead. Top Guns and GT Academy were next up but some way further back.
Tanked Up on Speed got past their sister team and were right on the tail of Ministry by half distance. Forever Enemies then got past Tanked Up Racing. Unfortunately the race was stopped with just under 10 minutes remaining. At the restart, Ministry maintained their lead but Tanked Up on Speed lost out to Forever Enemies. No one challenged the leaders and Ministry went on to take another win. Tanked Up on Speed took second from Forever Enemies on the last lap.
It was GT Academy were were the best starting class 1 team for the final race of the day. High Times were second and, with the other big teams starting way back, this was a great opportunity for these two to score some big points.
Once again the race was restarted after a huge coming together at the first chicane. Dan Gore showed he’d lost none of his karting pedigree by holding on to the lead on the opening lap and building a huge lead. Tanked Up on Speed were second, Forever Enemies third and High Times fourth. Ministry were way down and, although the overall victory was assured with three wins already, they were still keen to make up places.
GT Academy’s strong lead soon dwindled and they came under pressure from High Times and the rest of the chasing pack. High Times made their move on lap 14 and Forever Enemies followed a lap later. Forever Enemies then took the lead from High Times but there was more drama for the latter on lap 20 when an incident dropped to the tail of the field. By contrast, Ministry were on a charge and some close action saw them leapfrog Tanked Up and GT Academy in one go. They then dispatched Forever Enemies to make it a clean sweep at Lydd. Tanked Up Racing just pipped forever Enemies by nine thousandths of a second. It was a great effort by Dan Gore; the grumpy Yorkshireman holding on for fourth.
So with 4 wins from 4 starts, it was a no brainer as to who the overall winners were. Ministry of Speed extended their championship lead even more. It was a Tanked Up double on the podium with Tanked Up Racing finishing second and Tanked Up on Speed third.