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2015 - EPEC - Rd 7 (of 10)

2015 - EPEC - Rd 7 (of 10)

UK 24 hour - Teesside - 15/16 Aug

© Jim White

63 karts lined up in bright sunshine to drive the 24 hrs and become the British Champions. They came from Germany, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Holland, Isle of Man and elsewhere to race over a distance of 1000 miles. We welcomed the 3 Kartforce teams with their specially adapted hand controlled karts.

Qualifying
                            
PRO - 1st - 43 MS SoCo Select   72.92,  2nd - 33 Q Racing      72.97, 3rd -  77 Offline 73.41
CLBMN - 1st  - 58  DWS 73.82, 2nd - 115  Team Keane 73.99, 3rd-  222 Canterbury College  74.00
Corporate 1 - 1st 61 Torro Tosso  79.18, 2nd -  50 SG Petch 79.23, 3rd - 775 Teesside Jnr  79.66
Corp 2 - 1st -  9 Newmarket Hornets 79.41, 2nd 11 Corporate Chauffeur 1 79.58, 3rd -  4 Teesside Tigers  79.69


Any 24hr race is full of “what might have been’s”, crashes as the Team gets tired during the night and fist pumping celebration when it all comes together. 33 Q Racing came around the first lap in first place. 13 Red Racing when well placed had an uncharacteristic spin. 77 Offline had upped their game to run in podium positions.      43 MS SoCo Select   seemed to have recovered their competitiveness after some disappointing results in earlier rounds.
MS SoCo had a great race and led for 23 of the 24 hours with slick pitstops and relentless pace to become winners with an 11 lap lead. They qualified in first place and gained the fastest lap of the race ( Dave Robinson 73.09 sec). Many challenged starting with 33 Q and then 13 Red , 44 MS JSR, 443 MS Lucas but mechanical problems and contact interfered with race progress for some. 77 Offline showed great determination to achieve their best result to date .There was only 12 sec between 3rd and 4th with 44 MS JSR taking the podium  from  443 MS Lucas.
The Clubman class was hotly contested and 110 Alverstone Auto finished first 3 laps in front of 58 DWS who led 777 Offline 2 by  16 sec 115 Team Keane only 40 sec adrift in 4th.
The Hire Kart class was amazing with 11 Corporate Chauffeurs winning by 3 sec from 88 Northampton Maidens. 82 CD 31 were only a lap down after 24 hrs.
GX160 Hire was won by 68 SM Racing with a 2 lap lead but 2nd and 3rd went to the wire with 63 JLP A 29 sec of 3rd placed 775 Teesside Juniors.

Result
       
PRO  1st-  43 MS SoCo Select, 2nd -  77 Offline 1, 3rd - 44 MS JSR
CLBMN 1st -  110 Alverstone Auto, 2nd -  58  DWS, 3rd -  777 Offline 2
HGX200 1st - 11 Corporate Chauffeur 1, 2nd -   88 Northampton Maidens, 3rd - 82 CD 31
HGX160 1st - 68 SM Racing, 2nd - 63 JLP A, 3rd -  775 Teesside Jnr 

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