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VICTORY AND LAP RECORD FOR TEAM MOO

Feb 4, 2016   //   by Ellough Park Raceway   //   Latest News  //  No Comments

Round 2 of the Open Endurance series would be the first time the drivers had driven the new surface and reconfiguration after being soaked at the previous two meetings. Three of the teams were having to compete as solo efforts with Glen Oford of Ant Hill Mob still injured so leaving brother Andy to uphold honours. David Roberts had switched from David & Co to the returning Entente Cordiale team but team-mate Marc Hannewald was a last minute withdrawal. Mark Gething was the final solo effort after See You Next Tuesday team-mate Steve Williams received a work related emergency call moments before drivers briefing. Amusingly Mark was unaware of his team-mates departure until seconds before qualifying started so now had the daunting prospect of ninety minutes of driving ahead of him.

Qualifying would see a constant to-and-fro of positions with Round 1 victors David & Co, now with David Haverson joining Gary Kent, the early pacesetters. Gething got himself into a rhythm and posted the fastest lap with four minutes remaining. ST came close to toppling Gething but fell short by just a tenth of a second. The front row was therefore made up of See You Next Tuesday and ST with David & Co and Pulham Pigs completing row two. Just over a second covered the field but both Team Moo and MGRC Racing elected to change their machines after qualifying tenth and thirteenth respectively.

The race got underway with Gething shooting into an early lead. At the end of lap one Gething dived into the pits followed by Orford (Ant Hill Mob) to make early stops to get out of traffic. This promoted ST into the lead but they were being hassled by Old Gits and Lumber Racing. Gething pitted again on each of the first five laps to leave him with a 85 minute stint to the end and one lap down on the leaders. Lumber Racing moved into the lead on lap six and began to stretch their advantage. Jonny Burridge (Team Moo) was making steady progress through the field and when he handed over to team-mate Kieran Cannell they were up to fifth. Cannell was on a mission and not only had moved up into the lead at the end of his opening stint he had also broken the lap record along the way. No sooner had he jumped out of the kart and received lots of back slapping the timing screens then lit up with another lap record, this time from Ant Hill Mob who had lowered the benchmark by another tenth of a second.

While all this excitement was going on MGRC Racing’s race was not going to plan so another change of machine was made at their third pit stop, by this point they were last with nothing to lose. Also slipping back were David & Co who were now on the fringes of the top ten. By now all of the teams had set lap times within a second of the fastest lap such is the competitiveness of the league this season.

Cannell decided he quite enjoyed having the lap record even it is was only for a few minutes so when he ventured back on track for his second he was determined to have another go at getting it. He duly succeeded by a staggering three tenths of a second leading to many a jaw drop from his fellow competitors. This also cemented Team Moo’s advantage at the head of the field and they could now afford to relax slightly in the closing stages. Ant Hill Mob decided to make two late stops, the first of which quickly turned into a disaster when the kart stalled during the stop. A quick change of machine got them back underway but at their final stop a lap later another change of kart was made which dropped them from podium contention to just inside the top ten. This promoted See You Next Tuesday to second with a consistent driver from Gething quietly moving him up the order during the final round of stops.

When the flag fell it was Team Moo who claimed their first victory since July 2014, a popular result for this stalwart team of the series. See You Next Tuesday were brought home second by both a delighted and exhausted Gething with Lumber Racing picking up their second ever podium in third. ST came home fourth ahead of Pulham Pigs, Old Gits, Ant Hill Mob, JET Racing, David & Co with Entente Cordiale rounding out the top ten. JB Racing, MGRC Racing, The Stooges and B Team completed the finishers.

Round 3 of the series takes place on Tuesday 1st March at 630pm. To enter a team or for more information please call 01502 717718.

MAIDEN JUNIOR LEAGUE GLORY FOR BRUNTON

Jan 29, 2016   //   by Ellough Park Raceway   //   Latest News  //  No Comments

Twenty one drivers took to the track for the Junior League season opener, the first of three Winter Series rounds.

Reigning champion Robert Welham is now campaigning in MSA Junior X30 events so the way was paved clear for his 2015 pursuers to have their turn on the top step. Previous race winners Kieran Priestley and the final round victor from 2015 Ryan Lingwood were back on the grid along with last season’s runner up Lewis Appiagyei. The rest of the grid was a mixture of youth and experience but all with the same aim to begin their season with victory.

Appiagyei started in fine form with a lights-to-flag victory in Heat 1 and dipping under the lap record along the way. Alex Thomas took a hard earned second with Buckmore Park hotshot Fraser Brunton in third.

Heat 2 produced a popular winner in Harvey Howell, his first heat victory since progressing to the Junior League last season. He held off a valiant charge from Thomas ahead of a cracking scrap for third between Corey Carnwell and Oscar Drane.

Heat 3 saw another first time heat win for Brunton who stormed to victory and breaking the lap record along the way. He was followed home by Priestley and Appiagyei. Behind them Drane charged through the field and broke Brunton’s lap record towards the end of the race, he ended up fifth behind Thomas.

Jack Leveridge was the early leader in Heat 4 but soon had the attentions of Brunton and Howell to contend with. Appiagyei was caught up in a lap one tangle but was soon carving his way back to the front. Brunton took the lead with three laps remaining but Leveridge wasn’t done and pulled of a superb manoeuvre to retake the lead which he held to the flag. Brunton and Howell were not far behind with less than three tenths of a second covering the top three. Appiagyei completed his comeback drive with a last corner move on Ethan Souter to take fourth.

The B-Final was yet another hotly contested race with Daniel Perrin and Cadet League graduate Adam Cottrell battling at the front. Newcomer Pacey Forsdike was in the mix running fourth early on before being overhauled by the experienced trio of Josh Harris, Dan Harris and Tom Shearn. Oliver Daley, another driver making his debut, pulled out his best lap times of the night to show he will be in the fight before long. Perrin held off Cottrell to take the win with Josh Harris getting the better of brother Dan for third.

As the A-Final drivers lined up on the grid spots of rain began to fall but this didn’t deter poleman Brunton who shot into an early lead. Callum Robinsons Junior League debut ended with a trip into the tyres in the tricky conditions, he valiantly continued to the flag. As the rain became heavier Brunton extended his advantage with Leveridge using all of his experience to move up to second. At the flag it was Brunton who claimed his maiden Junior League win ahead of Leveridge and Appiagyei. Priestley claimed fourth after holding off Lingwood and Charlie Pickering with Drane, Carnwell, Souter and Howell rounding out the top ten. Brett Wheatley, Thomas, Ethan Hall and Robinson completed the finishing positions.

Round 2 of the series takes place on Thursday 25th February. To book a space or for more information please call 01502 717718.

FLAWLESS FRANCIS WINS CADET LEAGUE OPENER

Jan 28, 2016   //   by Ellough Park Raceway   //   Latest News  //  No Comments

The 2016 Cadet League Winter Series burst into action with fresh faces and frontrunners from the previous season all keen to kick off the new season with a strong result. The dominant drivers from 2015, Alfie Sallis and Josh Vallance, have both moved on from the series leaving the way for other 2015 protagonists Jayden Francis, Zack Lowery and William Monk to fight for victory.

Heat 1 went the way of Francis who held off Monk to the flag to take the opening spoils of the season. Finn Pharaoh put in a sterling drive to finish third. Heat 2 saw Monk romp to victory after a spin from Francis dropped him out of the lead battle and into the clutches of Lowery who took full advantage of the error to sneak through to second on the final lap. Heat 3 was again headed up by the in form Monk who took an untroubled victory ahead of Francis with impressive rookie Spencer Lane chasing his more experienced rivals to claim third. Zack Lowery stunned the opposition in Heat 4 taking an emphatic win ahead of Ethan Wood, making amends for troubled opening heats, and the consistent Pharaoh.

The B-Final got underway with Ethan Hill on pole, a position he would never relinquish as he put in consistently fast times on his way to lapping all of his rivals. Jack Wood was delighted with second place, picking up his first trophy, ahead of Kian Hastings and newcomer John Dade.

Monk started the A-Final from pole position and led around the opening lap before an unexpected kart issue brought him into the pits for a change of machine. This promoted Francis to the front and he proceeded to pump in stunning lap times to pull away at the front. Behind him Lowery was holding a lonely second place with Pharaoh running in third. This was the way it remained to the chequered flag with Francis clinching his maiden Ellough Park victory and following in the footsteps of his father and former Ellough Park champion Simon. Lowery equalled his best league result in second with a jubilant Pharaoh collecting his first podium in third. Lane was the evening’s highest rookie in an impressive fourth ahead of an understandably dejected Monk, his time on the top step is surely just around the corner. Ethan Wood rounded out the finishers in sixth.

Round 2 of the series takes place on Wednesday 24th February. If you are interested in joining the league or would like more information please call 01502 717718.

SODI WORLD SERIES 2016

Jan 21, 2016   //   by Ellough Park Raceway   //   Latest News  //  No Comments

TO ALL EP LEAGUE DRIVERS!!

For 2016 the Open Grand Prix, Open Endurance and Junior Leagues will once again act as qualifying races for the Sodi World Series.

For drivers who have already registered last year there is no need to re-register, any drivers new to the 2016 leagues should go towww.sodiwseries.com and create their driver profiles.

Any Open Endurance teams who have not created accounts should create their individual driver accounts and then follow the steps to create a team.

If all drivers/teams register for SWS then more points are allocated through the field.

Drivers for this years World Finals (based from 2015 points) will be announced by SWS in due course. This years event will be taking place at the prestigious RKC circuit near Paris on July 8th-9th. We are hoping that Bro Racing (Open Endurance), Tom Griffiths (Open Grand Prix) and Robert Welham (Junior League) will all make the list for this incredible event.

Make sure you register and follow the SWS in 2016 and you could be in with a chance of qualifying to race against the worlds best rental kart drivers in next years Finals.

ELLOUGH PARK PRESENTATION EVENING 2016

Jan 5, 2016   //   by Ellough Park Raceway   //   Latest News  //  No Comments

Ellough Park Presentation Evening 2015

18.00 – Arrival (Bar is open)

18.45 – Please be seated for dinner

19.00 – Dinner served

20.30 – Presentation – Celebrity Guest

22.00 – Live music

12.00 – Close & Carriages

 

 

Starter

Duck Pate

Served with brioche and Red Onion Compote

Mains

Stuffed breast of chicken

Sat on potato galette finished with mushroom tarragon sauce

Dessert

Vanilla cheesecake 

Served with toffee sauce

Tea or Coffee

THIS YEARS PRESENTATION EVENING TAKES PLACE AT THE IVY HOUSE COUNTRY HOTEL IN OULTON BROAD nr LOWESTOFT. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE VENUE VISIT WWW.IVYHOUSECOUNTRYHOTEL.CO.UK

Ellough Park Kart Club 2016 Registrations Open

Jan 5, 2016   //   by Ellough Park Raceway   //   Latest News  //  No Comments

The 2016 Ellough Park Kart Club championship kicks off on Saturday 16th January with many drivers either returning to defend titles or moving up a class for a new challenge. Club membership and race entry fees remain the same as 2015, you can download forms from the following links:-

2016 EPKC Membership Form

2016 EPKC Race Entry Form

EPKC 2016 Letter and Dates

EPKC ssr’s 2016

You can make payment for club membership/race entries either by calling 01502 717718 or by posting your forms with a cheque made payable to ‘RL Circuits Ltd’.

We look forward to another action packed season in 2016.

EP ‘All-Stars’ Preview

Jul 20, 2015   //   by Ellough Park Raceway   //   Latest News  //  No Comments

The ninth annual running of the Ellough Park ‘All-Stars’ will be taking place on Saturday 8th August at 5pm with 23 former EP champions currently taking to the grid.

Reigning champion Alex Ready will be trying to become the first back-to-back champion since Matt Bond achieved the feat in 2008. His biggest threats look to be from current Open Grand Prix pace setters Tom Griffiths, All-Stars champion in 2013, and series leader Ian Howes who has been in terrific form all season.

Andy Horne will be desperate to add an elusive ‘All-Stars’ title to his impressive collection of EP titles as will 2011 Open Grand Prix champion Guy Newstead who came so close to the title that season.

Other former All-Stars champions will be back to try and add a second title in the form of Ollie Thorn, Tony Rumball and Steve English, who came closest to beating Ready last year.

Open Grand Prix veterans James Barnes and Mel Paul, the 2011 and 2007 champions, will be returning to test themselves against the current crop of drivers along with other notable drivers from the EP leagues which includes the three time Open Endurance champions Sinclair Glover, Steve Algar and Jerry Scoggins.

The Ellough Park Kart Club will be represented by two series leaders Shaun Reeve and Ben Kidd as well as 2014 Senior Rotax 177 champion Andy Symonds.

Perhaps the most notable debutant this year is 2014 Junior League champion Jack Tritton who has been competing in his first season of Formula Kart Stars this year. He was part of the memorable battle for the Junior League title in 2012 with Alex Ready so the two are sure to re-ignite that battle in this pinnacle of Senior class events.

 

The ‘All-Stars’ winner will once again be awarded the Julian Durance Memorial Shield in honour of Ellough Parks former mechanic who was tragically taken away from us at the age of 40 in 2010.

Julian was not only a fantastic mechanic he was a wonderful and charming man who made a big impression on everyone both as a racer and a friend. We are delighted that Julian’s father David and Brother-in-Law Dean Mason will be once again joining in the action this year.

 

So the stage is set, who will come out on top and be crowned the ninth winner of the ‘All-Stars’? Come down to Ellough Park on August 8th to find out!

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