After last year's incredbily close racing (less than a second separated the top 2 positions after 2 hours), we knew there were some scores to be settled and that the event would be very popular. So popular indeed that we had our biggest field ever - 70 people made up for 14 teams of 5 people each who were all too eager to show off their driving skill on the technically challenging 1km course.
Teams were allocated into 5 members each, with each driver doing two stints of 12 minutes so that 9 driver changes later the flag would drop after two hours had elapsed. While this might not sound like a long time, after 12 minutes you can certainly feel you’ve had a bit of a work out! After Jeff from MCP Rental Carts did the drivers briefing and carts were randomly allocated to the teams, drivers headed out onto track for the warm up lap.
With 14 carts heading into the tight hairpin first corner, some drivers were already facing the wrong way even before making their way around the first corner! Much bumping and barging ensued as drivers were fighting for position, with even the smallest of errors seeing drivers losing two or three positions if a mistake was made in those closely contested first few laps.
After the first driver change the race started settling into a bit of a rhythm, with the fastest drivers setting some very competitive and close times. Lap times kept coming down throughout the 2 hour race, as driver confidence and grip increased, with the top teams setting times very close to each other, in the 1:01 region. The difference in the top 3 lap times (in different carts) was only 4 tenths of a second.
It was a nail biting affair right down to the last corner, with the difference between the carts in first and second position being only 0.152 seconds, after 2 hours of racing! It doesn’t get any closer than that. With their consistent and fast times, and well executed driver changes, it was kart nr. 9 of Thouca Mechanicos and his team, that took top spot, followed in that close second position by the nr.7 cart of team Gualtieri, and in third position was cart nr 1, also only 35.667 seconds behind.
Final results for the day were as follows:
A full collection of awesome photos of the day’s action taken by Paul and his team from Racepics.co.za, can be viewed ordered by clicking HERE.
The lap times by individual driver for each kart can be obtainedHERE
Thanks again to Jeff and his team for their assistance during the day.
We are already looking forward to the many other events which will be held during the rest of 2018, please remember to regularly check the calendar on the BMW Car Club website for any changes or updates.