There we are then folks - the 2017 season is off and
Some really great racing and lots of smiley faces with
squinty eyes in the sunshine ! Loads of pics here.
A ridiculously close qualifying, with 14 karts within 1
second, and in the race, fastest laps of all karts within 1.2 seconds.
Jamie couldn't make it at the last minute, so Joe took
Autotekk to a magnificent win - 3hrs is a long stint folks, not to be advised
unless it's absolutely the last resort.
Jack and Andy (Titan Motorsport) were attached by a string to
Lee, Steve and Dirt. Both teams flew for 3hrs, and it was nice to see the
Balljoint boys smiling happily (rather than resignedly) for a change .
Rob, Gary and new boy Ethan in the Grassroots 7Kart XV, were
solid, quick, safe, courteous, and all round good chaps.
As was the second of Jeffs Wright karts home, Happy
Reece continues to impress - really great to see another
quick Dad & Lad team - is he quicker than you yet Marcus ?
Next dad & lad team home, was Brodys in their 7Kart.
Steve and Leo were quick and organised as always. Question is, did Oska help or
Just beating them home was another Prokart Eng Wright kart.
Alan & Guy in AM-GP rightly pleased with their day's work !
Ben & Karl in WWF Racing's vintage 7Kart worked miracles
to put in some stunning lap times - just shows what can be done with getting a
Chris & Stewart in Mslaren, and Daren & Dan in Prawn
GP both suffered from an early coming together due to someone else (ahem) doing
a bit of a banzai up the inside into Billies. Hmmmm.
Simon, Jamie, Matt, Mark, Bri and Pete all threw in good
times during the day - whilst constantly smiling. How do they do that ?
Now ......... watch the EPS rookies. They won't propping up the
grid much longer. Great drives by the Barkers, Kieran, Nicholas, Jamie &
Harry. Onwards and upwards guys.
Oh yeah, and my favourite old rockstar Julian kept calm
under .... er .... some pressure.
One of our many unsung heroes - photographer Luke - had to
leave early, so apologises for the lack of last-half pics. He does it basically for petrol-money, and does a great job
..... so we'll let you off mate.
Many thanks also to Nigel for the faultless timing stuff,
and calmly fixing the countdown-clock issue.
As always, many thanks to all the marshals ......... without
Clay Pigeon's 8 round Endurance Prokart Series returns for
it's 4th Summer Series on Sunday, with a flurry of teams new and old looking to
get their 2017 season off to a good start.
Returning are Jamie Patten, Joe Higgins Snr & Jnr of Autotekk
who have taken their Atom to the previous three seasons' summer series. But
don't let this dominance fool you, the O'Neill brothers' Titan Motorsport on
their debut summer season in EPS ran them to within a point of the
championship, taking the fight up until the final day. Having secured the
Winter Series Title on their Prokart Engineering prepared Wright-Evo last
month, are looking to add the Summer Series Trophy to their impressive
Other front runners making a comeback - Rob Sadler's
Grassroots Racing and Bristol-based Balljoint both have 2nd place finishes in
previous summer series, and are just two of a dozen EPS teams with over 15 years
experience in top end prokarting.
These Elite teams will be looking for steady
improvement, and in the case of Balljoint, who had a frustrating 2016, less time
Don't forget of course, a couple of teams taking a
semi-sabbatical from EPS, who will no doubt return at some point during the
year - Alverstone Autos with the perennial front runners Shayne Cuthbert &
Matt Dorrington, and the massively experienced Midlands based Team Alpha,
both in 7Karts
Plus of course everybody's mate and paddock stalwart, Jeff
Johnson of Prokart Engineering, will be as always, challenging hard.
Prokart Engineering continue their support of the series
with regulars Happy Racing/AHL, and AM-GP. Both teams returning with the latest
iteration of Jeff's Wright-Evo chassis. Jim Rutledge (HR), and Alan Manton with Guy
Peters (AM-GP) all had an impressive 2016.
Expect an additional kart or two from this awning throughout
the season as karts and places in team are always available.
Bringing the spirit of Lad and Dad racing in Elite will be
regular sparring partners Prawn GP (Jamie & Daren Robinson missed out on
the top 3 of the winter series championship by under a second), and Brodys who
debuted their youngest prodigy from the Bentley stable (not that one) Leo in
2015. With their peerless preparation and presentation, plus Leo's consistency
improving race on race, Steve Bentley will be looking to enjoy another year
racing his 7kart at Clay.
Coming up fast on the rails, is the new Dad/Lad pairing of
Marcus and Reece Shephard in their new Wright-Evo.
And who knows, the quick pairing of Dennis and Will in
Starship Enterprise, will probably turn up at some time as the mood dictates !
Starting in Elite this season are HRS2, with HRS 1 + 2
balancing a busy schedule between RHPK, Clay and getting the karts fixed. EPS
will once again look forward to the interesting talents of the Russell Brothers in a new
Wright-Evo, and Atkins Sr and Jr in HRS2's Wright-Evo
Alongside HRS2 will be EPS's ever present Mslaren who
haven't missed a round since the inception in 2014, adding a new chassis and
livery to their effort last year, this outfit are the benchmark for clubman
teams. With 6th, 8th and 9th in an ever competitive series Chris, Stewart &
Chris will be looking to better last years result.
Fighting for Premier honours are a mix of established,
returning and new-to-karting teams. Barkers Racing arrive as EPS's newest father & son team, alongside GreyStone Racing and Redbank Racing they look to continue
their rivalry for the fastest rookies from the Winter Series. SMG Racing arrive as a new to prokarting
outfit.. Having acquired Phat32's hardware from last year, they will be one to watch for
the year, as will the established RN TimTom who are always in the hunt for
Calamity Racing have changed their number and name for this
year, they're now called Chocolate Frog Racing. Drivers Simon Whitty and Jamie
Burden had a strong season last year in their 7Kart finishing 4 points below
the returning Ben Wesley & Co (WWF Racing - another 7Kart) in 12th, both will
be aiming for a top ten this year.
As always, the NarrowMello factory will bring their latest version with
an as-yet untitled team and driver line-up. Those amiable nutters Steve, Phil and Andy usually have something up their sleeve and will be hoping to beat the 12th
they achieved in the inaugural EPS season.
Neil Burton's Shakey Racing will be returning mid-season,
plus Rob Sutherland's ENRG Racing, Rowan & Andy in Waterboys, Ferris &
Laura in Good Times Roll, plus the Iggy & Gibb brothers, will all appear at
And of course, EPS is always pleased to welcome back Roy, Matt, Mark,
Geoff, Bri, Pete and all the other Rye-Guys making guest appearances.
Right then folks, here we go - EPS 2017 Round 1 - Sunday
You've all had a nice little break since the hard-fought
Winter Series, so I'm sure that all your little important bits are greased,
buffed and generally attached securely - so, no excuses, let's be 'aving you.
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Looking forward to seeing all the 'Summer' regulars, and of
course a big welcome to the new teams.
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