On Friday 2nd September 2016, Brentwood Karting hosted the inaugural Duncan Phillips and SuperGreen Racing Challenge – a 2 hour team endurance race event in aid of the Herts and Essex Air Ambulance service.
18 teams and 72 drivers entered from the motorsport highs of GP2, to the motorsport lows…. estate agents!
After an extremely close 30min qualifying session, it was the “Brentwood Cadet Champs” that secured pole position; drivers included champions Fraser Brunton, Peter Knight, Jack Steadman, and YRDA and Arden Motorsport Formula 4 driver Ayrton Simmons. With the top 10 separated by just 2 tenths of a second, it was looking to be a close battle.
As qualifying drew to a close, timed perfectly, of course, we were greeted with the sounds of the Essex Air Ambulance. A great sight as the helicopter hovered above as a thank you for the event. Asking for a ‘loop the loop’ wasn’t my best idea, but it would have been pretty awesome if the pilot had obliged.
Red, Red, Red….. GREEN!
The race started and they were off to a clean start. Double Sodi World Champion Matt Luff, of team Brentwood Banta, was the first driver to receive a “Joker Card Penalty” (Joker Cards could be purchased on the night and played against rival teams; teams receiving the penalty would return to the pitlane and perform their finest and fastest star jumps for public display) which he took in good spirits.
As the race progressed, the viewing area needed slightly more ‘entertainment’ – unfortunately for team Race Driver Developments, Rory Severn, who was racing solo after raising sponsorship to take part in the event, the viewing area targeted him to satisfy their hunger for humour. Ever the sport, Rory returned to the pitlane and stopped aloft the 1st place podium (first time for everything!) where the public chest waxing took place. £125 raised. Rory would later return to the podium for a public egging… Rory wouldn’t return to the podium after the race…. 18th and last was his result.
Back to the track and the race was developing nicely, with many a pro driver taking to the circuit. Just joining the race was Hamilton. Nick, Hamilton. The faster of the two Hamilton brothers was have a ferocious battle with Ayrton (there’s a battle we would have all loved to have seen) and it was certainly exciting racing. Ben Green took his stint and quickly put “Slow Coach Rory” yet another lap down. David Pittard and Blancpain driver Luciano Bacheta quickly added to Rory’s depression.
As each kart took the lead, Joker cards were played and the teams lost the wheels from their wagons. However, in the final 20mins, Joker cards were binned and drivers raced to the flag!
Team Burton Power were the strategists of the night sending whippet Harry Cole onto the circuit as their last driver. Team Hatch Back Hackers were in amongst all the action, with drivers including Fiesta Junior Championship drivers Danny Harrison and Lewis Kent alongside Mr ‘Two Clios’ Ryan Gillespie.
Chequered flag….. Team Rapid Rookies…. Oliver Shelton, Jack Williamson, Beau Sullivan and another rapid rookie F2 Champ Luciano Bacheta crossed the line to collect the 1st placed honours.
Runners up were The Untouchables…. Harry Nottage, Archie Walker, Kye Kinch and F4’s James Reveler
The Whippet Harry Cole dragged his team, Burton Power, onto the podium in the last 30mins with Andy Burton, Luke Taplin and Tommy Valentine.
A great event had by all and loads of cash raised for a very worthy cause – £7,500 to be exact.
A huge thank you to Duncan Phillips and SuperGreen Racing for all their input and hard work.
Same time next year!
Check out the event pictures here: http://www.sprocketphotography.com/-/galleries/brentwood-karting-essex-air-ambulance-charity-ch/charity-challenge-photos/
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