2016 INTERCLUB KART BATTLE
Event date: 9 October 2016 | Words: Junaid Hamid | Photos: Zunaid
Baba & Nish | Venue: Kenilworth Karting, Cape Town
last year’s successful inaugural Raceweb Interclub Battle,
it dawned upon me that a year has gone by already and it was time
for yet another event. I quickly booked a date with Kenilworth
Karting and set off to get things going. The clubs who took part
in last year’s challenge were given first option to participate
once again. Some quickly grabbed the opportunity while others
had to convince their members. But it was not long after I sent
out the invitations that the event was fully booked.
It couldn’t be the same thing though. I like change, so
I had to mix things up a little. Firstly, after organizing last
year’s event, I was standing on the sidelines watching everyone
thinking, man I should be racing. So this year I decided to put
together my own little team. But it needed to be a “special”
Thinking about some of the great car guys I’ve met over
the years I thought, let me get some of them together and make
up a team. The list included Jason Webb, 2 times national drift
champion and who also drifted at the insane Gatebil event in Norway.
Then it was Jon Williams who was a national rally driver for Sasol
Ford and DC Shoes. Jon also competed in the World Rally Championship.
How crazy is that!?
Next up it was Antony Ashley who was an instructor at the most
dangerous race track in the world, the Nurburgring. He also raced
a good few VLN races there as well. Also on the list was local
car manufacturer Craig Harper. Craig is not only an engineer and
father of the Harper Type 5 Sports Car, but also a part time endurance
Then it was David Perel, ex Lamborghini Super Trofeo racer and
currently races in the Blancpain GT Series all over Europe in
a Ferrari 458 GT3. Lastly finishing off the team was me, a “fat”
dude. Interesting combination indeed!
Mind you, I do have a few thousand laps under my belt not only
at Kenilworth Karting, but around Killarney too! Not that Killarney
matters here. So, my team, The Raceweb All Stars were set. I then
decided to make the race in the anti-clockwise format or reverse
track layout. Also, I had 7 teams in total as opposed to the usual
6. I also introduced qualifying and a rolling start just to make
things more interesting.
The teams that took part in this year’s challenge were the
Cape ST Owners Club, Subaru Fun Crew, BMW Owners Club Cape, Toyota
86 Owners Club, D-Evo RC Drift Club, Fix-a-Smash Team and finally
us, the Raceweb All Stars. The point of having the All Star team
was not to “clean up” as most people told me.
The guys in my team are all personal heroes of mine, pioneers
in their own motorsport class. It was an honour to share a seat
with them in the same team. Now I wanted to give the average petrol
head a chance to say they took on some pro drivers when they would
never usually be able to race someone like that.
After testing and set up by the Kenilworth Karting team it was
time to qualify. Everyone got a chance to qualify in the same
kart to make things fair. We didn’t start off very well.
Unfortunately there was a miscommunication and we only did 1 flying
lap as opposed to the3 we supposed to get. The result was that
we ended up 4th on the starting grid.
To make things worse, because some people said it was going to
be an All Star white wash, I imposed a black flag penalty on my
own team to give everyone else a fighting chance. After the race
started though, it was us who were doing all the fighting.
Things weren’t going according to plan, we were a second
off the pace from the leaders and were slowly getting left behind.
To make things worse, we took our penalty in the early stages
of the race and then ended up dead last.
It was a 2 hour race, endurance, stamina, strategy, consistency
and staying out of trouble was the game plan. Anything could happen.
With time and a few other mishaps we pushed hard and worked our
way through the field and managed to catch the leaders.
It was a tough battle between the top 3 teams, Ford ST, Subaru
Fun Crew and then us. Fortunately for us, my whole team was very
consistent in terms of lap times. While other teams had some quick
drivers and others not so quick, we kept the same pace throughout
the race and it was that pace that managed to get us on the top
spot of the podium 2 hours later.
Once again it was a hard fought battle that could have gone any
way. We managed to finish only 1 lap ahead of 2nd place. I think
it showed the rest of the teams that there is a chance to win
even if they’re going up against pro drivers, and that’s
exactly the spirit I wanted to instill into the teams.
For some of the teams who were not on the pace, better luck next
time guys, it takes a lot of practice and hard work and I hope
to see you back again next year. In the end the final results
were as follows…
1. Raceweb All Stars (333 laps)
2. Cape ST Owners Club (332 laps)
3. Subaru Fun Crew (329 laps)
4. BMW Owners Club Cape (326 laps)
5. D-Evo RC Drift Club (321 laps)
6. Toyota 86 Owners Club (317 laps)
7. Fix-A-Smash Team (312 laps)
The fastest lap time of the race was set by the BMW Owners Club
with a time of 19.560 in lap 317 – well done guys!
I would like to thank all the teams and drivers who participated,
it was great racing against you guys! Thank you to Kenilworth
Karting for the venue and hard work you guys put into preparing
for this event. Thank you to Ernest Page my amazing MC on the
day. Thank you to my sound man, Khalil Amod.
Thank you to all my sponsors, Project D Clothing and Apparel,
SpeedStar Advanced Driver Coaching, Century Karting and Wash My
Ride Car Wash and Mobile Auto Detailing. Thanks to all the spectators,
fans and friends who came to watch. Thanks to everyone else that
assisted me in any way or form and lastly thanks to my team mates,
you guys rock! Till next year…