Tylor Ballard you have a lot to answer for!
Come Saturday night, after six hours of intense heat and hot on-track action my throat was sore.
However, not because I was dehydrated from the ridiculous Lincolnshire heat, but rather because of commentating on one of the most intense final few laps of racing action as Tylor Ballard in the SuperKA Racing number 100 car closed down and somehow snuck past the PistonHeads entry to take the final podium place.
This was the third EnduroKA race we have covered (we missed Oulton Park because I don’t like getting wet) and on each occasion, the race has gone down to the wire.
In this case, after six hours, Octane Junkies navigated the extreme heat and conquered Cadwell Parks bloody steep mountain with Snetterton winners Team K.A.R coming home in second and SuperKA racing snatching third right at the death – However, that is only a small part of the story…
Cadwell Park, it’s pretty nice!
Ha, that heading is something of an understatement and I wrote it!
Having made the four-hour trip to Lincolnshire for Round 4, I was prepared for a picturesque day with sweeping corners fully tree-lined having done my research prior.
However, what I was not quite prepared for was the steepness of the iconic Mountain part of the track and just how stunning the venue is.
Yep, it was my first time at Cadwell Park, but I can assure you it won’t be our last!
Back with friends
One of the things I enjoy most about our days live-streaming is seeing the familiar faces in the paddock.
With EnduroKA (and all the series we have been involved in) we have been made to feel like family and never has that been more highlighted than when we arrived, and I received a giant hug from Francois Herne from Peak Performance Reviews!
Throughout the day we had high-fives, invites for food and Team Cheetah ensuring we had plenty of water throughout our broadcasts (thanks guys) but that family feeling extended to the marshals and Cadwell Park staff who could not have done more to help and accommodate us.
All-day long it felt like we were among family because we were, and it makes the live broadcast so much easier and free-flowing.
And so, to the action…
IP Racing was on a mission in qualifying and produced the only lap time sub-two-minutes to put car number 28 on pole position – just like they did at Donington Park earlier in the year.
They led from pole for the first four laps too as the race begun under safety car conditions whilst the track was cleared but the action was soon underway, and the cars thundered up the mountain for the first time under green flag conditions (that is a sight to behold).
We went into the paddock – the main pitlane was not used, instead, the paddock/scrutineering bay used as the refuelling and makeshift pits – and chatted to Stratton MacKay and his CHR Motorsport by Motex team after they made an early strategic stop after 30 minutes.
As the hours ticked by, the lead changed hands numerous times as the pitstops came and went.
Then, just over halfway through the race, the second LDR Performance Tuning car made it out onto the track to much applause from the whole paddock after failing to take the start and needing plenty of mechanical work.
We saw it at Snetterton, and we saw it at Cadwell, the effort, determination and desire to just go racing makes the seemingly impossible possible, and not for the first time I was left a little gobsmacked at the sheer talent of those in the pits.
As the race entered the last 30 minutes, I had finished my cornetto and it was back out to film and commentate until the end and Octane Junkies held the lead from Team K.A.R with a relatively comfortable gap of around 30 seconds.
However, that lead was wiped out when the safety car emerged again and by the team the green flags were waving, the gap was just three seconds.
A time penalty for Team K.A.R all but ended the race for the win which then switched the focus to the battle for the final podium spot.
PistonHeads occupied it but were struggling with their tyres and Tylor Ballard was bearing down in his SuperKA racing car number 100.
After much excitement and screaming down the microphone Ballard managed to get past to take the chequered flag in third place.
Whilst all this was going on, Adam Blair in the IP Racing machine set the fastest lap of the weekend with a 1:58 and Frank Frostick in his Frost Racing car number 32 was driving the wheels off his car – literally!
After the race it was all smiles (mostly) and Club Racing UK picked up the now coveted Dagenham Dustbin for the best-presented car.
And so another race was finished for us and despite it being a four-hour journey home, I was all smiles all the way happy to have been amongst my family once again.
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