Teams Power Unit, MARAUDER and Smoke Show Victorious in 12-Hour Enduro, Sept. 23


MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Sept. 23, 2017) – We held the fourth running of our GoPro Motorplex 12-Hour Enduro today with a field of 19 teams entered in three different weight divisions. A diverse field of eight Pro-Am 175 division teams, six Pro-Am 200 and five Novice 210 teams of diehard rental racers were up well before the sun for an early start time of 7:30 a.m. Teams began the race on a cold, dewy track, but as the day progressed, the sun came out and temperatures raised into the high-80’s.

After 456 miles and 651 non-stop laps, Team Power Unit (Pro-Am 175), MARAUDER (Pro-Am 200) and Smoke Show (Novice 210) were all victorious in the 12-Hour Enduro in their respective divisions. 

Le Mans Style Start:
Friday’s shootout, five-minute qualifying session set the grid with Team Bean (Pro-Am 175) as the overall pole sitter with a fast lap of 64.443 seconds. Traditional for our endurance karting events, the race started with a Le Mans style start in which competitors must run across the track on foot, jump into their karts and buckle their seatbelt before accelerating. Team Bean used the momentum from their pole starting position to achieve the early lead, but were overtaken by Team Tortoise Racing (Pro-Am 175) prior to the one-hour mark.

1-Hour Mark:
One hour into the race, Team Tortoise Racing continued to lead overall with Team Bean hot on their heels just 0.199 seconds back. Behind Team Bean, LeMans Karting Greenville was certainly in contention riding in third just 0.330 seconds behind the leader. The top-three teams paced the field by a lap, but had yet to make any of their 15 mandatory kart swaps while several teams began to cycle in for a driver change and give their starting driver a break.  
Leaderboard:
Pro-Am 175 Top-3: Tortoise Racing, Team Bean, LeMans Karting Greenville
Pro-Am 200: MARAUDER, Pew Pew, The Marauders
Novice 210: Team MTR, Smoke Show, Braking Bad

3-Hour Mark:
By the time the three-hour mark hit, the morning was far from over, but the cool temperatures had faded quickly, rising into the 80’s with high humidity. With that, track conditions changed dramatically. Tortoise Racing continued their so far dominating run even through one kart swap to hold on to the lead overall. With their second driver in the seat, Team Tortoise led just 21.489 seconds over second place of LeMans Karting Greenville who had made two kart swaps by the three-hour mark. As the noon hour neared, teams enjoyed a complimentary lunch as they reenergized for the second quarter of the race.
Leaderboard:
Pro-Am 175 Top-3: Tortoise Racing, LeMans Karting Greenville, Team Bean
Pro-Am 200: MARAUDER, The Marauders, Not Last
Novice 210: Smoke Show, Team MTR, Braking Bad

6-Hour Mark, Halfway:
At the halfway point, the racing action seemed to cool down as the temperatures heated up to nearly 90 degrees. Entering the second half of the race, different teams’ strategies began to show. LeMans Karting Fremont was the new team out front as teams notched six hours in the books. Running just 0.897 seconds behind the leader was Team Power Unit, new to the top-three as well. Rounding out the top three just 9 seconds back was LeMans Karting Greenville. With six more hours to log, it was still any team’s race to win.
Leaderboard:

Pro-Am 175 Top-3: LeMans Karting Fremont, Power Unit, LeMans Karting Greenville
Pro-Am 200: MARAUDER, Wheel to Wheel, The Marauders
Novice 210: Smoke Show, Team MTR, Braking Bad


9-Hour Mark:
Although many teams settled into a rhythm for the last few hours, the race certainly didn’t lack competitive, hard racing for position as teams’ patience and energy dwindled. A lack of patience and energy also caused emotions to run high as teams battled for every second on track. Even with three hours remaining, it was tough to tell which team’s strategy would rise to the top with the majority of teams still needing to make at least three of the mandatory kart swaps. LeMans Karting Greenville led the field overall. 
Leaderboard:
Pro-Am 175 Top-3: LeMans Karting Greenville, Tortoise Racing, LeMans Karting Fremont
Pro-Am 200: MARAUDER, Wheel to Wheel, The Marauders
Novice 210: Smoke Show, Team MTR, Braking Bad

12-Hour Mark/Checkered Flag:
The last 45 minutes of all Enduro races become interesting as final pit stops begin to shake out. Each team can instantly see if their strategy was a success or a failure within the closing hour and sometimes minutes. Business picked up on track and in pit lane as drivers fought exhaustion and strategy with many teams making costly pit lane mistakes as they tried their hardest to complete last-minute kart swaps. After 12 hours, it never fails that the race comes down to a nail-biting finish. However, it was Team Power Unit’s flawless strategy that allowed them to score the overall win with just over a lap margin of victory over second place of Team LeMans Karting Greenville. In third overall was Team LeMans Karting Fremont.

Congrats to all teams who entered our 12-Hour Enduro, many of whom traveled from across the country to compete. Simply just finishing the 12-Hour Enduro race in its entirety is a huge achievement.

To view the complete 12-Hour Enduro results from all three divisions:
12-Hour Enduro Results>>
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