Teams Tortoise Racing, Marauder and Braking Bad Victorious in 12-Hour Enduro, April 29
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (April 29, 2017) – We held the third running of our GoPro Motorplex 12-Hour Enduro today with a SOLD OUT field of 20 teams entered in three different weight divisions. A total of eleven Pro-Am 175 division teams, four 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 track, but as the day progressed and the sun came out, humid temperatures raised into the high-80’s and the racing action heated on track.
After 454.3 miles and 649 non-stop laps, Team Tortoise Racing from Brookfield, CT (Pro-Am 175), Marauder from Cos Cov, CT (Pro-Am 200) and Braking Bad from Mechanicsville, VA (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 Teeth Paste (Pro-Am 175) as the overall pole sitter with a lightning fast lap of 63.799 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 Teeth Paste used the momentum from their pole starting position to achieve the early lead, but not without close competition from Team Tortoise Racing (Pro-Am 175).
One hour into the race, Team Teeth Paste and Tortoise Racing were running nose-to-tail, but seemingly working together in the draft to pull away from the rest of the field. Several teams began to cycle in for a driver change and give their starting driver a break However, the two leading teams kept their starting driver in the seat for the entire first hour.
Leaderboard: Pro-Am 175 Top-3: Teeth Paste, Tortoise Racing, Team Bean
Pro-Am 200: MB2, Team Batman, Marauder
Novice 210: Smoke Show, Pedros Apex Eaters, HMD Racing
By the time the three-hour mark hit, Tortoise Racing had taken over the lead from Teeth Paste. After both teams had completed one pit stop each, Tortoise Racing was leading by a little over a lap. However, upon making stop two, Tortoise Racing suffered a drive-thru penalty for not making a full stop at a mandatory stop sign. This small error nearly cost them the lead and allowed Teeth Paste to close in to just a six-second gap back. As the noon hour neared, teams enjoyed a complimentary lunch as they reenergized for the second quarter of the race. Slightly overcast skies kept the temperatures feeling somewhat cooler than previously expected for competitors on track.
Leaderboard: Pro-Am 175 Top-3: Tortoise Racing, Teeth Paste, Misfitz
Pro-Am 200: Marauder, MB2, Team Batman
Novice 210: Smoke Show, HMD Racing, Pedros Apex Eaters
6-Hour Mark, Halfway:
At the halfway point, the racing action seemed to calm down slightly as the temperatures heated up to nearly 90 degrees. Entering the second half of the race, strategy began to come into play as teams maneuvered their way through their mandatory 15 kart swaps. Team Tortoise Racing continued to lead the field overall. However, it was Team Marauder (Pro-Am 200) who improved to the second position overall, giving their spirits a boost going into the second-half of the race.
Leaderboard: Pro-Am 175 Top-3: Tortoise Racing, Misfitz, Teeth Paste
Pro-Am 200: Marauder, Team Batman, MB2
Novice 210: HMD Racing, Smoke Show, Braking Bad
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. In addition, emotions and temperatures were rising to the hottest they had been all race. Every second on track and in the pits mattered more than ever as teams raced against the clock and their competition. Adding to the drama and excitement of the final hours, many teams began losing valuable time through the fault of underweight and aggressive driving penalties. Team Teeth Paste continued to rally even through suffering several penalties to defend the top position. However, behind them, Tortoise Racing was on a charge, trimming their margin behind Team Teeth Paste to just 12 seconds. 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.
Leaderboard: Pro-Am 175 Top-3: Teeth Paste, Tortoise Racing, Misfitz
Pro-Am 200: Marauder, Team Batman, MB2
Novice 210: HMD Racing, Braking Bad, Smoke Show
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. Business picked up on track and in pit lane as drivers fought exhaustion and raced against the clock with minutes diminishing quickly. Creating an especially tense moment, overall leader, Tortoise Racing needed to make their final pit stop with just five minutes remaining before the pits closed. Not only were they pushing it to the last minute, they would also need to complete a flawless stop with Team Misfitz roughly just 60+ seconds behind them in second place.
After 12 hours, it never fails that the race comes down to a nail-biting finish. However, Tortoise Racing never cracked under pressure to complete the final laps with flawless skill to score the overall win with a 57.5-second margin of victory over second place of Team Misfitz. In third overall was Team Teeth Paste.
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.
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