Thursday, March 1, 2012

OneHotLap-West Competes in the NWARC Kart Enduro

Not to be outdone by our friends out East, OneHotLap-West completed its second karting enduro. The Annual Northwest Alfa Romeo Club (NWARC) Karting Enduro Challenge has become a Winter tradition in the Seattle area. It's the perfect off-season get-together for gearheads looking to brush the dust off their race suits. Now in its fifth year, it has become a very competitive event attracting mostly hard-core track junkies. This year's race was held at Sykart in Tukwilla, WA, just a short drive from Seattle.

Noah Shinn, owner of Seattle-based Cohesive Garage, captained our Team Cohesive and did the opening stint. Check out the wild Le Mans-style start to the race. We drew 7-th slot on the grid in the pre-race lottery and Noah was able to move up 3 positions right at the start!

The helmet cam video below starts with me hopping in the kart and moves on to a close chase spanning over a few laps. I closed in on the #8 kart at the two-minute mark but it took a few laps and a little nudge (OK, maybe not so little ;o)) to pull off a pass. The video finishes off with another quick driver change at the end of the stint.

Kart endurance rules can vary dramatically by geography and league. Our rules are fairly simple:
  • 2-hour race
  • 10 teams
  • 4 to 5 drivers per team
  • 4 mandatory driver changes
The team leading the race after two hours wins!

Last year, Team Cohesive finished 3rd overall and we were hoping to improve on it. Not surprisingly, it turned out the competition had similar plans and even proceeded to shatter a few records! For the first time in 5 years, the top 3 teams completed more than 200 laps each over the 2-hour race.

Team Cohesive completed a total of 196 laps (one more than the year before) and improved our fastest lap time from 34.88 sec to 34.71 sec, which was good enough for fourth place. Everyone had a blast and we're already looking forward to next year's challenge.

Congratulations to team Hope Works for a fantastic race and an impressive first place finish!

This year's race was special for supporting a wonderful cause: raising money to the Carol Bradley Family fund honoring their daughter Kathryn's memory.