RE: PH Competes: EnduroKa

RE: PH Competes: EnduroKa

Sunday 24th February

PH Competes: EnduroKA

Yep, that's right: PistonHeads is returning to the grid for a full season of Ford Ka racing!



EnduroKa. The name is becoming more and more evocative each time it's spoken in the office. And in the last few weeks, it seems we've talked about nothing else. How did we get here? Well, the seed was first sewn last year, when Matt P - he of numerous race starts and a thousand supercar launches - declared his first two hour stint in the Citroen C1 Racing Club to be, "one of the best drives I've ever had in my life".

Now, Prior is not known for unequivocal praise, so when it is imparted, we listen. He told us other things, too: like how friendly the grid was and how cheap it could be, and, most importantly, that from one end of the pitlane to the other, it seemed to be primarily about enjoying yourself. With mates.

This struck a chord. And because it was a motorsport chord, it had already been playing long and low in Ben L's head. Ben, as many of you will know, is PH's master strategist and event organiser; the flame-haired, tabard-wearing maestro at most Sunday Services. He has been distractedly muttering about PistonHeads taking part in some form of grass roots racing for as long as anyone can remember. Last year, his heart's desire was hamstrung by a budget so small that it wouldn't have furnished an amoebas' tea party. This year, miraculously, it isn't.


So we've taken the collective plunge. Not into the C1 Racing Club, admittedly - which is already well established and deservedly over-subscribed - but rather its all-new competitor, EnduroKa, the like-minded brainchild of MotorSport Vision. MSV, of course, needs no further introduction, except to say that its status as the UK's (and Europe's) largest circuit operator does provide its new venture with some considerable heft. There will be fully six rounds in the 2019 calendar which will take in Donnington, Snetterton, Oulton Park, Cadwell Park and Brands Hatch (twice).

As the name suggests, this is about endurance racing - or, as MSV itself puts it: "a mix of 5/6 hour races, with a highlight 12-hour summer race and a 500-minute season finale" - in the mighty Mk1 Ford Ka. A breakdown of the technical requirements can be found on the EnduroKa website, but suffice it to say it is primarily about going racing with the bare minimum of either previous experience or prerequisite fettling. Each Ka will therefore have a stock 1.3-litre engine, a smattering of Burton Power-supplied standardised parts, a roll cage and control tyres.

It will also have a team of between two and four for the shorter races, and three and six for the 12hr events. Naturally we've brimmed our team with six of the best, including everything from complete novices to Racing Pete (with half a million confirmed starts) and have even had the foresight to include a ringer from Caterham to make sure that when the serious spanner work starts, we don't do anything silly (like spend six days arguing about the livery with the cage still outside the car).

It should also be noted from the start that this is not the sort of fluffy 'media' entry which typically passes for motorsport coverage on automotive pages. We had the (very kind offer) of a fully setup car for one race, and rejected it. This, after all, is PH - not GQ. We're going to buy the car ourselves, prep it ourselves, shake it down ourselves, correct the things we've cocked up ourselves and then get it to each and every round ourselves (probably using the RAV4 Ben mysteriously bought for his other half the other week). Sure we'll probably ask for some advice along the way - but no more so than any other group of blokes new to the game and on the same grid.


Because, after all, being new to it all - and very excited about it at the same time - is what it's all about. If British motorsport has a defining problem it is that too few car enthusiasts transition from track days to properly competing at an entry level. Or even feel the urge to do so, thanks to the presumed limiting factors of time, money, resources - and let's face it, effort. Motorsport UK - the rebranded face of what was previously the MSA - is keenly aware of this fact, and it will underpin a new drive to promote grass roots competition just like EnduroKa.

Naturally we support that effort - and assuming we don't immediately stuff our KA into the barrier at the first try - the plan is to have a go at a few other events as the year goes on. We'll keep you posted on that, just as we'll keep you posted on a good many other things; not least full coverage of the EnduroKa results. We've even dedicated a new space in the forums to the series, where everyone is welcome to share notes and/or poke fun at the Team PH effort.

If that wasn't enough cream in your coffee, there's one final reason for sticking with us on this one. Because EnduroKa is officially a series and not a championship, the organisers will record no running standings nor declare an overall winner come November. But we will; we'll keep our own table going throughout the year and send the victorious 2019 team to Le Mans with 1st Tickets. There, we've thought of everything. Now all we need is a used Ford Ka.




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Discussion

Jerseyhpc

Original Poster:

22 posts

44 months

Sunday 24th February
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“Now all we need is a used Ford Ka.”
You could have a look on Auto Trader, they’ll have loads.....

Sounds like a shambles, I love it!

pengers

23 posts

73 months

Sunday 24th February
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Brilliant, good luck, sounds just like the thing that would tempt me into trying some motor competition, every aspect of this says FUN, love the concept and will be following your progress. Mind you..12 hrs of Ka racing..I'd also be looking for full squad of 6.

andburg

3,093 posts

108 months

Sunday 24th February
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Love this!!!

Turbobanana

1,253 posts

140 months

Sunday 24th February
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Brilliant, good luck!

But of advice from a very long term spectator though: if you really want the public to get behind you, invest time and effort in your livery. If you create a distinctive looking car the crowd (especially the kids) will love you.

Make it bright!

SpudLink

2,355 posts

131 months

Sunday 24th February
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Great. And I’m quite fond of the mark 1 KA, so pleased to see it will get lots of positive coverage.

Can we expect the race events to coincide with PH SS meetings?
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SpudLink

2,355 posts

131 months

Sunday 24th February
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Turbobanana said:
Brilliant, good luck!

But of advice from a very long term spectator though: if you really want the public to get behind you, invest time and effort in your livery. If you create a distinctive looking car the crowd (especially the kids) will love you.

Make it bright!
Hmm. How about a competition for the best livery featuring the PH smiley? With an invitation to the first race for the winner?

Deadlysub

207 posts

97 months

Sunday 24th February
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Great idea. I’m looking forward to the updates.

Deadlysub

207 posts

97 months

Sunday 24th February
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Are you going to detail the buld and the costs involved?

Speed_Demon

2,591 posts

127 months

Sunday 24th February
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I look forward to following this.

I too would appreciate knowing the costs involved.

172

116 posts

77 months

Sunday 24th February
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I like the Ka but on a list of engines I want to thrash this is bottom.

Mr-B

1,889 posts

133 months

Sunday 24th February
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Speed_Demon said:
I look forward to following this.

I too would appreciate knowing the costs involved.
Ditto.

And what licence is required?


Edited by Mr-B on Sunday 24th February 13:41

ginettajoe

1,883 posts

157 months

Sunday 24th February
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I would be looking more closely at this ..... https://www.facebook.com/116Trophy/

Cars to buy suitable for a base car from £500 to £1500, assuming you want to build your own, and plenty of cars in build on an "arrive and drive" basis!

Dan BSCS

928 posts

175 months

Sunday 24th February
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ginettajoe said:
I would be looking more closely at this ..... https://www.facebook.com/116Trophy/

Cars to buy suitable for a base car from £500 to £1500, assuming you want to build your own, and plenty of cars in build on an "arrive and drive" basis!
It’s not really the same thing though is it Howard. Sub two hour races (done only 45 minutes) are a totally different thing to multi-driver 6 hour races.

Dan

2172cc

427 posts

36 months

Sunday 24th February
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I'm involved with a couple of KA's competing in this series although I won't be driving. Should be great fun and a bit less commitment required than the C1's which we did last year. These budget one make series seem to be proving very popular judging by the number of cars in preparation. There's talk of over subscribed grids but how true that is I don't know.
This is our car nearly finished

ginettajoe

1,883 posts

157 months

Sunday 24th February
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Dan BSCS said:
ginettajoe said:
I would be looking more closely at this ..... https://www.facebook.com/116Trophy/

Cars to buy suitable for a base car from £500 to £1500, assuming you want to build your own, and plenty of cars in build on an "arrive and drive" basis!
It’s not really the same thing though is it Howard. Sub two hour races (done only 45 minutes) are a totally different thing to multi-driver 6 hour races.

Dan
I beg to differ on that, the initial two races of the season are 45 minutes, and then 90 minutes, 100 minutes, and then for next season, there will be 4, 6, and a 24 hour race! The 750 Motor Club are hosting it, and until a sizeable number of cars have been built, they cannot justify allocating hours of tracktime to a dozen or so cars. The has been a hold up on cages, which are currently being manufactured with around 12 or 15 supplied so far!! I know what I would prefer to race!!!

BenLowden

1,445 posts

116 months

PH Marketing Bloke

Sunday 24th February
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Turbobanana said:
But of advice from a very long term spectator though: if you really want the public to get behind you, invest time and effort in your livery. If you create a distinctive looking car the crowd (especially the kids) will love you.
Thank you, that's a good shout. Our car is black and my plan was white wheels/decals to match the old PH logo colours, but maybe we need to get a bit more creative. Perhaps Matt will get his way with gold decals/wheels after all!

SpudLink said:
Can we expect the race events to coincide with PH SS meetings?
Absolutely. We're going to hold a Sunday Service at Snetterton on the 16th June and we'll have a discount code that PHers can use for every event in the series for anyone that wants to come along and watch.

Deadlysub said:
Are you going to detail the buld and the costs involved?
Definitely. At the moment we're estimating £15K for the series for everything. So buying the car, all the parts required plus spares, fixing it, fuel/tyres, breaking it and fixing it some more and race entry fees. That doesn't include personal costs though, such as race suit, HANS, helmet etc.

There's six of us on our team so it'll be around £2,500 each and we'll have to sit out one race each (I think) apart from Snetterton where we can all race as it's 12 hours. All the others are max four drivers but we'll probably all go to most events where we can to help out.

Mr-B said:
And what licence is required?
National B. A couple of us took our ARDS this week; a full article to come on that in due course but you'll need a Go Racing pack from Motorsport UK (£100), which includes your first years licence fee. The ARDS test is around £300 depending on where you take it.

SpudLink

2,355 posts

131 months

Sunday 24th February
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ginettajoe said:
Dan BSCS said:
ginettajoe said:
I would be looking more closely at this ..... https://www.facebook.com/116Trophy/

Cars to buy suitable for a base car from £500 to £1500, assuming you want to build your own, and plenty of cars in build on an "arrive and drive" basis!
It’s not really the same thing though is it Howard. Sub two hour races (done only 45 minutes) are a totally different thing to multi-driver 6 hour races.

Dan
I beg to differ on that, the initial two races of the season are 45 minutes, and then 90 minutes, 100 minutes, and then for next season, there will be 4, 6, and a 24 hour race! The 750 Motor Club are hosting it, and until a sizeable number of cars have been built, they cannot justify allocating hours of tracktime to a dozen or so cars. The has been a hold up on cages, which are currently being manufactured with around 12 or 15 supplied so far!! I know what I would prefer to race!!!
Sounds like the 116 trophy will be a good ‘next step’ in 2020 when there are more cars and proper endurance races.

Some Gump

10,722 posts

125 months

Sunday 24th February
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Here's what i completely don't get about these series: They all use the sttest cars going.

116i trophy? Why not a 120i? 120d?.something better? The total cost of a season is so little influenced by the initial cost of the car, I just don't get it.

I love the concept of low cost endurance racing, but just can't fathom the idea of a 2 hour stint at Oulton in a 1.3 Ka or a 1.6 bmw. Both of those would be frustrating as hell on the morning commute, never mind one of the tracks with the best high speed bits on that I've driven. Surely a.relatively unstressed but higher output base car would be a much better start point? As long as it didn't get massively heavier then e.g brake and tyre wear wouldn't be hugely changed...

ginettajoe

1,883 posts

157 months

Monday 25th February
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SpudLink said:
ginettajoe said:
Dan BSCS said:
ginettajoe said:
I would be looking more closely at this ..... https://www.facebook.com/116Trophy/

Cars to buy suitable for a base car from £500 to £1500, assuming you want to build your own, and plenty of cars in build on an "arrive and drive" basis!
It’s not really the same thing though is it Howard. Sub two hour races (done only 45 minutes) are a totally different thing to multi-driver 6 hour races.

Dan
I beg to differ on that, the initial two races of the season are 45 minutes, and then 90 minutes, 100 minutes, and then for next season, there will be 4, 6, and a 24 hour race! The 750 Motor Club are hosting it, and until a sizeable number of cars have been built, they cannot justify allocating hours of tracktime to a dozen or so cars. The has been a hold up on cages, which are currently being manufactured with around 12 or 15 supplied so far!! I know what I would prefer to race!!!
Sounds like the 116 trophy will be a good ‘next step’ in 2020 when there are more cars and proper endurance races.
I do think that is a major consideration! Also, there is a lot more money behind the Ka series than the 116, but once the first season is completed, and all the teething problems have been ironed out, then it will be in full swing for 2020!!

Pericoloso

38,155 posts

102 months

Monday 25th February
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12 Heures du Norfolk......LOL......biglaugh

Hope they can fill the grid up ,nothing worse than a race with only a dozen or so cars, or KAs.