The 2014 RES Road Race EKart Season come to and end with a big bang November 29th and 30th with the six race event at Sonoma Raceway. We are joining the Northern California Karter's road racers, bringing the Group 2 Class 1 RS2, RS3 and RS5 chassis and Class U RS4 Superkart to the premier road racing tracks of Califonia. The championship is tight, with Marcos Ramirez leading Patrick Kelly and Matt Cresci for the Class 1 championship by 2 medals to 1. But with a total of six races in November, everything is there to play for.
On June 28, 2014 Simraceway hosted a four hour Enduro on the fast National Track. The RES team entered for the first time attempting one of the most challenging of racing events, especially for EV’s.
We took #00 in its Group 2 form and increased the radiator capacity as a precaution. We prepared 7sets of batteries and 10 Kw of charging capacity. Marcos Ramirez, Matt Cresci and Richard Hilleman were joined by Christopher Hilleman, the first Junior driver in Group2 history.
We planned for 12 stints of 20 laps with a 240 lap target. It required us to drive to something less than full speed to extend our range and manage the battery temperature. Marcos ran the first two stints, which featured the second fastest lap of the day. Matt followed with another 40 laps. Rich did two stints for another 43 laps. As we completed the first six stints of the day, we encountered a charger failure.
We pushed on with Christopher doing his 20 lap Stint holding our position. That handed the wheel back to Marcos and Matt for the rest of the event. They pushed on to the end, with Matt completing the final stint with a final hot lap.
At the end of the day, we finished 8th, completing 212 laps, 12 Drive battery changes, and three 12V battery changes. Our only failures were a 12V battery issue and charger failure. The system showed remarkable reliability. Next time, we will be there to win.
Richard Hilleman crosses the finish line to win both the round 9 feature and the Season Championship.
Junior Group 2 driver Christopher Hilleman executes his 20 lap stint for another series first.
Three of the RES team collect the hardware for the first EV Superduro team effort logging 212 laps.
The final race of the Zero Motorsports Group2 EKart championship was held in the cool November air. Reigning champion Marcos Ramirez entered the day with a 45 point lead. Richard Hilleman and Matt Cresci both had a shot at the championship, but the odds were long. Richard Hilleman won his six pole of the year, setting another new track record for the National B configuration of the SimRaceway Karting Center at Sonoma. Matt gridded second, with a surprise Kenyon Kluge at the wheel of a brand new Aluminos chassis RS5 setting the third best time. Marcos struggled with charging problems all day, and that kept him from his best. Tristan Bayless and Christopher Hilleman filled out the six Kart field.
Kenyon holeshotted the start, leading the pack into the first corner. Marcos and Tristan pushed into the lead before fading about lap 6, leaving a shoot out between Kenyon, Rich and Matt. Kenyon finished off the job, winning his first race in the series. Rich and Matt were next, keeping their championship alive with the double point heat.
Marcos lead had slipped to 15 points over Rich, setting up a feature for the championship. Marcos had continued to suffer with charging problems, and started the 14 lap feature with a less than full charge. Kenyon started on his first Feature pole, with Rich, Matt, Marcos, Tristan and Chris lined up behind. Out of the first corner found Marcos and Tristan pushing into the lead. After 7 laps, the pace returned battery heat that pulled the early rabbits back to the field with Kenyon, Rich and Matt all passing both of them. Rich made a play for the lead at turn 1 at the start of lap 8, but Kenyon defended for another lap. Rich pushed harder at the same place on lap 10, completing the pass for the lead. He held that three second lead to win the feature, and the second Group2 EKart championship. Kenyon completed a great day coming second, and Matt finished on the last step of the podium. Christopher Hilleman passed both Tristan and Marcos continuing his surprising finishing performances in Feature.
But that wasn't all. RES hosted the first RLOKC Race of Champions. This five lap race brought five of the champions back to the track for one last encore of the 2014 Season. David Arnstein soothed his wounds from a second place championship season with a dominant win in Kenyon's #96 RS5. Rich came back from an early spin to finish on the last step of the podium. A great time was had by all and we will repeat it again, next year.
Rich showed improved driving and many advantages of the RS3. The RS5 has realized those improvements and mated it with the superior handling of the Alumios Frame. 2015 looks like it will be the most competitive yet, with two champions, and strong 8 kart fields...
Kenyon Kluge (#96)leads Marcos Ramirez (#1) on his way to his first win.
The Race of Champions Podium.
Rattlesnake Electric Sport Road Race Championship
(through Refuel 2014)
Number Name Chassis Gold Silver Bronze
01ev Marcos Ramirez RS2M CRG/Zero 2 0 1
97ev Patrick Kelly RS1X CRG/Zero 1 1 0
00ev Matt Cresci RS2A CRG/Zero 1 1 0
37ev Jon Horsley RS2 CRG/Zero 0 1 2
51ev Richard Hilleman RS3 CRG/Zero 0 0 2