November has had some truly high and low moments for Kabort - so let's take a little rewind and have a good old Half Month Review
I will only be discussing the events Kabort has attended - for events Kabort missed, there's a blog on this.
We did miss the 24hrs Sebring for Stand Up To Cancer on the 14th November, but since I donated £15 and am attending a 12hr Cancer Charity event in December, I think this makes up for it.
No NEC November
The final round of the thoroughly enjoyable NEC (Nurburgring Endurance Championship) marked the first event of November and unfortunately, just like a flame in Iceland, it fizzled out.
There were talks of running two cars - the first an Audi R8 with Andy Jones (GBR) and Sam Thurtell (AUS) and the second all-Welsh R8 team of Max Thorne and Owen Price - Daniel Weber also looking for a drive.
First to fizzle was the Welsh, with Owen being out due to work.
Then it was Sam's motherboard to halt proceedings.
Daniel didn't get a seat in the end.
36 Hours Of Mayhem
The weekend of the 7th & 8th November 2020 went from a real high to quite a low.
(6hrs) ELMS (Endurance Le Mans Series) @ Monza - WIN!
After an absolutely faultless run (and win) at the previous round at Road America the unstoppable duo of Thomas Jensen (SWE) and Lars Bachmann (GER) paired up again for the Monza round of the Endurance Le Mans Series.
6 Hours later they came home from forth on the grid to claim another win - this duo was truly on fire! The champagne dried and the team settled down to watch the 5-Strong GTE entry into the XRL Daytona 24 Hours....
XRL Daytona 24 Hours
Kabort Motorsport (Chevrolet Corvette C8.R) - GTE @ Daytona - DNF Daniel Weber (GER)
Max Thorne (GBR)
Jonathan Keen (GBR)
Adam J Pearce (GBR)
Connor Holyak (USA)
Our close rival was also in this race, and qualified 19th (8th in class) with a 1:42.507
Kabort qualified 18th (7th in class), and managed to pipped him with a 1:41.973
The start of the race didn't actually go to badly, us sniffing at not only a Top-5 in class but even within reach of a podium!
As our rival was disqualified, the driving standards on the server worsened, and eventually we were the victim of a couple of hits - this quickly destroyed the moral of the team and led to the team retiring - a tough decision, but one for the best.
It was found out only 15 of the original 25 entries finished - only one of which being a GT3.
The car would be flown back to the UK pretty shortly after, whilst the car in Monza would stay for the ISRC race.
Friday the 13th (In 2020) passed with no major drama - and it was quickly onto that weekend's racing.
ISRC (Intercontinental Sim Racing Challenge) - Monza - DNE & DNF
Kabort were back at Monza, and in high spirits.
The plan was to run two cars:
LMP2 - Kabort K1
Andrew Jones (GBR) Adam J Peace (GBR)
Max Thorne (GBR)
Lars Bachmann (GER)
Tim Perry (GBR)
Daniel Weber (GER)
Availability to drive the LMP2 was much lower than needed to compete in the race - so in the week leading up to the race, it was pulled from that round's entry list.
During this time, our rival also accumulated a race ban for Monza, so that slightly lifted the pressure off our shoulders...but it wasn't going to make the weekend any easier.
Qualifying last of those who managed a lap meant that it was going to be a long day out for the K2 Kabort car.
We may have got up to 36th...but a punt shortly after severely re-arranged the Corvette's engine, causing a (rather large) explosion not four laps after.
The mechanics shook their head and with the help of the drivers, rolled the car into the trailer and packed up the garage. We were done.
It was a deadly silent trip back to the HQ.
The next race Kabort have an entry in is ELMS (Endurance Le Mans Series) at the Nurburgring GP circuit.
Thomas doesn't own this - so we'll have to have all fingers crossed for a good result.