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Santa Pod Raceway 26th – 29th May 2017

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Santa Pod Raceway 26th – 29th May 2017

FIA / FIM Main Event

We arrived on Thursday to set up for the weekend, we were full of anticipation for a great weekend and with Brad currently leading the UK championship the team were in a buoyant mood.
Friday morning was a beautiful sunny day and we went down for our first qualifying run,  Wayne dialled a 7.74 based on the previous meetings data at Shakespeare County Raceway, we ran a 7.79 seconds run and this was good enough for 4th place,  this got us very firmly into the 32 car field.

There were 40 cars from  many European countries and 8 teams were going to be disappointed and not make the field, the level of competition was extremely high.
On our second run Wayne dialled a 7.73 but we ran too quickly and broke out on a 7.69 run (fouled).
On our third run we found some inconsistency with the car and traced this to a fuel injection issue, Cristiann and Nick worked hard all event to cure the issue but to no avail. When we say an issue we are talking about a 1 tenth of a second issue but with the bump spot likely to be around 400th’s of a second a tenth of a second is an age in the Super Pro Class. Brad and the crew worked hard all weekend but by the time the end of qualifying came on Sunday we had run 8 times but never improved on our first run and ended up 25th in the 32 car field

In our first round of Eliminations we met Gordon Northway, Gordon is very competent and this was a tough race, Brad won the race by just 200’ths of a second, this was a great relief to the team because 16 cars were eliminated and we were now in the second round and had recovered the poor qualifying position.
In the second round we raced Mick Howling and Brad cut a great light (reaction time ) 0f 0.07 of a second to Mick’s 0.138 reaction and Brad had the upper hand, unfortunately Brad broke out ( fouled ) and our weekend was over.
We packed away and stayed the night in the RV before heading home on Monday morning. We woke to find there had been some rain overnight and the weather forecast was poor for the rest of the day, we do not wish to be bad sportsmen but the rain could save our weekend.
We drove home continually looking at the event on Eurodragster.com and the Super Pro class didn’t run again, this saved our troublesome weekend because the points accrued at the point of the meeting being abandoned stand.
So we came away from a bad weekend only dropping to second spot in the championship 120 points behind Scott Hauser, this could have been a much more damaging weekend and there is a rumour that Wayne’s rain dance help to contribute to the downpour !
We have sent the data from the car to the injection company in the USA and can hopefully resolve the issue before the Summer Nationals at Santa Pod on the 24th-25th June!

  • Martin Williams

     

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