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Posts Tagged ‘Apira’

The Main Event 2016

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We eagerly awaited this event following a poor start to the season, this event attracts racers from all over Europe and it is a meeting that Brad really enjoys. The weather forecast was great and it looked like we would have a full weekend of action.
We had some guests for the event and we also had 2 sponsors at the event, Les Downey and his wife Mo from Lucas Oil UK , and Keith West from Pentagon.
We arrived on Thursday and set up the pits, we had 3 Lucas Oil dragsters competing this weekend so it was going to be busy because all 3 dragsters were in the same class.
Friday qualifying showed us that we has 6 rounds of qualifying so we would get plenty of track time, our first run Wayne dialled 7.72 but Brad ran a 7.707 breaking out by just over 100th of a second, the second run the car ran slower, the data didn’t show anything wrong so we changed the fuel ratio, the third run was even slower so we realised we had a problem. We checked the car over and couldn’t find anything untoward so took the rocker covers off and found two tight rockers, we made a decision not to run the car but due to our other 2 cars qualifying, Nick Good and Chris Parker, the crew were busy servicing these cars.

At around 4pm we decided to investigate further, this resulted in the cylinder heads and the sump being removed and we found 2 pistons had broken rings. I went to see Goef Hauser from Hauser Race Cars,  http://www.hauserracing.com  , and Geof kindly offered to open his workshop for us, this is a great gesture for 2 reasons, we race against his son Scott and secondly it was already 7pm,

What a great sportsman and a great gentleman!

I got the parts back for the crew and Nick and Cristiann worked until the small hours getting the engine rebuilt, they finished about 0130 but due to the noise curfew we had to wait until 9 o’clock the following day before we could try the engine.
The next morning the engine ran perfectly and although we were on the back foot and in last place we thought we would be able to recover the situation. We were wrong, the car launched really well but then wouldn’t shift into 2nd gear, Brad aborted this run, back at the pit’s we found a wire has come loose on the shifter solenoid, not related at all to the engine problem just a real piece of bad luck. There was then a huge accident in Pro Mod which resulted in a 2 hour delay, pleased to say the driver wasn’t too badly injured, but again our day was done.
Here’s the video;-
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqLlAY2-3lc

Sunday we realised we would only get 1 more qualifying chance, with no data yet Wayne had to take an educated guess and his stab was almost 2 tenths of a second over his dial in and this was only good enough for 28th place in the 32 car field, but at least the car was fine and we were in the show.
A little later in the day brought the first round of eliminations and we were against Wouter van Leersom from the Nederlands, this is where our weekend improved, he had some trouble and Brad was through the first round of eliminations.
Round 2 brought a little irony that we were drawn against team mate Nick Good, Nick prepares our car and this would be an interesting race, Nicks car is a blown alcohol car and reaches over 200mph in 6 seconds, however Nick still knew he needed a good light against Brad and tried too hard and red lit gifting the win to Brad! Our joy was short lived when we saw that Brad now had an oil leak that would be tricky to repair. Nick and Cristiann again worked hard to repair the car for Brad and once again we looked forward to the quarter finals.
Monday we woke up to a slight bit of moisture in the air, the track was dry and Santa Pod ran the pro cars first, our race took place around 1pm, Brad holeshot Ian Powell with a 0.053 reaction to Ian’s 0.105 giving Brad the advantage when the car lost traction and swerved to the right, Brad fought the car valiantly but had to lift gifting the race to Ian, congratulations to Ian. There is a short video on my (Wayne Jackson) timeline on facebook, if you look closely you can just see Brad getting out of shape as the video ends.

Summary, Nick always delivers Brad a great car but this weekend it decided to test our commitment, it lost!
We never give in until it’s over, and for Brad to reach the last 8 in this competitive FIA event was a great result for the team and keeps our championship aspirations alive!

APIRA Springspeed Nationals 2016

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We arrived at Shakespeare County Raceway with a little apprehension following the car trouble we experienced at the Festival of Power, Nick and Cristiann had checked the whole  car and found a swollen “O” ring in the injection system and also a couple of a new set of spark plugs were a little bit weak.

 

The crew were confident that the car was back to normal but due to my work commitments we hadn’t had time to test the car.

Brad won this event last year so we were confident of a strong result and looking forward to qualifying, the car sounded strong and on the first burnout we could tell the car was fixed.

 

The track was cold and had been wet, Brad lost traction at mid track but still ran 8.34 @ 165 mph with 1.1 seconds to 60 foot we knew the car was back on form, Brad also pulled an 0.04 second reaction time so the team were buoyant.

Brad’s best run was a 7.82 on a 7.77 dial in so 5 hundredths of a second off the dial in was good enough for 5th place.

Monday’s 1st round of eliminations we were racing Joe Stevens, a real tough opponent, especially at his home track, Brad overcame Joe to take the first round win.

Round 2 of eliminations we faced Jack Brewster, Brad had lane choice and we took the left lane, Brad pulled a great 0.02 light but at 330 ft the car turned sharp right, here’s the quote from journalist Tog from Eurodragster.com ;-

Good driving job by Brad Jackson in his race against Jack Brewster, the Lucas Oil dragster made a hard right about 300 feet out but Brad kept a hold of it.

Brad had to correct the car and made a valiant attempt to catch Jack but although he still ran a 9.02 @ 161 mph Jack took the win.

We were eliminated, but we were thankful that Brad did a fantastic driving job having his biggest “moment” of his 6 year career and brought him and the car home safely.

Brad stands 7th in the National championship but only 500 points adrift from championship leader and team mate Chris Parker, a result that we will take considering the outcome could have been a lot worse.

The next event is the FIA Main Event at Santa Pod and the Super Pro entry is already at 39 entries with the very best in Europe attending the event, we eagerly await this event!

Brad is 2015 APRIA Super Pro Champion

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APIRA Super Pro Champion 2015

We arrived at Shakespeare County Raceway near Stratford upon Avon for the holiday weekends final round of the Avon Park International Racers Association’s Open Sports National Finals .

Saturday was a great sunny day, The first run in Q1 found Brad in the number 3 spot, Q2 Brad slipped to 5th place, a rethink was needed to try and improve the position so the team took a gamble with the dial in but we got it wrong and Brad slipped to 9th following a breakout. The team made some adjustments and in Q4 we improved slightly to seventh.

That was the end of Qualifying for Saturday so we were pleased with our improvement and looked forward to qualifying on Sunday.
Unfortunately we woke up to very light rain with just a few rain spots falling on the track but this was enough to stop us racing, this persisted until the early afternoon and the days session had to be curtailed and we would go straight into eliminations on Monday.

Monday we were woken  by heavy rain and with the forecast showing no improvement until mid afternoon the meeting unfortunately was abandoned.

This meant that Brads position as the Championship leader could not be beaten so Brad is the APIRA Super Pro Champion for 2015 !

We’ll done to Brad and everyone involved with the team and a massive thank you to all our sponsors and supporters !

Brad Jackson :- Runner Up In The Apira Championship

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Brad had a successful weekend at Stratford upon Avon’s Shakespeare County Raceway with 2 personal best runs; the better of the 2 PB’s was 7.70 at 174.6 mph in the quarter mile from a standing start.
We are waiting for the results to be ratified but Brad has finished runner up in the Apira/Shakespeare County Raceway Championship which puts him in a confident mood for the FIA European finals at Santa Pod in Northamptonshire starting next Thursday 28th August.
Brad will have to qualify for a 32 car field because there are 43 entries from all the top Super Pro Drivers in Europe with a particularly large contingent from the Netherlands and Switzerland.
Brad is currently 2nd in the UK National Drag Racing Championship and with only 2 rounds left in the series Brad is excited about the challenge ahead and is particularly looking forward the European Finals because he has large amount of family, friends and sponsors visiting this prestigious event.
Once again a great achievement for Brad to be runner up in the Apira Championship in what is proving to be a fantastic first year in the senior ranks.

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