Brad embarked on a trip to see more of the world in October 2019 after the drag racing season ended, he toured Japan and then moved onto Australia, from Australia he moved on to New Zealand and then the pandemic curtailed any further travel.
Brad is in New Zealand due to the restrictions of still being unable to travel, in the summer he was working in a jet ski centre and at present is using his VW group qualifications and working for an Audi group in Queenstown.
Brad’s sister is getting married next month ( October 2020 ) and sadly is unable to travel back to th UK due to the pandemic, his travel visa is being extended and he will probably stay until spring next year before returning to the UK.
Wayne & Alison are hoping to travel to New Zealand to see him as soon as we are able to travel.
We arrived at Santa Pod late on Friday night so missed scrutineering so had to be up early Saturday morning to get the car scrutineered before the event started, we woke up to a beautiful day and Brad was looking forward to this race weekend.
With only 3 qualifying runs on Saturday it was imperative to qualify well, qualifying one we dialled a safe 7.67 and ran 7.72, 5 hundredths of a second over dial in left Brad in 9th from 23.
Q2, we dialled 7.68 and ran a 7.677, we broke out by just under 3 thousandths of a second (0.0021) and Brad dropped to 14th place.
Q3 we dialled a 7.64, this was a strategic dial just to improve on the 500th’s position, the plans all went wrong when Brad had a massive slide at half track and scrubbed too much speed off collecting the car, this left Brad in 16th place from 25 drivers, Brad’s worst qualifying position for a very long time, however Brad was confident that once we got into eliminations we would recover this position.
Sunday morning brought cooler temperatures and a dull cloudy sky but the weather did improve throughout the day.
Eliminations 1 Brad faced Peter Walters, Pete has had a torrid time with minor gremlins in his car but he was running well at this meeting, Pete had a slight edge on Brad off the line but Brad was closer to the dial in and Brad took the win by 0.019 of a second.
Eliminations 2 Brad faces Laura Turburville Brad’s friend from the Junior Dragster days, infact Brad and Laura both ran their very first runs together 10 years ago
Brad pulled a 0.01 reaction time to Laura’s 0.06 and had the edge but Laura went too fast and broke out by 0.015, Brad ran 7.69 0n his 7.67 dial and took the win.
Eliminations 3 Brad was racing against Dave Evans, Dave‘s reaction time of 0.111 was too slow to an in form Brad whose 0.02 reaction time gave him the edge and Brad took the quarter final win.
In the semi Final Brad faced Bob Doyle, Bob was better of the line with a 0.022 reaction to Brad’s 0.038 reaction but Brad was much closer to his dial in, 7.67 dial and ran 7.70 and Brad took the win and was now in the final !
In the final Brad was racing against Dave Fulton, Dave was having a good day and was 2nd to Brad in the points championship, if Dave took the win Dave would be just 200 points behind Brad in the championship, if Brad took the win Brad would have a substantial lead of 510 points in the championship which would help Brad in his quest to retain his title again this year!
They both left the line with almost the same reaction time, Dave had the edge with a 0.052 to Brad’s 0.056, Dave ran too quick with a breakout 8.93 on a 8.99 dial, however Brad would have been hard to beat with Brad having a 7.68 time on a 7.67 dial, so Brad took the Summer Nationals win!
Brad is having a great year, his lowest position this year has been the quarter finals so Brad has a healthy points lead in the championship, the points have to be ratified yet but Wayne makes them to be;-
Brad would like to thank Nick and Cristiann for delivering a great race car yet again, Dave Catton for his tow car driving skills and crew help
We now have a summer break until the European Finals meeting at Santa Pod in early September, we cannot wait!
Brad wouldn’t be in this position, without the continued Support of all our sponsors , to whom we are very grateful
FIA / FIM Main Event
Santa Pod Raceway
24th – 27th May 2019
We headed to Santa Pod on Thursday to set the pit up and prepare the cars and pit for the 4 day FIA/FIM meeting with over 270 drivers and riders for this prestigious event.
Brad is currently in second place in the UK Championship and was looking to score heavily at this event to keep his sights on the 2019 title, hopeful of retaining the no 1 on the car at the end of the season, a tall order at this event with 45 competitors in Brad’s class with many from various European countries, male and female, and a sport where women compete with men on a true equal footing!
Friday morning was a beautiful day with great weather forecast all day, there were 45 drivers qualifying for a 32 car field so the pressure was on to get in the show, Brad’s first run we dialled a 7.64 and Brad ran a 7.67, 3 hundredths of a second over dial was good enough for 8th place so safely in the field.
Brad’s second run we dialled the same 7.64 and ran 7.66, an improvement to 2 hundredths of a second over his dial in, other drivers had improved and Brad actually dropped a place to 9th.
Brad’s 3rd run he left the dial at 7.64 confident that the sun heating the track would bring the time he was looking for and actually ran 7.647, 7 thousandths of a second over dial, once again others improved so Brad had dropped to 15th but this time put him back up to 8th place!
Brad reported hearing a noise from the back of the car, Nick and Cristiann had a look at the car and decided it could be damage in the rear axle so stripped the axle to find that the crown wheel and pinion had stripped 3 teeth and most of the other gear teeth had cracked, this was a terminal problem and it looked like the end of Brad’s meeting.
Geof and Scott Hauser, fellow competitors in the class heard of Brad’s demise and offered to open their nearby race car workshop, www.hauserracing.com and rebuild the diff, we gratefully accepted their offer and Scott returned the diff back at 1030 at night and Nick and Cristiann burnt the midnight oil and put the car back together.
We cannot thank Geof and Scott enough, what a true act of sportsmanship to repair a competitor’s car!
Brad had 3 further qualifying runs but he couldn’t improve on his 0.007 time, this was good enough for 11th place, incredibly 17 competitors were under 1 hundredth of a second, 17th place being 0.009! The 32nd place bump spot was 1 tenth of a second!
The race ladder for round 1 of eliminations brought the surprise that Brad ( currently 2nd in the championship ) would face multiple Junior Dragster champion Joe Kellett who is leading the championship !
In round 1 of eliminations Brad’s 0.04 light to Joe’s 0.07 light gave Brad the advantage and he took the win.
In round 2 Brad faced Mark Bailey; Brad pulled a 0.06 light to Marks very uncharacteristic 0.2 light gave Brad an easy advantage to take the win.
In round 3 ( quarter finals ) Brad faced Callum Swinchatt and ex Junior Dragster driver, Brad and Callum haven’t raced each other for a few years, Brad pulled another great light, 0.05 to Callum’s 0.09 reaction time helping Brad to the win and now he moves into the semi finals.
n the semi Finals Brad faced Dan Giles, Brad knew he would have to be on his game to beat Dan and pulled and impressive 0.03 light, but Dan pulled an 0.02 light, Brad dialled a 7.69 and ran 7.71, 2 hundredths over dial in but Dan took the win with a 7.418 on a 7.40 dial giving Dan the victory by just under 2 hundredths of a second, on the track (at 170 + mph) a distance of 1.38 metres!
So Brad was out but he had a great event getting to the last 4 of 45 drivers, and the great points haul means that Brad now leads the championship, these points have to be ratified
Brad would like to thank, Geof and Scott for their generous help.
Nick and Cristiann for repairing and giving Brad a great race car.
Dave Catton, Tow car driver extraordinaire and all round good egg !
We couldn’t race without their generous support of all our sponsors.