“The best event of the year, The European Finals! I always look forward to this one, its a great atmosphere.
We started our time at the Pod with a mix up with the pitting space… we ended up in the Bike Pits, let me tell you those boys can party! We started our qualifying with a struggle, I couldn’t select reverse after the burnout, very strange as I always check gear selection during the warm up in the pits.
So we pulled out the Lenco and had a look at the reverser , and of course it needed replacing. We didn’t have a spare so had to ask around. Massive THANK YOU to fellow Pro Mod racer Andy Robinson who loaned us a spare.
By the time we had sorted it out we missed the second qualifier, so that was Friday finished.
Saturday saw us hitting the 3rd qualifier with too much power, almost crossing the centre line due to tyre shake, having to pedal it more than once, and ran a 7.5 at 161mph… I doubt that was going to get us in to the show!
The last session of qualifying saw some desperate concentration on our behalf, all the team were feeling it… we KNOW we should qualify here… but again I had gear selection problems, and had to shut off….. therefore we didn’t qualify!!
The bump spot was 6.99, we have run an easy 6.58 before and that was the hard thing for us, we should have been able to do it.
We came home on Sunday afternoon, and already we are looking forward to the National Finals. The parts we needed were ordered on the Monday evening from Lenco, and we had them by Wednesday lunchtime… everything is now fitted and ready!
Big thanks to my crew, Dennis, Tony, Adam and Joe my youngest son. My wife Belinda also deserves a big thanks for taking care of us all.
Lets see what we can do before the season ends…”