The National Finals at the end of September found us with a distinct possibility of finishing second in the National Championship… who would have thought that?! We hadn’t performed too well all year, but being at every event and being able to repair things when needed saw us being relatively consistent… and that’s what helps.
The important data we learnt at the European Finals helped us make some changes to the car. Let me tell you, rolling round on Saturday morning for the first qualifying run, I felt so sure, so confident that we were about to make a very big jump forward performance wise. I WAS SURE OF IT!!!
I rolled the gas pedal open as usual in the burnout, then BANG! I shut the motor off instantly and knew it was something in the transmission/drive line area. I was pushed back behind the start line and Lee Kirk opened the door and stared at me……… “Are you OK?!”… “Yes why?” I said… I took my helmet and neck brace off so I could look down… I wont repeat what I said, but I could now understand all the concern! Something had happened with the prop shaft and Lenco which resulted in the prop exiting the car in two pieces, making a mess of the trans shield and hoops on the way. The Lenco had seen better days too, it was quite badly damaged and leaking a lot of fluid. CARNAGE!
Thankfully the safety equipment did its job and no-one was hurt.
So, that was the end of 2012 for the Lucky Devil team. We ended 4th in the MSA British Drag Racing Championship, not too bad considering our performance this year.
All that is left to say is A BIG THANK YOU. To all the crew, Dennis, Adam, Tony, Andy and Lee. Gareth and Joe, our two boys for helping out and being at the track when they could. Keep up the good work at university boys! Belinda, my wife, for the fantastic support and help. I couldn’t do it without you 🙂
And of course our wonderful sponsors, Lucas Oil, NGK, Allyfab, Dentrepairs.co.uk and Originals Hot Rod Supply Co. for the great products and support. Thank you too to all the fans who say hi and wish us well at the track, it is very welcome.
2013 will see us back at it after a winter repair and rebuild programme. We will be looking out for more companies to come on board as sponsors too, and of course we will keep you all updated with news and progress. Roll on Easter!”