One Lucky Devil…

“On our very last run of the season, I had an interesting ride! Usually, just as I cross the finish line, I reach up and pull the lever to deploy the twin parachutes and wait for the ‘hit’ of the chutes to scrub some speed off and then start to apply the brakes. This time nothing happened! When you are doing a little over 191 mph, you start thinking quickly, VERY quickly!

Photo courtesy of Phil GraystonI realised that for some reason the chutes were not doing anything, so I started to use the brakes whilst trying not to burn them up, so I was feeding the pedal in, easing off and feeding it in again. It soon became apparent that I was fast running out of tarmac before the field starts at the end of the shutdown area at Santa Pod!

The safety marshals at the Pod (who do an awesome job) soon realised that I had a bit of a job to do as I was hurtling up the top end. I soon took a lot of speed off thanks to the four wheel disc brakes, and made the decision to not try and make the return road turn off! The car came to a stop about 15ft short of the field and literally seconds later the marshals came running over, fire extinguishers in hand. “Are you okay?” was the question, quickly followed by the comment “your brakes stink!”.

Well, yes I was okay, good experience actually, and yes the brakes did stink, with quite a bit of brake dust floating about in the car, no harm done. I was pushed back and on to the return road and inspected the chutes. They had opened on the run, but just kind of fell on the floor, and didn’t catch any air until too late, so didn’t make any effect. The reason appears to be the pilot chutes are a little bit “rough around the edges”, so they will be replaced over the winter period. A few other bits and pieces will be updated / changed over the winter including a brand new supercharger!!

Photo courtesy of Phil GraystonThis will give us more available boost pressure, which in turn allows us to add more fuel to the mix and create more power, helping us to get in to the six second zone……

Thanks to everyone, we are looking forward to next season…….”

Wayne

Photos courtesy & copyright Phil Grayston

Season Round Up

Photo courtesy of Peter Donaldson“Well after all this bad weather this year, you could be forgiven for thinking we wouldn’t have much to write about. The Summer Nationals at Santa pod saw us back in to the sevens with a 7.77 losing out to Andy Robinson in the first round.

The European Finals was next at the beginning of September. This is my favourite event of the year as it usually falls on or around my birthday, a great way to spend your birthday. The trouble this year was, we saw even more of the dreaded wet stuff, it rained and rained, we had only one shot at qualifying and unfortunately I didn’t make it!

Photo courtesy of Peter DonaldsonThe National Finals at the Pod was our last opportunity to get some good runs this year, and what a great weekend. We ran a new personal best of 7.19 at over 191mph, still not in that magical 6 second zone, but considering our distinct lack of track time this year, and the fact we are tuning the car ourselves as a team, I don’t think we did too bad. The car ran faultlessly all weekend, arrow straight, with no damage, and we also managed to get some more valuable data to continue our tuning programme for next season.

Over the winter we have a few upgrades to do performance wise as well as the usual between season stuff.

So that is our first season in Pro-Mod, all that is left to say is a massive thank you to all my crew, everyone at EDA, Webster Race Engineering and the tireless crew at Santa Pod, they deserve a medal for all the hard work this year.

I can’t wait for next season!!!”

Cheers,
Wayne

Photos courtesy & copyright Peter Donaldson

Welcome

Easter Thunderball - Courtesy of Roger GorringeWelcome to the site and our first news update! So far we have raced in Super Pro ET since the cars debut in September 2006 but this year’s Easter Thunderball at Santa Pod saw the Lucky Devil make its first outing in Pro Modified, the class the car was built for.

Our best elapsed time to date has been 7.26 seconds at 189.96mph, with a 1.041 second sixty foot time. Unfortunately we have suffered like all other racers in the UK with bad weather, which has really made us suffer thanks to a distinct lack of track time. We are really looking forward to this year and are very confident of some really good improvements. Keep looking back for some good news…….

Photo courtesy & copyright Roger Gorringe – Eurodragster & Nitro Exposure