The (slightly soggy) Easter Thunderball

Easter 2012“Well, Easter weekend at Santa Pod was our first race event this year and I’m very pleased to say we were there with the same great crew as last year (thanks guys!) and also Gareth, our eldest son, enjoying a well earned break from University.

We started the weekend with a couple of problems with our Bruno/Lenco transmission. We had the parts we needed with us, but they were wrong! So a trip to Wolverhampton was required to Penn Autos – many thanks to Andy Frost for his help.

The rest of the weekend we struggled getting down the very cold and damp track, qualifying with a 8.1 at 206mph after pedalling it for over 1.5 seconds!!!

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Unfortunately, the event was “rained off” thanks to the typical Great British weather so we didn’t get chance to turn a wheel in competition. We now have to wait for the Main Event in June, where I’m sure we will do well.

Apart from our little issue with the transmission, everything else was fine. Big thanks to LUCAS OIL and NGK for providing us with truly great products.

Callum and LibbyOf course during all the down time due to the weather, it gave the crew chance try out the new shirts and make friends with Callum and Libby, whose mum and dad work as medics at the track.

Thanks again to all our supporters, crew and sponsors who make all this possible……….”

Wayne

The year so far…

Easter Thunderball 2011We have now had two race outings with the HEMI, the first event being the Easter Thunderball. I think its fair to say we had a few little issues to deal with but, overall, it was a very encouraging performance. 7.21 and 200mph with decent 60ft times but not exactly what we were looking for. The biggest issue was not having the shift light working, so shifting gear was a bit of guess work…

Next up was The Main Event, the first round of the FIA European Champioship. There were 25 entrants in Pro Modified, all trying to qualify for a 16 car field. Our mission was to qualify against some of the quickest cars in Europe and, of course, some of the most experienced Pro-Mod drivers.

We achieved our first full pass with the HEMI, running 6.71 at 210mph, which gave us the number ten spot!!

We were all very happy but our attention quickly turned to the next challenge, which was for us to get through round one… one step at a time. This was to be against Urban Johansson, one of the quickest cars in the class, previously having run 6 zeros!!!

We had as much chance as anyone else, as we were still very safe with our tune on the new motor.

The CrewCome race day, we got in to the pairing lanes all set to go and then… RAIN!!! Nothing happened at all, the weather never eased and eliminations were sadly called off.

We came home with everything in one piece, recorded some good data and a fair performance. LUCAS OIL have proved to be a great support with a fantastic product, the between rounds maintenance shows that LUCAS is doing a good job for us, very happy.

Leeds Cruise 2011We have also attended a couple of local car events, trying to get some more publicity for our sponsors and supporters and a way of showing our appreciation back to everyone involved.

The next event for us is The Summer Nationals at Santa Pod…. can’t wait!!!

See you there

Wayne