2016 – A New Year

Happy new year!!!

I know its a little late, But we hope you had a great Christmas and new year!

A quick recap of last year

As you know last year started off on a bit of down with the accident at Easter , but with help from our amazing crew and sponsors we managed to get the car back on the track in record time!
The rest of the year was spent getting used the new set-up of the car with the help of a great friend Camp Stanley from Stanley and Weiss Racing  and the rest of our amazing crew. The unfortunate side is that we do not have enough track time through the year to do proper testing and as many runs as we would like. So as we managed to get used to the car the season was over and the winter refurbish started.

Fast forward to the current day!

As the new year has just started and we are half way through the prep for the new season we have already begun to think of the game plan for this year and have a few announcements to make….. but in due time! (so stay on the edge of your seat folks!)

We would like to say a great big thank you ,again, to everyone who donated to the Air Ambulance Charities last year we managed to raise a grand total of £576.45.

That’s it so far but keep your eyes peeled as we will have some big announcements to make over the coming months!

Again a big thank you to all the #LuckyDevil Fans out there your support is amazing! couldn’t as for a better fan base!

Ups & Downs

All set to run a NPB at The Main EventThe Main Event at Santa Pod is always one of the truly great events of the year and this year did not disappoint. The weather forecast was spot on, with the rain out of the way we were off and running in the first round of the FIA European Championship. We qualified very well, being the quickest British car, in at number 6 qualifier with a new PB of 6.45 seconds!

Earlier in qualifying we had run 6.50 at 220mph!! That was 5mph more than we had gone before and 8 hundredths quicker on the ET. To say everyone was pleased was an understatement!

Here’s on-board footage of the 6.5 @ 220mph run:

The 6.45 was our last qualifier, at a speed of 219mph. Looking at the data logger afterwards, it showed that I lifted slightly at the end of the run….. so there was certainly a little bit more to be gained on that tune up.

We have now invested in a GoPro Hero 3 so look out for more footage, in HD, after future events. Be sure to subscribe to the Lucky Devil channel on YouTube.

So, on to eliminations. We had Norbert Kuno in the first round who had qualified number 11. I went into the burnout as usual but then I saw the blower belt break… which is the very tough toothed drive belt that is driven by the engine, turning the supercharger…… so that was that, I had to be towed off the track by the safety marshals, thanks for the assistance guys.

The broken blower belt which ended our day earlyTo say I was disappointed was an understatement… after the great work we had all done, it left us all feeling a bit dejected. A supercharger belt can break at any time but to try and prevent this we would have to change the belt after every 3 or 4 passes….. unfortunately our funds don’t really allow that.

So, after proving ourselves, the car going arrow straight and quicker, we had to lick our wounds… repair the damage the belt had done and prepare for the Summernationals a few weeks later.

Huge thanks to our sponsors… Lucas Oil, NGK, AllyFab, DentRepairs, Custom Coach Trimming and Originals Hot Rod Supply Co... and the Lucky Devil crew – Tony, Adam, Gareth, Joe, Andy, Lee and my wife Belinda.”

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