So last weekend we had a marathon 5 days at Santa Pod, starting with the Peak Perfomance Practice day on the Thursday. By the time we’d set up camp we managed to get one run in before the rain came, but at least it was a promising run, pretty much equalling the best the car has run since the re-build. So the new cam and gears had done something!
Friday was brighter and the car ran well, however each time se dialled a number to qualify on, the car ran under it’s dial. This was a bit of a nuisance as with 44 cars in the field only 32 would qualify, but on the bright side at least the car was going quicker! In fact, she gave us a best of 8.64 at 152 mph, which is the best run since Dave last drove the car in 1983. Fortunately we got in the show but in the bottom half of the field at #18.
We had another attempt at qualifying higher on Saturday morning, but broke out again, this time with an 8.63 pass, which in it’s own way was pretty cool.
On three of the runs marshalls had shown concern over the amount of steam coming from the catch can after the run – we decided that this was likely to be due to a head gasket leak. It began to rain – again, so we decided to change the head gaskets. Superior gaskets were sourced from Hauser Racing and efficiently installed. It’s been a long time since we’ve had to carry out such work at a track, but as it was wet the time was well spent.
Sadly, that’s where it all ended, as rain pretty much fell until we decided to leave at 3pm on Monday. On Sunday afternoon Paul Marston racing (also fed up with the weather) challenged Rough Diamond Racing to a bowling match in nearby Wellingborough. It was a close run thing with each team scoring a win, but the big surprise came from by our own Scott Gibbons, who although not quite 7 years old managed the high score! Perhaps in this game precision is better than power…
The only injury to speak of over the weekend was a mild case of Custard Whippers Elbow suffered by crew chief Dick. we also got some excellent slo-mo footage of the car at the start-line from Blackett Photography, which has taught us a lot about how the car is leaving the start line – it’s looks surprisingly violent!
It’s probably a good thing that we came away from the event with more jobs to do on the caravan than the race car!
Next outing, the Summernationals 23rd and 24th June. See you there…