Kames Sprints 26/27 May '07
Well it was a surprise that we made it here at all. But the new (!)
engine was in place and running well. At least for the first couple of
practice runs. At the end of the third run, David came into the pits
with fluid pouring out of the engine...
Turned out a core plug in the cylinder head had punctured, so we had to
improvise a repair from a self tapper, a large washer, a bicycle puncture
repair kit and a blob of epoxy putty! It worked well, and although we
had to sit out one and a half rounds of practice, we both managed to
complete our timed runs.
David spent the day proving that understeer at the hairpin is a great way
to ruin otherwise perfectly respectable times, whilst Stephen showed again
that he has got the hang of this, at least when going anti-clockwise round
the track at Kames.
Sadly the drama with the core plug meant we had little time to take
photos, or even remember what happened the rest of the day, but we did
manage to get a couple of videos of the anti-clockwise runs.
Here's a nice example of exactly how much time
understeer at the hairpin costs.
Sunday's weather was not as nice as Saturday. When we arrived, the
track was wet, and it continued to drizzle on and off throughout the
morning. David surprised himself - and everyone else - by recording
the fastest times in the class for both rounds. Some thought it was
the result of running last on a drying track, but talent always attracts
that sort of jealousy.
Into the afternoon, and the track was drying out properly. As
expected, the big power cars came to the fore, Stephen doing a sterling job
of recording a good time to hang on to the leading group. David's
attempts to repeat the morning's heroics ended in an undignified trip across
the grass. Fortunately nothing damaged.
For the second round, the weather held dry for the majority of the class,
but David paid for the first round off when he had to sit in the warm up
area as the rain started to fall. By the time he made it onto the
track, it was soaking and there was no chance of getting a good time - last
in the class being the inevitable result. Hero to zero in one rain
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