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22/9/13 Shelsley Walsh

motorsport Posted on Sat, September 28, 2013 22:00:30

Weekend Report
A not so early start was required for today as the car was already at the track so we set off around 7am. We got up the track in an hour and started to change into the race gear. Dad got in a panic as he lost his wallet but after a run over to the van we found it in the cool box in the car. pmsl. Anyway after that mad 10mins we set off to the office to sign on and get ready to have the car and kit checked over all again. We then picked the same batch numbers for practice as Saturday as this worked well with the joint driver situation. So first up again was me track was a bit greasy through the esses but all went well with a time of 37.28. Next up was Dad and I hung around the start line to hear if he hit 3rd gear on his run. He set off well hit the first 2 corners flat and got 3rd gear too and hit a time of 37.65.
So onto the 2nd practice runs on my run I decided to try and hit the esses flat out which worked with a time of 35.72 so quicker than my fastest time on Saturday. Dad was up next and he said he had cracked 3rd gear change he also hit the esses almost flat through out it and hit a time of 36.68 and was well chuffed to get into the 36s as last year he could only get into the 39s.
It was now lunch time and we set out checking the car over and fixing a few items that’s had come loose. Along with some banter with the other guys in our class. Before we knew it the meeting was under way again and the first guys were starting to line up. I was pretty sure I could make more time up through the esses so decided to go for it. I made a good start turn 1 and 2 flat and went into the esses hot !! I came out the other end and just touched the mud bank but that didn’t kill my speed as I still had it full throttle lol. Flew over the line with a time of 35.58 my quickest time yet. But dam that was close to the bank at silly speed lol.
Dad was up next he was keen to better his time but could only manage a time of 37.14. I later found out he was going into 4th towards the esses so told him to keep it in 3rd !
My last run of the day I knew I had to make the esses more tidier and not hit the bank. I got off the line well with a low 2.5 64ft hit the first corners flat and headed up to the esses flat in 3rd. I got hard on the brakes into 2nd and turned in a little later to get me more over to the left I swung it back missing the classic drain cover ! And come out middle of the track fast and blasted it over the line to hit 35.19 my pb at shelsley Walsh.
Dad was next and he wanted to get back into the 36s and was well pumped ! He got off the line well hit the first 2 corners flat and into 3rd up towards the esses not changing into 4th. He flew through the esses and out over the line with a 36.47 also his pb at shelsley Walsh. So final results I had another 3rd overall and 1st in class.
Dad managed 5th overall and 2nd in class. With Arron in 3rd in the pug 106 and Rod 4th in the racing puma. It was a fantastic weekend of racing which we really enjoyed , Dad beat his time from last year by 3 seconds and me by 2 seconds which is a great achievement. We haven’t upped the power but have mainly concentrated on the handling this year which as the results show have really worked.

Shelsley Walsh 21/9/13

motorsport Posted on Sat, September 28, 2013 21:58:49

Weekend report.
-Sat –
The day started early and we were on the road at 6am on way to Worcester. Once at the track the first job was to take car off trailer and load it up with all the tools and kit we would need in the pits. You then drive the car over the field into the pits with all the shit in the back lol. Once we found our shed/space we unloaded all the bits and set the tent up. We then changed wheels over to the slicks and gave the car a once over. We then had to sign on at the office and head back to the car to have all our kit inspected. Helmet / race suit all gets checked and the car before we hit the track. Once all that’s done it’s time to head back to the office to pick a batch number for practice sessions. Due to a joint driver car we have to pick them so we have plenty of time In between for change overs etc. Then it’s coffee time and a short wait before everyone starting warming their engines up for the start of practice.
I was up first so queued up for my batch number with everyone else. As we have raced here before I decided to hit the first run pretty quick , hit turn 1 and 2 flat but took it steady through the esses as it had new Tarmac. The car pulled well and the few changes we made since last year really showed. Next up was Dads run and after a quick chat saying its all good go for it he started to line up. He said hes run went well but lifted for turn 1 and 2 and had a few issues with selecting 3rd again. Before long we were lining up for our 2nd practice which all went well.
So that was the morning sorted and after lunch was the start of our timed runs. (These are the runs that count) So I was up first and lined up the tyres were cold so gave it the big un in the tyre warming area. I started the run well and hit all 2 corners flat and went over the finish with a 36.81. Next up Dad lined the rs up for his first timed run , he went off the line well but missed 3rd gear again so as a result went over the line with a 38.95. We didn’t better our times on the 2nd runs but I ended the day in 3rd but 1st in class. Dad ended the day in 5th and 3rd in our class having just been pipped by Aaron in the pug 106.
The class was merged due to the low numbers so we were up against the mighty Minis. Tomorrow was another day and Dad was keen to better his times and gear changes.