Today was the last race of our indoor track , The 6 Hueres Du Tynaarlo
This was an M chassis race with a handout 28 turn Ansmann motor , limited to 10 drivers as the drivers stand is not big enough for more
The race started with a 10 minuite qualification shoot out fastest 1 lap over the 10 mins would give your grid position , drivers position on the drivers stand and placing of your pit box in pit lane ,
Then the race director pulled a suprise out of the hat by reversing the grid , we qualified 2nd (putting us starting 9th)
Off we went and from the start we had problems , when i had rebuilt the car we decided to fit some harder rear springs but with the new M Grips on these were not working and the car was very hard to drive consistantly .
So next battery stop we changed the rear springs and lost about 5 minuites , this put us off the pace with the leaders .
Then disaster stuck at around the 2 hrs mark the gearbox went , this was speedily replaced by me in around 15mins but we were well of the leading 4 , around 100 laps down , so on went our best driver Cees , he was lapping consistantly 1 second a lap quicker then the leaders .
For 2 hours all was well pulling laps in on the leaders climbing the leader board to 3rd for about half an hour , then after a pitstop and driver change the gearbox was noisy again .
We had around one and a half hours to go so decided to leave it in there and continue as we had no reserve , this went on for about an hour before the noise was REALLY loud
we contiued at a slower pace nursing the car home , but the noise was getting worse with every lap , BUT finally the finish was within sight , 1 minute ..........
30 seconds and we crossed the timing line , 1 more lap PLEASE , no 2 more , GET IN we finished , the poor little M05 rolled into the pits , i picked it up turned it off and spun the front wheels only to see the motor not turning , the gearbox had gone totally , i have no idea how it kept driving but it did , after removing the motor for a quick look there is no teeth left on the spur gear
we finished 5th overall even beaten by my girlfriends team
WOW what a day , i am knackered and off to bed
pictures and video including on board to follow