well I'm back from another weeks racing and grinning like a cheshire cat
First round of qualifying didn't start too great, the car lacked punch and top end and the car had grip but was handling strangely. It had too much understeer off power but by the end of the run I found I could drive a lot like having a one way in, only the rear was more stable, I hardly had to brake and could go round corners carrying plenty of speed if I stayed on the throttle through them, just slow down before I reach them. I was about 6th after the first run.
Second run was better, I gained a lap and a half from knowing how the car would react but was getting murdered at the end of the straight, I had geared down from 23 to 22 to try and get more punch but it was a bad idea. Being able to turn up the steering a touch on my transmiter helped get round the tighter corners and made taking the perfect line on the sweeper starting the straight into a fairly easy task. I was 5th at this point I think.
Third run I was using the cells I had run in the first and then recharged, I had also gone back to the 23pinion and I had much better speed and punch was decent, still not the fastest on the track for straight line speed but fast enough. I also drove my neatest run, didn't have a crash all night but clipping corner dots lost me half seconds here and there, the third run was very clean, close to the corner dots and occasionaly touching them. I gained another lap and found myself 3rd in the A final, only the leader managed to squeeze in another lap, I was about 9 seconds of his pace and 6 of 2nd.
I was happy to have qualified well like last week, infact it was more of an acheivement this week because of some very close racing for 3rd to 5th. I was expecting a bad final though, I always seem to get messed around, power wouldn't be bad though since I had charged my cells from my second run. The start of the race was fairly tidy, very good considering there were 8 in the final, I had a few messy corners and found myself in 4th and started to settle into things. I gradually caught 3rd and as he ran wide on a couple of corners I got along side, he ran wide again and I was neatly into 3rd
1st was about half a lap ahead with 2nd right behind him. The guy behind me was closing slightly as I had some not quite perfect laps and then as I lapped someone I lost enough time for 4th to get right behind me, then the back end stepped out at one of the sharper corners and I was 4th again. It was very close between me and the guy ahead of me again, then the guy in 2nd crashed and we both moved up a place. I was about a second behind 2nd and then he rolled, he must of clipped the corner very slightly, he thought it was actualy grip roll
not something you see on wooden floors. So I was second and had a few seconds safety gap behind me. All the drivers in the final were good for lapping and didn't cost me much time from there on. I held onto my position and finished about half a lap behind the leader who had had a clean race ahead of the action
I don't have any lap times though and I was never called out as being in the right position becaude the doofy FTD and race winner managed to put the second number 3 transponder in his car, even though he was on pole
his car number is 3 but for that he has a personal transponder, silly sod.
By far my best nights racing, the car was very predictable and seems able to make very good use of the grip available. I'm almost sad that it was the last night of the indoor championship, one more week and it will be a fun night, some team event I think. The car really is impressive and I had the most fun racing for an awful long time, it was nice being close to as fast as the top two instead of either being a fair bit behind or them having a bad day. Guys normaly challenging me were left for dust