How did we go on the weekend, guys?
We had a good run at our home track, Dandenong. Sunday started out pretty cold, but turned out a pleasant and sunny 16º - sparksy, take note.
JordanC, who had reset the lap record at our previous meet and was convinced it would be safe last Sunday - that is, till after the first qualifier. He reset it again in the second heat to 16.37 or something . . . phew.
With all the new lap records and tumbling times lately, the computer had to be reconfigured in anticipation, to accept a sub 16 second lap - scary.
I thought traction was a bit unusual - normally it will come up as the day progresses, but on Sunday, I swear it was up by the second or third heat and declined somewhat thereafter - strange.
Anyway . . .
Lost the rear side belt pulley and completed about one and three quarter laps - oh, the embarrassment of it all.
My driver put in a rather inconsistent run - he got caught up in all the tumbling times and wanted to “have a go”. As team manager, I normally frown on these frivolities, but what the heck. He recorded another PB of 16.75.
A much more consistent run leaving him on the grid for the final in 4th or 5th. - not sure, as we had a bit of computer trouble.
Finished second. Sam and the leader, Scott Iredale, both had a pretty quick and clean run with only a few minor hindrances. The unlucky ones that should have been up there were rjl (blown engine) and JordanC (flame out).
Still testing these overdrive pulleys. . . . we ran the car all day on one set of tyres (Active 35/35) and our initial 4mm split ended up at 2mm. The car was still handling well at this point.