I'm really looking forward to the challenge at Mallory.
I'll let you all know what happened, on Sunday eve.
If anyone else is going to Mallory come over and say hi, the car will be in the paddock area or on the track all day.
Well, firstly I'm loving that car.
What a great weekend, what a lovely friendly atmosphere between all the £999 competitors. The challenge went a bit pair shaped, not on my part but on the set-up of the £999 challenge, they didn't allow enough time to do it properly between track sessions.
There were 39 entries in total, we didn't have time to do the standing 1/4 mile which was a shame as that was the only part I thought I'd have any chance at. Instead the handling test and 1/4 mile were combined into a partial lap of the track.
The auto test should have been called rally cross. It was held on a gravel area. So I thought it best to forget the handbrake and use my right foot instead. Probably no such a good idea, my best time was 54 second flat. putting me 34th. Oops. That's the drivers fault not the car.
On the sprint things were a bit more promising, I managed 5th out of 39, so she pulls well.
PPC staff decided to call it void and have invited us all back free of charge to do it properly again very soon.
I also had 15 min's of track time and that was great fun. I absolutely thrashed the be-jesus out of it. I didn't trust it on the corners at all so was taking them slow, but on the straight it was awesome and passed everything that got buy on the corners. Pulling cleanly away from a Porsche 944 was most amusing. I was taking the long corner in 4th then flooring it as it was still around 3000rpm, it was pulling 130mph down the long straight in 4th. Oh and the noise it makes under load like that is lovely.
Anyway I thrashed it until the break fluid boiled. I guess I should have replaced that as I have no idea when it was last done. I had to give up then as that was a bit hairy. Needless to say the cars faster than I'm capable of driving. I also cooked the crank angle sensor on the last few laps and it was reluctant to rev above 3000rpm, so I need to get a new one of them too. It's fine unless you get the engine hot and work it hard when hot. They are prone to doing that apparently.
I need to give it to someone who knows what they are doing to test it properly for me.
As soon as I get some pics of it I'll post them on here.
I guess that's given it a good shake down, along with the 300 mile round trip to get there and back.
Oh also forgot to add, PPC magazine are going to do an article on it, I need to contact them again in the week. I also ended up having to go up in the commentary box and have an interview about it. How embarrassing is that.