Last weekend was round 1 of the BRCA 1/8th Championship at Cotswolds model car club. We arrived at the track bright and early being the first people here. We are were all set up and just had to do little adjustments and tinkering before we were about to run the car. Unfortunately though this was held up as the track was rather damp in the morning. So we prepared the car and engines and then helped other drivers sort there cars out and also tried to share some knowledge with other team members.
The track was drying up quite quickly once the wind picked up this was around 2.30. Once the track was dry (ish) we let everyone rush to the track, while we waited and helped others before joining the track once it had settled down a little bit. My car was good from the start but I tried a few things such as weight position, Springs, Down stop, Body shells.
Sunday and we arrived very early again to be prepared, The car and engines were sorted although the driver and mechanic were cold (Standard in England!!!). After drivers briefing we started qualifying but unfortunately there was a timing issue, because of this issue where we lost quite a lot of time it meant that Round 1 of qualifying was cancelled so we only had 3 rounds.
Round 1 I was TQ even with a few little mistakes,
Round 2 I was having another strong run before I came up behind a car having problems getting stuck there and in the moment rushing to overtake I caught 2 wheels on the grass meaning I had to be marshalled losing 7 second which would of ended up being enough for overall TQ.
Round 3 and Me and my team mate Mark Green were really pushing hard, but in the end due to track temp neither of us were able to improve.
In the final, I started from 2nd on the grid, when the buzzer sounded my engine choked up a little bit meaning 3rd managed to pass me. After that I just ran my own race as I wasn’t really experienced at running long 1/8th finals. the first pit stop went smooth still in 3rd keeping with the front guys before a problem struck. Where the grub screw in the layshaft pulley came undone and got stuck in the braking system meaning the car just came to a strong halt.
My mechanics Dad and Dan Jones, managed to fix the problem although I lost nearly 40 laps as the problem wasn’t apparent at the time. Anyway we managed to carry on and get some more long distance running under our belt plus we also salvaged 2 points more than had we just pulled off and watched the rest of the race.
All in all, we showed great potential but the result just didn’t go our way this time.
Next race is EFRA GP Fiorano (1/10th)
link to car: http://promo.serpent.com/988viper/
See you soon