Nationals: Real Steel Round
Bunch Round 6 & Ultimate Power Series Round 3
We woke up to the pitter patter
of rain on the roof of the Bongo van, showers were not on the cards for the
weekend but decided to crash the party anyway. After fairly light showers
for a couple of hours the track was dried and the Wild Bunch got out for
their third qualifying round at lunchtime.
First light on Sunday and the
showers have started.
Monday is elimination day and the
Bunchers were all paired together ready for the off. We ran against Stephen
Field and dialled in a 13.10 again. We ran a pretty decent 13.21.
Unfortunately the Black Pig broke their gearbox halfway down the track and
we were through to the next round.
Our second round pairing was Mark
Coulsell. Mark is known for his good reactions so we knew it was going to be
close. We lost by 0.09s at the finish line. This was the closest margin by
which anybody lost during the Wild Bunch competition and earned us the
"Closest Runner Up" trophy.
As we were out after that round,
we watched the rest of the competition from the stands. Tony Smith and Joe
Stevens worked their way through the field on top form. The final was a
close run race with Joe squeezing though to victory. Congratulations to Joe
and well done to all those who took part!!
At around 2:30pm the rain came
again, it started off gently but within minutes was lashing down. The pits
turned into a river and although it stopped and started a couple of times,
the track was never going to be dried in time and the day drew to a close.
We had qualified 7th out of 13 and were paired against Stephen Field and the
Black Pig team for our first elimination run on Monday.
Our "Closest Runner Up" trophy...
We paired with Tony Smith for
this run, we dialled in a 13.10 and ran 13.24, almost identical to the first
run yesterday. Tony dialled in 11.54 and ran a perfect 11.540 well done
Helen in action at the top end
of the track, courtesy of www.eurodragster.com
Ooooo, missus it didn't half