Nationals: Roy Wilding Round 3, Real Steel Round 8 & Wild
Bunch Round 5. 7/8th August '04
After the long drive up to York,
we finally arrived at the track at about 9:30 pm. We had picked up crew
member Twisted Chris from Hull on the way and put her straight to work
putting up the tent.... in the dark...... on concrete..... After finally
securing the tent to a sliver of grass the team settled down for the night
for a well deserved rest.
Pre-racing chit chat with
Chris, Claire and Tony, who can psych who eh?
Learning from our experience on
Saturday we tentatively dialled in at 13.75, a full second slower than our
usual fastest in order to allow the two girls to cruise the bumpy last 1/8th
mile and shut down area. With "manual" throttle/timing estimates we were not
hopeful of any real consistency. Helen managed a couple of good passes
coupled with a very high and very low pair of runs.
Racing through the weekend
unfortunately saw technical problems for a few teams including; Trespasser
(on their maiden outing), Destiny, and fReQ racing... best wishes for a fast
turnaround for all those teams..
Team Twisted intentions for the
York meet were to attend, get the points for the championship but not to
break any personal bests or try and compete too hard. After the previous
meeting at York, we knew Hell's Belle was not keen on the bumpy surface at
York and we didn't want to upset her. With this in mind Helen ran a
selection of 4 "half passes" cruising from the 1/8th mile to record times
ranging from 13.26 to 13.99 .
The girls ready to roll it
down the ol' quarter mile ...
Our first ever place in the
points, with Second Place. And another great "Best Reaction"
trophy for the team.
Many thanks to the B-Sting
boys for tow-backs through out the weekend, much appreciated.
Ready for the off on Sunday.
Ahhhhh... oh yeah, that's
better! Cool guys in the cool pool.... courtesy of the Backdraft en suite
The heat is on..... hot hot
New for this report, video
clips: The links below will play you a video clip of Helen racing at York.
You will need the Windows Media Player to watch
It's not all champagne and
glamour for those upcoming sporting heros..
Helens great reaction time of
0.53 (or +0.03 on the 0.5 tree at York)once again earned her the best
reaction award. We were then thrilled and somewhat surprised to hear that we
had come second place in the Wild Bunch competition that day! A great result
for the team and warm congratulations from the other teams rounded off
another splendid weekend's racing with the best Bunch of Wild racers around!