Nationals Roy Wilding Round 2
3/4th July '04
After another slow crawl along
the motorway Team Twisted emerges at Shakespeare County Raceway. We set up
camp with Andy Solley and the Repeat Offender altered. First things first,
we checked that none of the alcohol had gone off on the journey....
Helen gets ready for another
weekend's racing with Hell's Belle.
We managed to purchase a set of
freeze plugs from one of the stalls and set about draining the water system
and changing the plug. After a struggle and assistance from Charlie Draper
the old plug was out and the new one fitted. With the system refilled and
run-up to check the new plug, we were back to the track at 2:15pm with a
12.77 @101mph only 0.02 off a personal best. We managed a third run just
before 5pm, rounding off the day with a 12.85 @101mph.
Saturday was free practice and we
started our first run at about half eleven. We ran a 12.99 @100mph
and Helen drove back round to the fire up road for another pass. At
that point Dean noticed a water leak and discovered that a freeze plug had
split, so we returned to the pits.
Crew chief keeps fiddling so
we may have to rename him "tinker-belle" !!!
Grrrrr.... can't get
that freeze plug out!
After a great weekends action,
the wind decided to re-style Helen's hair!
Competition day arrived and we
joined the queue as the track opened. We dialled in a 12.81 for the day and
the first pass netted a slightly disappointing 13.03 @100mph. The second
pass netted 12.93 @101mph. Rain stopped play at around 3:30/4pm and The Wild
Bunch settled for just two passes.
After the rain off we were not
surprised to get a little sunburnt when we attended the trophy presentation
at the Backdraft Bus!