Wild Bunch Round
2 & Real Steel Round
15th-16th May '04
arrived in good time and started the weekend with a cup of tea in Kevin and
Alec's camper... (WB34) such a hard life...
We set up camp
and looked forward to a weekend with good weather and great track time.
Friday evening and all is
competition day and we dial in with 12.82 hoping to repeat Saturdays
consistency. The first two passes didn't quite hit the nail on the head and
the heat of the day started to show on both driver and crew chief. Keeping
cool in the staging lanes became a priority and an umbrella and bottles of
water became essential.
Our reward for a weekends
morning arrives along with the sunshine and 20degree+ temperatures. We
managed 5 passes during the day and improved through the day to a best of
12.79 at 100.88mph with reasonable consistency.
Hot and sunny and Saturday
morning tinkering gets underway.
Keeping cool tactics for in between the rounds.
Hot weather calls for drastic
few pauses in competition the Wild Bunch resumed racing with a third and
final pass. Helen was excited on two counts, one producing some smoke on the
burn out (see above) and secondly the pass resulted in a 12.833 only 0.013
off our dial in!
kept Helen from fainting, but the inpromptu wet t-shirt contest may have
caused a few faints of it's own!
At the end of
the day we didn't get placed in the top four for overall performance, but we
did receive the trophy for "closest to dial in" for our last pass.