Series, Round 1: 14th-17th April '06
the weekend starts here!
Thunderball is a four day race event, with Friday, Saturday and some of
Sunday set aside for qualifying and Sunday evening and Monday for
eliminations. This was the first time the Wild bunch had competed at the
Thunderball and it was Santa Pod's 40th Anniversary, so we were all quite
Another wee tipple, just to
keep the cold out, obviously!
We arrived on Thursday afternoon
after a rather slow journey along a busy M1 and headed into the pits to find
a couple of other bunchers already there. On the opening evening scrutineering is on a first come
first served basis at the Pod, so we unloaded the Belle and headed straight
off to scrutineering.
Qualifying begins. woohoo!
Warming the Belle.... and
Sharky and the crew finding
something rather amusing... I think they're looking at you!
Our first run
was just before two o'clock and we ran a baseline 10.09 pass. The next pass
slowed to a 10.256, but Helen wasn't sure if everything was right in the
drivers seat and the 60ft time showed that there may not have been full
brain to foot co-ordination.
The third and
final qualifier of the day came at twenty to eight in the evening and this
time a good start and the cooling air gave us our first nine of the weekend,
a 9.91 at 134mph against our 9.8 dial in.
Keeping te Belle spick and
span. (what exactly does that mean.....??)
morning came round and we were looking forward to getting out on the track.
The plan for this event was to let the Belle go for it and see what we could
do. It looked like we would have at least five qualifying rounds over the
next few days, so we knew we would be able tinker and see if we could
improve our times.