UK Top Alcohol Championship (Round 1) — Santa Pod Easter 2000
Ever tried to put an awning up in a Force 8 gale? - we did - several times!
First day of qualifying - NOT! - absolutely threw it down all day - we spent all our time sorting out niggling little problems with a leaking fuel shut-off valve (special thanks to the “Shockwave” FC team for lending us a spare) - dialing in a new barrel valve and running repairs to the awning.
A new day dawns - weather looks good - car sounds ok - mixed results from the new data recorder - all we have are temperature and pressure readings. Car idles really rich and there was some concern over a small amount of leaking fluid after the burnout - 6.230 @ 225.84mph - our best time and speed ever! Back in the pits we find the reason for the leak - it was not fuel as first suspected but oil - the 3/16” feed to the data recorder had fractured completely spewing oil everywhere - a complete bottom end inspection revealed no damage - a lucky escape! Needless to say all the pressure lines to the data recorder were now disconnected. Another problem came to light with a distorted inlet valve seat giving a 90% leakdown! Dennis’ sterling service lapping in the valve seat (2hrs) got the leakdown back down to an acceptable figure and we were back in business.
We qualified # 3 and were up against Doug Bond in the first round who
had qualified # 4 with a shut-off 6.94 in his new car. Round 1 - After
some starting/startline problems we managed to drive around Doug (who
had problems at the top end) with a 6.48. On returning to the pits the
good news was that the valve seat had held up but the clutch plates
were trashed - but more hard work (and a borrowed plate from Turner
Racing) saw us ready in time for the next round.
But all expectations were surpassed and we managed to overcome all our problems (except the last one) on our negative collateral budget - this without a doubt was my best moment in drag racing just piping our first 6 second run which was my # 1 ambition.
We would like to especially thank the following for helping us out at the track this weekend :-
Rob, Steve & Carmel Turner
- Far too much to mention
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