European Top Methanol Championship (Round 1) -Santa Pod (May 2000)
Good the Bad and the Ugly
Repeat of the Easter race - Up at 3 am trying to hold the awning down! - saw Bob Meyer - no shorts on for this race!
Saturday - First day of qualifying After a minor problem with some duff spark plugs - we just make it in time for the first qualifying session - we need not have bothered - after 60’ the engine just quit - turns out we have a duff “Kill Switch” - we then make it out for the second session late in the day and run our best ever 5.94 @ 230.66 mph! - We are in as #4 qualifier!
As a result of the bad weather there are no qualifying sessions for Top Alcohol today - but we did not intend going out today as our budget only allows for one qualifier so we concentrated on getting the car ready for the first round race and trying to improve on the lethargic 60’ times.
Eliminations The first round pitted us against Rob Turner in his Netcall
sponsored car who coincidently we should have met in the final of the
British Championship at the Easter race. The car left with it’s best
60’ ever (by miles) and by the 1/8 mile we were in front but ominously
the car did not pull as it should when shifted into high gear but we
still ran our best time ever and won the race - 5.90 @ 217 mph - and
that low speed told the story………
Positive points from the
race were -
I would like to especially thank the following for helping us out, encouraging us, or just being “good eggs” :-
Rob, Steve & Carmel Turner
Most of all my crew - Angie, Tony, Richard, Dennis and Roy And the Barnsley “fan Club”…...the Fish family, Andy, Nina, Dan & Amy, Nick and Steve
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