Monday, 13 March 2017

Yet more maintenance!

So we though our winter maintenance was over!  Wrong! 

We had spent a day readying the car for our traditional pre-season shakedown track day. Second seat bolted in, ride height, camber and alignment checks were completed. The rear right needed some adjustment and we found that the adjuster bolt had seized in the toe arm and refused to budge.

As I was looking for a way to free it I noticed a large crack in the sub-frame which holds the suspension and gearbox to the chassis, just by the camber adjuster.

So wind forwards a week and we'd ordered a used sub-frame and a new toe link arm, since that was still seized into the sub-frame.   We're getting reasonably confident with tackling pretty big jobs these days, and whilst a lot of bolts had to be removed, swapping over the sub-frames only took a couple of hours.  

The camber adjustment was set to maximum and the car dropped back into its wheels to finish the rear left toe alignment.

Sunday, 22 January 2017

2016 Best of In-Car Footage

2016 BRSCC Porsche Championship - Boxster #46 - Best of in-car footage.

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Saturday, 14 January 2017

Winter Maintenance

As you're probably aware there is normally a reasonable level of maintenance to be done during the winter, and this year is no exception.  

A general engine service and brake fluid flush are a given.  Since we also noticed a rumbling rear cv joint and a lot of gear stick movement through high speed corners, we going to replace the drive shafts (outer cv joints are not available separately) and the engine mounts.  

These are all available as OEM or pattern parts keeping the costs down, but as usual it's what you have to remove to gain access that takes the time.

A huge breaker bar and socket to undo the hub nuts made easy work before getting the car high up onto jack stands. 

Removal of the rear bumper, heat shielding, exhaust, rear chassis supports, engine tray and catalytic converters followed.  The nuts and bolts on the cats were pretty rusted, even being only 2-3 years old so this is something to do every couple of years regardless.  

With this lot out of the way it's easier to get to the drive shaft bolts and drop them out. This in turn gives good access to remove and replace the side engine/gearbox mounts.   

Whilst the car is up in the air we did change the spark plugs and the gearbox oil (which has probably never been changed) and lubricated the gear change mechanism. 

Finally the front engine mount was removed and replaced.  It feels just a little precarious supporting the engine on a jack and lowering it 2 inches to get access to the final bolts, but the process worked a treat.  

All in all this was about two full days work for two of us. 

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Silverstone Weekend Wrap-up

The Sunday of the Silverstone weekend, and final day of 2016 racing started with torrential rain.  We arrived at the circuit after our usual stay at the Holiday inn express. (Our preferred brand of cheap free breakfast hotel). 

It takes around 30 mins to change the car setup, softening the dampers and roll bars all round.  We refuelled and headed to the assembly area with a battery booster pack at the ready in case the engine wouldn't start again. 

It had stopped raining and the sun came out as we waited for church bells at 11am and then fired up the engines. The battery charge was seemingly holding ok now.

I did noticed some teams changing dampers seconds before we went out as it looked to be drying.  The circuit was in fact drenched and I aquaplaned around the two green flag laps looking for any signs of grip.  There wasn't much, and the spray from the cars in front was blinding. 

I got a flyer as the lights went out and could see I was pulling alongside the front row.  As I pulled second gear wheel spin set in and that was the end of that. I managed to salvage the first few corners in around 4th place and we spread out down he back straight looking for visibility.  I dropped back to 6th by the end of the lap, despite a nice overtake  around the grippier outside line into the final corner.  I really struggled though.  As lap times got faster mine were static and I succumbed to a couple more cars later in the race.  A brief safety car period closed us up, but again I struggled to improve my lap times as the spray reduced to finish in 6th place with DNF's from drivers who couldn't keep it on track.   

The final race was dry and sunny which suited me better.  We reverted to the identical setup from Saturday for obvious reasons. Reverse grid meant was again on row two but I got squeezed at the first corner taking avoiding action to being door slammed. 

I fell backwards over the next few corners and was pretty much last in class.   Re gathering myself I knew I had pace so set about catching (easy) and passing (more difficult as the legend says) the cars in front. I got 3 but was pushing too hard at times.  Auto piloting to the finish on the last lap I didn't defend my line and let a car up the inside and edge me out onto the astroturf. I fought back into the last corner nearly spinning but I knew I'd let a place slip. 
As we pulled into part ferme, I counted 3 cars in front and it dawned on me I'd let slip another podium. I'd lost count of DNFs and since we have no pit wall signaller I couldn't have known. 

Trophy presentations followed and eveyone in the championship was full of praise as I stood on the podium for the first time, also receiving the driver of the weekend award for the significant step up in performance.   A lot to be proud of.  

The Tv gives me personally some great exposure and lot of coverage as i was in the action on all three races.  Note: There is a problem with the audio levels for s lot of the video.