Monday, 17 June 2013

Repairs and Snetterton Preparation

While many of the drivers headed off the the European round of the championship (BRSCC EuroFest at Zandvoort Holland), we have chosen to stick to the tracks closest to us.  This limits our travel time and therefore our costs and means we can take part in more events.

July will see us head to Snetterton in Norfolk on the undercard of the British & European SuperKart grand prix's.  We know this track well from our early shakedown testing and a couple of track days, so are confident of a good performance.

Prior to that, we had some more work on the car to undertake.  Firstly to repair some of the damage from Silverstone.  A paintless dent repair man has taken the worst of the dents out of the side of the car.  We then set about the rear bumper which had a 10cm hole in the corner. This was patched from behind and will now be filled, sanded and the patch painted to make it look presentable.
We also fitted the Short Shift gear lever mechanism which was purchased last year, but never quite made it onto the priority list.  This is the blue alloy in the photo and significantly reduces the gear lever throw, making shifting faster.
While the bumpers and wheel arches were off we also removed the huge plastic washer bottle and remaining air-conditioning pipework, plus excess wiring at the rear.  A small washer bottle has been fitted in the front boot.  This will reduce our weight by a few more Kilograms.  We are now within 20 of the 1300 minimum for our early 3.2 model.

Rockingham & Silverstone Races on YouTube

The 1st two rounds of the season are now available on YouTube in HD (double click for full-screen and select the cog icon) courtesy of Toyo Tires.
We get some good coverage in Race 1 at Rockingham as I go round the outside of the first corner and up into the top 6, and then later in the race against other cars.

The 2nd Meeting at Silverstone we also got some good coverage in the wet conditions of Race 1.