Can't sleep It keeps racing around in my head!....bettered my best time of 2 min 39.86 sec last year and achieved a top 16 finishing time of 2 min 36.68. So three seconds up. Much more satisfying when you are quicker than some more expensive machinery...
Mods that allowed the 3 seconds gain were new gearbox and XTD stage 3 clutch (that slipped intermittently?), down to 450cc injectors from 560cc, fuel tank mod that never worked so filled her up!, some minor weight reduction say 20kg from last year, extra Camber, and Mintex 1144 replacing Yellowstuff on the front brakes. Biggest gain was the driver recognising that sweeping corner speed is the answer to this circuits quicker times. so less concern about late braking into hairpin turns and more concentration on achieving higher corner speeds.
My Son co raced the GTO and he had it in the haybales within a couple of runs and exposed some bog in the left rear guard, I was thinking thank god he never kissed it harder.... then later on that day he had an off road excursion into the trees around the big long sweeper at the far end of the course, that meant he kerb hopped at some reasonable pace... drove it back to the pits. No visual damage apart from a small indent on the inner rim of one front wheel and some extra toe out on the left rear wheel ( I have been battling that for years). Struts took the full force of the impact. thankfully I had some sh** hot engine mounts in her and had kept ride height to my trolley jack minimum. Will be pulling front shocks out this Winter! Carried on and I kept my PB's tumbling after this hiccup!
Oh yeah for the record the EVO that blitzed the course record was using brand new Dunlop semis and tyre warmers. He is in a class of his own and expenditure assures those sorts of times. However I would think I would be the fastest contestant without Ignition Control ! ! (Subject to verification of course). My estimation of power output would be 400hp at the wheels. Bring on the extra 100.
Cant load the pdf overall placings so FB..... (The Folder name has been changed to St Sprints 2018 because 2017 is now done).https://www.facebook.com/groups/458094097616096/