Greg was that your theory for the season as your car has seen more gravel than your average rally car
Errmmmm.... yes I suppose you have a point there In fact.... a big thanks to all of you lovely marshals for the kind words (and the not so kind, but fun banter ) when I've been beached ;D
greg, the whole banter thing in the smrc between drivers and marshals is underwritten by one thing.... respect, we respect you guys for having the guts and money to go out there and race and you lot respect us for standing in the worst of the knockhill weather only to help when you get it wrong
did notice one thing, anytime I have been on the inside at clarks during a xr2 race Peter Cruikshank had a driveshaft failure, think it happened 4 times, once he said to me after I came bounding down the hill like a elephant on speed, "feck, no you again" to what I replied, "funny was just thinking the same thing, driveshaft again mate, straight tow wanted". A solid handshake followed
opinions expressed here are my own, isnt that what forums are for lol
greg, the whole banter thing in the smrc between drivers and marshals is underwritten by one thing.... respect, we respect you guys for having the guts and money to go out there and race and you lot respect us for standing in the worst of the knockhill weather only to help when you get it wrong[/quote]
Top quote Alan..... although "guts and money" should really be replaced by "bravado and debt" ;D
XR2 now gone...... but as an Austrian once said "I'll be back!"
Keeping it in one piece is more important than speed I reckon, that's my learning outcome for this year!
Dodski.... don't be listening to Emicen If yer not heading into each corner thinking "oh sh*t" then heading out of it thinking "thank f**k", then yer not tryin hard enough!!
You might end up in various gravel traps and have to straighten out the car more often than you'd want....... but keep that foot planted!
Dont dispute that, I nearly spun it on the sighting lap this weekend
What I meant was the other shinanigans Backing out and saving the car vs SMAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASH!
Hello to the marshal that stood with me as I sulked on the back straight last weekend btw!
Summary of my last two weekends: Friday: Down the workshop to pick up the car and its rebuilt engine, oh, its not really quite finished. All chances of seeing the Scotland game out the window as we finish putting her back together. Test drive reveals using the kill switch is causing a misfire code and permanent check engine light. Cant use the kill switch whilst running in the new engine then.
Saturday: Glasgow - Drymen - Balloch - Crainlarich - Tyndrum - Kinlochleven. Return is the reverse of outbound. Except stop to pick up 3pts and £60 in Tarbet when you made use of the extra 500rpm you just earnt ticking over 200miles
Thursday: Go to take car to unit for suspension set up etc. Realise it wont run without the booster pack connected. Realise electrical isolator is playing up. Swear, bypass circuits, get it down there.
Friday: Isolator is gubbed. "hello, demon tweeks, i need an isolator delivered to dumbarton, erm... yesterday if possible"
Saturday: My, arent cartek isolators very different from John Cooper Works ones. 5:30pm car is finally alive
Sunday: - Appauling qually, not a single clear lap, 14th on the grid - Race 1, crash, pedal off the floor, DNF - Race 2, finally battled past Mervyn but too late to make up any ground - Race 3, down on performance big time. Car was in partial limp to due an over rev during the race 1 smash. Hadnt noticed in 2 cause I wasnt chasing anyone in open road to see the lack of power. Too bad I only figured out that was the problem at 2:30am in the morning when I work up having a "Great Scott" style moment
Car's not back in the workshop for me to fix in downtime but I'm looking at unemployment following the SDSR so who knows for next season.
Many thanks to the marshals though for this year. I've had the pleasure of using their services 3 times with 1 big un, 1 tow in and 1 park up and limp home afterwards. No offence intended, I hope to have less cause to use your fine services next year!