Well here we go again.
The last meeting of the grading period, i had such a good start to the season, i'll comfortably stay Red, i was 12th in the points going into last night, don't know about this morning yet.
Easy week to be honest, last weekend was tarmac of course, and the day before i had been to the press day for Motorsport with attitude at the Peterborough showground, so i had got the shale car ready for that, the wing is bigger, as is the attitude sticker, so i wanted to take that car, it would have been easier to take the tar car, and leave it in the lorry overnight to be honest.
So, car is ready, made an easy week, a couple of little jobs on the tar car, and that was about it, the easiest week i've ever had i recon, wish they were all like that!
I did decide to take the carb off the tar car, and take it with me, as almost every week, i've had a problem with my shale carb, so just in case, ill take it off and take it with me., my spare carb is lent out, as is my spare steering wheel, a brake pipe, my spare banjos, and a starter motor. Come to think of it, the More organised i get, the more i lend out, but i am eternally grateful to all those that helped me when i hadn't got spares, so i always try and lend stuff out when its needed, just getting it back sometimes is slow.
Jake has a choice tonight, V8 or take his F1 again, but he loves the V8 formuler, so no contest, load the V8 on the trailer, chuck the wheels on my car in the truck and were ready.
My car had been loaded on the Friday night, as i had a fishing match to run yesterday morning, then load jakes on the trailer, and get home for 11, in time to watch the wedding. (get your priorities right, TV wont work on the run, and keep the girls happy)
It was all over by 1.30, perfect timing for us to get away and get to KL, which is about 2 1/2 hours for us, so 4pm for a 5,15 start time will do. I usually aim at 2 hours before.
We get to the track, were sitting behind a lorry at the gates signing in, so were next, and a 4x4 comes out of the side street, and hits my lorry, and runs down the side, we jump out but he keeps going, great start, could of done without that!
So, Whites and Yellows first, then i am heat 1, race 3, soon comes around. I am happy to drop to the back of the Reds, but this new lining up system is in use again, and i am placed middle Red outside, no choice now, just better get going. Good race, picking up places well, and i get up to the top 10, i think i am 6th, 7th or 8th, but well in the top 10 and then JJ spins me, dam, puts me at the back by the time i get going and away again.
We get waved yellows mid race, just as i get back passed the Dutchie who had just lapped me, and i am relieved i am at the back, not behind him, i line up the back, and they wave me forward to start in 2nd, i didn't want too, but had too. ( i had passed him as the yellows come out) I couldn't get back passed him, but Matt got by and i followed though too, but going over the finish line, i know he's right behind me, well i think he is, so i'm still full throttle, and there is a car stopped mid bend, and i was committed, and just clipped it with my back wheel, oh what an idiot.
The car was damaged, and Kim told me to get out, the wheel is buckled, the calliper is broken off, and the shock is broken, so that's just cost me in the region of £250, for hitting a parked car, after the race. Boy i was cross, again. Placing me at the front had caused it, and cost me.
I had come home last, oh well, lost at least a lap, Jake recons 2, starting at the back on an oval, it doesn't take long to get lapped if you make a mistake. Anyroad, enjoyed it, and was on the pace, and consolation next, see what i can do.
Garry comes though the pits, and tells me i qualified, i was 10th, wow, that was a surprise, then a little later Dave Riley tells me i was still last, only 10 finished. Oh well, not sure if i am happy to qualify for the final, or would i have rather had another race?
So i've watched the W/Y i am normally in, now watching the consi i am normally in too.
It gave us more time to fix the car anyway, hub had to come off, so we couldn't straighten the caliper bracket, and then put it all back
together again, the brand new shock i had wouldn't move, so we got the other one out, and that had a seized ring, so couldn't use either, so had to go and buy another brand new one at £150, i've already spent £450 on shocks on the tar car this week, they are absolutely RUBBISH, aluminium fine threaded shocks on a stock car, sorry, but whoever took away our steel bodied shocks and replaced them with these overpriced rubbish, needs shooting.
To be fair, there not rubbish for what there designed to do, but they are on a stock car, thats £600 this week on shocks, and another 2 i've sent back, killing it for me i am afraid these unnecessary rules.
SO, new shock on, new calliper, the lads have got it all back together, and its final next. I drive it up the car park to try the brakes, and there fine, but the carb is over revving again, the revs wont drop instantly unless i take the tickover right off, i am happy to race it with no tick over, we didn't have tickover on MX bikes, speedway or grass track bikes, so you don't need it, but the spare carb is in the tool box, so we decide to try it, it's an easy swap, both my engines are similar, this is a 427, the other in the tar car is a 434, so it will be fine. and it was.
I am mid Reds again for the start, and i get away well, great race, but i falter towards the end, i was tired, the car wasn't right, i had been following Phobie who was flying, and then lost a place to a Dutchie, then Billy gets me last lap, lack of concentration cost me, but was delighted to find i had actually come home 12th, out of a 36 car final, starting from Red, i was delighted, and another 2 points to go with the 2 from the first race.
Just ready, and FWJ comes by and asks what tyre i am using, a DS i say, i tell him my stagger, and its an ich bigger to get the stagger he has told me to run, and he walks off, next thing Danny comes up, says the same thing, (committee member) i tell him, and he tells me were only aloud the KM series tyres, now i have been using KM 6 tyres all year, and the first i knew of it, i have demacs, Ds, Kumhos, k6s, every tyre under the sun i cant use now. I don't know it that rule was in from the AGM, i thought it was just that we couldn't use K series tyre? I do hope everyone i've told the rules reads this, as ive told people the rule is no K series tyres, that was what was said at the AGM.
Anyroad, tyre swapped, and were out on track. Great race, good laps again, but the track is fast, and were all doing the same speed, great, i dont like it too wet and hitting the fence, it hurts, so loved the track, but couldn't get any pace on Brad who i am following, i try front right brake on and off, i go in slow, i go in fast, i try and drive it round, I try high revs and low, whatever i try, i can't catch, not losing ground, but not gaining either, so good race, but on the waved yellow mid race i count i am 27th, i think i have no chance whatsoever of getting even in the top 20 at this rate, and i was amazed to find out i came home 13th, 1 out of the points, but not bad from last, a point would have been nice, but no damage was as nice.