Well there driving me mad!
Big meeting tonight, and it's warm! 10 of us here tonight, me and Jake are racing, and we have a truck full. We overpaid by 1 by mistake, only 8 were in the truck, and Bry was already in, setting up his camera on the big screen for the live blog he does, I am surprised KL didn't give him a ticket after he was doing it for them, andyroad I paid for him, and the other person we paid for wasn't on the truck, but we forgot to leave his name on the gate, luckily Maggie was in a good mood and sorted it for us.
I spoke to lots of drivers about gears, ill tell you mine, but not theirs, or they won't speak to me again if i tell everyone's gear ratios.
Running 2 cars, we now need 2 sets of gears, I have 8 sets, but only one set of each. Jake ran a low gear last time here, 6.3, as the 5.9 set are in my car, we cant run 6.1 because there missing, looks like they've been lent out, and they haven't come back!
I will lend anything out, always do, as do others, that's how it works in this sport, all i ask is that i get it back at the end of the meeting, or certainly before the next meeting, as its MY spare. I actually got my spare starter back last night, after i lent it out world final night, and that was weeks and weeks ago now. I haven't seen the driver since, but he did pass it on to Matt to give it me back.
Sorry, get of my soap box, so, someone has borrowed the 6.1 set it appears, and i lost a tooth of the 5.9 set, Murry sent me a new set last week, and Jake decided he wanted a higher set, so we put them in his car, i said ill try 5.7, as i felt i could pull a higher gear, so that's what we did.
Jake went out in the W/Y and his calliper fell off, so lost his brakes, hit the wall, then pulled off.
Heat 1 for me, heat 2 for Jake. I get out, and its fast down the straight, but dogging coming out of the bend, as the track dried, it got worse, I just couldn't pull the higher gear, I managed to get 11th, so qualified.
I actually broke my pull cord on my goggles first lap, so was pleased when the waved yellows came out so i could put my spare set on, and can you belive i broke the pull cord on them too!
I pull off to water down after the race, and 30 Chris Brown is on his side, i get out and run over to help, i've been on my side and it scary, i reach in and take off his steering wheel, you cant get in and out with the wheel on, and you don't think about it while your panicking, so glad i could help him get out. I told him it was the rule to stand on top of the car now and wave to the crowd, which he did to a big cheer.
And he came over after the race to thank me.
Back to the pits, i ran back to watch jake, and he had a great race, and came in 4th, did brilliant again. I ran round the pits asking everyone if they had a 5.9 or 6.1 set i could borrow, half the lads were on track, so couldn't ask everyone, then managed to borrow a set of 6.1 of Colin Goodswen,
Gets back to the car, had a discussion with Ed, I asked his opinion, and we decided to to use my own set of 6.3 that Jake did well with last time out, so that was a waste of 1/2 and hour tying to find a set, mind it was 5.9 i was trying to borrow. Anyroad, we spend another 1/2 hour changing gears, then take the bonnet off, and i plug lead is off, so it was the plug lead giving me low power coming out of the bend, not the gears after all, so that was a waste of time after all that. I would like to try 5.7 again now with all 8 plug leads on!
Anyway, i aint changing back, but at least i can give Colin his set back straight away. My car had been smoking a bit, that's why i was looking under the bonnet., but cant find owt.
Final, we are both out now, and i get away well, lined up behind sir John, and passed him, but had to pull off half way though as the smoking was getting worse, i am now revving it harder with lower gears, but still only to my set limit of 7200.
My car has the new 2019 legal MSD box in already, but Beaks was checking all the cars at scrutineering, that they are not set to rev higher that the set limit of 7.500.
The kit he was using worked perfect, so i don't see we need the new boxes for next year now there is a way of testing the cars, it will save us all buying boxes for no reason.
Anyway, the smoking was worrying me, so I pulled off. Jake had a brilliant race again, and was leading after 16 laps, what i shame he has 4 more to do, FWJ passes him, and Jake made a mistake and lost a load of places with just 2 to go, and came home 9th, a rostrum was just so so close.
Bonnet off again, and Kim finds a power steering pipe is touching the exhaust, so that's why i had so much smoke, so that was an easy zip tie fix.
GN, were both lined up early, as only 32 cars allowed out, and there is 54 odd cars here, but i think everyone that wanted to get out did so.
I had a tangle first lap, and had a front right puncture, i slow down, and try and get off to the inside, when the leader catches me, and gives me a whack as i try and pull off, and low and behold, it was my own lad.
He was flying, and came in 3rd, so 24 points for him, that puts him on 40 world qualifying points now, i am on one!
Murray charged me 97 quid for set of gears, (inc Vat and post) so i sold a set i don't use last night for £45 to Karl, i thought that was fair, lol, mind, he did say i wish you were number 35 lol.
Get well soon to Katie Smith's Dad Bill Fenwick, who cut his knee open in the Whites and Yellows, i spoke to Katie before i left, and she said there keeping him in Hospital, and he needs surgery on it, and will go to theatre today or tomorrow.
I love a pint after the meeting, its the best bit of stock car racing, the bars a bit quite at KL, not like the atmosphere we had in the Cov bar, we do miss it. But them Tom come in and orders 10 pints of lager, lol, i've seen him do that a couple of times before, just go to the bar and order 10 pints, the pass them out, what a star. Mind, not sure he had any money on him, i had to leave, so i didn't pay for them either,
So Birmingham Saturday, and Northampton Sunday, not sure what we are doing yet, we need to chat about it.
Right, blog done, fishing matches done at 8am (after getting in at 3am) breakfast and ill go and clean it, see ya next time.
Oh, and i had the pleasure of sir John parked next to me for the night.