After the hectic preparations for the first two rounds, the team felt a lot more prepared for the third round. The mid week test at Teesside Autodrome helped nail down brake balance settings, plus the niggling faults were eradicated.
So after a thoroughly wet drive down to Kent, the circuit was bathed in clear skies for the event. Simon started conservatively, his first practice runs served as a check that everything was as it should be. He reported a superb brake balance, plus great initial turn in from the new, rear wheel drive chassis. Problems reappeared in the form of an overheating engine after a noise test on the first practice run, which proved to be a faulty water pump. Many thanks to Steve of SBD for offering his spare to keep us running.
Problem fixed, Simon’s initial run gave a 74.12, just a few tenths of his own personal best here. For the second run, the team fitted fresh tyres and while we were optimistic, Simon had to content with a frustrating misfire. Though the engine had been faultless in the old car, despite Mark Hardy’s great attention to detail, the new installation was still settling down.
A fresh set of spark plugs and some attention to the ignition and Simon was set for his final run. While he’s till getting used to the new chassis, he instantly felt confident to push hard. The result was a superb 71.82 second run. A new class record in Formula Libre and a new personal best for Simon.
The onboard video shows the new car’s crisp turn in, with Simon enjoying very little understeer. Mid corner and exits are where Simon claims he can still improve massively, with the racing driver’s book of excuses turned to the page claiming he was rusty….
Everyone has been really encouraged by the result and Simon is really pleased to be able to finally deliver some reward to all of the great sponsors and supporters who’ve been supporting this project from the start.
The next round is Snetterton, a wide open circuit with high speeds where Simon is hoping the be able to really open the car up and see what can be achieved.