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02.06.06 - 200mph at last

Derek Flynn of Gold RV Racing has been in touch to let us know how the team finally broke the 200mph barrier;

After 4 consecutive 199 something's and then a 198 something it was really neat to finally get our 200 and a six, and, even if we do say so ourselves, not just get it, but by quite a margin, 205.18 and at an incredible 6.570. Again, this was not without some pain and couple of thrashes by the Go Gold Crew and I have to say a huge thank you to all of them for their dedication to our cause, they are excellent and this is very much their achievement as much as mine. I must admit when I watched the video of our run the following day and could hear their elation on the line at what we had just achieved, it brought a bit of a lump to my throat. All I do is mash the loud pedal and hang on and I now do that for nearly 2 seconds less than I did at the start of last year! I would like to thank our sponsors Gold RV, Buff, and Dataprint - without your support we could not do what we do !!

In our race against Paula Atkin (our pit neighbours for the event who had an unfortunate weekend with misfire problems, better luck next time Paula) I had to lift at the 1/8th as I was already in front and very much in danger of breaking out. We analysed the data and we knew we were really on one and would have broken out by quite a margin and we reckoned we would have got the 200 then.

After getting the car ready for the next run, we then had to wait for the following morning, and we decided that, no matter what, I was not going to lift against Barry Giles and, for a laugh, we were going to put a 6.66 on it, we won't break out of that. You can imagine my surprise as the Giles & Hartley team arrived at the top end and said we both broke out and amazingly I had broken out by the greater, I guess I really don't get this bracket racing, as I was already jumping and hollering even though we had lost! Then my team arrived and gave me the news I was really waiting for 205, I think I leapt as I as high as the front wheels went on that launch it was just incredible, the tune up was right, the gearbox rebuild had worked the new torque converter did it's job and with a .968 sixty foot, and the car just kept pulling all the way to the stripe I knew it was quick. We now want to back it up and well we are not too sure what to aim for next, I guess it is to try and be a little more consistent, and try and win an event which will be hard as I can't see us slowing it down.

Special thanks to the following people who have all helped us achieve our goal of a 6 at 200 : The Go Gold Crew, Richard & Lee of J&W Automotive, Andy Robinson Race Cars, Steve, Rob & Carmel of Turner Motorsport, Jeff Bull, Steve Johnson, Mark Flavell & his team, Dave Wilson, Bob Glassup and the Extreme Team, The Gibbs family, Andy Carter, Kenny Coleman and any one else I forgot, oh and thanks to all the other Super Proers who congratulated us on our achievements and for all there help and support, it is nice to think that some of us Super Proers are going as quick or even quicker than some of the pro classes now.

Original article taken from Eurodragster.com.

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