06.05.05 - Flynn's amusing
UK Super Pro ET racer Derek Flynn has been in touch
to thank the Turner Racing team, who helped him out with
his Gold RV dragster at the Big Bang at Santa Pod Raceway.
"The Turners were absolutely top class", says
Derek. "They taught us loads about our new car, the
effects of the weather on our tune up etc. and are really
nice people to boot. They also came to the rescue after we
destroyed our rear tyres on our second pass with excessive
amounts of tyre shake which broke one of the rear end stays.
Stil, that at least meant that we had definitely got our
power back after the disappointing outing at Shakespeare
County Raceway, and Sharkman said he had not seen too many
sevens with a rail sideways for half of it, first one way
then the other!
"The Turners lent us a set of brand new tyres which
they had bought for the Main Event and that fixed our wandering
problem! I also have to thank John Spuffard for balancing
our new tyres and thanks to Richard of J&W Automotive
for all his help too. All this help really paid off with
some excellent runs and new Personal Bests for ET and speed."
says that the ET Challenge was an amusing affair for the
Gold RV team. "We put in a good practice run in
the morning after fitting the new tyres, but broke the transmission
breather pipe", he says ."The Turners to the rescue
again, back to their workshop and a new pipe made, but no
more time left to get another run in before lunch. We were
one of the first down to the pairing lanes and got paired
against a young lady in a sixteen-second Golf on street tyres. "This
is going to be interesting" I thought, we decided that
we had better have a chat and let her know what to expect.
I think we scared her off, sorry about that, anyway the twelve-second
mid-engined Golf behind agreed to run with us (thanks for
that). We performed our usual burnout and just before staging
we got shut down and pushed back, due to rain. The last time
this happened to us was at Easter and was followed by our
first-ever seven-second run, a good omen I thought.
"Once the rain subsided, the excellent Santa Pod crew
got it dried and ready to run in what seemed no time considering
the downpours. We were called in again, we had put 7.35 seconds
on the car which was quite a bit below our previous best
of 7.48. Burnout done, into stage, off he went and I was
counting down the five-second wait and then up on the transbrake
and I was off after him. Everything just hooked up perfectly,
a small steering job as we hit second and I knew we were
on one, I passed him well before the line and in normal circumstances
I would have lifted but I knew it was going to be a PB. I
thought "What the hell it’s only a tenner, I will
buy back in and keep the PB".
"A slight faux-pas on the buyback and it was demo runs
for us. These were most enjoyable and seemed to keep the
crowd amused - and saved us scaring any other unsuspecting
racers, thanks Ian!"
Original article taken from Eurodragster.com.