09.06.05 - Six and out for Gold RV
Super Pro ET racer Derek
Flynn achieved one of his season aims at the FIA Main Event when his blown-alcohol
dragster went into
the sixes (right). Derek got in touch to tell us all about it.
"In the words of Dennis Priddle - it was terribly quick, but I just could not wait to do it again!", says Derek. "The
weekend was just fantastic. We warmed up with a couple of low sevens, but at
least the car was going straight now, thanks to a set of new Mickey Thompsons.
Then with a bit more of a tune
and finally running on all eight and a set of perfect EGT's we got our first
Six in a great qualifying race with Pat Talbot, who was only just behind with
a very low seven herself, despite the massive head wind. Our next run was a
7.0 and we were strangely a little disappointed but went into eliminations
confident of running another six.
"We dialled-in a 6.96 and we were up against my mate Steve (The Stores) Johnson
who was number one qualifier. I knew I was going to have to be sharp away from
the line and due to the fact that Steve was not running his nitrous we would
have to give him a head start, but alas I was a bit too sharp away
from the line and pulled a 0.036 cherry. D'oh! At least this meant I could
just go flat out and not worry about lifting, and duly clocked another six passing
Steve before the finish line, but out. This at least gave me an opportunity
watch the rest of the weekend's great racing. Also a little consolation was
that we were knocked out by the eventual winner: congratulations Steve, Pat
and Ian, look forward to our next race. One-nil to you at the moment, not that
"Still it was nice to be the fastest and quickest in Super Pro, and thanks to
all the people who passed on there congratulations for the Six - it was very
much appreciated and we were all very proud of our achievement. As it turned
out it was just as well I pulled a cherry, as on the leakdown test my crew
noticed the engine was a little tight and on further inspection we found we had
spun a main bearing, double D'oh! Had we won we were out anyway and that would
have been horrible to knock out a mate and then not being able to compete.
"I would like to dedicate my first Six to my superb Go Gold Crew; I could not
have achieved this ambition without all your tireless effort not only at the
track but after hours at work too! Thanks! Also I do have to say a few other
thanks: to the Turners thanks
for their assistance with tuning, and congratulations on making it to the final,
thanks also to Lee and Richard of J & W Automotive, Terry and Tina
Gibbs, Bob and Cathy Glassup, and Andy and Kate Robinson, for all their continued
help and support. Thanks also to everyone I have missed. The next goal is the
magic 200 mph, once we have rebuilt the engine!
"Finally we would like to pass on our belated congratulations to Pete Walters on his excellent weekend in Junior Dragster, number one qualifier with a perfect 0.000
and then to go all the way and win it, it just goes to show the J & W Gold RV Junior dragster is an excellent race car and now proven winner, and are available
from J & W or Gold RV Racing.
Original article taken from Eurodragster.com.
image from Topendtales.com.