22.04.05 - Flynn has another
UK Super Pro ET racer Derek Flynn says that he is a tad frustrated
but ultimately grateful after making it to the far end of
Shakespeare County Raceway last weekend after nearly a year
and five attempts. Derek got a round of applause at the Power
Nationals when he held onto a wayward dragster after finding
all the power hiding in a barrel valve.
"Boy, did we learn a lot about our new car!",
says Derek. "It all started on Friday; we arrived early,
set up and tried to fire the car up...no go - no fuel going
to the engine, then too much fuel, then misfiring, then no
more time to start the engine until the morning. We coughed
and spluttered our way through qualifying, with a car sounding
very sick under load, but at least we got further than last
year (and the now-infamous Flynn has a little tinkle, thanks
Tog!). Our main problems were that the car arrived with two
pills in the main, and when we removed one it caused another
problem with the idle check valve, and on top of all that
the timing moved on us.
"We finally got it sorted and this is where I must
say thanks to so many people (sorry Ed). Thanks to Richard
of J & W Automotive, who helped us all weekend and also
helped with running Arlo in our Junior as well as running
his own son Pete. Thanks also to Andy Robinson for some late-night
tips on what we could try in the morning; thanks to all the
Super Pro teams who at one stage all seemed to be in our
pit trying to suss out what was going on with our fuel system.
I believe this sort of camaraderie between competitors is
absolutely brilliant (Hear, hear - Ed) and probably does
not exist in many other forms of motor sport!
"Also thanks to Steve Turner for his help and advice
at the end of the phone: Steve explained the inner workings
Enderle barrel valve, not an easy job over the phone. Thanks
also to Ozzy Ewing and sorry for our little mishap. Thanks
to all the Shakespeare County Raceway crew, and the safety
crews including all the fireman at the first turn-off who
all showed concern as I coughed and banged my way towards
them each time; thanks as always to the Go Gold Crew. And
finally, thank God I missed that barrier and we got the car
going something like it should. Now if only I can keep it
straight I am confident there is a lot more to come!
"I will be competing in the ET Challenge at Santa Pod
Raceway next weekend and I can reveal that Steve Turner is
coming to help us fine-tune our car, that should really help
us to lower those ETs providing I can keep it straight! I'm
looking for a new PB if the weather and track conditions
"On another note, it was great to see John, Lesley
and Darryl and their much-revamped Top Fueller out again.
It sounded awesome, shame they did not get to run, but best
of luck for the rest of the season."
Original article taken from Eurodragster.com.