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22.06.05 - So many miles, so many smiles

UK Super Pro ET racer Derek Flynn and the Gold RV Racing team had a great weekend after their six-and-out at the FIA Main Event where they spun a main bearing. Derek says that there was very little time for the Gold RV team to rebuild the engine but that he is glad that they did.

"Another six straight off the trailer and then we made it all the way to the final where we were beaten by just .031 seconds by Barry Giles", says Derek. "Congratulations to all the Giles and Hartley team for their victorious weekend including young Daniel, well done!"

Derek says that he only just made it to Shakespeare County Raceway at the weekend and that it took some extra special help and a few late nights from some very special people. "Firstly a huge thank you to Jeff Bull who really pulled a rabbit from the hat for us when at the last minute we were let down by a machine shop which shall remain nameless", says Derek. "Jeff kindly offered to supply us with a crank, and if I got him our block then he would have that machined and readied for the new crank, balance it and then fit it for us, which turned out to be another rather late evening, and all this within a couple of working days. Thanks also to Belinda for keeping us supplied with tea, and congratulations for reaching your final too.

"We also have to thank Lee and Richard of J & W Automotive who also assisted in the engine rebuild, especially Lee who came all the way up from Devon, helped us rebuild the engine late into the night, and went home the next day. I also have to thank the Go Gold Crew who really put in the hours to ensure that we could be ready to race. So finally, after three attempts, our luck at Shakey has turned around and we had a great weekend, and I do believe that we were the quickest and fastest car of the meeting apatr from the Jet Funny Car, which makes all the effort and the thousand miles of driving worthwhile. We would also like to say thanks to all the fire and safety crews, marshals etc. who all did a great job and must have been absolutely melting in all that heat.

"We are looking forward to following this up with a good test day at Santa Pod this Friday and hopefully a good run in the Summernationals, although with Andy Robinson and Gordon Appleton in our class I doubt if we will be the quickest in Super Pro ET this weekend. It won't be for the lack of trying though, so bring on the Pro Mods and let's see if they can dial in as well as they look and go!"

Original article taken from Eurodragster.com.

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