Well for those of you that thought you might pop along to JDS Round 2 but didn’t, all I can say is you missed a good show.
Points standings after round one are as follows
Po. Driver Car Team R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 B Total
André Gysler Mitsubishi GTO Tier 1 Networks 330
John Hanton Nissan Skyline R35 GTR Severn Valley Motorsport 220
Liam Concannon Mazda RX7 Hayward Rotary 140
David Greenhalgh Nissan Skyline GTR34 Blue Streak 100
John Stocker Nissan 200sx (S14) www.800bhp.com 70
Jeff Ludgate Nissan Skyline R33 GTR Trackstuff Racing 60
Mark Salem Mazda RX7 FD3S Oldone Rotorsports 0
Wayne Armsden R32 Nissan GTR Skyline MGT Racing 0
Rob Blackshaw Mazda RX7 GarageReg / Oldones Racing 0
Mark Newman Toyota Supra 0
Qualifying was a bit of a mixed bag really with intermittent showers throughout the afternoon, but we still got our three runs in on Saturday and our final qualifier in on Sunday morning.
Despite trying my hardest I just couldn’t break into the 12s having a 13.1, 13.0, 13.0. It didn’t seem like it was going to happen for me this weekend. I played with the tyre pressures to try to figure out what would work on the track as my stock clutch won’t hold when slipped, it has to be dumped which means I need to have just a tiny amount of wheel spin. Too much = lost time, too little/none= bog. I tried 25/17.5 and bogged 30/30 with clutch slip, 30/30 dumped clutch and lit up 30/28 dumped clutch and lit the fronts up like Guy Fawkes! Nothing seemed to help with 60’ times in the 1.9-2.0 zone
Second-place man John Hanton in the R35 snapped a rear halfshaft in the first qualification run; his guys replaced that in time for the second qualification run only for him to crack the bell housing on his gearbox. That was the end of his racing this weekend and whilst its not nice to see, certainly wasn’t going to hurt my lead in the points standings.
Liam, who was lying in 3rd seemed pretty consistent running 11.2 11.3 and 11.6 in qualification. The orange. RX7 seemed to be coming together.
Fourth-place man Dave Greenhalgh showed what his car could do and ran a 10.3 in the second qualifier. However in the fourth and final qualifier Dave managed to break a chunk of his transfer case and had no spare.
John Stocker, who broke his 200 SX last time out was in his spare car which was a red Evo. He didn’t set any high qualification times. I suspect he’s used to launching a rear wheel drive and not a four-wheel-drive car, they are very very different
Jeff Ludgate who broke his R33 last time out could not get it fixed in time so was in his spare car which is a mere 600 hp R35! However computer game type technology I.D.too many electrical controls, and run flat tires seem to hamper jets times. He managed to run 11.5 at 1:25 for his best timing qualifiers.
Rob Blackshaw, who missed the first round, had his silver RX7 there in fine form. He ran a series of 9.3 second runs for his qualifiers!
So after qualification the standings were as follows. Rob Blackshaw first, Dave Greenhalgh second, Liam third, Jeff fourth, many fifth, John Stocker sixth, John Hanton disqualified as he said no time.
The quarter-finals saw Rob paired against John Stocker, Dave paired against me, Liam paired against Jeff, and the 2 byes obviously carried through a bye to the semifinals. Rob ran a storming 8.89 @ 155 to defeat John with a 1.37 60’! I had a bye as Dave couldn’t run and Liam took the win against Jeff with an 11.5 @ 129
Rob had a bye in the semis whilst I went head to head with Liam who was in a much faster car than my lowly, stoch GTO running full weight and slightly raised boost at 0.9 bar. I had decided to drop the front tyres another 3psi to reduce wheelspin so was now on 30 rear 25 front. My only hope was a little racecraft, skulduggery and a lot of mind games! I drove up and lit the pre-stage lights but didn’t stage, waited for Liam to do his burn out, pre-stage, stage, raise his revs to his launch control limiter with the clutch at biting point. I just sat there and sat there and waited for him to come off the gas, now with a VERY hot clutch. As soon as I heard him come off the gas, I promptly staged and knew that race control would immediately light the tree, so no sooner I had staged I planted my right foot and as soon as I saw 6,000 rpm, side stepped the clutch! The result was a blinding reaction time of 0.05 seconds whilst I had messed Liam’s head up; he had an awful 0.99 second reaction time. To cut to the chase I ran a personal best of 12.5 at 107 mph on 352 BHP whilst Liam could only manage a 12.4. My hole shot saw me through to the finals against Rob which unfortunately never took place due to the heavens opening.
This weekend meant that I scored a further 240 points extending my lead with a total of 570 points, John Hanton scored none, Rob scored 330 creating a tie for 2nd place and Liam scored 160 points to secure him in 4th. I also have another ace up my sleeve over Rob in that there is a bonus 50 points at the end of the season if you attend all 5 rounds; he can’t do that as he missed the 1st round!
There was an awful lot of talk around the pits about how I had shown the importance of reliability and how important it was to have a solid spare car available.
For those interested, my time slip was
1/8 ET 8.0671
1/8 MPH 85.01
1000’ ET 10.5128
1000’ MPH 98.30
1/4 ET 12.5720
1/4 MPH 107.38