The second day of competition brought about a range of ups and downs for the team. A few team members were on site for the 7am gate opening to get straight to work on the few remaining issues holding us back from passing technical inspection yesterday. By 9:30am the rest of the team were in and we were on our way to scrutineering, this time passing successfully, with all drivers completing the egress test with flying colours.
The second of the three technical stickers proved more troublesome than we expected with a fuel leak spotted out of the filler cap on the tilt pan, a clever fix and a second attempt were all that was needed to move on to the next step.
Competed tech inspection!
The third and final technical inspection was cleared with speed and ease, passing both noise and brake test on the first attempt in quick succession. With the SAE logo on our nose where it belongs we moved quickly into the line for the acceleration event. Unfortunately, due to time restrictions we did not have time to compete in both acceleration and skid-pad, opting for acceleration due to the higher points ranking. After two successful runs under driver Ben Colley we took a break for lunch and prepared for the autocross event.
Driven by Pete Marsh and Tom Lapsley the first round went as smooth as could have been hoped for; with a fastest non-corrected time of 42.06 seconds set by Pete, 2rd overall at the time of running, and an impressive result for the team. The second round of the event brought about some disheartening issues for the team; with Tom getting through his runs cleanly before a brake master cylinder failure caused the delay of Pete’s tries. Unfortunately there was an electrical failure associated with the brakes during this run, which caused the car to coast through the finish. On the second run another unfortunate electrical gremlin appeared, this time affecting the ignition system and ending our autocross event.
With an early morning ahead we are looking forward to a busy day of competition tomorrow.