Waterford Hills Race weekend 5 : Breaking all of the things and my first win.

September 16, 2014

Waterford Hills Race weekend 5 : Breaking all of the things and my first win.

We started the weekend doing a practice session on Friday where the PCV breather box decided it wanted to blow its breather off and coat the back of my engine in oil, causing a very large cloud of smoke billowing into the driver compartment. We rushed to the local auto store, purchased some epoxy and sealed the plug to the breather box.
During qualifying on Saturday my entire exhaust fell off of the car.
We stuck that together for the first race, and I moved from third to second and held it for about 5 laps when the front driver's side hub sheared off! We ended up running around trying to fix things as it broke the end axle as well. Pete Dunn came to the rescue with one of the hub assemblies from Garret Dunn's ITA CRX.
We finished putting the car back together around 9:30 at night and came back the next morning bright and early. After helping the Time Trials get tech inspected and setup, I took a few emergency practice laps where my exhaust clamp fell off AGAIN.
It was time to race, but because we didn't finish the first race I was moved back to last position on grid. I was on a mission to get to the front. I managed to move from dead last to 2nd place. Unfortunately I missed a waving yellow flag and passed another driver (very stupid) and was positioned in last place overall as a penalty. You can see the flag clearly from the camera, unfortunately I didn’t see it (Maybe a narrower window net next year).
After all of the issues over the weekend, there was only one last race to try and place well: the Sunday Feature Race. I started in 2nd because grid positions are determined by best lap time and I had set a personal best time of 1:17.952. During this race I managed to keep a hold of second for several laps, then a full course yellow flag occurred and we were packed up behind the pace car with 2 of the fastest drivers in the class on either sides of me.
When the race restarted I quickly realized I had very little grip, missed an apex and touched the grass. This actually worked to my advantage because I had intended to let the two RX7 drivers duke it out and overheat their tires while I held back and let my tires cool a little. When I saw they were starting to get slippery I moved closer just in time to see the blue/black car spin after touching the yellow car. This was my chance. I used the remaining laps to close in on the Yellow RX7 and took a pass at the end of the back straight, just managing to hold him off the half lap to the checkered flag.
I took my first win during this final race, showing that even if things are going wrong you can still pull off a good race if you work for it. Thank you for reading. Featured image courtesy of Mark Windecker



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