The final dover meet took place over the past weekend. Day one was the worst I have had at dover.
I reached to dover somewhat early, just at the beginning of free practise. I hurriedly got registered as I wanted to get a few practice laps in. Got through the paper work and was now waiting to be scrutineered, this however proved to be quite a task. After spending two hours chasing the scrutineer we finally got scrutineered by this time however free practise had already ended. Now qualifying for my class was at 1oclock in the afternoon so I was suited up from 12:45 and sitting in my car only to hear that its been pushed back to 1:30 to allow people that were late for another class to qualify. This I thought was grossly unfair because if it were the class I was racing in we would not be allowed time for being late as our class seem to be looked down on because we are using our street cars to race. Finally we were given the go ahead. I did a good deal of laps to practise and to refamilarize myself with the track. When qualifying was over I qualified with the slowest time. This was due to two reasons. Firstly I wasnt pushing as hard in qualifying as there were only four of us in the turbocharged class at qualifying which means even if I qualify last i was still going to be fourth on the grid come the next day.
Race day was better than the day before. Things went according to the schedule for the most part and we were on the track for the first race close to mid-day. The first race I had one plan that was to stick with the top three cars. For the first three laps this was achieved but on the end of the third lap I notice the car temperature going up so I had to decide; do I continue to press hard and prepare for engine damage or do I fall back and preserve the engine and try again in race 2. In the end I decided to fall back and coasted for the remainder of the race. Now in addition to the heat problem it seemed I had a faulty plug wire that was causing the car to break up at high RPM’s so trying to push the car hard was futile. The second race was not much different
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