HARE Motorsport 2016 IPRA Nationals - U2L Final
Well it now comes down to this and so we have decided to push like mad and try and secure a podium for Class D. Another slow off the line start, trying to protect the ceramic clutch, saw us drop to 5th and with a disastrous first lap and what looks like Robert Wilson having sorted out his issues, that podium faded away into the distance.
By the start of the second lap we rounded up Bruce Woodward, trying some new editing features with the video, and focused on making up lost ground. We pulled off our fastest lap of the weekend on the second lap and as we came around to complete that second lap, right in front of us was William Harris in the Suzuki, we rounded him up but weren't confident of holding 3rd but would try pretty hard.
Will caught back up to us pretty quickly but I wasn't going to give up and we went up over Lukey Heights side by side and I took the inside line into MG Corner. Coming out, Will was lining me up for an over take but to my surprise peeled off into the pits, unbelievable.
As I came down the main straight to start my 4th Lap, there was Bruce Woodward broken down at the exit of pit lane, so that was it, 3rd place secured. We backed off 3 to 4 seconds a lap so the engine would survive and enjoyed the rest of the race, allowing the faster cars plenty of room as my position was not under threat.
We went on to finish the race a secure 3rd position in Class D. Race stats include:
Fastest Lap: 2m 01.9240s
Eclectic Lap Time: 2m 00.027s
Eclectic Gap: 1.897s
Class D: 3rd from 5
U2L Outright: 25th from 33
Although the Eclectic Gap was ordinary, considering the circumstances, our focus was to finish and nurse the car home.
HARE Motorsport has now finished on the podium for Class D in all 3 Nationals we have competed in:
1999 Club Car Nationals: 3rd from 5 (7 Class D competitors entered)
2014 IPRA Nationals: 2nd from 6
2016 IPRA Nationals: 3rd from 5 (6 Class D competitors entered)
After a crazy 2016, we finally finish our final event for 2016 on the podium. Looking at a specification change for 2017 and reverting back to the 4EFE 1.3L, we are looking forward to 2017.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40YAfyTk8TE