HARE Motorsport 2016 Winton 300 - Warm Up
Unfortunately on race day we only ended up with the rear view during warm up as something went wrong with the GoPro's and we have no race footage, so that's a bit disappointing.
Now these are the conditions we love, I love racing in the wet (except at Lakeside !!!!!) and the conditions suit the Starlet to a tee.
After DKR installed a master cylinder kit, yes one seal was completely deteriorated, when touching it, it just crumbled, can't believe it as it was a new kit installed in Dec 2014 when we upgrade to the K-Sport 6 pot front calipers, so not sure why it failed, possibly the SRF Brake Fluid we were using so I have been informed ??
So back to the Warm Up, the car felt fantastic, great brakes and with new Yokohama AO50's that have only been through one heat cycle, we had great grip. We were surprised with the lap times and results from the warm up and now looking at having a sensational race. Results for the session are:
Fastest Lap Time: 2m 03.4694s
Eclectic Lap Time: 2m 02.318s
Eclectic Gap: 1.1514s (Not bad for the wet conditions)
Division F: 1st from 5
Outright: 20th from 41
We were 4.2118s quicker than the next Division F race car so we were pumped and ready.
During the race we climbed to 19th from 43 race cars by lap 24 (100 lap race) but unfortunately I had an off track excursion and it took the officials 3 laps to retrieve the race car and coupled with a flat battery (front windscreen heater, wipers, headlights, rain light, alternator could not keep up) we lost valuable time.
We rejoined the track in 30th position and by the time we were ready to complete our compulsory pitstop, we worked our way back up to 20th by lap 56. Unfortunately Peter also had an off track excursion but lost no time and with the race being called early, we didn't get a chance to climb back up the order and finished a respectable 32nd outright and 4th in Division F, oh what might have been if we kept in on the "island".
One thing I can assure you, we will be back in 2017 !https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iyp_S3-QxM8