Graham Coles Mallory Diary
Firstly Tony Allen has asked us to say thanks to all the drivers and team members who helped get Adrian Chapmans car back on the trailer after it sufferred in his pitwall accident.
To continue with Graham report - My Mallory weekend started the way it was set to finish - badly!
Pushing the car off the trailer Dewi noticed the brake disks on the drivers side rear squeaking. We thought it was nothing but on closer inspection the rear stub axle was loose, so The Gunn man stripped it tightened it and all was well.
We had actually ended the last Pembrey race with a pretty bad misfire, although no-one would believe us! So this was the first chance we had of trying the engine with some new ECU maps I put together in the 3 week break. I had also brought along a weaker waste gate spring intended to produce less sudden boost so as to try and calm the car down from the wild animal that had thrown itself in the Silverstone straight wall in it's last wet outing - Neither change worked. The car still had a bad misfire at 5k RPM and the thump from sudden boost remained although the misfire helped calm it a little. This made for some exiting moments especially when we were on slicks in the changeable conditions.
Our nearest rival Peter Williams had cunningly chosen wets which proved the right choice in the wet-dry-wet-dry track. Sitting in the collection area next to Ginger Marshal, I saw he was on dry tyres too and I smiled when the hot sun broke through the clouds. I was gutted though when it started to rain with only minutes to go to our session. It did start to dry though but that just seemed to make things worse for me as I wasn't sure where the grip was - leading to a few leery moments. The rain started again just as accelerated down the main straight on a hot one - only to come across Adrian's stricken ADR and a frantically waving Marshal.
The upshot of the session was that we qualified 2nd just behind Peter and marginally ahead of Lee, Ginger and Huw !
The race was much better though with no misfiring at all on the opening laps. I've just
got to work out now which of the changes improved things, so we can isolate the fault and
cure it permanently !
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