Made it through tech with flying colours. Our internet digging and binder of documents kept the brakes within the 2x rule. We did have to take some points for the caliper adapters. We also took some points on things that I wasn't sure was right, but still ended up with a 485 point car. We were a bit disappointed that our cage wasn't admired more.
JustinL (red gloves) was in for the first stint and also his first drive in the car. We started mid pack and after a few laps of learning the car and locking up the brakes a couple times things settled down and we worked the car up to 9th place. A great battle was had with the neon "slimer" car. Overall, some great respectful driving from most of the cars out there. About half an hour into the race, the exhaust became increasingly louder and started to strongly vibrate the car. After a brief off at the exit of turn 6, the car lost all power and had the first of it's tows. The car came in for diagnosis, which turned out to be the retaining screw on the distributor rotor had vibrated loose and come off which lost ignition timing. This took about 1/2 an hour to fix and then Brock went out for his stint. 20 minutes later, Brock came back through the pits dragging the exhaust pipe which was quickly extracted and made the car sound like a real race car. After Brock's stint the car came back in for Chrenan who got belted in when we noticed a small coolant leak from the rubber chair foot that was being used as a cap on the heater line. In addition to this, there was no longer an alternator belt on the car. One of the tensioner bolts backed out and caused the belt to leap off onto the track somewhere. We knew we were out of the race but still wanted to get some track time in, so a trip to the pull more parts of JustinL's car got the car back on track, but this time with a massive miss fire. Unfortunately the car was undriveable and we called it a day.
After the repairs over night to what we thought was a faulty tps, the car was back on track running loud again. JustinL again took the start, this time from the back of the pack in case the fix didn't cure the problem. Everything seemed ok and we worked our way up for an hour before turning the car over to Erik. Erik came up to speed quickly and reported that the stuttering had returned, but still managed a solid 1.5 hour stint. Chrenan jumped in for his stint, but came back in because of the ignition problem. JustinL hopped in for a diagnosis run and after a couple exhaust farts, the car came back to life. An hour later, 2 more bolts backed out. This time the clutch slave jumped out of the bell housing. Back to the paddock for a repair and then send Chrenan out again. Unfortunately the ignition only got worse from there and we decided to retire the car.
The car is incredibly easy to drive. If it wasn't so loud with open headers it would be downright pleasant. There is some mild understeer at mid corner and corner exit. A little more front camber should help resolve that. The car has brakes for days; the pedal always feels perfect and is very easy to modulate. It rotates very well under trail braking and inspires confidence that it will do what is asked. It is quite slow on the straights. There are only a few cars that we can overtake in a drag race.