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2019 Tasman Cup Round 6 Spitfire Raceway

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Round 6 of the Tasman Cup Proxy is about to get underway at Spitfire Raceway.

Thursday will get things happening with a checkover for all the cars, followed by a test run . I'll make some notes of my impressions of each car and post them up here on the forum

Qualifying will be held on Friday afternoon for running order. Qualifying order will be in current point score standings 1st to last. Results will be posted that evening.

Raceday gets underway on Saturday afternoon at 1.00pm Adelaide time with a warmup for the drivers. Racing will start at 1.30.

 

Track info:

track length 26 metres

Lane spacing 100mm with 130mm outer apron 70mm inner apron.

Construction 12mm MDF

Track surface Solver gloss paving paint (oil based)

Braid Tinned copper recessed flush with track surface

Power supply 0-30volt 5 amp

Race Co-ordinator with arduino uno controlsIMG-5343.jpg

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Hi All,

Well today has been a bit busy and I got onto the test run a bit later than I would have liked.

I checked over the cars first up and only had to attend to two cars

#9 Phil K's Lotus which had a loose windscreen which I fixed with a drop of canopy glue.

#47 Terry's BRM which had a loose rear wheel. The grub screw wouldn't tighten up sufficiently so I replaced it. the wheel now feels tight on the axle.

On to the test run and I have to say that in general the quality of the cars has again improved with no real lemons in the field. A few lack some speed but none are difficult to get around the track.

The run was done in reverse numerical order as that is how RC seeded the cars for the run. I set my controller to fairly mild settings so they all got a fairly gentle run. All cars run on green lane.

 

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Qualifying will be run tomorrow afternoon with me doing the driving on green lane with results posted in the early evening.

 

Cheers

Alan

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Thanks for the feedback Alan, seems that I will need to be ultra diligent with those wheels!

 

I do have a tendency to over tighten the wheels, with disastrous results in stripping threads and damaging the allen key wrench,

 

 

Good luck to all on race day

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Howdy Chaps,

Qualifying has been run and the results are in. I ran a different format to what I had done in the past. The running order was settled via the randomize option in Race Co-ordinator. The format was 1 min warmup then 10 timed flying laps to set a time.

 

Here's the car lined up for qualifying. the actual running order was last in line moving forward. The red # 4 was the track test and driver warm up car. ( Actually faster than #4, go figger!! :wacko:)

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And the final qualifying results.

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And the starting grid for tomorrow's race. Congratulations to Big mick on pole position and also to Mondeo74 (Chris D) & John Batich for 2nd & 3rd spots on the grid.

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It all Kicks off tomorrow around 1.00pm I'm really looking forward to the race and wish every one bon chance

Cheers,

Alan

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Thank you for the qualifying run. Looks like next year we can drop a tooth on the #33. Congrats to the podium guys and good luck to all on race day

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Thanks for the great qualifying run Lenny/Alan. Sounds like there is some life in the old girl yet. Hopefully car will perform as well in race. Good luck with the rest of the proxy.

 

Regards Chas Le Breton (charlesx)

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Race day has dawned cold wet band windy but the cars are all tucked up in the Spitfire Slot cave. Our special guest greeter has arrived to welcome everyone to Round 6

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Everyone has arrived that is going to and the drivers are currently warming up for this afternoon's action

Cheers Alan

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OK the race is all done and dusted and the results are in. But before we get to that I'd have to say today was somewhat trying with the elements doing their level best to scupper proceedings. The weather changed dramatically overnight from fine and sunny yesterday to heavy rain and very cold temperatures ( I saw 11deg.C at one point in the shed this afternoon). It has rained pretty well all day and this seemed to have affected somewhat with a short section of braid lifting in one section on green to multiple connectivity and braid contact issues which caused delays and had to be dealt with on the spot.It's very frustrating as the track has run pretty well up till the first of the guys arriving this afternoon and that's when the track decided it wasn't happy. I have to thank all the guys for there patience and good humour during the stoppages to get the track up and running again.Anyway enough of my tale of woe and on with the race report.

 

First up to the results and it was a local lockout of the podium with another well deserved win for Sdeamon and 2nd to Mondeo74 and Big Mick coming home in third place. Mick also snagged the fastest lap........Well done lads.

 

 

Here's the race scoresheet.

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Here's the final line up with the cars placed in their finishing positions.

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Here's the Driving team today

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Mick on Red Lane, Callum on Yellow lane, Peter D on Green lane and John S on Blue lane, Thanks Guys Good Job. Micks Leading us all in a minutes silence for our now dear departed old Torana

 

And the marshaling team

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John C Form-up and Corner marshal, Somebody I can't recall their name Race control, Geoff & Bear corner marshals.Thanks to you too lads, a stirling effort!!!!

 

I'd also Like to say a BIG THANK YOU to my Wife Heather (Mrs Broke to you lot) for help both today and the days leading up to today's race. I don't think it would all have come together with out her assistance and also for laying on the afternoon tea we all enjoyed post race.

Here she's putting her feet up after all her efforts this week.

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Here's a few more bits and bobs about today.

Fastest laps per lane

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Damage and mechanical report

 

Phil K's Lotus lost its gear casing after an off backwards into the fence I'll attend to that in the morning with a bit of zapagap.

 

David Mitcham's Ferrari first lost a front wheel and then the entire front axle quite late in a heat. The car completed the heat sans axle and was refitted in the lane change. I thing the grub screw is rounded out in the hex and won't tighten up sufficiently.

 

Charles's Brabham managed to shed a front tyre off the rim in one of his heats but was able to continue to the end of the heat to be refitted at the lane change. The tyres appear to be a soft compound that don't fit very well on the rims. You might need to look at a hard compound front next year Chuck.

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Blimey 8th that's like a win for me especially after quali in 17th , must say fine looking bunch or reprebates um drivers you have there , and behind every good man there's a even better woman Alan.

Congrats to the usual top placers you have some very good cars there lads, congrats to all the entrants nice looking field of cars there.

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Hi Lenny and all.

 

Great round. Many thanks to the organiser, drivers marshals and all. Also especially to Mrs Broke for keeping the team fed. Congrats also to the Podiumites.

 

See I drifted back in the places again but surprised to see some familiar faces behind me - Lenny, Phil and the second John Batich car. Made my day.

 

Regards and looking forward to that final round. Pity the Hurricanes just missed beating the Crusaders.

 

Chas Le Breton (charlesx)

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Thanks to all the boys and girl for running the round, seems to be a strong and energetic crowd to be part of lenny!

 

Well done to the podiumites 5 out of the top 6 from SA!

 

Quite pleased with my #47 in 9th, its that sort of year and that sort of car where anything inside the top 10 is a result.

 

Terry

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Thanks Alan and to all the crew at Spitfire.

 

Must be that Adelaide water that makes the locals hard to beat.

 

I'll update all the points following both the SA rounds tomorrow.

 

The Grand Finale will be at Chris Ross' Masonite Mountain on July 20th.


Alan Stubbings

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Lenny thank you to you and the team for hosting this round. Congratulations Sdeamon, Mondeo74 and Big Mick on your podiums and all those who finished better than expected.

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Thank you for running the round Lenny and to everyone for driving, marshalling and general support. Congratulations to the podium chaps. A bit of improvement for the 156 despite the front axle loss. If you think one of the wheel grub screws is ruined please would someone replace it for me?

 

Best Regards

 

David

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If you think one of the wheel grub screws is ruined please would someone replace it for me?

 

Hi David,

Yep I can sort that before I post off the cars.

Alan

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Hi Guys,

The box went into the post this afternoon and to Mannimal and the Masonite Mountain. Thanks for letting us play with your little babies.

Cheers Alan

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