Pembrey, 14/15 May 2005
A personal view by Stuart Jefcoate.
Having had difficulties getting the power down at Brands Hatch a fortnight earlier due to the list 1B Yokohama's being pretty worn out after 4 test sessions and 4 previous races, I cannot now quite imagine why I thought a 2 week layoff would somehow make the tyres alright again.
Anyway, they weren't.....within about 10 minutes of Friday afternoon testing at Pembrey, it was pretty apparent I was going to be the Torville and Dean of the weekend, sliding around pretty horribly.
After qualifying 13th overall for race 1, almost 3 seconds off the class place, it was obvious the nearside tyres were providing zip grip. As these tyres are directional, and there was no sign of a Taffy Tyre man (never there when you need one), I decided to look at swapping the tyres across the axles and running 'em revolving the wrong way....an interesting concept.
I rang the tyre suppliers, who said that shouldn't be a major issue...but don't look to sue them if it all goes pear shaped.
Ran race 1 like that, finished 11th and 4th in class, but way behind the usual suspects.
Sunday practice and race followed the same pattern, 17th on grid and 12th at race end, again 4th in class and now 3.5 seconds off the pace....excellent battles on each day will Lee Scott, which I really enjoyed...nip and tuck at every corner, till sadly Lee had his bits fall off in race 1 (well, his relays fell out after striking a kerb if you must know), and what appeared to be terminal engine failure in race 2.
So, off to get some nice shiny new black round things tomorrow, and as my school reports always seemed to say, 'must try harder' at Cadwell.
Best wishes to all competitors,
p.s. grateful thanks to Gary of Extreme Motorsports for wire-wrapping skills - who said white men can't wrap?!
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