Phillip Island…

June 10, 2010

We got there in the end…well I got there in the end. Dave was unfortunately committed for the weekend so he left if to me to do our first shakedown run in quite a while! The weather didn’t look to crash hot heading down to the Island with grey skies and sideways rain. Once the car was off the trailer, the weather had thankfully decided it had rained enough and would be happy blowing a bitterly cold wind.

A quick scrutineering session where the absence of headlights was questioned…and out onto the track.

Over the next few sessions the track dried out and I slowly remembered how to drive. Apart from a the crummy Fiat windscreen wiper coming loose when barrelling over Lukey Heights and a less than confidence inspiring brake pedal…we seem to have a bloody good car.

The motor now makes good power, pulling strongly past the redline in fourth and the grip with the new Kumhos is superb. It proved it’s corner speed against a few well prepped clubmans, just not having the same pull as a 2l out of the corner. Something to aim for.

The last session was cut short by an unfortunate ‘too many tubes in one empty thinners container’ excuse for a catch tank we had. Some degreaser and a rethink of our catchtank config will sort this for next time.

Thanks must go once again for John for lending us his trusty trailer and tyre tools and also to dad for coming down in the crummy weather with an esky full of lunch.