Published on Saturday, 10 March 2012 21:44
Written by BSI Editor
2012 Taiwan and China trip
Woke up today to look out my window and see dry ground! That was a great sign I thought. About halfway into the drive to the track however the skies were opened up and it was pouring! So I arrived at the track to find it under water yet again. Eventually the rain did let up and with some squeegees and yellow sponges the track crew was able to get the track in running condition by about 1 o’clock. This meant a shortened schedule for the day. They did 1, 5 min practice for all the heats, then sorted for Qualifiers. They then had 2 qualifiers of 6 min each.
I was able to TQ the practice round by 20 seconds in the 5 minutes. I was pleased with that. In my first qualifier however the racing portion of my day went sour. We spend most of the day trying just to stay warm in the cool temps and high winds. Thus really working on my car wasn’t a top thing on my mind. I didn’t feel like I had ran very much runtime on my car in the previous day so I didn’t think anything of my battery. However with 2 minutes to go in that first qualifier my batter took a dump and I bowed out on a TQ run. My lap times were about 1 – 2 sec a lap faster than the field but hey, if ya can’t finish…
Anyways round 2 came around and it was rocket round so I knew I just needed a good run. I had a great start and was on TQ run again. However I ended up having a mysterious cut a couple minutes in. We believe it was due to an older model glow plug that I had put in (not realizing that the design had sense been updated and improved) and we believe that is what caused the cut. This then gave me 2 DNFs so I will be in one of the first mains. I don’t quite understand the format for the mains but I just figure tomorrow I will get there and race, race, race until I come away with the checkered flag! haha.
I was told many people were happy that I didn’t qualify well. This was due to them being happy that they will get to see me run more tomorrow. They are impressed by my hammer down driving style and they want to watch it as much as they can!
So tomorrow I will put on a show! Give the people what they want!