Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Three Track Weekends After the Rollcage

It has been a while since the last update. Three weekends at the track so far .....

October 4 & 5 with TDE at TWS

Great weekend, I was getting used to the new suspension and all the new equipment added to the car. I was able to push the car more than before. Everything was going well until the first session Sunday afternoon. As I soon as I left the paddock, the hood flew up open. I have no idea how it happened. I have couple of videos of the incident:

The hood was replaced with a red one. Kermit looked like watermelon, or something that Santa would drive. My friend Chris covered the hood with vinyl. It came out great !!!!! (notice the hood pins).

November 9 with MSC at TWS

Fantastic day at the track. It was my first time on R-Comp tires (Yokohama Advan A048). What a difference the tires make :o. I was passing people left and right. I have a video for the weekend:

November 15 with TDE at TWS

This weekend didn't go so well. First session out was very cold and I had no grip, terrible session. Second session went better after I changed the rear sway bar setting (full soft) and lower the rear tires pressure. The car behaved much better, but the clutch decided to start slipping. After inspecting the car, we found an engine oil leak that ended up in the clutch.

The engine oil leak was fixed, the problem was a bad intermediate shaft seal. New seal, crankshaft seal and timing belt were done. Now I have to replace the clutch. I'll take the opportunity the try a 020 AGB transmission with close ratio gears. Hopefully it will help increasing my top speed.

Next time out is December 6 & 7 at MSR Cresson with TDE.

PS: I forgot to mention that the white MK5 GTI was traded in for a Chevy Avalanche. I'm now trailering the car to the track.