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During the Main Event at Santa Pod last month, we noticed that despite setting a new personal best, the engine had been misfiring quite badly. Hopes have been high in the crypt over the intervening weeks that if we could sort that issue out, that elusive 6 second pass was within our reach!


When we saw the running order for the Summer Nationals, it became clear that with only 3 qualifying runs being scheduled for Super Pro, we couldn't take any chances by wasting runs, so we simply had the throw everything at sorting the problem in one hit. Unfortunately the end result of this would be that we'd not know which repair was responsible for curing the problem, but that's life.
Above: Engine data shows no misfire!

Starting work at about 6 am on the Saturday, the car was ready in good time to make it to scrutineering well before being called to the pairing lanes. Sparks even had time to fit Nosferatu with some glowing red eyes, for a bit of fun! The first qualifying run seemed good. A strong launch, with a 7.15 second, 192.82 mph terminal speed was enough to slot us straight into Number 7 qualifying position. We were all quite happy.

Igor has the important task of checking the oil filter after each run to make sure nothing bad has happened inside the engine, and his beady young eyes settled immediately onto some bits of metal that didn't look like the usual con rod and bearing shavings. When the sump pan came off, the news was not good. The beariing main caps (well, 3 out of the 5) were badly cracked. When they were taken out, each one fell into 2 parts. No more racing this weekend then. But had the failure cause more damage to the block, pistons or crank? We wouldn't know until we could get the car back to base and pull the engine apart...
Find out what damage was done in the next day or two...