Well Round 2 of the VMCC winter series started with a bang! Ermm or was that a bang-crash? My freshly repaired and painted fairings lasted all of one morning qualifying session before a silly error on my part left me with yet more fibreglassing and painting to do. Luckily lots of trial and error has sped this process up significantly.
The rest of the day went relatively smoothly from there, although starting off the back of the grid in the sprint races left me with a lot of work to. Between this and trialling some new suspension parts I really struggled to find a rhythm throughout the day. My times were a bit down on the last round and well off my best. Despite this I still managed some decent results and get a bit more of a handle on the new parts and the direction I need to take with them.
I trailed the leading group in the first two trophy races with my bike feeling fractionally alien but showing a lot of promise once I get it set up. These were quite lonely races as I seemed to be in my own bracket of lap times. The sprint was a bit more interesting as i had 6 laps to move up the pack as much as I could. I wasn’t really able to post a good result due to this last place start it was still an enjoyable race with no pressure and lots of passing!
The rain came down after this and though i am normally quite comfortable in the wet it has been a while since I’ve been on a wet track and i really struggled with rear grip, especially through the dreaded turn 3 -"splash" (the scene of my undoing in the morning qualifying...). I managed to come through off the back in the sprint race to 4th and finished the last trophy race in 3rd, a decent turn around after the morning’s struggles.
A big thanks to all my sponsors who have been helping out; My dad Brett with Tauranga Marine Charters, TSS Red Baron motorcycles, Supreme Balustrades and 7 Electrical
Now, back to my fibreglassing.....
Jake - #12