A small and infrequent leak had appeared from the fuel tank, so this was sent off for an expert repair; after some welding and a pressure test this was ready to be cleaned out and refit. Some fibreglass repairs to the fairing took place and we fitted some different (stronger) steering lock stops. Then an oil change and a good clean & polish meant that we were then good to go!
We travelled down to Darley Moor on the Saturday afternoon so that we could set-up before getting the scrutineering checks and signing on completed. With those successfully out of the way we ventured into Tim Poole’s caravan to watch some X-Factor before having an early night (how rock ‘n’ roll are we?!)
The only task left to complete before going onto track was noise testing - and it turned out to be a huge annoyance. When we finally got our turn to be noise tested, we registered at 104.1dB (the limit is 105dB) so were well within the limit. The problem was with the classic-bike competitors who seemed unable to stay in the orderly queue. With noise testing starting at 09:30 and with us being out on track at 10:00 we usually join the queue at 09:20, get noise tested (which usually takes 15 minutes) and then get the bike back onto tyre warmers before we venture out on track. But due to the classic-bikes continually jumping the queue this took us over 30 minutes - and that was with Lorna Carson taking matters into her own hands and making herself into a human obstacle in front of the classic bikes!
Upon starting our Kawasaki ER650 Supertwin for the first race, a nasty noise was heard which we believe to be a failing starter sprag clutch bearing - this is yet to be investigated… With the engine not 100% healthy we decided to play it safe and get some finishes out of the day - but we managed to still get carried away at times… Four 3rd place finishes and a fastest lap of 1’02.90 (our personal best is 1’02.42) during the day were a good reward for our efforts.
With one round remaining, we currently stand 4th in the Formula Darley championship and 5th in the Mini Sound of Thunder championship. But with double points up for grabs at the final round, the championship points are far from confirmed - but 2013 champion in both classes Brad Vicars has managed to retain both championships in 2014, so congratulations must go out to Brad!
So… We have a small repair to make prior to our final race weekend of 2014 - where we will be travelling down to Thruxton for Round 14 of the NG Supertwin championship on Saturday 11th October and then travel back up to Darley Moor for their prestigious ‘Stars at Darley’ meeting on Sunday 12th October.
But before then, we might have one more interesting update to provide… So watch this space! :-)