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Uro Peen (?) outlook at March 2017 AMP Race

I have been quite remiss in my writing contributions to the EFF website lately, lots of good excuses but not so many good reasons.  So far this year there has been three great racing weekends. The first two took place in typical "English Summer" weather, this last one was a bit more "Arizona" like.

First things first, the sound check! I have not been to AMP for two years so I had to qualify the car. This consists of nothing more than charging around two corners on the out-lap, hurtling by the sound trap and then back into the pits. At the conclusion of this procedure the official "good to go" sticker is applied to the car and it is time for breakfast.

AMP for a two day points scoring weekend is not normal but the level of competition was at its normal; high. The practice/qualify session has me struggling to remember some of the important details of motor racing. These include but are not limited to, is the next corner left or right? 2nd or 3rd for this corner? Was that the last cone in the braking zone?

As the weekends racing progressed so did my familiarity with the track and consequently times improved. A quick look at the timesheets will show how close the racing has become. One mistake is all it takes to give away a lot of work. I had some good close laps with Bob "mirrors" Hutchinson and Lori Matassa . It is always a bold assumption that the racer you are wheel to wheel with will give you racing room but that apriorism is one of the many things which makes this group so special.

I tested a new technique at this event. Some of you may have heard of the bizarre Scottish "sport" curiously named "tossing the caber". It involves burly men wearing dresses lobbing 19' Larch trees as far as they can. The net effect of this "lobbing" is the scattering of the crowd as the dress-man propelled log sometimes lacks any directional stability. What the heck has this to do with racing? Well, my new technique involved the carefully planned release of a significant lump of bodywork (engine cover) in the general direction of anyone attempting to pass; theory was the attempted pass would then be abandoned. The major flaw in this technique is the amount of fiberglass work I will now be doing before the next event. I did not plan for a ramming speed attack on the aforesaid bodywork by the passer.

Back to the resin mine, see you all in April.

Regards... Dave.

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