Flying Start to 2010 . . .

Posted by Nathan Ward on March 25, 2010 at 10:55 PM

It may seem like an eternity since my last post, mainly because it has been 5 months since I was last out in the car. Since then there have been a few changes to the car: I now have a freshly rebuilt engine which has been fine tuned by the Formula Ford specialist Neil Bold. I have also fitted a Race Technology data logging system and have spent a great deal of time learning about the interpretation of numerous graphs and tables which are generated.

Today saw my first test day of the year and with a dry morning/wet afternoon, it was the perfect situation for taking my car out and dusting off the cobwebs.

The first session was used to give the engine a final run in and the whole car had a bit of a shakedown, moving under its own power for the first time since the Walter Hayes Trophy last year.

The second session saw the fresh engine prove itself immediately, as I was instantly down into the 1:12�s and up to the same pace that I had only achieved in the latter stages of last season.

I then proceeded to start testing with different suspension settings and tyre pressures, gathering lots of useful information before the rain came in.

The rain stayed for the rest of the afternoon as I once again began serious testing. A new wet setup was found which will no doubt prove useful during the rest of the year as I was able to run on the pace for the entire afternoon session.

The end of the sessions soon came and I was extremely happy with the day�s performance. Now begins the long task of downloading and understanding all of the data collected, and then using it to give myself the edge on the competition during the championship.


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