Redstar Raceway done and dusted ….

Fossa first load on her new chariot

Fossa first load on her new chariot

A lot of hard work, building larger gates later, we are able to now load Fossa the day before our outings. This is a real time saver and thinking of loading in the early morning in the rain, stay wet a cold at event can now be eliminated.

Redstar Raceway, 6 August 2016. Fossa’s “new” trailer proves a breeze to tow. We arrive a cold Redstar Raceway shortly after six am. At first I am pretty relaxed, Petrus (Total, South Africa) arrives surprisingly early about fifteen minutes after us. Wonder if he is regretting his decision being at a racetrack in the dark and coolness … The relaxness departs standing on one of the pavilions looking at the track looking the other events qualifying ….

We end up pitching camp in a rather dusty veld far away from all the other action taking place on track. We are almost parked in and have to find a route to get to track for our events. A better idea would be to demarcate areas visibly for competitors use only with easy track access.

Fossa passing a Mustang during its rally stage

Fossa passing a Mustang during its rally stage

 

Qualifying: 2:49.431. Qualifying is always a rather mixed bag as cars pull in at any time during the allocated time slot to come and strut their stuff. Getting a nice clean lap often not possible and then our first time on this track with the reputation of changing track drivers into rally experts …. Manage to keep Fossa on the black stuff in what I considered to be a scouting trip. It is an exceptionally busy track, left, right, left ….. right and right about here you realize you are confused or have been for the last two corners already. You can not afford not to concentrate.

Corner one

Corner one

Corner ....

Corner ….

Race 1: 2:45.100. Being more structured in a sense knowing you are going to be lapped with a Mustang and a Camaro in the mix but there will be a few laps of fun without “interference”. My target, finish the race and try and add some fun. The fun starts soon as this flat track allows for extreme cornering and I can see why so many will end up in the rough.

Just having fun

Just having fun

Race 2: 2:40.846. The environmental temperature and sun have increased to a rather scorching feeling. Based on the Fossa’s temperatures post race one is a bit of a mental concern. Also monitoring her oil pressure in heat one I have wonder how the Total 5000 mineral oil is going to keep up …… Lap one I realize, that 36DCD is keeping up with my demand and I decide this is going to be a road race and a true test of our capabilities. I hitch up behind and an Alfa in a tussle with a Mini. The idea to stay as close to them as possible, at times they pull away and we are able to play catch up. With the Alfa’s ability to break through class U times at Zwartkops Raceway with a time of 1:24.79 this experiment is going to be interesting.

The results based on the best lap times in race 2;

Alfa – 2:40.230, Mini – 2:40.384, Anglia – 2:40.846

Smoking, the pic of the day taken by The Roach

Smoking, the pic of the day taken by The Roach

The fun is testing new limits with that 36DCD having Fossa screaming all four tires and at the few occasion sliding a bit around the corners. Going through the twisty bits is literally throwing Fossa from the one side to the other. It was good to have the same quantity of laps as the other races. A lap counter would have been nice and a last lap indication would have been cool.

As usual on race completion, Petrus produces the thermal camera taking readings of the engine and other interesting components. The exhaust branch measure a cool 274°, matching the front brakes …. Almost as hot as the driver!

After the race we go and enjoy a nice cold beer and meet up with Paul Blackburn. I am very quickly told of my one two wheel on the soft stuff and that has the evidence. I was NOT aiming at the photographer!

Total Petrus Motsoko

The Historic Tour_Round 6 (6 August 2016)

The day started off very early. Upon my arrival I could see that Fossa was looking good even before getting warmed up. I then immediately got the feeling that today would go well. The weather was also perfect.

Today was the event that we decided to use to test out one of the oils we had previously intended to test out on Fossa to enable us to get the near perfect oil for the application that Fossa is being used for.

Fossa had previously experienced some technical difficulties on the track, and sometimes did not even finish races. So on this morning everyone was nervous. The driver was nervous about Fossa and the new track since this was the first time our driver would be competing on this particular track. The pit crew members were also nervous, not only about Fossa and how she would hold up, but also because our driver was not familiar with the track.

After doing pre-trip inspections on Fossa, it was time for the qualifying laps to be done. Our designated driver managed to keep Fossa on the black stuff which saw to it that we get a good start up position for a car in its category. Chris and Fossa had their hands tied as they diced with vehicles younger and with bigger engines. As tough as it was, both Chris and Fossa did a great job keeping the other vehicles on their toes.

Upon returning to the pits after hard driving around the track, results in terms of position were shared then everyone went back to their cars to prepare for the actual race. Oils Pressures and Levels were recorded. Wheels were torqued.

Time came for Fossa to go race. She did well and finished the race with well improved lap times. This proved to us that Chris was getting with acquainted with the track. Another sign was the sound of all four wheels squealing as Chris and Fossa came around the various corners of Red Star Raceway. On their return, engine temperatures were taken, oil levels and pressures checked and finally refueling.

Fossa was looking good. There was no need to open her up and fix anything. No oil leaks spotted. After lunch preparations for the last and final race were underway. Fossa was still looking good and sounding good. No smoke was coming from her. She went onto the track and Chris did what he was called for, which is to race Fossa. They had lots of fun on the track, and this was evident in the improved lap times.

Fossa did it. She completed her race without any mechanical breakdowns. She was still in such a good condition after a long day on harsh driving. One could literally drive her back home.

The figures are looking better than before. We now look forward to the next event so that we can test out another oil to see if there will be any improvement in the times.

Yours sincerely

Petrus MOTSOKO

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Thank you for the support TOTAL. Usually associated with the leading Toyota’s on off-road circuit, this is much appreciated. Now for the next oil to be tested, the one I favour, though the results will only be released after all the test have been completed.

Our next race should be 8 October at our second home, Zwartkops Raceway. I would like to attend at track day at both Redstar Raceway before then to both test the 36DCD at Zwartkops and to take the team and Petrus around Redstar, :)

From a smiling Fossa Ford Anglia and team, cheers

 

Redstar Raceway in our sights ….

Despite the silence on the site, we have been rather busy. The home project mentioned in the last post is nearing completion,

Fossa's new coach

Fossa’s new coach

After some research we decided to go back to the future and run Fossa on a similar carburettor that we first ran her with in 2012.

36DCD Weber

36DCD Weber

The 36DCD Weber supplied and prepped by SP Carbs will be tested to limit at the Redstar Raceway on the 6th of August. It is a track which we have not yet competed on and arriving Saturday for qualifying and racing is rather exciting. And to top it, all the Pre ‘66 Saloons, Pre ‘66 Sports & GT, Little Giants and Trans Am’s will be running in the same race!

Another highly over due project, sorting our available spares and tools are taking shape nicely.

Project Sort

Project Sort

That’s the news for now. Will give feedback on our Redstar excursion soon!

Cheers, :)

12 June 2016, Supertrax day …. with another visitor

Our journey continues …….

… hours and hours of work on those sidedraughts have me thinking we are closer to the solution. The only way to verify, a Supertrax Day at our second home, Zwartkops Raceway.

But first. Still contemplating attending a trackday, Petrus from Total, makes contact again. He is going to pay us a visit. Saturday, 11 June, we receive a delivery of oils to be tested over the next few events. Total have provided three different oils, all with different properties, one which I am very keen to try. I have however been advised that one will be the last one to be tested, eish. Oil being such a sensitive subject amongst competitors, more will only be revealed on completion of all the tests.

Petrus - Total

Petrus – Total

Petrus “convince” us that the 12th will be the day to test and that he will attend.

We arrive shortly after six am at a very dark and freezing cold Zwartkops Raceway. Fossa is unloaded, parked and we wait …. for heat, coffee, action and Petrus. Petrus arrives first.

While the Zwartkops generator is started, Petrus is taken on a walk about shown our second home. Then that welcome coffee.

The newbies are called to briefing and we accompany Petrus so that he can get the complete experience. After the newbies introduction to the track we attend the usual drivers briefing with the rules of the day.

Due to the uncertainty of Fossa’s side draught state the team has decided that Petrus will have the first stint as passenger. Should they fail and force retirement, at least he would have had an opportunity to experience the fun.

Petrus, ready for action

Petrus, ready for action

Petrus is strapped in with assistance of “The Roach”. He is a difficult character, normally I can judge a persons level of fear/excitement …. I can only trust Fossa will live up to expectation. We pull out into pit lane and wait for the previous session to complete. Soon enough we start out and Fossa is launched onto the track. Heading around and with the need for sudden deceleration the brake work done on Fossa looks rewarding. Fossa twitches as I throw her back into second and as the restriction on track disappears floor through corner five. It is obvious that getting heat into her semi’s is going to prove a challenge.

Starting off mild and gradually pushing harder, the side draughts prove to still be rather useless running through corners. Once on the straights it shows some promise. Before commenting, take note, professionals have had their hands on them and we take all information and research into consideration. We are aware that it is going to take some time to setup. That will however take place on Anglia three on her completion. For now, I want to go and play, knowing I will have response and power through corners, not just music. The 38DGAS will return to duty.

Petrus in the hot seat

Petrus in the hot seat

Running Fossa on the stint I spend all my attention to sounds and other feedback Fossa relays through her actions. Only once I start reducing the happy pedal after eight “hot laps” I once again become aware of Petrus in the shotgun seat. Pulling into our pit, there is movement, he is still alive!

“With regards to the laps we made yesterday, I really enjoyed myself. Fossa did not disappoint in any way. The ride exceeded my expectations. Before yesterday I had never been in a racecar going around any racetrack. I am amazed at the cornering speeds that can be achieved through the Semi-slick tyres.  The hardened suspension of racecars made sense to me yesterday and the power required to allow for faster acceleration and the brake pads required to handle all the hard braking.

This was an experience that will stay with me the rest of my life.” Petrus

I sincerely trust that Petrus will attend a track day with the 38DGAS. Are you in for a surprise! We run a best lap of 1:29.31. Three seconds off our previous best.

On every return to pit, Petrus pulls out a rather nice toy producing these psychedelic images,

Infra

Thermal camera

Images of the engine will be released on completion of the oil tests.

We complete two more stints with “The Roach” riding shotgun after our visitor declined a second trip. Resulting lap times1:29.05 and 1: 30.86. A lot of much faster racecars in attendance made it challenging to get a nice clean run. Ultimately, this does not make a difference, for now the sidedraughts fail.

Not actually sure of attending the trackday, neither our Canon or Go Pro is charged. Here is some alternative footage though.

Arriving home, Petrus collects a sample of the Total oil for analysing. This is going to be very interesting and revealing.

In the mean time, some other project @ home needs some attention this week. Will continue on Fossa on feedback from the oil analysis at worst be ready for Redstar Raceway 6 August,

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