Well, Pukekohe was fun in all sorts of different ways... just after our second race, the heavens opened and 75mm of rain fell in one hour pretty much centered over the race track. Racing was cancelled for the afternoon, pop up tents un-popped and fell down, saloon cars were in water up to their axles in their pits, the CanAm's and F5000's were bailing out their pits, and the historic Formula Fords got a real drenching being the least covered of any of the fields. We faired pretty well, just hunkering down, covering the car, and amusing at the mayhem around. My little pup-tent that was set up for my daughter to play in faired 100% unscathed, in yet another thunderstorm of it's 10-year life.
As for the racing, Puke is Dad's bogey track, as this is where he went off on the first weekend of having the car and smashed it up good. He's quite tense here, but at least he improved his best ever time by 2.5sec's over the weekend, and that was set on a greasy track on the Sunday afternoon. The 4 Pom's at the front of the pack blitzed the circuit in 1:09's, which made everyone else in the field begin to question the actual size of their engines...supposed to be a maximum of 1100cc - the best of the rest were some 10-12'secs slower. To put it in perspective, the Juniors should max out around 115-120Hp....a F5000 V8 produces somewhere in the vicinity of 500 or more, and in their day, were faster than Formula One cars....yet these four Formula Juniors could have placed in the early 20's out of 30+ F5000 cars. The consensus was that the front four F-Juniors were running 1300cc as a minimum!!
Karma must have caught up with one of them though, when one of them had an engine fire on the grid at the start of race three, then in race four, one of his wheels came off going down the back straight!! But being nice kiwi's we helped fix his burnt engine, and even sent out a tow truck to pick him up when he lost his wheel.
No pic's of the racing from me this weekend (due to looking after my little one in the pits), but will post the links to the official photographers website again.
Here's my lil girl - the future of NZ motorsport (she's only 2 1/4 years old but knows how to put on the five-point harness!!)
And the team poses at the end of the weekend:
Edited by HandyNZL, 01 February 2010 - 04:31 AM.